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ISU ADVANCE Annual Report, Year 3: May 2008–March 2009

ISU ADVANCE Annual Report, Year 3: May 2008–March 2009

Dr. Lisa Larson, Equity Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology is responsible for leading the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' ADVANCE effort. Dr. Larson began serving as Equity Advisor in March 2007. Dr. Larson works with college leadership to plan, coordinate, and implement ADVANCE efforts in the college. She partnered with Dr. Thompson to convene the CALS/LAS Leadership Council, which met twice during Year 3. She was a member of the Council and participated in the Equity Advisor/ADVANCE Professor group, which meets twice monthly. In addition, Dr. Larson has collected data to clearly define problem areas and strength areas in the college. She was a presenter in November 2007 at the ADVANCE Networking Event 'Making a Career in STEM: Three Women's Stories.' Moreover, Dr. Larson has presented to the Chair Council and to the Dean's Leadership Team to share with them information and suggest strategies. Dr. Larson has also served a leadership role in supporting ADVANCE efforts on campus. For example, she was one of the presenters at the Collaborative Transformation Synthesis Workshop on April 1, 2008. She has also led a STEM Advisory group meeting of senior women in STEM disciplines and has spoken at networking events on campus. Finally, she has developed and implemented the ADVANCE lectureship program committee, whereby ADVANCE awards two $1,000 awards and ten $300 awards to departments across campus to bring in female speakers and minority speakers. In Year 3, she became a member of the ADVANCE Research Team, where she worked with a focal department and synthesized data from focus group interviews. She was a discussion leader at the campus workshop on faculty search resources in December 2008. Additionally, she has participated with other ADVANCE Council members in presentations to other non-focal departments.
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ISU ADVANCE Annual Report, Year 4: April 2009–April 2010

ISU ADVANCE Annual Report, Year 4: April 2009–April 2010

Our Equity Advisors, in the university’s three largest colleges, have worked with ADVANCE Professors in six focal departments to bring such university-wide discussions to the college level. Equity Advisors have helped design new workshops on promotion and tenure and have ensured that ISU ADVANCE goals were guiding the work of Deans’ Cabinets and college diversity committees. The women and men in these roles are articulate about ISU ADVANCE change efforts, and are developing lasting leadership skills. In fact, the power of the CT approach lies in the fact that faculty members in focal departments engage in developing and managing their own change efforts. This creates a culture supporting the maintenance of a positive work climate for women and men. And when change is made at the levels of cultures, practices, and structures, the academic departments have the capacity to sustain transformation through changes in administration and demographics. During Year 3 we have broadened the group of Equity Advisors and ADVANCE Professors by rotating new people into these leadership roles. We are also cognizant of the need to direct activities in ways that will advance the careers of the program participants who are associate professors—and have had direct discussions with deans and department chairs about this advancement issue.
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Responding to Foreclosures in Cuyahoga County: Program Year Three Evaluation Report, March 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009

Responding to Foreclosures in Cuyahoga County: Program Year Three Evaluation Report, March 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009

United Way Services First Call for Help “211”. Since the foreclosure prevention program began in March 2006, United Way’s 211 First Call for Help has served as the primary point of contact for County residents seeking foreclosure prevention assistance. From March 2006 through February 2009, “211” received 9,655 calls for foreclosure prevention assistance. In the first full year of the program (PY 1, March 2006-February 2007), there were 3,937 calls. This number increased by 45% in the second year of the program (PY 2, March 2007-February 2008) to 5,718. In PY 3, March 2008-February 2009) the call volume declined by 28% from PY 2 and is now closer to 2006-7 levels, with a total of 4,108 calls for foreclosure prevention assistance. (Chart 1.) A portion of the 2007-8 increase can be traced to a spike of 1,481 calls in August 2007. This spike in the number of calls corresponds to the announcement of the availability of rescue fund dollars, which received a great deal of media attention. It is a reflection of the pent up demand for financial assistance.
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Vodafone Group Plc. Annual Report For the year ended 31 March 2009

