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CTV Television Network

The CTV Television Network is a Canadian English-language terrestrial television network launched in 1961. Since 2000, it is owned by the CTV Inc. subdivision of the Bell Media division of BCE Inc. It is Canada's largest or commercially owned network, has been placed as Canada's top-rated network in total viewers and in key demographics since 2002, after several years trailing the rival Global Television Network in key markets. Bell Media operates additional CTV-branded properties, including the news specialty channel CTV News Channel, the secondary CTV 2 television system, CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Sci-Fi Channel, CTV Drama Channel, CTV Life Channel. There has never been an official full name corresponding to the initials "CTV". However, that branding was dropped before the network's launch when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation objected to it, claiming exclusive rights to the term "Canadian". In 1958, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's government passed a new Broadcasting Act, establishing the Board of Broadcast Governors as the governing body of Canadian broadcasting ending the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's dual role as regulator and broadcaster.

The new board's first act was to take applications for "second" television stations in Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver in response to an outcry for an alternative to the CBC's television service. Calgary and Edmonton were served by owned CBC affiliates; the nine winners, in order of their first sign-on, were: CFCN-TV Calgary CHAN-TV Vancouver CJAY-TV Winnipeg CFTO-TV Toronto CJCH-TV Halifax CFCF-TV Montreal CFTM-TV Montreal CJOH-TV Ottawa CBXT Edmonton The first eight stations were owned. Before his station was licensed, John Bassett, the chief executive of the successful Toronto applicant Baton Broadcasting, had expressed interest in participating in the creation of a second television network, "of which we see the Toronto station as anchor". Indeed, Baton had begun contacting the successful applicants in other cities to gauge their interest in forming a cooperative group to share Canadian programming among the stations; this led to the July 1960 formation of the Independent Television Organization, consisting of the eight newly licensed private stations and CFRN.

Each station would have a single vote in the ITO's operations, regardless of the size of the station's audience. The ITO soon resolved to apply for a network licence to link these second stations. However, the ITO faced opposition from Spence Caldwell, a former CBC executive and one of the unsuccessful applicants for the Toronto licence, who had first approached the BBG in April 1960 to pitch a second-station network proposal of his own. Under his plan, at least 51% of the shares of the network would be owned by various prominent Bay Street investors who had backed his Toronto station bid; the BBG – and its chair Andrew Stewart – was not in favour of a station-owned network, fearing that the Toronto station would come to dominate it. Although it did not approve Caldwell's proposal, it soon set several conditions on such a network that made Caldwell's group the only feasible applicant; that fall, the Caldwell group and the ITO faced off in a series of meetings with the BBG. The ITO decided not to follow through with a formal network application, but the stations – Baton, which said it had no interest in participating in CTN, believed it could still be successful without one – continued to indicate various concerns with the viability of Caldwell's proposal.

The BBG granted a licence to CTN, conditional on securing the affiliation of six of the eight ITO stations. Baton's opposition to the CTN reversed in early 1961, soon after CFTO won the broadcast rights to the Canadian Football League Eastern Conference for the 1961 and 1962 seasons. Baton's original plan was to operate a temporary network to distribute the games incorporating CFTO, other independent stations, CBC affiliates in smaller markets. Although the plan was never rejected, various uncertainties led John Bassett to decide to sign an affiliation agreement with CTN instead to ensure the games would air. Most of the other second stations followed suit, with the exception of CHAN in Vancouver, which agreed to carry several network programs but never signed on as an affiliate for the duration of the Caldwell era, yet nonetheless would claim to have been a "charter member" of the netw

Leo T. McCarthy

Leo Tarcissus McCarthy was an American politician and businessman. He served as the 43rd lieutenant governor of California from 1983 to 1995. McCarthy, whose parents were both natives of Tralee, was himself born in Auckland, New Zealand, but emigrated to the United States with his parents Daniel and Nora McCarthy, siblings when he was three years old; the McCarthy family sailed from the Port of Wellington, New Zealand on the Royal Mail Ship Mazurka, which arrived at the Port of San Francisco, California, on February 9, 1934. He went to elementary school at Mission Dolores, he went to high school at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, attended college and law school within the city, receiving his B. A. in history from the University of San Francisco and a law degree from San Francisco Law School, now integrated to Alliant International University. McCarthy served in the United States Air Force, 1951–1952, during the Korean War taking part in a Strategic Air Command mission to Saudi Arabia to simulate the start of World War III.

