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Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Economist | Small companies in poor countries: Looking for a Google http://www.economist.com/node/21564265?
Why aren't entrepreneurs in poor countries as successful as their counterparts in rich countries? The answer may surprise you - lack of management skills.
Monday, August 15, 2011
- Reporting companies had a high gross margin
- Reporting companies had a high median SG&A spending as a percent of sales
- Reporting companies had a higher free cash flow to sales performance
- Reporting companies had a higher return on sales
- Are reporting companies more successful because they report, or,
- Are successful companies reporting more because they have the luxury to do so; value transparency and sustainability reporting; and the capability that makes them a success financially, also makes it easier for them to produce sustainability reports (as the measuring just ain’t easy)
Sunday, March 20, 2011
It's no secret that the west would rather no deal with Gaddafi. The man easily flips between lunacy and pragmatism (yes -- remember eight years ago, when he decided to "change" his stripes). But will the west stop short of holding off Gaddafi's forces, or will they assist the rebels militarily? Will the west go all the way and enable a regime change?
Taking out Gaddafi's air force was one thing, but crippling his military is another. If it was just the air force, Gaddafi's forces could still crush the rebellion. And that's the problem. Other autocratic regimes -- the rest of the Arab world, Russia and China -- are looking on in horror. While the west would never dare run bombing campaigns against China and Russia, the rest of the Arab world may be up for grabs. And that is a bit concerning for the Arab League, and that's why they will pull support for the bombardment of Libya. Which will just position the west as again bombing the Muslim world.
Sometimes, you just can't win.
in reference to: Libya: Shifting sands | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian (view on Google Sidewiki)
Congratulations to the Huu-ay-aht, Ka:yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h', Uchucklesaht, Toquaht and Ucluelet
I wish the Huu-ay-aht, Ka:yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h'
in reference to:
"The Maa-nulth Treaty, Vancouver Island's first modern-day treaty, comes into effect April 1 and the five Maa-nulth First Nations from around Barkley Sound and Kyuquot Sound, are finalizing individual laws, strategizing economic development projects and planning individual celebrations as well as a joint celebration in Port Alberni on April 2."
- Citizenship at hand for five Vancouver Island bands (view on Google Sidewiki)
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Tomorrow, October 4th, is World Habitat Day -- a day designated by the UN to bring attention to the sorry state of housing for the world's population. Habitat for Humanity is one of those organizations that's putting sweat to the problem -- not thinking about the problem -- just working to fix it. Check out the link below for more.in reference to:
"Every week, more than a million people are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world. As a result, the urban population of developing countries will double from 2 billion to 4 billion in the next 30 years. (Kissick, et al: 2006) By the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour. (UN-HABITAT: 2005)"
- World Habitat Day Oct. 4, 2010 - Social Media News Release (view on Google Sidewiki)
Friday, August 20, 2010
Cause they have Indian food there.
Not because your parents live there?
My parents aren't Indian.
Your parents are Canadian.
Can I take the 407? If I found a route on how to get there? I have to ask you, because it's a toll route. Because you're the one it's registered under.
Because the bill goes to you.
So, it's common courtesy to ask before you do it.
Does it matter what I say?
Yes it does.
Because ... if you tell me no, that I can't use the 407, I won't use the 407.
If you tell me how much it is, then I can pay you back at least a portion of it.
A lot of money.
How often do they bill you?
How often do they bill you? Every a month, or every time you use it?
On average, how much do you pay?
Course, that's why I'm asking you for an average.
I don't know, I don't have all my bills. I don't know for what period you want the average.
I can't remember what the bill was. Probably because I haven't seen it yet.
For June 2010.
It was a long time ago, I don't remember.
That's nice. There's fireworks out there.
Must be somebody's birthday.