Los Angeles: ‘Avengers’ ruled the MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019 as Marvel’s latest offering “Endgame” was named the Best Movie with Robert Downey Jr winning the title of Best Hero as IronMan at the ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Brolin’s reprisal as supervillain Thanos won him the Best Villain award. In a video message, Downey Jr said winning the award was “kinda unexpected”. “That said it’s been an absolute joy, honour and privilege, etc to play Tony Stark all these years. So I want to say thank you Marvel, Disney, MTV and mostly thank y’all. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Maybe it’s true that you love me 3,000 but I just checked. What are the new numbers? And oh, I love you 3,427,” he said. Brie Larson took home the golden popcorn for the Best Fight sequence between her “Captain Marvel” and Minn-Erva (played by Gemma Chan) in MCU’s first female stand-alone. She walked on stage arm-in-arm with her stunt doubles for the film, Jonna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker. “They’re the living embodiment of Captain Marvel,” Larson told the audience. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Despite receiving mixed reviews from both fans and critics for its season finale, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was adjudged the Best Show. Dwayne Johnson was honoured with the Generation Award, while Jada Pinkett Smith accepted the Trailblazer Award. Johnson entered the stage dancing to Queen anthem “We Will Rock You” to receive the award. He said throughout his career he was asked to conform to norms but he decided to maintain his identity. The half-black and half-Samoan actor told the audience he is a “walking example” of staying true to oneself and acting as a bridge between cultures. “I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was going to conform to me,” Johnson said in his speech. It was Pinkett Smith’s “Girls Trip” co-star Tiffany Haddish who presented the actor, philanthropist and “Red Table Talk” host with the Trailblazer Award. Accompanied by her son actor-singer Jaden Smith, she said she was unsure if she deserved the trailblazing award “quite yet”. “Often we applaud the trails people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms of the mind that are full of uncertainty, false beliefs and pain. “It’s these internal obstacles that must be challenged in order to muster the courage to forge new paths that we can see in the world,” she said. Lady Gaga, who made her feature film debut with “A Star is Born”, won Best Performance in a Movie award. The film’s song “Shallow”, which Gaga sang with director-co-star Bradley Cooper for the movie, won the Best Musical Moment. For her role in the critically-acclaimed dystopian drama “The Handsmaid’s Tale”, Elisabeth Moss won Best Performance in a Show. Moss gave a shout-out to fellow nominees — Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez and Kiernan Shipka — the “bada** women” ruling the small screen today. “To all my ladies out there, keep up the fight. I stand right alongside you,” she added. Sandra Bullock accepted the Most Frightened Performance award for her performance in Netflix’s acclaimed thriller “Bird Box” in a heartfelt and humorous message to her children. “Even though you can’t see it until you’re 21 because apparently a movie about being a mommy is a horror film, you will know when you see it that there isn’t anything I would do for you,” Bullock said. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo shared the Best Kiss award on behalf of their on-screen characters – Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean. Centineo took home award for Breakthrough Performance in the Netflix teenage rom-com. Daniel Levy from “Schitt’s Creek” won the Best Comedic Performance. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was named Best Real-Life Hero for “RBG’, a documentary on her life. “Surviving R Kelly”, a six-part Lifetime documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against American singer Robert “R” Kelly, was named Best Documentary. Several of the survivors interviewed in the docuseries came onto the stage as Brie Miranda Bryant, senior vp unscripted development and programming for Lifetime, accepted the award. “This team believes in the power of numbers. Fifty-four individuals sat to tell this story. Survivors walked through the fire and stood again to tell the story,” Bryant said. At the show, Melissa McCarthy, Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Bautista, David Spade and Kumail Nanjiani served as presenters. The stage was set on fire with performances by rapper Lizzo, DJ-producer Martin Garrix, Macklemore, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy Singer, songwriter and producer Bazzi performed his hit song “Paradise.” “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi hosted the ceremony.
New Delhi: Northern Railways has announced a tri-weekly special train from Jaipur to Delhi Cantonment. Railways will run 09731/09732 Jaipur-Delhi Cantt.-Jaipur three days a week special train to clear the rush of extra passengers and convenient transit. The train will depart Jaipur on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from July 18 to August 30 at 7:45 am to reach Delhi Cantonment at 01:20 pm on the same day. In the return direction, the train will leave Delhi Cantonment on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 3:20 pm to reach Jaipur at 9:20 pm on the same day. The special train will stop at Gandhinagar Jaipur, Gator Jagatpura, Dausa, Bandikui, Alwar, Rewari & Gurgaon stations en route in both the directions.
