Month: April 2014

The impact brought by plastic bag ban in seattle on the economy and environment

Economic point of view

Economic effect of Los angelas county bag ban by national center for policy analysis impacts on

  • sales, Incorporated stores experienced an increase in sales of 3.4 percent.
    However, unincorporated stores reported a decline in sales of –3.3 percent.
  • Impact on Retail Employment. stores in the unincorporated areas all reported that the number of individuals they employed dropped after the bag ban — by an average of 10.4 percent.
  • Impact on Bag Purchases.

STUDY: PLASTIC BAG BANS HAVE HARSH ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

“greater impact on American manufacturing, and the real environmental ramifications of such policies.”
“most thin-film plastic bags are made in the United States, and the plastics manufacturing industry employs more than 30,000 people directly and many more indirectly.” In contrast, “most reusable bags are imported.”

Environmental point of view

PLASTIC BAGS: HAZARDS AND MITIGATION By Brittany Turner and Jessica Sutton pros:

  • plastic bags are non-biodegradable (take up to 100 years before any decomposition takes place)
  • easily be blown away by the wind, The state of California spends on average twenty-four million dollars transporting plastic bags to the landfills where they will continue to remain for decades
  • Plastic bags can block water ways especially the gutter system as well as the storm drains. Overflows and larger scale floods become a common phenomenon as a result of these blockages.

cons:

  • harm the forest ecosystem
  • The availability of such a large amount of wood to manufacture enough paper bags for the whole of the American population would be difficult. They also argue that trees are also an integral part in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and it is for this reason that cutting of these trees should be kept at a minimum.
  • The pollution of the marine environment by plastic debris: a review

This has been shown by the increasing numbers of plastic bags that are found along the beaches. They occupy the top surface of water due to their lightness. The effect of this occupation is the depletion of the marine life of oxygen. This means that the living organisms that are living in that part of the ocean do not have enough oxygen since the only supply of oxygen available to them is blocked by the plastic bags. It has been found that plastic bags account for a 10 percent of the total debris that is usually washed in the American shoreline Marine debris accumulation in the nearshore marine habitat of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi1999–2001
The death of these seal plants, for example the sea grass, means that fish and other organisms that depend on these sea plants for food are left with nothing to eat and they eventually die (Boland and Donohue, 1386) other resources

The Plastic Bag Ban: A Battle of Socio-Economic Policy

  • Seattle Bans Plastic Bags, and Sets a Charge for Paper
  • The Economic Effect of Plastic Bag Bans by NCPA

ABA Sports Psychology Case Study

The Case of Brenda

Brenda is 17 years old and plays competitive tennis. In fact, she hopes to get a scholarship to play in college. Brenda’s coach asked her to go see a sports psychologist who specializes in ABA because she is having difficulty with her serve. She does not have enough speed and accuracy to win matches. Her coach has tried every strategy he knows with no success. Based on her interview with Brenda and her review of videotapes of his serve, the behaviorist decides to use chaining to help. The behaviorist willbreak down Brenda’s serve into individual units of behavior such as the starting position; ball toss; swing of the racket back; acceleration of the racket, contact with the ball; and follow-through.

  1. Provide the rationale for the behaviorist’s selection of behavior chaining to help Brenda.
  2.  Discuss the concepts of primary and secondary reinforcement and how these work in behavior chaining.
  3. Suppose that Brenda was having difficulty mastering an aspect of the behavior chain. What would the behaviorist do to help with the mastery of this component of the chain?
  4. Discuss the two ways that mastery of a unit of behavior may be assessed.

Leadership Theories – Gandhi vs. MLK

How is the leader Mahatma Gandhi similar to or different from Martin Luther King Jr.? What theory or theories (Trait, Position Approach, Style Approach, or Distributed-Functions Approach ) would best account for the actions of this historical figure Mahatma Gandhi?

Trait approach. It implies that leaders are born not made and poses naturally features that do not need any training. In this theory the leader has special charisma with a sense of exact confidence in leading.

The second theory is the Position Approach is an authoritative leader that studies others behavior too.

The third theory is the Style Approach that consists of three leadership styles authoritarian, democratic, and laissez-faire. The authoritarian sets goals and policies with dictate activities for its members. Democratic leadership there is extensive decision making that involves participation of its members. The laissez-faire style requires little participation of its leader where group members make decisions.

The fourth theory is the Distributed-Functions Approaches is were the leader helps his group perform acts within a group in order to reach goals.

Genetic Disease

Genetic Disease Paper

 

For this assignment, you need to choose one disease that is cause by a genetic abnormality of some sort (addition of a base, deletion of bases, addition or deletion of chromosomes, etc.).  You will research the disease and write a brief paper about it.  The paper should address the following points:

  • What genetic abnormality causes the disease
  • What are the signs and symptoms of the disease
  • What populations are most likely to get the disease
  • Do we know how the disease came about?
  • How is it diagnosed?
  • Are there any treatments?

 

For this paper, you don’t have to cite the sources in the paper itself unless you are directly quoting the source (using the words of your source is a direct quote).  But, please attach a sheet of references that you used when compiling information for the paper.  I am not looking for a specific format, but APA tends to be the most common.  I am just looking for enough information that I can go back and find the source if I need to.

This assignment is worth a possible 30 points total.

It will be due 5-7-2014.

Research at least five ways in which the federal bureaucracy regulates your life.

Research at least five ways in which the federal bureaucracy regulates your life. These examples should be based on your journal entry. Which regulated activities surprised you the most? Which surprised you the least? Why?

Reflect on the activity with which you were most surprised. Research the agency charged with regulating that activity. If you were most surprised by the Food and Drug Administration?s role in your daily life, for example, search for information on that particular agency by going to the agency Web site, the University Library, or MyPoliSciLab.

