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Jean Coutu Group

The Jean Coutu Group Inc. is a Canadian drugstore chain headquartered in Varennes, Quebec. Since 2017, the main distribution warehouse is located in Varennes, though there is a large distribution warehouse in Hawkesbury, since 2005, it has more than 400 franchised locations in New Brunswick and Quebec under the PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé banners. The company was once the third largest distributor and retailer of pharmaceuticals and related products in North America, with nearly 2,200 drug stores, its American stores have been sold to Rite Aid. The company is known for its private line "Personnelle", which produces a wide variety of products such as cosmetics and pharmaceutical products; the company was co-founded in 1969 by Jean Coutu and Louis Michaud, as a pharmacy in the east end of Montreal. The company became incorporated in 1973 under the name Services Farmico, enticed by the five branches set up in Montreal; the name was changed 13 years to its current name, the Jean Coutu Group Inc. and was put on the stock exchange.

In 1982 it entered the New Brunswick market and the Ontario market in 1983. Beginning in 1987, the company began a series of acquisitions. Over the past 20 years, the Jean Coutu Group has acquired Cadieux drugstores, twelve Cloutier Pharmacy outlets, sixteen Douglas Drug Inc. outlets, 221 outlets of the Brooks Drug Store, Rite Aid drugstores, retail properties, eight Mayrand drugstores, 19 Cumberland stores, many more in the United States. The Jean Coutu Group was the first in Canada to set up an online service that allows customers to refill their prescriptions a year expanded this concept by having the same system but that could be done over the telephone; some of the titles this corporation has earned include "Canada’s Most Respected Corporations", "The Most Admired Company in Quebec", which it has won seven times. With the majority of its franchises in Quebec, it is the province from which it receives most of its revenue, although it has gotten a great deal of profit from the United States.

The main competition are Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart, Familiprix and Uniprix. Since the end of the 1980s, the corporation has acquired much of its competition, it has become one of the leading companies in Quebec and has been growing throughout the other provinces and into the United States because of its successful integration of acquisitions. There are many different trademarks and they are continuously increasing due to these mergers. Jean Coutu is a public company and is listed under PJC. A. TO. On the Toronto Stock Exchange. In May 2013, Jean Coutu announced that it would move its head office from Longueuil to Varennes, because the present head office is too small. At a cost of $190 million, the new building will be near Autoroute 30 and it will be ready for 2016. In September 2017, Jean Coutu announced it was in talks to be acquired by Metro Inc, a Canadian supermarket chain, for C$4.50bn. The deal closed in May 2018. Coutu's U. S. subsidiary, Rhode Island-based Jean Coutu Group USA Inc. operated along the east coast, under the Brooks Pharmacy banner in New England and Eckerd Pharmacy from Upstate New York and Pennsylvania south to Georgia.

The U. S. operations were sold off in a deal with Rite Aid. Coutu had purchased Brooks in 1994 from the now-defunct Revco drug chain. In mid-2004, Coutu acquired more than half of the Eckerd store network from department store retailer J. C. Penney, it continued to operate those stores under the Eckerd name. From 1999 to 2004 the chain was the second fastest-growing retailer in the world. On August 24, 2006, Rite Aid announced that it would acquire 1,858 Jean Coutu's Eckerd and Brooks U. S. operations for $1.45bn in cash and issuing stock, giving Jean Coutu a 32% equity stake in Rite Aid. Rite Aid announced the acquisition completed on June 4, 2007. In July 2013, Coutu proceeded to the sale of its last shares of Rite Aid. Jean Coutu no longer holds any shares of Rite Aid. Shoppers Drug Mart Familiprix Uniprix Proxim Brunet Official Jean Coutu Group website

Musicology Live 2004ever

Musicology Live 2004ever was a concert tour by American recording artist Prince to promote his Musicology album. The tour began in March 27 in 2004 in Reno and concluded on September 11 in San Jose, California, it was a commercial success earning $87.4 million from 77 shows in 52 cities across the United States and selling more than 1.4 million tickets. Prince said one of the goals of the tour was "to bring back music and live musicianship." In April 2004, Prince released his thirtieth studio album Musicology from Columbia Records after leaving former record labels Warner Bros. and Arista. The album followed the 2003 releases Xpectation and N. E. W. S; when speaking about the album, Prince stated: "I am an artist and a musician at heart, that's what I do. Musicology has no formats, it is long overdue to return to the craft of music, that's what this album is about. School's in session." The singer gave a small performance at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in February to preview some of the new songs from the album where he announced plans for an upcoming tour.

