The United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs is the head of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the department concerned with veterans' benefits, health care, national veterans' memorials and cemeteries. The Secretary is a member of the Cabinet and second to last at sixteenth in the line of succession to the presidency; until the appointment of David Shulkin in 2017, all appointees and acting appointees to the post were United States military veterans, but, not a requirement to fill the position. When the post of Secretary is vacant, the United States Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs or any other person designated by the President serves as Acting Secretary until the President nominates and the United States Senate confirms a new Secretary. Parties No party Democratic Republican Status 1 Anthony Principi served as Acting Secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs September 26, 1992 – January 20, 1993. 2 Hershel W. Gober served as Acting Secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs July 1, 1997 – January 2, 1998 and July 25, 2000 – January 20, 2001.3 West served as Acting Secretary from January 2, 1998 to May 5, 1998.4 Gordon H. Mansfield served as Acting Secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs October 1 – December 20, 2007.
As of February 2020, there are six living former Secretaries of Veterans Affairs, the oldest being Jim Nicholson. The most recent Secretary of Veterans Affairs to die, as well as the serving Secretary to die, was Togo D. West, Jr. on March 8, 2018. Administrator of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration Official website
Ingles Markets, Inc. is an American regional supermarket chain based in Black Mountain, North Carolina. As of January 2018, the company operates 212 supermarkets in the Southeastern United States; the company, although listed on the NASDAQ, is family-controlled, with 86% of the voting power and nearly half of the shares owned by the Ingle family. As an adjunct to its supermarket business, Ingles owns and operates shopping centers, gas stations and a milk processing and packaging plant; the first Ingles store was opened by second-generation grocer Robert P. Ingle in 1963 and located in Asheville, North Carolina. From the beginning, it was known as "Ingles" and not "Ingle's". In 1982, Ingles purchased a milk processing and packaging plant from Sealtest, which it operates as Milkco Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary. Two-thirds of Milkco's business, expanded beyond dairy to include products such as citrus and bottled water, is from food service distributors, grocery warehouses, independent specialty retailers located in 17 states as of 2010.
Ingles became a publicly traded company in 1987. In the 2000s, the chain started building "Ingles Gas Express" gas stations with many of its newer stores. In February 2005, Ingles Markets announced it would restate financial statements for fiscal years 2002 and 2003 and the first three quarters of 2004, to correct the accounting for vendor allowances and certain other items; the restatement was a significant factor in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission issuing a Wells notice to the firm in January 2006, indicating that it might bring enforcement action against it. Following the death of Robert Ingle on March 6, 2011, his son Robert P. Ingle II became CEO. In December 2012 and December 2013, the company collaborated with Eblen Charities' St. Nicholas Project on what they called "Ingles Toy Store," offering "toys, games and stocking stuffers" to needy North Carolina families. On January 24, 2020, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported that former Ingles Market employee Phyllis Bannish of Hendersonville, North Carolina filed a lawsuit against the company on January 16 for employment discrimination after she was fired by the Brevard, North Carolina store's assistant manager Jeremy Douglas.
Bannish alleged that Douglas began behaving inappropriately around her after a few weeks of working there in 2015. Upon complaining to her supervisor Dorene Bolt, she alleged that she was told to "drop" her complaints about Douglas' "crude behavior", due to Bolt citing it as "the good-old-boy mentality" and lawyers would "eat alive" if she insisted; the lawsuit alleges that Douglas made disparaging comments that insisted that store manager "Jarrett" promoted her on multiple occasions "in return for sexual favors". Bannish sought more than $200,000 in damages from gender discrimination, "negligent infliction of emotional distress", wage losses, unidentified benefits. Ingles operates 210 stores in six southeastern states: Alabama: 1 Georgia: 69 North Carolina: 63 South Carolina: 35 Tennessee: 20 Virginia: 1Ingles owns and operates Sav-Mor Foods, which includes eight locations in North Carolina and one each in South Carolina and Tennessee. Most of Ingles' stores are located within 280 miles of its warehouse located in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Seapunk is a subculture that originated on Tumblr in 2011. It is associated with an aquatic-themed style of fashion, 3D net art and allusions to popular culture of the 1990s; the advent of seapunk spawned its own electronic music microgenre, featuring elements of Southern hip hop and pop music and R&B music of the 1990s. Seapunk gained limited popularity as it spread through the Internet, although it was said to have developed a Chicago club scene. Seapunk started as a trend and an Internet meme on Tumblr in 2011; the term "seapunk" was coined by DJ Lil Internet in 2011, when he humorously wrote in a tweet on Twitter saying, "Seapunk leather jacket with barnacles where the studs used to be." In December 2011, Cluster Mag reported on the emergence of seapunk in electronic media and quoted Pictureplane, who described seapunk as "a Internet-based phenomenon birthed out of the Tumblr and Twitter universes as a means to describe a lifestyle aesthetic, all things oceanic and of the sea." Miles Raymer of the Chicago Reader described seapunk music as "a style of music that incorporates bits of 90s house, the past 15 years or so of pop and R&B and the latest in southern trap rap—all overlaid with a twinkly, narcotic energy that recalls new-age music and chopped and screwed hip hop mix tapes in equal measure."
