(USGS) is to assess the quantity and quality of the
natural resources of the Nation and to provide
information that will assist resource managers and
policymakers at Federal, State, and local levels in
making sound decisions. Assessment of water-quality
conditions and trends is an important part of this
One of the greatest challenges faced by waterresources
scientists is acquiring reliable information
that will guide the use and protection of the Nation’s
This book provides an excellent overview on state-of-the-art of modern organocatalysis. It presents the contributions from leading experts, with backgrounds in academia and industry, to an Ernst Schering Research Foundation Symposium held in April 2007. It will be of interest to those who want a general overview of the topic, but also to those who want to learn more about the state-of-the-art, current trends and perspectives in this highly dynamic field of research.
The Environmental Quality Laboratory (EQL) traces its origins to a series of discussions initiated by Caltech President Harold Brown on the feasibility of a Caltech Air Pollution Laboratory aimed at alleviating the smog problem in the South Coast Air Basin. In an address to the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering on February 28, 1970,  Dr. Brown summarized the main conclusions of a faculty-JPL study group on smog led by Professor Carver Mead that preceded the formation of the EQL.
The structure of the Standards is divided between Attribute and Performance Standards.
Attribute Standards address the attributes of organizations and individuals performing internal
auditing. The Performance Standards describe the nature of internal auditing and provide
quality criteria against which the performance of these services can be measured. The Attribute
and Performance Standards are also provided to apply to all internal audit services.
The Water Quality Act of 1965 (WQA) was the first major statutory attempt to address
the nation’s growing water quality problems. The Act proved to be a weak basis for enforcement
authority, but did yield one major improvement: the development of ambient water quality
standards. States were called upon to set their own standards and given flexibility to determine
how standards would be met. The Act’s major weakness was that it gave no concrete authority
to force effluent reductions by specific polluters.
To solve these problems, the SEQ and PREDATOR systems introduce a spe-
cial sublanguage, called SEQUINfor queries on sequences [Seshadri et al. 1994,
1995; Seshadri 1998]. SEQUIN works on sequences in combination with SQL
working on standard relations; query blocks from the two languages can be
nested inside each other, with the help of directives for converting data be-
tween the blocks.
Among current challenges in tuberculosis treatment are reducing the length of time that drugs must be taken to less than six months
and finding ways to safely combine tuberculosis drugs with those used in the treatment of HIV infection. Rifabutin is a drug that
has the potential to address these issues if substituted for rifampicin, a mainstay of current treatment. This review identified five trials
involving 924 people, but none were of high quality.
Performance Measurement: Accelerating Improvement is the first in a
new series of reports by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), representing the
latest phase of the ongoing IOM effort on health care quality. This report
introduces a framework and implementation strategy for translating public
and professional concerns about performance and accountability into measures
of health care quality.
The success of IFRS as a high-quality set of global accounting standards depends
upon the IASB functioning as a truly independent standard-setting body that
enjoys the confidence of market participants around the world. To assure that
confidence, the IASB needs to have a secure, stable funding mechanism, expert
staffing and appropriate governance structure to ensure the standard-setting
process is free from undue influence from various constituents.
Another broad-based farm organization, the National Farmers Union (NFU), contends that crop
insurance remains inadequate for those with multi-year disasters, and that crop quality loss
discounts applied in insurance contracts do not reflect realities of the marketplace. The
organization also wants insurance companies to offer coverage in all areas and not “cherry pick”
regions that are most profitable, a concern that USDA attempted to address in the Standard
Reinsurance Agreement signed in 2010.
The quality of air in Kathmandu valley is much lower than the national
and international standards and the occurrence of high level of PM 10 in
the atmosphere has become a major health concern. Vehicular emission
followed by road re-suspension dust, smoke and dust out of the brick kilns
are the main culprits.
It is not that there is nothing done to address this grave problem. Various GOs
and I/NGOs and private sector alike have shown their concern to address
the problem of air pollution in Nepal but they are strikingly insufficient as
compared against the magnitude and gravity of...
To help ensure that water is safe to drink and to address the nation’s aging drinking water
infrastructure that can impact water quality, $850 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving
Fund will support new infrastructure improvement projects for public drinking water systems in
FY 2013. In concert with the states, the EPA will focus this affordable, flexible financial
assistance to support utility compliance with safe drinking water standards.
We advance this literature by using process quality measures that accurately represent the
provider’s ability to respond to a range of conditions that promote poor human growth in low-
and middle-income settings. Our measure employs clinical case scenarios that offer an
objective method of evaluating what occurs during the encounter between a client and provider,
and whether provider performance accorded with established standards of care. The specific
case scenarios constructed measure the process quality of prenatal and child healthcare.
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