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Daily Archives: January 20, 2014

Report – Global Antitrust in 2014

Via Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: “As global economies slowly emerge from recession, we see regulators promoting competitive markets, and asserting consumer protection concerns, in an increasingly wide range of sectors. More than ever before, authorities are using antitrust and other regulatory powers for broader political and economic purposes – to promote competition and restrain inflation as part of wider growth agendas, to protect consumers or to achieve some form of structural change in a market.  In the current environment, the need for strategic risk management could not be more important to businesses that may be in the regulatory spotlight, either because of features of their market, commercial activities that are newly subject to scrutiny or the impact of regulatory intervention in growth plans. In our fourth annual review of trends in global antitrust enforcement, we have identified some key issues to watch out for, and steps to take, to prepare for the year ahead. A number of important themes emerge.”

One-Quarter of Adults Hold Educational Credentials Other Than an Academic Degree

“The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in fall 2012, more than 50 million U.S. adults, or one in four, had obtained a professional certification, license or educational certificate apart from a postsecondary degree awarded by colleges and universities. This is the Census Bureau’s first-ever report on this topic. Among the adults included in the report, 12… Continue Reading

Infographic Highlights U.S.-Canada Trade

“The Department of Commerce has released a new infographic, International Trade Between U.S. and Canada, which celebrates the world’s largest and most comprehensive trading relationship. It illustrates the top U.S. imports from and exports to Canada and presents an annual time series of data on trade between the two neighbors. The time begins shortly after… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Clemency and The Vanishing Point of Decision Making

Via – Clemency and The Vanishing Point of Decision Making – Ken Strutin begins his article stating that for the most part, the decision of whether to grant a pardon or commutation rests on the discretion of the executive. He continues, it is a constitutional authority that leaves little recourse if the President or a governor chooses not… Continue Reading

DefenseTech – Navy Helps Fund 3D Printing of Buildings

Bryant Jordan: “Add to guns and prosthetic hands something much bigger and heavier forming from the nozzle of a 3D printer — buildings “printed” out of concrete. Partially funded by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation Countour Crafting is trying to develop 3D printed buildings using concrete. Company founder Behrokh Khoshnevis is… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Should public libraries give away e-book-friendly tablets to poor people?

Via – Should public libraries give away e-book-friendly tablets to poor people? $38 tablet hints of possibilities – David Rothman proposes that e-book-capable tablets, especially with national digital library systems in place, could multiply the number of books matching students’ precise needs. Paper books could serve as gateways to E, and then children and parents could digitally follow… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Researching Australian Law

Via – Researching Australian Law – Nicholas Pengelley and Sue Milne have revised, updated and expanded their guide which covers a comprehensive range of sources on topics that include: Parliaments and Laws; Finding Australian Legislation; Courts and Judgments; Finding Australian Cases; Treaties; Journal Literature; Legal Encyclopedias; Law Reform; Government Information; Dictionaries; Directories; Legal Research Guides; Publishers; Current Awareness; Discussion Lists;… Continue Reading

Revision of the European Union Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings

Revision of the European Union Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings – Recommendation, Samuel Bufford. Penn State Law, January 20, 2014, Penn State Law Research Paper 2-2014 “The European Union is about to launch on a project to revise its ten year old Regulation on Insolvency, which is designed to coordinate international insolvency (bankruptcy) cases in European countries. This article recommends four… Continue Reading

Microsoft – Create strong passwords

“A strong password is an important protection to help you have safer online transactions. Here are some steps to create a strong password. Consider using some or all to help protect yourself online: Length. Make your passwords at least eight (8) long. Complexity. Include a combination of at least three (3) upper and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and… Continue Reading

The influence of urban green environments on stress relief measures: A field experiment

“This study investigated the psychological (perceived restorativeness, subjective vitality, mood, creativity) and physiological (salivary cortisol concentration) effects of short-term visits to urban nature environments. Seventy-seven participants visited three different types of urban areas; a built-up city centre (as a control environment), an urban park, and urban woodland located in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Our… Continue Reading