Kolkata: Local residents of Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas on Thursday set a woman’s house on fire suspecting her to be a tantrik. They were infuriated over her alleged occult practices.The accused woman, Alpana Ghosh, and her husband Nityananda are at present absconding. A large contingent of police went to the spot and pacified the angry mob. Local residents alleged that Alpana and her family has been staying in Kabilpur village for the past three years. People from distant areas had been visiting Alpana for treatment of their chronic diseases and to fulfill their dreams. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA local resident alleged that Alpana had fanned the desire of woman, who wanted to fulfill her sadhana through human sacrifice. A 65-year-old woman allegedly had a dream where she was instructed that to fulfill her sadhana she had to sacrifice the lives of seven people. Local residents said about two months ago, Alpana had prescribed some roots and a chemical to a three-year-old girl to cure some ailment. The girl, Rani Ghosh, had to be taken to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital after she consumed the root and chemical and the doctors had declared her dead on arrival. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAnother girl, Rinki Ghosh, a Higher Secondary student, was also administered the chemicals and roots. At present, she is battling for her life at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. Once the news reached the village, local residents attacked the house of the tantric and ransacked it. They set her car and house on fire. Initially, Alpana tried to pacify the mob but when she failed to do it she left the spot with her husband. A massive hunt is on to nab both of them.
APTN National NewsTemperatures continue to over well above freezing in southern Manitoba.That has people in the north waiting anxiously for them to drop.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson has this story.
It was another miserable day on Wall Street as a series of big December plunges continued, putting stocks on track for their worst month in a decade.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index slumped 39.54 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 2,467.42.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 464.06 points, or 2 per cent, to 22,859.60.The Nasdaq composite declined 108.42 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 6,528.41.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies sagged 23.23 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,326.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 132.53 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Dow is down 1,240.91 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 382.26 points, or 5.5 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 84.81 points, or 6 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 206.19 points, or 7.7 per cent.The Dow is down 1,859.62 points, or 7.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 374.98 points, or 5.4 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 209.51 points, or 13.6 per cent.The Associated Press
Rabat – The Moroccan army has sent army helicopters and troops to Guerguerat in response to the Polisario’s repeated illegal armed maneuvers in the restricted buffer strip.The separatist movement has been setting up illegal checkpoints in the border area between Morocco and Mauritania in recent weeks. According to Moroccan daily Al Massae, the Polisario has also deployed militia and tried to hinder traffic in the buffer zone, defying the UN Security Council and violating the UN military agreements and the 1991 ceasefire agreement.To respond to Polisario’s maneuvers in the region, the Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces and Captain of the Southern Military zone issued the order to raise the state alert to the maximum level. Al Massae’ source added that the Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces mobilized hundreds of soldiers and military vehicles a few meters away from the Mauritanian border.Morocco’s move seeks to deter, and if needed, repel any military actions the Polisario may undertake in the region.Al Massae reported that members of the Moroccan army have moved to the region of Assa Zag, a province in the Moroccan economic region of Guelmim-Oued Noun.The region was marked on Sunday by the confiscation of Polisario military trucks involved in “drug trafficking.” The front’s vehicles were heading to Guelmim Oued Noun, a region that became a haven for drug lords, active in the region.According to the same source, Moroccan officials have given instructions to deploy heavy artillery in the border area of Guerguerat in order to respond to Polisario’s provocative actions.
“The immediate future is uncertain,” Ms. Migiro told the General Assembly’s fifth committee, which deals with budgetary matters.She noted that progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, will be thwarted.“Globally concerted efforts are needed to redress this and to avoid more problems down the road. The interests of all countries can be articulated by the United Nations.”Strong leadership, backed by strong partnerships and political will, are also essential ingredients in meeting “daunting” development obstacles, the Deputy Secretary-General said.“Dedicated attention will have to be given to climate change, innovative financing, international migration and development, violence against women and indigenous issues,” she added.With there being a “serious mismatch” between the UN’s development responsibilities and available resources, Ms. Migiro underscored that the world body’s Secretariat needs “adequate capacity” to carry out its new functions in the face of ever greater challenges. 14 October 2008Concerted international action is crucial in addressing development challenges, whose scope has intensified in recent months due to climate change, soaring food and energy prices and the global financial turmoil, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today.
