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Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. is a Japanese multinational electronics corporation headquartered in Kadoma, Japan. The company was founded in 1918 as a producer of lightbulb sockets and has grown to become one of the largest Japanese electronics producers alongside Sony, Toshiba and Canon Inc. In addition to electronics, it offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services. Panasonic was the world's fourth-largest television manufacturer by 2012 market share. Panasonic has a primary listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 and TOPIX indices, it has a secondary listing on the Nagoya Stock Exchange. From 1935 to October 1, 2008, the company name was "Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd." On January 10, 2008, the company announced that it would change its name to "Panasonic Corporation", in effect on October 1, 2008, to conform with its global brand name "Panasonic". The name change was approved at a shareholders' meeting on June 26, 2008 after consultation with the Matsushita family.

Panasonic was founded in 1918 by Kōnosuke Matsushita as a vendor of duplex lamp sockets. In the 1920s Matsushita began launching products. In 1927, he produced a line of bicycle lamps that were the first to be marketed with the National brand name. During World War II the company operated factories in Japan and other parts of Asia which produced electrical components and appliances such as light fixtures, electric irons, wireless equipment and its first vacuum tubes. After the war, Panasonic regrouped as a Keiretsu and began to supply the post-war boom in Japan with radios and appliances, as well as bicycles. Matsushita's brother-in-law, Toshio Iue, founded Sanyo as a subcontractor for components after World War II. Sanyo grew to become a competitor to Panasonic, but was acquired by Panasonic in December 2009. In 1961, Matsushita met American dealers; the company began producing television sets for the U. S. market under the Panasonic brand name, expanded the use of the brand to Europe in 1979.

The company used the National brand outside North America from the 1950s to the 1970s. The inability to use the National brand name led to the creation of the Panasonic brand in the United States. Over the next several decades Panasonic released additional products, including black and white TV's, electrical blenders, rice cookers, color TV's and microwave ovens; the company debuted a hi-fidelity audio speaker in Japan in 1965 with the brand Technics. This line of high quality stereo components became worldwide favorites, the most famous products being its turntables, such as the SL-1200 record player, known for its high performance and durability. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Panasonic continued to produce high-quality specialized electronics for niche markets such as shortwave radios, developed its successful line of stereo receivers, CD players and other components. In 1973, Matsushita established "Anam National", joint venture with Anam Group in South Korea. In 1983, Matsushita launched the Panasonic Senior Partner, the first IBM PC compatible Japanese-made computer.

In November 1990, Matsushita agreed to acquire the American media company MCA Inc. for US$6.59 billion. Matsushita subsequently sold 80% of MCA to Seagram Company for US$7 billion in April 1995. In 1998, Matsushita sold Anam National to Anam Electronics. On May 2, 2002, Panasonic Canada marked its 35th anniversary in that country by giving $5 million to help build a "music city" on Toronto's waterfront. On 2005, Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display Co. Ltd. stopped production of CRTs at its factory in Horseheads, New York. A year in 2006, it stopped production at its Malaysian factory, following heavy losses. On January 19, 2006, Panasonic announced that it would stop producing analog televisions from the next month, in order to concentrate on digital televisions. In 2008, all models of electric shavers from the Panasonic factory were called Panasonic shavers, they dropped Matsushita and National from their name, regardless of worldwide or Japanese markets. In late Matsushita sold and spun off JVC to Kenwood Corporation and October 1,2008 JVC and Kenwood merged to create the JVCKenwood Corporation.

On November 3, 2008, Panasonic and Sanyo announced that they were holding merger talks, which resulted in the acquisition of Sanyo by Panasonic. The merger was completed in December 2009, resulted in a corporation with revenues of over ¥11.2 trillion. With the announcement that Pioneer would exit the production of its Kuro plasma HDTV displays, Panasonic purchased many of the patents and incorporated these technologies into its own plasma displays. In April 2011, it was announced that Panasonic would cut its work force by 40,000 by the end of fiscal 2012 in a bid to streamline overlapping operations; the curtailment is about 10 percent of its group work force. In October 2011, Panasonic announced that it would trim its money-losing TV business by ceasing production of Plasma TVs at its plant in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture by March 2012, cutting 1,000 jobs in the process. In January 2012, Panasonic announced that it had struck a deal with Myspace on its new venture, Myspace TV. Myspace TV will allow users to watch live television while chatting with other users on a laptop, tablet or the television itself.

