The fact that iTunes is compatible across the entire spectrum of iPod/iTouch, and iPhone models has transformed Apple's business model by creating significant switching costs, further ensuring their market leadership. This has also created a defensible market position with suppliers and partners of all forms of digital content, from music and movies.
Third, Apple's unique design strategies in smart phones have also been an effective deterrent against competitive entry into their segments of the smart phone market (Bertolucci, et.al.). Apple's iPhone 4 is considered by many industry experts to be one of the most, if not the most innovative design ever produced, even with the antenna issues the company had (Bertolucci, et.al.). Apple orchestrates all of the factors in the five forces model to their advantage to erect barriers to their most profitable markets, which are MP3 players (iPods, iTouch) and also to move aggressively into new markets. Apple also…… [Read More]
The announcement made by Governor Paterson revealed a federal desire for downsizing, rather the downscoping. The latter concept, understood as a reduction in the operations and diversity of the organizational activities, is not on the agenda of the governor. Paterson also discussed his desire to conduct the restructuring process with the collaboration of the unions, but he was discomforted by the resistance of the unions.
From his standpoint, the union leaders are too stubborn and selfish to understand that the American country, society and economy face a greater danger. Up until this point, the union leaders have stopped Paterson's from creating $250 million savings to the state budget from retirements and lay offs. He even argued the necessity for early retirements, but the people did not answer to this request either. As a parenthesis, this encouragement for early retirement is highly unconstructive in the context of an aging population, the…… [Read More]
" Precision is the empirical counterpart of clarity and pertains to whether the definition "describes or implies measures and outcomes that meet acceptable tests of precision." Durability/Ruggedness are in relation to the methods and outcomes durable across contexts, situations and changes in theoretical, social or political climates and whether the definition attaches strongly to core empirical questions that cannot be defined away or otherwise weakened.
In the realm of social science the conceptual component of clarity comes into play in the educational institution and the claim of quality education. Furthermore education is conceptually amiss through the conceptual component of scrutability in that "professional and technical language" are all too often used unnecessarily. In operationalizing quality in education social science sate that which is perceivable and measurable or that which is represented by the abstraction. For instance quality is an empirical word with meanings that are applied to the type…… [Read More]
Current Even 1: Ohio School Shooting
On February 27th, 2012, a school shooting occurred in the state of Ohio. Tragically, three people were killed in the incident and another three students were injured. It was reported that seventeen-year-old T.J. Lane entered Chardon High School Monday morning and fired ten shots, hitting a total of six students (Tavernise 2012). Prosecutors stated that the suspect in the school shooting had confessed to police. Since the perpetrator was under the age of eighteen prosecutors in the case decided to sentence Lane as a juvenile. T.J. Lane was a sophomore at the high school where the shooting took place. This particular school is designed for children who are considered "at risk." Either they have gotten into trouble in more traditional school settings or something of that nature. Mr. Lane's father was arrested in 2002 for attempted murder and was sentenced to four…… [Read More]
All neighboring countries, except Iran closed their borders to the Afghan refugees, hoping that they will return and come to terms with the aliban regime.
he U.S., British and NAO troops that fight the aliban in Afghanistan are up against an enemy that has proven to have the resources to regenerate itself almost incessantly. Although the former uses technological means that change the relationship between combatants as it has never happened before, the different interests of the neighboring countries in the outcome of this war makes predictions still impossible.
Meanwhile, the death toll of civilians is increasing drastically is likely to increase over the next months. According to asurvey released by the United nations and quoted by Dexter Filkins, in the newspaper article Afghan Civilian Deaths Rose 40% in 2008, published in the electronic version of New York imes, on Feb. 18, 2009, 2118 civilians were killed in 2008, in…… [Read More]
Six months to a year from now will be the more accurate measure of his performance. The article made me realize how immensely difficult it is to be the President of the U.S., and how seemingly paradoxical and conflicting the priorities are he must navigate to bring the country back from a recession while increasing the standard of living and bringing peace in two wars fought half-way around the world. The most difficult agenda any president has faced in the last fifty years, President Obama must rely on his advisors to get through these challenges. The article also made me realize that for President Obama to be successful he cannot have the luxury of waiting for the economy to recover, he has to take the initiative now to heal it. The article successfully shows just how difficult, arduous and nearly impossible it is for any U.S. president to triangulate from…… [Read More]
Current event presentation: "The imprecise world of accounting"
Accounting is often thought of as a profession of precision. However, according to Hans Hoogervorst, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, calculating the true value of an asset is as much art as science, despite the many measurement techniques offered by the international financial reporting standards (IFS) and U.S. GAAP. A good example of this is the notion of 'intangible assets.' Facebook is not a particularly valuable company, financially speaking, in terms of the revenue it is able to garner at present from advertising, but it possesses tremendous cultural capital. The money-making potential of a new patent for a drug or the power of a trademarked name likewise cannot be quantified before it is sold, but must be taken into consideration when evaluating the perceived prestige of a company.
Because of the dot.com bubble there is often a tendency to be…… [Read More]
ecently, Jay Z. purchased the Armand de Brignac champagne company, which "traces its roots back to 1763," (Petroff, 2014, p. 1). The rap superstar had been so enamored with the champagne brand that he once "hosted a fundraiser for President Obama that featured a wall lined with hundreds of Armand de Brignac bottles," (Petroff, 2014, p. 1). Although the price of the deal has not yet been disclosed, it is certain that the high-profile sale will offer a level of competitive advantage to the Armand de Brignac brand that no other champagnes have.
