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الأربعاء، 29 مايو 2013

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes kept her head down as she was being hauled off to court following her arrest last week. 

Amanda Bynes claims her lawyer is getting her case dropped, vows to sue arresting officer for monetary compensation 

The former child star, who blasted Courtney Love in a Twitter rant for trying to help her, was not backing off her claim that she was sexually harassed by police during her arrest for allegedly throwing a bong out of her 36th-floor apartment in full view of cops

Amanda Bynes’ bong charges are getting tossed, the erratic celeb tweeted Tuesday while also talking trash to Courtney Love.
“My lawyer is getting my case dropped!” Bynes wrote.
But while she was celebrating the legal — and perhaps fictional — breakthrough, Love tried to set the troubled starlet straight with another Twitter message.
“Pull it together dude," wrote Love, who is no stranger to public meltdowns herself.

Memorial Day in United States

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season
Memorial Day remembers those who died serving the United States military.

?What do people do

It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis' Birthday in Mississippi.
Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.

Public life

Memorial Day is a federal holiday. All non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Most public transit systems do not run on their regular schedule. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to go on a short vacation or visit family or friends. This can cause some congestion on highways and at airports.


Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date

الاثنين، 29 أبريل 2013

UFC Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale: About Last Night

Why a picture of Mark Coleman and CM Punk? Because one is an under-appreciated pioneer and the other is "The Best in the World!" (photo by Josh Hedges / Zuffa LLC / Zuffa LLC for Getty Images)

Saturday’s Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale proved to be an entertaining – albeit it somewhat Bellator-ish – event that produced some exciting performances, interesting developments, and more than a few moments where we can once again criticize the officiating.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
Urijah Faber: #3 and Holding
People like to pick at “The California Kid” for his recent track record in championship fights (0-5), but you have to give Faber credit: he beats absolutely everyone they put in front of him that doesn’t hold a belt.
Saturday night, he was just a touch faster and more fluid than Scott Jorgensen, and took advantage of a fourth-round mistake to sink in a rear naked choke on his friend, earning his second consecutive submission win. The trouble for Faber – as we talked about before the fight for – is that at this point in his career, he’s kind of limited in terms of his movement up the ladder and what wins like this can do for his career.
Faber is entrenched as the #3 bantamweight in the world, but moving up doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon, if at all. He was soundly beaten by interim champion Renan Barao last summer in Calgary, and came up short when he faced off with arch rival Dominick Cruz the previous July. He’s proven he can beat any and all non-champions, but with his championship struggles, how quickly will the UFC be looking to get him back into another title fight?
My guess is Faber will have at least one more non-title fight before potentially getting a rematch with Barao, but that could change depending on what happens at the top of the division. In the meantime, I really wish MMA fans would take 12 seconds to see just how difficult it is to do what Faber’s doing, and give the lighter weight class pioneer the respect and recognition he deserves.
Gastelum Derails Hall’s Hype Train

Yvette Prieto

Michael Jordan (left) and Yvette Prieto flash their biggest smiles (Ethan Miller/ Getty).

Michael Jordan married girlfriend Yvette Prieto, celebrated in a really big tent

Any discussion of the NBA postseason eventually turns to Michael Jordan, the greatest player in NBA history and a strong point of comparison for today's stars 15 years after he participated in his last playoff game. That was particularly the case on Saturday, when Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson came up one point short of Jordan's franchise record for fourth-quarter scoring in the postseason in a wild Game 4 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
However, the day was an important one for Jordan for reasons entirely unrelated to basketball. More than a year after becoming engaged in December 2011, Jordan married fiancee and former model Yvette Prieto, his girlfriend of five years. has details:
After five years of dating, former NBA star Michael Jordan, 50, and his model-fiancée, Yvette Prieto, 35, made it official with a wedding in Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday.
About 500 people arriving by tour buses piled into an Episcopal church called Bethesda-by-the Sea, where Donald Trump was married to Melania in 2005.
Jordan invited another 1,500 to join them for the reception at the Bears Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course community in Jupiter, Fla., where Jordan recently built a 38,000-square-foot home.

George Jones' funeral will be open to the public

"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," his publicist Kirt Webster said.

