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Elliott Associates Research Global Markets: Our Values

Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets is the prime global political-risk research and consulting company of the world. Our mission is to assist investors, companies, and public-sector institutions take advantage of the opportunities and control the risks produced by the effects of politics on markets around the globe. We furnish a channel for gifted, innovative, diligent professionals who are fervent on politics and policy — and their direct and longer-term consequences for global trade and finance.

Sustainable Packaging Guidelines - Diageo

“We will drive year on year improvements to deliver sustainable packaging with the smallest environmental footprint by 2015.” Andy Fennell, Chief Marketing Officer, and David Gosnell, President Global Supply and Procurement. P ackaging plays an essential role in protecting, delivering and presenting our products and brands to our consumers around the world. It adds value by creating consumer convenience, providing product information, safeguarding public health and protecting the products throughout the supply chain to ensure the consumer receives the optimum quality. However, in an era of increasing energy costs, heightened social and environmental consciousness, strict regulation on pollutants and disposal of solid waste, packaging design should aim to not only add value to our products and brands but also reduce our impact on the environment Diageo defines sustainable packaging as the packaging design with the lowest possible environmental footprint while ensuring the required functionality to protect, deliver and present our products and brands. Our Sustainability & Responsibility Strategy lies at the heart of our commitment to sustainable packaging. This is entirely consistent with and rooted in our core values of being proud of what we do, being the best and value each other.

Managing Packaging Design Projects - Design Business Association

Packaging design is one of the most important marketing tools for many manufactured packaged goods. Packaging communicates brand and product values at point of sale, and continues to work long after promotional and advertising campaigns have run their course. The design of a pack and the surface graphics are the main features that differentiate a product from its competitors. For brands or products on limited budgets, a modest investment in redesigning the pack can reap substantial dividends in terms of increased sales, improved margins and greater product profitability But there are other reasons why there is a growing interest in packaging design: – manufacturers’ brands today have to fight harder, with less shelf space, against retailers’ own brands – the internationalisation of markets means packaging design must take into account national and cultural boundaries – new materials and technology are a continuous stimulus to innovative packaging in order to boost sales, reduce costs, and increase profits – public concern with the environment and increasing legislation is putting pressure on manufacturers to redesign packaging to minimise waste and use materials, which are biodegradable or easily recyclable.

Will NoSQL Databases Live Up to Their Promise? - Leavitt ...

Organizations that collect large amounts of unstructured data are increasingly turning to nonrelational databases, now frequently called NoSQL databases. M any organizations collect vast amounts of customer, scientific, sales, and other data for future analysis. Traditionally, most of these organizations have stored structured data in relational databases for subsequent access and analysis. However, a growing number of developers and users have begun turning to various types of nonrelational—now frequently called NoSQL—databases. Nonrelationa l dat a ba ses— including hierarchical, graph, and object-oriented databases—have been around since the late 1960s. However, new types of NoSQL databases are being developed. And only now are they beginning to gain market traction. Different NoSQL databases take different approaches. What they have in common is that they’re not relational. Their primary advantage is that, unlike relational databases, they handle unstructured data such as word-processing files, e-mail, multimedia, and social media efficiently. They are also easier to work with for the many developers not familiar 12 r2tec.indd 12 computer with the structured query language. SQL is the programming language used for querying and updating relational databases. Some NoSQL databases can function in a distributed setting. Users could thus scale a single database by running it across additional inexpensive machines rather than by having to run it on a single more powerful and costly machine.

Association of Certified Fraud Specialists: Membership Overview

The ACFS is a non-profit organization helping members who are public and private sector investigators, auditors, law enforcement, attorneys, and other risk management professionals CONNECT.

