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Deutsche Post

The Deutsche Post AG, operating under the trade name Deutsche Post DHL Group, is a German multinational package delivery and supply chain management company headquartered in Bonn, Germany. It is the world's largest courier company; the postal division delivers 61 million letters each day in Germany, making it Europe's largest such company. The Express division claims to be present in over territories; the Deutsche Post is the successor to the German mail authority Deutsche Bundespost, privatized in 1995 and became a independent company in 2000. DHL Express is a wholly owned subsidiary. Since its privatization, Deutsche Post has expanded its business area through acquisitions. In late 2014, the group acquired a small manufacturer of electric vehicles. Two years the group acquired UK Mail, a business-focused postal service in the UK for US$315.5 million. The former company became a division of the Deutsche Post European parcel network; the Deutsche Post DHL Group 2016 earnings before interest and taxes was €3.491 billion, with a net profit of €2.64 billion on revenue of €57.334 billion.

Return on equity, before taxes, was 27.7 percent. The group's long term credit rating, in November 2016, was BBB+ with a Stable outlook per Fitch's. Deutsche Post AG is listed on the Börse Frankfurt as DPW and is in the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index. In 2016, 20.5% of the group's shares were held by the state-owned KfW bank. The Deutsche Post DHL Group has become a world-wide company in about two decades; the following are significant dates in the development into its current form. 2 January 1995: Deutsche Bundespost Postdienst becomes Deutsche Post AG. The government of Germany still owns a large share of the company. 1998: Deutsche Post begins acquiring shares in DHL International. 1999: Deutsche Post World Net acquires the Dutch distribution company Van Gend & Loos from Nedlloyd and in 2000 the Swiss distribution company Danzas. 20 November 2000: Deutsche Post AG becomes a private company, with a new Board of Directors, in an IPO listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The government of Germany sells one third of its shares and KfW bank sells some of its shares.

December 2002: Deutsche Post AG acquires the remaining shares in DHL International. August 2003: The company acquires the Seattle-based Airborne Express; the company integrates Van Gend & Loos, Airborne Express, its own EuroExpress into DHL to form DHL Express. December 2005: The group acquires the logistics company Exel in the UK, a £3.7 billion takeover. 2006: DHL GlobalMail UK merges with Mercury International. December 2014: The group acquires StreetScooter GmbH, a small manufacturer of electric vehicles in Aachen, Germany. December 2016: The group completes the purchase of UK Mail, a business-focused postal service - "one of the largest integrated parcels and mail operations in the U. K." - for US$315.5 million. The former company becomes a division of the Deutsche Post European parcel network, although its web site reveals only a relationship with DHL Express. February 2019: Through the instrumental moves of Frank Appel and Pablo Ciano, The group reaches an agreement with SF Express for its supply chain operations in China.

The postal division delivers 61 million letters every working day in Germany, provides services across the entire mail value chain, including production facilities at central hubs, sales offices and production centers on four continents. This division inherited most of the traditional mail services offered by the state-owned monopoly, for which it uses the Deutsche Post brand, its exclusive right to deliver letters under 50 grams in Germany expired on 1 January 2008, following the implementation of European legislation. A number of companies are vying to challenge Deutsche Post's near monopolistic hold on letter deliveries, including Luxembourg-based PIN Group and Dutch-owned TNT Post. In 2002, Deutsche Post was granted a license to deliver mail in the United Kingdom, breaking Royal Mail's long-standing monopoly. In 2016, in Germany alone, the Post – eCommerce – Parcel division delivered over 1.2 billion parcels, an increase of 9.3% over 2015, much of it as result of shipping products purchased by customers on-line.

