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  1. Emergence of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA Technique as a Strategy towards Sustainable Development: A Sri Lankan Experience

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    D. N. Koralagama

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available In this millennium all the development activities are mostly focused on sustainable development, i.e. the development which fulfils the requirements of the present without disturbing the utilization of future generation. Basically, the sustainable development deals with environmental, social, and economical initiations. In relation to these three objectives, community participation plays a key role as an effective strategy for sustainable development. Among the numerous types of participation, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA technique is the most relevant effective method to receive the participation. Because, it has been strengthen by bottom up approach, well defined objectives, practicable solutions, and remedies. Hence, the out come of such an event is most productive rather than a top bottom approach techniques. In fact, a PRA was practiced to develop a strategic plan for tsunami affected village – Bambaranda east, in southern province of Sri Lanka. PRA sessions were carried out during February, 2007 by the Department of Agric. Economics of Ruhuna University, Sri Lanka in collaboration with Japanese Green Resource Agency, Japan.Participatory mapping, venn diagram, matrix ranking, preference ranking, and pair - wise ranking were demonstrated to gather information from the community. The tsunami affected area, including the paddy fields, four irrigation canals were shown by the group with the help of the participatory map. Preference ranking was resulted the reconstruction of irrigation canals as the most important rehabilitation activity to recover the livelihood of villagers. Intrusion of sea water into the paddy fields was the main limitation revealed by the pair - wise ranking. The second limitation marked as unavailability of enough fertilizer and the dilapidated irrigation canals was the third that has to be solved. Matrix ranking was employed to identify the most facilitated sectors by the government and other institutes in order

  2. Selecting the seismic HRA approach for Savannah River Plant PRA revision 1

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    Papouchado, K.; Salaymeh, J. [eds.] [Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States); Wingo, H.E.; Benhardt, H.C.; van Buijtenen, C.M.; Mitts, T.M. [Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs., Richland, WA (United States)

    1993-10-01

    The Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) has prepared a level I probabilistic risk assessment (PRA), Rev. 0 of reactor operations for externally-initiated events including seismic events. The SRS PRA, Rev. 0 Seismic HRA received a critical review that expressed skepticism with the approach used for human reliability analysis because it had not been previously used and accepted in other published PRAs. This report provides a review of published probabilistic risk assessments (PRAs), the associated methodology guidance documents, and the psychological literature to identify parameters important to seismic human reliability analysis (HRA). It also describes a recommended approach for use in the Savannah River Site (SRS) PRA. The SRS seismic event PRA performs HRA to account for the contribution of human errors in the accident sequences. The HRA of human actions during and after a seismic event is an area subject to many uncertainties and involves significant analyst judgment. The approach recommended by this report is based on seismic HRA methods and associated issues and concerns identified from the review of these referenced documents that represent the current state-of-the- art knowledge and acceptance in the seismic HRA field.

  3. Selecting the seismic HRA approach for Savannah River Plant PRA revision 1

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    The Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) has prepared a level I probabilistic risk assessment (PRA), Rev. 0 of reactor operations for externally-initiated events including seismic events. The SRS PRA, Rev. 0 Seismic HRA received a critical review that expressed skepticism with the approach used for human reliability analysis because it had not been previously used and accepted in other published PRAs. This report provides a review of published probabilistic risk assessments (PRAs), the associated methodology guidance documents, and the psychological literature to identify parameters important to seismic human reliability analysis (HRA). It also describes a recommended approach for use in the Savannah River Site (SRS) PRA. The SRS seismic event PRA performs HRA to account for the contribution of human errors in the accident sequences. The HRA of human actions during and after a seismic event is an area subject to many uncertainties and involves significant analyst judgment. The approach recommended by this report is based on seismic HRA methods and associated issues and concerns identified from the review of these referenced documents that represent the current state-of-the- art knowledge and acceptance in the seismic HRA field

  4. Participatory Rural Appraisal as an Approach to Environmental Education in Urban Community Gardens.

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    Doyle, Rebekah; Krasny, Marianne

    2003-01-01

    Describes the Cornell University Garden Mosaics program in which youth learn about ethnic gardening practices in urban community gardens using research methods adapted from the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). Conducts a study to determine whether youth could effectively facilitate PRA activities with gardeners and to document any social and…

  5. Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA) approach in cases of relationship between the oil industries with fishing communities: the case of El Paso in the Basin of Camamu, Almada, Bahia, Brazil; Abordagem do Diagnostico Rapido Participativo (DRP) em processos de relacionamento entre a industria petrolifera e as comunidades pesqueiras: o caso da El Paso na Bacia de Camamu, Almada, Bahia, Brasil

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    Diogo, Hugo; Figueira, Luciara; Prysthon, Adriano; Pinho, Milena; Link, Monica [SOMA Solucoes em Meio Ambiente Ltda., Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Ribeiro, Fatima [El Paso Oleo e Gas do Brasil Ltda., Natal, RN (Brazil); Ortiz, Marcos [Com Junto Ltda. (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    This article is based on an assessment that indicates the low effectiveness of the actions and programmes of social responsibility to the less impact than in business and should not build the value they expected. Focussing on this issue in cases of relationship between oil and gas companies with fishing communities, the scene of conflict is chronic and there is a fragile relationship in terms of confidence. It has been further that the approaches and methods commonly used are not properly aligned to the realities and characteristics of artisanal fisheries. In this context, we present an innovative process of relationship between the company El Paso Oil and Gas of Brazil and fishing communities in the region of Baixo-Sul, Bahia. The strategy used effectively consolidated the relationship of confidence between the company and the fishing communities around the area of exploration, rescuing the self-esteem, alleviate the marginalisation and making visible a productive sector of extreme importance. Furthermore, the capabilities and skills, both communities as the government and other companies to take more solid and ongoing commitments in the process of co-management require specific efforts in the strengthening of an institutional arrangement and the formation of social capital to continue advancing in concept work. (author)

  6. PRA-based SMA: The first tool toward a risk-informed approach to the seismic design of the IRIS

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    International Reactor Innovative and Secure (IRIS) is an advanced, modular, medium-power PWR with an integral primary system layout. As part of the 'safety-by-designTM' philosophy that inspired the project from the very beginning, a risk-informed approach to its design phase is being adopted and a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) is being used as an active tool in pursuing an advanced level of safety. Within this framework, a preliminary PRA-based seismic margin assessment (SMA) has been conducted to assess the ability of the IRIS standard design to respond to seismic events. A high confidence of low probability of failure at the core damage sequence level and then at the entire plant level is the primary result of the SMA model; in the end, it will have to ensure that IRIS can withstand the review-level earthquake of 0.5 g which is consistent with the upper bin level of the NUREG/CR-4334. In this preliminary phase of its development, in which the core of the quantitative data is critically extracted from the SMA of other PWR designs, the IRIS SMA model can be seen as a first step toward the development of an extensive seismic PRA model. (author)

  7. An investment appraisal approach to clinical trial design.

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    Backhouse, M E

    1998-11-01

    In this paper, a general investment appraisal model is presented which shows how pharmaceutical companies could take profit considerations into account when making decisions about the design of randomized controlled trials. A general model is presented based on the net present value method of investment appraisal. The approach is illustrated with a hypothetical example which shows how optimal (net present value maximizing) designs can be determined based on choices about sample size and endpoint measurement. The method could be extended to accommodate considerations about other trial design features, and could be used to determine a portfolio of studies which maximizes the expected return on a given development or trial budget. Furthermore, the approach could be used by pharmaceutical companies to evaluate the incremental costs and benefits of incorporating non-clinical objectives into trials, such as quality of life research and economic evaluation studies. A number of practical difficulties would need to be overcome to utilize the approach. Directions for further research are therefore highlighted centred on the key components of the model: a trial cost function, a product demand function, innovation diffusion processes and Bayesian approaches to trial design. PMID:9845254

  8. PRA quality and use

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    This report deals with several inter-related aspects of probabilistic risk assessment. Some prior opinion regarding quality assurance, methodology and questions of peer review are reviewed, followed by comments by the authors on these and related subjects. Problems arising in decision-making by different groups concerning the meaning and validity of a PRA are examined, and the role of performance criteria in helping to achieve consensus is treated. Finally, a general approach to the development of performance criteria for systems and functions by the retrospective comparison of existing PRAs is proposed and examined in a preliminary fashion

  9. Participatory rural appraisal approaches: an overview and an exemplary application of focus group discussion in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies

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    M.N. Uddin

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Different tools and techniques of participatory approaches are the basic way of conducting qualitative research especially in the field of applied social science. Focus Group Discussion (FGD is one of the main Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA technique often used in combination with others to achieve desired goals. Considering this concept, this paper attempts to review the PRA approach and then application of FGD, in combination with matrix scoring and ranking to identify problems and causes of climate change along with possible mitigation and adaptation strategies. A group of 20 students at post graduate level under the faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany those from different corner of the world was considered as target people of the study. The results concluded that “unpredictable weather events” was ranked as the present outstanding visible climate change problem caused by “human activities”. However, it was noted that if alternative renewable energy sources are exploited, this could contribute to solving the present climate change problem. This finding might have the good reference for the policy makers in the same line not only for developing countries but also for developed countries.

  10. A New Approach to Feasibility Risk Assessment within Transport Infrastructure Appraisal

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    Salling, Kim Bang

    2013-01-01

    This paper introduces a new approach of applying feasibility risk assessment within transport project infrastructure appraisal. The procedure is based upon quantitative risk analysis and Monte Carlo simulation in combination with conventional cost-benefit analysis converting deterministic benefit...

  11. Critical appraisal. 2015 Update: Approaches to Caries Removal.

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    Browning, William D

    2015-01-01

    Every day in the United States and around the world, complete caries removal in vital, asymptomatic teeth with deep caries lesions ends in unavoidable exposure of the pulp. As a result, the complexity and cost of treatment increase dramatically, and many patients are left with extraction as their only viable option. This Critical Appraisal updates a previous appraisal (2013). Since that review three, systematic reviews of the literature and one large, randomized controlled clinical trial (RCT) have been published. Thus, newer, higher quality evidence is available that supports alternative treatments designed to preserve the vitality of the tooth and thus avoid extraction. PMID:26179343

  12. Appraisals, Emotions and Emotion Regulation: AnIntegrative Approach

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    Schmidt, Susanna; Tinti, Carla; Levine, Linda J.; Testa, Silvia

    2010-01-01

    The present work aims to investigate the relation between appraisals, emotions, and emotion regulation strategies by creating a structural equation model which integrates these three aspects of the emotion process. To reach this aim, Italian students (N = 610) confronted with their high school diploma examination completed a questionnaire 3 weeks before the beginning of the exam. Results showed that they experienced primarily three types of emotions—anxiety/fear, frustration/powerlessness, po...

  13. An MCDA approach for the selection of bike projects based on structuring and appraising activities

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    Barfod, Michael Bruhn

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents an MCDA approach for the structuring and appraising activities of a large and complex decision problem. More specifically, the paper makes use of the three-step structuring process for decision analysis proposed by von Winterfeldt and Edwards: 1) identifying the problem; 2...

  14. Selectionist and evolutionary approaches to brain function: a critical appraisal

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    Chrisantha Thomas Fernando

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available We consider approaches to brain dynamics and function that have been claimed to be Darwinian. These include Edelman’s theory of neuronal group selection, Changeux’s theory of synaptic selection and selective stabilization of pre-representations, Seung’s Darwinian synapse, Loewenstein’s synaptic melioration, Adam’s selfish synapse and Calvin’s replicating activity patterns. Except for the last two, the proposed mechanisms are selectionist but not truly Darwinian, because no replicators with information transfer to copies and hereditary variation can be identified in them. All of them fit, however, a generalized selectionist framework conforming to the picture of Price’s covariance formulation, which deliberately was not specific even to selection in biology, and therefore does not imply an algorithmic picture of biological evolution. Bayesian models and reinforcement learning are formally in agreement with selection dynamics. A classification of search algorithms is shown to include Darwinian replicators (evolutionary units with multiplication, heredity and variability as the most powerful mechanism in a sparsely occupied search space. Examples of why parallel competitive search with information transfer among the units is efficient are given. Finally, we review our recent attempts to construct and analyze simple models of true Darwinian evolutionary units in the brain in terms of connectivity and activity copying of neuronal groups. Although none of the proposed neuronal replicators include miraculous mechanisms, their identification remains a challenge but also a great promise.

  15. WONOEP appraisal: new genetic approaches to study epilepsy.

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    Rossignol, Elsa; Kobow, Katja; Simonato, Michele; Loeb, Jeffrey A; Grisar, Thierry; Gilby, Krista L; Vinet, Jonathan; Kadam, Shilpa D; Becker, Albert J

    2014-08-01

    New genetic investigation techniques, including next-generation sequencing, epigenetic profiling, cell lineage mapping, targeted genetic manipulation of specific neuronal cell types, stem cell reprogramming, and optogenetic manipulations within epileptic networks are progressively unraveling the mysteries of epileptogenesis and ictogenesis. These techniques have opened new avenues to discover the molecular basis of epileptogenesis and to study the physiologic effects of mutations in epilepsy-associated genes on a multilayer level, from cells to circuits. This manuscript reviews recently published applications of these new genetic technologies in the study of epilepsy, as well as work presented by the authors at the genetic session of the XII Workshop on the Neurobiology of Epilepsy (WONOEP 2013) in Quebec, Canada. Next-generation sequencing is providing investigators with an unbiased means to assess the molecular causes of sporadic forms of epilepsy and has revealed the complexity and genetic heterogeneity of sporadic epilepsy disorders. To assess the functional impact of mutations in these newly identified genes on specific neuronal cell types during brain development, new modeling strategies in animals, including conditional genetics in mice and in utero knock-down approaches, are enabling functional validation with exquisite cell-type and temporal specificity. In addition, optogenetics, using cell-type-specific Cre recombinase driver lines, is enabling investigators to dissect networks involved in epilepsy. In addition, genetically encoded cell-type labeling is providing new means to assess the role of the nonneuronal components of epileptic networks such as glial cells. Furthermore, beyond its role in revealing coding variants involved in epileptogenesis, next-generation sequencing can be used to assess the epigenetic modifications that lead to sustained network hyperexcitability in epilepsy, including methylation changes in gene promoters and noncoding

  16. PRA and Conceptual Design

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    DeMott, Diana; Fuqua, Bryan; Wilson, Paul

    2013-01-01

    Once a project obtains approval, decision makers have to consider a variety of alternative paths for completing the project and meeting the project objectives. How decisions are made involves a variety of elements including: cost, experience, current technology, ideologies, politics, future needs and desires, capabilities, manpower, timing, available information, and for many ventures management needs to assess the elements of risk versus reward. The use of high level Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Models during conceptual design phases provides management with additional information during the decision making process regarding the risk potential for proposed operations and design prototypes. The methodology can be used as a tool to: 1) allow trade studies to compare alternatives based on risk, 2) determine which elements (equipment, process or operational parameters) drives the risk, and 3) provide information to mitigate or eliminate risks early in the conceptual design to lower costs. Creating system models using conceptual design proposals and generic key systems based on what is known today can provide an understanding of the magnitudes of proposed systems and operational risks and facilitates trade study comparisons early in the decision making process. Identifying the "best" way to achieve the desired results is difficult, and generally occurs based on limited information. PRA provides a tool for decision makers to explore how some decisions will affect risk before the project is committed to that path, which can ultimately save time and money.

  17. Hiperurisemia pada Pra Diabetes

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    Ellyza Nasrul

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available AbstrakAsam urat (AU merupakan produk akhir dari katabolisme adenin dan guanin yang berasal dari pemecahannukleotida purin. Urat dihasilkan oleh sel yang mengandung xanthine oxidase, terutama hepar dan usus kecil.Hiperurisemia adalah keadaan kadar asam urat dalam darah lebih dari 7,0 mg/dL.Pra diabetes adalah subjek yangmempunyai kadar glukosa plasma meningkat akan tetapi peningkatannya masih belum mencapai nilai minimaluntuk kriteria diagnosis diabetes melitus (DM. Glukosa darah puasa terganggu merupakan keadaan dimanapeningkatan kadar FPG≥100 mg/dL dan <126 mg/dL. Toleransi glukosa terganggu merupakan peningkatanglukosa plasma 2 jam setelah pembebanan 75 gram glukosa oral (≥140 mg/dL dan <200mg/dL dengan FPG<126 mg/dL.Insulin juga berperan dalam meningkatkan reabsorpsi asam urat di tubuli proksimal ginjal. Sehinggapada keadaan hiperinsulinemia pada pra diabetes terjadi peningkatan reabsorpsi yang akan menyebabkanhiperurisemia. Transporter urat yang berada di membran apikal tubuli renal dikenal sebagai URAT-1 berperandalam reabsorpsi urat.Kata kunci: Hiperurisemia, Pra DiabetesAbstractUric acid (AU is the end product of the catabolism of adenine and guanine nucleotides derived from thebreakdown of purines. Veins produced by cells containing xanthine oxidase, especially the liver and small intestine.Hyperuricemia is a state in the blood uric acid levels over 7.0 mg / dL.Pre-diabetes is a subject which has a plasmaglucose level will rise but the increase is still not reached the minimum value for the diagnostic criteria for diabetesmellitus (DM. Impaired fasting blood glucose is a condition in which increased levels of FPG ≥ 100 mg / dL and<126 mg / dL. Impaired glucose tolerance is an increase in plasma glucose 2 hours after 75 gram oral glucose load(≥ 140 mg / dL and <200mg/dl with FPG <126 mg / dL.Insulin also plays a role in increasing the reabsorption ofuric acid in renal proximal tubule. So that the hyperinsulinemia in the pre

  18. Experimental Study Comparing a Traditional Approach to Performance Appraisal Training to a Whole-Brain Training Method at C.B. Fleet Laboratories

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    Selden, Sally; Sherrier, Tom; Wooters, Robert

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a new approach to performance appraisal training. Motivated by split-brain theory and existing studies of cognitive information processing and performance appraisals, this exploratory study examined the effects of a whole-brain approach to training managers for implementing performance…

  19. SIP qualification and PRA approaches

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    Ghaffarian, R.; Goetz, M.

    2002-01-01

    System in a package (SIP) development is a response to an increasing demand for integration of different functions into one unit to reduce size and cost and improve functionality. Qualification of the newly developed multifunctional electronics are becoming complex at the package level and even more at the second and system levels.

  20. Appraisal, Work-Up and Diagnosis of Anterior Uveitis: A Practical Approach

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    Herbort, Carl P.

    2009-01-01

    This article presents a comprehensive approach of the diagnosis of anterior uveitis and appropriate investigational tests based on clinical signs. Uveitis has classically been presented by uveitis specialists as an obscure and complicated field in ophthalmology that was supposed to be restricted to the happy few who had the knowledge, which in some countries was even prevented from being diffused. The effect was that ophthalmologists turned away from uveitis or were not correctly armed when they chose to take care of uveitis patients. The consequences of this situation often fell upon the patients. Since more than 15 years our group has been represented by the Society for Ophthalmo-Immunoinfectiology in Europe (SOIE), which has been working to alter this image of uveitis and ensure that the knowledge of the basics of uveitis reaches the practicing ophthalmologist. Our firm believe is that up to 70% of uveitis cases, especially anterior uveitis, can be taken care of by the practicing ophthalmologist following a structured approach in the appraisal of the uveitis case. Judging from the attendance obtained, the response to our approach in every country (where we organise courses) has been inversely proportional to the previous disinterest since we started publicizing it. PMID:20404984

  1. Appraisal, work-up and diagnosis of anterior uveitis: A practical approach

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    Herbort Carl

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a comprehensive approach of the diagnosis of anterior uveitis and appropriate investigational tests based on clinical signs. Uveitis has classically been presented by uveitis specialists as an obscure and complicated field in ophthalmology that was supposed to be restricted to the happy few who had the knowledge, which in some countries was even prevented from being diffused. The effect was that ophthalmologists turned away from uveitis or were not correctly armed when they chose to take care of uveitis patients. The consequences of this situation often fell upon the patients. Since more than 15 years our group has been represented by the Society for Ophthalmo-Immunoinfectiology in Europe (SOIE, which has been working to alter this image of uveitis and ensure that the knowledge of the basics of uveitis reaches the practicing ophthalmologist. Our firm believe is that up to 70% of uveitis cases, especially anterior uveitis, can be taken care of by the practicing ophthalmologist following a structured approach in the appraisal of the uveitis case. Judging from the attendance obtained, the response to our approach in every country (where we organise courses has been inversely proportional to the previous disinterest since we started publicizing it.

  2. Seismic PRA methods: Insights and limitations

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    The approach used for protecting nuclear power plants against earthquake-initiated accidents is a very rigorous one, and involves enormous engineering effort. Highly prescriptive and conservative engineering design codes and standards are used. Despite this, recent PSA (probabilistic safety assessment) studies indicate that earthquake-initiated accidents sequences often constitute a major fraction of the overall core damage frequency and offsite risk. The statements above seem to be contradictory. Stated succinctly, if the plants are designed and constructed against earthquakes with such care, why is seismic-initiated accident risk apparently so large? Three possible explanations exist. Either the PRA results are largely correct, and the seismic contribution is significant enough to be of concern; or the PRA results are largely correct, but the overall risk is so small that the seismic fraction is not troublesome by itself; or the findings of the seismic PRAs are erroneous or highly conservative. This paper demonstrates why each of these three possible explanations contains a grain of truth, but also why none of them is, by itself, an accurate portrayal. The paper evaluates two areas, the methodology of seismic PRA, and the insights from numerous seismic PRAs already completed

  3. Appraisement and benchmarking of third-party logistic service provider by exploration of risk-based approach

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    Nitin Kumar Sahu

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present era, Reverse Logistics Support has monitored as a momentous realm, where stuffs are transferred from point of consumption to origin. The companies who provide the logistic equipments, i.e. Truck, Joseph Cyril Bomford, and Shipment, etc. to its partner’s firms called Third-Party Logistics (3PL service provider. Today, the feasible 3PL service provider evaluation-opt problem is yet an amorous dilemma. The appraisement and benchmarking of logistics service providers in extent of index; allied risk-based indices and their interrelated metrics; outlooked as a great tool for each international firm, in order that firm could obtain their core goals. The novelty of manuscript is that here, a hairy-based approach has been integrated and then implemented upon a novel developed multi hierarchical third-party logistics (3PL service providers appraisement index in purpose to umpire the 3PL provider for their strong and ill’s core indices. Moreover, the overall score (Si system has also been carried out for benchmarking the 3PL provider companies, where s1 has been found as the best 3PL service provider. The developed approach enabled the manager of firms to make the verdict towards the best inclusive evaluation process of 3PL performance appraisement and benchmarking. A numerical illustration has also been provided to validate the verdict support system.

  4. INCORPORATING DYNAMIC 3D SIMULATION INTO PRA

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    Steven R Prescott; Curtis Smith

    2011-07-01

    Through continued advancement in computational resources, development that was previously done by trial and error production is now performed through computer simulation. These virtual physical representations have the potential to provide accurate and valid modeling results and are being used in many different technical fields. Risk assessment now has the opportunity to use 3D simulation to improve analysis results and insights, especially for external event analysis. By using simulations, the modeler only has to determine the likelihood of an event without having to also predict the results of that event. The 3D simulation automatically determines not only the outcome of the event, but when those failures occur. How can we effectively incorporate 3D simulation into traditional PRA? Most PRA plant modeling is made up of components with different failure modes, probabilities, and rates. Typically, these components are grouped into various systems and then are modeled together (in different combinations) as a “system” with logic structures to form fault trees. Applicable fault trees are combined through scenarios, typically represented by event tree models. Though this method gives us failure results for a given model, it has limitations when it comes to time-based dependencies or dependencies that are coupled to physical processes which may themselves be space- or time-dependent. Since, failures from a 3D simulation are naturally time related, they should be used in that manner. In our simulation approach, traditional static models are converted into an equivalent state diagram representation with start states, probabilistic driven movements between states and terminal states. As the state model is run repeatedly, it converges to the same results as the PRA model in cases where time-related factors are not important. In cases where timing considerations are important (e.g., when events are dependent upon each other), then the simulation approach will typically

  5. Using Safety Margins for a German Seismic PRA

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    Ralf Obenland

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The German regulatory guide demands the performance of a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA including external events. In 2005, a new methodology guideline (Methodenband based on the current state of science and technology was released to provide the analyst with a set of suitable tools and methodologies for the analysis of all PRA events. In the case of earthquake, a multilevel verification procedure is suggested. The verification procedure which has to be used depends on the seismic risk at the site of the plant. For sites in areas with low seismic activity no analysis or only a reduced analysis is proposed. This paper describes the evaluation of safety margins of buildings, structures, components and systems for plants at sites with high seismic risk, corresponding to the German methodology guideline. The seismic PRA results in an estimation of core damage frequencies caused by earthquakes. Additionally, the described approach can also be adapted for the usage in a reduced analysis for sites with lower earthquake risks. Westinghouse has wide experience in performing seismic PRA for both BWR as well as PWR plants. Westinghouse uses the documented set of seismic design analyses dating from construction phase and from later updates, if done, as a basis for a seismic PRA, which means that usually no costly new structural mechanics calculations have to be performed.

  6. Review of PRA methodology for LMFBR

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    Yang, J.E

    1999-02-01

    Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) has been widely used as a tool to evaluate the safety of NPPs (Nuclear Power Plants), which are in the design stage as well as in operation. Recently, PRA becomes one of the licensing requirements for many existing and new NPPs. KALIMER is a Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) being developed by KAERI. Since the design concept of KALIMER is similar to that of the PRISM plant developed by GE, it would be appropriate to review the PRA methodology of PRISM as the first step of KALIMER PRA. Hence, in this report summarizes the PRA methodology of PRISM plant, and the required works for the PSA of KALIMER based on the reviewed results. The PRA technology of PRISM plant consists of following five major tasks: (1) development of initiating event list, (2) development of system event tree, (3) development of core response event tree, (4) development of containment response event tree, and (5) consequences and risk estimation. The estimated individual and societal risk measures show that the risk from a PRISM module is substantially less than the NRC goal. Each task is compared to the PRA methodology of Light Water Reactor (LWR)/Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR). In the report, each task of PRISM PRA methodology is reviewed and compared to the corresponding part of LWR/PHWR PSA performed in Korea. The parts that are not modeled appropriately in PRISM PRA are identified, and the recommendations for KALIMER PRA are stated. (author). 14 refs., 9 tabs., 4 figs.

  7. Role of shutdown PRA in outage planning

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    As part of the ABWR shutdown risk evaluation, a reliability assessment of the decay heat removal (DHR) function was completed to determine the minimum number of systems that must be kept available during shutdown to ensure that the risks associated with the loss of decay heat removal events are acceptable. The selected criteria for the study is a conditional core damage probability of 1.0E-05. The analysis was carried out by developing probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) models for shutdown conditions. The plant is assumed to be initially shutdown with the decay heat being removed by the residual heat removal (RHR) system in the shutdown cooling mode. Loss of the operating RHR system due to random failure, loss of service water, and loss of offsite power are assumed to be the initiating events. The results of this study provide guidance regarding various combinations of systems that can be kept available during a plant outage, to ensure acceptable risk associated with loss of the DHR systems. This minimum set of systems will give a utility flexibility in scheduling maintenance activities for DHR systems. This PRA-based approach could be easily extended to operating BWR plants using information available from the operating plant IPE

  8. Real estate market and building energy performance: Data for a mass appraisal approach.

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    Bonifaci, Pietro; Copiello, Sergio

    2015-12-01

    Mass appraisal is widely considered an advanced frontier in the real estate valuation field. Performing mass appraisal entails the need to get access to base information conveyed by a large amount of transactions, such as prices and property features. Due to the lack of transparency of many Italian real estate market segments, our survey has been addressed to gather data from residential property advertisements. The dataset specifically focuses on property offer prices and dwelling energy efficiency. The latter refers to the label expressed and exhibited by the energy performance certificate. Moreover, data are georeferenced with the highest possible accuracy: at the neighborhood level for a 76.8% of cases, at street or building number level for the remaining 23.2%. Data are related to the analysis performed in Bonifaci and Copiello [1], about the relationship between house prices and building energy performance, that is to say, the willingness to pay in order to benefit from more efficient dwellings. PMID:26793751

  9. A multimeasure approach to investigating affective appraisal of social information in Williams syndrome

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    Plesa Skwerer, Daniela; Ammerman, Emily; André, Marie-Christine; Ciciolla, Lucia; Fine, Alex B.; Tager-Flusberg, Helen

    2011-01-01

    People with Williams syndrome (WS) have been consistently described as showing heightened sociability, gregariousness, and interest in people, in conjunction with an uneven cognitive profile and mild to moderate intellectual or learning disability. To explore the mechanisms underlying this unusual social–behavioral phenotype, we investigated whether individuals with WS show an atypical appraisal style and autonomic responsiveness to emotionally laden images with social or nonsocial content. A...

  10. Multi-model approach to petroleum resource appraisal using analytic methodologies for probabilistic systems

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    Crovelli, R.A.

    1988-11-01

    The geologic appraisal model that is selected for a petroleum resource assessment depends upon purpose of the assessment, basic geologic assumptions of the area, type of available data, time available before deadlines, available human and financial resources, available computer facilities, and, most importantly, the available quantitative methodology with corresponding computer software and any new quantitative methodology that would have to be developed. Therefore, different resource assessment projects usually require different geologic models. Also, more than one geologic model might be needed in a single project for assessing different regions of the study or for cross-checking resource estimates of the area. Some geologic analyses used in the past for petroleum resource appraisal involved play analysis. The corresponding quantitative methodologies of these analyses usually consisted of Monte Carlo simulation techniques. A probabilistic system of petroleum resource appraisal for play analysis has been designed to meet the following requirements: (1) includes a variety of geologic models, (2) uses an analytic methodology instead of Monte Carlo simulation, (3) possesses the capacity to aggregate estimates from many areas that have been assessed by different geologic models, and (4) runs quickly on a microcomputer. Geologic models consist of four basic types: reservoir engineering, volumetric yield, field size, and direct assessment. Several case histories and present studies by the US Geological Survey are discussed.

  11. Linkage of PRA models. Phase 1, Results

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    The goal of the Phase I work of the ''Linkage of PRA Models'' project was to postulate methods of providing guidance for US Nuclear Regulator Commission (NRC) personnel on the selection and usage of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) models that are best suited to the analysis they are performing. In particular, methods and associated features are provided for (a) the selection of an appropriate PRA model for a particular analysis, (b) complementary evaluation tools for the analysis, and (c) a PRA model cross-referencing method. As part of this work, three areas adjoining ''linking'' analyses to PRA models were investigated: (a) the PRA models that are currently available, (b) the various types of analyses that are performed within the NRC, and (c) the difficulty in trying to provide a ''generic'' classification scheme to groups plants based upon a particular plant attribute

  12. Evidence-based Medicine versus the Conventional Approach to Journal Club Sessions: Which One Is More Successful in Teaching Critical Appraisal Skills?

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    Alavi-Moghaddam, Mostafa; Yazdani, Shahram; Mortazavi, Fathie; Chichi, Samira

    2016-01-01

    This study aimed to compare evidence-based medicine (EBM) vs. conventional approaches to journal club sessions in teaching critical appraisal skills in reading papers by emergency medicine residents. This double cut off discontinuation regression quasi-experimental study was conducted among emergency medicine residents. EBM vs. the conventional approach were applied to teach critical appraisal skills for half of the residents as an experimental group and another half as a control group respectively. Both groups participated in one hour monthly journal club sessions for six months. Before and after the study, all participants were examined by two tests: the Fresno Test (FT) [to evaluate their knowledge about EBM] and the Critical Appraisal Skills Test (CAST) [to evaluate their competency with critical appraisal skills]. The allocation of the participants into the experimental or control groups was according to their CAST scores before the study. 50 emergency medicine residents participated. After the study, the scores of both groups in the FT and CAST significantly improved (p<0.01), and the promotion of scores of the FT and CAST in the experimental group were more than that of the conventional group (p<0.0001). The current study indicated that an evidence-based medicine approach in journal club sessions was comparatively more advantageous compared to the conventional approach in teaching critical appraisal skills for reading papers among the residents of emergency medicine. PMID:27231674

  13. Evidence-based Medicine versus the Conventional Approach to Journal Club Sessions: Which One Is More Successful in Teaching Critical Appraisal Skills?

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    Alavi-Moghaddam, Mostafa; Yazdani, Shahram; Mortazavi, Fathie; Chichi, Samira; Hosseini-Zijoud, Seyed-Mostafa

    2016-05-01

    This study aimed to compare evidence-based medicine (EBM) vs. conventional approaches to journal club sessions in teaching critical appraisal skills in reading papers by emergency medicine residents. This double cut off discontinuation regression quasi-experimental study was conducted among emergency medicine residents. EBM vs. the conventional approach were applied to teach critical appraisal skills for half of the residents as an experimental group and another half as a control group respectively. Both groups participated in one hour monthly journal club sessions for six months. Before and after the study, all participants were examined by two tests: the Fresno Test (FT) [to evaluate their knowledge about EBM] and the Critical Appraisal Skills Test (CAST) [to evaluate their competency with critical appraisal skills]. The allocation of the participants into the experimental or control groups was according to their CAST scores before the study. 50 emergency medicine residents participated. After the study, the scores of both groups in the FT and CAST significantly improved (pevidence-based medicine approach in journal club sessions was comparatively more advantageous compared to the conventional approach in teaching critical appraisal skills for reading papers among the residents of emergency medicine. PMID:27231674

  14. Lessons learnt from the analysis of common cause failures in a mini PRA

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    This paper discusses some of the problems that arise in trying to perform a realistic common cause failure analysis as part of a PRA. These problems are magnified in the case of a mini-PRA with a limited scope, and limited time for performance. The approach to common cause failure analysis adopted in a recent mini PRA is described, and two case studies are discussed in more detail. The two studies, one for diesel generators, the other for station batteries, illustrate different approaches to the estimation of the parameters of the common cause failure models adopted. (orig.)

