opinion Kathleen Rogers Opinion contributor Published 7:00 AM EST Dec 24, 2018 Christmas Eve marks the 50th anniversary of “Earthrise,” one of the first photos ever taken of our entire planet. Shot by the crew of the Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon, it was a stunning and unexpected holiday present. Even the crew of the space craft, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders, were unprepared for what they witnessed. They had spent the better part of the day taking photos of the moon’s surface when Borman turned the spaceship to look at the horizon. The astronauts’ reaction was awe. Anders shouted, “Oh my God, look at that picture over there. Here’s the Earth coming up,” and they grabbed their cameras to take those first remarkable shots, first in black and then quickly in color. The world’s reaction was also awe. Set against a vast and never-ending backdrop … [Read more...] about Earthrise 50th anniversary: Photograph sparked Earth Day, awareness
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AS we approach Remembrance Day 2018, the country is preparing to remember those who gave their lives in war. Here's a selection of poems and quotes perfect for the 100-year anniversary of the First World War. Poems The Soldier - Rupert Brooke If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England’s, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven. In Flanders Fields - John McRae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our … [Read more...] about Remembrance Day 2018 – what are the best poems and quotes for Armistice Day?
THE days after Halloween are holy for Christians across the globe. All Souls' Day 2018 follows Halloween, but what is it and why is it celebrated? Here's the lowdown... When is All Souls’ Day 2018 and how do Christians celebrate it? All Saints’ Day always falls on November 2, this year that's a Friday. The day is a Christian festival that honours all souls of Christians who have died. Observing Christians usually remember their deceased relatives on this day. Believers remember and pray for the souls of people who are in Purgatory - the place in which those who have died atone for their sins before being granted the vision of God in Heaven But, through the power of prayer, the faithful on earth can help these souls gain the souls the heavenly vision they seek. While praying for the dead is an ancient Christian tradition, it was Odilo, Abbot of Cluny, from France, who, in 998AD, designated a specific day for praying for those in purgatory. This started as a feast in his … [Read more...] about When is All Souls’ Day 2018, why do Christians celebrate it on November 2 and what is Allhallowtide?
THE day is meant to highlight the rapidly depleting natural resources from the Earth. It marks the increasing speed that resources are being consumed by humans around the globe. When is Earth Overshoot Day 2018? August 1, 2018. The date varies though. Last year it came on August 2. What is it? The day marks the date when humans have used up more resources from nature than the planet can renew in the entire year. With human population increasing and humans use more and more of the Earth’s resources, the rate at which those resources are being used up is also increasing. We are currently using up nature's resources around 1.7 times faster than the planet's ecosystems can regenerate them, through our consumption rates and a growing population. Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that observes humanity's use of natural materials, as well as the environmental damage caused. Mathis Wackernagel, head of the organisation, … [Read more...] about When is Earth Overshoot Day 2018, what is it and why does the date go backwards each year?
With 2,666 emojis in the wild, you're spoilt for choice this World Emoji Day – but what about all the controversial icons that have been banned over the years? Believe it or not, there are a bunch of tiny cartoons that you won't be able to use today because the powers that be shut them out of your smartphone. They include everything from a gun emoji to an erecting condom, all of which were either axed or rejected by the Unicode Consortium (the organisation that oversees the release of the icons). Other notable entries include a Dodo bird, a marijuana leaf, a woman rowing a boat, and a polar bear on a melting ice cap. Most of which are harmless enough – so why the disdain? Anyone can submit an emoji to Unicode, according to the organisation's president and co-founder Mark Davis, getting selected is a bit trickier though. “We get submissions from all over the world,” Davis previously said in an interview. “People need to make a case as to why they think … [Read more...] about World Emoji Day 2018 – these are the BANNED and rejected emoji you can’t use