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Wickham Parish, New Brunswick

Wickham is a Canadian parish in Queens County, New Brunswick. Wickham Parish was established in 1786: named for William Spry, a prominent settler who came from the town of Wickham, Hampshire County, England: Wickham Parish included Johnston Parish until 1839 and part of Cambridge Parish until 1852. Wickham Parish is defined in the Territorial Division Act as being bounded: Southeast by the County line. Parish population total does not include incorporated municipalities; this is a list of rivers, streams, creeks and Islands that are at least in this parish Long Island Hog Island Saint John River Hampstead Ferry Highways and numbered routes that run through the parish, including external routes that start or finish at the parish limits: List of parishes in New Brunswick

Museo di Roma

The Museo di Roma is a museum in Rome, part of the network of Roman civic museums. The museum was founded in the Fascist era with the aim of documenting the local history and traditions of the "old Rome", disappearing, but following many donations and acquisitions of works of art is now principally an art museum; the collections included 120 water-colours by the nineteenth-century painter Ettore Roesler Franz of Roma sparita, "vanished Rome" moved to the Museo di Roma in Trastevere. The museum was founded by the art historian Antonio Muñoz, director of the Antichità e Belle Arti of the government of Rome, it was the first civic museum of the city.:190 It was housed in the Pastificio Pantanella, a large former pasta factory in Piazza Bocca della Verità, overlooking the Circo Massimo in the via dei Cerchi, in the Ripa rione of the city. The factory building housed the Museo dell'Impero Romano, was renamed "Palazzo dei Musei"; the Museo di Roma opened on 21 April 1930. When the Second World War began in 1939, the museum closed.

The museum re-opened only in 1952, in a new political climate and in a new location at Palazzo Braschi, a Neoclassical palace near Piazza Navona, built in the early years of the nineteenth century by Luigi Braschi Onesti, which since 1949 had housed the new Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna.:210 The collection of the museum was at first intended only to illustrate and document the past.:209 Thanks to numerous bequests and acquisitions – among them a collection of some 5000 drawings and old illustrated books belonging to Antonio Muñoz – the holdings of the museum now include many works of art, it has become an art museum. Artists represented include Pompeo Batoni, Giuseppe Bottani, Ippolito Caffi, Antonio Canova, Giuseppe Ceracchi, Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari, Lievin Cruyl, Felice Giani, Pietro Labruzzi, Francesco Mochi, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Bartolomeo Pinelli, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Joshua Reynolds and Nicola Salvi. Media related to Museo di Roma a Palazzo Braschi at Wikimedia Commons

Miami Connection

Miami Connection is a 1987 independent martial arts film starring Y. K. Kim, who wrote and produced the feature; the film was critically maligned and received poor box office return upon release. It remained unseen for decades until Drafthouse Films restored the film for a proper release in 2012; the film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, limited-edition VHS, various digital download options on December 11, 2012. Since the film has been better received by audiences and has garnered a cult following. A cocaine deal in Miami is interrupted by a group of motorcycle-riding ninjas led by Yashito, who steal the drugs and ride back to Orlando to party. At a club, Yashito's close associate, sees his sister Jane onstage, she has become romantically involved with John, the bassist of the club's band, Dragon Sound, which consists of an ethnically diverse group of five men who are best friends, University of Central Florida students, live together, train Taekwondo together, are all orphans. Jeff disapproves of his sister's relationship with John and confronts him at school, but Mark, rhythm guitarist of Dragon Sound, Taekwondo instructor and father figure to the other band members, stands up to him.