  15. Politicisation of performance appraisals

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    Sonia Swanepoel

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Orientation: Employees are a source of competitive advantage for organisations and human resource management seek to promote employee efficiency. One of the tools organisations utilise to achieve this goal is performance appraisals.Research purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the weaknesses in performance appraisal and to determine whether it is politicised in the North West Department of Health and Social Development in South Africa.Motivation for study: Many organisations either ignore the existence of politics in the appraisal process or assume that its impact can be minimised if they refine their appraisal instruments. Executives admit that, in appraising others, they often intentionally avoid meeting the goal of accuracy in favour of achieving goals that have more to do with exercising discretion and maintaining departmental effectiveness. Ironically, these same executives lament that the appraisals they receive often do not accurately represent their abilities and performance (Gioia & Longenecker, 1994.Research approach, design and method: Self-administered questionnaires were used as a means of collecting data and analysis was done through the use of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS.Main findings: The results of the study showed that respondents believe that performance appraisals are highly politicised.Practical/managerial implications: If used effectively, performance appraisals may improve employee productivity and efficiency as well as motivation and performance. However, if performance appraisal is perceived as unfair and political, it can diminish rather than enhance employee attitudes and performance.Contribution: Amongst others, it is recommended that managers should consider separating assessment for development and assessment for rewards.

  16. Participatory rural appraisal in smallholder dairy systems in Tunisia.

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    Rekhis, J; Saaidane, F; Laamouri, M; Ben Hamida, K; Mabrouk, W; Slimane, N

    2007-12-01

    Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was carried out by a multidisciplinary team on a total of 60 smallholder dairy farms in three different geographical areas of Tunisia. Farms with less than three cows were excluded. Those participating had between three and 10 cows. Average milk production ranged between 8 and 32 litres per cow per day. 70% or over of milk produced was sold off the farms. Average intercalving intervals--measured from month of calving only--ranged from 12.9 months to 19. Age at first calving varied from two to nearly three years. Most work was done by the families. PRA revealed that the farmers in all three regions perceived unbalanced nutrition, which included availability of forages, to be the most important constraint, followed by poor reproductive efficiency. Reseeding with new species was instituted for grazing and hay. Farmers from the different regions were taken on exchange visits to see how these approaches worked. Training in reproductive management and milking hygiene was introduced. Seasonal ration formulation depending on local forage analysis was instituted. Two farms are participating in a programme of evaluation of olive oil extraction by-product as a ruminant feed. Partial budget analysis of these interventions will be carried out. PMID:18265871

  17. Performance Appraisal in Medium Scale Defence Store Manufacturing Firms in and Around Hyderabad : A Perspective and an Approach

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Performance Appraisal (PA is defined as a systematic, periodic and an impartial rating of an employee’s excellence in matters pertaining to his present job and to his potentialities for a better job, more precisely, featuring systematic/ periodic process, evaluating process, future oriented, determining employee’s potentialities / development with objectives of providing feedback, facilitating promotions/lay-off decisions, encouraging performance improvement, motivating superior performance, setting and measuring goals, counselling poor performers, determining compensation changes, encouraging coaching and mentoring, supporting manpower planning, determining individual/organizational training and development needs and improving overall organizational performance. This paper aims, by further improvements of existing PA system, for betterment of employees and the medium scale defence store manufacturing firms in and around Hyderabad. There is also scope of undertaking of empirical research/study based on primary and secondary data, in future, by adopting suitable research methodology/statistical analysis tools. This paper is purely an approach one and discusses current perspectives of performance appraisal in the firms. Therefore, no statistical date has been used

  18. Sources of Life Strengths Appraisal Scale: A Multidimensional Approach to Assessing Older Adults' Perceived Sources of Life Strengths

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    Fry, Prem S.; Debats, Dominique L.

    2014-01-01

    Both cognitive and psychosocial theories of adult development stress the fundamental role of older adults' appraisals of the diverse sources of cognitive and social-emotional strengths. This study reports the development of a new self-appraisal measure that incorporates key theoretical dimensions of internal and external sources of life strengths, as identified in the gerontological literature. Using a pilot study sample and three other independent samples to examine older adults' appraisals ...

  19. PRA - a pragmatic tool for utility risk management

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    Since the mid to late 1970's when the utility industry was first introduced to probabilistic analytic techniques, the practicality of the approach has frequently been questioned in the minds of practicing nuclear plant staff engineers. In-plant programs to prioritize corrective actions develop integrated living schedules and generally provide an integrating framework for comprehensive risk management are slowly evolving. The key to successful implementation of these programs hinges on the ability of plant staff engineers to understand how hardware or human performance affects plant risk and to perform routine quantification of the risk significance of any and all changes in plant character. PRA clearly is the cornerstone for such a program, but typically application of conventional Level I/II PRA approaches becomes so burdensome in terms of human and computing resources that they are likely not practical. The discussion is intended to show that there is an approach whereby PRA concepts and techniques can be applied in a manner that allows rigorous but routine evaluation of the risk significance of any and all changes in plant character, and which is well within the resources of average utility engineering organizations

  20. Pra Na Wa Ka: The Development of Training Course for Continuing Buddhism

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Buddhism is a religion that requires meditation, practice, intellectual precepts of the threefold-training such as morality, concentration and wisdom. The purpose of practicing Buddhism is the goal of deliverance through attaining knowledge and wisdom. The Pra Na Wa Ka are newly ordained monks and needed to study both of the scriptures and the practice for appreciating understanding in morality, concentration and wisdom. A training model and guidelines are needed to improve the quality and efficiency of Pra Na Wa Ka because currently most of the monks who are the teachers lacked knowledge and are not ready to act as the Pra Na Wa Ka teacher, because lack of the teaching media, lack of the proper knowledge of the teacher vocational, the lesson plan arrangement, the psychology of teaching, lack of technique variety of teaching methods. Most of the temple had no education administration of the Pra Na Wa Ka who ordained in short-term, within 3 days 7 days 15 days or to one month, lack of the short period course to study about Buddhism, the Pra Na Wa Ka cannot accurately recite the Pali words, the Pra Na Wa Ka who were ordained were not motivated and faithful in learning and low morality. Approach: This research intended to study the history of the education administration of the Pra Na Wa Ka (Newly ordained monk and to study about the problems and need of the Pra Na Wa Ka in knowledge about Buddhism and to develop the curriculum and the training package of the Pra Na Wa Ka in Buddhism. Results: The Pra Na Wa Ka traing course is a curriculum to study Buddhism through 3 training courses; (1 Basic Course: 3 days for initiation 7 days, (2 Intermediate course 7 days for initiation 15 days and (3 Long period course 15 days for initiation more than 30 days. The training courses were accompanied by a training kit to understand the main precepts of morality, concentration and wisdom. The curriculum was successful in providing Pra Na Wa Ka

  1. Observations on PRA and its applications

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    An overview on the experience of PRA and its prospective application in Taiwan's three nuclear power plants is presented. Through the PRA, plant design improvements are performed and several engineering findings are illuminated. The sensitivity study including the internal, seismic, and typhoon events are conducted to justify items that can significantly reduce core meltdown risk. Its resulted plant betterment plans are thus highlighted accordingly. For PRA application, a risk-based inspection program for allocating inspection human resources has been resulted following the importance ranking of each component. The developing risk-based regulation to rationalize technical specification and maintenance program will also be entailed. To enhance the accuracy of the PRA model and its reproducibility, several issues are considered to have high priority for improvement such as external event data and analyses, uncertainty, common mode failure, human reliability, and the relative component importance. Highlight of their significance along with some typical sensitivity analyses are discussed for further investigation. (author)

  2. An Empirical Analysis of the Reliability and Precision of the Cost Approach in Residential Appraisal

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    Mark G. Dotzour

    1990-01-01

    Many articles and books have discussed the limitations of the cost approach to estimate market value or real estate. This article is the first to empirically measure the predictive ability of the cost approach to estimate value of single-family houses. Three hypotheses have been tested. The results indicate that the cost approach did not provide unbiased estimates of value, and the sales comparison approach estimated value more precisely. Additionally, cost approach precision was not signific...

  3. Advanced Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Demonstration

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    Curtis Smith; Steven Prescott; Tony Koonce

    2014-04-01

    A key area of the Advanced Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) strategy is the development of methodologies and tools that will be used to predict the safety, security, safeguards, performance, and deployment viability of SMRs. The goal of the SMR PRA activity will be to develop quantitative methods and tools and the associated analysis framework for assessing a variety of risks. Development and implementation of SMR-focused safety assessment methods may require new analytic methods or adaptation of traditional methods to the advanced design and operational features of SMRs. We will need to move beyond the current limitations such as static, logic-based models in order to provide more integrated, scenario-based models based upon predictive modeling which are tied to causal factors. The development of SMR-specific safety models for margin determination will provide a safety case that describes potential accidents, design options (including postulated controls), and supports licensing activities by providing a technical basis for the safety envelope. This report documents the progress that was made to implement the PRA framework, specifically by way of demonstration of an advanced 3D approach to representing, quantifying and understanding flooding risks to a nuclear power plant.

  4. Sources of life strengths appraisal scale: a multidimensional approach to assessing older adults' perceived sources of life strengths.

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    Fry, Prem S; Debats, Dominique L

    2014-01-01

    Both cognitive and psychosocial theories of adult development stress the fundamental role of older adults' appraisals of the diverse sources of cognitive and social-emotional strengths. This study reports the development of a new self-appraisal measure that incorporates key theoretical dimensions of internal and external sources of life strengths, as identified in the gerontological literature. Using a pilot study sample and three other independent samples to examine older adults' appraisals of their sources of life strengths which helped them in their daily functioning and to combat life challenges, adversity, and losses, a psychometric instrument having appropriate reliability and validity properties was developed. A 24-month followup of a randomly selected sample confirmed that the nine-scale appraisal measure (SLSAS) is a promising instrument for appraising older adults' sources of life strengths in dealing with stresses of daily life's functioning and also a robust measure for predicting outcomes of resilience, autonomy, and well-being for this age group. A unique strength of the appraisal instrument is its critically relevant features of brevity, simplicity of language, and ease of administration to frail older adults. Dedicated to the memory of Shanta Khurana whose assistance in the pilot work for the study was invaluable. PMID:24772352

  5. Sources of Life Strengths Appraisal Scale: A Multidimensional Approach to Assessing Older Adults’ Perceived Sources of Life Strengths

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    Prem S. Fry

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Both cognitive and psychosocial theories of adult development stress the fundamental role of older adults’ appraisals of the diverse sources of cognitive and social-emotional strengths. This study reports the development of a new self-appraisal measure that incorporates key theoretical dimensions of internal and external sources of life strengths, as identified in the gerontological literature. Using a pilot study sample and three other independent samples to examine older adults’ appraisals of their sources of life strengths which helped them in their daily functioning and to combat life challenges, adversity, and losses, a psychometric instrument having appropriate reliability and validity properties was developed. A 24-month followup of a randomly selected sample confirmed that the nine-scale appraisal measure (SLSAS is a promising instrument for appraising older adults’ sources of life strengths in dealing with stresses of daily life’s functioning and also a robust measure for predicting outcomes of resilience, autonomy, and well-being for this age group. A unique strength of the appraisal instrument is its critically relevant features of brevity, simplicity of language, and ease of administration to frail older adults.

  6. PRA (Probabilistic Risk Assessments) Participation versus Validation

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    DeMott, Diana; Banke, Richard

    2013-01-01

    Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRAs) are performed for projects or programs where the consequences of failure are highly undesirable. PRAs primarily address the level of risk those projects or programs posed during operations. PRAs are often developed after the design has been completed. Design and operational details used to develop models include approved and accepted design information regarding equipment, components, systems and failure data. This methodology basically validates the risk parameters of the project or system design. For high risk or high dollar projects, using PRA methodologies during the design process provides new opportunities to influence the design early in the project life cycle to identify, eliminate or mitigate potential risks. Identifying risk drivers before the design has been set allows the design engineers to understand the inherent risk of their current design and consider potential risk mitigation changes. This can become an iterative process where the PRA model can be used to determine if the mitigation technique is effective in reducing risk. This can result in more efficient and cost effective design changes. PRA methodology can be used to assess the risk of design alternatives and can demonstrate how major design changes or program modifications impact the overall program or project risk. PRA has been used for the last two decades to validate risk predictions and acceptability. Providing risk information which can positively influence final system and equipment design the PRA tool can also participate in design development, providing a safe and cost effective product.

  7. The Seabrook PRA viewed from three perspectives

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    The Seabrook Station Probabilistic Safety Assessment (SSPSA) was performed by the independent engineering consulting firm of Pickard, Lowe and Garrick, Inc., and several subcontractors. The subcontractors included Structural Mechanics Associates, Inc. (seismic resistance of components and structures, containment pressure capacity); Dames and Moore (seismic hazard analysis); Westinghouse Electric Corporation (computer simulation of accident sequences and releases); Fauske and Associates, Inc. (physical processes of accidents); Mesomet, Inc. (meteorological modeling); and Digital Graphics, Inc. (data processing). In this paper, the SSPSA is viewed from three perspectives. First, some key results are presented from the perspective of the PRA consultant. This is followed by utility perspectives on the requirements to support the PRA and on using the completed PRA over the longer term in risk management

  8. Level 2 PRA for a German BWR

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    A concept for a Level 2 Probabilistic Risk Assessment (L2 PRA) for a German Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) has been developed taking into account the role of L2 PRA within the German regulatory landscape. According to this concept, a plant specific evaluation of the severe accident phenomenology as well as analyses of the accident progression for the severe accident scenarios has been performed. Furthermore a plant specific MELCOR 1.8.6 model has been developed and special MELCOR source term calculations have been performed for the different release paths. This paper will present examples from the different areas described above. (author)

  9. Appraisal, work-up and diagnosis of anterior uveitis: A practical approach

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    Herbort Carl

    2009-01-01

    This article presents a comprehensive approach of the diagnosis of anterior uveitis and appropriate investigational tests based on clinical signs. Uveitis has classically been presented by uveitis specialists as an obscure and complicated field in ophthalmology that was supposed to be restricted to the happy few who had the knowledge, which in some countries was even prevented from being diffused. The effect was that ophthalmologists turned away from uveitis or were not correctly armed when t...

  10. Probabilistic risk assessment course documentation. Volume 1: PRA fundamentals

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    The full range of PRA topics is presented, with a special emphasis on systems analysis and PRA applications. Systems analysis topics include system modeling such as fault tree and event tree construction, failure rate data, and human Reliability. The discussion of PRA applications is centered on past and present PRA based programs, such as WASH-1400 and the Interim Reliability Evaluation Program, as well as on some of the potential future applications of PRA. The relationship of PRA to generic safety issues such as station blackout and Anticipated Transient Without Scram (ATWS) is also discussed. In addition to system modeling, the major PRA tasks of accident process analysis, and consequence analysis are presented. An explanation of the results of these activities, and the techniques by which these results are derived, forms the basis for a discussion of these topics. An additional topic which is presented in this course is the topic of PRA management, organization, and evaluation. 84 figs., 41 tabs

  11. Probabilistic risk assessment course documentation. Volume 1: PRA fundamentals

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    Breeding, R J; Leahy, T J; Young, J

    1985-08-01

    The full range of PRA topics is presented, with a special emphasis on systems analysis and PRA applications. Systems analysis topics include system modeling such as fault tree and event tree construction, failure rate data, and human Reliability. The discussion of PRA applications is centered on past and present PRA based programs, such as WASH-1400 and the Interim Reliability Evaluation Program, as well as on some of the potential future applications of PRA. The relationship of PRA to generic safety issues such as station blackout and Anticipated Transient Without Scram (ATWS) is also discussed. In addition to system modeling, the major PRA tasks of accident process analysis, and consequence analysis are presented. An explanation of the results of these activities, and the techniques by which these results are derived, forms the basis for a discussion of these topics. An additional topic which is presented in this course is the topic of PRA management, organization, and evaluation. 84 figs., 41 tabs.

  12. PRA: a powerful engineering decision tool

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    The probabilistic risk analysis (PRA) is studied and its historical development is briefly presented. Human factors, sofware and guides, improvement of utility management of nuclear power operations are discussed. The development of a standardized LWR design, optimized for safety, reliability and economy is studied. The impact of risk assessments in public acceptance of nuclear power is discussed. (M.A.C.)

  13. Probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) reference document. Final report

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    This document describes the current status of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) as practiced in the nuclear reactor regulatory process. The PRA studies that have been completed or are under way are reviewed. The levels of maturity of the methodologies used in a PRA are discussed. Insights derived from PRAs are listed. The potential uses of PRA results for regulatory purposes are discussed. This document was issued for comment in February 1984 entitled Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA): Status Report and Guidance for Regulatory Application. The comments received on the draft have been considered for this final version of the report

  14. UNCONVENTIONAL CONVENTIONAL WISDOM: RETHINKING DEVELOPMENT APPRAISAL

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    Crosby, N.; Henneberry, J

    2008-01-01

    There are a number of convetional techniques that are used to appraise real estate development opportunities. Probably the major advance in development appraisal over the last two decades has been the widespread adoption in the academic literature of (discounted) cash flow techniques instead of the traditional residual approach. All development-focussed textbooks outline and illustrate these conventional techniques reinforcing their use in practice and in development appraisal software. Howev...

  15. Appraising boardroom performance.

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    Conger, J A; Finegold, D; Lawler, E E

    1998-01-01

    Rare is the company that does not periodically review the performance of its staff, business units, and suppliers. But rare, as well, is the company that does such a review of one of its most important contributors--its board of directors. Reviewing a board's performance is not an easy proposition: it has to be done by the members themselves, people who generally have many other responsibilities and whose time is always at a premium. But done properly, appraisals can help boards become more effective by clarifying individual and collective responsibilities. They can help improve the working relationship between a company's board and its senior management. They can help ensure a healthy balance of power between the board and the CEO. And, once in place, an appraisal process is difficult to dismantle, making it harder for a new CEO to dominate a board or avoid being held accountable for poor performance. Done properly is the key here, though. Done incorrectly, board appraisals can degenerate into self-serving evaluations or unpleasant, time-wasting exercises. Worse, they can evolve into rigid mechanical processes that discourage innovation. In fact, all of the approaches the authors observed in two years of research were incomplete. The authors have therefore drawn on the strengths of several different approaches to synthesize a best-practice process that is both rigorous and comprehensive. PMID:10176916

  16. Visualizing Uncertainties, or How Albert Hirschman and the World Bank Disagreed on Project Appraisal and Development Approaches

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    Alacevich, Michele

    2012-01-01

    Since its birth in 1944, the World Bank has had a strong focus on development projects. Yet, it did not have a project evaluation unit until the early 1970s. An early attempt to conceptualize project appraisal had been made in the 1960s by Albert Hirschman, whose undertaking raised high expectations at the Bank. Hirschman's conclusions -- published first in internal Bank reports and then,...

  17. A PRA-guide for the Netherlands; a consequence of the Dutch policy on risk management applied to nuclear energy

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    A risk management policy which comprises risk identification, risk quantification, risk assessment, risk reduction and risk control has been developed in the Netherlands. In order to assess the acceptability of a potential hazardous industrial activity, quantitative risk criteria for both individual and societal risk will be applied. This policy also applies to nuclear power plants. In order to show compliance with these criteria a PRA will be demanded from the license(s) of a nuclear power plant. A guideline has been written on PRA requirements. The guide addresses a full scope PRA, where both internal and external events are included. Information is drawn from published PRAs, guides and commentaries in order to define a consistent approach to a PRA which can meet the specific Dutch requirements. (orig./HSCH)

  18. ORAM and shutdown PRA comparison study

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    A comparison study between results obtained from an Outage Risk Assessment and Management (ORAM) model and a shutdown Probabilistic Risk Analysis (PRA) model was conducted. The purpose of the study was to provide useful risk information for better outage planning by focusing resources and contingency plans on risk significant configurations. The comparison study used selected configurations from the 8th refueling outage of the Hope Creek Generation Station (HCGS), a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). A total of Eleven configurations were compared. Three configurations were selected to evaluate the impact of the Service Water System during the early stage of a refueling outage. (There are existing studies suggesting that the designed redundancy of Service Water Systems is needed during the early stage of a shutdown.) Four configurations were selected because they were deemed risk significant by the ORAM analysis. (For configurations deemed risk significant by ORAM results, compensatory actions have been taken and contingency plans have been developed to mitigate potential deviations from the configuration. The shutdown PRA was used to evaluate the necessity and effectiveness of these contingency plans and compensatory actions.) To increase the comparison population, an additional four configurations were randomly selected. Thus, a total of 15 configurations were evaluated by the shutdown PRA, and a total of 11 configurations were studied by the ORAM. (author)

  19. Introduction of accidental procedures in the event trees of the 900MW PWR PRA

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    This paper presents the example of the small LOCA Event Trees and the studies related to the introduction of procedure actions is case of HPSI failure. The results illustrate the interest of the approach and its significant impact on the PRA. The present studies are related to the Y actions in case of small LOCAs without HPIS

  20. DYNAMIC AND CLASSICAL PRA: A BWR SBO CASE COMPARISON

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    Mandelli, Diego; Smith, Curtis L; Ma, Zhegang

    2011-07-01

    As part of the Light-Water Sustainability Program (LWRS), the purpose of the Risk Informed Safety Margin Characterization (RISMC) Pathway research and development is to support plant decisions for risk-informed margin management with the aim to improve economics, reliability, and sustain the safety of current NPPs. In this paper, we describe the RISMC analysis process illustrating how mechanistic (i.e., dynamic system simulators) and probabilistic (stochastic sampling strategies) approaches are combined in a dynamic PRA fashion in order to estimate safety margins. We use the scenario of a “station blackout” (SBO) wherein offsite power and onsite power are lost, thereby causing a challenge to plant safety systems. We describe the RISMC approach, illustrate the station blackout modeling, and compare this with traditional risk analysis modeling for this type of accident scenario. In the RISMC approach the dataset obtained consists of set of simulation runs (performed by using codes such as RELAP5/3D) where timing and ordering of events is changed accordingly to the stochastic sampling strategy adopted. On the other side, classical PRA methods, which are based on event-tree (FT) and fault-tree (FT) structures, generate minimal cut sets and probability values associated to each ET branch. The comparison of the classical and RISMC approaches is performed not only in terms of overall core damage probability but also considering statistical differences in the actual sequence of events. The outcome of this comparison analysis shows similarities and dissimilarities between the approaches but also highlights the greater amount of information that can be generated by using the RISMC approach.

  1. Spatially Informed Plant PRA Models for Security Assessment

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    Traditional risk models can be adapted to evaluate plant response for situations where plant systems and structures are intentionally damaged, such as from sabotage or terrorism. This paper describes a process by which traditional risk models can be spatially informed to analyze the effects of compound and widespread harsh environments through the use of 'damage footprints'. A 'damage footprint' is a spatial map of regions of the plant (zones) where equipment could be physically destroyed or disabled as a direct consequence of an intentional act. The use of 'damage footprints' requires that the basic events from the traditional probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) be spatially transformed so that the failure of individual components can be linked to the destruction of or damage to specific spatial zones within the plant. Given the nature of intentional acts, extensive modifications must be made to the risk models to account for the special nature of the 'initiating events' associated with deliberate adversary actions. Intentional acts might produce harsh environments that in turn could subject components and structures to one or more insults, such as structural, fire, flood, and/or vibration and shock damage. Furthermore, the potential for widespread damage from some of these insults requires an approach that addresses the impacts of these potentially severe insults even when they occur in locations distant from the actual physical location of a component or structure modeled in the traditional PRA. (authors)

  2. Using combined measurements of gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence to estimate parameters of a biochemical C3 photosynthesis model: a critical appraisal and a new integrated approach applied to leaves in a wheat (Triticum aestivum) canopy

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    Yin, X.; Struik, P.C.; Romero, P.; Harbinson, J.; Evers, J.B.; Putten, van der P.E.L.; Vos, J.

    2009-01-01

    We appraised the literature and described an approach to estimate the parameters of the Farquhar, von Caemmerer and Berry model using measured CO2 assimilation rate (A) and photosystem II (PSII) electron transport efficiency (F2). The approach uses curve fitting to data of A and F2 at various levels

  3. Summary of PRA assessment of transient accident risks, human factors considerations, and PRA methods and applications

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    This chapter reviews the progress made in the probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) area to help in solving operational transient problems and to integrate human factors considerations, as discussed at the American Nuclear Society Topical Meeting on Anticipated and Abnormal Plant Transients in Light Water Reactors. Topics considered include core-melt frequency, external events (e.g., fires, floods), diagnostic errors, and operator aids. It is concluded that confidence in PRA results, predictions and uses for decisions in both the safety of the plants and their availability will improve

  4. PRISIM: a computer program that makes PRA useful

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    PRISIM is an IBM personal computer program that translates probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) information and calculates additional PRA type information for use by those who are not PRA experts. Specifically, PRISIM was developed for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use by their resident inspectors at nuclear power plants. Inspector activities are either scheduled or are in response to a particular status of a plant. PRISIM is useful for either activity

  5. Knowledge, Attitude, and practices assessment concerning community conservation and participatory rural appraisal in the areas that neighbour the Kisite Mpunguti Marine park and reserve.

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    Mwadzaya, H.; Ndung'u, M.; Sumba, D.

    1995-01-01

    This Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was carried out by Community Wildlife Programme of the Kenya Wildlife Service as part of the activities of the USAID funded Conservation of Biodiverse Resources Areas (COBRA) project. The survey and PRA methods were combined and carried out in August 1995 in all villages that neighbour the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park and Reserve. A sample of 152 respondents were interviewed for the sur...

  6. Development of bayesian update database for PRA data analysis (BUDDA)

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    It is necessary what independent plant PRA (Probabilistic Risk Assessment) for risk informed applications of nuclear power plant. Therefore, it must build the environment that the utilities can efficiently collect PRA data, and can estimate PRA parameters without statistical expertise. This report explains development of failure events analysis DB for PRA failure rate computation using bayesian update technique. BUDDA has the function to compute failure rate with a combination of multiple DB (include the pre-installed data based on NUCIA), and to manage independent plant DB (failure events, number of components, operation time, number of demand , prior distributions). (author)

  7. PRA [probabilistic risk assessment] application to Point Beach

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    The results of a best-estimate probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) of the fire contribution to Decay Heat Removal (DHR) risk at the Point Beach nuclear power plant are presented. This analysis yields an approximately two-order-of-magnitude lower contribution to core damage frequency (CDF) than indicated by an earlier study conducted by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The principal reasons for the differing CDF estimates are explored by means of a comparative evaluation of the two studies. Chief among these differences is the estimate of Halon fire suppression reliability. The scaling approaches used to apportion generic fire frequency data to individual fire zones within the plant also contribute notably. The results of this analysis suggest that traditional fire analysis methods systematically overstate the risk due to fires at all nuclear power plants. 13 refs

  8. Certification plan for safety and PRA codes

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    A certification plan for computer codes used in Safety Analyses and Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) for the operation of the Savannah River Site (SRS) reactors has been prepared. An action matrix, checklists, and a time schedule have been included in the plan. These items identify what is required to achieve certification of the codes. A list of Safety Analysis and Probabilistic Risk Assessment (SA ampersand PRA) computer codes covered by the certification plan has been assembled. A description of each of the codes was provided in Reference 4. The action matrix for the configuration control plan identifies code specific requirements that need to be met to achieve the certification plan's objectives. The checklist covers the specific procedures that are required to support the configuration control effort and supplement the software life cycle procedures based on QAP 20-1 (Reference 7). A qualification checklist for users establishes the minimum prerequisites and training for achieving levels of proficiency in using configuration controlled codes for critical parameter calculations

  9. Appraising Adaptive Management

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    Kai N. Lee

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Adaptive management is appraised as a policy implementation approach by examining its conceptual, technical, equity, and practical strengths and limitations. Three conclusions are drawn: (1 Adaptive management has been more influential, so far, as an idea than as a practical means of gaining insight into the behavior of ecosystems utilized and inhabited by humans. (2 Adaptive management should be used only after disputing parties have agreed to an agenda of questions to be answered using the adaptive approach; this is not how the approach has been used. (3 Efficient, effective social learning, of the kind facilitated by adaptive management, is likely to be of strategic importance in governing ecosystems as humanity searches for a sustainable economy.

  10. The tsunami probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). Example of accident sequence analysis of tsunami PRA according to the standard for procedure of tsunami PRA for nuclear power plants

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    After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) accident, standard for procedure of tsunami PRA for NPP had been established by the Standardization Committee of AESJ. Industry group had been conducting analysis of Tsunami PRA for PWR based on the standard under the cooperation with electric utilities. This article introduced overview of the standard and examples of accident sequence analysis of Tsunami PRA studied by the industry group according to the standard. The standard consisted of (1) investigation of NPP's composition, characteristics and site information, (2) selection of relevant components for Tsunami PRA and initiating events and identification of accident sequence, (3) evaluation of Tsunami hazards, (4) fragility evaluation of building and components and (5) evaluation of accident sequence. Based on the evaluation, countermeasures for further improvement of safety against Tsunami could be identified by the sensitivity analysis. (T. Tanaka)

  11. Seabrook Station Level 2 PRA Update to Include Accident Management

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    A ground-breaking study was recently completed as part of the Seabrook Level 2 PRA update. This study updates the post-core damage phenomena to be consistent with the most recent information and includes accident management activities that should be modeled in the Level 2 PRA. Overall, the result is a Level 2 PRA that fully meets the requirements of the ASME PRA Standard with respect to modeling accident management in the LERF assessment and NRC requirements in Regulatory Guide 1.174 for considering late containment failures. This technical paper deals only with the incorporation of operator actions into the Level 2 PRA based on a comprehensive study of the Seabrook Station accident response procedures and guidance. The paper describes the process used to identify the key operator actions that can influence the Level 2 PRA results and the development of success criteria for these key operator actions. This addresses a key requirement of the ASME PRA Standard for considering SAMG. An important benefit of this assessment was the identification of Seabrook specific accident management insights that can be fed back into the Seabrook Station accident management procedures and guidance or the training provided to plant personnel for these procedures and guidance. (authors)

  12. Current and future applications of PRA in regulatory activities

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    Speis, T.P.; Murphy, J.A.; Cunningham, M.A. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-01

    Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRAs) have proven valuable in providing the regulators, the nuclear plant operators, and the reactor designers insights into plant safety, reliability, design and operation. Both the NRC Commissioners and the staff have grown to appreciate the valuable contributions PRAs can have in the regulatory arena, though I will admit the existence of some tendencies for strict adherence to the deterministic approach within the agency and the public at large. Any call for change, particularly one involving a major adjustment in approach to the regulation of nuclear power, will meet with a certain degree of resistance and retrenchment. Change can appear threatening and can cause some to question whether the safety mission is being fulfilled. This skepticism is completely appropriate and is, in fact, essential to a proper transition towards risk and performance-based approaches. Our task in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research is to increase the PRA knowledge base within the agency and develop appropriate guidance and methods needed to support the transitioning process.

  13. Appraisal of Transport Projects

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    Jensen, Anders Vestergaard

    methodology, e.g. replacing CBA with EIA+CBA+MCDA+DC, there is a need to balance between the use of sophisticated modelling and emphasising transparency for all. • The conduct of a DC with the participants representing different stakeholders is seen as a way of combining technical, analytical solutions with...... social group processes aiming for engaging the different stakeholders with consideration of their variability of their preferences. • The different sensitivity analysis and robustness measures developed in the technical part of this PhD study are found to be relevant in supporting the DC group process......, seems suitable for. As a result of the above mentioned issues regarding conflict of interests, multiple impacts, participation of stakeholders, and sustainability, additional approaches for appraisal have been suggested. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) has been introduced in the transport...

  14. 24 CFR 401.303 - PRA indemnity provisions for SHFAs and HAs.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false PRA indemnity provisions for SHFAs and HAs. 401.303 Section 401.303 Housing and Urban Development Regulations Relating to Housing and... Agreement (PRA) § 401.303 PRA indemnity provisions for SHFAs and HAs. When a PRA requires HUD to indemnify...

  15. The radioprotective effect of a new aminothiol (20-PRA

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    M.F. Dolabela

    1998-08-01

    Full Text Available We examined the radioprotective effect of aminothiol 2-N-propylamine-cyclo-hexanethiol (20-PRA on a human leukemic cell line (K562 following various radiation doses (5, 7.5 and 20 Gy using a source of 60Co g-rays. At 5 Gy and 1 nM 20-PRA, a substantial protective effect (58% was seen 24 h after irradiation, followed by a decrease at 48 h (11%. At the high radiation dose (20 Gy a low protective effect was also seen (35%. In addition, the antitumorigenic potential of 10 nM 20-PRA was shown by the inhibition of crown gall formation induced by Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The radioprotective potency of 20-PRA is 105-106 times higher than that of the aminothiol WR-1065 (N-(2-mercaptoethyl-1,3-diaminopropane whose protective effect is in the 0.1 to 1.0 mM range.