The e-commerce aspect helped to generate a great deal of revenue. This division's revenue increased by 4.1 percent to €16.8 billion while earnings before interest and taxes increased by 30.8 percent to over €1.4 billion. The Express division offers worldwide courier and parcel shipment service, combining air and ground transport, under the DHL brand, it owns five airlines: European Air Transport Leipzig, DHL Air UK, DHL Aero Expreso, SNAS/DHL and Blue Dart Aviation. In 2016, this division's revenue increased by 2.7 per cent to €14 billion. The operating profit before interest and taxes increased by 11.3% over 2015 to €1.5 billion. Express is divided into business units along regions: Europe Asia Pacific Americas Europe, the Middle East and Africa DHL Global Forwarding this division carries goods by rail, road and sea under the DHL brand and includes the DHL Freight operation which runs a ground-based freight network covering Europe and traffic into the Middle East. In 2016, this division's revenue declined by 7.7 percent to €13.7 billion but operating profit before interest and taxes improved from -€181 million in 2015 to +€287 million.

The DHL Supply Chain division provides contract logistic

Polar Music Prize

The Polar Music Prize is a Swedish international award founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, best known as the manager of the Swedish band ABBA, with a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The award is annually given to one classical musician. Exceptions were made in 2001, when it was awarded to three musicians, 2003, when it was awarded only to one musician. Without any restrictions of nationality, the prize is to be "awarded for significant achievements in music and/or musical activity, or for achievements which are found to be of great potential importance for music or musical activity, it shall be referable to all fields within or connected with music"; the prize has been called the "Nobel Prize of Music" in Sweden. The first recipients were the Baltic States. Laureates are awarded 1 million kr handed over by king Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in a ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall in June every year; the Polar Music Prize is regarded as Sweden's foremost musical honour. The prize is overseen by the Stig Anderson Music Award Foundation, which includes members of Anderson's family and representatives of SKAP – the Swedish Society of Songwriters and Authors and the Swedish Performing Rights Society.

A committee of musicians, other experienced members of the music industry, members of Anderson's family selects the prize recipients from nominations submitted by representatives of several international music industry organizations, such as the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance. The prize amount is raised from revenue from the donation. In June, 2018 it was reported by Swedish public service radio that the Polar Prize organization has made large financial losses for several years; the current CEO of the Polar Music Prize is Marie Ledin. Official website


VisualFEA is a finite element analysis program running on MS Windows and Mac OS X platforms. The program is being developed and distributed by Intuition Software, Inc. in South Korea, is used chiefly for structural and geotechnical analysis. The strongest point of the program is its intuitive and user-friendly usage based on graphical pre- and postprocessing capabilities. VisualFEA has educational functions for teaching and learning structural mechanics and finite element analysis through graphical simulation. Thus, this program is used in college courses related to structural mechanics and finite element method. VisualFEA is a full-fledged finite element analysis program with many easy-to-use but powerful features, which can be classified into four parts: finite element processing, pre-processing, post-processing and educational simulation. All the functions are integrated into a single executable module, a characteristic of the program distinguished from other finite element analysis programs composed of multiple modules.

The whole procedure from pre-processing to analysis, to post-processing can be completed on the spot without launching one program after another, or without pipelining data from one program to another. VisualFEA can solve the following types of problems. Mechanical analysisTruss, plane stress, plane strain, plate bending, shell and 3D solid Linear, material nonlinear or geometric nonlinear analysis Static or dynamic analysis Construction staged analysis Geotechnical analysis Heat conduction analysisPlane, axisymmetric and 3D volume Steady state or transient analysis Linear or nonlinear material model Fire damage analysisSeepage analysisPlane, axisymmetric and 3D volume Steady state or transient analysis Confined or unconfined boundary conditionCoupled analysisHeat conduction coupled mechanical analysis Seepage coupled mechanical analysis A finite element model in VisualFEA consists of various objects: curve, primitive surface, node and mesh. VisualFEA has its own CAD-like capabilities of creating graphical objects without aid of external programs.

