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TV-am was a TV company that broadcast the ITV franchise for breakfast television in the United Kingdom from 1 February 1983 until 31 December 1992. The station was the UK's first national operator of a commercial breakfast television franchise, its daily broadcasts were between 6 9:25 am. Throughout its 9 years and 10 months of broadcast, the station had problems resulting in numerous management changes in its early years, it suffered from major financial cutbacks hampering its operations. Though on a stable footing by 1986 and winning its ratings battle with BBC Breakfast Time, within a year further turmoil ensued when industrial action hit the company. Despite these setbacks, by the 1990s, TV-am's flagship programme Good Morning Britain had become the most popular breakfast show on UK television. However, following a change in the law regarding TV franchising, the company lost its licence, it was replaced by GMTV in 1993. The Independent Broadcasting Authority announced on 24 January 1980 that in the next ITV franchising round it will offer a national licence for breakfast television.

Eight applications were received and on 28 December 1980 the IBA announced that it had awarded the breakfast franchise to TV-am. Although the initial launch date was set for June 1983, to avoid clashing with the 1982 launch of Channel 4, the IBA allowed the station to bring forward its start date to 1 February 1983 in response to the launch of the BBC service Breakfast Time two weeks earlier; this hurried start affected the company in two ways. Firstly, ITV had failed in its negotiations for royalties and rates for advertising on the new Channel 4 and the breakfast service with the actors' trade union, Equity; the union instructed its members to boycott the new station, which meant there was little or no revenue from advertising in the early days. Secondly, it was believed that the BBC's breakfast service would be highbrow, focusing on news and analysis, so TV-am had developed its new service to copy that. However, the BBC launched a lightweight, magazine-style programme that mimicked the style of United States breakfast television.

With the launch of the BBC's Breakfast Time brought forward at short notice this gave little time for TV-am to redevelop its plans. TV-am was spearheaded by the'Famous Five' who were not only lined up as presenters on the station, but were shareholders: Michael Parkinson, David Frost, Angela Rippon, Anna Ford and Robert Kee. Esther Rantzen had been one of the station's'star' line up of presenter/shareholders, but pulled out in 1981 after the birth of her third child, she had been persuaded by the BBC to continue producing and presenting That's Life! and conceded she did not want to give up the show, or worse, see it continue with another anchor. There had been many difficulties for the other presenters in the run-up to launch; when the franchise was announced in December 1980, Angela Rippon's contract with the BBC was about to expire, was not renewed as a result of her new employment. This left her seeking freelance work. Anna Ford was dismissed by ITN, part of another consortium bidding for the breakfast contract.

ITN had presented Ford as their female programme anchor as part of their bid, unaware that she was planning to defect to TV-am. ITN criticised her disloyalty and said that her dishonesty had made their bid seem'ridiculous' to the IBA. ITN replaced Ford with Selina Scott, who herself landed a double blow to ITN when she defected to the BBC to present Breakfast Time towards the end of 1982. Michael Parkinson did remain with the BBC, who hoped to persuade him to stay as they had with Rantzen, but he left the corporation in 1982. TV-am's headquarters and studios were at Breakfast Television Centre, Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London. Designed by Terry Farrell and converted from a former car showroom, Henlys Rover, the building included a number of large plastic eggcups along its roofline facing Regent's Canal. Programmes ran from 6 am to 9:15 am, with Daybreak Good Morning Britain filling weekday mornings; this was followed by a 10-minute interval before the start of the regional ITV franchises at 9:25 am.

This interval gave British Telecom time to manually switch the broadcast signals from TV-am to each regional ITV franchise while the switching process was converted to allow automatic switching, introduced throughout the network. From the end of May 1983 the IBA extended TV-am's hours to 9:25 am to allow continuous programming, following which Good Morning Britain was reduced to a two-hour slot from 7 am to 9 am; the 9 am to 9:25 am section was relaunched as a female-orientated lifestyle magazine segment titled After Nine. Although TV-am was a separate broadcaster occupying the ITV network channel during the morning, from the late 1980s the ITV stations extended their hours to 6 am to provide 24-hour television, handing over to TV-am at 6 am, which may have further fuelled the viewer's technically incorrect impression that TV-am was a programming slot within the ITV schedule. While the BBC's Breakfast Time was successful, TV-am's early ratings were disappointing, its high-minded and somewhat starchy approach, summed up in chief executive Peter Jay's phrase "mission to explain", sat uneasily at that time of day, compared to Breakfast Time's accessible magazine style, which mixed heavy news and light-hearted features (famously moving cabinet ministers