Tour dates were announced that month in North America. He opened the 2004 Grammy Awards with Beyoncé and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the same year. More tour dates were announced shortly afterward; the Musicology Tour increased sales of the Musicology album because concertgoers received a copy of Musicology, with the album cost included in the ticket price for the tour. This prompted Billboard magazine and Nielsen SoundScan to change its chart data methodology: For future album releases, Billboard says that customers "must be given an option to either add the CD to the ticket purchase or forgo the CD for a reduced ticket-only price." This set list is representative of the first show in Los Angeles on March 29, 2004. It does not represent all concerts during the tour. "Musicology" "Let's Go Crazy" "I Would Die 4 U" "When Doves Cry" "Baby I'm a Star" "Shhh" "D. M. S. R." "I Feel for You" "Controversy" "God" "The Beautiful Ones" "Nothing Compares 2 U" "Insatiable" "Sign'O' the Times" "The Question of U" "Let's Work" "U Got the Look" "Life O' the Party" "Soul Man" "Kiss" "Take Me with U" "4ever in My Life" "12:01" "On the Couch" "Little Red Corvette" "Sometimes It Snows in April" "7" "Purple Rain" Lead vocals & guitar – Prince Rhythm guitar – Mike Scott BassRhonda Smith DrumsJohn Blackwell KeyboardsRenato Neto and Rad Saxophones – Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer TromboneGreg Boyer Keys- Chance HowardSource

Wiremu Parata

Wiremu Te Kākākura Parata known as Wi Parata was a New Zealand politician of Māori and Pākehā descent. During the 1870s he was a member of a Minister of the Crown. Parata was the son of Metapere Waipunahau, a Māori woman of high status, George Stubbs, a whaler and trader from Australia, his grandfather Te Rangi Hīroa and his great-uncle Te Pēhi Kupe were leading rangatira amongst the Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Toa iwi who had settled along the Kapiti Coast. After Stubbs drowned in a boating accident off Kapiti Island in 1838, Parata and his brother were taken by their mother to the pā at Kenakena, where he grew up. In 1852, he married Unaiki. Parata and Unaiki are thought to have had eleven children. In the late 1860s, Parata became a farmer, owned about 1,600 sheep by the mid-1870s, he was, by relatively wealthy, owned the largest farm in the area of Waikanae, a town, named after him. He hosted the Waikanae Hack Racing Club on his land, a practice subsequently maintained by his son and grandson until 1914.

Parata entered politics in the 1860s. In 1871, he was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for the Western Maori constituency, defeating the incumbent Mete Paetahi, he remained the sitting member of parliament for the duration of the 5th New Zealand Parliament. In December 1872, Parata became just the second Māori to be appointed to the Executive Council joining Wi Katene, appointed just a month earlier. Parata is described by the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography as having been "an astute politician and skilled orator and debater". In Parliament, he expressed the view that Pākehā were not qualified to make informed decisions regarding Māori, pressed for Māori and Pākehā MPs to work together on laws for the benefit of both peoples, he called for the appointment of a commission to look into Māori grievances related to land confiscations. In the 1876 election, he was one of three candidates in the Western Maori electorate and came last, beaten by Hoani Nahi and Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui.

Parata is best remembered for the court case which bears his name. In 1877, he took Octavius Hadfield, the Bishop of Wellington, to the Supreme Court, over a breach of oral contract between the Anglican Church and the Ngati Toa, a breach of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi; the Ngati Toa had provided land to the church in 1848 in exchange for a promise that a school for young Ngati Toa people would be built by the church. No school was built, and, in 1850, the church obtained a Crown grant to the land, without the consent of the iwi; the case was a failure for Parata. The ruling had far-reaching consequences, as it was invoked as precedent during subsequent claims brought for breaches of the Treaty, well into the twentieth century. In the late 1870s, Parata supported pacifist leader Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, providing him and his Parihaka community with financial support. On 29 September 1906, Parata died at Waikanae from injuries sustained after falling from a horse. Wilson, James Oakley. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984.

Wellington: V. R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. Biography on the Victoria University NZETC website Images of Wiremu Parata and related texts New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Rey Ruiz

Rey Ruiz is a salsa singer from Cuba. Ruiz reached international fame across Latin America and among Hispanic music fans in the United States. Rey Ruiz demonstrated a lot of interest in becoming a salsa singer. Aside from an normal childhood, Ruiz made his debut as a performer at a young age. Ruiz had his parents' full support, he was on enrolled in Havana's Conservatorio de Música school. Ruiz made his way to headlining a show at the Habana Libre Hotel. Rey Ruiz performed in the well known "Cabaret Tropicana" music group. During a Cabaret Tropicana tour in the Dominican Republic, Ruiz defected, leaving the group to join some friends in the United States. Once established there, Ruiz began to gain fame as a solo salsa singer, it took Ruiz three years after he arrived in the United States for him to release his first CD. The self-titled "Rey Ruiz" was produced by Sony Records and it earned Ruiz celebrity in such places as Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela; the album earned Ruiz a number of Billboard and Premios Lo Nuestro awards, it was a platinum album.

