News article – BSD News http://bsdnews.org/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://bsdnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/bsd-150x150.png News article – BSD News http://bsdnews.org/ 32 32 Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas – Archon News Article https://bsdnews.org/patriarchal-encyclical-for-christmas-archon-news-article/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 18:54:17 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/patriarchal-encyclical-for-christmas-archon-news-article/ PATRIARCHAL ENCYCLIC FOR CHRISTMAS + BARTHOLOME BY THE MERCY OF GOD ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME AND CUMENICAL PATRIARCH TO THE FULLNESS OF THE CHURCH GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE OF THE SAVIOR CHRIST BORN IN BETHLEHEM * * * Brothers concelebrating and blessed children, Once again arriving at the splendid feast of the Nativity in the […]]]>

PATRIARCHAL ENCYCLIC FOR CHRISTMAS

+ BARTHOLOME

BY THE MERCY OF GOD ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME AND CUMENICAL PATRIARCH

TO THE FULLNESS OF THE CHURCH

GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE

OF THE SAVIOR CHRIST BORN IN BETHLEHEM

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Brothers concelebrating and blessed children,

Once again arriving at the splendid feast of the Nativity in the flesh of our Savior Christ, who visited us from the heights, we glorify with psalms and hymns his heavenly name. The Incarnation of the pre-eternal Word of God is “the crowning of our salvation”, the “eternal mystery” of divine-human communion which transcends all reason. As Saint Maximus the Confessor so eloquently says, “as a God of love, he truly became man by assuming the essence of humanity, although the way in which he became man will always remain ineffable. ; He became human in a way that transcends humanity. [1]

The divine Incarnation, with the manifestation of the truth about God, also reveals the truth and the ultimate destination of man, our deification by grace. Saint Nicolas Cabasilas proclaims so theologically that Christ “is the first and the only one to show us the true and perfect man”. [2] Since that time, whoever honors God must also honor man, and whoever undermines man also dishonours God, who has assumed our nature. In Christ, speaking theologically of God, we at the same time speak of man. The incarnate divine economy definitively abolishes the image of God tyrannical, punitive and adversary of man. Christ is everywhere, always and in all things the negation of the negation of man and the defender of human freedom. The life of the Church, as flesh assumed by the Incarnate Son and Word of God,[3] represents, expresses and serves this saving mystery of divine humanity.

With this “other shaping” of man and the renewal of all creation in Christ as a banner, the Church today offers good witness to any development which threatens the sacredness of the human person and the integrity of creation. She lives and preaches the truth of authentic spiritual life and the culture of love and solidarity. Witnessing “to the hope which is in us” (1 Pet 3:15), the Church in no way considers contemporary civilization as another sinful Nineveh by invoking divine wrath upon her and its abolition like Jonah, but the Church struggle for the transformation of culture in Christ. In our time, we need pastoral imagination, dialogue and not argumentation, participation and not abstention, specific acts and not abstract theory, creative reception and not general rejection. All of this does not work at the expense of our spirituality and our liturgical life, but reveals the inviolable unity of what we call the “vertical” and “horizontal” dimensions of the presence and witness of the Church. Faithfulness to the tradition of the Church is not confinement in the past, but the use of the experience of the past in a creative way for the present.

Also in the past year, the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has troubled humanity. We give glory to the God of mercy, who has empowered specialists and scientists to develop effective vaccines and other drugs to deal with this crisis, and we encourage all the faithful who have not yet been vaccinated to do so and everyone to adhere to the protection measures by the health authorities. Science, in so far as it operates as a minister of man, is an inestimable gift from God. We must accept this gift gratefully and not be fooled by the irresponsible voices of ignorant and self-proclaimed representatives of God and of authentic faith “spiritual counselors,” who, nevertheless, are miserably invalidated by the absence of love for their brothers, whose lives they put in grave danger.