Then, address the following:

  • When and why was this agency formed? Was it in response to a national event or some sort of emergency
  • What is this agency?s main job? Has it implemented any new rules recently?
  • Has this agency been in the news recently?
  • Discuss two facts about this agency that you find most interesting.
  • Incorporate your answers into a 1,050 to 1,400?word paper in APA format.

 

Challenging role of leadership in self- managing teams

Challenging role of leadership in self- managing teams

Leadership in today’s self-directed team environment requires an adjustable transition. An adjustable transition (in this case) is a two-fold definition that is defined as:

1. An organization or management’s ability to shift from one capacity of operations to another without risk mitigation techniques of potential detriments that may hinder productivity within an organizations internal and external environment.

2. The ability to adapt and operate according to changing trends and technological advancements within the marketplace. Teams are primarily impacted by the ongoing necessity of change within the realm of organizational practices.

Leaders also possess the role of being a transactional and transformational leader. In some cases a transactional and transformational leader can be used interchangeably, however, it all depends on what a leader is trying to achieve and what direction the team or organization is trying to go. Leaders for centuries have acquired the task of building generational success by motivating and greatly influencing teams to be more productive and competitive, thus eliminating the elements of counter productiveness, lackadaisical functionality,

and/or mediocrity from low-tier employees or team members. In many cases a leader’s role is to function as a productions specialist in which case a leader oversees the mode of a product throughout the developmental stages from the collaborative process to the finished product/end result. An effective leaders’ core responsibilities includes the following:

? Assessing an organization or teams overall operability.

? Determine which course of action to take, i.e. which plan to utilize to enter the marketplace.

? Delegate core responsibilities to the most skilled individual whom is able to fulfill corporate obligations of
product completion.

Compare and Contrast General Systems Theories

Research three general systems theories. Example theories would include, but are not limited to, Miller and General Living Systems Theory, Teilhard de Chardin and the noosphere, Laszlo and the Natural Systems, and Bowen and Family Systems Theory. You may consult with your professor regarding other systems theories for consideration.

You must use at least three scholarly sources for this paper.

Research three general systems theories. Example theories would include, but are not limited to, Miller and General Living Systems Theory, Teilhard de Chardin and the noosphere, Laszlo and the Natural Systems, and Bowen and Family Systems Theory. You may consult with your professor regarding other systems theories for consideration.

You must use at least three scholarly sources for this paper.

Exclusively use the school Library databases to conduct your research.
(will upload additional information)

Accurately cite information from the sources in your paper in accordance with APA citation and referencing guidelines.

Note that you may not use information or articles from non-scholarly sources such as Wikipedia. Assignments that have citations or references from Wikipedia will be returned without grading.

Write a 5 page paper that compares and contrasts any three general system theories:

Summarize each theory.

Compare and contrast each of the three theories.

Accurately cite information from the sources in your paper in accordance with APA citation and referencing guidelines.

Note that you may not use information or articles from non-scholarly sources such as Wikipedia. Assignments that have citations or references from Wikipedia will be returned without grading.

Write a 1,500 word paper that compares and contrasts any three general system theories:

Summarize each theory.

Compare and contrast each of the three theories.

Identify and analyze Whole Foods Group’s organizational, group, and individual outputs.

Identify and analyze Whole Foods Group’s organizational, group, and individual outputs.

Outputs at the organizational level are the products and/or services that it provides to its customers. What are these and how does the company categorize them? How does it measure its organizational performance (e.g., sales, net profit, return on sales, return on assets, market share, customer satisfaction, etc.). Provide some specific performance data.

What are some ways the company identified groups? For example, are there geographic groups (or divisions), functional groups, etc. What are the outputs of these groups? How does it (or how might it) measure performance of these groups?

What are some of the key individual functions, and what are their outputs? How do these outputs contribute to the group outputs? How do they measure individual performance?

Evaluate how the outputs at the different levels interact with each other. Determine if you think the congruence of the outputs is high, medium, or low. Then make a strong case. It is very important that you support your position with evidence and information that you have discussed earlier in the report.

One of the needs that your client has is a database.

One of the needs that your client has is a database.

To design a database, a database planner should spend a considerable amount of time thinking about what kind of information will be included in the database and how it will be organized. There are several approaches to creating a successful database.

  • Start by researching the following:
    • Search the Internet to find information about designing a simple database for your client.
    • Using the information you find, choose a simple example that would be relevant to your clients needs.
    • Complete an initial analysis of how you would like to structure the data.
    • Decide what you would like to include in the database.
      • You may use the following steps as a guide (Microsoft, 2010):
        1. What is the purpose of your database?
        2. How many tables will your database need? (Keeping it simple works here; 2–3 tables is fine). Once you have a clear purpose for your database, you can divide your information into separate subjects. Each subject will be a table in your database.
        3. Decide what information you want to keep in each table. Each category of information in a table is called afieldand is displayed as a column in the table.
        4. Look at each table, and decide how the data in one table is related to the data in other tables. Add fields to tables, and to establish relationships between the tables, create primary keys using autoshapes in Word.
        5. Refine your database design to eliminate errors and create sample tables.
        6. Provide what reports may be produced as a result of your database design.
  • Based on the information you have researched, create a 3-4 page design document that includes a description of the database you would like to create as well as sample tables that would be part of that database.
  • Make sure to include references in your report of any sites on database design that you use.

Reference

Microsoft. (2010). Retrieved January 28, 2010, from Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx

Obama Care And Affordable Care Act

What is Obama Care ?

The concept behind Obama Care was an individual mandate to couple with subsidies for private insurance. The concept was first put forth by The Heritage Foundation, a politically conservative think tank. Their idea was that this was an acceptable alternative to the single-payer initiative, “Medicare for All,” being proposed by the Clinton Administration. Since that time health care reform was proposed and expanded upon by both parties until it was implemented in Massachusetts by then-Governor Romney. During the 2008 elections, health care reform became a major plank on the platform of the Democratic Party. When Barack Obama became president he started trying to pass the 2009 with the Affordable Health Care for America Act. This was followed by the Patient Protection Act, which culminated in to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010 (PPACA), or for short, “the Affordable Care Act” (ACA). After several changes, President Barak Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.