Among those promoted are 2,075 Police Constables and 189 Sergeants. (Colombo Gazette) Over 2500 members of the Police service were promoted today by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara.The Police spokesman’s office said that a record 2599 members of the Police service were promoted.
Rae Gibson is the winner of this year’s Undergraduate Library Research Award, which celebrates success in conducting undergraduate research.Gibson’s winning essay describes her approach to research and library tools such as PsycINFO and the Psychology Research Guide to prepare her paper “Errorless learning efficacy among older adults with memory impairment.”The Library Research Award is a $500 prize. Karen Bordonaro, teaching and learning librarian and chair of the award committee, noted the strength of Gibson’s entry.“Rae did an excellent job of describing how her use of library resources and services helped her develop her scientific research and writing skills,” she said. “In giving this award, the Library is proud to support student learning beyond the classroom by recognizing information seeking as an intellectual process worthy of being celebrated.”
Mark Malloch Brown, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said a meeting of donors in Washington D.C. on Tuesday had generated “a coming together of minds on the absolute urgency of moving to recovery and reconstruction planning, while acknowledging the continued security difficulties on the ground.” “There was a feeling that we had to capture this moment of this perverse curve, where donor attention and interest is at its high point and yet where the early costs of recovery will be quite modest compared to the ultimate cost,” the UNDP Administrator said. Mr. Malloch Brown, who has been named by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lead the recovery effort, told a press briefing in New York that now was “a very important moment to channel the energy and commitment of donors behind a real plan.” He also stressed the need to ensure that planning and reconstruction were carried out in close consultation with the Afghans themselves. Underscoring the UN’s “very good national capacity” in terms of local staff in Afghanistan, he pledged to maximize this resource rather than rely on international workers. “What the Afghans have shown at every step of this way is that whatever the internal capacity restraints, there is a huge political and cultural preference to do it themselves,” he said. “This is going to look very different from the operations we’re all used to, such as East Timor or Cambodia – there are going to be many fewer expatriate workers in white four-wheel drive vehicles.” The UNDP Administrator also emphasized the “indispensable role” of the political process now being led by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi. “If there is not a broad-based government, it is inconceivable that there can be sustained recovery and reconstruction,” he said.
Abbott Labs pleads guilty, agrees to pay $1.5B for misbranding anti-seizure drug Depakote AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Abbott Laboratories has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1.5 billion over allegations that it promoted the anti-seizure drug Depakote for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.The case includes a criminal fine and forfeiture of $700 million and civil settlements with the federal government and states totalling $800 million. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said Monday the settlement reflects the determination by government “to hold accountable those who commit fraud.”At a news conference at the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy said that the top levels of Abbott carried out a strategy of systematically marketing the drug for purposes other than what federal regulators had allowed.The illegal conduct was not the product of “some rogue sales representatives,” said Heaphy, the U.S. attorney for the western district of Virginia. He said the company engaged in the strategy from 1998 to at least 2006.Separately, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced a $100 million settlement with Abbott of consumer claims in 45 states and the District of Columbia. The consumer claims over Abbott’s promotion of Depakote for unapproved uses were brought under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.Depakote is an anti-seizure and mood-stabilizing drug prescribed for bipolar disorder.However, the company admitted that it marketed the drug for unapproved uses, including treatment of schizophrenia, agitated dementia and autism.The company admitted that it trained a specialized sales force to promote Depakote in treating dementia because the drug was not subject to federal regulations designed to prevent the use of unnecessary medications in nursing homes.The company also marketed Depakote to treat schizophrenia. Clinical trials failed to demonstrate that adding Depakote was any more effective than antipsychotic drugs in treating schizophrenia, according to court papers in the case.Under the care of a physician, patients are sometimes prescribed drugs for purposes not approved by the FDA. However, pharmaceutical companies cannot market drugs for unapproved purposes.Illinois-based Abbott said the company was pleased to resolve the matter. It said that it takes its responsibility to patients and health care providers seriously. Under the settlement, the company has agreed to enter a five-year probationary period designed to ensure that there is no repeat of the company’s misconduct.Reuben Guttman, an attorney whose whistleblower clients brought Abbott’s activities to the attention of government investigators, said that the case shows how a company elevated aggressive sales and marketing of Depakote over medical decision-making. Abbott, said Guttman, “violated basic norms of health care and ethics.” by News Staff Posted May 7, 2012 7:21 pm MDT