The Armand de Brignac champagne already had several competitive advantages, including its history and the romance associated with a small firm producing elite products with only 20 employees (Petroff, 2014). Bottles of the flagship label "Ace of Spaces" sell for about $300 each. Thus, the Armand de Brignac and its Ace of Spades label are…… [Read More]
The problem was that the cap cost $500,000.00 to install and was recommended by government regulations. (West, 2010) This significant, because it show a track record of the company knowingly putting its overall bottom line before safety or the environment. When you consider the fact that the company is making $93 million a day, this shows a lack of ethics on the part of managers and the company itself. (West, 2010) The cost to install the cap was: a small short-term investment that the company could afford. However, because it would cut into their profit margins and was not required; meant that the company would knowingly leave it out of the design. This would allow the spill to become even worse, as engineers and scientists have been struggling for weeks to shut it down.
Clearly, the lack of ethics that was used by executives from P, during the years before…… [Read More]
It is hoped that less politically incendiary issues that are of equal significance to the Palestinians will be conceded, quietly by the Israelis. For example: "a new Palestinian city waiting to be built needs Israeli agreement for a key access road and that will probably now come, they [the Israelis] said; more roadblocks and checkpoints can be removed and more responsibility handed over to Palestinian security forces" (Bronner 2010:1).
The Administration is still engaged in active talks with the Palestinians and the Israelis and is hopeful that negotiations will soon resume. The Administration is striving to be a neutral force and a broker between these two historical enemies. One hopeful sign is the fact that the Israelis state that the relationship with the Administration is good, and Palestinians have not entirely ruled out talks, even if the settlements continue, in the immediate future. However, while relationships are not at a…… [Read More]
Black gold Friday
The Economist magazine recently released a piece that outlined the recent fall in gas prices. The article compares the fall in the oil price to what a similar fall would be on the stock market.
"IF IT had happened in a stockmarket, we would be talking about a crash (the equivalent decline for the Dow would be more than . Oil's 6.7% fall yesterday was all the more remarkable in that the event that triggered it - Opec's decision not to cut production (Buttonwood, 2014)."
Explanations for the drop in price range but they include a weak demand and other alternative fuels that have been gaining in popularity. However, the fall in the price for oil was significant for the entire global economy and will have many implications for sales in general.
For many…… [Read More]
In addition to appeasing the Internal Revenue Service, state-level taxation issues need to be taken into account and sometimes only certified accountants can help entrepreneurs work with the complex regulations that vary from state to state. Entrepreneurs may also need to consider hiring lawyers and insurance specialists, depending on the nature and size of their enterprise. New business owners may make many costly mistakes when trying to cut corners: such as underreporting their personal salaries or not remitting employee withholding taxes. Learning how to navigate through the maze of tax laws can be alleviated by professional support. Not all business owners know what they can deduct, whether to lease or own their equipment, and how to scale their income.
Hershey, Robert D. "For Entrepreneurs, a Crash Course in Accounting." New York Times. Feb 1, 2007. Retrieved Mar 26, 2007 at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/business/yourtaxes/11small.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5070&en=da2d0c4483eebbc9&ex=1175054400… [Read More]
On December 14, 2012 a mass shooting occurred in Newton, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School resulting in the deaths of twenty children and six adults. The gun used at the elementary school was an AR-15 which was registered to the assailant's mother. This same assault rifle was used in an Oregon mall shooting two days before, as well as in the Colorado movie theater shooting of July 2012 (Zornick). Since this incident, politicians as well as businesses throughout the United States have responded by trying to limit the ability of American citizens to acquire firearms. Specifically the purpose of this research is to analyze what degree the al-Mart chain's selling of firearms will have on the American public.
al-Mart is currently the largest distributor of firearms in the United States. The store chain has among its inventory major assault weapons, such as the AR-15. They also have…… [Read More]
People's confidence was put in question for such an important matter. It showed common people, who are not connected to everyday financial news the way in which money can be made through illicit means under the rules and regulations of the state and of the accountancy system. Moreover it broke the trust of investors, of employees, and of stock owners. This can have a long-term effect as investing companies will be seen with more circumspect eyes by the public and by the authorities.
Another major effect the Enron scandal had on the population of the city was emotional. As stated above, the Enron company was considered to be one of the most important symbols of the American business environment. However, in 2006, its assets were sold worldwide, and thus its name shattered (Thomas, 2006). It was perceived as a shameful deed and one America will probably be identified with for…… [Read More]
Current Event: Workers of Market Basket Go on Strike
Managers often face numerous challenges in the management of the affairs of the companies that they lead. Some of the most common challenges faced by managers have got to do with employee remuneration, employee motivation, change management, talent management, etc.
Two months ago, the employees of Market Basket, a supermarket chain, downed their tools and went on strike in response to an issue that caught many, especially management experts, by surprise: the dismissal of the chain's C.E.O. The workers were seeking the restatement of Arthur T. Demoulas, the chain's C.E.O, who had been fired from the supermarket amid power struggles featuring family members overseeing the management of the chain. According to industry analysts, what took place "at Market Basket is particularly unusual because the workers are not asking for higher pay or better benefits" (AP eporter, 2014). The whole debacle brings…… [Read More]
narrative eply Current Event attached (Pope Bluntly Faults Church's Focus Gays Abortion). The eply a narrative discussion analysis article, Current Event, include: (1)'s significance, relevance, relationship PUBLIC ADMINISTATION, (2) student's opinion article's public administration issue / problem, (3) supported (4) -text reference citations pages text 300 words.
