2019 NHL free agency: Signings, analysis and buzz

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2019 NHL free-agency grades: Analysis of every big signing

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News Analysis: Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey: Rebuked. Now What Do We Do With Their Work?

Shows and films caught up in harassment scandals have become radioactive, and the culture is wrestling with where to draw the line.
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Analysis: Hate Groups Bank on Charlottesville Media Coverage as Recruitment Tool

The turnout of white nationalists that sparked violence in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend reflects an alarming level of cooperation among disparate hate groups to gain mainstream media attention. That’s the view of an expert at the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Montgomery, Ala.-based civil rights org that has tracked the activities of white supremacist groups… Read more »

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The Colors, Cuts and Cost of a Supermodel Wardrobe in the White House: An Analysis of Melania Trump’s First Lady Style

Melania Trump, First Lady LooksWhile she’s spent just two months as America’s first lady, Melania Trump’s White House wardrobe is already in full force.
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Formal Modeling and Analysis of Distributed Systems 2015

Formal Modeling and Analysis of Distributed Systems 2015


This book introduces formal modeling and analysis of distributed systems by means of executable formal modeling in rewriting logic and model checking analyses in the tool Maude. The first part of the book introduces classical equational algebraic specification and term rewrite systems, including reasoning about confluence and termination, as well as equational logic. The second part introduces rewriting logic and deals with the executable formal modeling of distributed systems. The book develops executable formal Maude models of classic distributed systems, which are then simulated and are further analysed through reachability analysis in Maude. In particular, the book shows how Maude can be used to break the Needham-Schroeder Public Key cryptographic protocol. Finally, the book introduces (linear) temporal logic that can be used to express complex requirements that distributed systems must satisfy and it uses Maude LTL model checker to analyze whether our models satisfy desired temporal properties.

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The Success of Tesco’s International Expansion in South Korean Market. Examination and Analysis of Key Factors

The Success of Tesco’s International Expansion in South Korean Market. Examination and Analysis of Key Factors


Bachelor Thesis from the year 2011 in the subject Business economics – Trade and Distribution, grade: A, University of Kent, language: English, abstract: This study examines the international business strategies adopted by Tesco for its expansion and development is South Korea. Tesco is a global brand and a world leader in the retail food industry. Using qualitative secondary information, this dissertation presents a market analysis and discusses the FDI policies of the target market to analyze the external factors contributing to the expansion of the company. The findings suggest that the expanding retails sector and the favourable government policies led to the expansion of Tesco in South Korea. Tesco was well suited for its expansion because of the firm’s internal resources including size, experience and expertise. The dissertation concludes that the multi-national or multidomestic approach adopted by the company was underlying success factor that contributed towards the success of Tesco in South Korea. Its multi-domestic or multinational corporate structure and strategy is clearly reflected through its market entry, leadership, business strategies and its growth and expansion strategy. The dissertation also highlights several initiatives undertaken by the company since 2008 that lead to exemplary success and compares it with its competitors’ unsuccessful strategy.

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Zooplankton Community Analysis

Zooplankton Community Analysis


1 Introduction.- 2 General Description of Lake Lanao.- 3 The Phytoplankton Community.- Community Composition.- Biomass.- Succession.- 4 Description of the Zooplankton Community.- Community Complexity.- Copepods.- Rotifers and Cladocera.- Miscellaneous Zooplankton.- 5 Methods.- Sampling.- Counting.- Size and Biomass Measurements.- 6 Spatial Distribution of the Zooplankton.- Vertical Distribution.- Horizontal Variation: Fixed Patterns.- Horizontal Variation: Ephemeral Patterns.- Overview of Horizontal Variation.- 7 Zooplankton Abundance Trends.- 8 Zooplankton Development Rates.- Cyclopoids.- Calanoids.- Chaoborus.- Rotifers and Cladocera.- 9 Secondary Production.- Computations: Copepods and Chaoborus.- Computations: Rotifers.- Computations: Cladocera.- Results: Copepods and Chaoborus.- Results: Rotifers and Cladocera.- 10 Similarities in Zooplankton Abundances and Productivities.- The N Matrix.- The ?N Matrix.- The P Matrix.- The ?P Matrix.- Summary of Similarities.- 11 Zooplankton Mortality Rates.- Computations: Copepods.- Computations: Chaoborus.- Computations: Rotifers and Cladocera.- Copepod Mortality Rates.- Chaoborus Mortality Rates.- Rotifer and Cladoceran Mortality Rates.- Overview of Mortality Rates.- 12 Zooplankton Mortality Mechanisms.- Predation Mortality.- Mechanisms of Mortality Other Than Predation.- 13 Community Trends in Mortality.- 14 Control of Zooplankton Production by Food Quantity and Quality.- Analytical Methods: Herbivores.- Importance of Major Phytoplankton Taxonomic Groups as Herbivore Foods.- Importance of Different Phytoplankton Size Fractions as Herbivore Foods.- Importance of Individual Phytoplankton Species as Herbivore Foods.- Importance of Food in Determining Primary Carnivore Production.- 15 Community Trends in Growth and Reproduction.- Trends in Absolute Production.- Trends in Relative Production.- Trends in Birth Rate.- 16 Conclusion and Synthesis.- Energy Flow and Biomass.- Community Structure and Organization.- Rules Governing Structure of the Herbivore Component.- Control Pathways in the Ecosystem.- Summary.- References.- Author Index.
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Slavery vs. Freedom?: A Cost Analysis

