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J.D. Power

J. D. Power is an American-based data analytics and consumer intelligence company founded in 1968 by James David Power III; the company conducts surveys of customer satisfaction, product quality, buyer behavior for the automotive, banking & payments, wealth & lending, telecommunications, health and utilities sectors. The firm is best known for its customer satisfaction research on new-car quality and long-term dependability, its service offerings include industry-wide syndicated studies, proprietary research, consulting and automotive forecasting. The firm is headquartered in Michigan. McGraw Hill Financial purchased it from James David Power III in April 2005. Dave Habiger was named its President and CEO in March 2018, with the objective of continuing to aggressively build and enhance the company's data and analytics and customer insights leadership. On July 30, 2019, equity firm Thoma Bravo announced that they had reached an agreement to buy the company for an undisclosed sum, although Reuters reported earlier in the year that the value was estimated to be close to $1.9 billion.

On December 16, 2019, J. D. Power announced a merger with Autodata Solutions, a provider of data and software solutions for the automotive ecosystem; the merger marked the completion of J. D. Power's acquisition by Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity firm, owner of Autodata Solutions. J. D. Power was founded in 1968 by James David Power III. Power had worked in advertising and doing customer research for the Ford Motor Company, where he felt customer satisfaction data was too overlooked, he joined Marplan, McCulloch, a chainsaw manufacturer. He left his position at McCulloch and founded J. D. Power and Associates on April 1, 1968, working at first from his kitchen table; the company incorporated on February 7, 1969. The "associates" referred to in the firm's title were his wife, who assisted him with market research, his children, who helped stuff envelopes. In 1973, the company first drew significant national attention when Julia P. Power, working from the results of customer surveys, discovered a design flaw in the O-rings of certain Mazda rotary engines.

The report was publicized by the Wall Street Journal and repeated in other outlets. In the following years, J. D. Power and Associates became known for its automotive customer satisfaction rankings, while continuing to work in other areas such as food and computers; the firm created the first Dealer Attitude Study in 1976 and the U. S. Automotive Customer Satisfaction Index in 1981. In a commercial during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984, Subaru became the first company to use its ranking in the J. D. Power Awards to promote its product, which one journalist described as a "watershed moment for the company". In the decades since, J. D. Power's rankings have appeared in more than 2 billion advertisements and become "an international household name". In 2002, the company moved its headquarters from Agoura Hills, CA to Westlake Village in Ventura County, CA. In 2005, James David Power was ready to retire and sold the firm to McGraw Hill Financial and resigned as chairman; the terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company's value was estimated at the time to be $400 million.

J. D. Power expanded its offerings to sell financial and insurance products through car dealerships in 2017. In March 2018, Dave Habiger was named its President and CEO, with the objective of continuing to aggressively build and enhance the company's data and analytics and customer insights leadership. On December 16, 2019, J. D. Power announced a merger with Autodata Solutions, a provider of data and software solutions for the automotive ecosystem. J. D. Power's marketing research consists of consumer surveys. J. D. Power ratings are based on the survey responses of randomly selected and/or targeted consumers. Although publicly known for the endorsement value of its product awards, J. D. Power obtains the majority of its revenue from corporations that seek the data collected from J. D. Power surveys for internal use. Companies which have used J. D. Power surveys range from automotive and computer manufacturers to home builders and utility companies. To be able to use the J. D. Power logo and to quote the survey results in advertising, companies must pay a licensing fee to J.

D. Power. J. D. Power conducts multiple annual surveys of the automotive industry in the U. S. as well as in other countries. The Vehicle Dependability Study is a measure of problems experienced after three years of ownership, while the Initial Quality Study is a measure of problems experienced within the first 90 days of ownership. Other surveys include the APEAL survey, reflecting consumer's attitudes towards a vehicle's attributes, dealership service surveys, customer purchasing experience surveys. Similar versions of the Vehicle Dependability and Initial Quality Studies are performed internationally, released with the country's name, followed by the same title, e.g. China Initial Quality Study. In the United Kingdom, the J. D. Power UK Car Customer Satisfaction Index reviews all cars that have reached two years of age at the time of publication. Surveys are conducted in partnership with UK automotive publication What Car?, which publishes the survey results. The UK car survey consists of comments and ratings from the members of the public who bought the cars new two years previously.

