Sponsored: Election profile – Joe Pond, Fianna Fáil

first_imgAdvertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Achieve if ElectedA greater Garda presence in all areas to combat the anti-social behaviour and crime. I will continue to campaign for a Garda Station in Castletroy.The continued development of the road infrastructure- including re-surfacing, footpaths/cycleways, street lighting and traffic calming measures.Additional funding for affordable and social housing-including funding for refurbishment of vacant property.Community resources including a new park in Castletroy and the Castletroy greenway.A bus service suitable for all users in our area including a more frequent service to Annacotty and Castleconnell. Best reason for voting for meI AM asking for your No. 1 vote or your highest preference vote to continue working for you in our area. Since becoming a councillor in 2016 I have been working on your behalf with the Council on issues such as anti-social behaviour, housing, and infrastructure.I have also been working hard to develop our area including new footpaths, new road surfaces, hedge cutting and the taking charge of new housing estates. I am asking for your No 1 vote to continue working for you for our local area. NewsPoliticsLifestyleSponsored ContentSponsored: Election profile – Joe Pond, Fianna FáilBy Staff Reporter – May 14, 2019 432 TAGSFianna FáilJoe PondLimerick City and CountyLocal Election 2019sponsored Twitter Previous articleWATCH: van Graan discusses the departures of Flannery and JonesNext articleGarda does not accept conviction for sexual assault of young girl Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Emailcenter_img Linkedin Facebook BackgroundI GREW up in Annacotty Village and still live in the village with my wife. I went to Lisnagry National School and the CBS Secondary School in Limerick City.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In addition to my role as a local Councillor I work as the caretaker in Milford National School, a role I really enjoy. I am very heavily involved in community activities. I am the chairperson the local Community Text Alert system, I am the coordinator of the Senior Alert System for the Annacotty, Castletroy, Lisnagry and Monaleen areas and I have been the secretary of the local soccer club, Aisling Annacotty AFC for almost twenty years now. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more

Anova Acquires Corlexia Clinical Services And Expands Leadership Team

first_img Twitter Local NewsBusiness LONDON & CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Anova Enterprises, Inc. (Anova), an organization dedicated to accelerating promising treatments to market with its transformative AnovaOS™ technology platform, and the industry’s first collaborative ‘learning system,’ and Corlexia Clinical Services, a contract research organization focused on complex clinical trials for patients with complex neurology and oncology diseases today announced the acquisition of Corlexia by Anova. The acquisition adds further depth and experience to the Anova leadership team, brings new clients to Anova, and expands Anova’s work in oncology and infectious diseases to neurological conditions. “Anova and Corlexia have worked together on several clinical trials throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jennifer Bonfrisco, CEO of Corlexia Clinical Services. “The more we worked together, the more we saw alignment of our ideas. We share the vision of building innovative ways to accelerate drug development. I created Corlexia to make complex clinical trials more accessible to Doctors and patients who need treatment options. Once I began working with Anova and using the AnovaOS™ platform, it was clear that it was a natural partnership. Corlexia’s network of Doctors and biotech clients have tremendous needs for the services Anova provides. We are excited to be a part of Anova’s team the and the many opportunities presented with the adoption of AnovaOS™. Chris Beardmore, CEO of Anova said, “The number of biopharmaceutical companies and sites using the AnovaOS TM platform continues to rise. It is vital for Anova to grow its experienced team of professionals to support these clients. The Corlexia team adds deep industry experience to Anova and adds a network of clinical sites conducting Alzheimers and IBD clinical trials to the AnovaOS™ platform. I am excited to have them join our work.” The acquisition of staff, studies and contractual relationships is expected to be completed in approximately 30 days. For further information on AnovaOS™ go to www.anovaevidence.com or contact: Anova Enterprises, Inc. Tel: +1 224 218 2408 (US) +44 203 871 2656 (UK) Email: [email protected] ENDS About Anova Anova Enterprises, Inc. (Anova) is accelerating clinical development with a technology platform (AnovaOS™) that brings participants in the clinical research process together to speed promising new treatments to market, at reduced cost and for a larger number of patients. We kickstart the development of new treatments through standardization and automation as no one else can do. www.anovaevidence.com Twitter feed at @anovaevidence Follow Anova at www.linkedin.com/company/anovaevidence View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005040/en/ CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT Martin Walsh [email protected] KEYWORD: ILLINOIS EUROPE UNITED STATES UNITED KINGDOM NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGY HEALTH PHILANTHROPY PUBLIC RELATIONS/INVESTOR RELATIONS PHARMACEUTICAL COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH SOFTWARE FOUNDATION SCIENCE SOURCE: Anova Enterprises, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 05:00 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 05:00 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005040/en Anova Acquires Corlexia Clinical Services And Expands Leadership Team Previous articleMajor Financial Organisations Deploy causaLens’ Pioneering Causal AI Platform to Discover Key Causal Insights and Generate More Profitable Trading StrategiesNext articleMyanmar’s military junta plans probe of last year’s election Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp TAGS  Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Facebooklast_img read more

