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GLOBAL TRENDS OF ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

GLOBAL TRENDS OF ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

An alternative investment is an investment product other than the traditional investments of stocks, bonds, cash, or property. The term is a relatively loose one and includes tangible assets such as art, wine, antiques, coins, or stamps and some financial assets such as commodities, hedge funds, venture capital,and others. At the moment it was created a global industry opportunities for making investments in nontraditional form. The aim of this paper consists in demonstrating the possibilities of these investments. For this have been studied related main international markets, a fter then deducted world dominant trends. This article is concerned to present some details of alternative investments global market.
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TRENDS IN THE EVOLUTION OF WORLDWIDE FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS

TRENDS IN THE EVOLUTION OF WORLDWIDE FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS

After three years of successive cuts (2001-2003) the global flows of foreign direct investment have increased in 2004 and 2005, and in 2006 to exceed once again the symbolic barrier of 1,000 billion US dollars, or a trillion dollars. This barrier was crossed for the first time in 2000, it was followed by a steep fall in 2001, with about 37 percent as a result of the climate of instability and risk of armed conflict which had thus far followed the moment of September 11, 2001.

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INVESTING IN THE GLOBAL ENERGY: KEY TRENDS

INVESTING IN THE GLOBAL ENERGY: KEY TRENDS

The questions of energy investments in the regions of the world, which allowed to carry out analysis of various types of energy production, focus on enerhozberezheni and renewable energy sources. Proved the importance of investing energy sector for the entire civilized world and defined the priorities of the process. Indicated that investment in the energy sector is based on public policy, to determine possible solutions to the energy dependence of Ukraine, taking into account the international experience.

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RECENT TRENDS IN FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS IN ROMANIA

RECENT TRENDS IN FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS IN ROMANIA

Moreover, we can guide the company's consolidated revenues through cross marketing strategies to sales development to the most profitable markets. "Such marketing strategy deals not therefore market segments according to the characteristics of each country, but rather according to those differences between buyers, which transcend national borders" (Cerna, 2006, p 231). In the production area, the essential advantage of FDI is that allow the creation of products at lower costs. Thus, (trans-border) multinational companies have faster access to the most convenient means of production (raw materials, equipment, workforce, etc.), through the development of global communications, the global organization and global access to financial resources. In addition, in terms of organization, there may also take place strategic alliances between such firms.
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BIGH: a case of an urban aquaponics farm in the metropolis centre

BIGH: a case of an urban aquaponics farm in the metropolis centre

This species fingerling production is considered the most delicate process due to the food requirements and risk of predation (Ludwig, 2004). Egg development for this species is fast, requiring about 36 hours to hatch when at 20 ºC (R. M Harrell, 2016). After hatching, it begins their life journey and five days after hatching the larvae are ready to start to receive food such as artemia and rotifers. FAO states that larvae of Morone hardly accept artificial food as their first feed. In addition to this, being particularly small, the fry of Morone cannot reserve many nutrients in their yolk sacs. Not less important is the fact that the small size of the fry makes them much more vulnerable to predation by invertebrates than the larvae produced with striped bass eggs (R.M. Harrell, 1997 ). Maybe because of their small size and vulnerability, to increase the chances of larvae survival it is recommended to implement feeding regimes with sources that contain high levels of unsaturated fatty acid enrichments such as EPA and DHA.
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Sovereignty and the diffusion of political authority in multinational and transnational governance

Sovereignty and the diffusion of political authority in multinational and transnational governance

Meanwhile, international cooperation proceeded at an impressive pace. Whereas once participation in the multilateral order was sporadic and tenuous, it became both more entrenched and regularized. The most obvious illustration of this is the rapid emergence of diverse multilateral organizations and transnational agencies. New forms of multilateral and global politics became established, involving states, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs), and a wide variety of pressure groups. The numbers of active IGOs and INGOs increased exponentially (UIA 2012). There was substantial growth in the number of international treaties in force, as well as the number of international regimes, formal and informal, altering the political and legal context in which states operated (Held et al. 1999: chs 1–2; Held and McGrew 2007: ch. 7). To this dense web of mechanisms of coordination and collaboration can be added the routine meetings and activities of the key international policy-making fora, including not only the UN and Bretton Woods organizations, but also the G-groups (the G5, G7, G20, etc.). Whereas in the middle of the nineteenth century there were just one or two interstate conferences or congresses per annum, the numbers increased into the many thousands each year (UIA 2012). Accordingly, states became enmeshed in an array of global governance systems and arrangements.
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Global profiling of alternative splicing events and gene expression regulated by hnRNPH/F.

