Veolia Transport

Veolia Transport was the international transport services division of the French-based multinational company Veolia Environnement until the 2011 merger that gave rise to Veolia Transdev. Veolia Transport traded under the brand names of Veolia Transportation in North America and Israel, Veolia Transport, Veolia Verkehr in Germany and with the former name Connex preserved in Lebanon and Jersey; until 2011, Veolia had diverse road and rail operations across the globe, employing 72,000 workers worldwide and serving or about 40 metropolitan areas with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants. The company was established on 1 January 1997 as CGEA Transport, created from the public transport business of Compagnie Générale d'Entreprises Automobiles, a subsidiary of Compagnie Générale des Eaux. CGEA was acquired by CGE in 1980, its waste management and environmental services division was rebranded Onyx Environnement in 1989, leaving CGEA with only the transport business. Compagnie générale française des transports et entreprises was acquired by CGE in the 1980s, was absorbed into CGEA in 1988.

CGE, the ultimate parent company, was renamed to Vivendi in 1998, created Vivendi Environnement in 1999 to consolidate its environmental divisions including the transport division. Viviendi Environnement was renamed Veolia Environnement in 2003; as a result, the name of CGEA Transport was rebranded Connex in 1999, adopting the brand that its South Central and South Eastern rail franchises in South East England had traded under since 1996. In 2005, as a result of global rebranding of all Veolia Environnement subsidiaries, Connex was renamed Veolia Transport; some operations such as Connex Melbourne retained logo. In 2007, the group posted revenues of €5.6 billion in 2007, sold Veolia Cargo, the rail freight branch of Veolia Transport in 2009 to SNCF and Eurotunnel. A merger between Veolia Transport and the old Transdev was announced on 23 July 2009. Transdev was a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts; the merger was completed in March 2011. Veolia Transdev became the world's private-sector leader in sustainable mobility with more than 110,000 employees in 28 countries.

Veolia Transdev was renamed and simplified to Transdev in 2013. In July 2011, amid disappointing financial results, Veolia Environnement announced the launch of new restructuring plans and redeployment of assets and businesses. In December 2011, Veolia announced a €5bn divestment program over 2012-2013; as part of this programme, Veolia would divest its participation in Transdev and exit the transport business altogether. In January 2019, Veolia sold the last of its Transdev shares to the Rethmann Group, the owner of Rhenus; the company is the third largest private sector operator of public transport and operates: 7 tramway networks across the country: 5 in service. Autocars De Polder has been part of the Veolia Group since 1995. Veolia operates some de Lijn routes under contract. Veolia Transport Belgium was passed on to Veolia Transdev until it was sold to a consortium consisting of Cube Infrastructure and Gimv in March 2014. Veolia ran half of the transport operations of the privatised Combus around Copenhagen.

Copenhagen: Suburban buses. These operations were sold to Arriva in October 2007. Helsinki: Veolia owns Helsinki Metropolitan Area's bus company Veolia Finland, Linjebuss and operates in Vantaa, a northern suburb of Helsinki. Tampere: Veolia owns the regional bus company known as Alhonen & Lastunen Seinäjoki: Veolia owns yet another local bus company, now known as Veolia Transport West Oy, operating both local and long-distance routes. Veolia Transport Finland Oy has since been passed on to Veolia Transdev and is now known as Transdev Finland Oy from 5 February 2015. Veolia Verkehr, former Connex Verkehr, offers train services, several of a regional character such as the Bayerische Oberlandbahn from Munich, two long-distance services. Veolia owns a number of bus companies in suburban areas, it operates tram systems: Aachen: Suburban buses, Berlin: Suburban tram line linking to the S Bahn, Frankfurt: Urban linepacks A&E, Suburban services, Bad Homburg: Urban & Suburban buses, Hagen: Urban network, Pforzheim: Urban network won by Veolia in August 2006.