According to The New York Times, seapunk music "constitutes a tiny music subgenre" that contains elements of witch house, chiptune and bass and Southern rap. The New York Times noted that some seapunk tracks remix songs from R&B acts such as Beyoncé and Aaliyah. In January 2012, an article about seapunk music was featured in the Confused magazine. Katia Ganfield interviewed Lilium Kobayashi in the article, titled "Seapunk: A new club scene intent on riding sub-bass sound waves into the future". Seapunk was said to have developed a Chicago club scene. Notable seapunk artists include Azealia Banks, Isaiah Toothtaker, Unicorn Kid. Seapunks wear bright green, turquoise, cyan or aquamarine clothing, featuring nautical themes such as mermaids or dolphins, plastic Ray Ban wayfarers, shell jewelry, tartan overshirts associated with the surfer subculture, baseball caps, tie dye, transparent plastic jackets, skipper caps. Symbols such as yin-yangs, smiley faces and references to the 1990s are a part of the style.
Seapunks dye their hair, sometimes facial hair, with varying shades of turquoise and sea blue. The seapunk styling was appropriated by several mainstream popular music and hip hop artists during the 2010s, most notably Kreayshawn, Nicki Minaj, Soulja Boy, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Azealia Banks and Frank Ocean. Images featuring neon flashing colors and rotating geometric shapes floating above oceans of brilliant blue or green water flood the pages tagged with a #Seapunk hashtag on Tumblr. Seapunk digital imagery draws from 1990s 3D net art; the aforementioned imagery has given rise to other internet-based subgenres consisting of similar themes, such as slimepunk and icepunk. Rapper Azealia Banks used seapunk imagery in her "Atlantis" music video in 2012. Singer Rihanna was influenced by seapunk in her "Diamonds" performance on Saturday Night Live in 2012. Elements of seapunk imagery were claimed to have influenced designers such as Versace and Cartiergod's "Ocean Gang". Precursors to the seapunk aesthetic are evident in the post-apocalyptic Kevin Costner film Waterworld, the background graphics in the Sega Genesis game Ecco the Dolphin, the surfer gangs in Point Break with their shell jewelry, the iridescent green and blue dresses worn by the mute mermaid Marina in Stingray.
Kamiyama is a town in Myōzai District, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. As of June 1, 2019, the town has an estimated population of 4,724 and a density of 27.3 people per km². The total area is 173.30 km². The area is mentioned in the Nihon Shoki. Notable sights include the Amagoi Waterfalls listed among the 100 most beautiful waterfalls of Japan, plum orchards, Shosan-ji Temple, one of the 88 sites on the Shikoku pilgrimage route, a 500-year-old Ginkgo tree, beautiful during the fall. Amagoi Waterfalls Shosan-ji Temple Okubo Chichi-Icho Ginkgo tree Japan National Route 193 Japan National Route 438 Japan National Route 439 Official website Official website
The Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sendirian Berhad abbreviated to Perodua, is Malaysia's largest car manufacturer followed by Proton. It was established in 1992 and launched its first car, the Perodua Kancil, in August 1994.'M2' refers to the codename, used when the project to establish Perodua was still top secret. Perodua produced minicars and superminis, did not have models in the same market segments as Proton. In recent years, its targeted market segments have started to overlap with Proton's – in the supercompact segment, where the Perodua Myvi has fought off the Proton Savvy and is now competing with the Proton Iriz. Perodua does not design or engineer its main components, such as engines and transmissions, in house; the cars have used Daihatsu component designs. Daihatsu held a 20% stake in Perodua at the company's launch, increasing this to 25% in 2001 and to 35%. In 2004 Perodua started assembling the Daihatsu Xenia at its plant in Rawang, for sale in Malaysia. Perodua sold more than 207,100 vehicles in 2016, its highest-ever yearly sales record, achieved a highest-ever market share of 35.7%.