In 1958, the year that saw the Democrats capture statewide offices for the first time since World War II, McCarthy managed the successful campaign for State Senate of John Eugene McAteer, after the election, served as McAteer's administrative assistant. McCarthy first ran for office himself in 1963 when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, he served there until 1967. In 1968, he was elected to the State Assembly, serving as speaker of the Assembly from 1974 to 1980; as speaker, McCarthy earned a reputation as a partisan, take-no-prisoners insider in Democratic Party politics. McCarthy unexpectedly lost the speakership to Willie Brown in 1980. McCarthy had been facing a stiff challenge from Howard Berman. Seeing his fellow Democrats so divided, Brown worked with Republicans to gain the speakership. Both of the losers in this struggle soon left the legislature. Berman ran for McCarthy ran for statewide office. McCarthy was first elected to statewide office to the first of three consecutive four-year terms as lieutenant governor of California in 1982, at the same time that Republican George Deukmejian was elected governor.

In 1986, the incumbent McCarthy ran against Republican Mike Curb, a former film producer and music promoter with a reputation for opposing drug use by artists. In a hotly-contested race for lieutenant governor that centered around violent crime and drug policy, McCarthy sought to denigrate Curb's image with voters as an anti-drug campaigner by alleging that Curb made a fortune in making'exploitation films' that glorified drugs and violence. Curb was so incensed at the charges that he filed a $7-million libel and slander suit against McCarthy, who won the election. Despite his election to lieutenant governor, the controversy surrounding the McCarthy campaign's tactics in the 1986 race was never dispelled, in 1988, McCarthy lost an election bid for the US Senate against the Republican incumbent Pete Wilson. McCarthy won a third term as lieutenant governor in 1990, with Wilson winning the election for governor. In 1992, McCarthy entered the Democratic primary election for the US Senate but lost the nomination to US Representative Barbara Boxer.

McCarthy retired from public office at the end of his third term as lieutenant governor on January 2, 1995, having been prohibited from seeking re-election to a fourth term in office because of state term limits, he was succeeded by fellow Democratic then-State Controller and future Governor Gray Davis. McCarthy's 12 years are the longest. Upon leaving politics, he created an investment company, The Daniel Group, named for his father and located in San Francisco, he helped found the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco. McCarthy was married on December 1955 to the former Jacqueline Lee Burke, they had eleven grandchildren. After a long illness, McCarthy died from a kidney ailment at his home in San Francisco on February 5, 2007. Online archive of California Leo T. McCarthy: 1930–2007 Candidate Bio Leo T. McCarthy, Oral History Interview, California State Archives, 1995–1996 McCarthy Center at the University of San Francisco Appearances on C-SPAN

Stitch & Ai

Stitch & Ai is a Chinese animated spin-off of Disney's Lilo & Stitch franchise, produced in English with the assistance of American animators. It is the franchise's third television series, after the Western animated Lilo & Stitch: The Series and the Japanese Stitch! anime series. The thirteen-episode series features a Chinese girl named Wang Ai Ling in place of the original 2002–06 Western continuity's Lilo Pelekai and the anime's Yuna Kamihara, is set in Huangshan, Anhui; the series first aired in China with a Mandarin Chinese dub from March 27 to April 6, 2017. The original English language version first aired from February 5 to 27, 2018, in Southeast Asia on that region's Disney Channel. Twelve episodes of the series received a free digital streaming release in the United States via DisneyNow on December 1, 2018, although it was removed from the service circa June 2019. Stitch & Ai follows the events of Lilo & Stitch and its subsequent film and television sequels up to and including Leroy & Stitch.

The series shows Stitch kidnapped by the Jaboodies, a faction of alien criminals who want to use him to have their own destructive genetic experiment. However, thanks to a rival faction called the Woolagongs trying to kidnap Stitch themselves by stealing him from the Jaboodies, Stitch escapes back to Earth, ending up on China's Huangshan mountains. There he befriends Ai, a spirited local girl, at risk of being separated from her older sister Jiejie. Stitch becomes Ai's "dog", the two help one another dealing with the other's problems. Jumba and Pleakley show up trying to bring Stitch back to the United Galactic Federation, but Ai and Jiejie convince the two aliens to let Stitch stay with them. Although Jumba and Pleakley stay to keep a watch on Stitch and to help out him and his new family, Jumba gets concerned that a previously-unrevealed metamorphosis function that he secretly programmed in Stitch—a function that, among other possible transformations, causes the experiment to grow into a giant beast when his destructive programming is triggered in a large city—could be unleashed if the space criminals figure out how to subconsciously manipulate Stitch into triggering it.