  16. Advanced Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Technical Exchange Meeting

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    Curtis Smith

    2013-09-01

    During FY13, the INL developed an advanced SMR PRA framework which has been described in the report Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Detailed Technical Framework Specification, INL/EXT-13-28974 (April 2013). In this framework, the various areas are considered: Probabilistic models to provide information specific to advanced SMRs Representation of specific SMR design issues such as having co-located modules and passive safety features Use of modern open-source and readily available analysis methods Internal and external events resulting in impacts to safety All-hazards considerations Methods to support the identification of design vulnerabilities Mechanistic and probabilistic data needs to support modeling and tools In order to describe this framework more fully and obtain feedback on the proposed approaches, the INL hosted a technical exchange meeting during August 2013. This report describes the outcomes of that meeting.

  17. Practical study on nuclear risk communication based on the seismic- tsunami PRA

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    The aim of this study is to identify useful information obtained from seismic/tsunami PRA and provide such information as a useful resource for communication not as a tool for edification. It is also intended to build a support tool of risk communication utilizing human interface (HI) technology to facilitate practical nuclear risk communication and efficient dialogues, advance the trust building for experts and find a way of developing matured nuclear risk communication. This study reports on our approach to identifying useful information obtained from seismic/tsunami PRA, and the effective utilization of such information in nuclear risk communication. Furthermore, future efforts of JNES in risk communication after the Fukushima accident are introduced. (author)

  18. Using Safety Margins for a German Seismic PRA

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    Ralf Obenland; Theodor Bloem; Wolfgang Tietsch; Jang-Bahadur Singh

    2008-01-01

    The German regulatory guide demands the performance of a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) including external events. In 2005, a new methodology guideline (Methodenband) based on the current state of science and technology was released to provide the analyst with a set of suitable tools and methodologies for the analysis of all PRA events. In the case of earthquake, a multilevel verification procedure is suggested. The verification procedure which has to be used depends on the seismic risk...

  19. AN APPRAISAL OF TRAINING IN VETERINARY PARASITOLOGY IN TEACHING INSTITUTIONS OF PAKISTAN: CONTRASTS WITH GLOBAL APPROACHES IN VETERINARY EDUCATION

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    A. Jabbar, Z. Iqbal, G. Muhammad1 and Zia-ud-Din Sindhu

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches of teaching veterinary parasitology, including the disciplinary, the problem-oriented and combined approaches. In the disciplinary approach, parasitology is taught in the classical manner as a coherent subject, covering parasite morphology, biology, molecular biology, epidemiology, pathology and immunology, as well as clinical manifestations, diagnosis, therapy, control and prevention of parasitic diseases. Problem-or...

  20. 'Living PRA' concept for plant risk: Reliability and availability tracking

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    The 'Living PRA' (Probabilistic Risk Assessment) is based on placing a PRA plant model on an interactive computer. This model consists of fault tree analyses for plant systems, event tree analyses for abnormal events and site specific consequence analysis for public and/or financial risks, for a nuclear power plant. A living PRA allows updates and sensitivity analyses by the plant owner throughout the lifetime of a plant. Recently, event and fault trees from two major PRAs were placed in a computerized format. The BYRON PRA study and the Living PRA and Economic Risk examples for Indian Point Unit-3 enabled analysts to gain experience and insight into the problems of plant operation. The above concept is well established for the Nuclear Power Plant evaluation. It has been also used for evaluation of processing facilities. In these studies, systems modeling was carried out by using the GRAFTER system for automated fault tree construction. Presently both the tools and the experience exists to set up useful and viable living PRA models for nuclear and chemical processing plants to enhance risk management by the plant owners through in-house use of micro computer based models

  1. Real estate appraisal reports

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    Jelena Cvetinović

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Real estate appraisal in Republic of Serbia is an area where are many unknowns. Fortunately, nowadays in Serbia we have two professional associations of appraisers. As we know there are two types of appraisal ??? mass and individual appraisal and both requires standardized reports. This paper presents forms of valuation reports for individual real estate appraisal with its advantages and disadvantages. Process of real estate appraisal is complex and consists of several steps described in detail in paper with emphasis on selection of the method for valuation. Real estate report presents the final step in the process of valuation. In order to ensure usage of uniform real estate appraisal reports, national and international associations have adopted standards. All standards prescribe the minimum of required contents of report (professional standards, as well as ethical standards in order to ensure that all appraisers act highly professional, responsible and with integrity, and general conditions. Despite all measures in standardization there are still many problems in implementation, especially in countries where English is not a native language due to the fact that all standards are written in English.

  2. Re-appraisal of the , -odd interaction constant d in YbF: Relativistic configuration interaction approach

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    Malaya K Nayak; Rajat K Chaudhuri

    2009-09-01

    Restricted active space (RAS) configuration interaction (CI) approach is employed to compute the , -odd interaction constant d for the ground ($^{2} \\sum_{1/2}$ ) state of YbF molecule. The present estimate of d = −1.164 × 1025 Hz/e-cm is expected to provide a reliable limit on the electron's electric dipole moment (EDM), e.

  3. 12 CFR 564.5 - Appraiser independence.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 5 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraiser independence. 564.5 Section 564.5 Banks and Banking OFFICE OF THRIFT SUPERVISION, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY APPRAISALS § 564.5 Appraiser independence. (a) Staff appraisers. If an appraisal is prepared by a staff appraiser, that appraiser must...

  4. Radioactive and conventional toxic waste compared - An integrated approach, useful for an appraisal of carbon capture and storage (CCS)

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    The interplay of nuclear and conventional toxic ('special') waste is investigated, using a novel integrated system assessment: material and system characteristics, risk assessment and regulatory approaches. The goal is to create profiles of strengths and weaknesses of wastes that are similar in their risk characteristics but dealt with differently in risk management and regulation. A further objective is to draw lessons from the comparison of different discourses and procedures of waste with a similar profile with regard to decision-making processes (the reasons for the different regulation of both waste systems are not investigated here). Finally, a side glance is ventured on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in view of the keynote lecture of Session 5. (authors)

  5. Applications and perspective of PRA methods in Mexico

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    Probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) methods are widely used to evaluate safety systems, particularly in the nuclear industry. In Mexico, a considerable effort has been devoted to both implementation and development of computerized methods for PRA studies, as well as to the establishment of procedures and guidelines for the application of PRA methods as a tool for systems analysis during the design, construction and operation of complex systems. Most of the work in this area was initiated at IIE, the national electric research institute of Mexico. However, a close coordination with other organizations has been established in order to optimize available resources. In this paper, both the computerized methods and the application studies performed at IIE are presented

  6. 7 CFR 3560.753 - Agency appraisal standards and requirements.

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    2010-01-01

    ... concluded by each approach. (f) Real estate history. Appraisals must contain a 5-year ownership and sales... estate, which is the land and improvements, and the real property, or property rights, being appraised... accepted industry standards, comply with USPAP, and have been approved by the Agency. (2)...

  7. PRA and the implementation of quantitative safety goals

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    With the adoption by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in January, 1983, of a Policy Statement on Safety Goals for the Operation of Nuclear Power Plants, probabilitstic risk assessment (PRA) has taken on increased importance in nuclear reactor safety. Although the Reactor Safety Study, WASH-1400, was a major pioneering effort that revolutionized thinking about reactor safety, PRA was used only on occasion by the NRC regulatory staff prior to the accident at Three Mile Island. Since then, PRA has been used more and more as an important factor in decision making, usually for specific issues. The nuclear industry has also employed PRA, sometimes to make its case on specific issues, sometimes to present a position on overall risk. The advent of the Zion and Indian Point PRAs, with their treatment of risks from fire, wind, and earthquakes, and their examination of the course of core melt accidents, has added a new dimension to the overall picture. Although the NRC has stated that during the next two year evolution period, its quantitative design objectives and PRA are not to enter directly into the licensing process, many important issues will be influenced significantly by the results of risk and reliability studies. In fact, PRA may be coming into a position of great importance before the methodology, data, and process are sufficiently mature for the task. Large gaps still exist in our understanding of phenomena and in input information; and much of the final result depends on subjective input; large differences of opinion can and should be expected to persist. Accepted standards for quality assurance, and adequacy and depth of independent, peer review remain to be formulated and achieved. This paper will summarize the recently adopted NRC safety policy and the two-year evaluation plan, and will provide, by example, some words of caution concerning a few of the difficulties which may arise. (orig.)

  8. Evaluation of Investment in Renovation to Increase the Quality of Buildings: A Specific Discounted Cash Flow (DCF Approach of Appraisal

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    Giuseppe Bonazzi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this article is to develop and apply a specific discounting cash flow (DCF approach to evaluate investment in renovation to improve building quality, thus increasing energy efficiency. In this article, we develop and apply a specific net present value (NPV and an internal rate of return (IRR approach to quantify the value created for the owners of the building by the investment in renovation via energy-saving investments that produce positive externalities. The model has an applied interest because, in recent years, a lot of investments in real estate were made by owners in order to increase the green quality of the buildings, and several funds of public aid were provided by the government to stimulate these energy-saving investments. The model proposed here is applied to a case study of a 16-apartment building located in northern Italy considers the model attempts to quantify the initial investment value, the energy savings, the tax deduction of the initial investment and the terminal value of the investment as the increase in building value. The analysis shows that the model is consistent in evaluating investments to improve building quality, and investments within the context of the specific case study considered in the research have IRRs ranging from a minimum of 4.907% to a maximum of 12.980%. It could even be useful to consider a sample of cases to verify whether our results are representative of this specific case study. The model could represent a useful tool for consumers in evaluating their own investments in building renovation, from a stand-alone perspective and even by comparing them with other types of investment. The research could be developed in the future to quantify the social welfare generated by public spending via tax deductions to reduce the costs of investment in energy savings for buildings and could even be applied to new real estate projects in comparing different construction technologies and even

  9. Development of American National Standard on External Event PRA Methodology

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    During the last ten years, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. nuclear utilities have been developing methods and requirements for risk-informed applications making use of probabilistic risk assessments (PRA) of nuclear power plants. Early in this process, it became clear that the existing PRAs were done with different objectives and methodologies by different analysts. For uniformity and consistency in future risk-informed applications, industry consensus standards on probabilistic risk assessments were deemed to be essential. Currently, the following standards have been published or under preparation: - ASME RA-S-2002: 'Standard for Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Nuclear Power Plant Applications', Addendum C, March 2005. - ANSI/ANS-58.21-2003 'External-Events PRA Methodology' March 2003. - ANS-58.22 'Low Power and Shutdown PRA Standard'. - ANS-58.23 'Fire PRA Methodology Standard'. - ANS Level 2 and Level 3 PRA Standards. The ASME Standard specifies the requirements for performing PRA for internal events under full power conditions. ANS 58.21 specifies the requirements for conducting PRA of external events under full power conditions. These standards have been published, whereas the other standards are under preparation. ANS 58.21 was prepared by a working group comprised of the following individuals: - Dr. R.J. Budnitz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. - Dr. N.C. Chokshi, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. - W. Henries, Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company. - Dr. M.K. Ravindra, ABS Consulting, (Current Chair of Working Group). - Dr. J.D. Stevenson, J.D. Stevenson Consultants. - T. Yee, Southern California Edison Company. The development of this Standard was guided and approved by the Risk Informed Standards Committee (RISC) of American Nuclear Society. This committee has presently 22 members drawn from different sectors of the nuclear industry: utilities, reactor vendors, universities, research organizations, architect engineers

  10. Appraising and paying for performance: another look at an age-old problem.

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    Kennedy, P W; Dresser, S G

    2001-12-01

    The basic notion of improving performance through management and appraisal is difficult to successfully implement in practice. These authors discuss some of the problems presented by tying pay to performance appraisals, offer suggestions for improving performance appraisals and outline some other approaches for employers to consider in setting goals and determining compensation. PMID:11817071

  11. A Quantitative Appraisal of Earthquake Hazard Parameters Evaluated from Bayesian Approach for Different Regions in Iranian Plateau

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    Mohammadi, Hiwa; Türker, Tügba; Bayrak, Yusuf

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we used the program for seismic hazard Bayesian estimate which was elaborated by Alexey Lyubushin. Our study is the next in the sequence of applications of this software to seismic hazard assessment in different regions of the world. However, earthquake hazard parameters of maximum regional magnitude (M_{ max }), β value and seismic activity rate or intensity (λ) and their uncertainties for the 15 different source regions in Iranian Plateau have been evaluated with the help of a complete and homogeneous earthquake catalogue during the period 1900-2014 with M_{w} ≥4.0. The estimated M_{ max } values varies between 6.25 and 8.37. Lowest value is observed in the Zagros foredeep whereas highest value is observed in the Makran. Also, it is observed that there is a strong relationship between the estimated maximum earthquake magnitudes estimated by Bayesian approach and maximum observed magnitudes. Moreover, in this study, quantiles of functions of distributions of true and apparent magnitudes for future time intervals of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 years are calculated with confidence limits for probability levels of 50, 70 and 90 % in 15 different source regions. Based on computed earthquake hazard parameters, the prerequisite guides to the earthquake estimation of the parameters referred to as the most seismically active regions of Iranian Plateau. The Makran and East Iran show earthquake magnitude greater than 8.0 in next 100-years with 90 % probability level as compared to other regions, which declares that these regions are more susceptible to occurrence of large earthquakes. The outcomes which obtained in the study may have useful implications in the probabilistic seismic hazard studies of Iranian Plateau.

  12. Formal Employee Appraisal Carried out in Agricultural Businesses in the Central Bohemian Region

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    Martina Königová; Kateřina Venclová

    2013-01-01

    The article focuses on issues of employee appraisal with emphasis on the formal appraisal of employees in agricultural businesses in the Central Bohemian Region. The main aim of the article is to evaluate the use of formal employee appraisal in agricultural businesses in the Central Bohemian Region. A partial aim is to compare theoretical approaches to employee appraisal from the point of view of Czech and international authors. The survey showed that 87% of agricultural businesses have no sy...

  13. Using emotional intelligence to facilitate strengthened appraiser development.

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    Tavabie, Abdol; Koczwara, Anna; Patterson, Fiona

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a new approach to developing strengthened medical appraiser skills prior to the introduction of medical revalidation. We describe how we extended previous skills-based models and competency checklists to produce a behavioural model of effective appraiser performance. Development centre (DC) methods were used to produce a one-day workshop to encourage appraisers to reflect on their current level of ability and to identify and address additional required skills through observation, practice and feedback. In describing the DC, we discuss the impact of using the concept of emotional intelligence (EI) to develop appraiser skills and improve self-awareness. This aimed to support appraisers to effectively influence appraisees' continual professional development (CPD) and review appraisee practice through audit, significant events and patient and colleague feedback, with the ultimate aim of improving patient care. Finally, we provide initial evaluation data for our DC approach. PMID:20202316

  14. Probabilistic risk assessment (PRA): status report and guidance for regulatory application. Draft report for comment

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    This document describes the current status of the methodologies used in probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) and provides guidance for the application of the results of PRAs to the nuclear reactor regulatory process. The PRA studies that have been completed or are underway are reviewed. The levels of maturity of the methodologies used in a PRA are discussed. Insights derived from PRAs are listed. The potential uses of PRA results for regulatory purposes are discussed

  15. Level 1 Tornado PRA for the High Flux Beam Reactor

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    Bozoki, G.E.; Conrad, C.S.

    1994-05-01

    This report describes a risk analysis primarily directed at providing an estimate for the frequency of tornado induced damage to the core of the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR), and thus it constitutes a Level 1 Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) covering tornado induced accident sequences. The basic methodology of the risk analysis was to develop a ``tornado specific`` plant logic model that integrates the internal random hardware failures with failures caused externally by the tornado strike and includes operator errors worsened by the tornado modified environment. The tornado hazard frequency, as well as earlier prepared structural and equipment fragility data, were used as input data to the model. To keep modeling/calculational complexity as simple as reasonable a ``bounding`` type, slightly conservative, approach was applied. By a thorough screening process a single dominant initiating event was selected as a representative initiator, defined as: ``Tornado Induced Loss of Offsite Power.`` The frequency of this initiator was determined to be 6.37E-5/year. The safety response of the HFBR facility resulted in a total Conditional Core Damage Probability of .621. Thus, the point estimate of the HFBR`s Tornado Induced Core Damage Frequency (CDF) was found to be: (CDF){sub Tornado} = 3.96E-5/year. This value represents only 7.8% of the internal CDF and thus is considered to be a small contribution to the overall facility risk expressed in terms of total Core Damage Frequency. In addition to providing the estimate of (CDF){sub Tornado}, the report documents, the relative importance of various tornado induced system, component, and operator failures that contribute most to (CDF){sub Tornado}.

  16. Application of PRA (probabilistic risk assessments) methods for fire risk analysis

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    Fire as a contributor to nuclear power plant risk has been evaluated extensively in more than 15 large-scale probabilistic risk assessments (PRA). Since their first application 9 years ago, these studies have shown that fire can be an important contributor to plant risk, an extremely plant-specific conclusion. In this article, the evolution of the application of fire risk analysis to nuclear plants is summarized. Special attention is given to Appendix R, 10CFR50; the two-stage screening approach; multilocation fires; smoke propagation; adverse effects of fire protection systems; effectiveness of fire protection systems; and fires from earthquakes. 15 refs

  17. The role of PRA in implementing the maintenance rule

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    When the maintenance rule takes effect in 1996, it may be one of the most significant uses of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) in the regulatory environment outside the severe accident area. Both the Nuclear Management ampersand Resources council (NUMARC) guidance and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's draft regulatory guide indicate that the rule is intended to be performance based and results oriented. Utilities can use PRA methods to establish performance criteria and reliability goals that assure an acceptable level of safety, while at the same time avoiding the cost of activities that do not add to the safety of the plant. The NUMARC guidelines provide specific tasks associated with implementation of the maintenance rule that are ideally suited to the use of PRA methods. These include (a) selecting equipment within scope, (b) determining risk-significant structures, systems, and components (SSCs), (c) determining performance criteria and goals, and (d) assessing the effect on safety of the total plant equipment out of service. This paper briefly discusses the way that Duke Power Company plans to use PRA methods to meet the requirements of the maintenance rule

  18. Nuclear energy and resource appraisal

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    Nuclear generating capacity is projected to grow from the current level of about 80 GW(e) to over 1500 GW(e) by the year 2000, primarily through installation of converter reactors. Annual fuel requirements are projected to grow from the current level of around 25,000 short tons U3O8 to almost 200,000 by the year 2000. Such an expansion can be realized only if there is timely identification of uranium resources. Reasonably assured resources at US $30 per pound U3O8 have been estimated at 2.4 million short tons U3O8 and estimated additional resources at the same cost total about the same amount. These resources are predominantly concentrated in only a few countries of the world where most of the exploration has been carried out. It is therefore reasonable that as additional field information is developed and efforts directed toward resource appraisal are extended into more countries, the results will be higher estimates of world uranium resources. Information available on uranium resources is probably more complete and of a better quality than for any other metal but there is room for improvement. Consistent approaches and terminology are highly desirable and it would be of great benefit if reserve estimates were accompanied by specific explanation of criteria used in analysis. Increasing costs, inflation, and rising prices especially complicate consistent reserve estimates. The world-wide concern over uranium resources and the trend to long-range planning has increased interest in methodology for appraising undiscovered resources. Better understanding of the needs and purposes of resource appraisal and the methods and terminologies used may ultimately result in a more comprehensive and aggressive effort to develop new data and approaches to assure a better understanding of the uranium resource base

  19. 12 CFR 34.45 - Appraiser independence.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraiser independence. 34.45 Section 34.45 Banks and Banking COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY REAL ESTATE LENDING AND APPRAISALS Appraisals § 34.45 Appraiser independence. (a) Staff appraisers. If an appraisal is prepared by...

  20. Persistent Ratee Contaminants in Performance Appraisal.

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    Van Fleet, David D.; Chamberlain, Howard

    The hypothesis that conventional approaches to evaluating contaminants in performance appraisal overlook important individual ratee effects was examined. A rating form was developed that consisted of the following dimensions and behaviors: warmth; guided discourse or indirect teaching methods; control of subject matter; enthusiasm and reinforcing;…

  1. Load out and offshore lifting of the PRA-1 platform modules; Embarque e icamento offshore dos modulos de PRA-1

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    Barbosa, Fernando; Raigorodsky, Jacques; Mitidieri, Jorge L.U.; Ricardi, Paulo S. [Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The technology innovations are characteristics of offshore Engineering around the world. These technologies just make sense when they aim the productivity, security and costs gains compared to ordinary methods. It is in this context that the proposal of the Consorcio PRA-1 (Odebrecht e UTC) team makes sense, in the definition of basic methodology for the PRA-1 platform construction and installation. Through the innovative concept, It was defined (still in the proposal phase) the basic premise that the modules construction and assembly were onshore ending up that just few hours after the offshore installation the modules should be operational in minimal habitability conditions. This innovative method allowed the lack of Flotel, that is a platform which provide support to the offshore construction and assembly (Flotel represents a high costs to the project) and, as consequence, the contract signature by CONSORCIO PRA-1. This work aims to describe the method used for the LOUD-OUT of the PRA-1 modules and the installation of them on the jacket through a vessel provide with cranes the has performed the lifting. Theses operations became unique in Brazil due its challengers characteristics: Module 12 weight = 7203 tf and Module 35 = 5725 tf. For the accomplishment of the Load-out and offshore lifting, was performed a detailed planning and a high level of subcontract interface management. The operations mentioned above were filmed/photographed and published in the specialized media. (author)

  2. Review of UCN 5,6 Fire PSA Model based on ANS Fire PRA Standard

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    Yang, Joon Eon; Lee, Yoon Hwan

    2006-12-15

    Recently, under the de-regulation environment, nuclear industry has attempted various approaches to improve the economics of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP). This approach uses the fire risk and performance information to manage the resources effectively and efficiently that are used in the operation of NPP. In fire risk informed/performance-based decision/operation, fire PSA quality is one of the most important things. The nuclear industry and regulatory body of U.S.A have developed a measure to evaluate the quality of fire PSA. ANS (American Nuclear Society) has developed a guidance called 'ANS Fire PRA Methodology Standard'. However, in Korea, there have been no attempts to evaluate the quality of fire PSA model itself. Therefore, we cannot be sure about the quality of fire PSA whether or not the present fire PSA model can be used for the risk-informed applications such as mentioned above. We can say that the evaluation of fire PSA model quality is the basis for the fire risk informed/performance-based decision/operation. In this report, we have evaluated the quality of fire PSA model for Ulchin 5 and 6 units based on the ANS Fire PRA Standard. We, also, have derived what items are to be improved to upgrade the quality of fire PSA model and how it can be improved. This report can be used as the base of the fire risk informed/performance-based decision/operation work in Korea.

  3. Review of UCN 5,6 Fire PSA Model based on ANS Fire PRA Standard

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    Recently, under the de-regulation environment, nuclear industry has attempted various approaches to improve the economics of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP). This approach uses the fire risk and performance information to manage the resources effectively and efficiently that are used in the operation of NPP. In fire risk informed/performance-based decision/operation, fire PSA quality is one of the most important things. The nuclear industry and regulatory body of U.S.A have developed a measure to evaluate the quality of fire PSA. ANS (American Nuclear Society) has developed a guidance called 'ANS Fire PRA Methodology Standard'. However, in Korea, there have been no attempts to evaluate the quality of fire PSA model itself. Therefore, we cannot be sure about the quality of fire PSA whether or not the present fire PSA model can be used for the risk-informed applications such as mentioned above. We can say that the evaluation of fire PSA model quality is the basis for the fire risk informed/performance-based decision/operation. In this report, we have evaluated the quality of fire PSA model for Ulchin 5 and 6 units based on the ANS Fire PRA Standard. We, also, have derived what items are to be improved to upgrade the quality of fire PSA model and how it can be improved. This report can be used as the base of the fire risk informed/performance-based decision/operation work in Korea

  4. Incorporation of all hazard categories into U.S. NRC PRA models

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    discusses the technical approach used to develop new SPAR-AHZ models; key challenges encountered; and insights obtained from incorporation of event sequences from different hazard categories into the SPAR-AHZ models. Although this paper does not discuss plant specific details or results, it does highlight a number of issues associated with creating SPARAHZ models. While the challenges can be significant in term of technical issues and resources needed, the incorporation of more realistic external hazard modeling allows better characterization of the plant core damage frequency risk profile and integration of key risk drivers and sequences beyond internal events. It is expected that over time, sustained usage of the SPAR-AHZ models, combined with feedback from plant licensees, will continue to calibrate the modeling of different hazard categories, especially for those scenarios for which detailed, up-to-date information may be more difficult to obtain. Development of additional SPAR-AHZ models that include fire and external hazards is the subject of continuing focus at the NRC. The inclusion of external hazards and fires results in a more complete and integrated risk assessment for operational events and conditions and can improve the realism of reactor oversight processes such as the SDP and ASP programs. Although SPAR-AHZ models have somewhat limited validation compared to the internal events SPAR models, we expect that user feedback from increased use will further improve the maturity of technical quality for these models. Two additional activities being pursued currently at the US NRC may further improve the completeness of agency SPAR-AHZ models: 1. A better process to evaluate, and, if appropriate, include in a PRA model the impact of multiple and concurrent events, with emphasis on seismically induced fire and flooding events. 2. A level 3 PRA model study that includes multi-unit, multi-source events (e.g. spent fuel pool and storage casks, in addition to the reactor

  5. Validation of seismic probabilistic risk analysis (PRA) methods

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    The objective of validation research is to obtain information that can be used by the NRC to develop acceptance criteria for seismic probabilistic risk assessment (PRA's) and thus improve the regulatory process. The needs for validation and experimental data in seismic PRA methodologies are assessed to be in the following areas: 1) definition of seismic hazards; 2) capacity and failure data for equipment, piping, and structures; and 3) response analyses of nuclear power plant systems. The effort under discussion focuses its attention on the validation of methods and data which are used to determine plant response and fragility. Failure data for equipment are best addressed in separate effects laboratory testing; piping fragility requires both system and component testing; failure data for structures is difficult to obtain because it is not practical to test as-built structures. Validation of response analyses requires extensive comparisons with experimental data from complex site-structure-component systems

  6. 12 CFR 722.5 - Appraiser independence.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraiser independence. 722.5 Section 722.5 Banks and Banking NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS AFFECTING CREDIT UNIONS APPRAISALS § 722.5 Appraiser independence. (a) Staff appraiser. If an appraisal is prepared by a staff...

  7. 12 CFR 323.5 - Appraiser independence.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraiser independence. 323.5 Section 323.5 Banks and Banking FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION REGULATIONS AND STATEMENTS OF GENERAL POLICY APPRAISALS § 323.5 Appraiser independence. (a) Staff appraisers. If an appraisal is prepared by a...

  8. Investment Appraisal Process

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    Akalu, M.M.; Turner, Rodney

    2001-01-01

    textabstractThis case study examines the capital budgeting practices of two chemical companies. It is found that the companies apply the value management tools to supplement the DCF measures. In addition, the R&D projects are assessed using qualitative methods. Moreover, the study revealed the symptom of a trend shift in the choice of investment appraisal techniques from traditional DCF to the newly crafted value management models.

  9. Investment Appraisal Process

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    2001-01-01

    This case study examines the capital budgeting practices of two chemical companies. It is found that the companies apply the value management tools to supplement the DCF measures. In addition, the R&D projects are assessed using qualitative methods. Moreover, the study revealed the symptom of a trend shift in the choice of investment appraisal techniques from traditional DCF to the newly crafted value management models.

  10. When the Details Matter – Sensitivities in PRA Calculations That Could Affect Risk-Informed Decision-Making

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    Dana L. Kelly; Nathan O. Siu

    2010-06-01

    As the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) continues its efforts to increase its use of risk information in decision making, the detailed, quantitative results of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) calculations are coming under increased scrutiny. Where once analysts and users were not overly concerned with figure of merit variations that were less than an order of magnitude, now factors of two or even less can spark heated debate regarding modeling approaches and assumptions. The philosophical and policy-related aspects of this situation are well-recognized by the PRA community. On the other hand, the technical implications for PRA methods and modeling have not been as widely discussed. This paper illustrates the potential numerical effects of choices as to the details of models and methods for parameter estimation with three examples: 1) the selection of the time period data for parameter estimation, and issues related to component boundary and failure mode definitions; 2) the selection of alternative diffuse prior distributions, including the constrained noninformative prior distribution, in Bayesian parameter estimation; and 3) the impact of uncertainty in calculations for recovery of offsite power.

  11. PRA in Design: Increasing Confidence in Pre-Operational Assessments of Risks (Results of a Joint NASA/NRC Workshop)

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    Youngblood, Robert; Dezfuli, Homayoon; Siu, Nathan

    2010-01-01

    In late 2009, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) jointly organized a workshop to discuss technical issues associated with application of risk assessments to early phases of system design. The workshop, which was coordinated by the Idaho National Laboratory, involved invited presentations from a number of PRA experts in the aerospace and nuclear fields and subsequent discussion to address the following questions: (a) What technical issues limit decision-makers' confidence in PRA results, especially at a pre-operational phase of the system life cycle? (b) What is being done to address these issues'? (c) What more can be done ? The workshop resulted in participant observations and suggestions on several technical issues, including the pursuit of non-traditional approaches to risk assessment and the verification and validation of risk models. The workshop participants also identified several important non-technical issues, including risk communication with decision makers, and the integration of PRA into the overall design process.

  12. Performance Appraisal-Management by Objective and Assessment Centre

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    Kai-Ping Huang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Two methods for performance appraisal that are discussed in this study and they are Management By Objective (MBO and Assessment Centre techniques. Employees are appraised for several reasons, the most important of which is to realize the best use of human resources and to plan for future needs; reward and punishment are secondary. Assessment Centre evaluation or appraisal is valuable because it allows a candidate to concentrate on the task at hand. Approach: The literature review and arguments were conducted to provide a systematic discussion of the study. Results: In Management by Objective performance appraisal, employees are obliged to deal with overcoming empirical challenges. In Assessment Centre Appraisal, the different outcomes for particular tasks can be evaluated and management can assess employees relative proficiencies in terms of these tasks. In both forms, consistency in criteria is crucial, for purposes of comparison and standardization. Where comparisons are made with other employees, the criteria need to be parallel for employees at similar levels of responsibility. Conclusion: Differences between organizational cultures will impact on the way that assessment results are received under MBO performance appraisal as well. The outcomes that employees achieve in the tasks provided for appraisal purposes may involve different levels of risk, even within firm guidelines. In the assessment centre, the candidate is separated from colleagues. To make comparative rating assessments, effective MBO will incorporate objective criteria. At times, MBO will be useful in judging change over time for employees performing fairly routine work.

  13. An evaluation of the reliability and usefulness of external-initiator PRA [probabilistic risk analysis] methodologies

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    The discipline of probabilistic risk analysis (PRA) has become so mature in recent years that it is now being used routinely to assist decision-making throughout the nuclear industry. This includes decision-making that affects design, construction, operation, maintenance, and regulation. Unfortunately, not all sub-areas within the larger discipline of PRA are equally ''mature,'' and therefore the many different types of engineering insights from PRA are not all equally reliable. 93 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  14. Performance appraisals in the OR: everyone's business.

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    Porteous, Joan

    2006-09-01

    Performance appraisals affect everyone. Perioperative nurses often participate in staff orientations and act as preceptors for other learners. Nurses also participate in their own performance appraisal process. This article discusses performance appraisal forms and performance interview processes. Examples of a performance appraisal form design and performance indicators for perioperative nurses are included. Potential problems with performance appraisals are identified and the impact of Canadian law on performance appraisals is discussed. PMID:17044264

  15. PRA procedures for dependent events analysis - an industry perspective

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    The focus of this paper is the nuclear industry perspective on dependent events analysis and the progress made thus far in the development of systematic procedures that are needed for industry-sponsored risk and reliability evaluations. Discussed in the paper are definitions and taxonomy, probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) procedure framework, and application of a preliminary version of the system-level procedures in an international benchmark exercise on common cause analysis, i.e., a reliability analysis of a system in the plant at Grohnde Federal Republic of Germany

  16. COMPARISON OF NOVORONEZH UNIT 5 NPP AND SOUTH UKRAINE UNIT 1 NPP LEVEL I PRA RESULTS.

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    MUSICKI,Z.; GINSBERG,T.

    2002-04-18

    This paper describes a study undertaken to explain the risk profile differences in the results of PRAs of two similar WER-1000 nuclear power plants. The risk profile differences are particularly significant in the area of small steam/feedwater line breaks, small-small LOCAs, support system initiators and containment bypass initiators. A top level (limited depth) approach was used in which we studied design differences, major assumptions, data differences, and also compared the two PRA analyses on an element-by-element basis in order to discern the major causative factors for the risk profile differences. We conclude that the major risk profile differences are due to differences in assumptions and engineering judgment (possibly combined with some design and data differences) involved in treatment of uncertain physical phenomena (primarily sump plugging in LOCAs and turbine building steaming effects in secondary system breaks). Additional major differences are attributable to support system characteristics.

  17. Improving Performance Appraisal in Libraries.

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    Vincelette, Joyce P.; Pfister, Fred C.