Most honorable brothers and beloved children,

With the unwavering conviction that the life of each of us and the journey of all humanity is led by the God of wisdom and love, we look forward to a happy new year 2022 which, despite external factors and developments, will be for all a year of salvation, insofar as, as also during its course, the movement of history is guided by Christ, who loves men and cares for all things, “who desires that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth ”. (1 Tm 2,4)

With the will of God, during the coming Holy Week and Great Week, we will celebrate the service of the Blessing of Holy Chrism in our venerable Center. We consider it a divine gift unique to our modesty that we are deemed worthy to preside over this festive and moving rite for the fourth time in our humble patriarchal ministry. Glory to God for all things!

With these sentiments, respectfully adoring the Child Jesus born in Bethlehem, we direct our thoughts to our Christian brothers there and we pray for the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of all who reside in the Holy Land.

With this in mind, we wish all of you, near and far, a Blessed Twelfth, and a healthy New Year, fruitful in good deeds and filled with divine gifts in favor of the Lord, to whom belong the glory and the power of them. endless ages. Amen.

Christmas 2021

+ BARTHOLOMEW from Constantinople

Fervent suppliant of all before God


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UPDATE: In Memoriam: Vice National Commander John Halecky, Jr. – Archon News Article https://bsdnews.org/update-in-memoriam-vice-national-commander-john-halecky-jr-archon-news-article/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 17:56:19 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/update-in-memoriam-vice-national-commander-john-halecky-jr-archon-news-article/ Dear Brother Archons, It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved National Vice Commander John Halecky, Jr., Archon Ekdikos, who fell asleep in the Lord earlier this morning on December 22 at 11:05 a.m. . His contributions to the Order of St. Andrew and to the Ecumenical […]]]>

Dear Brother Archons,

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved National Vice Commander John Halecky, Jr., Archon Ekdikos, who fell asleep in the Lord earlier this morning on December 22 at 11:05 a.m. . His contributions to the Order of St. Andrew and to the Ecumenical Patriarchate have been extraordinary. He served with distinction on the National Council for decades, including in the leadership positions of National Secretary and Vice National Commander. His Carpatho-Russian lineage brought invaluable ecumenism to the Order of St. Andrew, as it always provided essential insight into the Slavic jurisdictions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Archon John was invested as Archon on July 20, 1982.

Details of the visitation, funeral and burial are listed below.

Maria joins me and the entire Order of St. Andrew in expressing our deepest condolences to the beloved wife of Archon John and our dear friend Sonia and their dear children Archon John Halecky, III and Nadine (Dr. Silvio Quaglia) and to the whole family, with unwavering faith in our Lord and Savior and with hope in his resurrection!

Vechnaya Pamyat … ечная память …

σε σας … Ζωή σε μας …

Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
Archon Aktouarios
National Commander


Visitation

Sunday January 2, 2022
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity
250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, NJ


Memorial Service – Trisagion / Parastas

Sunday January 2, 2022
6:00 p.m.

Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity
250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, NJ


Visitation

Monday, January 3, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity
250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, NJ


Funeral service

Monday, January 3, 2022
11:00

Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity
250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, NJ


Burial

Monday, January 3, 2022
12h00

Fairview Cemetery
1100 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ


Arrangements via Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, Westfield, NJ.
(908) 789-7400.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.higginsandbonner.com


Instead of flowers, the family requests that all offerings be made to https://bartholomew.foundation or the charity of your choice.

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Orangutans also have distinct artistic styles! News article for children https://bsdnews.org/orangutans-also-have-distinct-artistic-styles-news-article-for-children/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 16:40:47 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/orangutans-also-have-distinct-artistic-styles-news-article-for-children/ The artwork was created by five orangutans at Tama Zoological Park in Japan (Photo credit: Tama Zoo) To a casual observer, the artwork in the image above may appear to be the scribbles of a toddler or, as is the case here, of orangutans. However, a new study by French scientists has found that the […]]]>
The artwork was created by five orangutans at Tama Zoological Park in Japan (Photo credit: Tama Zoo)

To a casual observer, the artwork in the image above may appear to be the scribbles of a toddler or, as is the case here, of orangutans. However, a new study by French scientists has found that the apparent Random the patterns highlight the primate artists’ separate style and ability, and maybe even state of mind.

