A different take on Tut

first_imgIn recent years, DNA analysis has shed light on the parents of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh, the boy king Tutankhamun, known to the world as King Tut. Genetic investigation identified his father as Akhenaten and his mother as Akhenaten’s sister, whose name was unknown.French Egyptologist Marc Gabolde offered a different interpretation of the DNA evidence on Thursday. Speaking at Harvard’s Science Center, Gabolde said he’s convinced that Tut’s mother was not his father’s sister, but rather his father’s first cousin, Nefertiti.Nefertiti was already known to be Akhenaten’s wife and in fact the two had six daughters. Gabolde believes they also had a son, Tutankhamun, and that the apparent genetic closeness revealed in the DNA tests was not a result of a single brother-to-sister mating, but rather due to three successive generations of marriage between first cousins.“The consequence of that is that the DNA of the third generation between cousins looks like the DNA between a brother and sister,” said Gabolde, the director of the archaeological expedition of Université Paul Valery-Montpellier III in the Royal Necropolis at el-Amarna. “I believe that Tutankhamun is the son of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, but that Akhenaten and Nefertiti were cousins.”Gabolde’s talk, “Unknown Aspects of Tutankhamun’s Reign, Parentage, and Tomb Treasure,” was sponsored by Harvard’s Semitic Museum and the Harvard Department of Anthropology. It was hosted by Peter Der Manuelian, the Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology.Tutankhamun was a pharaoh some 3,300 years ago. He was made pharaoh at age 8 or 9 and ruled for about 10 years. In his talk, Gabolde covered some of the scarce known details of his life and his burial.Tut’s tomb, Gabolde said, was not intended as such. The real — and undiscovered — tomb, he said, was probably under construction when he died at 19, and is likely somewhere in the Valley of Kings, on the Nile. The place where he was actually buried was probably not intended for a royal burial but hurriedly prepared when Tut died unexpectedly, most likely of an infection that took hold when he broke his leg.The burial mask of Tutankhamun, known to the world as King Tut.“Nobody could imagine he would die so young,” Gabolde said.Other details of Tut’s life, which Gabolde has pieced together from carved images and inscriptions, include a military campaign in Syria, in which he likely didn’t personally take part. Tut also was interested in Nubia, a region in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Inscriptions on a fan that belonged to Tut showed him hunting ostriches, whose feathers were used to make the fan. In addition, Gabolde said, a staff found in Tut’s tomb had inscriptions that showed it was made of a tall reed, cut by Tut himself in a city on the Nile delta.Gabolde also traced an ornament that was found with Tut when he was discovered in 1922, but had since disappeared. Gabolde said he believes the golden hawk-head clasp, part of a broad collar worn by Tut, is in a private collection, sold by Tut discoverer Howard Carter to pay for surgery later in his life. The rest of the broad collar was stolen during World War II, Gabolde said.last_img read more