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan reports lower Q2 net earnings, lower sales AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 7:23 am MDT SASKATOON – Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) raised its outlook for the year Thursday as it reported a second-quarter profit of $472 million.The company said its second-quarter profit amounted to 56 cents per diluted share, compared with $643 million, or 73 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013.However, despite the drop, the results were better than PotashCorp’s guidance in April for a profit of 40 to 45 cents per share for the quarter.The average analyst estimate had been for a profit of 46 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Sales for the global crop nutrient company were $1.89 billion versus $2.14 billion year-over-year.In its new outlook for the year, the company said it expected a profit for the full year of $1.70 to $1.90 per share, up from guidance in April for a profit of $1.50 to $1.80 per share.The new forecast is based on a third-quarter profit of 35 to 45 cents per share and annual potash sales of 8.9 million to 9.2 million tonnes.PotashCorp president and chief executive Jochen Tilk said robust global fertilizer demand helped the company’s results for the quarter.“Performance in all three nutrient segments improved from the beginning of the year and resulted in our second-quarter earnings exceeding the upper end of our guidance range,” Tilk said in a statement.“Although results were below those of the same period last year, an improving price environment and — in the case of our potash and nitrogen businesses — cost efficiencies contributed to our bottom line.”The price of potash was hit hard last year due to uncertainty caused by the collapse of a Russia-Belarus marketing cartel last August and lower customer demand amid China’s economic slowdown.PotashCorp said Thursday that its average realized potash price for the quarter was $263 per tonne, down from $356 per tonne in the same period last year.However, the company noted due to improving market fundamentals through the first half of this year the average realized price was up $13 per tonne relative to first-quarter 2014.
Nurses from Uganda’s Ministry of Health check passengers arriving from Democratic Republic of Congo Source: AP Photo/Rebecca VassieWorld Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan, declaring the epidemic a global health emergency, said in Geneva Friday it was the worst of its kind in four decades.The WHO appealed for international aid to help afflicted countries after a rare meeting of the UN health body’s emergency committee, which urged screening of all people flying out of affected countries in west Africa.It stopped short of calling for global travel restrictions, urging airlines to take strict precautions while continuing to fly to the west African countries hit by the outbreak.IndiaIn India, a country of 1.25 billion people, airports went on alert and the government opened an emergency helpline Saturday as part of measures to tackle any outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in the country.India has nearly 45,000 nationals living in the four Ebola-affected west African nations, and health officials said there was a possibility of some of them returning to their home country if the outbreak worsens.India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a statement the country has “put in operation the most advanced surveillance and tracking systems” for the hemorrhagic virus.Fever and fluMeanwhile, a patient back from Nigeria who showed symptoms of fever and flu — possible signs of Ebola – was put in isolation in a Toronto-area hospital, Canadian health officials said late last night.The unnamed male patient was being treated at the William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital in a suburb of Toronto.“As a precautionary measure, Osler put in heightened infection control measures in the emergency department including isolating the patient”, the hospital said in a statement.Hospital doctors “are working closely” with public health officials “to confirm a diagnosis”.- © AFP, 2014Read: Greece testing a man for Ebola at Athens hospital > Nigerian port health officials uses a thermometer on a worker at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Source: AP Photo/Sunday AlambaNIGERIA HAS APPEALED for volunteers to help halt the spread of Ebola and India took steps to tackle any outbreak of the deadly virus, as two of the world’s most populous countries reacted to the global health emergency.Authorities in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, said they needed volunteers because of a shortage of medical personnel.“I won’t lie about that,” Lagos state health commissioner, Jide Idris, said on television.Lagos, home to some 20 million people, has recorded nine confirmed cases of Ebola, including two deaths.In the capital Abuja on Friday, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan declared the Ebola crisis a national emergency and approved the immediate release of 1.9 billion naira (€8.7 million) to fund efforts to contain the spread of the virus.IsolationThe money will finance additional centres to isolate Ebola patients, screen arrivals at borders, trace those exposed to the virus, and boost public awareness.A meeting will be held in Abuja on Monday to discuss strategies to curb the spread of Ebola, which has claimed nearly 1,000 lives in four west Africa nations: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.The other three countries have also declared states of emergency.
