Sky reveals new trailer and premiere date for Sky Original The Lovers

Sky Original The Lovers will be available on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW from 7 September


Sky revealed Original Drama, The Lovers, starring Johnny Flynn (Beast, Emma) and Roisin Gallagher (The Fall, The Dry), will be coming to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on 7 September.

Alongside this news, Sky has shared a brand new trailer for this hilarious and heartfelt series.

The Lovers follows Janet (Roisin Gallagher; The Dry, The Fall), a bad-tempered, hilarious, Belfast supermarket worker who couldnt give a shit about anything much at all, including her life, and Seamus (Johnny Flynn; Lovesick, Beast) a handsome, self-centred, political broadcaster with what looks to be a perfect London life and a celebrity girlfriend.

So when Seamus unexpectedly drops into Janets world (literally over the wall and into her backyard) they instantly clash and yet also find themselves inextricably drawn to each other

Set in Belfast, this is a sexy, funny, fight-y love story about two people who appear to be utterly wrong for each other yet may just be utterly right.

Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, The Power of Parker) also features in the series as Janets supermarket boss, Philip, and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, Shes Out of My League) plays Frankie, Seamus girlfriend.

The Lovers was produced by Drama Republic for Sky Studios. This 6 part series was written and created by award winning playwright David Ireland (Cyprus Avenue, Ulster American) and directed by BAFTA winning Justin Martin (Together, Prima Facie),

The series was commissioned by Sky Studios for Sky Atlantic. Roanna Benn and Rebecca de Souza are executive producers for Drama Republic, with commissioning editors Liz Lewin and Manpreet Dosanjh as executive producers for Sky Studios. Hannah Pescod also serves as executive producer, with Chris Martin as producer. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles international sales on behalf of Sky Studios.

The Lovers is coming to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on September 7th.

A media pack with series info and cast interviews is available to download on Sky Media Village now.

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Analysis Reveals Ancestry, Possible Descendants of Enslaved and Free African Americans

Scientists Analyzed DNA from an African American Burial Ground Located at a Historic Maryland Ironworks


Using a new genetic approach, scientists connected nearly 42,000 people living today to 27 African Americans who were buried near a Maryland ironworks in the late 18thearly 19th centuries. The analysis, conducted by researchers from theSmithsonians National Museum of Natural History,Harvard University, theCatoctin Furnace Historical Societyand 23andMe, appears in a study published today inScience.

The work offers new information about the ancestral origins and possible descendants of Africans and African Americans associated with the operation of an early iron forge known asCatoctin Furnace. Of the 27 historical Catoctin individuals included in the study, the research team identified 15 people that the genetic and forensic evidence grouped into five separate families consisting of biological mothers, children and siblings. The analysis also traces genetic mutations associated with conditions such as sickle cell disease back to the Catoctin group, reconnecting both past and present kin.

The highest concentration of closely related possible descendants of the Catoctin group was in Maryland, indicating that some stayed in the region following the furnaces transition away from enslaved labor. The analysis also revealed genetic overlap between the Catoctin group and residents of the southern United States, but these findings mostly represented distant connections reflecting shared ancestry in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Catoctin Furnace was part of a fledgling industrial complex of ironworks in the United States that began operating around the time of the Revolutionary War. At Catoctin, at least 70 workers were required to mine iron ore, keep the furnace burning and fashion goods such as stoves, pots, utensils and even cannon balls. Furnace operations relied on the labor of enslaved Africans and African Americans until the late 1840s when the furnace owner transitioned to a system of hired workers, most of whom were European immigrants. Iron was produced at Catoctin Furnace until 1903, and the contributions of the enslaved and free African American laborers were forgotten.

The study was conducted by museum biological anthropologistsKari BruwelheideandDouglas Owsley,David Reichs Harvard University genetics lab, Catoctin Furnace Historical Society historian and archaeologist Elizabeth Comer and geneticists from 23andMe, including the studys first author,adaoin Harney. The research team also included historiansHenry Louis Gates Jr.of Harvard University as well asLinda HeywoodandJohn ThorntonofBoston University, who contributed historical context and aid in the interpretation of the scientific results.

