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Dragon Tales

Dragon Tales is a Canadian–American animated pre-school fantasy adventure children's television series created by Jim Coane and Ron Rodecker, developed by Coane, Wesley Eure, Jeffrey Scott, Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser. The story focuses on the adventures of two ordinary kids and Max, their dragon friends Ord, Zak and Quetzal; the series began broadcasting on PBS on their PBS Kids block on September 6, 1999, with its final episode airing on April 1, 2005. Following the series finale, reruns remained on both this block and a channel related to it named PBS Kids Sprout until August 31, 2010. Yearim Productions was responsible for the animation, with the expection of Koko Enterprises, which recorded the show, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The U. S. Department of Education, Kellogg's, greeting card manufacturer, American Greetings were responsible for the funding; the show was close-captioned by the National Captioning Institute when seen on PBS Kids in America and CBC in Canada during its original run.

Dragon Tales is based on characters created in 1978 by Laguna Beach, California artist and retired educator Ron Rodecker. Rodecker was recovering from a coronary artery bypass graft when he began sketching dragons as a means of symbolizing forces in life that were too big to control. In 1995, Jim Coane a producer at Columbia TriStar Television, found the artwork and developed it into a television series with several writers; the project was considered something of a risky venture, because it was not based on a well-known franchise like many children's television programs, such as Arthur or Paddington Bear. The series was shipped to PBS member stations at the suggestion of PBS, but all passed at the time. In October 1995, Jim Coane met Marjorie Kalins, senior VP of programming and production at Children's Television Workshop, showed her the idea for the series. Kalins, who loved the idea, brought the series to Children's Television Workshop, who agreed to a partnership with the Columbia TriStar Television Group.

Kalins helped him and Columbia TriStar Television obtain an $8.5 million grant from the Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The grant proposal was written by Wesley Eure. Coane stated that there was never any consideration of trying to shop the program to a commercial broadcast network and that PBS was, in his mind, the only destination for the program; as Columbia TriStar was the TV division of two major Hollywood film studios, which in turn are owned by the Sony Pictures Entertainment division of Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony, Dragon Tales became one of the few PBS Kids and Sprout programs to be co-produced by a major Hollywood studio's TV subsidiary. In 2002, C-T was renamed to Sony Pictures Television, a company that would co-produce the third season of the program. After a tour of the lot of Sony Studios, Wesley Eure created the first treatment of the show, including the initial conception of the two-headed dragon Zak and Wheezie, back known as "Snarf and Bugger."

The series received a massive multi-million dollar grant from the federal government, beating out The Muppets and Sesame Street for the request. As part of the conditions for the grant, Eure was required to create a companion series for the program, which he titled Show and Tell Me, based on his own lecture series known as "Anyone Can Write a Book." Though the companion series was never created, Eure remains hopeful that it will one day be produced. Eure's name was not included in the initial credits for the series, forcing him to hire an attorney to ensure that he received credit. Following the development of a show bible by Jeffrey Scott, with some tweaks by writers Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser, the series was ordered for just over 60 eleven-minute episodes by PBS. Scott was assigned to edit half, with Ruby/Lesser assigned to the other half. At this point, the writing team was provided with a document titled "FUN AND LEARNING IN DRAGON LAND: A Writer’s Guide to Dragon Tales Educational Content" which provided directives as to which curriculum should be included within the stories, such as "emotional challenges > understanding other people’s emotions > recognizing and labeling feelings in others" and the statement that "CURRICULUM IS PARAMOUNT!"

After the creation of the first script, all writing parties involved agreed that the scripts "weren’t fun or funny, they were flat and boring." The writers explained to the consultants and psychologists of PBS that children watch television to be entertained and must be entertained in order to be educated. They were provided with a new directive, "Come up with entertaining stories and shoehorn in the curriculum wherever it fits!" Scott states that from the experience he learned an invaluable lesson about how to create a successful preschool series. Dong Woo Animation, Rough Draft Korea, Sunwoo Entertainment, Wang Film Productions and lotto animation contributed some of the animation for this series; the series focused on the exploits of two siblings and Max, in possession of an enchanted dragon scale capable of reading the special rhyme transporting them to Dragon Land, a whimsical fantasy world inhabited by colorful anthropomorphic dragons. Befriended by four friendly talking dragons with distinctive personalities, Cassie and Wheezie, they travel to Dragon Land and help their friends in fulfilling particular quests, assisting them in their daily problems, learning important morals through their experiences with Dragon Land.

