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Long recovery after "unusual" tornado outbreak strikes US states******

Debris are piled after a tornado tore through rural Kentucky.

Rescue and recovery efforts are underway after dozens of tornadoes swept through parts of the US Midwest and South late Friday and early Saturday, causing severe casualties and damage.

"There is no lens big enough to show you the extent of the damage" in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear told reporters on Sunday, as several other states have also reported storm-related damage and deaths.

The tornado outbreak of that magnitude was unusual during this time of the year and the road to recover could be long in some affected regions, experts and officials have said.

Houses, structures, and Vehicles are seen with damage after a tornado tore through rural Kentucky.

Deadly tornadoes

Eighteen counties in Kentucky have reported damage from an extremely devastating tornado, which carved out a long path of about 227 miles (roughly 365 kilometers) of terrain – almost all of that in the "Bluegrass State," said Beshear.

The National Weather Service on Sunday classified the tornado as an EF-3 and estimated its maximum width to be about three-quarters of a mile (roughly 1.2 kilometers) wide.

Beshear, after previously estimating that the state's death toll could exceed 100, said on Sunday afternoon that it might be as low as 50. "We are praying that maybe original estimates of those we have lost were wrong," he reportedly said. "If so, it's going to be pretty wonderful."

The comments came after a spokesperson for a candle factory in the western Kentucky town of Mayfield, which had been flattened by the violent twister, said that eight of the 110 workers on the overnight shift Friday had been confirmed dead and another eight are still missing, while 94 others have been accounted for.

The tornado also uprooted trees, downed power lines, and damaged or destroyed houses and vehicles in Mayfield, where thousands of people have been left homeless.

Bulldozers began removing debris in some neighborhoods on Sunday. Residents of Wickliffe, a county neighboring Mayfield which narrowly escaped storm's impact, told Xinhua that they had been encouraged to help shelter the displaced.

Rescue efforts are being conducted by local response teams, Kentucky emergency officials said. The state has also deployed the National Guard to conduct searches and take generators to help power shelters and hospitals.

"We want to focus today and the next day on life-saving. We really want to make sure that we find anybody who still might be trapped in the rubble," Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said on Sunday.

Tragic situation

Tornadoes also ripped through Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi, and brought about deadly and tragic destruction in several of the states.

At least six people died in Illinois, where a distribution center owned by e-commerce giant Amazon in Edwardsville was struck and collapsed.

"The news from Edwardsville is tragic," Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tweeted on Saturday. "We're heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones."

Besides, four deaths were confirmed in Tennessee; two people were killed in Arkansas; and one death was reported in Missouri.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Saturday surveyed storm damage in the western part of the state, including Dresden, where multiple downtown buildings were torn apart. "This is about the saddest thing I've ever seen," Lee told reporters. "The whole town, the whole town."

US President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he's "monitoring the situation very closely since early this morning" and called the disaster likely "one of the largest tornado outbreaks in our history."

The White House said on Sunday that Biden had declared that a major disaster exists in Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement the state and local recovery efforts "in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and tornadoes."

"It's going to be a long recovery," said Criswell, adding that the FEMA is working with communities in making efforts to "help reduce the impacts that we're seeing from these severe weather events."


Unusual magnitude

Tornadoes can form at any time of year, but most occur in the spring and summer months, according to meteorologists.

Defined as vertical funnels of rapidly spinning air, these violent twisters are born in thunderstorms and are often accompanied by hail. Their winds may top 250 miles (roughly 402 km) an hour and can clear a pathway a mile wide and 50 miles (roughly 80 km) long.

Tornadoes occur around the world, but the United States is a major hotspot with about a thousand tornadoes every year.

Victor Gensini, an extreme weather researcher at Northern Illinois University, pointed out, however, that the powerful tornadoes churning through the US states were unusual coming in December, when colder weather normally limits the storms.

Criswell said something similar on Sunday.

"We do see tornadoes in December, that part is not unusual, but at this magnitude I don't think we've ever seen one this late in the year," the FEMA chief said. "But it's also historic. Even this, the severity and the amount of time this tornado, or these tornadoes, spent on the ground is unprecedented."

