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Highbury is a district in North London and part of the London Borough of Islington, owned by Ranulf brother of Ilger and included all the areas north and east of Canonbury and Holloway Roads. The manor house was situated by what is now the east side of Hornsey Road near the junction with Seven Sisters Road. After the manor decayed, a new manor house was built in 1271 to the south-east; the site for Highbury Manor was used by a Roman garrison as a summer camp. During the construction of a new Highbury House in 1781, tiles were found that could have been Roman or Norman. Ownership of Highbury passed to Alicia de Barrow, who in 1271 gave it to the Priory of St John of Jerusalem known as the Knights Hospitallers in England; the wealthy Lord Prior built Highbury manor as a substantial stone country lodging with a grange and barn. In 1381, during the Peasants' Revolt, Jack Straw led a mob of 20,000 rioters who "so offended by the wealth and haughtiness" of the Knights Hospitallers destroyed the manor house.

The Lord Prior at the time, Robert Hales, who had taken refuge in the Tower of London, was captured and beheaded on Tower Hill. Jack Straw and some of his followers used the site as a temporary headquarters; this should not be confused with the better known Jack Straw's Castle a pub and now residential flats at Whitestone Ponds, named after the semi-legendary leader of the revolt. The Manor of Highbury remained the possession of the Knights of St John until it was confiscated by Henry VIII in 1540; the land stayed as crown property until Parliament began selling it in the 17th century. John Dawes, a wealthy stockbroker, acquired the site of Jack Straw's Castle together with 247 acres of surrounding land. In 1781 he built Highbury House at a cost of £ 10,000 on the spot. Over the next 30 years the house was extended by new owners, firstly Alexander Aubert and John Bentley, to include a large observatory and lavish gardens; the grounds around Highbury House started to be sold off in 1794. By 1894 Highbury House and its remaining grounds became a school.

In 1938 Highbury House was demolished and is now the site of Eton House flats, built by the Old Etonian Housing Association in 1939. After the Manor house had been destroyed in 1381, the grange and barn remained on the east side of the track that ran south to Hopping Lane, now St Paul's Road on the line of Highbury Park / Highbury Grove. In 1740 a small ale and cake house was opened in the Highbury. In 1770 William Willoughby took over Highbury Barn and increased its popularity, he expanded its size and facilities, taking over land and buildings from the farm next door, reaching beyond what is now Kelvin Road and created a bowling green, trap-ball grounds and gardens. It could cater for company dinners of 2,000 people and dancing and became one of the most popular venues in London. In 1854 events at the annual balls in the grounds of the Barn included the aeronaut Charles Green's balloon ascent. By 1865 there was a huge dancing platform, a rebuilt theatre, high-wire acts, music hall and the original Siamese twins.

The Barn became the victim of its own success. After a riot led by students from Bart's Hospital in 1869, locals complained about the Barn's riotous and bawdy clientele; this led in 1871 authorities revoked the Barn's dancing licence. By 1794 Highbury consisted of Highbury House and Highbury Hill House, Highbury Barn and the gated terraces of Highbury Terrace and Highbury Place, built on land leased by John Dawes. Highbury may have stayed this way, as the plan was to create a 250 acres park – Albert Park – between St Paul's Road/Balls Pond Road and the Seven Sisters Road. Instead a 27.5 acre site, now Highbury Fields was saved in 1869 and the 115 acre Finsbury Park were created. The rest of the area was developed; the majority of the development of the area occurred in two phases. After this time, development went high-density with close packed terraced houses being built in the north of Highbury. Available land continued to be in-filled with more housing until 1918, but little else changed until after World War II.

A need for a place for Catholic residents of Highbury to worship in the 1920s led to the commissioning of St Joan of Arc's church, thought to be the first dedicated to the saint canonised in 1920, on a site on Kelross Road where the church hall is now located. The church was soon expanded, but the influx of Catholic residents after the war led to a need for a new, larger church; the new church dedicated to St Joan of Arc, designed by Stanley Kerr Bate, opened on 23 September 1962 on Highbury Park. Highbury was again by V-1 flying bombs. On 27 June 1944, a V-1 destroyed Highbury Corner, killing 26 people and injuring 150. Highbury Corner had an impressive station and hotel which were damaged in this attack but its main building remained in use until demolished in the 1960s during the building of the Victoria Line; the original westbound platform buildings remain on the opposite side of Holloway Road, as does a small part of the original entrance to the left of the present station entrance. A red plaque, mounted on a building wall overlooking the roundabout, commemorates this event.