What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act(PPACA) 2010, or Affordable Care Act (ACA) for short, is the new health care reform law in America and is often called by its nick-name Obamacare. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is made up of theAffordable Health Care for America Act,the Patient Protection Act, and the health care related sections of theHealth Care and Education Reconciliation Actand theStudent Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. It also includes amendments to other laws like the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act and the Health and Public Services Act. Since being signed into law additional rules and regulations have expanded upon the law, we have attempted to update our summaries with those changes.

What Does the Affordable Care Act Do?

The Affordable Care Act is a long, complex piece of legislation that attempts to reform the health care system by providing more Americans with affordable quality health insurance and by curbing the growth in healthcare spending in the U.S. Reforms include new benefits, rights and protections, rules for insurance companies, taxes, tax breaks, funding, spending, the creation of committees, education, new job creation and more. Please note that the law, in many cases, gives power to ongoing efforts by Health and Human Services and other Government programs to reform health care. So healthcare reform doesn’t start and end with the Act itself. Make sure to check out the official HHS site for more information on healthcare reform outside of the ACA.

African Popular Music: definition of regional and national musical genres

The development of modern African popular music has been shaped by a variety of factors, including colonial/political domination (and African responses to it), the spread of Christianity and Islam on the continent, industrial labor, and the impact of musical traditions from Europe, the United States and Latin America.

You are to write an essay that discusses how these and other factors have helped to define regional and national musical genres on the continent. Your essay should cover West Africa, East Africa/Central Africa, and Southern Africa.

Your essay should explain how specific regional or national genres are reflective of the history, politics and social dynamics of their respective environments.

You should also draw on some of the theoretical/analytical perspectives that we have discussed in class, including: globalization, nostalgia; “Other” cosmopolitanism; neo-traditionalism; appropriation; and music, resistance and politics.

Resources for your essay should derive from your class notes, chapter readings/articles, and video and audio examples that we have used for this class.

Your essay should be illustrated with references to at least TWO specific music examples from EACH of the THREE regions of the continent covered in your essay (making at least SIX examples in total). In using each musical example, provide the name of the performer(s) and the country of origin of each music example, briefly describe the example, and explain how it illustrates the argument for which you are using the music example.

Essay Format/instructions

Your essay should start with an introduction that outlines the main issues to be covered; and end with your personal reflections and conclusions that derive from the main body of the essay.
Your essay should be about five pages, excluding the list of cited works, song-lyrics or any other illustrative material.
Your essay must be typed and double-spaced, using the 12-point Times Roman font. Citations, notes and `works cited list’ must conform to the MLA style or any other standard style. For further details on the MLA style, please check: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_s1.html
For citation formats for online/electronic sources, please go to: http://www.hnet.msu.edu/about/citation/general.html.
Quotation marks must be used to acknowledge sentences that are not yours. Extended quotations (of more than 25 words) should appear in an indented form from the left margin.
Please pay attention to grammar, spellings, typos, etc.

A feminist Analysis of Gwendolyn Brooks

Write A feminist analysis on Gwendolyn Brooks, “The Mother” looks at the roles of female (or lack thereof) characters or issues in the text. Further issues include female vs. male writing differences and women writing about the female experience (sexuality, childbirth, motherhood). “Queer Theory” looks at gay and lesbian issues brought out, either overtly or covertly in a text. The analysis should be at least 300 words long (double-spaced).
There are no “right” nor “wrong” answers for this–the power will be in what you use from the text and the theories to support your points. Be sure to anchor your thesis statement in a theory using vocabulary we’re learning and practicing. Include the theorist(s)’ name(s) throughout the response when you use the vocabulary. No problem explaining briefly what the theory or vocabulary means in your discussion.

It’s very important to focus on feminist and queer theory angles. Stick to larger issues related to feminist and queer theory concerns. It’s fine to bring in outside socio-economic events to the texts–dates, events, etc.

Assignments # 2( 1 Page / 8 sentences each/ 2 References each)

A). Respond to Michael Lassell, "How to Watch Your Brother Die" in terms of critiquing it for following a feminist critique. Point out areas that you believe a "classmate" may have overlooked or not have had room to analyze. Your response should be a solid paragraph of about 8 sentences. Anchor the Response in vocabulary terms and theory, giving credit to the particular theorist you are using (Showalter, Chodorow, Gilligan, Sedgwick, Cixous, Butler, etc.).
B). Respond to Diane Di Prima, "Brass Furnace Going Out: Song, After an Abortion" in terms of critiquing it for following a feminist critique. Point out areas that you believe a "classmate" may have overlooked or not have had room to analyze. Your response should be a solid paragraph of about 8 sentences. Anchor the Response in vocabulary terms and theory, giving credit to the particular theorist you are using (Showalter, Chodorow, Gilligan, Sedgwick, Cixous, Butler, etc.).

STUDY SHEET FOR FEMINIST AND GAY/LESBIAN CRITICISM

1. For the following authors, list their their most famous works (pick one) and dates of publication.

a. Mary Wollstonecraft b. Elizabeth Cady Stanton (speech)

c. Virginia Woolf d. Simone de Beauvoir

e. Kate Millet f. Germaine Greer

g. Gloria Steinem h. Betty Friedan

i. Carol Gilligan j. bell hooks

k. Judith Butler l. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

2. What is meant by the term “images of women” school of criticism? Give a leading critic of this so-called “school.” What is the focus of this type of criticism?

3. “Killing the angel of the house” is a famous metaphor relating to women’s psyches when entering traditionally male-dominated professions. With whom is it
associated and from where does it come

4. What is “gynocriticism?” With whom is it mainly associated? How does it differ from the “feminist critique” or the “images of women” schools?

