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Art Expert Eliminates 200-Year-Old Yellowing Varnish From A 399-Year-Old Painting, And Also The Distinction Is Unbelievable

A protective surface is related to keep paintings risk-free from wear, yet they will discolor as an outcome of time passing. About two a century back, somebody covered a 1618 oil picture of an unknown girl with a thick layer of varnish as well as it had not been until lately that truth colors of the artwork were unearthed. Art professional and also host of the BBC One show Phony or Lot of money Philip Mould shared video footage with his followers, revealing the cautious removal of the protective varnish from the paint, and the improvement looks sensational.

“An exceptional Jacobean re-emergence after 200 years of yellowing varnish,” he composed on Twitter. Many information of the “Lady in Red” are shed, and also all that we understand is that she was 36 years old at the time. While art reconstruction often takes a terribly wrong turn, the speaker showed a high level of know-how when exposing the lush colors hiding under the safety surface.

“The painting was originally in a private collection in England,” Mould informed The Telegraph.”We started reconstruction of paint after extensive screening of the varnish on an oil surface area on oak panel. A blend of gel and solvent was created, especially just to remove the varnish and also not to harm the underlying paint. It’s various from normal repair, with the gel suspending the solvent and also working in a much more manageable way.”

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50 Photos of Cape Town That Will Make You Want To Live There

Cape Town is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, with so many people around the globe captivated by all the spectacular gems it has to offer. To celebrate its beauty, we’ve rounded up 50 photos of Cape Town that best represent the pretty city’s people, scenes and landscapes. In no particular order, take a look at the breathtaking and exciting Mother City gems!

50. Truth Coffee

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This “steampunk” coffee shop on Buitenkant Street was named the best coffee shop in the world by respected travel journalist Tom Midlane. Truth’s interior, designed by Heldane Martin, draws on the ‘steampunk aesthetic’ which translates into imagery of nineteenth-century heavy industry. Grab a flat white at this famous Cape Town coffee shop and take in the unique vibe.

49. The Big Issue

Written by professional journalists and sold by willing unemployed and marginalised adults which helps them take responsibility for their own lives. The Big Issue is a social upliftment initiative operating on four continents. In Cape Town, The Big Issue is a welcomed feature in the city’s streets and friendly vendors can be found at intersections throughout the City Bowl. Big Issue vendors are independent salespeople.  The magazine costs R25 and R12.50 goes to the vendor. Find out more on The Big Issue’s Facebook page.

48. Noordhoek

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Situated at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, the Noordhoek valley is one of Cape Town’s most treasured coastal hideaways. It has a rural atmosphere and is famous for the beach, its vast wetlands, the vibey Red Herring and amiable village atmosphere.

47. Groot Constantia

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The Winelands are synonymous with the Western Cape, so a trip to the coastal city demands a Winelands tour. As the oldest wine estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia is just one of the established estates that dot the fertile landscape of the Cape wine region. It can get very busy owing to its close proximity to the Cape Town city centre and it’s popular with large tour groups.

46. Cape Town Airport

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As a major gateway to the Mother City, we could not leave out Cape Town International Airport. It’s the second-largest airport in South Africa and welcomes well over 1 million foreign visitors annually. Operationally, it has been the recipient of many accolades including being voted the best airport in Africa in 2018 by Skytrax.

45. Llandudno

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Set at the foot of one of Cape Town’s most alluring and exclusive suburbs, Llandudno’s beach is in the same league as Clifton and Camps Bay when it comes to popularity, only it has a lot less parking space available. Get there early to reap the rewards of this Blue Flag beach where surfers, lifesavers and sunbathers romp side by side in one of the Southern Hemisphere’s best seaside settings.

44. Greenmarket Square

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Merchants from all over Africa converge on Greenmarket Square to sell a wide variety of goods. It’s not so much a local hangout as it is a hotspot for tourists with a severe souvenir obsession, but even residents can’t deny that the vibe here in the centre of Cape Town is something special. You can catch buskers and jazz concerts in the square throughout the year.

