Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, from a screenplay by J. F. Lawton; the film stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, features Héctor Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo, Jason Alexander in supporting roles. The film's story centers on down-on-her-luck Hollywood sex worker Vivian Ward, hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him; the film's title Pretty Woman is written and sung by Roy Orbison. It is the first film on-screen collaboration with Gere and Roberts, their second collaboration film in Runaway Bride, released in 1999. Intended to be a dark cautionary tale about class and sex work in Los Angeles, the film was re-conceived as a romantic comedy with a large budget, it was successful at the box office and was the third-highest-grossing film of 1990. The film saw the highest number of ticket sales in the US for a romantic comedy, with Box Office Mojo listing it as the number-one romantic comedy by the highest estimated domestic tickets sold at 42,176,400 ahead of My Big Fat Greek Wedding at 41,419,500 tickets.
The film received mixed reviews, though Roberts received a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. In addition, screenwriter J. F. Lawton was nominated for a BAFTA Award. High-powered businessman Edward Lewis is dumped by his girlfriend during an unpleasant phone call wherein he asked her to escort him during his business trip. Edward is a corporate raider from New York, who buys companies that are in financial trouble and tears them down piece by piece. Leaving a business party in the Hollywood Hills, he takes his lawyer's Lotus Esprit sports car and accidentally ends up on Hollywood Boulevard in the city's red-light district, where he encounters prostitute Vivian Ward; as he is having difficulties driving the car, she gets in and guides him to the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where he is staying. It becomes clear that Vivian knows more about the Lotus than he does, he lets her drive. Vivian charges Lewis $20 for the ride, they separate.
She goes to a bus stop, where he offers to hire her for the night. That evening, going to a business dinner, Edward is visibly moved by Vivian's transformation brought about by the helpful manager of the hotel and begins seeing Vivian in a different light, he begins revealing details about his personal and business lives. Edward takes Vivian to a polo match in hopes of networking for his business deal, his attorney, suspects Vivian is a corporate spy, Edward tells him how they met. Phillip approaches Vivian, suggesting they do business once her work with Edward is finished. Insulted, furious that Edward has revealed their secret, Vivian wants to end the arrangement. Edward apologizes and admits to feeling jealous of a business associate – whom she had met at the previous night's dinner – to whom Vivian paid attention at the match. Vivian's straightforward personality is rubbing off on Edward, he finds himself acting in unaccustomed ways. Growing involved, Edward takes Vivian by private jet to see La Traviata at the San Francisco Opera.
Vivian is moved to tears by the story of the prostitute. She breaks her "no kissing on the mouth" rule and they have sex. Edward offers to put her up in an apartment. Hurt, she refuses and says this is not the "fairy tale" she dreamed of as a child, in which a knight on a white horse rescues her. Meeting with the tycoon whose shipbuilding company he is in the process of raiding, Edward changes his mind, his time with Vivian has shown him a different way of looking at life, he suggests he and the tycoon work together to save the company rather than tearing it apart and selling off the pieces. Phillip, furious at losing so much money, goes to the hotel to confront Edward but finds only Vivian. Blaming her for the change in Edward, he attempts to rape her. Edward arrives, wrestles Philip off her, punches him in the face, throws him out of the room. With his business in L. A. complete, Edward asks Vivian to stay one more night with him, but because she wants to, not because he's paying her. She refuses.
