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Climate Shocks: Turning Crisis into Opportunity
Thomas F. Homer-Dixon, CIGI Chair of Global Systems, Balsillie School of International Affairs; full Professor, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo on Climate Shocks: Turning Crisis into Opportunity Climate policy is gridlocked nationally and globally, with virtually no chance of a breakthrough under current conditions. Policy makers need to accept that societies will not make drastic changes to address climate change until a climate crisis hits. The recent financi
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Lloyd George and his Special Advisers and the Unionist Reaction to the Budget
Iain McLean gives a talk in which he talks about Lloyd George's strategy to get the People's Budget through Parliament and past his main adversaries; his advisers and his parliamentary colleagues.
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Institute of Fiscal Studies - Current Issues in the Taxation of Land and Income Part Two
Paul Johnson from the Institute of Fiscal Studies talks about current issues within land tax as part of the 1909 People's Budget Symposium.
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Windows Phone - Getting Started With Azure Mobile Services (.NET Backend) | Windows Azure Mobile Ser

In this video Yavor Georgiev demonstrates how you can create your first Windows Phone application using Azure Mobile Services. The demo includes creating your first Mobile Service, downloading the quick start Windows Phone app, running the app then exploring how the application uses the Mobile Services Client SDK to insert, update and query its data to
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4.8 The importance of visual aids in the main body of your presentation
Effective communication is the key to a successful presentation. This unit will provide you with a systematic approach to develop the necessary skills. It is important to understand that effective presentation skills can be practised and learned. It is the content of your presentation, and the simple delivery of clear and reasoned arguments, which will help you to achieve your objectives.
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4.6 Generating ideas for the main body of your presentation
Effective communication is the key to a successful presentation. This unit will provide you with a systematic approach to develop the necessary skills. It is important to understand that effective presentation skills can be practised and learned. It is the content of your presentation, and the simple delivery of clear and reasoned arguments, which will help you to achieve your objectives.
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4.1 Gathering your thoughts
Effective communication is the key to a successful presentation. This unit will provide you with a systematic approach to develop the necessary skills. It is important to understand that effective presentation skills can be practised and learned. It is the content of your presentation, and the simple delivery of clear and reasoned arguments, which will help you to achieve your objectives.
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7.2 Reorganizing notes

The technique of re-reading completed notes and supplementing them with comments and queries is a useful way of processing ideas. Another way of processing ideas is to reorganize notes around a set of questions or thematic headings. This is particularly useful for those notes that you will be drawing upon for planning and writing assignments. They can be reworked and key concepts and ideas can thus be applied to different types of questions and issues.

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5 Keeping it short: jottings, abbreviations and symbols

Once you have identified the key ideas you are in a position to take some brief notes or jottings. Indeed, you will find that highlighting on its own is a rather passive process and as a result you may not remember the ideas that you identified. Rather than returning to the highlighted text every time you want to revisit or draw upon these ideas, only to find that what you have marked does not make sense to you anymore, it is useful to develop a form of short note taking. So, getting k
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The Australia Japan Security Relationship and New Regional Security Architecture: Bilateral and Dome
Professor Ken Jimbo U.S. Nuclear Strategy and US-Japan Alliance Professor Yoshihide Soeya Instability on the Korean Peninsula, stressing the ramifications for Japan vis-a-vis its alliance with the United States as well as focusing on Japan's 'neighborly' relations with Korea and China. Ms. Wakana Mukai Nuclear proliferation and disarmament Dr. Brendan Taylor The future of the US-Japan-China strategic triangle Dr. Andrew Phillips South Asian Nuclear Rivalry and Religious Radicalism in an Age of S
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La technologie de ce siècle évolue désormais en suivant la loi de Moore, selon laquelle les performances des composants électroniques évoluent exponentiellement avec une constante de temps de deux ans. De là découlent d'abord la percée des micro-ordinateurs puis, plus inattendue, la croissance également exponentielle des réseaux de communication. Quels sont les facteurs de cette expansion qui crée la société de l'information ? L'espace est le moyen global de transfert et distrib
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Managing your own career in today's labour market
Isabel Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Strategic and International Management, talks about her research examining how changes in today's labour market have radically altered the way that careers are managed.

3.1 The use of ‘you’
Sunset Song was written in the early 1930s and is still one of the best-known and most-debated Scottish novels. In this unit, we discuss whether Sunset Song succeeds as critique of capitalism and whether it has value as a work of literature separate from its propagandistic ambitions.
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4.1 Natural/social

In the previous section we looked at the issue of competing explanations of social problems. Here we want to take a rather different approach by starting from one of the major dividing lines between different types of explanation. These dividing lines are ones that recur in the definition, interpretation and explanation of a range of social issues: for example, patterns of inequality between men and women; crime and juvenile delinquency; the persistence of poverty, and so on. Despite the fact
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3.6 Summary

Three explanations of poverty developed by social scientists have been considered. The first sees poverty as natural or inevitable, the second focuses on the behaviour of poor people, while the third analyses poverty as the result of economic or political processes. Considering these explanations makes it possible to draw some conclusions about the social science approach to social problems:

  • It relies on arguments making causal claims, rather than ass
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3.3 Poverty as the result of poor people

The second cluster of common-sense ideas about poverty centre around the theme that the character and behaviour of some types of people causes them to be poor. Such people are in some way ‘flawed’. There may, of course, be different types of flaw, but poor people are distinguished from the rest of ‘us’ by some characteristic that makes ‘them’ poor. This might be their moral character (they are lazy, shiftless, workshy); it might be their abilities or capacities (the
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