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Sky Two

Sky Two is a British pay television channel operated by Sky as a sister channel to Sky One and Sky Witness. The current channel began broadcasting in December 2002. The'Sky 2' name and format had earlier been used for a similar service which broadcast on analogue platforms for a year from 1996; the original Sky 2 was a short-lived television channel launched by British Sky Broadcasting on 1 September 1996 as a sister channel to Sky One, which formed part of an expanding bouquet of channels in Sky's analogue package around this time, including The Computer Channel and Sky Scottish. Sky 2 broadcast from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM nightly, timesharing with another new channel, Fox Kids in daytime. During the time Sky 2 was operating, Sky One was rebranded as'Sky 1' Sky used the launch of the new channel and the rebrand of Sky 1 to introduce DOGs, on both channels. On its opening night Sky 2 held an X-Files theme night. In addition to programmes shared with its parent, the new channel showed exclusive first-run television shows.

Prominent shows on its schedule included Xena: Warrior Princess, TekWar and Melrose Place. Whilst at points the channel reached viewing figures comparable to that of its sister channel, it was not as successful. Sky 2 closed the following year, on the same day. Sky One Mix launched on 9 December 2002 as a Sky One sister channel; the channel used a logo and presentation design similar to that used by Sky One at the time, but with a yellow and black theme as opposed to the orange and white used by Sky One at the time. Sky One Mix was rebranded Sky Mix in 2004, at the same time as Sky One moved away from the orange logo In November 2005, in tandem with the launch of Sky Three, Sky Mix was relaunched as Sky Two and began using Kaktus Films' animated idents in line with those introduced on Sky One the prior year. On 31 August 2008, the channel adopted a revised branding of Sky 2, when Sky's entertainment channels relaunched with numeric names and shared branding elements, utilising blue solids, green liquids and pink particles.

On 1 February 2011, Sky refreshed the presentation on many of its channels. Sky Two's new idents would follow along the same themes as Sky One's, but the action is in close-up, featuring a small metal'2' icon. Sky One would switch to programme-themed idents, whilst Sky Two continued to use the 2011 sequences. Whilst it enjoyed a prominent position on the Sky guide close to Sky One, Sky Two had since 2011 progressively been moved down the programme guide on the Sky satellite platform to make room for other services. In February 2011, to make way for the relaunched Sky Living, Sky Two moved to channel 129 home to Syfy. On 21 February 2012, it moved up to 121 owned by Sky Living +1. In 2015, with the re-combination of Sky Arts into a single channel and its move up the grid, Sky Two moved back to 129, and in summer 2017, the relaunch of Sky Sports into genre-based channels saw the move of Sky Sports Mix into the entertainment guide, resulting in the relocation of other services including Sky Two.

On 1 May 2018, Sky Two moved up to channel 123 as part of another reshuffling by Sky. It replaced ITV Encore. On 22 October 2018, the channel moved down to 151, swapping places with E!. On 1 October 2019, the channel moved down to 170 following the closure of Real Lives and launch of Sky Crime, moved again to 168 on 19 November 2019 following the closure of YourTV. On 9 October 2017, the presentation on Sky's entertainment channels was revised again. Sky Two dropped its previous filmed idents in favour of using an animated sting featuring the new channel logo. Whereas Sky One has been available in HD since the launch of Sky HD in 2006, both Sky Two and Sky Three is available in standard-definition only. Sky Two is in many ways a catch-up service for Sky's main entertainment channels, Sky One and Sky Witness, broadcasting their popular shows a few days after their original airing. Doing so, Sky Two is described as a time shuffle channel, so called to distinguish it from timeshift channels, which rebroadcast their principal channel, delayed by one hour.

Following the closure of the original Sky Real Lives in 2010, some of its factual and reality programming was relocated to Sky Two. Following the closure of Bravo in 2011, Sky Two adopted some of its programming in the science-fiction and documentary fields. From 10 May to 9 August 2010, Sky conducted an experimental revision of service, under which Sky Two ceased to run its own full-time programme schedule, instead predominantly operated a one-hour timeshift of programming on Sky One. Sky Two would, retain standalone branding. A Sky spokesperson said: "We are experimenting with different channel schedules to bring maximum value to our customers." Some programmes were e

Bubba Ho-Tep (novella)

