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Doctor Occult

Doctor Occult is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Superman's creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Doctor Occult, referred to by the epithet the "Ghost Detective", is a private investigator and user of magic who specializes in cases involving the supernatural. Doctor Occult first appeared in 1935 and is the earliest character created by DC Comics still used in the DC Universe; the character first appeared in the anthology comic books series entitled New Fun Comics in issue #6 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in October 1935 as one of the first depicted superheroes published by DC Comics and in American comic books predating Superman in publication. He was depicted as a supernatural detective, whose detecting style was much in the style of Sam Spade, only with supernatural abilities with a supporting character named Rose Psychic. Writers such as Les Daniels and others cited the character as, he appeared in Centaur Publications' The Comics Magazine #1 under the name "Dr. Mystic".

This was the same character because his story, "The Koth and the Seven", began in The Comics Magazine and continued in DC's More Fun Comics #14–17. In this story, he travels to a mystic realm where he flies and wears a cape, making him the first caped comic book superhero. Doctor Occult made his last Golden Age appearance in More Fun Comics #32 in 1938. After years of obscurity the character was revived in the 1980s, he appeared in a title set during World War II and on Earth-Two. He appeared in crossover comics such as Crisis on Infinite Earths, Neil Gaiman's The Books of Magic, The Trenchcoat Brigade and "Day of Judgement"; the fictional character’s origin was that on New Year's Eve, 1899, Dr. Occult and his partner Rose Psychic had slated as human sacrifices at the hands of a Satanic cult, but were rescued by a shadowy group called "The Seven"; the two were trained in the use of occult magics themselves. Thirty-six years Doctor Occult opened up his own detective agency, specializing in crimes of a mystical nature.

During World War II he joined the All-Star Squadron. At some point, he and Rose become fused into one being. Doctor Occult has used sorcery to halt or slow the aging process, so that he appears in modern comics to still be a man in his late thirties or early forties though he was born at the end of the 19th century. In 1991, Neil Gaiman brought the character back into the spotlight with a prominent supporting role in The Books of Magic. In the third issue he acts as Tim Hunter's guide to otherworlds; when visiting Faerie, he transforms into Rose. Tim learns many important things from Dr. Occult, while nearly being trapped in the realm of the fae; this journey is meant to guide Timothy on the role to his becoming the most powerful magician of the current era. The other guides on this mission are Mister E, the Phantom Stranger, John Constantine, the last of whom sarcastically nicknames the group the Trenchcoat Brigade; the four would return at a summons from Timothy, having lost everything at that point, needs a new direction in life.

Stories would continue the idea of Occult and Rose Psychic being one. There are two origin stories given to explain; the first appears in Superman Annual #7, a "year one" story to explain how Superman and Dr. Occult met. Dr. Occult explained that Rose had been injured battling a creature named Thahn. Occult leads the reader to believe that Rose had been killed. Superman is shocked to find Rose alive, wonders where Occult is; when the story concludes and Occult defeat Thahn but Superman did not see the two switch back, although the reader does. It is revealed that the Seven who trained them saved Rose by allowing them to "time-share". In the miniseries The Justice Society Returns, a new version explained that Doctor Occult was killed in battle with an otherworldly entity, Rose bonded their souls together to restore him. Doctor Occult is one of the Sentinels of Magic, a group created to prevent artifacts such as the Spear of Destiny falling into the wrong hands. Dr. Occult/Rose plays a vital role in the Day of Judgement incident, helping to protect Earth from a full demonic invasion.

Hell itself has emptied of demons and Earth was in danger from Asmodel, a fallen angel who had stolen the power of the Spectre. Battling on ravaged city streets, Occult works with other heroes, such as Katana, Phantom Stranger and Ragman but he tries to protect Madame Xanadu, she had stolen some of Asmodel's power, weakening him and was hiding it behind a forcefield. He would be affected by the Spectre again. Confused and hostless, the Spectre destroys the "Rock of Eternity" scattering fragments all over Gotham City. Several dozen mystically attuned heroes, including Doctor Occult, Phantom Stranger, Detective Chimp and Rex the Wonder Dog work together to free Gotham City from its demonic influence. Occult is possessed by one of the semi-sentient "Seven Sins of Man", imprisoned in the Rock for some time. Soon and Occult are both cleared of demonic influence. In the limited series JLA: Black Baptism, Doctor Occult assists the JLA in battling a group of demons who stylize themselves after American mafia/gangsters.