Is there an advantage to being a slave rather than a minimum wage worker, who lives on a subsistence salary? A slave is a piece of property that needs to be maintained, just like a car or tractor. Hence from a health point of view, the situation of the slave is better than that of many workers in America, who still struggle with health costs, despite the advances of Obamacare.

A slave, like a pet, also has to be fed and treated with plenty of TLC, otherwise it will become squirrelly and indolent. Repeated punishments and beatings have not been found to increase the effectiveness of slaves. Minimum wage workers, however, require little TLC. If a worker in a fast food joint doesn’t perform his job, there’s always a replacement waiting in the wings. Of course, freedom is the one thing that slaves don’t have. Everyone talks about freedom and dreams of it, but once it arrives its benefits fall far short of the promise that was once held out. Sure it’s nice to be free, but freedom like independence means that you end up having to fend for yourself. It’s nice to be free if you can hack it, but if you end up having a hard time in an increasingly competitive marketplace, then you may want think about relinquishing your freedom.

In general, when you create a spreadsheet and list all the pluses and minuses of freedom versus slavery, you’re going to find that it’s a very close call. Would you rather be enslaved by a relatively nice owner, say a Thomas Jefferson type, or work for McDonald’s for the rest of your life?

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The Market Meets the Environment: Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy

The Market Meets the Environment: Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy


Used – What does free market environmentalism have to say about Love Canal, Cleveland’s burning Cuyahogo River, golf course pollution, EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory Requirement, nonpoint source pollution and river basin associations? In this revealing book Bruce Yandle has compiled eleven essays that address these concerns and provide the reader with an in-depth, market-based analysis of evolving environmental institutions and regulations. This book is essential reading for students and scholars

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Form-Oriented Analysis

Form-Oriented Analysis


Form-based applications range from simple web shops to complex enterprise resource planning systems. Draheim and Weber adapt well-established basic modeling techniques in a novel way to achieve a modeling framework optimized for this broad application domain. They introduce new modeling artifacts, such as page diagrams and form storyboards, and separate dialogue patterns to allow for reuse. In their implementation they have developed new constructs such as typed server pages, and tools for forward and reverse engineering of presentation layers. The methodology is explained using an online bookshop as a running example in which the user can experience the modeling concepts in action. The combination of theoretical achievements and hands-on practical advice and tools makes this book a reference work for both researchers in the areas of software architectures and submit-response style user interfaces, and professionals designing and developing such applications. More information and additional material is also available online.

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Windows Forensic Analysis DVD Toolkit

Windows Forensic Analysis DVD Toolkit


If your job requires investigating compromised Windows hosts, you must read Windows Forensic Analysis.” -Richard Bejtlich, Coauthor of Real Digital Forensics and Amazon.com Top 500 Book Reviewer “The Registry Analysis chapter alone is worth the price of the book.” -Troy Larson, Senior Forensic Investigator of Microsoft’s IT Security Group “I also found that the entire book could have been written on just registry forensics. However, in order to create broad appeal, the registry section was probably shortened. You can tell Harlan has a lot more to tell.” -Rob Lee, Instructor and Fellow at the SANS Technology Institute, coauthor of Know Your Enemy: Learning About Security Threats, 2E Author Harlan Carvey has brought his best-selling book up-to-date to give you: the responder, examiner, or analyst the must-have tool kit for your job. Windows is the largest operating system on desktops and servers worldwide, which mean more intrusions, malware infections, and cybercrime happen on these systems. Windows Forensic Analysis DVD Toolkit, 2E covers both live and post-mortem response collection and analysis methodologies, addressing material that is applicable to law enforcement, the federal government, students, and consultants. The book is also accessible to system administrators, who are often the frontline when an incident occurs, but due to staffing and budget constraints do not have the necessary knowledge to respond effectively. The book’s companion material, now available online, contains significant new and updated materials (movies, spreadsheet, code, etc.) not available any place else, because they are created and maintained by the author. Best-Selling Windows Digital Forensic book completely updated in this 2nd EditionLearn how to Analyze Data During Live and Post-Mortem InvestigationsDVD Includes Custom Tools, Updated Code, Movies, and Spreadsheets!