    1984-01-01

    This article identifies problems with current practice in evaluating employee performance and presents currently accepted performance appraisal methods (behaviorally anchored rating scales, management by objectives). A research project designed to improve appraisals for school media specialists which was field-tested in four Florida school…

  18. Participatory Rural Appraisal of Basic Needs Deprivation among Rural Dwellers of Borno State, Nigeria

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Inadequacy of environmental and infrastructural resources to satisfy basic needs results in deprivation among rural people which in most cases, rapid rural appraisal and other traditional survey methods rarely adequately capture. This paper employs therefore employs participatory rural appraisal (PRA techniques to analyse these phenomena in Borno state. The objectives are to determine the seasonality of basic needs deprivation, analyse the triggers of need deprivation, and, assess the coping strategies for deprivation. PRA techniques employed are Seasonal Calendar and Force Field Analysis and 300 systematically selected participants from 9 local government areas were the study frame. The findings are that basic need deprivation is an outcome of environmental scarcities, resource capture, and failure of socioeconomic infrastructure. Episodic drought, flood, and conflict over resources triggers loss of farm harvest and livestock hence food, income and other needs there from. The coping strategies include wild food foraging, migratory fishing and praying to God which lead to the conclusion that basic needs satisfaction among the studied rural dwellers in Borno state is below societal expectations. Recommendations for improvement were proffered.

  19. 76 FR 81998 - Methodology for Low Power/Shutdown Fire PRA

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    2011-12-29

    ... COMMISSION Methodology for Low Power/Shutdown Fire PRA AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft... public comment a draft NUREG/CR, NUREG/CR-7114, Revision 0, ``Methodology for Low Power/Shutdown Fire PRA... Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001;...

  20. 77 FR 10576 - Methodology for Low Power/Shutdown Fire PRA

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    2012-02-22

    ... COMMISSION Methodology for Low Power/Shutdown Fire PRA AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft NUREG/CR; extension for public comment period. SUMMARY: On December 29, 2011 (76 FR 81998), the U.S... Draft NUREG/CR-7114, Revision 0, ``Methodology for Low Power/Shutdown Fire PRA.'' In response to...

  1. The dynamic interplay between appraisal and core affect in daily life

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Appraisals and core affect are both considered central to the experience of emotion. In this study we examine the bidirectional relationships between these two components of emotional experience by examining how core affect changes following how people appraise events and how appraisals in turn change following how they feel in daily life. In an experience sampling study, participants recorded their core affect and appraisals of ongoing events; data were analyzed using cross-lagged multilevel modeling. Valence-appraisal relationships were found to be characterized by congruency: The same appraisals that were associated with a change in pleasure-displeasure (motivational congruency, other-agency, coping potential, and future expectancy, changed themselves as a function of pleasure-displeasure. In turn, mainly secondary appraisals of who is responsible and how one is able to cope with events were associated with changes in arousal, which itself is followed by changes in the future appraised relevance of events. These results integrate core affect and appraisal approaches to emotion by demonstrating the dynamic interplay of how appraisals are followed by changes in core affect which in turn change our basis for judging future events.

  2. Multi source feedback based performance appraisal system using Fuzzy logic decision support system

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    Meenakshi, G

    2012-01-01

    In Multi-Source Feedback or 360 Degree Feedback, data on the performance of an individual are collected systematically from a number of stakeholders and are used for improving performance. The 360-Degree Feedback approach provides a consistent management philosophy meeting the criterion outlined previously. The 360-degree feedback appraisal process describes a human resource methodology that is frequently used for both employee appraisal and employee development. Used in employee performance appraisals, the 360-degree feedback methodology is differentiated from traditional, top-down appraisal methods in which the supervisor responsible for the appraisal provides the majority of the data. Instead it seeks to use information gained from other sources to provide a fuller picture of employees' performances. Similarly, when this technique used in employee development it augments employees' perceptions of training needs with those of the people with whom they interact. The 360-degree feedback based appraisal is a c...

  3. 12 CFR 225.65 - Appraiser independence.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraiser independence. 225.65 Section 225.65 Banks and Banking FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (CONTINUED) BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM... Federally Related Transactions § 225.65 Appraiser independence. (a) Staff appraisers. If an appraisal...

  4. 40 CFR 180.1200 - Pseudomonas fluorescens strain PRA-25; temporary exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Pseudomonas fluorescens strain PRA-25... RESIDUES IN FOOD Exemptions From Tolerances § 180.1200 Pseudomonas fluorescens strain PRA-25; temporary... established for residues of the microbial pesticide, pseudomonas fluorescens strain PRA-25 when used on...

  5. Evolution of PRA methodology and insights since WASH-1400

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    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is preparing NUREG-1150 to examine the current perception of risk from a selected group of nuclear power plants. In support of NUREG-1150, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has directed the production of Level 1 Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRAs) for the Surry, Sequoyah, Peach Bottom, and Grand Gulf nuclear power plants; additional studies are planned. The first four plants have been studied previously in either WASH-1400 or RSSMAP. The more recent studies suggest significant changes in perception of dominant accident sequences. In this paper the authors examine the changes in their perception of the likelihood of severe core damage accidents, in terms of both changes in PRA methodology and changes to the plants as a result of evolving regulations

  6. Evolution of PRA methodology and insights since WASH-1400

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is preparing NUREG-1150 to examine the current perception of risk from a selected group of nuclear power plants. In support of NUREG-1150, Sandia National Laboratories has directed the production of Level 1 Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRAs) for the Surry, Sequoyah, Peach Bottom, and Grand Gulf nuclear power plants - additional studies are planned. The first four plants have been studied previously in either WASH-1400 or RSSMAP. The more recent studies suggest significant changes in our perception of dominant accident sequences. In this paper we will examine the changes in our perception of the likelihood of severe core damage accidents, in terms of both changes in PRA methodology and changes to the plants as a result of evolving regulations

  7. MAPS Appraisal Report Form

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    2005-01-01

    As announced in Weekly Bulletin 48/2004, from now onwards, the paper MAPS appraisal report form has been replaced by an electronic form, which is available via EDH (on the EDH desktop under Other Tasks / HR & Training) No changes have been made to the contents of the form. Practical information will be available on the web page http://cern.ch/ais/projs/forms/maps/info.htm, and information meetings will be held on the following dates: 18 January 2005: MAIN AUDITORIUM (500-1-001) from 14:00 to 15:30. 20 January 2005: AB AUDITORIUM II (864-1-D02) from14:00 to 15:30. 24 January 2005: AT AUDITORIUM (30-7-018) from 10:00 to 11:30. Human Resources Department Tel. 73566

  8. Analysis of the results of the Midland PRA

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    Bozoki, G.; Teichmann, T.

    1986-01-01

    This paper presents the results of a limited review of the Midland PRA (MPRA), aimed at facilitating regulatory analyses and at providing insights into safety related plant failures. In particular, stress was laid on the root causes of accident sequences, particularly their failure modes, viz., hardware, human, maintenance, test, and repair. Because this information was difficult to extract in this detailed and sophisticated PRA (and in certain others) a special algorithm was developed to display the leading sequences contributing to core damage and/or to public risk in terms of the above generic failure modes. This was done in a hierarchical fashion to allow tracing the important accident sequences to the systems failures. The weighted core damage frequency (CDF) values of the sequences considered then provided a (quantitative) ranked importance listing of these failure modes, led by hardware failures (in 78%) and human factors (in 37%), etc. Multiple maintenance situations (reflecting on test and maintenance specifications) were also evaluated, but played only a small role (less than or equal to3%). Similar tabulations were also made of the (weighted) importance of the support systems (such as the electric power system, the component cooling water systems, etc.) and of the role of the major systems/functions (e.g., high pressure injection, etc.) contributions to these accident sequences. Finally, the role of certain particular operational and plant features (e.g., loss of offsite power initiators, RCP seal failure, bunkering, etc.) were briefly examined. The methods displayed seem applicable to an important class of extant and projected PRAs.

  9. Appraisal of family doctors: an evaluation study.

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    Lewis, Malcolm; Elwyn, Glyn; Wood, Fiona

    2003-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Appraisal has evolved to become a key component of workforce management. However, it is not clear from existing proposals for appraisal of doctors whether employers, health authorities or primary care organisations should take responsibility for appraisal processes. AIMS: To evaluate the introduction of a pilot peer appraisal system in general practice and to gain insight into the reactions of appraisers and doctors. DESIGN OF STUDY: Semi-structured telephone interviews combined w...

  10. Comparative analysis of forest lands cadastral appraisal estimated with regards to wood and food resources

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    Kovyazin, V.; Romanchikov, A.; Pasko, O.

    2015-11-01

    Cadastral appraisal of forest fund is one of the topical challenges of modern natural resource management. The paper delivers comparison of different approaches to cadastral appraisal of forest lands. The authors suggest a uniformed model to compare objectively and choose the most effective use of parcels.

  11. MASS APPRAISAL AND REAL ESTATE TAXATION

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Raising of problem. The government at the legislative level fixed the definition of market value for tax purposes as mandatory in the implementation of real estate transactions. In order to meet the requirements of objectivity, uniformity and consistency of the results obtained during the evaluation procedures, as well as minimize the influence of subjective factors, there is a need to develop a methodology for evaluating an automated procedure for determining the estimated value of the property based on its market value. To solve this problem, we use special techniques and methods of mass appraisal that incorporates computer-supported statistical analyses, such as multiple regression analysis and adaptive estimation procedure for use in the field of property valuation and property rights. Purpose. Realization of this goal involves the development of the concept of a computer-assisted mass appraisal. The basis of this concept is an adaptive hybrid models of market pricing in different market segments that incorporates software adaptive algorithms for determining the market value by the three evaluation approaches using the results of a multi-level real estate market analysis. It was proposed the utility automated valuation models which is intended for the implementation of a computerized real estate valuation based on the developed software adaptive algorithms. Con-clusion. To achieve this goal have been developed and used concepts underlying of computerized mass appraisal. The basis of this concept is adaptive hybrid pricing models in various segments of the real estate market of Ukraine. The problem is solved by the application of the developed software-based adaptive algorithms for determining the market value of three evaluation approaches using the results of a multi-level analysis of the real estate market. It was pro-posed the model of automated appraisal, according to it was implemented computerization of appraisal procedures on the

  12. Multi User Feedback System Based On Performance and Appraisal Using Fuzzy Logic Base System- Design and Implementation

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    Ameet.D.Shah

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In Multi-user Feedback support system or 3600 Feedback, data on the performance of an individual are collected systematically from a number of stakeholders and are used for improving performance. The 3600 Feedback approach provides a consistent management philosophy meeting the criterion outlined previously. The 3600 feedback based appraisal is a comprehensive method where in the feedback about the employee comes from all the sources that come into contact with the employee on his/her job. The respondents for an employee can be her/his peers, managers, subordinates team members, customers, suppliers and vendors. Hence anyone who comes into contact with the employee, the 3600 appraisal has four components that include self-appraisal, superior’s appraisal, subordinate’s appraisal student’s appraisal and peer’s appraisal.

  13. Uranium-mill appraisal program

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    The results of special team appraisals at NRC-licensed uranium mills in the period May to November 1981 are reported. Since the Three Mile Island accident, NRC management has instituted a program of special team appraisals of radiation protection programs at certain NRC-licensed facilities. These appraisals were designed to identify weaknesses and strengths in NRC-licensed programs, including those areas not covered by explicit regulatory requirements. The regulatory requirements related to occupational radiation protection and environmental monitoring at uranium mills have been extensively upgraded in the past few years. In addition, there was some NRC staff concern with respect to the effectiveness of NRC licensing and inspection programs. In response to this concern and to changes in mill requirements, the NRC staff recommended that team appraisals be conducted at mills to determine the adequacy of mill programs, the effectiveness of the new requirements, and mill management implementation of programs and requirements. This report describes the appraisal scope and methodology as well as summary findings and conclusions. Significant weaknesses identified during the mill appraisals are discussed as well as recommendations for improvements in uranium mill programs and mill licensing and inspection

  14. Differentiation of 13 positive emotions by appraisals.

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    Tong, Eddie M W

    2015-01-01

    This research examined how strongly appraisals can differentiate positive emotions and how they differentiate positive emotions. Thirteen positive emotions were examined, namely, amusement, awe, challenge, compassion, contentment, gratitude, hope, interest, joy, pride, relief, romantic love and serenity. Participants from Singapore and the USA recalled an experience of each emotion and thereafter rated their appraisals of the experience. In general, the appraisals accurately classified the positive emotions at rates above chance levels, and the appraisal-emotion relationships conformed to predictions. Also, the appraisals were largely judged by participants as relevant to their positive emotion experiences, and the appraisal-emotion relationships were largely consistent across the two countries. PMID:24911866

  15. How Can You Support RIDM/CRM/RM Through the Use of PRA

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    DoVemto. Tpmu

    2011-01-01

    Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) is one of key Risk Informed Decision Making (RIDM) tools. It is a scenario-based methodology aimed at identifying and assessing Safety and Technical Performance risks in complex technological systems.

  16. PERILAKU SEKSUAL PRA NIKAH REMAJA BURUH KAPAL DI PELABUHAN PAOTERE MAKASSAR

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    Stephanie, Olivia Carla; Nyorong, Mappeaty; Riskiyani, Shanti

    2015-01-01

    Data BKKBN tahun 2012 menyatakan bahwa 6,9% remaja pernah melakukan hubungan seksual pra nikah. Sedangkan, hasil survei perilaku beresiko memperlihatkan bahwa buruh kapal merupakan pekerja yang sering berpindah tempat menjadikannya sebagai kelompok yang rawan HIV karena perilaku seksualnya. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui perilaku seksual pra nikah remaja buruh kapal di Pelabuhan Paotere Makassar. Pelabuhan Paotere Makassar banyak ditemukan remaja yang menjadi buruh kapal dan lokasi...

  17. Design automatické pračky

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    Jašová, Berta

    2013-01-01

    Téma diplomové práce je návrh designu bubnové automatické pračky s bočním plněním, s možností vestavění, sejmutím horní desky. Práce si klade za cíl zjednodušit a zdokonalit ovládací rozhraní a vytvořit podmínky pro barevnou variabilitu. Diplomová práce je rozdělena na analytickou část a průvodní zprávu. Analytická část obsahuje popis, vývoj, techniku a design. Průvodní zpráva popisuje tvorbu designu již od variantních studií. Samotný návrh pak dělí na: tvarové, ergonomické, technické, barevn...

  18. Understanding on the ISG about Digital I and C PRA

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    There has been many efforts to execute the PRA for the software based digital I and C systems. The ISG (Interim Staff Guidance) is made for providing acceptable methods for evaluating digital I and C system risk assessments of new reactor by NRC. The primary purpose of this paper is to understand the ISG and to discuss the main issue of it. The ISG is not intended to provide the information of digital I and C system risk assessments for risk-informed regulatory decision making. With considering the software, the modeling of digital I and C system is considered immature process. Till now, there is no consensus on the technology for reliability modeling of software-based digital system. The use of risk-informed decision making is beyond the scope of the ISG. This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes the difficulties and limitations of the risk assessment of digital I and C system and section 3 shows the important issues of it. Section 4 shows the 12 review guidelines on how to review digital I and C system risk assessments. Section 5 concludes the paper

  19. HOW APPRAISERS DEVELOP FAIR VALUE

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Management is responsible for its own financial decisions. If we take into account, that fair value concept was shown in financial crisis as something that does not work anymore in this way; there is a big need to develop it for the future. Non-professional readers of financial statements believe, however, that company financials are the work of the public accounting firm that had signed the audit certificate. The main reason for bringing this point up is that when companies disclose Fair Value (FV information in their financial statements, they are taking responsibility for the values disclosed. Management may often be encouraged to utilize the services of an outside professional, but at the end of the day, the outside appraiser is a hired gun. Although the appraiser has to take responsibility for his own work, hiring the appraiser does not absolve management of its ultimate responsibility. The obverse of this is also true. Management does not have to hire the appraiser to develop any fair value disclosures made in the financial statements. Developing FV information is not recommended as a do-it yourself undertaking, there is nothing in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP or Securities Exchange Commission (SEC regulations, however, that requires an outside appraiser.

  20. Appraisal and acquisition innovative practices for archives and special collections

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    Theimer, Kate

    2015-01-01

    Appraisal and Acquisition: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections explores how archivists and special collections librarians in organizations of different sizes and types have approached the challenges of collection, as well as exploring opportunities to acquire new kinds of materials and conduct thoughtful reappraisal.

  1. Organizational Justice and Employee Satisfaction in Performance Appraisal

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    Palaiologos, Anastasios; Papazekos, Panagiotis; Panayotopoulou, Leda

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to explore the performance appraisal (PA) aspects that are connected with organizational justice, and more specifically three kinds of justice, namely distributive, procedural and interactional justice. Design/methodology/approach: The research is based on a sample of 170 respondents who answered a questionnaire giving…

  2. The Official Real Estate Appraisal in Germany

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    Christoph JOCHEIM-WIRTZ

    2013-01-01

    The Real Estate Appraisal in Germany is regulated by the articles 192-199 of the German Construction Law. Technical guidelines, including the appraisal methods, are defined in bylaws. For the purpose of official real estate appraisal, Expert Appraisal Committees were founded in counties and large cities. The Committees are comprised of real estate experts doing a honorary service, coming from such professions as land surveying engineers, architects, civil engineers, Tax Office employees, expe...

  3. PRA-1 offshore platform start-up within seven days; Operacionalizacao da plataforma offshore PRA-1 em sete dias

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    Barbosa, Fernando; Mitidieri, Jorge; Faria, Jose Luis Coutinho de; Ribeiro, Juan Carlos; Moura, Mario Arthur [Construtora Norberto Oderbrecht S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The technologic innovations are very hard features with regards to Offshore Engineering and Construction over the worldwide. The innovations only make sense since they are focus on the high productivity, safe job and cost reduction compared with the current technologies. Inside the scenario mentioned above is Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A. concept for the PRA-1 platform Engineering and Construction. Through a very advanced and innovation concept, it was defined as the Main Strategic Planning of the undertaking not use a temporary platform support (named in Brazil as 'Flotel') during the 'Hook-up', commissioning and star-up offshore phase. The success of the strategic made possible through the implementation of new engineering tools, and, besides this, through a very careful offshore planning focused on minimizing and make easier as much as possible the offshore activities. The planning can be basically spitted on the following parts: A- Onshore preparations (Assembly, Integration and Commissioning of the Utilities and Accommodation Modules) B- Offshore detailed planning of the critical activities concerning the start-up of the systems responsible for leaving the platform ready for 'live'. This operation was defined as 'seven days of platform live support' (main target of this paper). (author)

  4. Linking appraisal to behavioral flexibility in animals: implications for stress research

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    Rui F Oliveira

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In fluctuating environments, organisms require mechanisms enabling the rapid expression of context-dependent behaviors. Here, we approach behavioral flexibility from a perspective rooted in appraisal theory, aiming to provide a better understanding on how animals adjust their internal state to environmental context. Appraisal has been defined as a multi-component and interactive process between the individual and the environment, in which the individual must evaluate the significance of a stimulus to generate an adaptive response. Within this framework, we review and reframe the existing evidence for the appraisal components in animal literature, in an attempt to reveal the common ground of appraisal mechanisms between species. Furthermore, cognitive biases may occur in the appraisal of ambiguous stimuli. These biases may be interpreted either as states open to environmental modulation or as long-lasting phenotypic traits. Finally, we discuss the implications of cognitive bias for stress research.

  5. 48 CFR 1437.7002 - Appraisal standards.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Appraisal standards. 1437... standards. (a) All real property appraisals for condemnation purposes shall be consistent with requirements of the Interagency Land Acquisition Conference publication “Uniform Appraisal Standards for...

  6. Appraisal of family doctors: an evaluation study.

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    Lewis, M.I.; Elwyn, G.; Wood, F.

    2003-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Appraisal has evolved to become a key component of workforce management. However, it is not clear from existing proposals for appraisal of doctors whether employers, health authorities or primary care organisations should take responsibility for appraisal processes. AIMS: To evaluate the

  7. Appraisal: the catalyst of personal development

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    Conlon, Maurice

    2003-01-01

    Appraisal of NHS consultants has been running for two years, and most general practitioners will have their first appraisal this year. If done properly, the process should enhance personal development and learning, but links with revalidation have led to fears about it being used only for assessment. The challenge is to produce a valued appraisal system that ultimately improves patient care

  8. Use of PRA in the nuclear regulatory field in South Africa

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    The nuclear regulatory authority in South Africa (since 1988 the Council for Nuclear Safety (CNS)), established in 1973 nuclear safety criteria against which to assess the level of safety of any facility using radioactive material. It is a regulatory requirement in South Africa to develop and maintain a living PRA for each facility and thereby to provide the necessary information to demonstrate compliance against these criteria. All safety submissions to the CNS must include at least a risk statement based on an accepted PRA study. The function of the CNS is to regulate all activities in South Africa involving the use of radioactive material and posing a significant risk to the public or plant personnel. This includes most aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle and the Koeberg NPS (two 2775 MW(th) PWRs). A PRA study including source terms for the two Koeberg units was presented by the contractor in 1979. This included the risk due to power and shutdown states and non reactor related accidents involving spent fuel storage, fuel handling and waste treatment related activities. At least 20 PRA studies have been performed for other nuclear facilities in the country. The CNS maintains an in-house PRA capability to perform independent assessments of licensee submission, to participate in developments of PRA methodology in the regulatory field, to perform pro-active safety work and to assist in regulatory decision making. Present ongoing work includes the development of a risk monitor, a risk management system, improvement in PRA codes, models, data collection and analysis, off-site risk assessment methodology and associated regulatory policy. (author). 1 fig

  9. Appraisal, Personality, And Coping Choice

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    Blatný, Marek; Janušová, P.

    Lanškroun: GOSC Group, s.r.o., 2001. s. 442. [The Tenth European Congress on Work and Organizational Psychology . 16.05.2001-19.05.2001, Praha] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z7025918 Keywords : coping * appraisal * personality Subject RIV: AN - Psychology

  10. Prenylated Rab acceptor 1 (PRA1) inhibits TCF/β-catenin signaling by binding to β-catenin

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    The prenylated Rab acceptor 1 (PRA1) is a ubiquitously expressed 21 kDa protein containing two transmembrane domains that possibly induce its localization to the Golgi complex. It binds to prenylated Rab GTPases and VAMP2. In this study, we report that PRA1-overexpressing cells exhibited a significantly retarded growth rate as compared to that of the mock-transfected cells, and the transcriptional activity of TCF, as evaluated by TOPflash luciferase reporter assay, was profoundly reduced in the PRA1-overexpressed cells. These intracellular functions of PRA1 were verified by introducing deletion mutant or site-directed mutants, or small interfering RNA of PRA1. In addition, the translocation of β-catenin from the cytosol to the nucleus was blocked to a significant degree in the PRA1-cells, and the interaction of PRA1 and β-catenin was identified by confocal microscopy and immunoprecipitation analysis. Finally, we observed that the inhibition of TCF/β-catenin signaling by PRA1 is associated with ERK1/2 dephosphorylation. Therefore, our data suggest that the in vivo modulation of PRA1 may be involved in TCF/β-catenin signaling, as well as cellular proliferation and tumorigenesis

  11. Peach Bottom Unit 2 Level 2 PRA Model Implementation and Enhancements with SAPHIRE 8 for ICM

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    This letter report documents the work performed under JCN V6225, Task 5A. Task 5A requires INL to complete the conversion of the ICM Level 2 model, i.e., Peach Bottom Unit 2 Level 2 PRA Model, from SAPHIRE 7 to SAPHIRE 8, and ensure the functionality of SAPHIRE 8 for solving the Level 2 model utilizing Version 8 enhancements over previous versions. One of the enhancements is to ensure the functionality of the ability to solve for a selected phase. The INL will also assess the feasibility of using SAPHIRE 8 decomposition event tree functionality and make SAPHIRE 8 enhancements based on NRC user comments for using Level 2 models. Section 2 discusses the implementation of Peach Bottom Unit 2 Level 2 model in SAPHIRE 8, as well as the unique features in the SAPHIRE Level 2 model. Sections 3 to 5 documents the INL efforts to enhance the SAPHIRE Level 2 model by simplifying the complex partitioning quantification approach, and investigating the usage of phase feature and decomposition event tree in SAPHIRE model. Section 3 describes the developing of a streamlined, simplified Level 2 quantification approach that does not use the partition rules. Since the partitioning approach is not continued to be used for Level 2 model quantification, the requirement in Task 5A to make the partition rules phase-aware is no longer applicable. Section 4 presents the using of the phase feature in the Level 2 model. Section 5 develops the decomposition event trees that would be used for Peach Bottom Unit 2 Level 2 model.

  12. Realistic operator response measurements: Inputs to the LaSalle PRA

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    The LaSalle comprehensive probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) includes external events and internal events with explicit treatment of human actions during operations, maintenance, and surveillance. It includes common-cause considerations and dependencies covering all support functions. These human sections are included in the same fault trees applicable to both external and internal events. Realism is incorporated into the PRA via measurable values of plant parameters in contrast to license-base values, via real-time behavior of primary containment which provides more realistic operator response intervals, and via actual measurements of operator responses during engineering simulator exercise of plant-specific transient and accident events. Preliminary correlations of operator responses via the HCR measurements method indicate that measured operator unreliabilities are consistently ten to one hundred times lower than best-estimate values used in earlier PRA's. Some operator responses may indicate an unreliability measure of one thousand less than reported estimates of non-performance (omission failures). Measurements of operator response during plant recovery scenarios are currently being correlated for subsequent inclusion via SHARP methods into the LaSalle PRA. These degraded core event scenarios were defined from the PRA dominant transient and accident cut-sets leading to degraded cores with potential fission product release

  13. Appraising Damaged Timber

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    Straka, Thomas

    2009-01-01

    Estimation of the value of damaged timber stands can be complicated. The foundation for any valuation calculations involving damaged timber is land expectation value (LEV). A timber damage model using LEV is described in detail. The concept is economically sound as it ignores sunk costs and considers land opportunity cost and the impact on future rotations. The method described is an income approach. The results can also be applied to a replacement cost model. The two approaches will produce ...

  14. Needed Research on Trait Structure, Multivariate Approach. A Special Report of the USOE-Sponsored Grant Study: Critical Appraisal of Research in the Personality-Emotions-Motivation Domain. IBR Report No. 73-21.

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    Cartwright, Desmond S.; And Others

    The task group report presented in this publication is one of a series prepared by eminent psychologists who have served as consultants in the U.S.O.E.-sponsored grant study to conduct a Critical Appraisal of the Personality-Emotions-Motivation Domain. In order to achieve the goal of identifying important problems and areas for new research and…

  15. System 80+TM PRA insights on severe accident prevention and mitigation

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    The System 80+ design is ABB-CE's standardized evolutionary Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) design. It incorporates design enhancements based on Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) insights, guidance from the ALWR Utility Requirements Document (URD), and US NRC's Severe Accident Policy. Major severe accident prevention and mitigation design features of the System 80+ design are described. The results of the System 80+ PRA are presented and the insights gained from the PRA sensitivity analyses are discussed. ABB-CE considered defense-in-depth for accident prevention and mitigation early in the design process and used robust design features to ensure that the System 80+ design achieved a low core damage frequency, low containment conditional failure probability, and excellent deterministic containment performance under severe accident conditions and to ensure that the risk was properly allocated among design features and between prevention and mitigation. (author)

  16. Use of PRA to support the Toledo Edison Integrated Living Schedule program

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    Toledo Edison Company (TED) has undertaken a program leading to the development of an Integrated Living Schedule (ILSP) of plant modifications and associated budget activities at its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. The integrated living schedule process which was developed at Toledo Edison Company was initiated in response to the escalating regulatory effect on both the utility's control of and the absolute size of the plant betterment project budget. The purpose of the ILSP then, is to provide a more systematic mechanism for allocating utility resources for effective accomplishment of plant betterment projects. This paper describes the ILSP program elements, probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) application in the ILSP, and PRA characteristics to support ILSP. This application of PRA methods to the Integrated Living Schedule process provides the utility with an effective decision-support tool to focus on one of the most important utility decisions - how and when to spend its safety related capital dollars and labor resources

  17. Review of UCN 3,4 PSA model based on NEI PRA peer review process guidance, rev.0

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    Recently, under the de-regulation environment, nuclear industry has attempted various approaches to improve the economics of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP). One of these efforts is the Risk Informed/Performance-Based Operation (RIPBO). This approach uses the risk and performance information to manage the resources effectively and efficiently that are used in the operation of NPP. In RIPBO, PSA quality is one of the most important things. The nuclear industry and regulatory body of U.S.A have developed a measure to evaluate the quality of PSA. NEI (Nuclear Energy Institute) has developed a guidance called 'NEI PRA Peer Review Guidance,' and NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Committee) and ASME have developed the 'PRA Standard.' In Korea, several projects are on going now, such as the extension of AOT/STI of RPS/ESFAS, Risk-Informed In-Service Inspection (RI-ISI). However, in Korea, there have been no attempts to evaluate the quality of PSA model itself. Therefore, we cannot be sure about the quality of PSA whether or not the present PSA model can be used for the risk-informed applications such as mentioned above. We can say that the evaluation of PSA model quality is the basis for the RIPBO. In this report, we have evaluated the quality of PSA model for Ulchin 3 and 4 units based on the NEI guidance. We, also, have derived what items are to be improved to upgrade the quality of PSA model and how it can be improved. This report can be used as the base of RIPBO work in Korea. The review result based on ASME Standard is published as the separated technical report of KAERI

  18. 78 FR 10367 - Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans

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    2013-02-13

    .... Parson, Appraisal Policy Specialist, (202) 649-6423, G. Kevin Lawton, Appraiser (Real Estate Specialist... mortgage appraisal provisions. 77 FR 54722 (Sept. 5, 2012). The comment period closed on October 15, 2012..., other creditors, appraisers, appraisal management companies, industry trade associations,...

  19. Model adaptivnog sistema za praćenje i predikciju rada distribuiranih aplikacija

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    Okanović, Dušan

    2012-01-01

    Stalno praćenje rada softvera je neophodno da bi se utvrdilo da li softver poštuje zadate nivoe kvaliteta. Na osnovu sakupljenih podataka, moguće je da se predvidi i dalje ponašanje aplikacije i da se izvrši izbor daljih akcija da bi se održao zahtevani nivo. Tema ove disertacije je razvoj sistema za kontinualno praćenje performansi softvera, kao i razvoj modela za predviđanje performansi softvera. Za implementaciju sistema potrebljena je JEE tehnologija, ali je sist...

  20. Description of Nature as an Act of Anticipation: Australia in Rosa Campbell Praed's My Australian Girlhood

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    Klepač, Tihana

    2011-01-01

    Writing My Australian Girlhood from the position of her “civilised existence” in 1902 London Rosa Campbell Praed remembers her “wild youth ‘down under.’” In line with the dominant discourses of the period Praed describes Australia as a “young-old land”, and additionally associates it with nature which stands in sharp opposition to culture, to “the smug English conventionalities.” Her images of nature progress from “the grim spell of the bush,” which overwhelms the traveller int...

  1. Etiopathogenesis of cataract: An appraisal

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    Gupta, Varun B; Manjusha Rajagopala; Basavaiah Ravishankar

    2014-01-01

    Natural eye lens is a crystalline substance to produce a clear passage for light. Cataract is opacity within the clear lens of the eye and is the dominant cause of socio-medical problem i.e., blindness worldwide. The only available treatment of cataract is surgery. However, insufficient surgical facilities in poor and developing countries and post-operative complications inspire researchers to find out other modes of treatment for cataract. In this review, an attempt has been made to appraise...

  2. Project appraisal : a reflection

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    Moutinho, Nuno; Mouta, Helena

    2011-01-01

    We present project evaluation approaches that should be used as a basis for decision. We try to find what aspects must be taken into account in project analysis, acknowledging the need to consider intangible aspects that are impossible to measure and that lead to subjective analysis to project evaluators. We also wish to understand if firms have adequate tools and methods that incorporate and quantify all non financial aspects. We have identified several other aspects that influence projects’...

  3. Project appraisal : a refection

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    Moutinho, Nuno; Mouta, Helena

    2013-01-01

    We present project evaluation approaches that should be used as a basis for decision. We try to fi nd what aspects must be taken into account in project analysis, acknowledging the need to consider intangible aspects that are impossible to measure and that lead to subjective analysis to project evaluators. We also wish to understand if fi rms have adequate tools and methods that incorporate and quantify all non nancial aspects. We have identi ed several other aspects that infl uence proje...

  4. School eye health appraisal

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    Desai Sanjiv; Desai Rajiv; Desai N; Lohiya Shobha; Bhargava G; Kumar K

    1989-01-01

    School children form an important large target group which must be screened adequately for early detection of eye diseases and prevention of blindness. A total approach in a school eye health programme must include teacher orientation and health education of children in addition to screening for eye diseases. The ocular morbidity pattern in 5135 school children of Jodhpur is discussed in this paper and it is hoped that it will be an indicator to all eye care agencies to help plan their priori...