Motivated by revenge, they go after the Sentinels of Magic and other entities who have assisted in the "Day of Judgement" incident. Occult is forced to go on the run, hiding as Rose in a magical hangout,'the Scrap Bar', he is attacked by

Otto Schmeil

Otto Schmeil was a German zoologist and educator. He is remembered for his reform efforts in regards to biology education. Following the death of his parents, he became a student of the Francke Foundations in Halle an der Saale. Beginning in 1880, he worked as schoolteacher in the community of Zörbig returned to Halle as a teacher in 1883. In 1891 he obtained his doctorate in zoology at Leipzig as a student of Rudolf Leuckart, three years was named rector of the Wilhelmstädter Volksschule in Magdeburg. In 1904 he left the teaching profession. During his tenure at Magdeburg, he focused on education reform, in particular, the teaching of biology. In this regard, he strove to move away from the literal approach of instruction, while stressing the need for students to observe nature firsthand and to discover its causal relationships, his "Über die Reformbestrebungen auf dem Gebiete des naturgeschichtlichen Unterrichts" was published over several editions. In 1901 Schmeil's textbook of zoology was translated into English and published as: "Text-Book of Zoology treated from a biological standpoint".

Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Süsswasser-Copepoden Deutschlands mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Cyclopiden. In: Zeitschrift für Naturwissenschaft 64, 1891 – Contributions to the knowledge of freshwater copepods in Germany with special emphasis on Cyclopoida. Deutschlands freilebende Süsswasser-Copepoden. In: Bibliotheca zoologica 1892, 1893 – German free-swimming freshwater copepods. Das Tierreich. Copepoda. I. Gymnoplea, Berlin 1898 – The animal kingdom. Copepoda. I. Gymnoplea. Flora von Deutschland und seinen angrenzenden Gebieten, 1903 – Flora of Germany and its neighboring regions. Über die. Sixth edition Stuttgart, 1905 – On reform efforts in the areas of natural history instruction. Lehrbuch der Botanik für höhere Lehranstalten und die Hand des Lehrers, sowie für alle Freunde der Natur. 28. Auflage, Quelle und Meyer, Leipzig 1911 – Textbook of botany for institutions of higher learning, etc. Pflanzen der Heimat Eine Auswahl der verbreitetsten Pflanzen unserer Fluren in Wort und Bild. Second edition, Quelle und Meyer, Leipzig 1913 – Varieties of plants.

Works by or about Otto Schmeil at Internet Archive

Nell McLarty

Ellen Mary McLarty BEM was a cricketer who played for the Australia national women's cricket team between 1934 and 1937. She played for Australia in the first women's Test match. A right-arm medium-fast bowler, she claimed 11 wickets in international cricket at an average of 20.36. McLarty was born in North Fremantle, Western Australia on 5 January 1912, she played no formal cricket until she joined a women's cricket team in Clarendon in 1930. The following season, she joined the Collingwood women's team, played there for the rest of her career, captaining the side in her final years there, she was forced to retire in 1940 because of her health. She represented Victoria in state cricket throughout her career. In December 1934, she was selected to represent Australia in the first women's Test match, played against England, she batted at number three in the first innings, being dismissed for a duck, at number five in the second innings, when she scored 8 runs. She claimed one wicket in England's first innings, bowling Joy Liebert, to record figures of one for 12.