5. In her 1977 book A Literature of their Own, Elaine Showalter breaks women’s writings into three chronological and socio/political phases: the Feminine, the Feminist and the Female. Give the approximate dates for each and briefly explain how they differ from each other.

6. According to Dobie (or other sources you have found), what are the major differences between “British,” “American” and “French” feminist critical approaches? List one writer associated with each “side.”

7. What is meant by the term “ecriture feminine?” With whom is it associated? What is the title of her essay which introduces the term?

8. “One is not born a woman–one becomes one.” Who wrote this quotation and what do you think it means?

9. Briefly define what you think a “psychoanalytic feminist” approach to a text entails.

10. Describe briefly the difference between essentialist and anti-essentialist positions on sexual identity.

11. What do you think Adrienne Rich means by the term “compulsory heterosexuality?”

12. Give brief definitions for each of the following terms.
a. homophobia

b. homoerotic/lesboerotic

c. queerbashing

d. queer theory

e. the closet and “coming out”

f. camp

g. butch/femme

h. hypermasculine/hyperfeminine

i. genderfuck

j. Stonewall (1969)

k. gay ghetto

l. vanilla sexuality

13. List two lesbian representations from t.v. and/or movies.

14. List three “out” lesbians from the public world.

15. List two gay male representations from t.v and/or movies.

16. List three “out” gay males from the public world.

17. Evaluate the following statement for its accuracy. Think about the difference between homosexual activity and homosexual identity (hint: Foucault):

“Gays and lesbians have existed since the beginning of time.”

Assignment GVPT# 4 ( 2 Pages /4 References)
There are growing “control gaps” between state aspirations and state capabilities.
What is the control gap? What are the theories of globalization? And is it really all about oil? As always use specific evidence to edify your comments. Include your perspective.
Assignment CSIA # 5 ( 1 Page/ 2 References)
Speaking on Security Technology: Find an Article about Prevention System, Intrusion Detection. Comment on the article, and include your Perspective.

Assignment HMLS # 6 ( 2 Page/ 4 References)
1) Should terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda be given prisoner of war status and thus be entitled under the rights of the Geneva Convention? and Which system of justice would you advise the President to handle regarding captured terrorist? Domestic courts, military tribunals or something other?
2) How is the checks and balances in the U.S Constitution important to protect individuals liberties? Can you cite two examples of this checks and balance? Could checks and balances be limited during times of terrorist events or war? Why is this a good idea or a bad idea? Please explain your answers and answer each separately.
Assignment # 7 ( 2 Pages -one page for each Note/ 2 References each)
Respond to the following notes bellow
Sonya’s Response
by Sonya DeHoyos

Note # 1
1.Should terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda be given prisoner of war status and thus be entitled under the rights of the Geneva Convention?
I do not believe members of Al Qaeda should be given POW status because their actions are not committed as part of any ‘war’. They are criminals, whose extremist beliefs have driven them to murder. However, I do believe when they are captured and detained that they do have rights under the Geneva Conventions because the Geneva Conventions are International treaties that were written for the purpose of ensuring humane treatment of individuals in custody. I take this position because we as a nation, must continue to uphold our integrity as a leader of human rights. The American Civil Liberties Union also holds the position that the US should not deter from its human rights leadership by detaining individuals indefinitely without charge, allowing torture of detainees, and acting unfairly toward immigrants (ACLU, n.d.) I agree with ACLU that we must uphold our moral authority by taking action to reject these injustices (ACLU, n.d). Even our current President, President Obama, holds the position of human treatment and respect of the US Constitution. I reviewed his remarks regarding National Security on May 21, 2009 and although he does make some valid points regarding transparency (not releasing photos for the safety of our servicemen and women), which I do agree with, he also makes it very clear that no matter what war or who we are fighting, we uphold our core values, act humanely, respect the rule of law and due process (Obama, 2009). He also said we are the nation that shut down torture chambers and replaced tyranny with the rule of law (Obama, 2009). This is true, we were leading by example and all of a sudden that changed after 9/11 with the policies. I agree with Obama, we need to get back on track.

1. Which system of justice would you advise the President to handle regarding captured terrorist? Domestic courts, military tribunals or something other?
Because these two different systems can’t seem to co-exist as they are, I would advise revision of the detention policy, as recommended by some Yale Law scholars. The Yale Law scholars also agree with ACLU and Obama’s position in that the US should uphold its moral principles. They propose the following principles be incorporated into the detention policy to help undo the damage done to our nation’s reputation and to uphold our moral principles (Ahmad, et.al., 2009):

o Observe the rule of law by respecting international humanitarian law, ceasing to engage in run-arounds regarding the constitution and basic human rights.
o Make Liberty the norm by not detaining without trial or for preventative measures (incarceration is a result of what an individual has done, not may do)
o Individualized process should be carried out no matter the circumstance or the individual. Every person, even those suspected of terrorism should have the right to this process.
o Engage in Transparency with the public to establish credibility and legitimacy.

…….

They go on to add that there should be judicial oversight, zero tolerance regarding torture of detainees, and overall adherence to the US Constitution (Ahmad, et.al., 2009). I think if these principles were applied, the military tribunals would be sufficient.
1. Part I 1) How is the checks and balances in the U.S Constitution important to protect individuals liberties? I think judicial oversight is the best way to ensure checks and balances in the U.S. Constitution. As we have seen, the question of the Supreme Court’s authority keeps coming up but there should be no question because it is their oversight that enables the checks and balances for the protection of individual’s liberties. Can you cite two examples of this checks and balance? Two cases quickly come to mind as examples of this checks and balance: Rasul v. Bush and Korematsu v. United States. Both cases took Supreme Court rulings to ensure that our Constitution was upheld. As long as the Constitution always takes precedence, individuals’ liberties are protected.
2) Could checks and balances be limited during times of terrorist events or war? Why is this a good idea or a bad idea? Please explain your answers. I think the checks and balances can be limited as long as the Constitution, International laws, and Geneva Conventions are being respected. This can be a good idea when time is of the essence but the procedures must be iron-clad with regular monitoring and reporting to ensure the integrity of the procedures. Only in this situation can the involvement for judicial oversight be limited.

