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Before the advent of the computer,
smart phones and other technological
advancements, children found joy in
turning throw-away items into fun
toys or spending hours competing at
games such as hopscotch.
Adults would often join in the play,
subtly passing on traditions and unifying
the community. The village of Mason
Hall will take patrons on a trip down
memory lane to a time when a funda-
mental aspect of living, was re-estab-
lishing the sporting and cultural
practices that society has now seem-
ingly forgotten. Come be a part of age-
old games including Double Dutch,
marble pitching and hula hoops at this
year's edition of 'Games We Used to
Play.' The event will take place on Sun-
day, August 30th, from 1:30 pm at the
Mason Hall Recreational Grounds.
Experience the unique goat and
crab races in the scenic village of
Buccoo; spend the day visiting the in-
famous Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool.
Partake in cuisine that will have your
palates craving for more.
It's a fun filled day for the entire
family; something for everyone to
enjoy. From the Shore Line fishing
competition at 7:00 am to the tours of
the Reef at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm; it
will definitely be a family filled experi-
ence. Later that evening, don't miss
the Goat and Crab races from 3:00 pm
and later, wind down from 7:00pm
with a cultural explosion and Night
Market for your listening and viewing
Islamic State (Isis) has pub-
lished images of what appears
to be the destruction of the
Temple of Baalshamin at the
ancient ruins of Palmyra in
The photos showing militants
rigging the temple with explo-
sives and a large explosion were
circulated by the jihadist group s
Syrian officials and activists
said on Sunday that it had been
The UN s cultural organisation
said the deliberate destruction
of Syria s cultural heritage was
a war crime.
Unesco s director-general,
Irina Bokova, accused Isis of
seeking to "deprive the Syrian
people of its knowledge, its iden-
tity and history."
She also expressed outrage at
the beheading last week of
Khaled al-Asaad, the retired chief
archaeologist at Palmyra, who
refused to co-operate with Isis.
The Temple of Baalshamin
was built nearly 2,000 years ago
and was considered the second
most important structure at
Palmyra---the monumental ruins
of a great city that was one of
the most important cultural cen-
tres of the ancient world.
Syria s director of antiquities,
Maamoun Abdul Karim, said IS
militants had packed the Grae-
co-Roman temple with large
quantities of explosives and det-
onated them on Sunday, bringing
down the inner sanctum, or
cella, and surrounding pillars.
Three of the images published
online yesterday appear to show
men placing barrels of explosives
connected with detonating cord
around the temple s interior and
on several exterior columns.
Another image shows a large
explosion and plume of smoke,
and a fifth shows the aftermath,
with piles of rubble where the
temple used to be.
Site contains monumental
ruins of great city, once one of
the most important cultural cen-
tres of the ancient world
Art and architecture, from the
1st and 2nd Centuries, combine
Greco-Roman techniques with
local traditions and Persian influ-
Site boasts a number of mon-
umental projects, more than
1,000 columns, and a formidable
necropolis of more than 500
More than 150,000 tourists
visited Palmyra every year before
the Syrian conflict
One caption reads: "The com-
plete destruction of the pagan
The images could not be inde-
pendently verified, but they car-
ried a logo Isis often uses for
propaganda from Palmyra, which
the group captured from Syrian
government forces in May.
The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights, a UK-based
group that monitors the conflict
in Syria, reported that the temple
was destroyed a month ago.
Isis has ransacked and demol-
ished several similar ancient sites
that pre-date Islam in Iraq, see-
ing them as symbols of "idola-
Until the temple was brought
down, they had only demolished
a statue of a lion from Palmyra,
though they used the site s the-
atre to stage the public execution
by children of more than 20 cap-
tured Syrian army soldiers.
Syria's director of antiquities said the Temple of Baalshamin was blown up on Sunday.
The oldest parts of the temple, seen here in 2014, dated back to the 1st Century AD.
Islamic State photos 'show
Palmyra temple destruction'
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