Satisfaction is based on a number of different criteria, when the many thousands of scores in each area for each car are added up to form an overall score. The list comprises about 130 cars and is published every year in the United Kingdom; the survey was produced in conjunction with the BBC's Top Gear Magazine for many years until the mid-2000s. J. D. Power research s

Alex McCurdie

Alexander McCurdie was a Scottish professional football centre forward who played in the Scottish League for Kilmarnock. McCurdie attended Glasgow University. In May 1915, 9 months after Britain's entry into the First World War, McCurdie enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, he arrived on the Western Front in June 1916 and saw action at the Battle of the Ancre five months later. By April 1917, he had been promoted to acting lance sergeant and had been recommended for the DCM. McCurdie was killed while on patrol in Beaucamp, Nord on 24 April 1917 and he was buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich

KMB Route 1A

KMB Route 1A is a bus route operated by Kowloon Motor Bus in Hong Kong. It provides air-conditioned service; the route runs via Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, Kowloon City, San Po Kong, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong, Sau Mau Ping. This route holds the record for the longest time of running a mix of non-air-conditioned and air-conditioned buses, from 1991 to 2012, this despite it being one of the earliest routes to introduce air-conditioned bus service. 4 June 1968: Route introduced with the terminus at Yue Man Square, replaces first generation Route 2B. 15 September 1971: Route extended to Sau Mau Ping.. 10 February 1991: Ten air-conditioned buses introduced to the route. 7 May, 2012: Converted into a air-conditioned bus service. Sau Mau Ping Sau On House Sau Ming House Leung Shek Chee College Hiu Lai Court Cheung Wo Court Wo Lok Estate Yue Man Square Millennium City Ting Fu Street, Kwun Tong Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate Telford Gardens Kowloon Bay Railway Station Kai Yip Estate Richland Gardens Rhythm Garden The Latitude Regal Oriental Hotel Hau Wong Road La Salle Road Earl Street Knight Street Diocesan Boys' School Heep Wo Primary School Prince Edward Railway Station Nelson Street, Mong Kok Soy Street, Mong Kok Wing Sing Lane, Yau Ma Tei Cheong Lok Street, Yau Ma Tei Tak Shing Street, Tsim Sha Tsui Cameron Road Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong Cultural Centre Star Ferry Star Ferry Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Kimberley Road Bowring Street, Yau Ma Tei Kowloon Central Post Office Man Ming Lane, Yau Ma Tei Changsha Street, Mong Kok Nelson Street, Mong Kok HK & KLN Chiu Chow School Queen Elizabeth School Prince Edward Railway Station Fa Hui Park Caritas Lodge Beverly Villas St Teresa's Hospital Hau Wong Road Regal Oriental Hotel The Latitude Rhythm Garden Ping Shek Estate Kai Yip Estate Kowloon Bay Railway Station Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate Kwun Tong Road Sitting-Out Area Millennium City Kwun Tong Town Centre Wo Lok Estate Sau Nga Road Playground Hiu Lai Court Hiu Kwong Street Recreational Ground Leung Shek Chee College Sau Fu House Sau Mau Ping

Doug Bollinger

Douglas Erwin Bollinger is a former Australian cricketer. He has played first-class cricket for the New South Wales cricket team and international cricket for Australia, he is a left-arm fast bowler. Bollinger has played for Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Kent County Cricket Club in England, for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and for Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers in domestic T20 competition, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 5 February 2018. A resident of Parklea he commenced his playing career at 15 with Seven Hills Toongabbie RSL Cricket Club where he was noted as being no more than an enthusiastic but erratic bowler during his early days; the left-armer debuted for New South Wales in 2002–03. In the 2004–05 season, in an ING Cup match against South Australia, he picked up a hat-trick in dismissing the Redbacks' brittle top order. Following this innings, he did not continue this form, he generated some success in the One-Day form of the game, taking 27 wickets at an average of 28.32 in 20 matches leading to the Australian selectors naming him in a 30-man squad for the ICC champions trophy tournament in India.

Bollinger is one of a select group of up and coming Australian cricketers who have spent time at the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence honing their cricket skills, in the hope of gaining national selection. The end of 2006–07 season saw the retirement of Glenn McGrath, the fifth highest wicket-taker in Test history, opening up a bowling position in the Australian team. Bollinger staked his claim early in the summer, he took a five wicket haul in NSW Pura cup match against WA. In a devastating spell of pace and swing not seen at the WACA for some years Bollinger claimed yet another hat-trick and ended up with the figures of 5/38, he made his Test debut for Australia on 3 January 2009 in the Third Test against South Africa at the SCG. On 1 May 2009, Bollinger claimed his first ODI five-wicket haul, which came against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, he won his first Man of the Match award. In the 6th ODI versus India at Guwahati, he took 4 wickets and was declared as the Man of the match again.