With the partnership, Myspace TV will be integrated into Panasonic V

H. Gordon Tidey

Herbert Gordon Tidey was an English railway photographer. Described as "one of the fathers of railway photography" he was active from the 1890s through the 1950s. Writing in 1954, he described the background to his work as follows: From about 1900 onwards, I have made a point of giving a week annually to a tour devoted to Railway Photography, on some occasions by car, when long distances were involved, by train... During these 54 odd years I suppose I must have covered a large part of Scotland. I visited many interesting districts on several occasions – with a few years' gap between – and therefore was able to record the changing outline of the locomotives on the important trains. Oxenholme station is an example of a favourite location, but Tidey did indeed range and it is estimated that he took around 6000 photographs. Characteristically he took ¾-front views of mainline steam trains in action, taking care to include the complete train in the composition, favouring a high viewpoint when he could obtain one, sometimes deliberately choosing to shoot from the shadow side of the line.

By the middle of his photographic career he preferred to use a Delnollo Nettel focal plane press camera taking glass plates. His work was published in The Railway Magazine from 1902. However, from 1910 to 1919, his work appeared instead in The Railway Magazine's rival and Travel Monthly, which sold his work as prints. At times in his career he sold postcard prints of his photographs himself or through Oldlands of Palmers Green or "B & R" of London, he suspended photographic activity during World War II. Ian Allan and Lens of Sutton. Most of his glass plates are now with York. By profession he was an estate agent in North London contributing photographs to the local Southgate Recorder newspaper and being an amateur musician. Baker, Michael H. C.. Taking the Train. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-409-3. Jackson, Alan A.. "Postcards of Early Amateur Railway Photographers". Railway Postcard Collectors Circle. 28: 15–21

Inspector General of the Air Force

The Office of Inspector General of the Air Force for the United States Air Force is responsible for conducting investigations and inspections as directed by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. The position in the Air Force was established after World War II as The Air Inspector, carried over from the Army Air Forces; the current mission of the Air Force Inspector General is prescribed by Title 10 and Title 32 of the United States Code to develop Air Force and Air National Guard policy to assess readiness and efficiency with a vision to help shape senior leader decisions affecting the readiness of the Air Force to strengthen the nation's defense. The Office of Inspector General of the Air Force consists of four directorates: The complaints resolution program investigates complaints and potential cases of fraud and abuse; the inspection system program is designed to evaluate different levels of command in the Air Force to assess the effectiveness of key processes and requirements based on either public law, executive orders and instructions.

The Air Force Inspection Agency heads the inspection program and operates under direction of the Air Force Inspector General. A senior officials inquiry program to conduct inquiries and investigations of complaints and allegations made against senior Air Force officials. A special investigations directorate which provides policy, program evaluation, resources for the Air Force's security and investigative activities along with foreign counterintelligence programs In 1943, Junius Jones was designated The Air Inspector of the Army Air Forces and when the AAF became the U. S. Air Force in 1947, he retained his position. In 1948, The Air Inspector was renamed to the Inspector General of the Air Force. In December 1971, Lt Gen Louis L. Wilson Jr. oversees the activation of the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center to provide independent assessments of acquisition, nuclear surety, logistics and healthcare to Air Force senior leaders. It evaluates Air Force activities and policies, provides legal and compliance oversight of all Air Force-level Field Operating Agencies and Direct Reporting Units.

In September 1986, as a result of the Goldwater–Nichols Act, the Inspector General moved directly under the Secretary of the Air Force. In June 2016, the Air Force IG, its database contractor Lockheed Martin, came under criticism when 100,000 official records dating back to 2004 were lost due to corrupted data. 2003 United States Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal Office of the Inspector General, U. S. Department of Defense Naval Inspector General List of Inspectors General of the U. S. Army USAF IG Official webpage 10 U. S. Code § 8020 - Air Force Inspector General: detail.