Global profiling of alternative splicing events and gene expression regulated by hnRNPH/F.

The higher G peaks close to the 59 ss and the greater density close to weak 59 ss was previously reported in genome wide studies [7,9,10]. Our study shows that there is a selective clustering of G runs associated with the role of hnRNPH/F as enhancers vs. a function as repressors. How might the higher density of G runs and the greater length favor the role of hnRNPH/F as enhancers? Clustering close to the 5 9 ss is thought to reflect an optimal distance required for the splicing factors to interact with the spliceosome [10]. Interestingly, binding of hnRNPH/F to G runs through the qRRMs prevents formation of G mediated RNA secondary structure [39]. Upon binding of hnRNPH/F, the higher Figure 3. Frequency difference (FD) plot of G tracts in the intron downstream of internal cassette exons. A. FD plot of intronic G triplets for decreased inclusion (down regulated) and increased inclusion (up regulated) 59 splice sites (ss). FD is defined as the difference between the observed frequency of GGG in introns, calculated in a 30-nt window, and the mean frequency of GGG in 10 random permutations of the sequence in the same window, with an offset of 3nt between successive windows, as described [10]. Black bars show the standard errors. B. FD plot of intronic G quadruplets and longer G tracts for down and up regulated 59 ss. C. FD plot of G triplets in the intron downstream of intermediate and strong 59 ss of exons with decreased inclusion (hnRNPH/F-activated). D. FD plot of G triplets in the intron downstream of intermediate and strong 59 ss of exons with increased inclusion (hnRNPH/F-repressed).
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Brazil. J. Polit. Econ.  vol.32 número3

Brazil. J. Polit. Econ. vol.32 número3

in borrowing funds in countries with low interest rates, to next invest this capital in countries with high interest rates in order to benefit from these gaps and from the appreciation of some currencies. Further to the subprime crisis, Europe and the united States have greatly reduced their rates, thus encouraging speculators to bor- row in uS dollar and Euro (the “borrowing currencies”), and leading to massive capital inflows that are currently channelled towards a few emerging countries like Brazil, Turkey or South Africa (Jonglez, 2008). The speculative capital flows in- volved in this strategy can be harmful for an economy, moving very quickly in and out of markets, that is why they are called “hot money”. Moreover, because of this carry-trade, Brazil must now face a strong appreciation of its currency and the Brazilian government, getting really worried about this situation, is hence trying to control its capital inflows, notably with the increase since 2009 of the tax on fi- nancial operations (Imposição das operações financeiras, IOF).
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Patterns and emerging trends in global ocean health.

Patterns and emerging trends in global ocean health.

model developed by Martell & Frœse [19], modified according to methods described in Rosen- berg et al. [21], and hereafter referred to as the “catch-MSY” method. This method was chosen over other data-limited methods because simulation-tests demonstrated that it performed well in predicting stock status for simulated stocks having a broad range of life history traits and dif- ferent known sources of uncertainty, i.e., environmental stochasticity, time-series length, initial depletion, and temporal autocorrelation [21]. The original catch-MSY method [19] is derived from stock reduction analysis [22], whereby a time series of catch is combined with an estimate of the final biomass relative to an unfished or initial biomass state (i.e., depletion level) in order to estimate historical biomass trends. A Schaefer surplus production model is used to produce ‘viable’ combinations of the intrinsic rate of growth, r, and the carrying capacity, K. ‘Viable’ was defined as any pair of r and K that did not allow the stock biomass to collapse or to exceed carry- ing capacity. In the original formulation of Martell & Froese [19], the geometric mean values of r and K were used to derive an estimate of MSY. Rosenberg et al. [21] modified this method by producing a biomass time series for each of the viable r-K pairs using the surplus production model. The arithmetic mean biomass time series was selected and the current year stock abun- dance (B) relative to the abundance that achieves MSY (B MSY ) produced a measure, B/B MSY .
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Setting health research priorities  using the CHNRI method: III. Involving stakeholders

Setting health research priorities using the CHNRI method: III. Involving stakeholders

