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Disruptive Entrepreneurship is Transforming U.S. Health Care

March 30, 2015 18:34

Source: Brookings Institution

From the Introduction:

Health care accounts for more than a sixth of the U.S. economy; yet of all U.S. economic sectors, with the possible exception of education, it has been the most impervious to disruptive innovation, especially of the sort that improves productivity and value. Jonathan Bush’s witticism cuts close to the bone: “The industries we care about least innovate at the highest ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Health and healthcare - Health insurance - Industries - Internet - Investments - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - North America

Views: 138 | Source: Brookings Institution


UK: Health on the High Street

March 30, 2015 18:28

Source: Royal Society for Public Health (UK)

From the Introduction:

As the centre of a community, a location visited by all corners of society, from young and old, to the most and least deprived, the high street has a vital role to play in encouraging healthier lifestyles amongst the public. However, in many towns and cities, high streets are being overtaken by businesses with potentially damaging consequences for public ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Diseases and conditions - Europe - Food and agriculture - Health and healthcare - Industries - Mental health and substance abuse - Obesity - Public safety - Safety - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 111 | Source: Royal Society for Public Health (UK)


UK: Economics Manifesto

March 30, 2015 18:25

Source: Policy Exchange (UK)

From the Introduction:

Britain has not had an easy decade. As home to the world’s leading financial centre, Britain was at the forefront of the damage inflicted by the financial crisis, punching a 16% hole in the economy and a 14% undershoot in tax. While real public spending increased 59% between 1997 and 2010, productivity in public services flatlined, showing no overall improvement. The ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Labor - Taxation - United Kingdom

Views: 107 | Source: Policy Exchange (UK)


UK: Election 2015: What's at Stake for the Economy?

March 30, 2015 18:22

Source: Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) (UK)

From The State of the British Economy:

Following the financial crash of 2008, policies that invested money backinto the struggling economy brought about a return to growth. The rate of change of GDP - how economic growth is measured - improved continuously from the beginning of 2009 through to the middle of 2010 when it reached an annual equivalent rate of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - United Kingdom

Views: 112 | Source: Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) (UK)


The Health of Nations: A Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agenda for Better Healthcare

March 24, 2015 16:09

Source: European Centre for International Political Economy

From Executive Summary:

Today, increases in the demand for healthcare are driving European governments to look for ways to control growth in healthcare expenditures and, at the same time, improve health outcomes. Healthcare demand will most likely grow even faster in future decades as the European population continues to age – with 20% of the population predicted ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Globalization - Health and healthcare - Industries - International - International Relations - Investments - Legal and law enforcement - Taxation - North America - Regulation and compliance

Views: 459 | Source: European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)


UK: Benefit Sanctions Policy Beyond the Oakley Review

March 24, 2015 16:02

Source: House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee (UK)

From Summary:

Unemployment benefits have always been conditional. A system of disallowances where claimants do not meet the underlying entitlement conditions, including being involuntarily unemployed, available for work, and actively seeking work, has existed with some variations since the introduction of Unemployment Benefit in 1911.

Benefit ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - United Kingdom

Views: 415 | Source: House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee (UK)


Developing National Systems of Innovation: University–Industry Interactions in the Global South

March 24, 2015 15:57

Source: International Development Research Centre (Canada)

From Preface:

Economic development in countries behind the technological frontier requires innovation both by firms, and by farms, hospitals, and other organizations that provide goods and services. This is not innovation in the sense of introducing something new to the world economy, but of introducing something new to the particular context. In general, in econo- mies ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Business and economics - Education - Food and agriculture - Health and healthcare - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Investments - Latin America and the Caribbean - Postsecondary - Science - Technology - South America

Views: 412 | Source: International Development Research Centre (Canada)


Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Legal Challenges and Solutions

March 23, 2015 18:34

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

From Summary:

Over the course of the last year, a host of cyberattacks has been perpetrated on a number of high profile American companies. The high profile cyberattacks of 2014 and early 2015 appear to be indicative of a broader trend: the frequency and ferocity of cyberattacks are increasing, posing grave threats to the national interests of the United ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Crime - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Military and defense - National security - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - Regulation and compliance

Views: 515 | Source: Congressional Research Service


Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic

March 23, 2015 18:30

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

Summary:

This report provides references to analytical reports on cybersecurity from CRS, other government agencies, trade associations, and interest groups. The reports and related websites are grouped under the following cybersecurity topics:

• Policy overview
• National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC)<snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Congressional Research Service - Crime - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Military and defense - National security - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - Terrorism - North America

Views: 261 | Source: Congressional Research Service


Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

March 23, 2015 18:26

Source: UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

From The Hyogo Framework for Action: lessons learned, gaps identified and future challenges:

Since the adoption of the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2005, as documented in national and regional progress reports on its implementation as well as in other global reports, progress has been achieved in reducing disaster risk at local, national, regional and global ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - International - Poverty - Public safety - Safety - Social and cultural issues