Note # 2
Policy: 1) Should terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda be given prisoner of war status and thus be entitled under the rights of the Geneva Convention? and Which system of justice would you advise the President to handle regarding captured terrorist? Domestic courts, military tribunals or something other? Part I 1) How is the checks and balances in the U.S Constitution important to protect individuals liberties? Can you cite two examples of this checks and balance? 2) Could checks and balances be limited during times of terrorist events or war? Why is this a good idea or a bad idea? Please explain your answers.

In all honestly, this question pumps and prods for a personal opinion in relation to the answer to question one of this week’s conference. It does not matter what should happen among terrorist and enemy combatants, it matters what is annotated and in doctrine that we can enforce. As of right now, according to the Homeland Security Presidential Directive; “terrorists’ seek to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit critical infrastructure and key resources across the United States to threaten national security, cause mass casualties, weaken our economy, and damage public morale and confidence”. Personally speaking, I believe that each individual situation is different in regard to prisoner of war status for the question that is being asked. Following the breakdown of the cycle of terrorist and selecting a target and recruiting personnel to get a job done, utilizing personnel to prevent future attacks is an option. Creating harsh environments and not gaining intelligence and information should some be given a prisoner of war status and protected under the Geneva Convention may not always be the best option. In the past we have been a reactive nation and not necessarily a proactive one. Each criminal, each terrorist has breaking points and different situations just like no two humans are exactly alike (even twins have differences).

Within the justice department and the President handling the capture of terrorists, they are in a category all of their own. I have had the opportunity to understand and be a part of the domestic courts as well as military courts; although I am no subject matter expert in either one. I believe that a checks and balances of both would be quite interesting, meaning I would choose other. If a terrorist is captured or found on American soil (meaning not on some sort of military combat outpost or forward operating base in another country) than specifically domestic courts should be utilized. If a terrorist is captured during a deployment of troops than a military tribunal with the added benefit of the input of a domestic court should be utilized (in conjunction). I am not saying that one court system is better than the other, we are all doing the same job, protecting the same nation; what is so difficult about coming together to share knowledge and add joint decisions in the highest regard?

Checks and balances are important to the protection of individual civil liberties due to the fact that they were set up to not only avoid any sort of anarchy but to achieve justice and the correct and lawful way in correlation with law and the Constitution. “Madison felt that in a republic that the goal of it’s elected leaders should be to maintain the authority of the Constitution, which of course gets it’s authority from the people living under its laws.” Checks and balances are used so that the perception and interpretation of the Constitution is not only the correct one but it is adhered to and that the good of the people is understood and civil rights and liberties are maintained. Two examples of checks and balances would be the case between the New York Times and the United States in reference to the Pentagon Papers as well as one of our previously discussed court cases during class of Korematsu versus the United States.

I believe that checks and balances should not necessarily be limited during times of terrorist events or war, but could be if there is no other option. Regardless the process would be slowed down. Many court cases and reviews and trials are drawn out and lengthened when they are high profiled which would consist of a trial for terrorism or during a war. Many things need to be taken into consideration and the smallest hiccup could cause derogatory or negative results or actions. It is understood that time is of the essence in relation to terrorism, but not so vast that the Constitutional rights or laws are not adhered to in the process.

Tesco External Environment Analysis

Here you are analyzing the external environment of TESCO supermarkets – thus the focus is not  TESCO – the focus is the micro (5 Forces-pp 62) and macro (PESTEL-pp 54) environment. That means both PESTEL and 5 forces should not be about TESCO but for the industry of TESCO, SAINSBURY’s, WAITROSE etc..  Plenty of you were asking whether you should focus on UK or other countries or globally. My answer is that it is up to you. Preferably I would like to see either an external environment analysis for UK, mentioning also some essential global trends OR you can make a European/Global analysis straightforward. In any case, you will need to make that explicitly clear in your executive summary and introduction, state in which level you make your external environment analysis.

Also, here you will need first to analyse PESTEL – just mention only those relevant trends to your industry – supermarkets. You don’t have to go into describing every dimension. If you want to and already done it – then use tables and/or appendices and mention in the text only the most important trends.

5Forces: Use the “Structural Determinants” slide from the external environment lecture slides – 1st semester. Please mention whether every force is high, moderate or low and in the end conclude whether the industry is attractive and profitable or not.
As to industry life cycle (ILC): You can either clearly incorporate it within the “existing competition” force of 5 forces, by saying whether the industry is in a development or maturity stage along with the market growth rate (which a structural determinant of the particular force) OR you can make a short section only for the industry life cycle theory.

In any case, you will need to reference every single concept and model used above both in text and in the final list of references.

Q2-20%:
In this question we expect you to use resources and capabilities theory (R+Cs or else Resource Based view of the Company-pp 94) and/or Value Chain (– pp 81). Yes, please, mention both theories and reference them of course. However, if you feel comfortable using only one then it is still fine – just state it clearly. So, we would like you to: present the key strategic resources. Please see examples of resources and capabilities from page 94 of our book and lecture slides. Within the financial resources you must mention some key financial indexes either of TESCO supermarkets Strategic Business Unit (SBU) (and/)or TESCO’s group that you can find from Google, published statements, Mintel or Bloomberg databases. As for mentioning comparative measures from a key competitor, yes you can do it. More than that, you will need to state clearly what are the core capabilities/competencies of TESCO and why they are core? E.g. financial control and economies of scale-are they core? Also do they lead to competitive advantage? If yes, is it cost leadership or differentiation or a bit of both (hybrid strategy)? In this way you are actually describing TESCO’s existing business level strategy that you need in the last question.

