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Living TV Group

Living TV Group was a British television consortium called Flextech before becoming a subsidiary of British Sky Broadcasting, with Sky Witness and Challenge still broadcasting. Living TV Group had a number of wholly owned channels, available in the United Kingdom on Digital terrestrial television, Satellite television and Cable television platforms and in the Republic of Ireland on Satellite and Cable Television. Living TV Group's advertising for all of its channels was handled by former sister company Interactive Digital Sales until 1 January 2011, when Sky Media took over. Flextech, was an oil services group being floated as an energy investment company back in 1983, it was not until the arrival of chief executive Roger Luard in 1986 that its focus began to change and becoming a TV programme provider. Its first media acquisition was in 1990 with a 20% stake in programme producer/distributor HIT Communications, by October 1990 acquired a stake in The Children's Channel, when it brought 25% holding in Starstream Ltd, from BT, who no longer need to make sure quality programming was being broadcast on the Cable network.

By 1992, Flextech was a media-only group, having built up stakes in local cable operators selling off its non-core asset. During the summer of 1993, Flextech entered in an agreement with International Family Entertainment, to hold 39% stake in The Family Channel and to build upon its Television portfolio. Roger Luard, chief executive officer said, "We are delighted to be involved with one of the United States' leading and most successful basic cable networks, we look forward to co-operating with IFE in opportunities for expansion into Europe and beyond; the channel was announced as a Premier family entertainment network in the United Kingdom. Maidstone Studios, become the station operation base, which benefited Flextech, as the facility operated the channels' uplink and management operations. In the autumn talks, they were held with Tele-Communications Inc.. Under the original terms of the proposed deal, Flextech would have acquire TCI's European programming business in exchange for shares. By January 1994, the deal was complete with TCI which allowed TCI to acquire 60.4% of Flextech, while Flextech acquired 100% of Bravo, 25% of UK Gold, 31% of UK Living, 25% of The Children's Channel which increased its share in that channel.

In February 1994, Flextech shareholders approved a deal in which Flextech absorbs the European programming interests of United Artists European Holdings. In return, UAEH's US parent, TeleCommunications Inc, received 60 per cent of the enlarged Flextech. Within days of the deal, Flextech brought a 20% stake in HTV for £27million. Chris Rowlands, HTV's chief executive, said "The deal was a tremendous opportunity for both companies. We will make programmes for Flextech and provide services for them which at the moment they have to buy in". Within a year, the stake was transferred to Scottish Television as part of its deal to acquire a 20% stake in Scottish Television; as part of the deal, Flextech agreed to license the rights to over 125 hours of the drama and documentary output from STV's library which entered into a production output agreement to commission television programmes from STV with a minimum total value of 6.0 million pounds over three years. In 1995, the company raised £92M after two new American companies invested in the company, "US west" 9% and Hallmark 10%, the addition funds allowed buying the remaining share in The Children's Channel, to gain full control of the channel.

Talks were held with BSkyB in the spring of 1996, over a potential merger of the two companies' pay-TV channels, with the aimed of a wholesale consolidation of the subscription market, which would have save costs and created a dominant supplier of programmes in the UK subscription market and Europe. The deal come to nothing, but two years both companies agreed to allow Flextech's television channels to be broadcast on sky new digital platform. Flextech started to strengthen its portfolio when it acquired full control over The Family Channel and Maidstone Studios. A new independent sales house was created to managed air time of over 14 channels. In 1993, Flextech gain its first stake in UK Gold after acquiring Tele-Communications' TV interest in Europe. In 1996, it started discussions about increasing its stake to gain full control. At that point, Flextech held 27 % with BBC and Pearson. By the Autumn, Flextech acquired Pearson stake thus give Flextech an 80 % stake in UK Gold. During 1996, talks began between Flextech and the BBC about a partnership to launch a new range of entertainment channels which had access to the BBC's entire programme library.

The deal was signed in March 1997 when the BBC and Flextech unveiled their new venture, which included BBC Showcase, an entertainment channel. It was assumed that the new channels would be BBC-branded but Flextech wanted the channels to have advertisements; the BBC argued that BBC-branded services in the UK should not carry advertising, thought that this would undermine the rationale of the license fee in the UK. A compromise was reached when the BBC launched BBC Showcase and BBC Learning on its own, with the remainder of the deal passing to BBC Worldwide; the concept of the BBC/Flextech channels led the launch of UKTV in September 1997, with BBC Horizon becoming UK Horizons, BBC Style becoming UK Style and B

Pain (Ohio Players album)

Pain is the second studio album by The Ohio Players, their debut for the Westbound label. After recording an album for Capitol Records in 1968, the group had split up; some of the members decided to take a chance once more and it led them to Armen Boladian, whose Westbound label in Detroit was the then-home of George Clinton and his band Funkadelic. The group was released as a single. Positive feedback lead to Boladian signing them for a full contract, making the band record enough material for their Westbound debut; the group still has some of the vocal and musical qualities found on their Capitol material, but their first work in the 1970s showed them incorporating a bit of jazz and a harder yet polished soulful sound. A number of things were established with this album; the romantic and sexy aspects of their music started with Pain, with songs devoted to their love of women. It would become one of their trademarks throughout their career; the group would become known for their suggestive photos on the album covers.