Technology & Teamwork Come Together to Print 3D Prosthesis for Children

first_imgThe Autumn Project TeamAdults: Seamus Jones, Brian Blossom, Sarah Egnatuk, Ronnie Egnatuk, Keith Dyer, Karl HamandChildren:  Autumn Egnatuk, Stella Hamand, Andi EgnatukNot Pictured but played an integral part: Chad Fenner, Scott Johnson, Andy WilksSoon after, Ronnie followed up with the Autumn project team: “It has been two weeks since Autumn received the additional hands form Dell and we could not be more impressed with how proud she is to wear them and show them to her family and friends. We are truly grateful.”This is a wonderful example of how collaboration, innovation and technology can make a massive impact and truly change lives.As Seamus explained “If we can make a difference in a child’s life, by providing greater functionality and most importantly increasing his or her confidence, we want to help. That’s why we do what we do.”At Dell EMC, we use technology to enable others to reach their full potential. We’re proud to be a part of this project, and as Seamus said, “This is only the beginning.” He is currently in contact with several nonprofit organizations to grow awareness of dysmelia and help both children and adults with limb differences.For additional information on this project, or if you or someone you know has dysmelia and could benefit from a 3D printed prosthesis, email Seamus Jones at [email protected] special thanks to e-Nable and Team Unlimbited for providing the open-source 3D templates both Dell and Deloitte continue to use in building 3d printed arms for children and adults who ask for them. This project is truly an inspiring ‘open source’ team effort. Autumn throwing a ball with her mom Sarah’s encouragement! Seamus Jones helps Autumn get familiar with her new handcenter_img Autumn Egnatuk is a typical four-year old girl. She loves gymnastics, her beloved doll “Rainbow” and the Disney movie Frozen. She’s curious, full of energy and enjoys playing with friends and her younger sister. The fact that she was born without a left hand doesn’t seem to slow her down. She can do everything her preschool classmates can – and then some!Autumn Egnatuk with her parents Ronnie and SarahAfter she was born, Autumn’s parents Ronnie, an OEM Enterprise Product Specialist at Dell EMC, and his wife Sarah researched everything they could about limb differences and prosthetics. Most guidance recommended starting early. However, their initial attempts to get a prosthesis for Autumn were met with frustration and disappointment.The Egnatuks secured an appointment at a world-renowned hospital that caters to people with amputations and limb differences, hoping for assistance and a long-term plan for Autumn. Unfortunately, they were told that because Autumn was meeting age-appropriate developmental milestones, she didn’t need a prosthesis. Insurance doesn’t typically cover them for children, despite research showing multiple benefits. A prosthesis not only increases functionality for children with limb differences, but it can help build self-confidence, which is critical for kids during this period of their lives.Children like Autumn who have dysmelia (the term for all types of congenital limb differences) not only want to blend in with their classmates and friends, but they want – and deserve – the increased functionality that a prosthesis can bring. Determined, Ronnie and Sarah continued their quest and finally found a company in Houston, TX, that had experience in pediatrics and specialized in upper limb prosthetics. They began the tedious process of filing for medical necessity with their insurance company. After seven long months, Autumn was finally approved for a passive prosthesis device. It looks like a doll’s hand but does not function. It was a good start, but not a long-term solution for an energetic and growing little girl.3D Printing ProsthesisIn September 2018, an article on Dell’s internal website caught Ronnie’s eye. Tara Sawyer’s story “Changing Lives Through 3D Printed Prosthetics,” described Dell employee Keith Dyer’s daughter Phoebe, and her journey to getting a 3D printed arm. The Dyers live in the UK, and like Autumn, 7-year-old Phoebe has dysmelia. The Dyer family worked closely with Deloitte Digital to get 3D printed hands for Phoebe. Phoebe loves her prosthesis, and even got to show off her custom Manchester United hand to the players at a home game!Ronnie was intrigued and reached out to Phoebe’s dad Keith to learn more about their process. He wondered if this process might be something they could look in to for Autumn back home in Texas. Around the same time, Seamus Jones, who works in Technical Marketing for Dell EMC, was also inspired by the story and reached out to Keith to see how our team in Round Rock might be able to help locally. Seamus knew that we had 3D printers on site because our OEM team often develops custom solutions for customers. We have the design (CAD) and 3D printing expertise to accomplish a project like this. Keith put him in touch with Ronnie, and the “Autumn Project” in Texas was soon underway!3D PrintingIt takes approximately 14 hours to print a child’s size hand using 3D printer, and another four+ hours to assemble. But the time and cost are minimal compared to a traditional prosthetic.3D Printers in Round Rock, TXFor the Autumn Project here in Round Rock, Seamus coordinated with engineers Ric McKinney and Karl Hamand, who readily agreed to help. Normally, most of the 3D printing done onsite is industrial black. But they wanted to give Autumn the opportunity to customize hers, so the PowerEdge Product Marketing team agreed to sponsor the ABS and PLA material in additional colors. Autumn chose a yellow and orange version, and a light blue and white “Frozen” version.Before long, the team had created two brand new hands for her:The Hand OffJanuary 18, 2019 was the big day – time to present Autumn with her new hands. The Egnatuks traveled from their home outside of Houston, TX, and Keith was in town from the UK.Seamus brought donuts and toys to help Autumn feel comfortable (he has daughters of his own, and knows sugar is often a quick way to make friends with a little one!). The most important thing was that she felt comfortable and had time to try on and get used to her new hand. After all, this entire project was about her.As you can see, the hands were a hit:Autumn trying on her new prosthetic while Keith Dyer shows her pictures of his daughter, Phoebelast_img read more