Knapp, Jackson County, Wisconsin

Knapp is a town in Jackson County, Wisconsin, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 275; the unincorporated community of Lapham Junction is located in the town. Knapp was formed out of a portion of the town of Millston in 1889. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 71.6 square miles, of which, 69.1 square miles of it is land and 2.4 square miles of it is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 275 people, 113 households, 89 families residing in the town; the population density was 4.0 people per square mile. There were 131 housing units at an average density of 1.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 99.27% White, 0.36% Asian, 0.36% from two or more races. There were 113 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.6% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 20.4% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.73. In the town, the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.7 males. The median income for a household in the town was $40,446, the median income for a family was $41,771. Males had a median income of $35,500 versus $21,607 for females; the per capita income for the town was $19,212. About 6.1% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under the age of 18 and 10.3% of those 65 or over

Sifton Park, Edmonton

Sifton Park is a residential neighbourhood in the Clareview area of north east Edmonton, Canada. The neighbourhood is bounded on the north by 137 Avenue, on the west by 50 Street, on the east by 40 Street. To the south the neighbourhood backs onto Kennedale Ravine. In the City of Edmonton's 2012 municipal census, Sifton Park had a population of 2,289 living in 935 dwellings, a -3.2% change from its 2009 population of 2,364. With a land area of 0.5 km2, it had a population density of 4,578 people/km2 in 2012. According to the 2001 federal census, four out of five of all residences were constructed during the 1970s. Most of the remaining residences were built during the early 1980s; the most common type of residence in the neighbourhood, according to the 2005 municipal census, is the rented apartment. Apartments in low-rise buildings with fewer than five stories account for just under half of all residences in the neighbourhood. Single-family dwellings account for another one residence in three. One in ten residences are row houses and one in ten residences are duplexes.

A small number of residences are classified as other kinds of residence. Three out of five residences are rented and only two out of every five residences are owner-occupied; the population of the neighbourhood is mobile. According to the 2005 municipal census, one resident in four had moved within the previous twelve months. Another one resident in four had moved within the previous one to three years. Only two out of every five residents had lived at the same address for longer. There is a single school in the neighbourhood, Sifton Elementary School, operated by the Edmonton Public School System; the Clareview LRT Station is located just to the north of Sifton Park in the adjoining neighbourhood of Clareview Town Centre. Sifton Park Neighbourhood Profile

Juniper Dunes Wilderness

The Juniper Dunes Wilderness is a protected wilderness area comprising 7,140 acres in Franklin County, Washington. Established in 1984, it is noteworthy for the northernmost growth of western juniper trees that live among the area's large sand dunes. Common wildlife found in Juniper Dunes Wilderness include mule deer, coyote, skunk, porcupine, pocket gopher, kangaroo rat, several species of mouse, owl, quail, pheasant, numerous songbirds, rattlesnakes. Other than the namesake junipers, no trees grow in significant numbers here. Other vegetation found in the Wilderness include rubber rabbitbrush, green rabbitbrush, bluebunch wheatgrass, Indian ricegrass, white sand-verbena, Franklin sandwort, sicklepod milkvetch, turpentine cymopterus, prickly pear cactus, sand-dune penstemon, lanceleaf breadroot, sand dock, Carey balsamroot, wild-hyacinth, wild flax, snow buckwheat, desert parsley Indian-potato, silverleaf phacelia. No legal access to Juniper Dunes Wilderness exists, as the entire surrounding land is owned.

An agreement in early 2007 with landowners allows visitors, with permission, to travel on one of several old jeep trails that end near the Wilderness boundary. Eric Degerman. "The Sahara of Washington Juniper Dunes Wilderness, just 15 miles north of Pasco, seems a world away". Tri-City Herald. Archived from the original on 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2006-06-29. Anna King. "Access deal met at Juniper Dunes". Tri-City Herald. Retrieved 2007-02-15. Karen Sykes. "Head east to escape the rain at Juniper Dunes Wilderness". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-02-21. Map of Juniper Dunes Wilderness Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area - BLM page