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Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock is a Canadian-British-American children's puppet television series about interconnected societies of Muppet creatures, created by Jim Henson. Fraggle Rock was co-produced by British television company Television South, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, U. S. pay Henson Associates. Unlike Sesame Street, created for a single market and adapted for international markets, Fraggle Rock was intended from the start to be an international production, the entire show was constructed with this in mind. Fraggle Rock debuted in 1983 as one of the first shows involving the collaboration of Henson International Television, the international arm of Jim Henson Productions; the co-production brought together British regional ITV franchise-holder Television South, CBC Television, U. S. pay-TV service Home Box Office and Henson Associates. Filming took place on a Toronto soundstage; the avant-garde poet bpNichol worked as one of the show's writers. In the early days of development, the script called the Fraggles "Woozles" pending the devising of a more suitable name.

Henson described the Fraggle Rock series as "a raucous musical romp. It's a lot of silliness. It's wonderful." The program proved accessible to audiences of all ages, used the fantasy creatures as an allegory to deal with serious issues such as prejudice, personal identity, the environment, social conflict. In 2009, as part of the Jim Henson Foundation's donation of puppets to the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta museum displayed many of the original puppet characters from Fraggle Rock in their exhibition Jim Henson: Wonders from his Workshop; the producers made the series with the intention of it airing in various forms internationally. That concept grew out of Jim Henson's experience adapting Sesame Street to the requirements of foreign markets; the human "wraparound" segments were produced separately in several countries, so the viewer could always relate to the world of the program. The series has appeared now in over languages; the head producer was Wesley James Tomlinson. The main version, filmed in Toronto, features an inventor named his dog Sprocket.

This wraparound was used in the U. S. Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Dutch, Scandinavian and Eastern European shows were dubbed in their respective languages; the British inserts were filmed at the TVS Studios in Southampton, at the TVS Television Theatre in Gillingham and presents Fraggle Rock as a rock-filled sea island with a lighthouse. Exterior footage was that of St Anthony's Lighthouse located near Falmouth in Cornwall; the lighthouse keeper is a retired sailor who lives with his faithful dog Sprocket. In the third season following the death of Fulton Mackay, the role was played by John Gordon Sinclair as P. K. and in the fourth Simon O'Brien as B. J.. In 2014, 35 of these British wraparounds were still missing, believed wiped, although subsequent recoveries have reduced this number to one with 95 known to exist. Nickelodeon repeated it in the UK from 1993, as did Boomerang and Cartoonito in 2007; the episodes shown were the Canadian versions.

In the German version, the action takes place beneath the workshop of the inventor Doc. The series was named Die Fraggles with 85 of the 96 produced episodes being presented in German. In France, the wraparound segments take place in a bakery with its version of Doc who worked as a baker and a French alter-ego for Sprocket called Croquette. Doc inherited the home from his eccentric Uncle Georges. Thus, when the frame story required the use of a mechanical device, Doc would find yet another of Uncle Georges's machines. Plot-lines frequently involved the elegant but unseen Madame Pontaven. Not all of the 96 episodes were produced in French. There are four main intelligent anthropomorphic species in the Fraggle Rock environment: Fraggles, Doozers and Silly Creatures; the Fraggles and Doozers live in a system of natural caves called Fraggle Rock that are filled with all manner of creatures and features and which connect to at least two different areas: The Land of the Gorgs which they consider part of the "Universe".

"Outer Space" where the "silly creatures" live. One of the main themes of the series is that, although the three species depend on the other for their survival, they fail to communicate due to vast differences in their biology and culture; the series follows the adventures of five Fraggles with five personalities: pragmatic Gobo, artistic Mokey, indecisive Wembley, superstitious Boober, adventurous Red. Some of the character's names are film industry in-jokes. For example, Uncle Travelling Matt is a reference to the travelling matte technique used with blue screen to give the impression a character is somewhere they are not. Fraggles are small anthropomorphic creatures 22 inches tall, that come in a variety of colors and have fur tuft tipped tails. Fraggles live a carefree life, spending most of their ti

Krewe of Carrollton

Krewe of Carrollton is a New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe. The Krewe of Carrollton was formed from the Seventh District Carnival Club by Oak Street merchants in 1924; the riding membership now includes over 450 people. The krewe owns its own floats, which are stored in a den on Oak Street and are rented out to other krewes for their parades; the original parade route was around the Carrollton neighborhood centering upon Maple and Oak street commercial districts. Until 1948 Krewe of Carrollton paraded on Mardi Gras day, the krewe now parades nine days before Fat Tuesday, during the first full weekend of Mardi Gras parades; this weekend is now referred to as "Carrollton Weekend" among locals. During the krewe's 1970 ride, a float was overturned by the wind while crossing the overpass on Jefferson Davis Parkway, killing a krewe member; as a result of this accident, riders in all parades are now required to wear safety harnesses during parades. Trinkets, collectables and beads tossed by hand from riders of the floats are called throws.

