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Jarnac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. It is the site of the Battle of Jarnac in 1569. Jarnac is situated on the right bank of the river Charente between Cognac, it is about 20 km west of Angoulême, about 10 km east of Cognac. Jarnac is the birthplace of former French president François Mitterrand and the place where he is buried; the region has long been associated with the production of cognac. The town is host to numerous smaller cognac producers as well as larger internationally known brands such as Courvoisier and Hine. Jarnac is paired with: Dalkeith, Scotland Lautertal, Germany Donnacona, Canada Dogliani, Italy Communes of the Charente department INSEE Jarnac in the regional press Jarnac on Google maps Tourism in Jarnac Local organizations Movie theaters


Tyta luctuosa is a noctuid moth. Its common names include field bindweed moth, it is the only member of the genus Tyta, which forms a hitherto monotypic tribe Tytini in the Catocalinae subfamily. The species was first described by Michael Denis and Ignaz Schiffermüller in 1775; the genus was erected by Gustaf Johan Billberg in 1820 and the tribe was described by Herbert Beck in 1996. This moth is native to much of the Palearctic - most of Europe east to the Caucasus and from Siberia to China and south to North Africa; the adult moth is about eleven millimeters long and dark brown with one large white spot on each of its four wings. Its forewings are purplish fuscous, becoming paler, more brownish, towards the termen, sometimes at the extreme base; the larva are grey, sometimes reddish darker at the sides. The first two pairs of prolegs are shorter than usual. Two adult generations emerge one in late spring and one in summer. In warm areas there is a third generation; the female lays about 400 to 500 eggs.

The larva is a brown caterpillar. The larva is the destructive stage, it eats leaves and flowers new buds. This is the desired effect of this moth when it is used as an agent of biological pest control against field bindweed, it was first introduced into the United States in the 1980s to attack this agricultural weed, its main food plant. Coombs, E. M. et al. Eds.. Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 155. Fauna Europaea Lepiforum e. V. De Vlinderstichting

Michael J. Smith (astronaut)

Michael John Smith, was an American engineer and astronaut. He served as the pilot of the Space Shuttle Challenger when it was destroyed during the STS-51-L mission, when it broke up 73 seconds into the flight, at an altitude of 48,000 feet, killing all 7 crew members. Smith's voice was the last one heard on the Challenger voice recorder, he was a Master of Science, holding a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. During his Naval career, Smith flew 28 different types of civilian and military aircraft and logged 4,867 hours of flying time. Following the Challenger disaster, he was promoted posthumously by Congress to the rank of Captain, has had a Chair named in his honor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Smith was born April 1945, in Beaufort, North Carolina, he graduated from East Carteret High School in 1963, went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1967. He subsequently attended the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, from which he graduated with a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1968.

He was awarded a Marshall Scholarship. He completed naval aviation jet training at Naval Air Station Kingsville, receiving his aviator wings in May 1969, he was assigned to the Advanced Jet Training Command where he served as an instructor from May 1969 to March 1971. During the 2-year period that followed, he flew A-6 Intruders and completed a tour in 1972 during the Vietnam War while assigned to Attack Squadron 52 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. During his deployment with VA-52, Smith took part in Operation Linebacker, the first continuous bombing effort conducted against North Vietnam since 1968. After returning from Vietnam, Smith attended U. S. Naval Test Pilot School, graduating from the program in 1974. Following NTPS, he was assigned to the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, to work on the A-6E TRAM and Cruise missile guidance systems, he completed an 18-month assignment there as an instructor. From Patuxent River, he was assigned to Attack Squadron 75, where he served as maintenance and operations officer while completing two Mediterranean cruises aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga.

Smith was selected for the astronaut program in May 1980. In addition to being pilot on the Challenger, he had been slated to pilot a future Shuttle mission, scheduled for the Fall of 1986. Smith's voice was the last one heard on the flight deck tape recorder aboard Challenger. Fellow Astronaut Richard Mullane wrote, "These switches were protected with lever locks that required them to be pulled outward against a spring force before they could be moved to a new position." Tests established that neither the force of the explosion, nor the impact with the ocean could have moved them indicating that he made the switch changes in an attempt to restore electrical power to the cockpit after the crew cabin detached from the rest of the orbiter. Smith was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004, along with all crew members lost in the Challenger and Columbia accidents, he received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Air Medals, 13 Strike/Flight Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" Device, the Navy Unit Citation, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.

The Michael J. Smith Field airfield in his home town of Beaufort, North Carolina is named after Smith. Smith was portrayed by Brian Kerwin in the 1990 TV movie Challenger. Space Shuttle Challenger disaster Official NASA Bio Michael J. Smith - Arlington National Cemetery Michael John Smith at Find a Grave

Carter Covington

Carter Covington is an American television show creator, story editor and producer. He is known for his screenwriting on two television series which aired on the ABC Family network: Greek and 10 Things I Hate About You. Covington was the showrunner for the first season of The CW series Charmed. Covington grew up in North Carolina; the son of Marie and Butch Covington, he graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School in 1991. Covington attended the University of Virginia, where he received his degree in 1995 after studying foreign affairs and Spanish. After college, Covington was undecided about a career path, he taught English in Mexico and worked as an advertising executive before studying entertainment business at UCLA's Business School, where he graduated in 2001. This was followed by a stint as a dog-walker, it wasn't until he met a screenwriter for the TV show Smallville that he said he found a career that interested him. Covington has been involved in more than 17 episodes of Greek, some of which he co-wrote with fellow University of Virginia graduate Amy Rardin.