Designed to educate preschoolers mildly in Hispanic culture

Alexia Sinclair

Alexia Sinclair is an Australian fine-art photographer. She studied Fine Arts in Sydney at The National Art School, she majored in traditional photography and her studies in painting, drawing and art history were all influential to her work. She completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Newcastle. Sinclair was born in Australia. In high school, Sinclair became interested in various artistic endeavours, studied ballet for over ten years, has used it as a source for the large amount of role-play in her work. Sinclair attended the National Art School where she studied drawing, painting and photography. Sinclair has attributed a lot of her creative success to her upbringing in her family restaurant, where she finds meditation in cooking. Sinclair has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including, but not limited to, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian Centre for Photography, her series The Regal Twelve in the Phantasia exhibition has toured to the Samstag Museum, the Biennale in Paris of 2009 where it exhibited at the Australian Embassy.

Her MFA series went on to win several national awards. The series celebrated the lives of twelve powerful women in history through over 2,000 plates of medium format film through hand illustration and digital montage. Overall, it took three years to finish the series. In 2009, Sinclair exhibited alongside William Yang and Trent Parke at the Pingyao International Photography Festival. Sinclair's series'A Frozen Tale', includes a set of photographs from within the Royal Palace of Stockholm in Skokloster Slott, it is on the frozen Lake Mälaren, is considered the finalist examples of Baroque architecture in all of Europe. Inside of the palace, there is a large collection of rare books and weaponry. To ensure that everything inside stays conserved, she added atmospheric elements that are typical of a life in a 17th-century castle, like smoke of large fireplaces or the geese of a castle kitchen; these artworks were exhibited in festivals in Dubai. On 7 June 2009, the ABC's Sunday Arts covered a story on the exhibition Phantasia curated by Alasdair Foster, the Director of the Australian Centre for Photography.

In August 2010, the ABC's Art Nation covered a story on Alexia Sinclair. The National Photographic Portrait Prize – Archibald Winner: The Regal Twelve suite Harpers BAZAAR Canon Fashion Photography Award The National Tertiary Art Prize The Newton-John Award Nominated by the Australian Centre for Photography to represent Australia at the Paul Huf 2010 Award Nominee: FOAM Paul Huf Award Winner: Gold Award - Macbeth Graphis 100 Best in Photography Shortlisted Finalist: Selected Work Napoleon I — Emperor of the French National Photographic Portrait Prize Hasselblad Masters Finalist – Finalist Olive Cotton Award – Finalist Citigroup's 2006 Photographic Portrait Prize Art Gallery of NSW – Finalist Harpers BAZAAR Canon Fashion Photography Award – Winner Graphis 100 Best in Photography Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize – Finalist Hasselblad Masters – Finalist Official Alexia Sinclair Website

Queensgate Shopping Centre, New Zealand

Queensgate Shopping Centre is a medium sized shopping centre in central Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The centre first opened in 1986, underwent a large scale redevelopment, completed in August 2006; the centre features over 130 speciality stores. The area was a residential area; the houses were demolished in the mid-60s to mid-70s to make way for a transport centre. The centre opened in 1986; the centre was expanded. It was purchased by Westfield in 1999. Between 2004 and 2006 the mall had a big expansion doubling the size of the centre with a bigger carpark, more shops and a new Event Cinemas multiplex; the Countdown supermarket, overtaken by the carpark now has now moved south-east of the mall. The centre has a catchment area of 375,030+ people; the centre has a footfall of over 8 million people per annum. The centre's floor space is 45,467 m2 and the centre has an annual turnover of NZ$202.5 million. Thirteen structurally separate buildings make up the centre. Following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, the entire shopping centre closed for urgent safety inspections reopening eleven days later.

One building in the northeast corner of the mall, containing the Event Cinema and part of the carpark, was deemed structurally unsafe and was demolished. During the deconstruction of the northeast corner, half of the stores remained closed; the mall was reopened on 6 April 2017. In 2017, a car dealer opened a showroom in the mall, complete with cars for a brief period. In 2019, rebuilding of the carpark and cinema commenced. On September 17 2019, Event Cinema were confirmed to be the new cinema complex operator, it was announced that the region's first VMAX movie theatre would open in the site. It is due for completion in late 2021; the centre is located on the corner of Bunny Street in the centre of Lower Hutt. It is the location of a major bus interchange with buses going to Upper Hutt, Waterloo Interchange and Wellington City; the centre is a short walking distance from Melling railway station. The centre has over 1,855 car park spaces; the centre is known for the youths seen frequenting the southern bus stop.