State Spotlight: Is Louisiana Verging on a Housing Crunch?

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / State Spotlight: Is Louisiana Verging on a Housing Crunch? Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. Previous: Experts Talk Housing Outlook After the Election Next: At the Intersection: Discrimination and Diversity in the Modern Workplace The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago State Spotlight: Is Louisiana Verging on a Housing Crunch? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago September 5, 2016 1,131 Views  Print This Post Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Baton Rouge Fannie Mae Louisiana New Orleans 2016-09-05 Kendall Baer Tagged with: Baton Rouge Fannie Mae Louisiana New Orleans About Author: Kendall Baer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Louisiana may be on the verge of a large housing crunch due to not just the recent flooding causing disruption to thousands of homeowners but also the economic situation in large metro areas in the state according to a recent report from The Home Story presented by Fannie Mae.The report states that in particular, New Orleans, while having escaped most of the flooding, is seeing an economic slowdown that is impacting their housing market.“The backsliding economic situation in metro New Orleans is disappointing,” says Kim Betancourt, director of economics for Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Economics and Market Research (MRG) group. “New Orleans’ short-lived economic recovery is over, and the metro area is on the verge of slipping into a recession.”The report notes that this is due to the economy feeling the full effects of booming oil prices gone bust. Fannie Mae says that reports from Moody Analytics show that they do not expect to see a revival in New Orleans until 2019, when job growth will amount to just 0.7 percent. Suffering from lingering low oil prices and muted U.S. exports, they anticipate that total local employment will slide 0.4 percent over the next five years. This is compared to a national gain of 1.1 percent.Despite this, Fannie Mae notes that there are some bright spots in New Orleans’ economy such as oil refineries. The report notes that these have registered about 6 percent gain in employment year over year, and wages are higher than average. Additionally, the commentary notes that “the metro’s well-developed port and logistics infrastructure remains one of its strongest economic drivers.”Business costs are also “quite attractive” for bringing new companies to the area at 89 percent of the national average, according to the Fannie Mae commentary. Prosperity NOLA is one example of how the city is hoping to capitalize on its strengths. They do note thought that the cost of living in New Orleans registers at 103 percent of the national average.“A focus on more professional, scientific, and technical jobs would be a big help and could help propel the Crescent City to a brighter future in the next decade,” says the Fannie Mae commentary.Meanwhile, uncertainty hangs over the extent to which recent flooding has further disrupted housing in parts of the state.The report says that the AP reported initial estimates of damage to more than 40,000 homes have been revised to reflect upwards of 60,000 or more.Fannie Mae cites The Baton Rouge Advocate, who reports that the state capital of Baton Rouge is in for a “crazy” housing market — at least over the short run — as people scramble to find temporary shelter while they restore their damaged homes.In addition, The Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors® reports that the inventory of homes for sale on the local market is inadequately low to meet the needs of displaced residents. They state that before the flooding, there were 3,382 homes on the market which is only a 3.9-month supply at the current sales pace.Fannie Mae shares that over the longer term, some of those who are active in the Baton Rouge market expect to see housing demand shift away from flood-impacted areas to higher-elevation locations where homes avoided serious flood damage.last_img read more

