Priorities and context

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  • To transcend these limitations, Greenplum assembled a team of the world’s leading database experts and built a shared-nothing massively parallel processing database, designed from the ground up to achieve the highest levels of parallelism and efficiency for complex BI and analytical processing. In this architecture, each unit acts as a self-containe database management system that owns and manages a distinct portion of the overall data. The system automatically distributes data and parallelizes query workloads across all available hardware.

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  • The countries in which you are serving most likely inherited educational systems from Britain or France. The original goal of these systems was to provide education to the children of the local elites and to supply the colonial administrations and trading companies with clerical staff. Remarkable progress has been made since the former colonies achieved independence. Educational opportunities have been expanded at all levels as national leaders put a priory on productivity and economic growth.

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  • Finally, a few words of caution. Vision is given a prominent position in aesthetics, often dominating the other senses. The present approach is similar in this, but it should be stressed that hearing, touch, smell, and even taste all are implicated in perceptual processing. The vision system in the brain is linked to the other sensory systems, which permits interaction at an early processing stage. At a later stage, visual information is integrated with other kinds of sensory information to produce multimodal perceptual experiences and mental imagery....

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  • In line with this, TSC disagrees with theories that model cognition on conscious reasoning, as reflecting the ways thought processes are conceptu- alised in language. Instead, TSC states that cognition is ‘active’ in the sense that cognitive processes emerge in concrete situations of physical action and socio-cultural practices. In integrating conation and affect, cognition is driven by, on the one hand, the agent’s current needs and motivation and, on the other, the contingent, contextual elements that support immediate action.

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  • The addition to gasoline of a lead-containing compound called tetraethyllead was an attempt to enhance engine performance. The use of this compound was phased out when it was found to destroy the effectiveness of the catalytic converter (described below) which is used to reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and NOx. Tetraethyllead is just one member of a group of compounds, called octane boosters, which can be added to gasoline to increase its octane number. Other compounds that have been used as octane enhancers over the years include methanol (CH3OH) and ethanol (C2H5OH).

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  • Much of this debate reflects differences in analysis scope (Litman 2009b). Highway expansion advocates tend to focus on traffic congestion reduction objectives and ignore the negative effects of induced vehicle travel and sprawl. 1 Advocates of investments in alternative modes tend to consider a wider range of impacts and objectives, including traffic congestion reduction, parking cost savings, consumer cost savings, accident reductions, improved mobility for non-drivers, energy conservation, pollution reductions, and public fitness and health. ...

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  • Because input-output modeling is costly to perform, particularly for a particular situation, it is common to extrapolate available data to a particular situation. For example, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration assumes that, on average, a $1 billion of Federal highway expenditure supported 30,000 jobs in 2007 (FHWA 2008). This number has been widely applied, although recent analysis by Heintz, Pollin and Garrett‐Peltier (2009) suggests that actual impacts are somewhat lower. In addition, the models include many assumptions that may be inaccurate or outdated.

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  • Quantifying the magnitude of those impacts in cities worldwide, however, presents considerable challenges due to limited information on both health effects and air pollution exposures in many parts of the world. Man-made outdoor air pollution in the world’s cities, derived largely from combustion processes, is a complex mixture with many toxic components. We indexed this mixture in terms of particulate matter (PM), a component that has been consistently linked with serious health effects and, importantly, that can be estimated worldwide.

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  • The Government’s request to the FRC to develop guidance on audit committees has of course its root in the dramatic corporate failures in the United States in early 2002. These occurred despite the perception of close US regulation of accounting and auditing and despite the existence of corporate governance institutions including audit committees. The consequence has been falling confidence and rising confusion in capital markets not just in the US but around the world.

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  • Whichever method you choose, the most important part is not to cut away the supporting panel or flanges that you will need to weld the new wing to. With the bulk of the old panel removed, any remaining bits of panel or spot weld studs can be easily ground away with an angle grinder to leave a smooth, clean surface. With all mounting edges clean, check for damaged\twisted areas caused during the removal operation. Once you are satisfied with the results, try the new panel in place for fit. Genuine manufacturers’ panels and most reputable aftermarket panels should be fairly...