The company is planning to set up a second car manufacturing plant with a planned $770 million investment in the coming years. Perodua's shareholders include the UMW Corporation, Daihatsu Motor Co. Daihatsu, MBM Resources, PNB Equity Resource Corporation, Mitsui & Co. and Mitsui & Co.. Perodua is expected to become the largest manufacturer of compact cars in South-East Asia. By October 2005 it had produced a cumulative total of 1 million cars. By July 2008 it expected to 240,000 per year. Compared to Proton, Perodua has been quite successful in its business ventures; the automobile manufacturer is popular in Malaysia, with the Perodua Myvi having sold 80,327 units in 2006, outselling its rival's best selling car the Proton Wira, which sold only 28,886 units in Malaysia. In the period 2006–2010 Perodua was the best-selling car company in Malaysia. In the first half of 2011, Proton overtook Perodua to become the best-selling brand, it was many years since the first national carmaker had been the best-seller, though part of the reason was that Perodua's supply in the second quarter was limited and the problems caused by the amendments to the H-P Act, it has to be said that Proton's current line-up has drawn many customers, notably the core models Proton Saga and Proton Persona.
Proton delivered 85,223 units to take a 28.7% share of the TIV while Perodua delivered 79,467 units, a difference of 5,756 units. In the United Kingdom, Perodua's cars were sold by some Proton dealers who wished to attract customers seeking a smaller and cheaper alternative to the Proton range. Sales numbers in the UK were small, in 2008 Perodua sold only 624 cars – insignificant compared to 2008 figures of 28,036 for Hyundai and 29,397 for SEAT. Sales were up in 2009 and to 761 in 2010 due to the success of the new Perodua Myvi. Besides the UK and Singapore, Perodua exports their cars to Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Malta, Nigeria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Nepal and the Republic of Ireland in small numbers by local dealers. Perodua Myvi Perodua Alza Perodua Axia Perodua Bezza Perodua Aruz Perodua Kancil Perodua Rusa Perodua Kembara Perodua Kenari Perodua Kelisa Perodua Viva Perodua Nautica Kehebatan Yang Pasti "Building Cars, People First" "Happy Motoring" "It's A Passion" "The Love Of The Nation" "Versatile As You" 10 Years of Excellence 20 Years of Driving Value and Beyond Perodua organised a competition in 1997 to find a new corporate logo, to be launched together with their upcoming model, tentatively known as the X555.
The competition was won by Johnson Ng Weng Kuan, an architecture student from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Perodua launched the new corporate logo on 24 August 1998 when they launched Malaysia's first 4x4 vehicle, the Perodua Kembara; the new logo maintains the'P' and'2' and the colours of the old, squarish logo, but has been stylised further to become elliptical, more fluid and dynamic. The green colour represents social responsibility to the environment and the community, while the red colour symbolises the development of a competent workforce and resilience in meeting challenges in the globalised world. However, the emblems mounted on the company's latest cars have black in place of the green and red areas, with the chrome relief maintained as it was. People's Choice, Automotive Category - Putra Brands Awards 2010 People's Choice, Automotive Category - Putra Brands Awards 2012, 2015 & 2016 Most Favorite Brand Automotiv
Heathwood is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Australia. Heathwood is 19 kilometres southwest of the Brisbane central business district, it is small in area but marked by brand new big houses. The western boundary of Heathwood is marked by Oxley Creek, the suburb of acreages, borders Heathwood in North East, Forest Lake in the West, Doolandella in the North, Greenbank in the South and Forestdale in the South East. All the streets in Heathwood are named after trees; the suburb was declared a suburb in 1970. Heathwood was named after an early settler in the district. In the 2011 census Heathwood had a population of 1,820 people. Heathwood offers modern facilities and recreational options to its residents with all major shopping centers within 10–15 km range. Forest Lake Shopping Centre is less than 2 km away; the newly-built Pallara state school is the catchment primary school for Heathwood. In the 2011 census, Heathwood recorded a population of 1,820 people, 49.7 % male. The median age of the Heathwood population was 32 years of age, 5 years below the Australian median.
54.2% of people living in Heathwood were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. 63.3% of people spoke only English at home. Heathwood is connected to Brisbane CBD by a number of routes e.g. Centenary Highway through Forest Lake, Ipswich Motorway through Oxley, Logan Motorway and by rail through Richlands. Brisbane Transport operates two routes that serve stops in Heathwood: 118: to Brisbane City via Forest Lake and Logan Motorway 460: to Brisbane City via Forest Lake Shops, Richlands Station and Indooroopilly University of Queensland: Queensland Places:Pallara and Heathwood