States of existence 1

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  • Each of us is unique. Like snowflakes that look the same but under the microscope are different, we each have our own specialness that nobody else possesses. We have our own physical attributes, our own mental make-up, our own environmental background, and our own cultural inheritance. But more than all these, we have our own special, unique, and un-copiable talents. These talents are our gifts for life on earth. Some of us search in vain for their own special talents and never realize them fully before they die. Others come to them late in life after journeys that take them...

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  • Thus problems can occur if faulty performance is partly due to conditions arising which are not covered by the promoter’s specification. Where a DBO contract is let on the basis that the contractor also finances the project, associating with a bank for the provision of the necessary funds, the operating period may then be long term, for 15–20 years or more. This is typically a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project, described in Section 1.7. The risks on the contractor are then increased since they include a substantial dependency on the terms of the income he is to receive.

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  • Vanadium. The transition element vanadium exists mostly in the 3, 4, and 5 oxidation states (Table 21.1), with the 4 and 5 states predominating under oxidizing conditions in the normal soil acidity of below pH 8 (1,2). Vanadium, with many other heavy metals, is released by anthropogenic activity.

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  • Since the birth of the field of optical biosensors, the pace of evolution of this field has been swift. While myriad reports have appeared describing applications and advancements in optical biosensor technology, few existing volumes are dedicated to a synopsis of this field. Since the development of optical biosensors mirrors the advances in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry, we deemed the time to be ripe for such an opus.

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  • A notable achievement by the U.S. Army as of early 2012 is that 90 percent of the legacy chemical weapons and other chemical warfare materiel (CWM) from the Second World War and cold war eras and then stockpiled by the United States have been safely destroyed. 1 Whatever cumulative risk had been posed by the existence of this CWM to communi-ties surrounding the six military sites where it was guarded and safely maintained since the mid-twentieth century is now zero.

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  • In 1980, Austin, Texas, and Syracuse, New York, were roughly the same size. The Austin metro area had a population of about 590,000, and the Syracuse metro area had about 643,000 residents. By 2007, Austin’s population had increased by more than 1 million while Syracuse’s population had been stagnant. That same disparity exists when one examines the growth of employment and real per- sonal income. Another disparity between the two areas is the tax burden. State and local taxes accounted for nearly 13 percent of personal income in Syracuse but only about 9 percent in Austin.

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  • The term ‘food miles’ refers to the distance food travels from the location where it is grown to the location where it is consumed, or in other words, the distance food travels from farm to plate. Recent studies have shown that this distance has been steadily increasing over the last fi fty years. Studies estimate that processed food in the United States travels over 1,300 miles, and fresh produce travels over 1,500 miles, before being consumed.

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  • As the global leader in pool and spa equipment, Pentair has made a strong commitment to develop and offer the most environmentally responsible products available. The Eco Select brand is the keystone of this green program to meet the dual objectives of a growing number of pool owners—to save money and make more eco-friendly choices. It starts with product development. We have dedicated senior staff whose sole mission is to assure that new and re-engineered products are the most eco-friendly and economically attractive on the market.

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  • With complaints and inquiries from senior citizen investors concerning financial services and investment fraud increasing, the Missouri Securities Division, a division in the Office of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, 1 took steps to determine how to best increase protection for those investors.

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  • Chapter 1 An Overview of Corporate Finance and The Financial Environment a. A proprietorship, or sole proprietorship, is a business owned by one individual. A partnership exists when two or more persons associate to conduct a business. In contrast, a corporation is a legal entity created by a state.

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  • Given the diversity of the adult ESOL population, these learners clearly have varying needs for English language use (Weddel & Van Duzer, 1997), specifi cally in terms of their oral communication. The Equipped for the Future (EFF) initiative asked adult learners across the United States to respond to Goal 6 of the National Education Goals: “By the year 2000, every adult American will be literate and will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship” (Merrifi eld, 2000, p. 4).

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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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  • Rate review grants and standards: In August 2010, 45 States and the District of Columbia each received $1 million grants to develop or make improvements to their existing rate review and approval practices, strengthening their processes and oversight capacities. States have already used these funds to hire staff, increase data reporting, and enhance their information technology. On December 21, 2010, HHS posted a proposed regulation regarding standards for rate review.

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  • We prove analogues for hypergraphs of Szemer´di’s regularity lemma and e the associated counting lemma for graphs. As an application, we give the first combinatorial proof of the multidimensional Szemer´di theorem of Furstenberg e and Katznelson, and the first proof that provides an explicit bound. Similar results with the same consequences have been obtained independently by Nagle, R¨dl, Schacht and Skokan. o 1.

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  • Many examples of P2P systems have emerged recently, most of which are wide-area, large-scale systems that provide content sharing [12], storage services [10], or distributed “grid” computation [4, 11]. Smaller-scale P2P systems also exist, such as federated, serverless file systems [2, 1] and collaborative workgroup tools [7]. The success of these systems has been mixed; some, such as Napster, have enjoyed enormous popularity and perform well at scale.

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  • A review of the regulatory framework can also provide some indication of the level of competition within a country’s banking system. Other things being equal, competition should be greater when regulatory barriers to entry and exit is low, encouraging new entrants. The regulatory framework for the EAC region, summarized in Table 1, suggests a relatively open regime with similar conditions of entry and prudential treatment for all types of banks across countries.

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  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems continuously mea- sure air pressure inside all tires of passenger cars, trucks, and multipurpose passenger vehicles, and alert drivers if any tire is signicantly underinated. While both direct and indirect measurement technologies exist, only direct measurement has the measurement sensitivity required by the TREAD Act and is thus the only one in produc- tion. A direct measurement system uses battery-powered pressure sensors inside each tire to measure tire pres- sure and can typically detect any loss greater than 1.45 psi [40].

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  • To develop and test hypotheses about the events that occurred before, during and after the incident, we need to determine what actually happened. The only proof that an event may have occurred is if evidence of the event exists. If the object whose state was changed by the event still exists, then we can examine it for information about the event and about other objects that were causes or effects of the event.

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  • Approximately, 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, but at least another 12 million Americans may be undiagnosed (1). COPD refers to a group of chronic diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that impair the low of air in the lungs and make breathing diicult. While COPD death rates are higher among men than women, over the past 20 years, the number of COPD deaths among U.S. women has increased much faster than those among men (1–3).

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  • World Health Statistics 2008 presents the most recent available health statistics for WHO’s 193 Member States. This fourth edition includes 10 highlights of health statistics as well as data on an expanded set of over 70 key health indicators. The indicators were selected on the basis of their relevance to global health monitoring and c onsiderations of data availability, accuracy and comparability among Member States. This publication is in two parts. Part 1 presents 10 topical highlights based on recent publications or results of new analyses of existing data.

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