The series has various flashbacks to key scenes in the franchise which appear in episodes 1, 2, 13. The flashbacks consist of re-animated sequences, copying the originals to the best of their ability. Flashback scenes include: "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" from Lilo & Stitch "Jumba's Trial" from Lilo & Stitch "Stitch's Escape" from Lilo & Stitch "The Birth of Stitch" from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch "626 Simulation" from The Origin of Stitch "Jumba & Stitch" from The Origin of StitchIn co-ordinance with this, there are occasional cameos from previous characters of the Lilo & Stitch franchise, including Captain Gantu, the Grand Councilwoman, Cobra Bubbles, the Ice Cream Man. Stitch – An alien genetic experiment known as Experiment 626, he was kidnapped by space criminals who want to use him so they can have their own evil genetic experiment, but he manages to escape back to Earth, ending up in China. He befriends a local girl named Ai, he is voiced in English by Ben Diskin, who voiced the character in the Stitch! anime, in Mandarin by Li Zhengxiang.

Wang Ai Ling – A Chinese girl who lives in the Huangshan mountains. Her aunt wants to move her to the city. Ai befriends Stitch, taking him in as her "dog", helps him ward off the space criminals that want him, she serves as this series's counterpart to Lilo Pelekai. She is voiced in English by Erica Mendez, who tweeted that she is a fan of Stitch and getting to voice his companion in a series was "a dream come true" for her. In Mandarin, the character is voiced by Jiang Sunwei. Wang Jiejie – A young Chinese woman who tries to take care of her younger sister Ai after their parents' death, she works at a tea shop for a man named Mr. Ding, she serves as this series's counterpart to Nani Pelekai. She is voiced in English in Mandarin by Li Yan. Qian Dahu – Jiejie's boyfriend and Ai's drum instructor, he serves as this series's counterpart to David Kawena, with an element of Moses Puloki with regards to his teachings of a local tradition. He is voiced in English by Lucien Dodge. Jumba Jookiba – The Kweltikwan creator of Stitch.

He is sent by the Grand Councilwoman to retrieve Stitch from the space criminals. However, after reuniting with Stitch in China and meeting his new family, Jumba decides to let Stitch to stay with Ai, sticking around himself to assist and watch over him, he is voiced in English by Jess Winfield, who served as screenwriter and executive producer for Lilo & Stitch: The Series and its films Stitch! The Movie and Leroy & Stitch, voiced the same character in the Stitch! anime. In Mandarin, the character is voiced by Cheng Yuzhu. Wendell "Wendy" Pleakley – A Plorgonarian former United Galactic Federation agent and Jumba's partner, he is sent by the Grand Councilwoman to retrieve Stitch alongside Jumba. After Jumba decides to let Stitch stay with Ai, Pleakley stays with Stitch's new family and tries to help out, he is voiced in English in Mandarin by Hu Qian. Daiyu – Ai and Jiejie's aunt who believes that Ai should not be living in the "dirty" mountains and move to the city, despite her nieces' protests.

She is voiced in English in Mandarin by Yan Lixuan. Meiying – Ai's rival who serves as this series's count

Emmett Williams

Emmett Williams was an American poet and visual artist. He was married to British visual artist Ann Nöel. Williams was born in Greenville, South Carolina, grew up in Virginia, lived in Europe from 1949 to 1966. Williams studied poetry with John Crowe Ransom at Kenyon College, anthropology at the University of Paris, worked as an assistant to the ethnologist Paul Radin in Switzerland; as an artist and poet, Emmett Williams collaborated with Daniel Spoerri and German poet Claus Bremer in the Darmstadt circle of concrete poetry from 1957 to 1959. One of his notable pieces from this period is "Four-Directional Song of Doubt for Five Voices", in which five performers are each assigned one word of the phrase "You just never quite know", say their word according to a grid on a card, keeping together with the beat of a metronome: when a black circle appears on the grid, the performer speaks the word, when no circle appears they say nothing. In the resulting performance, the core phrase "you never quite know" is overshadowed by other combinations of words, such as "you know" and "quite just".

