Whereas the selection of segmentation variables mainly drawn from management
needs is straightforward, the selection of variables used as descriptors of the identified
segments is more complex. This complexity stems not only from the enormous num-
ber of possible variables, but also from the necessary twofold link these variables have
to offer, namely the link with the selected segmentation variables on the one hand, and
the link with secondary data on media profiles, distributional coverage etc.
The asynchrony, heterogeneity, and inherent loose coupling that characterize
applications in a wide-area network promote event interaction as a natural
design abstraction for a growing class of software systems. An emerging build-
ing block for such systems is an infrastructure called an event notiﬁcation ser-
vice [Rosenblum and Wolf 1997].
We envision a ubiquitous event notiﬁcation service accessible fromevery site
on a wide-area network and suitable for supporting highly distributed appli-
cations requiring component interactions ranging in granularity from ﬁne to
From the perspective of behavioral economics, rationality is bounded by asymmetrical preferences. Consider, for example, status quo bias. Samuelson and Zeckhauser (1988) reported that when Harvard University changed some of the health insurance options it offered employees, newly hired personnel were more likely to enroll than were people already on the university’s payroll; those employees generally chose to keep their current plans. The appeal of the status quo can be explained, in part, by the concept of loss aversion.
Many more women are active today compared to when the first studies of activity in America
were conducted. However, as a group, girls and women are still less active than boys and men.
Some of this difference in activity between males and females can be explained by the
historical disparity in opportunities for females. Since 1972, when Title IX was implemented,
more females have become involved in organized sport. We have yet to discover the effects of
this increased participation on lifetime activity among females....
Though it is widely recognized that the population of the United States is aging,
much of our current understanding in the field of individual decision making is based on
data from student populations. While this could be a consequence of subject availability,
it may reflect a common though largely unsubstantiated belief that decision making
ability declines with aging (Peters 2000). Many older individuals are productive and
intellectually viable throughout their lives. Still, others are vulnerable to dementia and
neurodegenerative illnesses, such as Alzheimer's disease.
Interest income is recognized on the accrual basis.
Dividend income and distributions from investment
trust units are recognized on the ex-dividend and
ex-distribution date, respectively.
Interest on inflation-indexed bonds will be paid
based on the principal value, which is adjusted for
inflation. The inflation adjustment of the principal
value is recognized as part of interest income in the
Statement of Operations.
The benefits of nonemergency fund operations are the services that come
out of the infrastructure they build, not the income generated during
construction for carpenters and bricklayers.
In evaluating fund projects, the value added as a result of the extra
services coming from the project should be considered. This distinction
is relevant for projects that upgrade or replace infrastructure, as op-
posed to those that build new infrastructure.
The Table below organizes known bad bank examples and current proposals
according to the source of capitalization and organizational form. As the Table
shows, the majority of known bad banks have been established based on a decentralized
organizational model. Retriva and Securum (Sweden) as well as BIH (Berlin) were
founded through the subdivision of a bank threatened with insolvency into a good
and bad bank. In all three of these cases, the government provided the funding for the
bad bank and also recapitalized the good bank in exchange for a shareholder stake. ...
The Government in May 2011 approved the Medium Term Plan (MTP), which is expected to drive economic growth over the next five years, 2011-15. The Plan will guide the formulation of National Budgets and other social-economic policies of the State. The MTP requires US$9 billion to be implemented over the period 2011-15 and funding is expected from the domestic and external sources including reliance on Public Private Partnership (PPP).
We have consistently found that in order to gain lasting commitment to the sales training process, we
must recognize that people are different and they need the flexibility to incorporate what they already
know with the new ideas we bring; this is the only way to get sincere and lasting buy-in and ownership.
Beyond a base level of common program methodology and standards, we work privately with each
participant to custom-tailor a plan that works with their unique personality, style and comfort level.
This report evaluates the responses of the United
Nations to the questions of human cloning governance.
The difference between reproductive human cloning
and using of cloning technology for research is explained
followed by an ethical analysis of cloning.
Discussion of ethics at the UN level often brings to mind
the notion of deep, profound, commonly held principles
to guide human actions. While general ethical principles,
such as the principle of doing no harm in medical practice,
are widely respected, the question of what amounts to
harm is less easily deﬁ ned.
ASRM and the College of American Pathologists administer a reproductive
laboratory accreditation program for embryology labs to assure that they conform
to high national standards of quality. ASRM also produces ethics and practice
guidelines. Its affiliate, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
(SART), strictly monitors member clinics for adherence to ASRM guidelines,
accreditation of their embryology labs, qualification of their staff, and submission
of data to the CDC.
To improve the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB), more rapid diagnostic techniques such as antibody
detection based on immunochromatographic methods were developed. The objective of this study was to
evaluate the performance of the SD Rapid TB kit for the diagnosis of active TB with serums from patients and close
contact controls in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Findings: We conducted a population-based case-control study. The sera of 60 confirmed TB patients and 60
healthy contacts paired for sex and age were tested.
The macroeconomic configuration at the present time is conducive to sizeable interest rate
exposures in the financial industry. Because virtually all firms are tempted to take the same
risks (“herding”), there is also a very important systemic dimension. All firms will not be able
to get out when expectations of future rates change – leading to “overshooting” in market
interest rates or even illiquidity in interest rate hedging markets.
Outside the air regulatory setting, park, forest, and refuge managers may use data from air pollution related
lichen studies to aid management decisions, conduct NEPA analyses, and provide information to the public
about resource condition and impacts. To meet the requirements of the Wilderness Act, Organic Act, and
National Wildlife System Improvement Act, federal land managers often subscribe to what is known as the
Weblogs and message boards provide online forums for discussion
that record the voice of the public. Woven into this
mass of discussion is a wide range of opinion and commentary
about consumer products. This presents an opportunity
for companies to understand and respond to the consumer
by analyzing this unsolicited feedback. Given the
volume, format and content of the data, the appropriate approach
to understand this data is to use large-scale web and
text data mining technologies.
To support replication, each spanserver implements a
single Paxos state machine on top of each tablet. (An
early Spanner incarnation supported multiple Paxos state
machines per tablet, which allowed for more ﬂexible
replication conﬁgurations. The complexity of that de-
sign led us to abandon it.) Each state machine stores
its metadata and log in its corresponding tablet. Our
Paxos implementation supports long-lived leaders with
time-based leader leases, whose length defaults to 10
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Some organizations may use outside consultants to collect information or review
executive performance. Keep in mind that evaluating the executive is like running
an EKG on the heart of the organization: you will not get any closer to the pulse of
the organization. If you use an external service, it should be as a contributing part
of the overall effort. And, whether the in-person evaluation is presented by a com-
mittee, a board officer, or the entire board, the final evaluation must be the voice of
the entire board. It is only as a single entity that the board has any...
The position’s major responsibility is to plan and implement programmes and strategies to assist DIT
in achieving its goals through fundraising and other outreach efforts designed to enhance the DIT’s
position as a leading third level academic and research institution.