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The Swatch Group

The Swatch Group Ltd is a Swiss manufacturer of watches and jewellery. The company was founded in 1983 by Nicolas Hayek from the merger of Allgemeine Gesellschaft der Schweizerischen Uhrenindustrie and Société Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogère, in order to cope with the quartz crisis and save the Swiss watchmaking industry; the Swatch Group employs about 36,000 people in 50 countries. In 2016, net sales were 7.533 billion Swiss francs. In addition to the Swatch product line, the group owns other brands, including Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, Omega, RADO. SSIH, originated in 1930 with the merger of the Omega and Tissot companies. Swiss watch quality was high, but new technology, such as the Hamilton Electric watch introduced in 1957 and the Bulova Accutron tuning fork watch in 1961, presaged increasing technological competition. In the late 1970s, SSIH became insolvent due in part to a recession and in part to heavy competition from inexpensive Asian-made quartz crystal watches.

These difficulties occurred though it had become Switzerland's largest, the world's third largest, producer of watches. Its creditor banks assumed control in 1981. ASUAG, formed in 1931, was the world's largest producer of watch movements and the parts thereof (balance wheels, balance springs, watch stones. ASUAG had integrated an array of watch brands in 1972 into a sub-holding company, General Watch Co. ASUAG failed in 1982; the Swatch Group was formed in 1983 as ASUAG/SSIH from the two financially-troubled predecessor companies, ASUAG and SSIH. Taken private in 1985 by then-CEO Nicolas Hayek, with the understanding of the Swiss banks and the financial assistance of a group of Swiss private investors, it was renamed SMH in 1986, Swatch Group Ltd in 1998; the launch of the new "Swatch" brand of watch in 1983, by the ETA SA CEO Ernst Thomke and his young team of engineers, was marked by bold new styling and design. The quartz watch was redesigned for fewer parts; this combination of marketing and manufacturing expertise restored Switzerland as a major player in the world wristwatch market.

Over the years, the Swatch Group has acquired several watchmaker companies, such as Blancpain S. A. Breguet S. A. and Glashütte Original. All three brands are prominent members of its range of products today; the most recent acquisition was HW Holding Inc. owner of Harry Winston, Inc. in New York, USA, a jewellery and luxury watch company. The transaction closed on 26 March 2013 for 711 million Swiss Francs. Nayla Hayek became CEO; the company bought the world's biggest flawless blue diamond, The Winston Blue, on 15 May 2014. The following list includes the brands owned by the Swatch Group. Balmain Blancpain Breguet Ck Calvin Klein Certina Endura Flik Flak Glashütte Original Hamilton Harry Winston Jaquet Droz Léon Hatot Longines Mido Omega Rado Swatch Swiss Timing Tissot Union Glashütte Swatch subsidiary ETA SA, based in Grenchen, furnishes many OEM brands, such as LVMH and Richemont; the Swatch Group Electronic System includes: Belenos Clean Power AG. EM Microelectronic-Marin: Designs and produces ultra-low power, low voltage mixed-signal integrated circuits, LCD and modules.

IC Product lines include RFID, smart card, ASIC, RTC, reset circuit, watchdog, LCD driver, opto ICs. Micro Crystal: produces miniature low power quartz crystals and small low power oscillators. Renata: produces micro batteries. Product lines include rechargeable batteries. In 1998, Swatch invented "Swatch Internet Time", intended as a global time system, which divides the day into 1000 "beats" in a single worldwide time zone. In October 2004, Swatch introduced its first smart watch, the Paparazzi, based on Microsoft Corporation's SPOT The Swatch Group started offering their first class in the Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School for aspiring watchmakers in September 2005, this school is located in Miami, Florida, USA. Other watchmaker schools situated in Germany. Swiss Timing, under brands such as Omega and Tissot, provide timing services for sporting events such as Formula One, Olympic Games, Tour de France, Equestrian events. In 1994, Swatch entered into a joint venture with Germany's Daimler AG to produce the Smart car, but they withdrew from this project.

Swatch subsidiary Belenos Clean Power AG entered into a joint venture with the Paul Scherrer Institut in May 2008 to develop a hydrogen fuel cell for a fuel cell powered car. Swatch began test drives of the car in Switzerland in 2012. However, the Swatch Group decided to abandon the project for a fuel cell powered car in June 2015 and concentrate instead on a new type of battery with high storage capacity. Quartz crisis List of watch manufacturers Pierre Jaquet-Droz Swatch Lewin, Tony. Smart thinking: the little car that made it big. St. Paul, Minnesota: MBI Publishing. ISBN 0-7603-1943-X. Mudambi, Ram, "Branding Time: Swatch and Global Brand Management" - Temple University, Fox School of Business, Temple University IGMS Case Series No. 05-001, January 2005 The Swatch Group Ltd. "H

Ohio River Basin Congressional Caucus

The Ohio River Basin Congressional Caucus known as the Congressional Ohio River Basin Caucus and the Ohio River Basin Caucus, is a Congressional Member Organization dedicated to addressing the critical economic, agricultural and community issues within the Ohio River Basin. The caucus was founded on October 21, 2009, by Rep. Shelly Moore Capito and Rep. Steve Driehaus in order to unite all members of Congress whose districts reside within the Ohio River Basin to work together to resolve issues faced by their constituents; the caucus was formed in conjunction with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, an organization, formed by multiple state governments to manage and maintain the environmental quality of the Ohio River Valley. While all Congressional Caucuses work to recruit additional members who support their particular goals, The Ohio River Basin Caucus is unique in that it makes no attempt to recruit any member of Congress whose Congressional district does not fall within the boundary of the Ohio River Basin.