The group would present a character in the form of a grandmother, known as Granny, voiced by Walter "Junie" Morrison. Granny and her stories would remain with the group until Junie left the group in 1974, the year the Ohio Players signed with Mercury; when the album was released, the original mono mix of "Pain" was used. In 2018, the first stereo mix of Pain emerged, it was featured on a 1/4" mastertape from the Nashville recording sessions in May 1971, before the move to Westbound. The Ohio Players were still signed to Top Hit Records at that point; the Nashville tape contains 6 songs, including 2 songs that ended up on the "Pain" LP: " My Woman" and the first stereo mix of "Pain". All songs on the Nashville tape were mixed by Bud Billings at Music City Recorders in Nashville; the mixes are different from the releases on Westbound, in that the stereo field is wider and the sound is drier with less reverb. The Westbound album was engineered by Arlen Smith who engineered Pleasure and Funkadelic's America Eats Its Young.

All tracks are written by Ohio Players. The names of band members Bruce Napier, Marvin Pierce, Clarence Satchell were mistakenly omitted from the writing credits on the original LP. Andrew Noland is believed to be a pseudonym for Westbound Records owner Armen Boladian.. Gregory Webster Walter "Junie" Morrison Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Marshall "Rock" Jones Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks Bruce Napier Marvin Pierce Clarence SatchellSome tracks feature singer Dale Allen. According to drummer Greg Webster, Allen joined the group after being recommended by Bootsy Collins, but was fired from the band after a heated argument with Clarence Satchell in the studio during the third day of recording the album. Ohio Players, Herb James, Billy Pittman – producers Ohio Players – arrangement Joel Brodsky – photography Singles Pain at Discogs

Liceo Classico Quinto Orazio Flacco

Liceo Classico “Quinto Orazio Flacco” is the oldest institution for secondary education in the city of Bari, Apulia. Known as Flacco, this liceo classico welcomes students from 14 to 19 years of age; the scholastic environments are still located in the original building, built along a stretch of Bari’s Lungomare in 1933. A liceo classico is the oldest type of secondary school in Italy; the educational curriculum lasts for five years and it is focused on the study of humanities. Today, the Flacco is considered a formative school due to its singular characteristic of a broad teaching of ancient languages and traditional subjects as history and philosophy. In fact, the study of Latin and ancient Greek, along with their literature, is peculiar of this kind of institution. However, in the past thirty years the Flacco has witnessed multiple changes in its didactics. Progressively, mathematics and sciences became an important part of the curriculum; the study of the English language became mandatory for all the five years and a program destined to history of art and archaeology became part of the school’s offerings.

Audio and video materials were integrated in the learning experience. The course of studies is divided in three years of liceo; this denomination of the classes is different from any other type of school in Italy and it comes directly from the Gentile Reform, approved during the fascist regime. At the end of the five years, students must complete and pass the esame di maturità to obtain their certificate and go on to university; the Flacco is dedicated to the Latin author Quintus Horatius Flaccus, native of the Apulian city of Venosa. Known in the English-speaking world as Horace, he was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus, his works were composed in caustic iambic poetry. According to Quintilian, he was at times lofty, yet full of charm and grace, daring in his choice of words, he was politically active as a spokesman of Augustus’s regime. This was arguably the reason of his relative independence in his literary work though some think that all his arguments were in favor of the emperor and he was less more than a court slave.

The Flacco finds its origins in the Regio Liceo delle Puglie, a scholastic institution founded in 1774 at the time of the Bourbon domination in Bari. In 1865, after the reunification of Italy into a kingdom and after the approval of a law that secularized education, the school changed name into Regio Liceo-Convitto “Domenico Cirillo”, a physician and a patriot during the revolution happened in Naples in 1799. From 1885 until 1933 the liceo was located on the first floor of the building which hosts today the Ateneo, with the exception of the years of World War I, when the building was used as hospital and the school moved to the Provincial Deputation in Via Melo da Bari. In 1933 the building that hosts today the liceo was built according to the project of architect Concezio Petrucci. A particular characteristic of this building is that it is shaped as an M, a direct reference to Benito Mussolini, dictator of fascist Italy. In fact, he financed the construction of brand new buildings on the Lungomare of Bari, including the Flacco, which has its monumental main entrance on Corso Vittorio Veneto, a street that runs along the coastline.

