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Eurofound Yearbook 2014: Living and Working in Europe

May 26, 2015 12:32

Source: Eurofound

Eurofound in 2014 expanded its evidence base on the repercussions of the crisis on the living and working conditions of Europeans, and offered guidance on viable options available to policymakers in their efforts to turn Europe around. The Agency produced new knowledge in some of the areas of most immediate concern to Europeans and in fields crucial to their long-term prosperity. Its reporting of recent employment ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - International - Investments - Labor - Poverty - Social and cultural issues

Source: Eurofound


Europe: Cloud Security Guide for SMEs

May 26, 2015 12:29

Source: European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)

This guide wants to assist SMEs (to) understand the security risks and opportunities they should take into account when procuring cloud services. This document includes a set of security risk, a set of security opportunities and a list of security questions the SME could pose to the provider to understand the level of security. The risks and opportunities are ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - Internet - Investments - Security - Small business and entrepreneurship - Technology - Telecommunications

Source: European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)


An Introduction to Health Insurance: What Should a Consumer Know?

May 26, 2015 12:26

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

From Summary:

Congress has seen a renewed interest in the market for private health insurance since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended). This report provides an overview of private-sector (as opposed to government-provided) health insurance. It serves as an introduction to health insurance from ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Health and healthcare - Health insurance - Industries - North America

Source: Congressional Research Service


UK: General Election 2015 and the Ethnic Minority Vote

May 26, 2015 12:23

Source: British Future (UK)

From Press Release:

Up to a million ethnic minority votes helped put David Cameron into Downing Street on election night, according to a major new piece of research showing minority voters are increasingly up for grabs....

While Labour remains ahead with ethnic minority voters on 52%, our research finds that the gap between the two main parties is shrinking dramatically. One third (33%) of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Documents in the news - Election - Ethnic - Europe - Government and politics - Political process - Race - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: British Future


Open Dataset of UK Makerspaces: A User's Guide

May 21, 2015 21:31

Source: NESTA: National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

From the Introduction:

The UK has witnessed an explosion of makerspaces, fablabs, hackerspaces and community workshops, growing from a handful to nearly 100 in the last decade. Recognised as sites of civic and social innovation, creativity and learning, makerspaces are increasingly held up as potential game changers for design, entrepreneurship, fabrication, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Industries - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - Technology - United Kingdom

Source: NESTA : National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (UK)


Persistent Poverty in the UK and EU, 2008-2013

May 21, 2015 21:28

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

From Main Points:

In 2013, 7.8% of the UK population were considered to be in persistent income poverty, equivalent to around 4.6 million people. Persistent poverty is defined as being in relative income poverty both in the current year and at least two out of the three preceding years.

In 2013, the UK persistent poverty rate was less than half the overall poverty rate of 15.9%. ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Children and families - Europe - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


UK: Children’s and Young People’s Reading in 2014

May 21, 2015 21:24

Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)

From Press Release:

In their fifth annual survey of 32,000 children and young people aged between eight and 18, published to coincide with the start of the Hay Festival, the National Literacy Trust found enjoyment of reading and frequency of reading are both at their highest levels for nine years. This follows a series of major campaigns and initiatives including Bookstart, the Summer Reading ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Children and families - Education - Europe - K-12 - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - United Kingdom

Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)


UK: Ten Policies for Ten People

May 20, 2015 20:52

Source: NIACE (UK)

Ten Policies for Ten People outlines changes that NIACE and Inclusion would like the next Government to put in place in its first hundred days – changes that can make a real difference quickly to people’s lives and opportunities. Changes that will build a stronger economy. We know that money will be tight for whoever is in power; further cuts in public spending will need to be made. So our ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Children and families - Disabilities - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Immigration - Internet - Labor - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - Technology - United Kingdom

Source: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)


Mobile Financial Services in Latin America & the Caribbean

May 20, 2015 20:49

Source: GSM Association

From the Introduction:

Great progress has been made in deepening financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) over the last three years, according to the most recent World Bank Global Findex statistics. The region has seen a major increase in the number of adults with bank accounts, from 39% in 2011 to 51% in 2014. Still, approximately half of all adults in LAC remain unbanked, ranging from ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Industries - International - Internet - Latin America and the Caribbean - Legal and law enforcement - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - South America - Regulation and compliance

Source: GSM Association


UK: Dying without Dignity

May 20, 2015 20:46

Source: Parliamentary and Health Servie Ombudsman (UK)

From the Introduction:

Every year, approximately half a million people die in England. For three quarters of people, death is not sudden but is expected, and many of them may benefit from end of life or palliative care. There is potential to improve the experience of care in the last year and months of life for approximately 355,000 people.