Public administration: Article review
The New York Times article "Pope bluntly faults Church's focus on gays and abortion" is an account of what has often been called Pope Francis' 'refreshing' attitude towards Church policy. Although Pope Francis has not changed the Church's official policy regarding gays (the Church does not condemn people who identify as gay, but believes that all sexual activity outside of a heterosexual marriage is immoral) or abortion (it believes life begins at conception), Francis has distinctly changed his tone, in comparison to previous Popes. Francis stresses that the Church must not become obsessed with these social issues to such…… [Read More]
On September 19, 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the heart of Mexico, affecting its capital city and surrounding areas including the state of Puebla. Already 119 people have been confirmed dead, but as many remain trapped under buildings and debris, the toll is expected to climb (Partlow, 2017). Sadly, the 2017 earthquake has occurred on the anniversary of a quake that also devastated Mexico City in 1985. The earthquake, responses to the earthquake, and policies and programs available to residents of Mexico, can all be viewed from the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
Micro level issues pertain to the individual and family units. Most social workers provide micro level support to individuals and families like those impacted by the Mexico City earthquake (Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Social Work, 2017). For example, a social worker might help a family to access financial aid to help them rebuild their home or…… [Read More]
The inconclusive evidence shows the difficulty of regulating issues of science rather than policy, and given that it is not certain that these substances are dangerous in the amounts in cosmetics, the warning labels seem unlikely to influence consumer behavior.
I ask the question: does more information promote better behavior? The answer is: not always. Millions of people eat artificial sweeteners, drink alcohol, and smoke cigarettes, despite warning labels on these products. Also, people use cosmetics tested on animals -- and even inject Botox, a paralyzing chemical in their foreheads, in the name of beauty. Additional warning labels will do little to change consumer behavior, especially when it comes to style, unless there is more research that proves that these chemicals pose a health risk.… [Read More]
misconduct of police officers and abuse by law enforcement in the United States. In the past few years, there has been an increase in instances of police misconduct and behavior and lack of reprimanding of such law enforcement officers. These are one of the most stringent and acrimonious human rights desecrations in the nation. Police have taken part in baseless and unwarranted shootings, austere beatings, lethal chokings, and rough treatment without cause. Whereas the percentage of continually abusive and delinquent officers on any force is usually minimal, more often than not, responsible authorities fail to undertake decisive action to contain or reprimand such acts (Human ights Watch, 2016). Police misconduct takes into account unlawful or unethical actions or the violations of people's statutory rights by police officers in the conduct of their day-to-day duties. Instances of police misconduct comprise of police inhumaneness, duplicity, fraud, intimidation, torture to force admissions, abuse…… [Read More]
current events from the last six months that relate to the international business environment of Japan. It will include an analysis of Japan's international business activities, Japan's government, private enterprise in Japan, and the impact of international organizations on Japan.
International Business Activites
China's rapid domestic growth has been important in maintaining Japan's economy. Specifically, steel exports to China have been growing, increasing profits for four major Japanese steel companies (Shimbun).
Japan's ongoing business relationship with the U.S. continues to thrive. Almost 20 years after it first began U.S. production, Honda's U.S.-based operations made their 10 millionth vehicle (Yahoo News).
Disturbingly, a recent poll suggests that Japanese citizens are losing faith in their government. Only a week after the November 9th Lower House election, almost 52% of respondents felt that Koizumi would not honor his campaidn promises (Bloomberg.com, Japan's voters).
Japan's government has recently entertained the idea of sanctions…… [Read More]
Current Events in U.S. Companies
Academy Sports + Outdoors to Stop Airing Ads on 'Lucifer'
Current Events in U.S. Companies:
No more 'Lucifer' ads in Academy Sports+ Outdoors events
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a Houston-based company that sells premier sports and outdoor products and services. They deal in a wide assortment of fishing, quality-hunting and camping gear. The firm deals in an assortment of goods and services, but the general focus is leisure and sportswear. The company runs over 200 outlets in Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, Florida North Carolina, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee. It is one of the largest sports and outdoor gear stores in the country. The company is owned and funded by Kohlberg Kravis oberts & Co.L.P along with affiliate companies, KK, and steered by President and CEO JK Symancyk (Academy Sports + Academy, 2016). In the period before August 2011, the…… [Read More]
Life Science Current Event eport
Current Events on Cloning and Evolution
Topic and Date: The Ethics of Egg Manipulation (Evolution), August 27, 2009
The article "The Ethics of Egg Manipulation" published in Nature investigates the research challenges in reducing diseases that can be identified prior to egg fertilization. Scientists have questioned if it is necessary for humans to give birth to offspring that are at high risk for genetic diseases. Their hypothesis is: If we remove the bad parts of the DNA from one egg and replace it with good DNA from another egg and use the new egg for in vitro fertilization, can we reduce the number of babies born with disease (Anonymous, 2009)?
