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Vous pouvez écouter TRQL Radio en interface Web en allant directement sur notRe page d'Accueil. N'hésitez pas à demander votre code d'accès. ― Nous ajoutons de la nouvelle musique à notre catalogue très régulièrement, plusieurs fois par semaine. ― Virtual Reality and the virtual world are taking over more and more areas of our lives. This means that it is really important that virtual worlds are user-friendly and offer a high usability. Up until now, the only way to check this was to conduct manual tests with volunteers. This can be both time-consuming and cost-intensive. Dr. Patrick Harms from the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Göttingen has developed a technology that automatically detects many problems with user-friendliness and usability in the virtual environment. The results appeared in the scientific journal "ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction". ― The slowdown in productivity growth - already underway before the crisis – combined with sluggish investment, continued to undermine rises in economic output and material living standards in recent years in many of the world’s economies, according to a new report released today by the OECD. ― La poétesse catalane Teresa Colom, conteuse à l’imaginaire foisonnant, explore d’un regard tendre les mystères de la venue au monde et de la filiation. ― The OECD Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Government provides analysis and statistical underpinnings on the relationship between central and subcentral government, and its impact on efficiency, equity and macroeconomic stability. ― Try public-health policies instead ― This is the spring 2014 edition of the regional development policy newsletter. ― While President Donald Trump's impeachment gripped the country in late 2019 and early 2020, the long-term consequences of his trial and acquittal for American democracy remain yet unclear. What's clear already, however, is that both the public's and political experts' perceptions of the health of US democracy clearly declined during this period. ― Mobile fitness app Polar has suspended its location tracking feature after security researchers found it had revealed sensitive data on military and intelligence personnel from 69 countries. ― Simple cloth masks are now mandatory on public transport and in shops within most states. ― The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist is built to keep you informed on all the best songs and albums coming out right here, right now in country and roots music. It’s available on most all streaming formats, or you can just use the song, artist, and album recommendations to find something new to listen to. ― Mr. Tomas Balco has been appointed Head of the Transfer Pricing Unit in the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. He will take up his duties on 4 September 2017. ― This book presents the findings of an OECD policy dialogue with Indian stakeholders on policies to improve the monitoring and prevention of abusive related party transactions in India. ― OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed today Andorra’s steps to strengthen international tax co-operation, after it became the 60th signatory to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters ― At a time when nationalism is rising and individual countries are facing a growing array of threats, it is critical that we recognize a shared and unprecedented global challenge: We need to double our infrastructure in the next decade to meet global development needs, while achieving a systematic shift away from business-as-usual, carbon-intensive options to low-emissions, resilient infrastructure, to avoid catastrophic climate change. ― Extreme volatility during the global financial crisis complicated economic forecasting, leading to large errors that underline the need for better modelling methods and new approaches for making and presenting projections. ― The US Congress has passed a Covid-19 aid package worth almost $500 billion, as House Democrats voted to set up a panel to look into the administration's handling of the outbreak – a move blasted as “purely political” by the GOP. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Apink Enters At No. 1 With “Dumhdurum”; Soompi's K-Pop Music Chart 2020, April Week 4 soompi ― Consumer Credit in Thailand increased to 4852261 THB Million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 4736724 THB Million in the third quarter of 2019. Consumer Credit in Thailand averaged 3845772.07 THB Million from 2013 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 4852261 THB Million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and a record low of 2960079 THB Million in the first quarter of 2013. This page provides - Thailand Consumer Credit- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions—from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. ― Mooi dat de jonge singer-songwriter/gitarist Tom Misch en jazzdrummer Yussef Dayes elkaar muzikaal gevonden hebben. Misch debuteerde twee jaar geleden in een poppy souljazz-meet-electronic stijl met het album Geography. Dayes was (natuurlijk) de drummer van het illustere Yuseef Kamaal dat drie jaar geleden met Black Focus, een album tot stand gekomen met toetsenman Kamaal Williams, […] ― Several women vow to leap off the Great Wall rather than marry a foreigner ― Over the past two decades, real median wage growth in many OECD countries has decoupled from labour productivity growth, partly reflecting declines in labour income shares. ― The Inclusive Framework on BEPS has released additional guidance to give certainty to tax administrations and MNE Groups alike on the implementation of Country-by-Country (CbC) Reporting (BEPS Action 13). The Inclusive Framework also approved updates to the results for preferential regime reviews conducted by the Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP) in connection with BEPS Action 5. ― Magazine group buys outlets from one of America’s largest retail and wholesale marijuana distributors ― That's the way the comet crumbles: Hubble image shows remains of Comet ATLAS Space.com ― Rebuilding the West through bold investment in clean energy pv magazine USA ― While there have been some recent signs that the labour market situation in Greece has finally begun to improve, the situation remains very difficult. ― This report by the OECD Secretary-General provides an overview of the progress made by the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS in addressing the tax challenges of digitalisation and a brief update on the work on tax transparency. ― Today at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, Mahess Rawoteea of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius, signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the MLI) in the presence of Douglas Frantz, OECD Deputy Secretary-General. ― It is a quintessentially social skill—but easier than ever to develop at home ― A University of Huddersfield scientist is scheduled to head back to the Arctic, where he is an experienced researcher of changes in its ice fields and their impact on climate change. ― Many children who suffer fingertip injuries have been abused, according to a new study. The researchers found that children who had a documented history of abuse or neglect were 23 percent more likely to suffer a fingertip injury before age 12. ― British engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed plans this week to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed the "flying taxi", which takes off and lands vertically and could be airborne within five years. ― Recent debates of Basic Income proposals shine a useful spotlight on the challenges that traditional forms of income support are increasingly facing, and highlight gaps in social provisions that largely depend on income or employment status. Reforms towards more universal income support would need to be introduced in stages, requiring a parallel debate on how to finance a more equal sharing of the benefits of economic growth. ― Elizabeth says she feels lucky to be alive after falling seriously ill with the virus. ― Reducing pollution seems to reduce the rate of infection ― China signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters at a ceremony today at the OECD. All G20 countries have now fulfilled the commitment they made at the Cannes G20 Summit to sign the Convention and move towards automatic exchange of information as the new, global standard. ― The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is pleased to announce its Fourth Annual Conference on the theme of Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth from 6-7 September 2016 at the International Conventional Centre in Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea. The GGKP welcomes the submission of abstracts on policy- and practitioner-relevant research findings on pro-poor and inclusive green growth. ― The Netherlands should increase support for workers suffering from mental health issues and their employers and tackle the continued social stigma and limited knowledge around such illnesses, according to a new OECD report. ― This annual publication presents detailed country notes and internationally comparable tax data for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards. ― The benchmark interest rate in Russia was last recorded at 5.50 percent. Interest Rate in Russia averaged 7.28 percent from 2003 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 17 percent in December of 2014 and a record low of 5 percent in June of 2010. In Russia, interest rate decisions are taken by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. From September 16th of 2013, the official interest rate is the one-week auction repo rate. Until September 15th of 2013, the official interest rate was the refinancing rate, which was seen as a ceiling for borrowing money and a benchmark for calculating tax payments. This page provides the latest reported value for - Russia Interest Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― Two new OECD reports provide wide-ranging evidence of how reforming subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels can help countries boost finances and meet green objectives. ― Skilled improvisers were better than musicians with limited improvisational experience at distinguishing between chords that can be used interchangeably in a piece of music and those that cannot, a new study finds. The results suggest that musical improvisation, like so many other skills, improves with practice as the brain learns to categorize musical structures in a new way. ― British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has re-emerged following a weeks-long battle with Covid-19, but the “war” on the coronavirus is far from being won. Johnson faces numerous challenges, most notably when to reopen the economy. Read Full Article at RT.com ― For the last five years the global economy has been in a low-growth trap, with growth disappointingly low and stuck at around 3 per cent per year. Persistent growth shortfalls have weighed on future output expectations and thereby reduced current spending and potential output gains. ― Chaque jour à 18h, Sciences et Avenir fait le point sur l'épidémie de Covid-19, aux niveaux scientifique, national et international. ― The United Nations is advocating immediate global action to end all forms of violence against women and girls in the midst of a global upsurge related to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. ― Invitation to attend the OECD-BIAC public briefing session on TRACE and FATCA ― ― Savvy acquiring banks will invest in offering value-added services that can be deployed in e-commerce environments cost-effectively and quickly. ― Georges Gilkinet, chef de groupe Ecolo à la Chambre était l'invité de Fabrice Grosfilley ce matin sur Bel RTL. Il lui a demandé si "l'union sacrée" de Sophie Wilmes dans la lutte contre le coronavirus était toujours intacte. "Il est nécessaire que le monde politique se mobilise pour répondre à cette crise sanitaire extraordinaire qui nous touche. L'essentiel, ce sont les personnes qui se battent dans les maisons de repos, les hôpitaux pour... ― Features Features The Virtual Festivals and Livestream Concerts to Soundtrack Your Quarantine 14 Apr 2020 Festicket ― On 22-23 February 2016, a regional network meeting on the implementation of the BEPS package was held in Dakar (Senegal), by the OECD in partnership with the CREDAF (Centre de Rencontres et d'Etudes des Dirigeants des Administrations Fiscales). ― The OECD today releases three new reports to help jurisdictions and financial institutions implement the global Standard for automatic exchange of financial account information. ― Alors que le gouvernement durcit les règles du confinement, entretien avec David Gourion (1), psychiatre, ancien chef de clinique à l’hôpital Sainte-Anne, sur les risques psychologiques de la quarantaine due à l’épidémie de coronavirus. ― The OECD and the Greek Government, with the support of the European Commission, today launched a collaboration project to strengthen Greece’s action plan to fight corruption. ― Montreal-based funk and synth-pop duo Neon Valley introduces us to the colorful world where their latest groovy single, “Dancin’”, takes place. Neon Valley’s signature modern dance-pop sound is nothing short of glossy and funky. The music video even features pro roller-skater Candice Heiden for a vibrant take on how to truly let loose and just […] ― "Indonesia is well placed to be a strong advocate for open government reforms, and to link such reforms to other multi-lateral reform efforts" - OECD Insights Blog by Luiz De Mello. ― This country note provides an environmental tax and carbon pricing profile for Greece. It shows environmentally related tax revenues, taxes on energy use and effective carbon rates. ― A study has found that combining acyclovir -- a commonly prescribed topical herpes medication -- with particles of activated carbon improves efficacy of the drug. ― With India’s low life expectancy largely reflecting deaths from preventable diseases, the most significant gains in health would come from population-wide preventive measures. ― Colombia needs to improve its capacity to investigate foreign bribery by establishing an effective corporate liability regime, improving coordination between its numerous agencies and more rigorously training law enforcement, according to a new report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery. ― Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Researchers expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out-of-school time this year for many children in the US and will exacerbate risk factors for weight gain associated with summer recess. ― Le Monde selon Edwy Plenel, tous les jeudi matin sur France Culture. ― Researchers have designed a new chip-based device that can shape and steer blue light with no moving parts. The device could greatly reduce the size of light projection components used for augmented reality and a variety of other applications. ― Our economic growth models have not equitably distribute benefits. Inequalities were brewing under the surface prior to 2007 and increased almost everywhere even during periods of sustained economic growth. We need to reverse this trend, said OECD Secretary-General. ― If you love it when a musician strikes that unexpected but perfect chord, you are not alone. New research shows the musically unexpected activates the reward centre of our brains, and makes us learn about the music as we listen. ― This study explores the effectiveness of the incentive mechanisms embedded within the UK’s Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) for banks’ to expand their supply of lending to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) ― Farmers in parts of the western United States who rely on snowmelt to help irrigate their crops will be among the hardest hit in the world by climate change, a new study reveals. ― What we learn through our senses drives how knowledge is sorted in our brains, according to new research. ― Researchers from Basel have identified the genetic basis of rapid adaptation using a native fish species. They compared threespine stickleback fish from different habitats in the Lake Constance region. Their study reveals that changes in the genome can be observed within a single generation. The results were published in the journal Nature Communications. ― Imagine you have an important decision to make. Do you carefully consider the long-term implications of each possible option or do you act impulsively? Would you approach the decision-making process differently if the consequences stretched out to 30 or even 50 years? ― Skills and educational development for inclusive and sustainable growth are becoming significant drivers in OECD countries. ― Southwest Airlines reports first quarter earnings as it prepares to cut back on more of its flights due to the coronavirus crisis. ― A new wet suit material tested by Flinders marine researchers can help reduce blood loss caused by shark bites, to reduce injuries and prevent the leading cause of death from shark bites. ― As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population. ― This working paper presents the background and the details of the simulations behind Box 1.4 of the May 2013 OECD Economic Outlook. A small simulation model is used to evaluate the contribution that the three pillars of the government’s strategy – fiscal consolidation, growth-boosting structural reforms and higher inflation – could make to reversing the rise in Japan’s public debt ratio. ― Atoms and molecules behave very differently at extreme temperatures and pressures. Although such extreme matter doesn't exist naturally on the earth, it exists in abundance in the universe, especially in the deep interiors of planets and stars. Understanding how atoms react under high-pressure conditions—a field known as high-energy-density physics (HEDP)—gives scientists valuable insights into the fields of planetary science, astrophysics, fusion energy, and national security. ― This OECD Regulatory Policy Working Paper relies on an empirical stocktaking of mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) among selected OECD countries. It aims to build a greater understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of one of the 11 mechanisms of international regulatory co-operation. ― Governments should rethink city housing, transport and other urban systems to ensure that fast-growing cities do not become inequality traps, according to a new OECD report showing that a majority of cities have higher levels of inequality than the national average. ― Scientists at Ames Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the University of Alabama Birmingham have discovered a light-induced switching mechanism in a Dirac semimetal. The mechanism establishes a new way to control the topological material, driven by back-and-forth motion of atoms and electrons, which will enable topological transistor and quantum computation using light waves. ― The pluses and pitfalls of a centralised approach ― Climate change and rising demand are making it harder to meet the world’s water needs. At World Water Week 2013, the OECD will explore how to better manage this vital resource. ― This paper assesses the effect of environmental regulations on plant survival and emissions using data on the extent of vintage differentiation of regulations (VDR5) regarding air pollution emission limit values for existing and new coal-fired power plants. Focussing on NOx and SOx emissions, the paper applies survival analysis techniques on a sample of generating units across 31 OECD and non-member countries between 1962 and 2012. ― The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority. ― The OECD has launched an online portal to give consumers, businesses and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. ― Group of Shakopee Amazon workers stage walkout, company claims 'misinformation' in response Bring Me The News ― Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report. ― The 2017 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum will tackle issues related to fair competition and economic growth, the inequality gap, a level playing field for business, the public interest in policy making and trust in government and politics ― Austria has achieved high levels of economic growth and well-being, but must address serious demographic, environmental and globalisation challenges if future generations are to share the same prosperity, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Austria. ― Mothers of different species share nests in the rainforest ― HARINA is a German-born, London-based singer-songwriter who left behind her future as a dentist in 2016 to move to London, jumping into the deep end in pursuit of her dream to become a contemporary pop icon, and she’s well on her way. She navigated to a bachelors degree at BIMM London and her natural talentContinue reading "The new pop sensation HARINA releases her new beauty Nothing" ― Colombia is the 57 most competitive nation in the world out of 140 countries ranked in the 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum. Competitiveness Rank in Colombia averaged 65.38 from 2007 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 74 in 2009 and a record low of 57 in 2017. The most recent 2018 edition of Global Competitiveness Report assesses 140 economies. In 2018, the World Economic Forum introduced a new methodology emphasizing the role of human capital, innovation, resilience and agility, as not only drivers but also defining features of economic success in the 4th Industrial Revolution. As a result, the GCI scale changed to 1 to 100 from 1 to 7, with higher average score meaning higher degree of competitiveness. The report is made up of 98 variables organized into twelve pillars with the most important including: institutions; infrastructure; ICT adoption; macroeconomic stability; health; skills; product market; labour market; financial system; market size; business dynamism; and innovation capability. This page provides the latest reported value for - Colombia Competitiveness Rank - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― Leaders of the G20 countries meeting at their Summit in Brisbane, Australia, have called on the OECD and IMF to monitor their commitment to boost economic growth and create jobs. ― Avez-vous vous aussi observé les changements qui affectent la socialité ordinaire ? Lors de nos rares sorties, les regards sont fuyants, les visages sont sévères, les saluts rares. Pourquoi un tel comportement ? Le Covid-19 ne se contracte pourtant ni par le regard, ni en disant « bonjour » à un passant. Ce changement qui ne se manifeste pas que dans les quartiers urbains et « sensibles » pourrait sembler anodin. Mais il annonce une évolution peut-être durable. Si Erving Goffman était encore vivant, comment qualifierait-il ce changement ? ― Economists and finance experts are warning that countries with “high” or “distressed” public debt levels are at risk of severe economic shocks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and calling for restructuring plans based on the principle of solidarity. ― Artificial intelligence offers huge scientific benefits but also brings risks depending on how it is used, Demis Hassabis, the head of leading British AI firm DeepMind, said Friday. ― Gel-like materials have a wide range of applications, especially in chemistry and medicine. However, their usefulness is sometimes limited by their inherent random and disordered nature. Researchers from the University of Tokyo's Institute for Solid State Physics have found a way to produce a new kind of gel which overcomes this limitation. It is still malleable and adaptable like existing gels, but it has a more ordered structure, which can open up a new range of possible uses in various fields. ― The details are murky, but Putin’s plan for constitutional change looks like a long-term power grab ― The fundamental laws of physics are based on symmetries that, among other things, determine the interactions between charged particles. Using ultracold atoms, researchers have experimentally constructed the symmetries of quantum electrodynamics. They hope to gain new insights for implementing future quantum technologies that can simulate complex physical phenomena. ― Deux anciens membres des services de sécurité syriens, dont un dirigeant d’une prison du régime, sont sur le banc des accusés. ― How The Global Coronavirus Pandemic Is Directly Impacting Songwriters, Musicians And Artists Recording Academy | Grammys ― In the largest study to date of proteins related to Alzheimer's disease, a team of researchers has identified disease-specific proteins and biological processes that could be developed into both new treatment targets and fluid biomarkers. The findings suggest that sets of proteins that regulate glucose metabolism, together with proteins related to a protective role of astrocytes and microglia -- the brain's support cells -- are strongly associated with Alzheimer's pathology and cognitive impairment. ― Public debt in the OECD area passed annual GDP in 2011 and is still rising. This paper was prepared for the Reserve Bank of India Second International Research Conference 2012: “Monetary Policy, Sovereign Debt and Financial Stability: The New Trilemma”, 1-2 February, 2012 in Mumbai, India ― Le confinement ne tient pas lieu de congés payés. Travailler plus longtemps, comme le préconise le président du Medef, n’est pas la solution pour relancer l'économie. Il faut au contraire modifier en profondeur les structures productives et mieux rémunérer les métiers peu valorisés que la crise a mis en avant, estiment Esther Jeffers, Jean-Marie Harribey et Dominique Plihon, tous trois membres des Economistes atterrés, dans une tribune écrite pour Libération avec Pierre Khalfa, membre de la Fondation Copernic. ― Exports in Colombia decreased to 3.02 USD Billion in February from 3.42 USD Billion in January of 2020. Exports in Colombia averaged 1.11 USD Billion from 1958 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 5.71 USD Billion in March of 2012 and a record low of 0.02 USD Billion in December of 1963. Colombia´s economy is highly dependent on exports of commodities. Oil and coal exports account for 59 percent of total shipments and gold for 5 percent. Yet, in recent years, other products such as chemicals, machinery and cut flowers have been gaining importance. Colombia´s main exports partners are: United States (36 percent of total exports), China (6 percent), Spain (5 percent) and Venezuela (4 percent). Others include: Netherlands, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, India, Brazil, and United Kingdom. This page provides - Colombia Exports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― New research says screen time for young children should be limited. ― Relocated in small groups to experimental islands, lizards rapidly and repeatedly developed new chemical signals for communicating with each other. Free from the risk of predators and intent to attract potential mates, male lizards produce a novel chemical calling card, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis. ― Public comments are invited on a discussion draft which deals with follow-up work mandated by the Report on Action 6 (“Prevent the granting of treaty benefits in inappropriate circumstances”) of the BEPS Action Plan. ― The OECD defines policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) as an approach and policy tool to integrate the economic, social, environmental, and governance dimensions of sustainable development at all stages of domestic and international policy making. This blog details the OECD's PCSD framework and its goals. ― Company cars form a large proportion of the car fleet in many OECD countries and are also influential in determining the composition of the wider vehicle fleet. When employees provided with a company car use that car for personal purposes, personal income tax rules value the benefit in a number of different ways. ― Used to produce three-dimensional objects of almost any type, across a range of industries, including healthcare, aviation and engineering, 3-D printed materials have come of age during the last decade. Research published in the journal Materials Today demonstrates a new approach to 3-D printing to fuse metallic filaments made from metallic glass into metallic objects. ― This one-pager note presents key findings for Turkey from Society at a Glance 2011 - OECD Social indicators. This 2011 publication also provides a special chapter on unpaid work across the OECD. ― Digital economies are powered by skills. People with the high-end skills needed to invent and apply new technologies are in high demand the world over. At the same time, the portfolio of basic skills needed to navigate technology-rich environments and function effectively in our connected societies has expanded. How severe is the shortage of ICT skills? And what needs to be done to fill the gaps? ― The Secretary-General presented the OECD Economic Survey of Sweden, held bilateral meetings with several ministers and delivered remarks at the seminar "Investing to Reach the Paris Goals and Sustainable Economic Growth". ― L’indice de la FAO des prix des produits alimentaires a atteint en moyenne 181,7 points au cours de ce mois, soit une hausse de 2,5 pour cent depuis novembre et le niveau le plus élevé depuis décembre 2014. ― Increasing the educational attainment of young adults has been the focus of much effort over recent decades. But we all know that having children spend more time in school does not guarantee that every student will learn. ― Life is quite good in the United States compared to other OECD countries, thanks to strong economic growth and technological progress having lifted average income to high levels. Nonetheless, there is evidence that the benefits from growth have not been sufficiently broad based. ― An exhibition in San Francisco shows how American denim conquered the world ― All OECD countries, except the United States, provide nationwide paid maternity leave. Over half also offer paternity leave to fathers right after childbirth. By enabling fathers to take on a greater share of the childcare burden, parental leave can support women’s careers. ― This year’s report looks at tax revenue trends from 1990 to 2013 in 20 Latin American economies. A special chapter in the report considers alternatives to current accounting methods for government fiscal revenues. A second special chapter analyses trends in revenues from non-renewable natural resources in some Latin American countries. ― Minutes of the Board's discount rate meetings from February 10 through March 15, 2020 ― How do we keep fit while heeding the government's new advice on avoiding unnecessary social contact? ― This report provides an assessment of G20 economies’ performance with respect to digitalisation and examines some of the most pressing policy challenges in areas spanning from access to digital infrastructures to digital security to legal frameworks. It includes a set of 11 core policy recommendations that could underpin a comprehensive G20 digital agenda. ― De nombreux pays ont mis en place des systèmes de pistage des populations et de contrôle électronique du respect du confinement et de la quarantaine. Ces mesures censées être exceptionnelles laissent planer un doute sur l'après-pandémie. ― Donald Trump a mis son protectionnisme en pratique. Dans l’idée de réduire le déficit commercial des Etats-Unis, la Maison Blanche a augmenté les droits de douanes sur l’acier et l’aluminium. ― Exports to China CMLV in Russia increased to 9239.90 USD Million in February from 3948.80 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports to China CMLV in Russia averaged 16366.38 USD Million from 2006 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 56791.60 USD Million in December of 2019 and a record low of 741.30 USD Million in January of 2010. Russia accounts for Exports to China using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports to China. ― GDP From Agriculture in Panama decreased to 220.16 PAB Million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 260.59 PAB Million in the third quarter of 2019. GDP From Agriculture in Panama averaged 198.31 PAB Million from 2013 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 260.59 PAB Million in the third quarter of 2019 and a record low of 172.04 PAB Million in the first quarter of 2015. This page provides - Panama Gdp From Agriculture- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― The paper examines the possible design and macroeconomic stabilisation properties of a euro area unemployment benefits re-insurance scheme using annual historical data from 2000 to 2016. ― Fear of covid-19 makes people behave badly, including some Chinese ― "Powering a topological superconductor using a time crystal gives you more than the sum of its parts," says Jason Alicea, a researcher at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the US. The discovery of topological states has bred reams of research revealing new condensed matter and quantum physics, with potential technological applications in spintronics and quantum computing. Similarly, not long after the first observations of topological insulators in the late 2000s, the concepts of time crystals emerged, introducing another fresh arena for exploring new physics that could be exploited in precise timekeeping and quantum technologies. ― We promise, this will make your day better. ― Unemployment Rate in Thailand decreased to 1 percent in March from 1.10 percent in February of 2020. Unemployment Rate in Thailand averaged 1.40 percent from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 5.73 percent in January of 2001 and a record low of 0.39 percent in November of 2012. In Thailand, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Thailand Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― Whistleblowing is an essential element for safeguarding the public interest and for promoting a culture of public accountability and integrity. The majority of OECD countries have recently passed legislation protecting whistleblowers and yet, despite being high on the agenda, successful whistleblowing stories are rare. ― Graphene, a single sheet of carbon atoms, has many extreme electrical and mechanical properties. Two years ago, researchers showed how two sheets laid on top of each other and twisted at just the right angle can become superconducting, so that the material loses its electrical resistivity. New work explains why this superconductivity happens in a surprisingly high temperature. ― Launch and first meeting of the Commission, Lyon, France. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr François Hollande, President of France and, H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa. ― The number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) remains elevated in many countries since the crisis. This country note examines the characteristics of those at risk of being NEET in Poland along with policies to help meet the challenge. It also includes many new youth-specific indicators on family formation, self-sufficiency, income and poverty, health and social cohesion. ― On 30 July 2013, the OECD invited comments from interested parties on the White paper on Transfer Pricing Documentation, released as part of its project on transfer pricing simplification. The OECD now publishes the comments received. ― Quick: Who has more up-to-date textbooks: students in wealthier schools or students in poorer schools? Actually, it depends where you live. As this month’s PISA in Focus explains, not only are some countries better than others in allocating their educational resources more equitably across schools, but students in these countries generally perform better in mathematics. ― Le président de Bavière est jugé convaincant par les Allemands dans la gestion de la crise du Covid-19. ― This annual publication presents detailed country notes and internationally comparable tax data for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards. ― Hey y'all, I hope you've been enjoying all the livestream entertainment we've been sharing here. Jessica over at Country Sway has been doing an amazing job as emcee and hostess, providing Country Music fans with a little break from our worries. We're good out here in Oklahoma, and we'll get back to our regular coverage soon enough, but it sure is nice to just let all the tail-chasing go for a minute and focus on what matters most. Continue reading → ― Amazon's latest perk ... free delivery to your car. ― Where does the productive capacity of firms come from? What are the barriers that prevent resources to flow to the firms with the greatest potential? Why is it that not all people that possess entrepreneurial talent choose to start firms? ― Photo: Dan VanThis summer is seeing some of country music's powerhouses taking the stage. Little Big Town, for over 20 years, has been belting out unique country music that is diverse in it's messages. From the current 'Daughters' to the summer fun 'Pontoon' it's a rare treat to see artists pull off unique messages in songs. While working on a new album, that will arrive after the new year of 2020, the quartet is delighting fans on and off the stage. Over time it seems that customer service is something that fades with all companies/brands as they grow, but not with Little Big Town. While many fans pay extra for the courtesy treatment, springing the extra funds for a VIP greet, this Little Big Town tour staff remains extremely nice and courteous even while they security wand the fans meeting them in a standard meet & greet. Customer service keeps the business and Little Big Town are an example, of over 20 years success with, dedicated fans filling up all venues on their tours. As for the shows, they have a slate of dates through September, with another tour that will be announced in the near future that will begin with Carnegie Hall in New York City giving a reason for a Little Big Town New York City trip. Be looking for more new music to be released as we head into 2020 to showcase the new album release after the new year. For now check out their single 'Daughters.' See more on them at Little Big Town.com.More details on how to get all the COUNTRY MUSIC content of artist and insights if you have a radio show/Radio station/Content site or blog - Email me: MusicFun@fuse.net. Follow me on INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK and YouTube DAN VAN Channel of videos. Dan Van is associated with Albright & O'Malley & Brenner, country music consultants, providing relevant information for today's fast paced radio listeners. More details or for contact visit: www.aandoandb.com/. ― Millions of people have been tested for the novel coronavirus, most using a kit that relies on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This sensitive method amplifies SARS-CoV-2 RNA from patient swabs so that tiny amounts of the virus can be detected. However, as the pandemic surges, this laboratory workhorse is showing signs of strain. Now, researchers reporting a proof-of-concept study in ACS Nano have developed a potentially more accurate diagnostic based on plasmonic photothermal sensing. ― Meeting the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement requires a transformational change in our infrastructure systems. This working paper aims to shed light on the extent to which current electricity generation projects under construction at the global level - the "pipeline" - are consistent with what a low-carbon transition requires. ― 'You're not welcome': rap's racial divide in France The Guardian ― Going for Growth 2015: Key findings for Italy ― Bye, Sin City! Hello, Music City! ― Quantum computing researchers have made improved qubits by exploiting concepts from high school chemistry. ― "My husband said, ‘Hey Shirley, why don’t you consider becoming a driver…you can work your own hours’." Thanks to smartphones and apps, Shirley revamped her work to suit her life. There are risks, but satisfaction, too. Watch our video. ― Promoting inclusive growth in India requires improving social and physical infrastructure. ― Going for Growth 2015: Key findings for Switzerland ― What researchers have learned about how a sea star accomplishes movement synchronization, given that it has no brain and a completely decentralized nervous system, might help us design more efficient robotics systems. ― The OECD publishes comments received from interested parties on the discussion draft on Action 6 (Prevent Treaty Abuse) of the BEPS Action Plan. ― CPI Housing Utilities in Ecuador decreased to 106.22 points in March from 116.19 points in February of 2020. CPI Housing Utilities in Ecuador averaged 97.78 points from 2005 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 116.19 points in February of 2020 and a record low of 76.41 points in January of 2005. This page provides - Ecuador Cpi Housing & Utilities- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― The UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris 30 November-11 December is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reach a new international agreement to combat climate change and accelerate our transition to a low-carbon economy. The “carbon entanglement” of our economies is keeping us on a collision course with nature. ― Le premier tome d’Hypérion, Les Cantos d’Hypérion signé Dan Simmons (né en 1948 dans l’Illinois, États-Unis) est construit en une suite de nouvelles. Sur la planète Hypérion s'accumulent les dangers : guerre avec les Extros et réapparition du Gritche, une monstrueuse entité. Sept pèlerins que... ― What’s this? The brand-new single from Swedish artist Molly Hammar – ‘Alone’. What’s it like? An enormously melodic number into which Molly injects her trademark level of soul via one of pop’s greatest voices right now. What does Molly say? “I think everyone struggles with loneliness. Sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it. ‘Alone’ […] ― As our body's largest and most prominent organ, the skin also provides one of our most fundamental connections to the world around us. From the moment we're born, it is intimately involved in every physical interaction we have. ― Restoring fiscal sustainability is a major challenge in Slovenia. Yet, the performance in terms of expenditure control is poor and public expenditure on social spending increased briskly during the crisis, significantly more than on average across the OECD. ― On 6 January 2017, public comments were invited on draft examples prepared as part of the follow-up work on the interaction between the treaty provisions of the report on BEPS Action 6 and the treaty entitlement of non-CIV funds. The OECD is grateful for the input and now publishes a compilation of the comments received. ― Regional inequality in Slovakia is among the highest in the OECD and is increasing. The main reason for regional disparity is the combination of low economic growth and job creation in the eastern and central part of the country and insufficient labour mobility to the west, in particular by low-skilled workers. ― Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain relief. ― The use of ICT for students’ projects or class work is an active teaching practice that promotes skills for students’ lifelong success. ― Several OECD countries have published their plans for the development of a future bioeconomy, in which bio-based materials and production techniques will contribute significantly to economic and environmental sustainability. The case for support for bio-based chemicals and plastics therefore warrants serious attention. ― Gains in female education attainment have contributed to a worldwide increase in women’s participation in the labour force, but considerable gaps remain in working hours, conditions of employment and earnings. More specific data for the United Kingdom are available in this country note. ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2011. ― OECD events at the Internet Governance Forum 2012 (Baku, Azerbaijan) ― Video: Trail Building, Rock Music & Graphic Design with Aaron Hogg in the Latest 'My Kona' Pinkbike.com ― Despite relative affluence, workplace stress is a prominent feature of the US labour market. To the extent that job stress causes poor health outcomes – either directly through increased blood ressure, fatigue, muscle pain, etc. or indirectly through increased rates of cigarette smoking – policy to lessen job stress may be appropriate. ― An upsurge in military action against armed groups in West Africa’s vast Sahel and Lake Chad regions has prompted the United Nations refugee agency to call on all warring parties to protect people caught up in the violence. ― Chicken wings, butter sculptures and American retail politics at its sweatiest ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Berlin on 1-2 October 2019 to attend a meeting with Chancellor Merkel and Heads of International Organisations. While in Berlin, the Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with Chancellor Merkel and other high level officials. ― Scientists have made an important discovery with implications for those living with a common, debilitating eye disease (age-related macular degeneration, AMD) that can cause blindness. They have discovered that the molecule TLR2, which recognises chemical patterns associated with infection in the body, also seems to play an important role in the development of retinal degeneration. When TLR2 is removed in model systems, a degree of protection is conferred. ― Consumer Price Index CPI in Thailand decreased to 101.82 points in March from 102.70 points in February of 2020. Consumer Price Index CPI in Thailand averaged 63.60 points from 1976 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 103.31 points in May of 2019 and a record low of 18.80 points in January of 1976. In Thailand, the most important categories in the consumer price index are Food and non-alcoholic beverages (36 percent of total weight), Transportation and communication (24 percent) and Housing and furnishing (23 percent). Others include: Medical and personal care (6 percent); Recreation and education (6 percent); Apparel and footwear (3 percent); and Tobacco and alcoholic beverages (1 percent). This page provides the latest reported value for - Thailand Consumer Price Index (CPI) - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― This report on climate change disclosure in G20 countries takes stock of mandatory climate change reporting schemes in G20 countries and identifies commonalities and divergences between the various schemes. ― The European Commission presented today an Action Plan to fundamentally reform corporate taxation in the EU. The Action Plan sets out a series of initiatives to tackle tax avoidance, secure sustainable revenues and strengthen the Single Market for businesses. ― Lifting the coronavirus lockdown in France will not be done region by region, and state representatives will be key in deciding the reopening on the ground, latest statements from Paris reveal ahead of next week’s final exit plan. Read Full Article at RT.com ― The Hubble Space Telescope's contributions extend far beyond the scientific sphere, into the everyday lives of regular people around the world. ― Mauvaise nouvelle pour Amel Bent. La chanteuse a confié sur son compte Instagram ce lundi 27 avril avoir récemment perdu son oncle. ― Scientists know that extreme heat has a negative impact on the human body—causing distress in the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. They also know that extreme air pollution can also have serious impacts on the human body. But as climate change impacts continue globally, how often will humans be threatened by both of those extremes when they occur simultaneously? ― On 24 March 2016, comments were invited to the questions included in a consultation document on issues and suggestions on the tax treaty entitlement of non-CIV (Collective Investment Vehicle) funds. ― Just under one in four adults in Germany are obese. As a result, Germans live on average 2.6 years less due to overweight. Overweight accounts for 10.7% of health expenditure one of the largest rates of all countries analysed. Labour market outputs are lower due to overweight by the equivalent of 1 m full time workers per year. Combined, this means that overweight reduces Germany’s GDP by 3.0%. ― An estimated baseline convergence model capturing the long-term effect of human capital and physical investment on potential output for a panel of OECD countries is augmented with public investment and its components. ― This paper looks at a study carried out among 80 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in two Canadian cities, Montréal and Winnipeg, based on a survey and case studies, which show the importance of innovation among Canadian SMEs. These innovations in turn create new demands for skill development, both through formal training and in informal activities. ― A moderate expansion is underway in most major advanced and emerging economies, but growth remains weak in the euro area, which runs the risk of prolonged stagnation if further steps are not taken to boost demand, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. ― On average across OECD countries, students’ belief that they can solve mathematics problems (mathematics self-efficacy) is associated with a difference of 49 score points in mathematics – the equivalent of one year of school. ― Scientists demonstrated, through brain imaging and psycho-cognitive evaluations conducted over several years on a community-based cohort of elderly people, that certain personality traits protect brain structures against neuro-degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. Among them, people who are less agreeable but with a natural curiosity and little conformism show better preservation of the brain regions that tend to lose volume, both in normal aging and in Alzheimer's disease. ― This paper provides a new taxonomy of industries according to their level of R&D intensity - the ratio of R&D to value added within an industry. Manufacturing and non-manufacturing activities are clustered into five groups (high, medium-high, medium, medium-low, and low R&D intensity industries), drawing on new and expanded evidence from most OECD countries and some partner economies. ― Despite sound policies and institutions, Danish productivity has grown modestly over the past decade, both historically and in relation to other countries, contributing to weak economic growth and an erosion in competitiveness. ― Les virus et les bactéries telles que la Listéria ne sont pas éliminés pendant le processus de congélation. Si vous êtes enceinte ou si votre système immunitaire est affaibli, mieux vaut donc cuire correctement ces produits avant de les consommer. Pour encore réduire les risques, pensez à les décongeler correctement. ― Recent decades have seen rapid growth of advanced digital technologies, including high-speed computing, big data, artificial intelligence, the internet-of-things and blockchain. This “digital revolution” creates significant opportunities for all levels of government to improve the delivery of public goods and services, and to raise more and better revenue. ― Money Supply M2 in Venezuela increased to 59073468.46 VEF Million in February from 49179755.53 VEF Million in January of 2020. Money Supply M2 in Venezuela averaged 513905.90 VEF Million from 1976 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 59073468.46 VEF Million in February of 2020 and a record low of 0 VEF Million in February of 1976. Venezuela Money Supply M2 includes M1 plus short-term time deposits in banks. This page provides - Venezuela Money Supply M2 - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Rome on 1-2 April 2019 to present the 2019 OECD Economic Survey of Italy at a Press Conference, alongside Minister Giovanni Tria. ― Soap is cheaper, but kolonya is a national obsesssion ― Care worker Caroline and her partner Kevin are coming up with ways to occupy the family at home. ― Business Confidence in Ecuador increased to 1474.80 points in December from 1474 points in November of 2019. Business Confidence in Ecuador averaged 1028.69 points from 2009 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 1474.80 points in December of 2019 and a record low of 402.80 points in November of 2009. In Ecuador, the Business Confidence Index Índice de Confianza Empresarial (ICE) summarizes the business expectations about the economic situation of the company and the country in general. The Index is obtained by measuring the business confidence in the Industrial, Construction, Commercial and Services sectors. This page provides - Ecuador Business Confidence - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― I also got to meet Cassadee Pope again on Sunday. We didn't get to talk for very long but it was still great to get to see her. The people here were kind of rushing people through the line ― Over the past few weeks, misinformation about the new coronavirus pandemic has been spreading across social media at an alarming rate. One video that went viral claimed breathing hot air from a hair dryer could treat COVID-19. A Twitter post touted injecting vitamin C to the bloodstream to treat the viral disease. Other threads hyped unfounded claims that vaping organic oregano oil is effective against the virus, as is using colloidal silver. ― K-pop kings BTS suspend world tour CANOE ― The 2017 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum will tackle issues related to fair competition and economic growth, the inequality gap, a level playing field for business, the public interest in policy making and trust in government and politics ― Researchers who developed an app that blocks third parties from identifying an individual's location based on what they search for online received a "best paper" award at a recent conference. ― Finland has proactively investigated seven allegations of Finnish individuals or companies paying bribes to foreign public officials since 1999 but needs to address its discouragingly high acquittal rate. ― To investigate how public finances could best be designed to promote long-run growth and address inequality, it is essential to have comprehensive, cross-country comparable data on government spending and revenues, along with structural and policy indicators. ― A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reports how a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technique called deep learning can automatically identify, count and describe animals in their natural habitats. ― The low-skilled are more likely than others to be unemployed, have bad health and earn much less, according to the first OECD Survey of Adult Skills. Countries with greater inequality in skills proficiency also have higher income inequality. ― Developing human capital is an integral part of economic growth and social progress. ― It is fuzzy how much the Irish Republican Army still influences it ― Barbados has become the 101st jurisdiction to join the Inclusive Framework on BEPS (“IF”). ― The health secretary says families of front-line workers who die from coronavirus will get £60,000. ― OECD Development Centre, ECLAC and CAF to launch their joint Latin American Economic Outlook 2015 at the XXIV Ibero-American Summit on Tuesday 9 December 2014 ― But not back to normal ― Ever plodded through flood waters to get to a conference? In late January, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) held their 3rd annual conference in Venice, Italy. The flooded city reminded attendees about the real world changes that are occurring and the need for continued action towards going green. ― As the world races against time to beat Covid-19, many feel the lockdown has been unfair and over-the-top. Now, anger and frustration threatens to snowball into something that makes a pandemic look like a picnic by comparison. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Bien que le stockage frénétique de denrées ne devrait absolument pas être à l’ordre du jour, il n’est pas rare que nous soyons confrontés, çà et là, à des rayons vides. Peut-être est-ce le moment idéal de tester des solutions alternatives, parfois plus saines, pour les produits de base habituels. ― The challenge for fiscal policy in Slovakia is to achieve fiscal consolidation in a way which supports the fragile recovery and protects spending on areas which are important for re-embarking on a trajectory of high trend growth and underpinning a catch-up in living standards. ― The answer turns on whether Title VII protects gay and transgender employees from discrimination ― Snopes overwhelmed by fact-checking coronavirus misinformation - Business Insider Business Insider ― NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), planned for launch in the mid-2020s, will create enormous cosmic panoramas. Using them, astronomers will explore everything from our solar system to the edge of the observable universe, including planets throughout our galaxy and the nature of dark energy. ― How can we increase employment and strengthen social cohesion? The prime minister of Norway argues that we need urgent action to ensure that an entire generation of young people remains connected to the labour market. We must also address the issue of income distribution to protect the vulnerable and guarantee greater equality of opportunity across our societies. ― Taxes are effective at cutting harmful emissions from energy use, but governments could make better use of them. Greater reliance on energy taxation is needed to strengthen efforts to tackle the principal source of both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, according to a new OECD report. ― The SPSR aims to inform developing countries’ efforts to extend and reform their social protection systems. It takes a holistic view of a country’s social protection system, examining its three pillars – social assistance, social insurance and labour market programmes – within the country’s broader policy context. ― A modern day Bulgarian proverb says “What money can’t buy, a lot of money can”. Sadly, the truth of this popular wisdom holds well beyond the country it comes from. Sadly too, it seems to work well in schools and universities. Year by year Transparency International (TI), an international anti-corruption NGO, publishes data on the perceptions and experience of people from around the globe... ― Surveys suggest that Denmark ranks close to or slightly above the OECD average in terms of student and adult skills, even though Denmark spends more than many OECD countries on education, labour market policies and adult learning. Sluggish productivity growth over the past two decades raises the question of how to develop better skills and use them more efficiently to achieve stronger and more inclusive growth. ― As a genomics epidemiologist, Hayley Yaglom is currently studying the transmission patterns of COVID-19 and working to support Arizona communities with testing for the virus. After earning a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in animal biotechnology, both from the University of Massachusetts, she came to Mizzou in 2011 for her Master of Veterinary Public Health. ― Cost of food in Ecuador increased 0.35 percent in March of 2020 over the same month in the previous year. Food Inflation in Ecuador averaged 4.19 percent from 2005 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 20.55 percent in August of 2008 and a record low of -3.60 percent in June of 2018. This page provides - Ecuador Food Inflation - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― It doesn’t feel like a great time to be an expert. Experts rely on facts, evidence and careful analysis to make assessments of the past, present, and future. All those categories—expertise, evidence and logical analysis—seem under attack. Equally importantly, public trust in the institutions that house experts has ebbed at an alarming rate over the last 40 years. ― Productivity growth will be the main driver of global economic growth and prosperity over the coming decades. For New Zealand, this represents both a challenge and an opportunity, as NZ productivity is below that of leading OECD countries. ― Extended periods in space have long been known to cause vision problems in astronauts. Now a new study suggests that the impact of long-duration space travel is more far-reaching, potentially causing brain volume changes and pituitary gland deformation. ― Excellent population health status and good outcomes associated with acute care reflect a high-performing health system in Norway. Norway’s good health system comes at a cost – Norway’s per capita health expenditure is the highest in Europe. ― New research from the Global Maternal Sepsis Study (GLOSS), a major WHO/HRP initiative, shows that infection has a much larger impact on global maternal mortality and morbidity than previously thought. ― 2020-04-27 22:29:28 Europe solidaire Parce qu’en ce temps de crise sanitaire, sociale, économique, écologique, nous avons plus que jamais [...] Lire la suite ― Owing to past structural reforms, Costa Rica has enjoyed robust GDP growth and productivity levels are gradually converging towards the OECD average. ― 28 April 2020 - On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the World Health Organizations calls upon all governments, employers and workers organizations and the global community to take urgent measures for strengthen countries’ capacities to protect occupational health and safety of health workers and emergency responders respect their rights to decent working conditions, and develop national programmes for occupational health of health workers and to provide them with occupational health services. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, ILO has dedicated World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020 in addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, in particular, on the COVID-19 pandemic. ― Despite unprecedented progress over the past century, gender gaps in the labour market persist throughout the world and are especially marked in emerging economies. While the quantity of jobs held by women has increased in many countries, female workers continue to have worse jobs than men. ― Countries across the six WHO regions are participating in the Global Dementia Observatory (GDO), a data and knowledge exchange platform. The GDO provides easy access to country-level key dementia data and functions as the monitoring mechanism of the Global dementia action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025. ― On 19 April, 2019, the OECD held a workshop on mining and green growth in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia (EECCA) region. The workshop is part of a larger project on mining and environmental sustainability in the EECCA region, following the production of a background paper on the same topic. ― Geddy Lee, Bryan Adams Featured on Canadian Charity Performance of 'Lean On Me' wmmr.com ― While the majority of Americans have no choice but to put up with the shortfalls of their government amid the coronavirus crisis, the US’s super-rich are seeking refuge in New Zealand. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Les dépenses de santé en France représentent un peu plus de 11 % du PIB, une des proportions les plus élevées des pays de l’OCDE, et devraient s’élever jusqu’à 13 % du PIB en 2030. Ces dépenses ont contribué à de bons résultats de santé, avec l’espérance de vie supérieure de deux ans à la moyenne de l’OCDE. Encore un adulte sur quatre fume tous les jours et la consommation d’alcool reste environ 30 % supérieure à la moyenne de l’OCDE. ― Based on an in-depth literature review and responses to a survey among OECD member countries, this paper discusses the use of flexibility mechanisms in environmental regulations. The literature on these issues is limited, but it is clear that some such mechanisms can have important environmental and economic impacts. ― An overview of the long-term care situation in the Slovak Republic is available here. ― In October 2019, scientists trapped a ship filled with equipment in Arctic sea ice with the intention of drifting around the Arctic Ocean for a full year, gathering data on the polar regions and sea ice floes. However, a new study indicates there is a chance the expedition may melt out months before the year-end goal. ― The UK economy has been broadly flat over the past two years. Employment has risen slightly, while the unemployment rate has stayed close to 8%. Projections in the 2012 OECD Employment Outlook foresee some increase in the unemployment rate that could even reach 9% in 2013. ― Marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged States to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace. ― Japan, one of the founding members of the OECD Development Centre, conveyed its intention to return as a member. Prime Minister Abe and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida confirmed Japan's commitment to the OECD Secretary General Gurría and Development Centre’s Director Mario Pezzini during their visit to Tokyo earlier this week. ― Adults who lack basic skills – literacy and numeracy – are penalised both in professional and private life. They are more likely to be unemployed or in precarious jobs, earn lower wages, have more health issues, trust others less, and engage less often in community life and democratic processes. ― Latvia has successfully consolidated its hospital sector and strengthened primary care since the financial crisis. But persistent barriers to accessing high quality care need to be removed, according to a new OECD report. ― ― The well performing labour market has delivered low unemployment and relatively stable wage developments. ― Schools nowadays are required to learn faster than ever before in order to deal effectively with the growing pressures of a rapidly changing environment. ― The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection. ― As public health officials worry about the emergence of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, researchers are tracing how antibiotics bind to a gonococcal protein, information that can help lead to new antimicrobials. ― This book provides, for Sweden an independent analysis from an international perspective of major issues facing the evaluation and assessment framework in education, along with current policy initiatives and possible future approaches. ― How Iswaraan Suppiah has laid the technology foundation for CIMB to become the first pan-ASEAN bank. ― SOPEMI 2011\Ebook\Fragments_with_friendly\Spain_engl ― MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle went beyond the point of shilling for Joe Biden by asking whether the former vice president should set up a “shadow government” to counter Donald Trump’s coronavirus daily briefings. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Drawing on experiences in OECD countries and in our key partners, this report presents an OECD view of major policy challenges in Russia, including the fiscal framework, financial sector, competition, business climate, governance of public enterprises, innovation, trade, social policies, employment, education, health, energy, agriculture and green policies. ― Electrons spin. It's a fundamental part of their existence. Some spin "up" while others spin "down." Scientists have known this for about a century, thanks to quantum physics. ― Mis au point par l’Espagnole Carmen Hijosa, le Pinatex, fabriqué à partir de fibres de feuilles d’ananas, se veut une alternative écologique au cuir animal. ― The FAO, OECD and UNCDF launched a joint multi-year initiative to assess Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) policies from a territorial perspective. This joint initiative will assess, scale up, and pilot innovative policy approaches and governance mechanisms to improve food security and nutrition in rural areas, in both emerging and developing countries. ― If you're having difficulty identifying the right word to express yourself clearly or remembering a story correctly, you may blame menopause. A new study suggests that physiologic hot flashes are associated with decreased verbal memory and with alterations in brain function during encoding and retrieval of memory, especially in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. ― La spesa sanitaria pro-capite in Italia è diminuita in termini reali a partire dal 2011. La diminuzione ha interessato sia la spesa pubblica che quella privata. La riduzione della spesa sanitaria è stata in parte il risultato di tagli alla spesa farmaceutica. ― Enjoy Your Daily Popcast! Another 15 fantastic songs added to this playlist for your listening pleasure. These are not brand new songs – that’s what our new music playlists are for. We’ve all heard of Podcasts but here at Talk About Pop Music we like to do things differently. Rather than be subjected to a […] ― Certain growth-promoting policies can have negative side-effects by increasing the vulnerability of economies to financial crises. Typical examples are greater openness to financial flows or more liberalised financial markets. ― Scientists studying a quasar 13 billion light years away believe they have discovered a ‘direction’ to the universe which, if proven true, would upend not only Einstein’s theory of gravity, but the standard model of cosmology. Read Full Article at RT.com ― John Prine is back in the charts, but this time for a much more somber reason. As fans and fellow artists took to remember John Prine through his music, songs and albums of the musical legend who passed away on April 7th at 73-years-old spiked on a number of charts in both Rock and Country. ― Access to education continues to expand worldwide but the socio-economic divisions between tertiary-educated adults and the rest of society are growing. Governments must do more to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to a good education early in life, according to a new OECD report. ― Sound public policies grounded in evidence – and implemented effectively – will be crucial for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This document outlines four broad areas for future action for the OECD, highlighting what it could do more of – or do differently – to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. C/MIN(2016)6. ― This workshop provided practical information and learning through case studies, group exercises and presentations from government officials with extensive experience in applying regulatory impact assessment (RIA) systems. ― NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), planned for launch in the mid-2020s, will create enormous cosmic panoramas. Using them, astronomers will explore everything from our solar system to the edge of the observable universe, including planets throughout our galaxy and the nature of dark energy. ― To boost growth, productivity and earnings, the UK should encourage lifelong learning among adults and promote better skills utilisation, according to a new OECD report. ― Ensuring tax and transfer systems bring sufficient revenue to reach macroeconomic fiscal targets, address societal goals in re-distribution and social welfare, recognise the influence taxation has on businesses’ competitiveness and adequately address environmental externalities is a tough challenge, arguably more so in Israel than in many other OECD countries. ― Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have experimentally demonstrated a novel cryogenic, or low temperature, memory cell circuit design based on coupled arrays of Josephson junctions, a technology that may be faster and more energy efficient than existing memory devices. If successfully scaled, this type of cryogenic memory array could advance a variety of applications including quantum and exascale computing. ― A research team of Seoul National University led by Professor Kyu-Jin Cho has developed an origami-inspired robotic arm that is foldable, self-assembling and also highly-rigid. (The researchers include Suk-Jun Kim, Dae-Young Lee, Gwang-Pil Jung, Professor of SeoulTech) ― ― Unemployment Rate in Russia increased to 4.70 percent in March from 4.60 percent in February of 2020. Unemployment Rate in Russia averaged 7.40 percent from 1992 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 14.10 percent in February of 1999 and a record low of 4.30 percent in August of 2019. In Russia, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Russia Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― This paper explores cross-country differences in the design of insolvency regimes, based on quantitative indicators constructed from countries’ responses to a recent OECD policy questionnaire. ― La expectativa de vida en España es la segunda más alta en la OCDE (después de Japón). Aún más progreso podría lograrse abordando importantes factores de riesgo para la salud como el consumo de tabaco y alcohol, al igual que la obesidad en poblaciones adultas e infantiles. ― The first United Nations “Solidarity Flight” is scheduled to leave Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today - from there, the aircraft will transport the vital medical cargo to all countries in Africa, where supplies are desperately needed to contain the spread of COVID-19. ― Key findings for The Netherlands from the report "Pensions at a Glance 2019" ― Action to prevent the risk of major flooding in Paris and the Ile de France region has improved in recent years – particularly after the Seine burst its banks in May and June 2016 – but urban and territorial planning needs to be better adapted, governance strengthened and long-term funding clarified, according to the OECD. ― In a challenge to Zoom’s dominance in the video-calling sphere, Facebook is debuting a new feature allowing such chats with up to 50 people. But wasn’t Zoom in the hot seat for sharing data with Facebook in the first place? Read Full Article at RT.com ― The Saturday night Grand Ole Opry tradition continues even during the COVID-19 pandemic with two official Opry members---one older, and one new---taking the stage together Saturday, April 25th, keeping the circle unbroken once again. This week Luke Combs and Craig Morgan will do the honors. ― This paper estimates potential output losses from the global financial crisis by comparing recent OECD published projections with a counter-factual assuming a continuation of pre-crisis productivity trends and a trend employment rate which is sensitive to demographic trends. ― Consumer Confidence in Ecuador increased to 37.10 points in February from 37 points in January of 2020. Consumer Confidence in Ecuador averaged 40.29 points from 2010 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 49 points in December of 2013 and a record low of 26.90 points in May of 2016. In Ecuador, the consumer confidence index (ICC) is a weighted average of combination of responses to 6 questions. These questions measure the perception that households have about their economic situation, consumption of goods and services and country´s economic condition in the previous month and in the next three months. The index is based on a sample of 3800 households located in the cities of Quito, Guayaquil, Ambato, Cuenca and Machala. The ICC is measured on a scale of 0 to 100, where levels above 50 indicate optimism, 50 neutrality and below 50 pessimism. This page provides - Ecuador Consumer Confidence - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Apple has become the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets. ― Coronavirus: Former UniLad bosses move to combat misinformation Business Insider ― Geological evidence suggests it originated 37,000 years ago ― Nashville notes | Big Country Music News | willmarradio.com KWLM (Willmar Radio) ― This report on the shipbuilding industry in Turkey is one of a series studies covering various OECD countries and non-OECD economies, and has been prepared to inform OECD’s Council Working Party on Shipbuilding (WP6) on the status and future prospects of that industry. ― Le 28 mars, le gouvernement français annonçait une commande de plus d’un milliard de masques à la Chine, qui arriveront d’ici fin juin. En attendant, les fab labs et les makers se mobilisent pour aider les soignants à faire leur travail dans de bonnes conditions. ― Partant de la formule brute d’une molécule, le chimiste est capable d’en écrire ce qu’il appelle une formule développée. En d’autres termes, une représentation plane de cette entité moléculaire dans laquelle on utilise des traits pour indiquer la présence de liaisons simples ou multiples entre... ― Scientists repurposed living frog cells -- and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These tiny 'xenobots' can move toward a target and heal themselves after being cut. These novel living machines are neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. They're a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism. ― This working paper on Green Innovation in Tourism Services seeks to analyse the role of green innovation in the transition of tourism enterprises (hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators) to a green economy; how green innovation in tourism is supported in OECD countries (e.g. specific structures, mechanisms and good practices); and what can be done to accelerate the diffusion of green innovation in the sector. ― This country note provides information on latest trends in income inequalities as well as key findings from the 2015 OECD report "In it Together: Why less inequality benefits all". ― This edition of Migration Policy Debates provides an assessment of the possible economic impact of the refugee crisis. It stresses that while there will obviously be short-term costs arising from such large flows, there will also be sizeable economic and public-finance benefits provided refugees are integrated into the labour market. ― This country note provides information on latest trends in income inequalities as well as key findings from the 2011 OECD report "Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising". ― Researchers use the field of incident response to shed light on how experts -- and nations -- can more effectively combat cyber-warfare when they foster trust and transcend politics. ― The OECD is now gathering input for the BEPS Action 14 Stage 1 peer reviews of Brunei, Curaçao, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Monaco, San Marino and Serbia, and invites taxpayers to submit input on specific MAP-related issues by 19 March 2019. ― Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, debates have raged about the reach of so-called "fake news" websites and the role they played during the campaign. A study published in Nature Human Behaviour finds that the reach of these untrustworthy websites has been overstated. ― Le baobab d'Afrique (Adansonia digitata) est l'arbre le plus caractéristique d'Afrique avec ses branches ressemblant à des racines. La multiplicité de ses usages (alimentaire, médicinal...) en fait l'une des espèces les plus utiles du Sahel. ― Ten Famous Quotes About Artificial Intelligence Analytics India Magazine ― Paraguay signed today the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, making it the 119th jurisdiction to join the world’s leading instrument for boosting transparency and combating cross-border tax evasion. ― Un Ascensore Sociale Rotto? Come si confronta l’Italia? ― Health care expenditure per person, after accounting for changes in overall price levels, began to slow in many OECD countries in the early-to-mid 2000s, well before the economic and fiscal crisis. ― PepsiCo to distribute Bang Energy in United States Food Business News ― Lost football games may trigger heart attacks in male fans, according to research presented today on EAPC Essentials 4 You, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). 'Our study shows that poor results from the local professional football team coincided with more heart attacks in male residents,' said study author Dr. Lukasz Kuzma of the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland. 'The findings suggest that the mental and emotional stress of defeat can provoke cardiac events.' ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, in Miami, 2-3 November 2017 to attend the Council of the Americas Symposium & 23rd Bravo Business Awards. ― Solar panels are connected directly to the line ― OECD Ministers have endorsed updated guidelines to help national governments and regional groups create the right conditions to attract domestic and foreign investment. ― This report presents an update of OECD policy advice in areas that are critical to China’s long-term economic performance and social development. They include food security, social safety nets, health reform, green growth, climate change and urbanisation. ― This roundtable focused on the impact the Anti-Bribery Convention has had on the global anti-bribery agenda since its entry into force in 1999, as well as what should be done to ensure the Convention's continued relevance going forward. ― Google will kick off its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November—but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend. ― Poison drummer thinks rock music has gone ‘a bit stagnant’ Tone Deaf ― The G20 needs to go structural, social, and green! With fiscal and monetary policy room nearly exhausted, structural reforms are the best choices, sometimes the only choice. The OECD battle cry in this regard has been unchanged since 2008: “go structural!”. ― Athens nursing home has 54 seniors with COVID-19; limited hospital space WTVC ― Interview: Sweet Crude On 'Officiel-Artificiel,' Louisiana French And NOLA NPR ― Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and the Russian Academy of Sciences have found a limit to how runny a liquid can be. ― The Platform for Collaboration on Tax – a joint initiative of the IMF, OECD, UN and World Bank Group – is seeking public feedback on a draft toolkit designed to help developing countries tackle the complexities of taxing offshore indirect transfers of assets, a practice by which multinational corporations try to minimise their tax liability. ― Chez l’être humain, la vision est le sens le plus développé : une part importante du cortex cérébral sert à traiter les informations visuelles. Son fonctionnement est le suivant : les photorécepteurs présents sur la rétine (les cônes et les bâtonnets) captent les caractéristiques de la lumière... ― Measurements of collisions between small and large atomic nuclei by RIKEN physicists will inform the quest to produce new elements and could lead to new chemistry involving superheavy elements. ― This study aims to assess the degree of institutional fragmentation of transport and land use planning in Chicago. It provides an overview of local governments in metropolitan Chicago and mechanisms for coordination. Five main challenges are identified. ― Italy - Country Health Profiles 2019: Launch presentation. The Country Health Profiles provide a concise and policy-relevant overview of health and health systems in the EU/European Economic area, emphasizing the particular characteristics and challenges in each country against a backdrop of cross-country comparisons. ― Les séparatistes du sud du Yémen ont déclaré l'autonomie de celui-ci, malgré un accord de paix avec le gouvernement. Une annonce qui s'ajoute au long conflit entre les rebelles Houthis du nord et la coalition menée par l'Arabie saoudite. Des séparatistes yéménites ont déclaré l'autonomie de la partie sud du pays déchiré par la guerre, brisant l'accord de paix conclu avec le gouvernement en exil à Aden (sud). Le Conseil de transition du Sud (STC) a accusé ce dernier de ne pas avoir rempli ses obligations et - Avril / International ― The report highlights what concepts, definitions and measurement approaches can be used, with currently available data or suitably adapted sources, to produce policy-relevant indicators on the use of innovation procurement and carry out empirical analyses on the impact of public procurement on R&D, innovation and broader economic outcomes. ― Thailand's membership reinforces its commitment to implement both the international standard of exchange of information on request and the standard of automatic exchange of financial account information. ― Belgium shows average health outcomes compared to other OECD countries. Life expectancy at birth is 80.7 years, just above the OECD average. Quality of care is fair, standing again near the OECD average. Health expenditure at 10.2% of GDP is higher than the OECD average of 1.3% points in 2013. Health policy in Belgium relies on shared responsibility of both the federal authorities and federated entities (regions and communities). ― By Small Ruin becomes the new voice of country rock music with the hypnotic riffs in the song 'Crazy' Daily Music Roll ― US forces in the Persian Gulf have been authorized to open fire on Iranian ships if they ‘harass’ them at sea, President Donald Trump said, as tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Washington on 12-13 June 2014 to present the 2014 OECD Economic Survey of the United States. While in Washington, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at a seminar on Inclusive Growth hosted at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He will also have meetings with high level US officials. ― The OECD was invited to assess key elements of the Second Irish Public Service Reform Plan (PSRP 2014-2016), with a view to informing future public service reform efforts in Ireland. ― I am delighted to be at Tokyo University this afternoon for the launch of the Innovative Schools Network. As one of Asia’s foremost institutions of education, one which prides itself on moving forward the frontiers of human knowledge in the interests of society at large, Todai (Tokyo University) is the perfect setting for today’s event. ― New research could help scientists track how climate change is impacting the birds and the bees... of honey bees. ― Unlike US residents, people in a remote area of the Bolivian rain forest usually do not perceive the similarities between two versions of the same note played at different registers, an octave apart. This discovery may help scientists tease out elements of perception that cannot be seen when examining only a single, homogenous group. ― Spain is emerging from a challenging period. The good news is that the economy has returned to moderate growth and unemployment rates are falling. Yet Spain’s progress along the path to inclusive growth may well falter if steps are not taken today to boost skills outcomes. ― This note presents selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered. ― Des personnes lourdement handicapées soulagent leurs douleurs par le cheval à l’institut Equiphoria. ― 50 Musicians in France Came Together for One Awe-inspiring Virtual Performance Travel+Leisure ― Le documentaire Les États-Unis, les sacrifiés de la santé, diffusé mardi 28 avril à 20 h 55 sur France 5, nous plonge dans des situations particulières déchirantes qui en disent long sur l’état général du système de santé de l’Oncle Sam. ― This meeting will focus on the third round monitoring reports under the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan for Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. The meeting will also include progress reports from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. ― Vutiliti, Real-Time Energy Data Monitoring Company, Raises $11.75 Million in Series A Funding Yahoo Finance ― ― The tax wedge for the average single worker in the Netherlands increased by 0.3 percentage points from 37.4 in 2017 to 37.7 in 2018. The OECD average tax wedge in 2018 was 36.1 (2017, 36.2). ― France 5 diffuse ce jeudi 23 avril le documentaire « Notre-Dame de Paris, les secrets des bâtisseurs », à 20 h 50. Un peu film peu original mais qui a le mérite de bien expliquer l’histoire du monument. Quelques pépites sont à glaner malgré les effets de redondance… ― Selon plusieurs agences de cybersécurité internationales, les pirates informatiques profitent de l'anxiété des internautes à propos de l'épidémie pour pousser ceux-ci à cliquer sur des liens et télécharger des pièces jointes. ― Devon Energy Changes Time of First-Quarter 2020 Earnings Call to 10am ET GlobeNewswire ― If you wanted to narrow down the search for Earth-like worlds in a vast universe, how might you go about it? ― Sam Smith and Demi Lovato team up on their new single 'I'm Ready'. Continue reading → ― Abnormal levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are linked to a variety of mental health disorders, including depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). MIT researchers have now devised a way to remotely control the release of these hormones from the adrenal gland, using magnetic nanoparticles. ― Integrity Week is an annual event organised by the OECD and its CleanGovBiz Initiative to actively support governments and organisations in their efforts to strengthen integrity, build trust, and fight corruption. ― Growth momentum picking-up in several advanced economies and strengthening in major emerging economies ― This image displays a swirling spiral galaxy named NGC 2906. ― When someone becomes infected with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen proliferates rapidly in the cells of the infected person. To do so, the virus has to multiply its genetic material, which consists of a single long RNA strand. This task is performed by the viral "copy machine," the so-called polymerase. Researchers led by Patrick Cramer at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, have now determined the 3-D structure of the corona polymerase. This makes it now possible to investigate how antiviral drugs such as remdesivir—which blocks the polymerase—work, and to search for new inhibitory substances. ― MRCOOL DIY Ductless Heat Pump. Energy efficient heating & cooling! Clearfield Progress ― The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today that the 55TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ will take place in Nashville, TN for the first time in the show’s 55-year history. In an unprecedented move, the 55th ACM AWARDS® will be the first awards show to broadcast from three iconic Country Music venues including the Grand Ole […] ― Bahrain has become the 115th jurisdiction to join the Inclusive Framework on BEPS (“IF”). The IF was established in January 2016, after the G20 Leaders urged the timely implementation of the BEPS package released in October 2015 and called on the OECD to develop a more inclusive framework with the involvement of interested non-G20 countries and jurisdictions, including developing economies. ― A longitudinal study examined whether children who are well-liked and children who are popular got that way by being fun to hang around with. Results clearly underscore the importance of being fun. Across a two-month period, primary school children perceived by classmates as someone who is fun to be around experienced an increase in the number of classmates who liked them and the number who rated them as popular. In the eyes of peers, 'fun begets status and status begets fun.' ― England has committed itself to a very ambitious programme to develop apprenticeships, but still faces many challenges to effectively implement current reforms and develop a world-class apprenticeship system, according to a new OECD report. ― WYEP's 'Soul Show' co-founder Stephen Chatman dies of COVID-19 in Arizona Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ― In November of 2019—likely, even earlier—a tiny entity measuring just a few hundred billionths of a meter in diameter began to tear apart human society on a global scale. Within a few months, the relentless voyager known as SARS-CoV-2 had made its way to every populated corner of the earth, leaving scientists and health authorities with too many questions and few answers. ― Regional disparities in the supply and demand of skills do exists in many OECD countries. Local level actors need to be equipped with the right tools and capacities to develop innovative employment and job creation strategies tailored to their local conditions. ― This report documents the increase in labor migration in Asia and looks at how finance and technology can aid its positive impact on home countries. As diasporas increase, governments have reached out to citizens abroad to provide them with financial instruments. Remittance channels have long been consolidated, but financial technology is changing the ways in which migrants remit—reducing fees and opening opportunities for new actors. ― A research team developed new algorithms and filled in knowledge gaps about how robots contribute to teams and what robots know about their environment and teammates. ― ‘It Could Be an Incredibly Quiet Year’: 18 Artists On Bracing for Post-Coronavirus Life Vulture ― Senegal today signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. Senegal is the 11th country of the African continent to sign the Convention and the 93rd jurisdiction to join it. Simultaneously to signing the Convention, Senegal today also became the 32nd signatory of Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for the automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports (CbC MCAA). ― Susanne Hellmuth and Olaf Stemmann from the Chair of Genetics at the University of Bayreuth have discovered a natural protective mechanism that leads to the programmed death of potentially diseased cells. It protects from cancer that can develop as a result of irregular distribution of genetic information to daughter cells. The enzyme separase plays a central role in these processes. The findings published in Nature offer promising approaches for cancer therapy. ― Endorsing the OECD’s Action Plan for Youth at the OECD’s annual Ministerial Meeting in Paris in May 2013, ministers underlined the need to focus attention on the most disadvantaged youth. ― Regards 2020-04-28 10:11:19 , Janette Habel est politologue, spécialiste de l’Amérique latine. Regards. Comment avez-vous connu Henri Weber ? Janette [...] Lire la suite ― Studies tackle who joins the military and why, but their findings aren't what many assume Military Times ― Parents researching childhood vaccinations online are likely to encounter significant levels of negative information, researchers have found. ― Medical workers to rock out for free at festival Sunshine Coast Daily ― One To Watch. ― Water resources allocation determines who is able to use water resources, how, when and where. Capturing information from 27 OECD countries and key partner economies, the report presents key findings from the OECD Survey of Water Resources Allocation and case studies of successful allocation reform. ― Aggregate investment has declined markedly over the crisis and has yet to recover. Reviving domestic and foreign investment is crucial to supporting the economic recovery, deepen Greece’s integration into global value chains and raising living standards. ― The OECD organised a number of events focused on key aspects of the negotiations: side events on tracking private climate finance, establishing and understanding post-2020 mitigation commitments, and credible policies to achieve climate targets and mobilise private finance. The OECD also convened a High Level Breakfast addressing the issues around long-term investment and green infrastructure. ― ― Since its discovery in 2017, an air of mystery has surrounded the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system, an elongated, cigar-shaped body named 'Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "a messenger from afar arriving first"). ― The universe is full of billions of galaxies -- but their distribution across space is far from uniform. Why do we see so much structure in the universe today and how did it all form and grow? A 10-year survey of tens of thousands of galaxies has provided a new approach to answering this fundamental mystery. ― New York had its lowest death toll from Covid-19 since April 1, but Governor Andrew Cuomo warned a lot is still required before the state can start to reopen, including an ‘army’ of tracers and more coronavirus tests. Read Full Article at RT.com ― 17-22 November 2018, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The OECD actively participated in this Conference through an official OECD side event and by taking part in a number of workshops, seminars and other events throughout the conference. Read more on the OECD side-event, participation at the High-Level Segment and the OECD work on biodiversity. ― OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría opens the Global Forum on Better Governance for Inclusive Growth held in Paris. The Forum will focus on public sector reforms worldwide and identify lessons learned, good practices and innovative solutions for advancing the governance reforms necessary to foster inclusive growth. ― INCREDIBLE. ― The best sci-fi movies and TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime Space.com ― Stable growth momentum in the OECD area ― Poland’s economic growth remains strong. Rising family benefits and a booming jobs market are lifting household income while poverty rates and inequality are falling, says a new OECD report. ― Note summarising the performance of German 15-year-old students in the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving. ― Artificial Intelligence holds promise in improving revenue cycle management in healthcare Healthcare Finance News ― This paper analyses the effects of product market reforms in the short and medium term across 10 regulated industries and 18 advanced economies for the period 1998-2013 using internationally comparable firm-level data based on Orbis. ― How school systems respond to immigration has an enormous impact on the economic and social well-being of all members of the communities they serve, whether they have an immigrant background or not. ― The recent droughts in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states have exposed the need to shift from crisis management to effective risk governance of the country’s water resources, according to a new OECD report. ― This country fact-sheet presents key figures from "Under Pressure: The Squeezed Middle Class". This report analyses the trends of middle-income households in areas such as employment, consumption, wealth and debt, as well as perceptions and social attitudes. It also includes recommendations for protecting middle-class living standards and financial security in the face of economic challenges. ― Stagecoach Turns Into Stage-Couch Amid Pandemic Spectrum News 1 ― Bill Withers: soul music's 'everyman' wrote songs for the world to lean on The Conversation UK ― With Hollywood stars galore, Apple unveiled its streaming video plans Monday along with news and game subscription offerings as part of an effort to shift its focus to digital content and services to break free of its reliance on iPhone sales. ― It's pretty incredible that a song has the power to transport you to another place and time. Just like a movie, when the screen cuts to a completely different scene, you almost forget what is real; or like pulling into your driveway wondering how you got there because you were thinking about something else the entire time. The song comes on and those feelings come rushing back as if you're literally in the moment again.We've all been there. What triggered the flashback this time? Old Dominion, of course. I know what you're thinking... I talk about them all the time, but they put me in a good mood (hence, why you'll find me listening to them on the morning subway commute). First it was Wrong Turns and all of the sudden I was back at Jenk's, having the actual best summer of my life. And then came Song For Another Time and I'm in a basement with maybe 50 other people, so close to the amp I could literally feel the music in my chest. The irony of that song title is too real. I happen to crave those magical moments, because as I mentioned in my last post, I love feelings. Of course though, if I get to relive the good moments, I also have to relive the not-so-good: realizing it's over. And knowing I'll probably never get to see Old Dominion in that small of a venue again is a very hard thing to come to terms with.But to end on a positive note, it's New Music Friday, and that means welcoming a beautiful new Brett Eldredge tune (listen here).That's the power of a songWhen it grabs you by the heartIt's gonna find you when it wants toNo matter where you are#NYCountrified ― 29-30 October, Bangkok - The 2015 Roundtable will focus on family-businesses in Asia, institutional investors, disclosure of beneficial ownership and control. It will also discuss the progress made so far in implementing the Roundtable's recommendations. ― This edition of Migration Policy Debates assesses the intergenerational transmission of the disadvantages encountered by migrants, in absolute and relative terms, and the conditions under which the native-born children of immigrants may be resilient in the face of the challenges of their parents’ generation. It summarises a recent OECD report (OECD, 2017) on this issue, funded by the European Commission. ― Weak productivity growth is a major problem afflicting most societies. It curbs growth in incomes and endangers the sustainability of social security systems. An important, but often ignored, source of the productivity slowdown is the increasing prevalence of weakly productive firms and, among them, “zombie firms” – in essence firms that would typically exit or be forced to restructure in a competitive market. ― The G20 needs to go structural, social, and green! With fiscal and monetary policy room nearly exhausted, structural reforms are the best choices, sometimes the only choice. The OECD battle cry in this regard has been unchanged since 2008: “go structural!”. ― Virtually all three-year-olds in Spain are enrolled in school, most of them in public institutions. Spain’s expenditure on pre-primary education (for public institutions) amounts to 0.9% of GDP, compared to the OECD average of 0.5% of the combined GDP. ― Restoring fiscal sustainability is a major challenge in Slovenia. Yet, the performance in terms of expenditure control is poor and public expenditure on social spending increased briskly during the crisis, significantly more than on average across the OECD. ― An ecosystem assessment is a social process through which the findings of science concerning the causes of ecosystem change, their consequences for human well-bring, and the management and policy options are evaluated. The main objective of the paper is to draw insights from experience in the UK, Japan, Spain and Portugal of the added value to policy making of undertaking national level ecosystem assessments. ― Photo: Dan VanHannah Ellis is an artist for fans that pulls from her real life and emotions. Her single “Home and a Hometown” premiered on CMT recently, while charting in the Top 100 on Mediabase Country Charts as an independent artist.Hailing from Campbellsville, Kentucky she found her way to compete in Season 8 of NBC’s The Voice. Once returning to Nashville, she signed a publishing deal with Curb|Word Entertainment. While writing full time, she has since had songs recorded by artists: Russell Dickerson, Danielle Bradbery and most recently, the current Cassadee Pope single, “If My Heart Had a Heart.”As for the CMT Next Women of Country Tour, Hannah is enjoying her time with Cassadee and Clare as they perform and meet the fans of the tour.“I love watching them on stage I love watching them interact with their fans. You know, after the shows as well in their meet & greets and just seeing them and their personalities with them and just how much energy they both put into their shows. It’s just something you can never get enough of honestly.” Hear her comments below: Hannah is seeing many faces on the tour and while this is an all female show, she feels that female country music is in a category but explains that the three different types of shows on the CMT Next Women of Country tour is a good time for all including the men, guys and gentlemen. Hear her comments below: Hannah is opening the tour this week in Boston, New York City and Washington D.C. while continuing to write and hoping for a new music release very soon. See a snipet of her song 'Home and A Hometown' performed in Lexington, Kentucky on April 20th, 2019 below: See more on her music and schedule at Hannah Ellis music.com. More details on how to get all the COUNTRY MUSIC content of artist and insights if you have a radio show/Radio station/Content site or blog - Email me: MusicFun@fuse.net. Follow me on INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK and YouTube DAN VAN Channel of videos. Dan Van is associated with Albright & O'Malley & Brenner, country music consultants, providing relevant information for today's fast paced radio listeners. More details or for contact visit: www.aandoandb.com/. ― Le coronavirus ne touche pas uniquement les poumons. Des patients présentent des soucis divers une fois le virus contracté. ― Broadway talents to livestream soul music tribute concert New York Daily News ― Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland. ― The state of Missouri has sued China – plus its Communist Party and a handful of other entities – for “causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.” It’s the first state to take the dubious accusation to court. Read Full Article at RT.com ― In relation to GDP, India's public debt and interest payments are high compared with most other emerging economies and rating agencies have put India's sovereign debt at the lowest investment grade. ― The Summer Academy, a three-year project 2018-2020, provides training for policy makers and representatives of cultural and creative industries (CCIs). The first edition will take place 11-15 June 2018 in Trento and Bolzano, Italy. The final conference on Friday 15 June is open to local as well as to national and international stakeholders interested in the event themes, upon registration. ― Pas de fromage au lait cru sans sa flore microbienne. Des centaines d’espèces de bactéries génèrent ainsi le goût et la consistance des appellations. La métagénomique commence à dresser un portrait de cette population. Reportage dans les Bauges, en Savoie. ― In Libya, ongoing heavy fighting has raised concerns yet further, about the likely devastating impact of the new coronavirus on people there, particularly those repeatedly forced to flee violence. ― The Russian Federation’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Shuvalov, visited the OECD today. He addressed the OECD Council and had a two-hour dialogue on the ongoing accession of Russia to the OECD with Member countries’ Ambassadors. ― Concerns about the financial sustainability of the pension system, stemming from rapid population ageing and the economic crisis, have driven pension reforms in recent years. Average monetary living standards of the elderly are relatively high today and even more so when the role of housing is considered... ― Luke Combs and Miller Lite are joining forces this Friday, May 1 for a special live stream concert to support out-of-work bartenders nationwide. Having previously planned on collaborating together during Luke’s “What You See Is What You Get” tour, the pair are instead coming together virtually for a good cause. […] ― Cincinnati is a great place for country music. The city is surrounded by rural areas with a big city life feel as country surroundings are just a few minutes away. The region overall is one of the best to see all acts of country, and if they don't come to Cincinnati then a one tank gas trip to Indianapolis, Louisville or Columbus solves the issue.As the 2019 country concert schedule fills in this is my list of the most interesting country music moments in the Cincinnati region.September 6th, 2018 - Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker comforts Cincinnati after shooting:On the morning of September 6th, a multiple shooting took place in the heart of Cincinnati. According to Cincinnati Police, A gun man acted alone when he opened fire at the headquarters for the Fifth Third Bank on Fountain Square.The suspect, who was shot multiple times by officers, died at the scene after opening fire in the building's loading dock before continuing into the lobby area and firing more shots. Five people were shot, including three who died from their injuries. Both Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker addressed the Cincinnati crowd, concerning the incident, during their performances that evening at Riverbend Music Center. August 5th, 2018 - Carly Pearce plays Cincinnati childhood concert venue for first time:Carly Pearce spent her early days in Taylor Mill, Kentucky. Visiting Riverbend Music Center was a regular activity for her as she was just outside Cincinnati. During this night she took the Riverbend stage as the opening act of Rascal Flatts to a receptive hometown crowd.June 16th, 2018 - Luke Bryan plays Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati:Luke Bryan has played Cincinnati multiple times over multiple years. It's a city that he agrees has great chili with a shout out, on stage, to Skyline Chili. On this very hot and humid June evening, Luke accomplished something, in Cincinnati, not many have done over the past several years. Playing both Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark. His huge hit single "People Are Good" was also brought into play on this Cincinnati night when a fan fainted in the crowd prompting Luke to pause his show to make sure the fan was alright. Fun Fact: Two other acts that have played both the home of the Reds and Bengals are: Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen. Luke, however, holds the distinction of being the only act to "headline" shows at both locations. January 26, 2018 - Cole Swindell begins multiple Cincinnati stops beginning with Down Home tour:Cole Swindell made multiple appearances in the Cincinnati region in 2018. He began the year playing the clubs that helped pave his way to music success on his "Down Home" Tour. Brick Street Bar Oxford, the home of Miami Ohio University, was instrumental in his music development. He worked the merchandise table for Luke Bryan, during five appearances in Oxford, as Bryan worked his way up to musical success. It was a concert stop for Cole several times before joining the ranks of arenas and amphitheaters. Cole returned to his roots that January night. Cole later in the year made a surprise appearance during Luke Bryan's show at Great American Ball Park on June 16th. He took a rare Saturday evening in the summer off to stop by Kentucky Speedway, outside of Cincinnati, to catch the NASCAR race on July 14th. Answered a few questions from media concerning his love for the sport. Then he wrapped up his regional visits at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, just minutes from Cincinnati, to bring his 2018 'Another Reason To Drink' headlining tour December 8th.August 11th, 2018 - Jake Owen plays to thousands Great American Ball Park fans after Reds win:Jake Owen wrapped up the third major country music 2018 event for Great American Ballpark and the Cincinnati Reds following Luke Bryan in June and Zac Brown Band on August 4th. Jake performed after a Reds win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 11th. Jake did not disappoint the reds fans as he ran around the stadium during his performance.September 5th, 2018 - Morgan Wallen interrupted on stage by NHL's Stanley Cup Trophy:Morgan Wallen tells of his love of sports when ever he can but he proclaims that he just became a hockey follower "a few years ago."During a tour stop at the University of Miami - Ohio in Oxford, Ohio, on September 5th, Morgan was surprised by the holy grail concerning hockey. The back story is the University of Miami-Ohio is known nationally for it's collegiate hockey team - The Miami Redhawks. The program is so talent rich that many players are playing in the NHL today and some of the MIAMI OH alumni have went on to be in the hockey world as well.When the Washington Capitals won the hockey championship, in the spring 2018, they gained the Stanley Cup or as some in the hockey world call "Lord's Stanley Cup." Such a unique trophy that it has a personal handler and has every team member from a championship winning team engraved on the cup. Tradition has it that every championship winner player and coach gets the trophy for one day to do with it at will.With Miami's rich hockey tradition, it was brought back to the school by Mitch Korn, a Miami Redhawk alumni who was a Capitals coach on the championship team. He is now goalie coach for the NY Islanders after winning the cup with Washington. Also accompanying the cup was John Walton, Redhawk alumni, who called the games at Miami on student radio from 1995-97 and is now the play-by-play voice of the Washington Capitals.What moments will be remembered in 2019? Click on the Cincinnati Regional Concert Calendar. Updates as shows are added. More details on how to get all the COUNTRY MUSIC content of artist and insights if you have a radio show/Radio station/Content site or blog - Email me: MusicFun@fuse.net. 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During his visit, the Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Abe, as well as several Ministers and other high-level Japanese officials. ― 90's country star Joe Diffie was one of the first high-profile personalities in America to pass away due to complications from the Coronavirus. However a widely-circulated rumor that the Oklahoma native actually died of lung Cancer. ― Aggressive tax planning – untaxed income, multiple deductions and other forms of international tax arbitrage - is a growing concern for all governments. ― This paper uses data from the American Life Panel to understand the determinants of well-being in the United States during the Great Recession. It investigates how various dimensions of subjective well-being reflected in the OECD Better Life Framework impact subjective well-being. ― Is Duke Energy Stock a Buy? 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The Burl has been opened for a couple of years and has become one of the top places to watch singer songwriters pour their heart and soul on stage. They have started a special video... ― What’s water security worth, and how much are we willing to pay for it given competing demands and constrained public budgets? asks Simon Upton, Environment Director at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). ― An obstacle to generating fusion reactions inside facilities called tokamaks is that producing the current in plasma that helps create confining magnetic fields happens in pulses. Such pulses, generated by an electromagnet that runs down the center of the tokamak, would make the steady-state creation of fusion energy difficult to achieve. To address the problem, physicists have developed a technique known as transient coaxial helicity injection (CHI) to create a current that is not pulsed. ― Norway is characterised by very high levels of migration from within the European Economic Area (EEA) and growing but small scale labour migration from countries outside the EEA. ― For the first time, researchers have traced the origins of shark fins from the retail market in Hong Kong back to the location where the sharks were first caught. This will allow them to identify "high-risk" supply chains for illegal trade and better enforce international trade regulations. ― President Trump has been critical - but what do others think of the "global guardian of public health"? ― This report provides a review of recent firm-level and plant-level surveys containing questions on environmental policies, innovation practices or performance which are relevant for environmental policy analysis and assessment. We specifically focus on the core element that relates environmental policies to environmental and economic performance, namely the adoption of innovative practices and environmental innovations by firms. ― The existence of habitable alien worlds has been a mainstay of popular culture for more than a century. In the 19th century, astronomers believed that Martians might be using canal-based transport links to traverse the red planet. Now, despite living in an age when scientists can study planets light years from our own solar system, most new research continues to diminish the chances of finding other worlds on which humans could live. The biggest stumbling block may be oxygen—human settlers would need a high oxygen atmosphere in which to breathe. ― Spain has created a strong system to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, but improvements are needed in certain key areas, according to a new report by the Financial Action Task Force. ― Are robot baristas the future of South Korea's vibrant coffee culture? ― In the wake of the financial crisis there has been renewed focus on the importance of a country’s net external debt position in determining domestic interest rates and, relatedly, its vulnerability to a crisis. This paper extends the panel estimation of OECD countries described in Turner and Spinelli (2012) to investigate the effect of external debt and its interaction with government debt on the interest-rate-growth differential. ― Achieving strong growth in the global economy remains elusive, with only a modest recovery in advanced economies and slower activity in emerging markets, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. ― A special project meeting of the Joint International Tax Shelter Information and Collaboration (JITSIC) Network took place at the OECD in Paris on Wednesday 13 April, bringing together senior tax administration officials from countries worldwide to discuss opportunities for obtaining data, co-operation and information-sharing in light of the “Panama Papers” revelations. ― China needs a new model of urbanisation to match the shift to a new model of growth. For decades, both urbanisation and growth have been based on robust export demand, cheap labour, cheap land and artificially low pricing of environmental externalities. None of these can support growth or urban development in the future. ― Poland has combined robust economic growth with reducing some of the pressures on its environment since it joined the EU in 2004. It has also brought environmental laws closer to European norms. Poland now needs to lessen its economy’s reliance on fossil fuels and make growth greener, according to a new OECD report. ― The Municipality of San Luis Potosi scores an 87% progress in implementing the OECD Guide to Improve the Quality of State and Municipal Regulations. ― The Korean labour market continues to perform well after a quick recovery from the global economic crisis. Korea’s unemployment rate was 3.2% in May 2012, 0.2% point lower than a year earlier, and nearly down to its pre-crisis level of 3.1%. ― Atoms and molecules behave very differently at extreme temperatures and pressures. Although such extreme matter doesn't exist naturally on the earth, it exists in abundance in the universe, especially in the deep interiors of planets and stars. Understanding how atoms react under high-pressure conditions—a field known as high-energy-density physics (HEDP)—gives scientists valuable insights into the fields of planetary science, astrophysics, fusion energy, and national security. ― The Senate race is a reminder of the role abortion will play in 2020 ― OECD governments have committed to stepping up their efforts to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) by endorsing the OECD's BEPS Declaration at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Meeting in Paris. ― Exports of Nickel, Unwrought CMLV in Russia increased to 283.70 USD Million in February from 112.20 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports of Nickel, Unwrought CMLV in Russia averaged 1492.64 USD Million from 1994 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 8641.20 USD Million in December of 2007 and a record low of 22.50 USD Million in January of 1994. Russia accounts for Exports of Nickel, Unwrought using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports of Nickel, Unwrought CMLV. ― Calculations performed by an international team of researchers from Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Japan show that the crystal structure of the record superconducting LaH10 compound is stabilized by atomic quantum fluctuations. This result suggests that superconductivity approaching room temperature may be possible in hydrogen-rich compounds at much lower pressures than previously expected with classical calculations. The results are published today in Nature. ― Federal Reserve takes additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy ― ― Health is both a precondition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development. Climate change affects health through a myriad of exposure pathways, each presenting simultaneously both challenges and opportunities for sustainable health and development. ― As we navigate through this global crisis, one of the few certainties is that tax policy will play an important role in the immediate response of governments to support individuals and businesses, as well as in future rounds of policy action, including to rebuild our economies, which will ultimately take place once the health crisis has been contained. ― POISON's RIKKI ROCKETT Says Rock Music Has 'Been A Little Stagnant For A While' BLABBERMOUTH.NET ― Researchers have found evidence of rainforests near the South Pole 90 million years ago, suggesting the climate was exceptionally warm at the time. ― Covid 2020: The recovery position IQ Magazine ― Statistical models used by IMD will still be used for monsoon forecast, but the ministry of earth sciences is putting more emphasis on dynamic models. ― Zoonoses—diseases that can spread between animals and humans, like avian influenza, rabies and severe acute respiratory syndrome—comprise a large percentage of all newly identified infectious diseases. As they represent a persistent global threat to public health, scientists are striving to develop strategies that effectively tackle widespread outbreaks, such as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). ― This publication looks at regional innovation in Wallonia, Belgium, by examining the political context, governance issues and the role of innovation in the economy, along with regional innovation strategies to promote growth. ― Ensuring that all people have solid foundation skills has become one of the central aims of the post-2015 development agenda. ― Allergists in the study said thoughtful and balanced communication and having credible information to share with your child go a long way toward helping your child with fears about their food allergy. ― Europe's biggest news agencies accused Google and Facebook of "plundering" news for free on Tuesday in a joint statement that called on the internet giants to share more of their revenues with the media. ― For the first time, NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory tracked water loss from an interstellar comet as it approached and rounded the Sun. The object, 2I/Borisov, traveled through the solar system in late 2019. ― More time to wreak havoc. ― Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has warned against complacency on women’s rights at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, a landmark agenda for the empowerment of women. ― This paper provides a quantitative description of decoupling in OECD countries over the past two decades, with the results suggesting that it is explained by declines in both labour shares and the ratio of median to average wages (a partial measure of wage inequality). ― There's a lot going on. ― Watch Marc Anthony's Emotional (and Fantastic) Home Performance of a Soul Classic Billboard ― Strong international cooperation on testing, exploring and refining measurement tools on green growth is essential to support implementation and assessment of policies in both developed and developing countries, said OECD Secretary-General. ― Amazon will face a fine each time it delivers non-essential goods in France until it improves the safety conditions of its workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The company earlier closed its warehouses in protest. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Governments must implement comprehensive structural reform programmes to sustain stronger, greener and more inclusive growth that will extend beyond the current cyclical upswing, according to the OECD’s annual Going for Growth report. ― Evaluation and assessment policies are key in Australia’s national school reform agenda. The Australian approach combines the development of goals, monitoring and reporting at national level with local evaluation and assessment practices shaped by jurisdiction-level school improvement frameworks ― The OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, chaired several high-level panels; the OECD actively participated through a series of events, the launch of four new reports and by taking part in a number of workshops and seminars throughout the forum. ― After a comprehensive review in October 2012, the OECD Working Group on Bribery asked France, through a series of concrete recommendations, to intensify its actions to fight the bribery of foreign public officials and undertake important reforms. ― The Task Force on Tax and Development organised this conference on the role of tax morale in development which introduced new research undertaken by the OECD on the drivers of tax morale in developing countries. ― The Eastern Pacific Ocean's hurricane season may not officially start until mid-May, but the first tropical cyclone of the season formed over the weekend of April 25 and 26. NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at the small depression when it was at its peak and before it became post-tropical. ― MIT engineers have developed a way to closely track how plants respond to stresses such as injury, infection, and light damage, using sensors made of carbon nanotubes. These sensors can be embedded in plant leaves, where they report on hydrogen peroxide signaling waves. ― On the latest OECD Insights blog post, Mr. Kurt van Dender, Head of the Tax and Environment Unit at the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration explains the necessary requirements to deeply cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to implement the COP21 Paris Agreement. ― Mathematician David Strütt, a scientific collaborator at EPFL, worked for four months to develop Matheminecraft, a math video game in Minecraft, where the gamer has to find a Eulerian cycle in a graph. Minecraft is a sandbox video game released in 2011, where the gamer can build almost anything, from simple houses to complex calculators, using only cubes and fluids. These countless possibilities are what lured David Strütt into Minecraft's universe: "the game might be first intended for kids but I was studying for my Bachelor's degree in mathematics when I discovered it. I fell in love with the game when I realized there is all the necessary blocks to build a Turing machine inside the game. It was a long time ago, so I have since forgotten what a Turing machine is. But the gist of it is: anything is possible inside the game." ― Today is Earth Day – and not just any Earth Day, but the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – a date that is traditionally marked by environmental action and conversations about sustainability. In this time during a devastating pandemic, where […] ― Latvia should strengthen old-age safety nets and raise the basic state pension in order to reduce pensioner poverty, especially among women, and address the challenge of a fast declining population, according to a new OECD report. ― The FCC can punish outlets for broadcasting hoaxes — but can it tackle right-wing misinformation? AlterNet ― Enjoy Your Daily Popcast! Another 15 fantastic songs added to this playlist for your listening pleasure. These are not brand new songs – that’s what our new music playlists are for. We’ve all heard of Podcasts but here at Talk About Pop Music we like to do things differently. Rather than be subjected to a […] ― External Debt in Colombia increased to 140060.24 USD Million in January from 138174.87 USD Million in December of 2019. External Debt in Colombia averaged 72227.94 USD Million from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 140060.24 USD Million in January of 2020 and a record low of 36431.04 USD Million in January of 2001. In Colombia, external debt is a part of the total debt that is owed to creditors outside the country. This page provides - Colombia External Debt - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Indonesia has improved its macro-economic and structural policies over the last 15 years. Its economy, with strong and stable growth rates of 5–6.6%, is catching up with other countries in the region and allowing Indonesia to focus on its development agenda. ― MUSIC IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: Members of France’s National Orchestra defy constraints of self-isolation to make music together … apart KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com ― BR Shetty has resigned from the board off Travelex, although he remains in place as chairman and majority stakeholder at Finablr ― Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods. ― Military Personnel Exchange Program officers strengthen partner countries' military response > US Air Force > Article Display Air Force Link ― 30/05/2017 - Adrian Blundell-Wignall, Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Financial and Enterprise Affairs, argues that key corporate and financial issues must be addressed if globalisation is to work better for all. These issues are examined in the new 2017 OECD Business and Finance Outlook. ― Costa Rican well-being indicators are comparable or even above the OECD average in several dimensions (OECD, 2016a). Nevertheless, gaps with OECD countries are large in two dimensions: labour market participation and education. ― This paper provides empirical analysis that measures the cyclical properties of intergovernmental transfers (or grants). Modelling a fiscal policy reaction function this paper tests whether the transfers systems in OECD countries are pro- or counter-cyclical, i.e. whether they offset cyclical fluctuations of sub-central economies or, on the contrary, exacerbate them. ― 2020-04-26 16:11:41 Source Alors que le premier mai arrive, et qu’un grand nombre de travailleurs se retrouvent encore plus dans [...] Lire la suite ― You watched the blood flow from your arm into a vial. The technician capped the vial and secured with a rubber band the scrap of paper containing your name and patient information. When you call to get the results of the test, you learn that it wasn't done because the paper had slipped off the vial, and no one knew who the blood belonged to. Or worse, you receive someone else's results because your name was attached to the wrong vial. ― Using a range of theoretical and simulation approaches, physicists from the University of Bristol have shown that liquids in contact with substrates can exhibit a finite number of classes of behaviour and identify the important new ones. ― Half of the world's school and university students affected by class closures because of the coronavirus outbreak—from pre-primary to university level—do not have access to a computer for home-schooling, the UN's educational agency said Tuesday. ― Organised as part of the programme of activities of the OECD LEED Trento Centre and Venice office and LEED Forum, the capacity building seminar on Designing Strong Local Strategies for Better Jobs and Skills will offer an opportunity to learn from the latest OECD research on the key elements of successful local skills and employment strategies. ― Europe’s economy is finally growing robustly. These positive developments provide an opportunity to renew efforts to meet the long-term challenges facing the European Union (EU). ― In 2008, a Gallup poll reported that, on average, less than half of the OECD population trusted their government. The crisis worsened the situation with a decline of four additional percentage points since then. Public actors and institutions have been blamed for their failure to cope with the crisis and for the impact it has had on people’s lives. ― Ten candidates faced each other at an event that was light on heavyweights ― Interstellar comet 2I/Borisov is providing a glimpse of another star system's planetary building blocks, using new observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. ― Current carbon prices are falling short of the levels needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, but even moderate price increases could have a significant impact, according to new OECD research. ― Russia’s official statistics are compiled with a high a degree of professionalism and now have a solid legal basis, but their scope, timeliness and international comparability needs to be improved, according to an initial assessment by the OECD. ― Ever heard of “magic-angle” graphene? This is a next generation material and newly-found superconductor that could revolutionise energy efficiency, and much more. It could help us address climate change. AI could play a key role in this. But real scientists are needed too… ― Persistent sleep difficulties during the first 12 months of life are linked to a heightened risk of developing childhood anxieties and emotional disorders, indicates research. ― Flanders builds a "triangle of quality" based on extensive autonomy for schools, supported by pedagogical advisory services and monitored by government inspectors. ― C'est un fait, les années passent et les premiers signes de l'âge apparaissent sur votre visage. Pour les ralentir, il existe des astuces simples à intégrer dans votre routine quotidienne. Découvrez. ― Mathematicians show that by modelling meat as a fluid-saturated matrix of elastic proteins, which are deformed as the fluid moves, cooking behaviors can be simulated more precisely. ― Public comments received on the discussion draft on the meaning of “beneficial owner” in the OECD Model Tax Convention ― There is no simple remedy for fixing the post-crisis global economy. But three key ingredients for sustainable long-term growth are jobs, equality and trust, said OECD Secretary-General in Washington. ― A new study has definitively shown that regular exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, during pregnancy has significant impact on placental and fetal development. ― Money remitted by international migrants is a major source of income for many countries. Yet individual migrants and their families are often amongst the most vulnerable people in society, and many face significant barriers to the access and use of appropriate financial products. This paper looks at key challenges and how governments can take measures to support migrant workers and their families and improve their financial literacy. ― Moving from the world of school to the world of work is one of the most dramatic changes in the lives of young people. And for many youngsters this transition does not go smoothly. ― On 19 February 2020, interested parties were invited to provide comments on the draft Model Rules for Reporting for Platform Operators with respect to Sellers in the Sharing and Gig Economy. The OECD is grateful to the commentators for their input and now publishes the public comments received ― This page contains all information relating to implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in Costa Rica. ― Consuming a diet high in fiber was linked with a reduced incidence of breast cancer in an analysis of all relevant prospective studies. ― Pictures show people across the UK stepping outside to pay tribute to the work of the NHS in the coronavirus crisis ― This conference, taking place on 4-5 March 2013 in New Delhi, India, addressed specific issues relating to financial literacy in India and the Asia region. It presented the output of the Russia/OECD/World Bank Trust Fund on Financial Literacy and Education. ― ― New Music: Vinyl Williams' visionary sunshine pop goes 'Azure' 48 Hills ― L'Agence spatiale présente des matériels qui serviront aux médecins pour le traitement des malades atteints par le SARS-CoV-2. ― Sniffing that Americans working from home should “dress like the adult you’re getting paid to be” rather than prioritize comfort over office dress code, a Los Angeles Times writer got a digital spanking for his skewed priorities. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Core Inflation Rate in Venezuela increased 60.30 percent in December of 2013 over the same month in the previous year. Core Inflation Rate in Venezuela averaged 30.44 percent from 2008 until 2013, reaching an all time high of 60.90 percent in November of 2013 and a record low of 20.20 percent in October of 2012. Core Inflation Rate in Venezuela is reported by the Banco Central De Venezuela. In Venezuela, the core inflation rate tracks changes in prices that consumers pay for a basket of goods which excludes some volatile price items. This page provides - Venezuela Core Inflation Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Subsidies for onshore wind power were cut by the UK government in 2015. Then the main reasons given were that it was too expensive and that the public didn't support it. Amber Rudd MP, then head of what was the Department of Energy and Climate Change, said in a statement to parliament: "We are reaching the limits of what is affordable and what the public is prepared to accept." ― New research shows analyzing the brains of stroke victims just days after the stroke allows researchers to link various speech functions to different parts of the brain, an important breakthrough that may lead to better treatment and recovery. ― During Earth's last glacial period, temperatures on the planet periodically spiked dramatically and rapidly. Data in layers of ice of Greenland and Antarctica show that these warming events—called Dansgaard-Oeschger and Antarctic Isotope Maximum events—occurred at least 25 times. Each time, in a matter of decades, temperatures climbed 5-10 degrees Celsius, then cooled again, gradually. While there remain several competing theories for the still-unexplained mechanisms behind these spikes, a new paper in the journal Chaos suggests that mathematics from information theory could offer a powerful tool for analyzing and understanding them. ― Touché. ― Achieving strong growth in the global economy remains elusive, with only a modest recovery in advanced economies and slower activity in emerging markets, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. ― In a new report, the OECD says that France should modernise and strengthen the co-ordination of labour immigration in order to attract foreign talent and align itself more closely with the needs of the labour market. ― Of the abundant resources given to mankind, what is the most underused resource of our time? Without a doubt, women! ― Many devices using small batteries have battery compartments that are easy to open and most people do not know there are safety concerns. Consumers worldwide need to be aware of the serious injuries that small batteries shaped like coins and buttons can cause when swallowed by children. ― Going for Growth 2015: Key findings for the Netherlands ― cignature covered a K-pop throwback! On April 27, the rookie girl group shared their dance cover of Girls’ Generation’s “I Got A Boy.” From Girls’ Generation’s 2013 album of the same name, “I Got A Boy” was a huge hit during the time of its release with multiple music show wins and the group’s first MV […] ― This paper takes stock of the main structural reforms that Greece has undertaken since 2010, those currently proposed and that are in the process of implementation, and quantifies the medium and long‑term effects on output. ― UPDATED: Hundreds turn out for military flyover at Suburban Hospital — that doesn't take place BethesdaMagazine.com ― New research finds that an anticipated rise in carbon dioxide concentrations in our indoor living and working spaces by the year 2100 could lead to impaired human cognition. ― Spaced repetition is a memory hack. We know that spacing out your study is more effective than cramming, but using an app you can tailor your own spaced repetition schedule, allowing you to efficiently create reliable memories for any material you like. Michael Nielsen, has a nice thread on his use of spaced repetition on … Continue reading "spaced repetition & Darwin’s golden rule" ― Armchair travel: How to holiday in top tourist cities in lockdown New Zealand Herald ― Caterpillar shelves outlook with mining, energy rocked by virus BNNBloomberg.ca ― This regional network for policy dialogue on corporate governance provides a platform for discussing corporate governance priorities in the Middle East North Africa region, sharing best practices and evaluating their implementation. ― An overview of the long-term care situation in Denmark is available here. ― SOPEMI 2011\Ebook\Fragments_with_friendly\Switzerland_engl ― Belgium has a good record in delivering accessible care, but adaptation to population ageing will be complicated by the fragmentation of responsibilities in the healthcare system and a strong reliance on government regulations. ― COVID-19 Impact on Battery Energy Storage Market - Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™ Yahoo Finance ― In many OECD countries, government debt reached levels over recent years that call for reduction over the medium to longer term to ensure public finance sustainability. This paper investigates the international transmission of fiscal consolidation shocks via trade flows. ― Consumer Price Index Cpi in Panama decreased to 104.49 points in February from 104.75 points in January of 2020. Consumer Price Index Cpi in Panama averaged 103.93 points from 2014 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 105.57 points in October of 2018 and a record low of 101.42 points in January of 2014. This page provides - Panama Consumer Price Index Cpi- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― A team of researchers has conducted the first study of how baby and adult brains interact during natural play, and they found measurable connections in their neural activity. In other words, baby and adult brain activity rose and fell together as they shared toys and eye contact. ― 30/05/2017 - Adrian Blundell-Wignall, Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Financial and Enterprise Affairs, argues that key corporate and financial issues must be addressed if globalisation is to work better for all. These issues are examined in the new 2017 OECD Business and Finance Outlook. ― Robots are usually inspired by humans and animals. But the next frontier is plantoids, plant robots that move and explore the environment with smart sensors. Researcher Barbara Mazzolai has been developing plantoid technology. ― “So, being pregnant and delivering in a pandemic … what’s that gonna look like?” ― Today the discourse on “conflict minerals” has changed. It’s not just about conflict-free, it's about promoting responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict areas, despite the challenges. This blog discusses the urgent need to create responsible supply chains of artisanal gold, and support the livelihoods of miners in the informal gold industry, and how OECD guidance can help companies do this. ― Looking at teachers at all levels of education, we learn that the majority of teachers are women. In all countries, the percentage of male teachers is particularly low in primary schools where teaching is still seen as a women’s job. As a result young children are missing out on role models of both sexes. ― This report examines what economic theory can teach us about the reasons why the adoption of this latest Internet protocol is taking longer than was thought at its introduction. ― The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults’ educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education. ― While the nature of cyber attacks continues to include criminal activities motivated by financial gain, the main emerging threats are large-scale denial of service attacks, information leaks, targeted cyber espionage, and the disruption of critical infrastructures. ― Researchers report an advance in the development of a blood test that could help detect pathological Alzheimer's disease in people who are showing signs of dementia. This approach could be less invasive and less costly than current brain imaging and spinal fluid tests. ― 4-5 September 2018, Paris - The OECD Blockchain Policy Forum on "Distributed Ledgers: Opportunities and Challenges" will provide a forum for a discussion on the benefits and risks of blockchain for our economies and societies, and on the kind of policy and regulatory frameworks that are needed to unleash this potential. ― This one-pager note presents key findings for Austria from Society at a Glance 2011 - OECD Social indicators. This 2011 publication also provides a special chapter on unpaid work across the OECD. ― The OECD hosted a workshop on green investment banks on 20 May 2015. It built upon discussions of green banks at the OECD Green Investment Financing Fora (May 2015 and June 2014) and continued international dialogue on the experiences of green banks. The workshop welcomed 9 different green banks, public financial institutions, NGOs, the private sector and over 20 countries interested in the green bank model. ― Addicted to Israel, Belgium's K's Choice headed back for 8th gig The Times of Israel ― One of the most dramatic consequences of the economic crisis has been the soaring levels of youth unemployment in several OECD countries; and the hesitant recovery of the past years was insufficient to improve the job prospects of young people. ― Under the Universal Credit reform, the main means-tested benefits except the Council Tax Benefit will be pooled into one single benefit with one single taper rate. The reform will give people better incentives to work, reduce complexity and contribute to reducing poverty. ― Children from linguistic minorities should be taught in their own mother tongue, said the UN independent expert on minority issues, presenting his latest report on Wednesday to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. ― Employment is pivotal to strengthening Greece’s economic recovery, increasing social welfare and redressing poverty. ― This note presents selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered. ― Echoing his 23 March appeal to warring parties across the globe for an immediate ceasefire, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on those fighting in Yemen to end hostilities and ramp up efforts to counter a potential outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. ― The report Improving Schools in Wales: An OECD Perspective proposes a comprehensive strategy for Wales to support equity and quality in its school system building on a comparative perspective. It draws upon lessons from PISA, high performers and successful reformers in education, and on the research and analysis of key aspects of education policy in Wales undertaken by the OECD-Wales Review Team. ― The current policy approach to tackling dementia is socially and economically unsustainable, according to a new OECD report. Countries need to take action now to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers, prioritise public research on dementia, and improve the incentives for private investment in dementia innovation. ― SACEM Successfully Distributes $153 Million to Its Members — Celebrates 'Maximum Continuity of Its Operations' Digital Music News ― How come today's conservatives are more liberal than yesterday's liberals? Why has public opinion in large parts of the world shifted so rapidly in favour of gay and lesbian rights, but been virtually unchanged on other contested issues such as abortion rights? A study from a Swedish team of researchers recently published in the social science journal Nature Human Behaviour answers several critical questions regarding how public opinion changes on moral issues, and have created a scientific model that can predict such public opinion changes. ― A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that US President Donald Trump cannot legally block users on Twitter based on their political differences with him, affirming a lower court decision. ― Eastern European care workers in Italy thrust into uncertainty Al Jazeera English ― Countries should step up their efforts to improve the quality of post-secondary vocational training in order to meet the changing needs of today’s job market, according to a new OECD report. ― Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030. ― In partnership with the Swedish Public Employment Service, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), Swedish Ministry of Employment and the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES), LEED held the 10th Annual Meeting of the Forum on Partnerships and Local Development in Stockholm 23 April – 25 April, on the theme of ‘job creation just ahead: building adaptable labour markets’. ― Lindsay Ell was scheduled to host “The 10th Annual Mile High Country Q & Brew” in conjunction with local radio station, KYGO to benefit Tennyson Center for Children. Due to social distancing the decision was made to turn the annual event into virtual concert which took place this past Sunday […] ― The ability to control the magnetization of electrodes made from ferromagnets could help develop more energy-efficient devices for spintronic applications, including data storage technologies, wearable electronics and implantable medical devices. ― Discussions at the 14th roundtable focussed on quantitative easing (QE) tapering to Asia, financial regulatory reforms, financial liberalisation and fragmenting growth, long-term investment for infrastructure, financial inclusion and disaster risk financing in insurance and financial markets. ― Here's a look at the number of coronavirus cases in Hawaii and the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak. ― Many studies claiming that artificial intelligence is as good as (or better than) human experts at interpreting medical images are of poor quality and are arguably exaggerated, posing a risk for the safety of 'millions of patients' warn researchers. ― These notes present selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered. ― This paper analyses two-way interactions between monetary policy and inequality in selected advanced economies. In the context of a highly accommodative monetary stance over recent years, the analysis focuses on the effects of monetary policy on inequality over the business cycle via its impacts on returns on assets, the cost of debt servicing and asset prices. ― Analysis | The Technology 202: MIT researchers unveil effort to trace spread of the coronavirus The Washington Post ― Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland. ― submitted by /u/sapphire1921 [link] [comments] ― The United Kingdom (UK) has spent less on infrastructure compared to other OECD countries over the past three decades. The perceived quality of UK infrastructure assets is close to the OECD average but lower than in other G7 countries. ― The OECD has appointed a former Portuguese economy minister and a high-level German government official to top leadership posts in the Economics Department, reinforcing its commitment to identifying and promoting policies that improve countries’ long-term economic performance. ― Kreole rock and soul artist Sean Ardoin hosts live weekly music shows KPLC ― Boeing CEO David Calhoun told an online meeting of the aviation giant’s shareholders it would be “a while before the dividend comes back,” describing the situation as “like nothing we have ever experienced.” Read Full Article at RT.com ― These notes present selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered. ― Food wrapping, fishing gear and plastic waste continue to reach the Antarctic. Two new studies into how plastic debris is reaching sub-Antarctic islands are published in the journal Environment International. ― Researchers have designed biocompatible ion-driven soft transistors that can perform real-time neurologically relevant computation and a mixed-conducting particulate composite that allows creation of electronic components out of a single material. These have promise for bioelectronic devices that are fast, sensitive, biocompatible, soft, and flexible, with long-term stability in physiological environments such as the human body. In particular, they could facilitate diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disease. ― 日本は心疾患による死亡率を減少させるのに成功したが、心疾患と糖尿病の負担をさらに減らす余 地は残されている ― The OECD Secretary-General Gurría welcomed the announcement and congratulated the Commission for the work done. "The European Commission’s initiative is another major step to tackle corporate tax avoidance. ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2011. ― A study led by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) has uncovered new ways of driving multi-legged robots by means of a two-level controller. The proposed controller uses a network of so-called non-linear oscillators that enables the generation of diverse gaits and postures, which are specified by only a few high-level parameters. The study inspires new research into how multi-legged robots can be controlled, including in the future using brain-computer interfaces. ― The West should be thankful for China’s police state, runs the new riposte ― The world economy is still suffering from the strains of the longest crisis of modern times, and nowhere is this more evident than in the high unemployment numbers. In this OECD Observer Roundtable, we asked a cross-section of ministers: “What actions are you taking to create more and better jobs in your economy?” ― Exports of Newsprint Paper CMLV in Russia increased to 66.40 USD Million in February from 33.20 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports of Newsprint Paper CMLV in Russia averaged 287.06 USD Million from 1994 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 801.40 USD Million in December of 2008 and a record low of 8.60 USD Million in January of 1994. Russia accounts for Exports of Newsprint Paper using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports of Newsprint Paper CMLV. ― ― Development aid policies have helped developing countries reduce extreme poverty, strengthen institutional frameworks and develop a middle class. But there are still 2.4 billion people living in poverty and inequalities in many countries are still at record levels, and in some cases rising, said OECD Secretary-General. ― Music City finally has a plan to reopen, but it doesn’t include live music – at least not for a while. With Nashville’s “safer at home” order set to expire on May 1, Mayor John Cooper announced his phased plan to finally reopen the city after over a month of shutdowns due to Coronavirus. The plan includes 4 phases, with each phase lasting 14 days. And if there aren’t improvements, or if COVID cases increase during any of the phases, […] ― Bottle emptying is a phenomenon most of us have observed while pouring a beverage. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee discovered how to make bottles empty faster, which has wide-ranging implications for many areas beyond the beverage industry. ― The Portuguese National Health Service has responded well to financial pressure, successfully balancing the twin priorities of financial consolidation and continuous quality improvement, according to a new OECD report. ― Preclinical model of oxygen deprivation, a common consequence of prematurity, showed better recovery when exposed to a combination of increased physical activity, socialization and cognitive stimulation. ― The OECD welcomes France’s recently announced plans to increase its foreign aid flows, particularly in the form of grants, and prioritise the most fragile countries, commitments that respond to recommendations made in a new DAC Peer Review of France. ― As part of continuing efforts to support market confidence and business integrity, the OECD has launched in Asia a new set of corporate governance principles that were endorsed at the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in September 2015. ― The number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) remains elevated in many countries since the crisis. This country note examines the characteristics of those at risk of being NEET in Spain along with policies to help meet the challenge. It also includes many new youth-specific indicators on family formation, self-sufficiency, income and poverty, health and social cohesion. ― Gender inequality is one of the most primitive and oldest forms of inequality. Sadly, it is still very much a reality in most parts of the world. In many countries women do not have equal access to education, healthcare, safety, work or political decision-making. ― President Donald Trump on Thursday night warned Facebook Inc. over its plan to create a digital currency, the Libra. ― Raising productivity growth is highly dependent on a country’s ability to innovate and adopt technologies, which requires an effective supply of human capital ― A team of engineers has developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. The innovation is a critical step in pushing the limits for researchers who want to explore large libraries of polymers, including plastics and fibers, for chemical and biological applications such as drugs and regenerative medicine through tissue engineering. ― The 25 best rock albums of 2020 so far Louder ― The human arm can perform a wide range of extremely delicate and coordinated movements, from turning a key in a lock to gently stroking a puppy's fur. The robotic "arms" on underwater research submarines, however, are hard, jerky, and lack the finesse to be able to reach and interact with creatures like jellyfish or octopuses without damaging them. Previously, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and collaborators developed a range of soft robotic grippers to more safely handle delicate sea life, but those gripping devices still relied on hard, robotic submarine arms that made it difficult to maneuver them into various positions in the water. ― The Gross Domestic Product per capita in Ecuador was last recorded at 5185.09 US dollars in 2018. The GDP per Capita in Ecuador is equivalent to 41 percent of the world's average. GDP per capita in Ecuador averaged 3685.41 USD from 1960 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 5412.13 USD in 2014 and a record low of 2238.01 USD in 1960. The GDP per capita is obtained by dividing the country’s gross domestic product, adjusted by inflation, by the total population. This page provides - Ecuador GDP per capita - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Its influence over policy has waned, but it is still popular at home ― La quarantaine peut se définir comme la séparation, et la restriction des mouvements des personnes qui ont été potentiellement exposées à une maladie contagieuse. Tout ceci pour vérifier si ces personnes ne sont pas malades, réduisant ainsi le risque qu’elles contaminent d’autres personnes. ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Athens on Monday 30 April 2018 to present the 2018 OECD Economic Survey of Greece, alongside Mr. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece. ― It estimates it can potentially produce "millions" of coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of this year and "hundreds of millions of doses" in 2021 if the vaccine is successful. ― ― The expectation now is that home price gains will weaken and potentially fall in some of the markets hardest hit by the coronavirus. ― Lors d’une audition au Sénat, le président du Conseil scientifique Covid-19, Jean-François Delfraissy, a esquissé les conditions de sortie du confinement. Une sortie extrêmement lente passant par un isolement prolongé des plus fragiles, « en attendant peut-être de trouver un médicament préventif ». ― Standard & Poor's credit rating for Venezuela stands at SD with n/a outlook. Moody's credit rating for Venezuela was last set at WR with n/a outlook. Fitch's credit rating for Venezuela was last reported at RD with n/a outlook. In general, a credit rating is used by sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and other investors to gauge the credit worthiness of Venezuela thus having a big impact on the country's borrowing costs. This page includes the government debt credit rating for Venezuela as reported by major credit rating agencies. ― In many OECD countries, the labour market has yet to recover the lost ground suffered in the aftermath of the financial crisis. In some of them, unemployment has been persistently high, resulting in a very high incidence of long-term unemployment. ― After the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook began putting warning tags on news stories fact-checkers judged to be false. But there's a catch: Tagging some stories as false makes readers more willing to believe other stories and share them with friends, even if those additional, untagged stories also turn out to be false. ― With each passing day, we learn more about the coronavirus. And some studies suggest that the virus’s bark may be worse than its bite. Now that the initial panic is over, maybe it’s time to reappraise lockdown plans. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Confrontée à des difficultés d'approvisionnement, l'industrie agroalimentaire peut temporairement modifier ses recettes sans le préciser sur l'étiquette, s'est inquiété, vendredi 24 avril, l'ONG Foodwatch, qui appelle les autorités et les marques à plus de transparence. « Foodwatch a découvert que des règles ont été très assouplies pour les fabricants. Au point qu'ils sont autorisés à produire des denrées dont la composition diffère de ce qui est indiqué sur l'étiquette. Alors, comment savoir ce que nous (...) ― So much of how Kenny Chesney made Here And Now took the East Tennessee songwriter back to the things that drew him to Nashville, writing and making music originally. Very much a celebration of being wholly present, alive and in the moment, this album also takes a moment to reflect on the loves, friends and […] ― 25 February 2019 - Corporate bond markets have become an increasingly important source of financing for non-financial companies since the global financial crisis. The total outstanding debt in the form of corporate bonds reached USD 13 trillion as of end-2018. In real terms, this is twice as much as in 2008. This paper documents a number of associated risks and vulnerabilities. ― This fifth edition describes institutional setups, organisational arrangements and reforms, aspects of strategic management and human resource management, resources for tax administration, important areas of operational performance, the use of technology, and elements of the legislative and administrative framework for tax administration across the 52 economies covered by the series. ― Assembly of the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is well underway with the installation of 18 of 36 plasma guns in an ambitious approach to achieving controlled nuclear fusion (Figure 1). The plasma guns are mounted on a spherical chamber, and fire supersonic jets of ionized gas inward to compress and heat a central gas target that serves as fusion fuel. In the meantime, experiments performed with the currently installed plasma guns are providing fundamental data to create simulations of colliding plasma jets, which are crucial for understanding and developing other controlled fusion schemes. ― Sound macroeconomic policies and the commodity boom have helped Chile record an enviable period of economic growth and job creation. Further reforms are needed to make the labour market more inclusive and growth greener, while more could be done to support innovation and entrepreneurship, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Chile. ― An overwhelming body of clinical evidence has firmly established the HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) concept as scientifically sound. U=U means that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load -- the amount of HIV in the blood -- by taking and adhering to antiretroviral therapy (ART) as prescribed cannot sexually transmit the virus to others. NIAID officials review the scientific evidence underlying U=U and discuss implications of widespread acceptance of the message. ― Le coronavirus, responsable de la pandémie de Covid-19, a déjà subi de nombreuses mutations, dont certaines le rendent plus ou moins pathogène. Certaines versions du virus, notamment celles circulant en Europe, seraient ainsi 270 fois plus agressives que d’autres. ― NASHVILLE—The CMA Foundation, a national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, is honoring 30 music teachers from across the country as Music Teachers of Excellence. Now in its fifth year, the annual program was created in an effort to recognize those educators who are having the greatest impact on their students, using music as a vehicle for change. WATCH THE 2020 HONOREE ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO BELOW On Tuesday, May 5 the CMA Foundation will hold its fifth annual Music Teachers of Excellence Awards in Nashville, which will be hosted by Country Music artist and songwriter, Kelsea Ballerini. Along with a night of celebration, the CMA Foundation will invest $150,000 total to all of this year’s recipients, with half of each teacher’s investment going toward their classroom needs and music programs, and the other half to support professional development and personal expenses in an effort to continue driving commitment and motivation. Award recipients are selected based on their dedication to bringing a high-quality music program to their students and the impact they’ve had on their school community through music. To date, the CMA Foundation has invested over $27 million nationally since 2006, including more than $700,000 towards Music Teachers of Excellence to ensure music educators have the support and funding needed to create a thriving program within their school and community. “Music education has proven to be an effective and invaluable tool for academic achievement and social development, yet we consistently hear that programs are not properly supported,” says Tiffany Kerns, CMA Foundation Executive Director and CMA Vice President, Community Outreach. “Each year, when we recognize the tremendous group of music educators through our Music Teachers of Excellence program, it allows us to give back to those who have dedicated their lives to serving our next generation. These educators, who spend countless hours in the classroom, are helping to shape creative, collaborative, future leaders through the power of music.” 2020 Music Teachers of Excellence National Award Recipients (in alphabetical order) Chris Maunu, Arvada West High School, Jefferson County Public Schools – Arvada, CO Efrain Casillas, Desert Oasis Elementary School & Porfirio H. Gonzalez Elementary – Tolleson, AZ Joanie Padgett, Fitzgerald High School College & Career Academy, Ben Hill County Schools – Fitzgerald, GA Jose Antonio Diaz, MacArthur High School, Aldine Independent School District – Houston, TX Kayla B. Werlin, Longmeadow High Schools, Longmeadow Public Schools – Longmeadow, MA Keith Hancock, Tesoro High Schools, Capistrano Unified School District – Rancho Santo Margarita, CA Kelsey, D. Burkett, Hillard Memorial Middle School, Hillard City Schools – Hillard, OH McKenna Stenson, Charles J. Colgan High School, Prince William County Public Schools – Manassas, VA Theresa McKnight, Oakdale Elementary School, Oak Hills School District – Cincinnati, OH Thomas Pierre, Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts Academy, Prince George’s County Public Schools – Landover, MD 2020 Music Teachers of Excellence Tennessee Award Recipients (in alphabetical order) Adrian Maclin, Cordova High School, Shelby County Schools – Cordova, TN Alice Asako Walle, Continue reading → ― Le général Richard Lizurey, ancien directeur général de la gendarmerie nationale jusqu’en octobre 2019, conduit une mission d’« auditeur » pour évaluer l’organisation interministérielle de la gestion de l’épidémie de Covid-19. ― French video game titan Ubisoft on Monday unveiled a new subscription service and a Brexit-tinged title as it taps into the industry trend toward streaming games. ― This working paper presents the background and the details of the simulations behind Box 1.4 of the May 2013 OECD Economic Outlook. A small simulation model is used to evaluate the contribution that the three pillars of the government’s strategy – fiscal consolidation, growth-boosting structural reforms and higher inflation – could make to reversing the rise in Japan’s public debt ratio. ― Germany continues to demonstrate a high level of anti-bribery enforcement having prosecuted and sanctioned 328 individuals and 18 companies in foreign bribery cases since 1999. ― Spaceflight changes much about the human body, including how the heart functions and how cells that create heart tissue behave. Scientists studying these changes on the International Space Station continue to report important discoveries. ― Job fair familiar to military community will host latest event online Tacoma News Tribune ― Brain Corp., which recently nearly tripled its orders from Walmart for self-driving, floor-scrubbing robots, is now making its first foray into Europe by opening a satellite office in the Netherlands. ― Going for Growth 2015: Key findings for Turkey ― Here’s a look at the number of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin and the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak. ― The number of young people around the world who are neither employed, studying or in some kind of training, is on the rise, according to a new report released on Monday by the International Labour Organization (ILO). ― [adapt into Français] Everything we eat is produced in ways that imply some transformation of the environment, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at the beginning of the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group established by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). ― La situation financière du secteur de la restauration traditionnelle est clairement inquiétante. Entre un quart des bars et restaurants, selon les estimations du guide Gault & Millau, et 40 %, d’après l’Union des métiers et des industries de l’hôtellerie, risqueraient de faire faillite des suites de la crise sanitaire du coronavirus. Qu’en est-il lorsque l’on regarde d’un peu plus près les comptes de ces établissements ? ― In a research project for the U.S. Army, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley developed an agile robot, called Salto that looks like a Star Wars Imperial walker in miniature and may be able to aid in scouting and search-and-rescue operations. ― By analyzing spectroscopic data, astronomers have investigated the globular cluster Omega Centauri, aiming to find a population of stars with very low metallicity. The study resulted in the detection of the 11 most metal-poor stars in this cluster. The finding is reported in a paper published April 20 on arXiv. ― This is the first paper that comprehensively documents the profiles of the 1% highest paid employees across 18 European countries. The data come from the largest harmonised source available, an employer-based survey that covers the labour income of 10 million employees, excluding the self-employed. ― Le festival sera reporté à l'année prochaine. ― This paper brings together information collected through Working Party on Nanotechnology discussions and projects. It relies in particular on preliminary results from a project on the responsible development of nanotechnology and outcomes of a symposium held in 2012. ― Uncertainty faced by households and firms affects economic activity. The rise in uncertainty since the beginning of the sovereign debt crisis in Greece could be one factor that has contributed to the steep and long-lasting recession. This paper presents a brief empirical analysis quantifying this phenomenon and compares it with developments in Ireland and Portugal. ― Not least because you will never work out what it means ― ― The human brain needs to suppress obvious ideas in order to reach the most creative ones, according to scientists. These obvious associations are present in both convergent thinking (finding an 'out-of-the-box' solution) and also in divergent thinking (when individuals have to come up with several creative ideas). ― Paroles de soignants. Chaque jour, La Croix donne la parole à un professionnel de la santé en première ligne contre l’épidémie de Covid-19. Aujourd’hui, Sandra, aide-soignante dans un Ehpad du Morbihan. ― Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are kind of like a computer manufacturer's Lego bricks: electronic components that can be employed in a more flexible way than other computer chips. Even large data centers that are dedicated to cloud services, such as those provided by some big technology companies, often resort to FPGAs. To date, the use of such services has been considered as relatively secure. Recently, however, scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) uncovered potential gateways for cyber criminals, as they explain in a report published in the IACR journal. ― This report takes an initial look at methodologies to measure and estimate the monetary value of personal data, which is creating economic and social value at an increasing pace. But measuring and estimating its value is difficult. This is because not only a huge amount of personal data is being generated, but also as it is used in many different situations and for numerous purposes. ― How will we enjoy the magic of summer pop this year? Telegraph.co.uk ― Mexico has experienced a stronger economic recovery than most other OECD countries accompanied by strong employment growth. ― The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is inviting young innovators, data scientists and designers throughout the world – especially those whose schools have closed due to COVID-19 - to join a month-long hackathon to come up with digital solutions to the global pandemic. ― A new study shows that "hotspots" of nutrients surrounding phytoplankton—which are tiny marine algae producing approximately half of the oxygen we breathe every day—play an outsized role in the release of a gas involved in cloud formation and climate regulation. ― Immigrant parents worry their children will struggle with reading and fret that as non-English speakers, they can't help. A new study shows that's simply not true. Reading to a young child in any language will likely help them learn to read in English. ― If the lockdown is extended beyond May 3, the home ministry must amend its order and allow units in urban areas to resume work, while e-commerce should be freely allowed, it said. “E-commerce operations may be permitted without any restriction on nature of goods,” the report said. ― Scaling-up investment in renewable electricity is critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. Despite increasing cost-competitiveness, overall investment in renewables projects remains constrained by policy and market obstacles. These hinder development of a sufficient pipeline of bankable projects and affect the risk-return profile of renewable electricity projects. ― Using a brain-computer interface, a team of researchers has reconstructed English words from the brain activity of rhesus macaques that listened as the words were spoken. ― This annual publication presents detailed country notes and internationally comparable tax data for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards. ― Our brain is steadily engaged in soliloquies. These internal communications are usually also bombarded with external sensory events. Hence, the impact of the two neuronal processes need to be permanently fine-tuned to avoid their imbalance. A team of scientists has revealed the role of the neurotransmitter serotonin in this scenario. They discovered that distinct serotonergic receptor types control the gain of both streams of information in a separable manner. ― The database contains indicators capturing structural policies (including institutions, framework condition policies and policies specifically related to labour markets and drivers of productivity and investment such as trade, skills and innovation). ― In materials science, two-dimensional electron systems (2DES) realized at the oxide surface or interface are a promising candidate to achieve novel physical properties and functionalities in a rapidly emerging quantum field. While 2-DES provides an important platform for exotic quantum events including the quantum Hall effect and superconductivity, the effect of symmetry breaking ; transition from a disorderly state in to a more definite state, on such quantum phases remain elusive. Nonreciprocal electrical transport or current-direction-dependent resistance is a probe for broken inversion symmetry (presence of a dipole), as observed on several noncentrosymmetric crystals and interfaces. In a new report, Yuki M. Itahashi and a team of scientists in applied physics, nanosystems and materials science in Japan and the U.S. reported nonreciprocal transport at the surface of a 2-D superconductor made of the superconducting material strontium titanate (SrTiO3). The team observed gigantic enhancement of the nonreciprocal region in the superconducting fluctuation region—at six orders of magnitude larger compared to its normal state. The results are now published on Science Advances and demonstrate unprecedented characteristics of the 2-D polar superconductor. ― On Monday, UBS downgraded shares of Beyond Meat to sell from neutral over concerns that its recent rally is not pricing in headwinds the plant-based protein company faces such as exposure in the food service industry and increased retail competition. ― Google will kick off its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November—but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend. ― SOPEMI 2011\Ebook\Fragments_with_friendly\Canada_engl ― Hitachi, Ltd. today announced the development of an original energy saving power semiconductor structure, TED-MOS, using next-generation silicon carbide (SiC) material that contributes to saving energy in electric vehicles (EV). This power semiconductor is a new device using a fin-structured trench MOSFET based on the conventional DMOS-FET, a SiC transistor of power semiconductor. Using this new device, an energy saving of 50 percent was confirmed as the structure reduces the electric field strength, an index of durability, by 40 percent and resistance by 25 percent compared to the conventional DMOS-FET. Hitachi intends to apply this device in motor drive inverters which are a core component of EVs to increase energy efficiency. Furthermore, by utilizing this technology not only in EVs but also in a range of electrical transducers used in societal infrastructure systems, Hitachi hopes to contribute to efforts to reduce global warming and the realization of a low-carbon society. ― This paper proposes a new set of public health and long-term care expenditure projections until 2060, seven years after a first set of projections was published by the OECD. It disentangles health from long-term care expenditure, as well as the demographic from the non-demographic drivers, and refines the previous methodology, in particular by extending the country coverage. ― Only 10 years ago, scientists working on what they hoped would open a new frontier of neuromorphic computing could only dream of a device using miniature tools called memristors that would function/operate like real brain synapses. ― A new study led by paleoanthropologists reveals that Lucy's species Australopithecus afarensis had an ape-like brain. However, the protracted brain growth suggests that -- as is the case in humans -- infants may have had a long dependence on caregivers. ― The government-imposed restrictions are the most draconian yet seen in a democracy ― La beauté de la nature s'anime sous vos yeux dans cette vidéo exceptionnelle. Un spectacle de cinq minutes à regarder sans modération... ― Water resources allocation determines who is able to use water resources, how, when and where. Capturing information from 27 OECD countries and key partner economies, the report presents key findings from the OECD Survey of Water Resources Allocation and case studies of successful allocation reform. ― International cooperation and collective action are critical to tackling the world’s major challenges, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said following the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Buenos Aires amid heightened trade tensions but at which important advances were made on a number of priorities of Argentina’s presidency. ― The Chilean economy has had an extraordinary performance over the last decades with strong growth and declining poverty rates. This paper discusses how to achieve greater social inclusiveness against the background of weaker medium-term growth. ― Remembering the stories of Israel's military heroes on Independence Day The Jerusalem Post ― The Belgian economy has returned to growth and continues scoring well on broader measures of well-being, but further reforms will be needed to secure fiscal sustainability while promoting employment and competitiveness, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Belgium 2015. ― Lee Min Ho has shared a cute behind-the-scenes video from the set of SBS’s “The King: Eternal Monarch!” Uploaded to his own YouTube channel, the video shows Lee Min Ho bonding with his equine co-star, Maximus. The actor has previously talked about his affection for his special co-star in an interview. The video opens with beautiful […] ― Paris : des bobos organisent une fête de rue, la police les reconfine gentiment. Ailleurs : lacrymo-plaquage-GAV. Le privilège de classe en image. https://t.co/0W15V2IPpo— Thomas Porcher (@PorcherThomas) April 26, 2020 Les bobos ont du courage : ils ont affronté les forces de l'ordre confineuses en plein 18e parisien ! La guerre s'est terminée en une admonestation et tout le monde a dansé sur du Dalida et sous les ordres du bon Dr Salomon, celui qui nous promet 150 vagues de corona, 250 000 - Avril / Politique, Médias, Écologie, Justice & Droit, Santé, Pédocriminalité ― Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General. ― The Consumer Price Index in Thailand decreased 0.08 percent in February of 2020 over the previous month. Inflation Rate Mom in Thailand averaged 0.33 percent from 1976 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 4 percent in June of 1993 and a record low of -3 percent in August of 2008. Inflation Rate MoM measures month over month change in the price of goods and services. This page provides the latest reported value for - Thailand Inflation Rate Mom - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― President Donald Trump may be a fan of human spaceflight, but that doesn't necessarily mean he wants to visit the final frontier himself. ― Both educational attainment and skills, as measured in the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), are high in Sweden. They are not perfect substitutes, but both are to some degree necessary for successfully integrating in the Swedish labour market. ― A galactic visitor entered our solar system last year—interstellar comet 2I/Borisov. When astronomers pointed the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) toward the comet on 15 and 16 December 2019, for the first time they directly observed the chemicals stored inside an object from a planetary system other than our own. This research is published online on 20 April 2020 in the journal Nature Astronomy. ― Colombia recorded a capital and financial account deficit of 3121.71 USD Million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Capital Flows in Colombia averaged -1890.52 USD Million from 2000 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 359.83 USD Million in the third quarter of 2000 and a record low of -6193.64 USD Million in the fourth quarter of 2014. In Colombia, international capital flows are measured using the Financial Account Balance of the Balance of Payments. This page provides - Colombia Capital Flows - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Derrière la chute du prix du baril de pétrole : la chute prochaine de la finance internationale ? - On nettoie l'info / Économie, International, Énergie, Banques, Donald Trump ― The tax-to-GDP ratio in Spain increased by 0.7 percentage points from 33.7% in 2017 to 34.4% in 2018. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was a slight increase of 0.1 percentage point from 34.2% to 34.3% over the same period. ― The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought the relationship between health and housing quality into sharp focus. Contagious disease spreads more rapidly in overcrowded housing. The link between overcrowding and coronavirus has been made both in relation to England and elsewhere. ― Michael Moore turns on climate left with film skewering green energy The Washington TImes ― This brief is a contribution to the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) and a submission of recommendations for the renewal of the Lima Work Programme on Gender. It provides an overview of how well members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) are integrating gender equality into their bilateral aid to climate change. ― Poland must make urgent progress on carrying out key recommendations of the OECD Working Group on Bribery that remain unimplemented, more than four years after its Phase 3 evaluation in June 2013. ― Researchers have engineered a new catalyst that can more efficiently convert ethane into ethylene, which is used in a variety of manufacturing processes. The discovery could be used in a conversion process to drastically reduce ethylene production costs and cut related carbon dioxide emissions by up to 87%. ― A giant star called Betelgeuse is behaving strangely ― CPI Housing Utilities in Colombia increased to 104.57 points in March from 103.99 points in February of 2020. CPI Housing Utilities in Colombia averaged 31.43 points from 1954 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 104.57 points in March of 2020 and a record low of 0.07 points in August of 1954. This page provides - Colombia Cpi Housing & Utilities- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Bien que le phénomène ne soit pas vraiment rare — il y en a environ une dizaine chaque année dans la Voie lactée —, les astronomes n’avaient jamais pu observer de nova du début à la fin de “l’explosion”. Mais les scientifiques de la mission BRITE ont récemment eu cette chance et leur observation a […] ― Israel is a young country with still dynamic population growth, but it is already beginning to face the consequences of population ageing. ― A l'heure du confinement, les plateformes de rencontre enregistrent des records de fréquentation. Trois milliards de clics sur l'application Tinder en une seule journée fin mars. Et il y a les couples que le confinement a séparé physiquement. ― The Personal Income Tax Rate in Panama stands at 25 percent. Personal Income Tax Rate in Panama averaged 26.20 percent from 2004 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 33 percent in 2004 and a record low of 25 percent in 2010. In Panama, the Personal Income Tax Rate is a tax collected from individuals and is imposed on different sources of income like labour, pensions, interest and dividends. The benchmark we use refers to the Top Marginal Tax Rate for individuals. Revenues from the Personal Income Tax Rate are an important source of income for the government of Panama. This page provides - Panama Personal Income Tax Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― One-half of Korea's population aged 65 and over lives in relative poverty, nearly four times higher than the OECD average of 13%. Elderly poverty is thus an urgent social problem. ― Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables ― PISA 2012 financial literacy results focusing on the performance of Spain amongst 17 other countries and economies who participated in the assessment: Australia, Belgium (Flemish Community), Shanghai-China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and the United States ― 29 June 2018 - This keynote address focuses on the three main forces driving change in the financial sector: the growing importance of trust; the accelerating digitalisation of the economy; and the unprecedented interconnectedness of global markets. This keynote address was made by Greg Medcraft, OECD Director of Financial and Enterprise Affairs, at the Annual Conference of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. ― Industrial Production in Panama decreased 0.70 percent in the third quarter of 2019 over the same quarter in the previous year. Industrial Production in Panama averaged 0.13 percent from 2003 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 6.40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006 and a record low of -6.50 percent in the second quarter of 2019. In Panama, industrial production measures the output of businesses integrated in industrial sector of the economy such as manufacturing, mining, and utilities. This page provides - Panama Industrial Production - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― The unemployment rate among young people has reached painfully high levels, in particular among those young people with low levels of education. ― This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2020. ― Particle chasing—it's a game that so many physicists play. Sometimes the hunt takes place inside large supercolliders, where spectacular collisions are necessary to find hidden particles and new physics. For physicists studying solids, the game occurs in a much different environment and the sought-after particles don't come from furious collisions. Instead, particle-like entities, called quasiparticles, emerge from complicated electronic interactions that happen deep within a material. Sometimes the quasiparticles are easy to probe, but others are more difficult to spot, lurking just out of reach. ― Nuclear power plants generate 20% of the nation's electricity and are the largest clean energy source in the U.S. But to further offset climate change, the nuclear energy sector needs to extend the lifetime of existing facilities as well as build new ones. ― Plus de 6.000 hectares du parc national de Biebrza - environ 10 % de sa superficie - sont actuellement en flammes et 120 pompiers sont mobilisés pour tenter de maîtriser les feux, a-t-on appris le 23 avril. « C'est une perte incalculable, une tragédie indescriptible. Nous devrons peut-être lutter contre cet incendie pendant des mois encore », a déclaré Janina Agnieszka Zach, employée du parc, à la chaîne de télévision polonaise TVN." Biebrza compte 59.000 hectares de zones humides, abrirant des animaux (...) ― Citizens in many countries are expressing dissatisfaction with how they believe trade, technology and immigration are affecting their daily lives. While much of this discontent can be traced back to the global economic crisis, its root causes are more complex. What can be done at the Global, European and German level? ― The report New insights from TALIS 2013: Teaching and Learning in Primary and Upper Secondary Education presents an overview of teachers and teaching in primary and upper secondary education for a sample of countries that participated in the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) in 2013. ― Following a sharp drop amidst the global economic crisis and a subsequent recovery, the spot price of crude oil has been broadly stable for the past couple of years. This paper discusses the factors that drive oil demand and supply and, hence, the price of the resource. ― Researchers from the Severinov Laboratory at Skoltech, along with their colleagues from Switzerland and Israel, have investigated a poorly studied bacterial BREX defense mechanism to show that it can be turned off by a multipurpose viral protein that successfully impersonates DNA. The paper was published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research. ― EU's 'misinformation' report omits the bigger picture CGTN ― Ist der Soziale Aufzug ka-putt? DEUTSCHLAND im Vergleich ― The post-crisis recovery in entrepreneurial activity remains mixed across countries, but new data released today by the OECD provides tentative signs of a turning point, with trends in enterprise creation rates pointing upwards in most economies. ― Les autorités allemandes annoncent être sur la bonne voie face au Covid19. Le nombre des infections diminue alors que celui des décès reste très inférieur à la France, l’Italie ou l’Espagne. ― This report provides, for the Flemish community of Belgium, an independent analysis of major issues facing the educational evaluation and assessment framework, current policy initiatives, and possible future approaches. ― Surgery performed on a fetus in the womb to repair defects from spina bifida triggers the body's ability to restore normal brain structure, new research has discovered. ― The OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs invites public comments on a revised discussion draft on tax treaty issues related to emissions permits/credits, which addresses the application of the provisions of the OECD Model Tax Convention to the cross-border granting and trading of emissions permits and credits. ― Giacomo & Stefano formally known as Italian duo The FifthGuys, created their bond through high school where they both had a strong passion for music. The two have been taking on the music industry for a few years now, combining over 300,000 monthly on spotify alone. With their track W.Y.L.I.G with Daivd Persson they haveContinue reading "TME Approved: The FifthGuys & David Persson – W.Y.L.I.G." ― Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention. New research has allowed artificial intelligence to take over the human-controlled drones currently being used for the task. The algorithm also predicts and counteracts the wind forces acting on the drone body. ― Further progress has been made by the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS in implementation of BEPS measures against harmful tax practices (BEPS Action 5). ― Luxembourg’s economy has grown at a robust pace and has enviable levels of well-being, but public policy can do more to make growth sustainable and inclusive, according to a new report from the OECD. ― Stan Garfield's Quarantine Playlist featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman, and a reposting of our American One podcast with this talented artist. ― The European Parliament rejected Thursday a highly controversial EU copyright law proposal that has pitted Beatles legend Paul McCartney against internet giants and the creators of Wikipedia. ― Read the latest OECD Insights blog written by Mrs. Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the OECD Secretary-General, Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa. ― The OECD has welcomed the release by China and the US of peer reviews of their fossil fuel subsidies. ― This OECD assessment of the Constitutional Process Open to Citizens in Chile, identifies the lessons learned and advises on how to further improve citizen engagement in the policy making processes. ― A new constitution offers the country a path out of anger and disorder ― Le médicament immuno-modulateur tocilizumab a montré son efficacité pour prévenir "l'orage inflammatoire" chez les patients du Covid-19 dans un état grave, selon une étude française non encore publiée, dont les premiers résultats ont été dévoilés lundi. Ce traitement a réduit "significativement" la proportion de patients ayant dû être transférés en réanimation ou décédés, par rapport à ceux ayant reçu un traitement standard, a indiqué l'Assistance publique-hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP). Il s'agit du "premier essai comparatif par tirage au sort" qui fait la "démonstration d'un bénéfice clinique" de ce traitement chez des malades Covid souffrant d'une infection sévère, ont souligné ses organisateurs au cours d'une conférence de presse téléphonique. ― Researchers in The University of Texas at El Paso's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have developed a nanohybrid vehicle that can be used to optimally deliver drugs into the human body. ― SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple et Google ont annoncé vendredi qu'ils allaient travailler ensemble au développement d'une technologie de suivi des personnes contaminées par le nouveau coronavirus tout en respectant leur vie privée. Les deux géants de la Silicon Valley ont déclaré que cette technologie devrait permettre aux téléphones portables d'échanger des informations via des connexions Bluetooth afin d'alerter les personnes ayant été en contact proche avec d'autres personnes testées positives au SARS-CoV-2. Cette technologie sera disponible à partir de la mi-mai dans un premier temps sous la forme d'outils logiciels pour les applications de suivi numérique approuvées par les autorités de santé publique. ― They prefer to blame fishermen than their cherished mega-dams ― Public comments are invited on this discussion draft which deals with work in relation to Action 8 of the BEPS Action Plan. ― Japan is poised for an economic expansion, but long-term growth prospects remain contingent on additional efforts to revitalise the economy and reduce unsustainable levels of public debt, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan. ― The growth pattern of OECD countries and their sub-national entities is puzzling. Between-country differences in GDP per capita are declining, yet the differences across jurisdictions within those countries tend to rise. ― US military sheds some light on civilian casualties from shadowy war in Somalia Amnesty International ― (Bloomberg) -- Analysts covering Amazon.com Inc. are still bullish on the stock, but technicals just sent a cautious signal.The company is rated “buy” by 51 analysts tracked by Bloomberg, with just four “holds” and one “sell” rating. The stock’s Monday closing price of $2,376 leaves 6% upside to the consensus target price, even with optimism recently growing.That optimism cuts against the “outside down day” the online retail giant just had on Monday. As Miller Tabak + Co. Chief Market Strategist Matt Maley explained in a note, that’s because it traded higher than Friday’s highs and lower than Friday’s lows, and ended up down. It’s a sign of exhaustion, Maley said -- especially when a stock’s had a significant recent rally.“Amazon: ripe for a pull-back?” Maley put it in a research note. “Investors should be careful about chasing it up at these levels. If it sees any more downside follow-through, that would signal that a full-blown correction in the stock is highly likely.”Amazon has risen 27% this year while the S&P 500 is down 10%, as investors have flocked to the e-commerce companies shipping goods to customers forced to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Shares fell 0.9% on Tuesday, while the S&P 500 was up 1.2%.Amazon is the third-biggest component of the broad market benchmark, and part of a shrinking group of winners -- which caused Goldman Sachs Group Inc. a few days ago to caution about future returns.Read more: E-Commerce Stocks Soar With Pandemic Gains Seen as Long-LastingMaley said he doesn’t want to “send up a big warning flag” about Amazon just yet, especially with earnings coming Thursday. But he recommended being cautious about adding to positions at these price levels “at the very least.”Another trigger for caution would be a break below the stock’s mid-April lows of $2,338, he said.Amazon is scheduled to report first-quarter results after the market closes on April 30.(Adds Tuesday trading in fifth paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P. ― With theaters closed and streaming numbers booming thanks to Covid-19, extra attention is being paid by social justice warriors to Netflix’s ‘Extraction’, and they’re now slamming the B-picture as a ‘white savior’ movie. Read Full Article at RT.com ― OECD Appoints New Head of Transfer Pricing Unit ― C’est un tweet de la Pediatric Intensive Care Society (soit en français, la société des unités de soins pédiatriques) qui tirait la sonnette d’alarme ce dimanche aux professionnels du secteur de la santé du Royaume-Uni. Un nombre restreint mais croissant d'enfants présentent un syndrome rare qui pourrait être lié au coronavirus. Les cas signalés au Royaume-Uni font état de symptômes de douleurs abdominales, de symptômes gastro-intestinaux et... ― This case study presents the system of funding for political parties and elections in Korea. It also discusses the role of the National Election Commission in overseeing, monitoring and enforcing election regulations. ― Cadillac's 1st Military Cemetery in the Works: Vets Serving Vets 9&10 News ― Blog post on how Mexico's commitment to open data is helping to bring a broad range of innovative services to citizens. ― This note presents marginal effective tax rates (METRs) that summarise the tax system’s impact on the incentives to make an additional investment in a particular type of savings. By comparing METRs on different types of household savings, we can gain insights into which assets or savings types receive the most favourable treatment from the tax system. ― China’s foreign ministry has slammed the US for “politicizing” the way other nations work on civilian nuclear power projects. Washington had earlier claimed China is undermining global non-proliferation safeguards. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Horseshoe bats in China are a natural wildlife reservoir of SARS-like coronaviruses. Some health experts think wildlife markets—specifically in Wuhan, China—led to the spillover of the new coronavirus into human populations. Though not confirmed, the hypothesis has given bats around the world a bad rap, and public fears of exposure to bats are on the rise. Illinois Natural History Survey wildlife biologist Tara Hohoff, the project coordinator of the Illinois Bat Conservation Program, spoke to News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates about bat biology and conservation, and the flying mammals' role in human health. ― This edition of Migration Policy Debates looks at the evidence for how immigrants affect the economy in three main areas: The labour market, the public purse and economic growth. ― Professionally known as Digital Farm Animals ― Yungblud's Quarantine Gets 'Weird!' in Fun New Music Video Billboard ― This country note for Sweden provides detail on the proportion of CO2 emissions from energy use subject to different effective carbon rates (ECR), as well as on the level and components of average ECRs in each of the six economic sectors (road transport, off-road transport, industry, agriculture and fishing, residential & commercial, and electricity). ― Trapped Rydberg ions may be the next step towards scaling up quantum computers to sizes where they can be practically usable, a new study in Nature shows. ― Despite strong economic growth, Costa Rica’s income inequality has increased in the past decade, in stark contrast with other Latin American countries. ― OECD annual inflation slows to 2.3% in December 2017 ― Australia’s labour market continues to perform well in comparison with other major developed countries. The unemployment rate, at 5.1% in May 2012, is among the lowest in the OECD. ― Health Data Governance: Strong health data governance frameworks are needed ― An overview of OECD work on Employment, Social Protection and International Migration. ― Untwisting chains of atoms within a plastic polymer improves its ability to conduct electricity, according to a report by researchers, led by Nagoya University applied physicist Hisaaki Tanaka, in the journal Science Advances. The insight could help accelerate the development of wearable power sources for a vast number of Internet-of-things devices. ― Over 200 delegates from 83 countries and jurisdictions as well as 12 international and regional organisations met in Noordvijk, The Netherlands, on 21-22 June 2017 for the Third Meeting of the Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). ― Ce document présente les principales recommandations de l'OCDE pour la France dans des domaines essentiels tels que la croissance et l’emploi (efficacité des services publics, système financier, innovation, fonctionnement des marchés des produits et du travail, éducation, retraites, réforme fiscale, croissance verte et agriculture) et la justice sociale (santé, logement, famille, jeunesse, intégration). ― Housing Starts in Thailand increased to 10109 units in January from 7570 units in December of 2019. Housing Starts in Thailand averaged 8005.62 units from 1987 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 24699 units in June of 1997 and a record low of 1267 units in December of 1999. This page provides the latest reported value for - Thailand Housing Starts - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― Germany is one of the OECD countries with the lowest barriers to immigration for high-skilled workers. However, long-term labour migration is low in comparison with other countries. ― Faits marquants sur la performance de la France lors de l'enquête PISA 2012 sur les compétences des élèves en mathématiques, en compréhension de l'écrit et en sciences. ― Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables ― This book deals with two issues. The first concerns the various measurement of fiscal decentralization in general and their usefulness for policy analysis. The second and more specific issue concerns the taxonomy of intergovernmental grants and the limits of the current classifications. ― "It's really important to be personal and connect, because this is all about connection ..." Continue reading… ― Held in Amsterdam on 7 April 2014, this workshop focused on: long-term pension investment strategies under risk-based regulation; riskiness and pro-cyclicality in pension asset allocation; and, regulatory challenges for long-term illiquid assets. ― On 9 October 2019, interested parties were invited to provide comments on a number of policy issues and technical aspects in respect to the Secretariat Proposal for a "Unified Approach" under Pillar One. The OECD is grateful to the commentators for their input and now publishes the public comments received. ― Italy’s indicators of health system outcomes and quality are consistently good. This is despite levels of health spending below other high-income OECD countries. However, Italy is lagging behind in some areas, like long-term care and prevention of non-communicable diseases. ― Researchers have developed a technique for embedding data in music and transmitting it to a smartphone. Since the data is imperceptible to the human ear, it doesn't affect listening pleasure. This could have interesting applications in hotels, museums and department stores. ― Introducing Roger: A Technology Company That's Transforming the Bulk Truck Freight Industry MDJOnline.com ― The Inclusive Framework on BEPS has released additional interpretative guidance to give greater certainty to tax administrations and MNE Groups on the implementation and operation of Country-by-Country Reporting (BEPS Action 13). ― The Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) earned the #5 spot on the twice-annual Top 500 list , which ranks the world's most powerful non-distributed computer systems. Located at The University of Texas at Austin, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Frontera is the fastest university supercomputer in the world. ― Exposing teeth to excessive fluoride alters calcium signaling, mitochondrial function, and gene expression in the cells forming tooth enamel -- a novel explanation for how dental fluorosis, a condition caused by overexposure to fluoride during childhood, arises. ― The Danish financial sector is big and there is a high degree of inter-connectedness between banks, mortgage institutions and pension funds. ― Facial features analyzed from 3D photographs could predict the likelihood of having obstructive sleep apnea, according to a new study. ― This chapter studies the governance of the Frankfurt metropolitan area. It focuses on public transport and spatial planning issues. It provides an overview of the economic conditions in the metropolitan area and analyses the role of the regional association of municipalities (Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain) and the state of Hesse for metropolitan governance. ― This paper assesses how international tax planning affects real business investment by multinationals. Earlier studies have shown that corporate taxes reduce business investment. This paper shows that tax planning multinationals are less sensitive to corporate taxes than other firms in their investment decisions. ― On 28 November 2017, an OECD delegation met Bakhyt Sultanov, the Kazakhstan Minister of Finance, in Astana to launch an initiative to assist Kazakhstan in the implementation of the measures to tackle Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). ― 24 September 2015 - At the 2015 Global Investigations Review awards, the OECD collected the prize for the "most important investigations development" category. The OECD was given the award in recognition of its tireless work promoting foreign bribery enforcement around the world. ― Labour market reforms are essential to promote social cohesion by removing obstacles to employment, particularly for women, youth and older persons. ― SOPEMI 2011\Ebook\Fragments_with_friendly\Norway_engl ― Going for Growth 2015: Key findings for Portugal ― Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods. ― Gains in education have helped narrow the gender gap in the labour market in Asia Pacific but many challenges remain, according to a new OECD report. ― Absolute Radio 40s to pop up on medium wave Radio Today ― The OECD was invited to assess key elements of the Second Irish Public Service Reform Plan (PSRP 2014-2016), with a view to informing future public service reform efforts in Ireland. ― “Governments have signed more than 700 agreements to exchange tax information. These agreements have already yielded €14 billion in additional revenues, to 20 countries, from more than 100 000 tax payers who had hidden assets offshore.” ― The temporary field hospital in the ExCel centre was built to care for up to 4,000 coronavirus patients. ― Belgium has a good record in delivering accessible care, but adaptation to population ageing will be complicated by the fragmentation of responsibilities in the healthcare system and a strong reliance on government regulations. ― In most OECD countries tax revenues are continuing to rise in relation to GDP from the 2008-09 declines seen at the beginning of the crisis, according to OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics. OECD countries collected about 34.0% of GDP in taxes in 2011, compared with 33.8% in 2010. ― Studies show that interpersonal trust is fundamental for promoting the resilience of our societies, but many individuals say that they have little trust in others. ― Faits marquants sur la performance de la France lors de l'enquête PISA 2012 sur les compétences des élèves résolution de problèmes. ― Without adequate investment in skills, people languish on the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into inclusive economic growth, and countries can no longer compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global society, said OECD Secretary-General. ― With 13 weeks to go before the launch period of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover opens, final preparations of the spacecraft continue at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On April 8, the assembly, test and launch operations team completed a crucial mass properties test of the rover. ― Mission Secure, an Operational Technology (OT) Security Company, Reports Strong Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Demand to Start 2020 Tyler Morning Telegraph ― An overview of the long-term care situation in Korea is available here. ― This paper presents the new OECD competition law and policies (CLP) indicators which measure the strength and scope of competition regimes in 49 jurisdictions (OECD and non-OECD). The indicators cover areas for which there is a broad consensus among member countries on what constitutes 'good' practice for competition regimes. ― Photo: Dan Van There is a shift in country music constantly but the shift lately has been of a 'laid back' nature allowing the music to flow more organically, while expressing a 'regular guy' or 'regular gal' persona. Now, I know 'laid back', 'regular guy' and 'regular gal' are "label" words but I am not trying to start a viral message here. Those words are just my description of how the music is moving forward today and no one personifies that more than Jameson Rodgers. The Mississippi native fuses country rock with meaningful lyrics, a trend that is taking over the genre recently. After years of bro-country, songs with deeper meaning and relevant lyrics are appealing to all ages. Luke Combs and Ashley McBryde are front and center leading the "Organic" country if you need a branding label. Limited amount of machines and enhancements on and off the stage could define 'Organic' in country music.Tonight (September 25), Jameson will perform his debut single 'Some Girls,' within the circle, as he makes his debut on the most important stage in county music...The Grand Ole Opry. During the set, he will communicate his story to the 'regular person' just like he has on the Luke Combs 'Beer Never Broke My Heart' since January.Fans, during shows, tell me that they relate to a song first before even getting connected to the artist. This is no revelation as most clubs frown on a new act not playing cover songs, knowing that patrons wanna sing along to what is relevant to them. Organic Country is gaining because of it's relevancy. See Jameson Rodgers perform his single 'Some Girls' live below, in the video, from September 20th. Listen to the fans sing loudly to a song with limited radio play to date.More details on how to get all the COUNTRY MUSIC content of artist and insights for your radio show/Radio station/Content site or blog - Email me: MusicFun@fuse.net. Follow me on INSTAGRAM, TWITTER and YouTube DAN VAN Channel of videos. Dan Van is associated with Albright & O'Malley & Brenner, country music consultants, providing relevant information for today's fast paced radio listeners. More details or for contact visit: www.aandoandb.com/. ― Recent research by Andres J. Goza at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found relationships between frequencies and the passive dynamics at play when vehicles move in air or water toward a better understanding of how to use these forces to enhance performance. Understanding this fluid-structure interaction at a very basic level, could help inform new aircraft and submarine designs with a very different kind of locomotion. ― Early childhood education and care programmes (ECEC) have become more accessible in recent years, with high enrolment rates in both early childhood educational development and preprimary education. ― Five years ago, researchers from the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) led by the CSIC Research Professor Paloma Mas made the breakthrough discovery that the circadian clocks in the growing tip of the plant shoot function in a similar way to the clocks in the mammalian brain, which in both cases are able to synchronize the daily rhythms of the cells in distal organs. From that seminal finding, plant researchers have been eager to discover the messenger molecule that could travel from the shoot to the root to orchestrate the rhythms. The answer has been published in Nature Plants by Paloma Mas' team and collaborators from Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. They have identified a small essential clock protein called ELF4 as the required messenger. Furthermore, through a series of ingenious experiments, the researchers discovered that the movement of this molecule is sensitive to the ambient temperature. ― Facebook's planned virtual unit Libra, already under heavy attack from US President Donald Trump and global regulators, faces scepticism among the wider cryptocurrency community as well. ― The genome of the herpes simplex virus 1 was decoded using new methods. Hundreds of previously unknown gene products were found. The virus causes lip herpes, but can also be life-threatening. ― Scientists believe about 25 percent of the differences in human life span is determined by genetics—with the rest determined by environmental and lifestyle factors. But they don't yet know all the genes that contribute to a long life. ― Best Movies You Can Stream at Home This Week 24/7 Wall St. ― The unemployment rate increased more slowly in Norway than in most OECD countries in the years following the economic crisis. Norway maintained its unemployment level well below the OECD average, but in late 2014 it started to rise. ― Over the past decade, France has substantially eased the burden of anti competitive regulations and effectively enforced competition law against anti-competitive practices. ― The benefits of employers engaging with education has long been reported and promoted within policy circles. ― In most countries with available data, public educational institutions charge different tuition fees for national and foreign students enrolled in the same programme. In Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, foreign students pay on average about twice or more the tuition fees charged to national students. ― Productivity in Thailand increased to 126.86 points in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 118.17 points in the third quarter of 2019. Productivity in Thailand averaged 115.11 points from 2001 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 141.30 points in the first quarter of 2012 and a record low of 92.90 points in the third quarter of 2001. This page provides - Thailand Productivity- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― This report analyses 8 case studies of digital platforms that collate information and provide services to promote broader access to, and more effective use of, research infrastructures. Despite considerable variety among the cases, a number of key issues are identified that can help guide policymakers, funders, institutions and managers interested in developing or contributing to such platforms. ― Global economic activity is picking up, but the continuing crisis in the euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment. ― Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed an improved catalyst by taking the common dehydrating agent calcium hydride and adding fluoride to it. The catalyst facilitates the synthesis of ammonia at merely 50 °C, by using only half the energy that existing techniques require. This opens doors to ammonia production with low energy consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emission. ― It is hardly surprising that rising inequality has translated into growing political disaffection, anti-market sentiment and disenchantment with globalisation. In such a context, we desperately need to take action to promote inclusive growth and restore public confidence in the power of policymakers to improve people’s lives. ― Professor John Hattie is held in high esteem as an education researcher and was called “possibly the world’s most influential education academic” by the Times Educational Supplement in 2012. ― To look at how life evolved, scientists usually turn to the fossil record, but this record is often incomplete. Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), alongside an international team of collaborators, have used another tool—the chromosomes of living animals—to uncover clues about our past. The study, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, reveals early events in the evolution of vertebrates, including how jawed vertebrates arose through hybridization between two species of primitive fish. ― Coronavirus Widens Europe’s North-South Economic Divide The Wall Street Journal ― In many OECD countries debt has soared to levels threatening fiscal sustainability, necessitating its reduction over the medium to longer term. This paper uses stylised simulations in a small, calibrated macroeconomic model which features endogenous interactions between fiscal policy, growth and financial markets. ― A natural biopolymer, bacterial cellulose, is synthesized by the microbe Gluconacetobacter hansenii. Researchers are intrigued by its properties but one that it lacks in the native state is antibacterial activity and that is something could be useful for a wide range of healthcare and other applications, if only it could be engineered into this natural material. ― The number of employed persons in Thailand decreased to 37331.80 Thousand in March of 2020 from 37628.80 Thousand in February of 2020. Employed Persons in Thailand averaged 36666.81 Thousand from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 39973.11 Thousand in November of 2012 and a record low of 30376.71 Thousand in January of 2001. In Thailand, employed persons are individuals with a minimum required age who work during a certain time for a business. This page provides - Thailand Employed Persons - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― We all know what the perfect country & western song is, because David Allan Coe told us. He also told us why it was the perfect country & western song, and who wrote it. That would be the great Steve Goodman, and the song of course is "You Never Even Called Me By My Name." But John Prine was a silent partner. ― South Korea’ first infections were in February, reaching a peak of 909 new daily cases at the end of that month. It then saw a second uptick in infection and death rates in late March, raising concern over a new wave of contagion. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Combatting corruption and restoring trust in institutions by upholding the principles of public integrity will be at the heart of a major conference in Athens from 11-12 July 2017. ― While access to care is good, the quality of care in the United Kingdom is uneven and continues to lag behind that in many other OECD countries. Health spending per person in the United Kingdom remains around the level of 2009 when adjusted for inflation, and is slightly below the OECD average on a per capita basis and as a share of GDP. ― Based on the OECD-UNODC-World Bank Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance Handbook, this webcast organised by KPMG offered an opportunity for attendees to learn about and understand the value of anti-corruption and ethics compliance best practices and how to use them to enhance their programmes. ― https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/goddard/2019/sugars-in-meteorites ― University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed a promising method for remotely stimulating activity in deep brain regions, advancing understanding of how molecules act in the brain and paving the way for better cancer treatments and therapies for other diseases. ― To guarantee high quality pharmaceuticals, manufacturers need not only to control the purity and concentration of their own products, but also those of their suppliers. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF have developed a measuring system capable of identifying a wide variety of chemical and pharmaceutical substances remotely and in real time. It is perfect for the use in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industry. ― This is a watershed day for the world and especially heartening for the OECD as one of the first international bodies to call for zero net emissions in the second half of the century, for a price on carbon and for greater efforts to channel finance into the low carbon economy. ― New Music from Nature's Way Entertainment, "Soul Reggae Again" South Florida Caribbean News ― Ka'epaoka'awela asteroid surprised the world in 2018: It was the first object in the solar system that was demonstrated to be of extrasolar origin. But now, the researchers who discovered it have announced that it is not alone. Published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societyon 23 April 2020, work by Fathi Namouni, a CNRS researcher in the Laboratoire Lagrange (CNRS/Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur/Université Côte d'Azur), and Helena Morais, researcher at UNESP in Brazil, proves that at least 19 other asteroids orbited another star before joining our solar system. ― Setting fire to his hometown in the name of heartbreak, Broken Bow Records hitmaker Dustin Lynch is seeing red in the brand-new music video for current single, “Momma’s House,” premiering worldwide on his YouTube channel earlier today. Shot in Lafayette, TN, and directed by Mason Dixon, the hot-blooded video strikes an immediate mood, slow-burning and […] ― La science participative, si elle est plus facilement applicable aux sciences de l’environnement, est encore peu développée en France. ― CO2 -neutral synthetic fuels are technically feasible today and the best promise for decarbonizing aviation. The right policy instruments could turn promise into reality, writes Anthony Patt. ― The International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS), a recently established multi-stakeholder platform, agreed to set up three taskforces to help tackle corruption in sport at its meeting at the OECD in Paris on 14 to 15 December 2017. ― Châtaignier vient du latin castanea. Le châtaignier est une espèce spontanée autour de la Méditerranée. Il s'étend jusque dans le Caucase. La culture du châtaignier a connu son apogée aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles. Nous avons choisi le Parc national des Cévennes pour vous le présenter. ― The Government of Israel and the OECD co-organised an international conference on "Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies" on 23 October 2013, in Tel Aviv. ― The Slovak Republic has undertaken a series of reforms to improve its education system, and the country now needs to use resources more efficiently and improve equity and inclusion in schools, according to a new OECD report. ― Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports. ― Labor economist Christopher King is a senior research scientist at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs. He directed the center until 2014 and has won the Texas Exes Teaching Award. We spoke to him on April 21, 2020. ― China has made impressive strides in education in recent decades, even though the accumulation of human capital has lagged behind that of physical capital. Going forward, access to and quality of education will be key to sustain economic convergence with the most advanced economies and to offset the drag exerted by population ageing. ― Macro-simulations benchmarking employment in Finland to the Nordic average show that closing the large gaps in labour participation vis-à-vis the other Nordics across genders and age groups would boost employment significantly. ― Avec le nombre croissant d’appareils connectés à Internet (ordinateur fixe ou portable, tablette, téléphones… etc.), il serait compliqué de concevoir plusieurs versions d’un même site web, une pour chaque taille d’écran et chaque résolution existantes.Le Responsive Design est l’une des solutions... ― Impressive productivity performance during the last decades has weakened since 2007, reflecting the 2008-09 recession but also a poor performance in important sectors, like the information and communication technology sector. ― Important challenges for the future of Austrian well-being arise from demographic and environmental trends. The ageing of the population calls for a fair balance between life-time pension contributions and entitlements, drawing on the recent pension reform. ― Student to Student: Artificial intelligence/machine learning RIT University News Services ― Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don't contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers. ― Primate experts warn that the global human health emergency of COVID-19 also threatens our closest living relatives—endangered great apes. ― En surnombre lors d’un « orage de cytokines », ces molécules médiatrices de l’immunité seraient l’une des causes de l’aggravation de l’infection au SARS-CoV-2. Plusieurs traitements à l’étude visent à réguler cet excès de zèle. ― The Spanish economy is growing strongly, but there is a risk that many people are being left behind. ― Openness to change and a continuous questioning of the way we work are the keys to being prepared for the Future of Work. This advice comes from Mark Keese, Head of the Employment Analysis and Policy Division at the OECD, and we catch up with Mark following the OECD's Future of Work Forum in January 2016. ― This joint OECD-UASA publication contains the results of a survey on the regulatory treatment of related part transactions (RPTs) in the Middle East and North Africa region. It concludes with recommendations to policymakers designed to ensure adequate oversight of RPTs in order to promote market integrity in the region. ― Read the latest blog by Patrick Paul Walsh, Professor of International Development Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland and Senior Advisor, UN SDSN, Earth Institute, on the Implications of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda for the OECD. ― Using electronic devices for too long can cause them to overheat, which might slow them down, damage their components or even make them explode or catch fire. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Nano Letters have developed a hydrogel that can both cool down electronics, such as cell phone batteries, and convert their waste heat into electricity. ― Education at a Glance 2016 - Country Notes ― GDP Constant Prices in Ecuador decreased to 17900370 USD THO in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 18069876 USD THO in the third quarter of 2019. GDP Constant Prices in Ecuador averaged 14205064.36 USD THO from 2000 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 18094508 USD THO in the fourth quarter of 2018 and a record low of 9134587 USD THO in the first quarter of 2000. This page provides - Ecuador GDP Constant Prices - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― A UCLA-led research team today reports that it has developed a new method for delivering DNA into stem cells and immune cells safely, rapidly and economically. The method, described in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could give scientists a new tool for manufacturing gene therapies for people with cancer, genetic disorders and blood diseases. ― Pick-up in private consumption and investment drives higher OECD GDP growth in second quarter of 2017 ― Health inequality was a major concern of 20th century social democrats in countries ranging from Britain to Sweden. ― "200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris. ― Boom! Distant star explosion is brightest ever seen Space.com ― Read Full Article at RT.com ― It’s safer than people think and has large health benefits for many ― The OECD, UN Environment and World Bank Group today called on leaders of G20 countries to do more to enable a radical shift of investment into low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure as a way to limit the impact of climate change. ― PARIS (Reuters) - La tenue des enchères pour l'attribution des fréquences mobiles 5G aux opérateurs télécoms français est décalée en raison de la crise sanitaire provoquée par l'épidémie de coronavirus, a annoncé jeudi le régulateur du secteur. Dans un communiqué, l'Arcep précise qu'elle fixera une nouvelle date en fonction de l'évolution de la situation. Bouygues Telecom (Bouygues), Orange, Free (Iliad) et SFR (Altice) ont toutefois d'ores et déjà obtenu, chacun, un bloc de 50 mégahertz dans le cadre de la première partie du processus d'attribution prévoyant un ensemble d'engagements pour les opérateurs. ― Online resource to help implement the OECD Recommendation on Public Procurement. This website provides policy tools, country examples and indicators to measure public procurement systems. ― This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2020 ― How do you capture a cellular process that transpires in the blink of an eye? Biochemists at MIT have devised a way to trap and visualize a vital enzyme at the moment it becomes active—informing drug development and revealing how biological systems store and transfer energy. ― A petition calling for maternity leave to be extended due to coronavirus has attracted many signatures. ― A new study from a team of clinical psychologists suggests eating added sugars -- common in so many holiday foods -- can trigger metabolic, inflammatory and neurobiological processes tied to depressive illness. ― España ha tenido éxito en la reducción de mortalidad a causa de enfermedades cardiovasculares (ECV). ― Only true 80s pop music fans will spot the 30 classic songs hidden in this picture Daily Star ― Volume I of this series compiles the science-based consensus documents of the OECD Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds from 2002 to 2008. ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was in Athens on 10-11 February 2015 on an official visit to Greece. ― The OECD Directorate for Education has launched the Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship Programme. Mr. Alexander (1940 - 2012) was the Director for the OECD’s Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate from 1989-2000. ― This workshop will convene leading experts from health and finance backgrounds in government, academia, and international organisations to take stock of progress in health expenditure forecasting and to discuss future directions, in light of policy needs and recent advancements in techniques, detailed data and computing power. ― Foreign Exchange Reserves in Venezuela increased to 7018 USD Million in March from 6969 USD Million in February of 2020. Foreign Exchange Reserves in Venezuela averaged 12347.24 USD Million from 1962 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 43127 USD Million in December of 2008 and a record low of 514.50 USD Million in September of 1962. In Venezuela, Foreign Exchange Reserves are the foreign assets held or controlled by the country central bank. The reserves are made of gold or a specific currency. They can also be special drawing rights and marketable securities denominated in foreign currencies like treasury bills, government bonds, corporate bonds and equities and foreign currency loans. This page provides - Venezuela Foreign Exchange Reserves - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Declan Lynch: Cherishing a singular art form for pop music's one-hit wonders Independent.ie ― Researchers report that, for a bacterial pathogen already resistant to an antibiotic, prolonged exposure to that antibiotic not only boosted its ability to retain its resistance gene, but also made the pathogen more readily pick up and maintain resistance to a second antibiotic and become a dangerous, multidrug-resistant strain. ― Women's Rights in Review, 25 years after Beijing takes stock of how the landmark gender equality plan, the Beijing Platform for Action, is being implemented and calls for greater parity and justice. ― Profitant du renouvellement de la Volkswagen Golf, la Renault Clio lui passe devant et devient la star des ventes en Europe. ― The consultation document assessed how these schemes are used in an attempt to circumvent the CRS; identified the types of schemes that present a high risk of abuse; reminded stakeholders of the importance of correctly applying relevant CRS due diligence procedures in order to help prevent such abuse; and explained next steps the OECD will undertake to further address the issue, assisted by public input. ― This paper presents quantitative information on labour market flows for 25 OECD countries. It uses household surveys that offer the advantage of reporting monthly transitions between employment, unemployment and economic inactivity for individuals. ― Higher living standards and well-being, as well as convergence with more advanced economies, will depend on achieving higher productivity, which in turn would be boosted by more investment in capital. ― Exro Technologies strikes deal with Clean Seed Capital to bring its tech to the agricultural sector Proactive Investors USA & Canada ― The Australian health system is a complex mix of federal and state government funding and responsibility, making it difficult for patients to navigate. Despite its complexity, Australia’s universal health system achieves good results relatively efficiently. ― This policy profile is part of the Education Policy Outlook series, which presents comparative analysis of education policies and reforms across OECD countries. ― Des scientifiques tentent de restaurer le paysage sonore unique de Notre-Dame, un an après l’incendie de la cathédrale. ― With the recent death of John Prine at the hands of COVID-19, the question has been posed by many about the legendary songwriter's prospects of ever being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's an interesting discussion point for sure, and one with a few important qualifiers. ― Consecutive years of primary deficits have led to mounting public debt of almost 50% of GDP, one of the fastest increases in Latin America over the last decade. ― The educational attainment of Dutch children depends not only on their parents' socioeconomic position, but also on adverse experiences such as parental divorce or maltreatment. The negative effects of these adverse experiences are the most significant for children of parents with a strong socioeconomic position. This was revealed through research done by Radboud University sociologists that was published in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility on 13 April. ― On 21 November 2014, the OECD invited comments from interested parties on the discussion draft on Action 6 (Prevent treaty abuse) of the BEPS Action Plan. The OECD now publishes the comments received. ― Lean more on OECD work on climate and programme of side events during the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference, under the Presidency of Fiji, held from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center Bonn, in Germany. ― While education may not be able to create innovative traits in individuals, education may improve the ability of individuals to utilize the traits they already possess. To that end, the authors begin by defining innovation and identifying the characteristics, traits, and thought processes of innovative individuals or groups of individuals and the environments that they exist in. The ultimate goal will be to develop an educational process whereby individuals would learn how to fully utilize the traits they have and awaken traits that are dormant. ― This compendium of good practices was prepared by the OECD at the request of the G20 Anti-corruption Working Group (ACWG), to raise awareness of the benefits of the digital transformation in the public sector, including governance, productivity, economic development and social innovation. ― In a boost for international efforts to strengthen co-operation against offshore tax evasion, seven new countries have joined the agreement to exchange information automatically under the OECD/G20 standard. ― Researchers discuss the idea that bacteria, viruses or other infectious pathogens may play a role in Alzheimer's disease. ― In most countries and economies, students who attend schools in urban areas tend to perform at higher levels than other students. Socio-economic status explains only part of the performance difference between students who attend urban schools and other students. ― Le 17 juillet 2020 décollera la prochaine mission martienne de la NASA, Mars2020. À son bord, le rover Perseverance part chercher des traces de vie fossile et identifier les échantillons qui pourraient revenir vers la Terre dans de futures missions. Sur Perseverance, la caméra SuperCam est un couteau suisse de l’espace qui permet d’analyser le sol martien. ― The OECD Trento Centre and the Venice office are pleased to announce a call for internship applications. Deadline for applications: Sunday, 19th August 2018 at 23.59 (Italian time). ― The International Migration Division at the OECD together with the European Commission (DG Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion) organise a conference on migration and mobility and how to match economic migration with labour market needs. ― The introduction of “green” or sustainable practices supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is helping the “blue economy” of an Indian Ocean archipelago to thrive. ― The OECD and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will publish updated G20 labour market data on Wednesday 17 July 2013 ahead of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Moscow. ― Despite a relatively good performance on several points compared to other countries, there is still scope for improving the effectiveness of Israel’s taxation policy from an environmental perspective. ― While the digital economy cannot be separated out from the rest of the economy, it is equally clear that some specific features of the digital economy may exacerbate the risks of base erosion and profit shifting for tax purposes–namely mobility (e.g. intangibles, business functions), reliance on data (and other forms of user input), network effects, and the spread of multi-sided business models. ― Alors que le virus du Covid-19 a déjà fait officiellement trois morts dans les prisons turques, le Parlement vient d’adopter, mardi 14 avril, une loi accordant des aménagements de peine au tiers des détenus de tout le pays. Le texte ne s’appliquera cependant pas aux 40 000 prisonniers politiques. ― French Pubcaster France Televisions to Air Lady Gaga-Curated ‘One World: Together at Home’ Variety ― The crisis, above all, showed that the economy is a highly complex, dynamic and evolving undertaking, with the potential, at times, to produce unpredictable (and often undesired) outcomes. Finally, it showed the need to embrace more appropriately this complexity in the science underlying policy analysis as well as in the policy making process itself. ― The world looks to the Paris Conference of the Parties to deliver a new climate agreement that transforms our development pathway. Success at COP21 can drive and accelerate the transition to a cleaner, healthier and more secure future, locking-in sustainable economic growth and development. ― With the coronavirus crisis already triggering concerns over food security, some saw the depletion of Russian export quotas for grain as a new and alarming signal. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Staining Technique Lets Researchers Visualize Whole Brains (and Bodies) Technology Networks ― A new study found that eye contact during video calls can elicit similar psychophysiological responses than those in genuine, in-person eye contact. ― As regular hand washing is a key tool in combating COVID-19, the UN and its partners are taking steps to ensure people living in informal settlements have access to running water at this critical time, according to the agency working to achieve more sustainable cities. ― Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have used molecular dynamics simulations to understand how sodium dodecyl sulfate causes protein unfolding. SDS is commonly used in labs to separate proteins and determine their molecular weights. However, it is still unclear how SDS influences protein structure. ― Russia Is Testing US Military for Weaknesses Amid Pandemic, General Says Military.com ― Rapidly escalating numbers of COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory failure threaten to overwhelm hospital capacity and force healthcare providers into making challenging decisions about the care they provide. ― Could market turmoil add to the economic disruption? ― This paper discusses the results of the 2011-2012 OECD LEED study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring the transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border areas as they have additional levels of complexity when it comes to measuring and monitoring their low-carbon transition. ― Les chercheuses et les chercheurs qui contribuent chaque jour à alimenter notre média en partageant leurs connaissances et leurs analyses éclairées jouent un rôle de premier plan pendant cette période si particulière. En leur compagnie, commençons à penser la vie post-crise, à nous outiller pour interroger les causes et les effets de la pandémie, et préparons-nous à inventer, ensemble, le monde d’après. ― Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Reid dies at 80 WSMV Nashville ― The Indian economy is showing signs of a turnaround, but new reforms are needed to put the country on a path to strong, sustainable and inclusive growth, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of India. ― Leaders across Europe prepare to ease lockdown Financial Times ― This report aims to help environmental and other competent authorities in OECD countries to promote green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyses different ways to establish environmental regulatory requirements for facilities with low environmental risk (most of which are SMEs). ― The stocks of DB Realty and Unitech rose after top executives of these companies were granted bail in the 2G scam case. ― Water quality and trophic state evaluation of inland waters is important, as they are crucial water resources for drinking, industrial and agricultural use. Secchi disk depth (SD) is usually adopted as a reliable proxy for the evaluation. However, traditional approaches are less suitable for monitoring large water bodies or a large number of lakes in extensive areas because of the dynamic nature and patchy distribution of SD, particularly for lakes in remote areas. ― In Italia, i posti di lavoro ad alto rischio di automazione sono appena al di sopra della media OCSE: il 15,2% (cfr. Figura). Un altro 35,5% potrebbe subire sostanziali cambiamenti nel modo in cui vengono svolti; questi posti di lavoro rimarranno ma con mansioni molto diverse da quelle attuali. ― Susanne Hellmuth and Olaf Stemmann from the Chair of Genetics at the University of Bayreuth have discovered a natural protective mechanism that leads to the programmed death of potentially diseased cells. It protects from cancer that can develop as a result of irregular distribution of genetic information to daughter cells. The enzyme separase plays a central role in these processes. The findings published in Nature offer promising approaches for cancer therapy. ― OECD Secretary-General stresses the need to keep on working on structural reforms and to address inequality and rebuild trust at the OECD Debate at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. ― Russian troops who arrived in Serbia to help the country fight its coronavirus epidemic have already disinfected some 80 sites in the Balkan nation. A fresh video has caught them in action. Read Full Article at RT.com ― The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth. ― Here's information on the number of coronavirus cases in California and the latest news on the COVID-19 outbreak. ― Police in eastern China have busted a ring of illicit bitcoin miners who stole nearly $3 million worth of electricity to generate the digital currency, prompting a local power company to tip off investigators, authorities said Friday. ― Troubled hospital operator NMC Health said on Monday it requested its shares be delisted from the London Stock Exchange after they were suspended two months ago. Shares in the UAE-based company were suspended two months ago and it was placed into administration this month following an application form one of the company's biggest lenders, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank . "We are working at pace to ensure continuity of patient care, stability for staff and suppliers and financial security for NMC's operating companies," Richard Fleming, joint administrator of NMC Health and managing director of Alvarez & Marsal, said in a statement on NMC's behalf. ― Spain has created a strong system to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, but improvements are needed in certain key areas, according to a new report by the Financial Action Task Force. ― In his speech delivered at the Brookings Institute, OECD Secretary-General Gurría explains that OECD’s numbers tell a clear-cut story of how our traditional economic growth agenda has neglected inclusiveness. Yet to begin to tackle this problem, we have to understand that inequality is not just about money. It touches every area of people’s lives. ― The global economic crisis has had a profound impact on people’s well-being, reaching far beyond the loss of jobs and income, and affecting citizens’ satisfaction with their lives and their trust in governments, according to a new OECD report. ― Chinese researchers have developed a pulsed optically pumped (POP) atomic clock with a frequency stability of 4.7 x 10-15 at 104 seconds based on a new design. ― Broadwind Energy's stock soars on heavy volume after wind turbine order MarketWatch ― BusinessWeek's 'The Infotech 100', has ranked Bharti Airtel at the 21st position followed by Reddington India (55th) and RCom (66th). Successful business formula ― SMEs form the vast majority of businesses in most countries and contribute strongly to employment and economic growth, but they face particular challenges, particularly as concerns access to finance. Governments have a range of policy levers, including tax policies, that can and should be used to support the growth and development of SMEs, according to a new OECD report. ― OECD employment rate increases to 68.3% in the second quarter of 2018 ― The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), the largest global gathering on the future of cities, opened on Saturday with thousands taking part in lively discussion, through different assemblies representing youth, women, grassroot communities, local and regional governments and business. ― The US faces a public health crisis as the opioid epidemic fuels growing rates of certain infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart infections, and skin and soft tissue infections. Infectious disease and substance use disorder professionals must work together to stem this public health threat, according to a new article. ― Photo: Luke Combs InstagramWhen it comes to musicians and football quarterbacks they can relate to each other due to the constant travel and unique pressures of having to perform in front of masses hoping to not disappoint. In football, the quarterback has all the pressure of making sure the team scores by running the offense while a headlining musician is counted on to perform multiple shows for fans while being the revenue for multiple workers within their entourage. Recently, Luke Combs and Cincinnati Bengals QB, Andy Dalton had a chance to meet for the first time for a "regular chat" that Dalton says was an impromptu meeting at a Luke Combs show."My wife and some of her friends were already over there, so when we got back into town we went over there," Andy says of the meeting, after the Bengals arrived back from Buffalo, on a Sunday afternoon. Andy was only able to see Luke on stage for one song but admits that he is a fan of "the hottest country artist." Andy found Luke to be just like the guy you see on stage saying, "just a normal guy really good at playing guitar and can sing really well," which is one of the things that Dalton says he noticed right away. Having seen Luke, in the short time, during the recent show, Dalton has strong feelings out hearing Combs name being called out during a future CMA Awards show for Entertainer of the Year."Yeah, I think he's talented enough, he's definitely one of the hottest out there right now and deserving so he's putting out really good music." Luke Combs most recent one number single, 'Beer Never Broke My Heart' has a line that describes possibly how he has felt about his NFL team the Carolina Panthers. The lyrics say, "Long-neck ice-cold beer never broke my heart, Like diamond rings and football teams have torn this boy apart" Andy Dalton will try to help Cincinnati fans avoid having to break open the 'Long Neck Ice Cold Beer' this Monday night as the Bengals travel to Pittsburgh Steelers country looking for their first win of the season in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football (September 30). See a preview of the game this Monday below: Luke Combs is out on his headline 'Beer Never Broke My Heart' tour with all the dates and information at Luke Combs.com.See the video for Beer Never Broke My Heart below: More details on how to get all the COUNTRY MUSIC content of artist and insights for your radio show/Radio station/Content site or blog - Email me: MusicFun@fuse.net. Follow me on INSTAGRAM, TWITTER and YouTube DAN VAN Channel of videos. Dan Van is associated with Albright & O'Malley & Brenner, country music consultants, providing relevant information for today's fast paced radio listeners. More details or for contact visit: www.aandoandb.com/. ― The post-crisis recovery in entrepreneurial activity remains mixed across countries, but new data released today by the OECD provides tentative signs of a turning point, with trends in enterprise creation rates pointing upwards in most economies. ― En France, les préconisations du Conseil scientifique pour le déconfinement ont été rendues publiques alors que la CNIL appelle à la « vigilance » face à l’application StopCovid. Dans les hôpitaux, il y a 2 000 personnes supplémentaires par rapport à une situation normale en réanimation. L’épidémie de coronavirus a fait plus de 203 000 morts. ― Redistribution is quantified as the relative reduction in market income inequality achieved by personal income taxes, employees’ social security contributions and cash transfers, based on household-level micro data. ― Children and young people are among the biggest losers in the European economic and debt crisis. ― Sharp rise in energy prices pushes OECD annual inflation up to 2.3% in January 2017 ― Exports of Cellulose CMLV in Russia increased to 154.60 USD Million in February from 79.50 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports of Cellulose CMLV in Russia averaged 434.60 USD Million from 1994 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 1505.77 USD Million in December of 2018 and a record low of 14.10 USD Million in January of 1994. Russia accounts for Exports of Cellulose using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports of Cellulose CMLV. ― Interested parties are invited to provide comments on a discussion draft which deals approaches to address BEPS involving interest in the banking and insurance sectors under Action 4 (Interest deductions and other financial payments) of the BEPS Action Plan. ― Getting into the country has become too hard ― The data presented in the latest OECD Economic Survey of Ireland suggest that rather than "brain drain" Ireland exhibits "brains exchange", a large proportion of emigrants and immigrants are well qualified. ― Today, Ukraine signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the Convention). Ukraine becomes the 83rd jurisdiction to join the Convention, which will update the existing network of bilateral tax treaties to reduce opportunities for tax avoidance by multinational enterprises. ― Fighting foreign bribery is not a priority in Belgium. Together with the flagrant lack of resources for Belgian law enforcement authorities, this has resulted in very few foreign bribery investigations and prosecutions. In the 14 years since the entry into force of the foreign bribery offence in Belgium, only one case of bribery of foreign public officials has been concluded. ― Openness is one of the key values that guide the OECD vision for a stronger, cleaner, fairer world. This is why the OECD welcomes the launch of the Open Government Partnership today and the efforts led by Presidents Obama and Rousseff to promote government transparency, fight corruption, empower citizens and maximise the potential of new technologies to strengthen accountability and foster participation in public affairs. ― A team of researchers from Yale-NUS College, in collaboration with scientists in Sweden, has found that bisulphate species in the exhaust stream are strongly connected to decreasing the effectiveness of exhaust remediation catalysts in diesel engines. Their findings pave the way for synthesising more sulphur-tolerant catalysts and developing regeneration strategies for catalyst systems on diesel-powered freight vehicles. This could lead to lower emission of highly toxic nitrogen oxides from diesel engines, hence reducing pollution. ― In the center of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are racing to maintain quality care for patients with severe disease while facing a shortage of resources and limited understanding of the novel coronavirus. ― Parler d’un avenir incertain relève de la gageure. C’est sans doute un des raisons qui ont rendu l’exercice de la conférence de presse d’Edouard Philippe et Olivier Véran si délicat dimanche dernier. Forcément déceptif et fortement critiqué par les oppositions. EN DIRECT : - Coronavirus en France : le plan déconfinement présenté par Édouard Philippe à 15 heures Aucune annonce pendant deux heures, si on excepte les droits de visite élargis dans les EHPAD et un encouragement à poursuivre le té… ― The OECD Working Group on Bribery supports Spain’s efforts to further reform its Penal Code to bring its anti-bribery law into line with its international obligations under the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. ― Low birth rates have become a pressing issue in Italy and many young Italians feel they do not enjoy the necessary economic stability to plan ahead and start a family. Education that matches the skill needs of employers leading to work-based learning in the form of apprenticeships can be useful to help young Italians plan ahead and to sustain the much needed increase in the birth rate. ― Set in Vienna from 1899 to 1955, “Leopoldstadt” tells an acutely personal story ― ― Mark O’Connell’s postcards from doomsday are oddly uplifting ― Tertiary enrolment is expanding rapidly, with very strong returns for individuals and taxpayers, but new evidence shows that universities can fail to offer, and individuals fail to pursue, the fields of study that promise the greatest labour-market opportunities, according to a new OECD report. ― Ukrainian police have raided a private reproductive clinic that has been allegedly “selling babies” to China. While the suspects are accused of “human trafficking,” surrogate motherhood is a legal gray area in Ukraine. Read Full Article at RT.com ― R&D activity can play a central role in raising productivity. ― The prolific Bill Lloyd has a new live album cryptically called "2GTRSBSDRMS." The translation is rock 'n' roll. ― Given current levels of uncertainty, it is quite a challenge to discuss the outlook for the global economy in the months to come. But I will take the risk, and share the OECD’s assessment of the forces shaping the near-term outlook, the risks surrounding our projections and the major policy challenges facing many OECD countries. ― HazelP.O. Box 11522 East Memphis StationI discovered Hazel Records much later than Wooten's other labels. It seems that this record label was not fully owned by Style Wooten as the J. Allen Gann release superficially had no connection to the Wooten company but was certainly on the same label (it has a Southaven, Mississippi, adress). Also, the publishing company on the Hazel releases was Abide Music, which is not known to have been a Wooten imprint.45-1218: Bobby & Hazel - Little Tavern / Hazel Holloway - The Wife of a Wino45-1219: The Joy of Memphis Quartet - I Know the Lord Laid His Hands on Me / I Feel Like Flying Away (1968) 45-1220: Jimmy McCarter - One Dozen Blue Roses / The Heart You Stole (1968)45-1221: The Joy of Memphis Quartet - Oh Lord You Know / Tell Me What You Going to Do (1969)45-1222: Lillian Minor - You Been a Long Time Gone / Bar Room Daddy45-1223: Hazel Hollowell - I'll Make Believe / There Goes My World45-1224: Bob Liles - Try Me / Don't Try to Explain45-1225:45-1226: J. Allen Gann - Walking Tall in Heaven / A Whole Lot of Whys (on My Mind) ― The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report. ― When scientists and others use their specialized jargon terms while communicating with the general public, the effects are much worse than just making what they're saying hard to understand. In a new study, people exposed to jargon when reading about subjects like self-driving cars and surgical robots later said they were less interested in science than others who read about the same topics, but without the use of specialized terms. ― OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría announced today at the One Planet Summit in Paris the launch of the “Paris Collaborative on Green Budgeting”, a strategic initiative to assess and drive the alignment of national budgetary processes with the Paris Agreement and other environmental goals. ― For China, a dividend of peace is tourists’ cash ― Research evaluating the effectiveness of gun policies has surged over the past two years, providing information policymakers and the public need to make sound decisions on policies designed to reduce homicides and injuries while protecting individuals' rights, according to a new RAND Corporation study. ― Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s resignation starts a scuffle for power ― France and Spain expected to announce easing of lockdowns The Guardian ― Scientists may have solved one of the most puzzling and persistent mysteries in neuroscience: why some people are 'right-brained' while others are 'left-brained.' The answer lies in how certain genes on each side of the brain are switched 'on' and 'off' through a process called epigenetic regulation. The findings may explain why Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders frequently affect one side of the body first, a revelation that has far-reaching implications for development of potential future treatments. ― Pop Music Has Always Been Queer The Nation ― La distillation est un procédé permettant de séparer deux substances formant un mélange homogène. Chaque liquide suivant une courbe de température d'évaporation à une pression donnée (par exemple 82 °C pour un mélange 50 % eau et 50 % éthanol), il suffit de chauffer le mélange et de recueillir... ― Authored by Ian Lyngen, Jon Hill and Benjamin Jeffery, rates strategists at BMO Capital Markets ― The former Boeing executive brings corporate experience, but little else, to the Pentagon ― Latvia should step up its efforts to improve the employment prospects of young people by continuing to reform its vocational education system and pursuing the commitments made as part of the Youth Guarantee to further reduce the share of young people under 30 who are not in employment, education or training. ― Asian economies top OECD's latest PISA survey of global education, underscoring the key role of hard work and quality teaching. ― This note presents key findings for Italy from Society at a Glance 2014 - OECD Social indicators. This 2014 publication also provides a special chapter on: the crisis and its aftermath: a “stress test” for societies and for social policies. ― Around the world, people are collectively making noise while social distancing. In Colorado, we're howling like wolves. Joanna Lambert, a professor in the Program of Environmental Studies, studies wolf communication. ― Atoms and molecules behave very differently at extreme temperatures and pressures. Although such extreme matter doesn't exist naturally on the earth, it exists in abundance in the universe, especially in the deep interiors of planets and stars. Understanding how atoms react under high-pressure conditions—a field known as high-energy-density physics (HEDP)—gives scientists valuable insights into the fields of planetary science, astrophysics, fusion energy, and national security. ― The Inclusive Framework on BEPS welcomes Namibia bringing to 134 the total number of countries and jurisdictions participating on an equal footing in the Project. ― Online hate thrives globally through self-organized, scalable clusters that interconnect to form resilient networks spread across multiple social media platforms, countries and languages, according to new research published today in the journal Nature. Researchers at the George Washington University developed a mapping model, the first of its kind, to track how these online hate clusters thrive. They believe it could help social media platforms and law enforcement in the battle against hate online. ― Both educational attainment and skills, as measured in the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), are high in Sweden. They are not perfect substitutes, but both are to some degree necessary for successfully integrating in the Swedish labour market. ― Israel’s prime minister faces the very real possibility of indictments in three cases of corruption ― "Les grandes manifestations sportives ne pourront se tenir avant le mois de septembre", a précisé le chef du gouvernement Edouard Philippe, mardi. C'est donc la fin de la saison pour les championnats professionnels de football et de rugby. ― Resistance proportions for eight antibiotic-bacterium pairs in Sweden have slightly increased in recent years, from 5% in 2005 to 5.5% in 2015, and could go up to 6.5% by 2030, should current trends in antibiotic consumption, population and economic growth continue into the future. Resistance proportions in Sweden were markedly lower than the OECD average in 2015 (17%). ― The Netherlands is experiencing vibrant economic activity, with gross domestic product (GDP) at about 8% above its pre-crisis peak and the unemployment rate below 4%. Growth picked up to above 3% in 2017, which was well above the euro area and OECD averages. ― This country note explains how Luxembourg taxes energy use. The note shows the distribution of effective energy tax rates across all domestic energy use. It also details the country-specific assumptions made when calculating effective energy tax rates and matching tax rates to the corresponding energy base. ― Opening address by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the 2015 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting ― La politique économique des réformes du systéme français de retraites. Juste avant la crise, les pays européens concevaient des réformes austéritaires qui auraient augmenté les inégalités et réduit la demande. Pourraient-ils y revenir ? Matthieu Montalban, membre des Economistes atterrés, revient sur les épisodes à rebondissements de la réforme des retraites sur le blog de l'Institute for New Economic Thinking. ― The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults’ educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education. ― This paper presents a new edition of the project's technical guidelines including methodological guidelines, a core model questionnaire and instruction manual, and the output tables used for reporting data at the international level and related definitions. ― The Global Forum held its annual meeting in Uruguay on 20-22 November, bringing together 220 delegates from 84 jurisdictions and 12 International organisations to strengthen further the international community’s fight against tax evasion. The meeting marked the widespread rollout of automatic exchange of financial account of information. ― Statistics on biotechnology firms, biotechnology R&D (including public sector expenditures), biotech applications and patents. ― A new WCS-led study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure. ― This paper investigates the effect of structural characteristics on debt limits of middle income countries. ― Terahertz (THz) waves fall between microwave and infrared radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum, oscillating at frequencies of between 100 billion and 30 trillion cycles per second. These waves are prized for their distinctive properties: they can penetrate paper, clothing, wood and walls, as well as detect air pollution. THz sources could revolutionize security and medical imaging systems. What's more, their ability to carry vast quantities of data could hold the key to faster wireless communications. ― Despite the geographical distances between them, Ibero-American countries share some similarities in their educational attainment rates and private expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP. ― This seminar series is part of the OECD project, Supporting Decentralisation in Ukraine. The 2nd seminar on Strengthening the Subnational Partnership, took place in Mykolaiv ON 15 March 2017. ― An educational experiment on small children in the 1960s seems to be benefiting their families half a century later ― Handling very soft, delicate items without damaging them is hard enough with human hands, let alone doing it at the microscopic scale with laboratory instruments. Three new studies show how scientists have honed a technique for handling tiny, soft particles using precisely controlled fluid flows that act as gentle microscopic hands. The technique allows researchers to test the physical limits of these soft particles and the things made from them—ranging from biological tissues to fabric softeners. ― A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in New Zealand has developed a mathematical model that can be used to predict whether a language is at risk of disappearing. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the group describes their model and how it can be used. ― The benefits of gender equality are not just for women and girls, but “for everyone whose lives will be changed by a fairer world”, the chief of UN Women said in her message for International Women’s Day (IWD) at UN Headquarters on Friday, being celebrated in New York, ahead of the official day. ― Closer collaboration between local employment, training, and economic development agencies to develop the right skills in jobseekers is crucial to support export-oriented growth in Northern Ireland, according to a new OECD report. ― St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators are studying the details of how phase separation leads to the formation of RNA granules, assemblies of protein and RNA that are not bound by a membrane. Their findings show that central nodes in a network of protein-RNA interactions drive phase separation for RNA granules, or condensates, called stress granules. The work appears today in Cell. ― The Danish financial sector is big and there is a high degree of inter-connectedness between banks, mortgage institutions and pension funds. ― Imports of Steel Pipes CMLV in Russia increased to 162.40 USD Million in February from 86.90 USD Million in January of 2020. Imports of Steel Pipes CMLV in Russia averaged 599.54 USD Million from 1994 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2749.10 USD Million in December of 2011 and a record low of 23 USD Million in January of 2003. Russia accounts for Imports of Steel Pipes using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Imports of Steel Pipes CMLV. ― Advanced, fault-tolerant quantum computers may be closer to reach than scientists have projected, according to recent advances reported by Johns Hopkins researchers in a new study recently published in Physical Review Letters. ― No country or economy participating in PISA 2012 can claim that all of its 15-year-old students have achieved basic proficiency skills in mathematics, reading and science. Some 28% of students score below the baseline level of proficiency in at least one of those subjects, on average across OECD countries ― Making wings that flap is very difficult, but it has real advantages as some are finding out. ― On a trouvé des « traces » infimes de virus dans l’eau non potable de Paris, mais pas dans l’eau potable, très surveillée. Selon les chercheurs, la quantité de génome viral dans les eaux usées est un bon indice de présence du virus chez les personnes asymptomatiques. ― When a bird in flight lands, it performs a rapid pitch-up maneuver during the perching process to keep from overshooting the branch or telephone wire. In aerodynamics, that action produces a complex phenomenon known as dynamic stall. Although many fixed-wing aircraft can withstand similar rapid pitch-up maneuvers, a vehicle subject to this dynamic stall process is not reliably controllable. Motivated by the lack of detailed understanding, University of Illinois researchers took a deep dive into the physics of dynamic stall so that it can be used beneficially and reliably by aircraft. ― Taxation is a key tool by which governments can influence energy use to contain its environmental impacts. This report provides a systematic analysis of the structure and level of energy taxes in OECD and selected other countries, including India; together, they cover 80% of global energy use. ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Rome on 11-12 July 2014, to present, alongside Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the 2014 Agricultural Outlook. ― The airline has been losing 1 million euros an hour ― This week’s New Music Friday playlist features albums from Whitney Rose, Pam Tillis and Lucinda Williams, plus new releases from Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Hurd, Drake White, Lena Stone, ― In 2015 the Lithuanian government launched an ambitious Social Model reform agenda aimed at balancing flexibility of the labour market and security provided through the system of social protection. ― El Gran Dragón, de Gildas Nivet et Tristan Guerlotté, est un documentaire qui nous emmène au cœur des médecines traditionnelles en Amazonie péruvienne. Un voyage d'exploration au sein d'un univers spirituel et d'une biodiversité exceptionnelle. ― The Molecular Mechanics of the Cardiovascular System group at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC), led by Jorge Alegre Cebollada, in partnership with an international scientific team, has generated the first experimental mouse model that allows direct analysis of the mechanical function of proteins in living organisms. ― A new study shows that 'hotspots' of nutrients surrounding phytoplankton -- which are tiny marine algae producing approximately half of the oxygen we breathe every day -- play an outsized role in the release of a gas involved in cloud formation and climate regulation. ― The Luncheonette A quick bite with the hottest new artist! If I’m being honest, Tracielynn should have been on my radar a couple of months ago. She reached out to me upon the release of her first single “Fat, Drunk and Pregnant”. I get over ten artists a day alerting me of new music and at the […] ― Entre la gestion de l’impatience des médias comme de l’opinion et la nécessité de prendre le temps de la réflexion ou de la consultation, l’exécutif marche sur des œufs dans l’attente du plan de déconfinement, que la rumeur annonce pour le mardi 28 avril. ― Technological change is increasing the productivity of highly skilled workers but creating more challenging labour-market conditions for their low-skilled counterparts. ― With a number of important recent and upcoming developments in the OECD's international tax work, the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) gave the latest tax update. ― Latin American governments must act now to strengthen growth and development and counter these risks, according to the 2013 Latin American Economic Outlook, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre and ECLAC. ― GDP From Transport in Thailand increased to 187585 THB Million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 178080 THB Million in the third quarter of 2019. GDP From Transport in Thailand averaged 115233.98 THB Million from 1993 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 284022 THB Million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and a record low of 57373 THB Million in the second quarter of 1993. This page provides the latest reported value for - Thailand Gdp From Transport - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― The current low interest rate environment poses a significant risk for the long-term financial viability of pension funds and insurance companies, as they seek to generate sufficient returns to meet promises, according to a new OECD report. ― Taxes on wages have risen by about 1 percentage point for the average worker in OECD countries between 2010 and 2014 even though the majority of governments did not increase statutory income tax rates, according to a new OECD report. ― If you’re the type of person who finds the BBC series, The Detectorists, a soothing balm, or for whom a home counties blend of Leonard Cohen, Momus and Seamus Forgarty might seem attractive, then Mr. Alec Bowman is the man for you. I Used To Be Sad & Then I Forgot is a remarkable album, […] ― An overview of the long-term care situation in the United States is available here. ― As shoppers scavenge to find toilet paper and other quarantine essentials, some crafters who are making protective masks said they struggle to find another necessary item: elastic. ― It's the latest online dating app to compete for the hearts of women in India. ― Music to heal your soul and uplift your spirits–Dustin & Kristi Garrett sing “Chainbreaker” KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com ― Boosting national productivity to sustain the convergence process towards OECD countries living standards will hinge on creating the right conditions for domestic firms to thrive and become more innovative and productive, while maintaining the long-standing commitment to open international markets and investment. ― Studying mice and fruitflies, researchers found that the enzyme intestinal alkaline phosphotase helped prevent intestinal permeability and gut-derived systemic inflammation, resulting in less frailty and extended life span. ― A new study has found that the advantages of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) over digital mammography (DM), including increased cancer detection and fewer false positive findings, are maintained over multiple years and rounds of screening. In addition, research showed that DBT screening helped detect a higher proportion of poor prognosis cancers than DM. ― OECD unemployment rate stable at 5.9% in May 2017 ― Dans son édito pour Russeurope Express, Jacques Sapir revient sur le rapport de force entre la Russie, l'Arabie saoudite et les États-Unis sur la question des cours du pétrole, en pleine chute de la consommation liée à la pandémie de coronavirus. Un affrontement qui révèle selon l'économiste tout l'aspect historique de la période. Si les prix du pétrole avaient déjà commencé à baisser dès la fin du mois de janvier à cause de l'épidémie de coronavirus, c'est depuis le 6 mars qu'ils s'effondrent. Suivant qu'il - Avril / Économie, Géopolitique, Schiste, Énergie ― Until recently, little was known about how transposable elements contribute to gene regulation. These are little pieces of DNA that can replicate themselves and spread out in the genome. Although they make up nearly half of the human genome, these were often ignored and commonly thought of as "useless junk," with a minimal role, if any at all, in the activity of a cell. A new study by Adam Diehl, Ningxin Ouyang, and Alan Boyle, University of Michigan Medical School and members of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine, shows that transposable elements play an important role in regulating genetic expression with implications to advance the understanding of genetic evolution. ― The machine learning techniques scientists use to predict outcomes from large datasets may fall short when it comes to projecting the outcomes of people's lives, according to a mass study led by researchers at Princeton University in a collaboration with researchers across many institutions, including Virginia Tech. ― Personal growth and job skills have taken a backseat to an increased focus on standardized test scores in schools across the nation, according to new University at Buffalo-led research. ― The country that gave the world the Magna Carta has reacted to the pandemic by allowing centuries of hard-earned personal and financial freedoms to be stripped away in the name of safety. Read Full Article at RT.com ― The four partner organisations to the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) will discuss critical challenges and opportunities for mobilising domestic resources to meet countries’ development priorities, at the upcoming IMF-World Bank annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia. ― Tombigbee Records was located on Pontotoc, Mississippi, a city a little west of Tupelo, and not too far away from Memphis, Tennessee, either. The name of the label derived from the Tombigbee River near Pontotoc. The name itself was of Native American heritage, from the people of the Choctaw to be exact.The owner(s) of Tombigbee are unknown to me as well as other details. The exact adress of TomBigBee was at Box 390 Pontotoc. Danny Walls, a recording artist for the label in his own right, was active as a producer and songwriter for the label on several occasions and was probably involved in running this label. Stan Kesler also co-produced at least two records - so is there a Memphis connection?The artists recording for Tombigbee were to all accounts local singers and bands. Jimmy Wages, a Tupelo native, also had recorded for Sun in Memphis earlier. Travis Bell was also a Mississippi based artist. James Mask, another Memphis based singer who was born 1932 in Pontotoc, cut a great cover of the Rocky Bill Ford song "Beer Drinking Daddy." Mask had previously recorded for different labels including Bandera from Chicago and small Memphis labels. Does anyone have more information on this label?100:101: Houston (Bob) Mills - The Early Morning D.J. / The Turn the Lights Out Down at Joe's (1966)102: Jimmy Wages and the Tune Mates - Biggest Man Around / Right in the Middle103: Jerry Pitts & Rhyhtm Makers - Big Ole Highway / Come On Home104: Bob Mills - Crazy About a Honky Tonk / I'll Come Back Crying105: Jerry Pitts & his Rhythm Makers (with the Itawambains) - Jet Age Santa / Let the Kids Spend This Christmas with Me106:107: Jerry Pitts & his Rhythm Makers - I Ain't Had Time to Quit / A Pencil and a Bottle108: Robert Mills - I'm Doin' Fine / Deborah Aycock - Looking for a Brand New Start109: Deborah Aycock - That Don't Buy Your Baby No Candy / Danny Walls - A Woman's Kiss / Robert Mills - Trying to Find My Way Back Home / What They Said You Would Do110: Danny Walls - I Got a Woman / ?111: James Mask - Beer Drinking Daddy / Smokey Ole Bar Room 112:113: Pete Doles & the Young Inspiration - Yes Indeed / I Believe / ? / ?114: Robert Mills - The Farmers Prayer / When He Calls115: Travis Bell - My Son at College / Married Life116: Jerry McCoy - "Tell Them Mary" You Love Me Like I am / Asking for the BluesThanks to Bayou Bum and Bob ― On 4 July 2016, interested parties were invited to review the conforming amendments to Chapter IX of the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines, "Transfer Pricing Aspects of Business Restructurings". The OECD is grateful to the commentators for their input and now publishes the comments received. ― The Swedish economy is growing strongly, with unemployment trending downward and living standards among the highest in the world. Maintaining today’s high levels of well-being and addressing new challenges will require further actions to ensure inclusive, resilient and green growth for all, according to a new report from the OECD. ― Gamers playing the popular online puzzle game Foldit beat scientists, college students and computer algorithms in a contest to see who could identify a particular protein's shape. ― A multidisciplinary research group coordinated by the University of Helsinki dated the bones of dozens of Iron Age residents of the Levänluhta site in Finland, and studied the carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios. The results provide an overview of the dietary habits based on terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems, as well as of sources of livelihoods throughout the Levänluhta era. ― G20 GDP growth stable at 0.9% in first quarter of 2017 ― The tax burden in Turkey increased by 1.7 percentage points from 27.6% to 29.3% in 2013. The OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The Turkish standard VAT rate is 18%, which is below the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014. ― This paper puts the original Reinhart-Rogoff dataset, made public by Herndon et al. (2013), to a formal econometric test to pin down debt thresholds endogenously. We show that the nonlinear relation from debt to growth is not very robust. ― Housing Index in Thailand increased to 149.20 points in February from 148.40 points in January of 2020. Housing Index in Thailand averaged 117.30 points from 2008 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 149.20 points in February of 2020 and a record low of 91.60 points in March of 2008. In Thailand, the House Price Index refers to a three-month moving average of single detached house with land prices. The index is calculated from 17 commercial banks’ mortgage loan in Bangkok and vicinities (Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon). The use of moving averages smooths out the series by removing the irregular movements, allowing the detection of the short-term trends. This page provides - Thailand House Price Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Equifax has agreed to pay $700 million, potentially more, to settle with the federal authorities and states over its 2017 data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people, roughly half of the U.S. population. ― What makes a jellyfish glow? For scientists, asking that simple question led to a powerful new tool that's completely transformed medicine—and won the Nobel! ― The growth pattern of OECD countries and their sub-national entities is puzzling. Between-country differences in GDP per capita are declining, yet the differences across jurisdictions within those countries tend to rise. ― The OECD will convene the 2016 edition of its Global Forum on Development on the theme of "From Commitment to Actual Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Policies, data and financing", on 31 March 2016 in Paris. ― In the past, when a crisis hit the US, it caused a rally to the flag. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, though, President Trump’s ratings have remained comparatively level, as voters retreat to their hyper-partisan echo chambers. