The Ark of the Covenant is a mythical artefact from the ancient world

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Myths and legends from ancient times Mythical: The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon, painted in 1890, is in the Art Gallery of NSW collection.

Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant by Benjamin West, 1800.

Indiana Jones with the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

TweetFacebook Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones races against theNazis to find another mythical object from the ancientworld – the Ark of the Covenant.

In the film, the Nazis believed that if they acquired the ark, their armies wouldbecome invincible.

The Ark of the Covenant is one subject to be examinedin Newcastle on Monday at alecturetitled, Abyssinia – 3000 Years of Ethiopian Art and History.

Some believe the ark made its way to Ethiopia.

Ancient Hebrews were saidto have built the ark about3000 years agoto store the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written.

TheBook of Exodus described the ark as being a gold-covered wooden chest.

The Ethiopian church claims to possess the original ark, which it keeps under guard.

Christopher Bradley will give Monday’s lecture at the Hunter School of the Performing Arts at 6.30pm.

Hespecialises in the history and art of the Islamic world. He’s a writer and photographer, who has published a dozen travel guidebooks about the Middle East and North Africa.

He’ll also talk about thestriking images in the Kebra Nagast, aholy book,whichdescribeshow the ark supposedly came to Ethiopia.

It also chronicles a fabled biblical meeting betweenthe Ethiopian Queen of Sheba and the Jewish King Solomon.

The event will be run by the Newcastle branch of the n Decorative & Fine Arts Societies.For bookings, email [email protected]成都模特佳丽招聘.au or phone 0455-333-021.

Man V Tank’s strongest man,Gosford’sEddie Williams, will attempt to pull an 8-tonne army tank in Melbourne on Saturday.

Gosford strongman Eddie Williams.

Eddie, the reigning champion of ‘sannualstrongmancontest,will be up against a dozen of the world’s strongest men.

A Guinness world record will be on the line for the fastest time to pull a tank over 10 metres.

Alexander de Giorgio, a World of Tanks director, said the event would show “the true power of man versus tank”.

The event,part ofArnold ProStrongman, will be held ata festival founded by –you guessed it – Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“We have hadtruck-pull events in the past, but this is the first ever tank-pull event, so it will certainly be one to watch,” said Tony Doherty, the festival organiser and Arnold’sbusiness partner.

Hunter homeless numbers on the rise according to census

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DETAILED information released this week from the 2016 census has thrown a light on the state of homelessness in our community, and in more broadly.

According to the n Bureau of Statistics, more than 116,400 people were classified as homeless on census night, an increase of about 14,000 on the 2011 figures, which were up by a similar amount on the 2006 census.

In the Hunter region, the number of homeless on census night totalled 1747, an increase of about 12 per cent on the 2011 figure. The Newcastle and Lake Macquarie total was 1208, up from 1068 in 2011. In relative terms, the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie figures were in line with the national rate, with about one person in 200 defined as homeless.

The figures do not just include those sleeping rough. They also take inthose living in supported accommodation for the homeless, those staying temporarily with others, those in boarding houses, temporary lodgings and “severely” crowded lodgings.

But regardless of the finer points of each person’s form of shelter, the reality is that for this slice of the population, many of the everyday things that the vast majority of us take for granted are effectively out of reach.

As the ABS says in a release accompanying the data, homelessness is more than a shortage of houses, with domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, family breakdown and drug-and-alcohol abuse all contributing to the situation.

What this means, effectively, is that homelessness is very often a symptom of other difficulties, as well as an issue to be tackled by itself.

To this end,Compass Housing Services,set up more than 30 years ago in Newcastle, has grown to manage more than 4400 properties across NSW, Queensland and New Zealand.

Former UK academic David Adamson, an emeritus professor with the University of NSWwho joined Compass in 2015, says it’s astounding that does not have a national plan for homelessness. Credited with some notable successes on housing and poverty in the UK, Professor Adamson says we need evidence-based policies in order to counter thisgrowing problem. For a nation as wealthy as , an increasing rate of homelessness is another sign of a society typified by growing inequality.

ISSUE: 38,749.

Injured Cowboy Morgan out of Qld NRL derby

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Michael Morgan (right) has been ruled out of the Cowboys’ match against Brisbane.It might have been tempting but North Queensland coach Paul Green has opted not to risk prized playmaker Michael Morgan in Friday night’s NRL blockbuster derby against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

Morgan was named on an extended bench and looked set to return from an abdominal strain that sidelined him for their round-one win over Cronulla. He had trained on Thursday morning with the Cowboys.

However, the North Queensland five-eighth was a no-show when the team flew out of Townsville for the derby.

Green is fairly confident Morgan will return next week against Melbourne after deciding to keep his match-winner on ice for another week.

“No, Morgo won’t play. At this stage, we don’t want to be taking the risk,” Green said.

“He was pretty close but he hadn’t improved enough so, if he did play tomorrow night, it would have taken him a fair while to get over the game.

“That’s the nature of the injury.

“An injury like this can hang around all season – we want to avoid that if we can.”

Green was confident Te Maire Martin could again step up in the halves alongside Johnathan Thurston after impressing last week in Morgan’s absence.