A Delta Tau Delta fraternity alumnus, Covington's own college experiences were an inspiration for his writing on Greek. Covington is a self-professed fan of the original 1999 film 10 Things, he collaborated with original film director Gil Junger on various ABC Family projects, where he quizzed Junger for information about the movie. These discussions with Junger, coupled with Covington's desire to create a "reimagined" TV version of the movie, led to the creation of a pilot episode of 10 Things I Hate About You, which Junger directed. On July 7, 2009, the series premiere brought in 1.60 million viewer, a record for a 30-minute comedy debut on the ABC Family network. The series was canceled after one twenty-episode season. In 2018 Covington became the showrunner for The CW television series Charmed after it was picked up to series, in order to help executive producers Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin, neither of whom had run a show before, he departed the show after its first season and was replaced by married duo Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro.

Covington is gay. He married Patrick Sean Smith, the creator of Greek, in Maui on October 25, 2008, they have Cormac. Just a Phase TV pilot, creator Greek writer, executive story editor 10 Things I Hate About You creator, executive producer Hart of Dixie, writer Faking It "Developed by," executive producer, writer Charmed showrunner, executive producer, writer Happy Campers creator, writer Carter Covington on IMDb

Colonial Ammunition Company

The Colonial Ammunition Company was an ammunition manufacturer in Auckland, New Zealand. Its predecessor, Whitney & Sons, was established by Major John Whitney with government encouragement in 1885 during the Russian Scare. Whitney recruited investors to expand his factory in 1888; the other shareholders were Messrs Batley, of Leeds. N.. Y. Cartwright of Notts, they formed the first ordnance manufacturer in Australasia. Components were made in New Zealand and Australia, shipped to England, assembled at the Greenwood & Batley plant in Leeds; the finished cartridges were shipped back to Australia and New Zealand for sale. It expanded in other business directions from 1925 on. In the Second World War, it was New Zealand's only industrial manufacturer of ammunition, with production in countries like Australia having long since overtaken the small size of the New Zealand market for ammunition; the company operated extensive facilities in a central suburb of Auckland. The area is now taken up by commercial redevelopment.

Remaining from the original facilities are two iconic structures: A rare steel frame shot tower for the creation of lead pellets. It was built around 1916 to allow the company to produce lead pellets. Used in the shotgun shells of New Zealand hunters, they had been imported from the United Kingdom; the tower was erected by local blacksmiths W. Wilson and Company and operated by a Mr Lylie with his two daughters; the tower remained in profitable operation until after World War II, when it allowed the company to keep production levels high after military ammunition requirements dropped off again. The tower is the only 20th century shot tower in Australasia and the only remaining shot tower in New Zealand, it is now classified as a Category I heritage building by Heritage New Zealand, having been saved from destruction in the 1980s after popular protests. A compact but massive bluestone building now used as a bar / restaurant. Following the entry of the Japanese Empire into the Second World War, there was concern that the site at Mount Eden would be too exposed to a coastal attack.

In light of this, production of munitions was transferred to Hamilton. After equipment was relocated and buildings constructed and manufacturing at a site on Dey Street, production commenced in June 1942; the facility was closed after the end of the war and equipment and production was transferred back to Mount Eden. This factory was built in 1888 in Australia at a suburb of Melbourne, it was founded by Captain John Whitney of CAC New Zealand in a joint venture with a number of English partners and was a separate entity from the commercial New Zealand company. The Australian government leased the facility from CAC on 1 January 1921 and bought the facility outright in 1927 and renamed it the Small Arms Ammunition Factory No.1. Five other facilities were opened during World War 2: a new factory at Footscray, two more built at Hendon, one built at Rocklea, one built at Welshpool; the SAAF No. 1 facility was closed in 1945 and was replaced by the nearby SAAF No.2 facility. The facility is now more known as Ammunition Factory Footscray.

C. A. C. Bar & eatery Photographs of Colonial Ammunition Company held in Auckland Libraries' heritage collections

Great White Fleet in Albany, Western Australia in 1908

The Great White Fleet in Albany, Western Australia was the visit of the American naval fleet in late 1908 on its tour around the world. It was the third and final port of call in Australia for the 16 battleships participating in the third leg of the voyage, from San Francisco to Manila; the logistics of this stage of the itinerary required coaling ships. Most intervals between ports were adequate for re-coaling, however the stop in Albany was for travelling to Manila and required full bunkering of coal: The coaling ships in the contingent were: Teviotdale: arrived 28 August with 2538 tons Tottenham: arrived 8 September with 2943 tons Kildale: arrived 12 September with 2463 tons Epsom: arrived 16 September with 2970 tons Taurus: arrived 16 September with 2765 tonsThere was a British ship, HMS Gibraltar, in port at the same time as the visit; the programme of events was advertised as the American Fleet / The visit to Albany, Western Australia. The presence of the ships anchored in Albany's Princess Royal Harbour between 11 and 18 September was known in Albany as Fleet Week.

As well as planned social events, Albany erected decorations in the town. This included a welcoming arch for the visiting Americans as well as decorating the main street, York Street. Events were hampered by rainy weather. On the weekend of 13 to 14 September 2008, Albany held an event to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the 1908 visit, with two Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Sirius and HMAS Darwin and the American ship USS Shoup visiting the port to celebrate