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Vesoul de Brel ne dira rien aux adorateurs de PNL qui cartonnent avec leurs clips comiques et leurs paroles venues d'ailleurs, mais cette chanson est un masterpiece, une pièce maîtresse de la chanson française. Les Français, quand ils votent pour la chanson du siècle, tombent souvent d'accord sur Ne me quitte pas, une bluette larmoyante qui ravit les femmes (et pour cause). Ce Brel un peu variétoches n'efface heureusement pas le Brel punk d'Amsterdam, chanson qui a impressionné les Sex Pistols ou - Avril / Histoire, People, Culture, Santé, Humour, Tradition ― Vocational education and training can mean very different things to different people. ― This paper surveys recent international developments concerning the prudential regulation of financial institutions: banks, the shadow banking system and insurance companies. It concludes that, while substantial progress has been made, the global economy nevertheless remains vulnerable to possible future financial instability. ― Researchers in the cancer nanomedicine community debate whether use of tiny structures, called nanoparticles, can best deliver drug therapy to tumors passively—allowing the nanoparticles to diffuse into tumors and become held in place, or actively—adding a targeted anti-cancer molecule to bind to specific cancer cell receptors and, in theory, keep the nanoparticle in the tumor longer. Now, new research on human and mouse tumors in mice by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center suggests the question is even more complicated. ― Citing the need to preserve healthcare resources and ensure that more than 22 million Americans made unemployed by the coronavirus response will be taken care of, US President Donald Trump has suspended most forms of immigration. Read Full Article at RT.com ― There are 15,699 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio, and another 626 probable cases. ― In the run-up to the financial crisis, indebtedness of households and non-financial businesses rose to historically high levels in many OECD countries; gross debt of financial companies rose dramatically relative to GDP. Much of the debt accumulation appears to have been based on excessive risk-taking and exceptional macro-economic conditions and therefore not sustainable. ― Researchers have uncovered a novel way in which the excitations of magnetic spins in two different thin films can be strongly coupled to each other through their common interface. ― Over the coming months, the world will be preparing for what is heralded as an historic meeting for climate change negotiations. If the right decisions are taken–with the aim of making a sustainable energy future a reality–we will be able to reap enormous, multiple benefits deriving not only from decarbonisation, but also from reduced air pollution, better energy access, energy security and economic prosperity. ― A study has uncovered a new neurodegenerative disorder in which children experience developmental regression and severe epilepsy. ― It's a steep price to pay, though. ― Colombia Overnight Interbank Rate was at 3.72 percent on Tuesday April 28. Interbank Rate in Colombia averaged 5.91 percent from 2001 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 13.50 percent in January of 2001 and a record low of 2.94 percent in December of 2010. In Colombia, the interbank rate is the rate of interest charged on short-term loans made between banks. This page provides - Colombia Overnight Interbank Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― La pandémie de Covid-19 rend le monde silencieux. Effet collatéral des mesures de confinements imposées dans un grand nombre de pays, les sismographes installés dans les grandes villes relèvent une baisse phénoménale du bruit de fond sismique. ― Read Full Article at RT.com ― Norway’s predominately public and tuition-fee free tertiary education system encourages participation and has high attainment rates. However, challenges in spending efficiency, study times, skills demand, inclusiveness and quality remain. ― More than a quarter of adults in the United Kingdom have low basic skills, which has a negative impact on career prospects, job quality and productivity growth. ― The OECD’s Annual Meeting at Ministerial Level reinforced member governments’ support across a broad range of key OECD work. ― This paper focusses on the link between urbanisation and consumption behaviour in China. ― The coronavirus may change that ― OECD unemployment rate stable at 6.2% in December 2016 ― But the question could still be added if the Trump administration offers a better justification for it ― Countries must not use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to weaken environmental protection and enforcement, a UN independent human rights expert said on Wednesday. ― Today, Guernsey deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (multilateral convention or MLI) with the OECD’s Secretary-General, therewith underlining its strong commitment to prevent the abuse of tax treaties and BEPS by multinational enterprises. For Finland, the MLI will enter into force on 1 June 2019. ― 11th edition of Trento Festival of Economics: the arena where economists, political and institutional stakeholders, researchers and journalists from all over the world, will exchange views and investigate the topic “Where growth takes place”. ― Country music songwriters must perform a careful dance when they work with famous singers who may be less talented at writing songs but bring the needed star power to attract fans -- and, importantly, to get the song recorded in the first place, research suggests. A study of 39 successful country-music songwriters found that they use two strategies to navigate creative collaboration with more famous artists. ― Coronavirus: Has Sweden got its science right? BBC News ― The United Arab Emirates is identified by PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) as one of the most rapidly improving education systems in the world. However its students still perform well below the levels expected in advanced economies. ― A research team led by Prof. Li Guohui from the Institute of Earth Environment (IEE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences quantitatively assessed how much PM2.5 could be attributed to the combination of ARI and API during a persistent heavy haze episode in the North China Plain in winter. ― Country music songwriters must perform a careful dance when they work with famous singers who may be less talented at writing songs but bring the needed star power to attract fans -- and, importantly, to get the song recorded in the first place, research suggests. A study of 39 successful country-music songwriters found that they use two strategies to navigate creative collaboration with more famous artists. ― With oil no-one needs spilled everywhere, the Colossus of corrupt crony capitalism has slipped on its feet of clay. It’s never getting up – to prosper in this new world, you’ll have to abandon the winner-takes-all mentality. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Heavy-metal alien planet may be shaped like a football Space.com ― Today the OECD marks the end of a seven year experimental testing programme, investigating 11 commercially viable nanomaterials across 110 chemical tests. The results were co-ordinated across 11 countries with tests and data generated from government agencies, universities, research institutions and businesses. Over 780 studies on the specific properties of nanomaterials were undertaken. ― Source ― Notwithstanding a very strong economic performance over the past decade or so, Poland’s per capita income is substantially lower in comparison with the United States and per capita income growth will be sharply slowing down over the coming decades under the scenario of gradual policy changes mostly because of population ageing. ― Concerns around potential losses of competitiveness as a result of unilateral action on carbon pricing are often central for policy makers contemplating the introduction of such instruments. This paper is a review of literature on ex post empirical evaluations of the impacts of carbon prices on indicators of competitiveness as employed in the literature, including employment, output or exports, at different levels of aggregation. ― A worldwide compilation of insect abundance studies shows the number of land-dwelling insects is in decline. On average, there is a global decrease of 0.92 percent per year, which translates to approximately 24 percent over 30 years. At the same time, the number of insects living in freshwater has increased on average by 1.08 percent each year. Local trends are highly variable. ― Timed vaginal insemination is a safe, effective way to help HIV-affected couples conceive, finds a new pilot study in Kenya led by a Michigan Medicine researcher. ― Responses to contain the spread of the new coronavirus have brought economic loss and uncertainty, but some businesses and industries can survive and thrive. ― In a visit to northern Yemen on Saturday, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths repeated his call for an immediate freeze on military activities and for warring parties to work towards a de-escalation in fighting. ― Israel’s economy has strong fundamentals, but the country needs to address productivity, inequality and poverty if it wants to improve well-being and reduce socio-economic divides, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Israel. ― Google prepared Wednesday to be hit with huge EU fine for freezing out rivals of its Android mobile phone system in a ruling that could spark new tensions between Brussels and Washington. ― By analyzing spectroscopic data, astronomers have investigated the globular cluster Omega Centauri, aiming to find a population of stars with very low metallicity. The study resulted in the detection of the 11 most metal-poor stars in this cluster. The finding is reported in a paper published April 20 on arXiv. ― This month’s PISA in Focus provides an overview of the assessment’s results and shows that collaborative problem-solving performance is positively related to performance in the core PISA subjects (science, reading and mathematics). The results also show, among other findings, that girls perform significantly better than boys in collaborative problem solving in every country and economy that participated in the assessment. ― Got a minute? How about 218 of them? That’s the average amount of time students in OECD countries spend in mathematics class each week (although to some, it feels like an eternity). Spare a thought, though, for students in Chile: they spend about twice that amount of time (400 minutes, or 6 hours and 40 minutes) each week in maths class. But who’s counting? ― This paper surveys a broad range of studies and highlights the main findings of the empirical literature regarding business finance and productivity. ― This book evaluates the performance of the knowledge-based sector in Mexico and provides policy recommendations for improving the financing, creation and expansion of innovative knowledge-based start-ups. ― This 4-page online document presents the key findings from OECD Pensions at a Glance 2015 and why it is important for the United States. It also identifies two key pension policy measures which would help improve the performance of pension systems in the United States. ― Financial literacy has become a key life skill for individuals as well as micro and small businesses. Today, 59 economies worldwide are implementing national strategies using guidance from the OECD/INFE High-level Principles on National Strategies for Financial Education. The Policy Handbook describes the experiences of these economies and addresses challenges that countries have faced in implementing the Principles. ― This paper explores the relationship between skill mismatch and public policies using micro data for 22 OECD countries from the recent OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). ― New research finds that altruism may begin in infancy. In a study of nearly 100 19-month-olds, researchers found that children, even when hungry, gave a tasty snack to a stranger in need. ― History holds valuable lessons -- and stark warnings -- about how to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, a new study says. ― ― Producer Prices in Colombia increased 4.71 percent in March of 2020 over the same month in the previous year. Producer Prices Change in Colombia averaged 4.23 percent from 2000 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 15.64 percent in June of 2000 and a record low of -4.09 percent in October of 2009. In Colombia, the Producer Price Index measures the average change in price of goods and services sold by manufacturers and producers in the wholesale market during a given period. This page provides - Colombia Producer Prices Change - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― This report provides the main findings and recommendations of a case study review of entrepreneurship education and business start-up support in Tunisian universities and universities of applied sciences as part of a series of reviews on Skills and Competences for Entrepreneurship carried out by the LEED Programme of the OECD. ― C’est une figure bien connue de la gauche et de la vie politique française qui s’est éteinte dimanche 26 avril. Henri Weber, 75 ans, est décédé des suites du coronavirus. ― This note presents key findings for Norway from Society at a Glance 2014 - OECD Social indicators. This 2014 publication also provides a special chapter on: the crisis and its aftermath: a “stress test” for societies and for social policies. ― par Douglas Busvine BERLIN (Reuters) - Un groupe de scientifiques et d'experts européens en technologie a annoncé mercredi le lancement d'un programme visant à développer en commun une application de suivi des personnes contaminées par le nouveau coronavirus tout en respectant leur vie privée. Ce groupe composé de 130 chercheurs de huit pays, dont la France, entend lancer d'ici le 7 avril une plate-forme baptisée PEPP-PT (Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing) qui permettra de concevoir des applications ayant recours au "contact tracing". Cette méthode consiste à retracer l'historique d'un patient malade du Covid-19 et à identifier tous les contacts qu'il a pu avoir dans un pays et ailleurs. ― This paper analyses the reform of Switzerland’s agricultural policy framework, which reoriented subsidies to better target policy objectives, including for biodiversity; and outlines the process involved in designing and implementing the reform as well as its environmental and socio-economic impacts. The country study draws on the 2017 OECD report The Political Economy of Biodiversity Policy Reform. ― If you're looking for new artists and you're getting tired of the same old Top 40 repetition on today's country radio, check out these names you may or may not be familiar with. Some songs listed are new, some may have been out for quite awhile, and all are of various styles because one taste doesn't suit all palates. Some may also be veteran artists that you might already love or some of country's most talented songwriters.I'm simply introducing you to artists you might enjoy and music you might connect with. There's such a wide world of artists and songs out there to broaden your listening base and beyond what radio is telling us is good music. Don't limit yourself to radio when there are so many other outlets where truly good music can be found. If you like these, great, if you don't, that's ok too - at least give them a listen.If you find yourself liking any of these artists, please follow them on social media and let them know you enjoy their music. Please be sure to talk about and share any of the songs and artists you like on this list. I'm sure they'd appreciate it! One more thing, if you stream or download a song, please be sure to leave a review. These help the artists and their teams more than you realize. If you like the song, let them know why you love it. If not, be constructive and honest (not mean) about why you don't like it so much.#SHARETHEMUSICTHIS WEEK'S ARTISTSWILL BANISTER"EASY TO LOVE"EMERSON DRIVE"FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON"JARED BLAKE"TRULY"BENTON BLOUNT FEATURING SCOTT PAGE"PLEASE DON'T LET IT BE LOVE"DAN DAVIDSON"I DO"KREE HARRISON"MAKE IT EASY"THE CADILLAC THREE"BLUE EL CAMINO"PAM TILLIS"LOOKING FOR A FEELING"RECKLESS KELLY"NORTH AMERICAN JACKPOT"TREA LANDON"DIRT ROAD DANCIN'"ROB SNYDER"THE WAY THAT I AM" ― Your zip code matters – but not only to get your mail. It determines your chances of going to a good school, finding a well-paid job, breathing clean air or even living longer. Our day-to-day experience of life is essentially local, and this is precisely where governments and citizens can make a difference. Blog by OECD's Soo-Jin Kim. ― Fiscal rules that constrain sub-central government (SCG) budgeting are very common across the OECD, but there are substantial cross-country differences in their implementation and impact. This paper presents the 2011 update of the fiscal rules database established in 2005. ― On Site Opera’s production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is movingly contemporary ― Scientists have recently released guidance for prevention and management of COVID-19 among elderly in long term care facilities. The article outlines the objective of WHO interim guidance on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) in the context of COVID-19 which is to prevent COVID-19-virus from entering the facility, spreading within the facility, and spreading to outside the facility. ― Germany is both the OECD’s second-largest country of immigration and one of the main origin countries of emigrants: 3.4 million people born in Germany were living in another OECD country in 2011, says a new OECD report “Talent Abroad: A Review of German Emigrants”. ― The coronavirus is still spreading too rapidly to consider lifting quarantine measures in Germany, the deputy chief of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has warned. Chancellor Merkel earlier compared the pandemic to WWII. Read Full Article at RT.com ― The Conference Board said on Tuesday its consumer confidence index dropped to a reading of 86.9 this month from a downwardly revised 118.8 in March. ― The Social Security Rate in Thailand stands at 10 percent. Social Security Rate in Thailand averaged 9.71 percent from 2006 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 10 percent in 2007 and a record low of 8 percent in 2012. In Thailand, the Social Security Rate is a tax related with labor income charged to both companies and employees. Revenues from the Social Security Rate are an important source of income for the government of Thailand because they help to pay for many social programs including welfare, health care and many other benefits. This page provides - Thailand Social Security Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― [MAGAZINE PÈLERIN] Depuis deux ans, le réseau national d’associations étudiantes Animafac a mis en place à Paris le programme Pro’pulse. L’objectif : aider les jeunes diplômés à trouver un emploi dans l’économie sociale et solidaire. Le magazine Pèlerin est allé à la rencontre de ces jeunes diplômés qui décident de changer de voie pour s’orienter vers des métiers en lien avec leurs idéaux. ― Une émission exceptionnelle sur le thème : « Qui a fait assassiner les frères Kennedy ? » - Pourquoi tant de haine ? / Communautés, Sionisme, Renseignement, Nucléaire ― Partout, en ce milieu de printemps, les glycines éclatent de leurs grappes mauves ou blanches, c'est selon... En voyant ces glycines, souvent, vous revient en tête la petite musique obsédante de l'écrivain Colette qui, maintes fois, a évoqué le jardin de Sido, sa mère, blotti à l'arrière de la maison où elle a vécu les dix-sept premières années de sa vie, à Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, un bourg du sud de l'Yonne. Par chance, la maison de Colette vient juste de mettre en ligne une vidéo qui perme… ― Slovenia’s living standards measured in GDP per capita are currently some 20% below the EU15 average and have not yet reached their pre-crisis level. ― Listen to The EP Liminal is flooded with the tension and ecstasy of Rookes’ own love stories, spreading across a two-year period as she began to explore her queer identity across the London dating scene. Rookes’ potent, flexible voice weaves between joy, discovery and despair across the four tracks: Salvage, New Lovers, Liminal and […] ― The theme of Biodiversity Day this year is “Mainstreaming biodiversity; sustaining people and their livelihoods”. According to World Bank figures, “natural capital accounts for an estimated 30% of total wealth in low income countries compared to only 2% in OECD countries”. ― A team of researchers from the University of Tasmania has found evidence of microplastics in ice cores collected off the coast of Antarctica. In their paper published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, the group describes their study of the cores and the plastics they found. ― What Can You Do for People in Crisis? Put on a Seder Show The New York Times ― [This post has been a long time coming]2016 was spent in and out of concert halls, stomping around stadiums and fields, and racking up a record number of swipes on my MetroCard. I spent countless nights singing my heart out with some of the greatest artists and musicians I know, which gave me all sorts of feelings. And, because I cannot possibly find a way to make beautiful, flowing sentences out of it all, lists will have to suffice. Places I set my boots down:A farm in Nowhere, Tennessee.A polo field in the middle of San Francisco.A National Historic Landmark in upper Manhattan.A home stadium for two National Football League franchises in New Jersey.A cozy bookstore in Soho.An 18,000 person arena in Brooklyn.And many, many more.Me attempting do my feelings justice: Energetically entertainingBeautifully honoredWildly empoweredHome sweet homeAn electrifying awakening of the soulFeel-good feelingsTimelessly talentedEmotionally captivatingUnapologetically liberatingRebelliously youngDancin' on the ceilingExactly how summertime should beMagically connectedDeeply understoodMember of an underground clubAdmiration and appreciationFor the love of the musicDon't mess with TexasAn assemblance of all the tickets:Needless to say, it was really great. I'm not sure what was more challenging, nailing a whole year down to just a few words or a creating a playlist that spans less than 2 hours, but nevertheless, I've attempted both. Listen to my 2016 here.I tell myself I’m not in loveBut one more time is not enoughOne last kiss and then you’re a gonerAnd I’m here wishing you could stay a little longer#NYCountrified ― Colombia recorded 1210 Coronavirus Recovered since the epidemic began, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, Colombia reported 253 Coronavirus Deaths. This page includes a chart with historical data for Colombia Coronavirus Recovered. ― France’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was USD 12.1 billion in 2012, making it the 4th largest member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in terms of the volume of aid. However, this represents 0.46% of French Gross National Income (GNI) – below France’s international commitment. The review recommends that France plan to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio as soon as possible. ― Although OECD countries have made tremendous progress in recent years fostering the deployment of high-speed broadband networks, many challenges remain in terms of how to enhance and expand these networks in order to meet the growing demands of the digital economy. ― A BBC ‘Panorama’ investigation which revealed that the Tories ignored warnings about missing vital equipment – with no gowns, visors, swabs or body bags in the government’s pandemic stockpile – has provoked a fierce backlash. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Highlights for the Netherlands from Pensions at a Glance which is a comprehensive examination of pension systems in OECD and selected non-OECD countries looking at recent trends in retirement and working at older ages, evolving life expectancy, design of pension systems, pension entitlements, and private pensions. ― This paper examines the use of two forms of non-standard work contracts in Russia with data from an enterprise survey for the years 2009 to 2011. Non-standard work contracts are less costly and more flexible for employers. Internal adjustment in form of wage cuts or unpaid leave is not covered by the Labour Code and earlier practices to impose such measures are less tolerated. ― Washington DC, 10 September 2014: This meeting addressed the evolution of the terrorism threat, the availability and affordability of terrorism risk insurance, the financial liability of governments and short and long-term perspectives. ― It has caused multiple deaths in China and led to the lock-down of about a dozen cities ― Rock music is linked to abortions, says new Brazilian culture official CNN ― Investment can help raise standards of living through job creation, skills and technology development, and distribution of wealth. Achieving these impacts, however, depends on the quality of the investment as much as the quantity. This chapter from the 2016 Development Co-operation Report discusses how responsible business conduct can directly contribute to achieving the SDGs, while also being good for business. ― These country notes contain indicators which compare the political and institutional frameworks of national governments as well as revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation. They include a description of government policies on integrity, e-government and open government. ― Global economic growth is expected to pick up modestly next year to around 3.6 % from a projected 3.3% in 2017 but risks of rising protectionism, financial vulnerabilities, potential volatility from divergent interest rate paths and disconnects between market valuations and real activity hang over the outlook, according to the OECD. ― Les Jeux olympiques de Tokyo 2020, reportés à l'été 2021 à cause de la propagation du Covid-19, seront annulés si la pandémie n'est pas maîtrisée d'ici là, a déclaré mardi dans une interview le président du comité japonais d'organisation, Yoshiro Mori. Si la pandémie est toujours en cours "alors il faudra annuler" les Jeux, a déclaré M. Mori dans une interview accordée au quotidien sportif Nikkan, expliquant qu'il serait impossible de les... ― This paper provides an overview of fiscal consolidation efforts at the central and sub-central government level, both during the current and past consolidation episodes. ― Depuis plusieurs semaines, nous vivons une situation exceptionnelle liée à la propagation du Covid-19, mais plus encore aux diverses mesures contraignantes mises en place pour limiter la pandémie : « confinement », « distanciation » sociale ou encore mise en place de « gestes barrières ». ― This annual publication presents detailed country notes and internationally comparable tax data for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards. ― Interview with Georges Lemaître, OECD international migration expert, on recent migration trends in the European Union. ― As part of continuing efforts to boost transparency by multinational enterprises (MNEs), Brazil, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Latvia signed today the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) for the automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports, bringing the total number of signatories to 49. ― It analyses the sentiments of papers’ authors ― A team of scientists combined high-resolution data of highly threatened habitats with intact natural systems, revealing a first-of-its-kind global map of the world's remaining high-value biodiversity habitat areas. Shockingly, only 18.6 percent of these areas are currently protected. ― Since the 1980s, OECD investment-saving correlations – as an inverse measure of economic openness – indicate a very wide disparity of openness between the OECD and emerging market economies (EMEs) with an absence of open markets in the latter. Given the increasing weight of EMEs in the world economy, this paper warns that this pattern of growth with disparity of openness is ultimately unsustainable. ― Hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas production can trigger earthquakes, large and small. A new approach to managing the risk of these quakes could help operators and regulators hit the brakes early enough to prevent nuisance and reduce the chance of property damage and injury. ― Inequality has risen in the OECD area. Could policies aimed solely at growth be responsible? Can inequality undermine economic growth? New evidence suggests there is a possibility. ― 2020-04-27 21:31:51 Source Dans la nuit du dimanche 26 au lundi 27 avril 2020, une antenne-relais de l’opérateur ‘Orange’ a [...] Lire la suite ― Double up! ― Confidence. ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in The Hague on 2 July 2018 to present the 2018 OECD Economic Survey of The Netherlands. While in The Hague, the Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with several Ministers and high-level officials of The Netherlands. ― Partout dans le monde, épidémiologistes, praticiens, ingénieurs (et tant d’autres) exploitent sans relâche le flot de données sur l’épidémie pour modéliser sa progression, prédire l’impact des interventions possibles ou développer des solutions aux pénuries de matériel médical. ― A team of researchers at Osaka University has investigated a new method for generating nuclear fusion power, showing that the relativistic effect of ultra-intense laser light improves upon current "fast ignition" methods in laser-fusion research to heat the fuel long enough to generate electrical power. These findings could provide a spark for laser fusion, ushering in a new era of carbonless energy production. ― The common view of heredity is that all information passed down from one generation to the next is stored in an organism's DNA. But Antony Jose, associate professor of cell biology and molecular genetics at the University of Maryland, disagrees. ― This report focuses on the development of backhaul and cross-border networks, which enable local networks to connect to the wider Internet. To connect their networks to others around the world, operators need access to regional and international high-speed networks. The level of investment required in these networks varies and can be very different from region to region. ― The Skills Outlook Scoreboard assesses the extent to which France is able to make the most of digitalisation. France‘s performance is measured along 3 main dimensions: Skills for digitalisation, Digital exposure and Skills-related policy effort. ― A research team maps neural activity in response to watching horror movies. A study shows the top horror movies of the past 100 years, and how they manipulate brain activity. ― Read more → ― (photo: Tove Floss) What’s this? The brand-new single and video from Swedish artist Isak Danielson. ‘Religion’. What’s it like? A three-minute epic with bags of drama. And as all songs with that title should, it includes an appropriate amount of choral backing. Written by? Isak himself, along with Simon Strömstedt. Produced by Ken Berglund. More from […] ― On average across OECD countries, the 20% of students who are most exposed to pure mathematics tasks (equations) score, on the PISA mathematics test, the equivalent of almost two school years ahead of the 20% of students who are least exposed. ― El Rayhan filme le confinement en Seine-Saint-Denis. - Avril / Société, Justice & Droit, Santé, Sécurité, Banlieues ― This publication provides detailed country notes on Value Added Tax/Goods and Services Tax (VAT/GST) and excise duty rates in OECD member countries. ― Recent OECD research has utilised harmonised cross-country firm level data to explore the contribution of public policies to cross-country differences in productivity, innovation and resource allocation. ― In Deutschland sind mehr Arbeitsplätze einem hohen Automatisierungs- bzw. Änderungsrisiko ausgesetzt als im Durchschnitt der OECD. Das höhere Risiko der Automatisierbarkeit ist zum Teil auf die Bedeutung des verarbeitenden Gewerbes in Deutschland zurückzuführen. ― Public comments are invited on the discussion draft on the use of profit splits in the context of global value chains, released as part of the work in relation to Action 10 of the BEPS Action Plan. ― NPR Music's Top 11 Albums Of March 2020 NPR ― Rutgers researchers have discovered the origins of the protein structures responsible for metabolism: simple molecules that powered early life on Earth and serve as chemical signals that NASA could use to search for life on other planets. ― Neil Gorsuch joins the liberal justices in a 5-4 decision vindicating Native American rights ― Experts say they should get out more ― China’s exceptional economic expansion has led to rising energy demand and pollution as well as other environmental pressures. Strong efforts by the government have moderated emissions of some types of air and water pollution from high levels but others, including greenhouse gas emissions, continue to rise. Poor air and water quality threaten human health, create other costs and reduce well-being. ― HSBC Profits Plunge As Europe’s Biggest Bank Faces Coronavirus Hit Forbes ― Digitalisation is one of the megatrends affecting societies and labour markets, alongside demographic change and globalisation. ― This country note explains how Japan taxes energy use. The note shows the distribution of effective energy tax rates across all domestic energy use. It also details the country-specific assumptions made when calculating effective energy tax rates and matching tax rates to the corresponding energy base. ― At the OECD, we tend to look at French education through the lens of statistics. These show one of the largest gaps between the learning outcomes of children from poor and wealthy families. And the opportunity gap keeps widening. ― Real GDP growth in the OECD area slowed to 0.2% in the second quarter of 2012, compared with 0.4% in the first quarter. ― And cynics in Beijing hope for his re-election ― The company suggested it owned the rights to any tweet containing the hashtag. ― This paper describes the main anti-avoidance rules against international tax planning by multinational enterprises in OECD and G20 countries. ― Omer Tanovic, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, joined the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) because he loves studying theory and turning research questions into solvable math problems. But Omer says that his engineering background—before coming to MIT he received undergraduate and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina—has taught him never to lose sight of the intended applications of his work, or the practical parameters for implementation. ― The Trentino co-operative model has gained wide acclaim for its positive economic and social impact upon the territory. Developing a strong understanding of why the model has been so effective is important in identifying those factors which other localities could utilise as potential criticalities. ― Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and the Russian Academy of Sciences have found a limit to how runny a liquid can be. ― In France, jobs at high risk of automation are slightly above the OECD average: 16.4% of jobs have a risk higher than 70% of being completely redefined. In addition, 32.8% of jobs are at risk of substantial changes in their content and method of execution ― Grown around the world, sweet potatoes are an important source of nutrition particularly in sub-Saharan African and Asian diets. Sweet potatoes are especially significant to sub-Saharan Africa as a source of Vitamin A, a nutrient commonly deficient in the region. While China currently produces the most sweet potatoes by country, sub-Saharan Africa has more land devoted to sweetpotatoes and continues to expand production. Farmers elsewhere are also increasingly growing sweetpotatoes. ― A new study looked at more than 1,300 retail banking sales teams in a large regional bank to explore whether groups vary in how they convert resources into performance. The study found that resources are generally helpful, but groups differ in the results they achieve. The variation is also largely associated with the group's coordinated attention - specifically, their patterns of email communication. The findings have implications for how firms can operate more efficiently. ― The OECD is now developing a new Recommendation on Open Government, which aims to help the countries that will adhere to it design and implement successful open government reforms by identifying a clear, actionable, evidence-based, and common framework for the governance of open government* . ― For a certain population subset, socioeconomic status in the United States is harder to change now than at any point in recent history, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and elsewhere. ― Even when the economy was roaring along, far too many Americans lacked the savings and support to respond to an unexpected loss of income. The COVID-19 crisis has thrown that fragility into stark relief. We talked with Andrea Levere '83, president emerita of Prosperity Now, about how we got to this point and how we can create more resilient and equitable structures for the future. ― The Secretary-General presented the 2017 Economic Survey of India, delivered a special address to the Confederation of Indian Industry, and held bilateral meetings with high-level authorities. ― Exports of Electrical Energy CMLV in Russia increased to 95.90 USD Million in February from 56.20 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports of Electrical Energy CMLV in Russia averaged 352.96 USD Million from 1994 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 1292.60 USD Million in November of 2011 and a record low of 0 USD Million in January of 1997. Russia accounts for Exports of Electrical Energy using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports of Electrical Energy CMLV. ― Even a bug this ruthless has a few fatal weaknesses of its own. ― While overall poverty is relatively low in France, it can be highly concentrated at the neighbourhood level. ― On attendait beaucoup du robot au sein de la maison, mais force est de constater qu'il n'a pas encore bouleversé notre quotidien. Mais alors, que peut-on attendre de la domotique et des robots destinés à la maison ? ― Today, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister of Finance of Pakistan, signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. ― The advent of artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things is expected to change modern electronics. The pressing question for many researchers is how to handle this technological revolution. Brain-inspired electronics with organic memristors could offer a functionally promising and cost- effective platform. Since memristors are functionally analogous to the operation of neurons, the computing units in the brain, they are optimal candidates for brain-inspired computing platforms. ― Musical notes: how is pop music changing during the pandemic? The Guardian ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Geneva on 8th July 2013 to present the joint OECD-WTO report “Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013: Connecting to Value Chains” together with Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization. ― SOPEMI 2011\Ebook\Fragments_with_friendly\Mexico_engl ― Bringing you the highlights from the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills ― In collaboration with the Federal Government of Germany, the OECD organised four workshops at the International Regulatory Reform Conference (IRRC) 2013 in Berlin. The workshops focused on the use of cost-benefit analysis in governmental decision making, as well as on the role of key actors of regulatory governance in the regulatory policy cycle: Parliaments, regulatory agencies and audit offices. ― This report looks at the issue of tax crime in the fisheries sector, including frauds over taxes on profit and earnings, customs duties, VAT and social security, with examples from real cases. ― This report identifies, and seeks to address, key challenges for the responsible development of neurotechnology. In particular, it analyses frameworks and mechanisms for integrating social concerns in the early development of technology, and discusses best practices for research funders across the public and private sector. ― Industry experts weigh in on the most important and likely regulatory developments that will affect banks through 2015. ― Some European Nations Are Cautiously Reopening With Coronavirus Slowing : Coronavirus Live Updates NPR ― One of Country music’s most celebrated artists, Clint Black, has sold out his upcoming show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, on Sunday, May 17th. Known as the "Mother Church of Country Music," Black’s last appearance at the famed venue was back in 1999.“The Ryman holds such a special place in our history, I’m especially thrilled to be playing there. And knowing the fans are going to fill it up for us has us all really excited for May 17th! We’re planning for a very special evening here in Music City!” says Black.Black rounded out 2019 with the release of his impressive 22nd album, Still Killin’ Time, which features eight live recordings of his hits and two studio recordings, “This Old House” and “No One Here For me” – songs that were originally written for his 1989 debut album, Killin’ Time.“This Old House” is particularly special to Black and honors country music’s home, the Grand Ole Opry. The song features a team of powerhouse performers who are no strangers to the Opry stage including; Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Cody Jinks, Sara Evans, Michael Ray, Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt, and Steve Wariner.Stay tuned for new music from Black in 2020 as he continues to celebrate and spotlight the sounds of classic Country music for generations to come. ― Lucinda Williams: Good Souls Better Angels | Review Pitchfork ― An international team of computer scientists has set a new record for integer factorization, one of the most important computational problems underlying the security of nearly all public-key cryptography currently used today. ― Government at a Glance provides a dashboard of key indicators to help you analyse international comparisons of public sector performance. ― Spread of early dairy farming across Western Europe Science Daily ― What children choose to read outside school directly influences their academic performance, according to a major new study led by the University of Malaga and UCL, and published in the peer-reviewed journal Oxford Review of Education. ― In November of 2019—likely, even earlier—a tiny entity measuring just a few hundred billionths of a meter in diameter began to tear apart human society on a global scale. Within a few months, the relentless voyager known as SARS-CoV-2 had made its way to every populated corner of the earth, leaving scientists and health authorities with too many questions and few answers. ― Last night, after we reported on a pair of ER doctors arguing that the US states should lift their lockdowns immediately (during the course of their argument, which was mostly rooted in trends they've witnessed first hand, they apparently made the error of bringing up 'personal liberty' and 'the Constitution', words that prompt progressives to stop listening and start squawking about killing grandma to further enrich the billionaires) YouTube decided that their argument constituted 'misinformation' about the coronavirus outbreak and deleted the video after it racked up more than 5 million views. ― Sweden has still not implemented reforms to its Penal Code initially recommended by the OECD Working Group on Bribery in June 2012. Sweden’s legal provisions on corporate liability do not meet the requirements of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. ― La Défense passera commande de 12 millions de masques en tissu ― Luxembourg is a rich and fast-growing country. However, inequality of disposable incomes has trended up modestly over the past decades and relative poverty has risen reflecting mainly the rapid growth of high incomes. ― It has just been announced that CMA Fest has been canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was no doubt an extremely difficult decision for the Country Music Association to make, however, in this time of uncertainty, it serves as the best decision for everyone involved. The following is an official statement from […] ― We are living through a period in which many jurisdictions have shut down virtually all non-essential commerce. People are working from home or have been temporarily laid off. ― De nombreux propriétaires de chats et chiens s’inquiètent que leur boule de poils préférée puisse ramener plus que la poussière dans laquelle elle vient de se rouler. L’inquiétude qu’elle puisse aussi véhiculer le virus dont on essaie de se tenir éloignés, a poussé certains à adopter des mesures extrêmes et dangereuses. Par exemple, certains désinfectent leur compagnon après la promenade à l’alcool ou à l’eau de javel, des produits hautement toxiques et à proscrire. ― This publication provides a statistical overview of the global space sector and its contributions to economic activity. This new edition provides indicators and statistics based on both official and private data, in over forty countries with space programmes, and identifies new dynamics in the space sector. ― Exports of Gasoline CMLV in Russia increased to 490.80 USD Million in February from 288.30 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports of Gasoline CMLV in Russia averaged 1145.95 USD Million from 1998 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 3437.10 USD Million in December of 2007 and a record low of 13.70 USD Million in January of 1999. Russia accounts for Exports of Gasoline using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports of Gasoline CMLV. ― Two million Australians have downloaded a COVID-19 contact tracing app hours after the government released it, reported Reuters. ― Le masque Decathlon proposé à tous les hôpitaux de Belgique contre le coronavirus ― I am very disappointed that COP25 in Madrid did not achieve the decisive, collective and ambitious outcomes that the climate emergency demands from world leaders. ― Following the first meeting of the Inclusive Framework on BEPS in Kyoto, Japan, on 30 June-1 July and the regional meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 21-23 September, more countries and jurisdictions are joining the framework. On 14 October, the Inclusive Framework on BEPS welcomed Republic of Congo as its 87th member. ― During Ramadan, many Muslim people abstain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. ― Offshore tax evasion remains a serious problem for countries and jurisdictions worldwide, with vast amounts of funds deposited abroad and sheltered from taxation when taxpayers fail to comply with obligations in their home countries. ― Exports in Thailand increased to 22404.59 USD Million in March from 20641.75 USD Million in February of 2020. Exports in Thailand averaged 10999.38 USD Million from 1991 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 22827.25 USD Million in August of 2018 and a record low of 1997 USD Million in February of 1991. Thailand is an export oriented economy with exports accounting for around 65 percent of the GDP. The country mainly exports manufactured goods (86 percent of total shipments) with electronics (14 percent, vehicles (13 percent), machinery and equipment (7.5 percent) and foodstuffs (7.5 percent) being the most important. Agricultural goods, mainly rice and rubber, account for 8 percent of total shipments. Major export partners are China (12 percent), Japan (10 percent), the United States (10 percent) and the European Union (9.5 percent). Others include: Malaysia, Australia and Singapore. This page provides - Thailand Exports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― The justices voted 5-4 along ideological lines ― And loosen up at home ― The bank says it will pause the cuts to avoid leaving staff unable to find work elsewhere. ― 21/05/2016 - It is seven years since the global crisis and despite easy monetary policy, financial regulatory reform, and G20 resolutions favouring structural measures, the world economy is not making a lot of progress. Adrian Blundell-Wignall gives a preview of what’s in the 2016 edition of the OECD Business and Finance Outlook. ― «Les Feux de l’amour» s’arrêtent le 7 mai sur la RTBF Pierre Bertinchamps lun, 27/04/2020 - 16:53 Faute d’épisodes en stock, la RTBF doit stopper la diffusion du soap-opéra américain. C’est une petite catastrophe pour le quotidien d’une centaine de milliers de personnes : dès le vendredi 8 mai 2020, il n’y aura plus d’épisodes des «Feux de l’amour» sur La Une. Et on ne sait pas quand ça va reprendre ! Il y a deux raisons : tout d’abord, la RTBF... ― While the contribution of MSMEs to national economies is widely recognised, their financial education needs are not always being met and low levels of financial literacy pose a potential barrier to successful business creation and growth. Covering 21 economies, this stocktaking report identifies the main policy challenges and good practices. ― Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them. ― Scientists investigated the long-term effects of dietary counseling on cardiovascular health. The individuals, who had participated in the trial between ages 7 months and 20 years, were invited to a follow-up study at the age of 26. The results show that the intervention group who received dietary counseling had lower serum cholesterol level and better insulin sensitivity than those in the control group. ― Police equipment manufacturer Axon said Thursday it decided against deploying facial recognition on its body cameras after an ethics review found the technology "is not yet reliable enough." ― Visual acuity -- the ability to discern letters, numbers, and objects from a distance -- is essential for tasks including recognizing a friend across a room and driving. Researchers previously assumed visual acuity was primarily determined by the eye's optics and the retina's anatomy. Researchers now show that small eye movements humans aren't even aware of making also play a large role in visual acuity. The research may lead to improved treatments for vision impairments. ― Why relying on new technology won't save the planet Science Daily ― Researchers have leveraged machine learning to interpret human brain scans, allowing the team to uncover the regions of the brain behind how abstract concepts, like justice, ethics and consciousness, form. ― Can you get 30/30 in Barrow DJ's emoji pop group quiz? NW Evening Mail ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2012. ― Little by little, the central bank will acquire more power to track how money is used ― STOP! This is illegal. You may be monitored and fined. Did that get your attention? Good. Because according to a new study, this phrasing coupled with a graphic of a computer and download symbol with a prohibitive slash is the most effective way to stop music piracy. ― Education at a Glance 2012: Country Notes - United States ― Branches affect plant architecture and plant yield. Although some regulatory factors affecting the formation of lateral branches have been reported, the mechanism of the formation of lateral branches is still largely unknown. The number of branches and the size of organs are always coordinated in plants, and the mechanism of the action remains to be studied. ― Oldies are golden and pop stars lose their luster: our quarantine listening habits The Hustle ― The OECD is committed to limiting the environmental impact of its work in a manner consistent with the wider goals of green growth and sustainable development. Join us in this journey around and inside the main buildings at the OECD HQ in Paris and learn about the performance of OECD's environmental management system. See how the OECD aims to #PracticeWhatYouPreach. ― Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on anxiety and depression according to new research. Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against, or even reverse, conditions such as anxiety and depression. But a systematic review finds that omega-3 supplements offer no benefit. ― Switzerland needs to do more to help people with mental disorders find a job or stay in work, according to a new OECD report. ― En Italie, le rejet d'un ministre de l'Économie eurosceptique n'a pas rassuré les marchés financiers qui n'aiment pas l'incertitude politique. Les places boursières sont secouées mardi 29 mai. ― Les pêcheurs ont annoncé mardi qu’ils ne laisseraient "aucun navire venir faire ces campagnes en baie de Saint-Brieuc" où des études techniques doivent être menées en vue d'y implanter un parc éolien, selon un communiqué de presse. "Les professionnels de la pêche informent (le porteur du projet) Ailes Marines et RTE (Réseau de Transport d'électricité, ndlr) qu’ils ne laisseront aucun navire venir faire ces campagnes en baie de Saint-Brieuc tant que des éléments scientifiques sur les effets de ces études techniques ne sont pas portés à notre connaissance", souligne le comité des pêches des Côtés d'Armor dans un communiqué de presse. Les pêcheurs s'opposent aux études techniques sur les zones de pêche en l'absence "d’éléments scientifiques (. ― A thousand liters of seawater can contain up to 8.3 million particles of microplastics. Until now, identifying these very small particles has been difficult—usually they are only detected once they have accumulated in the bodies of fish. A method developed at VTT utilizes nanocellulose structures for early particle identification. Nanocellulose would allow particles to be captured even before they enter waterways. ― The same material you'll find at the tip of a pencil—graphite—has long been a key component in today's lithium-ion batteries. As our reliance on these batteries increases, however, graphite-based electrodes are due for an upgrade. For that, scientists are looking to the element at the heart of the digital revolution: silicon. ― How is the coronavirus pandemic changing America's military? CBS News ― A slew of changes show how uncomfortable the hot seat can be ― After many funding rounds, they could be sitting under a mountain of debt-like claims ― The global financial crisis and its high economic and social costs have revived academic and policy interest in “early warning indicators” of crises. This paper aims to investigate the performance of vulnerability indicators as advance warning indicators of past severe GDP per capita recessions in Turkey. ― In the ten years since the introduction of Seguro Popular, some 50 million Mexicans previously at risk of unaffordable health care bills now have access to health insurance. The OECD Review of Health Systems: Mexico 2016 finds that the share of the population exposed to unaffordable or impoverishing health care costs has fallen from 3.3% to 0.8% of the population in the past decade. ― ― The United Nations and the African Union (AU) should do more to ensure all Africans see their futures in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)and the goals of Africa’s Agenda 2063, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Tuesday in Zimbabwe. ― He's all about helping others. Continue reading… ― Astronomers dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) have announced a new collaboration with scientists working on a NASA telescope. ― Employment has risen by more and unemployment has risen less than expected, given the path of output. Nevertheless, long-term and youth unemployment and involuntary part-time work are high. A polarised labour market risks worsening income inequality, which is high by OECD standards, despite a recent and likely temporary decline. ― The OECD invites interested parties to send a short description of strategies that might be considered to result in the artificial avoidance of the permanent establishment status in relation to base erosion and profit shifting. ― Dr. Kee-hoon Kim's team at the Center for Intelligent & Interactive Robotics of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) developed a way of teaching "impedance-controlled robots" through human demonstrations using surface electromyograms (sEMG) of muscles, and succeeded in teaching a robot to trap a dropped ball like a soccer player. A surface electromyogram is an electric signal produced during muscle activation that can be picked up on the surface of the skin. ― Le Ministère fédéral allemand de la coopération économique et du développement (BMZ) a octroyé, par l’intermédiaire de la Banque allemande de développement (KfW), 50 millions d’euros afin de soutenir un programme visant au renforcement de la résilience. Le programme sera mis en œuvre par l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) et le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). ― This event explored the prospects of providing innovative, actionable information and advice to policymakers and other stakeholders, based on the results of contemporary research on complex dynamic systems. ― Years of global recession, stagnation and slow uncertain recovery prove we do not yet have the right economic model to secure the sustained, strong growth that will be vital to social and economic progress in the years ahead. ― Norway’s law enforcement institutions have demonstrated commitment and ability in combating foreign bribery using a robust legal framework. Its new Penal Code, however, could create obstacles to enforcement by potentially narrowing jurisdiction over foreign bribery committed by Norwegians abroad. ― A new study led by Loughborough University has revealed that lake burial of organic carbon has increased three-fold over the last 100 years in response to human disruption of global nutrient cycles. ― Today, Jersey deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting ("multilateral convention") with the OECD. Subsequently, on 20 December, Curaçao joined the multilateral convention. ― Worries abound, but for now they offer the best chance of progress ― Even as millions of Americans are locked indoors, social protest has found ways to grow with an added urgency. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Entré au Parti socialiste en 1986, l’ancien sénateur et député européen est décédé des suites du Covid-19, dimanche 26 avril, à l’âge de 75 ans. Universitaire, docteur et enseignant en philosophie politique, il avait été l’une des figures de la contestation de Mai 68 et du trotskisme en France. ― The last decade has seen considerable policy attention to the social economy and its contribution to employment, in particular as regards the inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable workers and the provision of appropriate working conditions. ― L'économiste suggère de concentrer les efforts sur les gros patrimoines et rappelle que, dans l'histoire, cette stratégie a déjà fait ses preuves ― This week’s New Music Friday playlist features the latest album from Maddie & Tae, plus new releases from Tenille Townes, Kenny Chesney, Lena Stone, Lee Brice and lots more. Check ― La gestion de crise comporte toujours deux dimensions : l’urgence du moment et la nécessité d’éclairer l’avenir quand l’horizon se sera un peu dégagé pour dessiner des perspectives un peu mois sombres. EN DIRECT : - Coronavirus : le plan déconfinement présenté par Édouard Philippe à 15 heures Alors que l’épidémie de coronavirus connaît un nouveau bond, que le pic épidémiologique semble reculer sans cesse en France sur fond d’urgences saturées, la tâche de l’exécutif est de plus en plus complex… ― This report examines examples of new and emerging governance models to support responsible development of diagnostics and treatments based on the latest advances in biomedicine. It identifies some of the main challenges for policy makers, regulators and other communities involved in the translation of biomedical innovation and health technologies from the lab bench to point of care. ― Failures in the preparation for the coronavirus pandemic are revealed by a BBC investigation. ― New research highlights how urban expansion is creating the conditions for infectious diseases to emerge and spread around the world by blurring the classical boundaries between city, suburb, and countryside. ― Lockdowns to curb covid-19 disrupt Europe’s food supply ― Materials scientists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have achieved a new record in the performance of organic, non-fullerene-based, single-junction solar cells. Using a series of complex optimisations, they achieved certified power conversion efficiency of 12.25 percent on a surface area measuring one square centimetre. This standardised surface area is the preliminary stage for prototype manufacture. The results, achieved in conjunction with partners from the South China University of Technology (SCUT), have now been published in Nature Energy. ― The UC3M's researchers coordinating the scientific part of the project, Fernando García y Abdulla al-Kaff, from the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation, have developed the complete automatic flight system, as well as the interface with which the emergency service can access information about what is occurring in real time. ― Blockchain technology has been considered as the most revolutionizing invention since the internet. Due to its immutable nature and the associated security and privacy benefits, it has attracted the attention of banks, governments, technology corporations, as well as venture capital. ― Early antibody testing for the coronavirus in 19 New York counties suggests up to 2.7 million people could have been infected in the state alone, meaning the real death rate may be much lower, Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Casio unveils a NASA-themed G-Shock watch for space fans Engadget ― The report is significant because it is the first time the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines include guidance on the transfer pricing aspects of financial transactions, which will contribute to consistency in the interpretation of the arm’s length principle and help avoid transfer pricing disputes and double taxation. ― We'll raise you a dare NOT to dance to the Pet Shop Boys latest single lifted from their album "Hotspot" - "I don't wanna", oh but you will. ― The US has failed to accept responsibility for the coronavirus pandemic, Beijing is claiming in the latest development in the ongoing war of words between the two countries. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Twenty-eight officials participated in the inaugural “VAT/GST Fraud Investigations” course at the OECD Latin America Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation last week in Buenos Aires. ― Last year, over 13 million children received no vaccines at all, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling on governments to step up, warning disrupting immunization services amid the COVID-19 pandemic could leave even more of the world’s most marginalized children without access to life-saving vaccines. ― Nearly half a million children in eastern Ukraine continue to face “grave risks” to their physical health and psychological well-being, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday. ― Legislative and regulatory policy options for sustainable capital markets - A good corporate governance framework should combine transparency, accountability and integrity and this requires knowledge of beneficial ownership. This report assesses the costs, benefits and practicalities of different approaches, suggesting policy options to better identify ultimate beneficial ownership in Indonesia. ― Most 15-year-olds in OECD countries spend at least some time each day wandering through cyberspace as part of their media diet. ― En deux ans, la romancière Arundhati Roy offre un deuxième roman et un recueil d’essais, traduits chez Gallimard. Face à une époque « colonisée par l’horreur » s’invente « une prière » criante pour la paix et la fraternité. ― Un laboratoire américain a réalisé des clichés du nouveau coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, à l'origine de l'épidémie de Covid-19. ― Synthetic microparticles more intricate than some of the most complicated ones found in nature have been produced by a University of Michigan-led international team. They also investigated how that intricacy arises and devised a way to measure it. ― This paper looks at recent trends in pharmaceutical spending across OECD countries. It examines the drivers of recent spending trends, highlighting differences across therapeutic classes, and then looks at emerging challenges for policy makers in the management of pharmaceutical spending. ― Improving Myanmar's agricultural sector by building up food processing activities and related services could help the transformation of the country's economy, to a more modern one able to produce higher-value goods for export, according to a new OECD report. ― OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría welcomes the initiative of President Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel to put forward a structural and ambitious response to the current refugee crisis. ― Images from the Akatsuki spacecraft unveil what keeps Venus's atmosphere rotating much faster than the planet itself. ― Being healthy and having a good job are two of the most important ingredients associated with subjective well-being, according to the latest data from the OECD’s Better Life Index. ― Des robots de Capek au Terminator de Cameron, de l'ordinateur paranoïaque de Kubrick à l'agent Smith de Matrix, les créatures artificielles ont toujours peuplé notre imaginaire. Depuis près de 2.000 ans, l’Homme tente de recréer la vie sous la forme d’automates, de robots, d'avatars et, plus récemment, de créatures virtuelles. ― Mental health issues cost the UK around GBP 70 billion every year, or roughly 4.5% of GDP, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments and health care expenditure. ― Ab-Soul Drops Song for TDE CEO's Birthday Featuring Mac Miller Tribute Complex ― En Belgique, on trouve des solutions pour accueillir les visiteurs de maisons de retraite. La Suisse va tester la chloroquine et en République Tchèque, le déconfinement s'accélère. Retrouvez l'Eurozapping du vendredi 24 avril. ― Scientists report that the combined effects of rare, damaging mutations present at birth have a negative impact on healthspan and longevity. ― Google Fights COVID Misinformation, Prepares for 'Next Wave' Medscape ― Quand on essaye de les résoudre à l’aide d’un raisonnement arithmétique, certaines questions d’âge sont à même de rendre fou. Tout simplement parce qu’on a du mal à suivre l’énoncé. Heureusement, l’algèbre simplifie tout… mais vous pouvez penser plus sportif de faire autrement. ― Virologists report promising Phase 1 clinical results for the first new oral polio vaccine in 50 years, which they have designed to be incapable of evolving the ability to cause disease in humans. ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was in Brussels on 19 June 2018 to present the 2018 OECD Economic Surveys of the European Union and of the Euro Area. ― What astronomers thought was a planet beyond our solar system has now seemingly vanished from sight, suggesting that what was heralded as one of the first exoplanets to ever be discovered with direct imaging likely never existed. ― The paper describes revisions to the trend labour efficiency component of the production function underpinning long-term economic scenarios. ― Ecuador recorded 1557 Coronavirus Recovered since the epidemic began, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, Ecuador reported 663 Coronavirus Deaths. This page includes a chart with historical data for Ecuador Coronavirus Recovered. ― The Sales Tax Rate in Ecuador stands at 12 percent. Sales Tax Rate in Ecuador averaged 12.14 percent from 2006 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 14 percent in 2016 and a record low of 12 percent in 2007. In Ecuador, the sales tax rate is a tax charged to consumers based on the purchase price of certain goods and services. The benchmark we use for the sales tax rate refers to the highest rate. Revenues from the Sales Tax Rate are an important source of income for the government of Ecuador. This page provides - Ecuador Sales Tax Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Europe’s Privacy Law Hasn’t Shown Its Teeth, Frustrating Advocates The New York Times ― A new study shows that hospitalizations, ventilators, and other health resources that patients would require could cost the United States $654 billion if a majority of the population gets infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. ― Un article initialement publié par Marco Bersani, d'Attac Italie. ― This brochure provides an overview of work happening over the next two years and is the reference document for a glimpse into the key topics and programmes of the OECD work on the environment. ― The United States should improve postsecondary career and technical training provisions to help students transition smoothly into education programs and the labor market, according to a new OECD report published today. ― KNMs are arrangements which govern the transfer of various types of knowledge, such as intellectual property, know-how, software code or databases, between independent parties across the economy. The OECD's KNM project studies existing and emerging knowledge allocation mechanisms and their impact on knowledge creation, dissemination and use. The assessment of the economic significance of KNMs informs an evidence-based approach to ― Private consumption and investment main drivers of slowdown in OECD GDP growth in first quarter of 2017 ― My "A Family" song. By Brenda Fehr. ― Quand le monde fait face à une réalité qui le dépasse, quand la vie des êtres humains est en jeu, les questions d’ordre philosophique refont surface. C’est « l’étonnement qui poussa comme aujourd’hui, les premiers penseurs aux spéculations philosophiques », disait Aristote. ― A new international study led by Monash University climate scientists has found reef sand is dissolving much quicker than previously thought due to the impact of microbes. ― To continue catching up with living standards in other OECD countries Poland needs to invest in higher skills. ― Early childhood researchers have developed a fun rhythm and movement program to support young children's brains. ― On 7 May 2015, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) will hold a webinar on 'Trade and Green Growth: Measuring the impact of environmental policy on economic competitiveness' from 1-2 PM Geneva time. ― Scientists have demonstrated fully-autonomous SPM operation, applying artificial intelligence and deep learning to remove the need for constant human supervision. The new system, dubbed DeepSPM, bridges the gap between nanoscience, automation and artificial intelligence (AI), and firmly establishes the use of machine learning for experimental scientific research using Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM). ― Paris, 15-16 May 2018 - This workshop will focus on recent developments and main policy challenges related to the emergence of digital financial assets. Discussions will cover monetary policy and financial systems, regulation, firms’ business and funding models, and taxation. ― This paper analyses the reform of Switzerland’s agricultural policy framework, which reoriented subsidies to better target policy objectives, including for biodiversity; and outlines the process involved in designing and implementing the reform as well as its environmental and socio-economic impacts. The country study draws on the 2017 OECD report The Political Economy of Biodiversity Policy Reform. ― There are an estimated 9 million working aged adults in England (more than a quarter of adults aged 16-65) with low literacy or numeracy skills or both. This reflects England’s overall performance in the Survey of Adult Skills - around average for literacy, but well below average for numeracy relative to other OECD countries in the Survey (OECD, 2013). ― Confidence evaporates among Europe's crisis-hit consumers Financial Times ― Economic growth is picking up and unemployment has reached record lows in some OECD countries but wages continue to stagnate. Unless countries can break this cycle, public belief in the recovery will be undermined and labour market inequality will widen, according to a new OECD report. ― Over-reliance on promises of new technology to solve climate change is enabling delay, say researchers. They argue instead for cultural, social and political transformation to enable widespread deployment of both behavioral and technological responses to climate change. ― It's a steep price to pay, though. ― Corruption impedes equitable development, destabilizes societies, and undermines the institutions and values of democracy. It is viewed by many as one of the world's greatest problems. According to a Gallup poll, a majority of people even place its negative impacts ahead of global problems like climate change, poverty and terrorism. ― This ‘Homecoming Queen’ will be joining the 2020 Carolina Country Music Fest lineup Myrtle Beach Sun News ― It was a dream of becoming a songwriter that first brought Shreveport, Louisiana native Jordan Davis to Nashville in 2012. A lot has changed for 2020 ACM Best New Male Artist of the Year nominee since moving to Music City. From signing a record deal and racking up over one billion streams of his debut […] ― This paper studies the association between US long term interest rates and cycles of capital flows to emerging market economies (EMEs). It finds that, indeed, cycles in capital flows to EMEs are linked to global conditions, including global risk aversion and long term interest rates in the United States. ― Lebanon represented by Mr Ghady El Khoury, Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Lebanon in France, signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (“The Convention”), therewith becoming the 111th jurisdiction to join the Convention. Lebanon deposited its instrument of ratification for the Convention at the same time. ― Premiered on The Indie Buddie ‘Skinny Kid’ is a tender delicate number as Simone expresses emotional and harrowing themes through a bitter, icy piano and tense progressive soundscapes. With a steady beat pounding through weaving guitars and ominous rumble on bass, the track projects images of isolation and loneliness by means of sinister chilling twinkles and […] ― Unemployment is still above 8% in Latvia and contributes to poverty, in part because many unemployed have been without a job for an extended period of time. ― L’école maternelle est ouverte au plus grand nombre en France malgré un investissement par élève moindre par rapport à la moyenne des pays de l’OCDE, ce qui se traduit par un taux d’encadrement (enseignants et auxiliaires d’éducation confondus) plus élevé en France que dans la plupart des pays de l’OCDE. ― Mountains. Shipping containers. The surface of Mars. ― Urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in children, with ear infections taking first place. ― Paris, 15-16 May 2018 - This workshop will focus on recent developments and main policy challenges related to the emergence of digital financial assets. Discussions will cover monetary policy and financial systems, regulation, firms’ business and funding models, and taxation. ― This note presents selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered. ― Brazil has identified a clear pathway for bringing its existing transfer pricing framework into alignment with the international consensus, and is weighing two options – immediate or gradual implementation, according to a new joint report by the OECD and Receita Federal, Brazil’s federal revenue authority (RFB). ― Poverty increases the risk for numerous diseases by limiting people's access to healthy food, environments and stress-free conditions. Researchers argue that poverty also compromises health by creating unequal access to beneficial microorganisms. ― It is hard to keep factories going when workers are stuck in the countryside ― Corporate climate change disclosure is crucial for providing decision-makers with information that will enable them to integrate climate considerations into their analyses. This side event to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties will focus on ways to strengthen corporate climate disclosure frameworks, and to scale up the use of corporate climate change-related information. ― A mother's obesity in pregnancy can affect her child's development years down the road, according to researchers who found lagging motor skills in preschoolers and lower IQ in middle childhood for boys whose mothers were severely overweight while pregnant. At age 7, the boys whose mothers were overweight or obese in pregnancy had scores 5 or more points lower on full-scale IQ tests. No effect was found in the girls. ― Researchers have identified the genetic basis of rapid adaptation using a native fish species. They compared threespine stickleback fish from different habitats in the Lake Constance region. Their study reveals that changes in the genome can be observed within a single generation. ― Paris, 24-25 October 2017: Bringing together leading actors across the green finance community, the 2017 forum will focus on the short and long-term actions needed to meet the Paris Agreement; opportunities for green investment; the role of the financial system; and channels for green finance and investment. ― Sweden enjoys an 81.5% employment rate for all levels of education – the second highest rate of all OECD countries after Iceland (Table A7.1b). ― En France se pose la question de la méthode de reprise des cours, pour les écoliers, collégiens, et lycéens. Côté suédois, cette problématique ne se présente pas car les établissements scolaires n'ont pas fermé et se sont contentés d'aménagements pour limiter les contaminations au Covid-19. ― As the fight against the coronavirus continues and the country wrestles with when to reopen the economy, Zach G. Zacharia, associate professor of supply chain management and director of the Center for Supply Chain Research at the College of Business, addressed the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains. ― Both educational attainment and skills, as measured in the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), are high in Sweden. They are not perfect substitutes, but both are to some degree necessary for successfully integrating in the Swedish labour market. ― The OECD Development Centre, in collaboration with the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Ministry for the Promotion of Youth, Youth Employment and Civic Service, held a brainstorming workshop to discuss "The National Youth Policy (NPC) 2016-2020". This workshop was organized as part of the Youth Inclusion project. ― Computers didn't start in Silicon Valley. They started here," in Philadelphia, says Jim Scherrer. ― Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain relief. ― Scientists argue for a new model of language, involving the interaction of multiple brain networks. This model is much more complex than the classical neurobiological model of language, which was largely based on single-word processing. ― The loss of insulin-secreting beta cells by autoimmune destruction leads to type 1 diabetes. Clinical islet cell transplantation has the potential to cure diabetes, but donor pancreases are rare. In a new study, a group of researchers developed an improved pluripotent stem cell differentiation protocol to generate beta cells in vitro with superior glucose response and insulin secretion. This is a major step toward beta cell replacement therapy. ― An international team has found a trial drug that effectively blocks the cellular door SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts. ― ,We have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of people working from home as directed by governments and employers around the world to help stop the spread of COVID-19. ― Despite their names, artificial intelligence technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don't have much to do with real brain science. I'm a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system—and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine learning models. ― Combinatorial optimization problems are problems that arise in everyday situations, involving the puzzle of determining the shortest route that can be taken between multiple points. Researchers have developed a new chip that uses special components to calculate the shortest distance between up to 22 cities in a very short time. ― This working paper reports on the work undertaken as part of the Tackling Long-term Unemployment Amongst Vulnerable Groups project. It includes the findings of a survey undertaken jointly by the OECD LEED Programme and the World Association of Public Employment Services in 2012, and also case studies and learning models from around the world on innovative practices to support the long-term unemployed into work. ― This symposium will gather a group of prominent experts and policy makers from around the world to deliberate on various aspects of innovation policy and its link to economic growth, and to review country experiences. ― Weakened wind patterns likely spurred the wave of extreme ocean heat that swept the North Pacific last summer, according to new research led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. The marine heat wave, named the "Blob 2.0" after 2013's "Blob," likely damaged marine ecosystems and hurt coastal fisheries. Waters off the U.S. West Coast were a record-breaking 4.5 degrees F (2.5 degrees C) above normal, the authors found. ― A team of researchers from the University of Regensburg and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich has developed a way to measure the dependence of an atom's chemical reactivity on its chemical bonds. