Walmart sells “made in the USA” ― hiring veterans too!

March 11, 2013
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Walmart sells “made in the USA” ― hiring veterans too!

Seeking to do its part to boost the American economy, Walmart announces a significant, ten year investment in U.S.-made products worth $50 billion that will include sporting goods and high-end appliances. This follows on its previous campaigns that included products in sporting goods, basic apparel, storage containers, games and paper products. To further its commitment…

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Innovating our teaching-selves through outsourcing

February 5, 2013
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Innovating our teaching-selves through outsourcing

This time of year, grading tasks loom over our physical and virtual desks.  Large piles of student papers, tests and presentations represent assignments we expect will reveal the relative learning, if only we can spend the time to look at each piece of evidence critically.  Sometimes Teaching Assistants take on these grading functions, guided by…

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Gold rush again in the California Sierra Nevada mother lode

February 5, 2013
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Gold rush again in the California Sierra Nevada mother lode

Gold-mining returns to California after a six decade hiatus.  Canadian company, Sutter Gold Mining Inc., controls mining rights to approximately 3.6 miles of the California Mother Lode Gold Belt in Amador County, California.  The primary focus today is the Lincoln-Comet zone of the Lincoln Project that is at the heart of the Mother Lode region. …

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Anglo American Minas-Rio iron ore mine is regulatory trouble

February 5, 2013
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Anglo American Minas-Rio iron ore mine is regulatory trouble

Iron ore mining costs rise beyond control for Anglo American’s Minas-Rio Brazil project.  Permit and licensing difficulties with the Brazilian government led the company to write down $4 billion in the project value this month.  This may be the first of other write downs, as costs continue to rise over three times beyond the original…

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Increasing GDP through trade barrier reduction and the supply chain

February 5, 2013
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Increasing GDP through trade barrier reduction and the supply chain

The World Economic Forum recently released a study it conducted with Bain & Company and the World Bank on the relationship between supply chain barriers, tariffs and the world GDP.  Combining case studies of individual companies and industries with empirical macroeconomic analysis, they conclude that “reducing supply chain barriers to trade could increase GDP up…

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Innovation economics: The race for global advantage

February 5, 2013
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Innovation economics:  The race for global advantage

Authors Atkinson (PhD UNC Chapel Hill, President of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation) and Ezell (BS Georgetown University, Senior Analyst at Information Technology and Innovation Foundation) believe that innovation is central to the US’s ability to recover economically and to return to a world competitiveness leadership position.  Studying historical patterns from 1970 forward, they conclude…

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