She was most effective during Australia's tour of England in 1937, where she scored 14 and 23 in the first innings of the first Test match in Northampton, claimed at least three wickets in each Test. In 1947, she was granted a testimonial by the Victorian Women's Cricket Association, she was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1980 for her services to women's cricket, died in Melbourne on 26 December 1998

E3 2013

The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 was the 19th Electronic Entertainment Expo held. The event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, it began on June 11, 2013, ended on June 13, 2013, with 48,200 total attendees. The main highlights included details of two major next-generation consoles, Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, as well as Nintendo's unveilings of Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Konami, Electronic Arts and Sony all hosted press conferences during the conference. However, Nintendo took a different approach by holding no traditional press conference. Instead, Nintendo held "a few smaller events that are focused on our software lineup", aired a special episode of Nintendo Direct to focus on upcoming U. S. releases and new game unveilings. Konami held its 3rd annual pre-E3 show on June 6; the presentation showcased the company's 40th anniversary and its Dance Dance Revolution: Classroom Edition initiative, before providing updates on upcoming game releases.

This included the games Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Microsoft's press conference took place on June 10 at 9:30am; the company announced a November 2013 release date for its forthcoming Xbox One console, priced at $499. The software lineup was revealed, including Dead Rising 3, Quantum Break, Ryse: Son of Rome and the next installment of Halo revealed to be Halo 5: Guardians. Controversy arose during Microsoft's showcase of Killer Instinct when an apparent reference to rape was made between the on-stage demonstrators. Microsoft apologized for the incident and stated that the remarks were not scripted. Electronic Arts' press conference took place on June 10 at 1:00pm. Among the new titles shown were the racing game Need for Speed: Rivals, the parkour simulator Mirror's Edge Catalyst and the first-person shooters Battlefield 4 and Titanfall. EA Sports announced a number of new releases, such as Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14, FIFA 14, NHL 14 and EA Sports UFC.

Ubisoft's press conference took place on June 10 at 3:00pm. Upcoming action-adventure games included Watch Dogs and the sequels Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Two new franchises – The Crew and The Division – were announced. Sony's press conference took place on June 10 at 6:00pm; the PlayStation 4 was publicly shown for the first time, retailing at $399. The software lineup included Infamous: The Order: 1886 and Killzone: Shadow Fall. There were new games introduced for the PlayStation 3, such as Gran Turismo 6, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us; the E3 edition of Nintendo Direct aired at June 11 at 7:00am. Nintendo first showed a new trailer for the Nintendo 3DS titles Pokémon X and Y, including the announcement of a new Pokémon type, Fairy Type. After that, Nintendo focused on showing upcoming Wii U titles. Nintendo showed some of the third-party and digital titles coming to the Wii U, more about announced games such as X, The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, the first gameplay footage of Bayonetta 2.

Among the new games announced for Wii U were the new installments of Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. This is a list of major video game exhibitors who made appearances at E3 2013; this is a list of notable titles that appeared at E3 2013

NY Wired

NY Wired was a lottery game show aired from 1997 to 1999. The weekly show was produced by Jonathan Goodson Productions in association with the New York Lottery. For its first season, it was co-produced by DDB Needham; the show was canceled in mid-1999 due to low ratings. The show was hosted by WNBC weather forecaster Janice Huff during its first season, when the show was televised on that station. Cheryl Washington took over. Contestants won a spot on the show by playing a scratchcard, in order of usage, "NY Wired Instant Game" or "TV Cash", sending it into a sweepstakes. Contestants were divided into three teams, blue and red, in which a representative of that team played several games of chance to win thousands of dollars; the show used. The show was used to publicize the Lottery's promotions, as presented by veteran Lottery number-caller Yolanda Vega at an anchor's desk. Three lottery retailers played a qualifying round in which they answered survey questions asked to people all over New York.

The host gave three possible answers. The first player to buzz-in had a chance to choose one of those answers. A correct answer scored a point, but an incorrect answer gave the other contestants a chance to buzz-in and answer, another incorrect answer from another player gave the remaining player the point by default; the first player to score three points played for the jackpot. The second qualifying round was played with the remaining two players and was played a little differently; this time the survey questions were all yes or no or either/or. On each question, the audience locked in their answers the player in control predicted how the majority of the audience answered. A correct answer scored a point; the first to reach two points won the right to play the next mini-game, the losing player received $5,000. If the tie was 1-1, they played one question in a manner similar to Card Sharks, with the first player guessing a number, the opponent guessing higher or lower; the goal was to three points like in the first round.