Vodafone Group Plc. Annual Report For the year ended 31 March 2009

On 12 November 2007, the Company became aware of the filing of a purported class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by The City of Edinburgh Council on behalf of the Lothian Pension Fund (‘Lothian’) against the Company and certain of the Company’s current and former officers and directors for alleged violations of US federal securities laws. The complaint alleged that the Company’s financial statements and certain disclosures between 10 June 2004 and 27 February 2006 were materially false and misleading, among other things, as a result of the Company’s alleged failure to report on a timely basis a write-down for the impaired value of Vodafone’s German, Italian and Japanese subsidiaries. The complaint seeks compensatory damages of an unspecified amount and other relief on behalf of a putative class comprised of all persons who purchased publicly traded securities, including ordinary shares and American depositary receipts, of the Company between 10 June 2004 and 27 February 2006. The plaintiff subsequently served the complaint and, on or about 27 March 2008, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint, asserting substantially the same claims against the same defendants on behalf of the same putative investor class. Thereafter, an additional plaintiff, a US pension fund that purportedly purchased Vodafone ADRs on the New York Stock Exchange, was added as an additional plaintiff by stipulated order. The Company believes that the allegations are without merit and filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint on 6 June 2008. By judgment entered on 1 December 2008, the court dismissed the amended complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The plaintiffs subsequently filed a motion for reconsideration of that dismissal, arguing that the court overlooked the claims of the US pension fund, as to which there had been no subject matter jurisdiction challenge. On 9 April 2009, the court granted that motion to the extent that it sought reopening of the action for the purpose of adjudication of the claims asserted on behalf of the US pension fund, but denied the motion with respect to the dismissal of Lothian’s claims. The court ordered the case re-opened pending consideration and order with respect to other arguments of the Company in its motion to dismiss in connection with which the court also indicated it will address any arguments regarding supplemental jurisdiction over Lothian’s claims. The Company is awaiting the Court’s further consideration and order.
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Suriname joint annual report 2008. Calendar year 2007

Suriname joint annual report 2008. Calendar year 2007

During the year there were continued signs of an improving macroeconomic situation. An IMF Article IV mission to Suriname in the first half of 2007 reported the health of the economy was good and real GDP was likely to grow by 5.3% in 2007. They also concluded however that Suriname’s dependence on a few commodity exports makes it prone to substantial macroeconomic instability. As for the main macroeconomic indicators, Suriname's nominal GDP per capita stood at around USD 4,200 per capita in 2007, up from USD 2,600 in 2003. In 2007, unemployment was around 9% of the 173,000 labour force 14 . As for inflation, in 2007 Surinamese continued to suffer from loss in purchasing power 15 . Although officially the General Statistics Bureau (ABS) showed inflation 16 of 3.6% 17 in the year to March 2007, ABS agreed to conduct a survey to identify a revised basic package of goods and services needed to calculate the true consumer price index (CPI). The previous survey was conducted in 2000. Another 2007 ABS-report indicated that the unequal distribution of wealth has strongly increased since the 1950’s. A gini- coefficient of 0,547 indicates that the distribution of wealth is very uneven.
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Iowa State University ADVANCE Program, Annual Report, Year 1: June 2007

Iowa State University ADVANCE Program, Annual Report, Year 1: June 2007

Frankie Santos Laanan, a member of the ADVANCE Team, was appointed an Administrative Intern in the Office of the Provost, to coordinate the development of an external mentoring program for ISU’s women STEM faculty of color. This program is intended to enhance the recruitment, retention, and advancement of minority women by linking ISU faculty with eminent scholars at other institutions nationwide. The program is supported by ISU at 0.5FTE (9 mo. basis). Several items (listed in the Dissemination section and available upon request) were developed that will assist in the implementation of this program, including 1) a questionnaire focused on identifying interested candidates, 2) a set of guidelines for selection of mentees and mentors, and 3) program report that summarizes the types of activities the mentee and mentor might participate in. This external mentoring program is open to both junior and mid-career faculty at ISU. Deans and department chairs in each of the ISU ADVANCE STEM departments were contacted to make them aware of this program and to assist in establishing the first cohort of mentees and external mentors. Laanan has made presentations at two college cabinet meetings (Agriculture and Liberal Arts and Sciences) and will present to the Engineering cabinet in July. He is currently working with individual STEM faculty of color to make matches with eminent scholars on other campuses. He also developed a library of scholarly research on the topic of mentoring (e.g., mentoring female faculty, faculty of color in STEM disciplines, mentoring junior faculty, etc.). Many of these resources are available on the ISU ADVANCE Web site.
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UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA ANNUAL REPORT Fiscal Year 2009 (July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009)

UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA ANNUAL REPORT Fiscal Year 2009 (July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009)

• The SON conducted a national search for 3 faculty positions (to fill 1 vacant line and 2 retirement lines) with expertise in adult, family and community health in FY09. Thirteen applications were received; six applicants were interviewed, only 1 of whom had an earned doctorate; 2 of the master’s prepared candidates and 1 EdD (ABD) candidate were hired.

