In June, 2014, the world's #2 maker of medical devices, Medtronic, agreed to buy Covidien, a smaller company in the same industry. The deal was valued at $42.9 billion, and it was a cash and stock deal. The deal was done at a 29% premium over Covidien's June 13, 2014 closing price. The deal was described by Medtronic's CEO as a "strategic and operational alignment" and there were immediate benefits to be accrued by moving the company out of the country, to Covidien's headquarters in Dublin (Cortez & Welch, 2014). The company disputes the tax argument, noting that it did not believe its 18% tax rate would change much with the move (Kelly & Roumeliotis, 2014). Mostly, the value of the deal was the expected $850 million in annual savings that was expected to accrue from synergies in back office operations, supply chain, distribution and manufacturing (Cortez & Welch,…… [Read More]
This essay is on Sustainable design within retail spaces store design (including the physical space of the store, as well as the merchandising fixtures, and products). This paper will explore some different brands that utilize this sustainable design concept.
Introduction & Defining the Concept
The concept of sustainability is, for the most part, in the eye of the beholder. In theory, sustainability reflects consumption that can be sustained indefinitely, implying that no non-renewable resources are used. In practice, the term sustainable is applied more broadly along a spectrum where the actual amount of sustainability in the subject is moderate to high, though usually not total. As applied to design, the concept of sustainability is focused on using a variety of tools, techniques, and designs that are sustainable. It is rare that a building will be 100% sustainable, but concepts that contribute to sustainability have become the leading trend in building…… [Read More]
The growing divide between America appears to have been exacerbated by the election of President Trump in 2016. Disruptive organizations like Antifa are prowling the streets and assaulting people. Politics appear to be in everything. A subject cannot come up without it being politicized. For instance, a team wins the World Series and the conversation cannot be about whether the team was the best all year long or how they pulled it off but rather about will the team go to the White House? A big reason for this is that the media constantly plays upon the political divide. Roughly half of voters voted for Trump and half did not. This represents a substantial difference among voters. Many of those opposed to Trump’s policies come from liberal strongholds like California and New York. Many working class voters showed support for Trump’s policies—like building a border wall, ending the wars in…… [Read More]
Q1. Do you think that privatization of public services is good? Why or why not?
Privatizing public services is often promoted as a way of improving state services through competition. Unfortunately, what works in capitalist theory is seldom true in practice. First of all, unlike the government, for-profit private services must be profitable. This can result in less-than- ethical actions, for example, in terms of how companies make use of the environment or carry out their basic functions. Secondly, in the case of security services such as the police, there is ambiguity to whom the employees are beholden, to the Constitution which upholds the rights of citizens (including to be protected from egregious police actions) or to the owners of the organization and the private organization’s policies and shareholders (Lessenberry, 2016).
Q2. What are the political questions at stake with the privatization of police?
Privatizing the police is popular amongst…… [Read More]
Sexual assault can traumatize the victim and lead to major life issues, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The victim may develop deeply disturbing mental issues that lead the victim to become a sexual abuser later on in life, which has been found to be the case especially for victims abused in childhood (Groth & Burgess, 1979). Trauma affects every individual differently. Some are aware of the issue and seek help. Others attempt to self-medicate by turning to drugs or alcohol or risky sexual behavior, which further leads to destructive behavior. Others are unaware that they have been traumatized and struggle to understand or deal with their emotions. This paper will discuss treatment available for victims of sexual assault, ways to prevent it, and how prevention is being implemented.
One of the most common forms of treatment for sexual assault trauma is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT…… [Read More]
What questions should you ask the woman to assist you with your investigations?
1. Do you have a good relationship with your husband? Are you in talking terms as of this moment?
2. Is the laptop in your possession right now? If not, where is it?
3. What is the location of your husband as of this moment? Does he know where you are right now?
4. Before you saw what you saw last night, do you, as his partner, have any reason to suspect that he has been viewing the same kind of content for a while?
What do you need legally to seize that laptop?
For one to be successfully prosecuted of the crime of child pornography, he or she must have knowingly received, distributed or possessed child pornography. So there must be intent on his or her part. In case a person, such as the complainant’s husband,…… [Read More]
This college admissions scandal essay looks at the facts behind what became known as Operation Varsity Blues to law enforcement officials tasked with bringing to justice the criminal conspiracy headed by William Rick Singer, who accepted bribes in exchange for faking entrance exams, creating phony profiles for students, and bribing university officials to look the other way. This essay looks at what happened, why, and what the outcome has been.
