Toys "R" Us is an international toy and baby product retailer owned by Tru Kids, Inc. and various others. It was founded in April 1948, with its headquarters located in Wayne, New Jersey, in the New York metropolitan area. Founded by Charles Lazarus in its modern iteration in June 1957, Toys "R" Us traced its origins to Lazarus's children's furniture store, which he started in 1948, he added toys to his offering, shifted his focus. The company had been in the toy business for more than 65 years and operated around 800 stores in the United States and around 800 outside the U. S. although these numbers have decreased with time. At its peak, Toys "R" Us was considered a classic example of a category killer. However, with the rise of mass merchants, as well as online retailers, Toys "R" Us began to lose its share of the toy market; the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 18, 2017, its British operations entered administration in February 2018. In March 2018, the company announced that it would close all of its U.
S. and British stores. The British locations closed in April and the U. S. locations in June. The Australian wing of Toys "R" Us entered voluntary administration on May 22 and closed all of its stores on August 5, 2018. Operations in other international markets such as Asia and Africa were less affected, but chains in Canada, parts of Europe and Asia were sold to third-parties; the company continues to operate as the licensor of the chain's international operations, but its lenders announced in October 2018 that it planned to re-launch the U. S. Toys "R" Us retail business in the future; the lenders partnered with Kroger to add "Geoffrey's Toy Box" pop-up departments to selected locations in order to give Toys "R" Us a presence during the holiday shopping season. On January 20, 2019, the company emerged from bankruptcy as Tru Kids. There are only 2 locations open in the United States. In April 1948, Charles P. Lazarus founded a baby-furniture retailer, Children's Bargaintown in Washington, D. C. during the post-war baby boom.
It was acquired in 1966 by Inc.. The focus of the store changed in June 1957, the first Toys "R" Us, dedicated to toys rather than furniture, was opened by Lazarus in Rockville, Maryland. Lazarus designed and stylized the Toys "R" Us logo, which featured a backwards "R" to give the impression that a child wrote it; the board of directors installed John Eyler as CEO in May 2000. Eyler launched a plan to re-launch the chain. Blaming market pressures, Toys "R" Us considered splitting its toy and baby businesses. On March 17, 2005, a consortium of Bain Capital Partners LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Vornado Realty Trust announced a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout of the company. Public stock closed for the last time on July 21, 2005 at $26.75—a 63% increase since when it first announced that the company was put up for sale. Toys "R" Us became a owned entity after the buyout; the company still files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as required by its debt agreements. In December 2013, eight days before Christmas, Toys "R" Us announced their stores in the United States would stay open for 87 hours straight.
The flagship store of the retailer in Times Square was open for 24 hours a day from December 1 to 24, to cater to tourists. The announcement came after snow and rain caused a nearly 9 percent year-over-year decline in U. S. store foot traffic. This move pushed the retailer to hire an additional 45,000 seasonal workers to cater to the demand of the extended store hours. Since the toy business is seasonal, more than 40% of the company's sales come in during the fourth quarter of the year. In 2014, Toys "R" Us announced its "TRU Transformation" strategy, which concentrated on efforts to fix foundational issues affecting future growth, including making stores less cluttered, improving the customer experience, clearer pricing strategies and promotions, tighter integration of its retail and online businesses. In 2015, the company launched the first of a new concept store called the "Toy Lab" in Freehold, New Jersey; the new layout provided more space for interactive exhibits and areas to play with new toys before purchase.
This concept has since been expanded to stores in California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania. On September 18, 2017, Toys "R" Us, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, stating the move would give it flexibility to deal with $5 billion in long-term debt, borrow $2 billion so it could pay suppliers for the upcoming holiday season and invest in improving current operations. The company has not had an annual profit since 2013, it reported a net loss of US$164 million in the quarter ending April 29, 2017. It lost US$126 million in the same period in the prior year, it had been paying US$400 million per-year to service its debt, which prevented it from investing in improvements to in-store experiences to compete with Amazon and Walmart. Although the "retail apocalypse" was a factor, some analysts cited that the rapid increase in debt occurred under its private equity ownership, it was stated that only the U. S. and Canadian operations would be affected, that its brick-and-mortar stores and online sales sites would continue to operate.