43. Festivals

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Festivals and trance parties are part and parcel of living in the Mother City and you can be sure there’s at least one happening somewhere every other weekend. From Rocking the Daisies and Up the Creek to Earthdance, Vortex and many others in between, this is your signal to round up your mates, grab your tent and drive into the abyss of mystical visuals, amazing energy and endless dancing.

42. Oudekraal

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Oudekraal is just one of many hidden nooks on the Atlantic Seaboard. The beach at Oudekraal forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.  SANParks asks an R41 per adult and R26 per child entrance fee. It’s a popular dive site and swimming spot, and there are public braai spots available.

41. Table Mountain Aerial Cable Way

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This should be your first port of call on a trip to the Mother City. The cableway whizzes to the top of Table Mountain at 10 metres per second, all the while providing an easy path to the best views of the Mother City and her surrounds.

40. Adderley Street Flower Market

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The flower sellers that occupy the arcade off Adderley Street in the CBD have been there for more than 100 years and always deliver a range of freshly cut flowers at reasonable prices.

39. Paragliding

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“Why fly? For once you have tested flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

These words couldn’t be truer when it comes to paragliding in the Cape. Silently gliding over the sea and mountain with just the flapping of your wing occasionally breaking the silence, a Cape Town paragliding adventure might be just what you need if it’s solitude with a view you’re after.

38. Company’s Garden

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This inner-city greenbelt is shrouded in Cape history, having been established in 1652 by Dutch settlers. Today it’s a favourite lunchtime escape for weary office workers who come to relax in the garden’s manicured surroundings. There are also a number of museums in the vicinity, including the Iziko Museum’s South African Museum, the South African Jewish Museum, the District Six Museum, as well as the South African National Gallery.

37. Mzoli’s

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Since Mzoli’s opened in early 2003, the restaurant has become a popular gathering spot amongst local’s and international visitors alike. People from all walks of life come to Mzoli’s Place in the heart of Gugulethu to shake off all inhibitions and celebrate the Kasi way of life in the most welcoming atmosphere imaginable, not to mention, indulging in the ultimate, authentic ‘Shisa Nyama’ experience.

36. Silvermine

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Forming part of the Table Mountain National Park, Silvermine Nature Reserve is where local residents go to picnic, hike and mountain bike amongst indigenous fynbos vegetation. It’s popular because it’s easily accessible from the city and its suburbs, and the hikes are decidedly gentler than the more demanding scrambles up and down Table Mountain National Park.

35. UCT

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Located in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, the University of Cape Town is one of the top education institutions on the African continent. But its accolades are only a small part of a long and proud history that includes being South Africa’s oldest university. Today the campus is one of the most diverse campuses in South Africa, with staff and students hailing from more than 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world.

34. Kaapse Klopse Carnival

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Every year in January the streets of Cape Town come alive with colour and the sound of trumpets as the Cape Minstrels take to the streets in inimitable style. Tweede Nuwe jaar is an age-old Cape tradition that was originally introduced by the Muslim slaves who celebrated their only day off work in the whole year. Nowadays men, women and children march from the Grand Parade, through the CBD streets and Bo-Kaap, singing and dancing. They are clad in colourful, shiny suits, white hats and carry a sun umbrella.

33. Small Wave Grovelling at Muizenberg

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The self-proclaimed home of South African surfing, Muizenberg is where you’ll find the oldest surf shop in the country, Gary’s Surf School, and a world record for the most surfers to ride a single wave at the same time.

32. Shark Spotters

Perched on strategic viewpoints above the surf, full-time shark spotters operate at Fish Hoek,Muizenberg, St James and Noordhoek all year round. The Shark Spotting programme is a registered NPO managed by Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group. These spots offer epic views and photo opportunities.

31. Market on the Wharf

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It’s no secret that Capetonians love all things relating to good food, good vibes and good times and Market on the Wharf at the V&A Waterfront provides a suitable platform for all that goodness to merge. The result – a vibrant meeting place for local merchants, suppliers and visitors where discussion and trade are focused on, offering everything from organic food to sweet treats, oysters, cheese, craft beer and even home ware products and clothing.