Cedric Sueur, a primatologist at the Institut universitaire de France, thought to take a closer look at the works of the great apes after noticing his young daughter scribble “as if that made sense.” For their study, the team decided to focus on orangutans, with whom we share 97% of DNA. They contacted the Tama Zoological Park in Japan, whose resident orangutans are encouraged draw as part of their enrichment Activities.

Kiki, a 10-year-old orangutan, was a minimalist. (Tama Zoo)

The team received 1,400 pencils masterpieces created by five orangutans between 2006 and 2016. A majority – 1,299 – were made by Molly, a Bornean orangutan who dabbled in art at the age of 54. However, the great ape, who died in 2011, made up for the late departure by completing more than 1,500 drawings in just five years. Molly’s babysitter records showed that she “took a long time to draw,” says Sueur. “The others would finish their compositions very quickly, but she would work on hers for an hour or more at a time.”

The 793 works selected for the study understood similar basic patterns, described by researchers as curls, circles and “fan patterns”. However, there was important differences in styles. For example, Molly pressed the pencils less and used a larger variety more hits than other orangutans. Meanwhile, 10-year-old great ape Kiki seemed to prefer a minimalist Color palette and pressed harder on the pencils to draw.

An orangutan named Molly loved to use green for her artwork in summer and winter (Credit: Tama Zoo)

A separate analysis of Molly’s drawings alone revealed other interesting knowledge. The team noticed that their drawings seemed reflect his day experience. For example, the artwork created after a group of elementary school children visited was more vibrant and complex than the ones she did previous two days. Sueur and his team speculate the visit may have motivated Molly to draw more abundantly. The primate also seemed prefer using purple pencils in spring and green pencils in summer and winter.

The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Animals November 9, 2021, attribute the differences in the paintings at personality and even different cognitive capabilities. They hope that the orangutan drawings – which look like those of young children – can provide clues about the evolution of human art.

Resources: mdpi.com, .bbc.co.uk, tuftsdaily.com, science.org

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The winter solstice explained Children’s press article https://bsdnews.org/the-winter-solstice-explained-childrens-press-article/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 21:31:19 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/the-winter-solstice-explained-childrens-press-article/ Northern Hemisphere winter kicks off on December 21, 2021 (Public domain / Flickr) On Tuesday, December 21, residents of the Northern Hemisphere will enjoy the shortest day of 2021. Known as the Winter Solstice, it also marks the start of the astronomical Winter. This means that if the following days get longer, they will also […]]]>
Northern Hemisphere winter kicks off on December 21, 2021 (Public domain / Flickr)

On Tuesday, December 21, residents of the Northern Hemisphere will enjoy the shortest day of 2021. Known as the Winter Solstice, it also marks the start of the astronomical Winter. This means that if the following days get longer, they will also be colder. Conversely, residents of the southern hemisphere will celebrate summer solstice – the start of their astronomical summer – with the longest day and the shortest night of the year.

the disparate the seasons are the result of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun and its own axis, which is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees. The December solstice marks the time when the northern hemisphere is farthest away from the sun. Therefore, he receives significantly less sun than the southern hemisphere, which is inclined towards the star.

The date of the solstice varied slightly from year to year and can fall anywhere from December 20 to 23. It is because the Gregorian calendar has 365 days, with an additional “leap” day every four years. It is not match precisely with the solar year, which lasts 365.2422 days. Although the whole day is famous, the solstice occurs when the sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky. In 2021, it will be 10:59 a.m. EST (7:59 a.m. PST).

Winter solstice sunset at Stonehenge (Credit: Mark Grant, / CC BY-SA-2.5 / Wikimedia Commons)

The winter solstice was particularly important for ancient cultures. The longer days that followed brought comfort that the Sun had not left them. The star’s “rebirth” was marked by to elaborate ceremonies performed in structures specially built for the occasion.