Network included in "Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund GmbH" and linked to it by Tram-Train line, Schwäbisch Hall: Urban network, Stuttgart: Suburban buses...and into rural areas. Veolia Verkehr has since been passed on to Veolia Transdev and is now known as Transdev GmbH since March 2015. Dublin: Veolia operates the Luas tramway which started operations in June 2004. Operation of the Luas tramway has since been passed on to Veolia Transdev and renamed Transdev Ireland. Galway: Veolia owned the Nestor Airlink bus company which operates between Galway and Dublin Airport; however Jim Burke & Sons own and run it as of March 2009. Connex Transport Jersey operated bus services in Jersey between 29 September 2002 and 31 December 2012 under the Mybus brand. Veolia Transport

Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale

The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale known as the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale, was developed in 1973 by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and his colleagues; this test purports to provide an index of a newborn's abilities, is given to an infant somewhere between the age of 3 days to 4 weeks old. This approach was innovative for recognizing that a baby is a developed organism when just newly born; the profile describes adaptive responses and possible vulnerabilities. This knowledge may help parents develop appropriate strategies for caring in intimate relationships to enhance their earliest relationship with the child; the Brazelton scale produces a total of 47 scores, of which 27 are behavioral related and 20 are elicited responses. These scores measure a variety of areas including the "neurological and behavioral aspects of a newborn's functioning." Additionally, "factors such as reflexes, responses to stress, startle reactions, motor maturity, ability to habituate to sensory stimuli, hand-mouth coordination are all assessed."Validity evidence is strong for the Brazelton scale, providing a considerable research base.

This scale has been used as a research tool as well as a diagnostic tool for special purposes. Following is a list of various research projects that have implemented the Brazelton scale: "Used to evaluate the effects of low birth weight on premature infants" "Used it to study the effects of cocaine use in pregnancy" "Prenatal alcohol exposure" "Prenatal Iron deficiency" "Prenatal maternal mood" "Prenatal maternal dopamine levels" "Environmental agents" "Parent-infant attachment" "Gender differences in newborns" "High-risk neonates"Despite the influence of the Brazelton scale, it has some drawbacks; the biggest is. Therefore, as examiners and researchers say that one infant scored higher than another one, there is no standard sample with which to compare. Further, the scores are not understood; as for validity, it has "poorly documented predictive and construct validity." It does not do a good job at predicting intelligence, although the scale is supposed to assess the "infant's role in the mother-infant social relationship" from which high scores are supposed to presume "high levels of intelligence.".

Therefore, the value of the test is as a research tool and a supplement test to medical testing procedures. But as a predictor of future intelligence, it is unsatisfactory; because of this, some wonder what the scale is measuring. Training is necessary for effective and reliable administration of the NBAS. Brazelton, T. Berry. Neonatal behavioral assessment scale. London: Mac Keith Press. ISBN 978-1-907655-03-6. Brazelton, TB. "The Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale: introduction". Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development. 43: 1–13. Doi:10.2307/1165847. JSTOR 1165847. PMID 752799. Als, H. "The behavior of the full-term but underweight newborn infant". Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 18: 590–602. Doi:10.1111/j.1469-8749.1976.tb04205.x. PMID 976613. Als, H. "The Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale". Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 5: 215–31. Doi:10.1007/bf00913693. PMID 903518. Brazelton, TB. "". Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence. 31: 61–96. PMID 6866223.

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Mandrake the Magician (serial)

Mandrake the Magician is the seventh serial released by Columbia Pictures. It was based upon the King Features comic strip of the same name. Mandrake and his assistant Lothar are working the cruise lines and make the acquaintance of Professor Houston who has developed a radium energy machine, much coveted by a masked crime lord known as "The Wasp"; the Wasp unleashes his army of accomplices in waves to steal the invention by any means necessary. Mandrake and his allies catch up to "The Wasp" and discover the crime lord is a scientist who posed as a close friend of Houston's. Warren Hull as Mandrake the Magician Doris Weston as Betty Houston Al Kikume as Lothar, Mandrake's Assistant Rex Downing as Tommy Houston Edward Earle as Dr. Andre Bennett/the Wasp Forbes Murray as Professor Houston Kenneth MacDonald as James Webster Don Beddoe as Frank Raymond Dick Curtis as Dorgan, a henchman John Tyrrell as Dirk, the "spearpoint heavy" Lester Dorr as Gray Shadow on the Wall Trap of the Wasp City of Terror The Secret Passage The Devil's Playmate The Fatal Crash Gamble for Life Across the Deadline Terror Rides the Rails The Unseen Monster At the Stroke of Eight The Reward of TreacherySource: List of film serials by year List of film serials by studio Mandrake the Magician on IMDb Mandrake the Magician at AllMovie