30. Long Street by day

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During daylight hours Long Street is a bustling inner-city arena full of lunch options, fashion boutiques and antique shops all characterised by Victorian architecture you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in South Africa.

29. Long Street by night

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At night, Cape Town’s iconic street spawns a party scene that’s not for the faint-hearted. For those seeking a night out in town, clubs and bars line each side of the street and tourists and locals rush to and fro’ dodging flashing blue lights and hooting taxis.

28. Signal Hill

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This is where the city comes for sundowners. Signal Hill is a little more accessible than Table Mountain and Lion’s Head but it still offers truly astounding views. Bring your partner here for a romantic glass of wine before the sun sets, or bring the family for a picnic and an ice cream. It’s also a great spot to get up close and personal with launching and landing paragliders.

27. Atlantic Kelp Forests

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While they might seem like a creepy, slimy drawback to your icy Atlantic swim; the kelp beds, found close to the shore off beaches around Cape Town, are in fact recognised as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth.

26. Up Cycle around the Mother City

Get the best views on a bike with Up Cycles. The bike rental service allows locals and tourists the chance to venture around the Atlantic coastline, including Camps Bay and Sea Point as well as riding through Green Point Park and the CBD. Simply arrive at an Up Cycles station (Sea Point Pavilion, V&A Waterfront Silo 5, Camps Bay Strip or Breakaway Café), choose and pay for the duration of the ride you’d like to do, go riding and snap cool photos. When you’ve completed your bike ride you can return the bike to any of the Up Cycles stations. Pricing starts at R70 for one hour.

25. Big Wave Surfing at Dungeons

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Putting South Africa on the big wave surfing map, Dungeons in Hout Bay is a right-hand break known for its power and ability to scare visitors away. Getting to the break is not an easy task, seeing as there is a mountain you have to traverse in order to get there. The best way is to grab a boat out of the bay for a direct ride to the break.

24. Kloof Street

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Durban has Florida Road, Johannesburg has 4th Avenue, and completing the trifecta of popular streets in each of South Africa’s 3 major cities is Kloof Street – the boutique shopping, bar hopping, bistro obliterating, tequila tanking, student swarming delight of Cape Town’s in-crowd.

23. Sea Point Promenade

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The promenade is much-loved for the walking,  jogging and meandering opportunity it offers to anyone who’s looking for a little fresh air and some beautiful views. Busy no matter the time of day, it’s a rare treat to be able to enjoy such untamed beauty while walking on a flat, comfortable path. The promenade also features a free outdoor adult jungle gym.

22. Old Biscuit Mill

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Every Saturday morning, small farmers, beer crafters, designers, artisan chocolate makers, bakers, and vintage collectors and lovers meet at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock to sell, buy, and share ideas. It opens at 09:00  and closes at 14:00.  The building was previously a biscuit mill, and that’s where the name comes from. Come and explore the Mill and meet some of South Africa’s most talented designers, artists, photographers, and connoisseurs of fine taste and décor.

21. Camps Bay Strip

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This is where Cape Town’s idle rich comes to party, soak up the sun cocktail in hand; the ‘strip’ is where lively bars spill on to the pavement and celebrities make merry next to mere mortals. The Camps Bay Strip is a great summer hangout spot!

20. Cape Point

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You can only imagine how the Portuguese sailor, Bartolomeu Dias, must’ve felt on rounding Cape Point – the headland at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula. It’s a wild stretch and a navigator’s nightmare, but you’ll never have to worry about that as you can drive right up to the point and take the stairs or the funicular to the viewpoint.

19. Kirstenbosch Gardens

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Nestled on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden boasts over 22,000 indigenous plant species and was the first botanical garden to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The open-air concerts that are held every Sunday from November to April have come to represent a fitting end to the weekend, attracting the best in local musical talent.

18. Robben Island

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Mandela’s cell on Robben Island is a stark reminder of the adversity that once plagued South Africa. Everyone should visit Robben Island, if not to be humbled, then to be inspired by the island’s history and the stories of the men who rose from obscurity to build a free and fair South Africa.