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Court of Auditors Annual report concerning the financial year 2008 accompanied by the replies of the institutions  2009/C 304/30, 10 November 2009

Court of Auditors Annual report concerning the financial year 2008 accompanied by the replies of the institutions 2009/C 304/30, 10 November 2009

4.24. The Commission considers that the reliability of national accounts depends primarily on the specific statistical sources and methods used and has based its approach of GNI validation on their verification and improvement. Well designed supervisory and control systems in national statistical institutes of Member States may help identify and mitigate the risks of errors occurring. The Commission has taken account of the remarks of the Court on supervisory and control systems. In particular, the GNI Committee has discussed supervisory and control systems since 2006. Specific questions 3 and 4 on the description and the evaluation of super­ visory and control systems were introduced in the updated Commission’s GNI Inventory Assessment Questionnaire (GIAQ- document GNIC/081 of April 2007). A more detailed description of Member States’ procedures is required in the revised GNI Inventory Guidelines (GNIC/053 rev. 2). The Commission will continue to promote share of best practices between countries in this domain, in particular by organising a seminar in December 2009.
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Contents. Another year on our travels. Annual Report & Accounts 2009

Contents. Another year on our travels. Annual Report & Accounts 2009

Our UK Bus division has continued to grow, and delivered a good performance. Management attention to cost control and swift reaction to changes in demand substantially offset the division’s £30 million fuel cost increase for the year, around half of which will be recovered in the second half of 2010. The business made good use of the lead time provided by forward fuel purchasing, controlling costs tightly across its operations to absorb much of the fuel price increase. Operating profit was £91.2 million (2008: £99.3 million), on revenue up four per cent to £961.5 million (2008: £922.4 million). Increased passenger revenues and higher London contracted mileage contributed to revenue growth. Efficiency savings included more effective employee scheduling, reduced fuel consumption, overhead reductions and improved engineering efficiency. The commercial UK regional business implemented targeted network revisions, reducing commercially operated mileage by 3.4 per cent year-on-year to control costs whilst maintaining the viability of the network for future growth in the medium and longer term. This mileage reduction is reflected in reduced revenue growth but yield per mile improved.
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Annual Report according to article 66 of the Law of 16 June March 2009

Annual Report according to article 66 of the Law of 16 June March 2009

• October 29, 2008 The 12th edition of the Stella Artois World Draught Master Competition - a contest that rewards the world’s best pourer of Belgian beers - took place in the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven, the hometown of Stella Artois. InBev brought together 30 international finalists for the competition. This year’s Stella Artois World Draught Master title has been awarded to Tommy Goukens – Belgium (1st place winner), Claire Dong – China (1st runner-up) and Volodymyr Vavryk - Ukraine (2nd runner-up)

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Annual Report Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2010

Annual Report Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2010

Reimbursements: Both our own profit margins and the profit margins of our customers may be adversely affected by laws and regulations reducing reimbursement rates for pharmaceuticals and/or medical treatments or services or changing the methodology by which reimbursement levels are determined. For example, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (“DRA”) was intended to reduce net Medicare and Medicaid spending by approximately $11 billion over five years. Effective January 1, 2007, the DRA changed the federal upper payment limit for Medicaid reimbursement from 150% of the lowest published price for generic pharmaceuticals (which is usually the average wholesale price) to 250% of the lowest average manufacturer price (“AMP”). On July 17, 2007, CMS published a final rule implementing these provisions and clarifying, among other things, the AMP calculation methodology and the DRA provision requiring manufacturers to publicly report AMP for branded and generic pharmaceuticals. On December 19, 2007, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting use of the AMP calculation in connection with Medicaid reimbursement pending resolution of a lawsuit claiming that CMS had acted unlawfully in adopting the rule. On July 15, 2008, the U.S. Congress enacted the Medicaid Improvements for Patients and Providers Acts of 2008 (“MIPPA,”) which delayed the adoption of CMS’s final rule and prevented CMS from publishing AMP data until October 1, 2009. In addition, Medicare, Medicaid and the SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 require CMS to adjust the calculation of the Medicare Part B drug average sales price (“ASP”) to an actual sales volume basis. We expect that the use of an AMP benchmark and the revised ASP calculations would result in a reduction in the Medicaid reimbursement rates to our customers for certain generic pharmaceuticals, which could indirectly impact the prices that we can charge our customers and cause corresponding declines in our profitability. There can be no assurance that the changes under the DRA would not have a material adverse impact on our results of operations.
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DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY: ACADEMIC ANNUAL REPORT Academic Year 2008 - 2009

DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY: ACADEMIC ANNUAL REPORT Academic Year 2008 - 2009

data results were not as meaningful as desired; therefore, the COB decided to develop its own assessment tool for use in AY 2009-2010. The COB anticipates conducting this assessment in the spring 2010. Nevertheless, the departmental curriculum committees and division/college administration continuously encourage division faculty to revise assignments and lectures to include more critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making exercises. In addition, the division’s students and faculty have participated in college- wide programs including the International Business Symposium and the COB Lecture Series where business leaders from around the world have shared their stories of successes and failures as they have made business decisions which have affected hundreds of thousands of employees, global commerce, and governments around the world. 2) Departmental curriculum committees continue to monitor, discuss and improve course content and assignments by including more critical thinking, problem solving and decision making assignments to enhance and improve students’ abilities to reason, analyze, define and solve problems, and make decisions. 3) Departmental curriculum
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ISU ADVANCE Annual Report, Year 2: June 2008

ISU ADVANCE Annual Report, Year 2: June 2008

Our interactions with the above groups indicated several reasons for their enthusiasm. The collaborative transformation component is unique and has been very successful so far in meeting its goal of stimulating a sense of ownership at the department level. Reports indicate that faculty in the three focal departments so far have “bought into” the need for change, just as the NSF proposal had hoped they would. Department chairs were unanimously enthusiastic about their Collaborative Transformation reports, and we noted much anticipation on the part of the remaining six chairs about receiving theirs. Chairs felt that ADVANCE has made possible conversations about recruitment and retention, and they themselves seemed fluent in the vocabulary (e.g., “unconscious bias”) associated with unbiased recruitment strategies. The on- campus partners reiterated this theme of change in the campus-wide conversation. The Readers’ Theater was mentioned by many interviewees, so it seemed to have had a big impact. We were impressed with the Provost’s strong support, which is another positive element of the program, and which bodes well for the possibility of true and sustainable institutional transformation. The expertise and enthusiasm of the Advance Team was another strong positive element. We believe that progress is excellent for being only a year and a half into the grant.
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DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY Unit Strategic Plan and Annual Report – College of Business Graduate Programs Academic Year 2008-2009

DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY Unit Strategic Plan and Annual Report – College of Business Graduate Programs Academic Year 2008-2009

3) Student responding to the University’s Survey of Graduates will indicate their ability to use and manage business technology by assigning a rating of 1.5 (Likert Scale of 1 to 4 with 1 being the highest), 5 to Item 62, “Rate the extent to which you believe Delta State “Improve computer literacy by making computer services available and by facilitating the use of appropriate software throughout the curriculum.”

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Annual Report 2008

Annual Report 2008

During the year the Public Appointment Service has continued to undertake a wide variety of work for a range of clients as set out in this report. The organisation has been able to attract well qualified candidates for the recruitment campaigns undertaken on behalf of our clients. We continue to achieve very high satisfaction ratings from our customers as evidenced by the surveys undertaken and other feedback received during the year. We have made substantial progress in the areas of Research and Development with two major reports completed and published in 2008. A particular highlight of the year was the International Diversity Conference organised in conjunction with the Diversity Network.
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ISU ADVANCE Collaborative Transformation Project: Final Focal Department Synthesis Report

ISU ADVANCE Collaborative Transformation Project: Final Focal Department Synthesis Report