Collectible throws from Krewe of Carrollton include multi-colored doubloon coins, specialty beads, go-cups. Krewe of Carrollton are known for their hand decorated shrimp boots. Official website

Currency of Uruguay

This is an outline of Uruguay's monetary history. For the present currency of Uruguay, see Uruguayan peso. Uruguay's currency was that common to all of Spanish America. During the struggle over this region between Spain and Portugal between Argentina and Brazil, the coinage of both contestants circulated; when the area was annexed to Brazil in 1821 as Provincia Cisplatina, the Portuguese administration put notes of Banco do Brazil into circulation. This was the first paper money to circulate in Uruguay. In 1826–1828, Argentine troops fighting against Brazil were paid in one-peso notes issued by Banco Nacional of Buenos Aires for Provincia Oriental. All parties to the conflict used the Spanish dollar, which circulated with a value of 8 Spanish reales or 960 Brazilian reis. Circulation consisted of coins from mints in Mexico, Potosí, Buenos Aires. During the turbulent period of conflict preceding independence, a considerable amount of poor-quality copper coin from both Buenos Aires and Brazil came into circulation.

Peso = 8 Reales = 800 Centésimos de real Onza de oro = 16 Pesos In 1828, Uruguay's currency was based on the silver peso of eight reales known as the patacón, the gold onza de oro, valued at 16 pesos silver. But a large quantity of debased copper coin circulated. Lacking the means to implement a national coinage, Gen. José Rondeau's provisional government permitted foreign silver and gold coin to circulate at its intrinsic value, but it restricted and prohibited the import of copper coin and the circulation of Buenos Aires bank notes. In January 1831, Gen. Fructuoso Rivera demonetized all copper coin in circulation, i.e. the coppers ceased to be legal tender for individuals and would be neither received nor paid out by public offices. Next, it was withdrawn at one patacón in gold for 13 reales in copper. To meet the need for small change, the government obtained Buenos Aires coins of one-tenth real, put about 1·6 million of them into circulation at half face value; this is considered the first money issued by República Oriental del Uruguay.

The government created a new monetary system, known as Sistema real, with accounts kept in a patacón of 8 reales, each of 100 centésimos. The patacón was a silver coin, 27·06 g, 0·902 fine; the standard gold coin was 0 · 875 fine, equal to 16 silver pesos. Other silver and gold coins were rated in terms of the patacón and onza, according to their intrinsic value. Law 208 authorized the minting of 20,000 pesos in copper coin, but only about 500 pesos in coins, dated 1840, were produced; the Government put the first of these coins into circulation on 15 October 1840. Copper coins and a silver peso were authorized by laws 254 and 255 of 13 December 1843, during Uruguay's long civil war, known as La Guerra Grande; the government established a mint that produced three copper denominations and a silver peso fuerte or peso del Sitio. Uruguay did not issue any paper money during this period; the Law of 26 January 1831 provided for a copper exchange company to issue notes for 1 and 5 pesos in exchange for copper coin.

These notes were payable to bearer at sight after 90 days in gold onzas, silver pesos fuertes or patacones, or in subsidiary Brazilian silver, they were received by government offices at par with silver and gold coin. A law of 29 April 1835 authorized a foreign loan to pay off a portion of the national debt, provided for the issue of up to $700,000 in polizas de deuda pública; these were high-denomination vales for 400, 500, 2000, 5000 pesos, payable to bearer. Uruguay's first coins were two copper, centésimo denominations dated 1840, struck by a private firm in Montevideo, the type being that of a radiate sunface: 5c, 24 mm; the 5c coin was known as the 20c as a vintén. The three copper, centésimo coins of 1843–1844 are of the same type as those of 1840: 5c, 5·38 g, 24 mm; the peso fuerte of 1844 was 27·07 g, 35 mm, ≈0·875 fine, was the only silver coin minted at Montevideo. It was made by melting down silver objects donated by the Montevideo residents. Only about 1226 pieces were produced. First coins were struck on January 19th.

