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Boston Consulting Group

Boston Consulting Group is a management consulting firm founded in 1963. The firm has more than 90 offices in 50 countries, its current CEO is Rich Lesser. BCG is one of the three most prestigious employers in management consulting, known as MBB or the Big Three. BCG's alumni hold various top management positions in the world economy; the firm was founded by Bruce Henderson in 1963 as part of The Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company. When most consulting firms focused on benchmarking and spreading best practices, Henderson had a different vision, he set out to help companies differentiate themselves so they could thrive in an competitive world. Henderson, a Harvard Business School alumnus, had been employed at Arthur D. Little. In 1973 Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company, two years Henderson arranged an employee stock ownership plan, so that the employees could take the company independent from The Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company; the buyout of all shares was completed in 1979.

As part of the federal government's auto bailout program, Boston Consulting Group was paid as much as $7 million to advise General Motors and Chrysler to help costs and overhaul operations. BCG hires for an Associate or a Consultant position, recruiting MBA graduates from the high-ranking business schools. There is an opportunity to join as a Summer Associate or Summer Consultant position for 10 weeks. After a two year tenure, some associates choose to stay for a third year as Senior Associates and have the opportunity to work abroad in a foreign office through BCG's Associate Exchange Program. Many Associates are sponsored by the firm to attend business school and rejoin the company afterwards as Consultants; as is typical for the top strategy consultancies, BCG practices an "up or out" or "forced attrition" system, in which employees must leave the company when they fail to achieve a promotion within fixed time-frames. BCG uses the case method to conduct interviews, an interview technique designed to simulate the types of problems inherent in management consulting and to test the qualitative and quantitative skills deemed important for abstract thinking in a business setting.

The first round of interviews consists of two 30 minute cases with BCG consultants. Successful candidates may be passed on to the second round corresponding with a regional office; the second round consists of three 30–45-minute interviews with partners from that office in a similar format to the first round interviews.. In the 1970s, BCG created and popularized the "growth-share matrix", a simple chart to assist large corporations in deciding how to allocate cash among their business units; the corporation would categorize its business units as "Stars", "Cash Cows", "Question Marks", "Dogs", allocate cash accordingly, moving money from "cash cows" toward "stars" and "question marks" that had higher market growth rates, hence higher upside potential. BCG has built a network of companies. INVERTO, A BCG Company is an international management consultancy and one of the leading specialists for strategic purchasing and supply chain management in Europe. BCG Platinion cover the tech, architecture and human-centered design side of digital transformations.

BCG Digital Ventures partners with companies to research and launch new products and services. Ware2Go, Tracr and OpenSC are projects backed by BCGDV. BCG Gamma apply data science and artificial intelligence to find competitive advantage. BCG Omnia is the firm’s asset-based or product division that supplements the firm’s core consulting business with software and data products, in some cases provides them directly to its clients. On January 19, 2020, The New York Times identified the Boston Consulting Group as having facilitated Isabel dos Santos's exploitation of Angola's natural resources while the country suffers from poverty and infant mortality; the Times said BCG was contracted by the Angolan state-owned petroleum company Sonangol, as well as the jewelry company De Grisogono, owned by her husband through shell companies in Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Every year, BCG publishes articles, industry reports, government commissioned studies and books relating to particular industries or authorial practice areas.

Many partners have written books on management issues, including: Silverstein, Michael J.. A Business Week Bestseller and Berry AMA book prize winner. Andrew, James P.. Payback has become a staple in the MBA curriculum. Evans, Philip.

Yesterday Origins

Yesterday Origins is a 2016 graphic adventure game developed by the Spanish company Pendulo Studios and published by Microïds. It serves as a sequel to Pendulo's earlier Yesterday. Yesterday Origins focuses on both the events that occurred centuries ago when John Yesterday became an immortal and the present timeline after the first game. Following Pendulo Studios' unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign for its project Day One in September 2012, the developer neared bankruptcy and entered a two-year period of inactivity. Crowdfunding had been the company's attempt to survive after it was unable to secure a traditional publisher. Pendulo's Juan Miguel Marín recalled the period as "a bad time", while Albert Garciá of La Vanguardia noted that "the future of this company was uncertain" at the time; the developer's disappearance ended in mid-December 2014, when the studio signed a deal with Microïds to create an unannounced new adventure game. Its development began "immediately", according to Pendulo; the project was revealed as Yesterday Origins in May 2015.