In January 2018, the company announced it would liquidate and close up to 182 of its stores in the U. S. as part of its restructuring, as well as convert up to 12 stores into co-branded Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us stores. On February 28, 2018, it was reported that the company was exploring retaining its stronger Canadian operations, the divestiture of
Chang Chun-yen, is a science education scholar in Taiwan. Chang serves as National Taiwan Normal University Chair Professor, director of Science Education Center, as well as a Professor of the Graduate Institute of Science Education and the Department of Earth Sciences. From August 2013 to February 2014, Chang has been to Paris 8 University for 6-month research, funded by National Science Council Short-term Abroad Research Program; this research attempts to explore the usability and feasibility of how innovative e—technologies can be implemented in science classrooms. In the past two years, Dr. Chang has been a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Paris 8 University, the Taipei Medical University. Chang's expertise includes science education, digital learning, interdisciplinary science learning, science communication. There are six major research fields: instructional models and learning outcomes, problem-solving abilities and automated grading system, science learning environment, curriculum standards and the goal of science education, mechanism behind science learning, teacher education and technology-embedded teaching.
Chang is the associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and Journal of Geosciences Education. He is on the Editorial Board of three SSCI-level journals: Studies in Science Education and Learning, Media & Technology, Eurasia Journal of Mathematics and Technology Education, he used to be the referee of professorship promotion for Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, University of Alaska at Anchorage, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, as well as a Ph. D. dissertation committee member in Australia. During recent years, Chang has been invited to give speeches in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Philippines and the India. Chang has been a long-term member of the International Earth Science Olympiad Advisory Committee. In 2009, Dr. Chang hosted the 3rd IESO in Taiwan. Dr. Chang has been Taiwan IESO Organizing Project Director since 2007, responsible for nurturing Taiwan's top high-school students in earth science.
Nurtured students from Taiwan have been awarded Gold Medal for seven years in a row. Since 1998, Chang has participated more than 40 National Science Council projects, serves as a long-term project reviewer of the NSC's Department of Science Education. From 2011, Chang has been the Project Director of Center of Research Excellence in Science Education of the Aim for the Top University Project at NTNU; as a representative of NTNU's of Science Education Center, Chang joined the European Union's Open Science Resources project, one of the two subprojects for non-EU areas and review research projects by Israel Science Foundation, South Korea's National Research Foundation, Estonian Research Council. From 2015, Chang has been the Expert Panel Member/Academic Consultant of the NMC Horizon Report, China National Assessment of Education Quality, The Hong Kong Institute of Education. 2012: Exclusive interview by Business Today. NTNU Help Create Next Einstein" published on Issue 801. 2009: Exclusive interview by New Scientist, titled "Gene for memory and IQ gives students low grades" 2009: A series TV programs about the 50 Great Achievements of NSC by EBC and CtiTV.
2005 & 2006: Dr. Chang's series of research on science learning environments, published in Science Education in 2005 and 2006. Chang, along with Prof. Ting-Kuang Yeh and other researchers, published one COMT research paper on Brain & Cognition; as a pioneering study in Taiwan, this research is the first study in the world analyzing and exploring the relationship between students' genes and their learning achievements. As soon as this study was published, another online report was published in the New Scientist, followed by a detailed report by The New York Times Magazine in Feb. 2013. June 1994–August 1996： Ph. D. Science Education, University of Texas at Austin, United States August 1992–May 1994: M. Ed. Science Education, University of Texas at Austin, United States September 1985–June 1990: B. S. Earth Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan NTNU Chair Professor, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of Science Education and the Department of Earth Sciences, NTNU, Taiwan Director, Science Education Center, NTNU, Taiwan Visiting Professor, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan Associate Editor, Journal of Research in Science Teaching Associate Editor, Journal of Geoscience Education Editorial Advisory Board member, Studies in Science Education Editorial Board Member, Eurasia Journal of Mathematics and Technology Education Editorial Board Member, Media & Technology Advisory Board Member, Korean National Curriculum Reform committee President, The Association of Science Education in Taiwan Senior Research Fellow, Center for Science and Mathematics Education Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 2013: Academic Award of Ministry of Education & National Science Council Award for Excellent Contributions in Technology Transfer 2003
Nicolás Julián Katz is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Olimpo. Bella Vista were Katz's first youth team, preceding future stints with Estudiantes. After a spell with the latter, he rejoined Olimpo who would give him his start in senior football. Having been on the substitutes bench twice as the club were relegated from the 2017–18 Primera División, Katz made his professional bow in the following campaign during a Copa Argentina tie with Gimnasia y Esgrima on 29 July 2018, his first appearance in league football arrived in Olimpo's Primera B Nacional opener against Sarmiento. In 2014, Katz received a call-up to train with the Argentina U17s; as of 5 March 2019. Nicolás Katz at Soccerway
Imanol Agirretxe Arruti is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker. Aside from a short loan spell at Castellón, his entire professional career was spent at Real Sociedad. At the latter club, he amassed competitive totals of 272 matches and 75 goals, while in La Liga alone he scored 56 times from 180 appearances. Born in Usurbil, Agirretxe was a product of Real Sociedad's youth system, he first appeared with the first team in 2004–05, amassing three substitute appearances – during his second, a 1–3 home loss against Málaga CF on 15 May 2005, he managed to score after just 16 minutes on the pitch. In 2008–09's second level, Agirretxe appeared for the main squad due to the serious injury to Iñigo Díaz de Cerio, he netted nine goals in 28 games. Again a backup after the signing on loan of Uruguayan Carlos Bueno, Agirretxe scored six times in the following campaign, in 36 matches, as Real promoted as champions. In 2011–12, following Raúl Tamudo's departure and the continuous physical problems that bothered Joseba Llorente, he was made first-choice, netted three goals in his first two league games: two against Sporting de Gijón in a 2–1 away win and one against FC Barcelona, helping the hosts come from behind 0–2 for an eventual 2–2 draw.
