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UK: Migrant Voters in the 2015 General Election

January 29, 2015 17:47

Source: Migrant Rights' Network (UK)

From the Introduction:

The 2015 general election looks to be the closest and least predictable in living memory, and immigration is a key issue at the heart of the contest. With concerns about the economy slowly receding as the financial crisis fades into memory, immigration has returned to the top of the political agenda, named by more voters as their most pressing political concern than any ... <snip>

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

Views: 132 | Source: Migrant Rights' Network (UK)


The Copyright Manifesto: How the European Union should Support Innovation and Creativity through Copyright Reform

January 29, 2015 17:42

Source: Copyright for Creativity - a Declaration for Europe

From: Why Does Copyright Reform Matter?

In a digital borderless world, Europeans discover regularly (and with increasing frustration) that they cannot access the same content across the EU. This was crystal clear from their responses to the European Commission 2014 consultation, which showed that copyright law in the EU is perceived as both ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Ethics - Europe - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Security - Small business and entrepreneurship - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom - Regulation and compliance

Views: 149 | Source: Copyright for Creativity a Declaration for Europe


UK: GDP Increased by 0.5% in Q4 2014 Compared with Q3 2014

January 29, 2015 17:39

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

GDP increased by 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014.The largest contribution to the increase came from the services sector, which increased by 0.8%.The increase in GDP followed growth of 0.8% in Q3 2014. In the latest quarter there were increases in two of the four main aggregates; output increased by 0.8% in services, 1.3% in agriculture. In contrast output decreased by 1.8% in construction ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Industries - United Kingdom

Views: 110 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


Wealth: Having it All and Wanting More

January 28, 2015 18:58

Source: Oxfam GB

Global wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite. These wealthy individuals have generated and sustained their vast riches through their interests and activities in a few important economic sectors, including finance and insurance, and pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Companies from these sectors spend millions of dollars every year on lobbying to create a policy environment that protects ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Industries - International - Poverty - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - North America

Views: 209 | Source: Oxfam GB


Scotland in the United Kingdom: An Enduring Settlement

January 22, 2015 21:26

Source: Cabinet Office (UK) via GOV.UK

From Executive Summary:

In September, the people of Scotland voted to remain part of a United Kingdom with a united future. On 19 September 2014 the Prime Minister invited Lord Smith of Kelvin to oversee and deliver cross-party agreement on the shape of improved and enhanced devolution for Scotland.

On 27 November 2014 Lord Smith delivered an agreement reached unanimously between all ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Documents in the news - Energy - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Legal and law enforcement - Political process - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - Transportation and travel - United Kingdom

Views: 475 | Source: Cabinet Office (UK)


American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics

January 20, 2015 20:08

Source: Congressional Research Service via Federation of American Scientists

From Summary:

This report provides U.S. war casualty statistics. It includes data tables containing the number of casualties among American military personnel who served in principal wars and combat actions from 1775 to the present. It also includes data on those wounded in action and information such as race and ethnicity, gender, branch of service, and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Congressional Research Service - Government and politics - Lists & Rankings - Military and defense - National security - North America

Views: 545 | Source: Congressional Research Service


The European Union and the African Union: A Statistical Portrait

January 20, 2015 20:04

Source: Eurostat

This ‘statistical portrait' presents, in 100 pages, a broad comparison between the situation of the European Union, including EFTA members and Candidate Countries, and the African Union and its member states. The publication is jointly produced by Eurostat and the Statistical Division of the African Union Commission (AUSTAT) on the basis of data from both organisations.

With data up to and including the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Business and economics - Education - Europe - Health and healthcare - Industries - International - Social and cultural issues

Views: 541 | Source: Eurostat


UAE Social Media Outlook 2014

January 20, 2015 20:00

Source: Arab Social Media Report

From the Introduction:

As 2014 comes to a close, social media in the Arab world continues to grow exponentially, with over 85 million users in the region.... Social media usage in the region has evolved and transcended its once-traditional entertainment and social uses to play a pivotal role in civic engagement, youth and women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and societal change.

 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Media and entertainment - Middle East - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications

Views: 600 | Source: Arab Social Media Report


UK: Retail in London: Looking Forward

January 20, 2015 19:57

Source: GLA Economics (UK)

From Executive Summary:

Readers are unlikely to be surprised that an internet search for “the end of retail” currently yields over 17m results displaying a range of different opinions. With all these conflicting and contrasting views it can be difficult to cut through the assertions and received, but often unchallenged, wisdoms to form a measured outlook.