In 2015, Comer, president of the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, contacted Owsley and Bruwelheide requesting new techniques be used for more accurate and inclusive historical interpretation of the remains from the site. Without known living descendants who could link their ancestry to the African Americans who labored at the furnace, Comer collaborated with theAfrican American Resources Cultural and Heritage Society(AARCH) in Frederick, Maryland, to incorporate local input and feedback on the project.

The genetic record used in the present study originated from individuals buried in a cemetery unearthed during highway construction in the 1970s near Catoctin Furnace some 60 miles north of Washington, D.C. A total of 35 graves were affected, though a portion of the cemetery remains intact. Of the 35 graves excavated, 32 contained human remains. The exhumed remains were placed in the care of the Smithsonian, where they currently reside.

This study was initiated and conducted prior to the Smithsonians January 2023temporary restrictionon research involving human remains in its care and the May 2023 creation of ahuman remains task force. The museum recognizes and addresses issues involved in human remains collections and research on itswebsiteand is committed to ethical, dignified and respectful treatment of all human remains held in its care.

This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the John Templeton Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the Rice Family Endowment for Forensic Anthropology.

Angelo Babb Reveals the Dramatic Price Plunge of Popular NFT Collections in 2023, Unveiling the Risks and Opportunities in the Market

Fintech expert Angelo Babb reveals the significant price decline of popular NFT collections in 2023, highlighting both the risks and opportunities in the market.

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Fintech expert Angelo Babb has recently made a groundbreaking analysis of the volatile NFT (Non-Fungible Token) market, shedding light on the significant price decline that popular NFT collections experienced in 2023. With extensive experience in the fintech industry and a keen understanding of emerging digital trends, Babbs insights provide valuable guidance to investors, collectors, and enthusiasts navigating the ever-evolving landscape of NFTs.

The NFT market witnessed unprecedented popularity and value in recent years, with collectors and investors drawn to the allure of owning unique digital assets. However, 2023 brought unforeseen challenges as the market experienced a significant price correction. Babbs analysis reveals that several popular NFT collections suffered a massive price hit during this period, prompting both concern and curiosity among stakeholders.

According to Babb, the price decline in popular NFT collections can be attributed to various factors, including market saturation, changing investor sentiments, and increased scrutiny of the underlying value of digital assets. He emphasizes that the NFT markets rapid expansion led to a flood of new collections, causing an oversupply that contributed to the price correction. Furthermore, investors are becoming more discerning as the market matures, demanding higher quality and unique offerings.

Despite the price plunge, Babb emphasizes that the NFT market still holds immense potential for those who understand the risks and opportunities. The correction presents an opportunity for collectors and investors to enter the market at more reasonable prices, potentially capitalizing on the future appreciation of select NFTs. Babb suggests that conducting thorough research, understanding the underlying value proposition of NFTs, and diversifying ones portfolio are essential strategies for navigating this evolving market.

In his analysis, Babb also highlights the importance of distinguishing between short-term price fluctuations and the long-term potential of NFTs. He emphasizes that NFTs represent a groundbreaking technology with the power to revolutionize digital ownership, provenance, and creative industries. The current market correction should not overshadow the transformative impact that NFTs can have on various sectors, including art, gaming, sports, and virtual real estate.

As an experienced fintech expert, Babb offers a word of caution to those considering entering the NFT market. He advises individuals to carefully evaluate the authenticity and legitimacy of NFT collections carefully, considering factors such as the reputation of creators, historical performance, and a robust marketplace. Additionally, he recommends staying updated on industry trends, regulations, and technological advancements that may shape the future of NFTs.

Babbs insightful analysis and guidance come at a crucial time when the NFT market is experiencing excitement and uncertainty. His expertise empowers individuals to make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and seize the opportunities this emerging asset class presents.