LiTraCon is a translucent concrete building material. The name is short for "light-transmitting concrete"; the material is made of 4 % by weight of optical fibers. It was developed in 2001 by Hungarian architect Áron Losonczi working with scientists at the Technical University of Budapest. LiTraCon is manufactured by the inventor's company, LiTraCon Bt, founded in spring 2004; the head office and workshop is near the town of Csongrád. As of 2006 all LiTraCon products have been produced by LiTraCon Bt; the concrete comes in precast blocks of different sizes. The most notable installation of it to date is Europe Gate - a 4 m high sculpture made of LiTraCon blocks, erected in 2004 in observance of the entry of Hungary into the European Union; the product won the German "Red Dot 2005 Design Award" for'highest design qualities'. Though expensive, Litracon appeals to architects because it is stronger than glass and translucent, unlike concrete, it was considered as possible sheathing for New York's One World Trade Center.

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2018–19 Northeastern Huskies men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Northeastern Huskies men's basketball team represented Northeastern University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Huskies, led by 13th-year head coach Bill Coen, played their home games at Matthews Arena in Boston, Massachusetts as members of the Colonial Athletic Association; the Huskies finished the 2017–18 season 23–10, 14–4 in CAA play win a share of the regular season title with College of Charleston. They defeated Delaware and UNC Wilmington to advance to the championship game of the CAA Tournament where they lost to College of Charleston. Despite having 23 wins, they did not participate in a postseason tournament. Under NCAA transfer rules and Eboigbodin will have to sit out for the 2018–19 season, have three years of remaining eligibility. There were no recruiting class of 2018 for Northeastern

Whitehill, Midlothian

Whitehill is a village in Midlothian in the south-east of Scotland 1.5 miles south-east of Dalkeith and 8.5 miles from Edinburgh. The village is situated on the northwest slope of the Mayfield-Tranent ridge which spans the border between Midlothian and East Lothian. Both road entrances to the village offer magnificent panoramic views over Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and the Pentland Hills; the name of the village comes from the name of the farmstead situated near to the entrance/exit of the village towards Edgehead. The name of the farm may have been derived from the definition of unploughed arable farmland as being'white' or from the definition of hill land, covered with bent grass as being'white'. Snow can fall and accumulate during the winter months and, as the village is at higher elevation than the Esk valley, this could be the origin of the name. Whitehill is located on an ancient Roman road that linked the fort at Cramond to York. Part of this road are visible further down the A68 at Soutra.

Map records from 1821 show that the village grew from individual houses/buildings at Wet Holm and Whitehill. Farming and mining increased the population of the village during the agricultural and industrial revolutions with map records from 1892 showing the village was home to both a school and a blacksmith. To the northwest of Whitehill is the former Dalkeith Fever Hospital, erected in 1912 on land gifted to the town of Dalkeith by the Duke of Buccleuch, now part of a small industrial estate. During their service in World War I four young men from the village were killed. Corporal Arthur Neil Simpson, 22, of the King's Regiment was killed in action on the 16th of June 1915 most as part of the 1/10th Battalion at Bellewaarde. Private William Robert Watson of the Black Watch died from wounds received in action on the 30th of July 1916 in the aftermath of the Battle of Delville Wood. Private John Ferguson Macrae Pringle, 21, of the Cameron Highlanders was killed in action on the 15th of September 1916 most at the Battle of Flers–Courcelette as part of the Battle of the Somme.

Private Samuel Brown Smith, 22, of the Royal Scots died on the 16th of August 1917 most on the first day of the Battle of Langemarck. In 2010 the village was in the news due to a police raid on a property which housed one of the largest cannabis farms discovered in the Lothians. Officers found 1,000 plants with an estimated value of around £500,000. In 2013 representations to the Midlothian Local Development Plan consultation, Lord Ralph Kerr, landowner of fields surrounding the village, brought forward proposals for twelve terraced houses to be built on the farmland adjacent to the village. Midlothian Council's response cited the existing allocation of housing being sufficient to meet requirements, the poor public transport provision, lack of facilities, poor access to schools, the demarcation of the proposed site as being prime agricultural land and the negative impact such a development would have on the landscape; the village is in the Midlothian constituency for elections to the House of Commons, the Midlothian North & Musselburgh constituency for elections to the Scottish Parliament and the Midlothian East electoral ward for local council elections.