This report summarizes research from the Iowa State University ADVANCE Collaborative Transformation (CT) project, which is one of many components of ISU ‟ s ADVANCE program. ISU ADVANCE is funded by a 5 year “Institutional Transformation” grant from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation awards ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grants to universities and colleges for the purpose of transforming institutional structures, cultures, and practices in ways that enhance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women faculty, and when possible, underrepresented faculty of color in STEM disciplines. ISU ‟ s ADVANCE program goals include “top-down” initiatives, such as the creation of college- level “Equity Advisors” (in 3 colleges presently) and the development, implementation and support of university-wide policies for enhancing faculty members ‟ work-life balance. ISU ADVANCE goals also include “bottom-up” initiatives, such as the Collaborative Transformation project. The CT project focuses explicitly on creating departmental structures, cultures and practices that enhance faculty members ‟ satisfaction with their careers at ISU; their productivity as scholars; and their contributions to departmental efforts to recruit, retain and promote other excellent faculty members of diverse backgrounds.
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Annual Report 2008

Annual Report 2008

Comhar SDC works in three-year cycles and began its third term on 1st January 2006 under the Chairmanship of Professor Frank Convery. This annual report covers the final year of Comhar SDC’s third term, the twelve-month period up to the end of December 2008. Comhar SDC’s terms of reference provide a broad scope for its work programme. The organisation has discretion in designing its own agenda or, alternatively, it may be asked by the Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government, or by any other minister, to examine and report on relevant matters. Comhar SDC’s publication – Principles for Sustainable Development – provides the overall guiding philosophy. The work programme for the period 2006-2008 is available in Appendix 3.
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Annual report on the Cohesion Fund 2008. COM (2009) 465 final, 15 September 2009

Annual report on the Cohesion Fund 2008. COM (2009) 465 final, 15 September 2009

In 2008, the Commission continued to assist Member States through actions of capacity building aiming to improve the consistency of the ex-ante financial and economic analysis of the projects. As a result, the Guide rapidly achieved a wider circulation, both within civil servants in Member States and candidate countries as well as within the staff of financial institutions and consultants involved in the preparation and evaluation of major projects. A printed version of the Guide was therefore published, providing methodological guidance to project promoters in the Member States and candidate countries, while serving as a reference to Commission officials involved in the appraisal of major projects.
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Annual Report Activities from October 2008 to September 2009 including 2008 financial statements

Annual Report Activities from October 2008 to September 2009 including 2008 financial statements

The Reinsurance and Other Forms of Risk Transfer Subcommittee is responsible for revisions to the Insurance Core Principles and corresponding standards and guidance in the area of reinsurance and other forms of risk transfer. Following the adoption in October 2008 of the Guidance paper on mutual recognition of reinsurance supervision, the subcommittee has been exploring ways to facilitate recognition of reinsurance supervision amongst supervisors. A survey was conducted in the summer of 2009 on market access requirements for reinsurers worldwide, the results of which will inform future work on facilitating mutual recognition. The subcommittee oversees the work of the Reinsurance Transparency Group, which prepares the IAIS Global Reinsurance Market Report (GRMR). This report is based on data submitted by the world’s largest reinsurers and assesses reinsurance market stability and linkages of the reinsurance sector. In 2009, the report will start being released in two editions, a mid-year report covering qualitative market developments and the end-year report covering more quantitative aspects. The first mid-year edition, which focuses on developments in (re)insurance securitisation, was released in August 2009. The Reinsurance and Other Forms of Risk Transfer Subcommittee was chaired by Steven Goldman, New Jersey/USA who resigned in July 2009; the process to appoint a new Chair was underway at the time of print of this annual report. Its Vice-chairs are Jeremy Cox, Bermuda and Robert Meindl, Germany.
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Joint employment report 2007/2008. 7169/08, 3 March 2008

Joint employment report 2007/2008. 7169/08, 3 March 2008

Flexicurity measures are being implemented along two lines. On the one hand, measures are being pursued to strengthen flexibility in order to make labour markets more dynamic and responsive to change, both through internal and external flexibility instruments. SI, EL, BG, RO for instance report on how they wish to promote part-time employment. SK, PL, LU, RO introduced tele-working as a new form of work providing more flexibility. In some countries, the regulation of permanent work contracts is allowing for more flexibility. Changes in employment protection legislation (EPL) for workers on open-ended contracts are relatively scarce. In LV, BG, NL, RO, attempts are being made to simplify EPL although political outcomes are sometimes uncertain.
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