7 ways millennials are better with money than you are

first_imgThere’s a lot of eye rolling, patronizing, and dismissal of Millennials by older generations — some of which is warranted, some not. But have you ever thought about this cohort of tech-savvy professionals poised to take over the world and stopped to consider that they’re spending and saving much smarter than other generations? ‘Cause it’s true.What are they doing differently? Take a look at these seven ways Millennials are changing the money game entirely to forge their own path to financial success.1. Millennials Are Quick to Adopt New Payment TechnologiesThere used to be only three ways to pay for purchases — cash, check, or charge. But today there are several paperless options that require neither physical money nor the prospect of accumulating debt with credit. These new mobile-based payment technologies are linked directly to a bank account for what’s essentially a debit transaction without the card, and Millennials are adopting them in droves. continue reading » 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The CU DEI Collective announces results of election for remaining seats on inaugural governing body

first_imgThe CU DEI Collective announced today the election of 6 new members to the governing body. The election brings the number of board members to 21 to reflect broad and deep diversity of voices and life experiences within the credit union space. The following organizations now complete the Collective’s governing body with their voice and vote:CUES (John Pembroke), representing Other Trade/Professional Organizational categoryCU Pride representing the LGTBQ+ Credit Union Community, representing the Diversity-centric organizational categoryMitchell, Stankovic & Associates (Susan Mitchell), representing the At-Large organizational category.National Association of Federally Insured Credit Unions (Jacqueline Ortiz Ramsay), representing the At-Large organizational categoryBECU (Jackie Martinez-Vasquez), representing the Credit Union categoryPremier America Credit Union (Diana Cervantes), representing the Credit Union category.“I am humbled to see such interest in the Collective.  We were pleased to receive so many applications. The nominations showed unrivaled aspirations and a firm commitment to making the credit union space a place of inclusion and belonging,” said Victor Miguel Corro, Coopera CEO and Chair of the Collective. “We have remarkable people on the governing body to build a strong Collective.” This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Grants awarded for the Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent in 2019

first_imgThe funds of the Cyclotourism Development Program on the continent are intended to strengthen bike tourism on the continent through tracing, arranging and marking bicycle routes and are available to the public sector – regional self-government units, ie the following counties: Bjelovar-Bilogora, Brod-Posavina, Karlovac, Koprivnica -križevačka, Krapinsko-zagorska, Ličko-senjska, Međimurska, Osječko-baranjska, Požeško-slavonska, Sisačko-moslavačka, Varaždinska, Virovitičko-podravska, Vukovarsko-srijemska and Zagrebačka. Cover photo: TZ Samobor The Ministry of Tourism has announced the results of a public call for grants under the Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent in 2019, for which the Ministry of Tourism has provided HRK 5 million in the budget this year.  The largest grants were received by Karlovac County for the continuation of the development of the “Bike4river” program in the amount of 407.200,00 kuna, followed by Varaždin County for the development of “outdoor” cycling routes of Varaždin County and Međimurje County for the construction of a lookout with a rest area for cyclists. received HRK 400.000,00 in support. Attachment: Decision on project selection and award of grants under the Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent in 2019 Karlovac County received the largest support for the development of cycling tourism Find out what is planned to be done by counties on the continent for the development of cycling tourism, as well as a list of all the winners in the attachment. last_img read more

PREMIUMKemayoran complex management counts on central government to anticipate flooding

first_imgThe Kemayoran Complex Management Center (PPK) is to hold discussions with the central government to anticipate inundation at the Gandhi underpass in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta as rainfall continues to batter the city.The center’s director for planning and development, Riski Renando, said he got in contact with the Public Works and Housing Ministry after the underpass experienced 2.5 meters of flooding on Jan. 24. “We have been looking for field data and assessing the conditions since the water was supposed to flow [freely without causing a flood],” Riski told The Jakarta Post on Saturday, refusing to reveal when he would speak with the city administration.After the flooding in January, Riski said the management center would also schedule a meeting with the city administration in the coming week. The plan, however, has not transpired…. Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account #Jakarta Kemayoran #flooding flood Gandhi-underpass #Gandhi-underpass #Kemayoran Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Google Facebooklast_img read more