In addition to placing more “weight” on some criteria than others, which could affect the inal rankings of all research ideas as a result of stakeholders' input into the CHNRI pro- cess, the stakeholders can also disqualify some research ideas using the system of “thresholds”. This means they may agree a priori that a research idea will not be consid- ered a priority unless it reaches a certain minimum score against a particular priority–setting criterion. This can be important in a speciic context; eg, in the aforementioned example of South Africa, where equity was a very impor- tant concern for all stakeholders, they could have insisted that a research idea must have a minimum score of 80% on the “equity” criterion to qualify as a priority. In practice, this means that a research idea with scores 50–70% on all other criteria, but 90% on “equity”, could be considered a research priority. However, another idea with scores of 80– 90% on all other criteria, but 60% on “equity” would be disqualiied from the exercise – or at least delayed, until it addresses the recognized issues with equity. Common ex- amples of the latter are the new, high technology–based interventions that would likely irst be utilised by the wealthy. In this way, research ideas with lower overall Setting health research priorities is a complex
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Sao Paulo Med. J.  vol.133 número5

Sao Paulo Med. J. vol.133 número5

Gates Foundation, the University of Washington embraced the proposal for an Institute of Health Metrics. Since then, the GBD initiative has sought to “synthesize all available epidemio- logical data using a coherent measurement framework, standardized estimation methods and transparent data sources to facilitate comparisons of health loss over time across causes, age-sex groups and countries.” 2

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Global ocean carbon uptake: magnitude, variability and trends

Global ocean carbon uptake: magnitude, variability and trends

The empirical estimates of sea–air fluxes follow the pro- cedures and assumptions of T-09 and P-10 with the adapta- tions described in Sect. 3. The fluxes are extrapolated to in- clude the coastal regions by scaling to the increased surface area assuming that the fluxes in the coastal regions are the same as for the adjacent region used in the OIP. Fluxes in the coastal area are highly variable but net fluxes on the whole appear similar to that of adjacent ocean areas, with some re- gional exceptions. Eastern upwelling zones show large ef- fluxes near the coast, and riverine dominated shelves show influxes (Borges et al., 2005; Chavez et al., 2007; Liu et al., 2010; Cai, 2011). Incorporating the coastal fluxes based solely on area increases the influx by −0.18 Pg C yr −1 . A global synthesis of ocean-margin carbon uptake estimates a flux of −0.29 Pg C yr −1 (Jahnke, 2010), but the shelf area in this estimate is twice that of the areal adjustment applied here.
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Influenza pandemic: preparation in the western hemisphere

Influenza pandemic: preparation in the western hemisphere

9. Between 1991 and 1995, the number of strains characterized from Latin America was relatively low. An increase has been observed since 1997, when surveillance and laboratory training organized by PAHO and CDC began and private vaccine manufacturing companies sponsored laboratory work. Further improvements have taken place since the inception of the Southern Cone Network for Emerging Infectious Diseases in 1998. Even though the number of samples and isolates depends on the level of influenza activity each year, it is encouraging to see 1,454 and 1,296 strains isolated in 1999 and 2002 (up to August), respectively. Laboratory experts have observed an increase in the quality of work of national reference centers, which in turn yielded increased viral typing and characterization. A remarkable performance was observed in Argentina, whose network of 62 sentinel physicians, 24 provincial laboratories, and 3 national reference centers produced 550 original positive samples of influenza through the rapid immunofluorescent method and 273 isolates of influenza virus in 2001 (250 A/Panama/2007/99 (H3N2); 1 A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1); 16 B/Johannesburg/5/99; 3 B/Sichuan/379/99;1 Influenza A (H3N2) and 2 Influenza A without characterization).
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Global trends and priorities for agriculture development in the beginning of the xxi century

Global trends and priorities for agriculture development in the beginning of the xxi century

тракторам — к 2011 г.; за период реализации Государственной программы развития сельского хозяйства и регулирования рынков сельскохо- зяйственной продукции, сырья и продо[r]

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China goes global: the partial power

China goes global: the partial power

I therefore tend to disagree with Shambaugh’s suggestion that the hype about China’s rise is unwarranted. China clearly faces enormous challenges, unlike the United States a century ago. China’s way to the top will thus be far more difficult and less predictable. And yet, paradoxically, China Goes Global provides simply too many statistics in favor of China’s dominance to agree that it is only a partial power.

