The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man is an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics, featuring the fictional superhero Spider-Man as its main protagonist. Being in the mainstream continuity of the franchise, it began publication in 1963 as a monthly periodical and was published continuously, with a brief interruption in 1995, until its relaunch with a new numbering order in 1999. In 2003 the series reverted to the numbering order of the first volume; the title has been published biweekly, was published three times a month from 2008 to 2010. A video game based on the comic book series was released in 2000 and a film named after the comic book series was released July 3, 2012. After DC Comics' relaunch of Action Comics and Detective Comics with new No. 1 issues in 2011, it had been the highest-numbered American comic still in circulation until it was cancelled. The title ended its 50-year run as a continuously published comic with issue#700 in December 2012, it was replaced by The Superior Spider-Man as part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch of Marvel's comic lines.

The title was relaunched in April 2014. 1, after the "Goblin Nation" story arc published in The Superior Spider-Man and Superior Spider-Man Team-Up. In late 2015, The Amazing Spider-Man was relaunched again with a new volume with issue No. 1 following the 2015 Secret Wars event. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist and co-plotter Steve Ditko, the pair produced 38 issues from March 1963 to July 1966. Ditko left after the 38th issue, while Lee remained as writer until issue 100. Since many writers and artists have taken over the monthly comic through the years, chronicling the adventures of Marvel's most identifiable hero; the Amazing Spider-Man has been the character's flagship series for his first fifty years in publication, was the only monthly series to star Spider-Man until Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man, in 1976, although 1972 saw the debut of Marvel Team-Up, with the vast majority of issues featuring Spider-Man along with a rotating cast of other Marvel characters.

Most of the major characters and villains of the Spider-Man saga have been introduced in Amazing, with few exceptions, it is where most key events in the character's history have occurred. The title was published continuously until No. 441 when Marvel Comics relaunched it as vol. 2 No. 1, but on Spider-Man's 40th anniversary, this new title reverted to using the numbering of the original series, beginning again with issue No. 500 and lasting until the final issue, No. 700. Due to strong sales on the character's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy No. 15, Spider-Man was given his own ongoing series in March 1963. The initial years of the series, under Lee and Ditko, chronicled Spider-Man's nascent career with his civilian life as hard-luck yet perpetually good-humored teenager Peter Parker. Peter balanced his career as Spider-Man with his job as a freelance photographer for The Daily Bugle under the bombastic editor-publisher J. Jonah Jameson to support himself and his frail Aunt May. At the same time, Peter dealt with public hostility towards Spider-Man and the antagonism of his classmates Flash Thompson and Liz Allan at Midtown High School, while embarking on a tentative, ill-fated romance with Jameson's secretary, Betty Brant.

By focusing on Parker's everyday problems and Ditko created a groundbreakingly flawed, self-doubting superhero, the first major teenaged superhero to be a protagonist and not a sidekick. Ditko's quirky art provided a stark contrast to the more cleanly dynamic stylings of Marvel's most prominent artist, Jack Kirby, combined with the humor and pathos of Lee's writing to lay the foundation for what became an enduring mythos. Most of Spider-Man's key villains and supporting characters were introduced during this time. Issue No. 1 featured the first appearances of J. Jonah Jameson and his astronaut son John Jameson, the supervillain the Chameleon, it included the hero's first encounter with the superhero team the Fantastic Four. Issue No. 2 featured the first appearance of the Vulture and the Tinkerer as well as the beginning of Parker's freelance photography career at the newspaper The Daily Bugle. The Lee-Ditko era continued to usher in a significant number of villains and supporting characters, including Doctor Octopus in No. 3.