Bollinger was once again drafted into the Australian XI for the second of three Tests against the West Indies in November – December 2009 following injuries to leading pacemen Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle. He took 5 wickets in the match at Adelaide, continued his good bowling form into the third and final Test, taking career best figures of 5/70 in the first innings and 8/141 for the match. On 21 January 2011, in an ODI match against England at Hobart, Bollinger scored 30 runs—his highest ODI score—in a record ninth wicket partnership with Shaun Marsh. In England's innings, Bollinger was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking 4/28, as Australia went on to win the match by 46 runs. Doug Bollinger was ruled out of World Cup 2011 due to ankle injury, was forced to fly home. Bollinger was signed up by Chennai Super Kings for the 2010 Indian Premier League, he has been included in the roster after the Super Kings' all-rounder Jacob Oram confirmed his unavailability for the season due to injury.

Bollinger arrived for the second half of the tournament after the end of the tour of New Zealand. Bollinger is the fourth Australian to play for the Super Kings after Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey and George Bailey. In his IPL debut, he helped Chennai defend a total of 246 against Rajasthan by taking a catch off Yusuf Pathan, going for a six; this earned him an award for the best catch of the match. He delivered a spell of 2/15 from four overs dismissing Shane Watson who got 60 off just 25 balls in a match which the other Chennai bowlers averaged 13 runs per over in contrast to his 3.75. Rajasthan ended their innings at 223, his effort against Kolkata with a spell of 4–1–15–2 helped restrict them to 139 in a crucial match, the target was chased down by Chennai by nine wickets. Against Delhi, he got Virender Sehwag and Tillakaratne Dilshan out in his first over bringing them to a worrying score of 6/3. However, they lost, he ended his spell at 4–0–24–2. In the semifinal against the Deccan Chargers, Bollinger bowled an excellent spell of 4/13 to help Chennai crush the defending champions while defending a low total.

This helped them in reaching the final and they won the third edition of the tournament by defeating the Mumbai Indians in the final. Bollinger was responsible for bringing the turnaround in the team's fortunes. Before his arrival they had won only three of their eight games. Bollinger was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the 2011 IPL auction for 0.7 Million USD. He could not participate in the first three matches due to illness. However, he confirmed his fitness and had been included in the part of the tournament, he was awarded the man of the match for his impressive spell against the Pune Warriors India, taking 3/21 in his four overs. Doug Bollinger at ESPNcricinfo

Non-homologous end joining

Non-homologous end joining is a pathway that repairs double-strand breaks in DNA. NHEJ is referred to as "non-homologous" because the break ends are directly ligated without the need for a homologous template, in contrast to homology directed repair, which requires a homologous sequence to guide repair; the term "non-homologous end joining" was coined in 1996 by Haber. NHEJ utilizes short homologous DNA sequences called microhomologies to guide repair; these microhomologies are present in single-stranded overhangs on the ends of double-strand breaks. When the overhangs are compatible, NHEJ repairs the break accurately. Imprecise repair leading to loss of nucleotides can occur, but is much more common when the overhangs are not compatible. Inappropriate NHEJ can lead to hallmarks of tumor cells. NHEJ is evolutionarily conserved throughout all kingdoms of life and is the predominant double-strand break repair pathway in mammalian cells. In budding yeast, homologous recombination dominates when the organism is grown under common laboratory conditions.

When the NHEJ pathway is inactivated, double-strand breaks can be repaired by a more error-prone pathway called microhomology-mediated end joining. In this pathway, end resection reveals short microhomologies on either side of the break, which are aligned to guide repair; this contrasts with classical NHEJ, which uses microhomologies exposed in single-stranded overhangs on the DSB ends. Repair by MMEJ therefore leads to deletion of the DNA sequence between the microhomologies. Many species of bacteria, including Escherichia coli, lack an end joining pathway and thus rely on homologous recombination to repair double-strand breaks. NHEJ proteins have been identified in a number of bacteria, including Bacillus subtilis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium smegmatis. Bacteria utilize a remarkably compact version of NHEJ in which all of the required activities are contained in only two proteins: a Ku homodimer and the multifunctional ligase/polymerase/nuclease LigD. In mycobacteria, NHEJ is much more error prone than in yeast, with bases added to and deleted from the ends of double-strand breaks during repair.