People traffickers have dramatically raised the stakes by using freighters to carry hundreds of migrants to Europe at a time, then jumping ship as the vessels steam towards shore.Italian coastguards have narrowly prevented two disasters this week off the country’s southern coast involving so-called “ghost ships”, which seem to have originated in Turkey.With thousands of dollars to be made from every person desperate to escape war-torn and poverty-hit areas in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, smugglers are constantly changing tactics.Easy access to cheap vessels also appears to be a factor, with industry sources claiming that aged freighters can even be picked up on Ebay.Following are key questions on people-smuggling in the Mediterranean.All manner of vessels have been used by people smugglers to cross the Mediterranean. The trend began with fishing boats and rubber dinghies, but with winter weather, some smugglers have switched to fully-fledged freighters.In the past the smugglers have not hesitated about putting migrants at risk to provoke lifesaving operations, instructing them to slash their dinghies or jump into the water to force coastguards to rescue them.But this week, the odds were upped dramatically with two migrant ships deliberately abandoned by their crews, placing hundreds of lives at stake.Why? Simply put, because they can. David Olsen, financial editor of maritime newspaper Lloyds List, said “bargain basement” ships can be had for about less than one million dollars (700,000 euros), less than the price of a London apartment.“I can see people meeting over a beer and agreeing a price that is more than the scrap to take it off their hands,” Olsen says.“Ships that are 40 to 50 years old… it’s not even worth getting them to India for scrap,” he said.Both the cargo ships involved in this week’s incidents are over 40 years old.The Blue Sky M, the Moldovan-flagged freighter intercepted by the Italian coastguard before it ran aground on Wednesday, had docked at the Turkish port of Korfez in October before sailing for Rijeka, Croatia.There were nearly 770 migrants people on board but no crew as the ship drifted on autopilot towards rocks. Greek coastguards were told by a passenger that a crew of up to a dozen men, reportedly armed, had been on board.The ship got to within five miles — or 45 minutes sailing time — of a disaster before six Italian navy officers were lowered on to the ship by helicopter and succeeded in bringing it under control.Two days later, a second crewless merchant ship — the Sierra Leone-registered Ezadeen — appeared on the radar.It was allegedly headed for the southern French port of Sete after a journey between Tartus, Syria and Famagusta in Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus.Six coastguard officers were lowered from a helicopter onto the deck as the Ezadeen drifted some 40 kilometers (25 miles) off Crotone on Italy’s heel.The wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have been the major contributors to migration to Europe but there is also a steady flow from poverty-stricken states in north and central Africa and central Asia.Lawless Libya has also become a paradise for smugglers.It has been a record year for people attempting to reach Europe by sea, with more than 170,000 people rescued by Italy in the last 14 months and hundreds, possibly thousands, perishing trying to make the crossing.The demand for passage to Europe has strengthened the hand of smugglers, says Joel Millman, of the International Organization for Migration.“Obviously whole families, whole towns are evacuating Syria, which could mean traffickers are getting used to handling a flow of migrants they can predict will run into the thousands of individuals every month,” he told AFP.He said that with migrants prepared to pay thousands of dollars for passage, “the groups behind the Blue Sky M abandonment could have grossed well over $1 million on just that one short voyage — enough to pay for a disposable craft, crew, vessels to evacuate the crew and, presumably, make any bribe payments that might have been useful in furthering the scheme,” Millman said.The western port of Patra, which handles the bulk of Greece’s maritime traffic with Italy, has been used for years by migrants hoping to sneak on board ferries to Bari and Brindisi.Indeed, the Norman Atlantic, the ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic, was found to contain stowaways from Afghanistan and Syria.Rome also has a bone to pick with Athens after the Greek coastguard neglected to board the Blue Sky M and allowed it to continue towards the Italian coast.Greece’s Aegean islands close to the coast of Turkey — where many of the smuggling rings are based — are also a routine landing point for traffickers.The creation of a 10.3-kilometer (6.4-mile) barbed-wire barrier on the Greek-Turkish border in 2012 also dissuaded smugglers from using the land route into Europe.[AFP] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Pièce exceptionnelle, une cotte de maille de l’armée romaine découverte en ‘Germanie’Des archéologues allemands ont découvert en Basse-Saxe, sur l’emplacement d’une bataille entre Romains et Germains qui s’est déroulée au 3ème siècle de notre ère, une cotte de maille romaine, pièce très rare.Le soldat romain qui portait cette cuirasse a-t-il été blessé et délesté de cette protection par ses camarades pour soigner ses blessures ? Ou bien les guerriers germains de l’armée adverse ont-ils récupéré ce trophée pour le déposer à un endroit particulier du théâtre des opérations en signe de commémoration ? C’est ce que se demandent les archéologues de la Freie Universität de Berlin, qui ont découvert une cotte de maille romaine sur le champ de bataille de la colline de Harzhorn, près de Kalefeld, en Basse-Saxe.