As for Value Chain. You don’t need to analyse highly descriptive every single activity. If you want to or have done so, please use appendices and tables to avoid the word count. Here, you need to show those linkages (combinations of primary to support activities) that either increase the customer value or reduce the operating cost. In this way, again you can conclude into what competitive advantage(s) are created for TESCO and how. The outcomes of Resources+Capabilities and Value Chain should agree.

The above are the essential ones that we want for Q2.

As for leadership, decision making, culture, politics etc. Yes, you can mention them within the resources appraisal above! OR, if you want to make a separate section/part for those (since you have a limited word count), please keep it short and practically focused. In any case, please reference properly/academically every single of those concepts. The essential part of this question is R+Cs and Value Chain.

NOTE ABOUT SWOT: We didn’t and we don’t want you to do a SWOT analysis. Essentially you have analysed OT from Q1 and SW from Q2.  If you want or have already done a SWOT please use is as framework to summarize your key points from questions one and two. You can put them in a table after Q2 and before Q3.

Q3-10%:
In this question you are required to identify one, two or three issues that affected the image of the company, either internal or external. You will need to briefly analyse what happened applying theories on organisational ethics theory,, corporate governance CSR concepts, stakeholder applications & reputation management concepts/metrics. Not all of them are required, but the more you apply and reference inside the PR crisis/issue the better it is. We want you to demonstrate application of relevant theories.

Q4 – 30%
This is obviously the most important question. Here you need to:
a) Identify the business level strategy of TESCO (this could be also been found/linked from question 2. That is either cost leadership or differentiation or hybrid (both). Of course you will need to reference all concepts such as “Porter, 1985”.

b) Identify the corporate level strategies. These could be growth: e.g. market penetration, market development, product development, vertical/horizontal integration, related/unrelated diversification. Here you can use the Ansoff’s matrix/directional policy table (it is essentially the same).  Of course there are turnaround corporate strategies (e.g. downsizing, liquidation, divesture etc) and stability strategies ( no-change strategy, pause, etc)
So in a) and b) you can identify/record plenty of strategies but please use the terminology and reference properly every concept.
c) Suggest strategies: Either you can suggest sustaining the existing ones, or developing the existing ones, or developing new.
d) Choose two (advisable)-three (max) strategies to evaluate them according to certain criteria. These can be:
– suitability – acceptability – feasibility, that is SAF (highly recommended, simple and straightforward)
-STAIR model
-SUITS model
-RACES model
– or any other properly referenced model.

 

e) Finally, you will need to say a few words about the implementation techniques/modes of those suggested strategies. Examples of implementation modes: licensing, franchising, merger/acquisition, joint venture, direct investment/wholly owned subsidiary. Remember, these are ways of implementing strategies – they are not strategies themselves. You can also combine this part with part d) if you want.

For this question, please avoid suggesting simple actions like “enhancing the CRS policies” “or improve the quality”– these are not strategies. In such a case the strategy is “differentiation” and it entails improving the quality etc…

Yes, appendices should be avoided for this question, but if you want to use tables you are free to do so, or if you want to mention additional e.g. theoretical explanation of a strategy you can put it in the appendix.

 

Director of the Tourism Bureau for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Assignment 1: Director of the Tourism Bureau for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Due Week 3 and worth 180 points

You have recently been hired as the new Director of the Tourism Bureau for Myrtle Beach, SC. As part of your role, you are responsible for working with the city planning and management team to bring new tourism businesses to the community and consult on the infrastructure needed to support new tourism growth.

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze the current state of the hospitality and tourism industry in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This analysis should include:
    1. Total number of restaurants and a breakdown of the various types,
    2. Total number of hotels including supply and annual occupancy,
    3. The annual number of tourists, and
    4. Airport traffic – arrivals and departures.
  2. Provide a high-level overview of the Myrtle Beach infrastructure that supports the hospitality and tourism industry (roads, bridges, and utilities).
  3. Recommend a plan to increase the hospitality and tourism industry over the next 10 years.  Include the following elements:
    1. The predicted amount of growth for the industry in 5-year and 10-year increments,
    2. The strategy you would take to ensure that the appropriate number of resources will be available to accommodate the growth, and
    3. Proposed workforce and workforce training/development that will be needed to meet the growth in the industry.
  4. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze the current state of international tourism, ways tourism affects society and the environment, and key market factors that affect the tourism industry.
  • Summarize the evolution of human travel and tourism and explain how this impacts the current tourism industry.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in international tourism.
  • Write clearly and concisely about international tourism using proper writing mechanics.

Creating a Compelling Vision

Assignment 3: Creating a Compelling Vision

Leaders today must be able to create a compelling vision for the organization. They also must be able to create an aligned strategy and then execute it. Visions have two parts, the envisioned future and the core values that support that vision of the future. The ability to create a compelling vision is the primary distinction between leadership and management. Leaders need to create a vision that will frame the decisions and behavior of the organization and keep it focused on the future while also delivering on the short-term goals.

To learn more about organizational vision statements, do an Internet search and review various vision statements.

In this assignment, you will consider yourself as a leader of an organization and write a vision statement and supporting values statement.

Select an organization of choice. This could be an organization that you are familiar with, or a fictitious organization. Then, respond to the following:

  • Provide the name and description of the organization. In the description, be sure to include the purpose of the organization, the products or services it provides, and the description of its customer base.
  • Describe the core values of the organization. Why are these specific values important to the organization?
  • Describe the benefits and purpose for an organizational vision statement.
  • Develop a vision statement for this organization. When developing a vision statement, be mindful of the module readings and lecture materials.
  • In the vision statement, be sure to communicate the future goals and aspirations of the organization.
  • Once you have developed the vision statement, describe how you would communicate the statement to the organizational stakeholders, that is, the owners, employees, vendors, and customers.
  • How would you incorporate the communication of the vision into the new employee on-boarding and ongoing training?