  5. ANALYSIS OF AGRO-ECOLOGICAL SITUATION FOR IDENTIFICATION OF PROBLEMS BY PRA TECHNIQUES IN ADAPTIVE VILLAGE OF KRISHI VIGYAN KENDRA UNDER NEW ALLUVIA ZONE OF MURSHIDABAD DISTRICT OF WEST BENGAL

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    Abhishake Naskar

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Agro Ecosystem analysis using the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA techniques of an adaptive village (Jainpur of New Alluvial Zone of Murshidabad-Jiaganj block in Murshidabad district, West Bengal revealed that the village basically has rice and jute based farming system. The cropping intensity of the village is 233%. Out of 363 household 80% is engaged in Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and other allied activities. The land availability per household is 0.40 ha. The villagers are mostly scheduled caste. By snow ball technique major problems were identified .On the basis of bio-physical and socio-economic problems, thrust area were selected. Area specific On Farm Trials (OFT in farmers' were conducted on some researchable issues. Front Line Demonstration (FLD, training programme, health camp, awareness camp and other different extension activities were arranged to mitigate the problems.

  6. Preparation and appraisal of electric power projects

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    This note is for the use of Bank staff and potential borrowers, consultants and others who may be involved in the preparation of electric power projects which may be considered for financing by the Bank and IDA. It outlines the Bank's approach to the appraisal of power projects and may be used as a general guide for the content of project feasibility studies and other information which may be needed to support the project. It emphasizes that projects should be justified as part of a least-cost system and identifies the economic criteria which is usually used in project evaluation. The paper presumes general familiarity with Bank policies and procedures and with techniques of power development programming; therefore the paper is not comprehensive and is not intended to be used as an instructional guide. (author)

  7. Estimating Market Values from Appraised Values without Assuming an Efficient Market

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    Geltner, David M.

    1993-01-01

    This paper represents an approach to recovering the underlying market value returns from observable appraisal-based index returns, without presupposing or constraining the market value returns to be unpredictable or uncorrelated across time. A structural/behavioral model is developed relating the publicly reported index returns to the underlying market returns. The procedure presented here explicitly corrects for appraisal smoothing at the disaggregate level, as well as for the aggregate inde...

  8. Appraising Qualitative Research in Health Education: Guidelines for Public Health Educators

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    Jeanfreau, Scharalda G.; Jack, Leonard

    2010-01-01

    Research studies, including qualitative studies, form the basis for evidence-based practice among health professionals. However, many practicing health educators do not feel fully confident in their ability to critically appraise qualitative research studies. This publication presents an overview of qualitative research approaches, defines key terminology used in qualitative research, and provides guidelines for appraising the strengths and weaknesses of published qualitative research. On rea...

  9. PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SYSTEMS IN PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

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    Drd. Ionel GONE

    2010-01-01

    Performance appraisal is the central instrument used for calibrating and monitoring employee behaviors and results. It is used to verify recruitment and selection techniques and the appropriateness of job analyses. Performance appraisal is used both in making judgments regarding pay and promotion and in exercising developmental options such as feedback and training. In designing and using the performance appraisal process, an organization must be cognizant of both legal strictures and strateg...

  10. Participation in sustainability appraisal planning policy

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    Giddings, Bob; Porter, Geoff; Paterson, Elaine; Theobald, Kate

    2010-01-01

    UK spatial planning guidance now recognises the importance of engaging stakeholders in appraisal processes at an early stage in the plan-making process. Regional planning authorities are required to consult with a wide range of stakeholders on the development of planning policy and the sustainability appraisal of that policy. However, there is no clear indication as to how they might go about this process, other than to confront the various stakeholders with a sustainability appraisal report....

  11. School eye health appraisal

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    Desai Sanjiv

    1989-01-01

    Full Text Available School children form an important large target group which must be screened adequately for early detection of eye diseases and prevention of blindness. A total approach in a school eye health programme must include teacher orientation and health education of children in addition to screening for eye diseases. The ocular morbidity pattern in 5135 school children of Jodhpur is discussed in this paper and it is hoped that it will be an indicator to all eye care agencies to help plan their priorities in the delivery of school based eye care.

  12. APPRAISAL OF SGSY

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    Karamvir

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available SGSY was introduced by the Central Government with co-operation of State Governments with theobjective to elevate the rural poor from BPL to APL, and to generate the employment opportunities in the interior ofrural areas. Self Help Groups (SHGs are formed through a process of social mobilization, with their training andcapacity building, infrastructure build up, technology, credit and marketing enabling them to take decisions on allissues concerning poverty eradication. The SGSY Scheme under the cluster approach caters most to the labourerswhether the Swarozgaris belong to an SHG or is an individual. Animal Husbandry and Agriculture relatedoccupations are dominant SGSY activities

  13. Test Takers' Performance Appraisals, Appraisal Calibration, and Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategy Use

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    Phakiti, Aek

    2016-01-01

    The current study explores the nature and relationships among test takers' performance appraisals, appraisal calibration, and reported cognitive and metacognitive strategy use in a language test situation. Performance appraisals are executive processes of strategic competence for judging test performance (e.g., evaluating the correctness or…

  14. Performance Management and Performance Appraisal: Czech Self-Governments

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Managing and measuring performance became an important part of administrative reforms motivated by the New Public Management ideology. However, a badly implemented system designed for measuring and managing performance may distort the behaviours of actors. The goal of this paper is to outline the preliminary picture of the current situation of performance management generally and particularly of performance appraisal at the level of the Czech local and regional self-governments. The presented data, despite the fact that our field research covers only a non-representative samples of the “best” self-government bodies, show first that performance and quality management is not a neglected area in the Czech Republic. Its practice is rather decentralized, and the central government focuses on methodical support and coordination rather than on being strict and requiring certain tools to be implemented. The core problems revealed by the interviews are that the implementation of new instruments is usually based on a trial-and-error approach in its beginnings and that the implementation is award- and project-driven. Our preliminary data clearly indicate that the performance-appraisal situation is even more problematic - they indicate that performance-appraisal systems are introduced in only a limited number of self-government authorities. The set of criteria used in the evaluation is problematic, and the objectives of the performance appraisal are unclear for managers. As a general rule, a performance-appraisal system is not directly linked with implemented performance management and especially not with a payment system.

  15. Current status and future expectation concerning probabilistic risk assessment of NPPs. 3. How to ensure nuclear safety - Take full advantage of PRA

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    It might not be easy to take full advantage of Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRA) in safety assurance of Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). PRA could be used for comprehensive safety evaluation of uncertain, quite rare and severe influential events. If PRA were effectively utilized, practical and beneficial results would be obtained. Because evaluation was associated with uncertainty even in PRA, uncertain results would be quite useful. On the other hand, safety experts were needed for application and effective utilization of PRA, which required much efforts and cost. Japanese government's report on Fukushima NPPs accident said PRA had not been effectively utilized in Japan. This article was the third and final one of serial explanation and explained current state and future expectation of PRA related with four questions; (1) why utilization of PRA could suppress risks associated with use of nuclear power to sufficient low level and contribute ensure nuclear safety?, (2) what's the significance of implementing PRA with investment?, (3) what's needed for appropriate utilization of risk evaluation in Japan?, and (4) why risk evaluation had not been effectively utilized in Japan?. Risk information obtained by PRA could be quantitative measure of safety assurance, namely effectiveness of defense-in-depth. For effective use of PRA, PRA should be performed for uncertain and quite rare event at specific individual plant and sufficient efforts should be made to improve safety measures with updated evaluation using latest knowledge and experiences regarding uncertainties. (T. Tanaka)

  16. Participatory Rural Appraisal: Lessons for Countries in the North?

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    Preece, Julia

    2006-01-01

    "This paper describes and analyses various perspectives on participatory rural appraisal and the relationship between its rhetoric and practice, particularly regarding its claims to give voice to the marginalised and contribution to development needs. Drawing on relevant literature that both critiques and provides examples of practice, the paper analyses two case studies to explore what lessons we can learn about the approach and its applicability as a methodology for margin...

  17. Probabilistic risk assessment course documentation. Volume 2. Probability and statistics for PRA applications

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    This course is intended to provide the necessary probabilistic and statistical skills to perform a PRA. Fundamental background information is reviewed, but the principal purpose is to address specific techniques used in PRAs and to illustrate them with applications. Specific examples and problems are presented for most of the topics

  18. Nuclear power plant digital system PRA pilot study with the dynamic flow-graph methodology

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    Current Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) methodology is well established in analyzing hardware and some of the key human interactions. However processes for analyzing the software functions of digital systems within a plant PRA framework, and accounting for the digital system contribution to the overall risk are not generally available nor are they well understood and established. A recent study reviewed a number of methodologies that have potential applicability to modeling and analyzing digital systems within a PRA framework. This study identified the Dynamic Flow-graph Methodology (DFM) and the Markov Methodology as the most promising tools. As a result of this study, a task was defined under the framework of a collaborative agreement between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Ohio State Univ. (OSU). The objective of this task is to set up benchmark systems representative of digital systems used in nuclear power plants and to evaluate DFM and the Markov methodology with these benchmark systems. The first benchmark system is a typical Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) Steam Generator (SG) Feedwater System (FWS) level control system based on an earlier ASCA work with the U.S. NRC 2, upgraded with modern control laws. ASCA, Inc. is currently under contract to OSU to apply DFM to this benchmark system. The goal is to investigate the feasibility of using DFM to analyze and quantify digital system risk, and to integrate the DFM analytical results back into the plant event tree/fault tree PRA model. (authors)

  19. Design and Implementation of Fuzzy Rule Based Expert System for Employees Performance Appraisal in IT Organizations

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Performance Appraisal of employees plays a very critical role towards the growth of any organization. It has always been a tough task for any industry or organization as there is no unanimous scientific modus operandi for that. Performance Appraisal system is used to assess the capabilities and productiveness of the employees. In assessing employee performance, performance appraisal commonly includes assigning numerical values or linguistic labels to employees performance. However, the employee performance appraisal may include judgments which are based on imprecise data particularly when one employee tries to interpret another employee’s performance. Thus, the values assigned by the appraiser are only approximations and there is inherent vagueness in the evaluation. By fuzzy logic perspective, the performance of the appraisee includes the evaluation of his/her work ability, skills and adaptability which are absolutely fuzzy concepts that needs to be define in fuzzy terms. Hence, fuzzy approach can be used to examine these imprecise and uncertainty information. Consequently, the performance appraisal of employees can be accomplished by fuzzy logic approach and different defuzzification techniques are applied to rank the employees according to their performance, which shows inconsequential deviation in the rankings and hence proves the robustness of the system.

  20. Social appraisal influences recognition of emotions.

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    Mumenthaler, Christian; Sander, David

    2012-06-01

    The notion of social appraisal emphasizes the importance of a social dimension in appraisal theories of emotion by proposing that the way an individual appraises an event is influenced by the way other individuals appraise and feel about the same event. This study directly tested this proposal by asking participants to recognize dynamic facial expressions of emotion (fear, happiness, or anger in Experiment 1; fear, happiness, anger, or neutral in Experiment 2) in a target face presented at the center of a screen while a contextual face, which appeared simultaneously in the periphery of the screen, expressed an emotion (fear, happiness, anger) or not (neutral) and either looked at the target face or not. We manipulated gaze direction to be able to distinguish between a mere contextual effect (gaze away from both the target face and the participant) and a specific social appraisal effect (gaze toward the target face). Results of both experiments provided evidence for a social appraisal effect in emotion recognition, which differed from the mere effect of contextual information: Whereas facial expressions were identical in both conditions, the direction of the gaze of the contextual face influenced emotion recognition. Social appraisal facilitated the recognition of anger, happiness, and fear when the contextual face expressed the same emotion. This facilitation was stronger than the mere contextual effect. Social appraisal also allowed better recognition of fear when the contextual face expressed anger and better recognition of anger when the contextual face expressed fear. PMID:22288528

  1. 78 FR 31924 - Appraisal Subcommittee; Policy Statements

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    ... Statements on the date set forth below. \\1\\ 77 FR 52721 (Aug. 30, 2012). \\2\\ The 50 States, the District of... education, experience requirements, and examination. Three of the five Commenters addressing this proposed... INSTITUTIONS EXAMINATION COUNCIL Appraisal Subcommittee; Policy Statements AGENCY: Appraisal Subcommittee...

  2. Children's Appraisal of Moderately Stressful Situations

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    Hood, Brianne; Power, Thomas; Hill, Laura

    2009-01-01

    This study investigated 2 questions: (1) do children show consistent styles of appraisal across a range of moderately stressful events?, and (2) what are the adjustment and parenting correlates of individual differences in children's appraisal style? Ninety-nine 3rd though 5th grade children and their mothers participated. For each of 6 vignettes…

  3. Attitudes toward Acquaintance Rape and Risk Appraisal.

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    Wright, Doris J.

    1999-01-01

    Examines how men and women judge the presence of risk factors in a scripted acquaintance rape scenario and if alcohol was a significant factor in assessing risk. Significant differences were found in African American and Caucasian participants' attitudes toward rape and risk appraisal. There was a negative correlation between risk appraisal and…

  4. Risk Appraisal in Scripted Acquaintance Rape Scenarios.

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    Wright, Doris J.

    Cognitive appraisals are believed to influence how women judge or appraise risk in acquaintance interactions which lead to sexual assault. Ways in which men and women judge the presence of risk factors in scripted acquaintance rape scenarios, and whether alcohol was a significant factor in assessing risk, are examined in this paper. Participants…

  5. Performance Appraisals Systems in the Middle Eeast

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    Giangreco, Antonio; Carugati, Andrea; Pilati, Massimo;

    2010-01-01

    This paper critically examines the logics behind performance appraisal systems in Western contexts in an effort to better understand their applicability in the Middle East (ME). We present a literature review that investigates the major justifications and uses of Performance appraisal systems (PASs...

  6. 5 CFR 430.307 - Appraising performance.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraising performance. 430.307 Section 430.307 Administrative Personnel OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT Managing Senior Executive Performance § 430.307 Appraising performance. (a) Annual...

  7. The Evaluation of the Adequacy of PRA Results for Risk-informed Decision Makings With Respect to Incompleteness

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    PRA(Probabilistic Risk Assessment), as a quantitative tool, has many strengths as well as weaknesses. There are several limitations on the use of PRA techniques for risk modeling and analysis. First, the true values of most model inputs are unknown. Ideally, probability distribution models are well developed and assigned to the unknown input parameters to reflect the analyst's state of knowledge of the values of this input parameter. The problem of overconfidence and lack of confidence in the values of certain model input parameters can lead to inaccurate PRA results. Secondly, the analyst's lack of knowledge of a system's practical application as opposed to its theoretical operation can lead to modeling errors. The quality of PRAs has been addressed by a number of regulatory and industry organizations Some have argued that a good PRA should be a complete, full scope, three level PRA, while others have claimed that the quality of a PRA should be measured with respect to the application and decision supported. we show by way of an example that the adequacy of a PRA results is important to risk-informed decision making process and should be measured with respect to the application and decision supported

  8. Task appraisals, emotions, and performance goal orientation.

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    Fisher, Cynthia D; Minbashian, Amirali; Beckmann, Nadin; Wood, Robert E

    2013-03-01

    We predict real-time fluctuations in employees' positive and negative emotions from concurrent appraisals of the immediate task situation and individual differences in performance goal orientation. Task confidence, task importance, positive emotions, and negative emotions were assessed 5 times per day for 3 weeks in an experience sampling study of 135 managers. At the within-person level, appraisals of task confidence, task importance, and their interaction predicted momentary positive and negative emotions as hypothesized. Dispositional performance goal orientation was expected to moderate emotional reactivity to appraisals of task confidence and task importance. The hypothesized relationships were significant in the case of appraisals of task importance. Those high on performance goal orientation reacted to appraisals of task importance with stronger negative and weaker positive emotions than those low on performance goal orientation. PMID:23276116

  9. A Nuvem e Juno. Praças e cultura urbana no Sul de Portugal no início da idade moderna

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    Almeida, Rogério Paulo Vieira de

    2014-01-01

    The praças (squares) of Southern Portugal were, in 1532, diverse in their origins, as diverse were the urban, social and cultural realities of the towns and cities in which they were found. Amongst them, there were new praças within large cities, new praças on the outskirts of towns or cities, medieval praças within walled precincts, and praças next to city walls. The existence of these different forms cannot be explained in terms of legal reforms or the process of administrati...

  10. Estrogen and progesterone receptors have distinct roles in the establishment of the hyperplastic phenotype in PR-A transgenic mice

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    Simian, Marina; Bissell, Mina J.; Barcellos-Hoff, Mary Helen; Shyamala, Gopalan

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Expression of the A and B forms of progesterone receptor (PR) in an appropriate ratio is critical for mammary development. Mammary glands of PR-A transgenic mice, carrying an additional A form of PR as a transgene, exhibit morphological features associated with the development of mammary tumors. Our objective was to determine the roles of estrogen (E) and progesterone (P) in the genesis of mammary hyperplasias/preneoplasias in PR-A transgenics. Methods We subjected PR-A mice to h...

  11. Stigma, Reflected Appraisals, and Recovery Outcomes in Mental Illness

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    Markowitz, Fred E.; Angell, Beth; Greenberg, Jan S.

    2011-01-01

    Drawing on modified labeling theory and the reflected appraisals process and using longitudinal data from 129 mothers and their adult children with schizophrenia, we estimate models of the effects of mothers' stigmatized identity appraisals of their mentally ill children on reflected and self-appraisals, and how appraisals affect outcomes…

  12. Kompaktiranje lebdeće prašine iz kupolne i elektrolučne peći

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    G. Fedorko; A. Pribulová; P. Futáš; D. Baricová; P. Demeter

    2012-01-01

    Recikliranje i iskorištavanje otpadne prašine važno je zbog aspekta njezine uporabe kao alternativnog izvora sirovina, ali također i s obzirom na ekološke probleme. Emisija prašina nastaje iz termičkih, kemijskih ili fi zikalnih procesa te mehaničkih aktivnosti. U eksperimentalnom dijelu korištene su dvije vrste lebdeće prašine iz kupolne peći (s predgrijanim i hladnim zrakom) te elektrolučne peći. Prašina je peletizirana samo uz dodatak vode i briketirana s različitim dodatkom vodenog stakla...

  13. Expected proton signal sizes in the PRaVDA Range Telescope for proton Computed Tomography

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    Proton radiotherapy has demonstrated benefits in the treatment of certain cancers. Accurate measurements of the proton stopping powers in body tissues are required in order to fully optimise the delivery of such treaments. The PRaVDA Consortium is developing a novel, fully solid state device to measure these stopping powers. The PRaVDA Range Telescope (RT), uses a stack of 24 CMOS Active Pixel Sensors (APS) to measure the residual proton energy after the patient. We present here the ability of the CMOS sensors to detect changes in the signal sizes as the proton traverses the RT, compare the results with theory, and discuss the implications of these results on the reconstruction of proton tracks

  14. Analiza primene IMM algoritma za praćenje manevrišućih ciljeva

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    Zvonko Radosavljević

    2005-01-01

    U radu je analizirana primena IMM algoritma sa tri modela Kalmanovih filtara, za praćenje cilja pomoću osmatračkog radara. Prvi Kalmanov filtar podešen je da prati ciljeve koji se kreću po pravolinijskoj trajektoriji bez ubrzanja, drugi prati ciljeve koji se kreću ubrzano i vrše blag manevar, a treći je namenjen za praćenje ciljeva koji se kreću ubrzano i vrše oštar manevar. Dat je opis algoritma kao i vrednosti odgovarajućih parametara i matrica prelaza za Kalmanove filtre, kao i uporedna an...

  15. PERUBAHAN KANDUNGAN ANTIOKSIDAN, POLIFENOL DAN PROFIL PROTEIN SELAMA PRA-PERKECAMBAHA PADA BIJI KAKAO

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    Full Text Available [ENGLISH] Cocoa proven as food source that rich in bioactive compounds, especially polyphenols that have a role as an antioxidant because it can stop the free radical reactions. As the change in lifestyle of the people and the development of technology, various ways have been made to improve the nutrition quality of the cocoa beans with pre-germination methods. This research aimed to study the effect of pre-germination methods that change the content of antioxidants, polyphenols and protein profiles of cocoa beans. The research was conducted in the Laboratory of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jember, held from January 28 until April 30, 2013. Metodology research used Sulawesi cocoa beans type 1 beans without skin and with the seed coat, which is done with a completely randomized design (CRD in the old pre-germination 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days and repeated 4 times. The results showed that pre-germination methods provide a very real effect on the polyphenol content and antioxidant cocoa beans without without and the seed coat. The highest antioxidant content of cocoa beans without the skin of 0.47 µg/mg at the old pre-germination for 3 days and cocoa beans with the seed coat by 0.41 µg/mg in the old pre-germination 5 days. Polyphenol content of cocoa beans without skin and with the best seed coat that is in the control treatment had the highest content of 2.67 µg/mg for cocoa beans without skin and 2.46 µg/mg for cocoa beans with the seed coat. Keywords: Cocoa; Polyphenols; Antioxidants; Free Radicals; Pre-Germination [INDONESIAN] Kakao terbukti sebagai sumber makanan kaya senyawa bioaktif terutama polifenol yang mempunyai kasiat sebagai antioksidan karena mampu menghentikan reaksi radikal bebas. Seiring perubahan pola hidup masyarakat dan berkembangnya teknologi, berbagai cara telah dilakukan untuk meningkatkan kualitas nutrisi pada biji kakao dengan metode pra-perkecambahan. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk

  16. Comments of the PRA Senior Review Panel on the meeting held December 1--3, 1987

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    This memorandum records the minutes of the PRA Senior Review Panel meeting held at Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) on December 1--3, 1987, and the report on that meeting written subsequently by the panel members. The minutes are contained as Attachment 2 of this memorandum, and the report as Attachment 1. The Panel indicated two principal concerns in their report: (1) that insufficient emphasis is being placed on the reliability data development program, and (2) that excessive detail is being built into the fault trees. These concerns have been addressed in a subsequent meeting with the Panel, held March 2--4, 1988. In addition, the members have been provided with a program document (Reference 1) indicating the extent, the timing, and the limitations of the data analysis effort for the PRA

  17. Some insights gained from conducting an EPRI-sponsored review of five PRA studies

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    A number of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) studies have been completed for specific plants at specific sites, and many more are in progress. These studies, motivated by a variety of objectives, range in scope from limited extrapolations of the Reactor Safety Study (RSS, 1975) methods or adaptations of RSS results (studies conducted under the NRC's Reactor Safety Study Methodology Applications Program - RSSMAP) to full-scale PRAs which retain the key elements of the RSS methodology, but have introduced new and improved techniques. As of mid-1983, twelve full scope (Level 3) PRA studies have been completed for LWRs located in the United States. These are presented together with information on operating license date, the plant basic design features, study sponsorship, report availability, initiation and completion dates

  18. Comments of the PRA Senior Review Panel on the meeting held December 1--3, 1987

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    Sharp, D.A.

    1988-03-21

    This memorandum records the minutes of the PRA Senior Review Panel meeting held at Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) on December 1--3, 1987, and the report on that meeting written subsequently by the panel members. The minutes are contained as Attachment 2 of this memorandum, and the report as Attachment 1. The Panel indicated two principal concerns in their report: (1) that insufficient emphasis is being placed on the reliability data development program, and (2) that excessive detail is being built into the fault trees. These concerns have been addressed in a subsequent meeting with the Panel, held March 2--4, 1988. In addition, the members have been provided with a program document (Reference 1) indicating the extent, the timing, and the limitations of the data analysis effort for the PRA.

  19. Estrogen and progesterone receptors have distinct roles in the establishment of the hyperplastic phenotype in PR-A transgenic mice

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    Simian, Marina; Bissell, Mina J.; Barcellos-Hoff, Mary Helen; Shyamala, Gopalan

    2009-05-11

    Expression of the A and B forms of progesterone receptor (PR) in an appropriate ratio is critical for mammary development. Mammary glands of PR-A transgenic mice, carrying an additional A form of PR as a transgene, exhibit morphological features associated with the development of mammary tumors. Our objective was to determine the roles of estrogen (E) and progesterone (P) in the genesis of mammary hyperplasias/preneoplasias in PR-A transgenics. We subjected PR-A mice to hormonal treatments and analyzed mammary glands for the presence of hyperplasias and used BrdU incorporation to measure proliferation. Quantitative image analysis was carried out to compare levels of latency-associated peptide and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF{beta}1) between PR-A and PR-B transgenics. Basement membrane disruption was examined by immunofluorescence and proteolytic activity by zymography. The hyperplastic phenotype of PR-A transgenics is inhibited by ovariectomy, and is reversed by treatment with E + P. Studies using the antiestrogen ICI 182,780 or antiprogestins RU486 or ZK 98,299 show that the increase in proliferation requires signaling through E/estrogen receptor alpha but is not sufficient to give rise to hyperplasias, whereas signaling through P/PR has little impact on proliferation but is essential for the manifestation of hyperplasias. Increased proliferation is correlated with decreased TGF{beta}1 activation in the PR-A transgenics. Analysis of basement membrane integrity showed loss of laminin-5, collagen III and collagen IV in mammary glands of PR-A mice, which is restored by ovariectomy. Examination of matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) showed that total levels of MMP-2 correlate with the steady-state levels of PR, and that areas of laminin-5 loss coincide with those of activation of MMP-2 in PR-A transgenics. Activation of MMP-2 is dependent on treatment with E and P in ovariectomized wild-type mice, but is achieved only by treatment with P in PR-A mice. These data

  20. Use Of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) In Expert Systems To Advise Nuclear Plant Operators And Managers

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    Uhrig, Robert E.

    1988-03-01

    The use of expert systems in nuclear power plants to provide advice to managers, supervisors and/or operators is a concept that is rapidly gaining acceptance. f2 Generally, expert systems rely on the expertise of human experts or knowledge that has been codified in publications, books, or regulations to provide advice under a wide variety of conditions. In this work, a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA)3 of a nuclear power plant performed previously is used to assess the safety status of nuclear power plants and to make recommendations to the plant personnel. Nuclear power plants have many redundant systems and can continue to operate when one or more of these systems is disabled or removed from service for maintenance or testing. PRAs provide a means of evaluating the risk to the public associated with the operation of nuclear power plants with components or systems out of service. While the choice of the "source term" and methodology in a PRA may influence the absolute probability and consequences of a core melt, the ratio of two PRA calculations for two configurations of the same plant, carried out on a consistent basis, can readily identify the increase in risk associated with going from one configuration to the other. PRISIM,4 a personal computer program to calculate the ratio of core melt probabilities described above (based on previously performed PRAs), has been developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). When one or several components are removed from service, PRISM then calculates the ratio of the core melt probabilities. The inference engine of the expert system then uses this ratio and a constant risk criterion,5 along with information from its knowledge base (which includes information from the PRA), to advise plant personnel as to what action, if any, should be taken.

  1. Pra Na Wa Ka: The Development of Training Course for Continuing Buddhism

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    Phra M.P. Romphothanthong; Wisanee Siltragool; Anchalee Chantapo

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement: Buddhism is a religion that requires meditation, practice, intellectual precepts of the threefold-training such as morality, concentration and wisdom. The purpose of practicing Buddhism is the goal of deliverance through attaining knowledge and wisdom. The Pra Na Wa Ka are newly ordained monks and needed to study both of the scriptures and the practice for appreciating understanding in morality, concentration and wisdom. A training model and guidelines are needed to improve...

  2. A method to integrate human factors expertise into the PRA process

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    In response to the recognition of need, the USNRC has initiated research directed toward the integration of human factors and hardware engineering expertise throughout the PRA process. Success in this area is perceived as vital to the overall credibility of future PRAs. That is, no matter how adequate state of knowledge single task and sequence evaluation methods are, if they are not fully exploited by qualified human factors and human reliability specialists, realistic assessments of human and hardware performance separately, and in combination, will not be achieved. Also, in response to the prevailing state of PRA, the USNRC has initiated research directed toward methods for systematically applying PRA results as a technical base to: (1) retrofit/redesign equipment-centered and personnel-centered components of commercial nuclear power plants, (2) prioritize and resolve industry-wide safety issues involving human behavior, (3) establish risk-based performance measures for monitoring the effectiveness of operations, maintainability, test and surveillance programs, and (4) establish criteria for selecting, training and licensing, and subsequently evaluating the performance of plant personnel. This paper presents a method for integrating broad-based human factors expertise into the probabilistic risk assessment (PRA)/human reliability analysis (HRA) process in a standardized manner to achieve results which: (1) provide more realistic estimates of the impact of human performance on nuclear power safety, (2) can be fully audited, (3) provide a firm technical base for equipment-centered and personnel-centered retrofit/redesign of plants enabling them to meet internally and externally imposed safety standards, and (4) yield human and hardware data capable of supporting inquiries into human performance issues which transcend the individual plant

  3. Experiential learning and andragogy--negotiated learning in nurse education: a critical appraisal.

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    Burnard, P

    1989-10-01

    Andragogy and experiential learning have frequently been cited as recommended approaches to aspects of nurse education. This paper offers a critical appraisal of the two approaches and offers suggestions as to how a negotiated nursing curriculum may be developed. PMID:2811822

  4. Results of the Level 1 probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) of internal events for heavy water production reactors (U)

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    This paper reports on a full-scope probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) performed for the Savannah River Site (SRS) production reactors. The Level 1 PRA for the K Reactor has been completed and includes the assessment of reactor systems response to accidents and estimates of the severe core melt frequency (SCMF). The internal events spectrum includes those events related directly to plant systems and safety functions for which transients or failures may initiate an accident

  5. Recent trends in PRA [probabilistic risk assessment] results for large early releases from PWR [pressurized water reactor] plants

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    The purpose of this paper is to examine important trends in probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) results for pressurized water reactor (PWR) plants with large, dry, subatmospheric containments. Of particular interest in this paper is the class of potential accident scenarios involving a postulated large early release. This paper examines level-3 PRA results from pressurized water reactor to examine important trends in the estimation of early release

  6. A novel, highly regulated, rapidly inducible system for the expression of chicken progesterone receptor, cPRA, in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Poletti, A; Weigel, N L; McDonnell, D P; Schrader, W T; O'Malley, B W; Conneely, O M

    1992-05-01

    A rapidly inducible and tightly regulated system for the expression of protein in yeast is based on a chimeric promoter constructed of two copies of a vitellogenin-estrogen-response element (ERE) which are inserted upstream from the promoter of the yeast gene encoding iso-1-cytochrome c. The chimeric promoter was inserted in a yeast expression plasmid upstream from the coding sequence of ubiquitin fused in frame to a cDNA encoding the full-length chicken progesterone receptor A (cPRA). The resultant plasmid (YEpA2) was co-transformed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae with a plasmid which encodes the human estrogen receptor. Estradiol (E2)-induced transactivation of the chimeric promoter results in transcription of the cPRA gene from YEpA2, and synthesis of cPRA. The fusion protein, ubiquitin-cPRA, is rapidly cleaved in vivo to produce cPRA. Analysis of samples by Western immunoblot shows that cPRA is almost undetectable in the absence of E2, and that treatment with 50 nM E2 results in a 500-1000-fold induction of cPRA (0.06-0.3% of the total protein) after 1 h. The plasmid-expressed soluble receptor is stable and demonstrates the correct affinity for its ligand. We have prepared yeast extracts using enzymatic digestion of the cell wall with oxalyticase followed by hypotonic shock. This has resulted in a dramatic increase in the % of receptor which binds hormone compared to previous studies which used mechanical disruption techniques. The cPRA is biologically active since it activates transcription of a co-transformed reporter gene containing its response element.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1316867

  7. The role of PRA in the safety assessment of VVER Nuclear Power Plants in Ukraine

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    Ukraine operates thirteen (13) Soviet-designed pressurized water reactors, VVERS. All Ukrainian plants are currently operating with annually renewable permits until they update their safety analysis reports (SARs), in accordance with new SAR content requirements issued in September 1995, by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority and the Government Nuclear Power Coordinating Committee of Ukraine. The requirements are in three major areas: design basis accident (DBA) analysis, probabilistic risk assessment (PRA), and beyond design-basis accident (BDBA) analysis. The last two requirements, on PRA and BDBA, are new, and the DBA requirements are an expanded version of the older SAR requirements. The US Department of Energy (USDOE), as part of its Soviet-Designed Reactor Safety activities, is providing assistance and technology transfer to Ukraine to support their nuclear power plants (NPPs) in developing a Western-type technical basis for the new SARs. USDOE sponsored In-Depth Safety Assessments (ISAs) are in progress at three pilot nuclear reactor units in Ukraine, South Ukraine Unit 1, Zaporizhzhya Unit 5, and Rivne Unit 1, and a follow-on study has been initiated at Khmenytskyy Unit 1. The ISA projects encompass most areas of plant safety evaluation, but the initial emphasis is on performing a detailed, plant-specific Level 1 Internal Events PRA. This allows the early definition of the plant risk profile, the identification of risk significant accident sequences and plant vulnerabilities and provides guidance for the remainder of the safety assessments

  8. Small Steps Forward Through Critical Appraisal (Editorial

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    Denise Koufogiannakis

    2006-03-01

    otherwise have missed this work. Secondly, they will bring that research to life, by engaging a dialogue with what has been published rather than allowing that published research to quietly wait to be discovered. And most importantly, the evidence summaries will allow for an objective critique of research, which in turn allows library and information professionals to make more informed decisions about the quality of the research and weigh this into their local decision making. Indirectly, reading critical appraisals informs us all of the questions we should be asking when we approach a research article and allows us to become more familiar with a critical approach to reading the literature of our field.I do not think that we could have a journal called Evidence Based Library and Information Practice without a section dedicated to critical appraisal of the existing research literature. A huge part of evidence based practice consists of filtering through the published research evidence to determine whether that evidence is valid, reliable and applicable to one’s own practice. Publishing such critical appraisal and sharing it with the whole LIS community is a central part of this journal and what we are striving toaccomplish. The Evidence Summaries Team is comprised of 10 members from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. They work in, and bring varying skills and knowledge from, academic, health, public and special library sectors. This is a diverse group of people who have dedicated themselves to writing one evidence summary per issue for the first year of publication. The evidence summaries follow a standardized format and undergo double‐blind peer review. A wide number of journals are scanned for potential research articles to review, and suggestions for review are most welcome. As editor of the evidence summaries, I hope that you find the format we have adopted useful, and that you will encourage colleagues to search this

  9. Development status of an improved method for conducting an integrated HRA/PRA based on operating experience

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    Barriere, M.T.; Luckas, W.J. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Cooper, S.E. [Science Applications International Corp., Reston, VA (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-01

    Since the early 1970s, Human Reliability Analysis (HRA) has been considered an integral part of Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRAs). However, current limitations of existing HRA approaches become apparent when the role of the human is explicitly examined in the context of real nuclear power plant (NPP) events. Recent serious events indicate that human performance is a dominant source of plant risk. Development of new or improved HRA methodologies to more realistically represent human performance is recognized by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as a necessary means to increase the robustness of PRAs. In order to accomplish this objective, a Detailed HRA Project, under sponsorship of the NRC`s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), was initiated in late February of 1992 by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The purpose of the BNL Detailed HRA project is to develop an improved method for HRA that enables a more realistic assessment of the human contribution to plant risk and can be fully integrated with PRA. This paper describes the research and development efforts of the project including: the development of a multidisciplinary HRA framework, the characterization and representation of errors of commission, and an approach for addressing human dependencies. Research implications and necessary development requirements are also discussed.

