first_imgThe Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak isn’t the most famous ancient site in Egypt — that honor goes to the Pyramids at Giza — but newly developed reconstructions using 3-D virtual reality modeling make clear its architectural importance and rich history.Elaine Sullivan, a visiting assistant professor, worked with her colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles, to digitize 100 years of analyses and excavation records to create an interactive historical document of the architectural phases of the Karnak temple.Sullivan presented her work Wednesday in a Science Center lecture titled “The Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak: 2000 Years of Rituals and Renovations in 3-D.”“You can’t go back in time,” Sullivan said. “You can’t remove monuments that are still standing. But we can simulate it. We can reconstruct the objects and buildings that have been completely lost or destroyed to history.”The Amun-Ra temple, which was active for more than 1,500 years, is a mega-temple, Sullivan said. “It was so extensive, and was added to by so many different kings, that it provides us with examples of structures not normally seen in every other temple in Egypt.”“You can’t go back in time,” said Elaine Sullivan. “You can’t remove monuments that are still standing. But we can simulate it. We can reconstruct the objects and buildings that have been completely lost or destroyed to history.”The temple’s rich architectural features and history — its hypostyle hall and sphinx-lined processional; sacred pool and towering obelisks; the inner sanctum where the statue of Amun-Ra would have stood — are now available for multidimensional investigation.What’s most important, though, said Sullivan, is to be able to think about specific moments in the history of an ancient site, “not just the last moment in time, that moment we see when we go to the site.”The Karnak model depicts the temple from its earliest hypothesized form in the Middle Kingdom, about 1950 B.C., through the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. It allows the viewer to trace the changes of the temple over time, considering how each new stage of construction was a response to the existing landscape, Sullivan said.The temple underwent dramatic changes, expanding from a small limestone structure to an enormous complex covering a huge area. “Buildings were renovated, pulled down, and replaced in a seemingly constant stream,” Sullivan said.With only two of 17 still upright, the visual importance of the site’s obelisks has been mostly lost. But in the model, the obelisks dominate Karnak’s virtual skyline. “They would have been some of the only structures seen outside the walls,” Sullivan said.The 3-D models are “terrific tools for teaching and also terrific research tools, because you begin to ask questions that were not possible before,” said Harvard’s Peter Der Manuelian, the Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology.Manuelian was a key player in the Giza 3-D project, a re-creation of the Giza Plateau, engineered by Waltham-based software design firm Dassault Systèmes in collaboration with Harvard and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.Manuelian and his staff digitized 100 years of research, using real data to reconstruct the Giza necropolis, from its temples to its underground burial chambers.Though Giza and Karnak are hundreds of miles and thousands of years apart, both projects reveal new research opportunities, Manuelian said. “It’s a reciprocal relationship. You build these things that become great teaching tools, that become research tools, and they lead you in great new research directions.”A huge challenge for Egyptologists like Sullivan and Manuelian comes with deciding what era to depict in their models. “Is it the monument in the fourth dynasty or in the 18th dynasty? Or how it was when it was excavated in 1920, or the monument as it exists today?“Ideally,” Manuelian said, “you have the time and the people and the money to do all of this.”Sullivan sees the possibilities of 3-D modeling expanding. “Anyone working on ancient material can get new views of landscape, the built landscape, and the ritual landscape by using these models.”The lecture was sponsored by the Standing Committee on Archaeology and the Harvard Semitic Museum.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A hopes to open its first-ever Long Island location in Port Jefferson Station.Chick-fil-A moved one step closer to opening its first restaurant on Long Island after the Brookhaven Town Board approved a zoning change that paves the way for the company to move forward with its plan.The only thing that now stands in its way after the approval Tuesday night is the town’s planning board, which has to approve the project before shovels can go in the ground at the planned location in Port Jefferson Station, according to a town spokesman. But not if LI-based gay rights activists critical to the fast food company’s opposition to same sex marriage have anything to say about it.