Current experiments have been performed on monkeys. The experiments have been successful and scientists believe the research is ready to move to humans, but many laws are in place to deter this type of…… [Read More]
Current Events in Consumer Behavior
I choose to write about the first video on Youtube to reach over one billion views, as of very recently this year. The video comes from South Korea, and is an example of K-Pop, a genre of music and popular culture that has become increasingly popular around the world during this decade. The named of the video is "Gangham Style" by a South Korean artist named Psy. The video is a music video for a song and the video was only posted in July of 2012. Within less than six months, the number of views on this video have surpassed all of the greatest all time leaders in views on Youtube, mostly notably, pop star, Justin Bieber, who became famous because of the sheer number of views on his videos. Bieber went from a nobody, just an aspiring singer, to one of the…… [Read More]
Canadian Current Events Magazine
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This article describes the grwing trend in the crprate wrld f eliminating perfrmance reviews, which many find t be ineffective and even cunterprductive. The article ntes that wrkers and managers alike ften feel that perfrmance reviews d nt measure what they are meant t measure, and that they fail t prvide
Cntinued n New Mining Activity in Alberta
Letters t the Editr
Interview with Financial Expert
Prjected Grwth in 2012
Signs f imprvement in the labr market in the United States cntinue as the rate f peple applying fr unemplyment benefits hit its lwest number since May f 2008, accrding t recent numbers released by the U.S.
Canada is a cuntry whse main exprts are hckey players and cld frnts. Our main imprts are baseball players and acid rain.…… [Read More]
In my experience, this is quite rarely the case. In fact, the truth in most families appears to be quite opposite: namely, the holiday season is the time that most people associate with their highest degrees of stress that highlights and exacerbates long-standing family conflicts and feuds. For every family where holiday arrangements are primarily a time of great joy and unity, there might be as many as ten times that many families where holidays generate annual arguments over whose turn it is to host (or not to host), whose families to visit in what order, and whom to invite. As often as not, hosting holiday parties involves keeping separate members of extended family who actually detest one another from coming to blows after drinking to much alcohol.
Instead of being the most peaceful time of year, the newspapers report that the holiday season is always the peak of suicides.…… [Read More]
Students will play different roles in the newscast -- one student may be the anchor, the other a business reporter, the other a human interest and editorial commentator.
Students with reading difficulties can still participate in this hands-on activity, even if they have difficulty with English, with concentrating for a long period of time, or with reading in general, but brighter and more engaged students can use the assignment as a way of responding creatively to the news.
Resources and materials: Students must have access to online or real-life newspapers. Before they break up into groups, a monitor should be present to show students an example of a nightly newscast, which they will be replicating. If the students' own newscasts are to be televised, this will require a camera as well.
Evaluation: one of the positive aspects of evaluating students in this activity is that criteria can vary based on…… [Read More]
Thick and thin book review.
Some year," JK Galbraith once wrote, "like some poets, and politicians and some lovely women, are singled out for fame far beyond the common lot." For the Middle East in general, and for the people of Palestine in particular, 1948 was clearly such a year. It was the year in which the British-Mandate for Palestine terminated, a Jewish state was established, thousands of Arab Palestinians became refugees, and regular armed forces of Trans-Jordan, Egypt, Syria and other Arab countries entered Palestine - Israel and clashed with Israeli forces." (Bregman, 2000) In the same way, some land masses seem to carry a higher level of importance than others. Such is the case with a small strip of land lying along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
Israel, or Palestine depending on the year the map was published, has been a place of conflict since first…… [Read More]
Not Again: A School Shooting Thwarted
Anderson (2018) describes a recent event at a Florida high school, not long after the Parkland massacre. In this case, a nineteen year-old suspect named Sky Bouche opened fire at Forest High School in Fort Lauderdale. No one was killed, but one 17 year-old suffered an injury. The suspect, who was a former student of Forest High, carried his gun inside a guitar case.
The Bouche incident occurred on the very same day that nationwide protests had been scheduled. The protests involved coordinated walkouts to protest gun violence, on the anniversary of the Columbine incident, as well as being only a few months after the Parkland incident nearby. Luckily, Bouche did not have the capacity to harm or kill anyone, and upon arrest, immediately apologized.
Teachers and students had already been taught the drill in how to respond to a situation like this, because…… [Read More]
R.I.P. RELIGIOUS RIGHT and other Super Tuesday Take-Aways . . .
Whereas the "religious right" had seemed to be a dominant force in American politics, particularly powerful in the Republican Party, the influence of this loud but still minority group seems to have waned. This article goes so far as to suggest that candidate Donald Trump's raging popularity in the Bible Belt signals a nail in the coffin for the infiltration of politics by the religious right. Similarly, the author insinuates a possible shift in American social norms as traditional Bible Belt causes now seem like "lost causes." The "organizational weight has withered," notes Burke, referring to the lack of strong leadership among the religious right. Ironically, voters who claim to value religion strongly have come out in support of Trump. Also ironic is the fact that stalwart Democrat Hilary Clinton has gained ground among African-Americans particularly because of her…… [Read More]
For example, a nurse or physician may come across a patient that is near death due to pregnancy complications and the only way to save the mother is ostensibly to abort the fetus. That is the medical standard but many doctors and nurses would stay far away from ever involving themselves in an abortion even if there is an over-arching reason behind it that does not involve improper or non-use of birth control before the fact.