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group outlines their process and what they found when it was tested. ― “Crowdsourcing” pools the strength of the many to perform complex tasks–everything from funding a film to sequencing DNA. At its heart is trust–not a blanket belief in great institutions, but rather the confidence between individuals that each will do the right thing. Its power is being increasingly felt today, even in the world of international development. ― President Barack Obama held a press conference at the OECD with international media on COP21 and Syria as his trip to Paris draws to a close. See photos of the event. ― The Covid-19 pandemic is badly damaging developing countries' economies in a number of ways. ― Hong Kongers have grown increasingly suspicious of their relationship with the mainland ― When high in the atmosphere, ozone protects Earth from harmful solar radiation—but ozone at ground level is a significant pollutant. Exposure to high concentrations of ground-level ozone aggravates respiratory illnesses, thus exacerbating the negative health effects of heat and contributing to the catastrophic impacts of recent heatwaves and drought in Europe. ― How can assessment and evaluation policies work together more effectively to improve student outcomes in primary and secondary schools? This report provides an international comparative analysis and policy advice to countries on how evaluation and assessment arrangements can be embedded within a consistent framework to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education. ― A key requirement for future facilities that aim to capture and control on Earth the fusion energy that drives the sun and stars is accurate predictions of the pressure of the plasma—the hot, charged gas that fuels fusion reactions inside doughnut-shaped tokamaks that house the reactions. Central to these predictions is forecasting the pressure that the scrape-off layer, the thin strip of gas at the edge of the plasma, exerts on the divertor—the device that exhausts waste heat from fusion reactions. ― Next year, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover to search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. A new study shows that the rover's Jezero crater landing site is home to deposits of hydrated silica, a mineral that just happens to be particularly good at preserving biosignatures. ― Canada ranks first among OECD countries in the proportion of adults with a college (tertiary-type 5B) education (24%) and ranks 8th in the proportion of adults with a university (tertiary-type 5A) education (26%). ― Researchers examined whether there is an association between arthritis and social isolation, and have identified the disease's contribution to social isolation. ― Read Full Article at RT.com ― Important challenges for the future of Austrian well-being arise from demographic and environmental trends. The ageing of the population calls for a fair balance between life-time pension contributions and entitlements, drawing on the recent pension reform. ― Amazon said Wednesday it expects to begin large-scale deliveries by drone in the coming months as it unveiled its newest design for its "Prime Air" fleet. ― This country note provides an environmental tax and carbon pricing profile for France. It shows environmentally related tax revenues, taxes on energy use and effective carbon rates. ― This paper reviews and evaluates the efficacy of simplified tax registration and collection mechanisms for securing compliance of taxpayers over which the jurisdiction with taxing rights has limited or no authority to effectively enforce a tax collection or other compliance obligation. ― Companies woo consumers who speak non-standard Chinese ― This document describes and discusses a new supply side framework that quantifies the impact of structural reforms on per capita income in OECD countries. ― Based on the OECD data from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) this paper sheds light on the skills of migrants. ― Chemolithotrophic microorganisms derive their energy from inorganic sources. Research into the physiological processes of these organisms—which are grown on meteorite—provides new insights into the potential of extraterrestrial materials as a source of accessible nutrients and energy for microorganisms of the early Earth. Meteorites may have delivered a variety of essential compounds facilitating the evolution of life, as we know it on Earth. ― 28 April 2016, Paris - OECD, IOPS and the World Bank are joining forces to expand the reach of the OECD’s Global Pension Statistics database and annual Pensions Markets in Focus report. This collaboration with the World Bank will help bring data from emerging and developing economies that are not currently included in the database. ― The main purpose of this meeting is to shortly present where the Mental Health and Work project stands and to discuss some good practice examples from the first countries that have been reviewed. ― A moderate recovery is underway in the major advanced economies, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Growth is proceeding at encouraging rates in North America, Japan and the UK. The euro area as a whole is out of recession, although output remains weak in a number of countries. ― This public consultation is being held to gather comments on the draft Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. They are intended to align Chinese company due diligence with international standards and allow for mutual recognition with existing international initiatives and legislations. ― Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore today released “Southpaw”, the next standout track from his upcoming fourth studio album, WILD WORLD. Co-written (with Westin Davis) and produced by Moore, the ― New research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression. ― A new PISA report, Low-Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How to Help Them Succeed, offers an in-depth analysis of low performance at school and recommends ways to tackle the problem. ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2012. ― Surgery performed on a fetus in the womb to repair defects from spina bifida triggers the body's ability to restore normal brain structure, new research has discovered. ― Policies to speed up tertiary graduation, improve work incentives and activation of the unemployed and postpone labour market exit are necessary to bring the employment rate closer to the level of other Nordics ― PROMISE Technology Introduces the First Compact Video Surveillance Storage Vess A8000 Series for Reliable, Remote Security Surveillance PR Newswire UK ― Economic policy should be better designed to bring about more inclusive growth, ensuring that the benefits of increased prosperity are shared more evenly across society, according to a new report from the OECD and the World Bank. ― Since around 2007, the country has been enjoying an “energy renaissance” thanks to its abundant stocks of shale oil and gas. The resurgence in oil and gas production is beginning to create discernible economic impacts and has changed the landscape for natural gas prices in the United States, boosting competitiveness. ― The OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy held a Ministerial-level meeting in Daejeon, Korea on 20-21 October 2015. Discussions addressed innovation strategies, impact of public investment, science policies for the 21st century, science and innovation for health, new technologies for a sustainable future and the green economy, and science and innovation for global inclusiveness. ― Rapidly cooling magnon particles proves a surprisingly effective way to create an elusive quantum state of matter, called a Bose-Einstein condensate. The discovery can help advance quantum physics research and is a step towards the long-term goal of quantum computing at room temperature. ― World leaders faced a fundamental dilemma: take strong action to address the risks associated with climate change, or see the ability to limit this threat slip from their grasp. Check out how the OECD contributed to get a successful outcome on 12 December at COP21 in Paris. ― In 2015 the Lithuanian government launched an ambitious Social Model reform agenda aimed at balancing flexibility of the labour market and security provided through the system of social protection. ― Sorry, Facebook: Announcing a protest isn't 'harmful misinformation' New York Post ― While we're all stuck in this situation, now is a great time to check out new music and increase your music collection and add to your playlists. Support the independent artists and songwriters right now, they truly need it. If you can afford to right now, please go to their websites and purchase music and merchandise. Purchasing directly from an independent artist or songwriter puts the most money directly in their pocket.************If you're looking for new artists and you're getting tired of the same old Top 40 repetition on today's country radio, check out these names you may or may not be familiar with. Some songs listed are new, some may have been out for quite awhile, and all are of various styles because one taste doesn't suit all palates. Some may also be veteran artists that you might already love or some of country's most talented songwriters.I'm simply introducing you to artists you might enjoy and music you might connect with. There's such a wide world of artists and songs out there to broaden your listening base and beyond what radio is telling us is good music. Don't limit yourself to radio when there are so many other outlets where truly good music can be found. If you like these, great, if you don't, that's ok too - at least give them a listen.If you find yourself liking any of these artists, please follow them on social media and let them know you enjoy their music. Please be sure to talk about and share any of the songs and artists you like on this list. I'm sure they'd appreciate it! One more thing, if you stream or download a song, please be sure to leave a review. These help the artists and their teams more than you realize. If you like the song, let them know why you love it. If not, be constructive and honest (not mean) about why you don't like it so much.#SHARETHEMUSICTHIS WEEK'S ARTISTSLAINE HARDY"GROUND I GREW UP ON"JACOB BRYANT"WHISKEY DOWN THE DRAIN"BUCKY COVINGTON"DRIVING IN THE DARK"CASPER MCWADE AND CODY JINKS"DON'T FOLLOW"RANDY HOUSER"LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND"DAVID ADAM BYRNES"NEON TOWN"LAUREN MASCITTI"GOD MADE A WOMAN"THE WASHBOARD UNION"DOCK ROCK"MADDIE AND TAE"I DON'T NEED TO KNOW" ― The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development met in Seoul, on 30-31 October 2013. Governments, international and regional organisations, civil society and business representatives reviewed progress made since the previous meeting and explored further ways to help developing countries better mobilise their domestic resources. ― The OECD organised a webinar "The Future of Open Government Data in Mexico: Challenges and Experiences in OECD countries". The webinar was open to everyone and seeked to help the Mexican Government to prioritise the definition and implementation of strategic actions that contribute to the continuity and maturity of OGD policy in the short and medium term. ― The Survey of Adult Skills finds that adults aged 55 to 65 are less proficient in literacy and numeracy than adults aged 25 to 34. But differences in skills proficiency that are related to age vary widely across countries, implying that skills policies can affect the evolution of proficiency over a lifetime. ― Despite numerous headwinds and adverse shocks, Turkey's real GDP has grown by more than 34% over the past 5 years, faster than any other OECD country except for Ireland and only slightly less than China and India. ― Investment treaties are often thought to be silent on investors’ responsibilities to host societies and on their contributions to sustainable development. This paper establishes a factual and statistical basis for understanding the relationship between investment treaty law and governments’ ability to advance the sustainable development agenda and promote responsible business conduct. ― These notes present selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered. ― Early warnings of drought can help prevent catastrophic famines ― Three years of "health check-ups" on Oregon's summer resident gray whales shows a compelling relationship between whales' overall body condition and changing ocean conditions that likely limited availability of prey for the mammals, a new study from Oregon State University indicates. ― Today, with 3-D printing, you can make almost anything in a matter of hours. However, making sure that part works reliably takes weeks or even months. ― Another banger. ― This paper explores the relationship between skill mismatch and public policies using micro data for 22 OECD countries from the recent OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). ― As other high-income countries, Spain has experienced competitive pressures from China and other emerging economies that have resulted in a loss of global market share. ― Once again, the euro zone is consumed by rows over debt ― ― Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format. ― Coronavirus: DJI Mavic Air 2 jettisons drone safety feature in Europe BBC News ― Widespread corruption was one of the main reasons that led to the change of the political regime in Ukraine in 2014. The new administration pledged to fight corruption, a challenging task in the current context of the economic crisis and military conflict in the East of the country. ― Mental health conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder could be treated in a new way using drugs that target the immune system, research suggests. ― L'UE face au Covid-19. Sur RT France, Dany Lang, membre des Economistes atterrés, commente la réponse de l'Union européenne à la crise sanitaire. Celle-ci aura besoin de 500 milliards d'euros de plus pour remettre en route son économie et la pire des réactions serait de freiner la dépense. ― The structure of enzymes determines how they control vital processes such as digestion or immune response. This is because the protein compounds are not rigid, but can change their shape through movable 'hinges.' The shape of enzymes can depend on whether their structure is measured in the test tube or in the living cell. This is what physicochemists discovered about YopO, an enzyme of the plague pathogen. ― Astrobiologists are focused on resolving two central questions to understand the environmental and chemical limits of life. By understanding life's boundaries, they intend to identify possible biosignatures in exoplanet atmospheres and in the solar system. For example, the lipid bilayer membrane is a central prerequisite for life as we know on Earth. Preceding studies based on simulations of molecular dynamics have suggested that polarity-inverted membranes known as azotosomes made of small nitrogen-containing molecules may be kinetically abundant on cryogenic liquid worlds such as Saturn's moon Titan. ― Governments around the world are encouraging people to factor the environment into their everyday lives and purchases. Is it leading to more sustainable consumption? Are households ‘going green’? ― The Indonesian education system is immense and diverse. It reflects aspects of its past, with a diverse ethnic and religious heritage, and a struggle for national identity. ― Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop Smithsonian.com ― The German economy is undergoing a robust expansion, with record-low unemployment and real wage gains underpinning domestic demand while strong exports are driving business investment. The strong fiscal position will offer opportunities for funding structural reforms and public investment to meet future challenges, according to a new report from the OECD. ― The 2011 annual report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises focuses on adhering countries' committment to new, stronger standards of corporate behaviour in the updated OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. ― Education at a Glance 2016 - Country Notes ― Since the crisis, Estonia has experienced one of the most pronounced declines in the ratio of non-residential investment to GDP in the OECD. ― As part of continuing efforts to boost transparency by multinational enterprises (MNEs), Gabon, Hungary, Indonesia, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius and the Russian Federation have now signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for Country-by-Country Reporting (CbC MCAA), bringing the total number of signatories to 57. Lithuania and Hungary joined the Agreement in October and December 2016 respectively. ― New Hampshire Calling: Your Pandemic Playlist - The Soul Edition New Hampshire Public Radio ― Biographical note of Sweden's Permanent Representative to the OECD. ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2012. ― Brazil has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty and inequality. This reduction is explained by strong growth but also by effective social policies. Besides growth, public services and cash transfers have played the biggest role, the latter notably through the successful "Bolsa Familia" programme. ― Kazakhstan’s strong economic growth since the 2000s has helped the country sharply improve people’s living standards, reduce poverty and income inequalities, and boost employment. Kazakhstan should now focus on improving employment opportunities for vulnerable people. ― Locked down on the island my ancestors once fled National Geographic UK ― Exports of Fabric of Cotton CMLV in Russia increased to 8.40 USD Million in February from 3.30 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports of Fabric of Cotton CMLV in Russia averaged 48.84 USD Million from 2000 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 192.90 USD Million in December of 2004 and a record low of 1.40 USD Million in January of 2015. Russia accounts for Exports of Fabric of Cotton using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports of Fabric of Cotton CMLV. ― Não obstante o progresso significativo conseguido, melhorar as competências e as qualificações continua a ser um dos principais desafios que Portugal enfrenta para aumentar o crescimento, os níveis de vida e o bem-estar. ― Entrepreneurship is an important driver of economic growth, job creation and competitiveness. However, the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector has been severely affected by the crisis, with access to bank finance being particularly difficult. ― Atoms and molecules behave very differently at extreme temperatures and pressures. Although such extreme matter doesn't exist naturally on the earth, it exists in abundance in the universe, especially in the deep interiors of planets and stars. Understanding how atoms react under high-pressure conditions—a field known as high-energy-density physics (HEDP)—gives scientists valuable insights into the fields of planetary science, astrophysics, fusion energy, and national security. ― The ethics of artificial intelligence and automation amid a global pandemic Morning Star Online ― Colombia has engaged in a sustained process of fiscal decentralisation over the past decades. Evidence is presented that the current framework is conducive to fiscal sustainability, especially after the reforms in the late 1990s and early 2000s. ― La justice confirme en appel l'obligation faite à Amazon de restreindre son activité aux produits essentiels en attendant l'évaluation des risques professionnels sur tous ses entrepôts ― These country notes contain indicators which compare the political and institutional frameworks of national governments as well as revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation. They include a description of government policies on integrity, e-government and open government. ― The pandemic is already reshaping tech’s misinformation crisis TechCrunch ― Citizens in many countries are expressing dissatisfaction with how they believe trade, technology and immigration are affecting their daily lives. While much of this discontent can be traced back to the global economic crisis, its root causes are more complex. What can be done at the Global, European and German level? ― submitted by /u/frogaranaman [link] [comments] ― But there's still no escape. ― Data transmission that works by means of magnetic waves instead of electric currents: For many scientists, this is the basis of future technologies that will make transmission faster and individual components smaller and more energy-efficient. Magnons, the particles of magnetism, serve as moving information carriers. Almost 15 years ago, researchers at the University of Münster (Germany) succeeded for the first time in achieving a novel quantum state of magnons at room temperature—a Bose-Einstein condensate of magnetic particles, also known as a 'superatome,' i.e. an extreme state of matter that usually occurs only at very low temperatures. ― Tencent Music dominates the music streaming market in China through its Spotify-like apps. ― China has made impressive strides in education in recent decades, even though the accumulation of human capital has lagged behind that of physical capital. Going forward, access to and quality of education will be key to sustain economic convergence with the most advanced economies and to offset the drag exerted by population ageing. ― The prospective normalisation of monetary policies in the main OECD areas will be challenging given that current policy rates are likely to be significantly below neutral levels and that central bank balance sheets will be above the pre-crisis levels by a wide margin. ― Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism. ― Officials pray that the goddess Mazu will help them woo Taiwan ― Pro-democracy politicians sweep district-level polls ― The OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance shows that medical care is improving in OECD countries, but better prevention and management of chronic diseases is required to reduce costs. ― BERLIN/BRUXELLES (Reuters) - La France, l'Allemagne et d'autres pays européens ont choisi pour leurs applications de suivi des personnes contaminées par le nouveau coronavirus une technologie qui va à l'encontre des règles de confidentialité édictées par Apple alors que le fabricant américain et Google travaillent ensemble sur le développement de leur propre outil de traçage numérique. L'application StopCovid en France et le futur programme développé en Allemagne par l'Institut fédéral Robert Koch, chargé de gérer la crise sanitaire outre-Rhin, utiliseront tous les deux la technologie Bluetooth pour prévenir les personnes ayant été en contact avec un patient atteint du COVID-19. Les données recueillies par ces applications peuvent être stockées sur un serveur centralisé ou directement dans les appareils. ― A pause has been forced on urban life. Quiet roads, empty skies, deserted high streets and parks, closed cinemas, cafés and museums—a break in the spending and work frenzy so familiar to us all. The reality of lockdown is making ghost towns of the places we once knew. Everything we know about our urban world has come to a shuddering halt. For now. ― Adrift In a sea of misinformation and cat memes Coveleaderpress ― Abidjan, 27-28 October 2016 - This event focused on transparency and accountability, in particular tackling illicit financial flows and combating corruption. The event provided an occasion to launch the OECD-AfDB Anti-Bribery Policy and Compliance Guidance for African Companies. ― Suriname has become the second nation globally to outline updated plans to fight climate change in the hope of ensuring that any future increase in the temperature of the planet does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. ― There’s a quiet revolution afoot: health data are increasingly collected, stored and used in digital form. ― Despite large and growing investments in knowledge and innovation, productivity growth in many countries has slowed in recent years. At the same time, the urgent need for more rapid innovation (including its uptake and diffusion) in several key areas, such as in environment. This joint OECD-NBER workshop on 25-26 September 2014 will bring together academic experts to consider these challenges. ― L'afflux de nouveaux hybrides rechargeables va se poursuivre durant encore un certain temps. ― A new study has found that tectonic plates beneath the Earth's surface can show varying degrees of roughness and could help explain why certain earthquakes are stronger than others. ― The Universe might have a direction. ― Despite its name, the ruling Law and Justice party is no fan of judicial independence ― The number and length of school holidays differs significantly across OECD countries, meaning the number of instructional days in primary and secondary education ranges from 162 days a year in France to more than 200 days in Israel and Japan. ― INCREDIBLE. ― The OECD has been selected to co-lead one of the ten policy units contributing Habitat III taking place in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October 2016. ― This study documents the liberalisation of the FDI regime in Korea between 1990 and 2010 and examines how and why it came about. The paper focuses on the lessons can we draw from the Korean experience about how to achieve rapid and sustainable reforms. ― Country Music Is Making a Historical Moment As Streams Hit Record High Country Thang Daily ― If new and promising semiconductor materials are to make it into our phones, computers, and other increasingly capable electronics, researchers must obtain greater control over how those materials function. ― Scientists have helped discover a molecule that could have a major impact on how data is stored and processed. ― Foreign Exchange Reserves in Colombia decreased to 53373.61 USD Million in March from 53676.04 USD Million in February of 2020. Foreign Exchange Reserves in Colombia averaged 11674.85 USD Million from 1960 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 53676.04 USD Million in February of 2020 and a record low of -134.90 USD Million in February of 1963. In Colombia, Foreign Exchange Reserves are the foreign assets held or controlled by the country central bank. The reserves are made of gold or a specific currency. They can also be special drawing rights and marketable securities denominated in foreign currencies like treasury bills, government bonds, corporate bonds and equities and foreign currency loans. This page provides - Colombia Foreign Exchange Reserves - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Skills for growth: human capital composition and economic performance ― Quarantine Playlist of the Day: Nashville (the TV series). This show ran 6 seasons from 2012-18, starting on ABC and ending on CMT. ― Cameroon has become the 65th signatory of the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the most powerful international instrument to fight international tax avoidance and evasion. ― Wet Alabama winter and spring mean more hydro energy for customers Alabama NewsCenter ― Kazakhstan has become the 64th signatory of the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the most powerful international instrument to fight international tax avoidance and evasion. ― Le Guide du voyageur galactique est un récit de science-fiction humoristique écrit par Douglas Adams. L'auteur a adapté ce qui auparavant n'était qu'une série de douze feuilletons radiophoniques pour en faire une œuvre culte où l'absurde côtoie le burlesque le plus déjanté. Gageons que le... ― In its 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) produced an Efficient World Scenario to assess how implementing only economically viable energy efficiency measures would affect energy markets, investment and greenhouse emissions (GHG). Using the OECD ENV-Linkages macro-economic model, this report simulates the economic and environmental impacts which the IEA Efficient World Scenario implies. ― This paper investigates the factors that shape governments’ capacity to collect revenue. ― Cinq grammes de sel par jour : telle est la quantité recommandée par l'Organisation mondiale de la santé. Mais le Belge en consomme le double ! Un changement de politique s’impose. ― With the world struggling to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, Poland’s delegation to NATO has been eager to promote cross-border aid and international solidarity on its Twitter account – with one major exception. Read Full Article at RT.com ― This paper derives estimates of the efficiency of welfare spending in Slovenia and the other OECD countries from data envelopment analysis based on model specifications used in earlier OECD studies. ― Federal Reserve Board outlines the extensive and timely public information it will make available regarding its programs to support the flow of credit to households and businesses and thereby foster economic recovery ― Embryonic development in the womb is a complicated process that is still puzzling today. In particular,researchers have not determined how the paternal genetic information present in the embryo are tolerated by the maternal immune system and not rejected upon recognition as foreign. While this process is now well understood in humans, pregnancies in the animal kingdom still provoke many unanswered questions. An international team under the leadership of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel has intensively studied the unique phenomenon of male pregnancy in 12 species of pipefishes and seahorses. In some species, the males carry the eggs only on their trunk; in others, they protect the eggs within skin flaps or even placenta-like systems that supply the offspring with nutrients and oxygen. ― But the ruling coalition still looks shaky ― The growth pattern of OECD countries and their sub-national entities is puzzling. Between-country differences in GDP per capita are declining, yet the differences across jurisdictions within those countries tend to rise. ― This chapter begins with a brief socio-economic and institutional overview of the Daejeon metropolitan region. It then explores the current status of inter-municipal collaboration in two major sectors for urban development: transport and land use. Finally, it reviews existing metropolitan collaboration tools. ― How to design corporate bail-outs to protect taxpayers ― ― Participants in this multi-stakeholder meeting launched the Gold Implementation programme and advanced implementation of due diligence in the 3Ts supply chain to ensure that companies avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices. ― This paper studies the case of Turkey and suggests several tools to promote retirement planning. Section I provides a review of the traditional and behavioural policy instruments designed to promote retirement savings, along with a discussion on their effectiveness. ― Phosphine is among the stinkiest, most toxic gases on Earth, found in some of the foulest of places, including penguin dung heaps, the depths of swamps and bogs, and even in the bowels of some badgers and fish. This putrid "swamp gas" is also highly flammable and reactive with particles in our atmosphere. ― This event held on 18-19 March 2014 at the OECD is part of a series of seminars, organised by the OECD and the IEA, which aims to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of experts on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The agenda, presentations and list of participants are now available. ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2011. ― Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in The Hague on 2 July 2018 to present the 2018 OECD Economic Survey of The Netherlands. While in The Hague, the Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with several Ministers and high-level officials of The Netherlands. ― Although the McCarters’ debut album had brought them some success, with top 10 hits, Warner Brothers thought they would do better if they modernised their sound a bit. They also decided that since Jennifer was very clearly the star of the group, she should get higher billing, and renamed the group Jennifer McCarter and the […] ― A government-funded radio station in America has played a vital role in exposing Xinjiang’s horrors ― Education systems need to prepare students for their future, rather than for our past. In these times, digitalisation is connecting people, cities and continents to bring together a majority of the world’s population in ways that vastly increases our individual and collective potential. ― The internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority. It has given everyone with access to it a platform to express their views and exchange ideas with others instantaneously. But in recent years, internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms. ― To what extent can public deficits increase without putting fiscal sustainability at risk, given the specific current macroeconomic situation of protracted low growth and low interest rates, combined with relatively high government debt levels? ― In relation to GDP, India's public debt and interest payments are high compared with most other emerging economies and rating agencies have put India's sovereign debt at the lowest investment grade. ― This paper reviews the recent experience of Germany in encouraging innovation to reduce negative environmental impacts of economic activity. The essence of the German approach to policy-induced environmental innovation is discussed in the context of changing policy objectives, and illustrated with selected examples from waste management, renewable energy and transportation. ― Malaysia has sustained over four decades of rapid, inclusive growth, reducing its dependence on agriculture and commodity exports to become a more diversified, modern and open economy. ― Public trust is the cornerstone of effective governance, the main ingredient to promote economic growth and social progress. Like never before, our citizens have doubts about their government’s capacities to make the right decisions. Therefore, we need to take the necessary measures to recover that confidence, said OECD Secretary-General. ― This book discusses scientific and technological tools at the centre of a renewed interest in marine biotechnology that is contributing to a new bioeconomy sector in many countries and offering potential new solutions to global challenges. ― As environmental pressures continue to rise, governments throughout the OECD area have not been sitting back. If anything, the stringency of their policy measures has been increasing on the whole, not least to combat pollution and climate change. And as the evidence shows, stringent environmental policies can be introduced without hurting overall productivity. ― If your hearing deteriorates in old age, the risk of dementia and cognitive decline increases. So far, it hasn't been clear why. A team of neuroscientists has examined what happens in the brain when hearing gradually deteriorates: key areas of the brain are reorganized, and this affects memory. ― Après du retard à l’allumage, la solidarité a fini par s’exprimer entre États-membres face à l’urgence sanitaire et la pénurie de matériel, notamment en Italie. Rapatriement, dons de masques, de respirateurs, transfert de malades : voici un bilan de qui a fait quoi. ― A world-famous psychological experiment used to help explain the brain's understanding of the body, as well as scores of clinical disorders, has been dismissed as not fit-for-purpose in a new article. ― This paper analyses two-way interactions between monetary policy and inequality in selected advanced economies. In the context of a highly accommodative monetary stance over recent years, the analysis focuses on the effects of monetary policy on inequality over the business cycle via its impacts on returns on assets, the cost of debt servicing and asset prices. ― Rock Music Menu: Ten notable rock and roll events of the past decade The Delaware County Daily Times ― Governments are major issuers of debt instruments in the global financial market. This volume provides quantitative information on central government debt instruments for the 34 OECD countries. ― European stocks climb on expectations of reopenings and central bank action MarketWatch ― Technological change is increasing the productivity of highly skilled workers but creating more challenging labour-market conditions for their low-skilled counterparts. ― The best way to reward creativity is not with social-recognition awards such as plaques or other plaudits. According to new research, it's all about the money. ― Improved communication skills may be linked to increased connectivity between auditory and motor regions of the brain, researchers find. ― A simple 'do it yourself' breathing circuit, using accessories that are readily available in intensive care, can be used to ventilate two critically ill patients at once, should clinicians be faced with equipment shortages, new research suggests. ― Dropbox filed Friday for an initial public offering, seeking to raise an estimated $500 million for the Silicon Valley cloud computing storage startup. ― History holds valuable lessons -- and stark warnings -- about how to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, a new study says. ― Current carbon prices are falling short of the levels needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, but even moderate price increases could have a significant impact, according to new OECD research. ― Job Vacancies in Thailand increased to 22966 in February from 21094 in January of 2020. Job Vacancies in Thailand averaged 42650.20 from 1995 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 115636 in February of 2004 and a record low of 12620 in March of 2007. This page provides - Thailand Job Vacancies - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― The 2013 Annual Report describes the activities undertaken to promote the observance of the Guidelines during the implementation cycle of June 2012-June 2013. This includes the launch of the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC), the establishment of a Working Party on RBC, and the elaboration of a robust multi-stakeholder proactive agenda to promote the observance of the principles and standards found in the Guidelines. ― GDP From Manufacturing in Colombia increased to 27474.61 COP Billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 26979.39 COP Billion in the third quarter of 2019. GDP From Manufacturing in Colombia averaged 20150.69 COP Billion from 2000 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 27474.61 COP Billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 and a record low of 9441 COP Billion in the first quarter of 2000. This page provides - Colombia Gdp From Manufacturing- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― The transition from education to work is not easy for many young people, particularly when it comes to finding sustainable employment with progression opportunities. Recently established national policies to support youth will be only effective if implemented in a coordinated way at local level. ― Strengthening OECD firewalls can only do so much to combat a phenomenon which thrives on weak governance. This report highlights that donor agencies can support this goal through their central role in linking OECD and developing countries, and using their aid to support governments willing to tackle these issues. ― Mexico’s river basins are under severe water stress. The quality of rivers, lakes and aquifers is declining and floods, droughts, and hurricanes are more frequent. These are some of the alerts signaled in OECD’s Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico. ― Machine learning is helping researchers identify the size and shape of brain networks in individual children, which may be useful for understanding psychiatric disorders. In a new study published in the journal Neuron, a multidisciplinary team showed how brain networks unique to each child can predict cognition. The study is the first to show that functional neuroanatomy can vary greatly among kids, and is refined during development. ― Dave Wilson of bluegrass band Chatham County Line talks about how the band won the 2004 Rocky Grass Band Competition, rehearsing in an abandoned tire factory, and the tax benefits of buying guitars. ― This is a watershed day for the world and especially heartening for the OECD as one of the first international bodies to call for zero net emissions in the second half of the century, for a price on carbon and for greater efforts to channel finance into the low carbon economy. ― As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread globally, the UN’s top human rights official appealed on Friday to put rights “front and centre” when implementing preventative measures. ― As fear and uncertainty swirl around the Covid-19 epidemic, an invisible evil potentially lurking anywhere, protective measures like masks have taken on a talismanic quality, and a religion built on shaming ‘heretics’ is growing. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Core consumer prices in Colombia increased 3.31 percent in March of 2020 over the same month in the previous year. Core Inflation Rate in Colombia averaged 5.11 percent from 1999 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 9.83 percent in December of 1999 and a record low of 2.66 percent in October of 2013. This page provides - Colombia Core Inflation Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Memphis Soul Music Festival postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak WATN - Local 24 ― Big bada boom. ― Important challenges for the future of Austrian well-being arise from demographic and environmental trends. The ageing of the population calls for a fair balance between life-time pension contributions and entitlements, drawing on the recent pension reform. ― Florida and Georgia archaeologists have discovered the location of Fort San Antón de Carlos, home of one of the first Jesuit missions in North America. The Spanish fort was built in 1566 in the capital of the Calusa, the most powerful Native American tribe in the region, on present-day Mound Key in the center of Estero Bay on Florida's Gulf Coast. ― Alors que l’Europe est devenue l’épicentre mondial de la pandémie de Covid-19 et que les mesures de confinement se mettent en place, plusieurs pays sur le continent avaient déjà prévu des échéances électorales pour les prochaines semaines. Dans la lutte contre l’épidémie, une question se pose alors : les reporter ou les maintenir ? ― A new study estimates that the Eat-Lancet Commission reference diet -- meant to improve both human and planetary health -- would be unaffordable for at least 1.58 billion people, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. ― Observations have revealed for the first time that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way moves just as predicted by Einstein's general theory of relativity. Its orbit is shaped like a rosette and not like an ellipse as predicted by Newton's theory of gravity. This long-sought-after result was made possible by increasingly precise measurements over nearly 30 years. ― DELSA-G20 Country Note Turkey-en ― Le 17 avril, Jérôme Salomon, le directeur général de la santé (DGS) a avancé le chiffre de 10 %. Mais selon une étude de médecins réanimateurs, le taux de mortalité des patients touchés par le Covid-19 et admis en réanimation serait plutôt de 30 à 40 %. Cette divergence ne remet toutefois pas en question le nombre de décès annoncés chaque soir par les autorités sanitaires. ― Reviewed by Harry Kaplan I just got this in the mail today and immediately popped the CD into the player. I was taken by the beautiful sound quality of the CD. For a live album, the sound is brilliant and expertly mixed. That may not seem like much, but if those two things aren’t right, […] ― It's no secret that a healthy diet may benefit the brain. However, it may not only be what foods you eat, but what foods you eat together that may be associated with your risk of dementia, according to a new study. ― This Saturday, of Montreal comes through Pittsburgh on tour in support of their new album, Ur Fun, out now on Polyvinyl. The album captures the group’s journey into dance-friendly indie-rock, heavily influenced by ’80s... ― Switzerland has become the 58th country to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters during a ceremony at the OECD. ― Allergists in the study said thoughtful and balanced communication and having credible information to share with your child go a long way toward helping your child with fears about their food allergy. ― The ability to recognize objects across different senses is present in the tiny brains of an insect, researchers have discovered. ― Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. ― Mexico has become a frontrunner in a short time in making government data publicly accessible, but it now needs to put this wealth of digital information to use to foster innovation and benefit the Mexican economy and society, according to a new OECD report. ― Taxes and cash transfers reduce income inequality more in France than elsewhere in the OECD, because of the large size of the flows involved. But the system is complex overall. Its effectiveness could be enhanced in many ways, for example so as to achieve the same amount of redistribution at lower cost. ― Trust is the glue that holds societies together. It is essential for most social and economic relations. Since the beginning of the economic crisis, OECD countries have been under pressure to restore trust in their institutions, especially in their governments. ― Countries are making major progress towards the goal of creating a fairer and more effective international tax system, including increasing efforts to close down loopholes, improve transparency and ensure that multinational enterprises pay tax where they carry out their activities, according to a new OECD report. ― Gains in female education attainment have contributed to a worldwide increase in women’s participation in the labour force, but considerable gaps remain in working hours, conditions of employment and earnings. More specific data for the Netherlands are available in this country note. ― A team of researchers from the Center for Soft and Living Matter, within the Institute of Basic Science (IBS, South Korea) and affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has discovered a novel approach to selectively target and kill several types of cancer cells. ― A regional meeting on tax and digitalisation for Asia and the Pacific , co-hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), took place in Manila, the Philippines on 19-20 November 2019. ― Colombia recorded a government budget deficit of 8080.59 COP Billion in December of 2019. Government Budget Value in Colombia averaged -543.20 COP Billion from 1963 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 9207.09 COP Billion in April of 2012 and a record low of -10366.03 COP Billion in December of 2012. The government budget balance is the difference between government revenues and expenses. The budget is balanced when outlays equal to receipts, the country reports budget surplus when revenues are higher than expenses and deficit when expenses exceed the revenues. This page provides - Colombia Government Budget Value - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Michael Ward from School of Fish joins Hiatt on lead guitar and Cracker’s bassist Davey Faragher and drummer Michael Urbano round out the guest musicians for this incredible collection from John Hiatt recorded from the [...] ― Invité en direct de Matignon au journal télévisé de TF1, lundi 23 mars 2020, le premier ministre Édouard Philippe a annoncé un durcissement des règles de confinement. ― Gynécologue dans les années 1970, Michèle Barzach prescrivait la pilule aux jeunes filles mineures que Gabriel Matzneff amenait dans son cabinet. Depuis janvier, l'affaire secoue le monde très feutré de l'édition. Vanessa Springora publie son livre Le Consentement, où elle décrit les actes pédophiles commis par Gabriel Matzneff. Un comportement dénoncé depuis des années mais qui a pris un tour nouveau avec l'ouverture d'une nouvelle enquête cet hiver. D'après les informations du Monde, Michèle Barzach, - Avril / Justice & Droit, Santé, Pédocriminalité ― Teak (Tectona grandis) is a tropical, deciduous, broad-leaved tree species indigenous to Southeast Asia. Despite its high dendroclimatological potential, only a few studies have analyzed the relationships between teak ring-width and climate variability in Myanmar. ― In 2016, private pension assets reached their highest-ever level at over USD38 trillion in OECD countries, according to Pensions Markets in Focus. Investment losses resulting from the financial crisis have been recouped in almost all reporting OECD countries. ― But Greece and the EU are refusing to let them in ― Children and teens with epilepsy who were treated with pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had much better seizure control than those who were treated with artisanal CBD, according to a preliminary study. ― What to trust: COVID-19 and the virus of misinformation London Business School Review ― The Mastersons were remarkably prescient in recording and releasing their new album No Time For Love Songs. ― At 75%, the employment rate in New Zealand is the third highest among OECD countries and has been only marginally affected by the recent economic crisis. ― Body found of music fan missing since police raid on French techno festival The Guardian ― The Euregio Museum Day 2017 reviewed the pilot version of the OECD guide "Culture and local development - Maximising the impact" and worked on thematic action principles and policy options to advance the reflection on these issues. ― EF Country Podcast Episode 30: The impact of COVID-19 on the Country music scene Entertainment Focus ― Ever-widening divisions between Democrats and Republicans are believed to reflect deeply rooted ideological differences, but a new study points to a radically different interpretation: it may be mostly a matter of luck. ― The latest generation of fast broadband, commonly known as 5G, is in no way responsible for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – the UN’s agency for information and communication technologies – confirmed on Wednesday. ― Does having close friends boost your self-esteem, or does having high self-esteem influence the quality of your friendships? Both, according to a meta-analysis of more than two decades of research. ― The OECD’s Annual Meeting at Ministerial Level reinforced member governments’ support across a broad range of key OECD work. ― L’Homme, cet étrange animal, existe depuis 2,5 millions d’années, depuis les premières tailles de pierre d’Homo habilis. L’humanité a connu depuis des phases très difficiles et, parmi la douzaine d’espèces du genre Homo, une seule subsiste encore aujourd’hui : la nôtre. Pourtant, les... ― The fund seems to have won over its most fearsome critic ― If you look up from your screen and glance around you, it's nearly certain that there will be something made of synthetic plastic within arm's reach (maybe even the clothing you're wearing). Humans have only been manufacturing plastics for about 100 years, but we have already produced about 8,300 million metric tons of it since the 1950s—that's roughly the weight of 25,000 Empire State Buildings. And, because the vast majority of plastics do not biodegrade, nearly all of that century's worth of plastic remains somewhere on planet Earth, from the guts of fish and seabirds to water-poisoning landfills to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And even if we can't see them, microplastics now permeate the air we breathe and can end up in our lungs, and their health effects are not yet known. ― Okay so I was just listening to Bibi Bourelly and was wondering if she had any unreleased so I checked dbree and there's a demo version of Demi's 'Anyone'. I don't want to jump on the Demi hate train but since she talks about the song like she wrote it personally and handcrafted it in a way that was so personal to her, why did Bibi Bourelly record a demo version of it that just sounds like an unpolished version of Demi's? ― An overview of the long-term care situation in the Netherlands is available here. ― A new brain-imaging study has studied the brain activity of jazz guitarists during improvisation to show that creativity is, in fact, driven primarily by the right hemisphere in musicians who are comparatively inexperienced at improvisation. However, musicians who are highly experienced at improvisation rely primarily on their left hemisphere. ― Innovation-based growth, underpinned by investments in a broad range of knowledge-based capital (KBC), is central to raising long-term living standards. ― Almost all Chinese provinces now have confirmed cases ― Efforts to prevent new HIV transmissions in the US must be accompanied by addressing HIV-associated comorbidities to improve the health of people already living with HIV, experts assert. ― A moderate recovery is underway in the major advanced economies, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Growth is proceeding at encouraging rates in North America, Japan and the UK. The euro area as a whole is out of recession, although output remains weak in a number of countries. ― On the occasion of the OECD High Level Policy Forum on Migration taking place on December 1 and 2 2014, Secretary General Angel Gurria congratulates President Obama on taking action to address the unsustainable situation of undocumented immigrants. ― The fundamental laws of physics are based on symmetries that determine the interactions between charged particles, among other things. Using ultracold atoms, researchers at Heidelberg University have experimentally constructed the symmetries of quantum electrodynamics. They hope to gain new insights for implementing future quantum technologies that can simulate complex physical phenomena. The results of the study were published in the journal Science. ― This paper investigates the relationship between fiscal decentralisation and economy-wide disposable income inequality. ― Producer Prices in Ecuador increased 2 percent in February of 2020 over the same month in the previous year. Producer Prices Change in Ecuador averaged 12.72 percent from 1999 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 155.94 percent in February of 2000 and a record low of -5.77 percent in September of 2009. Producer prices change refers to year over year change in price of goods and services sold by manufacturers and producers in the wholesale market during a given period. This page provides - Ecuador Producer Prices Change- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Electronic skin monitors body's vitals signs while being powered by sweat. ― A team of scientists including researchers at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)—a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory—have demonstrated a new technique for imaging proteins in 3-D with nanoscale resolution. Their work, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, enables researchers to identify the precise location of proteins within individual cells, reaching the resolution of the cell membrane and the smallest subcellular organelles. ― In a recent lecture on climate change, the Secretary-General stated that “Tomorrow’s societies engineered around yesterday’s solutions won’t get us there.” The OECD’s work on green growth is just one example of where the organisation is working towards the development of solutions for today. ― But all expect a dreadful year ― How to watch concerts from home: the concerts and operas available to stream online during the coronavirus pandemic Classical-Music.com ― The digital revolution, globalisation and demographic changes are transforming labour markets at a time when policy makers are also struggling with slow productivity and wage growth and high levels of income inequality. The new OECD Jobs Strategy provides a comprehensive framework and policy recommendations to help countries address these challenges. ― This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2020. ― Des couples français qui ont eu recours à une mère porteuse en Ukraine se voient refuser l’entrée dans ce pays pour assister à la naissance de leur enfant. Ils demandent au ministère des affaires étrangères de les aider, mais celui-ci s’y refuse. ― OECD countries are at a critical juncture, as they face deep and often widening inequalities between people and places. Responding to the concerns of communities that feel left behind is a political priority. Policymakers need to focus their efforts more sharply on the places where people live ensuring a more even distribution of services and opportunities. As the OECD Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC) celebrates its 20-year anniversary, its clear voice is needed more than ever. ― The increasingly digital environment for financial products and services and the potential for digitalisation to support greater financial inclusion and inclusive growth, makes effective financial consumer protection more important than ever. This policy guidance focuses on areas related to the role of oversight bodies and disclosure and transparency. ― A humble soul who transformed onstage: a tribute to my wonderful friend Ebow Graham of Foreign Beggars NME ― High-temperature superconductors, materials that become superconducting at unusually high temperatures, are key components of a variety of technological tools, including MRI machines and particle accelerators. Recently, physicists have observed that the two families of known high-temperature superconductors—copper- and iron-based compounds—both exhibit a unique phenomenon in which electronic degrees of freedom can break the overall crystal rotational symmetry and form what is known as the electronic nematic phase. ― In 2011, TIME Magazine named collaborative consumption (or the sharing economy as it is often called) as one of the top 10 ideas that will change the world. Four years on, this prediction seems to be holding true. The number of companies operating in the sharing economy is rising rapidly in the transport sector alone. ― Fiscal rules that constrain sub-central government (SCG) budgeting are very common across the OECD, but there are substantial cross-country differences in their implementation and impact. This paper presents the 2011 update of the fiscal rules database established in 2005. ― You wait ages for a pterosaur and then four come along at once. ― NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, along with co-investigators, including the Air Force Research Laboratory, Ball Aerospace, SpaceX, the Space and Missile Systems Center, and Aerojet, are scheduled to launch Ball's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) spacecraft, enabling the first ever on-orbit demonstration of the AFRL developed ASCENT (Advanced Spacecraft Energetic Non-toxic Propellant) green propellant on orbit. ― Brussels singer Angèle to give free concert on Grand Place on Friday The Brussels Times ― A high-level Working Group mission will visit Tokyo on 29-30 June 2016 and meet senior Japanese government officials. ― The transportation sub-index of the CPI basket in Panama decreased to 102.26 points in February of 2020 from 103.62 points in January of 2020. CPI Transportation in Panama averaged 103.09 points from 2014 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 108.30 points in June of 2018 and a record low of 96 points in January of 2015. This page provides - Panama Cpi Transportation- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― The International Forum on Open Government gathered open government leaders from around the world in order to debate the contribution of the principles of transparency, accountability and citizens’ participation to good governance and socio-economic development. ― Campaigners say 90% fewer suspicious web addresses have been deleted during the pandemic. ― In August, a robotic spacecraft will make NASA's first-ever attempt to descend to the surface of an asteroid, collect a sample, and ultimately bring it safely back to Earth. In order to achieve this challenging feat, the OSIRIS-REx mission team devised new techniques to operate in asteroid Bennu's microgravity environment—but they still need experience flying the spacecraft in close proximity to the asteroid in order to test them. So, before touching down at sample site Nightingale this summer, OSIRIS-REx will first rehearse the activities leading up to the event. ― The Progress 75 cargo spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station, wrapping up a brief orbital chase. ― Slight easing of G20 GDP growth in first quarter of 2018 ― China is well-placed to avoid the so-called "middle-income trap" and to continue to converge towards the more advanced economies, even though growth is likely to slow from near double-digit rates in the first decade of this millennium to around 7% at the 2020 horizon. ― A pilot study has shown the powerful influence music and dance can have on older adults with dementia. ― The education system has reacted slowly to changes in labour market needs, leading to an increasing number of school leavers without sufficient qualification. In addition, declining PISA scores and a rising share of low achievers are raising concerns about the quality of the future labour force. ― Unemployment Rate in Venezuela decreased to 6.40 percent in December from 7.30 percent in November of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Venezuela averaged 10.15 percent from 1999 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 20.70 percent in February of 2003 and a record low of 5.50 percent in December of 2014. In Venezuela, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Venezuela Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― If you have a toddler, or if you encountered one in the last year, you've almost certainly experienced the "Baby Shark" song. Somehow, every kid seems to know this song, but scientists actually know very little about where and when sharks give birth. The origins of these famous baby sharks are still largely a mystery. ― Consumer Price Index CPI in Colombia increased to 105.53 points in March from 104.94 points in February of 2020. Consumer Price Index CPI in Colombia averaged 25.48 points from 1954 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 105.53 points in March of 2020 and a record low of 0.03 points in March of 1954. In Colombia, the Consumer Price Index or CPI measures changes in the prices paid by consumers for a basket of goods and services. This page provides the latest reported value for - Colombia Consumer Price Index (CPI) - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― OECD governments are facing unprecedented challenges in the markets for government securities as a result of continued strong borrowing amid a highly uncertain environment with growing concerns about the pace of recovery, surging borrowing costs, sovereign risk and contagion pressures. The fourth OECD Sovereign Borrowing Outlook provides estimates for 2011 and projections for 2012. Higher than anticipated gross borrowing needs of ― Demographic developments are unfavourable for the financing of pension schemes in most OECD countries, implying continued growth in pension expenditure in virtually all OECD countries. This paper examines the vulnerability of pension systems, with an emphasis on financial sustainability and adequacy. ― OECD’nin yayınladığı en son Büyümeye Geçiş raporuna göre kapsamlı bir reform gündemi doğrultusunda kararlı ve sistemli adımların atılması hükümetlere, zayıf talebi canlandırmak, sağlıklı ekonomik büyümeyi canlandırmak, iş olanakları yaratmak ve kazanımları toplumun her kesimine ulaştırmak için fırsatlar sunmaktadır. ― Exports of Ferroalloys CMLV in Russia increased to 155.40 USD Million in February from 83.60 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports of Ferroalloys CMLV in Russia averaged 533.16 USD Million from 1994 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2066.20 USD Million in December of 2012 and a record low of 13.30 USD Million in January of 2002. Russia accounts for Exports of Ferroalloys using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports of Ferroalloys CMLV. ― The battered $700 billion US energy industry is now worth roughly half of Microsoft amid oil's record plunge Business Insider ― PISA 2012 financial literacy results focusing on the performance of France amongst 17 other countries and economies who participated in the assessment: Australia, Belgium (Flemish Community), Shanghai-China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain and the United States ― Encouraging more people to work later in life would help Poland meet the challenges of a rapidly ageing population. The percentage of old to younger groups (defined as share of over 65s to people aged 20-64) is projected to nearly triple from 22% in 2012 to 63% in 2050, according to a new OECD report. ― This chapter aims to assess the degree of fragmentation in the metropolitan governance in Chicago (Illinois), United States and its impact on transport and land-use planning, and to identify possible avenues for reform. ― The Poles repeat Germany’s mistake: pretending immigrants will go home ― Virtual reality activates brain networks that increase your ability to identify with other people, according to new research published in eNeuro. The technology could become a tool in the treatment of violent offenders to empathize more with others. ― Leaving an infant to 'cry it out' from birth up to 18 months does not appear to adversely affect their behavior development or attachment. Researchers also discovered that those left to cry cried less and for a shorter duration at 18 months of age. ― Our DNA determines a large part of our risk for Alzheimer's disease, but it remained unclear how many genetic risk factors contribute to disease. A team now shows that many of risk factors affect brain maintenance cells called microglia, and more particularly their response to amyloid-beta, one of the proteins aggregating in the brains of Alzheimer patients. ― “The struggle to beat AIDS is inseparable from the struggle for women’s rights and from the struggle