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A new perspective for the age of networks
The rise of international networks and globalisation have created a dilemma for business: companies need global networks to access resources and markets to be competitive, but the networks themselves present great risks.
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Sound long-term strategy is key, particularly in a crisis
With the current global economic downturn and dire predictions of a re-run of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the forecast is all doom and gloom.

But Professor Michael Porter of Harvard University, a leading authority on competitive strategy, begs to differ. He believes this time of great economic upheaval to be the tipping point for companies – if only they know how to harness the right strategies.

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Microfinance comes of age
"Microfinance is banking, and banking is our core competence, so it makes sense for us to be active in this area,” says Arthur Vayloyan, Head of Investment Services and Products, Private Banking, at Credit Suisse in Zurich.
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Distance to Moon in Realistic Terms - Astronomy - Earth Moon Sun 2D
This is a fun presentation that describes in meaingful terms -- and then demonstrates -- the distance from the Earth to the Moon in terms that are easily related to.

Vocabulary Focus:
Earth Diameter, Lunar distance

Concept Focus:
Explain the relative size of the Earth versus the size of the Moon

Download this video and follow the lesson plans at: http://sciencewithhiggins.com/classes/astronomy/earth-moon-sun/

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National Children and Adults Services Conference 2009 : rising to the challenge: brighter futures fo
Organised by Local Government Association, to be held at Harrogate International Centre Harrogate United Kingdom from 2009-10-21 to 2009-10-22
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High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
High impact polystyrene (HIPS) or 'rubber-toughened polystyrene' is a two-phase mixture of polybutadiene (a synthetic rubber) in polystyrene. The two phases are immiscible, with polybutadiene crystallising out of the melt to form spheroidal particles. In fact, polystyrene is the first phase to crystallise, forming even an even finer dispersion of polystyrene particles which become trapped within the polybutadiene when a phase inversion occurs at around 10% solidification. In the particular re
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Civil Engineering in Developing Countries
Based on working on exercises on project decision making and planning, the specific context of working abroad in general and in developing countries in particular is illustrated, with regard to socio-cultural aspects, planning and financing of projects, roles of (consulting) engineers and contractors, local materials, techniques and knowledge and environmental issues. Study Goals: define projects in several phases of the project cycle (feasibility, identification, design and construction, evalua
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Lesson #062, Tuesday

gelato = ice cream

musica = music

domanda = question

messaggio = message

meno = less

piu' = more

cattivo = bad

importante = important

interessante = interesting

intelligente = intelligent


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November 2010 Monthly Update
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Jeremy Siegel: We Can Look for More Gains in the Stock Market
All eyes and ears were on the two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee (FOMC) that ended on March 21. While most observers did not expect interest rates to change, the markets were keen to know what language the Fed would use about inflation in its statement on economic and monetary policy. The U.S. economy has seen mixed signals lately, and concerns about recession have been replaced by worries about "stagflation" -- or stagnation combined with inflation. Is stagflation re
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The Talent Hunt: Getting the People You Need, When You Need Them
Ask any CEO or senior level executive what his or her biggest challenge is, and the answer is almost always finding and keeping good people. Yet most executives fail to manage their company's needs in a way that recognizes the unpredictability of the global marketplace. In a book titled, Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty, Peter Cappelli, director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources, proposes a new approach to this issue based on applying the principles of supply chai
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Can 'Cash for Clunkers' Help Jump-start the Auto Industry?
Ford reported its first sales gain in 20 months, thanks to the U.S. government's "cash for clunkers" rebate program that gives consumers a rebate of up to $4,500 to trade in older cars for new and more fuel-efficient models. Other manufacturers said their continuing sales declines would have been worse without the program. All in all, the officially named Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) provided taxpayers with a good return on their investment, Wharton management professor John Paul MacDuffie
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Postcards from the Vineyard: Exploring the World of Wine Tourism
In the book, In Search of Bacchus: Wanderings in the Wonderful World of Wine Tourism, author George M. Taber took on the task (someone had to do it) of visiting a dozen of the most breathtakingly beautiful wine regions around the globe. What he came back with is a travel guide for oenophiles that also serves as a primer on how and why winemakers are increasingly turning themselves into destination sites. In addition, Taber's tour opens a window on the growing segmentation of the travel industry
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12 Oct 2010: Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
When the nations economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street. But University of California, Berkeley, public policy professor Robert B. Reich suggests a different reason for the meltdown, and for the perilous road ahead. In his book Aftershock: The Next Economy and Americas Future, he argues that the real problem lies in the increasing concentration of wealth at the top, and in a middle class that has to go into debt to maintain a decent standard of living. R
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13 Oct 2010: Civic Scientist Lecture - Robert F. Curl Jr., Ph.D., and Sir Harry W. Kroto, Ph.D
The Civic Scientist lectures are a series of talks by leading scientists from around the country who have influenced public policy. The series seeks to expose scientists and future scientists to the notion that their roles extend beyond the laboratory. It also gives the Houston community an opportunity to hear leading scientists discuss their fields and careers, with the goal of promoting science and technology as a public priority worthy of federal, state and local funding. Event co-hosted wi
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The Pursuit of Happyness Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of the amazing rags-to-riches story of the formerly homeless, now millionaire entrepreneur, Christopher Gardner, on which the movie 'The Pursuit of Happyness' is based.

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Learning aware environement: a Laboratorium of epidemiological studies
One challenge of the Laboratorium is to have the capacity to recognize and capture relevant events from observing the human activity, the ability to understand the learning needs and then to provide the adequate feedback in whatever form. Another challenge is the mapping of inaccessible phenomena into the sensible and temporal space of the classroom. Our design combines gaming situations and ambient technologies in the context of learning bio-statistics. This paper presents a method and a formal
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Inspiring Young People to Become Lifelong Learners in 2025
This Paper presents the Learnovation vision for 2025 within and around the formal education system, including primary and secondary schools as well as Vocational Education and Training. There are a number of characteristics shared by these three areas (or territories) of Lifelong Learning: Normally, all or most of a school system’s elements are institutionalized, controlled and regulated by the state, irrespective of whether they are operated by the state or other public bodies or by private in
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A Pilot Project – From Illiteracy to Computer Literacy: Teaching and Learning Using Information Tec
This paper addresses the use of information and communication technologies, ICT or IT for brevity, to combat illiteracy and move participants directly from illiteracy to computer literacy. The resulting assistive technology and instructional software and hardware can be employed to speed up literacy programs and make them more attractive and effective. The approach provides an interactive, self-paced, autonomous and entertaining learning experience, eases entry and exit in and out of the program
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