With an aggregate score of 76, the Xbox One version of Yesterday Origins was among the 18 highest-rated Spanish games listed on Metacritic by 2017

Chelcie Ross

Chelcie Claude Ross is an American character actor, most known for Above the Law, Major League, Basic Instinct, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. He served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Air Force where he had been awarded a Bronze Star, earned an MFA from the Dallas Theater Center, he left the Air Force in 1970. His son, Ian Ross, plays bass in the band John 5 and The Creatures, the instrumental group fronted by guitarist John 5 In 2007, Ross appeared, along with Sean Astin and Charles S. Dutton, in an episode of My Name Is Earl, a homage to the film Rudy, he played an appliance store manager whose relationship to Earl mirrors that of his relationship to Rudy. In 2008, he played Beverly Weston in the National Theatre production of August: Osage County, he played a fictionalized Conrad Hilton in the award-winning series Mad Men. In 2012 he appeared in Boss as the chief of the Chicago Police Department. Chelcie Ross on IMDb

Ida Winckler

Ida Anna Winkler was a Danish painter and textile artist. In 1930, she joined the newly established Haandarbejdets Fremme, where over the next 65 years she created hundreds of cross-stitch patterns, they have been used not only in Denmark, but in Germany, the United States and Japan. She contributed to a number of embroidery guides, some in English, published from the 1950s to the 1970s. Born on 20 May 1907 in the Copenhagen district of Frederiksberg, Ida Anna Winckler was the daughter of Peter Johan Winckler, a sea captain, Anna Elise Bornholm, her artistic talents were developed at the Tegne- og Kunstindustriskolen for Kvinder under Margrete Drejer and Gunnar Biilmann Petersen. Drejer introduced her to both Danish and foreign styles of sewing and embroidery, including complex techniques such as goldwork. On receiving her diploma in 1928, Winckler remained at the school as a teacher, developing embroidery patterns for whitework, for use as educational aids in high schools. In 1930, Winckler gained employment at the newly established Danish Handcraft Guild where for the next 65 years she created hundreds of embroidery patterns which were used both in Denmark and in countries such as Germany, the United States and Japan.

They were intended principally for decorating the home, consisting of wall panels, table cloths and Christmas items, but they covered handbags finely embroidered in silks. Her early work represented patterns for reproducing traditional work such as 17th-century silk-embroidered canvas and 19th-century rural whitework. Much of her work was more designed, as she began to create simpler patterns for cross stitch which became popular after the Second World War. Here Winckler became a major contributor, creating artistically presented patterns with intricate detail, her cross-stitch patterns for houses are of particular note, as are her representations of the coats of arms of Danish and Swedish cities. Her patterns were based on watercolour paintings or colour photographs of the scenes or objects she intended to reproduce, she had a gift for selecting appropriately coloured threads and for emphasizing the most important features. She managed to give her work a modern look, her many published works testify to her diligent approach, overcoming the limitations of the availability of only about 80 available colours for cross stitch.

Together with Gerda Bengtsson, she developed a colour-identification system, indicating on a black-and-white pattern which colours should be used for the different sections. From the 1970s, Winckler collaborated with Anna Sofie Boesen Dreijer in developing sewing patterns for embroidering traditional folk costumes for Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme, a folk dance association. Ida Winckler died on 4 April 1995 in Copenhagen. Ida Winckler has contributed to a number of sewing guides in other languages; the following are in English: Esther. Danish Pulled Thread Embroidery: With English and Danish Text. Courier Corporation. ISBN 978-0-486-23474-8. Madsen, Agnete Wuldem. Birthday calendar: Designed hy Agnete Wuldem Madsen and Ida Winckler. Haandarbejdets Fremme. Winckler, Ida. Jul. Christmas: Tilrettelagt af Ida Winckler. Tegnet af Gerda Bengtsson, Else Lisbeth Kjeldgaard Sørensen og Ida Winckler. Selskabet til Haandarbejdets Fremme

James Cook University Singapore

James Cook University Singapore is a branch of James Cook University, based in Townsville, Australia. In addition to Singapore and Townsville, JCU operates another campus in Australia. JCU Singapore was opened in 2003 as part of the university's strategic intent of "Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference"; the university is ranked in the top 2%* of universities in the world and is the leading tropical research university in Australia. JCU Singapore adapts the Australian curriculum and all degree certification is awarded from James Cook University Australia. JCU is registered under the Committee for Private Education Singapore. JCU Singapore's campus is located at 149 Sims Drive, in between the Kallang and Aljunied MRT stations. JCU Singapore offers pathway, education, psychology, environmental science, information technology, tourism & hospitality and urban planning courses at JCU Singapore. JCU Singapore is owned by James Cook University and all courses are provided by the University.