The funeral for country singer George Jones, who died Friday morning at age 81, will take place Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, and will be open to the public.
"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," publicist Kirt Webster said Sunday in a media release.
In the same release, Jones' widow, Nancy, said, "Thanks to George's friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time. I love you all."
Thursday's service will begin at 10 a.m. Central time. A private visitation for family, friends and fellow performers will take place Wednesday evening. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.
Jones joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. He last performed on the show in October 2010, though he celebrated his 80th birthday there in 2011, as singers including Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson and Joe Diffie performed his songs. The Opry shows over the weekend were dedicated to the late singer, with Brad Paisley, Mel Tillis, Montgomery Gentry and Jason Crabb performing his songs and sharing their memories of him.

2013 NFL Draft grades: An 'A' for effort goes to ...

It takes about three seasons to accurately evaluate an NFL draft. It doesn't take 24 hours to unfairly grade it. So based on first impressions, USA TODAY Sports hands out report cards (written in pencil) for the just-completed 2013 draft:
St. Louis Rams: They might have hit on all seven players. West Virginia WRs Tavon Austin (No. 8) and Stedman Bailey (Round 3) give QB Sam Bradford needed options; LB Alec Ogletree (No. 30) is a steal if his head is on straight ... and Jeff Fisher is happy to help him; S T.J. McDonald (Round 3) is filling for another cavity; OL Barrett Jones (Round 4) plays anywhere, assuming he's healthy, and might take a guard spot in 2013; CB Brandon McGee (Round 5) looks like a dime back and special teams contributor out of the chute; and all-SEC RB Zac Stacy (Round 5) caps the haul. GM Les Snead opted against taking Robert Griffin III in 2012 but is doing his best to make that look like a smart move given the bounty he got in return.GRADE: A
Baltimore Ravens: It's difficult not to respect any draft run by GM Ozzie Newsome. He said in February that improving the guts of the defense was Priority No. 1, and he might have found three new starters in the first three rounds who should do exactly that: S Matt Elam, ILB Arthur Brown and DT Brandon Williams. Brown, in particular, backfills the ability and leadership departments after Ray Lewis' retirement, though any comparisons obviously are unfair. DE Kapron Lewis-Moore could surprise if healthy, and ex-Wisconsin T Ricky Wagner might get a look on an O-line also in transition. GRADE: A
DRAFT ANALYSIS: Every pick from every round
EVERY PICK: A team-by-team look
Tennessee Titans: If the Mike Munchak era is to extend beyond this season, it's time to win now. No better way to do that than by importing quality rookies, four seemingly capable of making their marks instantly. G Chance Warmack (No. 10) and C Brian Schwenke (Round 4) complete an offensive line makeover that should benefit QB Jake Locker and RB Chris Johnson. WR Justin Hunter (Round 2) is a deep threat who might supplant Nate Washington, while CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Round 3) is a big corner who could take the nickel role and allow Alterraun Verner to shift into the slot.GRADE: A
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If they'd traded their entire draft for CB Darrelle Revis, who is only 27 and still has quite a few years to re-stake his claim as the NFL's best defensive player, GM Mark Dominik and Co. would probably look pretty smart. They look even better by getting another good cover guy (Johnthan Banks, Round 2) and young arm (Mike Glennon, Round 3) who might give the team negotiating leverage when QB Josh Freeman's deal runs out in 2014. GRADE: A
Cincinnati Bengals: They've quietly become a strong-drafting club, and it appears they nailed it for a fifth consecutive year. TE Tyler Eifert and RB Gio Bernard represent needed options for QB Andy Dalton when WR A.J. Green is double covered — which is usually. DE Margus Hunt ought to be a force on passing downs and special teams. Third-round SS Shawn Williams could crack the starting lineup. (For what it's worth, finally getting RT Andre Smith re-signed was an excellent sidebar from draft weekend.) GRADE: A
Kansas City Chiefs: Hard to argue with T Eric Fisher at the top, nor the trade of their second-round pick for QB Alex Smith. Fourth-round RB Knile Davis could more effectively assume the battering ram role behind Jamaal Charles after vets Thomas Jones and Peyton Hillis struggled in recent seasons. Former Alabama LB Nico Johnson (Round 4) might start, and Round 7 pass rusher Mike Catapano of Princeton is a developmental prospect to monitor. GRADE: A-
San Diego Chargers: It's not hard to argue they got first-round value on their first three selections, only one of whom actually cost them a Round 1 choice (T D.J. Fluker, No. 11). ILB Manti Te'o (Round 2) and WR Keenan Allen (Round 3) fell for various reasons, but new GM Tom Telesco was there to catch them and just might be rewarded with Pro Bowl dividends. One bit of advice: Go back to the free agent market, which still has quality blockers QB Philip Rivers really needs. GRADE: A-