The operation of William Rick Singer was organized around the objective of rigging the college admissions process (Pascus). His clients were wealthy elites looking to secure for their children a place among the nation’s top colleges. Singer had a host of accomplices working with him: a test taker, Ivy League coaches willing to take a bribe to allow a student to pass herself off as an athlete, racketeers the lot of them: a test administrator, an athletic director,…… [Read More]
The case of publicly traded company TechFite reveals a substantial number of ethically questionable activities being committed by the company’s Applications Divisions. Not only are their accusations of theft of proprietary information but also evidence of conflicts of interest, dummy accounts used to gain escalation of privilege, and security omissions that cannot be justified. This paper will address the ethical issues for cybersecurity that relate to the case of TechFite, discuss ethically questionable behaviors and omissions of people who fostered the unethical atmosphere, and examine ways to mitigate problems and enhance security awareness at the company.
Ethical Issues for Cybersecurity
When it comes to establishing ethical guidelines in cybersecurity, the main concerns focus on protecting data. Whether it is in health care, finance, or tech, data security has to be the number one issue—and that means confidentiality, integrity and access all have to be secured, according to the Information…… [Read More]
Practicum Project Evaluation
This paper offers a brief summary of my work over the past two semesters based on a strong picture of suicide and uncovers the link between chronic illness and suicide. Patients with Chronic ailment are especially helpless against self-destructive conduct because of the emotional misery from debilitation, social avoidance, money related pressure, and dejection ascending from a drawn-out interminable condition (Pederson, 2018). The investigation involves a few constraints. The paper covers existing writing on suicide cases and perpetual sickness. The investigation involves writing a literature review as opposed to restorative testing that may not give adequate proof. Future examinations need to investigate broad meta-analysis survey to set up the need for the research. It will concentrate on executing a suicide hazard evaluation apparatus in the medicinal records for health appraisal in a progress unit and investigate steps and additional activities that will distinguish all people in…… [Read More]
What Makes America Great Essay
This “what makes America great” essay will look at three aspects of American culture and character that help to explain American exceptionalism. America is unlike any other nation in the world. Its critics like to point out its flaws. But those who appreciate it for what it is recognize that America is and has always been the “land of opportunity”—more so than any other country in the world (Keuilian). From the conquistadors to the colonialists to the Founding Fathers to the Fathers of Industry, America has been the stage where the world’s imagination has flourished and found the most food for thought and fuel for innovation.
The fact that America is largely an accident is a footnote in history by now. It was accidentally discovered by Columbus. (He was shooting for India). It was considered a Great Experiment by the Founding Fathers. Washington…… [Read More]
Here is presented a descriptive essay on autumn. It describes the essence of the season, what makes it unique and so different from the other three. It tells why it is the season of poets, the season of prayer, and the season of Thanksgiving. Autumn represents the harvest—not just of the fruit of the fields but also of life itself. Autumn is the time in which man turns his mind to his own final end, to his own mortality, and yet maintains hope for good things to come.
What is it that makes autumn so special? Perhaps it is that autumn is the season of poets. Keats wrote his ode “To Autumn,” describing it as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Hopkins penned “Spring and Fall,” with all the emphasis on the latter as he asked to the young girl to whom the poem was dedicated:
“Márgarét,…… [Read More]
Enron committed financial fraud prior to its collapse in 2001 by overstating its earnings and using mark-to-market accounting essentially to cook its books and dupe third-party auditing firm Arthur Andersen. Enron’s CFO Andy Fastow and its CEO Jeff Skilling used mark to market accounting to log future estimated profits as actual profits and a number of other financial fraud practices were used—such as creating shell vehicles to hide losses and create fantasy profits. The company used the same fraudulent practices as Charles Ponzi and other Ponzi-scheme artists, like Bernie Madoff, to create the illusion of generating enormous returns, all the while depending on new investors to keep up the illusion of cash flow.