The winner earned the right to play a mini-game for an escalating jackpot, which started at $60,000 and increased for each new game until it was won. The jackpot increased by the amount, won in each game. To start, the winner of the qualifying round was given a miniature building to hold, worth $10,000; the contestant faced a game board consisting of four other buildings. The buildings were each a different color which corresponded to the colors of ten blocks lined up in front of the contestant; each block concealed a different number from one to ten, arranged randomly. The contestant chose a number from one to ten and the corresponding block was revealed and stacked in front of the building of the same color; the buildings were each one block taller than the last, were worth an increasing amount of money. The constant would win the value of the tallest skyscraper. However, if all four buildings received a block, the game ended and the contestant lost half of his/her winnings. Once three different buildings had received at least one block, the contestant was given the opportunity to stop the game after each selection and keep the full amount won to that point.

The player faced a board of 18 numbered rods, split into three rows, with a colored ball suspended between each pair of adjacent rods: Rods 1-4 held up two red balls and a green ball, the rest held yellow balls. The winner of the qualifying round drew a number, that number's rod gets removed from the board; each time a yellow ball splashed down into the water, the player received $6,000. If no balls splashed down, the player received $1,000; the game ended if a green ball splashed down. If the red ball splashed down, either on its own or with other colored balls, the player lost half of their winnings; the player could walk away with their winnings at any point. If the green ball splashed down without a red ball, the player won the jackpot; this game was known as Splashdown on the Florida lottery shows. The amounts decreased to $500 $2,500 if a yellow ball splashed down; the amount of the green ball remained the same. The player was shown a board with 3 "horses" - a red horse, a yellow horse, a blue horse.

They were shown a board of 12 numbered boxes, asked to call out numbers, one at a time. Finding four of a color ended up the game and awarded the player a cash prize -- $10,000, $20,000, or a cash prize called the "Big Purse". Before the game, the contestant would choose from one of three flags, each of which had a different cash amount, to determine the top prize for the blue horse. In the second season, the non-jackpot prizes were decreased to $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 respectively; this game was known as Home Run on Illinois Instant Riches/Illinois' Luckiest and Grand Prix on Flamingo Fortune. On those shows, unlike NY Wired, it only took three of a color to award a money amount; the winner of the qualifying round stood at the beginning of a giant treasure map. The map had 15 colored circles (five of each color (red, blue

Antillean piculet

The Antillean piculet is a species of bird in the woodpecker family Picidae. It is monotypic within the genus Nesoctites; the species is evolutionarily distinct from the other piculets and is afforded its own subfamily Nesoctitinae. It is endemic to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. A fossil feather in amber attributed to the genus has been found in the Dominican Republic, showing that the ancestors of the species have been isolated on Hispaniola for at least 25 mya; the Antillean piculet occupies a number of different habitats within Hispaniola, including humid and dry Pinus and broadleaf forests, as well as semi-arid scrubland and thorn-forest. It will occupy stands of mangrove forest and orchards and plantations, it occurs from sea-level to 1800 m, although in pine forests it is more common below 300 m. Within this habitat it prefers dense undergrowth; the species is a small woodpecker, although it is twice as large as any of the other piculets, measuring around 14–16 cm and weighing around 30 g.

The male has a yellow crown with a red spot in the centre. The plumage of the back and wings is olive green, the breast and belly is off-white with streaks and spots; the female is similar to the male, except larger and lacking the red spot on the forecrown. The plumage of juvenile birds is duller. Unlike the true woodpeckers, they do not drum on trees to advertise their ownership of a territory, instead calling in a loud and rapid whistle; this call, rendered as "kuk-kikikikekukuk", is used as a contact call between pairs. The Antillean piculet feeds with ants and beetles forming a large part of the diet, they consume a lot of fruit compared to other piculets. Individuals and pairs forage through the understory of their habitat on small branches, twigs and stalks, less on trunks. Food is obtained by gleaning, with a few weak pecks; the breeding season of the Antillean piculet is March to July. A cavity is excavated in a stump, palm or fence post in which two to four eggs are laid; the pair are territorial and will aggressively call and display towards intruders