“Te did a great job. It was the first time he had played alongside Johnno in the halves so that combination will get better and, hopefully, it does tomorrow night,” Green said.

After missing Thurston’s 300th NRL game last round, Morgan will also be sidelined on Friday night for Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein’s 200th top-grade match.

Winterstein debuted in 2009 at Brisbane before linking two years later with the Cowboys.

“We don’t need an excuse to get up for this game,” Green said of the derby.

“(But) I think, deep down, there’s a lot of respect for Antonio in the team and I’m sure the boys would like to repay that with a good performance.

“It’s a huge achievement for anyone to play 200 games in the NRL. It’s a sign of longevity and consistency so it’s a wonderful achievement for him.”

Fyfe motivated to be best player in AFL

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Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe says he is primed and motivated to return to AFL career-best form.Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe is back in top shape and wants to reclaim the mantle of being the AFL’s best player.

The superstar midfielder broke his leg during Fremantle’s 2015 preliminary-final loss to Hawthorn, just days before winning the Brownlow Medal.

Another fracture of the same leg restricted Fyfe to just five games in 2016 and had kept him from returning to his explosive best.

But with a full pre-season under his belt, Fyfe is determined to overtake Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield as the league’s best player.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t motivated individually by being the best player I can be and, potentially, being unanimously recognised as the best player does have some real motivation aspects to it,” Fyfe told reporters on Thursday.

“As the captain of a footy club, it takes somewhat of a back seat to getting our team going and really performing as a team.

“But I will acknowledge that it does have some motivational value.”

Despite being below his best last season during his 21 games, Fyfe still managed to place third in Fremantle’s best-and-fairest count.

The 26-year-old’s return to top shape will come as welcome news for Fremantle fans as the Dockers look to improve on last year’s 14th-placed finish.

“I’ve stacked a lot of work of actual high-intensity football, which is different to just running around the boundary line chasing the white line,” Fyfe said.

“I’m fit; I’m seeing the game pretty well at the moment; I’m enjoying working with our young midfielders and our experienced midfielders.

“I’m looking forward to what the year can bring.”

Entering their third season of a rebuild under coach Ross Lyon, Fremantle have added handy recruits Nathan Wilson and Brandon Matera and promising draftees led by top pick Andrew Brayshaw.

Troubled midfielder Harley Bennell’s future remains clouded, but Fyfe believes the Dockers are primed to again be in finals contention.

“We’re at a point where we’ve invested in youth, we’ve got games into young players and we’ve traded to get experienced players into our team,” Fyfe said.

“Anything is possible for us.”

Short Takes for March 16 2018

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MAYBE Save our Rail needs to come back as Save our Rail Seats (“Flipped out”, Herald 15/3). As a semi-regular commuter on the Newcastle to Sydney train I can say that facing forward is better. To the bureaucrats making these decisions: we elect your political bosses and we like the flip seats. To our elected representatives: do your job.

Andrew Whitbread-Brown,Cardiff HeightsI’m not sure how Darryl Tuckwell (Short Takes 14/3) equates West Tigers defeating the Sydney Roosters with joining a union to defeat the big end of town. However, I do know that the “big end of town” is pouring many millions of dollars into this region at the moment and while they are prepared to continue that, I think we should let them get on with it.

David Stuart,MerewetherI ONLY noticed whilst reading your newspaper yesterday that Stephen Hawking had died on Einstein’s birthday! How do you explain that coincidence scientifically?

Lesley Comerford,New LambtonIN reply to Craig Budden (Short Takes 13/3) who claims the Federal government is creating 30,000 jobs per month:please enlighten the thousands of desperate unemployed in Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide andTasmania as to where these fairy tale avenues of employment are situated.

John William Hill,WilliamtownIN response to John Fear (Letters 15/3), not all of us have the luxury of being able to wander around the Newcastle’s central business district not conducting business. Perhaps, the “business-type people”get annoyed at the leisurely type people for pouring salt into their working wounds.

Stephanie Thompson,HamiltonRELATED: Today’s letters to the editorMYhusband and I had the privilege of knowing Bernie Farrell (“Justice for Bernie”, Herald 13/3). He was a very lovely man, a real gentleman. Bernie also had a good sense of humour. He is sadly missed. Please give yourself up, if not for his family then for the friends that cared for him.

Chris Macdonald,KaruahCORBO at his best(“Driving the rest of us crazy”, Herald 10/3).Haven’t laughed as much for ages.

Scott Bennett,New LambtonWITH the beautification of the Warners Bay foreshore, Lake Macquarie City Council needs to be applauded for the work that’s being done. What would really cap it off is if the immediate shallow waters were dredged of the rubbish and seaweed and replaced with clean sand. The water is only knee-deep for a fair way out, but it needs to be cleaned up.

Neil Meyers,Warners BayPAT Wilson (Letters 13/3): the young ones today don’t need advice guidance or in most trades education. They already know it all. Us tradies with 35 or more years under our belt are just useless, apparently. The one saving grace is Generation Know-It-All probably won’t live to old age with the crap they consume, and they will all go blind from staring at screens all day and night.I think I will have enough work until I am 120.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

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