Last update11 hours 46 min ago
March 7, 2014
“Two U.S. military sources I particularly recommend for your users is the Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office and the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute Helpful European sources include the Polish Govt. funded Centre for Eastern Studies, the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies; and the British Ministry of Defence’s Defence Academy” [Bert Chapman, Purdue University Libraries]The post Librarian recommends Useful Sources for Ukraine Crisis Information appeared first on beSpacific.
Kate Sheppard: “From roads and bridges to power plants and gas pipelines, American infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a pair of government reports released Thursday. The reports are technical documents supporting the National Climate Assessment, a major review compiled by 13 government agencies that the U.S. Global Change Research Program is expected […]The post New Government Report Warns of ‘Cascading System Failures’ Caused By Climate Change appeared first on beSpacific.
“This past October 2013, eight executives from companies that are leaders in data analytics got together to share perspectives on their biggest challenges. All were the most senior executives with data-analytics responsibility in their companies, which included AIG, American Express, Samsung Mobile, Siemens Healthcare, TD Bank, and Wal-Mart Stores. Their backgrounds varied, with chief information […]The post McKinsey – Views from the front lines of the data-analytics revolution appeared first on beSpacific.
CRS - Army Drawdown and Restructuring: Background and Issues for Congress. Andrew Feickert, Specialist in Military Ground Forces. February 28, 2014. “The Administration’s proposal to reduce the size of the Army as well as restructure units and headquarters has national security implications that Congress will need to consider as part of its oversight and authorizations and appropriations role. In terms of […]The post Army Drawdown and Restructuring: Background and Issues for Congress appeared first on beSpacific.
CRS - Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests. Jim Nichol, Coordinator, Specialist in Russian and Eurasian Affairs. March 5, 2014. “Russia made uneven progress in democratization during the 1990s, but this limited progress was reversed after Vladimir Putin rose to power in 1999-2000, according to many observers. During this period, the State Duma (lower legislative chamber) became dominated by […]The post Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests appeared first on beSpacific.
PIABA Warning: FINRA Withholds Critical “Red Flag” Information in Broker Background Check Disclosures to Investors
‘Investors who rely on the BrokerCheck disclosure system maintained by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to check out the background of their current or potential stockbrokers are not getting access to crucial information about financial professionals even though such information is available from many state securities agencies operating under robust public record laws, according to a new analysis […]The post PIABA Warning: FINRA Withholds Critical “Red Flag” Information in Broker Background Check Disclosures to Investors appeared first on beSpacific.
Via Open Culture - “Fighting a losing battle against infringers, Getty Images surprised consumers and competitors yesterday when it announced that it would make 35 million images free for publishers to use, with a few strings attached. Publishers, broadly defined, are now allowed to add certain Getty images to their sites, on the condition that […]The post Getty Images Makes 35 Million Photos Free to Use Online appeared first on beSpacific.
March 6, 2014
“The world population is concentrated near the coasts, as are a large number of Cultural World Heritage sites, defined by the UNESCO. Using spatially explicit sea-level estimates for the next 2000 years and high-resolution topography data, we compute which current cultural heritage sites will be affected by sea-level rise at different levels of sustained future warming. […]The post Loss of cultural world heritage and currently inhabited places to sea-level rise appeared first on beSpacific.
“The European Foreign Policy Scorecard is an innovative project that provides a systematic annual assessment of Europe’s performance in dealing with the rest of the world. The scorecard assesses the performance of the EU institutions on 80 policy areas arranged around six key themes.”The post 2014 edition of the European Foreign Policy Scorecard appeared first on beSpacific.
Google Maps Blog: “If you’ve ever wondered which trails Lewis & Clark traveled for their famous expedition, or looked for maps of the best schools in your region, you may have found yourself scouring the web without much luck. The best results for your search may come from governments, nonprofits and businesses, but historically that information has been hard […]The post Introducing Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World’s Maps appeared first on beSpacific.
Luetkepohl, Helmut and Staszewska-Bystrova, Anna and Winker, Peter, Confidence Bands for Impulse Responses: Bonferroni versus Wald (February 20, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4634. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2404896 “In impulse response analysis estimation uncertainty is typically displayed by constructing bands around estimated impulse response functions. These bands may be based on frequentist or Bayesian […]The post Confidence Bands for Impulse Responses: Bonferroni versus Wald appeared first on beSpacific.
“Three federal bank regulatory agencies are issuing final guidance describing supervisory expectations for stress tests conducted by financial companies with total consolidated assets between $10 billion and $50 billion. These medium-sized companies are required to conduct annual, company-run stress tests under rules issued by the agencies in October 2012 to implement a provision in the Dodd-Frank […]The post Agencies Issue Final Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test Guidance for Medium-Sized Firms appeared first on beSpacific.
Eagan, K., Lozano, J. B., Hurtado, S., & Case, M. H. (2013). The American freshman: National norms. Fall 2013. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. “Financial considerations are exerting an ever-greater influence on incoming freshman in the U.S., with college costs and financial aid playing an increasingly decisive role in their school-selection process, according […]The post The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
“This paper by ANYA SCHIFFRIN AND ERIKA RODRIGUES was presented during the professor’s track at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in October 2013 in Rio De Janeiro. The extractives sector (oil, gas, and mining) continues to be an important subject for journalists, particularly in developing countries. Revenues from oil, gas and mining contribute substantially to GDP and in many […]The post Covering the Extractives Industry: Big Data, New Tools, and Journalism appeared first on beSpacific.
New GAO Reports – E-Record Health Programs, Nuclear Proliferation, 2013 Sequestration, VA Health Care
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD PROGRAMS: Participation Has Increased, but Action Needed to Achieve Goals, Including Improved Quality of Care, GAO-14-207: Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2014. NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION: Stronger Planning and Evaluation Needed for Radiological Security Zone Pilot Project, GAO-14-209: Published: Mar 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2014. 2013 SEQUESTRATION: Agencies Reduced Some Services and Investments, While […]The post New GAO Reports – E-Record Health Programs, Nuclear Proliferation, 2013 Sequestration, VA Health Care appeared first on beSpacific.
March 5, 2014
Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District “Reports from most of the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicated that economic conditions continued to expand from January to early February. Eight Districts reported improved levels of activity, but in most cases the increases were characterized as modest to moderate. New York and Philadelphia […]The post Federal Reserve Board Beige Book – March 5, 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
Global liquidity: where it stands, and why it matters. IMFS Distinguished Lecture by Mr Jaime Caruana, General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements, at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 5 March 2014. “These remarks apply the concepts of global liquidity and the financial cycle to analyse developments in the global financial system in the past decade […]The post Global liquidity: where it stands, and why it matters appeared first on beSpacific.
Restoring confidence in banks. Keynote address by Mr Stefan Ingves, Chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and Governor of Sveriges Riksbank, to the 15th Annual Convention of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, New York, 4 March 2014. “The financial crisis, which began seven years ago, was in essence a collapse in confidence. It stress-tested […]The post Restoring confidence in banks appeared first on beSpacific.
Intimate Partner Violence in the United States — 2010 is a publication of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. February 2014. “Intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking are important and widespread public health problems in the United States. On average, 24 people per minute […]The post Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010 appeared first on beSpacific.
“Illegal online pharmacies play a major role in the growing problem of counterfeit drugs, with regulation often challenging because they sell directly to consumers. As National Journal Correspondent Sophie Novack reports, though, some major internet players are working with the federal government to combat the problem. Writes Novack: “Google is now a member of the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies, […]The post Report – How Google Is Trying to Protect Your Drug Supply appeared first on beSpacific.