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Clinical and Epidemiological Analysis for HIV-Exposed Infants in a Low Resource Setting: Evidence-Based of Pmtct Interventions

Clinical and Epidemiological Analysis for HIV-Exposed Infants in a Low Resource Setting: Evidence-Based of Pmtct Interventions


Research Paper from the year 2011 in the subject Medicine – Public Health, grade: A, Atlantic International University (School of Human and social studies), course: Clinical epidemiology, language: English, abstract: Definitions: focus on the advantages and disadvantage of drugs, hence their effects. This let Kenneth Rothman, 2002 to say: “outcomes research marries epidemiologic methods with clinical decision theory to determine which therapeutic approaches are the most cost-effective”. 10] This approach has lead to the concept of evidence -based medicine where sufficient proof are available to support a medical theory in disease management and promotion of various guidelines useful in clinical setting. Nonetheless, more medical and non medical conditions are still undiagnosed, under- diagnosed or wrongly diagnosed. As a consequence, extra, less cost-effective and unnecessary treatments are being prescribed. In this scenario, would the key to evidence- based medicine lie on diagnosis processes which are opaque to quantification and analysis, or on the deep-rooted knowledge of disease natural history, its transmission chain and physiopathology, or on the accuracy of diagnostic tests which have different level of interpretations according to their sensitivity or specificity? Or on prevention inputs to control the disease outcomes? In Zambia, roughly 80,000 infants are born annually from HIV infected mothers and are at risk of contracting the disease. An average of 20,000 are born with HIV each year (40%).The rate of vertical transmission varies from 15-25% in non-breastfeeding infants and double in breastfeeding ones. (Ministry of Health, National Protocol Guidelines, 2010). 14] For this research paper focused on PMTCT, we selected data for 3 years study from 2008 to 2010.This was a retrospective cohort study. The data included all pregnant women who attended ANC, those who were counselled and tested for HIV and those who delivered at the facility. Our indicators

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Persona 5 Reveal Trailer Analysis

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Fragments of Femininity: A Comparative Analysis of the Art of Tracey Emin and Kiki Smith

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Tracey Emin and Kiki Smith have starkly different visual approaches in their art yet thematically their work is inextricably intertwined. Both women eschew the expected and express different aspects of both the feminine psyche and life itself in unpredictable ways. Emin is radical about love; Smith about life and death. Their work is often both precious and difficult to stomach (think Emin’s blankets and Smith’s statues excreting beads). They are provocative, evocative and not afraid to expose themselves — a raw honesty radiates throughout their work that is rare to find.

This honesty manifests itself as Emin cries out for intimacy by exposing details of her private life that others wouldn’t dream of revealing. In a letter that accompanies My Abortion 1990 she recounts the moment when, in a London taxicab, her body expelled a second fetus, overlooked during the initial procedure, “I had killed the thing which I could love the most. Forgive me, tiny little thing… Forgive me — leave me.”

Smith is honest in her portrayal of the female form in unconventional ways — often from the inside out, neutralizing it so that it stands for mankind as a whole, challenging the tradition of male artists to paint the female in an erotic light. In How I Know I’m Here, a massive linocut, Smith depicts several internal organs, including a heart, brain, lungs, and reproductive systems splayed out around etched lines that represent her own feet, face and hands. Although Smith’s work can be seen as rather feminist, honing in on this as a political statement can be a mistake, or at least a dangerously narrow view. Her approach is far more personal — she explores the significance of how the body functions systemically in order to gain a stronger grasp on reality.

Smith’s probing stops at no bounds and delves into the human body’s most intimate inner functions — urination, menstruation, reproduction, and so on. She creates statues excreting bodily fluid in the form of beads. By making urine or menstrual blood beautiful, Smith probes at our societal reaction to such things. She also emphasizes the lack of importance we normally attribute to these fluids by placing them on an altar in jars with gothic lettering, each fluid in equal standing.