Pittsburgh Steelers: Round 1 OLB Jarvis Jones? Bargain, should start. Round 2 RB Le'Veon Bell? Bargain, should start. Punishing Round 4 S Shamarko Thomas? Bargain and overdue investment. Round 4 QB Landry Jones? Intriguing. The rest is gravy. GRADE: A-
Houston Texans: WR DeAndre Hopkins could finally be the guy to complement and, perhaps one day, replace Andre Johnson. Hard-hitting S D.J. Swearinger probably won't start right away, but it may be tough not to find a role for him. DE Sam Montgomery's talent exceeds third-round value if coordinator Wade Phillips can light a fire under him. OL Brennan Williams and David Quessenberry could vie for roles on the right side. GRADE: A-
Green Bay Packers: Looks like GM Ted Thompson's usual haul of potential starters, including DE Datone Jones and quality depth (OL David Bakhtiari). And don't be shocked if fourth-round RB Johnathan Franklin pushes second-rounder Eddie Lacy (but nice value at No. 61) for playing time. GRADE: A-
Carolina Panthers: They only had five picks, but new GM Dave Gettleman appeared to get impact players. DTs Star Lotulelei (Round 1) and Kawann Short (Round 2 with Round 1 talent) could form one of the league's scariest lines in between DEs Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. Sixth-round RB Kenjon Barner could be a slippery change-of-pace option who could potentially allow Gettleman to trade Jonathan Stewart or DeAngelo Williams down the line. GRADE: B+
Chicago Bears: Not everyone viewed G Kyle Long as a first rounder, but the Bears did and think he might even be able to eventually nail down one of the tackle posts. Regardless, GM Phil Emery improved the protection in front of QB Jay Cutler and replenished the depleted linebacking corps with promising Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene, who should be starting no later than 2014. Sixth-round DE Cornelius Washington is an exciting project. GRADE: B+
New Orleans Saints: A pretty nice job for a team that lost its second rounder in the aftermath of Bountygate. S Kenny Vaccaro (Round 1) is the playmaker the defense has lacked; OL Terron Armstead (Round 3) is a gifted athlete, and the Saints have a penchant for finding O-line gems; John Jenkins (Round 3) is the nose tackle the new 3-4 defense was lacking; and WR Kenny Stills (Round 5) could replace Devery Henderson as QB Drew Brees' deep threat. GRADE: B+
San Francisco 49ers: We're going to nitpick. First, kudos for getting first-round talents in RB Marcus Lattimore (Round 4) and DE Tank Carradine (Round 2), who can essentially redshirt in 2013 without counting against the Niners' already stacked 53-man roster. But given this team's talent, we would've liked to see them convert more of their picks into future selections rather than pick 11 players this year. S Eric Reid, whom the Niners came up to get at No. 18, may not be the slam dunk Vaccaro seems to be but does fill the vacancy created by Dashon Goldson's departure. With Delanie Walker also gone, TE Vance McDonald (Round 2) should play now in the team's favored double-tight sets. Like Lattimore, pass rusher Corey Lemonier (Round 3) and WR Quinton Patton (Round 4) could be impact players down the road.GRADE: B+
Jacksonville Jaguars: New GM Dave Caldwell's first draft looks like a very solid one, starting with T Luke Joeckel at No. 2. Much of the rest was devoted to the secondary, and new coach Gus Bradley oversaw an exceptional one while coordinating the Seahawks defense the past four years. Former Michigan QB Denard Robinson brings an X-factor element to the offense, but he's not going to compete with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne (nor is anyone else barring the addition of a free agent arm). GRADE: B+
New York Jets: If you purely judge this draft off the selection of QB Geno Smith in Round 2, alarm bells sound — though given Smith's talent, at least they didn't overreach. Still, his presence creates yet more distractions, and his arrival came at the cost of patching other holes on offense. But he wasn't the only player new GM John Idzik picked. Two potential impact defenders came via Round 1 (CB Dee Milliner, DT Sheldon Richardson), and needed O-line depth was selected in Smith's wake. Idzik also acquired 25-year-old RB Chris Ivory for a fourth rounder then signed him to a very reasonable three-year, $10 million deal — all things considered, a fairly deft stroke. GRADE: B
Arizona Cardinals: Guards aren't sexy picks, but they're invariably good ones, and Jonathan Cooper immediately improves a shaky line. Kevin Minter and Alex Okafor upgrade the depth of the defense, and Minter's likely to play immediately for suspended ILB Daryl Washington. RBs Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington brought great value at the back of the draft, and either could push Rashard Mendenhall for carries. The Tyrann Mathieu selection is an intriguing risk. It's a plus that former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson can look after the erstwhile Honey Badger. But is this the best spot for Mathieu to succeed given he has to learn a new position (free safety) and may not get a chance to return many punts given how well Peterson already does that job? GRADE: B

