Raw materials in trade

Historically, the accessibility of raw materials has been an important factor in determining human settlement patterns. Today, more than ever, extraction activities bring to urbanization trends complex dynamics of population movements and migratory patterns, as well as sheer numbers. Not all of this urbanization is necessarily detrimental to collective and …

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The follow-up section

The follow-up section of the BMS5 outcome document borrows its structure and much of its content from the outcome of the Second Review Conference. Borrowed content includes: a recap of the schedule of meetings agreed for the period from 2012 to 2018; reaffirmation of ‘the importance of the early designation …

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New technology and the opportunities it offers

New technology also offers opportunities for improved stockpile management, including access control, increased data accuracy, and the monitoring and protection of weapons in transit from one location to another. Some of these technologies, such as biometric gun safes, are inexpensive and available to individual gun owners, while others, such as …

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Advice for parents of children with arthritis

Being the parent of a child or young person with arthritis can be stressful. Not only do you have to deal with the shock of the initial diagnosis, but you also have to cope with the additional demands your child’s illness places on you - such as frequent trips to …

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Ahmed Ressam

On December 14, 1999, a twenty-three-year-old man named Ahmed Ressam packed his rented Chrysler sedan with explosives and drove onto the ferry from Victoria, Canada, to Port Angeles, Washington.2 After clearing customs, Ressam planned on driving to Los Angeles where he would detonate a massive bomb outside the LAX …

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Criminal behaviour

Just as criminals can be broken into two categories, criminals and terrorists alike tend to divide their victims into two groups: hard targets and soft targets. This concept applies to both people and places. A place can be considered a hard target when there are obvious countermeasures in place that …

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Creating a New Website or Replacing an Old One

Websites are not only a critical part of your content and SEO marketing strategies; they are a critical part of your own media and overall marketing program. Typically, there are two big causes for creating or replacing a website. If a new brand is launching, creating a website is one …

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Enplug’s history

From there, she went on to start a company called Enplug that offers software for digital displays to cycle information for businesses. They provide real-time social media interaction between brands and users. Nanxi has also started a hedge fund for cryptocurrency. Don’t ask me to explain that one, because …

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Optimisation

YouTube Optimization

We will talk about YouTube later, but in general, YouTube is considered to be the second most popular search engine according to the New York Times. If you are spending money creating video content and ads on YouTube, it's important to spend efficiently by maximizing your organic standing …

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Fabulous Madrid

After completing a fabulous UK vacation, we moved onto a thorough exploration of Spain. We visited Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia, Seville and Madrid. I think out of all of them, Madrid was our favourite. Madrid was little more than a farming town on the arid central plains of Castile when Felipe …

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Does Gambling make you feel Out of Control?

In the ads, everyone who places a bet or buys a lottery ticket is a winner. In reality, all forms of gambling are based on the inevitability of loss. More important, though gambling can be entertaining, it tends to make us feel out of control, not only of the outcome …

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The Benefits of Kettlebells

Kettlebells, which originated in Russia, are heavy cast iron balls with a handle that are used by athletes for functional strength development and by fitness enthusiasts for training variety. The design of the kettlebell makes it unique because when you grip the handle, the weight is displaced differently when compared …

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Wedding Day Duties

The bridesmaids, best man and ushers must be at each of your respective locations in plenty of time if they have not been there the night before. It is best only to have the key players around at this stage; too many people milling about makes it difficult for everyone …

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Optimise Facebook Ads

One of the most important indicators a social marketer can track on Facebook is the conversion rate. A conversion occurs when a person interacts with an ad you post and then performs an action beneficial to your business. It can also be viewed as the point where the user decides …

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Iceland: The Land of Ice and Snow

In geological terms, Iceland is a mere baby. No more than 20 million years have passed since volcanoes on the floor of the far northern Atlantic Ocean began to spew lava, laying the foundations of what would become Iceland. Today it is still one of the most volcanically active spots …

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The Environmental Impact of Technology

Technology is both the main cause of environmental degradation and the main solution to environmental problems. A new technology can recycle and reuse a waste, reduce pollution from a machine, increase energy use efficiency, etc. There are three types of technologies that contribute to economic development. They are as follows …

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What is Comedy?

Have people been laughing since the beginning of time? Picture cavemen guffawing at some poor dolt whose meat fell off the stick into the fire. As far as archaeologists can determine, no caveman served as the honorary stand-up comedian, and there was no formal comedy culture we are aware of …

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The Five Eras of Astronomy

There are many different ways to describe the history of astronomy, but a particularly useful one is to focus on new technology as a major trigger for progress. This approach leads us naturally to divide astronomy into five distinct historical eras. When a new era begins there is a need …

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All About Taiwan

Taiwan is an island about 112 miles(180 km) off the coast of China. It's one of the happier places on Earth—and definitely one of the happiest in Asia. That assessment, by the World Happiness Report, is based on a survey of 156 countries according to certain measurable indicators …

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Why People Fall for Investment Scams

Don’t assume that you’re immune to investment fraud because of your education, background, or business savvy. Even highly successful, financially intelligent people fall prey to such trickery. For example, Bernie Madoff’s notorious Ponzi scheme fooled thousands of individuals, including celebrities as well as financial institutions and universities …

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Common Interview Mistakes

In my research with employers over many years, these are the 10 most common reasons for failure at interview.

  1. Arriving at the interview unprepared for what is to follow.
  2. Having a sloppy appearance or too relaxed an attitude to the interview.
  3. Not showing any excitement about, or enthusiasm for, the …
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Protecting Mental Consistency

When we feel cognitive dissonance, we have to find a way to deal with the psychological tension. We have an arsenal of tools at our disposal to help us return to cognitive consistency. The following list outlines different ways people seek to reduce dissonance.

Denial

To shut out the dissonance …

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What is Lego Flexibility?

Lego flexibility means that the production of every product is broken down into its component parts. These components are produced where the cost is low, the quality high, the competence excellent, and the innovation rate above average and high. Each of these four elements brings different components from different parts …

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Income Statements Explained

An income statement is a financial statement which presents the business operations over time, usually a year. It shows how profitable (or not) a company is over this timeframe.

It is presented as revenue – expenses = profit or loss. If your revenue is greater than your expenses, you have a profit …

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Save Money on your Wedding Reception

There used to be a strong correlation between the formality of the wedding and the food, but no longer. You can have a black-tie wedding and serve soul food or red-sauce Italian favorites—though as a courtesy to guests, I wouldn’t offer messy food such as a whole lobster …

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