Or 20th. And given to Government authorities on Jan. 22nd. Official issue date was set on 15 February 1844 after production ended, it was a siege coin, issued to city Government be able to pay defending supplies. Its circulation outside the city of Montevideo was prohibited by the government of Gen. Manuel Oribe. Escudo = 10 Reales = 1000 Centésimos de real Patacón = 10 Reales = 1000 Centésimos de real Legislation of 22 July 1854 authorized the minting of gold coins of 1, 2, 4 escudos, silver coins of 1¼, 2½, 5 reales, copper coins of 10, 20, 40 centésimos. Law 414 defined the gold 10 reales as 1·6175 g, 0·875 fine, or 1415·32

Bernard Tapie

Bernard Tapie is a French businessman and occasional actor, TV host. He was Minister of City Affairs in the government of Pierre Bérégovoy. Tapie was born in Paris, he is a businessman specializing in recovery for bankrupted companies, among which Adidas is the most famous. La Vie Claire, one of Tapie's former businesses, is a chain of health product stores, it sponsored one of the strongest cycling teams of all time, La Vie Claire, founded after the 1983 European cycling season, when multiple Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault had acrimoniously broken away from the Renault-Elf-Gitane team that featured Hinault's much younger and newly crowned French Tour de France winner, Laurent Fignon. La Vie Claire was formed by Hinault after Hinault had experienced a falling-out with his long-time and successful team manager from Renault-Elf, Cyrille Guimard, in respect to which of the two French riders would lead the team in 1984 after Fignon's 1983 victory, a race in which Hinault had been unable to participate, due to tendonitis of his knee that had flared up during the 1983 Vuelta a España, raced little over a month earlier and which Hinault had won.

Following Hinault from the all-powerful Renault-Elf team to the newly formed La Vie Claire squad was Greg LeMond, who would himself end up winning three Tours de France with three different teams. Hinault and LeMond would soon win successive Tours with the La Vie Claire team after leaving Renault-Elf-Gitane, while both Fignon and Guimard would never win another Tour de France, as a cyclist and directeur sportif after 1984. Hinault had formed a strong collective of French riders immediately after his breakaway from Renault-Elf and Guimard, before he had secured the much-needed financial backing for his team from someone like Bernard Tapie. From 1986 to 1994, he was the president of the Olympique de Marseille football club, which became Champion of France five times in a row and won the 1992–93 UEFA Champions League. On 30 September 2011, it was disclosed Tapie had agreed to buy Full Tilt Poker and its assets despite its legal troubles in the United States and the revocation of its gambling license.

That deal fell through in April 2012. In 1993, the same year that Olympique de Marseille won the Champions League, he was accused of fixing the match between his club and minor club Valenciennes, his club was stripped of its French league championship, though not of the Champions League title, suffered a forced relegation to the second division because of financial irregularities blamed on Tapie. In 1994, Tapie was put under criminal investigation for complicity of corruption and witness tampering. After a high-profile case against public prosecutor Éric de Montgolfier, he was sentenced in 1995 by the Court of Appeals of Douai to 2 years in prison, including 8 months non-suspended and 3 years of deprivation of his civic rights. From 1993 to 2008 there was a long legal battle between the Crédit Lyonnais bank. Crédit Lyonnais had defrauded Tapie in 1993 and 1994 when it sold Adidas on his behalf to Robert Louis-Dreyfus by arranging a larger sale with Dreyfus without Tapie's knowledge. In 2008 a special judicial panel ruled that Tapie should receive compensation of €404 million from the French Ministry of Finance, headed by Christine Lagarde.

She decided not to challenge the ruling. On 3 December 2015, a French court ruled. A few days the Court of Justice of the Republic ordered that Lagarde should stand trial for negligence. On 19 December 2016, Lagarde was convicted of negligence. In the 2007 presidential election, he supported the Union for a Popular Movement candidate Nicolas Sarkozy, despite having been a minister in a socialist government, being a member of the Radical Party of the Left. According to Le Canard enchaîné, the reason for Tapie's ideological inconsistency was portrayed as being about'tax issues' which Sarkozy promised to resolve following his election. Tapie made his fortune acquiring companies; the first company that he purchased was Leclanché Wonder – a large producer of batteries. He sold this company to Energizer. In 1990 Tapie purchased Adidas for nearly 1.6 billion francs. He took up a loan unionized with a banking pool with a majority of foreign banks, in minority from French backers, in particular with the SdBO, the subsidiary of Crédit Lyonnais group hidden for several years.

In this opportunity, the AGF, the UAP and Crédit Lyonnais entered the capital of the sporting brand. He subsequently had a number of legal difficulties associated with this company; the Tapie group tried to dabble in the online poker world wh

Siege of Boston

The Siege of Boston was the opening phase of the American Revolutionary War. New England militiamen prevented the movement by land of the British Army, garrisoned in what was the peninsular city of Boston, Massachusetts Bay. Both sides had to deal with resource supply and personnel issues over the course of the siege. British resupply and reinforcement activities were limited to sea access. After eleven months of the siege, the British abandoned Boston by sailing to Nova Scotia; the siege began on April 19 after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, when the militia from surrounding Massachusetts communities blocked land access to Boston. The Continental Congress formed the Continental Army from the militia, with George Washington as its Commander in Chief. In June 1775, the British seized Bunker and Breed's Hills, from which the Continentals were preparing to bombard the city, but their casualties were heavy and their gains were insufficient to break the Continental Army's hold on land access to Boston.