Among the most famous is Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. the prehistoric religious site understand a modest circle of stones precisely aligned in the direction of summer solstice sunrise and winter solstice sunset. The old one monument still attracts hundreds of people during the solstices.

Newgrange, a funeral mound in Ireland’s Boyne Valley, is also a popular solstice destination. the massive The stone structure, which dates back over 5,000 years, is designed to receive a ray of light into its central chamber at the dawn of the winter solstice. Although the event is closed to visitors due to the pandemic, the Amazing sunrise will be broadcast live from the bedroom from December 20-22, 2021.

Many towns and villages have started their own winter solstice traditions. In Japan, residents, and even some zoo animals, soak in hot tubs filled with yuzu, a citrus fruit. reputed provide the body immunity colds. In Korea, the winter solstice is called Dongzhi, or “Little Lunar New Year”. It celebrates the symbolic return of the sun. Many families observe on the special day by eating patjuk – a red bean porridge made from adzuki beans and rice flour dumplings known as saealshim. Residents also sprinkle red beans around the house to ward off evil spirits.

Mazes of light are a winter solstice staple in Vancouver, Canada (Credit: https://www.secretlantern.org)

The Secret Lantern Society of Vancouver, Canada marks the Winter Solstice with processions, music and artistic performances at four locations across the city. Of them premises also include the Mazes of light. the superb the displays, each comprising 700 lighted candles, are designed to provide visitors with a soothing moment experience.

Resources: earthsky.org, theseoulguide.com, wikipedia.org.

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The 413th FTG organizes a strategic planning event> Air Force Reserve Command> Press article https://bsdnews.org/the-413th-ftg-organizes-a-strategic-planning-event-air-force-reserve-command-press-article/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 17:10:40 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/the-413th-ftg-organizes-a-strategic-planning-event-air-force-reserve-command-press-article/ ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GA – Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 413rd Flight Test Group (FTG) gathered Dec. 6-7 to discuss the future of the unit during a strategic planning event hosted at Robins Air Force Base, in Georgia. With in-person participants at Robins and virtual participants from the geographically separated units of the group […]]]>
Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 413rd Flight Test Group (FTG) gathered Dec. 6-7 to discuss the future of the unit during a strategic planning event hosted at Robins Air Force Base, in Georgia.

With in-person participants at Robins and virtual participants from the geographically separated units of the group via video conference, the 413rd FTG hosted the event to chart the direction of the unit for the next several years. To do this, they analyzed the progress made during the previous strategic event against the current situation of the unit.

The last strategic alignment of the group took place three years ago. Since then, the 413th FTG, 22nd Air Force, and the US Air Force have all experienced leadership changes. Col. Sean Bittner, 413rd FTG commander, said it is important to make sure the group is always on the same page as higher headquarters and to ensure the unit is operating at its higher capacity during ongoing continuous resolution and other constraints.

“The worst thing we can do as an organization is to stagnate,” Bittner said. “Our mission is unlikely to change too much. We could expand it a bit, but are we really, strategically, doing our best to be as efficient as possible with the resources we have… the limited resources we have in many cases… to actually carry out this mission? “

The event began with an opening speech by Col. Jason Trew, vice-commander of the Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. During his talk, Trew touched on psychological safety, the growth mindset, and the practical issues of strategizing.

“There is a difference between complicated things and complex things,” he said. “There are a lot of moving parts that are complicated. It’s a jet engine. I can take it apart and put it back together, because the relationship between these parts is rational and linear. Complex is different, because things aren’t linear, and it’s even hard to figure out what the problem is. You can’t just reverse engineer complex problems.

“Anything that involves humans is complex, so just know that the area you find yourself in is one of complexity,” Trew added.

Robin Bouton, the new 413rd FTG process manager who ran the event, said she wanted the group to make the most of the opportunity and focus on criticism while creating, the idea of ​​bringing in as well. a possible solution when presenting a complaint.

“We know there are things we can do better,” Bouton said. “We know there are some things that are not completely perfect. But don’t just come with a problem… come with a way to solve it or some kind of creative way that we can solve.