Views: 212 | Source: UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction


Pushed to the Limit and Beyond: A Year into the Largest Ever Ebola Outbreak

March 23, 2015 18:21

Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

From the Introduction:

We are now a year into the deadliest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, with at least 24,000 people infected and more than
10,000 deaths. Ebola has destroyed lives and families, left deep scars, and ripped at the social and economic fabric of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The virus cut a vast swathe through the three countries, in a ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Health and healthcare - International - Nonprofits - Public safety - Safety

Views: 195 | Source: Médecins Sans Frontières


EU Demographic Indicators: Situation, Trends and Potential Challenges

March 20, 2015 13:32

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

From Summary:

Europe's share of the global population is declining and its population is ageing. Unemployment is still high, although rates vary between Member States, as well as within them. Women, young adults and older workers have a higher risk of unemployment, while the number of part‐time workers is increasing. Migrants represent 7% of the European population and account ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Children and families - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Immigration - International - Labor - Social and cultural issues

Views: 381 | Source: European Parliamentary Research Service


Digital Business Era: Stretch Your Boundaries (Accenture Technology Vision 2015)

March 20, 2015 13:29

Source: Accenture

From Succeeding in the “We Economy”:

The digital era not only makes big bets possible but increasingly necessary. The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a force that is driving innovation and new opportunities by bringing every object, consumer, and activity into the digital realm. At the same time, leading businesses are making similar changes within their enterprises by ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - International - Internet - Investments - Labor - Technology - Telecommunications

Views: 404 | Source: Accenture


UK: Budget 2015

March 19, 2015 16:02

Source: HM Treasury (UK)

From Executive Summary:

When this Parliament began, unemployment was at 8% and the budget deficit was over 10% of GDP – the largest deficit in post-war history. One pound in every four the government spent was being borrowed. Since 2010, the government’s long-term economic plan has delivered the stability and security needed to build a resilient economy. The UK had the fastest growth among G7 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Labor - United Kingdom

Views: 451 | Source: HM Treasury (UK)


UK: The Science and Technology Category in London

March 19, 2015 15:58

Source: GLA Economics (UK)

From Executive Summary:

The Science and Technology category is seen as key for the London economy, as shown by the London Enterprise Panel’s Jobs and Growth Plan, where priority three is “Digital Creative, Science and Technology”. The category is heavily represented in the Professional, scientific and technical activities sector which has seen a near tripling of employee jobs in the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Health and healthcare - Industries - Internet - Labor - Media and entertainment - Science - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 434 | Source: GLA Economics (UK)


Scotland’s Carbon Footprint 1998 – 2012

March 19, 2015 15:54

Source: Scottish Government

Key Points:

Between 1998 and 2012, Scotland’s carbon footprint (emissions from all greenhouse gases) fell by 6.3 per cent, from 82.0 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 1998 to 76.8 MtCO2e in 2012

Scotland’s carbon footprint rose fairly steadily from 1998 to a peak of 94.3 MtCO2e in 2007 before falling sharply in the following years (coinciding with the recession) ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Climate Change/Global Warming - Consumer issues - Energy - Environment - Europe - Industries - Science - United Kingdom

Views: 243 | Source: Scottish Government


UK: Wealth in the Downturn: Winners and Losers

March 19, 2015 15:52

Source: Social Market Foundation (UK)

From Executive Summary:

Following the financial crisis, UK households experienced the longest period of falling real wages since records began. They were poorly prepared for this, having run down savings and taken on increasing amounts of debt during the 2000s. It is estimated that the high levels of household indebtedness held back consumer spending, thus deepening the 2008-09 recession.

 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 235 | Source: Social Market Foundation (UK)


Failing on Two Fronts: The U.S. Labor Market Since 2000

March 19, 2015 15:49

Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

From the Introduction:

For almost four decades and by almost all available measures, economic inequality has been increasing in the United States. For a portion of this period, the United States could console itself, in part, by celebrating its success as a “jobs machine.” Indeed, the two issues were often linked in the standard economics account of the post-Reagan era: ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Government and politics - Industries - International - Labor - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - North America

Views: 213 | Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research


Global Library and Archives Community Welcomes New Report from United Nations Special Rapporteur on Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture

March 14, 2015 21:15

Source: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA)

On Wednesday 11th March 2015 the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights presents a report to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding copyright policy in the context of cultural rights. The international library and archive community welcomes the report that examines copyright from a critical but often neglected ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Human rights - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Science - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Regulation and compliance

Views: 544 | Source: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA)


UK: Reading: the Next Steps

March 14, 2015 20:58

Source: Department for Education (UK)

From Why reading matters:

Nothing is more important in education than ensuring that every child can read well. Pupils who can read are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career. Those who cannot will find themselves at constant disadvantage.

This gap – between those with ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Children and families - Education - Europe - International - K-12 - Labor - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 531 | Source: Department for Education (UK)



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