Bombay High Court Dismisses Bail Application Of Gautam Navlakha In Bhima Koregaon Case- Read Order

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay High Court Dismisses Bail Application Of Gautam Navlakha In Bhima Koregaon Case- Read Order Sharmeen Hakim8 Feb 2021 1:52 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Monday rejected the bail application of senior journalist and activist – Gautam Navlakha – an accused in the Elgar Parishad – Maoist links case. A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik passed the order on a criminal appeal filed by Navlakha against an order of the special court, which rejected his application for default bail in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Monday rejected the  bail application of senior journalist and activist – Gautam Navlakha – an accused in the Elgar Parishad – Maoist links case. A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik passed the order on a criminal appeal filed by Navlakha against an order of the special court, which rejected his application for default bail in June, last year. He is in prison since his surrender on April, 14 2020.”We see no reason to interfere with the order of the trial court”, said the Court. Navlakha sought default bail on the grounds that the National Investigating Agency (NIA) had failed to file their chargesheet within the stipulated period of 90 days. The NIA, however, contended that Navlakha was under house arrest for 34 days, between August 29 to October 1, 2018, which was declared illegal by the Delhi High Court. Therefore, it could not be included in his custody period. The civil liberties activist, through his lawyers Kapil Sibal and Yug Chaudhry, submitted that Navlakha was placed under house arrest, following an order of the court, therefore it would be termed as judicial custody. The order had restricted his movement, making his plea for release, under section 167(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), valid. Sibal had argued the NIA sought an extension to file their chargesheet, on June 29, last year. By then Navalakha had spent nearly 100 days in prison, taking into account 34 days of custody. Additional solicitor general SV Raju, representing NIA, argued that the date an accused was produced before the court was relevant not the date of arrest while deciding if she/he should be granted default bail or not. The Maharashtra police had arrested Navlakha on August 28, 2018 in connection with an FIR lodged following the ‘Elgar Parishad’ held on December 31, 2017 and the Bhima Koregaon violence, a day after. Through the nationwide crackdown on activists and academics, connected to the conference, the police claimed to bust a larger maoist conspiracy. The case was later handed over to the NIA. Navlakha’s arrest and subsequent house arrest in August, 2018, was declared illegal by the Delhi High Court. Navlakha then approached the Sessions Court, followed by the High Court and Supreme Court for anticipatory bail. The Supreme Court, on March 16, 2020, directed Navlakha to surrender within three weeks, after rejecting his bail application. His plea seeking an extension in view of the coronavirus pandemic was also rejected. Following this Navlakha surrendered on April 14. Click here to download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Essex ARG Supports OIR

first_img View post tag: middle east View post tag: OIR Essex ARG Supports OIR August 19, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: ARG Back to overview,Home naval-today Essex ARG Supports OIR View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic AV-8B Harriers assigned to the “Greyhawks” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced), which launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), conducted strike missions in Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) Aug. 17.The Harriers executed strike missions to dismantle and ultimately defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as part of the multinational coalition participating in OIR in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.VMM-161 is the aviation combat element of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) currently embarked with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.In addition to supporting sorties in support of OIR, the MEU’s Marines and Sailors are deployed to several other locations throughout the 5th Fleet AOR executing sustainment training and engaging regional partners.Image: US Navy View post tag: Essex Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Adjunct Faculty- Robots and Industrial Controls

first_imgThe Engineering Technology Department at Middlesex CountyCollege invites applications for an Adjunct Instructor to teach ahybrid course in Robots and Industrial Controls during the Spring2021 semester. Topics will include:• Introduction to Robotics and Industrial Automations• Kinematics of Robotics arms, manipulators, linkages andgears• Program Logic Controllers and Microprocessor Controllers• Pneumatics Systems, Motor and Actuators• Electric Motors and Actuators• Feedback Control Systems, and Proportional, Integral andDerivative(PID) Control• Sensors (temperature, force, motion, flow, proximity)• Interfacing Sensors and ActuatorsQualifications: Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering orclosely related field is required. Experience teaching in a remoteenvironment is preferred.last_img read more