VisualFEA can create structured or unstructured meshes in two- or three-dimensional space using the following mesh generation schemes. Mapping scheme Sweeping scheme Auto mesh scheme Mesh treatment The program has the function to save the generated mesh data in text format for use by other application programs. Other pre-processing capabilities include the following items. Definition and assignment of boundary conditions, material properties and element joints, etc. Node number or element number optimization Handling of element orientation, local coordinate axes VisualFEA has various functions of visualizing the numerical data generated by solving the analysis models; the most used graphical representation of the data are the contour and vector images. There are many other forms of graphical representation available in VisualFEA. Iso-surface Sliced plane, parallel plane, cross plane Diagram Curve plotting Data probing Animation VisualFEA can be used as a tool for computer-aided education of structural mechanics and finite element method.

The tools are operated with the user-created modeling data and their ensuing analysis results on the basis of finite element technology. They are devised to promote the understanding, to stimulate the interest in the subjects by substantiating the conceptual principles and visually exhibiting the complex computational processes with the aid of interactive computer graphics; the topics covered by the educational functions are as follows. Mathematical relationships of internal forces in rigid frames. Geometric properties of an arbitrarily defined member section Stresses on the member sections Moving load Mohr circle and its application to elasto-plastic yielding. Stress path and yield surface Buckling Stiffness assembly and solution process in the finite element analysis. Shape interpolation Eigen value analysis. Concept of adaptive analysis VisualFEA/CBT is an educational version of the program published by John Wiley and Son's Inc. as a companion program to a textbook on finite element method.

The program has the limitation of 3000 nodes. Intuition Software, Inc. Screen Demos, Internet-First University Press, Cornell University

James Kaplan

James Kaplan is an American novelist and biographer. He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and suburban New Jersey, he matriculated at New York University and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1973 with a degree in studio art. After graduation, Kaplan studied painting at the New York Studio School in Greenwich Village, he is the brother of editor Peter Kaplan. In the mid-1970s, he worked as a typist at The New Yorker Magazine, where he came under the tutelage of the writer and editor William Maxwell. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he published a number of short stories in The New Yorker. In the mid 1980s, Kaplan worked for several years as a screenwriter for Warner Brothers. Since the late 1980s, he has been a writer of magazine profiles for Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, among others, he is the author of the following books, amongst other works: Sinatra: The Chairman Frank: The Voice Two Guys from Verona: A Novel of Suburbia, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year The Airport: Terminal Nights and Runway Days at John F. Kennedy International Pearl's Progress He is the co-author of the following biographies: With Jerry Lewis, a memoir of Lewis's relationship with Dean Martin, Dean & Me With John McEnroe, You Cannot Be Serious Kaplan's fiction has been compared, by Francine Prose and David Gates, to that of John Updike, Vladimir Nabokov, J.

D. Salinger, his short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories. He has appeared as a guest on The Charlie Rose Show. Kaplan is the 2011 Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University. Kaplan lives in New York with his wife and son. Official website Random House page for Frank: The Voice

Ashes to Ashes (Vampire: The Masquerade)

Ashes to Ashes is an adventure published in 1991 by White Wolf Publishing for the horror role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. Ashes to Ashes was the first adventure published by White Wolf Publishing for Vampire: The Masquerade; the 80-page adventure was written by Stewart Wieck. The player characters are ordered to present themselves to Lodin, the Prince of Chicago, find themselves involved in deadly vampire intrigue between two competing groups. In the April 1992 edition of Dragon, Rick Swan called this "an excellent first adventure for the quirky Vampire game." Swan thought the adventure "packed a lot of punch into 80 pages", but found that "the investigations are more staged than the action scenes, the finale is a bit underwhelming." Nonetheless, he recommended the product, saying that the author had served up "a gallery of the creepiest non-player characters this side of Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu."