Peru’s opposition leader Fujimori released from prison

first_imgFujimori had asked to be released due to fears she might contract the novel coronavirus in the Chorrillos women’s jail.”The first thing I’m going to do after leaving and (before) arriving home is undergo a molecular test so as not to put my family at risk,” mother of two Fujimori wrote on Twitter.She was jailed in January just two months after being released from a previous 13-month pre-trial detention.Once Peru’s most popular politician, Fujimori is accused of accepting $1.2 million in illicit party funding from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht for her unsuccessful 2011 presidential election campaign. Topics : “Keiko will continue to face this investigation. She’s the one who most wants this to be clarified,” her lawyer Guilliana Loza said at the weekend.Attorney General Rafael Vela, who is co-ordinating the team investigating the Odebrecht scandal, said on Saturday he would appeal against the release.Odebrecht is embroiled in a wide-ranging corruption scandal and has admitted to paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to win contracts in 12 countries.At least $29 million was paid to Peruvian officials from 2004, including to bribe four former presidents, the company has said.Alejandro Toledo, Ollanta Humala, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the late Alan Garcia have been implicated in the scandal.Peruvian television showed images of an employee of a private laboratory waiting outside Fujimori’s home to test her for the novel coronavirus.She has been barred from living in the same house as her American husband Mark Villanella as he is under investigation in the same case.Villanella announced on social media that he and the couple’s two daughters were staying with Fujimori’s mother, Susana Higuchi.”We’ve decided that until we have the test results, I won’t be able to join my daughters,” Fujimori had said on Twitter.Fujimori is the daughter of disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori, 81, who is serving a 25-year jail sentence for ordering two massacres by death squads in 1991 and 1992. center_img Peru’s opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was released on Monday from a 15-month pre-trial detention on corruption charges after just three months, an AFP reporter witnessed.Fujimori, who left the woman’s prison in the capital Lima on bail wearing a face mask and white gloves, had earlier announced on Twitter that she would head straight from the facility to take a coronavirus test before going home.The 44-year-old’s release came four days after a court granted her bail of 70,000 soles ($20,000).last_img read more

Swiss doctor pans plastic visors after COVID-19 hits restaurant workers

first_imgThe Grisons cantonal doctor, Marina Jamnicki, said face masks for restaurant staff who cannot keep 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) distance from others were a better solution than transparent plastic shields secured by a headband.”An analysis of the cases and the path in which the disease spread shows plastic visors being used in gastronomy don’t offer sufficient protection,” her office said. “People who wore visors got infected.”The Swiss Federal Health Office did not return queries about potential action, given Jamnicki’s warning.Marc Tischhauser, director of the Grisons restaurant industry association, told Reuters the doctor’s warning was a reminder that visors play a “complementary role” in protecting against COVID-19 infections, and that proper social distancing and face masks are also necessary to be effective. The top doctor in the Swiss mountain region that includes St. Moritz and Davos told restaurants on Tuesday not to rely on plastic visors to protect their employees from COVID-19 infections, saying they “create a false sense of security”.The warning, from the Grisons canton bordering Italy and Austria, raises questions about the reopening strategies of some restaurants, hotels and other tourist-dependent businesses.In Germany some states allow visors for service workers, while others require face masks. Swiss restaurants don’t require all workers to wear protective facial coverings, though some have adopted them. The World Health Organization last month updated guidance urging face masks be worn in public, while conceding only observational evidence, not scientific studies, showed they helped contain the new coronavirus’s spread.Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health said masks are better because they “slow the speed of breath or the dispersion of spit and slime drops” while visors “just capture drops that land on the screen”.Germany’s 16 states have final say in what to require.In Hessen, where Frankfurt is located, service workers can use visors, while Bavaria’s health office advises they can be used “only to reinforce a mask covering the mouth and nose”.A similar debate is taking place in the United States.Many airlines in European countries including Germany, Italy and France require masks that cover the nose and mouth. Qatar Airways requires passengers to wear both a mask and face shield. Topics :last_img read more

