Food Security | Year: 2012
This paper provides an overview of the short-term household-level effects and the national policy responses in Namibia to the rapid acceleration in food prices in 2007/2008. Price increases are found to have disproportionately affected low-income households, who have higher relative shares of food expenditure and whose own-production was reduced due to crop failures, and urban households who rely relatively less on in-kind consumption and more on cash purchases. Drawing on the literature on tax incidence and welfare dominance the paper further assesses the potential distributional and poverty reduction effects of the 'zero-rating' of the VAT for basic food items that was introduced by the Namibian government to mitigate the impacts of the food crisis. The results show that the VAT reform only led to a small and statistically insignificant improvement in the highly unequal distribution of consumption expenditure in Namibia. An illustration is provided of how a more effective way to reduce poverty and shield the poor from the worst impact of the crisis is through the existing system of cash transfers. © 2012 Springer Science + Business Media B.V. & International Society for Plant Pathology. Source
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Weems K.,David Taylor Model Basin |
Ocean Engineering | Year: 2016
The paper reviews a multi-year research effort for using the split-time method to calculate the probability of ship capsizing due to pure loss of stability in irregular waves. The idea of the split-time method is to separate the complex problem into two less complex problems: a non-rare problem that involves the upcrossing of an intermediate level of roll and a rare problem that focuses on capsizing after an upcrossing. An initial implementation using a dynamic model with piecewise linear stiffness, which can be considered to be the simplest model of capsizing in beam seas, led to the concept of critical roll rate as the smallest roll rate at the instant of upcrossing that inevitably leads to capsizing. The extension of the split-time method to pure loss of stability required the consideration of the change of roll stiffness in waves and led to calculating the critical roll rate at each upcrossing. A metric of the likelihood of capsizing has been defined as the difference between the observed and critical roll rate at the instances of upcrossing. The probability of capsizing after upcrossing is found by approximating the tail with the Generalized Pareto Distribution. © 2016. Source
Journal of Medical Practice Management | Year: 2014
This article is the second in a series about business intelligence (Bl) in a medical practice. The first article reviewed the evolution of data reporting within the industry and provided some examples of how Bl concepts differ from the reports available in the menus of our software systems, or the dashboards and scorecards practices have implemented. This article will discuss how to begin a Bl initiative for front-end medical practice staffers that will create tools they can use to reduce errors and increase efficiency throughout their workday. This type of Bl rollout can allow practices to get started with very little financial investment, gain enthusiasm from end users, and achieve a quick return on investment. More examples of successful Bl projects in medical practices are discussed to help illustrate Bl concepts. Copyright ©2014 by Greenbranch Publishing LLC. Source
N-of-One | Date: 2015-05-26
Clothing, namely, Hats, shirts, shorts, beanies, sweaters, jackets, hooded sweatshirt, pants, underwear, bras. Coordinating travel arrangements for individuals and for groups; Travel agency services, namely, making reservations and bookings for transportation; Travel tour guide services; Transportation of passengers and/or goods by shuttle, flights, cruise. Hotel accommodation services; Agency services for booking hotel accommodation.
N-of-One | Date: 2011-06-02
A computer based system and methods for generating and outputting information relating to personalized therapy, including diagnosis and/or treatment is described herein.