Britain Backs Scottish Spaceport Plan With $40 Million in Grants

FARNBOROUGH, England —Britain wants to build its first spaceport for launching satellites in Scotland, with the government kick-starting the project by handing almost £30 million ($40 million) in grants to companies including Lockheed Martin.

UK Business Minister Greg Clark said the new site at Sutherland on the northerly-most tip of mainland Scotland would provide facilities for vertically-launched space rockets and satellites to take off into orbit.

Under the plans announced on Monday, July 16, U.S. group Lockheed and its partners will receive £23.5 million in grants from the UK Space Agency which will go toward establishing launch operations at Sutherland and developing a new system for deploying small satellites in Reading, southern England.

London-based Orbex has received £5.5 million to build a new rocket launch from the site at Sutherland, which will help develop its orbital launch vehicle to deliver the small satellites into orbit.

The government said the investments were the first steps to developing a national space program.

 

https://www.theepochtimes.com/britain-backs-scottish-spaceport-plan-with-40-million-in-grants_2593072.html

Hundreds reenact 1410 Battle of Grunwald in northern Poland

Hundreds of enthusiasts from across Europe and beyond have flocked to northern Poland over the weekend for an annual reenactment of the 1410 Battle of Grunwald, one of the biggest battles of mediaeval Europe.

 

Some 1,300 reenactors wearing historical costumes on Saturday staged the famous battle in the Fields of Grunwald for the 21st time, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

Sunday marks exactly 608 years since allied Polish and Lithuanian forces crushed the Knights of the Teutonic Order in what is considered to be one of the most glorious and significant military victories in Polish history.

Fought on July 15, 1410, the Battle of Grunwald saw Polish King Władysław Jagiełło and his army of allied forces defeat the war machine of the Teutonic Knights, which had previously been regarded as invincible.

Saturday’s reenactment, which attracted around 15,000 spectators, featured actors on horseback as well as foot, sporting heavy armour and playing the parts of knights, squires and archers on both sides.

As every year, highlights included the staging of a scene in which two bare swords were handed to King Jagiełło by Teutonic heralds before the battle and the death of Teutonic Grandmaster Ulrich von Jungingen, a key point in the battle.

 

History enthusiasts from countries including Hungary, Ukraine and Germany took part in this year’s event, alongside Polish reenactors, PAP reported. There was also a group of first-timers from South Africa, according to the news agency.

As in previous years, the main part of the show began with the singing of the powerful medieval anthem Bogurodzica (Mother of God), which the Polish knights intoned before the battle more than six centuries ago, public broadcaster TVP Info reported.

 

http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/373084,Hundreds-reenact-1410-Battle-of-Grunwald-in-northern-Poland

Uganda: “The church members are now living in great fear for their lives and have stopped attending church services”

Muslims told the Christian pastor to stop construction of his church, because they had discovered he was a convert from Islam. Worse could be coming. Islamic apologists in the West routinely insist that Islam has no death penalty for apostasy, but as always, reality is otherwise. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”

“Islamist Violence against Christians in Uganda Injures Pastors, Stops Church Services,” Morning Star News, July 13, 2018:

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) …Threats by Muslims in Mazuba village, Namutumba District, stopped worship services in a half-constructed church building and led the pastor to send his children to another town, he said.

“The church members are now living in great fear for their lives and have stopped attending church services,” pastor Maseruwa Budallah told Morning Star News.

The 55-year-old pastor had resettled his family in Mazuba five years ago after fleeing persecution by Muslims in Sironko village, 70 kilometers (43 miles) away. In April, Muslims in Mazuba noticed that some Muslims had become Christians and were attending his church, and Muslim schoolchildren learned from Christian children that the pastor had left Islam to become a Christian.

Word that he was a convert from Islam spread quickly, and Muslim schoolchildren began bullying the pastor’s eight children, Pastor Budallah said. As area Muslims threatened to kill his children, the pastor and his wife felt compelled to send them to a boarding school in another town.

At beginning of the year Pastor Budallah donated a part of his land for construction of a church building. After walls had been built, however, area Muslims learned that he was a convert from Islam and put a stop to construction, he said. Besides confronting the pastor – telling him to stop construction as well as discontinue worship services – they have sent him threatening messages, he said.

“We know your tricks, that your intention of building the church is for you to convert our members to Christianity,” they wrote in a letter on May 8. “If you continue building the church, then you are risking your life as well as the life of your church members.”

Pastor Budallah also received threatening messages from his relatives back in Sironko, he said.

“You have refused to come back home, and we hear that you have started building a church for infidels,” read one text message. “Know that Allah is going to deal with you soon, and you will not finish it nor pray in it.”…

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/07/uganda-the-church-members-are-now-living-in-great-fear-for-their-lives-and-have-stopped-attending-church-services