Throughout the two days, the group reviewed recent achievements and setbacks, established new priorities and goals, and participated in several other activities and exercises. The process even generated a new vision statement for the unit.

The results of the 413rd FTG Strategic Planning Event, along with the new vision statement, will be officially presented early next year. The group plans to meet again in the near future to review what has been accomplished, identify what still needs to be worked on, and make revisions if necessary.

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Archaeologists Discover ‘Lost’ Egyptian Sun Temple For Children https://bsdnews.org/archaeologists-discover-lost-egyptian-sun-temple-for-children/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/archaeologists-discover-lost-egyptian-sun-temple-for-children/ A third mud-brick sun temple was recently discovered in Egypt. (Massimiliano Nuzzolo) Egyptian archaeologists discovered thousands of old structures – and even entire cities. However, finding the six Sun Temples built by the Fifth Dynasty pharaohs has proved elusive. Only two had been found until recently, and the last was earthen 50 years ago. On […]]]>
A third mud-brick sun temple was recently discovered in Egypt. (Massimiliano Nuzzolo)

Egyptian archaeologists discovered thousands of old structures – and even entire cities. However, finding the six Sun Temples built by the Fifth Dynasty pharaohs has proved elusive. Only two had been found until recently, and the last was earthen 50 years ago.

On November 16, 2021, Dr. Massimiliano Nuzzolo, assistant professor of Egyptology at the Polish Academy of Sciences, revealed the discovery of a third “lost” solar temple in Abu Ghurab, about 20 km south of Cairo. Unlike the sun temples found previously, which were built of stone, this one was made using mud bricks. He was buried under the Sun Temple of Nyuserra, discovered by scientists in 1898. Nyuserra, who ruled from 2400 to 2370 BCE, was the sixth pharaoh of the Fifth Dynasty.

Beer jars filled with ritual mud were found inside the Temple of the Sun. (Massimiliano Nuzzolo)

Although the recent discovery is structurally similar at Nyuserra Sun Temple, Dr. Nuzzolo does not believe it was built by the pharaoh. The expert says that the Egyptian pharaohs did not rebuild their mud buildings with stone. Moreover, the artifacts found inside, which include beer pots filled with ritual mud, dates from the mid-25th century BCE – a generation or two before Nyuserra time.

19th century archaeologists search only a very small part of this mud-brick building under the stone temple of Nyuserra and concluded that it was a previous construction phase of the same temple,” Nuzzolo said. CNN in an email. “Now our finds to prove that it was a completely different building, erected before Nyuserra.”

While Dr Nuzzolo and his team are confident the mud structure is a sun temple, they don’t know the pharaoh behind it. Scientists believe further excavations will help reveal the king identity. They also hope that the artifacts will provide knowledge in the old civilization and his customs.

The new solar temple was found under the Niouserra solar temple (above), discovered in 1898. (Chanel Wheeler/ CC BY-SA 2..0/ Wikimedia Commons)

Archaeologists believe the mud bricks may also explain why the Sun Temples, all believed to be around Abu Ghurab, have been so hard to find. “This [the use of mud bricks] may have facilitated their disappearance during the centuries, as happened for several other ancient Egyptians the monuments built with the same perishable material,” explains Dr. Nuzzolo. “Furthermore, mud brick construction can be easily demolished and buried under other constructions, as probably happened in our case.”

Dedicated to the sun god Ra – the most powerful of ancient Egypt deity — the temples of the sun were unique in the V Dynasty. Dr. Nuzzolo believes that their primary the goal was for the pharaoh to raise his status to God by claiming to be the only son of Ra. “Indirectly, so, the main goal of the temple was to be the place of the deification of the living king”, he explains.

