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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 27, 2013
NEW YORK---Britain s Sean Bean and Brazil s Fer-
nanda Montenegro took the top acting honours
Monday night at the 41st International Emmy
Awards in which the statues were spread among
TV productions from six countries.
The highlight of the awards ceremony came when
Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the latest Star
Trek films, presented the honorary International
Emmy Founders Award to writer-director-producer
JJ Abrams, who took a break from pre-production
work on the new Star Wars film. Abrams, who helped
create such trend-setting TV series as Felicity, Alias,
and Lost, paid tribute to his actors and production
crews as well as his family. He credited his father,
TV executive Gerald W Abrams with teaching him
"about leadership, tenacity and getting things done
at all costs."
Britain garnered three International Emmys at the
ceremony at the Hilton New York hosted by British
comedian John Oliver, formerly of The Daily Show.
Brazil and France had two apiece, while Australia,
South Korea and Germany each got one award. The
36 nominees represented 19 countries, including
first-timers Angola and Uruguay.
Bean, best known for his roles in The Lord of the
Rings and Game of Thrones, won the best actor
award for his role in an episode of the crime anthology
series Accused. Bean portrayed a shy English literature
teacher with a secret alter-ego of a flamboyant trans-
vestite who gets involved in an affair with a married
man that leads to a brutal crime of passion. The vet-
eran actor said he was especially "delighted" because
"I ve never actually won anything before."
Montenegro, who received an Oscar nomination
for the 1998 film Central Station, was chosen best
actress for her role in Doce de Mae (Sweet Mother)
in which she plays an 85-year-old woman who wishes
to live independently and take on new experiences, like
The Emmy for best drama series went to the French
zombie thriller Les Revenants (The Returned), about a
small alpine village that is rocked when several people
presumed dead suddenly reappear at their homes as
ghostly characters in human form. Britain s movie Moone
Boy, about a young Irish boy who survives his chaotic
family life with the help of an imaginary grown-up pal,
won in the comedy category. (AP)
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
imposed a ban on a company offering personal
genetic screening to the general public.
Google-backed 23andme has been ordered to
"immediately discontinue" selling its saliva-collection
tests after failing to provide information to back its
The tests aims to show how personal genetic codes
may affect future health.
The company said it would address concerns.
The start-up has been operating since 2006 and
was co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, the wife of Google
co-founder Sergey Brin.
For US$99, users receive a kit allowing them to
take sample of saliva. This is sent to the company
and in return users receive a readout of their genetic
code. The Web site promises reports on 254 health
conditions and traits as well as offering to help people
trace their genealogy.
Under FDA rules, the company must provide proof
about how accurate its detection methods are as well
as supplying the error rates from its personal genome
In a public letter the FDA said that 23andme had
not supplied this information, despite increasing its
marketing campaign and the scope of its tests.
"FDA is concerned about the public health con-
sequences of inaccurate results from the PGS device,
the main purpose of compliance with FDA s regulatory
requirements is to ensure that the tests work," said
Alberto Gutierrez, director of the FDA s centre for
devices and radiological health, in a letter to the com-
Britain's Bean, Brazil's
Montenegro win Emmys
poses with the
Quinto at the
Gala at the
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