The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) submitted memorandums to deputy commissioners (DCs) across the country, including Dhaka, on Thursday, demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s proper medical treatment and her release from jail before Eid-ul-Fitr.In Dhaka, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered near the Dhaka DC’s office around 10:30am and chanted various slogans, demanding Khaleda’s release.Later, a delegation of BNP, led by Dhaka district BNP assistant organising secretary Abdus Salam Azad, submitted a memorandum to Dhaka DC Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan.Talking to reporters, Salam said the government has kept their ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail without providing her proper treatment.”We submitted a memorandum to the DC demanding her release and proper treatment at the United Hospital,” he said.Salam warned that the government will have to shoulder all the responsibilities if anything bad happens to Khaleda.He said all other district units of the party also submitted memorandums to their respective DC offices to push for the same demand.On 8 February, Khaleda was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Credit: Douglas Petrovich (Phys.org)—Douglas Petrovich, an archaeologist with Ontario’s Wilfrid-Laurier University in Canada has sparked controversy in the ancient history scholarly community by making claims that he has found proof that Hebrew is the world’s oldest alphabet. He has been speaking to media outlets in conjunction with the self-publication of a book he has written regarding his findings called simply World’s Oldest Alphabet. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In interviews, Petrovich claimed that he has found evidence of Israelites in Egypt who converted 22 hieroglyphics into a Hebrew alphabet more than 3,800 years ago. Not everyone in the scholarly community is convinced, however.Most scholars of ancient times agree that the world’s oldest alphabet was probably Semitic, but they have not been able to come to a consensus regarding which it might be. Petrovich contends that converting hieroglyphics into an alphabet was an attempt by those who spoke Hebrew to find a way to create their own written expressions during the time it is believed Israelites lived in Egypt; he claims it predates any other known written alphabet. He notes that he has been working on his research since 2012. He started by translating Middle Egyptian inscriptions on stone tablets along with inscriptions on other tablets (including Sinai 115) that appeared to be precursors or actual examples of a Hebrew alphabet. To conduct his translations, Petrovich has combined letters previously identified from some other scholars with some of his own interpretations—a method that may make it difficult for others in the field to accept his findings. Another point of controversy is the source he offers for dating some of his references—the Bible. He further claims that after assembling the early Hebrew alphabet, he was able to use it to translate 16 Hebrew inscriptions that up till now have been indecipherable. He claims he found references to Moses that aligned with biblical references, and Ahisamach and Asenath, two other biblical figures. He also claims to have found the word “Hebrew.”Petrovich acknowledges that there will be skeptics and even suggests that they attempt to prove or disprove his findings in their own way, insisting that if what he has found is correct then eventually others will come to the same conclusion. Alphabet stone found near Jerusalem Citation: Archeologist claims to have found proof that Hebrew was the first written alphabet (2016, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-archeologist-proof-hebrew-written-alphabet.html Explore further
Share1STORY PITCHDavid Ruth713firstname.lastname@example.orgGraduating Rice University student is YouTube starIf you’re lucky to work at a top-tier university, you get to meet some incredibly smart young people. We feature their enterprising spirit all the time. As an example, we are currently rolling out our annual portfolio of student projects from Rice University’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.We also learn about students who are doing other things, like David Nichol from a few years ago who imported 13,000 colored balls from China and converted his room into a ball pit before moving to the west coast and putting his computer science degree to work.This year is no different.We have a senior who has become a YouTube star and entrepreneur.Meet Michael Groth.Groth, who will graduate in May with a mechanical engineering degree, said his story is proof that you never really know what to expect in life.The summer before arriving at Rice, Groth uploaded a Pokémon-themed video he had produced to his YouTube channel and didn’t give it much thought as he settled into college life. “One day I checked back on it and said, ‘Wow. This has 10,000 views.’ I realized this video was going to pass up my most-viewed video of all time, and it hit 1 million views in December,” Groth said.After his video hit that milestone, he began putting more effort into his YouTube channel by creating weekly content. His channel now has nearly a half-million subscribers. “It suddenly grew and I started making money off of it, and I realized this could someday become my job,” Groth said.Groth has monetized those views into YouTube advertising dollars. We cannot go into detail about his personal finances, but some estimates show that people like Groth can make anywhere from $1.50 to $7 per 1,000 views.After graduation, Groth intends to work on his YouTube channel and explore other creative opportunities full time. “I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, so it’s kind of scary, but it’s also really exciting,” he said.Rice University has a broadcast studio available for television interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview with Groth, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at email@example.com or 713-348-6327.-30-Follow Groth on YouTube here.Follow Groth on Twitter at @mandjtvpokevidsFollow Rice University on YouTube here.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis