Editor's note: The Egypt-set Assassin's Creed Origins is out this week, and in a bold bit of opportunism we thought we'd republish Christian Donlan's wonderful piece on Senet, the board game played by ancient Egyptians. The piece was first published last year. The clay pot theory of historyIt was hard work being dead in ancient Egypt. You had to put the hours in. Upon death, ancient Egyptians believed that your ba - soul is the closest word we have - was kicked loose from your body and freed to roam the lands. This freedom came with limitations, however. Every day your ba left the tomb where your mummy rested and wandered in the heavens. Every night, it had to work its way back home, descending with the sun god to the world of the dead and undergoing great trials, before it finally rejoined the body in an act of supreme spiritual renewal. As above, so below: the Egyptians believed that the sun was born every morning and died every evening. The ba mimicked its journey through the sky. … [Read more...] about Why did ancient Egypt spend 3000 years playing a game nobody else liked?
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Zenreach is announcing that it has raised $30 million in Series C funding. The round comes from venture capital firms like Maverick Ventures, Founders Fund (Founders Fund’s Peter Thiel joined the board last year), 8 VC, Bain Capital Ventures, First Round Capital and SV Angel — plus two celebrity investors, NBA star Kevin Durant and actor/VC Ashton Kutcher. Founder and CEO Jack Abraham (pictured above with Durant and Kutcher) previously sold his local shopping startup Milo to eBay for $75 million. He said that Zenreach, like Milo, is “bringing the online and offline world together.” Specifically, businesses that use Zenreach can offer their customers free Wi-Fi. All the customer needs to do is register using their email address, phone number or Facebook account. Zenreach then uses that information to create a customer database for the business, which in turn allows them to deliver targeted promotions — businesses could create different messages and … [Read more...] about Zenreach raises $30M to help businesses boost their marketing with free Wi-Fi
© Photo : PixabaySticky Situation: Quebec Doctor Suspended for Six Weeks in Pediatric Eye Gluing IncidentSeth Lookhart of Clear Creek Dental is accused of needlessly sedating patients and other “unlawful dental acts.” He has now facing 17 charges including fraud. His office manager, Shauna Cranford, is also facing 16 charges – 10 of which are felonies. The charges stem from an investigation into Lookhart by the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Office of the Inspector General and agents from the FBI and DEA, ADN.com reported. It was prompted after a former employee informed the state that the office was performing unnecessary intravenous sedation on Medicaid patients to increase profits, while using local anesthesia on those with private insurance. “Medicaid pays $170.76 for 15 minutes of IV sedation; by contrast, nitrous oxide gas costs a flat rate of $57,” ADN … [Read more...] about ‘Unlawful Dental Acts’: Alaska Doc Charged in Hoverboard Tooth Extraction Case
Tom Acres, news reporterOn 5 July, the NHS will celebrate its 70th birthday.Now considered the envy of the world so far as health services go, it has certainly come a long way since the idea was first floated by health secretary Aneurin Bevan in 1946.Back then, Clement Attlee had just led Labour to victory in the first post-Second World War general election. He quickly made Mr Bevan part of his cabinet, and The National Health Service Act was published in 1946.It set out a vision for a "comprehensive health service" for England and Wales, which would become a reality just two years later. There was separate legislation for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Advertisement July 1948 - The NHS is born The NHS was born on 5 July, promising nationalised hospitals, a network of GPs, and community health services, all free at the point of use.Health secretary Aneurin Bevan launched it at Park Hospital in Manchester, today known as Trafford General Hospital. More from Nhs … [Read more...] about 70 defining moments in 70 years of the NHS
By Natalie Obiko Pearson and Suvashree Ghosh Erwin Singh Braich, the mysterious tycoon behind a $1.2 billion bid to rescue a beleaguered Indian bank, says he is Canada’s richest man with a story so fabulous that Netflix Inc. wants to tell it. There’s a less glittering account pieced together from interviews and court records: The son of a lumber baron has a history including bankruptcy, lawsuits and soured business deals. He has no headquarters, no banker to manage his money, and is currently living in a three-star motel in the Canadian prairies. The board of Yes Bank Ltd. will decide on Tuesday which version of Braich it supports at a meeting to approve a $2 billion preferential share sale, 60% of which would be taken up by Braich and his partner, Hong Kong-based SPGP Holdings. As Bloomberg News reported Monday, India’s fourth-largest private lender is likely to reject the offer from Braich and SPGP, opting instead for institutional investors, according to a … [Read more...] about Erwin Singh Braich: The puzzling Canadian behind a bid to save Yes Bank