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New official map of Canada published online by the government

This map (MCR 102) is the latest publication in the Atlas of Canada Reference Map Series. It is an update to the 1:6 000 000 paper map of Canada published in 2006. International, provincial and territorial boundaries and the 200-mile offshore Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are featured on the map. All the national parks and reserves are shown including the Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve of Canada, Northwest Territories, and Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada, Nova Scotia, two of the most recently established parks. Major roads, railways and ferry routes are also depicted with the Trans-Canada Highway clearly represented across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts. Many of the major physiographic and hydrographic features are labelled providing necessary points of reference in less populated areas of the country. The map uses a vertical near-side perspective projection, which provides a unique three-dimensional view of Canada. Most data are current to the period 2010 to 2013.” Published April 15, 2015.

World Bank – Global Findex 2014 – bonanza of data on financial inclusion

“Today we launch our report The Global Findex Database 2014: Measuring Financial Inclusion around the World and The 2014 Global Findex database, an updated edition of what is by far the world’s most comprehensive gauge of global progress on financial inclusion. You may also find the database on the Development Data Group’s Data Catalog.” Policy Research Working PaperContinue Reading

Annual Energy Outlook 2015

“Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) focus on the factors expected to shape U.S. energy markets through 2040. The projections provide a basis for examination and discussion of energy market trends and serve as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules, and regulations, as well as theContinue Reading

3 Key success factors for Major Programs that Leverage IT

3 Key success factors for Major Programs that Leverage IT — The “7 – S for Success” Framework “Any major program, project, or transformation involving information technology (IT) brings great potential for positive change and benefits, but also risks that the program will not produce the outcomes envisioned. Such risks can be introduced due toContinue Reading

State Government Tax Revenue Rises for Fourth Year in a Row

“State government tax revenue increased 2.2 percent, from $847.1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to $865.8 billion in 2014, the fourth consecutive increase, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections. General sales and gross receipts taxes drove most of the revenue growth, increasing from $258.9 billion to $271.3Continue Reading

The Problem of Publication-Pollution Denialism

Mayo Clinic Proceedings – The Problem of Publication-Pollution Denialism, Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, Division of Medical Ethics, Langone Medical Center, New York University, New York, NY, Published Online: April 03, 2015 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2015.02.017 “The world is facing a huge threat from pollution. The scientific community seems unable or unwilling to do anything about the problemContinue Reading

EPA Fracking Waste Dumping Permits in Wyoming Challenged

Elizabeth Shogren – High Country News – April 14, 2015 – “The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. When the companies pump oil, water from deep in the earth comes up too. This water canContinue Reading

Research Shows Financial Success Starts Early

Louisa Quittman is the Director of the Office of Financial Education at the U.S. Treasury Department 4/16/2015 – “As part of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission’s (Commission) efforts to share information and research that can help prepare young people for their financial lives, we recently worked with the Journal of Consumer Affairs to solicitContinue Reading

The Role of Policy in Achieving Shared, Sustainable Economic Prosperity

“GrowthPolicy.org pulls together recent research by Harvard faculty about economic growth. Our goal is to disseminate Harvard research to a broad audience in order to inform debate about the role of policy in achieving stability in our financial systems and shared, sustainable economic prosperity. GrowthPolicy.org is a project of: The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business &Continue Reading

Geospatial Resolution of Human and Bacterial Diversity with City-Scale Metagenomics

“Afshinnekoo et al. describe a city-scale molecular profile of DNA collected from a city’s subway system, public surfaces, and one waterway. These data enable  baseline analysis of bacterial, eukaryotic, and aracheal organisms in the built environment of mass transit and urban life.” Afshinnekoo et al., 2015, CELS 1, 1–15 July 29, 2015.  Highlights: Almost halfContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – BLM, Federal Workforce, Information Technology, Persons with HIV

Bureau of Land Management: More Information Needed to Implement the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, GAO-15-394: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015. Federal Workforce: Preliminary Observations on Strengthening Employee Engagement During Challenging Times, GAO-15-529T: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015. Information Technology: Additional OMB and Agency Actions Needed toContinue Reading

Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2015

Fifth Annual Update on the Retirement Preparedness of the Boomer Generation April 2015 –  Insured Retirement Institute “Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2015 – Each year the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) conducts a survey to measure the retirement preparedness of the Boomer generation. This report, the fifth in the series, summarizes the results of the 2015Continue Reading