Under this policy, membership for the Caucus is capped at fifty-five members of the House of Representatives and twenty-eight Senators. Membership is as of the 115th Congress. Current members are listed in order of their seniority within the Caucus. Fmr. Rep. Steve Driehaus - Defeated in the 2010 General Election. Fmr. Rep. William Enyart- - Defeated in the 2014 General Election. Fmr. Rep. Nick Rahall - Defeated in the 2014 General Election. Fmr. Rep. Ed Whitfield - Resigned on September 6, 2016; the Congressional Ohio River Basin Caucus has worked with the Indiana Ohio River Basin Caucus, which exists within the Indiana House of Representatives. They have worked together to enact environmental protection laws along Indiana's border with the city of Louisville, Kentucky

Starring Sammy Davis Jr.

Starring Sammy Davis Jr. is the debut studio album by Sammy Davis Jr. recorded in 1954. Five of the songs on Starring Sammy Davis Jr. had been released as singles, one of which, "Hey There" had reached the Top 20. Davis was involved in a serious car accident on November 19, 1954, that resulted in the loss of his left eye, he was still wearing an eye patch on the cover of his debut LP, released five months later. The Allmusic review by William Ruhlmann awarded the album three and a half stars and said that the final track "The Birth of the Blues", "succeeded in giving the listener a sense of what Davis was like in live performance". "The Lonesome Road" - 2:10 "Hey There" - 2:48 "And This Is My Beloved" - 2:52 "September Song" - 2:51 "Because of You" - 5:28 "Easy to Love" - 2:24 "Glad to Be Unhappy" - 3:05 "Stan' Up an' Fight" - 4:09 "My Funny Valentine" - 3:07 "Spoken For" - 2:56 "The Birth of the Blues" - 5:14 Sammy Davis Jr.–- vocals Orchestras directed by Morty Stevens and Sy Oliver

Frank Farrelly

Frank Farrelly was a therapist best known for the 1974 book Provocative Therapy, which advocated radical therapeutic moves intended to jolt the client out of his current mindset. Farrelly holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from The Catholic University Of America and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. For many years he was a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School; as a social worker in the 1960s he developed his "provocative" theory, Provocative Therapy is a system of psychotherapy in which - having established a foundation of compassion, with the client's permission - the therapist plays the devil's advocate. They will side with the negative half of the client's ambivalence toward his life's goals, his relationships and the structures within which he lives. Client examples include eating habits, his methods, though controversial, have attracted worldwide attention.

In 2013 Frank Farrelly's son Tim Farrelly passed with Frank's instruction the Frank Farrelly archive to Nick Kemp who continues to promote Farrelly's classic Provocative Therapy as well as his own Provocative Change Works approach in USA, Asia and Europe. Frank Farrelly's Homepage for Provocative Therapy Robin Pape: Biography of Frank Farrelly in: Biographical Archive of Psychiatry, 2015

Keith Hall (politician)

W. Keith Hall is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 93 until January 2015, he was defeated for renomination in the primary. In 2016 he was convicted by the FBI of bribing a state inspector and identity theft and was jailed for seven years. Hall attended the University of Kentucky. 2012 Hall was unopposed for both the May 22, 2012 Democratic Primary and the November 6, 2012 General election, winning with 10,320 votes. 2000 When District 93 Representative Chris Ratliff left the Legislature and left the seat open, Hall won the 2000 Democratic Primary with 3,233 votes and was unopposed for the November 7, 2000 General election, winning with 7,561 votes. 2002 Hall was unopposed for the both 2002 Democratic Primary and the November 5, 2002 General election, winning with 6,962 votes. 2004 Hall was challenged in the 2004 Democratic Primary, winning with 2,936 votes and was unopposed for the November 2, 2004 General election, winning with 10,119 votes.

2006 Hall unopposed for both the 2006 Democratic Primary and the November 7, 2006 General election, winning with 8,339 votes. 2008 Hall was unopposed for both the 2008 Democratic Primary and the November 4, 2008 General election, winning with 10,114 votes. 2010 Hall was challenged in the three-way May 18, 2010 Democratic Primary, winning with 5,667 votes and won the November 2, 2010 General election with 6,665 votes against Republican nominee Raul Urias. Official page at the Kentucky General Assembly Profile at Vote Smart Keith Hall at Ballotpedia W. Keith Hall at the National Institute on Money in State Politics

Boykin, Kershaw County, South Carolina

Boykin is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States. Its population was 100 as of the 2010 census. Boykin is located on South Carolina Highway 261, 9 miles south of Camden, it is named for an early resident. On May 5, 1860, at least two dozen individuals drowned in the Boykin Mill Pond when a flatboat they were enjoying an excursion on sank after it struck a stump, began taking on water and those onboard panicked and moved toward one end of the boat, it tipped. The Battle of Boykin's Mill was fought in Boykin on April 18, 1865, it marked the last battle of the American Civil War fought in South Carolina and was the site of the last Union officer killed in action during the conflict. Boykin's Mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. South Carolina's state dog, the Boykin Spaniel, was bred in Boykin in the 1900s, after Whit Boykin experimented with crossbreeding, for which the dog is named after him. September 1 is Boykin Spaniel Day in South Carolina.

Every December, the Boykin Christmas Parade takes place downtown. Midfield Plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978