Big Brother: Stress in the Stacks

first_imgBack in those halcyon pre-Oxford days, the library was a place one might  quite easily walk past every day for twenty years and never enter. Local libraries entertain a smattering of blue-haired old women seeking out the latest Mills or Boon and a couple of over-eager children with a lack of social life; they have never been exactly one for pulling in the masses. At university, though, things change. Much as we hate to admit it, the Bodleian is quite simply the place to be.With its grand total of 38 libraries, and over 6.5 million books kept in those mysterious, Harry Potter-esque caverns stretching under Broad Street alone, the academic reasons for paying the odd visit to an Oxford library seem pretty obvious. What magnetic force, however, has us working there non-stop is a rather more difficult egg to crack. Is it simply the rather sadistic pleasure we get in seeing that it’s not only we who are desperately attempting to struggle through Ulysses before Monday morning? Or is it a staged mating ritual in which sitting opposite someone in the library provides the perfect opportunity for that inter-college branching the club situation can’t always provide?  There’s certainly an element of voyeurism involved in library working; more than one of us has whiled our morning away wondering if the girl sitting on the far corner got her coat from Topshop, or debating whether the student opposite’s use of colour pens could benefit one’s own work ethic. At the same time, however, the library forces us to work without the temptations inherent in working in one’s rooms; it is, at least theoretically, rather more difficult in a library to a) spend half your day on facebook b) have a massive tantrum about one’s workload or c) talk to one’s current flame on the phone for an hour (though all, I will declare from eyewitness evidence, have been managed by certain individuals within library premises at least once.)From that first anxious trip to the intimidating industrial-sized photocopier, to that tentative attempt to negotiate the purgatory of telnet and make a stack request, Oxford libraries are certainly – for the novice at least – a habit which is at first hard to understand. By the end of your first year, however, be assured that you will return home as a hardened library snob, happy to march into your local library and express contempt over their lack of copies of whatever obscure text is on your summer reading list. Now, isn’t that a nice thought?last_img read more

O.C. Beach Patrol Extends Guarded Beaches

first_imgVeteran lifeguards Tom Cusack, standing, and Andrew Gallagher watch over swimmers to make sure they stay between the green flags at the busy Ninth Street beach Sunday. By MADDY VITALEWith many people working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students doing online courses and the shoulder season nearing, Ocean City is offering guarded beaches well into the end of September.Vacationers and residents will be able to spend weeks longer on the beaches and in the surf, with the assurance that the Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards will be on duty to protect them.“I think, especially this year, to extend the summer as far as we can because of the current climate, with online schooling and hybrid learning, and people working remotely, the beach has become a good place for a new office space,” said Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamison in an interview Sunday. “We anticipate a busier than normal post-Labor Day here. We are excited to have the opportunity to continue to keep our beautiful beaches guarded.”On Sunday morning, beachgoers began to fill up the beaches at Eighth Street and Ninth Street. Many guards who typically go back to college in August or early September were available to work due to their schools going all-remote for the beginning of the fall semester.Veteran lifeguards Ellis Kirk, 23, of Ocean City, and Madeleine McCabe, 23, of Linwood, stood guard at the Eighth Street beach.Kirk, a Stockton University chemistry student entering his senior year, said he was staying through September. McCabe, a college graduate, said she would also stay on.“The preseason in May and June were more like July,” Kirk said. “I think we are facing a pretty interesting post season. It makes our jobs so much more real. Not only the volume of people but hurricane season is coming, which means big waves and heavy swells.”After Labor Day weekend, nine beaches will be guarded through Sept. 20 and six until Sept. 27. Some beaches that will remain guarded until Sept. 27 include 8th, 9th, 12th, and 34th streets, all popular areas with tourists.Swimmers enjoy warm waters on a sunny day at Eighth Street Beach.Beach Patrol Chief Jamison emphasized that, with hurricane season approaching, it is vital to keep the throngs of beachgoers safe after the holiday weekend.Over Labor Day weekend, Jamison noted that the whole island has been bustling. He predicted that trend would remain through September.“Yesterday it was packed inlet to inlet by 1 p.m.,” Jamison said. “That is all the more reason why it is so important to extend the guards.”Kathy Sykes, assistant to Ocean City High School Principal Dr. Matt Jamieson, spent the morning with her family on Ninth Street beach.“There is definitely a need for guarded beaches after Labor Day,” Sykes said. “There will be a lot of people who want to be outdoors.”Kathy Sykes, second from right, her mom, Lois Kershaw, at right, and from left, sister, Lois Kershaw, niece, Becky Hart, and her 3-year-old daughter, Sloan, bask in the balmy weather.Veteran lifeguards Tom Cusack, 23, of Beesleys Point, and Andrew Gallagher, 23, of Ocean City, protected the Ninth Street beach Sunday.They watched to make sure swimmers stayed between the green flags.Cusack called out to a young boy to come in closer to the shoreline.“With COVID-19, a lot more people are in town because so many people are working from home,” said Cusack, who is in his last year at West Chester University, which is all remote for the fall.Cusack added, “We will see more people than in a long time. That, coupled with hurricane season, which is predicted to be bad this year, will make it more important to have guards.”In addition to guarded beaches, there will be rapid response teams on hand to assist with emergencies. Visit www.ocnj.us/ocbp for more information.Eighth Street lifeguards Madeleine McCabe watches from atop the stand while Ellis Kirk keeps an eye out on a busy holiday weekend.last_img read more