Skilling benefited for a time, getting recognized as a genius who transformed the energy company into a financial company. Fastow benefited because he was skimming off the top. Investors in the publicly-traded company benefited as the share…… [Read More]
Business Plan Outline
Writing a business plan outline is a little different from writing an outline for an essay. You want to make sure that you have all of the parts, but you may not be structuring each part in the same way. That is why we are providing a blank template for a business plan outline. This will help you know what parts you need to include in your business plan outline and make sure that you have included all of the information you need, whether your business plan is being completed for coursework or as part of a business pitch for investors.
I. Executive Summary
B. Company and Management
E. Competitive advantages
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The High Incarceration Rate: A Significant Issue Faced by the Criminal Justice System
This paper examines the problem of the high rate of incarceration in America. This is a major challenge for the criminal justice system, as many people, families and communities suffer as a result of this high rate. It prevents individuals from improving their lives and can lead to the deterioration of families and neighborhoods. The paper discusses some of the policies that have been put in place in recent years to address this issue. It also discusses alternative solutions and how the rate could be brought down by way of decriminalization of drug use and the implementation of diversion programs or restorative justice programs.
The problem of the high incarceration rate is one that affects more than prisoners and the prison population. It affects communities as well as the economics and politics of the nation.…… [Read More]
Customized Theory of Human Learning and Development
The learning environment is characterized by the use of different theories and beliefs on what makes it the best and how people grow and develop. However, theories used by many education professionals are either not well-informed or clearly articulated. This implies that the development and use of a clearly-articulated and well-informed theory is critical toward enhancing the effectiveness of education professionals with respect to improving student learning, growth and development. As an educator, it is increasingly important to develop a customized learning theory for use within the classroom setting or learning environment. This process requires conducting research and implementing ideas that work best in the learning environment. This paper discusses my customized theory of learning and development based on theoretical perspectives of what is the best education from a Christian viewpoint.
Learning Theory and its Importance
As previously indicated, the modern education setting…… [Read More]
Research Paper Outline
Many students find writing an outline challenging. However, once you have mastered writing an outline, you can easily flesh it out to write a quality paper. In this article, we provide a template for a standard five-paragraph academic research paper outline, followed by an example of what the outline would look like for a research paper with a specific topic. Using these tools together, you can easily visualize how a research paper outline should appear.
A. Subtopic 1
B. Subtopic 2
C. Subtopic 3
II. Subtopic 1
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A. Compare and contrast the treatment of minority groups and their responses on the home front during World War II.
For the first time, African Americans began to be taken seriously. The Negro Soldier was released to cinemas during WW2 in an effort to draw blacks into Uncle Sam’s military. The promise of climbing the ranks—i.e., upward mobility—was something they were not used to in America. This appeal to blacks contrasted sharply with the way Germans and Asian Americans were treated during the war: both were heavily suspected as being traitors and spies in the U.S. Asian Americans on the West Coast were rounded up after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor—an attack which allowed Churchill to sleep “the sleep of the saved and thankful” (Chapter 1, n.d., p. 1) because he knew it would mean America would get into the war and save England. The Executive Order…… [Read More]
Hunger and the issue of food security vs. food insecurity represent two distinct issues in America. Hunger is the physical outcome of not having access to food. Food security refers to both the financial and social conditions that limit or restrict access to food for individuals or for a population overall (USDA, 2018). Food insecurity refers to the reduced quality or quantity of food available for all—i.e., quality food scarcity or disrupted diet patterns would qualify as food insecurity (USDA, 2018). The latter are typically due to economic situations, such as personal poverty. As Coleman-Jensen, Rabbit, Gregory and Singh (2018) show, approximately 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure, or roughly 40 million Americans, about a quarter of whom are children. The primary outcome of food insecurity is hunger at the individual level, which weakens one’s physiological condition. Thus, food insecurity is viewed as “a household-level economic and social…… [Read More]
In 2018, there were a total of 113 people who had been killed or injured in school shootings (Katsiyannis, Whitford, & Ennis, 2018). It is indicated that there have been more people who have been injured due to mass shootings in the United States in the past 18 years than those injured in the entire 20th century. This indicates that school shootings are no longer isolated occurrences but rather they form a part of a deadly epidemic that should be addressed. The best way to address this epidemic is to uncover its underlying root causes. There are numerous shootings that take place in American schools and shooting will only become a mass shooting if four or more people are killed. This number does not include the shooter. There has been a steady rise in the number of school shootings since 1979. In the 1980s the overall death toll from the…… [Read More]
Children are highly dependent on their parents because they are their sole providers. Parents' primary responsibility is to provide the basic needs - food, shelter and clothing - of their children. Therefore, parents shape the eating habits of children especially those under the age of 12 years. Generally, children are usually ready to learn how to eat new foods. They also observe the eating behavior of adults around them (Reicks, et al.). However, their eating behaviors evolve as they grow old. Numerous studies have identified factors that influence children eating behavior. They include living condition, access to food, number of caretakers or family members nearby, employment status, age, gender and health condition (Savage, et al.). This paper will estimate the effects that the above factors have on the eating habits of children.