The first floor was occupied by the offices of secretariat, the presidency, the aula magna decorated with valuable bas-reliefs by sculptors Francesco Nagni and Amedeo Vecchi, the teacher’s library, the departments of physics and natural sciences and a little amphitheater. The second floor instead hosted the students' library; this composition is conserved nowadays, but a third floor was built during the 60s, along with a new wing which hides a little bit the original attempt of giving the building the shape of an M. In 1935, after the reunion of the school’s board of directors, the name of the institution was changed from Domenico Cirillo to Quinto Orazio Flacco, the most famous Latin poet of Apulia. From 1943 until 1945, the original building was occupied by the Allied troops because of its strategic position with a view over the sea, the school population was obligated to gather in spaces luckily found and available to the usage as meeting point for over 1200 students. From the 1970s until present day, the liceo has experienced many variations from its traditional nature of humanistic high school in order to keep up with the national directives that gave more importance to sciences and foreign languages English.

Today’s school’s motto is “innovation and tradition” because the liceo is interested in both educating students to be citizens of the modern, English-speaking, technology-oriented world, maintaining the focus on those classical values that history and ancient literature can teach. In Bari, the Flacco carries the reputation of the school that shapes the minds of tomorrow’s leaders, and if a look at the ruling class of the city is taken, this statement is found to be true. Many of these individuals come from a Flacco secondary education. One of the Flacco’s most famous alumni is Michele Emiliano, mayor of Bari, important component of the Italian Democratic Party, nationally known judge. Another is Luciano Canfora, classical philologist and essayist with a particular interest in law and in th

Pierre-Charles Simart

Pierre-Charles Simart was a French sculptor. The son of a carpenter from Troyes in Champagne, Simart was the pupil of Antoine Desbœuf, Charles Dupaty, Jean-Pierre Cortot and James Pradier. In 1833, he won the first Prix de Rome for sculpture with a relief Le Vieillard et les enfants, he was an elected member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1852. La Poésie épique, marble, Jardin du Luxembourg La Philosophie, marble, Jardin du Luxembourg pediment of the Pavillon de l’Horloge, Paris, with fellow sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye for architect Félix Duban, 1857 Napoleon in coronation robes, L'Hôtel national des Invalides, Paris a chryselephantine recreation of the Athena Parthenos by classical sculptor Phidias, for patron Honoré Théodoric d'Albert de Luynes four Hellenic friezes and ten reliefs at the Château de Dampierre, for architect Félix Duban, 1841–1843 Emmanuel Schwartz, Les Sculptures de l'École des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Histoire, catalogue, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 2003 Works by Simart, on Insecula.com Works by Simart, on Base Joconde

San Vicente de CaƱete

San Vicente de Cañete known as San Vicente or Cañete, is a city and capital of the Cañete Province, in southern Lima Region. With a population of 85,533; the warm and peaceful town of Cañete is located just one and a half hour to the south of Lima and serves, for tourists as a gateway to the Lunahuaná District. The Plaza de Armas lies on 2 de Mayo, a few blocks inland from the spot on the Pan-American Highway, where buses pause for passengers to get on or off. All buses heading south from Lima or north to Lima on the Pan-American Highway pass through Cañete; this is one of the most important homes of the most representative liquor from Peru: the Pisco. Cerro Azul, Peru is a district north of the city centre San Vicente de Cañete; the first inhabitants of these lands were the Huarcos. The area was inhabited by descendants of slaves forced to work on the plantations; the slaves and their descendants lived here. The slaves arrived from Guinea, the Congo, Angola, brought to the Peruvian coast during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to work in the cotton and sugar cane fields and in the vineyards.

It has a district called Asia which has a lot of beaches which people from Lima rent houses and there is a mall called Sur Plaza Boulevard

Love You So Much

Love You So Much is the Fifth Mandarin studio album by Hong Kong singer Kelly Chen. It was released on April 20, 2000 through Go East Entertainment Company Ltd/ Decca Records in Hong Kong and Taiwan, it peaked at number 1 for 1 week, stayed on the IFPI Taiwan Album Chart for 9 weeks, sold over 200,000 copies in ten days in Taiwan Six singles were released from the album. The lead single, "Hey, Anyone Out Here?" is a Psychedelic soul song, released on Sept 10, 1999. It was so audacious to release this genre as First single then,Because Taiwan People listen to Taiwan traditional Sentimental ballad songs; this single was not successful,old-fashioned. The follow-up, "If You Really Love Me", is a Sentimental ballad song; this single could not hold people's attention,It was another flopped single from the project. Love You So Much is a pop ballads record, it is composed of pop songs. Musically, the album integrates pop with influences from many different genres, including sentimental ballad, psychedelic soul, acid house and electronica.

Lyrically, most of the songs from the album principally talk about breakup and longing for love