  10. Incorporating organizational factors into Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) of complex socio-technical systems: A hybrid technique formalization

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    This paper is a result of a research with the primary purpose of extending Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) modeling frameworks to include the effects of organizational factors as the deeper, more fundamental causes of accidents and incidents. There have been significant improvements in the sophistication of quantitative methods of safety and risk assessment, but the progress on techniques most suitable for organizational safety risk frameworks has been limited. The focus of this paper is on the choice of 'representational schemes' and 'techniques.' A methodology for selecting appropriate candidate techniques and their integration in the form of a 'hybrid' approach is proposed. Then an example is given through an integration of System Dynamics (SD), Bayesian Belief Network (BBN), Event Sequence Diagram (ESD), and Fault Tree (FT) in order to demonstrate the feasibility and value of hybrid techniques. The proposed hybrid approach integrates deterministic and probabilistic modeling perspectives, and provides a flexible risk management tool for complex socio-technical systems. An application of the hybrid technique is provided in the aviation safety domain, focusing on airline maintenance systems. The example demonstrates how the hybrid method can be used to analyze the dynamic effects of organizational factors on system risk

  11. 32 CFR 644.42 - Appraisal report.

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    2010-07-01

    ... appraisal report shall be divided into four parts as outlined below: PART I—INTRODUCTION 1. TITLE PAGE. This... exceeding $2,000 per annum rental are subject to the Economy Act, and the fee value must be shown...

  12. Savannah River Site ALARA Program appraisals

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    Johnson, J.R.

    1992-06-01

    ALARA Program audits are recommended in PNL-6566, ``Health Physics Manual of Good Practices for Reducing Radiation Exposure to Levels that are As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA).`` The Department of Energy (DOE) Order 5480.11, ``Radiation Protection For Occupational Workers,`` requires contractors to conduct internal audits of all functional elements of the radiological protection program, which includes the ALARA program, as often as necessary, but at a minimum every three years. At the Savannah River Site (SRS), these required audits are performed as part of the Health Protection Internal Appraisal Program. This program was established to review the Site radiological protection program, which includes the ALARA program, on an ongoing basis and to provide recommendations for improvement directly to senior Health Protection management. This paper provides an overview of the SRS Health Protection Internal Appraisal program. In addition, examples of specific performance criteria and detailed appraisal guidelines used ALARA appraisals are provided.

  13. Spent fuel storage options: a critical appraisal

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    The delayed decisions on nuclear fuel reprocessing strategies in the USA and other countries have forced the development of new long-term irradiated fuel storage techniques, to allow a larger volume of fuel to be held on the nuclear station site after removal from the reactor. The nuclear power industry has responded to the challenge by developing several viable options for long-term onsite storage, which can be employed individually or in tandem. They are: densification of storage in the existing spent fuel pool; building another fuel pool facility at the plant site; onsite cask park, and on site vault clusters. Desirable attributes of a storage option are: Safety: minimise the number of fuel handling steps; Economy: minimise total installed, and O and M cost; Security: protection from anti-nuclear protesters; Site adaptability: available site space, earthquake characteristics of the region and so on; Non-intrusiveness: minimise required modifications to existing plant systems; Modularisation: afford the option to adapt a modular approach for staged capital outlays; and Maturity: extent of industry experience with the technology. A critical appraisal is made of each of the four aforementioned storage options in the light of these criteria. (2 figures, 1 table, 4 references) (Author)

  14. CEO performance appraisal: review and recommendations.

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    Newman, J F; Tyler, L; Dunbar, D M

    2001-01-01

    CEO performance appraisal (PA) is very valuable to an organization, but the chances of obtaining a PA of high quality decrease as executive responsibility increases. The realities of CEO PA are that it: (1) is inevitable; (2) is creative and complex; (3) involves politics; and (4) has a significant effect on the organization and the executive. PA is conducted for legal and social requirements, to enhance communication, to provide opportunities for improvement, and to relate performance to compensation. This article discusses several problems with chief executive officer (CEO) PA and the contemporary approaches that seek to improve it. Three fundamental areas for evaluation are identified: (1) organizational success; (2) areawide health status; and (3) professional role fulfillment. These provide an outline for successful healthcare PA. In addition to a discussion of the strategic considerations behind a successful CEO PA system, several recommendations are offered for the implementation of the annual evaluation process. The final goal of CEO PA is to link its results to CEO incentive compensation. It is strongly recommended that some portion of the CEO's salary directly hinge on his performance in two critical areas: organizational effectiveness and community health status. PMID:11216120

  15. Sistem Penunjang Keputusan Pra Rancang Bangun Industri Intermediate Minyak Pala

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    Muhamad Malik Gunawan

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A lot of industries such as pharmacy, food industry, cosmetics industries use nurmeg oil for their products. Demand of nutmeg oil is very high its abaut 3-4% every year. Indonesia can export nutmeg oil up to 75 % world demands. Nutmeg oil which was expoted by Indonesia was crude nutmeg oil how ever some times have inconsistency quality. In order to produce nutmeg oil with better quality, nutmeg oil intermediate industry is needed. Decision support system is used to suggest the most potential process based on expert opinions. Methodology used was system approach and it was support with Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP, Exponencial Comparison Method (MPE and financial feasibility analysis. The system was named SPKIMPA. This system consist four models there are selection model, election model, Institution model and financial feasibility model. From verification result it was know that the most potential process was fractionation. The intermediate industry is feasible to run with Net Present Value (NPV value Rp 426.627.432,83,- and Internal Rate Return (IRR value  45.28 %. Another result from verification system was created partnership with upperstream industry and also with downstream industry.

  16. Workshop proceedings of ISAMM 2009 - Modelling PRA issues

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    Session 3 addressed the modelling of the implemented SAMGs in Level 2 PSA, progress in Level 2 PSA, and the results of these studies. One contribution reported that in view of the contribution of shutdown states to risk, SAMGs were developed for these plant states. The results of the Level 2 PSA for shutdown states were also reported. A second contribution is an overview of the Swiss Level 2 PSA studies, all of which have been or are undergoing updates to account for the SAMG. It contrasted the different methodologies being used and noted some of the open issues for modelling, especially in connection with the treatment of human failure events in accident management. A third contribution presented the extension of EDF's HRA method MERMOS to allow its application for actions in severe accidents and a first application of this method. These applications highlighted that decision-making in the severe accident phase may be a critical factor, due to the distribution of responsibilities among the crew and the various crisis centres. Several international efforts to harmonize Level 2 PSA were reviewed in another contribution, covering initiated efforts in Europe, the US, OECD and IAEA. These efforts address the collection of best practices, the development of standards, and coordinated efforts to identify and address Level 2 issues. Looking forward, a fifth contribution discussed advanced modelling techniques for severe accident modelling, highlighting the potential benefits of dynamic models that integrate phenomenological severe accident models with probabilistic tools and can include operator response modelling. It noted that there are significant challenges but also a significant body of earlier and on-going work that may support the implementation of such techniques. This session and the related discussions highlighted (i) The progress in Level 2 PSA models but also significant differences in approaches. These concern the Level 1/2 PSA model interface and the

  17. Workshop proceedings of ISAMM 2009 - Modelling PRA issues

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    Session 3 addressed the modelling of the implemented SAMGs in Level 2 PSA, progress in Level 2 PSA, and the results of these studies. One contribution reported that in view of the contribution of shutdown states to risk, SAMGs were developed for these plant states. The results of the Level 2 PSA for shutdown states were also reported. A second contribution is an overview of the Swiss Level 2 PSA studies, all of which have been or are undergoing updates to account for the SAMG. It contrasted the different methodologies being used and noted some of the open issues for modelling, especially in connection with the treatment of human failure events in accident management. A third contribution presented the extension of EDF's HRA method MERMOS to allow its application for actions in severe accidents and a first application of this method. These applications highlighted that decision-making in the severe accident phase may be a critical factor, due to the distribution of responsibilities among the crew and the various crisis centres. Several international efforts to harmonize Level 2 PSA were reviewed in another contribution, covering initiated efforts in Europe, the US, OECD and IAEA. These efforts address the collection of best practices, the development of standards, and coordinated efforts to identify and address Level 2 issues. Looking forward, a fifth contribution discussed advanced modelling techniques for severe accident modelling, highlighting the potential benefits of dynamic models that integrate phenomenological severe accident models with probabilistic tools and can include operator response modelling. It noted that there are significant challenges but also a significant body of earlier and on-going work that may support the implementation of such techniques. This session and the related discussions highlighted (i) The progress in Level 2 PSA models but also significant differences in approaches. These concern the Level 1/2 PSA model interface and the

  18. A 'mutually agreed statement of learning' in general practice trainer appraisal: the place of peer appraisal by experienced course members.

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    Main, Paul; Curtis, Anthony; Pitts, John; Irish, Bill

    2009-03-01

    This study explored participants' views of an approach based on an appraisal model within formal trainer courses as a means of focusing trainers' continuing professional development as educators -- the mutually agreed statement of learning (MASL). It used a qualitative approach of retrospective semi-structured interviews. We have previously shown that this approach was successful, acceptable, and well received by the majority of trainers. The use of peer-led MASLs (i.e. Co-MASL) in personal development planning was universally more popular than facilitator-led sessions. This approach resulted in a more formative approach that opened up mutual conversations that also promoted and enhanced reflective learning. The role of the group facilitator was valued in helping to structure the sessions. The wider use of peers and mentors to help deaneries with educational planning is recommended. PMID:19519994

  19. Etiopathogenesis of cataract: An appraisal

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    Varun B Gupta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Natural eye lens is a crystalline substance to produce a clear passage for light. Cataract is opacity within the clear lens of the eye and is the dominant cause of socio-medical problem i.e., blindness worldwide. The only available treatment of cataract is surgery. However, insufficient surgical facilities in poor and developing countries and post-operative complications inspire researchers to find out other modes of treatment for cataract. In this review, an attempt has been made to appraise various etiological factors of cataract to make their perception clear to build up counterpart treatment. Present study is an assortment of various available literatures and electronic information in view of cataract etiopathogenesis. Various risk factors have been identified in development of cataracts. They can be classified in to genetic factors, ageing (systemic diseases, nutritional and trace metals deficiencies, smoking, oxidative stress etc., traumatic, complicated (inflammatory and degenerative diseases of eye, metabolic (diabetes, galactosemia etc., toxic substances including drugs abuses, alcohol etc., radiation (ultraviolet, electromagnetic waves etc. are implicated as significant risk factors in the development of cataract.

  20. Technical Safety Appraisal of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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    This report documents the results of the Technical Safety Appraisal (TSA) of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) (including the Site 300 area), Livermore, California, conducted from February 26 to April 5, 1990. The purpose of the assessment was to provide the Secretary of Energy with the status of Environment, Safety and Health (ES H) Programs at LLNL. LLNL is operated by the University of California for the Department of Energy (DOE), and is a multi-program, mission-oriented institution engaged in fundamental and applied research programs that require a multidisciplinary approach. 1 fig.

  1. How Should an Effective Performance Appraisal Be: EFL Teachers’ Perspective

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    Holi Ibrahim Holi Ali

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This study is set to examine EFL teachers’ perceptions, views about what makes an effective performance appraisal system by adopting a quantitative survey design for data collection. A total number of 45 college instructors in the Sultanate of Oman responded to survey on: how is an effective performance appraisal perceived by EFL teachers? How do teachers perceive their participation in developing the appraisal system? And how might the present performance appraisal practices be improved? The result reveals that staff participation in developing performance appraisal system and goals, feedback confidentiality, quality appraiser, quality of place and time of appraisal, appraiser-appraisee relationships, and developmental nature of performance appraisal would help in making effective appraisal and the overall PA effectiveness depends mostly on these factors. The result has a significant implication for improving the process of teacher performance appraisal in Oman and enriches the body knowledge of PA in general. The study puts forwards suggestions and recommendations for improving PA practices and exercises in EFL contexts.Keywords: Effective Performance appraisal, FL teachers' perceptions, critical errors in performance appraisal, Colleges instructors in the Sultanate of Oman

  2. Analysis of Appraising Agricultural Intangible Asset Value by Cost Method

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    2010-01-01

    On the basis of describing the connotation of agricultural intangible asset and cost method,the technical ideas of appraising by cost method are introduced.The article analyzes the advantages(simple appraisal principle and easy to understand and grasp;overall consideration of various factors related to appraisal result value) and disadvantages(high appraisal cost;difficult to appraise and grasp various appraisal factors) of appraising by cost method.The article also summarizes the precondition of appraising by cost method:it is applicable to appraise the agricultural intangible asset which can be reproduced and afresh developed.Based on the cognition of agricultural intangible asset and the relevant rules of Ministry of Finance on appraisal of intangible asset by using cost method,the model of appraising agricultural intangible asset by cost method is constructed.That is:agricultural intangible asset value = replacement cost of agricultural intangible asset ×newness rate + opportunity cost of agricultural intangible asset.Determine and analyze parameters of the model,in order to offer references for appraisers to appraise agricultural intangible asset value more reasonably.

  3. Shuttle Risk Progression: Use of the Shuttle Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) to Show Reliability Growth

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    Hamlin, Teri L.

    2011-01-01

    It is important to the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), as well as future manned spaceflight programs, to understand the early mission risk and progression of risk as the program gains insights into the integrated vehicle through flight. The risk progression is important to the SSP as part of the documentation of lessons learned. The risk progression is important to future programs to understand reliability growth and the first flight risk. This analysis uses the knowledge gained from 30 years of operational flights and the current Shuttle PRA to calculate the risk of Loss of Crew and Vehicle (LOCV) at significant milestones beginning with the first flight. Key flights were evaluated based upon historical events and significant re-designs. The results indicated that the Shuttle risk tends to follow a step function as opposed to following a traditional reliability growth pattern where risk exponentially improves with each flight. In addition, it shows that risk can increase due to trading safety margin for increased performance or due to external events. Due to the risk drivers not being addressed, the risk did not improve appreciably during the first 25 flights. It was only after significant events occurred such as Challenger and Columbia, where the risk drivers were apparent, that risk was significantly improved. In addition, this paper will show that the SSP has reduced the risk of LOCV by almost an order of magnitude. It is easy to look back afte r 30 years and point to risks that are now obvious, however; the key is to use this knowledge to benefit other programs which are in their infancy stages. One lesson learned from the SSP is understanding risk drivers are essential in order to considerably reduce risk. This will enable the new program to focus time and resources on identifying and reducing the significant risks. A comprehensive PRA, similar to that of the Shuttle PRA, is an effective tool quantifying risk drivers if support from all of the stakeholders is

  4. RAVEN: a GUI and an Artificial Intelligence Engine in a Dynamic PRA Framework

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    C. Rabiti; D. Mandelli; A. Alfonsi; J. Cogliati; R. Kinoshita; D. Gaston; R. Martineau; C. Curtis

    2013-06-01

    Increases in computational power and pressure for more accurate simulations and estimations of accident scenario consequences are driving the need for Dynamic Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) [1] of very complex models. While more sophisticated algorithms and computational power address the back end of this challenge, the front end is still handled by engineers that need to extract meaningful information from the large amount of data and build these complex models. Compounding this problem is the difficulty in knowledge transfer and retention, and the increasing speed of software development. The above-described issues would have negatively impacted deployment of the new high fidelity plant simulator RELAP-7 (Reactor Excursion and Leak Analysis Program) at Idaho National Laboratory. Therefore, RAVEN that was initially focused to be the plant controller for RELAP-7 will help mitigate future RELAP-7 software engineering risks. In order to accomplish this task, Reactor Analysis and Virtual Control Environment (RAVEN) has been designed to provide an easy to use Graphical User Interface (GUI) for building plant models and to leverage artificial intelligence algorithms in order to reduce computational time, improve results, and help the user to identify the behavioral pattern of the Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). In this paper we will present the GUI implementation and its current capability status. We will also introduce the support vector machine algorithms and show our evaluation of their potentiality in increasing the accuracy and reducing the computational costs of PRA analysis. In this evaluation we will refer to preliminary studies performed under the Risk Informed Safety Margins Characterization (RISMC) project of the Light Water Reactors Sustainability (LWRS) campaign [3]. RISMC simulation needs and algorithm testing are currently used as a guidance to prioritize RAVEN developments relevant to PRA.

  5. The use Performance Appraisal System in Enhancing Employees’ Performance in a Public Sector Agency in Nigeria

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    Oluwakemi Owoyemi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The performance appraisal of managers has long been a mainstay of HR practice and its spread exemplifies the increasing uptake of the systematic and consistent approach to personnel practice. Employees’ appraisals involve the determination of performance competence (strength and failure (weaknesses of the employees on their jobs. Appraisal results are used to determine promotion, compensation plan, training and counseling needs. This present study is based on the sample size of 220 employees of the public sector agency in Nigeria. The samples were drawn using simple random sampling technique and the data collected were analysed using correlation. The findings of the study revealed a significant relationship between appraisers and employees’ performance (r = 0.358; P < 0.05 and that in order for the organisation to achieve her organisational goals and objectives, a good reward system for high performance must be established. The study recommends that the management of government agency should establish sound performance appraisal mechanism that will measure the actual performance of employees, detecting any deficiency in employees’ performance.

  6. Petogodišnje praćenje zdravstvenoga stanja radnika na preradi otpada u gorivo

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    Mahar, Séan

    2002-01-01

    Analizirani su rezultati praćenja razina endotoksina u zraku, značajnog onečišćivača u preradi otpada, te njegova učinka na zdravstveno stanje radnika na preradi otpada u gorivo. Cilj analize bio je utvrditi kreću li se razine endotoksina u okviru preporučenih, odnosno postoje li zabrinjavajući trendovi u odnosu na ranija mjerenja. Također su analizirana ranija i sadašnja mjerenja plućne funkcije, podaci o simptomima u radnika kako bi se vidjelo jesu li te vrijednosti unutar predviđenih te po...

  7. Analýza pražské integrované dopravy

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    Tázlar, Tomáš

    2007-01-01

    Bakalářská práce je zaměřena na zhodnocení pražské integrované dopravy. V části teoretické je pojednáno o IDS, preferenci vozidel a tarifním systému. Praktická část analyzuje PID, kde je zmiňována historie, vozový park, dopravní prostředky, preference vozidel veřejné dopravy, tarifní systém a analýza autobusové linky č. 148.

  8. Instrumenti na stanici za praćenje disanja Zemljine kore na RGN fakultetu Zagreb

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    Marjanović Kavanagh, Radovan

    2013-01-01

    Na RGN fakultetu u Zagrebu prvi je put u našoj zemlji uspješno puštena u pogon stanica za praćenje disanja Zemljine kore. U pogon stanice uključeni su različiti mjerni instrumenti: Permanentna Trimble GNSS-stanica, vertikalni ekstenzometar, dvokomponentni tiltmetar, jednokomponentni tiltmetar i stacionarni gravimetar LaCoste & Romberg ET 16. GNSS-antena postavljena je na stup na terasi iznad rudarskog okna i antenskim kabelom spojena na prijamnik koji je uz pomoć LAN-mreže povezan s centralni...

  9. Automatizacija praćenja rada relativnih gravimetara Scintrex Autograv CG-3M

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    Repanić, Marija

    2013-01-01

    U radu je prikazano automatizirano praćenje rada relativnih gravimetara Scintrex Autograv CG-3M primjenom aplikacije Pragra, izrađene u programskom paketu MATLAB. Scintrex Autograv CG-3M je moderni relativni gravimetar. Nakon postavljanja gravimetra na točku, horizontiranja i pokretanja mjerenja, mjerni proces je potpuno automatiziran. Mjerni signal se već u gravimetru, na temelju definirane kalibracijske funkcije, pretvara u očitanja ubrzanja sile teže na koje se primjenjuju instrumentalne k...

  10. Assessing and appraising nursing students' professional communication

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    Diers, Jane E.

    The purpose of this research was to define professional communication in nursing and to develop a prototype to assess and appraise communication at a selected college. The research focused on verbal and nonverbal communication between the nurse and the client using a simulated environment. The first objective was to identify the major characteristics of professional communication in nursing. In this study, the characteristics of professional communication emerged from the constant comparison method of the results of research studies in the fields of healthcare and communication. These characteristics became the elements, representative properties, and descriptive dimensions to assess and appraise verbal and nonverbal communication at the college of study. The second objective was to develop a template to assess verbal and nonverbal communication at a selected college. Using a two-fold process, the researcher used the results from the first objective to begin template construction. First, specialists in the fields of communication and nursing established the content validity of the elements, representative properties, and descriptive dimensions. Second, the course educators determined the relevancy and importance of the elements, properties, and descriptive dimensions to the objectives of two courses at the college of study. The third objective was to develop a rubric to appraise nursing students' verbal and nonverbal communication in a videotaped communication review. An appraisal rubric was constructed from an extension of the template. This rubric was then tested by faculty at the selected college to appraise the communication of five students each in the junior and senior years of the nursing program.

  11. 77 FR 52721 - Appraisal Subcommittee; Proposed Policy Statements

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    ... defined in the proposed Policy Statement) to the ASC via the extranet application for inclusion on the... INSTITUTIONS EXAMINATION COUNCIL Appraisal Subcommittee; Proposed Policy Statements AGENCY: Appraisal Subcommittee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council ACTION: Proposed policy statements...

  12. Importance of system and leadership in performance appraisal

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    Tuytens, Melissa; Devos, Geert

    2012-01-01

    Purpose Performance - appraisal is used internationally to improve employee performance, also in the educational field. However, doubts exist about the effectiveness of performance appraisal. This study-aims to contribute by expanding the knowledge about important context variables of performance appraisal in secondary education. In particular, the study aims to examine the role of both characteristics of the teacher performance appraisal system and the school leader for procedural justice an...

  13. Reward and attitudes: The unintended outcomes of an effective performance appraisal

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    Solomon M. Semakula-Katende

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Orientation: Focus was on the role of reward and attitudes as major determinants in enhancing the effectiveness of performance appraisal systems. Research purpose: To develop a structural model from the qualitative and quantitative findings from which to address the identified gaps in order to improve the effectiveness of appraisals. Motivation for the study: The attention that role players tended to give to the rewarding of employees during the appraisal process made it appear as the only important determinant of an appraisal’s success. In appraisals in many public institutions, reward has been given unnecessary prominence over other drivers, such as management and development. That led most key role players (leaders, managers and employees to perceive the current employee performance management and development system (EPMDS to be purely for monetary (salary increments and cash bonuses and non-monetary (promotion purposes, which, in turn, compromised its effectiveness. Research design, approach and method: Structural equation modelling (SEM was utilised as a statistical technique for testing and estimating causal relations using a combination of statistical data and qualitative causal assumptions. This allowed both confirmatory and exploratory modelling to be undertaken, which is suited to both theory testing and theory development. A triangulation of quantitative (questionnaire and qualitative (interview study was conducted. A total of 300 questionnaires were distributed to nine government hospitals in the Free State province, namely Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli, Dihlabeng, and Boitumelo regional hospitals, as well as Elizabeth Ross, Thebe, Phekolong, Mpumelelo, Reitz and Ficksburg district hospitals. There was a high response rate of 96 per cent, a total of 287 completed questionnaires. Respondents ranged from top executives, middle management, line management, to employees of all categories. Main findings: Reward and attitudes were found to

  14. Characteristics of Appraisal Systems That Promote Job Satisfaction of Teachers

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    Deneire, Alexia; Vanhoof, Jan; Faddar, Jerich; Gijbels, David; Van Petegem, Peter

    2014-01-01

    This article examines if and how characteristics of appraisal systems used for secondary school teachers affect job satisfaction. Using multilevel analyses on data of 3 473 teachers in Flanders (Belgium), we found that appraisals with a developmental purpose and appraisals perceived as being a fair judgement, both have a positive impact on job…

  15. 38 CFR 36.4348 - Servicer Appraisal Processing Program.

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    ... (ii) Employ one or more Staff Appraisal Reviewers (SAR) acceptable to the Secretary. (2) To qualify as..., the SAR applicant may request that VA expand the geographic area of consideration. VA will accommodate... appraisers, they should have basic familiarity with appraisal theory and techniques and the ability...

  16. 36 CFR 228.48 - Appraisal and measurement.

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    ... 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Appraisal and measurement... MINERALS Disposal of Mineral Materials General Provisions § 228.48 Appraisal and measurement. (a) Appraisal... weight equivalent. In all cases the units of measurement must correspond to the units used in...

  17. 7 CFR 3550.111 - Appraisals (loans only).

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    ... 7 Agriculture 15 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraisals (loans only). 3550.111 Section 3550.111 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) RURAL HOUSING SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF... Waste Disposal Grants § 3550.111 Appraisals (loans only). An appraisal is required when the section...

  18. Peformance Appraisal Behaviors: Supervisor Perceptions and Subordinate Reactions.

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    Dorfman, Peter W.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    Examined supervisor perceptions and subordinate reactions to formal performance-appraisal reviews. There were three dimensions of formal performance appraisals: two developmental (being supportive; emphasizing performance improvement) and one administrative (discussing pay and advancement). Support in appraisal review was associated with higher…

  19. Teacher Performance Appraisal in Thailand: Poison or Panacea?

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    Pimpa, Nattavud

    2005-01-01

    This research focuses on the examination of problems related to the national teacher performance appraisal system by the Thai Ministry of Education. It highlights major problems of the current performance appraisal system by delineating the weaknesses and pitfalls of the current appraisal system. The findings indicate problems to three major…

  20. Subjective Appraisal as a Feedback Tool. Technical Report 604.

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    Burnside, Billy L.

    This report examines the accuracy of subjective appraisals of several aspects of task performance, including proficiency, difficulty, frequency, and criticality. An introduction discusses current Army use of subjective appraisal, feedback methods, and problems with subjective appraisal. Data pertaining to the accuracy of various types of appraisal…

  1. Performance Appraisal in UK Universities: A Case of Procedural Compliance?

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    Bryman, Alan; And Others

    1994-01-01

    Research evidence concerning the introduction of performance appraisal in United Kingdom universities is presented. The notion of "procedural compliance" is introduced to draw attention to the largely externally imposed appraisal of universities and to the nature of institutional response. Findings of a study of appraisal in four universities are…

  2. Teacher Appraisal and Its Outcomes in Singapore Primary Schools

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    Kelly, Khim Ong; Ang, Shi Yun Angela; Chong, Wei Ling; Hu, Wei Sheng

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the attributes of the performance appraisal system used for primary school teachers in Singapore, and how those attributes affect satisfaction with the appraisal system, stress experienced with the appraisal system, attitudes towards performance bonus, job satisfaction and motivation, and perceived…

  3. Performance appraisal and merit recognition exercise 2007

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    2006-01-01

    The 2007 performance appraisal and merit recognition exercise will start in the usual way with annual interviews between staff and their supervisors. This year, these interviews should be held in the period from 8 January 2007 to 16 April 2007. Interconnection with the 5-yearly review, a number of modifications to the procedures relating to the performance appraisal and merit recognition are currently under study. Administrative Circular No. 26 (Procedures governing the Career Development of Staff Members) and the electronic MAPS form in EDH are being reviewed and will be available from January onwards. HR Department will shortly provide further information on this subject. Human Resources Department Tel. 73566

  4. Human factors assessment in PRA using task analysis linked evaluation technique (TALENT)

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    Human error is a primary contributor to risk in complex high-reliability systems. A 1985 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) study of licensee event reports (LERs) suggests that upwards of 65% of commercial nuclear system failures involve human error. Since then, the USNRC has initiated research to fully and properly integrate human errors into the probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) process. The resulting implementation procedure is known as the Task Analysis Linked Evaluation Technique (TALENT). As indicated, TALENT is a broad-based method for integrating human factors expertise into the PRA process. This process achieves results which: (1) provide more realistic estimates of the impact of human performance on nuclear power safety, (2) can be fully audited, (3) provide a firm technical base for equipment-centered and personnel-centered retrofit/redesign of plants enabling them to meet internally and externally imposed safety standards, and (4) yield human and hardware data capable of supporting inquiries into human performance issues that transcend the individual plant. The TALENT procedure is being field-tested to verify its effectiveness and utility. The objectives of the field-test are to examine (1) the operability of the process, (2) its acceptability to the users, and (3) its usefulness for achieving measurable improvements in the credibility of the analysis. The field-test will provide the information needed to enhance the TALENT process

  5. Human reliability analysis in support of a level 1 PRA for Surry during midloop operations

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    The objectives of this Level 1 probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) are to evaluate the important accident sequences initiated during midloop operations and to compare the qualitative and quantitative results with those for accidents initiated during power operations. The primary types of human actions analyzed in this study involve the dynamic operator actions and recovery actions that take place during the accident sequence following an initiating event. Two parts of the human actions were analyzed: failure to diagnose and failure to perform the action. The scope of the Level 1 PRA for Surry during midloop operations includes internal, fire, and flood initiating events. The major categories of dynamic operator actions taken during the accident sequence following an initiating event are: providing makeup to the reactor coolant system (RCS), restoring residual heat removal (RHR) cooling, establishing steam generator reflux cooling, establishing primary feed and spill, establishing gravity feed from refueling water storage tank (RWST), establishing high pressure recirculation, establishing recirculation spray, and cross-connecting RWSTs. All categories are not applicable to all initiating events and all plant operating states (POS). (author)

  6. Medical Updates Number 5 to the International Space Station Probability Risk Assessment (PRA) Model Using the Integrated Medical Model

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    Butler, Doug; Bauman, David; Johnson-Throop, Kathy

    2011-01-01

    The Integrated Medical Model (IMM) Project has been developing a probabilistic risk assessment tool, the IMM, to help evaluate in-flight crew health needs and impacts to the mission due to medical events. This package is a follow-up to a data package provided in June 2009. The IMM currently represents 83 medical conditions and associated ISS resources required to mitigate medical events. IMM end state forecasts relevant to the ISS PRA model include evacuation (EVAC) and loss of crew life (LOCL). The current version of the IMM provides the basis for the operational version of IMM expected in the January 2011 timeframe. The objectives of this data package are: 1. To provide a preliminary understanding of medical risk data used to update the ISS PRA Model. The IMM has had limited validation and an initial characterization of maturity has been completed using NASA STD 7009 Standard for Models and Simulation. The IMM has been internally validated by IMM personnel but has not been validated by an independent body external to the IMM Project. 2. To support a continued dialogue between the ISS PRA and IMM teams. To ensure accurate data interpretation, and that IMM output format and content meets the needs of the ISS Risk Management Office and ISS PRA Model, periodic discussions are anticipated between the risk teams. 3. To help assess the differences between the current ISS PRA and IMM medical risk forecasts of EVAC and LOCL. Follow-on activities are anticipated based on the differences between the current ISS PRA medical risk data and the latest medical risk data produced by IMM.

  7. AN UNDERSTANDING TOWARDS BENEFITS AND CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS- A STUDY HIGHLIGHTING THE ESSENTIALS OF GOOD APPRAISAL SYSTEM

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Performance appraisal is a formal and structured system followed by the organizations for reviewing and assessing the performance of employees. Organizations‘ initiate the performance appraisals process for administrative purposes and for employee development purposes. For administrative purposes, it assists management in selection; retention; and training of personnel‘s, in estimating the number of personnel required, for rewarding and honoring employees, for legal requirements, and for granting hike in employees‘ salary. For employee development purposes, the appraisal process is used to communicate employees‘ strengths & weaknesses, to identify individuals‘ training needs & identify gaps in workers‘ performance, to judge the efficiency of human resource personnel‘s involved with recruitment, selection etc. and also to reduce the grievances of employees. An effective appraisal would always assist organizations in achieving the organizational goals. Nevertheless, an appraisal would also be the cause of negative experience when the managers judge the employees‘ performance in a biased manner. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the purposes of using appraisals in an organization also to emphasize both the benefits and concerns associated with the appraisals. The main purpose of the study is to emphasis comprehensively the various essential requirements of good appraisal system. The good appraisal system is required to overcome the concerns associated with appraisals and to garner the true benefits of appraisals. The present study recommends that, for the successful achievement of organizational objectives, the appraisal system should be appropriate and effective.