The data for this project was compiled from various internet sources. All the statistical analysis was…… [Read More]
An auction is defined as an economic means that involves allocation of goods and creation of prices for these goods through bidding. Through this process, bidders form the prices of goods based on their individual valuations. However, auctions are designed carefully to encourage bidders to express their valuations for the product while discouraging collusion or cheating in order to maximize revenues. According to McAfee (2017), an auction can be considered as a method of price discovery or determining what an individual will pay for a product and who will get it. Auctions have existed for a long period of time and in different kinds depending on the specific goals of this economic mechanism. This paper examines different kinds of auctions as price discovery mechanisms and their use in different situations.
English and Dutch Auctions vs. Sealed-bid First Price and the Vickery Auctions
There are various kinds of auctions that are…… [Read More]
For decades, paraeducators have been contributing to special education by participating fully with general education teachers in the co-creation of inclusive classrooms. Paraeducators and other paraprofessionals working in education specialize in assistive services that improve the quality, standards, and outcomes of special education. Assistance with instructional design and content helps general education teachers become more adept in making adaptations and accommodations for students with special needs. The use of paraeducators in inclusive classrooms is strongly recommended by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, the role of the paraeducator is not always clearly defined, leading to workplace conflict. The relationship between paraeducators and general educators may sometimes be strained due to the lack of role clarity and corresponding lack of coherent standards for becoming a paraprofessional in special education. An observation of a paraeducator working with sixth graders provides a case study insight into the roles and functions…… [Read More]
Positive and Negative Punishment
Because of their use related to value judgments, the terms “positive” and “negative” are frequently misconstrued. In the social sciences, the use of “positive” and “negative” often refer to the presence or absence of a variable, respectively. Thus, positive punishment refers to the introduction of a stimulus and negative punishment refers to the removal of a stimulus. Both positive and negative forms of punishment purportedly achieve the same goal of behavioral change: specifically the extinguishing of an undesirable behavior.
Positive punishment refers to the introduction of some adverse or uncomfortable stimulus. The subject chooses either to endure the stimulus and continue the behavior or to avoid the stimulus by ceasing the behavior. With negative punishment, something perceived of as pleasurable is removed or taken away. The subject chooses either to adapt to the absence of the pleasant variable or extinguishes a behavior in order to retrieve…… [Read More]
Private Security and the Law: International Use of Private Security in Support of U.S. Interests Abroad
To support U.S. interests abroad more and more resources have been diverted to private security as American military have been scaled back in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. But is the international use of private security in support of U.S. interests abroad justifiable or lawful? Certainly it is both—but then why the controversy among certain groups? The controversy among some constitutionalists and conservative circles is that private security defense contractors take the place of the military and thus put distance between the American public and the continuation of wars abroad, which the public is under the mistaken belief have ended. As Jennifer Elsea notes, “the use of private security contractors (PSCs) to protect personnel and property in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a subject of debate in the press, in Congress, and…… [Read More]
What exactly does it mean to be a ‘bad feminist?’ Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist is an amazing and insightful collection of numerous essays that cover a various topics. In essence, the essays offer a new and different perspective of the contemporary topic of gender inequality. In this text, I explore what it really means to be a ‘bad feminist’ in the context of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. In so doing, I first briefly describe the popular notion of feminism and then proceed to provide the academic definition of feminism. This brief description offers the relevant background or basis for an evaluation of the meaning of bad feminism.
From the onset, it is important to note that the idea that most people today have of feminism is far from what Gay projects in Bad Feminist. For a while, the mental notion that most people have of feminism is that…… [Read More]