The people in the village are represented by the Dalkeith & District Community Council apart from residents of the Witholm cul-de-sac, in the Mayfield & Easthouses Community Council boundary area. The village used to be on the main route from Edinburgh to Jedburgh, though after the construction of the road bridge designed by Thomas Telford across Tyne Water near Pathhead in 1831, the preferred route shifted to the northeast; the bus service between Edinburgh and Jedburgh still passes through the village. An hourly service run by Borders Buses links the village via Dalkeith; the trip takes around 43 minutes. The number 51 continues south to Jedburgh. During westerly operations at Edinburgh Airport the village is below the flightpath for arrivals from the south, though aircraft are at an altitude of over 4,000 ft so have limited noise impact on residents. Despite sharing a name and being in the same area there is no direct link between the village and nearby football club, Whitehill Welfare F. C.

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Ek Hi Bhool

Ek Hi Bhool is a 1981 Bollywood drama film, produced by A. Purnachandra Rao under the Lakshmi Productions banner and directed by Tatineni Rama Rao, it stars music composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The film is a remake of the Tamil movie Mouna Geethangal, remade in Telugu as Sathyabhama with Chandramohan and in Kannada as Mane Devru with Ravichandran and in Malayalam as Chanchattam. Ram and Sadhana are a wealthy married couple. Ram is a graduate, works as an administrator in a multinational company and earns well, their marriage comes to an end. Ram confesses the truth as he gets drunk, tries to explain himself, Sadhna's family tries to convince her to condone this one little mistake, but Sadhana cannot forgive his unfaithfulness and divorces him. After their divorce, Sadhana finds out, she moves into her new home. Ten years they meet each other in a bus and Ram is the new manager of the office where Sadhna works. Coincidentally, Ram's new house is close to Sadhana's. Now when they're neighbors, Ram tries to return his family and wife.

He gets close to his son Raju. Will Sadhana forgive him his one and only mistake? Jeetendra as Ram Kumar Shrivastava Rekha as Sadhana Shrivastava Shabana Azmi as Meenakshi Nazneen as Urvashi Asrani as Manohar Prasad / M. P. Agha as Sadhana's dad Yunus Parvez as Lallulal Dinesh Hingoo Jagdish Raj as Ram's Boss Mazhar Khan as Teg Bahadur Raja Duggal as Bus Conductor Ek Hi Bhool on IMDb

CyberMage: Darklight Awakening

CyberMage is a cyberpunk first-person shooter game with role-playing elements designed by David W. Bradley, it was created by Origin and released by Electronic Arts in 1995. The game is characterized by a heavy atmosphere. Set in the year 2044, the game features a world ruled by corporations and groups of anti-corporation rebels; the corporations, faced with the rebellion and competition among themselves, start working on implant products that lead to hybrid humans. The game's protagonist player awakes up in a bio-gen tube in a strange suit, with a gem implanted in his forehead; the gem is a stone of magical power. After hearing gunshots and explosions, the character crawls out of the tube to find the aftermath of the battle generated by those trying to find him. Amnesiac and disorientated, the character seeks to understand, he discovers, experimented upon by the SARCorp corporation, he seeks revenge for his mistreatment. Designer David W. Bradley said. Jeffrey Adam of GameSpot rated it 76/100 and wrote that the game, which seems like a generic Doom clone, improves upon the formula by adding usable vehicles and forcing strategic use of power-ups.

A reviewer for Next Generation, argued that these elements are not enough to make the game more than just another Doom clone. He gave the game 3 out of 5 stars, summarizing that "CyberMage has great graphics, beautiful sound, digitized video, a detailed, entertaining storyline. It's too bad that, for all that, it still doesn't stand above the rest of the first-person shooters that clog software store shelves." Martin E. Cirulis Computer Gaming World rated it 3.5/5 stars and called it "a slick and enjoyable action game" that does not make enough use of its comic book styling. In a capsule review, PC Magazine called it criticized the controls. CyberMage at MobyGames CyberMage at GameSpot Coming Soon magazine review