Bubba Ho-Tep is a 1994 alternate history novella by American author Joe R. Lansdale, it was first published on August 1, 1994 in the Elvis Presley themed anthology The King is Dead and has since been re-published in various formats. A film adaptation by the same name was released in 2002 and starred Bruce Campbell as the lead character of Elvis. In this story, the real Elvis Presley switched places years ago with an Elvis impersonator. Tired of the life of drugs and people who wanted nothing more than his money, he settles in to live a life of obscurity in an East Texas trailer park, where he becomes the best Elvis impersonator ever, his health begins to fail, he falls from a stage and breaks his hip. His trailer burns with it all evidence that proves he was the real Elvis Presley, he ends up in a shabby retirement home, where the story starts. Late at night, Elvis hears scuttling noises and other creepy sounds in the otherwise quiet Mud Creek Shady Grove Convalescence Home, he befriends a black man, who's convinced he's John F. Kennedy, the two begin to piece together that an Egyptian mummy is stalking the halls and sucking up souls in the night.

Together the two men confront the monster. A film adaptation of Bubba Ho-Tep was released in 2002 and was directed by Don Coscarelli, who wrote the film's screenplay. Bruce Campbell was brought in to portray the film's lead character of Elvis Presley and Ossie Davis as Kennedy. Due to a successful roadshow theatrical release held by Coscarelli, Bubba Ho-Tep obtained cult movie status. Coscarelli never intended to create a sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep, but the end credits announced a second film entitled Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires as a joke, he changed his mind about this after seeing the positive reception for the first film and after several people inquired about when the sequel would release. Lansdale developed ideas discussed for the follow-up into a novella, ´´Bubba and the Cosmic Bloodsuckers", published in 2017; this story took place earlier in Elvis´s life, during a period in which he worked for Colonel Parker battling monsters prior to exchanging identifies with Sebastian Haff.

In 2018, IDW Publishing released a five-issue limited series adaptation of the novella, retitled Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers. The series was supervised by Lansdale, written by Joshua Jabcuga, illustrated by Tadd Galusha. In 2019, Dynamite Entertainment published a four-issue crossover miniseries, Army of Darkness / Bubba Ho-Tep, a sequel to the original story which saw Elvis team up with Bruce Campbell's iconic character, Ash Williams. Kirkus Reviews criticized Bubba Ho-Tep upon its initial release, as they considered the story to be one of the worst of the Elvis anthology as they thought that Lansdale "spends too much time on The King's hard-ons" and that "too much bad writing leaves the reader all shook up and itchin like a man on a fuzzy tree"

The New Mendicants

The New Mendicants are a Canadian-based indie rock supergroup, consisting of singer-songwriters Joe Pernice and Norman Blake, drummer Mike Belitsky. Pernice and Blake, the bandleaders, are both expatriate musicians living in Canada after marrying Canadian women. Pernice and Blake first met in 2000 when their primary bands played a show together in London and began collaborating as The New Mendicants after Blake's move to Canada. Belitsky, a Canadian musician and a member of The Sadies, had performed as a drummer on Pernice's band and solo projects, their first project was a film soundtrack, but the songs they created didn't make it into the film, but formed a basis for a live show and were recorded. The band's first live performance was a show at Ontario's Dakota Tavern, they have undertaken tours of Australia and Spain. In concert, the band performs both its own material and alternate renditions of both Pernice Brothers and Teenage Fanclub songs; the band performed in the UK in 2013, recorded a tour-only EP, Australia 2013 E.

P.. They followed up with the full-length album Into the Lime in 2014. Into the Lime consists of songs that Blake and Pernice wrote for the upcoming film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel A Long Way Down, but which were rejected by the film's producers

Woodcroft, Gloucestershire

Woodcroft is a small village in the Forest of Dean district of Gloucestershire, England. It is located on the eastern bank of the River Wye, opposite Piercefield House, two miles north of the Welsh town of Chepstow; the village is north of Tutshill, within the parish of Tidenham. Woodcroft was common land in "Bishton tithing" to the south of Tidenham Chase. Powder House Farm standing east of the road between Tutshill and Woodcroft was one of the farm-houses on the Tidenham manor estate in 1769 and was a stone house with a thatched roof in 1813. At least one cottage had been built on the common east of the road at Woodcroft by 1712, by 1815 there was a small settlement of six or seven cottages. Woodcroft became a sizable hamlet by the end of the 19th century with cottages, somewhat scattered, covering much of the area of the former common, some more spaced along the road to the north. In the mid-20th century numbers of detached houses were built along the road running northwards from Woodcroft and up onto the former chase, their owners attracted by the views over the River Severn to the east and the River Wye to the west.