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette cotte de maille, trouvée en plusieurs fragments sur les bords du champ de bataille, se compose de plusieurs milliers de petits maillons de fer d’un diamètre d’environ 6 mm. Le métal est en grande partie décomposé. “Cette découverte représente quelque chose de fondamentalement nouveau pour la bataille de Harzhorn. C’est la première fois qu’une partie presque complète d’armure individuelle a été trouvée”, explique Michael Meyer, qui dirige les fouilles sur ce site historique découvert en 2008.Cette découverte (celle du site) a d’ailleurs fait sensation parce que, jusqu’à présent, on supposait qu’après la bataille de la forêt de Teutoburg, en l’an 9 de notre ère, il n’y avait plus eu de présence militaire romaine en Germanie. Or, la bataille de la colline de Harzhorn date du 3ème siècle après J.-C. Depuis 2008, ses vestiges sont étudiés par l’équipe de Michael Meyer, en collaboration avec le Département d’État d’archéologie de Basse-Saxe et les archéologues du district de Northeim.(crédits photo : Clemens Fiedler)Le 15 septembre 2013 à 13:23 • Maxime Lambert
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Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on target If you use Facebook a lot, you’ve probably seen several translated sentences here and there, as long as you’re casually browsing. If you thought these were being done by hand, prepare to be shocked: They’re actually done automatically, and now they’re being translated by neural networks. This is a switch that’s just happened for the company, and now things are changing in a good way for those who rely on translation to read certain posts.Previously, the old way of doing things would take singular words and translate the one by one, but the new one will take entire sentences and translate them via neural networks, offering a much more direct and accurate translation than before. This allows for an increase of 11 percent in “BLEU,” which is a metric that analysts use to figure out just how accurate machine translation really is.It can be difficult, of course, for machines to translate things in this holistic manner, so if there are words that don’t happen to make sense, the neural network will look at the entire picture and use a placeholder to change the word. Sometimes this won’t allow abbreviated words to come through in their abbreviated form, but that’s a small price to pay when you consider how much better this system actually is going forward.This should offer some important changes for the future as far as machine translation, and other practical applications go. If neural networks can handle this kind of thing with ease, imagine what Facebook can assign them to next. And hey, at least these neural networks are doing more good than just putting pictures of dogs and animals on everything, like Google’s tended to do. Adorable as it was, it wasn’t super, super helpful.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Cloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest PointCloak and Dagger Triumph Over Evil, or So They Think The divine pairing. #CloakAndDaggerxRunaways #CloakAndDagger__________@aubreyomari & @olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/JOYyEG8mjR— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) August 3, 2018They lyrics and the change in tone signify that something different is happening this time. In the previous stories, the Divine Pair didn’t have the powers Tandy and Tyrone do. They recognize that the substance pouring out of the pump is the same stuff that gives them their abilities. They combine their powers and redirect it into the sky, shutting the whole thing down, saving the city and teleporting to the top of the Superdome. It’s exactly the kind of scene you watch an entire season of superhero TV for. It’s triumphant, heroic and it looks so cool. And this moment is completely earned after being painstakingly built up for the entire episode. How? How did Cloak and Dagger turn out this good?It even sets us up for Season Two with a cliffhanger that’s intriguing, but doesn’t undo the good feeling of what we just watched. For starters, the city’s saved but that doesn’t mean everything’s OK. Connors may be gone, but there are still too many NOPD officers who believe, or are choosing to cling to the story, that Tyrone is a cop killer. Now, he and Tandy’s roles are reversed. Tandy is back with her mother after Roxxon has been found responsible for the disaster in town. Tyrone is living in the abandoned church. But hey, he has Tandy to bring him care packages. So that’s something, I guess. The real cliffhanger comes after the final title card. It wouldn’t be a Marvel show without the TV equivalent of a post-credits scene. See, before Connors caught up with Tyrone, he found O’Reilly putting her sniper rifle away. Her bulletproof vest protected her from his shots, but then he hit a pipe. She got a full face-full of the Terror element before Connors kicks her into the water. It looks like she drowned. Only she