Emin does not shy away from the exploration of the significance of bodily fluids either, confidently displaying used tampons alongside her sketches giving the two equal importance. In My Bed, Emin displays her bed after a depressive episode, covered in suspicious stains and leaked menstrual blood in all its glory.

For Smith and Emin, the body is in perpetual motion. Neither artist has any shame in laying the ghastliest aspects of femininity stripped bare. This introspection strips their work of pretense down to an almost primeval level. The exposure of the self creates a vulnerability that leaves the work open to interpretation.

This vulnerability is also reflected in the use of humble craft materials. Smith uses papier-mâché for many of her sculptures and Emin uses appliqué techniques and household fabrics to create her patchwork quilts. The lack of durability of these materials as compared to that of objects like bronze sculptures creates a sense of urgency that reflects their need to create their art — to express something physically that has been building up inside. Emin’s tapestries show fragmented sentences; often just words, names or phrases. Smith’s works consist of fragmented body parts, with no logical context in the body from a biological standpoint, with the spleen and bladder displayed next to the more socially glorified heart and brain. These fragments add to this sense of urgency, as both artists emphatically express that nothing lasts forever.

The exploration of the ephemeral is so honest and pure in Smith’s work that her art can be difficult to write about. She is not trying to make a statement. Instead she follows whatever is preoccupying her at the moment without necessarily knowing why. “I don’t want to be trying to do anything,” Smith says. “When I was younger, people’s work was so expressionistic that to me it felt indulgent or self involved.” Based on this view Smith may not be a fan of Emin’s work, which is often self-indulgent. Emin is this big, booming voice that is deliberately loud because she desperately wants to be heard. Yet the honesty still permeates through Emin’s willingness to be open about a past as she sees it, inspiring the viewer to look back to the events that brought them into their present state of existence. Smith may be better at playing the innocent, but she also questions the nature of our existence through her exploration of life, death and the existential.

The autobiographical component in both artists’ work allows them to question our existence from a personal level, where they each recognize their own struggle. Emin uses her confessional art to deliberately bare her soul on canvas so that the spectator feels that they immediately know her on an intimate level. Her honesty supersedes the unfamiliar and this is what makes her art beautiful. Smith often features her self in her work, literally and physically. She is the first to admit this: “My work was very autobiographical. In the pieces about birth I was trying to reconcile an ambivalent relationship to being here on earth because earth is a difficult place to be sometimes.” Emin and Smith both create art through this therapeutic method of working out on canvas whatever is preoccupying their minds at the moment. Smith has said, “I’m just trying to make my life okay. I’m just trying to have a good life; that is my ambition: to be better at being here.” Emin speaks of art as her raison d’être, as something that has saved her life many times. To this, Smith would agree, “You know, we’re not doing research; our lives are at stake.”
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Analysis of Financial Statements

Analysis of Financial Statements


Revised and up to date, the Second Edition includes valuable information that addresses questions such as: What is transparency and why do we care? How can financial statements inform investors? How can financial statements mislead investors? How has the Sarbanes-Oxley Act changed companies’ financial disclosures? What should you look for in financial disclosures when judging a company’s financial health? How do financial statements relate to the value of a company’s stock? Why is cash flow so important to a company’s financial health? Throughout Analysis of Financial Statements, Second Edition, the authors demonstrate the nuts and bolts of financial analysis by applying the techniques to actual companies. The authors set the stage for financial analysis in Part One with their discussions of financial statements and the quality of financial statements. In Part Two, they walk you through how to judge a company’s financial health using financial disclosures in financial ratio analysis, earnings analysis, and cash flow analysis.In Part Three, the authors take analysis a step further by discussing how investors and creditors can use financial statements to more effectively assess a company’s performance and risk. Peterson and Fabozzi wrap up this Second Edition with a set of lessons for investors and analysts: Lesson 1: Understand what you are looking at Lesson 2: Read the fine print Lesson 3: If it’s too good to be true, it may be Lesson 4: Follow the money Lesson 5: Understand the risks

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Network Analysis and Tourism

Network Analysis and Tourism


This book provides a comprehensive review of the contribution of network analysis to the understanding of tourism destinations and organizations…
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Network Analysis and Tourism


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Equity Valuation and Analysis w/eVal , 3rd Edition