A method used in deterring them is the use of classical music played through loudspeakers. Queensgate Shopping Centre homepage


Smoketree or smoke bush is a genus of two species of flowering plants in the family Anacardiaceae related to the sumacs. They are small trees, native to the warm temperate northern hemisphere; the leaves are deciduous, simple oval shape, 3–13 cm long. The flowers are clustered in a large open terminal panicles 15–30 cm long with a fluffy grayish-buff appearance resembling a cloud of smoke over the plant, from which the name derives; the fruit is a small drupe with a single seed. Classified in Rhus in the past, they are distinguished by the leaves being simple and the'smoke-like' fluffy flower heads; the American smoketree is native to the southeastern United States, from Tennessee south to Alabama and west to Oklahoma and eastern Texas. It is a larger plant becoming a small tree between 3 and 5 meters tall, with a trunk from 20 to 35 centimeters in diameter; the leaves are larger, 6–13 cm long. The foliage is described to be a red wine-like, the shrub has deep pink flowers in the summer; the flower heads are sparser than in C. coggygria.

The smoke trees C. coggygria, are popular garden shrubs. Several bronze or purple-leaved cultivars of C. coggygria have been selected, with warm pink inflorescences set against purple-black foliage. When brought into cultivation together, the two species will form hybrids. Cultivation is best in dry, infertile soils, which keeps the growth habit more compact and improves the autumn colour. Both species can be coppiced in early spring, to produce first-year shoots up to 2 m tall with large handsome leaves, but no "smoke". Tree Guide - Smoke Tree Tree Topics - Smoke Tree Smoke Tree Cotinus obovatus images at

Murphy's Law of Love

Murphy's Law of Love is a 2015 Taiwanese romantic comedy television series produced by Sanlih E-Television. Starring Danson Tang, Ivelyn Lee, Jolin Chien and Jenna Wang as the main cast; the Chinese title translates to "Perhaps, This is Called Love". Filming began on February 24, 2015, the drama will be filmed. First original broadcast begins March 20, 2015 on SETTV channel airing on Fridays from 10:00-11:30 pm. Murphy's Law means anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Guan Xiao-tong has been cursed with Murphy's Law all her life; every time her attainable desires are within reach, they somehow escape her grasp at the last moment. After her boyfriend dumps her and breaks her heart, Xiao-tong decides to use her psychiatry expertise to help others with love at an online matchmaking service. Soon a divorce firm opens across the street from her office; the divorce firm's owner, Ji Jia-wei, thinks Xiao-tong's theory and love advice is idiotic while she thinks he is a cold hearted person who doesn't believe in love and only started his business so others can be like him.

But since Xiao-tong is cursed with Murphy's Law, Jia-wei whom she has no interest in starts falling for her when she unknowingly starts to melt his ice-cold heart. Guan Xiao-tong has been dealing with Murphy's Law from the moment. Just as she was starting to imagine a future with her boyfriend he dumps her, telling her he is set to marry someone he doesn't love but is wealthy; that same night at the same place Ji Jia-wei gets rejected when he proposes marriage to his celebrity girlfriend He Zhi-yu, who cares more about her career than him. Heartbroken, Jia-wei gives the engagement ring to a drunk Xiao-tong. A year Xiao-tong and Jia-wei meet again in the most unpleasant circumstances and become instant enemies when his umbrella accidentally splashes puddle water on her, she becomes annoyed with his unapologetic behavior while he thinks she should have been more observant of her surroundings. Their hatred for each other grows. She's a Love Doctor that helps people find love at a matchmaking service while he's the boss and owner of a divorce firm that helps couples walk away from their broken marriages amicably.

When one of Jia-wei's employees and friends signs him up as a member of the matchmaking service as a joke, he becomes the most popular bachelor. Soon Xiao-tong is pressured by her boss and has to pretend to be friendly to Jia-wei in order to get him to accept an invitation to her company's matchmaking party so he can meet all the female members of the matchmaking service, interested in him. During Xiao-tong's persuasion for Jia-wei to accept her company's invitation he develops feelings for her that at first he is uncertain of since he can't stand her. However, every time restaurateur Xiang Zi-yan who possess all the qualities of Xiao-tong's ideal guy, is in her presence he becomes jealous and mad that she isn't paying attention to him; when his secretary, a follower of Xiao-tong's love advice blog, tells him to think about his feelings he is unable to denied his feelings for Xiao-tong. After her company's matchmaking party ends, Xiao-tong thinks she no longer has to deal with Jia-wei anymore, but with his growing feelings for her he proposes to her boss that the divorce firm and the matchmaking service team up and work together to help his divorced clients find love again, in order for him to continue associating with Xiao-tong without anyone finding out his true feelings for her.