didn’t. At the end of the episode, we see an infected, wild-eyed O’Reilly crawl out of the swamp. So this is what last week’s episode meant by calling her story “the birth of a villain.”Emma Lahana (Photo: Screenshot via Freeform)The show leaves us promising that Season Two will come in Spring 2019, and it will be Mayhem. Well, we know who our villain will be. Mayhem is Brigid O’Reilly’s vigilante identity in the original Cloak and Dagger comics from the 1980s. In the comics, she’s mostly an anti-hero. She helps Cloak and Dagger root out corrupt cops, which will almost certainly be a plot point next season. But she’s more extreme. She doesn’t have Tyrone’s or even Tandy’s mercy. She kills the criminals, crooked cops and drug dealers she finds. Assuming the show follows a similar story, that’s going to become a problem real quick. And as good as the character writing and relationships on this show have been, I can’t wait to see what it does with this story. Next spring. Need more superhero TV in your life? Check out our ranking of our favorite heroes on the small screen. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Marvel Television might have just given us their best show with Cloak and Dagger. Going into the series, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Another teen drama with superheroes Runaways-style? A dark Netflix-like show toned down for basic cable? Over the last eight episodes, Cloak and Dagger proved to be its own thing entirely. It was a conspiracy thriller, a family drama and a buddy story, all wrapped up with healthy amount of social commentary and teen romance. Oh, and it was a damn good superhero story too.Cloak and Dagger is one of a very few TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that isn’t plagued by pacing problems. If anything, it’s a little too short. Eight episodes may have been the right amount for Defenders, but I really would have appreciated more time with Cloak and Dagger. The first season told two fairly complicated stories. One involved the energy company Roxxon covering up its role in the rig explosion that gave Tyrone and Tandy their powers. The other involved a racist, murderous cop with enough pull in the department to not only face no consequences for murdering Tyrone’s brother, but to disappear completely. It’s impressive how well the show managed to explore both stories in eight hours, and still allow for emotional, effective character stories. Smaller things fell by the wayside, though.Aubrey Joseph (Photo via Freeform)The show gave us so many great scenes with Tyrone and Tandy. Over eight broadcast hours, we saw them grow as people and become friends. A lot of that is down to the two actors, who work so well together you want to watch an entire show of them just being superhero pals. What we didn’t see a ton of was them developing their powers. That imbalance alone is refreshing. Many superhero shows spend too much time on ability development and not enough on characters. But both need attention in a superhero show. As a result, some of their more powerful abilities come out of nowhere. Particularly Tandy’s ability to manipulate people’s hopes and steal them for herself. That just came out of nowhere last week, given half a sentence of explanation. This week, she defeats Peter Scarborough by locking him in a memory of the rig explosion, putting him in the same coma that afflicted Ivan Hess. It’s a fitting, satisfying end to the villain, but when and how did she learn she could do that?Tyrone also displays a new ability we haven’t seen before, but we can at least write it off as reflexive. Still, it could have used a bit more explanation. He spends most of this episode on the run from the police. Detective Connors has made him a scapegoat in the murder of Officer Fuchs. You figure most of the department has to know that’s not true, especially after last week’s bar scene, but that doesn’t matter. As long as they have a black kid to blame, they don’t have to look inward or change in any way. He’s arrested, along with Detective O’Reilly who tried to help him escape. He eventually makes it out of the station when the Terrors start attacking, but Connors follows him. We get a great fight scene where Tyrone warps Connors to a rooftop and demands to be left along. Then, As Connors tries to shoot Tyrone, the shadow power comes out and consumes Connors. He just disappears. It looked really cool, but… what just happened? Is he dead? Did he get warped somewhere else? Is he trapped in the world of his greatest fear? Again, it was a cool and satisfying way for him to go, but I really would have appreciated some explanation. Hopefully, we’ll get one in Season Two.Noëlle Renée Bercy, Angela M. Davis (Photo via Freeform)Evita was another character the show didn’t have time to handle all that well. In the first half of the season, she was an important character. Her love story with Tyrone was sweet and authentic. Their awkward flirtations, the way Tyrone spent much of the time clueless, it all rang true as far as TV portrayals of teen romance go. It was a cute bright spot in all the darkness of the rest of the story. Then, she just kind of disappeared. Her role in the last few episodes was basically co-narrator, as she listened to her aunt tell stories of the divine pairing. Or her teacher talks about the Hero’s Journey. In the finale, she’s mostly listening once again as her aunt talks about how two