Write your response in approximately 3–5 pages in Microsoft Word. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

organization, development, and context in conveying a message to an intended audience.

This task emphasizes organization, development, and context in conveying a message to an intended audience.

In 3-5 paragraphs (minimum of 400 words), you will write a Comparison/Contrast Essay to an intended audience.  To complete this task, follow these steps:

In at least 5 paragraphs, compare two brands of a product in order to help your reader determine which brand is superior. A brand is a version of a product as made by a specific company. “Brands” may be any like products, including two movies or movie franchises, two services, or two products one would purchase. The choices must be similar brands, such as two different brands of diaper or shipping services. This task builds on the organization and writing clarity lessons of Phase One adding a traditional essay structure and thesis statement.

  • Your first paragraph will introduce the two brands to provide the context and identify the intended audience. The introduction paragraph should set the context and deliver a value judgment thesis statement. The thesis statement should identify which brand is superior and the supporting reasons.
  • Your body paragraphs will develop the thesis statement you conveyed in your introduction. You can use either block or point-by-point organizational method taught in course readings and by your instructor.
  • Your conclusion paragraph may review the thesis statement and supporting points and/or make a final pitch to convince the reader why one brand is superior to the other
  • Sources are considered optional, but if you used, must be cited using APA format.
  •  Use basic APA format: Use 1” margins, double-space uniformly, indent paragraphs, and use font 12-point Times New Roman font.

Regression Analysis- Benefits & Intrinsic

Using survey responses from the AIU data set, complete the following requirements in the form of a 3-page report:

TEST #1: Regression Analysis- Benefits & Intrinsic

Perform the following Regression Analysis, using a .05 significance level

  • Run a regression analysis using the BENEFITS column of all data points in the AIU data set as the independent variable and the INTRINSIC job satisfaction column of all data points in the AIU data set as the dependent variable.
    • Copy and paste the results of the output to your report in Microsoft Word.
  • Create a graph with the trendline displayed the 3 regression.
    • Copy and paste the results of the output to your report in Microsoft Word.

TEST #2: Regression Analysis- Benefits & Extrinsic

Perform the following Regression Analysis, using a .05 significance level

  • Run a regression analysis using the BENEFITS column of all data points in the AIU data set as the independent variable and the EXTRINSIC job satisfaction column of all data points in the AIU data set as the dependent variable.
    • Copy and paste the results of the output to your report in Microsoft Word.

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

Summary:

On September 21, 1971, an infant was born with severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). The family and physicians involved, knowing that the baby had an even chance of having the fatal illness, had the child delivered by cesarean section and then sealed in a plastic chamber. Frequent newspaper reports on â??David the bubble boyâ? continued through the years, as he was moved to larger and larger chambers. The absolute devotion of his family, coupled with approximately $200,000 per year in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and extraordinary and imaginative technology, allowed David to remain free from contact with organisms and to celebrate his twelfth birthday. After attempted treatment of bone marrow previously treated using monoclonal antibodies, David died on February 22, 1984.

Answer this question:

If David were born next week instead of in 1971, do you think that we should begin the ever-more demanding bubble process? Whatever your answer, defend it using rational ethical criteria.

Differientiad Instruction

Directions:

As soon as you have secured a position in a school district and know the grade level and subject you will be teaching, complete the following activities. It is highly recommended you write your responses in a word processor and copy/paste the text into the spaces below rather than compose the responses on-line.
For each of the following strategies respond to the following:

1) Describe the theory.

2) How will this theory impact your instruction? (be content or grade specific)

3) What part(s) of your lesson (introduction, direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, or reinforcement) will this theory impact the most? Describe why this is true.

4) How will you incorporate the principles of this theory into a lesson plan? Provide a minimum of three examples. (activities or strategies)

5) How will you incorporate the principles of this theory into your assessment plan? Provide a minimum of two examples.
Answer all five questions for the following items:

* Bloom’s Taxonomy (original or modified)

* Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence

* Brain Research

* Cooperative Learning

Compare the World Wars between 1914 and 1945

The assignments is from my history class, and i need to choose one of topics below and write an essay about.

Either:
1. Compare the World Wars between 1914 and 1945.

OR

2. Explain the Cold War.

This is my teacher’s instructions:
You must cite your textbook at some point in the essay. You may cite other books, provided that you cite completely. Use footnote on citing. NO WEBSITE SOURCES ALLOWED. You may use Alabama Virtual Library, but only if you include full citation information of the source. ALWAYS include page numbers in the citation. Essays without correct page numbers in the citation will receive an F.

The attached picture is the course book. unfortunately, I don’t have digital copy of the book.

Assuming that something political and social is needed for bodies to come into alliance, what for you is the most persuasive way in which bodies could come into alliance.(using the works)

Assuming that something political and social is needed for bodies to come into alliance, what for you is the most persuasive way in which bodies could come into alliance.(using the works)

Political Theory

REQUIREMENTS:
Address the topics by relying on the direct evidence from our texts. If you don’t use direct evidence, you are not completing the assignment. You are expected to prove an argument/analysis and use appropriate style and clarity in your written work.
Double space your text, use no larger than a 12 point font in Times New Roman and use one inch margins. Include page numbers. CITE all sources properly using Chicago citation style. Use either parenthetical OR footnote – just be consistent. Yes, you may use “I” in your papers. This is standard scholarly practice, e.g. “I suggest that . . .”

Essay should be 5 pages in length. If you spill over a bit don’t worry about it if the material is relevant. Must rely on the readings for this assignment. However, you may use outside sources. If you use an outside source please provide that in text and in a Reference page or Bibliography page.