Jia-wei's entire staff notices him acting weird since his behavior is out of the ordinary while the entire staff at the matchmaking service thinks the divorce firm has ulterior motives to steal their business setup. Just when Xiao-tong is starting to get to know Zi-yan at a personal level, Jia-wei makes his presences known by showing her his caring side. Soon she finds out Jia-wei has a warm side and starts to have growing feelings for him when his thoughtfulness towards her gets her heart beating. With her continued friendship with Zi-yan, Jia-wei sees a love rival in him and starts his pursuit for Xiao-tong by grandly professing his love for her, he soon wins her heart and the two begin dating to Zi-yan's disappointment who can only step aside and contain his feelings for Xiao-tong. Xiao-tong's Murphy's Law curse once again catches up with her. Just when she and Jia-wei began their relationship as a couple and all seemed happy and perfect, his ex-girlfriend Zhi-yu, whom he could not get over returns to Taiwan and expects to reconcile with him.

Jia-wei still holding a grudge against Zhi-yu brushes her off. Zhi-yu is undeterred by his rejections and continues her path to win his love back despite him bluntly telling her he has moved on and is in a happy relationship with Xiao-tong. Danson Tang 唐禹哲 as Ji Jia-wei 紀家尉 - Male age 30With his good looks and wealthy background he is a good catch for many single ladies, but after being rejected by his ex-girlfriend He Zhi-yu when he propose marriage, heartbroken he chooses to remain single and is afraid to love again, he opens "Renew Agent of Divorce", a firm that helps couples move past their broken relationships and end their relationship on friendly terms, right across the street from "I MEET YOU" which the dating service sees as a threat to their business. In order to ward off anyone that might be interested in him he wears a fake wedding band to lie about his marital status, his only companion is his pet dog Polo. One year after encountering Xiao-tong he meets her again but doesn't realize he had met her before.

The two start of on the wrong foot due to an unp

306th Infantry Regiment (United States)

The 306th Infantry Regiment was a National Army unit first organized for service in World War I as part of the 77th Infantry Division in Europe. It served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Since it has served as a training Regiment. In 1999, it was withdrawn from the Combat Arms Regimental System and redesignated as a non-branch regiment; the regiment's 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th battalions are stationed at Fort Stewart under the command of the 188th Infantry Brigade. The 3rd Battalion is inactive; the Regiment was constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as the 306th Infantry and assigned to the 153rd Infantry Brigade of the 77th Division. It was organized at Camp Upton, New York on 29 August 1917; the Regiment participated in the following campaigns: Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne and Lorraine. The Regiment demobilized at Camp Upton on 9 May 1919; the Regiment was reconstituted in the Organized Reserves as the 306th Infantry on 24 June 1921 and reassigned to the 77th Division within the II Corps area.

It was organized in August 1921 with the entire Regiment located in New York, New York. The 306th conducted summer training most years with the 16th and 18th Infantry Regiments at Camp Dix, New Jersey, or Fort Slocum, New York, some years with the 26th Infantry Regiment at Plattsburg Barracks, New York; the regiment conducted infantry Citizens Military Training Camp training some years at Camp Dix and Plattsburg Barracks as an alternate form of summer training. The primary ROTC feeder schools were the College of the City of New York University; the Regimental designated mobilization training station was South Carolina. Ordered into active military service 25 March 1942 and reorganized at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; the Regiment participated in the January 1943 Louisiana Maneuvers. In July 1943, the Regiment was organized with 3,256 Officers and enlisted men:Headquarters & Headquarters Company- 111 Service Company- 114 Anti-Tank Company- 165 Cannon Company- 118 Medical Detachment- 135 Infantry Battalion - 871 Headquarters & Headquarters Company- 126 Rifle Company - 193 Weapons Company- 156 The Regiment departed San Francisco on 23 March 1944 and arrived in Hawaii on 1 April.

The 306th first saw combat during the liberation of Guam in July, 1944. The 306th served in the liberation of the Philippines, arriving on 23 November 1944; the regiment fought on Okinawa from 27 April though 27 June. Activated 17 December 1946 in the Organized Reserves with Headquarters in New York City. In May 1959 the Regiment was reorganized as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System to consist of the 1st Battle Group, an element of the 77th Infantry Division under the Pentomic division design. After adoption of the ROAD program, the regiment was reorganized on 26 March 1963 to consist of the 1st and 2d Battalions, subordinate elements of the 77th Infantry Division; the 1st and 2d Battalions were inactivated 30 December 1965 and relieved from assignment to the 77th Infantry Division. The 307th Infantry was withdrawn 17 October 1999 from the Combat Arms Regimental System, redesignated as the 307th Regiment, reorganized to consist of the 1st, 2d, 3d Battalions, elements of the 87th Division.

The 1st, 2d, 3d Battalions were concurrently allotted to the Regular Army. On 15 December 2007, the battalions were relieved from their assignment to the 87th Division and reassigned to First Army’s 188th Infantry Brigade. In October 2012, 3rd Battalion was inactivated. In 2016, the 4th and 5th Battalions were activated at Fort Stewart. Official homepage for the 188th Infantry Brigade