She also warned such extreme weather events could be a "new normal," pointing to the effects of climate change.

Biden said "the intensity of the weather across the board has some impact as a consequence of the warming of the planet and the climate change."

"The specific impact on these specific storms, I can't say at this point," the president added. "But the fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming – everything. And, obviously, it has some impact here, but I can't give you a quantitative read on that."

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Steve Bruce considers retirement after being sacked by Newcastle******

LONDON, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Newcastle United has sacked Steve Bruce from his position as manager following just over two seasons in charge of the club form the north-east of England.

Bruce had expected to be sacked almost immediately in the wake of the Saudi takeover of the club on October 7th, but clung on for a few days more and was in charge for Sunday's 3-2 defeat at home to Tottenham which leaves them second from bottom of the Premier League without a win in its first eight games of the season.

The 60-year-old's first two seasons in charge saw Newcastle finish 13th and 12th in the table without being drawn into a battle to avoid relegation.

The club has confirmed it has already begun to search for a replacement with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca thought to be the early favorite, although Graeme Jones will be in temporary charge for Saturday's game away to Crystal Palace.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper after his leave had been confirmed, Bruce commented that he was considering retiring from management after a coaching career dating back to 1998.

"I think this might be my last job. It's not just about me; it's taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies (from Newcastle) and I can't ignore that."

Despite being a boyhood Newcastle fan, Bruce was never accepted by the club's fans, partly because he spent most of his playing days with Manchester United and also because he had a spell coaching bitter local rivals Sunderland.

"It has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail and saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a tactically inept cabbage head," he commented, adding that his family, his wife especially "have been worried about me."

"I'm 60 years old and I don't know if I want to put her through it again. We've got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager," added Bruce. Enditem






客人之外,雷军还带来了 200 多位「小米人」,他们都在小米及生态链企业中担任核心业务要职。当雷军在今早 9 点 30 分敲响港交所的铜锣时,这些人的身价数字后的单位,就变作了亿——他们无需再为财富而焦虑,但也没人因为财富的到来而激动,没人会在明天就选择退休,属于他们的小米才刚刚上路。

和那些受邀而来的客人们不同,这些亿万富翁在敲钟前夜,仍享受着同平时一般无二的「差旅标准」——二人挤住一个双人间。八年,从 13 个人到赴港上市,小米有太多的东西不曾改变。



随着上市日期的临近,小米面临的质疑和争议也越发多了起来——光是市值从千亿到 600 亿又到 400 亿的争吵,就轰轰烈烈地绵延了两个月;而仅仅八年前,这家公司面对的最大质疑,还是能否造出一台像样的手机。


这家公司自诞生之初,就学会了如何同质疑相处;第一次击退质疑,来自于标价 1999 元的小米 M1——2011 年 10 月,雷军发布了这款定价令市场乍舌的产品。


M1 售价便宜,但配置耀眼:外形是直板全触屏,CPU 采用高通的 1.5GHz 双核处理器,1GB LPDDR2 内存,还有一块分辨率达到 854x480 的 4 英寸 TFT 显示屏。

当时,苹果在市面上的定价高于 4000 元。一片混乱的安卓市场也售价不菲,第二梯队中三星、HTC 等也分布在 2400-2700 元。有意思的是,苹果售价高昂的售价并没让消费者望而却步,反而在手机市场里一骑绝尘,一家公司能赚整个行业 66.3% 的利润。用过 58 部手机的雷军突然意识到,这是因为乔布斯改写了整个手机行业的竞争思维,不再仅限于硬件。他下决心要用铁人三项(软件+硬件+互联网服务)的方式抓住百亿美元的机会。


好在,疯狂的 1999 元初代产品还是成功了。据《2011 年中国手机市场报告》显示,2011 年第四季度,小米入榜中国手机市场关注品牌前十。不过,当时便宜的小米手机还只是一个商业机会,把好东西越做越「便宜」的信仰还尚未在雷军心里扎根。