CBA takes action in face of business rates furore

first_imgTrade body the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has raised concerns about the impact of business rates hikes with Chancellor Philip Hammond.The association has told British Baker it has ‘made representation’ on behalf of its members ahead of the new rates coming into effect in April.Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold hit the national press last week after advertising sausage rolls for £8.17 – a 177% mark-up on the usual £2.95 price tag. Owner Rebecca Bishop said the increase was the same as the business rate hike her business is set to face.In response to the story, bakers from around the UK got in touch to ask what action could be taken.When contacted by British Baker, CBA chairman George Fuller said: “As an association we are well aware of the impact of business rates on our members. We have made representation on behalf of our members to Philip Hammond MP, communities secretary Sajid Javid and the CBA’s local MP Mark Prisk, outlining our concerns on an increase in business rates on bakery businesses on the high street.“The high street business is already under huge pressure from a reduction in footfall, the implementation of higher parking tariffs, introduction of the National Living Wage and auto-enrolment of pensions. To see an increase in some instances of £4,000.00 extra on business rates will see some high street bakers close their doors.”The CBA added that David Smart, former president of the association, and Christopher Freeman, current board director, had both been on national television to give their views on the impending change.It said it has also employed an outside company to assist members with their business rates going forward.last_img read more

Egyptian-style handiwork with a digital past

first_imgAfter more than four millennia, the contents of the tomb — known as G 7000X — were in fragments. Organic components like wood and linen had rotted, and gold and ceramic had splintered. But Reisner and his crew were painstaking excavators, sifting carefully through the debris for two years. In addition to copious notes, they took more than 2,000 photographs, all with the idea of one day uncovering what had been in the tomb.Over the ensuing years, several pieces from the tomb’s contents have been re-created for both the Cairo Museum and the MFA, including a carrying chair, a bed, a sitting box, and another, simpler chair.This chair, however, never was.“It was an amazing discovery,” said Peter Der Manuelian, the Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology and director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, who led the project. “But no one had attempted to reconstruct the second chair because it was so elaborate and fancy and people were just overwhelmed.”The project became possible thanks to the ongoing digitization of the Giza site, which has made the extensive notes and photographs more easily searchable. “We have all this great 3-D modeling,” says Manuelian. “We’d scanned all the notes and drawings. Why not try to build this piece in the physical world? And, along the way, learn about Egyptian craftsmanship — and, even more, about the ancient manufacturing sequence, from carving the wood to doing the gilding and the faience inlays.” <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5CLDDS8DfI” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/i5CLDDS8DfI/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> The chair is beautiful, its shiny gilding and bright-blue inlays catching the sun in the Semitic Museum’s stairwell landing.A re-creation of a piece from a 4,500-year-old tomb, the chief value of this high-backed seat — a chair or throne for the Fourth Dynasty Queen Hetepheres — does not spring from its vaunted history, nor from the gold foil that was carefully glued onto the cedar, or even the brilliant turquoise faience, each feature individually crafted in molds of plaster and silica. Instead, its worth is in the roughly 1,000 hours spent putting it together, a process that not only proved the utility of a digital archive but also provided endless hands-on instruction in the way the ancient Egyptians most likely worked.Queen Hetepheres’ tomb was discovered by accident in 1925. A joint Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts expedition led by famed archaeologist George Reisner had been excavating the Eastern Cemetery (just east of the great pyramid of King Khufu) in Giza, Egypt, when a photographer’s tripod slipped, exposing the plaster cover of a hidden burial shaft. That shaft led the group down another 90 feet to a tomb, determined to be that of Hetepheres, Khufu’s mother. Rus Gant, who as technical artist for the Giza Project is responsible for the overall conception and vision for the chair project, explained that the decision to re-create it served as “proof of concept,” showing what can be done “when you create an archive like this. How a digital archive can function in the modern world.”Even with the digitization, the re-creation remained a daunting task, one that David Hopkins, the technical artist who did most of the computer work, carving, and final assembly, likened to assembling a jigsaw puzzle “when all the pieces have been tossed together with pieces from at least five other puzzles.” All in all, the reconstruction involved more than 2,000 individual pieces.First, a small model was created — an almost dollhouse-sized replica that incorporated the 3-D digital imaging. This led to discussions of techniques, as well as materials. But although it would have been relatively simple to re-create the piece from those images, having a perfect replica was not the point.“We were more interested in the actual archaeological process of how they did it,” said Gant. “How they crafted, rather than just recreating a chair.”Using many of the same tools the Egyptians most likely used — chisels and lathes and sandpaper — the team made some discoveries. Joints in the furniture, for example, seemed to have been drilled at a 45-degree angle. This, the builders decided, probably allowed for a string of wet leather to be inserted. As the leather dried, it would shrink, binding the pieces tightly.“As I’m digging this out,” Hopkins says. “I’d ask, ‘What did they use to dig this out with?’”The lost Egyptian throne of Queen Hetepheres An interdisciplinary collaboration at Harvard University has created a full-scale reproduction of an ancient Egyptian throne belonging to Queen Hetepheres. This experiment in archaeological visualization is a triumph of reconstruction because the only guidance came from thousands of tiny, jumbled fragments and 90-year-old expedition records. The reproduction chair is the centerpiece of the new exhibit “Recreating the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres.” The process wasn’t completely replicated: Hopkins used a ShopBot milling machine to carve the chair’s wooden components. But the way pieces were designed and assembled were, as closely as possible, re-created, providing insight into the original craftsmanship.When it came time to fit the faience ceramics, Kathy King, director of education at the Office for the Arts at Harvard Ceramics Program, had to reinvent techniques, using molds of plaster and silica that break apart after firing, leaving individualized faience pieces that fit pre-carved niches (a process in which she was assisted by ceramics associate Darrah Bowden). Christine Thomson, a conservator, worked on the gilding, with gold foil attached with gesso and animal glues to which the Egyptians would have had access.,Many mysteries still linger over the tomb. For example, where’s the body?“Is it a ceremonial burial place for just the queen’s burial equipment?” said Manuelian. “Was she buried elsewhere and moved here? What happened to the body? We still have more work to do.”Still, the Queen’s Chair, as it has been dubbed, has become a fount of information, some of it surprising. Gant pointed out that the seat, for example, is angled slightly — at the three degrees that craftsmen during the Bauhaus period would judge ergonometrically ideal. “They knew that 4,000 years before,” he said.And the level of craftsmanship is no less impressive. “The mortise and tenon work is just as good as it was in the late 1800s,” said Hopkins. “Which is better than what we do now.”Overall, said Manuelian, the project “gives us an angle into Egyptian craftsmanship. It brings alive for us just how elaborate and sophisticated this particular piece is. The end result is a teaching tool, a research tool, and a museum piece that now goes on display in the Harvard Semitic Museum.”last_img read more