USS wades into debate on €27bn AkzoNobel takeover bid

first_imgThe UK’s largest pension scheme has issued a rare public statement calling for the board of chemicals firm AkzoNobel to engage meaningfully with a €26.9bn takeover approach.US paints manufacturer PPG earlier this week submitted a third bid for the Dutch company. AkzoNobel acknowledged the “unsolicited” approach in an announcement to the stock market on 24 April and promised to “carefully review and consider” the offer.The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a shareholder in AkzoNobel since 2010, today called for the company’s board to “engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue with PPG”. It currently holds 1.28% of AkzoNobel’s issued shares.Daniel Summerfield, co-head of responsible investment at USS, said in a statement: “We believe that this revised offer, with the assurances given, provides a launch pad for negotiations to commence in earnest.” PPG also promised a “significant” reverse break fee, meaning it would contribute towards AkzoNobel’s costs if the deal falls through. Summerfield said this part of the offer was “particularly noteworthy” and called for the company’s board to “seize this opportunity and constructively engage with PPG as a matter of urgency”.Activist investor Elliott Advisors also called for AkzoNobel to enter into “sincere and constructive discussions” regarding the offer.In a statement, Elliott Advisors said: “There can be no reasonable doubt that PPG’s revised proposal represents a bona fide proposal from a credible counterparty; this proposal clearly warrants sincere engagement from AkzoNobel.”Elliott also voiced concerns that a hostile bid – which it said could materialise if AkzoNobel failed to engage – would not necessarily include the same terms for shareholders. “Elliott therefore believes that friendly discussions now are in the best interest of all stakeholders,” the activist firm said.Elliott took a major stake – roughly 3%, according to statements from the investment company – in AkzoNobel late last year as it believed the chemicals firm was undervalued and underperforming relative to its peers.AkzoNobel has offered shareholders an alternative strategy, involving a restructure of the business.In addition, earlier this month a group of shareholders called for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which newspaper reports suggested was aimed at ousting Antony Burgmans, chair of the company’s supervisory board.AkzoNobel rejected the bid, but USS criticised this decision, claiming it showed the board was not taking its fiduciary responsibilities seriously.“The decision to ride roughshod over shareholders’ rights not only undermines the credibility of the board but portrays Dutch governance in a very negative light,” USS’s Summerfield said.“We took the unusual step at the annual general meeting of making public our concerns. The board and management now need to demonstrate that they are willing and able to fulfil their fiduciary duties to shareholders by evaluating objectively the revised offer by PPG.”Elliott Advisors also strongly criticised the decision, describing it as “groundless” and “an egregious dismissal of shareholder rights, further evidence of self-entrenchment and… a continued affront to proper corporate governance”.“Elliott believes that the reality is that AkzoNobel is afraid of calling the EGM because shareholder feedback apparently indicates that shareholders would vote to remove Mr Burgmans from his position as chairman of the supervisory board,” the activist investor said in a statement. “AkzoNobel’s supervisory board… has failed to fulfil its corporate governance duties by refusing to obtain, through engagement with a credible bidder, the necessary information required to evaluate a serious proposal.”It added: “As far as Elliott is aware, it is unprecedented in European corporate history to have several large shareholders request the convocation of an EGM of a major corporate, and the fact that six AkzoNobel shareholders have done so in this instance is indicative of the breadth and depth of shareholder discontent with the conduct of AkzoNobel’s boards.”AkzoNobel’s share price closed at €79.20 on 27 April, up by almost a third (32.6%) since the start of the year – driven primarily by trading in the wake of PPG’s bids.last_img read more

‘Healthy markets’ push KBR’s revenue, profit up

first_imgHouston-based LNG engineer KBR posted a rise in the third quarter profit as the markets showed healthy demand the company benefited from. The company’s third-quarter profit reached $58 million, up from the $45 million in the corresponding quarter in the previous year.Stuart Bradie, KBR president and CEO, said, “the markets are as healthy as we’ve seen in many years, and we are strategically positioned where demand is growing.”KBR said its quarterly revenue rose from $1 billion in 2017 to $1.3 billion during the quarter under review, driven by strong organic growth in Government Services and Technology businesses, the consolidation of acquired entities in the Aspire Defence program and our acquisition of SGT.The company added, “the market conditions are showing improvement for LNG and downstream opportunities given the abundance of low-priced natural gas and the increasing demand for clean LNG, chemicals and petrochemicals.”  The company won a number of strategic concepts, pre-FEED and FEED projects to deliver solutions. KBR also formed a joint development alliance with ConocoPhillips LNG Licensing to provide expedited mid-scale LNG solutions to the marketplace.last_img read more