After the Second World War large-scale rebuildi

2016 Guernsey general election

General elections were held in Guernsey on 27 April 2016 to elect the 38 members of the States to serve until 2020. Following the 2012 general election, it was decided to reduce the number of seats from 45 to 38; this resulted in reductions to the number of seats in most electoral districts, although the districts themselves remained unchanged. A new electoral roll was drawn up, with 22,408 people registered to vote by 4 November 2015; the total passed 25,000 by 7 January 2016 and rose to 27,000 on 15 February, before reaching 30,320 when registration closed, higher than the 29,745 who registered for the 2012 elections. Prospective candidates started to register by filing their nominations at the Bailiff's Chambers on 21 March and had until 31 March 2016 to file nomination forms. There are no political parties. Candidates could apply for a grant of up to £ 600 for the distribution of manifestos. A total of 81 candidates stood for the 38 seats. Hustings meetings took place at a number of locations on various dates in April.

20 deputies kept their seats, 4 former deputies were re-elected and 14 new deputies were elected. 10 deputies, including 4 ministers, lost their seats 12 women were elected as deputies. The previous assembly had just 5 women deputies.21,803 voted, representing 71.9% of those who had registered to vote. Six male candidates who had failed to be elected filed a letter of complaint, alleging that the election was illegal as the States of Guernsey had provided funding to encourage more women to stand for election and to provide them with assistance by running a course; the complaint was rejected on the basis that the funds had been provided and spent before any candidates had put their names forward for the election, therefore they did not assist any'candidates'. They subsequently asked the UK government to investigate the election. Following the death of Dave Jones in July 2016, a by-election was held in the Vale district on 19 October 2016. Nominations closed on 23 September. Neil Inder was elected.

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2020 in anime

Events in 2020 in anime. A list of anime that debuted in theaters between January 1 and December 31, 2020. A list of anime television series that debuted between January 1 and December 31, 2020. A list of original net animations that debuted between January 1 and December 31, 2020. A list of original video animations that debuted between January 1 and December 31, 2020. January 9: Yūji Yamaguchi, Japanese animator, dies at an unknown age. February 13: Yoshisada Sakaguchi, Japanese voice actor, dies at age 80. February 21: Hisashi Katsuta, Japanese voice actor (Professor Ochanomizu in Astro Boy, Dr. Hoshi in Astroganger, Professor Tobishima in Groizer X, Shin'ichirō Izumi in Tōshō Daimos, passes away at age 92. February 22: Kazuhiko Kishino, Japanese voice actor, dies at age 86. 2020 in Japanese television

9/11 conspiracy theories

There are many conspiracy theories that attribute the planning and execution of the September 11 attacks against the United States to parties other than, or in addition to, al-Qaeda, including that there was advance knowledge of the attacks among high-level government officials. Government investigations and independent reviews have rejected these theories. Proponents of these theories assert that there are inconsistencies in the accepted version, or evidence, either ignored or overlooked; the most prominent conspiracy theory is that the collapse of the Twin Towers and 7 World Trade Center were the result of controlled demolitions rather than structural failure due to impact and fire. Another prominent belief is that the Pentagon was hit by a missile launched by elements from inside the U. S. government or that a commercial airliner was allowed to do so via an effective stand-down of the American military. Possible motives claimed by conspiracy theorists for such actions include justifying the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq to advance their geostrategic interests, such as plans to construct a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan.

Other conspiracy theories revolve around authorities having advance knowledge of the attacks and deliberately ignoring or assisting the attackers. The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the technology magazine Popular Mechanics have investigated and rejected the claims made by 9/11 conspiracy theorists; the 9/11 Commission and most of the civil engineering community accept that the impacts of jet aircraft at high speeds in combination with subsequent fires, not controlled demolition, led to the collapse of the Twin Towers, but some groups, including Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, disagree with the arguments made by NIST and Popular Mechanics. 9/11 conspiracy theorists reject one or both of the following facts about the 9/11 attacks: Al-Qaeda suicide operatives hijacked and crashed United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11 into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. The impact and resulting fires caused the collapse of the Twin Towers and the destruction and damage of other buildings in the World Trade Center complex.