17. Spring Flowers on the West Coast

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Admittedly this attraction is seasonal but when August does eventually arrive the beautiful display of flowers that comes with it is a must-see natural masterpiece. A drive up the West Coast is a must as it affords the exciting opportunity to, discover epic West Coast gems like beaches, nature reserves, art galleries, and loads of quirky farmstalls.

16. Hout Bay

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The ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ represents a favourite weekend jaunt for Capetonians. Home to the Bay Harbour Market, Dungeons – Africa’s big wave surf spot- and a lively harbour, it’s no wonder this seaside enclave south of Cape Town has such a popular following. Hout Bay has so many attractions to enjoy, be sure to take your camera along and capture some beautiful photos of the unique suburb.

15. Clifton Beach in the height of summer

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Clifton Beach crowns the Cape Town summer hotlist. Thirty plus degrees on the sand and ten degrees or less in the surf – are you brave enough to tempt the cold Atlantic?

14. Fog rolls in over Cape Town City Bowl

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Fog creeps in over the Cape Town City Bowl at night. It’s a surreal scene from Signal Hill as imagery of Gotham City springs to mind. If you find yourself above the city as the fog creeps in, don’t forget to capture it!

13. Cape Town Stadium Capacity Crowd

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Built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Cape Town Stadium continues to play host to football matches and concerts. Located in Green Point, a visit to Cape Town Stadium should be on your Cape Town itinerary. Catch a PSL game and capture the city’s energy with the locals in attendance.

12. Fish ‘n Chips at Kalky’s

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Kalky’s is a favourite amongst locals and tourists. Grab a delicious box of fish ‘n chips to complete your fun day of exploring the quirky and laidback suburb of Kalk Bay. Kalky’s has a charming atmosphere that gives tourists the best experience of the town’s informal fishing industry.

11. Chapman’s Peak Drive

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It’s arguably one of the most scenic drives in South Africa, if not the world. Chapman’s Peak hugs the coast on a cliff between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Affectionately known as “Chappies”, this 9 km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak (593 metres), which is the southerly extension of Constantiaberg.

10. Great White Shark breach in False Bay

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Take a look at this epic photo of a   great white shark breaching  in False Bay (notice prey in its jaws). False Bay is one of the very few places where you are able to see a great white shark breaching. To increase your chances of seeing this magnificent creature, visit Seal Island (Hout Bay) from June to October.

9. Lion’s Head Full Moon Hike

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On windless nights, when the moon is full, hundreds of Capetonians leave work and take the hour-long trek to the summit of Lion’s Head. With the sun setting to the west and the moon rising in the east, the Lion’s Head full moon hike is an experience like no other and it won’t cost you a cent.

8. Colourful Huts at Muizenberg

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These huts at Muizenberg on the False Bay side are another symbol of the Mother City and her colourful vibrant nature.

7. Lightning Strikes Table Bay

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An artful photographer’s touch and mother nature come together in a precise moment as lightning lights up the night sky over Table Bay in Cape Town.

6. Bo Kaap

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Cape Town’s colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood is a visual masterpiece with cobblestoned streets brimming with history. The delicious smell of Cape Malay fare hangs heavy in the air, intercepted every so often by the call to prayer.

5. Kalk Bay Harbour

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One of the most charming little harbours imaginable this side of the Cape Peninusla, Kalk Bay Harbour is a quaint neighbourhood dotted with lively restaurants, great ocean-facing pubs and a gazillion stores to explore.

4. Winelands

South Africa’s world-famous wines are produced mostly in the Cape Winelands – a region of great beauty, fertile soil and historic towns surrounded by impressive mountains. One of South Africa’s most visited destinations; the towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl are less than 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, while Franschhoek is a little further afield.

You might like: 6 Undiscovered Wine Farms Around Cape Town

3. Boulders Beach

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While Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town is beautiful, probably its biggest charm is the colony of African Penguins that reside here. Capture these charismatic penguins in their habitat and remember to respect their surroundings at all times. During summer, you can swim with the penguins and soak up the beautiful beach.