WSJ NBC News Poll - Wall Street Journal

Study #13528 -- page 1 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey Interviews: 1000 Adults, including 300 cell phone only respondents Date: December 4-8, 2013 48 Male 52 Female Study #13528 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey Please note: all results are shown as percentages unless otherwise stated. The margin of error for 1000 interviews among Adults is ±3.10% Unless otherwise noted by a “+”, all previous data shown reflects responses among all adults. Q2a For statistical purposes only, would you please tell me how old you are? (IF “REFUSED,” ASK:) Well, would you tell me which age group you belong to? (READ LIST) 18-24 .................................................................... 25-29 .................................................................... 30-34 .................................................................... 35-39 .................................................................... 40-44 .................................................................... 45-49 .................................................................... 50-54 .................................................................... 55-59 .................................................................... 60-64 .................................................................... 65-69 .................................................................... 70-74 .................................................................... 75 and over .......................................................... Not sure/refused ................................................ Q2b To ensure that we have a representative sample, would you please tell me whether you are from a Hispanic or Spanish-speaking background? Yes, Hispanic ................................................... No, not Hispanic .............................................. Not sure/refused ............................................ Q2c 12 6 10 8 11 7 9 10 10 5 4 6 2 11 89 - And again, for statistical purposes only, what is your race--white, black, Asian, or something else? White .............................................................. Black .............................................................. Asian .............................................................. Other .............................................................. Hispanic (VOL) ............................................. Not sure/refused .......................................... 74 12 3 4 6 1 HART RESEARCH ASSOCIATES/PUBLIC OPINION STRATEGIES December 2013 Q3 Study #13528 -- page 2 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey All in all, do you think things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel things are off on the wrong track? High 9/01 72 11 11 6 Low 10/1720/08+ 12 78 7 3 4/11 28 63 6 3 2/11 31 60 6 3 1/11 35 56

Oct. 25-28 - Wall Street Journal
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Study #13452 -- page 1 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey Interviews: 800 Adults, including 240 cell phone only respondents Date: October 25-28, 2013 48 Male 52 Female Study #13452 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey Please note: all results are shown as percentages unless otherwise stated. The margin of error for 800 interviews among Adults is ±3.46% Unless otherwise noted by a “+”, all previous data shown reflects responses among all adults. Q2a For statistical purposes only, would you please tell me how old you are? (IF “REFUSED,” ASK:) Well, would you tell me which age group you belong to? (READ LIST.) 18-24 .................................................................... 25-29 .................................................................... 30-34 .................................................................... 35-39 .................................................................... 40-44 .................................................................... 45-49 .................................................................... 50-54 .................................................................... 55-59 .................................................................... 60-64 .................................................................... 65-69 .................................................................... 70-74 .................................................................... 75 and over .......................................................... Not sure/refused ................................................ Q2b To ensure that we have a representative sample, would you please tell me whether you are from a Hispanic or Spanish-speaking background? Yes, Hispanic ................................................... No, not Hispanic .............................................. Not sure/refused ............................................ Q2c 10 8 9 9 11 7 8 10 12 6 4 5 1 11 89 - And again, for statistical purposes only, what is your race--white, black, Asian, or something else? White .............................................................. Black .............................................................. Asian .............................................................. Other .............................................................. Hispanic (VOL) ............................................. Not sure/refused .......................................... 74 12 2 4 7 1 HART RESEARCH ASSOCIATES/PUBLIC OPINION STRATEGIES Late October 2013 Q3 Study #13452 -- page 2 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey All in all, do you think things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel things are off on the wrong track? High 9/01 72 11 11 6

Wall Street Journal Publishes Chair's Letter to the Editor (May 7, 2014)

Today the Wall Street Journal published a letter to the editor from Commission chair Judge Patti B. Saris regarding Mortimer Zuckerman’s op-ed “Harsh Sentencing, Overstuffed Prisons—It’s Time for Reform” (May 3, 2014): Sentencing Guidelines Are Being Intelligently Adjusted The amendment originated with the U.S. Sentencing Commission and is something we carefully considered over several years. Regarding Mortimer Zuckerman’s “Harsh Sentencing, Overstuffed Prisons—It’s Time for Reform” (op-ed, May 3): Mr. Zuckerman mentions a Justice Department sentencing panel proposing an amendment to federal guidelines. In fact, it was the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent, bipartisan agency that is part of the judicial branch, which voted unanimously on April 10 to amend the federal sentencing guidelines to modestly reduce sentences for the majority of federal drug offenders. We appreciated the support for this change from the Justice Department and others ranging from bipartisan members of Congress to the Federal Public and Community Defenders to Right on Crime, but the amendment originated with the commission and is something we carefully considered over several years. This amendment has been transmitted to Congress and unless Congress acts to disapprove, it will go into effect Nov. 1, 2014. The federal sentencing guidelines are advisory but carry substantial weight in determining federal sentences. The amendment reduces the guideline levels assigned to most drug-trafficking offenders based on the quantity of drugs involved in the offense. The commission determined that the guideline levels for drug quantity no longer needed to be so high. We estimate that our amendment will affect the sentences of almost 70% of federal drugtrafficking offenders and reduce their sentences by 11 months on average. These sentence reductions will correspond to a reduction in the federal prison population of approximately 6,500 inmates within five years and many more over time. The commission carefully weighed public safety concerns, and based on past experience, existing laws and guidelines and expert testimony it concluded that the amendment should not jeopardize public safety. Our amendment is modest in scope; only Congress can change statutory mandatory minimum penalties. But we believe it is an important start.