Resources: CNN.com, Smithsonianmag.com, artnews.com

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Space Force Guards serve in Al Dhafra> US Central Command> See press article https://bsdnews.org/space-force-guards-serve-in-al-dhafra-us-central-command-see-press-article/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/space-force-guards-serve-in-al-dhafra-us-central-command-see-press-article/ UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Mixed with Air Force blue at Al Dhafra Air Base, a small handful of Space Force Guardians support the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission, adding some space power to air power excellence. of the Wing. The newest military arm of the United States, the US Space Force, celebrates its second anniversary […]]]>

Mixed with Air Force blue at Al Dhafra Air Base, a small handful of Space Force Guardians support the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission, adding some space power to air power excellence. of the Wing.

The newest military arm of the United States, the US Space Force, celebrates its second anniversary on December 20, 2021. And while the half-dozen Space Force personnel in Al Dhafra can hear a few “happy birthdays” in the corridors or take good – natural ribs, it will be mostly as usual.

Most of the Guardians of Al Dhafra are involved in some sort of communications work, including Spc3 Alex Coutinho and Spc3 Sophia Willis, both of whom work in the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron. (Specialist 3 is the equivalent of a First Class Aviator.)

The two airmen enlisted for the first term became Guardians, with Coutinho and Willis both officially transferred to the Space Force earlier in 2021.

Coutinho was still in basic Air Force military training when he learned of the opportunity to apply for Space Force.

“My first thought was ‘Hey, that looks cool’,” he said. “And immediately, I began to think that my work in the Air Force would align with the priorities of the Space Force, with an emphasis on vigilance and security in cyberspace. I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Coutinho works in networking for the Communications Squadron, where he and other Airmen are responsible for maintaining the NIPR and SIPR mail servers and the CAF-Net Wi-Fi network.

“Cyber ​​defense will only gain in importance,” said Coutinho, who is deployed to the forward of the 78th communications directorate at Robbins Air Force Base, Ga. “You look at what other state actors are doing in cyber and that’s clearly important, our need to stay vigilant. The network has an impact on everything we do.

Willis was working with network servers for Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Ill. When she and her supervisor had a discussion about the New Space Force. Both decided to apply and both were accepted for transfer.

At ADAB, Willis works as the focal point of communications, solving customer issues with the local network.

“Working with the CFP broadens my knowledge of the entire cyber domain. I think you could spend 50 years doing this and still have more to learn, ”said Willis.

Spc4 (equivalent to a Senior Airman) James Holloway works in cyber operations for the 968th Airborne Expeditionary Air Control Squadron, which flies the E-3 Sentry aircraft at ADAB. He was assigned to Tinker Air Force Base when he learned he was accepted to transfer to the Space Force. Upon completion of his deployment to ADAB, he will be assigned to the Cheyenne Mountain space station in Colorado.

“Just the idea of ​​starting something completely new, for me it was the draw,” said Holloway, who first enlisted in the Air Force in 2017.

Holloway and the other Airmen all agreed that they were working in the IT field while their deployment to ADAB will benefit them in future Space Force operations.

“One of the areas where we see the greatest potential for threats, as a nation, is in the realm of cyberspace,” said Major Ariel Stark, a Space Force officer who is currently director of plans for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. at ADAB. “We need strong cyber professionals to counter this threat. “

Stark said as Space Force continues to grow and evolve after its second anniversary, it will be exciting to see what the future holds.

“Much of what Space Force will be remains unwritten,” she said. “For me and the others who are now Guardians, we are coming to be at the forefront of this new way of serving our country. “

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PWD Bahrain commemorates Bahraini Women’s Day> United States Central Command> See article https://bsdnews.org/pwd-bahrain-commemorates-bahraini-womens-day-united-states-central-command-see-article/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 19:47:45 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/pwd-bahrain-commemorates-bahraini-womens-day-united-states-central-command-see-article/ BAHRAIN – The Kingdom of Bahrain celebrates Bahrain Women’s Day every December 1 to commemorate the achievements and creative contribution of women to the development and progress of Bahrain. It underlines the importance and the important role played by women in public life. The Department of Public Works (PWD), Naval Support Activity Bahrain, joins the […]]]>

The Kingdom of Bahrain celebrates Bahrain Women’s Day every December 1 to commemorate the achievements and creative contribution of women to the development and progress of Bahrain. It underlines the importance and the important role played by women in public life. The Department of Public Works (PWD), Naval Support Activity Bahrain, joins the celebration by specifically highlighting the contributions of six Bahraini women members of their team.