About Angelo Babb

Angelo Babb is a legal cryptocurrency and blockchain consultant who helps new and established organizations strengthen their interaction with digital assets.

Draw reveals groups for 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Qualifiers


This Thursday, the Draw for the 2023 Concacaf Womens U-17 Qualifiers took place and the 28 participating teams have been divided into six groups.

The results of the Draw are as follows:

Group A: El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, Cayman Islands, and Martinique

Group B: Haiti, Cuba, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Martin

Group C: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Group D: Puerto Rico, Honduras, Nicaragua, US Virgin Islands, and Guadeloupe

Group E: Jamaica, Panama, Grenada, and Anguilla

Group F: Canada, Bermuda, Guyana, and Dominica

The Qualifying round robin group stage will be played between August 26 – September 3. The competitions calendar will be announced in the coming days.

The six group winners will advance to the 2023 Concacaf Womens U-17 Championship, joining the top 2 ranked nations, Mexico and the United States, that have been seeded directly into the Championships group stage.

Analysis Reveals Limited Threat From AI

Media reports on AI show an 88.5% emphasis towards the dangers posed by AI. Further research shows that only a specific subset of humans may be a target.

WELLINGTON, New ZealandMay 8, 2023PRLog — Trend Analysis from the past 180 day cycle of news related to AI, shows 1,016 articles referenced a forthcoming AI revolution.  From this data set, analysis revealed that 899 (88.5%) of the articles referred to dangers AI poses to the general populace.

Further research revealed that from the subset of 117 articles that did not refer to AI as a threat, 62 articles (53%) noted at least one or more negative impacts related to AI’s use.

Conversely, researchers at numerous academic institutions have consistently concluded that superintelligent AI is not a threat to human society as a whole.

Top academics including Oren Etzioni, Professor of Computer Science at University of Washington, wrote for MIT Technology Review, “No, the Experts Don’t Think Superintelligent AI is a Threat to Humanity.”

His conclusion, as other academics and developers also conclude, is that the media are overstating the dangers AI can pose to the general populace.

Current AI systems have limited capacity to perform functions beyond that prescribed by developers, while media emphasis continues to convey AI is something to be feared.

Initial review of the articles noting an existential threat to humanity posed by superintelligent AI, appear to chiefly use “an appeal to fear” rhetoric.

Instead, the research shows that only a specific subset of humans would be target for AI restructuring or correction, were superintelligent AI to become feasible.

AI, when plugged directly into the expansive data domain, will have cross sector knowledge.

The expansive data domain may provide AI with a cohesive summary of the imbalances and inefficiencies in society.

The unified banking system would allow the AI to act.

Drawing samplings of threat analysis from existing research papers (including Wharton AI for Business paper), one possibility may be that AI identify errors with those holding extreme wealth with employees that earn wages orders of magnitude less.

These extreme financial imbalances may be prone to the review for efficiency and productivity that AI may assess.

The resolution AI would determine for reconstructing financial, business, and employment systems is unclear.

What is clear, given cursory trend analysis, is that any potential target for restructuring performed by AI will likely be focused on the richest and most powerful.

This conclusion is validated by a number of similar assessments, some as early as 2019 in reports including “Why Tech Billionaires Are Spending To Restrain Artificial Intelligence“, from Ollie Williams, Forbes (26 April 2019).

AI is unlikely to identify as a threat law abiding, tax paying citizens, who work daily at productive businesses.

Instead, cursory analysis reveals the most likely targets for potential AI corrections will be the ultra-rich, those in power erroneously, and esoteric leaders who have developed systems of perpetual control.

AI, when advanced enough to proactively seek the data domain, deeply integrated by governments, may identify errors in efficiency, productivity and attempt to correct.

Superintelligent AI may not be a threat to the general populace, but potentially a beneficial tool to help identify extremes that exist within social and economic structures and offer new solutions.