The article makes note that the moral standing and views of the patient should always override that of the medical professional according to 75% of respondents. It is noted that when a conflict arises, it is usually due to religious convictions. Complicating things greatly is the fact that freedom of religion is in the Bill of ights but many argue that this right is waived when speaking of life and death or even the…… [Read More]
direct bearing on current and future events. "Our view of history shapes the way we view the present, and therefore it dictates what answers we offer for existing problems," (Crabtree, n.d.). It is important also to understand how to study history. There are right and wrong approaches. The right approaches take into account the context of the event or issue because doing so prevents us from being biased. If we do not have context, we place our modern values and beliefs on the past. This is anachronistic, and provides a warped version of the past that is not only unclear but also untrue.
When studying history, therefore, context is all-important. All historical artifacts, persons, events, and ideas need to be placed into context if they are to be appreciated and understood fully. We need to know who, what, when, where, why, and how. This is evident in branches of history…… [Read More]
Starting with the latter, it seems obvious that the organization should continue its international expansion, because it will increase its market share, as well as its long-term revenues. At the same time, international expansion will help the company diversify its customers and tap into the new markets of Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
The international expansion should be pursued through the internal instruments of the company alone rather than through entering alliances or joint ventures. The main reason for this is that such alliances might dilute the brand rather than bring palpable positive elements to the company's development.
However, expansion should also be done internally through the diversification of the portfolio of brands and products. This will imply investing in research and development, but also an important marketing campaign, aimed both at maintaining the global brand and in informing the potential and current customers about new developments, new products,…… [Read More]
One has to wonder whatever happened to the notion that the customer is always right, a rallying cry of most businesses in the increasingly competitive economy, but a concept these outplacement firms appear to have the luxury of ignorning. Further, outplacement firms have responded to the demands of a very competitive environment by lowering their prices along with the quality of their services.
With companies and outplacement firms not concerned about the right thing, clients are complaiming of mass-produced resumes, canned job advice, slipshod counseling and standard cover letters that don't show any personal interest in a job opportunity and that are often loaded with errors. One user of the service referred to it as "grief counseling." Certainly, the job seekers want more than a pap rally to aide their job search.
This article is an excellent review of outplacement services because it helps to understand not only that users…… [Read More]
Whole Foods: Current market conditions
The supermarket industry is highly competitive. However, Whole Foods has been able to garner a market advantage through specialization. Whole Foods is a national chain but offers exclusively organic items to customers, thus conveying additional value for a specific yet rapidly-expanding demographic of customers. Growth in the organics market remains strong, even though it experienced a downturn after the recession. "According to the Organic Trade Association, U.S. sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $24.8 billion in 2009. That's 18.4% growth annualized over 19 years" (Beyers 2011).
As well as health-conscious consumers, Whole Foods also offers a wide array of international, gluten-free, peanut-free, and other specialty items. It is a relatively large chain, although still dwarfed in size by major national supermarket retailers like Wal-Mart. Thus, the market structure is that of a competitive market, with…… [Read More]
The Current State, Objective and Future Trends of isk and disruption management in supply chains
States and Trends of isk and Disruption Management in Supply Chains
After suffering for years, managers' gain ground in supporting supply and demand market of today, yet the effective assessment of managing risk as well as disruption is still an active conversation amongst project managers. Management takes a new position and arranges new strategies to support potential critical paths in product development and distribution. The supply chain is now global, thanks to the help of the internet, and thus needs active plans to support the future growth of distribution of products to a diverse and otherwise complex sociological environment. By evaluating the current state, revealing potential trends and discussing the support of potential disruptions, a better understanding for problem solving and preventative measures will ensue.
The current state of affairs for…… [Read More]
globe has people of different backgrounds on basis of religion, culture, beliefs, economy and many other attributes, there is need to have some attributes that will help bind the globe. This is where the international laws come in, these are agreed upon treaties or conventions which nations look upon to bind them, often they have a universal attraction and entrusted into the hands of a global organization to ensure they are implemented. An example is the international law on basic human rights where each individual has the right to life and others that concern protection of women and children as the most vulnerable in times of war. I was aware that there are rules of engagement in war but I never knew of the Jus War Doctrine. This is a doctrine that indicates that war is philosophically based on morals, there is a just war and unjust war. According to…… [Read More]
Nuclear energy: The Current Debate
Energy creation and consumption has been the primary driving force of political and military action since the Industrial evolution, and arguably for centuries before this shift mechanization and the widespread use of fossil fuels. In the twentieth century, mankind acquired the ability to harness the power of atomic splitting and nuclear chain reactions seemed to many a promise of freedom form the problems of fossil fuels, including their expense and their unwanted effects on the world (i.e. pollution). Some were even so optimistic about nuclear energy's potential that they envisioned a world where electricity was free, and energy meets were easily, cheaply, and entirely met by nuclear means. eality has not been so rosy, of course, and concerns regarding the environmental and health safety of nuclear energy -- especially in the light of recent seismic events in Japan -- are now a major…… [Read More]
Technology in History Classes]
Since the beginning of education in the U.S., the classroom setting has remained the same: Students have sat quietly in their seats with just a pencil, textbook and lined paper to practice their "readin', riting and 'rithmetic." However, the advent of new technologies is heralding a change. In a growing number of schools, technological innovations are beginning to significantly change the way that information is conveyed and students learn. Depending on the creativity of the teacher, the advent of computers, CD-ROMs, videodiscs, multimedia, and cable networks is expanding the breadth of the curriculum -- from mathematics to the social sciences. For example, teachers have found multiple ways to restructure technology into high school history that have made an often very dry topic come to life.
