×Hoboken murder Hoboken murder HOBOKEN — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old male in Hoboken on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24.A spokesman for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said the shooting took place around 3 p.m. inside an apartment in the 300 Marshall Drive building in the Hoboken public housing projects. The projects are located in Hoboken’s southwest corner.The mile-square city usually vacillates between 0 and 1 murders per year. However, drug arrests in that part of town are not uncommon.“The investigation is ongoing but we can confirm that there was a homicide in an apartment of 300 Marshall Drive this afternoon of an 18 year-old male,” said Police Chief Ken Ferrante. “Media inquiries are to go to through the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office but if anyone has any information please contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office of our investigative bureau at (201) 420-2110.”Three years ago, three teens from Jersey City were arrested for an alleged ‘knockout game” assault of a homeless man a few blocks away.
The AIC, Italian players union, who already requested and achieved the suspension of soccer in the country, prepared a public note criticizing the behavior of some clubs for forcing players to train or go to medical reviews.The note begins: “The AIC, at a delicate moment for the country, is forced, despite everything, to denounce the paradoxical situation that is occurring in some professional clubs. Despite the intervention of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, which adopted urgent measures by decree to contain contagion throughout the national territory until March 25, 2020We are saddened and outraged to continue to appreciate reckless behavior in the national and international context of some clubs that persist in summoning athletes to train in small groups, or worse, for daily temperature control“ The complaint is contained in a long note from AIC, which refers to some Serie B clubs: “If the clubs summon players in Italy for the sole purpose of controlling the fever or not, they force them to move house, meet people, attend places to get data that they can easily communicate on the phone, and that is a shamefully irresponsible act Many people are forced to work to allow us a minimum of necessary services. It is also offensive to those on the front line, doctors, nurses, and medical personnel, who implore us to stay home. Clubs should explain what is in the national interest to keep athletes in shape who, at best, will not resume their activities before mid-April. This means that they are living on another planet. If the call is aimed at obtaining the players’ refusal and then proceeding to reduce their emoluments, it means that we are scraping the bottom of the barrel of dignity. In short, today in Italy there are still football clubs that are embarrassingly irresponsible, live on Mars or lack a minimum of dignity. We take this opportunity to give ubig hug to the many doctors, nurses and healthcare staff that these days and in the coming weeks they will need the support of all of Italy. “
Afghanistan today is a country with a majority Muslim population, but before the arrival of Islam in these parts of the world in the 7th century, it had a thriving Buddhist community that left some magnificent monuments as a testimony of a long-gone era. It was during the 1st century AD that Buddhism came to Afghanistan, brought by pilgrims of the Kushan Empire ― a realm tucked in beneath the Himalayas, which existed from the early 1st to 3rd century.Kanishka the Great, Kushan’s most famous and celebrated Emperor, was also a great patron of Buddhism. The religion flourished in Central Asia during his reign. Monasteries and colossal statues were built and caves were dug deep into sandstone, to attract various pilgrims from the East and hermits dedicated to a life of meditation.Ancient Buddhist cave, Jalalabad. Photo by Todd Huffman CC By 2.0But Kanishka’s affection toward the religion came secondary to diplomatic attempts to extend the then-developing Silk Road ― a trading network running through the whole of Asia ― which facilitated the spread of Buddhism across the Karakoram range to India, China, and other Asian countries.Nevertheless, Buddhist architects and craftsmen created some of the most astounding sculptures and buildings in the region. In the town of Bamyan, for example, there were two magnificent statues, more than 175 feet tall, carved into cliffs, as well as caves intended for prayer and around ten monasteries.Members of a French archaeological team walk on top of a giant 4th century Buddhist stupa cut into a mountain, on October 11, 2006 in Samangan province, Afghanistan. The artifacts were saved from the looting of the Afghan national museum during the civil war of the 1990s and then the Taliban regime, which destroyed many pieces. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)According to a testimony written by a 7th-century monk, the statues were decorated in “dazzling golden color and adorned with brilliant gems.”Considered by many to be the most important cultural landmarks of the region, they attracted numerous pilgrims throughout the ages. Unfortunately, even though the Buddha statues built in the sixth century survived the test of time, they were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.Two women walk past the cavity where one of the ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan, known to locals as the “Father Buddha,” used to stand. Photo by Dvidshub CC By 2.0However, Bamyan wasn’t the only holy place for Buddhists in Afghanistan. On the banks of the Khulm River, the ancient town Samangan was once home to hundreds of monks who dwelled in and around the rock-cut cave monastery complex with a giant dome, traditionally called a “stupa” among Buddhists.According to a myth, it was in this exact stupa that the Persian King Rostam married his bride Tamina. Built between the fourth and fifth century, the stupa bears the name Takht-e-Rostam, meaning the Throne of Rostam, as a reference to the king’s lavish wedding.One of the standing Buddhas of BamiyanBuddhist stupas are usually built above ground level, but what makes the Takht-e-Rostam so special is that it was carved into the mountain rock. Since it was built during the great turmoil and eventual fall of the Kushan Empire, it is presumed that the monastery complex was built in the cliffs as a means of camouflaging it from unwanted guests, like the Hephthalites, the Huns, or the emerging Gupta Empire, whose power was growing while the Kushans were in the sunset of their reign.Strange Ancient Places Around the worldTogether with the ruins of Samangan, another archaeological site of great historic importance sits just 25 miles from Kabul. The ancient settlement of Mes Aynak was known both for its multistory monastery complexes, surrounded by walls and watchtowers, and its copper production dating back to antiquity.Buddhas of BamiyanZemaryalai Tarzi, an Afghan archaeologist stated in a 2015 interview for National Geographic regarding the Mes Aynak:“I do not know of any other site where monasteries coexisted in perfect [symbiosis] with production or industrial centers. These kinds of tight relationships between Buddhist monasteries and the industrial or commercial exploiters of natural resources have no precedent.”The Afghan cemetery in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.Within the site, archaeologists have found many artifacts including statues, cups and gold jewelry, confirming that this particular Buddhist colony was inhabited by wealthy monks who controlled or in some other way participated in the copper mining operations.Kyauk Kalap Temple is the famous Buddhist landmark with a golden pagoda on top of the rock in the middle of the lake at Hpa An, Myanmar.The site is today a target of Chinese investors who struck a deal with the Afghan government in 2007, to assume rights to extract 12.5 million tons of copper worth tens of billions of dollars. Of course, such actions would surely jeopardize the archaeological site.The international community has urged the investors to postpone their plan until the site is thoroughly examined and as many artifacts as possible are extracted.The Buddha of Kakrak. Photo by Mirko Rizzotto CC BY Sa 4.0Since the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul is in bad shape due to decades of conflict which plagued the country, the capacity for storing artifacts also comes as an issue. Due to a great number of findings, only the most important ones get to be stored.Read another story from us: An ordinary rabbit hole on a farmer’s land revealed mysterious caves that include two Knights Templar crossesCaught in a crossfire between lucrative foreign investments and the consequences of long-term conflicts, the Afghan government finds it difficult to handle archaeological operations. This part of the world’s cultural heritage might be lost forever, as the last traces of Afghanistan’s Buddhist community are disappearing before our very eyes.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.