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Conditions for Employee Learning and Innovation – Interweaving Competence Development Activities Provided by a Workplace Development Programme with Everyday Work Activities in SMEs

The aim of this article is to investigate how the formal competence development activities provided by the Production Leap, a workplace development programme (WPDP), were interwoven with everyday work activities and to identify the conditions that enabled learning and employee-driven innovation that contributed to production improvement, in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) ...

The role of gender and labour status in immunosenescence of 65+ Polish population

Women are living longer than men and it seems that one of the reasons could be better immune system of females. In Poland, contrary to many European countries, women retire earlier than men, namely at 60 and 65, respectively. We asked the question how the gender and labour status were interconnected with some immunological parameters included in the so called immune risk profile ...

Epistemic Virtues Versus Ethical Values in the Financial Services Sector

In his important recent book, Ethics and the Global Financial Crisis: Why Incompetence is Worse than Greed (2015), Boudewijn de Bruin argues that a key element of the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 was a failure of epistemic (i.e. knowledge-based) virtue. To improve matters, then, de Bruin argues we need to focus on the acquisition and exercise of epistemic virtues, rather ...

A pan-neotropical analysis of hunting preferences

Hunting in the neotropics is a widespread form of resource extraction. However, there is increasing concern that current activities are leading to the decline and extirpation of vulnerable species; particulary ateline primates, large ungulates (such as tapirs and white-lipped peccaries) and large birds such as curassows. Hunting patterns are expected to be a product of two ...

Gamma-Ray Bursts and Fast Transients

The current status of observations and theoretical models of gamma-ray bursts and some other related transients, including ultra-long bursts and tidal disruption events, is reviewed. We consider the impact of multi-wavelength data on the formulation and development of theoretical models for the prompt and afterglow emission including the standard fireball model utilizing internal ...

Why the debate about composition is factually empty (or why there’s no fact of the matter whether anything exists)

I argue in this paper that the debate over composition is factually empty; in other words, I argue that there’s no fact of the matter whether there are any composite objects like tables and rocks and cats. Moreover, at the end of the paper, I explain how my argument is suggestive of a much more general (and much more radical) conclusion, namely, that there’s no fact of the matter ...

How can climate change and engineered water conveyance affect sediment dynamics in the San Francisco Bay-Delta system?

Suspended sediment concentration is an important estuarine health indicator. Estuarine ecosystems rely on the maintenance of habitat conditions, which are changing due to direct human impact and climate change. This study aims to evaluate the impact of climate change relative to engineering measures on estuarine fine sediment dynamics and sediment budgets. We use the highly ...

On finite marked length spectral rigidity of hyperbolic cone surfaces and the Thurston metric

We study the geometry of hyperbolic cone surfaces, possibly with cusps or geodesic boundaries. We prove that any hyperbolic cone structure on a surface of non-exceptional type is determined up to isotopy by the geodesic lengths of a finite specific homotopy classes of non-peripheral simple closed curves. As an application, we show that the Thurston asymmetric metric is well-defined ...

Dourine: a neglected disease of equids

Dourine is a venereal transmitted trypanosomosis causing a major health problem threatening equines worldwide. The origin and identification of Trypanosoma equiperdum within the subgenus Trypanozoon is still a subject of debate. Unlike other trypanosomal infections, dourine is transmitted almost exclusively by coitus. Diagnosis of dourine has continued to be a challenge, due to ...

Effect of pH and α-, β- and γ-cyclodextrin on the spectral properties of etoricoxib: spectroscopic and molecular dynamics study

The spectral properties of etoricoxib (ETR) at pH 2.0, 6.0 and 10.0 in the presence of cyclodextrins (CDs) were investigated. The absorption spectrum of ETR in acidic medium exhibited two bands centered at 236 and 273 nm, while in basic medium it exhibited two bands centered at 236 and 285 nm. No change in the spectrum was observed in the presence of CDs. The fluorescence emission ...

A place of many names: how three generations of Bedouin women express the meaning of home

This article examines how three generations of Bedouin women in southern Israel express what home means to them through the names they give it: bayt, maskan, and dar. Home has always been significant in the lives of Bedouin women, but Bedouin society is undergoing major changes—culturally, socially, and in the form of settlement. The external form of the Bedouin home has changed, ...

On the Role of Faith in Sustainability Management: A Conceptual Model and Research Agenda

The objective of this article is to develop a faith development perspective on corporate sustainability. A firm’s management of sustainability is arguably determined by the way decision-makers relate to the other and the natural environment, and this relationship is fundamentally shaped by faith. This study advances theoretical understanding of the approach managers take on ...

The Environmental Costs of Water Flow Regulation: an Innovative Approach Based on the ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle

The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) explicitly requires the full cost recovery of water services, including the environmental costs incurred from the damage that water uses inflict on the environment. Although flow regulation by river damming is one of the most prominent human impact on fresh water ecosystems its environmental costs are not properly included in water pricing. ...

Comments on birchbark documents found in the twenty-first century

This article presents a general overview and highlights some specific features of the birchbark texts that are included in the twelfth volume of the series Novgorodskie gramoty na bereste. This volume offers full critical editions of all texts found in Novgorod and Staraja Russa between 2001 and 2014. My chief goal is to scrutinize systematically the wealth of new information and ...

Leaf spot of loquat (Eribotrya japonica) caused by Pseusocercospora eriobotryae in Brazil

Loquat trees (Eriobotrya japonica) bearing leaf spot symptoms were found in Viçosa (State of Minas Gerais, Brazil). A cercosporoid fungus was associated to the disease and identified as Pseudocercospora eriobotryae based on morphological and molecular characters. Pathogenicity was demonstrated by inoculation of healthy leaves. This is the first report of P. eriobotryae in Brazil ...

Modal Platonism and the Problem of Negativity

The Platonic account of modality says, roughly, that truths about alien possibilities are grounded in uninstantiated universals. Recently, Ingram has raised a problem for this kind of view, which is that it apparently requires negative facts to play a truthmaking role. Ingram offers an alternative Platonic account which makes use of modal instantiation relations. In this paper, I ...