The Americans laid siege to the British-occupied city. Military actions during the remainder of the siege were limited to occasional raids, minor skirmishes, sniper fire. In November 1775, George Washington sent the 25-year-old bookseller-turned-soldier Henry Knox to bring to Boston the heavy artillery, captured at Fort Ticonderoga. In a technically complex and demanding operation, Knox brought many cannons to the Boston area by January 1776. In March 1776, these artillery fortified Dorchester Heights, thereby threatening the British supply lifeline; the British commander William Howe saw the British position as indefensible and withdrew the British forces in Boston to the British stronghold at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on March 17. Prior to 1775, the British had imposed taxes and import duties on the American colonies, to which the inhabitants objected since they lacked British Parliamentary representation. In response to the Boston Tea Party and other acts of protest, 4,000 British troops under the command of General Thomas Gage were sent to occupy Boston and to pacify the restive Province of Massachusetts Bay.

Parliament authorized Gage, among other actions. It was reformed into the Provincial Congress, continued to meet; the Provincial Congress called for the organization of local militias and coordinated the accumulation of weapons and other military supplies. Under the terms of the Boston Port Act, Gage closed the Boston port, which caused much unemployment and discontent; when British forces were sent to seize military supplies from the town of Concord on April 19, 1775, militia companies from surrounding towns opposed them in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. At Concord, some of the British forces were routed in a confrontation at the North Bridge; the British troops, on their march back to Boston, were engaged in a running battle, suffering heavy casualties. All of the New England colonies raised militias in response to this alarm, sent them to Boston. After the battles of April 19, the Massachusetts militia, under the loose leadership of William Heath, superseded by General Artemas Ward late on the 20th, formed a siege line extending from Chelsea, around the peninsulas of Boston and Charlestown, to Roxbury surrounding Boston on three sides.

They blocked the Charlestown Neck, the Boston Neck, leaving only the harbor and sea access under British control. In the days following the creation of the siege line, the size of the colonial forces grew, as militias from New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut arrived on the scene. General Gage wrote of his surprise of the number of rebels surrounding the city: "The rebels are not the despicable rabble too many have supposed them to be.... In all their wars against the French they never showed such conduct and perseverance as they do now."General Gage turned his attention to fortifying defensible positions. In the south, at Roxbury, Gage ordered lines of defenses with 10 twenty-four pound guns. In Boston proper, four hills were fortified, they were to be the main defense of the city. Over time, each of these hills were strengthened. Gage decided to abandon Charlestown, removing the beleaguered forces to Boston; the town of Charlestown itself was vacant, the high lands of Charlestown were left undefended, as were the heights of Dorchester, which had a commanding view of the harbor and the city.

The British at first restricted movement in and out of the city, fearing infiltration of weapons. Besieged and besiegers reached an informal agreement allowing traffic on the Boston Neck, provided no firearms were carried. Residents of Boston turned in 2,000 muskets, most of the Patriot residents left the city. Many Loyalists who lived outside the city of Boston fled into the city. Most of them felt that it was not safe to live outside of the city, because the Patriots were now in control of the countryside; some of the men, after arriving in Boston, joined Loyalist regiments attached to the British army. Because the siege did not blockade the harbor, the city remained open for the Royal Navy, under Vice Admiral Samuel Graves, to bring in supplies from Nova Scotia and other places. Colonial forces could do little to stop these shipments due to the naval supremacy of the British fleet. American privateers were able to harass supply ships, food prices rose quickly. Soon the sho was a fake news website which mimicked the URL, design and logo of the ABC News website. Many stories from went viral before being debunked. The website's disclaimer page gave the address of the Westboro Baptist Church as its primary location. Paul Horner, the owner of the site, claimed to make $10,000 per month from advertising traffic. promulgated stories about prominent figures and organizations, including: Anti-Trump protesters hired from Craigslist paid as much as $3,500 El Chapo escaped from Mexican prison again President Barack Obama signed an order banning assault weapon sales Michael Jordan intended to move the Charlotte Hornets out of North Carolina if the state did not revoke a law disallowing transgender people access to restrooms The Supreme Court of the United States revoked the tax-exempt status of the Church of Scientology List of fake news websites Official site