  8. 24 CFR 4001.114 - Appraisal.

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    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 5 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Appraisal. 4001.114 Section 4001.114 Housing and Urban Development Regulations Relating to Housing and Urban Development (Continued... may be shared with holders and servicers of existing subordinate mortgages....

  9. Embodied Appraisals and Non-emotional States

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    Hvorecký, Juraj

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 20, č. 3 (2010), s. 215-223. ISSN 1210-3055 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) KJB900090802 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z90090514 Keywords : embodied appraisal * non-emotional mental states * valence * emotion Subject RIV: AA - Philosophy ; Religion

  10. 7 CFR 1955.128 - Appraisers.

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    ... type of properties (such as large farms and business property) requiring valuation. For Farmer Programs... 7 Agriculture 14 2010-01-01 2009-01-01 true Appraisers. 1955.128 Section 1955.128 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) RURAL HOUSING SERVICE, RURAL...

  11. Effective Performance Appraisal: Viewpoints from Managers.

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    Laird, Angela; Clampitt, Phillip G.

    1985-01-01

    Interviewed 61 managers of Fortune 500 companies who reported the following problems with administering performance appraisals: (1) multiple use of the form; (2) subjectivity and inflated ratings; and (3) difficulties in defining objectives and in disseminating the evaluation to employees. (PD)

  12. 7 CFR 762.127 - Appraisal requirements.

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    ... not required for any additional security, or for loans of $50,000 or less if a strong equity position... property will be based on public sales of the same, or similar, property in the market area. In the absence of such public sales, reputable publications reflecting market values may be used. Appraisal...

  13. 36 CFR 254.9 - Appraisals.

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    ... 1989 (FIRREA) (12 U.S.C. 3331). In the event a State or Territory does not have approved policies... summary of facts and conclusions; (2) The purpose and/or the function of the appraisal, a definition of...) Include historic, wildlife, recreation, wilderness, scenic, cultural, or other resource values...

  14. Appraisal and financing of electric power projects

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    This paper starts with the origin, nature and functions of the World Bank Group, reviews the past lending, describes the criteria used by the Bank in its power project appraisals, discusses the Bank's views on nuclear power, and concludes with a look at the probable future sources of financing of electrical expansion in the less developed countries. (orig./UA)

  15. Role of Appraisals in Energy Efficiency Financing

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    Doyle, V.; Bhargava, A.

    2012-05-01

    This research identifies barriers and challenges and current industry status including several key appraisal industry developments for identifying and valuing energy efficiency, critical obstacles to documenting and assessing the potential added value from energy efficiency improvements, current opportunities to support and standardize reporting on energy efficiency and to ensure proper valuation, and next steps towards enabling energy efficiency financing market transformation.

  16. Performance Appraisal of Physical Education Teachers

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    Bahadir, Ziya

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the aim was to determine views of school principals on how performance appraisal of physical education teachers who worked at primary schools should be done. The research was designed in a screening model. The research group composed of 152 school principals and deputy principals who worked at state primary schools located in…

  17. Cognitive and physiological antecedents of threat and challenge appraisal.

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    Tomaka, J; Blascovich, J; Kibler, J; Ernst, J M

    1997-07-01

    Cognitive appraisal theories of stress and emotion propose that cognitive appraisals precede physiological responses, whereas peripheralist theories propose that physiological arousal precedes cognitive processes. Three studies examined this issue regarding threat and challenge responses to potential stress. Study 1 supported cognitive appraisal theory by demonstrating that threat and challenge cognitive appraisals and physiological responses could be elicited experimentally by manipulating instructional set. Studies 2 and 3, in contrast, found that manipulations of physiological response patterns consistent with challenge and threat did not result in corresponding changes in cognitive appraisal. Appraisals in Study 3, however, were related to subjective pain independent of the physiological manipulation. These studies suggest a central role for cognitive appraisal processes in elicitation of threat and challenge responses to potentially stressful situations. PMID:9216079

  18. A two-factor method for appraising building renovation and energy efficiency improvement projects

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    The renovation of residential buildings usually involves a variety of measures aiming at reducing energy and building maintenance bills, increasing safety and market value, and improving comfort and aesthetics. A significant number of project appraisal methods in current use-such as calculations of payback time, net present value, internal rate of return or cost of conserved energy (CCE)-only quantify energy efficiency gains. These approaches are relatively easy to use, but offer a distorted view of complex modernization projects. On the other hand, various methods using multiple criteria take a much wider perspective but are usually time-consuming, based on sometimes uncertain assumptions and require sophisticated tools. A 'two-factor' appraisal method offers a compromise between these two approaches. The main idea of the method is to separate investments into those related to energy efficiency improvements, and those related to building renovation. Costs and benefits of complex measures, which both influence energy consumption and improve building constructions, are separated by using a building rehabilitation coefficient. The CCE is used for the appraisal of energy efficiency investments, while investments in building renovation are appraised using standard tools for the assessment of investments in maintenance, repair and rehabilitation

  19. The assessment of low probability containment failure modes using dynamic PRA

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    Brunett, Acacia Joann

    Although low probability containment failure modes in nuclear power plants may lead to large releases of radioactive material, these modes are typically crudely modeled in system level codes and have large associated uncertainties. Conventional risk assessment techniques (i.e. the fault-tree/event-tree methodology) are capable of accounting for these failure modes to some degree, however, they require the analyst to pre-specify the ordering of events, which can vary within the range of uncertainty of the phenomena. More recently, dynamic probabilistic risk assessment (DPRA) techniques have been developed which remove the dependency on the analyst. Through DPRA, it is now possible to perform a mechanistic and consistent analysis of low probability phenomena, with the timing of the possible events determined by the computational model simulating the reactor behavior. The purpose of this work is to utilize DPRA tools to assess low probability containment failure modes and the driving mechanisms. Particular focus is given to the risk-dominant containment failure modes considered in NUREG-1150, which has long been the standard for PRA techniques. More specifically, this work focuses on the low probability phenomena occurring during a station blackout (SBO) with late power recovery in the Zion Nuclear Power Plant, a Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR). Subsequent to the major risk study performed in NUREG-1150, significant experimentation and modeling regarding the mechanisms driving containment failure modes have been performed. In light of this improved understanding, NUREG-1150 containment failure modes are reviewed in this work using the current state of knowledge. For some unresolved mechanisms, such as containment loading from high pressure melt ejection and combustion events, additional analyses are performed using the accident simulation tool MELCOR to explore the bounding containment loads for realistic scenarios. A dynamic treatment in the

  20. Conversion of the PUN probabilistic safety study into a living PRA format

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    The 1981 Italian Energy Plan recommended that a number of nuclear power plants of 1000 MWe be built and operated in Italy on the basis of a reference design, Progetto Unificato Nucleare (PUN) PWR type, which is a standard plant design for all future nuclear power stations. A Probabilistic Safety Study (PSS) is part of the safety evaluation. The preliminary goal of the PSS was to provide an assessment of core damage frequency for the PUN design. The conversion of the PUN-PSS into a Living PRA has been carried out by Westinghouse for ENEL. The objective of this paper is to summarize the work done, present some results and the experience gained during this job, showing an example where, through this tool, indication to the risk management can be given. (orig./HSCH)

  1. Statistical decision theory and its application to PRA result evaluation for nuclear power plant designing process

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    Decision theory is applied to derive the ''α-th'' percentile and the mean value decision rules which have often been referenced in Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) results. It is shown that the decision problem, with certain kinds of utility functions, yields the above decision rules as well as the criteria of these decision rules. Decision lines are developed as a function of the median and uncertainty factor for an a-priori log normal distribution, and are shown to be useful for decision maker's immediate judgement based on the ''α-th'' percentile and the mean value decision rules. Finally the PWR and BWR release categories of WASH-1400 are evaluated by the developed decision lines with the criteria assuming, as an example, 10-4/reactor.year and 10-3/reactor.year for 95-th percentile decision rule, and 10-5/reactor.year and 10-4/reactor.year respectively

  2. Memória (imaterial da Praça do Infante, Porto

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    Paula Barreira Abranches

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper intends to present the historical and archaeological background of the Praça do Infante,located in the parish of S. Nicolau, Porto, based on elements provided by the construction of an undergroundcar park.This square is part of the urban area of Porto’s historical zone, in which the coordination of the works ofgeophysical prospecting with archaeological ones was considered relevant. Thus, the former determined thelocation of the archaeological surveys, which, once completed, revealed a settlement sequence going fromthe 17th century to the 20th century, despite material remains dating back to Roman times.Today, this square is a mere flicker of the commercial and human bustle which the material memories cannotglorify.

  3. Una aproximación a las valoraciones en torno a la discriminación de género en tres medios de la prensa chilena AN APPROACH TO THE APPRAISAL OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THREE CHILEAN NEWSPAPERS

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    Silvana Guerrero González

    2012-12-01

    the Appraisal Theory (White 2004; Martin 2005; Martin y White 2005; Martin y Rose 2007; Hood 2010; Kaplan 2004; Oteíza 2006; Oteíza and Merino 2012. To that effect, three stories on the attack on Daniel zamudio were analyzed, primarily focusing on the manner in wich the identity of a non-gay us, against this sexual orientation, is presented as opposed to a gay or gay-supporting them. The findings of this research account for the relevance of evaluations in the Chilean press. El Mercurio is confirmed as a conservative newpapers that aims at a high socio-cultural level, concerned with the decisions that regulate life in society. La Nación, in turn, establishes itself as the government channel, evaluating the actions of the current government and those of the former. Finally, ElMostrador positions itself as a more combatant medium, where the discussion among different social actors that belong to this newspapers is transmitted without censorship. Consequently, the discourse of the mass media constitutes a social practice whose power is generally symbolic and persuasive, where a variety of resources belonging to the semantic systems analyzed is displayed.

  4. Identification of Employee Performance Appraisal Methods in Agricultural Organizations

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    Venclova Katerina

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A formal employee performance appraisal is regarded as one of the tools of human resources performance management. People, their knowledge and skills are currently considered to be the most valuable resource a company has. The article focuses on methods of employee performance appraisal in agricultural organizations in the Czech Republic. The first part of the article deals with the theoretical background of the term “formal appraisal” and employee performance appraisal methods as defined by Czech and foreign specialists. Further, the article describes, based on a questionnaire survey, employee performance appraisal methods that are considered importantfor the agricultural organizations in the Czech Republic. The aim of the article is to identify the current state of formal employee appraisal in a sample group of agricultural organizationsand to test dependencies between selected qualitative characteristics. The outcomes show that the most commonly used methods of employee performance appraisal in agricultural organizations include predefined goal-based performance appraisal, predefined standard outcome-based performance appraisal and appraisal interviews. Agricultural organizations apply these methodsin particular due to the fact that their findings are further utilized in other areas of human resource management, such as reward system and personnel planning. In statistical terms, dependencybetween the method of employee performance appraisal according to predefined goals applied by agricultural organizations and personnel planning (an area of human resources managementhas been proven (p-value: 0.032, Phi coefficient: 4.578.

  5. Performance appraisal and advancement exercise 2006 (Rev)

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    The 2006 performance appraisal and advancement exercise will start in the usual way with annual interviews between staff and their supervisors. This year, these interviews should be held in the period from 1 December 2005 to 15 March 2006*. In this connection, a number of improvements to the procedures relating to the interviews and performance appraisals are currently under study. Administrative Circular No. 26 (Procedures Governing the Career Development of Staff Members) and the electronic MAPS form in EDH are being reviewed and will be available from December onwards. In the meantime supervisors can start the interview procedure. HR Department will shortly provide further information on this subject. The 2005 MAPS report can be retrieved for consultation at any time via EDH. * Instead of 31 March, as indicated in the electronic Bulletin No. 47 of 21 November 2005 Human Resources Department Tel. 73566

  6. Performance appraisal and advancement exercise 2006

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    2005-01-01

    The 2006 performance appraisal and advancement exercise will start in the usual way with annual interviews between staff and their supervisors. This year, these interviews should be held in the period from 1 December 2005 to 31 March 2006. In this connection, a number of improvements to the procedures relating to the interviews and performance appraisal are currently under study. Administrative Circular No 26 (Procedures governing the Career Development of Staff Members) and the electronic MAPS form in EDH are being reviewed and will be available from December onwards. In the meantime supervisors can start the interview procedure. HR Department will shortly provide further information on this subject. The 2005 MAPS report can be retrieved for consultation at any time via EDH. Human Resources Department Tel. 73566

  7. Not so critical appraisal of dapagliflozin

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Sheila A Doggrell School of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, AustraliaA recent review by Salvo et al published in Patient Preference and Adherence concerned dapagliflozin, and was titled “Patient considerations in the management of type 2 diabetes – critical appraisal of dapagliflozin”.1 Having read the article, I do not consider it to be a critical appraisal of dapagliflozin. Thus, after comparing dapagliflozin with other oral antidiabetic medications, the authors concluded that “Dapagliflozin’s noted blood pressure reduction, weight loss, and low potential to cause hypoglycemia are advantageous, when compared with currently available oral medications”.1 This statement is not supported by the content of the review and/or the literature. Read the original article 

  8. An Appraisal of Coupled Climate Model Simulations

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    Sperber, K; Gleckler, P; Covey, C; Taylor, K; Bader, D; Phillips, T; Fiorino, M; Achutarao, K

    2004-02-24

    In 2002, the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) proposed the concept for a state-of-the-science appraisal of climate models to be performed approximately every two years. Motivation for this idea arose from the perceived needs of the international modeling groups and the broader climate research community to document progress more frequently than provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports. A committee of external reviewers, which included senior researchers from four leading international modeling centers, supported the concept by stating in its review: ''The panel enthusiastically endorses the suggestion that PCMDI develop an independent appraisal of coupled model performance every 2-3 years. This would provide a useful 'mid-course' evaluation of modeling progress in the context of larger IPCC and national assessment activities, and should include both coupled and single-component model evaluations.''

  9. Promotional literature: How do we critically appraise?

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    Shetty V

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available There has been a tremendous increase in the number of new and generic drugs coming into the market. The busy practitioner obtains the information from various sources, of which promotional literature forms an important source. The promotional literature provided by the pharmaceutical companies cannot be entirely relied upon; moreover, very few physicians are equipped with the skills of critically appraising it. The new drug should be relevant to the clinician′s practice in terms of population studied, the disease and the need for new treatment. The methodology of the study should be carefully judged to determine the authenticity of the evidence. The new drug should be preferred over the existing one if it offers clear advantages in terms of safety, tolerability, efficacy and price. Critical appraisal of promotional literature can provide valuable information to the busy physician to practice evidence-based medicine.

  10. Promotional literature: how do we critically appraise?

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    Shetty, V V; Karve, A V

    2008-01-01

    There has been a tremendous increase in the number of new and generic drugs coming into the market. The busy practitioner obtains the information from various sources, of which promotional literature forms an important source. The promotional literature provided by the pharmaceutical companies cannot be entirely relied upon; moreover, very few physicians are equipped with the skills of critically appraising it. The new drug should be relevant to the clinician's practice in terms of population studied, the disease and the need for new treatment. The methodology of the study should be carefully judged to determine the authenticity of the evidence. The new drug should be preferred over the existing one if it offers clear advantages in terms of safety, tolerability, efficacy and price. Critical appraisal of promotional literature can provide valuable information to the busy physician to practice evidence-based medicine. PMID:18626173

  11. Small-Scale Wind Turbines: an Appraisal

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    Kealy, Tony

    2013-01-01

    This research seeks to evaluate the economic benefits to be gained by installing a small-scale wind turbine for a customer with a three-phase electrical supply requirement. The evidence for the claims made in this paper is obtained by using actual data obtained from the installed equipment over a three year period. The objective is to accurately appraise the financial investment using real data. There appears to be limited studies conducted into this type of research, possibly because the ren...

  12. Appraisal of emotions in media use

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    Bartsch, Anne; Vorderer, Peter; Mangold, Roland; Reinhold, Viehoff

    2008-01-01

    Over the past 20 years, research on meta-emotion and related concepts such as meta-mood and need for affect has become fruitful and prominent across a variety of disciplines, including media psychology. This paper reviews the literature on meta-emotion and considers problems regarding the definition and operationalization of this construct. We propose a process model of meta-emotion and emotion regulation to integrate and extend existing work. Drawing on appraisal theories of emotion, we unde...

  13. Computational modeling of appraisal theory of emotion

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    Meuleman, Ben

    2015-01-01

    Appraisal theories of emotion have proposed detailed—and causal—hypotheses about the connection between situations and emotional responding, and between the components that constitute emotional responding. Many of these hypotheses present computational challenges to scientific research, in that they require the analysis of numerous mental and bodily changes simultaneously over time. In this thesis, I applied statistical models of machine learning to address these challenges, and to investigat...

  14. Promotional literature: How do we critically appraise?

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    Shetty V; Karve A

    2008-01-01

    There has been a tremendous increase in the number of new and generic drugs coming into the market. The busy practitioner obtains the information from various sources, of which promotional literature forms an important source. The promotional literature provided by the pharmaceutical companies cannot be entirely relied upon; moreover, very few physicians are equipped with the skills of critically appraising it. The new drug should be relevant to the clinician′s practice in terms of pop...

  15. The problem of appraising qualitative research

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    Dixon-Woods, M.; Shaw, R; Agarwal, S.; Smith, J.

    2004-01-01

    

 Qualitative research can make a valuable contribution to the study of quality and safety in health care. Sound ways of appraising qualitative research are needed, but currently there are many different proposals with few signs of an emerging consensus. One problem has been the tendency to treat qualitative research as a unified field. We distinguish universal features of quality from those specific to methodology and offer a set of minimally prescriptive prompts to assist with the assessme...

  16. FAIRNESS OF AND SATISFACTION WITH PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL PROCESS

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    Suhaimi Sudin

    2011-01-01

    Literature in organizational justice suggest that organizational fairness in decision making processes may encourage employees’ acceptance of and positive reaction to many organizational decisions including decision in human resource interventions such as performance appraisal system. This study seeks to understand how perceived fairness in the performance appraisal process affects employees’ satisfaction. The perception of fairness on performance appraisal was discussed and analysed in the l...

  17. Appraising the performance of medical technologists in a clinical laboratory.

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    Ghorpade, J; Chen, M M

    1997-01-01

    Medical technologists and their coworkers serve as a critical link in the delivery of health care, yet their performance typically is appraised in a traditional way, causing stress for both managers and workers. Drawing on Total Quality Management concepts, this article proposes a framework for appraising performance in a clinical laboratory context and shows how it can be used to address the problems that managers face in providing constructive appraisals to laboratory personnel. PMID:10166906

  18. SISTEM APPRAISAL PADA TEKS IKLAN KOMERSIAL DI TABLOID NOVA

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    2011-01-01

    This research is aimed to identify the appraisal properties in the text of commercial advertisement in Nova tabloid. There are 17 texts of commercial advertisement as the samples of data of research, which were obtained by purposive sampling method. Those texts have been analysed by appraisal system theory stated by White (1998). The appraisal system focuses on the assessment and evaluation of attitude (affect, judgment and appreciation), amplifying attitude and the source of attitude (gradua...

  19. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY APPRAISALS IN MEASURING RESILIENCE TO STRESS

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    2009-01-01

    Measuring resilience to stress (or stress resistance) validly and reliably is an important theoretical and practical problem. Process-oriented stress theories assume that primary and secondary appraisals play an important role in determining the level of resilience. In the present study, a model of resilience based on the analysis of the interplay between primary and secondary appraisal processes is developed. Resilience is high if benign primary appraisals of taxing situations are accompanie...

  20. Reflected appraisals and perceived importance of significant others' appraisals as predictors of college athletes' self-perceptions of competence.

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    Amorose, Anthony J

    2003-03-01

    This study examined the reflected appraisal process with college athletes (N = 325). Specifically, the study tested (a) the relative influence of the reflected appraisals of mothers, fathers, coaches, and teammates (i.e., how athletes perceive these others view their ability) on athletes' self-perceptions of competence, and (b) whether the importance placed on these significant others as sources of competence information moderated the relationship. Based on a factor analysis, composite variables were formed representing the reflected appraisals of the athletes' parents (i.e., father, mother) and the reflected appraisals of sport-others (i.e., coach, teammates). Regression analyses revealed that the reflected appraisals of parents (beta = .21) and sport-others (beta = .55) predicted self-perceptions of competence (p .05, deltaR2 = .01) beyond the independent effects of these constructs. Results are discussed in terms of the reflected appraisal process and the influence of significant others on athletes' self-perceptions. PMID:12659477

  1. Cognitive Appraisals and Lived Experiences During Injury Rehabilitation: A Narrative Account Within Personal and Situational Backdrop

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    Full Text Available Background The article highlights an athlete’s cognitive appraisals form the onset to return to play. The narrative provides how an athlete constructs a sense of self within personal and situational factors and describes the subjective experiences during rehabilitation Objectives The study examined the cognitive appraisal and psychological response within the backdrop of personal and situational factors in an injured athlete. Patients and Methods The study is contextualized within the injury rehabilitation experiences of a cycling national athlete aged about 18 years old who was presented with the complaint of right shoulder pain, following a right shoulder dislocation. The 22 page narrative account provided by the athlete offered a holistic and integrated account of his experiences from the onset to return to play. A six step narrative analysis was analyzed by two qualified psychologists and two medical practitioners. Results The themes are extracted to understand what was important to the participant. The cognitive appraisal and lived experiences are discussed within three dominant themes: 1 Injury and consequences in sporting life. 2 Childhood experiences, emotions, social support. 3 Trusting relationship, behavioral outcome and hopeful future. The study indicates the influence of personal and situational factors in cognitive appraisals leading to emotional and behavioral responses during rehabilitation. Conclusions The study demonstrates how individual experiences become a dynamic core of psychological response during injury rehabilitation. The study highlights the cognitive appraisals and, emotional upheaval to provide an understanding of how personal and situational factors affect the psychological responses of an injured athlete. Findings suggest the need to develop a holistic approach as an effective strategy in injury rehabilitation.

  2. Evaluation of safety issues on newly regulated nuclear power plant by tsunami-level 1 PRA

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    The tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake triggered severe accidents involving the units 1 to 4 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station (NPS). In order to re-operate existing nuclear power plants it should be necessary to reduce the core damage frequency on risk by tsunami. In this work, effects of the off-site power supply installation on resuming operation of nuclear power plants were investigated by utilizing the Tsunami-Level 1 Probability Risk Assessment (PRA). Unit 2 of the Onagawa nuclear power station, which resembled units 2 and 3 of Fukushima Dai-ichi, was selected for PRA. First, event-tree was created for the units of the Onagawa nuclear power station with the safety systems such as Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS), investigating the plant situation at the time of the earthquake and tsunami occurrences. It was assumed that the magnitude of the tsunami was equivalent to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The accident-analytical progression-time was 36 hours, determined from the core-damage occurrence of the unit 3 of Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station. Failure probabilities were calculated by the fault tree, which was created from the elements listed in the event tree. For the calculation, failure rates reported by the NUCIA (NUClear Information Archives) were primarily utilized. Then, obtained failure probabilities were embedded to the event tree. Core damage probabilities were evaluated by calculating success and failure rates for each accidental progression and scenarios. Restoration of the failed equipment and machineries was not considered in the analysis. Installation of the power supply vehicles at the nuclear power plant site reduced the core damage probability from 2.58×10-6 to 8.56×10-7. However, continued addition of the power supply vehicles could not lower the core damage probability further more. In the case of Unit 2 of Onagawa nuclear power station, there could be a limit to lower the core damage probability

  3. Examination of Conservatism in Early/Latent Fatality Estimation in Level 3 PRA

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    Kim, Sung-yeop; Lee, Haneol; Yim, Man-Sung [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Due to the computational model driven-nature of the work, there exist various sources of uncertainty in level 3 PRA. They are related with source release, environmental transport and deposition, human behavior involved in dosimetry, health effect and risk assessment. For instance, a total of 376 parameters have been considered in Probabilistic Accident Consequence Uncertainty Assessment Using COSYMA and the details on the number of parameters in each analysis are listed in Table 1. In 2012, the report of NPP accident consequence simulation was distributed by the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM). They insisted that Kori Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) accident would lead to 48,000 early fatalities and 850,000 cancer fatalities in Busan and Hanbit NPP accident would lead to 550,000 cancer fatalities in Seoul. This report exemplifies the misuse of collective dose, that is effective dose multiplied by population and time. Even though very low effective dose is considered, collective dose could give over-conservative estimate when high population and long time period is multiplied. International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) forewarned about the misuse of collective dose, in their ICRP Publication 103, such as applying it to simplified calculation of fatality and risk. As part of investigation of conservatism in early and latent fatality estimation, the existing methods of early and latent fatality calculation was reviewed and the results from the use of the existing methodology were examined in this study. The method of early and latent fatality estimation in level 3 PRA was investigated and the conservatism in the result was examined in this study. For the purpose of estimating both early and latent fatality, appropriate dose distributions among the affected population are found to be important. This study showed that large conservatism may be involved in the estimated fatality if the distribution of population dose as a function of

  4. How to locate and appraise qualitative research in complementary and alternative medicine

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    Franzel, Brigitte; Schwiegershausen, Martina; Heusser, Peter; Berger, Bettina

    2013-01-01

    Background The aim of this publication is to present a case study of how to locate and appraise qualitative studies for the conduct of a meta-ethnography in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM is commonly associated with individualized medicine. However, one established scientific approach to the individual, qualitative research, thus far has been explicitly used very rarely. This article demonstrates a case example of how qualitative research in the field of CAM st...

  5. Recovery actions in PRA (Probabilistic Risk Assessment) for the risk methods integration and evaluation program (RMIEP): Volume 2, Application of the data-based method

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    In a Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) for a nuclear power plant, the analyst identifies a set of potential core damage events and their estimated probabilities of occurrence. These events include both equipment failures and human errors. If operator recovery from an event within some specified time is considered, the probability of this recovery can be included in the PRA. This report provides PRA analysts with a step-by-step methodology for including recovery actions in a PRA. The recovery action is divided into two distinct phases: a Diagnosis Phase (realizing that there is a problem with a critical parameter and deciding upon the correct course of action) and an Action Phase (physically accomplishing the required action). In this methodology, time-reliability curves, which were developed from simulator data on potentially dominant accident scenarios, are used to provide estimates for the Diagnosis Phase, and other existing methodologies are used to provide estimates for the Action Phase

  6. Recovery actions in PRA (Probabilistic Risk Assessment) for the risk methods integration and evaluation program (RMIEP): Volume 2, Application of the data-based method

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    Whitehead, D W

    1987-12-01

    In a Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) for a nuclear power plant, the analyst identifies a set of potential core damage events and their estimated probabilities of occurrence. These events include both equipment failures and human errors. If operator recovery from an event within some specified time is considered, the probability of this recovery can be included in the PRA. This report provides PRA analysts with a step-by-step methodology for including recovery actions in a PRA. The recovery action is divided into two distinct phases: a Diagnosis Phase (realizing that there is a problem with a critical parameter and deciding upon the correct course of action) and an Action Phase (physically accomplishing the required action). In this methodology, time-reliability curves, which were developed from simulator data on potentially dominant accident scenarios, are used to provide estimates for the Diagnosis Phase, and other existing methodologies are used to provide estimates for the Action Phase.

  7. Evaluation of a performance appraisal framework for radiation therapists in planning and simulation

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    Constantly evolving technology and techniques within radiation therapy require practitioners to maintain a continuous approach to professional development and training. Systems of performance appraisal and adoption of regular feedback mechanisms are vital to support this development yet frequently lack structure and rely on informal peer support. A Radiation Therapy Performance Appraisal Framework (RT-PAF) for radiation therapists in planning and simulation was developed to define expectations of practice and promote a supportive and objective culture of performance and skills appraisal. Evaluation of the framework was conducted via an anonymous online survey tool. Nine peer reviewers and fourteen recipients provided feedback on its effectiveness and the challenges and limitations of the approach. Findings from the evaluation were positive and suggested that both groups gained benefit from and expressed a strong interest in embedding the approach more routinely. Respondents identified common challenges related to the limited ability to implement suggested development strategies; this was strongly associated with time and rostering issues. This framework successfully defined expectations for practice and provided a fair and objective feedback process that focussed on skills development. It empowered staff to maintain their skills and reach their professional potential. Management support, particularly in regard to provision of protected time was highlighted as critical to the framework's ongoing success. The demonstrated benefits arising in terms of staff satisfaction and development highlight the importance of this commitment to the modern radiation therapy workforce

  8. Evaluation of a performance appraisal framework for radiation therapists in planning and simulation

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    Becker, Jillian, E-mail: jillian.becker@health.qld.gov.au [Radiation Oncology Mater Centre, South Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Bridge, Pete [School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Brown, Elizabeth; Lusk, Ryan; Ferrari-Anderson, Janet [Radiation Oncology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Radiation Oncology Mater Centre, South Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)

    2015-06-15

    Constantly evolving technology and techniques within radiation therapy require practitioners to maintain a continuous approach to professional development and training. Systems of performance appraisal and adoption of regular feedback mechanisms are vital to support this development yet frequently lack structure and rely on informal peer support. A Radiation Therapy Performance Appraisal Framework (RT-PAF) for radiation therapists in planning and simulation was developed to define expectations of practice and promote a supportive and objective culture of performance and skills appraisal. Evaluation of the framework was conducted via an anonymous online survey tool. Nine peer reviewers and fourteen recipients provided feedback on its effectiveness and the challenges and limitations of the approach. Findings from the evaluation were positive and suggested that both groups gained benefit from and expressed a strong interest in embedding the approach more routinely. Respondents identified common challenges related to the limited ability to implement suggested development strategies; this was strongly associated with time and rostering issues. This framework successfully defined expectations for practice and provided a fair and objective feedback process that focussed on skills development. It empowered staff to maintain their skills and reach their professional potential. Management support, particularly in regard to provision of protected time was highlighted as critical to the framework's ongoing success. The demonstrated benefits arising in terms of staff satisfaction and development highlight the importance of this commitment to the modern radiation therapy workforce.

  9. PRA Procedures Guide: a guide to the performance of probabilistic risk assessments for nuclear power plants. Final report, Volume 1 - Chapters 1-8

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    This document, the Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) Procedures Guide, is intended to provide an overview of the risk-assessment field as it exists today and to identify acceptable techniques for the systematic assessment of the risk from nuclear power plants. Topics discussed include: organization of PRA; accident-sequence definition and system modeling; human-reliability analysis; data-base development; accident-sequence quantification; physical processes of core-melt accidents; and radionuclide release and transport

  10. Development of margin assessment methodology of decay heat removal function against external hazards. (2) Tornado PRA methodology

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    Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) for external events has been recognized as an important safety assessment method after the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station accident. The PRA should be performed not only for earthquake and tsunami which are especially key events in Japan, but also the PRA methodology should be developed for the other external hazards (e.g. tornado). In this study, the methodology was developed for Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors paying attention to that the ambient air is their final heat sink for removing decay heat under accident conditions. First, tornado hazard curve was estimated by using data recorded in Japan. Second, important structures and components for decay heat removal were identified and an event tree resulting in core damage was developed in terms of wind load and missiles (i.e. steel pipes, boards and cars) caused by a tornado. Main damage cause for important structures and components is the missiles and the tornado missiles that can reach those components and structures placed on high elevations were identified, and the failure probabilities of the components and structures against the tornado missiles were calculated as a product of two probabilities: i.e., a probability for the missiles to enter the intake or outtake in the decay heat removal system, and a probability of failure caused by the missile impacts. Finally, the event tree was quantified. As a result, the core damage frequency was enough lower than 10-10/ry. (author)

  11. Development of margin assessment methodology of decay heat removal function against external hazards. (1) Project overview and snow PRA methodology

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    This paper describes mainly snow probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) methodology development in addition to the project overview. This project addresses extreme weathers (snow, tornado, wind and rainfall), volcanic phenomena and forest fire as representative external hazards. In this project, the methodologies of both PRA and margin assessment are developed for each external hazard through external hazard and accident sequence evaluations mainly in terms of decay heat removal function of a sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR). Using recent 50 year weather data at a typical Japanese SFR site, snow hazard categories were set the combination of daily snowfall depth (snowfall speed) and snowfall duration which can be calculated by dividing the snow depth by the snowfall speed. For each snow hazard category, the accident sequence was evaluated by producing event trees which consist of several headings representing the loss of decay heat removal. Snow removal action and manual operation of the air cooler dampers were introduced into the event tree as accident managements. In this paper, the snow PRA showed less than 10-6/reactor-year of core damage frequency. The dominant snow hazard category was the combination of 1−2 m/day of snowfall speed and 0.5−0.75 day of snowfall duration. Importance and sensitivity analyses indicated a high risk contribution to secure the access routes. (author)

  12. Os topônimos das praças de Maringá, Estado do Paraná

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    Bruno Luiz Domingos De Angelis

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho estuda os topônimos das praças maringaenses, em número de noventa e nove até dezembro do ano 2000, a partir de pesquisa histórica em fontes primárias. A toponímia estudada buscou o significado histórico, não lingüístico, dos nomes conferidos às praças, contextualizando-os no tempo em que esses logradouros foram nominados. Como resultado, constata-se a desvinculação desses nomes com a população, visto que, na maioria dos casos, a comunidade sequer sabe quem é o personagem que nomina o espaço público. Conclui-se que dar nome às praças de Maringá não deveria ser apenas “letra morta da lei” em um papel arquivado, mas sim que houvesse um trabalho de conscientização que permitisse a perenização daquele que nominou o espaço

  13. 76 FR 41441 - Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Appraiser Roster: Appraiser Qualifications for Placement on...