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PRECARIOUSNESS OF LABOR: THE FUNCTION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

PRECARIOUSNESS OF LABOR: THE FUNCTION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

it is argued that public professional qualification policies, particularly the youth oriented ones, deepened in Lula’s and kept on in Dilmas’ government, once based on the development of labor competencies aiming at both strengthening employability and forming entrepreneurs, reinforces meritocratic ideologies as well as individualizes the way of coping with problems related to unemployment, therefore, exempts the State from its social and political responsi- bility to cope with capitalism unstructured logic. We have concluded that such policy is direc- tly articulated with bad public school quality and compose a functional bloc with the capital Precarização do trabalho reproduction process and intensification of worker exploitation; ai- ming, basically, subjective and technical adjustment of labor force to precarious job positions.
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Findings – Poor accruals quality was positively associated with

Findings – Poor accruals quality was positively associated with

However, the option of internally generated resources is not necessarily attributable to difficult access to external sources of capital; it could also be due to the decision makers’ interests in avoiding publishing data that may increase the monitoring and control of their management. For Myers (1984) and Myers and Majluf (1984), there would be a hierarchy of preferences among the various sources of resources, and decision makers may prefer to use internal resources in investments because it would require a lower level of information reporting. Thus, the relationship between cash flow and investments may also be associated with the conflicts of interest present in the management process and the interest in maintaining the asymmetry of information between managers and investors (shareholders or creditors). In addition, an improvement in the transparency of financial information or the adoption of governance mechanisms would facilitate access to credit, provide lower funding costs, and enable the reduction of financial constraint problems (Botosan, 1997; Dechow et al., 2010; Francis, LaFond, Olsson, & Schipper, 2005), and it is possible to suppose a negative relationship between low earnings quality and investment-cash flow sensitivity. Thus, one also
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SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF CRIME EVOLUTION IN PORTUGAL BETWEEN 1995 AND 2013

SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF CRIME EVOLUTION IN PORTUGAL BETWEEN 1995 AND 2013

Hierarchical clustering is a clustering method whose objective is to build a hierarchy of clusters. There are various versions of hierarchical clustering, but here we will consider techniques where each observation starts in its own cluster, and then the pairs of clusters are merged into new clusters based on their similarity until the complete hierarchy is established. The results of hierarchical clustering are usually presented in a dendrogram. Similarity and dissimilarity can be measured by calculating distances between sets of observations. In order to define the distance we have to define a metric. Besides Euclidian distance, there are different kinds of distances (i.e. Ward distance, Manhattan distance etc.) with their corresponding metrics. Linkage criteria defines the distance used in the clustering. In our case we will use single, complete, average and ward linkage criteria. (Lebart et al., 2002)
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Analysing spatio-temporal patterns of the global NO<sub>2</sub>-distribution retrieved from GOME satellite observations using a generalized additive model

Analysing spatio-temporal patterns of the global NO<sub>2</sub>-distribution retrieved from GOME satellite observations using a generalized additive model

become available. Using such data sets will allow much more detailed studies, tak- ing into account e.g. also the wind speed, vertical wind profiles or additional quantities like temperature and precipitation. Here generalized additive models will provide ideal means for a joint, explorative analysis of observational data from multiple sources, al- lowing to access information of complex spatio-temporal pattern easily and to visualize

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DETECTING VERTICAL INTRA-INDUSTRY TRADE IN CULTURAL PRODUCTS

DETECTING VERTICAL INTRA-INDUSTRY TRADE IN CULTURAL PRODUCTS

The revelation of two-way trade w levels, is one of the most important e In contrast to the simplistic oppos prices leading to specialisation) and similar prices), there are both empiri trade of qualitatively differentiated p into two parts: IIT in horizontally differentiated products (i.e. differing possible industry breakdowns are ne construct unit values) are indispensa flows. For our analysis, we use the trade matrix for values as well as q mirror flows ratios from a gravity-ty to have not only exports but also imp Following Fontagné and Freudenber approach is to conduct an analysis a of “cultural goods” as defined by (value/quantity) for each elementa categorize whether there is inter-ind overlapping and finally we check wh or vertical IIT (otherwise). Not su intensities in cultural products are countries is not unimportant. This c level of trade integration among som specialization of first industrialized Finally, with reference to the relativ
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