The Molten Man was introduced in No. 28 which featured Parker's graduation from high school. Peter began attending Empire State University in No. 31, the issue which featured the first appearances of friends and classmates Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn. Harry's father, Norman Osborn first appeared in No. 23 as a member of Jameson's country club but is not named nor revealed as Harry's father until No. 37. One of the most celebrated issues of the Lee-Ditko run is No. 33, the third part of the story arc "If This Be My Destiny...!", which features the dramatic scene of Spider-Man, through force of will and thoughts of family, escaping from being pinned by heavy machinery. Comics historian Les Daniels noted that "Steve Ditko squeezes every ounce of anguish out of Spider-Man's predicament, complete with visions of the uncle he failed and the aunt he has sworn to save." Peter David observed that "After his origin, this two-page sequence from Amazing Spider-Man No. 33 is the best-loved sequence from the Stan Lee/Steve Di

Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College is a further and higher education college based across four campuses located in Park Royal, Ealing and Southall districts of London, England. The college provides training and development for over 20,000 students from entry level to postgraduate, is a member of the Collab Group of high performing colleges; the main campus of the college is situated on the north side of the busy A4 dual-carriageway, between Hammersmith and Earls Court. In its most recent inspection, Ofsted rated the college as "Good" for overall effectiveness; the college is a Beacon Status College, awarded by the Quality Improvement Agency. In 2008, the International Centre at the college was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade. In 2012, Hammersmith & West London College became the first Further Education college in London to receive the'AoC Charter for International Excellence’; the charter is awarded to FE colleges that show a strong commitment to quality assurance and implement an ethical approach to all aspects of their international activities.

In 2017, the college won the Times Educational Supplement FE Award for Outstanding use of Technology for Teaching and Assessment. In 1881, Hammersmith School of Art was established in Brook Green. There was the Hammersmith College of Art and Building located in Lime Grove, Shepherds Bush; this college ran an Architecture course accredited by an Interior Design course. There were facilities and studios in which were taught textile design, ceramics and print-making. The'building' side of the college included workshops in which the traditional building trades were taught, including plumbing, welding and brick-laying. The'cross-discipline' opportunities that the close proximity that these departments afforded students was deliberate; that the sculpture students could learn from the welding classes and the interior design students from the textile design students and the architecture students from the building trades apprentices was a recognized benefit of the graduates of the Hammersmith College of Art and Building.

In 1970 the Architecture department of Hammersmith College of Art and Building merged with Woolwich Polytechnic to form Thames Polytechnic, which in 1993 became the University of Greenwich. The architectural teaching staff included Arthur Korn. Ealing Grammar School for Boys was opened in 1913 as Ealing County School and expanded in 1936 known as Ealing County Grammar School, it had the Ealonian Hall. In 1974, Ealing borough adopted the comprehensive education system and the school became Ealing Green High School, a boys' school. In 1992, the school was taken over by the new Ealing Tertiary College. In January 2002, Hammersmith and West London College merged with Ealing Tertiary College to form Ealing and West London College. Hammersmith is the largest campus, with over 10,000 students; the College offers a large number of full-time and part-time courses across a broad range of subjects for students of different ages and needs. The College was designed by the Greater London Council Architects’ Department, under the supervision of Bob Giles, the project architect, for the educational elements which were to be built on the school’s 8 acre playing fields.

The educational brief was a building to house the amalgamation of 3 existing local colleges: West London College. These buildings were at the time spread out over five or six sites and their amalgamation would result in the largest building erected by the ILEA. Work on the construction of the college started in the ‘70s and was completed in 1980. Giles took his inspiration for the design from Alfred Waterhouse, who designed the original bright red brick buildings of the old St Paul’s School which used to occupy the site. Waterhouse designed the Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall. Only a boundary wall and the old High Master’s House remain of the original buildings; the High Master’s House has since been turned into a hotel. The design was influenced by the curving shape of the Art Deco Baron’s Keep block, on an adjacent site and by the fine brickwork and glazing of the Grade 2-listed Artists’ Studios which lie to the south of the college site across the Talgarth Road. Saynatsalo Town Hall by Alvar Aalto in Finland was an influence, Giles having visited the country just before he was awarded the contract.