Cmdr. Adam Kushner, Public Works Officer, organized an event and congratulated each of them for their outstanding performance and achievements within the department.

“Today, our host country recognizes the contributions of Bahraini women in the workforce. PWD Bahrain has six talented and professional Bahraini women who provide NAVFAC with much needed management, planning, environmental and environmental expertise. engineering, ”Kushner said. “It is an honor for me to take a moment to thank them for their contribution to our mission and recognize their success.

The theme for Bahrain Women’s Day 2021 is “Bahraini Women in National Development… A Progress March in a Caring Nation”.

According to the Bahrain News Agency, the theme reflects the deeply rooted presence of Bahraini women in the nation-building process and its gradual progress alongside the development of modern civil status in Bahrain, based on justice and l ‘equality. in rights between citizens, men and women.

Bahrain’s first Women’s Day celebration took place in 2008, along with National and Membership Days, marking the 80th anniversary of the start of formal education for women in the Kingdom.

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Europe, Africa, Central, Department of Public Works, Naval Support Activity Bahrain enables mission support to personnel and operational resources within the Navy Central Command / 5th FLEET Area of ​​Responsibility through planning and the deliberate execution of installation facility support requirements.

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Tuesday of Gratitude, A New Observance Archon – Archon News Article https://bsdnews.org/tuesday-of-gratitude-a-new-observance-archon-archon-news-article/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 17:10:51 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/tuesday-of-gratitude-a-new-observance-archon-archon-news-article/ Dear Archon family and friends, This year has been different, to say the least. Among the many challenges of a global pandemic, one thing has remained steadfast: your generosity and stewardship Archon. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has traditionally been observed as “Giving Tuesday,” a day for giving to meritorious causes. Today, your inbox is probably […]]]>

Dear Archon family and friends,

This year has been different, to say the least. Among the many challenges of a global pandemic, one thing has remained steadfast: your generosity and stewardship Archon.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has traditionally been observed as “Giving Tuesday,” a day for giving to meritorious causes. Today, your inbox is probably swamped with emails encouraging you to donate. Instead of observing “I give Tuesday,” we would like to rename it “Tuesday of gratitude” a day in tribute to your Archon Stewardship.

Because of you, we have accomplished so much this year:

  • Over 1000 Archons, families and guests attended the Archon 2021 weekend events last month.
  • ~ 200 Archons have sponsored one or more days in the Exarch’s Call so far this year, noting that many Archons make their annual donations in December.
  • ~ 300 total number of archons have contributed to the Exarch 2021 appeal so far.
  • 104 Archons are among the 168 founders who have each pledged at least $ 100,000 to the Bartholomew Patriarch Foundation. As of November 27, 2021, nearly $ 19 million has been raised to ensure the financial foundation of Our Blessed Mother Church.
  • Donations from the Archons enabled the Order of St. Andrew to donate nearly $ 1 million to help fund the Triumphal Patriarchal Visit to the United States, including historic Archon Weekend activities.
  • 150 Archons have signed up to donate their time and talent to one of the eight Archon engagement committees.
  • Hundreds of archons participated at the Archon Bootcamp, the annual Lent retreat and various Religious Freedom Symposia led by our dedicated Regional Commanders across the country over the past year.

Whether you have provided your time, talent, treasure, or all three, thank you! Your contribution is an inspiration to all of us.