Another band gets beaten up. The band leader brings a large group of rowdy guys to Dragon Sound directly and fights them in the street, but Dragon Sound defeats them with Taekwondo; the rival band enlists the help of Jeff, who summons Dragon Sound to fight at a train depot, but he and his gang are badly defeated by Dragon Sound's superior martial arts skills. Jeff tries again by the lead guitarist and singer of Dragon Sound; the remaining band members stage a rescue, wherein they accidentally kill Jeff. Yashito sets out for revenge. Meanwhile, the keyboardist of the band, has revealed that he is searching for his long-lost father, he receives word that his father has been located, so the band pools their money to buy him a suit and heads to the airport. Along the way and his gang of ninjas surround Mark and John and chase them into a park, where they do battle. Jim is critically injured, but John and Mark manage to kill all of the ninjas, Mark kills Yashito in single combat. At the hospital, Jim survives his reconnects with his repentant father.

Y. K. Kim as Mark, Korean rhythm guitarist of Dragon Sound, Taekwondo instructor and father figure to the other band members Vincent Hirsch as John, Irish-American bass guitarist of Dragon Sound, Jane's boyfriend William Ergle as Jeff, leader of a gang of hooligans, associated with Yashito's gang of ninjas, Jane's brother Siyung Jo as Yashito, leader of a gang of ninjas, associated with Jeff's gang of hooligans Kathie Collier as Jane, guest vocalist of Dragon Sound, John's girlfriend, Jeff's sister Joseph Diamond as Jack, Israeli-American drummer of Dragon Sound Maurice Smith as Jim, Korean/African-American keyboardist of Dragon Sound Angelo Janotti as Tom, Italian-American lead guitarist/vocalist of Dragon Sound The film was made in 1987. Richard Park, a film director, saw Y. K. Kim on the Korean talk show Meet at 11 P. M. in 1985. Kim was promoting a book about taekwondo. Park convinced him to make a film. Park had conceptualized the story while watching Kim's interview. Early plans involved casting Bobby Kim as one of two brothers, with Y.

K. Kim playing the other brother; the working title was TaeKwon-Do. Kim borrowed from friends, took out loans, spent all of his savings, mortgaged his taekwondo school to finance the film, he had never made a film before. Erin Sullivan of Orlando Weekly said that Kim "had no idea what he was doing". Kim said that he hoped to find a distributor so the film would play nationally, but hundreds of distribution companies and studios rejected the film, including all of the major film distributors and several independent film distributors, he said that "Every distribution company rejected it after screening and said to me,'Don't waste your time. Just throw it away. ". After the rejection, Kim continued work on the film by reworking portions." A small distribution company purchased the film for $100,000. Kim planned to, as stated by Sullivan, "make a movie that draws attention to'exciting martial arts action.' " The film opened in August 1988 in eight theaters in Greater Orlando. The film premiered in Greater Orlando and was screened in Greater Orlando, Daytona Beach, Melbourne in Florida.

The film opened in West Germany. Kim said "I was so excited, I had no doubt that we would pack every theater and it would be a blockbuster." Instead Miami Connection had a poor critical reception and its run in theaters ended after three weeks. The Orlando Sentinel said that it was the worst film of 1988; the film had a cost of about $1 million and bankrupted Kim. Rob Humanick of Slant Magazine commented that the film should have been featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, that it "would have been seen as a prize specimen and went for the jugular"; as time passed, Miami Connection became an underground cult film. Y. K. Kim said that in a period of several years before 2012 several magazines and television talk shows requested interviews about Miami Connection, that Kim ignored most of the requests. In 2009, a programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Zack Carlson, found the film on eBay and made a blind $50 bid, which he won. Carlson screened the film in the theater in Austin and found a positive reception, so he gave the film to the creative director of Drafthouse Fil

Middletown, Connecticut

Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, along the Connecticut River, in the central part of the state, 16 miles south of Hartford. In 1650, it was incorporated as a town under Mattabeseck, it received its present name in 1653. Middletown was included within Hartford County upon its creation on May 10, 1666. In 1784, the central settlement was incorporated as a city distinct from the town. Both were included within newly formed Middlesex County in May 1785. In 1923, the City of Middletown was consolidated with the Town. A busy sailing port and an industrial center, it is now residential with its downtown—mainly Main Street—serving as a popular retail and bar district somewhat close to Wesleyan University. Middletown was the county seat of Middlesex County from its creation in 1785 until the elimination of county government in 1960; as of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 47,648. Middletown, Connecticut is considered the southernmost city in the Hartford-Springfield Knowledge Corridor Metropolitan Region, which features a combined metro population of 1.9 million.