In 1983 Howard Gardner, a Harvard University professor, introduced his theory of "multiple intelligences" (MI). His book Intelligence Reframed showed that…… [Read More]
Does Leisure Time Affect Work Performance?
Employees are the most valuable asset that any organization has in their possession. Many times it is difficult for employees to balance their obligations of work, yet still maintain a fulfilling life outside of the workplace. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recognizes the importance of maintaining a healthy work and home life balance. This research measures the ability to detach from work to get quality leisure time and its impact on employees. The results found that at this organization workers did not have the ability to recover during leisure time. Suggestions were made for improving the situation at the healthcare facility.
Does Leisure Time Affect Work Performance?
Employees are the most valuable asset that any organization has in their possession. Many times it is difficult for employees to balance their obligations of work, yet still maintain a fulfilling life outside of the…… [Read More]
Americans generally think that they are one of the most free nations in the world regardless of whether their thoughts are the truth or illusory. hese thoughts are fueled by the consideration of freedom as a fundamental topic and issue that touches the sense of individuality and nation. However, the history of American freedom is characterized by struggles, disagreements, and debates. Actually, freedom has never been a fixed concept for Americans because of its ubiquity and the fact that the country's history does not have a series of evolutionary narrative towards the achievement of a pre-determined objective or goal. As a result, American freedom consists of events that most encouraged freedom since 1865 and those that most diluted or detracted freedom during the same period.
One of the events that most encouraged freedom since 1865 to present is the Civil War that was a by-product of the Supreme…… [Read More]
Persian Gulf War of 1991 aimed to stop the invasion and occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. Ordered by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the military action aimed to take control of the small country's immense oil reserves. y the time U.S. President George ush declared a cease-fire on February 28, 1991, Iraqi forces had already fallen. As part of the Gulf War treaties, the trade embargo on Iraq, sanctioned by the United Nations when Iraq first invaded Kuwait, was not lifted and a UN special commission was assigned to oversee the destruction of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including medium-range missiles and chemical and biological weapons as well as the facilities in which they were developed. Nevertheless, UN military forces were withdrawn from Iraq and Hussein was not pushed out of power. While the current war on Iraq has been called the "War for Iraqi Freedom," the events leading…… [Read More]
Student please request a revision. I was waiting tohear back from you on answer to my questions. Will go ahead in next 20 minutes and finish paper as is. And send it to you then.
At present, although the United States and Mexico are embraced in an atmosphere of cooperation that is unprecedented, there are still potential areas of conflict that could chill relations between the two countries if they are not handled with great diplomacy. The tricky part here for President Bush, Mexican President Fox and other leaders is that these issues are more about perception than they are based on reality. The two major issues that come up the most are directly related to one another. These two issues, trade and immigration also touch on other politically sensitive issues which include environmental concerns, worker conditions, economic parity, political freedom, and governmental control.
ow, nearly nine years afters its…… [Read More]
Microsoft has announced that it is discontinuing ClipArt, a once-popular program that allowed people to access a set of basic images that were part of the creative commons, that they could access (Goldman, 2014). Microsoft's decision highlights some of the choices that managers must make as part of their jobs.
A basic managerial function is the allocation of resources. Managers are agents of the shareholders, which means that they are charged with handling the company's resources and working with them in a manner that will increase shareholder wealth. In theory, the alignment between managers and shareholders should be evident, but at times it is necessary for the structure of the organization and compensation to reflect a better alignment (Nyberg, Fulmer, Gerhart & Carpenter, 2010).
One of the considerations that comes into play in a situation like this is the product life cycle. ClipArt was introduced in 1993 as…… [Read More]
Chapter 7 in Dickson, Loker and Eckman's Social Responsibility in the Global Apparel Industry is entitled "How Manufacturers and Retailers Organize for Social Responsibility: Internally, Collaboratively, and Strategically." The chapter is about how businesses define and practice labor compliance, and how they turn social responsibility into a core business strategy. The authors suggest that public reporting and transparency about corporate social responsibility is one of the ways that businesses strategize social responsibility in general. Businesses also incorporate labor compliance models into their sourcing decisions.
The information in Chapter 7 builds on previous chapters related to organizational learning and change as it applies to shifting towards corporate social responsibility. Therefore, the theories and models discussed and used include those related to organizational learning and change. The five stages of learning that were addressed immediately prior to the Chapter 7 overview include defensive, compliance, managerial, strategic, and civil stages of…… [Read More]
microeconomic event related to New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
The shoes industry just like any other business activity encompasses of diverse footwear retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers. The chief wholesalers in the entire United States of America marketplaces especially the brand name owners obtain the shoes from the independent manufactures. The retail footwear organizations range entails the small shoes businesses that provide shoes to the local citizens to the multinational chain companies. However, most of the footwear industries all over the world operate in both the wholesale and retail arenas hence capable of increasing the profitable returns. Operating through both the wholesale and retail arenas also assist the shoe companies to reduce the risks the organization faces. For instance, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. incorporates all the retail and wholesale plants to acquire ready-made materials for the production of the final footwear product (Carroll, Archie and Ann 71).