Equity Valuation and Analysis w/eVal , 3rd Edition


Equity Analysis and Valuation with eVal closes the gap between the theoretical treatment of equity valuation and the actual practice of valuing a company using real-world data. While the underlying theories of financial analysis and valuation are given their due, the goal is always to answer the question, ‘What is this company really worth?’Equity Analysis and Valuation with eVal takes the view that sound forecasts of the future financial statements are the key input to a good valuation, and that most other aspects of the valuation process are mechanical. To that end, the book employs eVal, an Excel-based workbook that guides the user through the forecasting and valuation processes while taking care of the mundane computations. By providing a unified interface for the valuation process, eVal allows you to focus on the forecasting, not on the spreadsheet. The book covers the topics of business strategy analysis, accounting analysis, financial analysis, forecasting and valuation and also alerts readers to common pitfalls encountered in equity valuation and analysis. The book also includes 23 illustrative cases. Contents: PrefacePart One – Text 1 Introduction 2 Information Collection 3 Understanding the Business 4 Accounting Analysis 5 Financial Ratio Analysis 6 Cash Flow Analysis 7 Structured Forecasting 8 Forecasting Details 9 The Cost of Capital 10 Valuation11 Valuation Ratios 12 Some Complications Part Two – Cases 1The AOL-Time Warner Merger 2 Apple and the iFad3The Valuation of Amazon.com in June, 2001 4Turnaround at Bally Total Fitness? 5Boston Chicken, Inc.6Encom Corporation 7Four Valuation Models – One Value 8The Gabelli Utility Trust 9The Home Depot, Inc.10 Evaluation Intel’s Earnings Torpedo11Interpreting Margin and Turnover Rations12Netflix, Inc.13Overstock. Com14 Pre-paid Legal Services15The Restaurant Industry in 201116Forecasting for the Love Boat: Royal Caribbean Cruises in 19817Can Salton Swing?18Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. 19A Tale of Two Mo

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Medical Applications of Intelligent Data Analysis

Medical Applications of Intelligent Data Analysis


One major challenge facing modern medicine is to fulfill the promise and potential of the enormous increase in medical data sets of all kinds. Medical Applications of Intelligent Data Analysis: Research Advancements explores the potential of utilizing this medical data through the implementation of developed models in practical applications. This premier reference source features chapters contributed by specialists in a variety of intelligent data analysis (IDA) fields related to medicine, health, and bioinformatics. All of these contributions are devoted to describing the practical medical applications of IDA and how the theory described in many other books can be implemented to improve medical care.

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Face Image Analysis with Convolutional Neural Networks

Face Image Analysis with Convolutional Neural Networks


In this work, we present the problem of automatic appearance-based facial analysis with machine learning techniques and describe common specic sub-problems like face detection, facial feature detection and face recognition which are the crucial parts of many applications in the context of indexation, surveillance, access-control or human-computer interaction. To tackle this problem, we particularly focus on a technique called Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) which is inspired by biological evidence found in the visual cortex of mammalian brains and which has already been applied to many different classi fication problems. Existing CNN-based methods, like the face detection system proposed by Garcia and Delakis, show that this can be a very effective, efficient and robust approach to non-linear image processing tasks. An important step in many automatic facial analysis applications, e.g. face recognition, is face alignment which tries to translate, scale and rotate the face image such that specific facial features are roughly at predened positions in the image. We propose an efficient approach to this problem using CNNs and experimentally show its very good performance on difficult test images. We further present a CNN-based method for automatic facial feature detection. The proposed system employs a hierarchical procedure which first roughly localizes the eyes, the nose and the mouth and then renes the result by detecting 10 different facial feature points. The detection rate of this method is 96% for the AR database and 87% for the BioID database tolerating an error of 10% of the inter-ocular distance. Finally, we propose a novel face recognition approach based on a specic CNN architecture learning a non-linear mapping of the image space into a lower-dimensional sub-space where the different classes are more easily separable. We applied this method to several public face databases and obtained better recognition rates than with classical face recognition approach

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Expansion Opportunities for H&m in Asia – Market Analysis

Expansion Opportunities for H&m in Asia – Market Analysis


New – Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is a Europe’s second-largest clothing retailer. Founded 1946 by Erling Persson in Sweden, H&M initially sold women clothing through “Hennes” stores in Sweden. “Hennes” is Swedish and means “for her.” In 1968 the company acquired the hunting apparel retailer Mauritz Widforss, which also offered collections for men, and changed its name into Hennes & Mauritz.Today H&M offers clothes, own-brand cosmetics, accessories and footwear in over 1,800 stores in 34 countries aro

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