Castro Rocks

Castro Rocks are several rocks in Richmond, California protruding from the waters in San Francisco Bay between Castro Point and Red Rock Island. The rocks lie directly under the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge; the rocks are named after a local rancho-era land owner. Castro Rocks are the home of many harbor seals, which lie on them to sunbathe; the rocks are the largest harbor seal rookery in the northern San Francisco Bay and the second largest in the Bay Area itself. There are sometimes sea lions on the rocks; the rock's Harbor Seals frequent Mowry Slough, Brooks Island, Yerba Buena Island, Mare Island. The seals at this location have high levels of toxic pollutants including the DDT, PCBs, PBDEs, PFOS, PFOA, mercury. Castro Rocks page SFSU Tagging - Photos


WVIF, UHF analog channel 15, was a full-power television station serving the United States Virgin Islands, licensed to Christiansted, Saint Croix. The station was owned by Corporate Media Consultants Group, 49 percent owned by Max Media. For much of its history, WVIF was silent returning to the air as an independent station. At one time, it had planned to affiliate with the Fox network. Channel 15 signed on in 2000 as Pax TV owned-and-operated station WPXO. WPXO was operated under a joint services agreement with Alpha Broadcasting Corporation's WSVI in Christiansted. Paxson Communications sold WPXO to CMCG in December 2002. Soon afterward, the JSA with WSVI was dissolved due to station financial losses of over $250,000. Upon assuming control of the station in April 2003, CMCG changed the call letters to WCAV and temporarily discontinued operations, leaving channel 15 silent for 12 months less a day. Shortly afterward, the station changed its call letters to WVIF; the station again went silent in 2005 and remained silent throughout 2006-07 despite attempts to return to operation.

Located in the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park, the station had two employees but, as of August 2007, broadcast antenna facilities had not been constructed. In 2007, the station's owner had estimated that construction of the necessary facilities "could take at least another year"; the use of WVIF production facilities in engaging and training UVI students in various station operation tasks had been promoted, but was never operational. As of September 2008, the station had moved to a new antenna tower, resuming analog television broadcast operation. WVIF never operated a digital television station, it had intended to apply to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to turn off any analog signals and begin broadcast of a digital signal on the same channel at the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations. The station never did so, its license was canceled on March 29, 2011

Alex Marshall (actor and director)

Alex Marshall is an English actress and director, most active from the 1960s to the 1980s. She has acted and directed on television, but has worked on stage in both careers. Beginning her career as an actress, Marshall had many roles in television productions. In 1966 she appeared on stage as Audrey Johnson in Countercrime, a play directed by Hugh Goldie, a production recorded for television. From 1969 to 1974 she was a storyteller for BBC Television’s Jackanory. In 1970, she appeared on stage again, in Keep Out, Love in Progress by Walter Hall, taking the lead, opposite Robert Gillespie. In the BBC serial of Jude the Obscure, Marshall took the leading role of Arabella Donn, a pig-keeper’s daughter who seduces and marries Jude. Reviewing the production in Life, John Leonard found that “Alex Marshall as Arabella steals the series”. Marshall abandoned her acting career in 1974, having made more than three hundred appearances on television over the previous ten years, to become a television director.

She commented to Des Wilson, for an article in The Observer, that her income had arrived at £5,000 a year, but she was disillusioned. She explained: “Actresses are passive objects waiting to be picked up by the profession and used... When you're in work, you're vitally important - to the company. You're treated like a valuable property; the play is finished and you’re on the dole. Most girls leave the profession because all their drive and real love of the theatre are beaten by the humiliation of the dole queue, by rejection, having to answer the question from friends and relatives that strikes like a spear through the heart –'Are you working at the moment?‘“ In 1976, Marshall was researcher and script editor for Granada Television’s Crown Court and went on to direct episodes of the show. In 1978 she directed Empire Road, a BBC Two weekly serial, other directing work included episodes of Jackanory Playhouse, ITV Playhouse, BBC2 Play of the Week, Play for Today. In his memoirs, the actor Norman Beaton recalled Marshall from their time together on Empire Road: “An attractive blonde, she had a disarming smile which concealed a will of iron.”In 1989, Marshall directed a London stage production of Peter King’s The Health Farm.

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