Edward re-thinks his life, as he's leaving for the airport to return to New York, he instead has the hotel chauffeur detour to Vivian's apartment building, where he leaps from the white limousine's sun roof and "rescues her", overcoming his extreme fear of heights to ascend her fire escape. Edward asks, "So what happens after he climbed up the tower and rescues her?" Vivian responds, "She rescues him right back." Vivian and Edward kiss. Richard Gere as Edward Lewis, a rich corporate raider and playboy from New York. Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward, a free spirited Hollywood prostitute who Edward hires to be his escort for a week. Ralph Bellamy as James Morse, owner of a troubled shipbuilding company Edward plans to take over. Jason Alexander as Phillip Stuckey, Edward's insensitive lawyer. Héctor Elizondo as Barney Thompson, the dignified but soft-hearted hotel manager. Laura San Giacomo as Kit De Luca, Vivian's sarcastic wisecracking Greek American best friend and roommate, who has taught her th
WILI-FM is a radio station broadcasting a Top 40 format. Licensed to the village of Willimantic, Connecticut, it serves eastern Connecticut. Willimantic is a village within the town of Connecticut, it is the sister station to WILI/1400. The station is owned by Hall Communications, Inc; the studios are on Main Street near the Willimantic Footbridge. The history of 98.3 FM in Willimantic began in 1971, with two competing proposals for the allocation of 98.3 in Connecticut: A proposal for the allocation to go to Willimantic submitted by Colin K. Rice and his family’s Nutmeg Broadcasting, a competing proposal from a group headed by Randal Mayer of WWUH and WHCN-FM and Kenneth N. Dawson of WKND to allocate the frequency to Enfield. In early 1972, the FCC allocated the frequency to Willimantic, making 98.3 the only FM in Windham County. By December 1972, Nutmeg Broadcasting and the newly formed Windham Broadcast Group were competing for the 98.3 license in Willimantic. The Windham Broadcast Group was backed by Mayer and Dawson, the petitioners to have the frequency allocated to Enfield.
In 1972, Nutmeg Broadcasting received approval to build an FM tower on Gates Road at the site of two microwave towers owned by Southern New England Telephone, but allowed the permit to expire. The FCC decided in favor of The Windham Broadcast Group in February 1975; the station was assigned the call letters WXLS, went on the air featuring a beautiful music format in June 1975 with studios at 1491 West Main Street and with transmitting facilities on Hosmer Mountain, off Route 289 in Willimantic. The station broadcast with 3,000 watts from a single bay circularly polarized antenna, powered by a Rockwell-Collins 831F-2 Generation 4 transmitter that could put out 12,000 watts. Several engineers in the area reported “stronger than usual” power output from the site. Residents complained of severe interference to television reception caused by WXLS. General Manager Peter Aucion met with the town’s Common Council four weeks after the station took to the air and agreed to provide $5,000.00 in rebates to residents to purchase antenna filters to block out 98.3.
In 1975 WXLS applied to build a tower on Gates Hill in Lebanon, however were denied a permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals. In August 1978 it was announced that Nutmeg Broadcasting had filed to purchase WXLS from the XLS Broadcasting Corp. In 1978, Nutmeg applied to build a 300-foot tower off route 87 in Columbia to improve the signal to the west. Fierce resident opposition to the tower led to the Planning and Zoning commission denying the application for the tower in November 1978. WILI re-applied for an FM tower permit on Gates Hill in Lebanon, were once again approved. By 1979 a $10,000 attachment had been filed against WXLS for unpaid bills for syndicated programming provided by Peter Productions of San Diego, CA. However, Nutmeg once again lost out on the $200,000 purchase of WXLS, the station was sold to Delta Communications Co. of Washington, D. C. in 1979. Delta was a minority owned company; the station was sold for $175,000 under the FCC’s distressed sale policy, allowing stations facing license renewal hearings to avoid losing their license by selling to minority owned companies at prices below market value.
WXLS and co-owned WKND were facing allegations of fraudulent billing practices and staff mismanagement. Both stations were sold to separate minority-owned companies. Studios were relocated to 75 Bridge Street at the foot of Hosmer Mountain, call letters were changed to WNOU on June 10, 1980; the station dropped beautiful music and changed to urban adult contemporary under their new moniker “The All New Nou 98 FM”, billed themselves as both “The Heart and Soul of Connecticut” and "There's nothing good as Nou!" The station featured mornings with Ray Pender and Mark Virdone a.k.a. "The Nou 98 FM's Dynamic Duo" from 5:30 am to 10:00 am. Program Director Gregg Dixon was on the air from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Sara from 3:00 pm to 7:00pm, Eddie “The Cowboy” Schaffer with “The Nou 98 FM's Night Service” from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am. Additional programming featured minority-produced syndicated “Coast to Coast Top 20” with Doug Steele, from 1983-1985 the daily syndicated feature Radioscope with Lee Bailey a minority-owned program.