This is a problem that the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Internet - Labor - Small business and entrepreneurship - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 286 | Source: GLA Economics (UK)


Health at a Glance: Europe 2014

January 19, 2015 21:40

Source: OECD via European Commission

From Executive Summary:

European countries have achieved significant gains in population health, but there remain large inequalities in health status both across and within countries. Life expectancy at birth in European Union (EU) member states has increased by more than five years on average since 1990, although the gap between those countries with the highest and lowest life expectancies ... <snip>

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Posted in: Alcohol - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Diseases and conditions - Europe - Food and agriculture - Gender and sexuality - Health and healthcare - Industries - International - Lists & Rankings - Social and cultural issues - Tobacco and smoking

Views: 270 | Source: OECD


Guide to Geographic Indications in China

January 19, 2015 21:37

Source: China IPR SME Helpdesk

From What are Geographic Indications?:

The market for imported foods in China is large and growing. China is now the world’s fourth largest importer of food and the food and grocery retail market is set to grow by 15% annually. Additionally, Chinese domestic consumers have concerns over food safety and the quality and origin of ingredients. If you intend to export products ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - China - Consumer issues - Europe - Food and agriculture - Globalization - Industries - Intellectual property - International - Legal and law enforcement - Small business and entrepreneurship - Emerging Economies

Views: 233 | Source: China IPR SME Helpdesk


Assuring Quality in Education: Policies and Approaches to School Evaluation in Europe

January 19, 2015 21:35

Source: European Commission

From Main Findings:

Improving the quality of education and training is a key concern in the policy debate on education both at national and EU level. The need for policies and systems aimed at ensuring and enhancing the quality of education has been widely acknowledged at European level. In 2014, the Council invited the European Commission to strengthen mutual learning, and support Member States in ... <snip>

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

Views: 277 | Source: European Commission


The New Jihadism: A Global Snapshot

January 19, 2015 21:28

Source: International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (UK)

From Executive Summary:

The aim of this project was to produce a global snapshot of jihadist violence by recording all the reported deaths that were caused by jihadist groups and networks during the month of November 2014.

This task was made possible by combining the vast intellectual, journalistic and professional resources of the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Afghanistan - Africa - Asia - Government and politics - International - Middle East - Military and defense - National security - Terrorism

Views: 261 | Source: International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (UK)


Report on U.S.-Russia Relations

January 18, 2015 12:09

Source: U.S. State Department

While the immediate sources of the current crisis were Russia-Ukraine disputes and issues internal to Ukraine, the crisis has serious implications for strategic stability in Europe. Russian actions were, in part, a reaction to the fear that growing Ukrainian engagement with Western Europe could ultimately culminate in Ukraine joining NATO. The strength of the Russian reaction brought home what should have ... <snip>

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Posted in: Europe - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Military and defense - National security - Russia - North America

Views: 328 | Source: U.S. State Department


Living Knowledge: The British Library 2015-2023

January 16, 2015 15:59

Source: British Library

From The Changing Context:

2020 Vision painted a vivid picture of what the external environment might look like at the end of the current decade. Four big themes emerged: of constant and rapid change in technology; of increasing expectations from information users and more diverse sources of provision; of a more collaborative, less linear approach to learning and scholarly ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Education - Europe - Industries - Internet - Media and entertainment - Postsecondary - Science - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 680 | Source: British Library


UK: Attitudes of the Over 50s to Fuller Working Lives

January 16, 2015 15:56

Source: Department for Work and Pensions via GOV.UK

From Background and Method:

The UK has an ageing population, which offers both challenges and opportunities for individuals, businesses and the economy. In June 2014 the government launched Fuller Working Lives, a Framework for Action aimed at making the business case for later life working, and for tackling the issue of involuntary labour market exit of people ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Business and economics - Europe - Industries - Labor - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 365 | Source: Department for Work and Pensions (UK)


Transferring Information Know-how: Information Literacy at the Interface Between Higher Education and Employment

January 16, 2015 15:52

Source: Research Information Network (UK)

From Executive Summary:

This report examines the relevance of information literacy as a transferable attribute for individuals to take with them as they move from the realm of higher education to the world of professional employment. It presents and analyses the views and perceptions from a selection of players at the interface between higher education and employment, notably careers ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Education - Europe - Internet - Labor - Postsecondary - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 1143 | Source: Research Information Network (UK)


Saudi Arabia's ACPRA: How the Kingdom Silences its Human Rights Activists

January 16, 2015 15:49

Source: Amnesty International

From Press Release:

Peaceful human rights activists have been routinely harassed, rounded up like criminals and often ill-treated in detention as the Saudi Arabian authorities go to extreme lengths to hound critics into silent submission...

Saudi Arabia’s ACPRA: How the Kingdom silences its human rights activists profiles 11 members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights ... <snip>

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Posted in: Government and politics - Human rights - International - Legal and law enforcement - Middle East - Social and cultural issues

Views: 301 | Source: Amnesty International


Trading Away Access to Medicines - Revisited

January 13, 2015 14:58

Source: Oxfam International

From Summary:

The failure of the current pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) system is revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO) alert about the lack of effective medicines to address antimicrobial resistance, and the absence of a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging communities in West Africa at the time of writing.

While low- and middle-income countries ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Diseases and conditions - Europe - Globalization - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Industries - International - International Relations - Poverty - Prescription drugs - Social and cultural issues - Taxation

Views: 425 | Source: Oxfam International


Kids & Family Reading Report (TM) 5th Edition

January 13, 2015 14:53

From Key Findings:

Half of all children ages 6–17 (51%) are currently reading a book for fun and another one in five (20%) just finished one.

Both parents of children ages 6–17 (71%) and kids (54%) rank strong reading skills as the most important skill a child should have. Yet while 86% of parents say reading books for fun is extremely or very important, only 46% of kids say the same.

 ... <snip>

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Posted in: Children and families - Consumer issues - Education - Industries - International - K-12 - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - North America

Views: 370 | Source: Scholastic Inc.



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