Cherry Creek (Colorado)

Cherry Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, 48.0 miles long, in Colorado in the United States. Cherry Creek rises in the high plateau, east of the Front Range, in northwestern El Paso County, it flows north, through Castlewood Canyon State Park where it is spanned by the historic Cherry Creek Bridge, past Parker and through portions of Centennial and Aurora, into southeast Denver. It flows northwest through Denver, becoming an urban stream and joining the South Platte River at Confluence Park in central Denver just west of downtown and 5 miles east of the foothills, near the site where the city of Denver was founded in 1858; the 140-foot-high Cherry Creek Dam, completed in 1950, forms Cherry Creek Reservoir in Cherry Creek State Park, providing flood control and irrigation. The dam lies southeast and southwest of the Denver and Aurora city limits approximately 8 miles, as the crow flies, from the creek's confluence with the South Platte; the creek lends its name to the Cherry Creek neighborhood in south-central Denver, in particular to its Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

In addition, the creek runs through the suburban Cherry Creek Public Schools. The Cherry Creek Bike Path follows the creek from Confluence Park in downtown Denver through Cherry Creek State Park and south towards Parker and Castlewood Canyon. Cherry Creek was the focus of the early part of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in 1858 and 1859, when gold was discovered at the "Cherry Creek diggings," in what was western Kansas Territory; the first edition of the Rocky Mountain News on 23 April 1859 identified itself on the masthead as being located at "Cherry Creek, K. T." Gold was discovered at Russellville in the upper Cherry Creek drainage, in the Platte River near its confluence with Cherry Creek. Speer Boulevard, running along Cherry Creek, is part of Denver's parks and parkway system, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the creek itself is locally well known for its population of crayfish. Some local inhabitants eat these crustaceans; the creek is home to a large population of small fish.

Large fish are absent, except when the Cherry Creek Dam is opened and floodwaters carry fish such as rainbow trout, brown trout, mature sunfish and northern pike downstream. The creek's ecosystem was damaged during a drought in the first few years of the 21st century. Plants along the banks, damaged by the drought, dropped organic debris into the water, increasing biochemical oxygen demand substantially. Decreased flow limited the ecosystem's capacity to supply needed oxygen. Decreased flow prevented the washing away of pollutants such as NPK fertilizers and organic solvents. Water temperatures rose during this period, compounding the problem; as of 2005, the creek is healthier. The area around the creek is known for its snake population, which includes garter snakes, western hognose snakes and rattlesnakes. Amphibians native to Colorado can be found at the creek as well; these include, the plains leopard frog, woodhouse's frog, the striped chorus frog. The bullfrog, a non-native species, is located in the Cherry Creek.

In recent years, bullfrogs have contributed to the decimation of native amphibian species populations at the creek. For some of its distance, notably in the region of Four Mile Historical Park, the creek is flanked on each side by 15 metres of woods and scrub; this corridor is deliberately left semi-wild, though there is a dirt bike track on the northern bank. This corridor is one of the few places within the Denver metro area where the creek's namesake plant, the chokecherry, can still be seen in a wild state. Large trees such as cottonwood are common. Edible plants such as wild asparagus and prickly pear are found. Virginia creeper and imported plants such as the Russian olive, dandelion are present. Despite the limited area this corridor offers, beaver, foxes and deer are not uncommon sights along the creek; the beaver have lodges upstream of Denver, but swim downstream to forage. Petrified wood is common in the creek, it is washed down, sometimes in large pieces, from'petrified forests' upstream.

Fossil mammal bones have been found. Historical records kept at what is now Four Mile Historical Park indicate that prior to the construction of the Cherry Creek Dam, the creek's water level rose and fell regularly. Since the dam's completion, this flood cycle has been interrupted. Now, the flow is regulated exclusively by the dam's operators; the level of the creek is kept constant except when water needs to be vented from the Cherry Creek Reservoir. When the dam's floodgates are opened for this venting, the creek's level may rise as much as two feet, sometimes in less than an hour. List of Colorado rivers Cherry Creek Reservoir conditions and fishing reports