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December 2, 2013
New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s Elephants over next decade
News release: “As delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by the Government of Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) new analyses released today find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants […]The post New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s Elephants over next decade appeared first on beSpacific.
“Prices of internationally traded food commodities continued to decline—by 6%—between June and October. These declines have added to the falling price trend since the all-time high of August 2012. Record harvests in wheat, maize and rice, along with stronger global stocks, a weaker dollar and releases of public stocks of rice, have driven down prices. Yet, international prices […]The post World Bank – Food Price Watch November 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
Simon Potter, Executive Vice President, Remarks before the Money Marketeers of New York University, New York City, As prepared for delivery, December 2, 2013. “My remarks this evening will focus on the role played by the New York Fed’s Trading Desk (the Desk) in the implementation of monetary policy and how our operational tools have evolved in recent […]The post NY Fed – Recent Developments in Monetary Policy Implementation appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a study showing that blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped 34 percent from a survey conducted in 1999-2000 to follow-up surveys conducted from 2001 to 2010. Additionally, the percentage of women of childbearing age with blood mercury levels above the level of […]The post EPA Study: Mercury Levels in Women of Childbearing Age Drop 34 Percent appeared first on beSpacific.
FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY - GSA Should Clarify Savings Goals for the National Broker Contract Program, GAO-14-14, Oct 31, 2013 FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY - Improved Standards Needed to Ensure That Agencies’ Reported Cost Savings Are Reliable and Transparent, GAO-14-12, Oct 29, 2013 EMPLOYMENT - Results for Survey of Workforce Investment Boards (GAO-14-20SP, December 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-14-19, GAO-14-20SP, Dec 2, 2013 […]The post New GAO Reports – Federal Real Property, Employment, Workforce Investment Act appeared first on beSpacific.
“Hundreds of thousands of elected sub-national governments worldwide provide services and levy taxes on residents and companies. The trend towards decentralisation over the past 20 years has increased their capacity to affect the economic and fiscal course of their country, while the global economic crisis has created new challenges for balancing budgets at all levels […]The post OECD – Fiscal Federalism 2014: Making Decentralisation Work appeared first on beSpacific.
CMS.gov: “In mid-October, the Obama administration conducted an assessment of the site HealthCare.gov. The assessment was conducted by experts from across government and private sector. The team identified the problems and necessary fixes and determined that HealthCare.gov was fixable, but only with significant changes to the management approach, and a relentless focus on execution. This […]The post HealthCare.gov Progress and Performance Report appeared first on beSpacific.
“Uncoverage is a connector between journalists who believe in revealing new information in the public interest, and backers like you who can make investigations and stories happen. Journalists with proven track records will be vetted into the platform. Approved journalists will associate themselves with topics they believe in, and work with topic editors to craft pitches and […]The post “Investigative journalism – the immune system of a functioning democracy – is broken” appeared first on beSpacific.
December 1, 2013
Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its third annual Global Shadow Banking Monitoring Report: “The report includes data from 25 jurisdictions and the euro area as a whole; these jurisdictions represent about 80% of global GDP and 90% of global financial system assets. For the first time the report also incorporates estimates from a hedge fund survey by the […]The post Global Shadow Banking Monitoring Report 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
New on LLRX – UsBook: Toward a family-friendly Facebook alternative to preserve your memories and help future historians
Via LLRX.com - UsBook: Toward a family-friendly Facebook alternative to preserve your memories and help future historians–while respecting privacy David Rothman’s commentary focuses on how the Digital Public Library of America is still on track to be a mostly academic creature despite the P word in its name. But David supports innovative, creative and value-added goals that […]The post New on LLRX – UsBook: Toward a family-friendly Facebook alternative to preserve your memories and help future historians appeared first on beSpacific.
Drugable.com predicts mechanisms through computation: “For decades, drug development was mostly a game of trial and error, with brute-force candidate screens throwing up millions more duds than winners. Researchers are now using computers to get a head start. By analysing the chemical structure of a drug, they can see if it is likely to bind […]The post Project ranks billions of drug interactions appeared first on beSpacific.
Kaiser Foundation: “Since 1999 the Employer Health Benefits Survey has documented trends in the employer-sponsored health insurance market. Every year about two thousand private and non-federal public employers with three or more employees have completed the full survey. Among other topics, the survey asks firms for the premium or full per person cost of their […]The post Premiums and Worker Contributions Among Workers Covered by Employer-Sponsored Coverage, 1999-2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
Eyder Peralta: ”The United States has offered to destroy some of Syria’s chemical weapons, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement on Friday. The U.S. plans to destroy the chemicals aboard a U.S. vessel at sea using a process called hydrolysis, in which chemical agents are neutralized using hot water plus other chemicals…NPR’s […]The post NPR – U.S. Offers To Destroy Some Of Syria’s Chemical Weapons appeared first on beSpacific.
“Welcome to the Better Botanical Business Bureau, where botanical mistakes in commercial and public venues and products are showcased and corrected. It is not unusual with products, ingredients, and images used in media, design, and commercial works to be presented with the wrong common names, wrong species names, and/or wrong ingredients. This blog provides educational […]The post Better Botanical Business Bureau appeared first on beSpacific.
Women and men in leadership positions in the European Union, 2013. A review of the situation and recent progress October 2013. “Women account for 46% of people in employment across the EU13 and on average they have a higher level of education than their male colleagues: 34% of working women have some form of tertiary level education compared to […]The post Women and men in leadership positions in the European Union, 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
Closing the Wealth Gap: Empowering Minority-Owned Businesses to Reach Their Full Potential for Growth and Job Creation, Signe-Mary McKernan, Caroline Ratcliffe, Released November 26, 2013. “The racial wealth gap grows sharply with age. When people are in their 30s and 40s, whites have about 3.5 times more wealth than people of color. By the time people reach […]The post Urban Institute – Closing the Wealth Gap appeared first on beSpacific.
EFF – “The ongoing NSA leaks, Freedom of Information Act lawsuits and government declassification continue to bring vital information to the public about the the ongoing efforts of the NSA and its allies to spy on millions of innocent people. What started out as news detailing the agency’s collections of users’ calling records, phone calls, […]The post EFF Introducing a Compendium of the Released NSA Spying Documents appeared first on beSpacific.
Historians and the Use of Primary Source Materials in the Digital Age, Alexandra Chassanoff, 2013/9/1. American Archivist. Volume 76 Issue 2 Pages 458-480.Society of American Archivists “This study examines how academic historians search for, access, and use primary source materials in their research pursuits. Recruited historians completed an online questionnaire about current information practices and potential information needs in archival settings. The results shed […]The post Historians and the Use of Primary Source Materials in the Digital Age appeared first on beSpacific.
November 30, 2013
“Russia is the second-largest producer of dry natural gas and third-largest liquid fuels producer in the world. Despite its significant reserves of coal, it produces only modest amount of coal. Russia’s economy is highly dependent on its hydrocarbons, and oil and gas revenues account for more than 50% of the federal budget revenues. Russia is a […]The post EIA – Russia Country Analysis Brief appeared first on beSpacific.
Deloitte: “Internal auditors play a vital role in reducing the risk of fraud, corruption and other corporate wrongdoing. Yet, according to Deloitte’s new analysis of member survey data from The Institute of Internal Auditors (“IIA”), 62 percent or more of internal audit (“IA”) functions at public companies globally do not comply with all of the […]The post A Corporate Governance Breakdown – Exposing companies to greater risk of fraud and corruption appeared first on beSpacific.