“We’re very thankful, we don’t take anything fore granted,” Scott Thigpen, Chick-fil-A’s director of restaurant development, told the Press after the public hearing. “This is our very first location in Long Island, we’re extremely excited about the approval. We’ve got a lot of work in front of us; a long way to go.”KOR, the developer vying to secure approval, plans to build a 4,600-square-foot chicken restaurant capable of seating up to 120 customers and 20 more outside. The plan also includes a drive thru, indoor playground for children, a 186-space parking lot and another restaurant not affiliated with Chick-fil-A.Thigpen added that the location, which would be built on Route 347 on the site of a former auto dealership, could be the “first of many” on LI, but did not say where the others might eventually be.The entire town board voted in favor of the application after raising questions about the size of the parking lot and a two-lane drive thru that would merge into one, but stayed away from the more contentious issue of Chick-fil-A’s political views regarding same-sex marriage. Instead, council members left it up to members of the community to raise the issue.“Please tell these people to take a hike,” a Brookhaven man told the board, adding that he’s worried that 50 percent of the profits that goes to the company’s coffers could eventually be funneled out to groups with anti-gay sentiments.“Chick-fil-A has a long history of being taken to task for its donations,” said David Kilmnick, CEO of the Long Island GLBT Services Network, referencing past reports of questionable donations.Another Brookhaven town resident said: “as a long standing member of this community that is against both bigotry and prejudice,” he hoped the board would “take a stand” so profits from Long Islanders can’t be used to “promote their hatred.”Steven Smith of Port Jefferson Station, who came out in support of Chick-fil-A, questioned if anyone in the room had ever visited the fast food chain before. “I see nothing but favorable impressions,” he said.Although company is based in Georgia, it will be “New Yorkers that are going to be staffing it,” he told the board. “They will do what New Yorkers do: they will serve people properly.”“I fully believe that will happen here,” Smith added. “Right now [the site is] a pig sty.”He also applauded Chick-fil-A for refusing to open on Sundays, a company-wide mandate that is “more practical than biblical,” noted Thigpen.Chick-fil-A was thrust into the national spotlight regarding marriage equality after its president, Dan Cathy, made statements last year against same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian advocacy groups called for a boycott of the restaurant, while supporters defended the chain by creating a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”“We’re not anti-anyone,” said Thigpen. “We’re literally here to serve everyone with honor, dignity and respect. It doesn’t matter about their race, creed, sexual orientation.”“It’s unfortunate that we went through what we did…because that’s not who Chick-fil-A is,” he told the board before the vote.Both the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association and the North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce said they support the proposal.David Kilmnick is also publisher of Living Out, a monthly publication for LI’s GLBT community in partnership with Private Label, a division of the Press’ parent company, The Morey Organization.last_img read more


first_imgAs a healthcare professional, one of the biggest practice challenges I continue to face, and might be shared by my peers, is the significant shortage of medical doctors in hospitals. In addition, I have also witnessed a frustrating gap in the absence of formal management and leadership training provided to medical doctors, many of whom, immediately upon graduation from medical school, assume roles as County Health Officers (CHOs) or double as CHOs and hospital personnel. Note that the work of a CHO is highly administrative and does not generally involve clinical practice. This has a significant trickledown effect on the ordinary citizens thus further weakening the health care system. What makes the matter worse is in the Liberian context about which I write this article, the doctor to patient ratio is a staggering 1 doctor to over 76,000 patients. In 2013, there were only 51 medical doctors in the country, and some died during the Ebola outbreak. Given such a gap, does it make lots of sense to remove the scarce number of doctors from the theater, meaning the operating room and bedside of patients, so that they can serve as practicing healthcare administrators? And for those of us who have watched these doctors at work as County Health Officers, their inability to navigate the political bureaucracy or deal with personnel issues becomes natural consequences of being put in positions to do what they are not taught to do. Doctors, at least in Liberia, are trained to deliver clinical care, but when they are misplaced in administrative positions, the result can only be the kinds of mishaps we see happening in the society. Sadly, many medical doctors trained in Liberia never get to sharpen their skills in developing treatment plans and seeing patients and then transition quickly on to