In the 1870s Sophia Morgan of Tidenham House was organizing evangelical services with coffee at a building in Woodcroft in an attempt to combat drunkenness among the Irish labourers building the Wye Valley Railway. The Memorial Temperance Hall, a two-story stone building erected at Woodcroft by Christiana Morgan in 1887 in memory of her husband T. H. Morgan, was used for religious services, coffee rooms, reading rooms, etc. One of the main attractions in the area is Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's Lancaut Nature Reserve. Within the SSSI Nature Reserve is a cliff face called Wintour's Leap, enjoyed by walkers and rock climbers. Access to cliffs is by permission of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust managed in conjunction with the British Mountaineering Council for rock climbing The reserve provides important nesting habitat for peregrine falcons that enjoy commanding views over the Wye Valley; the village straddles the boundary of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Offa's Dyke Path passes through it.

Tidenham Parish Council Photos of Woodcroft and surrounding area on Geograph Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

NLRB v. SW General, Inc.

NLRB v. SW General, Inc. 580 U. S. ___, was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that a person, nominated by the President of the United States for a position cannot hold the same job on an acting basis while awaiting Senate confirmation. The Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 requires the executive branch departments and agencies to report to Congress and Government Accountability Office information about the temporary filling of vacant executive agency positions that require presidential appointment with Senate confirmation, it contains an exception that a nominee can serve on a temporary basis if they served for 90 days as a "first assistant" to the person whom they would succeed. President Barack Obama nominated Lafe Solomon to serve as general counsel at the NLRB in January 2011, returned by the Senate in 2013 as it had expired, again in May 2013; the 2013 nomination was withdrawn in August. SW General, after facing accusations by Solomon’s office of unfair labor practices, brought suit, arguing that Solomon’s service violated the law, which made the complaint void.

On August 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the company, in which Judge Karen L. Henderson was joined by Judges Sri Srinivasan and Robert L. Wilkins; the Supreme Court considered whether the precondition in 5 U. S. C. § 3345 on service in an acting capacity by a person nominated by the President to fill the office on a permanent basis applies only to first assistants who take office under 5 U. S. C. § 3345, or whether it limits acting service by officials who assume acting responsibilities under 5 U. S. C. § 3345 and 5 U. S. C. § 3345. On November 7, 2016, oral arguments were heard before the Supreme Court, where acting Solicitor General Ian Heath Gershengorn appeared for the government. On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court delivered judgment in favor of the company, voting 6-2 to affirm the lower court. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the exception did not cover Solomon, rejected the government's argument that a ruling against it would hamstring future presidents and call into question dozens of temporary appointments made over the years, dismissed arguments that historical practice supported the government.

Since the law was enacted in 1998, three presidents have nominated 112 people for permanent posts who were serving as acting officials. There was never any objection from Congress. Justice Clarence Thomas concurred, arguing that the Appointments Clause "likely prohibited" the appointment. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, argued that the Senate never objected over the years while more than 100 people served in an acting capacity pending their nomination for a permanent post. Text of NLRB v. SW General, Inc. 580 U. S. ___ is available from: Justia Oyez Supreme Court

List of rivers of Thailand

This is a list of rivers of Thailand. The rivers are arranged alphabetically within their respective provinces or special governed districts; the same river may be found in more than one province. Chao Phraya River Chao Phraya River Lop Buri River Noi River Pa Sak River Mekong River Mun River Lam Takhong River Bang Pakong River Nakhon Nayok River Chao Phraya River Sakae Krang River Tha Chin River Chi River Chanthaburi River Kok River Li River Ping River Ing River Kok River Mae Sai River Mekong River Ruak River Wang River Yom River Chi River Ping River Sakae Krang River Khwae Yai River Mae Klong River Phachi River Wang River Li River Ping River Hueang River Loei River Mekong River Pa Sak River Pa Sak River Moei River Pai River Salween River Chi River Mae Klong River Tha Chin River Mekong River Mun River Chao Phraya River Nan River Ping River Sakae Krang River Yom River Tapi River Trang River Pakphanang River Nan River Wa River Mekong River Chao Phraya River Mekong River Pattani River Ing River Yom River Pa Sak River Phetchaburi River Nan River Yom River Nan River Yom River Yom River Bang Pakong River Mae Klong River Phachi River Tha Chin River Lop Buri River Pa Sak River Mun River Tha Chin River Khwae Yai River Mae Klong River Ping River Wang River Trang River Chi River Mekong River Mun River Nan River Pattani River Chao Phraya River