2. V&A Waterfront

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Incorporating an up-scale shopping complex, a world of restaurants, markets, an amphitheatre for outdoor events surrounded by numerous 5-star hotels, the V&A Waterfront is a Cape Town favourite.

1. Cape Town Aerial Photo

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An aerial shot of modern Cape Town with Green Point Stadium in the foreground. It doesn’t get any better than this. One look at this aerial shot of Cape Town and you’ll see why the city is a tourism magnet!

If these photos have made you want to pack up and get a move on to Cape Town then our work here is done. The pictures showcased above are the day-to-day scenes that make the Cape a feature on every nomads bucketlist.

Have you had the opportunity of visiting Cape Town? Let us know what attractions you enjoyed capturing in the comments below.

Also read:

20 Spots Where You Can Experience Cape Town Like a Local
42 Things To Do In Cape Town Under R200

Gov. Ralph Northam admits he was in 1984 yearbook photo showing figures in blackface, KKK hood – The Washington Post

Reporter covering Virginia from the Richmond bureau

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Friday acknowledged appearing in a “clearly racist and offensive” photograph in his 1984 medical school yearbook that shows a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now,” he said. “This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”

Northam, 59, did not say whether he was the man dressed in blackface or the one in a Klan robe and hood.

Calls for his resignation, which began as a trickle, turned into a torrent as the night progressed. Late Friday, even his most trusted allies called for him to step down, including his onetime partner, former governor Terry McAuliffe (D), state Senate and House Democrats, Virginia’s legislative Black Caucus and Planned Parenthood. Pressure built, too, from national Democrats, including presidential hopefuls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Julián Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio.

“Black face in any manner is always racist and never okay,” tweeted Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP. “No matter the party affiliation, we can not stand for such behavior, which is why the @NAACP is calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor @RalphNortham.”

The photo reverberated across the country and shook Virginians, who have struggled with a long and difficult legacy around race.


Ralph Northam’s page in the 1984 yearbook of Eastern Virginia Medical School in which two people are wearing blackface and a KKK costume. (Obtained by The Washington Post)

“Virginia’s history is unfortunately replete with the scars and unhealed wounds caused by racism, bigotry and discrimination,” said Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D), who plans to run for governor in 2021. “It is imperative that Governor Nor­tham hears and truly listens to those who are hurt by this image as he considers what comes next.”

Herring’s remarks, which stopped short of calling for Northam’s resignation, closely echoed sentiments expressed by the state’s U.S. senators, Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner, both Democrats.

Members of the state legislature’s Black Caucus said earlier that “what has been revealed is disgusting, reprehensible, and offensive. We feel complete betrayal. The legacy of slavery, racism, and Jim Crow has been an albatross around the necks of African Americans for over 400 years. These pictures rip off the scabs of an excruciatingly painful history and are a piercing reminder of this nation’s sins. Those who would excuse the pictures are just as culpable.”

The caucus was also grappling with revelations in another yearbook, from Northam’s time at Virginia Military Institute. That book listed one of his nicknames as “Coonman,” which some members interpreted as a racial slur.

A Northam spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the nickname’s meaning.

Hours after his apology, the governor released a video that repeated his contrition but said he intended to serve out the remaining three years of his term.

If Northam were to resign, he would be succeeded by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Fairfax, a descendant of slaves, would serve the remaining years in Northam’s term and then be eligible to run for a full four-year term.

Northam’s resignation would be the first in modern Virginia history.

The image in the yearbook from Eastern Virginia Medical School was on a page with other photos of Northam and personal information about the future governor. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, graduated from the medical school in Norfolk in 1984 after earning an undergraduate degree from VMI.

The yearbook page is labeled “Ralph Shearer Northam” and has photos of him in a jacket and tie, casual clothes and alongside his restored Corvette.