against all forms of discrimination”. This is the message from Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, on Zero Discrimination Day, which falls on Sunday March 1. The theme of this year’s Day is the fight against discrimination faced by women and girls, and the organization aims to raise awareness, mobilize action, and promote equality. ― Assuming that immigrants select destinations according to absolute returns to their observable and unobservable human capital, I present a human capital model of migration accounting for taxes, transfers and limited portability of skills. ― ― Artificial Intelligence That Can Evolve on Its Own Is Being Tested by Google Scientists Newsweek ― Windmills spoil the view ― The number of unemployed persons in Venezuela decreased to 1018421 in December of 2018 from 1166087 in November of 2018. Unemployed Persons in Venezuela averaged 1259836.17 from 1999 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 2406251 in February of 2003 and a record low of 760063 in November of 2008. In Venezuela, unemployed persons are individuals who are without a job and actively seeking to work. This page provides - Venezuela Unemployed Persons - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― This report reviews structural changes in the stock exchange industry and provides data on M&A changes in the aggregate revenue structure of major stock exchanges. It describes the fragmentation of the stock market resulting from an increase in stock exchange-like trading venues, such as alternative trading systems (ATSs) and multilateral trading facilities (MTFs), and a split between dark (non-displayed) and lit (displayed) trading. ― "Search for black Audi after attempt to blow up a cash machine", "Neighbours hear loud bang, perpetrators flee in Audi", "Car chase through three federal states": headlines like these have become commonplace around Germany as raids on cash machines have increased in number. ― Difficult winter weather conditions, road congestion and military manoeuvres are restricting humanitarian aid delivery to desperate civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a Government operation to weed out extremists has uprooted nearly one million people since December. ― Several countries have been setting up strategic roadmaps to support marine biotechnologies that could drive innovation and help address the global sustainability goals of food, energy, and health. This report identifies and begins to address challenges facing cooperation on marine biotechnology across countries. ― The Annual Artificial Intelligence Adoption Report Datamation ― LEED and Cedefop organise the second edition of the Green Skills Forum which will bring together experts in innovation, employability and skills development and lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of the green economy for skills development and training policies. ― Many women running small businesses in emerging markets in developing countries have to juggle their business objectives with family obligations and personal savings goals. By supporting a women-focused bond providing loans to microfinance institutions and impact enterprises, the UN is helping women entrepreneurs facing similar challenges, to succeed in their professional and private lives. ― A research team implemented a robust deep learning approach to predict disease-associated mutations of the metal-binding sites in a protein. This is the first deep learning approach for the prediction of disease-associated metal-relevant site mutations in metalloproteins, providing a new platform to tackle human diseases. ― Military families’ lives stabilizing during coronavirus, but more challenges ahead Federal News Network ― This public session will discuss the financial incentives to invest in education, with a particular focus on how tax systems impact skills development in OECD countries. The webinar will present some of the key findings from the OECD’s new report, Taxation and Skills and their implications for policy makers. ― Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida—once they're finally ready for prime time—under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. ― Math anxiety is far from uncommon, but too often, those who dread the subject simply avoid it. Research from the University of Chicago offers new evidence for the link between math anxiety and avoidance—as well as possible paths toward breaking that connection. ― With still large government debt and interest payments in many OECD countries, actively adjusting debt maturity can help to minimise debt servicing costs. ― The international community has made important progress toward addressing the tax challenges arising from digitalisation of the economy and has agreed to continue working multilaterally towards achievement of a new consensus-based long-term solution in 2020, the OECD announced today. ― Many work processes would be almost unthinkable today without robots. But robots operating in manufacturing facilities have often posed risks to workers because they are not responsive enough to their surroundings. To make it easier for people and robots to work in close proximity in the future, Prof. Matthias Althoff of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a new system: IMPROV. ― Since 2009, Education at a Glance (EAG) has included an indicator on education and social outcomes using data from different surveys. ― Focused mainly on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this report takes stock of 5 years of implementation of national and international programmes and initiatives designed to operationalise the recommendations of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. ― The Indian economy is expanding at a fast pace, boosting living standards and reducing poverty nationwide. Further reforms are now necessary to maintain strong growth and ensure that all Indians benefit from it, according to a new report from the OECD. ― Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen have discovered a microbe that feeds on ethane at deep-sea hot vents. With a share of up to 15%, ethane is the second-most common component of natural gas. The researchers also succeeded in cultivating this microbe in the laboratory. Notably, the mechanism by which it breaks down ethane is reversible. In the future, these microbes could be used to produce ethane as an energy source. The study has now been published in the journal mBio. ― A tiny, unrepresentative electorate will choose Britain’s next prime minister ― Denmark’s green growth strategy focuses on moving the energy system away from fossil fuels and investing in green technologies, while limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ― The challenge for fiscal policy in Slovakia is to achieve fiscal consolidation in a way which supports the fragile recovery and protects spending on areas which are important for re-embarking on a trajectory of high trend growth and underpinning a catch-up in living standards. ― Understanding and controlling ion transport in porous materials and at hydrophobic interfaces is critical to a wide variety of energy and environmental technologies, ranging from ion selective membranes, drug delivery and biosensing to ion batteries and supercapacitors. ― One of the most remarkable consequences of the expansion of education in OECD countries over the past decades is the reversal of the gender gap in education. From outright exclusion and discrimination in educational institutions less than a century ago, girls and young women have conquered schools and colleges. ― The European economy is growing robustly, helped by accommodative monetary policy, mildly expansionary fiscal policy and the global acceleration. The current economic expansion should be used to speed up implementation of reforms to the euro area architecture and EU policies that would support greater European integration and ensure stronger, more inclusive long-term growth, according to two new reports from the OECD. ― On 31 March 2015, interested parties were invited to comment on the discussion draft on Action 12 (Mandatory Disclosure Rules) of the BEPS Action Plan. The OECD is grateful to the commentators for their input and now publishes the comments received. ― They have also created a new kind of worker ― Not only does a universal constant seem annoyingly inconstant at the outer fringes of the cosmos, it occurs in only one direction, which is downright weird. ― Young whippersnappper Sean McVay struggles with meeting technology NBCSports.com ― A new international study led by Monash University climate scientists has found reef sand is dissolving much quicker than previously thought due to the impact of microbes. ― Chaque mois de confinement devrait coûter au moins plusieurs points de PIB aux pays européens (3 points pour la France, selon l’Insee), avec évidemment des effets différents selon les secteurs économiques (la restauration, le tourisme, mais aussi l’immobilier étant parmi les plus touchés, par exemple). ― The rapid expansion of education in Korea is exceptional and has played a key role in its economic development. Sustaining Korea’s growth potential in the face of demographic headwinds requires further improving the education system to boost productivity growth. ― À l’Assemblée nationale, Richard Ramos, député du Loiret, s’est fait ambassadeur du « bien manger ». Défenseur des terroirs, il multiplie les combats pour que chaque individu puisse être libre de « décider du goût des choses ». ― The genius of evolution is rarely seen in action, so the invisible hand guiding the direction of biological systems is often taken for granted. However, by applying the principles of natural selection to research questions and designing robots to carry out these tasks, scientists are creating the world's first evolutionary machines. ― VERIFY: How social media platforms are combating coronavirus misinformation WUSA9.com ― 5 practical reasons to embrace artificial intelligence TechRepublic ― One conversation could keep your kids safe -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ― Le gouvernement pourrait prochainement mettre en place l’application de traçage StopCovid qui alerterait les Français s’ils ont été en contact avec une personne contaminée par le coronavirus. Une innovation qui pose déjà quelques interrogations. ― This paper delivers a broad assessment of income inequality in Denmark. ― Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD congratulated the newly elected President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, for taking a bold first step in his economic reform agenda by substantially cutting fuel subsidies. ― Male-authored articles are more self-promoting ― The current Canadian government has declared itself feminist and has taken a number of steps to improve labour market outcomes for women. In terms of employment and labour force participation, Canadian women do much better than the OECD average. ― In the FOWINA project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg have developed novel color sensors with a special microlens arrangement. The sensors can be realized directly on the chip and combine multiple functions in a minimum of space. Their extremely slim design makes the sensors suitable for a wide range of applications, such as in mobile devices or color-adjustable LED lamps. ― ― The proteasome is a major proteolytic machine that regulates cellular proteostasis through selective degradation of ubiquitylated proteins. As the maintenance of protein homeostasis is essential to human health, malfunctions of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) causes various diseases such as cancers, inflammation, and neurodegeneration. However, we do not yet know the overall principles behind UPS. In this study, the research team discovered a novel mode of protein degradation by the UPS under a stress condition. ― Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg cash in ― This country note provides an environmental tax and carbon pricing profile for Turkey. It shows environmentally related tax revenues, taxes on energy use and effective carbon rates. ― There are now 45 Adherents to the 2009 OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Georgia has joined Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the Declaration. ― Peru is taking important steps toward fighting corruption and fostering greater transparency and exchange of information by completing the necessary steps to become a Party to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (Anti-Bribery Convention) and the multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. ― Coronavirus: Healthcare expert Eric Topol discusses promising AI research Fortune ― OECD Education Newsletter ― Urgent research is needed to assess the possible risks to human health and ecosystems from the ever-increasing amounts of engineered nanomaterials going into household waste and ending up in the environment, according to a new OECD report. ― While India’s per capita income is converging towards that of the richer countries, inequality has drifted up. ― Security isn't just about meeting standards, as this past year's string of data breaches has shown. ― Consensus judgments could provide an alternative to statistical models ― The most recent round of the assessment, PISA 2015, focused on 15-year-olds’ science literacy, defined as "the ability to engage with science-related issues, and with the ideas of science, as a reflective citizen". ― Aussitôt que l’on ouvre un écran, tend l’oreille, lit un carnet de confinement ou que l’on échange quelques mots à l’improviste (et à distance) sur le palier avec un voisin, on est saisi par cette évidence : le traitement médiatique de la crise du Covid-19 et son expression dans les réseaux sociaux donnent lieu à des manifestations émotionnelles d’une densité, d’une intensité et d’une portée qui sortent du commun. ― This country note presents student performance in science, reading and mathematics, and measures equity in education in Portugal. The interactive charts allow you to compare results with other countries participating in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). ― Weak labour productivity growth continues to mark the world’s advanced economies and risks compromising improvements in living standards, says a new OECD report. ― Musique, théâtre, cinéma, et bien d’autres engagements citoyens au service des “banlieusards”, l'oeuvre de Kery James est protéiforme. Notre autre conseil culture du jour est un documentaire sur l'enclavement culturel. ― In a new article, experts from Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital share their contingency plans for meeting an increased demand for hospitalization, as well as their protocols and training plans to minimize health care staff exposure to COVID-19 and ensure proper active and reserve staffing. ― ― Creative people, such as newly-announced Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan, are often thought to be motivated by the desire to leave an enduring cultural legacy. Through their creative work, creatives such as Leonard Cohen and David Bowie continue to live on in our culture even after passing away. ― Comfort food and kids’ entertainment, from anelli to ziti ― OECD unemployment rate stable at 5.3% in July 2018 ― Fighting must stop immediately in Libya if it is to have any chance of staving off the COVID-19 outbreak, the top United Nations official in the North African country said on Tuesday as he condemned an attack on a major Tripoli hospital. ― The Kincade Fire has been burning through Sonoma County, California, displacing people from their homes and leaving destruction in its wake. It is a stark reminder of the increasingly pressing need for a better understanding of how fires begin and spread. ― Lady Gaga's One World Concert: Pop Music Faces the Coronavirus in Prime Time The New York Times ― Do flexibility-enhancing reforms imply more employment instability? Using individual-level data from harmonised household surveys for 26 advanced countries, this paper analyses the effects of product and labour market reforms on transitions in and out of employment. ― The international community has made important progress in improving developing countries’ ability to tax multinational enterprises and boost domestic revenue mobilisation. A leading element of international co-operation efforts is the Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) initiative - a joint OECD/UNDP programme launched in July 2015 to strengthen developing countries’ auditing capacity and multinationals’ compliance worldwide. ― This paper takes stock of informal employment in Russia analysing its incidence and determinants. Using the regular 2003-11 waves and an informality supplement of the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) it develops several measures of informal employment and demonstrates that the incidence varies widely across the different definitions. ― The global economic crisis has had a profound impact on people’s well-being, reaching far beyond the loss of jobs and income, and affecting citizens’ satisfaction with their lives and their trust in governments, according to a new OECD report. ― Facebook, already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links, now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. ― A tendency for strong currencies is built into the structure of their economies ― The Shires announce new album 'Good Years' recorded in Nashville, the home of country music! The album drops 13th March 2020Single ‘NEW YEAR’ IS OUT NOW VIA BMG SPOTIFYThe Shires 2020 APRIL - MAY UK Tour Dates & Ticket Links belowUnited Kingdom, Friday 22nd November 2019 - The UK’s best-selling country act The Shires released a taster single ‘New Year’ from their eagerly awaited forthcoming album ‘Good Years’. ‘New Year’ is out now on BMG, listen here. ‘Good Years’ will be available as a limited edition red vinyl as well as on CD and streaming platforms.The title of the group’s newest record couldn’t ring truer for Ben and Crissie as the release follows two gold-certified albums and three Top 10 singles firmly cementing their status as two of country music’s most prominent voices. The band’s new music coincides with the announcement of a UK tour which will see the duo play the likes of the London Palladium, Bristol Academy, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Brighton’s Dome alongside a number of other venues across the UK.The Shires - Good YearsRelease Date: 13 March 2020Label: BMG Rights Management (UK) 12 TracksAmazon UK- iTunesThe Shires - New Year (Official Audio) 4K Streams in 7 Days: New Year single iTunes chart run and successNov 22: Debut #6 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart (#212, #219 UK iTunes all-genres), then #5 (#160), then #4(#146) Sat Nov 23: #4 (#149; #145; #144 UK iTunes all-genres selling 58% of the No1 country track), then #5 (#160) Sun Nov 24: #4 (#189 UK iTunes all-genres)Fri Nov 29: #5 (below #250 UK iTunes)SPOTIFY STREAMS: 48K in 7 days SPOTIFYGOOD YEARS TRACK LISTING1 Lightning Strikes2 On the Day I Die3 Good Years4 No Secrets5 About Last Night6 New Year 3:47 ** Pregrat track available 22 Nov 20197 Only Always 8 Independence Day9 Thank You Whiskey10 People Like Us11 Better Place12 Crazy DaysPre-order ‘Good Years’ from this storefor exclusive pre-sale access to The Shires' upcoming UK Tour.Pre-ordering the album provides access to pre-sale tickets and is not a guarantee of tickets.Good Years CD (Signed) £10.00Good Years Limited Edition Red Vinyl + 12 X 12 Inch Artwork Print (Signed) £25.00Good Years Vinyl + 12 X 12 Inch Artwork Print (Signed) £20.00Good Years CD (Signed) + Vinyl + Limited Edition Red Vinyl + 12 X 12 Artwork Print (Signed) £50.00Good Years CD (Signed) + Limited Edition Red Vinyl + 12 X 12 Artwork Print (Signed) £30.00Good Years CD (Signed) + Vinyl + 12 X 12 Artwork Print (Signed) £25.00"As far as we're concerned our third world exclusive of the evening tonight and the very first play of the first track from the brand new 4th album from The Shires and I can also exclusively reveal it's called Good Years and will be available as a red vinyl edition as well as on CD and streaming platforms, and if this is anything to go by, it's going to be amazing...Oh YES, New Year brand new from The Shires and there will be a UK tour too starting on April 27th in Weymouth" - Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 BBC SoundsAs with all their albums ‘Good Years’ was recorded in the home of Country Music, Nashville. It is a poignant project for Crissie and Ben now having made huge waves both on home soil and across the pond as the first UK artists to win ‘Best International Act’ at the prestigious CMAs.Speaking on the release of their latest single and the new album Crissie and Ben said; “We are so excited to be releasing ‘Good Years’, our 4th album recorded in Nashville and also announce our next UK tour! Honesty and storytelling has always been such an important part of our songwriting. We’ve poured some of the incredible experiences and life we’ve lived into these songs. We can’t wait to hit the road next year and play these live across the country. The songs mean so much to us personally, but there really is nothing like looking out at our fans in the crowd and seeing how much of an impact they can have in someone else’s life. It’s truly a very special thing”.Ben and Crissie will embark on a UK tour in May 2020. The PRE-SALE began at 10:00AM GMT on Weds 27th November 2019 and went on GENERAL SALE for tickets begins at 10:00 GMT on Friday 29th November 2019.Full list of dates noted below:The Shires 2020 UK TourMon 27 April 2020 - Weymouth Pavilion (The Esplanade, Dorset, DT4 8ED Event *Tues 28 April 2020 - Princess Theatre, Torquay (Torbay Road TQ2 5EZ) Event * £36 - £41 Weds 29 April 2020 - Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent (Bagnall Street, Stoke-On-Trent, ST1 3AD)Fri 1 May 2020 - Engine Shed, Lincoln (Brayford Pool LN6 7TS) Mon 4 May 2020 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham (Broad Street, B1 2EA | Capacity: 2262) Tues 5 May 2020 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth (The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DE)Wed 6 May 2020 - G Live Guildford, Guildford (London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA) Fri 8 May 2020 - O2 Academy Bristol,Bristol (Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA)Sat 9 May 2020 - Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge (Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, CB2 3QE) Sun 10 May 2020 - Royal Concert Hall Notts, Nottingham (South Sherwood Street, NG1 5ND; Venue Capacity: 2500) Tues 12 May 2020 - Carlisle Sands Centre, Carlisle (The Sands, CA1 1JQ | Capacity: 1400) Weds 13 May 2020 - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen (Esplanade, Sea Beach, AB24 5NR)Thurs 14 May 2020 - Liquid Room, Edinburgh (9c Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2HE) Sun 17 May 2020 - Ipswich Regent Theatre, Ipswich (3 St. Helen's St, Ipswich IP4 1HE) Tue 19 May 2020 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester(Lower Moseley Street, Lancashire M2 3WS | Capacity: 2400) Event *Wed 20 May 2020 - Barbican, York (Paragon Centre, YO10 4NT | Capacity: 1900)Fri 22 May 2020 - New Theatre, Oxford (George Street, Oxford OX1 2AG | Capacity: 1800)Sat 23 May 2020 - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (36 Hope Street, Merseyside L1 9BP | Capacity: 2381) Sun 24 May 2020 - St David's Hall, Cardiff (The Hayes, CF10 1AH | Capacity: 2000) Tues 26 May 2020 The Anvil, Basingstoke (Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR) Event * £36.50 Wed 27 May 2020 - The London Palladium, London (Argyll Street, W1F 7TF) Tue 2 June 2020 - Brighton Dome, Brighton (Church Street, East Sussex BN1 1UE | 1,860 capacity) Wed 3 June 2020 - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Kent CT20 2DZ) Thurs 4 June 2020 - Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford (St. Paul's Square, MK40 1SL)Tickets available from Ticketmaster UKCONNECT with The Shires: ― The Luncheonette A quick bite with the hottest new artist! One thing I have always admired about Sabrina Lentini is her writing style. It really is playful, but at the same makes you want to dig deep in the story being sung. “Angels in Snakeskin” Sabrina’s latest single, really pushes this home quite literally. At first when […] ― This publication looks at regional innovation in Wallonia, Belgium, by examining the political context, governance issues and the role of innovation in the economy, along with regional innovation strategies to promote growth. ― Mallory Pacific gets “Emotional” Mallory Pacific tells us: “Emotional” was written for everyone that told me all my life that I was “too emotional”, “too much” or “too dramatic”. I just woke up one day and decided I was going to embrace all the things that made me who I am regardless of what anyone […] ― Will the military be ready for war in a pandemic? Politico ― Rising levels of obesity and diabetes around the world could halt a trend of decreasing mortality rates for cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and heart attacks, and even cause rates to start rising again, particularly among younger people, according to a new OECD report. ― Le brome et le chlore, issus des activités humaines poursuivent leurs méfaits dans la stratosphère. Depuis quelques semaines, c'est en Arctique que l'on observe un trou record dans la couche d'ozone. ― Jess Keeley on being "professionally punished" for having children – and how the music business needs to change ― Tech Center: Technology Do's And Don'ts To Maintain Inner Peace CBS Pittsburgh ― In many areas today, there is no such thing as a “natural” landscape. Thousands of years of farming have selected and encouraged some species, marginalised or eliminated others. The land itself has been altered by ploughing, enclosure, herding and other human interventions. We may feel that we have tamed Nature. Reports like this new one from the OECD remind us of our ignorance and warn us about our arrogance. ― President Donald Trump has shared a meme featuring Joe Biden rambling about children touching him in a swimming pool. Fresh from sparring with Biden over China, Trump may be previewing a new line of attack on his handsy opponent. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Note summarising Spain's performance in the PISA 2012 assessment of mathematics, reading and science. ― Avant le coup d’envoi du quatrième sommet dédié à la réponse à la pandémie de coronavirus, l’eurodéputé italien Sandro Gozi, membre de la délégation française du groupe Renew Europe au Parlement européen, insiste sur la nécessité de « renouveler le projet européen ». ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2012. ― En Lorraine, le Secours catholique et Caritas ouvrent des boutiques solidaires de vêtements destinées en priorité aux familles. Un accueil sur mesure. ― ― London and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has successfully used microwaves to measure blood-based molecules known to be influenced by dehydration. ― Biologists have long hoped to understand the nature of the earliest living organisms on Earth. If they could, they might then be able to say something about how, when, and where life arose on Earth, and perhaps by extension, whether life is common in the Universe. ― The Irish economy is booming and is expected to continue expanding at healthy rates over the next few years. ― A variety of medical devices can be inserted into the gastrointestinal tract to treat, diagnose, or monitor GI disorders. Many of these have to be removed by endoscopic surgery once their job is done. However, MIT engineers have now come up with a way to trigger such devices to break down inside the body when they are exposed to light from an ingestible LED. ― The role of fiscal policy has been at the heart of the policy debate since the financial crisis. With the global economy stuck in a low-growth trap and monetary policy overburdened, it is time to re-assess the use of fiscal policy levers. ― After eight years of debate, Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki has found a publisher for his mammoth undertaking—the inter-universal Teichmüller theory (IUT). As part of the 600-page proof, Mochizuki claims that he has solved the abc conjecture. The proof appears in Publications of the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences—Mochizuki is editor in chief there. ― This paper uses household level data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) over the period 1991 to 2008 to analyse the driving factors of movements in the German household savings rate. ― This document provides information on current/planned activities related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials in OECD member and non-member countries that attended at the 10th meeting of OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (Paris France, 27-29 June 2012). ― The Second International Conference on National Urban Policy was held in Paris France on 15-16 May 2017. The conference was a joint initiative of the OECD, UN Habitat and Cities Alliance. ― University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed a promising method for remotely stimulating activity in deep brain regions, advancing understanding of how molecules act in the brain and paving the way for better cancer treatments and therapies for other diseases. ― Testimony from Alexander Vindman, a decorated veteran, is hard to trash as partisan sniping ― Now for the hard part ― This brochure looks at how financial education can contribute to longer term policies aimed at facilitating the integration of refugees. The provision of financial education, as a complement to supply-side financial inclusion initiatives as well as other education and health support, can support refugees and migrants by facilitating social and labour market inclusion as well as improve their (financial) well-being. ― Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during an appearance on "Squawk Box" Tuesday morning that all businesses receiving $2 million or more from the federal 'Paycheck Protection Program' will be audited, while encouraging any major or public companies to return the money if they aren't a true "small business". ― D'après la Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO), à cause du Covid-19, le nombre de personnes en crise alimentaire et nutritionnelle en Afrique de l'Ouest pourrait passer de 17 à 50 millions entre juin et août 2020. Oxfam, dans un communiqué, détaille : Malgré les efforts des États, les populations sont aujourd'hui confrontées à des difficultés d'accès aux marchés alimentaires, à un début de hausse des prix et à une baisse de la disponibilité de certaines denrées de base, (...) ― On Super Tuesday, Democratic voters from Colorado and across the United States will face a serious decision: Sanders or Warren? Biden, Klobuchar or Bloomberg? 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While much research has been undertaken to study the effects of the recession on overall labour market dynamics, little is known about the specific effects on youth unemployment and the associated challenges. ― Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes. ― The Australian state government of Queensland developed a set of Skills Formation Strategies as a new way to respond to skill shortages and mismatches. ― Levels of alcohol consumption in France are among the highest in the OECD, but have been declining in the past 30 years. In 2012, an average of 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per capita was consumed in France, compared with an estimate of 9.1 litres in the OECD. ― The world is distracted and the public need saving. It is a strongman’s dream ― Employment is pivotal to strengthening Greece’s economic recovery, increasing social welfare and redressing poverty. ― Twenty-eight officials participated in the inaugural “VAT/GST Fraud Investigations” course at the OECD Latin America Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation last week in Buenos Aires. ― Coronavirus crisis stalled final financing stage of $66bn telecoms deal ― The jobs gap between well-educated young people and those who left school early has continued to widen during the crisis. A good education is the best insurance against a lack of work experience, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance. ― Physicist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram has unveiled "The Wolfram Physics Project," which he subtitles "A Project to Find the Fundamental Theory of Physics." The aim of the project is to enlist the assistance of people around the globe to find the fundamental theory of physics—the theory that ties together all of physics, from the general theory of relativity to quantum mechanics. Wolfram has also published several documents on his website that outline the history behind the development of the project. Early in his career, he was a distinguished physicist, but later, left to found a computer company. More recently, he has found a renewed interest in pursuing his ideas about fundamental physics that he believes will lead to the discovery of a fundamental theory. ― An overview of the long-term care situation in Italy is available here. ― Dans les journaux de nos voisins, on observe que l'Europe est toujours bouleversée par la crise sanitaire. Des essais pour un vaccin, un bracelet électronique en Belgique, c'est l'Eurozapping du 23 avril. ― ,We have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of people working from home as directed by governments and employers around the world to help stop the spread of COVID-19. ― Prime Minister Boris Johnson is among those to be treated in hospital for the symptoms of Covid-19. ― Non, la Terre n’est pas au centre de l’Univers. Le Soleil non plus. Notre Planète, notre Galaxie sont des anonymes perdus dans l’immensité du cosmos. Découvrez ici quelques notions de cosmologie qui vous permettront de mieux comprendre quelle est notre place dans l’Univers. ― Google parent Alphabet announced Tuesday it was raising the profile of two "moonshot" projects—one for drone delivery and the other for global internet connectivity with balloons. ― Mumbai, India - The 2014 Roundtable focused on improving public supervision and enforcement in Asia, the governance and performance of listed SOEs, risks and opportunities for family-owned business groups and the revision of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. ― The sensation of sweetness starts on the tongue, but sugar molecules also trip sensors in the gut that directly signal the brain. This could explain why artificial sweeteners fail to satisfy the insatiable craving for sugar. ― This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas. ― Entré au Parti socialiste en 1986, l’ancien sénateur et député européen est décédé des suites du Covid-19, dimanche 26 avril, à l’âge de 75 ans. Universitaire, docteur et enseignant en philosophie politique, il avait été l’une des figures de la contestation de Mai 68 et du trotskisme en France. ― En temps normal, les « déchets d'activités de soins à risques infectieux » reçoivent un traitement spécifique. La crise sanitaire, en faisant exploser leur nombre, a compliqué le travail de collecte et d'élimination, laissant les employés du secteur démunis face aux risques de contamination. Bennes qui débordent, sacs entassés à même le sol et partout, dans tous les hôpitaux, ces mots imprimés en gras, qui font froid dans le dos en temps d'épidémie. « Déchets d'activités aux risques infectieux. » Partout, le (...) ― Chesapeake Energy Stock Crashes Another 20% on More Bad News Motley Fool ― Social media giants' attempts to limit coronavirus misinformation fraught with peril, critics say Fox News ― Some industries have begun operations in SanandGiving details of their findings, she said the team that has gone to Ahmedabad found that in Sanand industrial base, the pharmaceutical industry is functioning. Auto industrial units in the base have re-started functions and are working at 50 per cent capacity, she said. ― Reviewed by Harry Kaplan What a pure and honest voice! There are some strong Dylan and Prine elements but the music on Caught It From The Rye is 100% original. I think Tre’s contributions to Americana music and folk is exactly what we need right now. There aren’t enough troubadours anymore. Those men and women […] ― A research team led by North Carolina State University has engineered a new catalyst that can more efficiently convert ethane into ethylene, which is used in a variety of manufacturing processes. The discovery could be used in a conversion process to drastically reduce ethylene production costs and cut related carbon dioxide emissions by up to 87%. ― COVID-19 Misinformation Remains Difficult To Stop On Social Media Forbes ― Mothers and healthcare workers who support them have many questions and concerns about whether it is safe for mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 to be close to and breastfeed their babies during the pandemic. ― What does the Susquehanna River look like from space? Thanks to NASA, we have an idea PennLive ― In the wake of the financial crisis there has been renewed focus on the importance of a country’s net external debt position in determining domestic interest rates and, relatedly, its vulnerability to a crisis. This paper extends the panel estimation of OECD countries described in Turner and Spinelli (2012) to investigate the effect of external debt and its interaction with government debt on the interest-rate-growth differential. ― Companies should be stopped from trying to silence their employees ― Most of today's batteries are made up of rare lithium mined from the mountains of South America. If the world depletes this source, then battery production could stagnate. ― La Chine a trouvé une solution originale pour faire respecter la distanciation sociale aux écoliers : leur faire porter un chapeau d'un mètre de long. ― Proche du président Vladimir Poutine, le maire de Moscou est sur tous les fronts depuis le début de la pandémie. Il vient d’inaugurer un immense hôpital virologique. ― Après le Petit manuel du speed dating avec Dieu, le fr. Jean Druel, dominicain, change de registre et de perspective. C’est par le roman qu’il tente le pari d’incarner « la conversation de Dieu avec le monde », en faisant évoluer une galerie de personnages bien contemporains. ― Avec sa constellation de criques cristallines, la Croatie culmine, encore et toujours, en tête de liste des destinations stars de l'été. ― Poland’s catch up with other OECD country has been largely based on productivity growth resulting from restructuring towards more productive sectors and foreign technology absorption. ― American culture values the freedom to change and reinvent one's self. A new study, however, reveals that Americans who do change tend to report a lower sense of well-being. ― The Army has a new type of multi-polymer filament for commonly-used desktop 3-D printers. This advance may save money and facilitate fast printing of critical parts at the point of need. ― Under the Universal Credit reform, the main means-tested benefits except the Council Tax Benefit will be pooled into one single benefit with one single taper rate. The reform will give people better incentives to work, reduce complexity and contribute to reducing poverty. ― People say life gets better with age. Now research suggests this may be because older people have the wisdom and time to use mindfulness as a means to improve wellbeing. Healthy aging researchers say certain characteristics of mindfulness seem more strongly evident in older people compared to younger people - and suggest ways for all ages to benefit. ― It shows how hard tumours will be to crack ― Advanced and emerging economies have made progress in addressing climate change, yet most are on a trajectory that would see them fall short of their mitigation goals. Governments need to significantly accelerate their efforts and strengthen their climate change policies. ― Researchers have developed an octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects. Its flexible, tapered design, complete with suction cups, gives the gripper a firm grasp on objects of all shapes, sizes and textures -- from eggs to iPhones to large exercise balls. ― L'Allemagne annonçait, il y a une semaine, ses espoirs de contrôler l'épidémie, mais un rebond du nombre de cas suscite l'inquiétude. Le doute s'installe alors que l'Allemagne vient d'entamer son déconfinement. L'envoyé spécial de franceinfo à Berlin, Laurent Desbonnets fait le point sur la situation. ― This study analyses the economic rent generated by the exploitation of a non-renewable resource, and the taxation of this rent. ― Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems. ― A Tokyo police smartphone app to scare off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping on packed rush-hour trains. ― The OECD Working Group on Bribery is leading global efforts to fight bribery of foreign public officials in international trade and investment. The fight against foreign bribery is a core shared value that unites all 43 Parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention. This brochure provides a snapshot of 18 years of implementation and enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention. ― Despite nearly a decade of policy efforts, the global economy remains in the repair shop. The legacies of the crisis are still very much present: weak growth, persistently high unemployment in several countries, faltering trade and investment and a profound loss of public confidence and trust. Any prospect of a strong upturn in advanced or emerging economies has dimmed in the past year. ― Viral Sensation Jarrett Hoyt leading his way into the people's Heart with Indie-Pop music - Press Release Digital Journal ― A multidisciplinary research group dated the bones of dozens of Iron Age residents of the Levänluhta site in Finland, and studied the carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios. The results provide an overview of the dietary habits based on terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems, as well as of sources of livelihoods throughout the Levänluhta era. ― The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. ― Researchers created a new approach to VR that will allow multiple players to interact with the same VR app on smartphones and provide new opportunities for education, health care and entertainment. ― Three out of four OECD countries use minimum wages, and supporting low-wage earners is widely seen as important for promoting inclusive growth. This policy brief considers three aspects that are central for a balanced assessment of policy choices: The cost of employing minimum-wage workers, their take-home pay, and the number of workers affected. ― Older children respond more strongly to rewarding experiences and less strongly to negative experiences later in the day, which may lead to poor decision-making at night, according to new research. ― It is estimated that every year, over 100,000 human deaths can be attributed to snakebite from the world's 700 venomous snake species—all inflicted in self-defense when the snakes feel threatened by encroaching humans. However, a new piece of research concludes that snake venom did not evolve as a defense mechanism. ― The nice people from the Belgian electro/ industrial magazine/ portal Side Line premiered the new Canal Pop feat. Josefina Aufranc music video for the upcoming single Come To My World. The music video was shot (mostly) in black and... ― A research team led by physicists at the University of California, Riverside, reports tiny satellite galaxies of the Milky Way can be used to test fundamental properties of "dark matter"—nonluminous material thought to constitute 85% of matter in the universe. ― A trio of researchers at the Polytechnic University of Turin and Sony CSL Paris has ranked the major cities of the world by transportation accessibility to highlight inequality in major urban areas. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Indaco Biazzo, Bernardo Monechi and Vittorio Loreto describe their study and explain what it shows. ― It may now be headed for government ― Sweaty people in shorts are everywhere. Philosophers disapprove ― 16 personnes, dont 12 rangers, ont été massacrées dans le parc national des Virunga, en République démocratique du Congo, indiquait le quotidien britannique The Guardian vendredi 24 avril. Il y a aussi de nombreux blessés graves. C'est, à ce jour, l'attaque la plus meurtrière dans le parc. Les Virunga sont des volcans couverts de forêts en Afrique centrale. C'est là que la primatologue étasunienne Dian Fossey s'était installée pour étudier les gorilles de montagnes dont la population, de moins de 300 (...) ― Top marketing trends for social, mobile, advertising, and digital analytics, according to Teradata's Michael Lummus. ― Individuals who suffer from migraine headaches appear to have a hyper-excitable visual cortex. ― With a number of important recent and upcoming developments in the OECD's international tax work, the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) give the latest tax update. ― With more than half of all maternal deaths occurring in countries affected by humanitarian crises and fragility, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is calling for greater international support to provide life-saving reproductive health and protection services in these locations. ― Today, the OECD released an updated version of the BEPS Action 4 Report (Limiting Base Erosion Involving Interest Deductions and Other Financial Payments), which includes further guidance on two areas: the design and operation of the group ratio rule, and approaches to deal with risks posed by the banking and insurance sectors. ― Sweden enjoys an 81.5% employment rate for all levels of education – the second highest rate of all OECD countries after Iceland (Table A7.1b). ― This paper reviews the latest climate projections for West Africa and considers alternative ways in which the knowledge generated from climate science can be understood in the context of preparing for an uncertain future that provides practical help for decision makers. ― Comet Atlas is falling apart, new photos confirm Space.com ― The Supreme Court sided Monday with an Alabama technology company over the U.S. Postal Service in a patent dispute. ― Central Bank Balance Sheet in Russia increased to 44153959 RUB Million in February from 43828588 RUB Million in January of 2020. Central Bank Balance Sheet in Russia averaged 15393142.56 RUB Million from 1998 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 44153959 RUB Million in February of 2020 and a record low of 311490 RUB Million in February of 1998. This page provides - Russia Central Bank Balance Sheet - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― A team of researchers from Columbia and Howard Universities in the U.S. and Peking University in China has developed a kind of colored double-layered paint that reflects heat. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describe their paint and possible uses for it. ― Over 330 senior tax officials from more than 110 jurisdictions and international organisations met in Paris on 26-28 March 2014 during the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Global Forum on Transfer Pricing. ― Iran Guard Commander Threatens US Navy After Trump Tweet Military.com ― Trump's Energy Department Recommends Throwing Money at Uranium Mines Mother Jones ― ― Banking giants HSBC and ING on Monday said they had carried out a landmark blockchain transaction aimed at speeding up payment processes and making them more secure. ― Indonesia has undergone an extraordinary transformation over the past two decades, benefiting from strong growth that has lifted millions out of poverty and allowed important progress in areas such as health and education. But low levels of public spending and tax revenue are undermining the quality of social services and exacerbating infrastructure gaps, according to the OECD. ― A new study showed that the humans on teams that included a robot expressing vulnerability communicated more with each other and later reported having a more positive group experience than people teamed with silent robots or with robots that made neutral statements, like reciting the game's score. ― A new analysis highlights the power of regular, daily exercise on our immune system and the importance of people continuing to work-out even in lockdown. ― 321 Launch: Space news you may have missed over the past week Florida Today ― Ending poverty and combating climate change: two years after the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, these inter-related challenges remain as daunting as ever, not least in developing countries. ― Despite a shift toward greater acceptance in most OECD countries, homo-, trans- and intersexphobia remain widespread, thereby putting LGBTI at risk of being discriminated against in dimensions critical for their well-being: family life, education, economic outcomes and health. ― While the outlook for many OECD countries remains subdued, Emerging Asia is set for healthy growth over the medium term. Annual GDP growth for the ASEAN -10, China and India is forecast to average 6.5% over 2015-19. Growth momentum remains robust in the 10 ASEAN countries, with economic growth averaging 5.6% over 2015-19. ― The Paris Collaborative on Green Budgeting was launched by the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the One Planet Summit in Paris on 12 December 2017. It aims to design new, innovative tools to assess and drive improvements in the alignment of national expenditure and revenue processes with climate and other environmental goals. ― Parce qu'il faut écouler la boîte de 30 qu'on a achetée pour dépanner, on vous propose quelques façons simples et délicieuses de cuisiner l'oeuf. En entrée, en plat ou en dessert, il y en a pour tous les goûts. ― There is no simple remedy for fixing the post-crisis global economy. But three key ingredients for sustainable long-term growth are jobs, equality and trust, said OECD Secretary-General in Washington. ― The most attractive OECD countries for highly qualified potential immigrants are Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada, in part because of favourable admission and stay conditions. ― This book introduces the concept of knowledge networks and markets (KNMs) in the life sciences, the emerging organisations and mechanisms to share and trade an increasing variety of knowledge assets. ― In ancient Greek mythology, Icarus' wax wings melted when he dared to fly too close to the sun. Now, researchers have made artificial wings that are actually powered by the sun. The tiny wings, which can flap even faster than those of butterflies, could someday be used in robots or devices for solar energy harvesting, the researchers say. ― When Patricia Rankin was a young scientist in the 1980s, colleagues and acquaintances often told her that she didn't look like a physicist. ― Intense clashes in Yemen’s Al Hazam City, this month have caused massive displacement with an estimated 1,800 families forced to flee their homes, according to a flash update from UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA. ― Reconstructing how many individuals first settled the many small islands in the Pacific and when they arrived remain important scientific questions, as well as an intriguing ones for understanding human history. Human migrations into the islands of Remote Oceania—from circa 3,000 to 1,200 years ago—mark the last major movement into locations previously uninhabited by humans. ― The UK’s tallest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland. Recently, it became one metre taller, standing now at 1 345m rather than 1 344m above sea level. Of course, the mountain did not actually grow. Rather, the team of Ordnance Survey experts who re-measured it for the first time since 1949 were able to do so more accurately because of improvements in technology, and specifically through the use of GPS. ― Researchers discovered that high blood levels of RNA produced by the PHGDH gene could serve as a biomarker for early detection of Alzheimer's disease. The work could lead to the development of a blood test to identify individuals who will develop the disease years before they show symptoms. ― ― I recently purchased a bedroom bundle (mattress, bed base, pillows and sheets) from a well known Australian startup for my son, who has flown the nest. Now I'm swamped with Google and Facebook ads for beds and bedding. The week before it was puffer jackets. ― This paper presents comparative data on innovation in selected climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in the context of Africa. Such analysis informs policy aimed at encouraging international technology transfer and development of domestic innovation capacities. ― "Powering a topological superconductor using a time crystal gives you more than the sum of its parts," says Jason Alicea, a researcher at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the US. The discovery of topological states has bred reams of research revealing new condensed matter and quantum physics, with potential technological applications in spintronics and quantum computing. Similarly, not long after the first observations of topological insulators in the late 2000s, the concepts of time crystals emerged, introducing another fresh arena for exploring new physics that could be exploited in precise timekeeping and quantum technologies. ― La crise sanitaire liée au coronavirus est incontestablement inédite, presque impensable, ineffable pour certains. Alors que le nombre de contaminations ne cesse d’augmenter, le virus constitue une menace qui pèse sur chacun d’entre nous. Il vient renforcer le sentiment de vulnérabilité de l’être humain, ébranle le sens et le contrôle de l’existence, et génère une anxiété existentielle plus ou moins forte que chacun se retrouve contraint de gérer. ― This document describes the key findings for Sweden from the OECD Skills Strategy 2019. ― Saving the Earth’s climate is sometimes compared to saving the world’s financial system following the crisis in 2007. But it’s not. The taxpayer saved the financial system by bailing it out a cost of trillions of dollars over a very short period, but there is no bailout option for the climate. ― Fighting Illicit Financial Flows: Are Partnerships and Policy Coherence the keys to success? ― One of the most interesting things in record collecting is (for me, at least) the many small labels in Arkansas. Often, you discover an unknown record with a familiar name - a rock'n'roller from the 1950s that made another record later on, maybe returning to his first love, country music. Or a gospel quartet that performs to this day. One of these hidden treasures is Hob Nob Records in Northern Arkansas. Hob Nob Records was a low scale label, based in Harrison, Arkansas. It was owned by Earl Nicholson and operated by Hugh Ashley out of his store, which also included a small recording facility. Ashley had played in a band with Mike McAllister, Mike Collins, and Kirk Coffman and in fact, McAllister would record a single for Ashley's label in 1958.Wallace WatersAshley recorded a couple of local country and rock'n'roll artists on Hob Nob, most notable Wallace Waters, the aforementioned Mike McAllister, and Upton Horn. Wallace Waters led a local band in Harrison that played dances all over Boone County. Apparently, Waters was the drummer and the vocalist in the band. He recorded memorable rock'n'roll tune called "Holiday Hill" in 1959. The song had been previously cut by Slim Wilson on Hob Nob. With just his guitar and his singing, it turned out to be a totally different but charming style of old down-home folk. Wallace Waters recorded another single for Trend and kept on performing locally. He is still active in the Harrison area.Mike McAllister recorded a rollicking and echo-loaded "Twenty One" with a girl called Nancy, whose identity otherwise remains unknown. The flip side was "I Don't Dig It," written by Hugh Ashley. It very well could be that the band heard on this record was Ashley and McAllister's group. "I Don't Dig It" was also re-issued by Rockin' Ronnie Weiser on his Rollin' Rock Records in the 1970s.Upton Horn recorded a country single for Hob Nob, also in the late 1950s. He went on to become a DJ on KHOZ in Harrison and recorded another single for Table Rock Records in Omaha, Arkansas. Horn was born September 26, 1924, but died tragically way too early on September 9, 1984, in Harrison at the age of 59 years. He was a local celebrity in the Harrison area through the 1960s and 1970s.If anyone has more info on Hob Nob Records, feel free to pass it along.Discography410: Upton Horn - In and Out (Of Every Heart in Town) / A Good Way (for a Good Man to Go Wrong) (poss. 1958) 441: Mike & Nancy - Twenty One / Mike McAllister - I Don't Dig It (1958)442: Slim Wilson - Holiday Hill / Jealousy's Made of Fear (1959)443: Wallace Waters - Holiday Hill / Walking and a-Thinking (1959)EP-401: Frank Watkins - Blue Mule / Saddle Old Spike / Soldier's Joy / Bay RoosterEP-408: Frank Watkins - Girl I Left Behind Me / Kansas City Rag / Watkins Hoedown / Bad Whiskey / Missouri Fever / Frank's Breakdown (1958) ― Bach to Rock Music School Provides Social Connection to Thousands of Children through Virtual Music Lessons Franchising.com ― The G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance provide recommendations for national policymakers on shareholder rights, executive remuneration, financial disclosure, the behaviour of institutional investors and how stock markets should function. ― Exports to Belgium CMLV in Russia increased to 1412.30 USD Million in February from 764.90 USD Million in January of 2020. Exports to Belgium CMLV in Russia averaged 3291.04 USD Million from 2006 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 9226 USD Million in December of 2014 and a record low of 116.80 USD Million in January of 2006. Russia accounts for Exports to Belgium using cumulative values for each year (CMLV). This page includes a chart with historical data for Russia Exports to Belgium. ― This report provides a detailed diagnosis of the youth labour market and education system in Brazil. It takes an international comparative perspective, offering policy options to help improve school-to-work transitions. It also provides an opportunity for other countries to learn from the innovative measures that Brazil has taken to strengthen the skills of youth and their employment outcomes. ― Coronavirus: Europe 'wary of confronting China over deaths' BBC News ― The UN has condemned the shelling of the women’s section of the Central Prison in a district of Yemen’s war-torn Taizz Governerate, in the south of the country, which has left at least five women and one child dead, and wounding more than 11, with casualties expected to rise. ― L’an dernier, nous avions vérifié plusieurs pâtes à tartiner chocolatées pour vérifier si elles contenaient ou non du chocolat. Nous refaisons le point, à l’occasion du jugement de la cour dans le litige opposant Delhaize et Ferrero (Nutella). ― ― The flight from contagion has echoes of the panic of 1940 ― Researchers have identified specific types of cells that appear to be the targets of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus that is causing the Covid-19 pandemic. ― Venezuela is the 173 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries, according to the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. Corruption Rank in Venezuela averaged 124.96 from 1995 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 173 in 2019 and a record low of 38 in 1995. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory's rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories in the index. This page provides the latest reported value for - Venezuela Corruption Rank - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― The Brazilian economy has made a rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, but further reforms are necessary to boost long-term growth, spur investment and further reduce poverty, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Brazil. ― Going for Growth 2015: Key findings for Korea ― A team of researchers at the University of Louisville has found that unlike other whiskeys, American whiskey leaves a distinctive "fingerprint" behind when it evaporates on a flat surface. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Fluids, the researchers describe how they came to find the unique patterns and note possible uses for such information. ― This country note presents student performance in science, reading and mathematics, and measures equity in education in Luxembourg. The interactive charts allow you to compare results with other countries participating in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). ― In the fight against global warming, bioethanol fuel is seen as a climate-friendly alternative to petrol and its adoption has been encouraged by many governments. But producing it requires huge amounts of freshwater – a precious resource in many parts of the world. Now, scientists at the University of Huddersfield have shown how it is possible to use a seawater-based system instead. ― Andorra has become the 48th signatory to an OECD Declaration that commits countries to end bank secrecy for tax purposes. ― Omer Tanovic, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, joined the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) because he loves studying theory and turning research questions into solvable math problems. But Omer says that his engineering background—before coming to MIT he received undergraduate and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina—has taught him never to lose sight of the intended applications of his work, or the practical parameters for implementation. ― À l’arrêt depuis un mois à la suite de la pandémie du coronavirus, l’édition pourrait reprendre son activité à partir du 11 mai. Des mesures spécifiques seraient adoptées pour la vente des livres et la réouverture des librairies. ― It's about time he released another upbeat single! ― Blog written for the OECD Integrity Forum 2015 on “Curbing Corruption – Investing in Growth”. The Forum will expose corruption in its myriad forms, in both the public and private sectors, as part of the OECD CleanGovBiz initiative, supporting governments, business and civil society to build integrity and fight corruption. ― The OECD participated in this annual event held in Stockholm (1-5 September 2013) where two major reports "Water Security for Better Lives" and "Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters" were launched by the OECD's Secretary-General, Angel Gurría. ― The advent of artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things is expected to change modern electronics and bring forth the fourth Industrial Revolution. The pressing question for many researchers is how to handle this technological revolution. ― The tax on immovable property recently started to regain its former significance, but the tax yield still remains low, with slightly more than 1% of GDP and wide variation across countries. ― Marshall Chapman's upcoming album features this stirring performance of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," a #1 hit in America 42 years ago this week by 13-year-old Laurie London. ― Businesses don't typically disclose information to consumers on how much it costs to produce a product. However, new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science provides evidence that doing so can increase consumers' purchase interest by more than 20%. ― A 9 ans, on est trop jeune pour rester enfermé sans rien faire avec la seule compagnie de ses parents. Du coup, Lupo, un enfant milanais, a décidé de créer un jeu vidéo pour jouer avec ses amis. Comme tous les habitants de la Lombardie, cette région du nord où 13.000 personnes sont mortes depuis fin février, Lupo Daturi est coincé chez lui, dans son pavillon de la banlieue de Milan, depuis le 8 mars, avec ses parents. « J’ai dû arrêter tous les... ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2012. ― The economics profession seems to increasingly endorse the existence of a strongly negative nonlinear effect of public debt on economic growth. Reinhart and Rogoff (2010) were the first to point out that a public debt to GDP ratio higher than 90% of GDP is associated with considerably lower economic performance in advanced and emerging economies alike. ― A pilot of a new FTA programme for the multilateral risk assessment of large MNE groups was launched at an event today in Washington DC, hosted by the Internal Revenue Service. ― Stronger integration in global value chains would speed up economic convergence to advanced OECD economies and raise living standards. ― A new study led by Loughborough University has revealed that lake burial of organic carbon has increased three-fold over the last 100 years in response to human disruption of global nutrient cycles. ― On 29/02/2016, interested parties were invited to comment on a discussion draft othat includes proposals for changes to the OECD Model Tax Convention concerning the treaty residence of pension funds. The OECD is grateful to the commentators for their input and now publishes the comments received. ― There are now 43 adherents to the OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Peru has joined Lithuania, Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Latvia, Morocco, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the declaration. Latest reports are now available on Brazil, Zambia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Korea and Latvia. ― This publication addresses the role of national systems of IP in the socio-economic development of emerging countries, notably through their impact on innovation. It presents a framework that identifies the key mechanisms that enable IP systems to support emerging countries’ innovation and development objectives. ― Latvia has made good progress improving its education system since independence in 1991, but more efforts are now needed to raise teaching standards and ensure that all students have access to a quality education, according to a new OECD report. ― In Norway house prices have risen to high levels, associated with very strong credit growth, in a context of low interest rates. Such a combination was in many countries a contributory factor to the 2008-09 crisis. ― GDP From Mining in Thailand decreased to 57303 THB Million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 57365 THB Million in the third quarter of 2019. GDP From Mining in Thailand averaged 43963.56 THB Million from 1993 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 63806 THB Million in the first quarter of 2016 and a record low of 20063 THB Million in the first quarter of 1993. This page provides the latest reported value for - Thailand Gdp From Mining - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. ― New research says screen time for young children should be limited. ― The labour market in Russia is very flexible. This results in a high and stable overall employment rate, but also high wage inequality, informality and labour turnover, which limits incentives for firms to invest in human capital and productivity improvements. ― EU mobilises €350 million to assist the ASEAN region in fight against the coronavirus ― Des scientifiques ont mis en évidence un lien entre le cancer de l’œsophage et la consommation de boissons très chaudes (au-delà de 65°C). Et plus la température de la boisson est élevée, plus le risque augmente. Evitez dès lors les boissons brûlantes. ― Note summarising the performance of 15-year-old students in the United States in the PISA 2012 assessment of mathematics, reading and science ― Myles Kennedy Speaks Up on Performing Hard Rock Music Aged 50, Compares Slash & Alter Bridge Ultimate-Guitar.Com ― Qualifications where students need to take a hands-on test will be delayed, says exams watchdog. ― The global pandemic hit a grim new milestone on Friday, according to AFP, as the number of people who have lost their lives to the disease passed 190,00 and continues to rise, while countries battle to keep their populations safe. Read Full Article at RT.com ― デジタル革命やグローバリゼーション、人口動態の変化によって、OECD 諸国や新興国の労働市場が変貌する一方、政策立案者は生産性及び賃金の成長鈍化や、高水準の所得格差といった問題に懸命に取り組んでいる。新たなOECD 雇用戦略は、これらの難問に対処する国々を支援するために包括的な枠組みと政策提言を提供する。 ― A mi-chemin entre la géographie et l’informatique, le géomaticien pose sur une carte des données géographiques qu’il a préalablement collectées, traitées et analysées. Chargé de modéliser le territoire, il joue un rôle capital dans la prise de décision de ses commanditaires. Alors, prêt à aménager ton territoire ? ― OECD employment rate increases to 67.0% in the third quarter of 2016 ― This paper provides both descriptive and empirical evidence about the main youth labour market problems in Spain. Using the experiences of other EU economies as a benchmark, we document the performance of Spain as regards a wide set of youth labour market dimensions. ― New digital tools are empowering, and can serve to support a new source of inclusive global economic growth. Now is the time to take use the digital transformation to ensure it represents a leapfrog opportunity for women and a chance to build a more inclusive digital world. This brochure represents a preliminary effort by the OECD, working with the G20, to broaden the evidence base. ― Vous désirez recadrer certaines de vos photos de vacances avant de les montrer à vos amis ? Vous souhaitez affiner le rendu d’une création graphique pour un projet artistique ou professionnel ? Futura vous présente sa sélection des meilleurs logiciels de retouche photo. ― It isn't news to anyone how much I love music -- we've been there a few times -- but one of the things I love most is its special relationship with the memory. Amongst many other things, music can be all transporting, captivating, uplifting, saddening, inspiring and motivating. It can make you feel things -- both new and old. It can change your mood. It can transport you to another place and time, for better or for worse. Music always leaves an impression, whether you realize it at that moment or not.Keith Urban is an artist I grew up listening to -- Stupid Boy, Somebody Like You, Raining On Sunday, and You'll Think Of Me were my jams. Hearing those songs will forever remind me of the way I felt the first time I heard them; spouting his lyrics at the top of my lungs while driving with the windows down; and the bond Keith's music created within my family. So, you can probably imagine my excitement seeing him in concert for the first time.I don't know if it's because it was the final stop on the Ripcord Tour, but my experience that night was unparalleled. I'd always heard Keith Urban put on a great show, but this was more than great. He had a stage presence like I'd never seen and at the start of each song I'd lean over to my friend and say, "OMG, I love this one!" ... "This one, too!" (How is it that even after a number of years pass by, a song comes on and somehow the words just roll so easy off your tongue? The memory, man.) To say he's a remarkable performer would be an understatement. He belongs on the stage. And there isn't even a shred of doubt in that statement. Who wouldn't wanna be him?Maren Morris had me feeling like I was at Bonnaroo all over again (sigh). She also reminds me so much of Miranda Lambert, and apparently I'm not the only who thinks so because she sang We Were Us with Keith, and crushed it. And when it comes to Brett Eldredge, I could go on and on, and on and on, all day long. Just thinking about his voice right now gives me chills. Would it be a stretch to call him a modern day, country Frank Sinatra? He also knows just how to make a woman feel special. Throwing flowers out into the crowd, Brett? You really do want us to be drunk on your love, don't ya?Most valuable play of the night -- Keith's and Brett's duet of Somebody Like You. During the end guitar solo the entire arena was jumping up and down like they were on the stage. That was quite a liberating moment for me and I can still feel the thrill of it now.Wow. What a night.And now for my obligatory see what I did there moment... It certainly wasn't wasted time, but it was definitely time well spent.If you're into reliving moments like I am (and jogging that unbelievable memory), here's a playlist that will take you back to that night -- or just help you pretend like you were there.The rain is coming down tonightI'm smiling looking at this photographI hear that song and I'm flying right backTo when we had it made#NYCountrified ― A new study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure. ― Economic activity in the United States is projected to pick up in steadily in 2014 as the effects of the severe winter weather dissipate and investment and consumption expand, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. ― Good music genes must run in the family. Continue reading… ― ― In most OECD countries, newly arrived 15-year-old immigrant students show poorer reading performance than immigrant students who arrived in their new country when they were younger than five. ― What is the nature of modern childhood? Released today, the book Trends Shaping Education 2016 looks at major social, demographic, economic and technological trends affecting the future of education ― Minister for Science Fawad Chaudhry said that it was disturbing news for him. "For me Governor sindh @ImranIsmailPTI is not only a friend but a mentor and a brother very very perturbed on news about his CoronaVirus positive test, may Allah be kind on all of us...,” he tweeted. ― The senator from Vermont would present America with a terrible choice ― Public comments are invited on a discussion draft which deals with the work on Action 14 (“Make dispute resolution mechanisms more effective”) of the BEPS Action Plan. ― Korea needs to boost productivity, increase employment and stoke economic activity as part of efforts to reverse current trends toward slower growth and low inflation, according to a new report from the OECD. ― De band Darawish (niet te verwarren met de Italiaanse groep Al Darawish) stort zich op hun eerste album Madar in ‘the whirlwind of reality in which we live and its tireless and endless spinning’ – net als de Dervisj. Het resultaat is een afwisselende plaat met eigen composities waarin verschillende elementen van traditionele muziek uit […] ― A researcher at Indiana University South Bend and his undergraduate students have developed a biosensor that could potentially be incorporated into devices that continuously monitor for a popular herbicide during food screening or water and soil treatment. ― ― Not every student’s brain works and learns in the same way. Classrooms are increasingly becoming more aware of what is known as "neurodiversity" among their students, a term used to describe neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and ASD. ― While considerable resources are invested in seasonal forecasts and early-warning systems for food security, not enough is known about El Niño's impact on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, even though its name was given in the 1600s by fishers off the coast of Peru. ― Income inequality and relative poverty in the United States are among the highest in the OECD and have substantially increased over the past decades. These developments have been associated with a number of other worrying statistics, including low intergenerational social mobility and weak real income growth for many households. ― ― Remittances in Ecuador increased to 845.57 USD Million in the third quarter of 2019 from 809.61 USD Million in the second quarter of 2019. Remittances in Ecuador averaged 591.88 USD Million from 1999 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 891.95 USD Million in the fourth quarter of 2007 and a record low of 238.55 USD Million in the second quarter of 1999. In Ecuador, Remittances refers to inflows of migrants’ and short-term employee income transfers (personal remittances). This page provides - Ecuador Remittances - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― A decade after the worst oil spill in US history, researchers have turned out a massive data set charting the health of the ecosystem. ― Captain Tom Moore sets a new Official Chart record for the oldest person in history to achieve a No.1 single in the UK’s Official Singles Chart with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir and released on Decca Records last week to help raise money for the NHS Charities Together fund. ― Country notes with main key findings of the book and key fact tables: a customised snapshot of a country's educational environment, highlighting the most important issues in the educational landscape. ― Basketball icon Dennis Rodman was the subject of revelations from former Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan about his wild partying days on Sunday, but ex-wife Carmen Electra had even more X-rated dirt to dish on Rodman. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Earlier this year, twin papers authored by seven former Food and Drug Administration commissioners, published by Health Affairs and the Aspen Institute on the same day, suggested that the FDA should become an independent agency. ― Federal agents descended on the suburban Maryland house with the flash and bang of a stun grenade, blocked off the street and spent hours questioning the homeowner about a theft of government documents that prosecutors would later describe as "breathtaking" in its scale. ― The government’s loss is a vindication of the rule of law ― The mammalian cell lines that are engineered to produce high-value recombinant-protein drugs also produce unwanted proteins that push up the overall cost to manufacture these drugs. These same proteins can also lower drug quality. Researchers have now shown that their genome-editing techniques could eliminate up to 70 percent of the contaminating protein by mass in recombinant-protein drugs produced by the workhorses of mammalian cells -- Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells. ― Despite rules about misinformation, a YouTube video calling coronavirus a “false flag” related to 5G racked up millions of views Media Matters for America ― People needing help should not be put off by the coronavirus pandemic, say health professionals. ― Ecuador today signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, making it the 126th jurisdiction to join the world’s leading instrument for boosting transparency and combating cross-border tax evasion. The Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (CRS MCAA) was also signed. ― This note presents selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered. ― Ce n'est "pas choquant" que le gouvernement ne suive pas forcément les recommandations de son conseil scientifique, ont estimé dimanche deux membres de cette instance, qui n'était pas favorable à une réouverture des écoles dès mai. "Pour moi ce n'est pas choquant qu'on puisse être sur certains points en porte-à-faux (.) Je comprends tout à fait que le gouvernement ait des arbitrages à faire qui puissent être différents de nos positions qui elles sont strictement limitées au champ sanitaire et c'est très important que les rôles restent séparés", a déclaré sur Europe 1 Arnaud Fontanet, directeur de l'unité d'épidémiologie des maladies émergentes de l'Institut Pasteur. ― How Dua Lipa and The Weeknd are bringing the 80s back… again BBC News ― The latest OECD Economic Survey of Spain, to be published on Tuesday, 14 March, analyses the factors behind the country’s economic recovery, as well as the challenges that remain to making growth stronger and more inclusive. ― Biographical note of the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands. ― Public comments have been received on the BEPS discussion drafts on the Attribution of Profits to Permanent Establishments and the Revised Guidance on Profit Splits. ― Gains in female education attainment have contributed to a worldwide increase in women’s participation in the labour force, but considerable gaps remain in working hours, conditions of employment and earnings. More specific data for Beligum are available in this country note. ― And then dealt with, if they are enemy operatives ― The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published today 9 new peer review reports, including a Phase 1 Supplementary Report for Switzerland, demonstrating continuing progress toward implementation of the international standard for exchange of information on request. ― Some economists are calling for an increase, but there are hurdles in the way ― Almost 300 senior tax officials from more than 100 countries and international organisations met in Paris on 25-26 September 2014 during the 19th Annual Global Forum on Tax Treaties to discuss solutions to unintended double non-taxation caused by base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). ― Chaudhry had set the 18% RoE target for the bank by fiscal 2022 after taking over as CEO last year. ― Le conseil techno. Avec le confinement, on utilise abondamment les outils numériques. C’est peut-être le moment de penser à faire un peu de ménage parmi les mots de passe qui nous servent au quotidien. ― The OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017 looks at the potential and risks associated with the rapid development of AI and robots. Their use will bring new opportunities to raise incomes, create new types of jobs and businesses and improve economic and social well-being, but there will be costs and bumps along the way. ― Note summarising the performance of Italy in the PISA 2012 assessment of mathematics, reading and science. ― Promoting anti-corruption compliance measures, to prevent corrupt acts before they take place and to properly address them when they do, and encouraging collective action and sectoral initiatives to share best practices and expertise should be a priority, said OECD Secretary-General in Moscow. ― Recent reforms have made pension systems more financially sustainable and pensioners have higher living standards than ever before. But future generations are likely to find their pension entitlements much less generous than today’s and many may face a serious risk of pensioner poverty, according to a new OECD report. ― This workshop served to discuss how benchmarking and measuring regulatory performance can help advance a regulatory policy at the sub-national level. ― Materials scientists at Duke University have shown the first clear example that a material's transition into a magnet can control instabilities in its crystalline structure that cause it to change from a conductor to an insulator. ― Asia-Pacific countries should strengthen their health systems and sharply increase spending to deliver effective universal coverage in order to meet the changing needs of their fast ageing populations, according to a new OECD report. ― Drawing inspiration from 'Fearless Girl', the diminutive and plucky bronze statue that’s been staring down the 3-ton ‘Charging Bull’ on Wall Street for the past year, OECD’s Mathilde Mesnard and Bill Below highlight the importance of gender diversity in corporate leadership. ― OECD employment rate increases to 68.2% in the first quarter of 2018 ― This policy brief assesses the evolution, achievements and challenges of the digital government policy in Mexico. The analysis aims to inform the formulation of strategic policy recommendations for the Mexican government on reinforcing the governance of digital government to accelerate the digital transformation of its public sector. ― Cost of food in Panama decreased 0.90 percent in February of 2020 over the same month in the previous year. Food Inflation in Panama averaged 4.37 percent from 2007 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 15.60 percent in October of 2008 and a record low of -1.70 percent in February of 2018. This page provides - Panama Food Inflation - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Though mighty, the Milky Way and galaxies of similar mass are not without scars chronicling turbulent histories. University of California, Irvine astronomers and others have shown that clusters of supernovas can cause the birth of scattered, eccentrically orbiting suns in outer stellar halos, upending commonly held notions of how star systems have formed and evolved over billions of years. ― The tax code can affect incentives to invest in education and training by influencing the costs and benefits of these investments. This can be the case for individuals through the income taxes and social security contributions they pay, and for companies through their corporate taxes and employer social security contributions. ― If you're looking for new artists and you're getting tired of the same old Top 40 repetition on today's country radio, check out these names you may or may not be familiar with. Some songs listed are new, some may have been out for quite awhile, and all are of various styles because one taste doesn't suit all palates. Some may also be veteran artists that you might already love or some of country's most talented songwriters.I'm simply introducing you to artists you might enjoy and music you might connect with. There's such a wide world of artists and songs out there to broaden your listening base and beyond what radio is telling us is good music. Don't limit yourself to radio when there are so many other outlets where truly good music can be found. If you like these, great, if you don't, that's ok too - at least give them a listen.If you find yourself liking any of these artists, please follow them on social media and let them know you enjoy their music. Please be sure to talk about and share any of the songs and artists you like on this list. I'm sure they'd appreciate it! One more thing, if you stream or download a song, please be sure to leave a review. These help the artists and their teams more than you realize. If you like the song, let them know why you love it. If not, be constructive and honest (not mean) about why you don't like it so much.#SHARETHEMUSICTHIS WEEK'S ARTISTSASHLEY MCBRYDE"SPARROW"LAUREN ALAINA"IN MY VEINS"\JAMES DUPRE"YOU'RE PROBABLY DRUNK RIGHT NOW"FAREWELL ANGELINA"MORE PROBLEMS" (ACOUSTIC)GORD BAMFORD"JUST LET GO"MICKEY GUYTON"WHAT ARE YOU GONNA TELL HER"GONE WEST"SLOW DOWN"TOM O'CONNOR"KILL THE BOTTLE"JACOB BRYANT"TELL ME"JAKE ROSE"TRACTOR TOWN" ― Checking in on things in New Jersey. Seems like this high school math teacher isn’t handling the extra free time well. Video caught Nicole Griggs of Steinert High School in Hamilton Township losing it (really losing it) when she saw a couple kids playing catch in a park. After explaining the root of her anger to the kids, she politely ends the one-way conversation with: “I hope both of you get the Coronavirus! I hope you both die a LONG […] ― Rock Music Menu: Sing along with the Beatles in 'Yellow Submarine' April 25 The Delaware County Daily Times ― COVID-19: Technology to fast-track diagnoses eNCA ― The 52nd Annual CMA Awards (November 14) were a success. Chris Stapleton was the winner of three trophiesKeith Urban won the biggest categoryCarrie Underwood revealed she was having a boy and changed outfits 11 times Kenny Chesney was unable to attend due to a death in the family, David Lee Murphy confirmedVince Gill was too sick to attend according to Ricky SkaggsBrothers Osborne said they has a congratulations tweet ready to send out to Dan + Shay before they hard their names for Vocal Duo of the YearCarrie Underwood says she hopes to inspire her two boys in the futureKeith Urban feels that artistry is a factor for a Entertainer See :60 Seconds of the CMA AWARDS backstage experience as seen by Dan Van: 52nd CMA Awards (2018):Entertainer of the YearJason AldeanLuke BryanChris StapletonKeith Urban - WINNER (2ndWin for Entertainer – Last Win was 2005)Kenny Chesney Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producers)• From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris StapletonProducers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton • Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves - WINNER (First Album Win – 3rd trophy overall) Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves • Graffiti U – Keith UrbanProducers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff, Peter Karlsson • Life Changes – Thomas RhettProducers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett • The Mountain – Dierks BentleyProducers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora JrFemale Vocalist of the YearKelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertMaren MorrisKacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood -WINNER (5thwin for Female Vocalist of the year) Male Vocalist of the YearThomas RhettChris Stapleton - WINNER (4th consecutive win for Male Vocalist)Keith UrbanLuke CombsDierks Bentley Vocal Group of the YearLady AntebellumLANCO MidlandLittle Big TownOld Dominion - WINNER (First Trophy for the band) Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)“Body Like A Back Road” – Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne“Broken Halos” – Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton - WINNER“Drowns the Whiskey” – Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton“Drunk Girl” – Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson“Tequila” – Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers Vocal Duo of the YearBrothers Osborne - WINNER (3rd consecutive win for Vocal Duo )Dan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineMaddie & TaeSugarland New Artist of the YearLauren AlainaLuke Combs - WINNERChris JansonBrett Young Midland Single Record of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producer)• “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton - WINNERProducers: Dave Cobb, Chris StapletonMix Engineer: Vance Powell “Drinkin’ Problem” – MidlandProducers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh OsborneMix Engineer: Justin Niebank • “Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)Producer: Michael KnoxMix Engineer: Jeff Braun • “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia LineProducer: WillshireMix Engineer: Serban Ghenea • “Tequila” – Dan + ShayProducers: Scott Hendricks, Dan SmyersMix Engineer: Jeff Juliano Musical Event of the Year“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley ft Brothers Osborne“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill“Drowns The Whiskey” – Jason Aldean ft. Miranda Lambert“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy ft. Kenny Chesney - WINNER“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Director)• “Babe” – Sugarland (Featuring Taylor Swift)Director: Anthony Mandler • “Cry Pretty” – Carrie UnderwoodDirector: Randee St. Nicholas • “Drunk Girl” – Chris JansonDirector: Jeff Venable • “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett - WINNERDirector: TK McKamy • “Tequila” – Dan + ShayDirector: Patrick Tracy Musician of the Year• Jerry Douglas, Dobro• Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar• Dann Huff, Guitar• Mac McAnally, Guitar• Derek Wells, Guitar Garth Brooks Ricky SkaggsRita WilsonBill AndersonSee photos of the previous seven CMA AWARDS (2010 thru 2017) via Dan Van: Visit the official CMA Awards site: CMA AwardsSource: Dan Van MediaMore details on how to get all the COUNTRY MUSIC content of artist and insights if you have a radio show/Radio station/Content site or blog - Email me: MusicFun@fuse.net. Follow me on INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK and YouTube DAN VAN Channel of videos. Dan Van is associated with Albright & O'Malley & Brenner, country music consultants, providing relevant information for today's fast paced radio listeners. More details or for contact visit: www.aandoandb.com/. ― As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to fill hospitals around the state, several Colorado manufacturers are hoping to shift gears and start making medical gowns for health-care professionals in need of personal protective equipment. They have turned to a high-tech textile laboratory at Colorado State University for its expertise in testing materials that could be used for the gowns. ― The global economic crisis has had a profound impact on people’s well-being, reaching far beyond the loss of jobs and income, and affecting citizens’ satisfaction with their lives and their trust in governments, according to a new OECD report. ― Pour éviter une deuxième vague de contamination au coronavirus, le conseil scientifique préconise un isolement des malades. Mais en avons-nous les moyens ? ― Antibiotics save lives—but using them also helps antibiotic-resistant strains evolve and spread. Each year, antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect some 2.8 million people in the United States, killing more than 35,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections by multidrug-resistant—or MDR—bacteria, which are resistant to two or more antibiotics, are particularly difficult to treat. ― This paper explores the development of the bioplastics sector and its role in national bioeconomy strategies. It finds that bioplastics are at a disadvantage compared to some other biobased products, notably biofuels, that often benefit from preferential treatment. It also notes that greater efforts are needed at the international level as regards standards to avoid creating barriers to international trade in biobased products. ― The Social Security Rate For Companies in Ecuador stands at 12.15 percent. Social Security Rate For Companies in Ecuador averaged 12.05 percent from 2012 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 12.15 percent in 2013 and a record low of 11.35 percent in 2012. In Ecuador, the Social Security Rate is a tax related with labor income charged to both companies and employees. Revenues from the Social Security Rate are an important source of income for the government of Ecuador because they help to pay for many social programs including welfare, health care and many other benefits. This page provides - Ecuador Social Security Rate For Companies - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― The generous Danish welfare state relies on a high degree of labour force participation both for financing and in order to ensure social cohesion. ― Switzerland should do more to help older people, especially women, work longer in order to meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing population, according to a new OECD report. ― The Slovak economy experienced a strong but short recession in 2009. The recovery afterwards was driven by exports and investment. While GDP growth was one of the strongest in OECD, employment did not reach the pre-crisis level and unemployment remains stubbornly high. ― Carbon dioxide is the most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere and its vertical concentration gradient is important for an accurate understanding and interpretation of global warming, the inversion of carbon sources and sinks, the calibration and validation of atmospheric transport models, and remote sensing measurements. ― Qualifications are useful because they make skills visible. It is confidently assumed that the holder of a school-leaving certificate can read and understand instructions, and make calculations, and that those with university degrees can do much more. ― Une pharmacienne niçoise de 71 ans a été condamnée lundi à un an de prison avec sursis et un an d'interdiction d'exercice pour des ventes de masques et de gel hydroalcoolique non conforme, fabriqué notamment avec du gel pour échographie, a indiqué son avocat. La peine, prononcée après une audience à huis clos en raison de l'épidémie de coronavirus, a été assortie d'une amende de 10.000 euros, selon Me Laurent Terrazzoni qui a fait valoir les 40 ans d'exercice sans problèmes de la prévenue et son absence de tout antécédent judiciaire. "Les réquisitions étaient sévères, mais on est sur quelques pots de gel et quelques masques pour un bénéfice extrêmement faible", a-t-il déclaré à l'AFP, en précisant que le parquet avait requis un an de sursis probatoire, 280 jours de travaux d'intérêt général, 25.000 euros d'amende et 5 ans d'interdiction d'exercice et de gestion d'une pharmacie pour tromperie sur la marchandise. ― A key recent OECD work, the "Future of Productivity" implies that inefficient firms increasingly linger as opposed to exit the market, despite their inability to adopt new technologies. ― The EU Single Market remains fragmented by complex and heterogeneous rules at the EU and national levels affecting trade, capital, including foreign direct investment, and labour mobility. ― This report provides a comparative overview of common standards and key features of specialised anti-corruption institutions and comprehensive descriptions of 19 anti-corruption institutions operating in different parts of the world, presented in a comparable framework. ― China’s mass expulsion of American journalists is an alarming escalation ― 19 December 2016, Paris: On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, this roundtable convened a wide range of stakeholders from international organisations, governments, business, civil society, and academia involved in working with the Guidelines. ― Finansol. Présent depuis plus de trente ans auprès des personnes les plus fragiles, l’organisme multiplie les projets dédiés aux personnes handicapées. Des projets financés en partie par la finance solidaire. ― A team led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Marine Microbiology has developed, tested and deployed a pipeline to first target cells from communities of uncultivated microbes, and then efficiently retrieve and characterize their genomes. ― A director makes personal appeals to strangers to download his hard-hitting film ― Dans son adresse aux Français, le 16 mars 2020, Emmanuel Macron a appelé à l’« union nationale » dans cette « guerre » contre le Covid-19. L’opposition doit donc composer entre les aspirations à l’unité et son devoir de proposition ainsi que de contrôle de l’action de la majorité. « La Croix » a interrogé quatre de ses représentants, dans leur diversité, sur la façon de résoudre ce dilemme. Découvrez le point de vue de Marine Le Pen, députée et présidente du Rassemblement national.… ― This book provides a comprehensive assessment of the innovation system of Peru, focusing on the role of government. It provides concrete recommendations and identifies good practices on how to improve policies that affect innovation performance. ― As autonomous and self-taught machines become part of our everyday lives, what sort of policy and institutional frameworks should guide AI design and use? This event brought together policymakers, civil society representatives and AI experts from industry and academia to discuss the role of policy and international co-operation in ensuring that AI benefits society as a whole. ― Until now, scientists had assumed that there are about 80 so-called open reading frames (ORFs) in the genome of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). These are the locations in the genome where the information in the DNA is read and translated into proteins. It is now clear that there are a lot more—namely 284 ORFs. These are translated from hundreds of novel viral transcripts, which have now also been identified. ― With their translucent bells, moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) move around the oceans in a very efficient way. Scientists have now used a mathematical model to investigate how these cnidarians manage to use their neural networks to control their locomotion even when they are injured. The results may also contribute to the optimization of underwater robots. ― 12 Best Ever Hard Rock Riffs WhatCulture ― This country highlight (in Italian) puts the spotlight on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people: their numbers, their economic situation and well-being and policies to improve LGBT inclusivity. It also includes a special chapter on people’s perceptions of social and economic risks and presents a selection of social indicators. ― Is Europe’s Experience in E-Signatures and Digital IDs Valuable for Australia? Cointelegraph ― Learning from nature, scientists from the Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan and the Korean Basic Science Institute (KBSI) have found a catalyst that efficiently transforms nitrate into nitrite—an environmentally important reaction—without requiring high temperature or acidity, and now have identified the mechanism that makes this efficiency possible. ― Turkey’s economy has proven remarkably resilient in the face of a challenging global economic context. However, further action can be taken to raise productivity and advance the shift to a more balanced, sustainable and stronger growth path that will boost living standards for the entire population, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Turkey. ― Nouveaux bilans, nouvelles mesures, faits marquants: un point sur les dernières évolutions de la pandémie de Covid-19, qui a fait plus de 200.000 morts dans le monde. - Plus de 200.000 morts - La pandémie a fait au moins 204.696 morts dans le monde depuis son apparition en décembre en Chine, selon un bilan établi par l'AFP à partir de sources officielles dimanche à 19H00 GMT. Plus de 2,9 millions de cas ont été diagnostiqués dans 193 pays et territoires. ― - Avril / Politique, Médias, Science, Santé ― How many times in the past week do you think your life was affected by a robot? ― OECD countries have agreed to work towards greater gender equality in public life – including in governments, parliaments and judiciaries – with concrete measures to improve women’s access to leadership and decision-making roles and integrate more of a gender perspective into public policies. ― 4-5 September 2018, Paris - The OECD Blockchain Policy Forum on "Distributed Ledgers: Opportunities and Challenges" was the first major international conference to take stock of blockchain’s impacts across the full range of government activities and public priorities. ― The OECD organised panel sessions on its Going Digital project, expanding broadband to rural and remote areas, and artificial intelligence. ― This project has reviewed how current measurement frameworks capture the broad range of innovation activities in firms, and in particular how design activities are reflected. It highlights which concepts, definitions and measurement approaches can be used to produce policy-relevant indicators on the role of design in innovation. ― This symposium will gather a group of prominent experts and policy makers from around the world to deliberate on various aspects of innovation policy and its link to economic growth, and to review country experiences. ― The OECD has added new features to its MLI Matching Database. The database now includes information on entry into effect dates for matched agreements and the option to calculate entry into effect dates on the basis of anticipated dates of deposits. The expanded database also includes references to synthesised texts, if available. ― "200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris. ― Kenneth Mugabi Pulls Off Tricky Live Online Show New Vision ― On 5 March, Morocco and Cameroon launched a new TIWB South-South bilateral programme in Yaoundé. The programme, a first between two Francophone African countries, will see Moroccan tax audit experts providing support to Cameroon. ― Alors que les 27 ont affiché leurs divisions ces dernières semaines, l’Union européenne doit faire la démonstration de sa plus-value, face à des opinions dégradées. ― Leaders of the G20 countries meeting at their Summit in Brisbane, Australia, have called on the OECD and IMF to monitor their commitment to boost economic growth and create jobs. ― Researchers have developed a deep learning-based artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can accurately classify cutaneous skin disorders, predict malignancy, suggest primary treatment options, and serve as an ancillary tool to enhance the diagnostic accuracy of clinicians. With the assistance of this system, the diagnostic accuracy of dermatologists as well as the general public was significantly improved. ― Artificial muscles will power the soft robots and wearable devices of the future. But more needs to be understood about the underlying mechanics of these powerful structures in order to design and build new devices. ― Newsletter on regional development for autumn 2013. ― Israel disability pension note July 2017 ― Organised jointly by the OECD and the IEA, this seminar held on 26-27 September 2012 aimed to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of countries on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. This seminar was an informal meeting outside of the UNFCCC negotiations and discussions are non-attributed. ― Recent reforms have made pension systems more financially sustainable and pensioners have higher living standards than ever before. But future generations are likely to find their pension entitlements much less generous than today’s and many may face a serious risk of pensioner poverty, according to a new OECD report. ― New research suggests that increasing racial diversity in police departments will not cut the number of non-white Americans shot dead by police ― ― As we celebrate International Biodiversity Day, the outlook is not very encouraging. Around 12% of birds, 25% of mammals, and at least 32% of amphibians are threatened with extinction over the next century. Humans may have increased the rate of global extinctions by up to 1000 times the “natural” rate typical of Earth’s long-term history. ― Chamber Music Charleston announces 2020-21 concert season | Entertainment Moultrie News ― The popular view that music enhances creativity has been challenged by researchers who say it has the opposite effect. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance by presenting people with verbal insight problems that are believed to tap creativity. They found that background music 'significantly impaired' people's ability to complete tasks testing verbal creativity -- but there was no effect for background library noise. ― 'Zombie' Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator On COVID-19 Lockdown NPR ― The use of big data can help scientists' chart not only the degradation of the environment but can be part of the solution to achieve sustainability, according to a new commentary paper. ― Insects, spiders and millipedes make up the majority of all animals on land. While today not many of them live in the water, their ancestors were once aquatic. ― Virologists report promising Phase 1 clinical results for the first new oral polio vaccine in 50 years, which they have designed to be incapable of evolving the ability to cause disease in humans. ― This note presents key findings for Japan from Society at a Glance 2014 - OECD Social indicators. This 2014 publication also provides a special chapter on: the crisis and its aftermath: a “stress test” for societies and for social policies. ― China, Russia and others don’t want to rely on American high-finance ― The tax burden in Poland increased by 0.3 percentage points from 31.8% to 32.1% in 20121. The OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.3% to 34.7%. The Polish standard VAT rate is 23%, which is well above the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014. ― Au seuil du triduum pascal, une nouvelle traduction du « Paradis » de Dante invite à contempler la fragilité de l’homme, et son aspiration à la vie éternelle. ― The Social Security Rate in Colombia stands at 30.50 percent. Social Security Rate in Colombia averaged 45.18 percent from 2004 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 48.20 percent in 2009 and a record low of 30.50 percent in 2017. In Colombia, the Social Security Rate is a tax related with labor income charged to both companies and employees. Revenues from the Social Security Rate are an important source of income for the government of Colombia because they help to pay for many social programs including welfare, health care and many other benefits. This page provides - Colombia Social Security Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Fact-checkers like Facebook's new moves on COVID-19 misinformation, but still hope more will be done Poynter ― Third Annual Conference on the theme of "Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact" held at the University of Venice from 29 through 30 January 2015. The press release is available. ― Latin America’s GDP growth rate has slowed down in 2014, dropping below 1.5%. This is the first time in a decade that the region grows less than the OECD average, according to the OECD Development Centre, the Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean and the development bank for Latin America. Given the projections in the past weeks, any recovery in 2015 is likely to be challenging. ― Des scientifiques s’interrogent sur l’existence de facteurs génétiques favorisant les cas graves de Covid-19. Une hypothèse qui pourrait expliquer pourquoi des personnes jeunes ou en bonne santé sont parfois durement touchées. ― A key hurdle facing fusion devices called stellarators—twisty facilities that seek to harness on Earth the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars—has been their limited ability to maintain the heat and performance of the plasma that fuels those reactions. Now collaborative research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany, have found that the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) facility in Greifswald, the largest and most advanced stellarator ever built, has demonstrated a key step in overcoming this problem. ― Palabras de Angel Gurría,Secretario General OCDE, Lanzamiento del Informe Perspectivas Económicas de América Latina 2013: Transformación de la Estructura Productiva y Papel de las PYMES en el Desarrollo Regional ― ― Memory performance and other cognitive abilities benefit from a good blood supply to the brain. This applies in particular to people affected by a condition known as 'sporadic cerebral small vessel disease'. Researchers suggest that blood perfusion of the so-called hippocampus could play a key role in age- and disease-related memory problems. ― The OECD has welcomed the release by China and the US of peer reviews of their fossil fuel subsidies. ― This paper provides an overview of labour market resilience in the wake of the Great Recession of 2008 09 and the role played by macroeconomic and structural policies. ― A new child can spark feelings of jealousy in a person who already fears being abandoned by his or her partner, research suggests. A new study found that partners who showed signs of relationship anxiety before the birth of their first child were more likely to be jealous of the child after it was born. ― The use of big data can help scientists chart not only the degradation of the environment but can be part of the solution to achieve sustainability, according to a new commentary paper. ― US benchmark oil futures plummeted to negative numbers on Monday, as if the coronavirus epidemic hadn’t already pushed the world into the Twilight Zone. Social media took time to appreciate the icing on a very surreal cake. Read Full Article at RT.com ― Rostrum's Benjy Grinberg Joins De La Soul In Fight To Get Masters Back From Tommy Boy HipHopDX ― Aussi bon pour les cheveux que pour faire baisser le stress, on se met au massage du cuir chevelu en famille ! ― European stocks advance with earnings and lockdown easing in focus; Wirecard down 26% CNBC ― Dans une lettre émouvante adressée à un ami, l'auteur du "Petit Pays" rend hommage à sa grand-mère emportée par le coronavirus. ― This Global Forum plays an important role as the tool for on-going dialogue on responsible business conduct. I am pleased to announce that today, Ministers from over 20 countries are coming together to discuss how to integrate responsibility considerations throughout government policies. Their work will contribute to protect internationally recognised fundamental rights and to ensure good governance, fair regulations, and transparency. ― This spotlight report draws upon the OECD report Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools. ― Over 70 participants from 20 countries in Europe and Central Asia gathered Georgia for a high-level regional event on Developments in International Tax Co-operation on 17-18 July 2018. Participants discussed policy responses to fighting tax evasion and avoidance, as well as the opportunities and challenges presented by the practical implementation of international standards on tax transparency and BEPS. ― UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers developed a visible neural network and used it to build DCell, a virtual model of a functioning brewer's yeast cell. ― Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response. ― Examens de l'OCDE des politiques d'innovation : Luxembourg 2016 - Évaluation d'ensemble et recommandations ― The OECD has released the outcomes of the second phase of peer reviews of the BEPS Action 13 Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting initiative, demonstrating strong progress in the implementation of a key element in continuing efforts to improve the taxation of multinational enterprises (MNEs) worldwide. ― Developing countries are increasingly moving towards more strategic national policies and plans, the effectiveness of which will depend upon proper assessment of a given country’s vulnerability to climate change. This report draws upon emerging monitoring and evaluation practices across developed and developing countries to identify four tools that countries can draw upon in their own assessment frameworks. ― Low interest rates prevailing in many advanced economies in recent years have already helped to lower the debt servicing burden, but government debt and interest payments remain large in many OECD countries. Could a further reduction in interest payments be attained by "locking-in" current low interest rates? ― This country note provides an environmental tax and carbon pricing profile for Portugal. It shows environmentally related tax revenues, taxes on energy use and effective carbon rates. ― This country note explains how Switzerland taxes energy use. The note shows the distribution of effective energy tax rates across all domestic energy use. It also details the country-specific assumptions made when calculating effective energy tax rates and matching tax rates to the corresponding energy base. ― France - Profils de santé par pays 2019 : Présentation de lancement. Les Profils de santé par pays, concis et pertinents pour l’action publique, reposent sur une méthodologie transparente et cohérente qui utilise des données tant quantitatives que qualitatives, tout en s’adaptant avec souplesse au contexte de chaque État membre de l’Union Européenne et de l’Espace Économique Européen. ― Improving labour market participation of people with mental health problems requires well-integrated policies and services across the education, employment, health and social sectors. This paper provides examples of policy initiatives from 10 OECD countries for integrated services. ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2012. ― Face à la dégradation de l’état psychologique de certains résidents, de plus en plus de responsables de maisons de retraite souhaitent que les liens puissent être renoués avec les familles. Dans certains Ehpad, des visites sécurisées ont déjà repris. ― Scientists repurposed living frog cells -- and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These tiny 'xenobots' can move toward a target and heal themselves after being cut. These novel living machines are neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. They're a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism. ― By propping up a state premier, Alternative for Germany win a publicity coup ― Le rêve d’ascension sociale d’un père, déçu ou comblé, repose-t-il toujours in fine sur ses enfants ? ― This paper reviews demand-side innovation policies, their rationales and importance across countries, different approaches to their design, the challenges entailed in their implementation and evaluation, and good practices. Three main forms of demand-side policy are considered: innovation-oriented public procurement, innovation-oriented regulations, and standards, with emphasis on innovation-oriented public procurement. ― This paper proposes a new set of public health and long-term care expenditure projections until 2060, seven years after a first set of projections was published by the OECD. It disentangles health from long-term care expenditure, as well as the demographic from the non-demographic drivers, and refines the previous methodology, in particular by extending the country coverage. ― The first OECD meeting on Mining Regions will be held in Antofagasta, Chile from 5-7 October 2017. The event is a starting point for the creation of a platform to enhance cooperation among mining regions and their cities to increase productivity and well-being. ― Sweden sends last year's backing singers The Mamas with the song 'Move'. Continue reading → ― The Luncheonette A quick bite with the hottest new artist! Bailey James has been has been on Southern Fellow a few times. Each time it’s with a song better than the last, but for me there is one song I have been looking for from her. It hit me that “Beck and Call” was this very […] ― Le Nicaragua, qui ne compterait officiellement qu’une dizaine de cas de contamination, n’a pris aucune mesure contre le Covid-19, contrairement à ses voisins. Le régime de Daniel Ortega, secoué il y a deux ans par une contestation massive, joue la carte de la normalité. ― Ce lundi 20 avril, Netflix a mis en ligne les deux premiers épisodes de la très attendue série documentaire The Last Dance, coproduite avec ESPN et consacrée à Michael Jordan et aux Chicago Bulls lors de la saison 1997-1998. Au-delà de l’impact de cette sortie sur le monde du basket et plus généralement sur celui du sport, nous pouvons nous interroger sur un phénomène de « netflixisation » du sport depuis plusieurs années maintenant. ― Here's a look at the number of coronavirus cases in Louisiana and the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak. ― The OECD Port-Cities Programme aims to identify how ports can be assets for urban development. The programme therefore assesses the impact of ports on cities and regions. It also compares policies aimed at increasing positive regional impacts of ports and limiting negative effects. ― This report examines the ongoing development of education policy, practice and leadership in Scotland, by providing an independent review of the direction of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and emerging impacts seen in quality and equity in Scottish schooling. ― A galactic visitor entered our solar system last year—interstellar comet 2I/Borisov. When astronomers pointed the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) toward the comet on 15 and 16 December 2019, for the first time they directly observed the chemicals stored inside an object from a planetary system other than our own. This research is published online on 20 April 2020 in the journal Nature Astronomy. ― Poverty and income inequality have worsened since the onset of the crisis. While the design of fiscal measures has mitigated the burden sharing of fiscal adjustment, as the recession has deepened unemployment has risen, earnings have declined and social tensions have increased. ― By casting an eye into the daily lives of dinosaurs millions of years in the past, Western researchers may be helping humanity get a glimpse of its future. ― Consumer Confidence in Thailand decreased to 50.30 points in March from 64.80 points in February of 2020. Consumer Confidence in Thailand averaged 79.05 points from 1998 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 112.40 points in December of 2003 and a record low of 39.70 points in October of 1998. In Thailand, the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) measures consumer’s outlook about current and future economic conditions, job prospects and income expectations. The index is based on a survey of around 2440 households. An index above 100 indicates an improving outlook and below 100 a deteriorating outlook. This page provides - Thailand Consumer Confidence - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― There can be no sustainable peace in Afghanistan if women are not at the negotiating table, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ambassadors and activists at UN Headquarters on Tuesday. ― Using cells from human breast cancers and mouse breast cancer models, researchers say they have significant new evidence that tumor cells exposed to low-oxygen conditions have an advantage when it comes to invading and surviving in the bloodstream. ― Have you ever wondered what kind of rocks make up those bright and dark splotches on the moon? Well, the USGS has just released a new authoritative map to help explain the 4.5-billion-year-old history of our nearest neighbor in space. ― La France et l'Espagne, pays parmi les plus meurtris par la pandémie de nouveau coronavirus, présentent mardi leurs plans de déconfinement progressif, à l'heure où le nombre de cas enregistrés dans le monde a dépassé trois millions. Aux Etats-Unis, pays qui connaît le plus lourd bilan de cas de Covid-19 tout comme de décès, le président Donald Trump a accusé la Chine d'avoir mal géré cette crise sanitaire mondiale, qui a débuté chez elle. Il est allé jusqu'à évoquer une demande de réparations, pour un montant "très élevé". ― An article from the OECD Insights blog about the Metropolitan Explorer - a nifty tool from the OECD that lets you explore statistics for 268 metropolitan areas in OECD countries. ― A joint event of the OECD, the World Bank and the Growth Dialogue, this symposium brought together leading experts and policy makers from advanced, emerging and developing economies to discuss the impacts of the main technologies. ― Shutting down immunization services in the COVID-19 pandemic risks triggering a resurgence of diseases that can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines, warns WHO in the lead-up to World Immunization Week (24-30 April). ― The UK's oil and gas industry says many firms will struggle to survive through the coronavirus crisis. ― The country profile: pension eligibility ages and other qualifying conditions; the rules for calculating benefit entitlements; the treatment of early and late retirees; personal income tax and social security contributions. ― Though mighty, the Milky Way and galaxies of similar mass are not without scars chronicling turbulent histories. University of California, Irvine astronomers and others have shown that clusters of supernovas can cause the birth of scattered, eccentrically orbiting suns in outer stellar halos, upending commonly held notions of how star systems have formed and evolved over billions of years. ― This week, at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) and the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), IBM researchers will showcase new hardware that will take AI further than it's been before: right to the edge. Our novel approaches for digital and analog AI chips boost speed and slash energy demand for deep learning, without sacrificing accuracy. On the digital side, we're setting the stage for a new industry standard in AI training with an approach that achieves full accuracy with eight-bit precision, accelerating training time by two to four times over today's systems. On the analog side, we report eight-bit precision—the highest yet—for an analog chip, roughly doubling accuracy compared with previous analog chips while consuming 33x less energy than a digital architecture of similar precision. These achievements herald a new era of computing hardware designed to unleash the full potential of AI. ― The microcomputer revolution of the 1970s triggered a Wild West-like expansion of personal computers in the 1980s. Over the course of the decade, dozens of personal computing devices, from Atari to Xerox Alto, flooded into the market. CPUs and microprocessors advanced rapidly, with new generations coming out on a monthly basis. ― The Indonesian economy has enjoyed strong and stable growth over the past decade and a half, leading to impressive reductions in poverty and major improvements in living standards. But challenges remain to continue to converge towards higher-income countries, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Indonesia. ― Many common materials are not sustainable. Some are harmful to plants or animals, others contain rare elements that will not always be as readily available as they are today. A great hope for the future is to achieve different material properties by using novel organic molecules. Organic high-performance materials containing only common elements such as carbon, hydrogen or oxygen could solve our resource problem—but their preparation is usually anything but environmentally friendly. Often very toxic substances are used during the synthesis of such materials, even if the end product itself is non-toxic. ― In Latin American and Caribbean countries the population is growing faster than the world average, intensifying land use and increasing urbanisation. The region is also prone to the negative impact of climate change and natural disasters, putting further pressure on natural resources. ― A track by track review of Dua Lipa's disco infused sophomore album Future Nostalgia. Continue reading → ― Some 60 companies including such leading brands as Subway, Sprint and the NFL are joining forces to help each other follow you around online. ― This country note provides information on latest trends in income inequalities as well as key findings from the 2011 OECD report "Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising". ― This paper proposes a new set of public health and long-term care expenditure projections until 2060, seven years after a first set of projections was published by the OECD. It disentangles health from long-term care expenditure, as well as the demographic from the non-demographic drivers, and refines the previous methodology, in particular by extending the country coverage. ― Low oil prices and monetary easing are boosting growth in the world’s major economies, but the near-term pace of expansion remains modest, withabnormally low inflation and interest rates pointing to risks of financial instability, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. ― This note presents marginal effective tax rates (METRs) that summarise the tax system’s impact on the incentives to make an additional investment in a particular type of savings. By comparing METRs on different types of household savings, we can gain insights into which assets or savings types receive the most favourable treatment from the tax system. ― Regardons bien cette case de Floyd Gottfredson, datée de 1938, et demandons-nous ce qui a bien pu mettre Mickey dans cet état. Qu’est-ce qu’il a bien pu lire pour lui donner envie, à ce point-là, de partir chasser les baleines ? Un roman, dans lequel on nous explique par le menu comment pécher les baleines, aucun doute n’est permis, il s’agit du Moby Dick d’Herman Melville, publié en 1851 : Moby Dick or the Whale. Le roman raconte la quête furieuse, insensée, démentielle, du capitaine Achab, parti chasser Moby Dick, la baleine blanche ou plutôt le cachalot qui lui a arraché une jambe lors d’une précédente campagne de pêche. Il entraîne dans sa folie tout l’équipage de son navire, le Pequod, jusqu’au sacrifice ultime, puisqu’à la fin tout le monde périt, à l’exception d’Ismaël, le narrateur du roman. ― A pair of researchers, one with the University of California, the other Stanford University, has found that larger families tend to have more conservative views on social issues. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Tom Vogl and Jeremy Freese describe their analyses of data from the General Social Survey and what it revealed about a correlation between family size and conservative views. ― Young people are being excluded from economic life by a combination of joblessness and barriers to the creation of start-ups. Unleashing the energy, entrepreneurial spirit and technological genius of the young is not just a moral imperative, but an economic necessity. ― Global trade imbalances narrowed in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. They have remained at a lower level but are still of concern to policy makers because of the risks they pose to individual economies, as well as globally. ― ― Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment. ― Botswana has become the 99th jurisdiction to join the Inclusive Framework on BEPS (“IF”) and will participate on an equal footing in the BEPS Project as an Associate. ― But the Democratic field needs winnowing ― Les bateaux de pêche ne pétaradent plus. Les usines sont à l'arrêt. Les touristes ont disparu. ― A ‘Larry King Live’ episode that backed up a sexual assault claim against presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden vanished from Google Play after CNN grudgingly reported on it. Have the MSM’s double standards finally crushed #MeToo? Read Full Article at RT.com ― Les êtres vivants sont mortels. Même les étoiles meurent. Pourtant, on dit que nous sommes faits de poussière d’étoiles. Est-ce que la matière elle-même peut mourir ? ― Today, Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the Convention), becoming the 90th jurisdiction to join the Convention, which now covers over 1 600 bilateral tax treaties. ― Skills shortages have developed in certain fields and regions in recent years. Earnings premiums for people in some professions, notably health, engineering and skilled trades have increased. ― The common view of heredity is that all information passed down from one generation to the next is stored in an organism's DNA. But Antony Jose, associate professor of cell biology and molecular genetics at the University of Maryland, disagrees. ― An early leader in environmental policy, the Netherlands has decoupled greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth and virtually eliminated landfilling over the past decade. Yet a very fossil fuel-intensive energy mix and looming pressures from traffic congestion and intensive farming are creating new challenges, according to a new OECD report. ― The global economy is stuck in a low-growth trap that will require more coordinated and comprehensive use of fiscal, monetary and structural policies to move to a higher growth path and ensure that promises are kept to both young and old, according to the OECD’s latest Global Economic Outlook. ― While the Slovenian economy has been successful in bounding forward, it has taken hard falls in the past, and a lack of resilience means it has taken a long time to recover. ― The OECD is now gathering input for the Stage 1 peer reviews of Australia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand and Portugal, and invites taxpayers to submit input on specific issues relating to access to MAP, clarity and availability of MAP guidance and the timely implementation of MAP agreements for each of these jurisdictions using the taxpayer input questionnaire. ― Money Supply M1 in Venezuela increased to 58935301.13 VEF Million in February from 49079722.93 VEF Million in January of 2020. Money Supply M1 in Venezuela averaged 358259.80 VEF Million from 1957 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 58935301.13 VEF Million in February of 2020 and a record low of 0 VEF Million in February of 1957. This page provides - Venezuela Money Supply M1 - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― UW-Parkside professors attend technology workshop | A+ Journal Times ― The paper describes the fiscal framework used in long-term economic scenarios, with some emphasis on revisions made since the 2013 vintage of the long-term model. ― This newsletter provides up-to-date information on activities related to biotechnology at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It is mainly intended for delegates to OECD meetings who are already familiar with certain aspects of OECD‟s work. We hope that it is also informative for the wider biotech community. ― Following a premature birth it is important that the parents and the infant quickly establish a good relationship. Researchers have studied the relationship between mothers and infants who have continuous skin-to-skin contact during the entire period from birth to discharge from the hospital. The results show that continuous skin-to-skin contact does not lead to better interaction between the mother and the infant. ― When parents eat low-protein or high-fat diets it can lead to metabolic disorders in their adult offspring. Now, an international team has identified a key player and the molecular events underlying this phenomenon in mice. ― As outbreaks of COVID-19 disease caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) continue worldwide, there's reassuring evidence that children have fewer symptoms and less severe disease. ― Electronic skin monitors body's vitals signs while being powered by sweat. ― Umeå physicists in collaboration with the Technical University of Dresden and Chalmers University are the first to show high stability of the porous nanomaterial COF-1. The study is published in Angewandte Chemie, Int. Ed. ― Researchers have developed an ultra-light robotic insect that uses its soft artificial muscles to move at 3 cm per second across different types of terrain. It can be folded or crushed and yet continue to move. ― This 4-page online document presents the key findings from OECD Pensions at a Glance 2015 and why it is important for the United Kingdom. It also identifies two key pension policy measures which would help improve the performance of pension systems in the United Kingdom ― Trump is spreading misinformation | Coronavirus The Philadelphia Tribune ― In this paper we include measures of school quality in regressions determining the labour market premiums to education level. ― 27 June 2019 - Preliminary data for 2018 show an increase in gross premiums of domestic insurance companies in most countries, especially in the non-life sector. ― Skill requirements in the labour market have significantly changed over the past two decades. The restructuring of the economy is making the labour market increasingly knowledge-based. ― Après le succès du dernier album des aventures du célèbre Gaulois, les éditions Albert René publieront en octobre une réédition du « Menhir d’or », livre audio déjà publié en 1967. ― Researchers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have conducted detailed spectroscopy of N132D—an X-ray bright supernova remnant (SNR) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Results of the study, presented in a paper published April 15 on the arXiv pre-print server, provide important information about the chemical composition of this SNR and shed more light on its origin. ― La crise politique actuelle en Italie inquiète les dirigeants européens et les marchés. En direct de Bruxelles, notre correspondant Valéry Lerouge fait le point. ― This paper reviews empirical research on finance and labour markets. ― The OECD Governance and Territorial Development Directorate has worked closely with United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) on urban development issues. This webpage highlights the complex governance challenges that cities present and offers guidance on how they may be overcome. ― Here is my new album cover! ― Originally published in July 1898 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ― Improving the labour market performance of immigrants requires a two-fold strategy. First, policies specific to migrants need to be enhanced. Second, general reforms to improve the functioning of the economy, desirable in any case, could also have a significant positive impact on immigrants. ― ITU-WHO Joint Statement: Unleashing information technology to defeat COVID-19 World Health Organization ― Hands up if you know how many different classifications of pop music exist? If you said 11 – well done. According to some sources you would be correct! According to others pop music is simply what’s ‘popular’. That’s fine but I need to categorize things ok! What are they I hear you ask? Well, click […] ― The protagonist of “The German House” is a court interpreter ― Au sommaire du JT rythmé de la Parisienne Libérée: fièvre électorale, annonce bienveillante d'une interdiction de séjour généralisée, conversation politique au bord de l'eau et spot promotionnel de la Finance Philosophe® contre les excès de la biodiversité – sans oublier la météo nucléaire. ― Experimental quantum computers are plagued with errors. Researchers now offer a novel method to reduce errors in a scheme applicable across different types of quantum hardware. ― This learning experience is an important model for other countries recovering from natural disasters as well. It demonstrates how they can best invest in their most precious resource – their young people! ― This note is taken from Chapter 2 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2011. ― A worldwide compilation of long-term insect abundance studies shows that the number of land-dwelling insects is in decline. On average, there is a global decrease of 0.92% per year, which translates to approximately 24% over 30 years. At the same time, the number of insects living in freshwater, such as midges and mayflies, has increased on average by 1.08% each year. This is possibly due to effective water protection policies. Despite these overall averages, local trends are highly variable, and areas that have been less impacted by humans appear to have weaker trends. These are the results from the largest study of insect change to date, including 1676 sites across the world, now published in the journal Science. The study was led by researchers from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig University (UL) and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). It fills key knowledge gaps in the context of the much-discussed issue of insect declines. ― Stockbuilding pushes OECD GDP growth up to 0.5% in the third quarter of 2016 ― Panama recorded a Current Account deficit of 4.70 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product in 2019. Current Account to GDP in Panama averaged -4.34 percent from 1980 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 14.81 percent in 1988 and a record low of -13.40 percent in 2014. The Current account balance as a percent of GDP provides an indication on the level of international competitiveness of a country. Usually, countries recording a strong current account surplus have an economy heavily dependent on exports revenues, with high savings ratings but weak domestic demand. On the other hand, countries recording a current account deficit have strong imports, a low saving rates and high personal consumption rates as a percentage of disposable incomes. This page provides - Panama Current Account to GDP - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. ― Entry rates for higher education increased after Italy introduced a new degree structure in the early 2000s. While university-level attainment still remains below the OECD average, the gap for younger generations of Italians is expected to narrow over the next decade. ― Bakers have been crafting bread for more than 6,000 years with four simple ingredients: flour, salt, water and yeast. Apart from using high-quality ingredients, the kneading process and amount of time the dough is given to rise ultimately determine the bread's quality. ― This country note presents student performance in science, reading and mathematics, and measures equity in education in Switzerland. The interactive charts allow you to compare results with other countries participating in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). ― Tax and fiscal policy responses should continue to play a critical role in limiting the hardship caused by containment measures during the coronavirus crisis, new OECD analysis says. But while many governments have taken action, getting the support to the most vulnerable households and firms still poses major challenges. ― Education at a Glance 2012 - Country Note for Germany (german) ― On 19 October 2012, the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs released for public comment a revised discussion draft on tax treaty issues related to emissions permits and credits. The OECD has now published the comments received on this revised discussion draft. ― Kiev était enveloppée vendredi d'une épaisse fumée provenant notamment des feux de forêt dans la zone d'exclusion de Tchernobyl et le niveau de pollution relevé au cours de la journée dans la capitale ukrainienne a figuré parmi les pires du monde. Kiev, qui compte plus de trois millions d'habitants, a été frappée jeudi soir par une tempête de sable provoquée par des rafales de vent, avant de plonger dans un énorme nuage de fumée avec une forte odeur de brûlé. Dans la journée de vendredi, la qualité de l'air s'est légèrement améliorée dans cette ville, selon le classement des niveaux de pollution établi par IQAir, une société dont le siège est en Suisse. ― This event addressed cutting-edge policy issues and research ideas to advance consumer protection globally. Discussions will focus on mobile, online and digital payment systems; behavioural and decision-making insights; and, frameworks for treating consumers fairly. ― Qui n'a jamais rêvé de parler la même langue que les animaux ? Grâce à cette application, découvrez les mystères du chant des oiseaux. ― Researchers at Cranfield University have developed a smartphone app which can connect with off-the-shelf drones and send them to autonomously inspect multiple locations using coordinates received by SMS text message. ― French Quarter riverboat will hoist Saints flags and play music in tribute to 'Rebirth' game NOLA.com ― Read about our groundbreaking report on inequality - In it Together: Why less inequality benefits all - as well as our recent work on tackling harmful alcohol use. You can also find here all our work on employment, migration, health and social policy over the last few months, as well as highlights from this summer's OECD Forum which addressed the theme "Investing in the future: people, planet, prosperity”. ― The paper reviews a number of commercial and public data sources to examine their potential for increasing coverage and understanding of the volume and characteristics of private climate finance beyond renewable energy projects. Such information is needed to assess progress towards the global transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies. ― Unemployment in France is falling. So are the president’s poll ratings ― Work on the development of the Multilateral Instrument to implement the tax treaty-related Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan began on 27 May 2015 in Paris. As per the OECD/G20 mandate, the ad hoc Group that will complete the work under Action 15 has been established, with over 80 countries participating. ― Two rounds of the Survey of Adult Skills are under way: Round 1 (2008-13) with 24 participating countries, whose results were released in October 2013, and Round 2 (2012-16) with 9 participating countries, whose results will be released in 2016. A third round is scheduled to begin in May 2014. ― Levels of alcohol consumption in Spain have been decreasing progressively over the past 30 years, although they remain above the average of OECD countries. In 2010, an average of 9.8 litres of pure alcohol per capita is consumed in Spain, compared with an estimate of 9 litres in the OECD. ― This is the first paper that comprehensively documents the profiles of the 1% highest paid employees across 18 European countries. The data come from the largest harmonised source available, an employer-based survey that covers the labour income of 10 million employees, excluding the self-employed. ― Country notes with main key findings of the book and key fact tables: a customised snapshot of a country's educational environment, highlighting the most important issues in the educational landscape. ― Read Full Article at RT.com ― An international team of scientists that includes researchers from ITMO University has developed a new composite material based on perovskite nanocrystals for the purpose of creating miniature light sources with improved output capacity. The introduction of perovskite nanocrystals into porous glass microparticles made it possible to increase their operating time by almost three times, and the subsequent coating of these particles with polymers—to increase the stability of their optical properties when underwater, which is especially important for the purposes of creating light sources for application in biological media. The results have been published in ChemNanoMat. ― If one gets destroyed, a replacement needs to be on its way soon ― Military Expenditure in Colombia increased to 10303 USD Million in 2018 from 10018 USD Million in 2017. Military Expenditure in Colombia averaged 3567.31 USD Million from 1958 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 10303 USD Million in 2018 and a record low of 358 USD Million in 1959. ―