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  • In this paper, given a text document, we first iden- tify events and their associated arguments. We then identify causality or relatedness relations between event pairs. To do this, we develop a minimally su- pervised approach using focused distributional sim- ilarity methods, such as co-occurrence counts of events collected automatically from an unannotated corpus, to measure and predict existence of causal- ity relations between event pairs.

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  • Information systems capture, process, and store information using a wide variety of media. This information is not only located on the intended storage media but also on devices used to create, process, or transmit this information. These media may require special disposition in order to mitigate the risk of unauthorized disclosure of information and to ensure its confidentiality.

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  • We obtain our list of SRI funds from the Social Investment Forum's (SIF) reports published in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2005. 3 Each report contains comprehensive information about SRI in the US for both the publication year and the preceding one. In particular, the reports contain a list of SRI mutual funds compiled by SIF. To construct this list SIF employs a direct survey methodology and gathers information from third parties. A fund is included in the SIF list if it utilizes one or more social or environmental criteria as part of a formal investment policy. 4 To be included in...

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  • In addition to substantive reforms of the authorities and practices of regulation and supervision, the proposals contained in this report entail a significant restructuring of our regulatory system. We propose the creation of a Financial Services Oversight Council, chaired by Treasury and including the heads of the principal federal financial regulators as members. We also propose the creation of two new agencies.

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  • For the investor types believing that active managers can generate alphas, we nd that the ability to identify superior performing funds is further improved, albeit slightly, by augmenting the four-factor model with country indices, even if these indices represent non-priced factors, consis- tent with Pastor and Stambaugh (2002a). To illustrate, our baseline analysis nds CAPM alpha enhancements of up to 5% per year from using macroeconomic state variables to choose funds, relative to active manager choice using an unconditional CAPM model.

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  • Since the 1980s many funds charge 12b-1 fees, which are used to pay for marketing and distribution costs and are included in the fund's expense ratio. Many funds offer multiple share classes (such as A, B, or C classes) with different combinations of loads and 12b-1 fees. To approximate the total cost of mutual fund shares, we aggregate all the costs incurred by fund shareholders using the now standard total ownership cost (TOC) measure introduced by Sirri and Tufano (1998).

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  • The high-technology answer seemed to lie in the creation of new manufacturing sectors, which—by virtue of high growth and rising productivity—might restore the promise of high-wage, stable employment. Such sectors were emerging in Silicon Valley and other centers that increasingly looked to a combination of electronics and information as their stock in trade. But also taking place were profound changes in the nature of manufactur- ing; these changes would be fatal to the cities’ hopes for new sectors.

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  • Our empirical results are based on monthly returns of 1,472 U.S. open-end, domestic equity mutual funds existing at any time between 1975 and 2002. We investigate the performance of the entire cross-section of mutual funds, as well as the cross-section of each of three investment-objective categories, growth, aggressive-growth, and growth and income. We first show that the impact of luck on performance is substantial.

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  • Cosmetic surgery is the latest beauty mantra in India , as more and more people want to look young and feel good. Be it a crooked nose, cleft lip or excessive body flab, cosmetic surgery can correct it all. Moreover, in the last decade , the popularity of medical tourism has soared among people in developed nations due to the elevated cost of healthcare in their own countries. A career as a cosmetic surgeon entails years of training and developing exceptional skill. However, once established, clients will flow in.

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  • Deakin’s MBA (International) is a distinctive MBA with an emphasis on management skills required in a global business environment. From a foundation in key business disciplines it develops the capability to respond confidently to the challenges of the international world of business. Deakin’s MBA (International) has been designed to give high- performing students an opportunity to gain industry experience as part of a world-class MBA. The MBA (International) is available to applicants who may not have had experience as a business manager.

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