Wall Street Journal Reading Guide

How to access the Wall Street Journal Duke provides free access to WSJ articles through the library (see instructions below). Articles will be listed by date in a database. We recommend going to the WSJ website (www.wsj.com) first to identify which articles you would like to read in full. The public version of the WSJ website allows you to view news headlines and a brief description of all articles, without requiring an online subscription. The “Today’s Newspaper” tab provides the stories from that day’s front page, and each of the main sections, to help familiarize you with the layout of the print version. Guide to accessing the WSJ at Duke Libraries (need to be on Duke Network): 1. Go to the Duke Library website: http://library.duke.edu/ 2. In the catalog search box, select “Title” from the dropdown box and search “Wall Street Journal (online)”. The following page should appear: http://find.library.duke.edu/results.php?type=books&catalogsuggestions=is&catalogsou rce=duke&sourceid=homepage&searchtype=Title&query=wall+street+journal+%28onlin e%29 3. Select the first hit (Wall Street Journal (Eastern ed.: Online) by clicking on “getit@DUKE” which will take you to a different page: http://getitatduke.library.duke.edu/?sid=sersol&SS_jc=JC_001145597&title=Wall+Stree t+Journal+(online) 4. On the page above, click on third "link to Journal" on the left side of the page (1984 - present), and you'll go directly to the Wall Street Journal online. 5. Then the below page will appear and you can select a date and all the articles will appear separately: http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?RQT=318&pmid=117310 6. For Today’s article, click on “View most recent issue” at the top of the page. 7. You can search for the article you want, but it requires you to know the exact start of the headline, which sometimes changes. Quickest way to skim through the 125+ articles is to make sure you select to view 100 items per page (dropdown box at the bottom of the page), and select “Brief view” above the first article.

Al Qaeda and the Taliban - Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy

This paper examines the complex, often misunderstood, relationship between al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the various militant groups found in FATA (the Federally Administered Tribal Areas) in Pakistan, including the TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan). Much of what is commonly assumed about the Taliban, the TTP and al-Qaeda is based on misinformation, misunderstanding or a misrepresentation of historical events. The Taliban and alQaeda can in many ways be seen as sharing common values, although their ultimate goals remain very different. The Taliban were not part of the mujahedeen fighting against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and emerged only in 1994. Al-Qaeda, for all the conspiracy, did not receive money from the CIA during the 1980s, and was only officially formed as an organisation in 1988. The creation of the TTP in 2007 is another matter, and was created as an umbrella organisation for various Pakistani militant groups, and maintains close ties with al-Qaeda. However, the Pakistani Taliban is not the same Taliban as the one formed in 1994, and although it swears its loyalty to Mullah Omar, its goals differ from that of the Afghani Taliban. We can speak of al-Qaeda and the Taliban in two broad strokes – pre 9/11 and post 9/11. The attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon (as well as the failed attack on Washington DC with the hijacked flight 93), was the culmination of al-Qaeda as a tightly knit, hierarchical organisation. The subsequent “War on Terror” and the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 destroyed much of its organisational capacity; it also left the Taliban severely weakened. However, they both regrouped in the FATA region over a period of years, and al-Qaeda spread its ideology throughout northern Pakistan, coalescing with militant groups and local warlords. Before 9/11, al-Qaeda and the Taliban were very much two different organisations; today, it is not so simple, and in 2010, General David Petreus claimed that there is “a symbiotic relationship between all of these different organizations: al-Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban, the Afghan Taliban ... They support each other, they coordinate with each other, sometimes they compete with each other, [and] sometimes they even fight each other.” (cfr, 2010, http://www.cfr.org).

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