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Stellenbosch University Software Donation troubles Makerere
By Esther Nakkazi Makerere University will upgrade or all togather overhaul its system responsible for storage of administration, finance and student data, officials said. The International Tertiary System (ITS) that integrates finance, human resource and a...

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Ebola Vaccine induced longest reported immune response
By Esther Nakkazi An investigational “prime-boost” Ebola vaccine regimen, induced a durable immune response in 100% of healthy volunteers over one year, the longest duration follow-up reported researchers said.  The data was reported in  The   Journal of th...

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EU funding to combat illegal fishing on Lake Victoria
By Esther Nakkazi The European Union (EU) will contribute 100,000 Euros to improve monitoring, control and surveillance of Lake Victoria to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. More funds are expected from partner states. The EU funds to be a...

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Pads for Uganda Girls is everyone's responsibility
By Esther Nakkazi  When he was campaigning for re-election of Uganda’s top job in 2015, candidate Yoweri Museveni promised free sanitary pads for all school girls under the Universal Primary and Secondary Education (UPE/USE) programs that were started by hi...

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African Media Can Move Beyond Risk in Biotech Reporting
By Esther Nakkazi An image of an injection into a juicy tomato 'tomato syringe' or a huge cabbage with an elephant body are the most common illustrations used by the media on biotechnology stories. Its dramatic, catchy, appealing and all about ‘hey-stop-pay...

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Ptah-Sokar-Osiris.
Culture: Egyptian
Date: 332-30 B.C.
Medium: Wood, gesso, and paint

He was regarded as the father of the sage Imhotep.
Imhotep was an interesting character from the annals of human history.

More Ptah information from wiki
In Egyptian mythology, Ptah (/pəˈtɑː/; Egyptian: ptḥ, probably vocalized as Pitaḥ in ancient Egyptian) is the demiurge of Memphis, god of craftsmen and architects. In the triad of Memphis, he is the spouse of Sekhmet and the father of Nefertum. He was also regarded as the father of the sage Imhotep.

Ptah is the Creator god par excellence: He is considered the demiurge who existed before all other things, and by his willfulness, thought the world. It was first conceived by Thought, and realized by the Word: Ptah conceives the world by the thought of his heart and gives life through the magic of his Word. That which Ptah commanded was created, with which the constituents of nature, fauna, and flora, are contained. He also plays a role in the preservation of the world and the permanence of the royal function.

In the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty, the Nubian pharaoh Shabaka would transcribe on a stela known as the Shabaka Stone, an old theological document found in the archives of the library of the temple of the god at Memphis. This document has been known as the Memphite Theology, and shows the god Ptah, the god responsible for the creation of the universe by thought and by the word.
Ptah is the patron of craftsmanship, metalworking, carpenters, shipbuilders, and sculpture. From the Middle Kingdom onwards, he was one of five major Egyptian gods with Ra, Isis, Osiris and Amun.
He wears many epithets that describe his role in ancient Egyptian religion and its importance in society at the time:
• Ptah the beautiful face
• Ptah lord of truth
• Ptah master of justice
• Ptah who listens to prayers
• Ptah master of ceremonies
• Ptah lord of eternity

Like many deities of ancient Egypt he takes many forms, through one of his particular aspects or through syncretism of ancient deities of the Memphite region. He is sometimes represented as a dwarf, naked and deformed, whose popularity would continue to grow during the Late Period. Frequently associated with the god Bes, his worship then exceeded the borders of the country and was exported throughout the eastern Mediterranean. Thanks to the Phoenicians, we find figures of Ptah in Carthage.

Ptah is generally represented in the guise of a man with green skin, contained in a shroud sticking to the skin, wearing the divine beard, and holding a sceptre combining three powerful symbols of ancient Egyptian religion:
• The Was sceptre
• The sign of life, Ankh
• The Djed pillar
These three combined symbols indicate the three creative powers of the god: power (was), life (ankh) and stability (djed).

From the Old Kingdom, he quickly absorbs the appearance of Sokar and Tatenen, ancient deities of the Memphite region. His form of Sokar is found contained in its white shroud wearing the Atef crown, an attribute of Osiris. In this capacity, he represents the god of the necropolis of Saqqara and other famous sites where the royal pyramids were built. Gradually he formed with Osiris a new deity called Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. Statuettes representing the human form, half-human, half-hawk, or simply in its falcon form will be systematically placed in tombs to accompany and protect the dead on their journey to the West.

His Tatenen form is represented by a young and vigorous man wearing a crown with two tall plumes that surround the solar disk. He thus embodies the underground fire that rumbles and raises the earth. As such, he was particularly revered by metalworkers and blacksmiths, but he was equally feared because it was he who caused earthquakes and tremors of the earth's crust. In this form also, Ptah is the master of ceremonies for Heb Sed, a ceremony traditionally attesting to the first thirty years of the Pharaoh's reign.

The god Ptah could be corresponding with the sun god Re, or Aten during the Amarna period, where he embodied the divine essence with which the sun god was fed to come into existence, that is to say to be born, according to the Memphite mythological/theological texts. In the holy of holies of his temple in Memphis, as well as in his great sacred boat, he drove in procession to regularly visit the region during major holidays. Ptah was also symbolized by two birds with human heads adorned with solar disks, symbols of the souls of the god Re: the Ba. The two Ba are also identified as the twin gods Shu and Tefnut and are associated with the djed pillar of Memphis.

Finally, Ptah is embodied in the sacred bull, Apis. Frequently referred to as a herald of Re, the sacred animal is the link with the god Re from the New Kingdom. He even received worship in Memphis, probably at the heart of the great temple of Ptah, and its death was buried with all the honours due to a living god in the Serapeum of Saqqara.


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Community Health Extension Workers to Aid Uganda achieve SDGs
By Esther Nakkazi Uganda had an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in 2000 and although there were deaths, the country largely managed to contain it. At the time the Director General at the Ministry of Health was Prof Francis Omaswa. Using this example at ...

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Who should try accused health workers?
By Esther Nakkazi Ugandan health workers are fighting back. As cases of what the public view as health workers negligence build up, most of them end up detained in police cells and tried by public courts. Today the Executive Director for African Centre for ...

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Abortions decline in Uganda; it could cut maternal deaths
By Esther Nakkazi Uganda is gaining positive results in saving the mother with a decline in the rate of abortions a new    study   by U.S based Guttmacher Institute and Makerere University indicates. Over a decade, the number of women aged 15–49 years who c...

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Zika re-enters Africa as encroachers take over its forest habitat in Uganda
By Esther Nakkazi The Zika virus has re-surfaced in Africa through Angola. As we all know, Zika was first discovered in Uganda in 1947. Unfortunately, as it resurfaces in Africa, the Zika forest where it was first identified in Africa is just a few decimals...
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