becoming County Health Officers. They end up not practicing the clinical art of diagnosis and treatment and over time become mere healthcare administrators.Speaking as a nurse and public health specialist, I have witnessed doctors assigned at hospitals and also as CHO/CEO continually attend meetings outside their duty stations; meaning, patients who require emergency medical attention might have to pass away or travel to other facilities long distances away. This situation is worse when considering the hours it takes to reach hospitals and even clinics/health centers, especially in rural Liberia. The question that keeps looming in my head is the following: Is this the best use of our limited healthcare human resources, particularly our doctors? Could we not utilize the skills of the many graduates of graduate programs in public health in the County Health Officer role? Could we not train college graduates to become county health officers especially those with backgrounds in Nursing and related fields? Have you ever felt overwhelmed as a nurse working with a doctor whose clinical knowledge is so sparse because he or she has spent much of their professional life in administrative positions? Could this issue be the source of the many unexplained deaths that are occurring in hospitals? Could it also be that the scarcity of practicing medical doctors is overwhelming the few who are practicing to violate medical ethics by working longer hours than they should? Or could it be the reason why some regional hospitals depend on foreign doctors (contractors) for day-to-day patient care?As a society, if these issues are not tackled in a substantive way, the investment of national resources in medical education will certainly not produce the needed dividend. We have contained the Ebola outbreak, but there could be other epidemic outbreaks on the horizon requiring more practicing/experienced healthcare professionals, including medical doctors. What public policy remedies are proactively being employed to ensure that when that time comes, the society will be prepared to fully optimize the already small number of trained doctors that we have? The key to leveraging our healthcare investments is making sure that the few doctors that have been trained at home and abroad return to the hospital and clinics full time, doing what they were prepared to do professionally. Therefore, let medical doctors be left alone to do medical work and let those with the requisite qualifications be ushered in regardless of their professions (not being restricted to medical doctors or staff). Furthermore, medical doctors who so desire to be CHOs/CEOs can be given study opportunities to enable them advance themselves. The Author: Eddie Miaway Farngalo is the Head of the Research Department at the Center for Liberia’s Future. A trained nurse who practiced at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital, he returned to graduate school and completed a Master of Public Health degree in Health Services Planning and Management (Ghana); served as a Health Training Specialist and Surveillance Assistant, Grand Gedeh County (IOM); triage nurse at the Sinje ETU; Community Support Officer for Ebola Community Care Center, Karnplay Nimba County (Project Concern International). He is currently leading the CFLF team conducting a national study on community perceptions about Ebola and the reintegration of Ebola survivors, orphans and caregivers. Contact: 0886484351;[email protected] this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA view up the lake from the boathouse at Glenveagh Castle.A stunning November day at GlenveaghA view from the nature cabin up the lakeRounding the bend towards the castle and thinking of hot chocolate in the tea rooms!The lake is so calm that it’s difficult to even see the water unless you look closely.Another view from the boathouse up the lakeREFLECTIONS OF GLENVEAGH – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: November 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:glenveagh national parkpic speciallast_img read more


first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas back in Manila after his stunning title defense in US Eight teams vie for the honor of being called as the best collegiate squad in the country as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight commences on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Beda, meanwhile, will take on UAAP runner-up La Salle, Mindanao champion Holy Trinity College, and NCR qualifier San Sebastian.Winners of the crossover semifinals will proceed to the one-game knockout championship duel slated on February 15 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The retoooled La Salle and Holy Trinity open festivities at 1 p.m., followed by the tiff between NCAA rivals San Beda and San Sebastian at 3 p.m., before ending the day with the clash between Ateneo and Naga College Foundation at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Defending champion San Beda is seeking a third straight crown after winning the title in 2015, the last staging of the event where the Red Lions were hailed as co-champions together with Far Eastern University.“The objective of the PCCL is to provide incentives and recognition to school teams in the provinces and giving opportunities to local talents to be exposed on the national stage,” said PCCL chairman Rey Gamboa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe tourney will see the participating teams divided into two groups, playing a single round robin format with the top two teams advancing in the crossover semifinals.UAAP champion Ateneo banners Group A together with NCAA bridesmaid Lyceum, Cesafi titlist University of Visayas, and Southern Luzon champion Naga College Foundation. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READlast_img read more


first_imgRoy Williams on his knee during a game.roy williams vertigo attackNorth Carolina’s Roy Williams appears to be okay, but for a moment there, we were all a little worried about the Tar Heels head coach, yet again. Williams, who suffers from vertigo, collapsed on the sideline during a game against Boston College last month. It nearly happened again tonight during the ACC Tournament title game against UVA, but Williams appeared to steady himself by taking a knee. Here’s video:Roy maybe with a vertigo attack but he waved off medical staff per ESPN pic.twitter.com/EzWnyCV5a3— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 13, 2016Williams’ Tar Heels are holding onto a slim lead in the game’s final minute. A win would surely lift his spirits.last_img read more


first_imgSpike Lee holds up brass knuckles reading “hate” and “love” from his iconic film “Do The Right Thing” as he arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Advertisement Film buffs rejoice, because (finally) Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee is headed to Toronto.On July 19, Lee will be in the city to speak at a screening of his classic 1989 movie, Do The Right Thing.The legendary Spike Lee takes us back to Bed-Stuy with a 4K screening of DO THE RIGHT THING + an in-person conversation on the film’s legacy in celebration of its 30th anniversary.July 19, ?s: https://t.co/f3URTHU8GP pic.twitter.com/wrZtXDnV0z— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 10, 2019 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter The film has themes of hatred, bigotry, police brutality and violence; all of which are sadly still relevant today.It was nominated for two Oscars in its day and has been labelled “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress…last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The HRD ministry has sought the Election Commission’s nod to start recruitment process in central universities while the model code of conduct is in effect.However, the Delhi government has objected to the ministry’s request, saying the EC should not grant permission. In a letter to the poll panel, the ministry said, “In view of the UGC mandate to provide teaching and non-teaching faculty before start of new academic year in June, 2019, the Election Commission of India is requested to give its clearance/permission from Model Code of Conduct for starting/continuing the recruitment process for regular teaching and non-teaching vacant posts in central universities”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The appointments for teaching posts in central universities were put on hold in July last year in view of a judgement of the Allahabad High Court in April 2017. The court quashed the provisions of UGC guidelines which prescribed that the cadre or unit for determining reservation roster points should be ‘university/college’ and not ‘department’, a letter by ministry to the EC said. The letter was sent to the EC on April 1 and a reply is awaited. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMinistry officials said the EC has already given clearance to Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and National Institutes of Technology to start recruitment process. The HC order was later upheld by the Supreme Court in July and a review petition filed by the government was rejected. The government promulgated the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Ordinance, 2019, to restore the earlier 200-point roster-based reservation system in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). The new system will consider the university or college as one unit instead of treating department or subject as one unit.Due to the matter being sub-judice, many teaching positions have been lying vacant for a long time. “Out of total number of 17,425 sanctioned teaching posts in 40 central universities, 6,141 posts are lying vacant as on November 1, 2018. “In order to improve the teaching standards of higher educational institutions and to ensure that studies of students are not affected, it is necessary to start the recruitment process immediately so that these vacant teaching positions are ?lled before start of the new academic session,” the ministry said. In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the AAP government does not agree to the proposal of MHRD for seeking permission to complete the recruitment process in the colleges of Delhi University in the midst of elections and when the poll code is in force.last_img read more