Another photo shows two people, one in plaid pants, bow tie and blackface and the other in a Klan robe. Both appear to be holding beer cans. The person in blackface is smiling. Beneath the photo, Northam lists his alma mater and his interest in pediatrics and offers a quote: “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”

Jack Wilson, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said Northam should step down. “Racism has no place in Virginia,” Wilson said in a statement. “These pictures are wholly inappropriate. If Governor Northam appeared in blackface or dressed in a KKK robe, he should resign immediately.”

Vivian Paige, a longtime political activist in Norfolk who has known Northam since he first ran for office, said she was distraught over the news and felt Northam should step down.

“I’m disappointed and I believe that he can’t lead the party anymore,” said Paige, who is African American. “Ralph and I are a year apart in age. It really cuts to the bone to me that someone would do that at our age. Our generation — the tail end of the baby boom — we grew up in an integrated society. How could you not know that was wrong?”

Several Democratic members of Virginia’s congressional delegation also called for Northam to resign, including Reps. Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria and A. Donald McEachin, who is African American and served with Northam in the state Senate.

The yearbook image was first posted Friday by the website Big League Politics, a conservative outlet founded by Patrick Howley, a former writer for the Daily Caller and Breitbart.

The Washington Post independently confirmed the authenticity of the yearbook by viewing it in the medical school library in Norfolk.

The revelation comes after a wild week for Northam, who was accused by Republicans of advocating infanticide after he made comments defending a bill that would have lifted restrictions on late-term abortions. It was more surprising because Northam has billed himself as the political antidote to Donald Trump — an aw-shucks leader with a boring speaking style and a reputation for honesty. He gained the trust of Republicans, who worked with him last year to pass Medicaid expansion in the state after four years of resisting it under the previous governor, McAuliffe.

House Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) and other Republican leaders released a statement Friday that called the yearbook image “a deeply disturbing and offensive photograph.”

In his statement, Northam said that he recognized “that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”

A Northam ally, Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) defended the governor.

“His whole life has been about exactly the opposite, and that’s what you need to examine, not something that occurred 30 years ago,” Saslaw said. “While it’s in very poor taste, I would think no one in the General Assembly would like their college conduct examined. I would hate to have to go back and examine my two years in the Army. Trust me. I was 18 years old and I was a handful, okay? His life since then has been anything but. It’s been a life of helping people, and many times for free.”

Saslaw later said he agreed with the legislative Black Caucus.

Sen. Richard H. Stuart (R-King George), one of the governor’s closest friends, said he had not been able to talk to Northam about the yearbook and did not know what to make of it, but stood by him.

“He’s my friend and I will always stand up for him,” said Stuart, who also took exception to claims that Northam had advocated infanticide.

Joan Naidorf, whose husband’s yearbook page is opposite Northam’s in the yearbook, said she was surprised the photos are only now coming out, given Northam’s stature in Virginia politics.

“We’ve often wondered over the last 10 years or so why someone didn’t dig this up sooner,” said Naidorf, a nonpracticing emergency room physician who lives in Alexandria.

She said that when she first saw the photo, shortly after the yearbook was published, “I thought: ‘That’s awful.’ I assumed it was something at a drunken frat party.”

She said she didn’t know when or where the photos were taken. Her husband, Tobin, wasn’t available Friday. He met Northam a few times when they worked medical rotations together but weren’t friends, Joan Naidorf said.

Eastern Virginia Medical School allowed students to pick their own photos for their yearbook page, Naidorf said. Her husband chose their engagement photo and other personal pictures. Another student chose a picture of men in blackface and dressed as women in what appears to be a variety-show routine.

Northam has built his 12-year political career on a clean-cut image as a soft-spoken doctor and Army veteran who headed the Honor Council at VMI, a demanding job in which he passed judgment on fellow students accused of lying or violating the school’s honor code.

First elected to the state Senate from Norfolk in 2007, Northam has had a charmed political career. He was courted by Republicans because of his conservative leanings, and was identified early by Kaine, who was then governor, as gubernatorial material because of his experience in both health care and the military. Northam served in the Army for eight years after medical school and treated soldiers wounded in the Persian Gulf War.