Sundays featured Music of the City at 9, Caribbean Vibes from 10-2 and All That Jazz evenings with TJ Magnum, the stage name for station owner Sullivan Brown. Brown took to the airwaves Saturdays as TJ Magnum. On the morning of February 21, 1985, the morning team of Ray Pender and Mark Virdone took to the air to describe the financial disrepair and mismanagement of WNOU, staying on the air until 12 noon, calling for any investors to come forward to purchase the station. Dubbed the “98gate,” the hosts invited in listeners and media crews, including WFSB-TV Channel 3. Telephones had been disconnected by the telephone company for nonpayment. Owner Sullivan Brown came from his home in Bloomfield and removed the personalities from the station and took over broadcasting, as if nothing had happened. Around 3 PM, midday personality and Program Director Gregg Dixon forcefully kicked in the door to the control room and removed the power supply to the control board, taking the station off the air. Nou 98 FM never returned to the air.
At the time, Brown admitted. On July 31, 1985 the FCC approved the sale of silent WNOU to Nutmeg Broadcasting Co. for $645,000, including the payment of federal back taxes owed by Delta. According to an article in the Hartford Courant, the m
Ping on bun is a traditional Hong Kong food. During the mid-Qing Dynasty, a pandemic spread through villages in Cheung Chau and caused a lot of deaths; as a result, villagers decided to gather before Pak Tai and pray, on were instructed to set up altars and say mass to scare the evil spirits away. Afterwards, islanders built temples to show gratitude to Pak Tai's blessings, viewing him as the guardian of the village; as years went by, the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival became a tradition. Villagers dressed up as gods to vanquish evil; the ping on bun was used to build the bun towers during the festival. Buns were to be distributed to the villagers after prayers and used to offer sacrifice to Gods and ghosts; the villagers believed that eating hot ping on bun helps ward off disease, that spreading powdered ping on buns in the sea can help to calm the ocean. Ping on bun originated in Hong Kong, its major ingredients include lotus seed paste as well as sugar. It is best served hot or at room temperature.
There are some special flavours such as red and green bean. More than 48,000 tourists go to Cheung Chau during the bun festival; the distribution of ping on buns outside the Pak Tai Temple attract a hundred people queuing from the morning. Guo Jin Kee, a shop selling Ping On Bun, sold more than 10,000 Ping On Buns a day while there were long queues outside the shop in the morning. Tourists have to wait for half an hour to buy fresh Ping On Buns. Kwong Koon Wan, who earned more than $10,000 by selling a variety of ping on bun-themed souvenirs, said the bun cushions and fans were popular among tourists and expected that he could earn more than $30,000. On 24 May 2015, Yee Ma Bakery on Sun Hing Street in Cheung Chau was found to sell ping on buns that contain the carcinogenic food dye ‘Red 2G’, a forbidden dye that cannot be used in the food producing process; the bakery was accused of violating the Food Safety Ordinance. Mr. Wan, owner of the shop, claimed that the same food dye was used for three years and the bun packages list out the name as well as information of the agency and that the food dye is a legal product.
Despite all the defences, they had no choice but to throw away hundreds of Ping On Buns, causing a large sum of material fees loss. As ping on bun is made by with fresh ingredients, it will spoil easily. During Cheung Chau Bun Festival 2015, nearly 10,000 buns spoiled; because of the heavy rain and the hot weather, the buns of the three bun mountain became moldy and caused some sour smell and odours. There are thousands of bun pieces left on the ground during the festival; the Cheung Chau council managed to distribute all the buns of the bun mountains to the public. As the buns were spoilt, the Cheung Chau council obtained help from two bakeries and bought buns from all the bakeries from Cheung Chau directly in a bid to solving the problem; the representative of Cheung Chau bakery Kam Kwok said that the rising cost of making the bun such as the rent, the cost of ingredients, the cost of packaging etc. has increased. Therefore, the price of the bun increased from $6 to $7