As the independent ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Children and families - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Europe - Health and healthcare - Human rights - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (UK)


Comparative Study on Access to Documents (and Confidentiality Rules) in International Trade Negotiations

May 19, 2015 14:55

Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU)

Summary :

It is extremely difficult to strengthen parliamentary oversight of the EU’s trade policies without clear and predictable rules and procedures for the EP to access relevant information from the Commission and the Council. This study provides an overview on the rules guaranteeing access to information in international trade negotiations both in the EU and in ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Legal and law enforcement - Political process - Regulation and compliance

Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU)


Is Islamic State Now Evolving into a Transnational Movement?

May 19, 2015 14:53

Source: Oxford Research Group (UK)

From the Introduction:

This briefing is the final contribution to a three-part series and extends the analysis in two ways. One is to review recent developments in the war between the US-led coalition and Islamic State, including some setbacks for the movement but also some significant developments in Afghanistan, and the second is the increasing support for the movement in western states. The ... <snip>

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Posted in: Afghanistan - Asia - Government and politics - International - Middle East - Military and defense - Religion and spirituality - Social and cultural issues

Source: Oxford Research Group (UK)


Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

May 17, 2015 16:44

Source: Directorate-General for Budget (EU)

Getting started:

This publication introduces beginners to the wide range of EU funding opportunities available. It offers basic guidance on the application procedures and tells you where to find more details. This guide contains the most recent information about the current EU programmes for the financial period 2014- 20.

The guide targets six main categories of potential ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - Europe - Food and agriculture - Government and politics - Industries - Investments - Postsecondary - Small business and entrepreneurship


Financial Assistance Measures in the Euro Area from 2008 to 2013: Statistical Framework and Fiscal Impact

May 17, 2015 16:39

Source: European Central Bank

Abstract:

This paper summarises the accounting principles and methodology used by statisticians within the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) to assess the impact on the government’s fiscal position of the assistance measures undertaken to support the financial sector during the financial crisis. It then presents for the euro area and its participating countries the main fiscal impact of ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International

Source: European Central Bank


The Future of Internet Governance: Should the U.S. Relinquish Its Authority Over ICANN?

May 13, 2015 20:21

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

From Summary:

Currently, the U.S. government retains limited authority over the Internet’s domain name system, primarily through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). By ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Congressional Research Service - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - Regulation and compliance

Source: Congressional Research Service


Mobile-geddon & the Dawn of a New Era of Mobile

May 13, 2015 20:18

Source: Make It Rain (UK)

From Intro:

Mobile browsing has become a key means of discovery for web users around the world. As a percentage of the world’s total internet usage about 17 per cent takes place on mobile. That constitutes 1.2 billion people. To say that this is a big market would be an understatement.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Google who have of late really picked up their focus on the mobile ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Source: Make It Rain (UK)


The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age

May 12, 2015 10:16

Source: Hague Declaration

From Vision:

New technologies are revolutionising the way humans can learn about the world and about themselves. These technologies are not only a means of dealing with Big Data, they are also a key to knowledge discovery in the digital age; and their power is predicated on the increasing availability of data itself. Factors such as increasing computing power, the growth of the web, and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Ethics - Europe - Intellectual property - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Postsecondary - Social and cultural issues - Technology

Source: Hague Declaration


UK: Labour Market Outlook Spring 2015

May 12, 2015 10:14

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)

From Press Release:

Continuous improvements in employment prospects could be subduing wage growth, according to the latest Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD, as employers are under “no pressure to increase salaries”.

Basic pay is expected to grow by just 1.8 per cent this year, down from 2 per cent in the previous quarter, with employers ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Industries - Investments - Labor - Small business and entrepreneurship - United Kingdom

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)


Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People in Europe

May 12, 2015 10:10

Source: ILGA-Europe

From the Introduction:

The publication includes events that occurred between January - December 2014. It provides a snapshot of what happened during the year, at national, regional and international levels, and it documents progress and trends regarding the human rights situation of LGBTI people.

While the institutional reviews and country chapters focus on 2014, our highlights section puts these ... <snip>

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Posted in: Europe - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Legal and law enforcement - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Source: ILGA-Europe


Encouraging STEM Studies for the Labour Market

May 6, 2015 20:27

Source: Directorate General for Internal Policies (EU)

From Abstract:

There is evidence of skills shortages in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields in spite of high unemployment rates in many Member States. This document... intends to provide an up-to-date overview of the labour market situation in STEM occupations and to analyse European and national approaches to encourage STEM uptake in relation to these ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International - K-12 - Labor - Postsecondary - Science - Technology

Source: Directorate-General for Internal Policies (EU)



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