After serving as McAuliffe’s lieutenant governor, Northam ran for governor in 2017. During the campaign, he paid special attention to black churches, often attending two or three on Sundays. His home pastor is African American. After the racial violence in Charlottesville that summer, Northam was among the quickest Virginia political figures to react, making an emotional plea that all Confederate monuments should come down.

He later walked that back and now says it should be up to localities, but he said recently that his personal belief is that such statues are harmful.

Northam grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the fishing village of Onancock. His father was a judge and his mother a schoolteacher. Northam and his brother attended a desegregated public high school, where Northam played basketball and baseball.

The origins of blackface date to minstrel shows in the 19th century, when white actors covered themselves in black greasepaint to portray African Americans in a cartoonish, dehumanizing way. The minstrel shows put forth racist notions of African Americans as primitive, childish and inferior.

Last week, Michael Ertel, Florida’s secretary of state, resigned after the emergence of photos from 2005 of him in blackface, apparently mimicking victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Former Fox News and NBC journalist Megyn Kelly stirred controversy in October for defending blackface in Halloween costumes.

Morrison reported from Norfolk. Antonio Olivo in Washington contributed to this report.

Male Escort Exposes 36 Gay Priests in File Sent to Vatican Containing Explicit WhatsApp Chats and Erotic Photos

A 1,200-page dossier consisting of the names of 34 “proactively gay” clergymans and also six seminarians in Italy has actually been sent out to the Vatican by the archdiocese of Naples.The allegations

were put together by Francesco Mangiacapra, a gay male companion that told neighborhood media he could not bear with the clergymans'” pretension”any kind of longer. “The objective is not to hurt individuals

stated, but to assist them comprehend that their dual life, nevertheless seemingly convenient, is not beneficial to them or to all individuals for whom they ought to be a guide and an example to follow, “Mangiacapra stated, as reported by the Corriere della Sera. Stay on par with this tale and even more by subscribing currently< resource srcset ="http://s.newsweek.com/sites/www.newsweek.com/files/styles/embed-tablet/public/2018/03/05/gettyimages-624336818.jpg 1x"media="(min-width: 768px)"> Newly chosen cardinals, archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Anthony Soter Fernandez, right, diocesan of Novara in Italy, Renato Corti, facility, and also clergyman from Shkodre-Pult in Albania, Ernest Simoni, left, are praised by others cardinals, on November 19, 2016, during a consistory at St. Peter’s Basilica. The archdiocese of Naples says he has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier recognizing 40 proactively homosexual priests and also seminarians in Italy. Getty

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, an Italian Cardinal as well as the present Archbishop of Naples, stated in a declaration that none of the priests who were named in the dossier were posted in Naples. He asserts he forwarded the record to the Vatican due to the fact that “there remains the gravity of the instances for which those that have actually erred must pay the price, and be aided to repent for the damage done.”

The huge file includes explicit WhatsApp messages, erotic images as well as other evidence, however none of the 40 clergymans as well as seminarians were charged of paedophilia or having sexual intercourses with minors. “We’re talking about wrongs, not criminal activities,” Mangiacapra said.The file is

the most up to date in a string of sex scandals that have actually rocked the Italian church and also Vatican.Last month, an

Italian court issued a 14-month suspended sentence to a Vatican tribunal judge for sexual molestation and also having kid pornography.Monsignor Pietro Amenta

, a judge on the Rota (a court that listens to primarily household situations), was detained last March for openly fondling an 18-year-old man in Rome. Authorities then started an examination where they discovered adult pictures of minors on his desktop computer, according to the< a href=https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/vatican-judge-accused-possessing-child-pornography-accepts-plea-deal rel=nofollow target=_ blank > National Catholic Press Reporter. One week after Amenta accepted the appeal bargain, Paloma Garcia

Ovejero, the vice supervisor of the Vatican press office, announced in an e-mail to< a href= http://www.catholicnews.com/ rel=nofollow target=_ blank > Catholic Information Solution that Amenta had”surrendered as prelate auditor of the Roman Rota. “