Many of the bacteria that possess NHEJ proteins spend a significant portion of their life cycle in a stationary haploid phase, in which a template for recombination is not available. NHEJ may have evolved to help these organisms survive DSBs induced during desiccation. Corndog and Omega, two related mycobacteriophages of Mycobacterium smegmatis encode Ku homologs and exploit the NHEJ pathway to recircularize their genomes during infection. Unlike homologous recombination, studied extensively in bacteria, NHEJ was discovered in eukaryotes and was only identified in prokaryotes in the past decade. In contrast to bacteria, NHEJ in eukaryotes utilizes a number of proteins, which participate in the following steps: In yeast, the Mre11-Rad50-Xrs2 complex is recruited to DSBs early and is thought to promote bridging of the DNA ends; the corresponding mammalian complex of Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1 is involved in NHEJ, but it may function at multiple steps in the pathway beyond holding the ends in proximity.

DNA-PKcs is thought to participate in end bridging during mammalian NHEJ. Eukaryotic Ku is a heterodimer consisting of Ku70 and Ku80, forms a complex with DNA-PKcs, present in mammals but absent in yeast. Ku is a basket-shaped molecule. Ku may function as a docking site for other NHEJ proteins, is known to interact with the DNA ligase IV complex and XLF. End processing involves removal of damaged or mismatched nucleotides by nucleases and resynthesis by DNA polymerases; this step is not necessary if the ends are compatible and have 3' hydroxyl and 5' phosphate termini. Little is known about the function of nucleases in NHEJ. Artemis is required for opening the hairpins that are formed on DNA ends during VJ recombination, a specific type of NHEJ, may participate in end trimming during general NHEJ. Mre11 has nuclease activity, but it seems to be involved in homologous recombination, not NHEJ; the X family DNA polymerases Pol λ and Pol μ fill gaps during NHEJ. Yeast lacking Pol4 are unable to join 3' overhangs that require gap filling, but remain proficient for gap filling at 5' overhangs.

This is because the primer terminus used to initiate DNA synthesis is less stable at 3' overhangs, necessitating a specialized NHEJ polymerase. The DNA ligase IV complex, consisting of the catalytic subunit DNA ligase IV and its cofactor XRCC4, performs the ligation step of repair. XLF known as Cernunnos, is homologous to yeast Nej1 and is required for NHEJ. While the precise role of XLF is unknown, it interacts with the XRCC4/DNA ligase IV complex and participates in the ligation step. Recent evidence suggests that XLF promotes re-adenylation of DNA ligase IV after ligation, recharging the ligase and allowing it to catalyze a second ligation. In yeast, Sir2 was identified as an NHEJ protein, but is now known to be required for NHEJ only because it is required for the transcription of Nej1; the choice between NHEJ and homologous recombination for repair of a double-strand break is regulated at the initial step in recombination, 5' end resection. In this step, the 5' strand of the break is degraded by nucleases to create long 3' single-stranded tails.

DSBs that have not been resected can be rejoined by NHEJ, but resection of a few nucleotides inhibits NHEJ and commits the break to repair by recombination. NHEJ is act

Robert Whitlow

Robert Whitlow is a film-maker and a best-selling author of fifteen legal thrillers. He is a contributor to a short story The Rescuers, a story included in the book What The Wind Picked Up by The ChiLibris Ring. In 2001, he won the Christy Award for his novel The Trial, his debut novel was made into a movie of The List, starring Malcolm McDowell. In 2010, Whitlow's second film,The Trial, based upon Whitlow's Christy Award Winning book of the same name, was directed by Gary Wheeler; the screenplay for the movie was written by Mark Freiburger. The movie starred Matthew Modine, Nikki Deloach, Robert Forster, Clare Carey and Bob GuntonA third movie, Jimmy was released in 2013 starring Ian Colletti, Ted Levine, Kelly Carlson, Patrick Fabian and Stelio Savante. Robert Whitlow received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, is a practicing attorney, lives in North Carolina. Before Robert Whitlow wrote his first novel, best-selling The List, he had no ambition whatsoever to write.

He woke one morning thinking about how people don't realise how much the past influences the present. While driving to his law office that morning, an idea for a novel regarding this subject came to mind; that night, he mentioned it to his wife, who said "You should write that!" So he did. After The List was published, he wrote The Trial, which won a Christy Award in 2001, he has continued to write since then. Christian novelist William Sirls has been influenced by the work of Robert Whitlow; the List The Trial The Sacrifice Jimmy Mountain Top Water's Edge The Choice The Living Room The Confession A House Divided The Witnesses A Time to Stand Life Support Life Everlasting Deeper Water Higher Hope Greater Love Chosen People Promised Land The Rescuers The List The Trial Jimmy Mountain Top Official Site fantasticfiction.co.uk Internet Book List Ayers, Whitlow & Dressler