TOPIC:

Judith Butler suggests that a political and social infrastructure is needed for bodies to come into alliance. Assuming that something political and social is needed for bodies to come into alliance, what for you is the most persuasive (or alternatively least persuasive) way in which bodies could come into alliance in the works of Marx, Dubois, Hayek, anarchists (Kropotkin, Goldman, or Graber – you can pick one or rely on more than one)?

I have the sources for you to use.

Please provide an introduction to show writing quality and what you will need from me.

 

Mrs. Cornelia Ward Hall and Her Children

Writing assignment 2: Research paper

 

Mrs. Cornelia Ward Hall and Her Children

 

Your second paper assignment for this course will be a research project focused on an object from the Museum of the City of New York.  You will write an 8-10 page paper about this object and what it tells us about the history of New York prior to the 20th century.

 

 

www.mcny.org

 

 

 

Assignment details: You will need to select one object from the collection. You can select from any category (prints, drawings, paintings, furniture and other objects, clothing and costumes, etc.) as long as it was made prior to 1900.  This assignment will be evaluated on the quality of your research, your attention to the form of your object and ability to connect it to historical context, and on your writing.

 

 

 

The assignment will be broken up into several phases:

 

1. Select an object. Visit the museum and select something that is interesting to you. While there, take detailed notes on the object’s form, similar to your first writing assignment. The form of the object or image is essential to this paper.

 

Also be sure to note historical information, what it is, who made it and when, who it was used by/for, materials, etc.

 

2. Find resources: Using internet and library tools, begin finding resources that give you more information on this object and objects like it, the time period, the people, etc.

 

Due date 1: April 21:  Hand in a brief description of the object (1-2 paragraphs) and a list of 5 sources with notes on how they relate to your object.

 

3. Develop your thesis: what will you argue about this object? What do you think is most important or most interesting about it?  Initial research will help you develop your thesis; once you have you can continue with more in-depth and focused research.

 

Please feel free to talk with me about this phase, I am very happy to help you develop a thesis based on initial thoughts and research, and we can do it in person or over email.

 

4. Write an outline: Once you have completed the bulk of your research, you should outline how you will present your findings and your argument.

 

 

Due date 2: by May 5: Email to me your thesis statement and outline. If you’d like to send it earlier, that’s fine.

 

5. Write the paper: Write 8 to 10 pages based on your research, ideas, and outline. You can use any standard formatting and referencing model you’d like (MLA, Chicago, etc.) as long as it is consistent throughout.  I encourage you to write a draft and edit it—writing always improves through editing. Also be sure to proofread, or have someone proofread it for you, to catch small errors of spelling, punctuation, etc.

The importance of using computer programs in school administration and how it is improving the performance of school principals

 

his assignment for applying doctoral educational leadership. you should write Program Plan Essay (three pages). i just had choose the topic and two research questions. as a result you should complete whole the proposal. please, it must be well written.

the topic of proposal is : The importance of using computer programs in school administration and how it is improving the performance of school principals.

Here are the essay outlines:

1-Title: The importance of using computer programs in school administration and how it is improving the performance of school principals.

2-Introduction:
gives glance about the topic

3-Objectives:
1-
2-
3-
4-

4-project description:

5- Reasons for Undertaking the Project

6-Purpose of the Particular Project

7-Research Questions
1- What is the importance of using computer programs in school administration?
2-How it is improving the performance of school principals.

8- Previous studies:
Give a sample of previous studies that related to the search topic directly What distinguishes his study of other studies

9- Methodology

Gives an idea of ​​the search method that will be used and the sample and methods of data collection and analysis.

10- References:
the essay should include peer reviews articles

notice: The papers should be APA style.

Cloud Computing In Higher Education HE Universities

Its about Cloud Computing and moving a University to use Cloud Computing instead of In-house Computing or both services as Hybrid.. please read the followings:

  • Research into the concept of cloud computing and virtualization in Higher Education (HE) settings.
  • You are required to base your research on 10 of the latest peer reviewed journal and conference papers.
  • From this research exercise you need to identify:
    • How HE institutions have adopted cloud computing and virtualisation into their IT services.
    • What social and environmental impact cloud computing and virtualisation has had when used in the HE setting?
    • Any legal and regulatory issues of using such a technology in a HE setting?
    • Which are the most common HE departments and parts of the IT services selected for moving to the cloud computing realm?
    • The most common deployment and service models used in HE settings along with the software platforms used to implement these models.
    • Whether in-house cloud architecture was implemented or third party cloud computing services were used?
    • What associated security risks were identified when the HE institutions switched to cloud computing and virtualization and how these security concerns were addressed?
    • What were the most common problems encountered when carrying out such an exercise?

Has teenage smoking increased over the years in the Uk

This is a college assigment not for uni!!! Write 3,000-3,500 words in an academic style, using formal language, demonstrating impartiality, summarising, paraphrasing, comparing and evaluation skills; using research vocabulary and a logical, fluent approach to answer the hypothesis.  FOR AND AGAINST WITH AT LEAST 20 REFRENCES

The awarding body requires evidence of the following for a pass at Level 3:
2.  Plan and carry out secondary research and write a Literature Review
2.1  Select a relevant topic of research

3.  Report on the investigation    3.2  Critically evaluate findings in relation to aims, previous research and relevant theory using an accepted method of referencing source material

4.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of research methodology(ies) used in investigation    4.1  Evaluate the strength and limitations of design and procedures

Three Grade descriptors apply:

Grade Descriptor    Merit    Distinction
2
Application of skills    Generally selects appropriate:
•    Skills
•    Techniques
•    Methods    Consistently Generally selects appropriate:
•    Skills
•    Techniques
•    Methods
5
Understanding the subject    Is generally informed by the major conventions and practices of the area of study    Is consistently informed by the major conventions and practices of the area of study
7
Quality     Taken as a whole, demonstrates a very good response to the demands of the assignment brief    Taken as a whole, demonstrates an excellent response to the demands of the assignment brief