Rey Ruiz was named the "salsa singer of the year" for 1993 by a prestigious salsa music magazine and was known for hits such as "No Me Acostumbro" and "Amiga". Ruiz's initial success as a singer translated into small screen success as well, as he was hired by Pepsi, Miller beer and his studio company, Sony, to film commercials announcing their brand. Ruiz's second album was a various artists' compilation dedicated to salsa singers from the 1960s and 1970s; the tribute album was named "Los Soneros de Hoy". Loosely translated into "Today's performers". In 1993, Ruiz released his second album. "Mi Media Mitad" was a large hit in the United States and in Europe, once again, making the Billboard hits list in the States, topping the European charts. "Mi Media Mitad" became Ruiz's second consecutive platinum album, it helped make Ruiz popular in Colombia as well, with a single, "Si te Preguntan" becoming a major hit song. Soon after that album's release, Ruiz made his debut at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The same year, Ruiz earned the New Tropical/Salsa Artist of the Year award at the Lo Nuestro Awards. Ruiz's third album, "En Cuerpo y Alma", was released in 1995; this was Ruiz's third platinum album in a row. In 1996, with the collaboration of famed Colombian songwriter Omar Estefano and of Ricardo Quijano, Ruiz released his fourth consecutive platinum album, named "Destino". One of the most publicly acclaimed songs in that album was "Miénteme Otra Vez", his next album, 1997's "Porque es Amor' failed to have the commercial success Ruiz's four previous releases had, ending Ruiz's streak of platinum albums at four. It did, contain three major hit songs, including the title song, as well as "Mi Angel" and "Tú no Sabes". In 1998, Ruiz released a greatest hits CD, named "Exitos del Rey". By Ruiz owned a recording company. "Ya Ves Quien Soy" was another commercial success for Ruiz in Brazil. Ruiz collaborated with Brazilian singer José Augusto in this album, when the pair recorded a duet song, "Siempre Mía".

In 2000, Ruiz joined the Bohemia Records label. In 2004, he released Mi Tentacion. In 2008 Ruiz fulfilled a lifetime dream by performing on stage with some of his closest musical colleagues at the Adrian Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Along with Grammy Winner Arturo Sandoval, Objectivo Fama winner Marlon and Los Tres de La Habana, this musical collaboration was recorded for a soon to be released DVD. Ruiz signed on to a new recording contract which brings him back to his original label Sony/BMG with a anticipated album being produced by Cuco Pena one of Puerto Rico's premier musical producer. List of Cubans www. Official site's page on Ruiz

Cal/EPA Building

The Cal/EPA Building is a 25-floor, 372 ft commercial office skyscraper in Downtown Sacramento that serves as the headquarters for the California Environmental Protection Agency. It known as the Joe Serna Jr. Building, named to honor the late mayor of Sacramento, Joe Serna Jr. Built in 2000, the building stands 372 feet tall and sits across the street from Cesar Chavez Plaza and Sacramento City Hall, it has a daily population of 3,500. It is recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as one of the most energy-efficient high-rise office buildings in the United States, with a score of 96 out of 100. In 2003, it was recognized by Energy Star as the most energy-efficient high-rise in the nation. Solar panels are installed that generate electricity soundlessly for the building. California Environmental Protection Agency List of tallest buildings in Sacramento

Order polynomial

The order polynomial is a polynomial studied in mathematics, in particular in algebraic graph theory and algebraic combinatorics. The order polynomial counts the number of order-preserving maps from a poset to a chain of length n; these order-preserving maps were first introduced by Richard P. Stanley while studying ordered structures and partitions as a Ph. D. student at Harvard University in 1971 under the guidance of Gian-Carlo Rota. Let P be a finite poset with p elements denoted x, y ∈ P, let = be a chain n elements. A map ϕ: P → is order-preserving if x ≤ y implies ϕ ≤ ϕ; the number of such maps grows polynomially with n, the function that counts their number is the order polynomial Ω = Ω. We can define an order polynomial that counts the number of order-preserving maps ϕ: P →, meaning x < y implies ϕ < ϕ. The number of such maps is the strict order polynomial Ω ∘ = Ω ∘. Both Ω and Ω ∘ have degree p; the order-preserving maps generalize the linear extensions of P, the order-preserving bijections ϕ: P ⟶ ∼.

In fact, the leading coefficient of Ω and Ω ∘ is the number of linear extensions divided by p!. Letting P be a chain of p elements, we have Ω = = and Ω ∘ =. There is only one linear extension, both polynomials have leading term 1 p! N p. Letting P be an antichain of p incomparable elements, we have Ω = Ω ∘ = n p. Since any bijection ϕ: P ⟶ ∼ is order-preserving, there are p! Linear extensions, both polynomials reduce to the leading term p! P! N p = n p. There is a relation between order-preserving maps and order-preserving maps: Ω ∘ = | P | Ω. In the case that P is a chain, this recovers the negative binomial identity. There are similar results for the chromatic polynomial and Ehrhart polynomial, all special cases of Stanley's general Reciprocity Theorem; the chromatic polynomial P counts the number of proper colorings of a finite graph G with n available colors. For an acyclic orientation σ of the edges of G, there is a natural "downstream" partial order on the vertices V