الخميس، 25 أبريل 2013

مصر القديمة

مصر القديمة هي حضارة قديمة في الشمال الشرقي لأفريقيا، كانت مصر القديمة مرتكزة على ضفاف نهر النيل في ما يعرف الآن بجمهورية مصر العربية. بدأت الحضارة المصرية في حوالي العام 3150 ق.م، عندما وحد الملك [مينا] مصر العليا والسفلى، وتطورت بعد ذلك على مدى الثلاث ألفيات اللاحقة. ضمت تاريخياً سلسلة من الممالك المستقرة سياسياً، يتخللها فترات عدم استقرار نسبي تسمى الفترات المتوسطة. بلغت مصر القديمة ذروة حضارتها في عصر الدولة الحديثة، وبعد ذلك دخلت البلاد في فترة انحدار بطئ. هوجمت مصر في تلك الفترة من قبل العديد من القوى الأجنبية، وانتهى حكم الفراعنة رسمياً حين غزت الإمبراطورية الرومانية مصر وجعلتها إحدى مقاطعاتها.
استمد نجاح الحضارة المصرية القديمة في القدرة على التكيف مع ظروف وادي نهر النيل. وساعد التنبؤ بالفيضانات والسيطرة على أضرارها في إنتاج محاصيل زراعية وافرة أسهمت في التنمية الاجتماعية والثقافية. وقامت السلطات ومع توافر المواد اللازمة باستغلال المعادن الموجودة في منطقة الوادي والمناطق الصحراوية المحيطة به، وقامت بوضع نظام كتابة مستقل، ونظمت البناء الجماعي والمشاريع الزراعية، بالإضافة للتجارة مع المناطق المحيطة به، وتعزيز القوى العسكرية للدفاع العسكري ضد الأعداء الخارج وتأكيد الهيمنة الفرعونية على البلاد. وقد كان تنظيم تلك الأنشطة وتحفيزها يتم من خلال نخبة من من البيروقراطيين والزعماء الدينيين والإداريين تحت سيطرة الفرعون الذي حرص على التعاون والوحدة للمصريين في سياق نظام محكم للمعتقدات الدينية.تضمنت إنجازات قدماء المصريين استغلال المحاجر، المسح وتقنيات البناء التي سهلت بناء الأهرامات الضخمة والمعابد والمسلات، بالإضافة لنظام رياضيات عملي وفعال في الطب. وأنظمة للري وتقنيات الإنتاج الزراعي، وأول ما عرف من السفن، والقيشاني المصري وتكنولوجيا الرسم على الزجاج، وأشكال جديدة من الأدب، وأول معاهدة سلام معروفة .  تركت مصر القديمة إرث دائم. ونُسخت وقُلدت الحضارة والفن والعمارة المصرية على نطاق واسع في العالم، ونقلت آثارها إلى بقاع بعيدة من العالم. وألهمت الأطلال والبقايا خيال المسافرين والكتاب لعدة قرون، وأدت اكتشافات في مطلع العصر الحديث عن آثار وحفريات مصرية إلى أبحاث علمية للحضارة المصرية تجلت في علم أطلق عليه علم المصريات، ومزيداً من التقدير لتراثها الثقافي في مصر والعالم.


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