这种市场机遇带来的信心报偿,开始慢慢地转化为雷军自己心中坚信的、愿意坚持的准则。这种自信的落地,来自于 MIX 发布的前前后后。

为了创新并保持公司形象品质,2016 年 10 月,小米选择发布了小米 MIX。雷军说,如果我们真的想做一家很酷的公司,我们需要提前投资。他告诉 MIX 团队——不考虑量产、不考虑成本。

由于配置较为高端,许多团队内部员工希望定价能高一点,提高毛利率。甚至有人劝雷军,小米在这部手机上有溢价空间,应该定到 6000 元。临近发布前,雷军还是决定「一意孤行」,定价 3499 元。

MIX 的诞生和发布,来自于雷军内心开始发觉自己要坚持下去的一些东西,那时或许还并非今天的「小米方法论」亦或「5% 法则」,但那种自我坚持已经足以指导雷军和小米的判断和行为。

永远坚持硬件综合净利率不超过 5% 的方法论也是从这一刻开始第一次在小米团队里模糊地扩散,并最终成为共识,甚至被写入了小米生态链的战地笔记中。

直到 2018 年,当上市的各种传闻已经喧嚣到遮盖不住的时候,在经历了重重质疑、并被视为速度放缓之后,小米重回市场第一;并在人们叫嚣着「不合时宜」的时候,坚定地迈向上市。


在艰难的日子里,因为供应链的问题,原定于 2015 年发布的小米 5 拖到了 2016 年 2 月。没有小米 5,8000 万既定销售目标落了空;2016 年小米手机销量大幅下降,直到 2017 年 7 月,雷军在一封公开信中公布了小米手机第二季度成绩单,单机出货量 2316 万台,创下历史最高纪录,这才用数据证明小米安全了。



直到上市前夕,雷军表明了小米方法论中的「5% 法则」。至此,「小米方法论」正式进化为了小米的「基本法」;当今天上午港交所的锣音落定,「小米路线」也不再只是雷军和小米的自我笃信,而成为了在整个商业世界中被证明、被认可的最新疆界。



看不懂是因为小米完全颠覆了传统公司和顾客之间的关系:不再需要不断博弈,而是「统一战线」。雷军要发起一场把好东西越做越便宜的商业革命,用低利润提前结束这场战争。如同其前不久的公开信中所说,永远坚持硬件综合净利率不超过 5%——利润率的博弈,在小米这里,变成了追求总体利润量的一种新突破。随之而来的新商业思维和新边界拓展变为了一种可能。

与传统商业知识完全相反。纵观小米各项产品的定价史,雷军都坚持了最初选择的方法论,追求低毛利率。传统的商业知识是毛利率越高的企业经营状况越好,所以每家企业都要为自己争取高「定倍率」——比如一部手机生产成本是 1000 元,销售价格为 4000 元,定倍率就是 4。



三年时间里,小米生态链已经投资了 77 家企业,30 家企业发布了二百多款产品,其中有 16 家年收入超过 1 亿,三家超过 10 亿,还有四家独角兽公司。如今在小米的电商平台上,除了手机、路由器、电视、VR,其他绝大多数产品都产自小米生态链公司。


雷军明白,从提高效率到生态链,小米的思维并不好理解。他说,我不奢求大家现在能理解小米的模式,我只希望 10 年、20 年之后,当大家提到中国零售效率、制造业变革时,记得有「小米」这么一个名字就好。不过雷军的野心不仅是创造为人熟知的符号。



1992 年,23 岁的雷军进入金山软件工作,六年之后就成了金山公司总经理。2007 年 10 月 16 日,金山在香港联交所挂牌时雷军不过 38 岁。但他发现投注了 15 年心血,曾先后 4 次冲击 IPO 未果的金山市值不过 6.261 亿港币。要知道,这个数字远不及 2005 年在纳斯达克上市的百度(市值 39.58 亿美元)。



对于带领小米走过从 0 到 1,又走到上市的雷军来说,容不得丝毫的休憩和冲刺后的空虚。伴随着更丰富充裕的资源,更艰难的挑战从港交所的锣声息偃之后才刚刚开始,对于雷军和他的核心团队来说,更丰沛的兴奋感也由此而生——投入更多的生命和时间,创造出更新鲜的产品和价值。


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