On 19 January 2013, Agirretxe came from the bench for the last six minutes of a home fixture against Barcelona, scored in the last minute to seal a 3–2 comeback win and end the Catalans' unbeaten domestic run. At the season's end he again finished second in team scoring, again only behind Vela. At the start of the 2015–16 campaign, Agirretxe was in the best goalscoring form of his career, scoring 12 times in the first 13 league matches, he suffered an injury to his left ankle during a loss to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 30 December 2015, returned sooner than expected the following February, netting in a 1–1 home draw against Málaga after only seven minutes on the pitch. Shortly after, however, he relapsed from his ailment, going on to be sidelined for more than one year. After impressing in the 2017–18 pre-season, Agirretxe made a return to competitive action on 19 August 2017 following a 20-month hiatus, replacing captain Xabi Prieto as their team came from behind to defeat hosts RC Celta de Vigo 3–2 in the opening round of league fixtures.
He only played more than 45 minutes in two of them. On 29 August 2018, Agirretxe announced his retirement from playing professionally at the age of 31, having never recovered from his 2015 injury. In a press conference, he expressed that it was "A happy day", reflecting on his satisfaction in the decision he had made after his long struggles to return to peak condition speaking of his pride in representing Real Sociedad and respect he had for the staff at the club. Real Sociedad official profile Imanol Agirretxe at BDFutbol
The Nieuwe Kerk in Katwijk, the Netherlands, is the oldest and best known work of the architect H. J. Jesse, it was built to replace the nearby Andreaskerk. Plans for building a new church were first considered in 1850; the search for a suitable location for the church began in 1883. The church authorities held a design contest, about 53 designs were sent in, they chose the design of H. J. Jesse. Construction started in 1885, with the first stone being laid by the Baroness Van Wassenaer van Catwijck; the construction took two years, the new church was opened in 1887. It is now a state monument. Jesse designed a broad cross-shaped church with 1500 seats; the capacity was extended to 2000 seats. The building consists of a long transept; the church tower is 51 meters high. Pipe Organ Details About the church organ The church choir
WarCry is a Spanish power metal band formed in 2001 after Víctor García and Alberto Ardines were ejected from Avalanch. WarCry has released five studio albums, one live album, one demo, one music video; this list does not include material performed by members or former members of WarCry, recorded with Avalanch, DarkSun, Relative Silence, Darna, or Sauze. Self-titled debut album WarCry was released on April 17, 2002. Guitarists Pablo García and Fernando Mon appeared only as guest musicians on the debut album, but became full-time members on 2002 along with keyboardist Manuel Ramil and bassist Alvaro Jardón. Second album El Sello De Los Tiempos was released on December 1, 2002. At the end of 2003, Jardón left the band due to personal issues. On January 1, 2004 was released the third album Alea Jacta Est striking all the music stores around Spain. On the first concert of the tour supporting the album, the band presented Roberto García of Avalanch, as Jardón's replacement, their fourth studio album, ¿Dónde Está La Luz?, was released on February 1, 2005, considered by critics "their heaviest album to date".
They embarked on a supporting tour throughout Spain. WarCry played a sold-concert in Madrid; that performance was released on February 27, 2006 as a live album, named Directo A La Luz and soon was certified gold. La Quinta Esencia was their fifth album, released on September 18, 2006 with a great acceptance by the fans and the press, taking them to the highest positions on the Spanish charts. Sixth album was set to be released on May/June, 2008, but after the lineup changes they pushed it back to September, 2008. Víctor García stated that "this album will express much duality in human beings — good and evil." Spain-WarCry's Official Website