It is my great honor, on behalf of the entire Order of Saint Andrew, to extend to you a standard (thank you) to each Archon brother and their families for all that you do on behalf of the Holy and Great Mother Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

In the service of the Great Church of Christ,

Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
Archon Aktouarios
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Celebrate Chanukah With These Fun Traditions Children’s Newspaper https://bsdnews.org/celebrate-chanukah-with-these-fun-traditions-childrens-newspaper/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 22:06:23 +0000 https://bsdnews.org/celebrate-chanukah-with-these-fun-traditions-childrens-newspaper/ Hanukkah celebrates the victory of light over darkness (Credit: YB13D, / CC BY-SA 4.0 / Ccreativecommons.org) Hanukkah is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. The eight-day winter festival begins on the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month of the Jewish calendar. This year, the celebrations will run from November 28, 2021 to […]]]>
Hanukkah celebrates the victory of light over darkness (Credit: YB13D, / CC BY-SA 4.0 / Ccreativecommons.org)

Hanukkah is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. The eight-day winter festival begins on the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month of the Jewish calendar. This year, the celebrations will run from November 28, 2021 to December 6, 2021. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah celebrates the victory well finished wrong and is a happy opportunity with many fun traditions.

The lighting of the Hanukkah, or menorah

The Guinness World Record for the largest display of menorahs (100 was set, in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, December 8, 2013 (Guinnessworldrecords.com)

The most important of all Chanukah traditions is to light the Chanukah – a special nine-branched candelabra or menorah. Eight candles are lit one by one to mark each day of the festival. A ninth candle, known as a shamash (help), is used to light others.

The old custom is credited has a miracle story described in the Talmud, a book of Jewish religious teachings. It dates back over 2,000 years when Antiochus IV Epiphanes captured Judea, or the Land of Israel. The Greek king, who reigned from 175 BC to 164 BC, banned Judaism and forced the Jewish people to worship Greek deities instead of. He also has violated the Second Temple in Jerusalem by installing a altar to Zeus and sacrificing pigs – considered non-kosher or unfit for consumption in Jewish culture – inside the sacred structure.

A success uprising led by a Jewish priest named Mattathias and his five sons helped reclaim the temple. When the devotees entered, they found a small amount of oil – enough to light the menorah for a single day. However, the candles burned for eight consecutive days, giving them enough time to prepare a new batch of kosher oil. Shortly thereafter, a festival was declared to commemorate miracle oil, and Hanukkah, or Hanukkah – “devotion“in Hebrew – was born.

Delicious fried food

Sufganiyot (s, or jelly-filled donuts, are very popular during Chanukah. (Credit: Noam Furer / CC0 / Wikimedia Commons

As with most festivals, food plays a pivot role in the celebration. To honor the miracle oil that led to the start of the holiday, many traditional Hanukkas delicacies are fried. Favorites include latkes, or potato pancakes, and jelly-filled donuts called sufganiyot.. Beef brisket, matzo ball soup and, Brioche – a braided egg bun – are also popular during Chanukah.

Play dreidel

Dreidel may have its origin in ancient times (Photo credit: Adiel lo? CC-BY-SA-3.0 / Wikimedia Commons)

After dinner, it’s time to play! The most popular involves a dreidel – a spinning top with Hebrew letters serious on each of its four sides. Together they form the acronym for “Nes Gadol Haya Sham” – Hebrew for “a great miracle has happened here.”

The game is pretty straightforward. All players receive an equal number of game pieces, such as dried fruit or chocolate pieces, called gelt. Participants Give a game coin in a shared pot, then take turns spinning the dreidel. Depending on which side it lands on, they can lose a game piece in the split pot or hit the jackpot and take the whole hideout.

The origins of the animated game are unclear. Some believe it dates back to the reign of King Antiochus IV. Prohibited to practice Judaism in public, Jews often read the Torah secretly. Seeing the Greek troops, they hid the sacred texts and pretend to play with it dreidel. Others, however, believe that the game has origins.

Give as a gift

Coins or get covered in chocolate were originally the gifts of choice during Chanukah (Credit: Evan-Amos / CC0 / Wikimedia Commons)

Initially, gelts – whether real coins or chocolate coated coins – were the gift of choice during Chanukah. However, thanks to the festival proximity at Christmas, tradition has evolved see you substantial gifts. Jewish children are particularly fond of ritual given that they get a gift, or two, for eight consecutive days!

Hanukkah Sameach!

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