This has seen enrolments increase as fewer students from the region choose to travel to Australia to study, instead electing to acquire an Australian qualification in Singapore. JCU Singapore runs on a trimester system, allowing students to'fast track' their studies and complete their degrees in as short as short as two years, in comparison to other universities in the around the world. A majority of students intakes occur during March and November. In May 2016, the Singaporean and Australian governments concluded a review of the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement, which added several measures to promote further cooperation on education; as part of this agreement, JCU Singapore was awarded branch campus status and from July 2016 is permitted to brand itself as the Singapore Campus of James Cook University. It had been known as James Cook Institute of Higher Learning. JCU has ranked in the top 400 academic universities worldwide since 2010, as measured by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

For 2016, JCU ranked in the top two percent of universities in the world by ARWU. * unavailable data In the Commonwealth Government's Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report, JCU research received the highest ranking of'well above world standard' in the areas of environmental science and management, ecological applications and medical microbiology. The University received an'above world standard' ranking for research in the areas of materials engineering, tourism, biological sciences and veterinary sciences, fisheries sciences, veterinary sciences, inorganic chemistry, earth sciences and geology. James Cook University runs a psychology clinic from its Sims Drive Campus, open to members of the public; this facility allows Masters students to gain practical experience under the supervision of qualified clinical psychologists, offers counselling services to the public at a reduced price. In a survey conducted by Committee for Private Education on employment outcomes of 2018, graduates of James Cook University Singapore achieved a 30.9% full-time employment rate in comparison with 78.4% for their peers from three autonomous universities - the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University.

This result is lower than post-national service polytechnic graduates who's full-time employment rate was 64%. The response rate to the survey was 33%, it revealed that SIM graduates earned median gross starting salaries of $2,500 a month, while NUS, NTU and SMU graduates earned $3,400. Post-NS polytechnic graduates earned $2,480 a month. Official website

German Party (1993)

The German Party is a minor national conservative German political party. It sees itself as the successor of the defunct conservative German-Hanoverian Party and the German Party established in 1947, which until 1961 was represented in the Bundestag parliament; the defunct German Party had continued to exist as an association, it was re-founded as a political party at Kassel in May 1993 and has since worked with other right-wing parties such as the national liberal Bund freier Bürger. The new party was led by Johannes Freiherr von Campenhausen until 2001 when the former FDP and BFB politician Heiner Kappel took his place. Upon the 2003 merger with the Freiheitliche Deutsche Volkspartei, a far-right splinter group of the German People's Union in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, it adopted the name affix Die Freiheitlichen referring to the Freedom Party of Austria and changed its course towards a more radical stance. Kappel was deposed in January 2005 after attempting to agree an alliance with the national conservative Republicans and the German Social Union though the membership had supported working with the far-right DVU and the National Democratic Party.

A joint leadership of Eberhard Lehmann, Claudia Wiechmann and Ulrich Paetzold took over and demanded Kappel's exclusion Lehmann was sidelined in favour of a joint leadership. Kappel filed a lawsuit against the new executive committee, but has not further interfered with the DP policies; the party has been investigated by the state's Offices for the Protection of the Constitution in Thuringia and Bavaria as extreme right, with the conclusion made that contacts exist. A party convention in July 2007 elected Alfred Kuhlemann chairman and by resolution condemned the coup against Kappel; as of 2007, the party is no longer monitored by the intelligence service. The DP defines itself as a conservative party, it produces the Deutschland-Post. Some members have left to join the Republicans whilst co-operate with the far-right NPD; the party has concentrated its efforts to achieve seats in the Landtage parliaments of Lower Saxony and Hesse, though to no avail. It has no representation at any major level, having only a small number of local seats in Saxony-Anhalt.

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