The land on the western bank of the Connecticut River where Middletown now lies was home to the Mattabesett Native Americans. At the time the first European settlers arrived in the region, the Mattabesetts were a part of the group of tribes in the Connecticut Valley, under a single chief named Sowheag. Plans for the colonial settlement were drawn up by the General Court in 1646. On September 11, 1651, the General Court of Connecticut established the town of "Mattabesett". A couple of years in November of 1653, the settlement was renamed Middletown, it was chosen because the site was approximate halfway between Windsor and Saybrook on the Great River. Life was not easy among these early colonial Puritans. Law, was harsh among the Puritans; the Mattabesett and other tribes referred to the Mohegan as "destroyers of men." Sowheag hoped. They did not. Smallpox, afflicted the Mattabesett lessening their ability to resist and their cohesion as a tribe. Records show that, over time, Sowheag was forced to sell off most of the Mattabesett property to the local colonists.

Similar milieus of tragic interaction between Native Americans and colonists were common in 17th century New England. During the 18th century, Middletown became the largest and most prosperous settlement in Connecticut. By the time of the American Revolution, Middletown was a thriving port with one-third of its citizens involved in merchant and maritime activities. Slavery was part of the early economy of Middletown. Middletown merchant traders pushed for the clearance of the Saybrook Bar at the mouth of the Connecticut River, sought the creation of Middlesex County in 1785; the name'Middlesex' was chosen because the intention was to make Middletown the head of a long river port, much as London was at the head of its long river port in Middlesex County, England. The same persons established the Middlesex Turnpike to link all the settlements on the western side of the Connecticut, again with the intent of creating one long port; the port's decline began in the early 19th century with strained American-British relations and resulting trade restrictions, which led to the War of 1812.

The port never recovered. During this period, Middletown became a major center for firearms manufacturing. Numerous gun manufacturers in the area supplied the majority of pistols to the United States government during the War of 1812. After that war, the center of this business passed to Springfield, Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut. 1831 saw the establishment of Wesleyan University, to become one of the United States' leading liberal arts institutions. The institution replaced an earlier institution on the same site, Partridge's American Literary and Military Academy, which had moved to Norwich and became Norwich University; the two main buildings of the original campus were built by the people of Middletown with the intent of attracting an academic institution to the city. In 1841, Middletown established the state's first public high school, which at first enrolled all students from age nine through age sixteen who had previous attended district schools; the mid-19th century saw manufacturing replace trade as Middletown's economic mainstay.

Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1999–2003

This is a list of members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1999 to 2003, as elected at the 2003 state election: 1 Campbelltown Labor MLA Michael Knight resigned on 12 January 2001. Labor candidate Graham West won the resulting by-election on 3 February. 2 Auburn Labor MLA Peter Nagle resigned on 13 July 2001. Labor candidate Barbara Perry won the resulting by-election on 8 September. 3 Tamworth independent MLA Tony Windsor resigned on 16 October 2001 to contest the federal seat of New England in the House of Representatives. National Party candidate John Cull won the resulting by-election on 8 December. 4 Hornsby Liberal MLA Stephen O'Doherty resigned on 17 December 2001. Liberal candidate Judy Hopwood won the resulting by-election on 23 February 2002. 5 Port Macquarie MLA Rob Oakeshott was elected as a member of the National Party, but resigned from the party on 9 March 2002 and served out the remainder of his term as an independent. 6 Londonderry Labor MLA Jim Anderson completed his second term in parliament, but died of a heart attack on the day of the 2003 election, at which he was intending to run for a third term.

1999 New South Wales state election Premier: Bob Carr