In the 1960s, Williams was the European coordinator of Fluxus and worked with French artist Robert Filliou, a founding member of the Domaine Poetique in Paris, France. Williams was friends with Václav Havel during his dissendent years' he translated some of Havel's work into English. Williams was a guest artist in residence teaching at Mount Holyoke College from September 1975 to June 1976. Williams' theater essays appeared in Das Neue Forum, Berner Blatter, Ulmer Theater, other European magazines, he translated and reanecdoted Daniel Spoerri's Topographie Anecdotee du Hasard, collaborated with Claes Oldenburg on Store Days, edited An Anthology of Concrete Poetry, all published by the Something Else Press, owned and managed by fellow Fluxus artist Dick Higgins. From the mid-1960s through the early 1970s Williams was Editor in Chief of the Something Else Press. In 1991, Williams published an autobiography, My Life in Fluxus - And Vice Versa, published by Edition Hansjörg Mayer and reprinted the next year by Thames and Hudson.

In 1996, he was honored for his life work with the Hannah-Höch-Preis. He died in Berlin in 2007. In 2014, Edition Zédélé published a reprint of SOLDIER, first published in A Valentine for Noel by Something Else Press and Hansjörg Mayer. Notes Works by or about Emmett Williams in libraries Emmett Williams at VIRTUALITAS Emmett Williams Interview Emmett Williams at UBUWEB Emmett Williams, RIP

Spanish Dance Troupe

Spanish Dance Troupe is the sixth album by Welsh psychedelic folk band Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, released on 4 October 1999. The album was recorded at Stiwdio Ofn in Llanfaelog and mastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road Studios; the album was the last to feature founder member John Lawrence, who had departed the band by the time the album was released. The title track was covered by Of Montreal and appeared as a bonus track on their 2004 album Satanic Panic in the Attic. All songs by Euros Childs unless otherwise stated. "Hallway" "Poodle Rockin'" "She Lives on a Mountain" "Drws" "Over & Out" "Don't You Worry" "Faraway Eyes" "The Fool" "Hair Like Monkey Teeth Like Dog" "Spanish Dance Troupe" "Desolation Blues" "Murder Ballad" "Freckles" "Christmas Eve" "The Humming Song" Euros Childs - vocals, organ John Lawrence - guitar, vocals Richard James - bass, vocals Euros Rowlands - drums, percussion Megan Childs - violin, vocals Gorwel Owen - Piano Edwyn Humphreis - Woodwind Euros Wyn - Woodwind Tony Robinson - Brass Oscar Owen - Vocals Alfreda Benge - Sleeve art Spanish Dance Troupe at YouTube


Wolfhampcote is an abandoned village and civil parish in the English counties of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, which it straddles. The old village of Wolfhampcote is west of the A45 road near Braunston in Northamptonshire, can be reached by a track from the main A45 road, or by a lane from Flecknoe; the village was abandoned sometime in the late 14th century and is classified as a deserted medieval village. Local legend suggests that the village was wiped out by the Black Death brought in by refugees from London, but there is no evidence to support this, it is much more that a few cottages still remained after the great plague and after struggling to maintain their land the villagers drifted off to more prosperous places leaving the Lord of the Manor to clear the land for sheep grazing as best he could. The village is shown as Wulfencote on the Christopher Saxton map of 1637. Today the only remains of the village are a cottage, a farmhouse, the old vicarage, located some distance away; the most notable surviving feature of the village is the Church of St Peter, which stands in the middle of nowhere in a field.

The church has been restored on several occasions, most in the 1970s by an organisation called the Friends of Friendless Churches. The church is today managed by the Churches Conservation Trust and is used only once or twice a year; the area around the old village is rich in industrial archaeology. The Oxford Canal passes to the north of the site, but this section is the result of a straightening-out dating from the 1830s, the more southerly original route having followed a much more winding course, remains of which can still be traced through the area. There are the remains of two abandoned railway lines, the first being the old Weedon to Leamington Spa railway, part of the London and North Western Railway, which closed to passengers in September 1958 and to freight in December 1963, the second being the Great Central Main Line, which closed to all traffic in September 1966; the former passes quite close to the south side of the church. The two lines crossed a short distance to the west; the old village gives its name to a civil parish in Rugby Borough, which includes the nearby village of Flecknoe, the small hamlets of Sawbridge and Nethercote.

In 2001, the parish had a population of 263. Flecknoe is the largest settlement in the parish. Wolfhampcote Parish Website The Churches Conservation Trust website More information and photos of Wolfhampcote Memories of Wolfhampcote