Giles was keen to maintain the link to Waterhouse, replacing one magnificent red brick pile with another. He wished to design the building right up to the edge of the site which comprised Waterhouse’s original boundary walls; the aim was to create an university campus-like site. Pedestrian routes through the site were created which were to be available to the general public, without prejudicing security in the college buildings; the issue of protecting the site from the noise and pollution emanating from the Cromwell Road extension was paramount. The college complex rises from the historic boundary walls in a rugged pyramid that concentrates the mass of accommodation respectfully away from the surrounding residential accommodation and leaves landscaped open spaces at its edges; the massing of the buildings and their stepped design, receding from both road boundaries and south, contribute to the desired protection. Within these buildings, Giles created a visually complex structure, difficult to understand from the outside, but more exciting for that, with changing images as one moves around the building.

Underlying the design is a simple logi

International Bank of Asia

International Bank of Asia Limited or IBA was acquired by Taiwan-based Fubon Group in 2004 and now operates under the name "Fubon Bank Limited". Prior to Fubon Group's acquisition of IBA, the primary shareholders of International Bank of Asia were Arab Banking Corporation and China Everbright Group. International Bank of Asia was established as Sun Hung Kai Finance Company, the financing arm of Sun Hung Kai Securities; the name Sun Hung Kai Bank was adopted in 1982. The original Sun Hung Kai Bank shareholders included Banque Paribas, Merrill Lynch, the family of Fung King-Hey. In 1985, Ahmet D. Arsan, Asia Head of Arab Banking Corporation, arranged for ABC to acquire 75% of Sun Hung Kai Bank, which, at the time, was suffering from sub-optimal results and was ripe for a take-over. Arsan was an influential Turkish-American banker who ABC had recruited in 1982 to head ABC Asia Pacific, after his success, years earlier, in establishing the Asia Pacific arm of First Chicago. Following the 1985 acquisition of Sun Hung Kai Bank by ABC, Arsan made sweeping changes in the bank, ranging from the executive management team and most of the bank's staff, to the bank's entire set of operating procedures, on which all employees were trained.

In 1986, Arsan changed the institution's name and re-branded the organisation as International Bank of Asia. Ahmet D. Arsan was the founding chief executive officer and managing director of International Bank of Asia from 1985 to 1989, after which Arsan left IBA and established a private Hong Kong based trading firm. In 1990, following Arsan's departure, ABC acquired the remaining 25% of IBA shares, making IBA a wholly owned subsidiary of ABC, until October 1993 when China Everbright Group became a 20% stake holder. In November 1990, IBA was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In February 2004 Fubon Financial Holding Co. Ltd. a member of Taiwanese financial institution Fubon Group, in an acquisition of IBA shares from both ABC and China Everbright Group, acquired a 75% stake in IBA. The M&A advisor was Citigroup Global Markets. At the 2005 Fubon Group annual general meeting, the Fubon board approved for IBA to adopt the Fubon name. On 6 April 2005, IBA was renamed Fubon Bank Limited. Fubon Bank Limited operates 25 retail outlets in Hong Kong including 22 branches and 3 Securities Services Centers, provides a wide range of financial services encompassing consumer and wholesale banking, wealth management, financial markets, hire purchase, securities brokerage and investment services.

Fubon Bank is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and holds an A-2 short-term, BBB+ long-term rating from S&P. The rating reflects good liquidity and sound asset quality. 1985: Arab Banking Corporation acquired 75% of Sun Hung Kai Bank from Fung King Hey's family. 1986: The bank was renamed International Bank of Asia. 1990: ABC purchased the remaining 25% and IBA became a wholly owned subsidiary of ABC. 1993: China Everbright Group acquired a 20% stakes of IBA. And IBA was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 2004: Taiwanese Fubon Financial Holding acquired a 55% stake of IBA from Arab Banking Corporation. It acquired China Everbright's 20% and became a 75% shareholder of IBA. 2005: The bank was renamed to Fubon Bank Limited. Sun Hung Kai Bank Fubon Bank Limited