Analysis of current…… [Read More]
CRNE Event and Response
Over the last several years, the safety of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive related weapons (CRNE) has been increasingly brought to the forefront. Part of the reason for this, is because downfall of the Soviet Union has meant that acquiring these materials from failed states have increased exponentially. As, the stockpiles in many of these areas have questionable security procedures that are allowing terrorist and other rogue organizations to have access to these materials. (Prosser, 2011)
At the same time, the total amount of countries that are possessing these materials have increased dramatically. As different nations, are using these weapons to protect against possible military attacks or internal insurrection. In a number of cases, the majority of states that possess CRNE's are more than likely considered to: have questionable human rights records or they may not have signed different international provisions limiting the proliferation of…… [Read More]
Organizational esponsibility and Current Health Care Issues
Ethics is the assessment and research of the human habits in regard to moral concepts, particularly those in a certain team, occupation, or specific organization (The Free Dictionary, 2012). People deal with lots of ethical/moral problems everyday and how they react might result in significant and legal ethical/moral ramifications. In the healthcare market, having approaches for making ethical/moral choices is a necessary part of the task. This paper will provide a circumstance that happens in a medical workplace and if the choice of the medical assistant will have an effect on the decision-making procedure, which can bring about legal and honest complexities.
The situation provides a skillfully experienced medical assistant and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) working in a clinic or medical workplace as a workplace assistant. Alone in the workplace and in charge of the phone calls throughout lunch, the assistant gets…… [Read More]
Even if the prices of consumer staples such as gas continue to escalate in America and in Europe, this is less likely to deter European consumers, given that such cost-of-living budgetary issues such high fuel costs have long become acceptable to European consumers, and because public transportation is better funded within the EU. The fears of competitors regarding European investment may actually be a potential boon, given that they will temporarily lessen the threat of competition in the present environment, and the fact that European spending seems to be continuing, unabated -- hence the fears of inflation.
In contrast, the average American's spending on consumer goods may flag, given likely increases in the interest rates by the Fed. This is especially true for mid-market products like Levi jeans. Consumers who are lower middle-class are likely to cut back on their clothing budgets, or buy from discount retail stores. Upper…… [Read More]
A recent event in the world of business and politics brings home the idea of reasoned action in regards to fixing problems, even on a national level. The event that took place was that American citizens reelected a President that had no economic sense whatsoever, and had wasted trillions of dollars on projects that proved very foolhardy, all in an attempt to jumpstart an economy that has been in the doldrums since 2008.
As one recent article espoused "the kind of social behavior that often serves as a dependent variable in studies of attitudes and behavior is one that is shaped by social forces, not only private preferences" (Manstead, 2011, p. 367). Hence, the private preferences of many American citizens could have been a reflection of personal standards, or could be viewed as a strong display of social influence.
Managing to convince enough citizens to vote for him,…… [Read More]
In fact 92% of the world's supply of opium comes from Afghanistan. The Taliban have tapped into this rich resource and it provides them with sufficient cash to pay their soldiers more than the Afghanistan government pays its own troops (Schmidt, 2010, p. 63).
hile he Taliban do not "mastermind" the opium trade, Schmidt explains, they do benefit financially from integrating their radical politics into the marketing of opium. In 1999 Afghanistan poppy farmers -- and those that convert the poppies to opium -- produced forty-five tons of opium, about fifteen times what had been produced in any of the previous 15 years. The Taliban use the millions of dollars from the sale of opium to buy new and better weapons, to sponsor new Madrassas (schools that teach radical Islamic politics to young men) in Pakistan, and to "barter for cars and all manner of consumer goods, including houses" (Schmidt,…… [Read More]
Department of Economics
After receiving call from Division Commander regarding the death of COL Volar, all the responsibility has been laid on my shoulders now, as I am the permanent rigade Commander. Although LTC Johnson will be coming to assist me for three months but ultimately I am the one responsible for bringing back "56th Heavy rigade Combat Team (HCT)" to its original position and be best in the Army.
ringing back HCT to what it was three years ago is not an easy task, indeed it is a big challenge as majority of people that are I trained are not in the team now. Second important issue that there is not much time before the brigade will be going back for the rotation for deployment.
In order to make HTC the same HTC means a new start as the brigade has so many issues and is de-motivated…… [Read More]
Freeman, H. (2014, April 7). Chanel and Mulberry bag prices have soared -- but why? The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/apr/07/chanel-mulberry-bag-prices-designer-wealthy-fashion-russia-china-middle-east
Freeman's article discusses with regard to how major retailers such as Chanel and Mulberry have directed their attention toward markets that initially seemed unprofitable. When considering the rising number of individuals expressing interest in handbags from the two companies, it would seem that the East has a strong word to say in the industry. As emphasized in the article, bags produced by the two companies have found a huge market in developing countries like China, Russia, and in diverse nations in the Middle East. First world concepts appear to have little to do with some of today's fashion icons.
While some of the world's most notable fashion firms have built much of their empire on the back of middle-class people who indulged themselves in products that way overpriced, things have…… [Read More]
Microsoft Billionaire eboots Seattle Movie Temple
The article is about the constant improvements that Cinerama, a movie theatre in Seattle has been undergoing to the latest changes that were made to the theatre in order to keep the sales of their services up and hence bring in considerable profits. The management of the movie theatre is aware of the changing technologies that allow people to watch movies even on their smartphones hence the need to constantly improve their services to keep at par with the technological changes.