connected people have saved New Orleans from catastrophe throughout history. She only has one scene outside of that, and it’s to give Tandy and Tyrone a pep talk before the final big heroic act. I do like how Tandy reacts to her though. She says she likes her and Tyrone together. It’s refreshing that the show isn’t trying to force a love triangle here.The backstory of the Divine Pairing actually has a point in this episode, though. It raises the stakes significantly by telling us that one of the pair has to die to save the city. That’s the way it’s happened for every other famine, plague and war in New Orleans throughout history. And for most of the episode, it looks like it’s going to be Tyrone. Cue the audience curled up in a ball of nervous tension for the entire episode. Hey, it worked. For the full hour, I could not take my eyes away from the screen.Aubrey Joseph, (Photo via Freeform)The finale did take its time getting Tandy and Tyrone together, but in this episode, it made it all the sweeter when they finally reunited. Tandy uses her dagger to fight off the Roxxon assassin that ended last week’s episode, and then she runs off to help Mina. She finds her under attack by terrors and fights them off. Then, they find out that Roxxon has been extracting this powerful substance all over the city. And every pump is starting to overload. Terrors are running all over the city, and the only way to stop it is to shut off the main valve. After learning where it is from Peter Scarborough (and leaving him in a coma), they head to the Roxxon annex building to shut the whole operation down. Only Mina gets infected and begins to attack Tandy. Fortunately, Tyrone has escaped police custody in all the chaos, appearing just in time to taser Mina. We’re never told what becomes of her after that… that would have been good to know.Each New Orleans history segment is underscored by a somber, mostly instrumental cover of Styx’s Come Sail Away. At first, it’s silly. Somber pop covers have become a joke, and the first scene where we hear it definitely made me raise an eyebrow and say, “really?” But it was used so effectively in this episode that it grew on me. The background instrumental plays under each story of one person sacrificing himself so that others can live. Then, in the episode’s climax, Tandy and Tyrone infiltrate the annex building (with help from O’Reilly on sniper rifle… Yeah, I know the Terrors will kill them if they don’t, but Tandy and O’Reilly straight up murder people in this episode). As Tyrone is warps inside to sacrifice himself, the song starts back up again. Only this time, it’s less of a somber cover and more of a straight cover. Tandy cuts her way into the core to join Tyrone and the lyrics come in. And we all remember… this song kicks ass.
SEATTLE (AP) — A former Orcas Island bookkeeper will serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges for embezzling more than $750,000 from a former NASA astronaut and his wife.The Justice Department says Sarah Coffelt was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle Thursday to prison and three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $788,886.She pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Court documents say retired Air Force Maj. Gen. William Anders and his wife, Valerie, hired Coffelt in 2003 to keep records of their two family businesses.Under the plea agreement, Coffelt admitted she stole from her employers to cover the costs associated with her own business, an arts and crafts store in Eastsound. She also used the couple’s money to pay for family trips and her mortgage.
Clark County leaders are calling on Gov. Chris Gregoire to veto portions of the a bill that eliminates $10 million in state-shared liquor sales revenues.The move puts the state’s budget problems on the backs of Washington’s cash-strapped cities, said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, whose city stands lose $861,084 a year if Gregoire passes Senate Bill 2823 as it stands.What cities will lose a year if $10 million in liquor sale revenues are no longer shared by the state:Battle Ground — $93,858Camas — $103,006La Center — $14,901Ridgefield — $25,348Washougal — $75,061Vancouver — $861,084Woodland — $29,515Yacolt — $8,334The Association of Washington Cities and Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes wrote the governor’s office last week, asking for a partial veto.“For more than 70 years, the state has shared liquor revenues with the cities because of the impacts that alcohol consumption has on public safety and health costs at the local level,” Holmes wrote. “Those impacts will not be going away, and will likely increase with the passage of (the bill).”The move follows an AWC letter sent in November signed by 115 Washington mayors, including five from Clark County, asking for relief.Leavitt said Wednesday that every $100,000 in lost revenue is about the cost of one employee’s salary and benefits, depending on the job.This loss “very well could result in the loss of additional employees on the local level,” he said. He said that the privatization bill’s plans to take money from the city’s general fund is “absolutely the wrong time,” due to the increased burden the expansion of liquor sales could put on law enforcement.“That’s money we use to provide important local services — police and fire and road maintenance and the like,” Leavitt said. “This puts us in a real bind.”