The Pentagon was damaged by the impact of the airliner and the resulting fire. The hijackers crashed a fourth plane into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the passengers and flight crew attempted to regain control of the aircraft. Pre-attack warnings of varying detail of the planned attacks against the United States by al-Qaeda were ignored due to a lack of communication between various law enforcement and intelligence personnel. For the lack of interagency communication, the 9/11 report cited bureaucratic inertia and laws passed in the 1970s to prevent abuses that caused scandals during that era, most notably the Watergate scandal; the report faulted both the Clinton and the Bush administrations with "failure of imagination". This consensus view is backed by various sources, including: The reports from government investigations – the 9/11 Commission Report, the studies into building performance carried out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Investigations by non-government organizations that support the accepted account – such as those by scientists at Purdue University.

Articles supporting these facts and theories appearing in magazines such as Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, Time. Similar articles in news media throughout the world, including The Times of India, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Chosun Ilbo of South Korea. Since the attacks, a variety of conspiracy theories have been put forward in Web sites and films. Many groups and individuals advocating 9/11 conspiracy theories identify as part of the 9/11 Truth movement. Within six hours of the attack, a suggestion appeared on an Internet chat room suggesting that the collapse of the towers looked like an act of controlled demolition. "If, in a few days, not one official has mentioned anything about the controlled demolition part," the author wrote, "I think we have a REALLY serious problem." The first theories that emerged focused on various perceived anomalies in the publicly available evidence, proponents developed more specific theories about an alleged plot.

One false allegation, circulated by e-mail and on the Web is that not a single Jew had been killed in the attack and that therefore the attacks must have been the work of the Mossad, not Islamic terrorists. Similar e-mail narratives claimed that all Arab taxi drivers were absent in downtown Manhattan that morning; the first elaborated theories appeared in Europe. One week after the attacks, the "inside job" theory was the subject of a thesis by a researcher from the French National Centre for Scientific Research published in Le Monde. Other theories sprang from the far corners of the globe within weeks. Six months after the attacks, Thierry Meyssan's piece on 9/11, L'Effroyable Imposture, topped the French bestseller list, its publication in English received little attention, but it remains one of the principal sources for "trutherism". 2003 saw the publication of The CIA and September 11 by former German state minister Andreas von Bülow and Operation 9/11 by the German journalist Gerhard Wisnewski.

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Balan: Book of Angels Volume 5

Balan: Book of Angels Volume 5 is an album by the Cracow Klezmer Band performing compositions from John Zorn's second Masada book, The Book of Angels. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars, calling it an "entrancing, by all means exotic recording". All compositions by John Zorn."Zuriel" - 4:18 "Suria" - 7:56 "Lirael" - 6:07 "Kadosh" - 2:43 "Haniel" - 5:02 "Jehoel" - 5:17 "Asbeel" - 5:05 "Aniel" - 3:48Recorded at Studio 2002 in Kraków on February 13, February 19 and March 1, 2006 Jaroslaw Bester – bayan Oleg Dyyakpercussion Wojciech Front – double bass Jaroslaw Tyralaviolin Jorgos Skolias – vocal Ireneusz Socha – computer instruments Special Guests - the DAFO string quartet Anna Armatys – cello Danuta Augustyn – violin Justyna Duda – violin Aneta Dumanowska – viola

Berlin Mills Railway 7

Berlin Mills Railway 7 is a steam locomotive at Steamtown National Historic Site. It was built in 1911 by the Vulcan Iron Works for the Berlin Mills Railway, an industrial line in Berlin, New Hampshire. Number 7 worked there as a switcher until November 1944, when it was sold to the Groveton Papers Company of Groveton, New Hampshire. In 1956, it was replaced by a diesel locomotive, ending 45 years of use. After a few years of idleness, the locomotive was leased to the Woodsville and Haverhill Steam Railroad, a new tourist railroad near Haverhill. Number 7 operated as the only locomotive for this company until it folded after 1963, it was donated to Steamtown by the Groveton Paper Company in 1969. "Berlin Mills Railway No. 7". Steamtown. United States National Park Service. February 14, 2002. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013