One of the greatest considerations made by the management is the product positioning, which is situating your product in the best possible position such that the different target markets can prefer the product over those of the competition. Mr. Allen, the owner of Cinerama, indicates that they constantly fiddle with renovations in a bid to constantly bring the customers back to…… [Read More]
The marketing mix contains four elements -- product, price, promotion and place. Thus, a key element in attracting customers is the product. Managers must frequently evaluate the mix of products that they offer their customers. Sometimes, new products are a means to recapture the attention of former customers who may have lost interest in a business. Other times, new products reflect a pattern of modernization at the business, a response to a changing environment. There is little doubt, however, that managers at major corporations take their product decisions seriously.
Pizza Hut has a test kitchen dedicated to creating and trying out new recipes. For the manager, the decision is which product to proceed with. They use a number of techniques, including their own taste tests, measures of economics like how much a certain pizza costs to make, or if it requires any extra effort to produce. In other…… [Read More]
Current Event Due 11:55p Sunday eek 5 the eek 5 Homework 2 Assignment meets objectives: Apply a sociological perspective social world. Analyze contemporary social issues sociological imagination sociological theories concepts analyze everyday life.
The Ukraine conflict has generated much controversy in recent months as a community of experts has gotten actively involved in discussing the topic and in attempting to provide solution to the crisis. Even with the fact that initial decisions were related to getting an international body to intervene and influence the two belligerent camps to put down their weapons, it gradually became clear that the situation would require more thought and that the people involved are reluctant to yield to their adversaries. Shaun alker and Howard Amos's article "Ukraine civil war fears mount as volunteer units take up arms" provides information with regard to the critical nature of the conflict.
By analyzing matters from a sociological perspective,…… [Read More]
Generally the number and range of events in all countries including those in Australia are growing, and events are increasingly viewed as entertainment and big business (Hillary, 1997:2). Events of the future are more and more seen as a way to compete for the public's leisure time among other things, and a way for event sponsors and organizers to reach target markets through enjoyable activities (Hillary, 1997:3).
Generally current and future trends center on preparation that includes a 'feasibility' check which assesses among other things (1) whether the event is a good idea, (2) whether the event managers and marketing agents have the right marketing skills available to do the job, (3) whether the marketing and publicity is targeted in the right communities, (4) whether adequate knowledge of the community is available and (5) how media support and funds will be acquired (Hillary, 1997:4).
Current trends also include sufficient planning…… [Read More]
They strongly believe that dealing with questionable data and lowly-skilled workforce is a waste of time. Therefore, as they venture into newer markets, they face the risk of loosing out. As they go into markets looking at new opportunities, they are very insightful about company reputation.
Our focus will vary from providing services to large and medium-sized firms to small start up companies. However, small-sized firms will be the main target of our firm. Dushane will also provide attractive lucrative offers to companies that have management problems and are incapable of tackling problems when they first enter the U.S. markets.
Service Business Analysis
The consultancy "industry" is not only crushed but also incompetent, with hundreds of thousands of small companies along with individuals offering consulting services and focusing on the few dozen recognized corporations.
Our competitors vary from key global brand-names to hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs. The…… [Read More]
U.S.A and Turkey Diplomatic elations
Events between the U.S. And Turkey since the End of Cold War
Gary E. Oldenburg has it that the cold war ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. Various things have happened between Turkey and the U.S. since the end of this war bearing in mind that the first contests of the cold war were in Turkey, Greece and Iran.
Ceren Mutus (2011) notes that the eruption of the gulf war after the cold war served to strengthen the relations between Turkey and the U.S. unlike what people anticipated. More so the Clinton administration's support for the Turkish IMF debt guarantees was another event after the cold war between the U.S. And Turkey as registered by Turkish weekly (25th August 2011)
US's support for Turkeys EU membership is also another event between Turkey and the U.S.U.S. has been strongly advocating for…… [Read More]
In the scientific literature it is difficult to find a useful concept for the news craze. In Media Matters (1994) John Fiske uses the word 'media event'. These kinds of events have their own reality and their own patterns. "The term media event is an indication that in a postmodern world we can no longer rely on a stable relationship or clear distinction between a 'real' event and its mediated representation. A media event, then, is not mere a representation of what happened, but it has its own reality, which gathers up into itself the reality of the event that may or may not have preceded it." The media construct a 'hyperreality', in which a struggle is going on about the interpretation and meanings of what is going on in the world.
This kind 'hyperreality' applies to all forms of communication. According to an article in "
Wired Magazine,"…… [Read More]
p Executive briefing on current emerging issues in emergency management to brief a local executive
Executive briefing of emerging issues in emergency management:
Capabilities, vulnerabilities, and needs for Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska is subject to the specific geographic and meteorological conditions to its region that give it a unique profile for emergency managers. Unlike the major coastal cities of Los Angeles and New York, for example, it is not identified as a high-priority target for potential terrorists because of its cultural significance. But although it is not proximate to a national border, Homeland Security issues are still of great importance as reflected in the recent rebuilding of its Homeland Security office to LEED (environmentally sustainable) standards. This ensures that the building can be energy-efficient and can answer the needs of the community in the future (Omaha Department of Homeland Security, 2008, CBE Berkeley).
egarding natural disasters common to Omaha,…… [Read More]