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    2011-07-14

    ... URBAN DEVELOPMENT 24 CFR Part 200 RIN 2502-AI96 Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Appraiser Roster... applicant must not be listed on the General Services Administration's Suspension and Debarment list, on HUD... follows: ] PART 200--INTRODUCTION TO FHA PROGRAMS 1. The authority citation for part 200 continues to...

  14. Návrh a realizace modelu automatické pračky

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    Železný, Jan

    2012-01-01

    Bakalářská práce se zabývá návrhem a realizací modelu automatické pračky, v rámci souborů EDU-mod, pro podporu výuky předmětu Programovatelné automaty. Podrobně popisuje postup při výrobě od návrhu, přes realizaci, až po ověření funkčnosti modelu. Základem desky je mikrokontroler Atmel ATmega16A. Program pro procesor byl vytvořen ve vývojovém prostředí Atmel AVR Studio, a následně nahrán pomocí programátoru UniProg-USB PK Design. Funkce modelu byly ověřeny řízením z PLC Siemens Simatic S7-200...

  15. Application of FIVE methodology in probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) of fire events

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    This paper reflects the experience acquired during the process of evaluation and updating of the fire analysis within the Cofrentes NPP PRA. It determines which points are the least precise, either because of their greater uncertainty or because of their excessive conservatism, as well as the subtasks which have involved a larger work load and could be simplified. These aspects are compared with the steps followed in methodology FIVE (Fire Vulnerability Evaluation Methodology) to assess whether application of this methodology would optimize the task, by making it more systematic and realistic and reducing uncertainties. On the one hand, the FIVE methodology does not have the scope sufficient to carry out a quantitative risk evaluation, but it can easily be complemented -without detriment to its systematic nature- by quantifying core damage in significant areas. On the other hand, certain issues such as definition of the fire growth software program which has to be used, are still not fully closed. Nevertheless, the conclusions derived from this assessment are satisfactory, since it is considered that this methodology would serve to unify the criteria and data of the analysis of fire-induced risks, providing a progressive screening method which would considerably simplify the task. (author)

  16. PRA [Probabilistic Risk Assessment] Applications Program for inspection at Oconee Unit 3

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    The extensive Oconee-3 PRA performed by EPRI has been analyzed to identify plant systems and components important to minimizing public risk, and to identify the primary failure modes of these components. This information has been tabulated, and correlated with inspection modules from the NRC Inspection and Enforcement Manual. The report presents a series of tables, organized by system and prioritized by public risk (in person-rem per year), which identify components associated with 98% of the inspectable risk due to plant operation. External events (earthquakes, tornadoes, fires and floods) are not addressed because inspections cannot directly minimize the risks from these events; however, flooding caused by the breach of internal systems is addressed. The systems addressed, in descending order of risk importance, are: Reactor Building Spray, R B Cooling, Condenser Circulating Water, Safety Relief Valves, Low Pressure Injection, Standby Shutdown Facility-High Pressure Injection, Low-Pressure Service Water, and Emergency Feedwater. This ranking is based on the Fussel-Vesely measure of risk importance, i.e., the fraction of the total risk which involves failures of the system of interest. 8 refs., 25 tabs

  17. A Strategic Project Appraisal framework for ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure

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    Actors in the built environment are progressively considering environmental and social issues alongside functional and economic aspects of development projects. Infrastructure projects represent major investment and construction initiatives with attendant environmental, economic and societal impacts across multiple scales. To date, while sustainability strategies and frameworks have focused on wider national aspirations and strategic objectives, they are noticeably weak in addressing micro-level integrated decision making in the built environment, particularly for infrastructure projects. The proposed approach of this paper is based on the principal that early intervention is the most cost-effective and efficient means of mitigating the environmental effects of development projects, particularly macro infrastructure developments. A strategic overview of the various project alternatives, taking account for stakeholder and expert input, could effectively reduce project impacts/risks at low cost to the project developers but provide significant benefit to wider communities, including communities of future stakeholders. This paper is the first exploratory step in developing a more systematic framework for evaluating strategic alternatives for major metropolitan infrastructure projects, based on key sustainability principles. The developed Strategic Project Appraisal (SPA) framework, grounded in the theory of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), provides a means of practically appraising project impacts and alternatives in terms of quantified ecological limits; addresses the neglected topic of metropolitan infrastructure as a means of delivering sustainability outcomes in the urban context and more broadly, seeks to open a debate on the potential for SEA methodology to be more extensively applied to address sustainability challenges in the built environment. Practically applied and timed appropriately, the SPA framework can enable better decision-making and more

  18. Interaction of CREDO [Centralized Reliability Data Organization] with the EBR-II [Experimental Breeder Reactor II] PRA [probabilistic risk assessment] development

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    The National Academy of Sciences review of US Department of Energy (DOE) class 1 reactors recommended that the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II), operated by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), develop a level 1 probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) and make provisions for level 2 and level 3 PRAs based on the results of the level 1 PRA. The PRA analysis group at ANL will utilize the Centralized Reliability Data Organization (CREDO) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support the PRA data needs. CREDO contains many years of empirical liquid-metal reactor component data from EBR-II. CREDO is a mutual data- and cost-sharing system sponsored by DOE and the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuels Development Corporation of Japan. CREDO is a component based data system; data are collected on components that are liquid-metal specific, associated with a liquid-metal environment, contained in systems that interface with liquid-metal environments, or are safety related for use in reliability/availability/maintainability (RAM) analyses of advanced reactors. The links between the EBR-II PRA development effort and the CREDO data collection at EBR-II extend beyond the sharing of data. The PRA provides a measure of the relative contribution to risk of the various components. This information can be used to prioritize future CREDO data collection activities at EBR-II and other sites

  19. Performance appraisal and advancement exercise 2005

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    The 2005 performance appraisal and advancement exercise will start in the usual way with annual interviews between staff and their supervisors. These interviews should be held in the period from 15 November 2004 to 15 February 2005 [see Administrative Circular No 26 (Rev. 5) Annex II, § 3. For this exercise, the paper MAPS form has been replaced by an electronic form in the EDH system, which is available via EDH (on the EDH desktop under Other Tasks / HR & Training) No changes have been made to the contents of the form. HR Department will shortly provide further information on this subject. Human Resources Department Tel. 73566

  20. Touch perception and emotional appraisal for a virtual agent

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    Nguyen, Nhung; Wachsmuth, Ipke; Kopp, Stefan

    2007-01-01

    Building virtual agents that are able to perceive and appraise touch increase the lifelikeness and interaction possibilities in human computer interaction. In this paper we introduce work on how a sense of touch was realized for the virtual human Max and how he can emotionally react to it by appraising the different kinds of tactile sensation.

  1. Teacher Performance Appraisal: More about Performance or Development?

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    Elliott, Kerry

    2015-01-01

    Given that "teacher appraisal can be a key lever for increasing the focus on teaching quality" (OECD, 2013b, p.9) and that many reforms in the past have failed (Kleinhenz & Ingvarson, 2004), an understanding of the various aspects of successful performance appraisal is essential. The literature has begun to refer to a number of…

  2. The Writing of Performance Appraisals: A Survey of Personnel Directors.

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    Stine, Donna

    1982-01-01

    Reports the results of a survey of personnel directors from a variety of businesses on the factors of job performance appraisals and their common weaknesses. Offers recommendations for appraisal writing, including goals, content, audience analysis, style, and potential legal problems. (HTH)

  3. Improving Performance Appraisals: Confronting Subjective Factors That Influence Ratings.

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    Kruger, Michael J.

    1986-01-01

    Explores implications of subjective factors that influence rating processes upon which formal performance appraisal systems are based and presents a strategy for addressing this problem which utilizes the critical incident method to focus objectively on employee behavior. A performance feedback worksheet to be utilized with this appraisal method…

  4. 12 CFR 950.10 - Collateral valuation; appraisals.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 7 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Collateral valuation; appraisals. 950.10...-BALANCE SHEET ITEMS ADVANCES Advances to Members § 950.10 Collateral valuation; appraisals. (a) Collateral valuation. Each Bank shall determine the value of collateral securing the Bank's advances in accordance...

  5. 78 FR 78519 - Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans

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    2013-12-26

    ... TILA section 129C, and ``reverse mortgage loans that are qualified mortgages,'' as defined in TILA...'s principal dwelling; and (5) reverse mortgage loans. 2. Requirements That Apply to All Appraisals... 1026 Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans; Final Rule #0;#0;Federal Register / Vol. 78 , No....

  6. Appraisal Systems in L2 vs. L3 Learning Experiences

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    Gabrys-Barker, Danuta

    2011-01-01

    This article offers a comment on the ways multilingual language users perceive their L2 and L3 learning experiences at the level of appraisals, that is, variables that "assign value to current stimuli based on past experience". In the theoretical part of the article the concept of appraisals is introduced and briefly outlined from the different…

  7. A Critical Appraisal of Control Strategies for Soil-Transmitted Helminths.

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    Campbell, Suzy J; Nery, Susana V; McCarthy, James S; Gray, Darren J; Soares Magalhães, Ricardo J; Clements, Archie C A

    2016-02-01

    Interventions that lead to reductions in soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) include chemotherapy with anthelmintic drugs and improvements in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). In this opinion article we aim to determine the evidence for optimal approaches for STH control. First we explore the evidence for the above interventions. We then appraise two integration strategies: current chemotherapy-oriented integrated neglected tropical disease (NTD) control and expanded 'multicomponent integration', which includes integrated chemotherapy, WASH, and other intervention strategies. While multicomponent integrated control may be an effective approach to sustainably reduce STH transmission, there is a need for evidence to prove the feasibility of this approach. PMID:26795294

  8. Teacher Assessment: A Review of the Performance Appraisal Literature with Special Reference to the Implications for Teacher Appraisal.

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    Whyte, Judith Byrne

    1986-01-01

    An examination of teacher performance appraisal methods revealed some problems and abuses. Effective evaluation schemes were built upon observation usually mutually agreed, objective criteria for classroom observation, mutual goal seeting, self-appraisal, and support in the form of inservice training and available resources. (JD)

  9. Reducing exploration and appraisal risk in low permeability reservoirs using microseismic fracture mapping - part 2

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    Cipolla, C.; Mack, M; Maxwell, S. [Schlumberger (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    With the depletion of conventional oil reservoirs and the increasing energy demand, there is a need for exploitation of low permeability and unconventional hydrocarbon resources. However, exploration and appraisal of those reservoirs require pilot programs to determine their economic viability. The aim of this paper is to present the use of hydraulic fracture monitoring (HFM) to determine the effectiveness of stimulation programs and completion approaches in a more efficient manner. Several case histories of the application of microseismic hydraulic fracture mapping are presented herein, notably for shale gas and tight gas sand applications, and ways to identify fracture complexity and obtain real time results are presented. It was shown that microseismic measurements combined with geological and 3D seismic data can provide important insights into stress regime and natural fracturing. This paper highlighted the benefits of the application of HFM for exploration and appraisal, which could be of significant help in evaluating low permeability reservoirs outside North America.

  10. Inspection and appraisal of operational programs

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    The accident at Three Mile Island in March 1979 and the subsequent investigations identified, among other items, serious concerns involving several aspects of the radiation protection program. Significantly, some of the concerns involved areas which were not addressed by regulations or facility technical specifications. This led to the additional concern that similar problems might exist at other operating power reactor facilities. In response to these concerns, the NRC's Office of Inspection and Enforcement (IE) initiated, during calendar year 1980, a major effort to evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of radiation protection programs at all currently operating nuclear power facilities. This inspection effort was termed an appraisal since it was structured to facilitate an integrated look at the total radiation protection program, delved into matters for which explicit regulatory requirements did not exist and emphasized evaluation of capability and performance rather than compliance with regulations. The results of the 48 appraisals are discussed and the anticipated regulatory actions which may be taken to further address the concerns are identified

  11. The effectiveness of health appraisal processes currently in addressing health and wellbeing during spatial plan appraisal: a systematic review

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Spatial planning affects the built environment, which in turn has the potential to have a significant impact on health, for good or ill. One way of ensuring that spatial plans take due account of health is through the inclusion of health considerations in the statutory and non statutory appraisal processes linked to plan-making processes. Methods A systematic review to identify evaluation studies of appraisals or assessments of plans where health issues were considered from 1987 to 2010. Results A total of 6161 citations were identified: 6069 from electronic databases, 57 fromwebsite searches, with a further 35 citations from grey literature, of which 20 met the inclusion criteria. These 20 citations reported on a total of 135 different case studies: 11 UK HIA; 11 non UK high income countries HIA, 5 UK SEA or other integrated appraisal; 108 non UK high income SEA or other integrated appraisal. All studies were in English. No relevant studies were identified reporting on low or middle income countries. The studies were limited by potential bias (no independent evaluation, with those undertaking the appraisal also responsible for reporting outcomes, lack of detail and a lack of triangulation of results. Health impact assessments generally covered the four specified health domains (physical activity, mental health and wellbeing, environmental health issues such as pollution and noise, injury more comprehensively than SEA or other integrated appraisals, although mental health and wellbeing was an underdeveloped area. There was no evidence available on the incorporation of health in Sustainability Appraisal, limited evidence that the recommendations from any type of appraisal were implemented, and almost no evidence that the recommendations had led to the anticipated outcomes or improvements in health postulated. Conclusion Research is needed to assess (i the degree to which statutory plan appraisal processes (SA in the UK

  12. 41 CFR 102-75.320 - Does appraisal information need to be kept confidential?

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    ... information need to be kept confidential? 102-75.320 Section 102-75.320 Public Contracts and Property... information need to be kept confidential? Yes, appraisals, appraisal reports, appraisal analyses, and other... personnel who can substantiate the need to know this information. Appraisal information must not be...

  13. An Investigation into Appraisal Bias: The Role of Decision Support Tools in Debiasing Valuation Judgments

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    Tidwell, Owen Alan

    2011-01-01

    Given the nature of the valuation task environment appraisers are often made aware of previous value opinions rendered by appraisers, commonly in the form of an historic appraisal. And, because an appraisal task involves the rendering of market value, a hypothetical, unobservable construct based on probabilities, direct feedback against this…

  14. 24 CFR 248.111 - Appraisal and preservation value of eligible low income housing.

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    ... of actual project operating expenses at the time of the appraisal, based on the average of the actual... receive incentives under §§ 248.153, 248.157 or 248.161 only based upon an appraisal conducted in... regarding the performance of an appraisal pursuant to this section. (c) Appraisers. The Commissioner and...

  15. Looking For Value in All The Wrong Places. Toward Expanded Consideration of Green and High Performance Attributes in Non-residential Property Appraisals in the United States

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    Mills, Evan [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-10-21

    stakeholders outside the formal appraisal community who can contribute to the broader effort to advance professional practces. The discussion begins with a descripton of the appraisal process and the points at which green/HP consideratons can enter the analysis. A series of major barriers to better practces are identfied along with approaches to reducing them.

  16. Localization, innovation and entrepreneurship: an appraisal of the analytical impact of Marshall's notion of industrial atmosphere

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    Jacques-Laurent Ravix

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the paper is to appraise the impact of Marshall?s ideas on today?s analysis of localized industrial activities, with a special focus on his vision of the entrepreneur?s action on the emergence of local industrial atmosphere. The first section uses Marshall?s approach to industrial dynamics. This approach articulates knowledge and organization and the role of local actors in the structuring of industrial districts leading to the rise of some peculiar atmospheres. Section two exa...

  17. Shell appraising deepwater discovery off Philippines

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    Scherer, M. (Shell Philippines Exploration, Manila (Philippines)); Lambers, E.J.T.; Steffens, G.S. (Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd., London (United Kingdom))

    1993-05-10

    Shell International Petroleum Co. Ltd. negotiated a farmout in 1990 from Occidental International Exploration and Production Co. for Block SC-38 in the South China Sea off Palawan, Philippines, following Oxy's discovery of gas in 1989 in a Miocene Nido limestone buildup. Under the terms of the farmout agreement, Shell became operator with a 50% share. Following the disappointing well North Iloc 1, Shell was successful in finding oil and gas in Malampaya 1. Water 700-1,000 m deep, remoteness, and adverse weather conditions have imposed major challenges for offshore operations. The paper describes the tectonic setting; the Nido limestone play; the Malampaya discovery; and Shell's appraisal studies.

  18. Naturalizing language: human appraisal and (quasi) technology

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    Cowley, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    Using contemporary science, the paper builds on Wittgenstein’s views of human language. Rather than ascribing reality to inscription-like entities, it links embodiment with distributed cognition. The verbal or (quasi) technological aspect of language is traced to not action, but human specific...... interactivity. This species-specific form of sense-making sustains, among other things, using texts, making/construing phonetic gestures and thinking. Human action is thus grounded in appraisals or sense-saturated coordination. To illustrate interactivity at work, the paper focuses on a case study. Over 11 s, a...... the verbal aspect of language constrains action and thinking, we also develop customary ways of behaving. Humans extend embodiment by linking real-time activity to actions through which the collectivity imposes a variable degree of control over how individuals realise values....

  19. Critic appraisal. Postoperative sensitivity with indirect restorations.

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    Farias, David; Walter, Ricardo; Swift, Edward J

    2014-01-01

    Postoperative sensitivity is characterized by short and sharp pain, and often experienced after cementation of indirect restorations. Factors associated with the occurrence of post-cementation sensitivity include type of cement, removal of smear layer by acid-etching, aggressive tooth preparation, inadequate provisional restorations, and patient's age. Its prevention is based on either interfering with mechanoreceptor activity or occluding the dentinal tubules. Regarding the latter, application of dentin desensitizers may be effective for blocking the tubules and significantly reducing dentin permeability and consequently postoperative sensitivity. This Critical Appraisal will present available clinical data where traditional materials such as zinc phosphate and glass ionomer cements (GIC) as well as self-adhesive resin-based cements were used. PMID:24761824

  20. Evidence from epidemic appraisals in Nigeria

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    Idoteyin O. Ezirim

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Although HIV prevalence has increased in most-at-risk populations (MARPs across Nigeria, effective programming was difficult because Nigeria lacked information for prevention programmes to target interventions that maximise coverage and cost effectiveness. Epidemic appraisals (EA were conducted in eight states to provide evidence for the planning, implementation and co-ordination of prevention interventions. Component 1: Mapping determined the size, typology and locations of MARPs. Component 2: Venue profiling identified and profiled venues where general populations engaged in high-risk behaviours. Component 3: Rural appraisals provided insights into risk behaviours and sexual networking in villages. States used mapping results to prioritise areas with a MARP coverage of 70% – 80% and then scale up interventions for non-brothel-based female sex workers (FSWs instead of focusing on brothel-based FSWs. The eight states prioritisedf unding for the high-coverage areas to ensure a minimum coverage level of 70% – 80% of MARPs was reached. The refocused resources led to cost efficiencies. Applying venue profiling results, six states implemented interventions at bars and night clubs – previously not covered. States also maximised intervention coverage for high-risk general populations; this led to the use of resources for general population interventions in a focused way rather than across an entire state. States focused on condom programmes in rural areas. EA results provided the evidence for focusing interventions for high MARP coverage as well as forhigh-risk general populations. The states applied the results and rapidly refocused their interventions, increasing the likelihood of having an impact on HIV transmission in those states. Nigeria is now implementing EAs in the remaining 29 states to effect national-level impact.

  1. A psychometric appraisal of the DREEM

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    Hammond, Sean M

    2012-01-12

    Abstract Background The quality of the Educational environment is a key determinant of a student centred curriculum. Evaluation of the educational environment is an important component of programme appraisal. In order to conduct such evaluation use of a comprehensive, valid and reliable instrument is essential. One of most widely used contemporary tools for evaluation of the learning environment is the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM). Apart from the initial psychometric evaluation of the DREEM, few published studies report its psychometric properties in detail. The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric quality of the DREEM measure in the context of medical education in Ireland and to explore the construct validity of the device. Methods 239 final year medical students were asked to complete the DREEM inventory. Anonymised responses were entered into a database. Data analysis was performed using PASW 18 and confirmatory factor analysis performed. Results Whilst the total DREEM score had an acceptable level of internal consistency (alpha 0.89), subscale analysis shows that two subscales had sub-optimal internal consistency. Multiple group confirmatory factor analysis (using Fleming\\'s indices) shows an overall fit of 0.76, representing a weak but acceptable level of fit. 17 of the 50 items manifest fit indices less than 0.70. We sought the best fitting oblique solution to the 5-subscale structure, which showed large correlations, suggesting that the independence of the separate scales is open to question. Conclusions There has perhaps been an inadequate focus on establishing and maintaining the psychometric credentials of the DREEM. The present study highlights two concerns. Firstly, the internal consistency of the 5 scales is quite variable and, in our sample, appears rather low. Secondly, the construct validity is not well supported. We suggest that users of the DREEM will provide basic psychometric appraisal of the device in future

  2. THE APPRAISAL OF INVESTMENT PROJECTS - A TEACHING APPROACH

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    Glenn Jenkins

    1994-01-01

    The ultimate outcome of a public or a private investment is determined by the financial, economic, managerial and political parameters associated with the project. A financial or economic net present value (NPV) calculated on a few sets of input variables tells one very little about the potential of a project if its managerial capability is weak and its political support is fickle. While any analysis has its limitations, a project evaluation that closely links the financial and economic analy...

  3. The Influence of Interpersonal Style on the Appraisal of Intimate Partner Violence.

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    Yalch, Matthew M; Levendosky, Alytia A

    2016-09-01

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common type of violence that is associated with a number of psychological problems among women who experience it. Recent research suggests that interpersonal style may influence the degree to which women exhibit psychological problems following IPV exposure. One possible mechanism through which interpersonal style may exert its effects is by influencing appraisals of the violence they experience, although this has not yet been tested empirically. In this study, we examined the effects of dimensions of interpersonal style (dominance and warmth) on IPV appraisals in a sample of young adult women (N = 219) who reported experiencing physical and/or sexual violence from their romantic partner in the past year using a Bayesian approach to multiple linear regression. Our results indicated that both dominance and warmth were associated with less negative (i.e., less betrayed, self-blaming, fearful, alienated, angry, and shameful) appraisals of IPV, exhibiting small- to medium-sized effects when controlling for severity of violence. However, this effect was more prominent for dominance than for warmth. These findings shed light on the role of interpersonal style in the response to IPV and indicate directions for future research. PMID:25814504

  4. Recovery actions in PRA [probabilistic risk assessment] for the Risk Methods Integration and Evaluation Program (RMIEP): Volume 1, Development of the data-based method

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    In a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) for a nuclear power plant, the analyst identifies a set of potential core damage events consisting of equipment failures and human errors and their estimated probabilities of occurrence. If operator recovery from an event within some specified time is considered, then the probability of this recovery can be included in the PRA. This report provides PRA analysts with an improved methodology for including recovery actions in a PRA. A recovery action can be divided into two distinct phases: a Diagnosis Phase (realizing that there is a problem with a critical parameter and deciding upon the correct course of action) and an Action Phase (physically accomplishing the required action). In this methodology, simulator data are used to estimate recovery probabilities for the diagnosis phase. Different time-reliability curves showing the probability of failure of diagnosis as a function of time from the compelling cue for the event are presented. These curves are based on simulator exercises, and the actions are grouped based upon their operational similarities. This is an improvement over existing diagnosis models that rely greatly upon subjective judgment to obtain such estimates. The action phase is modeled using estimates from available sources. The methodology also includes a recommendation on where and when to apply the recovery action in the PRA process

  5. Recovery actions in PRA (probabilistic risk assessment) for the Risk Methods Integration and Evaluation Program (RMIEP): Volume 1, Development of the data-based method

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    Weston, L M; Whitehead, D W; Graves, N L

    1987-06-01

    In a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) for a nuclear power plant, the analyst identifies a set of potential core damage events consisting of equipment failures and human errors and their estimated probabilities of occurrence. If operator recovery from an event within some specified time is considered, then the probability of this recovery can be included in the PRA. This report provides PRA analysts with an improved methodology for including recovery actions in a PRA. A recovery action can be divided into two distinct phases: a Diagnosis Phase (realizing that there is a problem with a critical parameter and deciding upon the correct course of action) and an Action Phase (physically accomplishing the required action). In this methodology, simulator data are used to estimate recovery probabilities for the diagnosis phase. Different time-reliability curves showing the probability of failure of diagnosis as a function of time from the compelling cue for the event are presented. These curves are based on simulator exercises, and the actions are grouped based upon their operational similarities. This is an improvement over existing diagnosis models that rely greatly upon subjective judgment to obtain such estimates. The action phase is modeled using estimates from available sources. The methodology also includes a recommendation on where and when to apply the recovery action in the PRA process.

  6. Devonian conodonts from the Foča–Prača Paleozoic complex (Durmitor Nappe, southeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    Bogdan Jurkovšek

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Conodont study of the Crna Rijeka borehole CR-17, positioned in the frontal part of the Durmitor Nappe (Foča – Prača Paleozoic complex, SE Bosnia and Herzegovina is presented. The obtained fauna indicates an Early-Middle Devonian age and due to poor preservation an identification at a generic level is possible only. The recovered conodont elements have a high Color Alteration Index (CAI = 6,5–7 indicating a degree of metamorphism corresponding to a temperature interval from 440 °C to 720 °C.

  7. Redak oblik biološke reakcije na udisanje azbestne prašine (multipli azbestomi pluća)

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    Mešič, J.; Sever-Jurca, D.; Štangl, B.

    1981-01-01

    Opisan je primer neobične biološke reakcije na udisanje azbestne prašine u smislu velikih, multiplih, okruglih, homogenih i oštro ograničenih zasenčenja u radnika iz azbestocementne industrije starog 35 godina. Bolesnik nije imao znake reumatskog artritisa. Histološki nalaz lezija pokazao je hijalinizirano vezivno tkivo s brojnim sitnim zakrečenjima i minimalno veziva s Iimfocitarnim infiltratima. Autori raspravljaju o sličnosti odnosno razlikama ovog primera sa slikom Caplanovog sindroma....

  8. Ocena daljine cilja u toku praćenja video senzorima / Target range estimation based on video sensor tracking

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    Dragoslav Ugarak

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available U radu su opisani kinematski modeli estimacije daljine cilja, dobijene obradom video snimaka u toku praćenja. Analizirani su uticaji šuma procesa na veličinu grešaka estimacije daljine i predložen je metod adaptacije modela, podešavanjem nivoa šuma procesa. / This paper specifies cinematic models of target range estimation based on analyzing video frames during the tracking. The influences of process noise on range estimation accuracy are analyzed, and adaptive estimation method by noise level adjustment is nominated.

  9. Treatment of complementary events in event trees in constructing linked fault trees for level 1 and level 2 PRA

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    Complementary events in the event trees for a PRA model should be treated properly in order to evaluate plant risk correctly. In this study, the characteristics of the following three different cut-set generation methods were investigated first in order to find the best practical way for treating complementary events: 1) exact method which treats complementary events logically, 2) no-delete term method which does not treat complementary events at all, and 3) delete term method which treats complementary events by deleting nonsense cut-sets which are generated as a result of ignoring complementary events. Then, practical methods for treating complementary events in constructing linked fault trees for level 1 and level 2 PRA in EPRI R and R workstation software environment, where CAFTA is the fault tree editor and FORTE is the cut-set engine, were suggested and demonstrated. The suggested methods deal with the following selected four typical cases: Case 1: an event tree event (E) is represented by a fault tree gate whose inputs consist of only fault tree gates, Case 2: E is represented by a single basic event, Case 3: E is represented by an OR fault tree gate which has a single basic event and a fault tree gate as inputs, and Case 4: E is represented by an AND fault tree gate which has a single basic event and a fault tree gate as inputs. In the suggested methods, first the high level logic structures of event tree events are examined and restructured, if needed. Then, the delete term method, the exact method, and the combination of the two methods are applied to Case 1, Case 2, and Cases 3 and 4, respectively. Also, it is recommended to treat complementary events, using the suggested methods, before level 1 and level 2 PRA fault trees are coupled. It should be noted that the selected four typical cases may not cover all different cases encountered in level 1 and level 2 PRA modeling. However, a process similar to the one suggested in this study may be used to find

  10. Utrošak energije u konvencionalnoj obradi praškasto- glinastog tla u zapadnoj Sloveniji

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    Filipović, Dubravko; KOŠUTIĆ, Silvio; Zlatko GOSPODARIĆ

    2005-01-01

    Istraživanje u osnovnim operacijama konvencionalne obrade tla (oranje i tanjuranje) provedeno je na praškasto-glinastom tlu (ravničarski pseudoglej) u zapadnoj Slavoniji na području Nove Gradiške. Cilj istraživanja bio je utvrditi utjecaj brzine kretanja traktora na utrošak energije i iskorištenje snage traktor-skog motora (korisnost traktora) u oranju i tanjuranju. Istraživanje u oranju provedeno je pri dvije različite brzine kretanja i tri različite dubine oranja. Pove-ćanje brzine kretanja...

  11. Approaches to the term “appraisal” in the area of human resource management

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    Venclová, Kateřina

    2013-01-01

    Managers recognise that people are a company’s main resource, which raises the question of how best to appraise their employees. Experts in the area of human resource management define appraisal in different ways depending on their approach to this concept. This article is concerned with a comparative analysis of the construct of appraisal in the area of human resources, based on the approach of Czech and international authors in using this term as one of the internal resources of a company. ...

  12. Does heightening risk appraisals change people's intentions and behavior? A meta-analysis of experimental studies.

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    Sheeran, Paschal; Harris, Peter R; Epton, Tracy

    2014-03-01

    Several theories construe risk appraisals as key determinants of decisions and actions, and this idea has been supported in correlational studies. However, correlational data cannot answer the question, "Does heightening risk appraisals change people's intentions and behavior?" The present review meta-analyzed experimental evidence in order to address this issue. We identified 4 elements of risk appraisal-risk perception, anticipatory emotion, anticipated emotion, and perceived severity-and located experiments that (a) engendered a statistically significant increase in risk appraisal among treatment compared to control participants and (b) measured subsequent intention or behavior. Heightening risk appraisals had effects of d+ = .31 (k = 217) and d+ = .23 (k = 93) on intention and behavior, respectively. There was evidence that the elements of risk appraisal combined to influence outcomes. For instance, heightening risk perceptions had larger effects on outcomes when anticipatory emotions or perceived severity was also increased. Crucially, risk appraisal effects were augmented by coping appraisals: Risk appraisals had larger effects on outcomes when response efficacy and self-efficacy were enhanced or when response costs were reduced. The largest effect sizes were observed when risk appraisals, response efficacy, and self-efficacy were simultaneously heightened (d+ = .98 and .45, for intention and behavior, respectively). These findings indicate that heightening risk appraisals changes intentions and behavior. However, the direct effects of risk appraisals were generally small. Exploiting synergies among the elements of risk appraisal, and between risk appraisals and coping appraisals, should make for more effective behavior change interventions. PMID:23731175

  13. Managerial Competencies and the Managerial Performance Appraisal Process.

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    Abraham, Steven E.; Karns, Lanny A.; Shaw, Kenneth; Mena, Manuel A.

    2001-01-01

    Human resource managers (n=277) identified six management competencies as critical: leadership, customer focus, results orientation, problem solving, communication skills, and teamwork. However, many companies do not assess these competencies in the management performance appraisal process. (Contains 22 references.) (SK)

  14. The Exhibition Performance Appraisal Index System Based on Stakeholder Theory

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    YAN Shu-min; HAO Qi-hui

    2009-01-01

    Exhibition performance should be evaluated from different perspectives of stakeholders. The benefits of each stakeholder can not be satisfied when evaluating the exhibition performance from a single perspective or. only evaluating the economic performance of the exhibition. In this paper, the stakeholders are defined on the basis of questionnaire investigation and classified by mathematical statistical method. According to the requirements of the stakeholders, the exhibition performance appraisal indicators are extracted and, simplified by factor analysis, which leads to the formation of a set of performance appraisal index system. It is an instructive attempt to work out the exhibition performance appraisal model from the perspective of stakeholders, which may provide theoretical foundation and practice instruction for exhibition performance appraisal in our country.

  15. SISTEM APPRAISAL PADA TEKS IKLAN KOMERSIAL DI TABLOID NOVA

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    Yunita Nugraheni

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available This research is aimed to identify the appraisal properties in the text of commercial advertisement in Nova tabloid. There are 17 texts of commercial advertisement as the samples of data of research, which were obtained by purposive sampling method. Those texts have been analysed by appraisal system theory stated by White (1998. The appraisal system focuses on the assessment and evaluation of attitude (affect, judgment and appreciation, amplifying attitude and the source of attitude (graduation. The result showed that the positive appreciation dominates the assessment of attitude on the commercial advertisement texts. The manufacturers gave the positive attitude to the product and service being advertised in Nova tabloid because they want to persuade and suggest that the consumers buy and use their products.   Keywords    :    Appraisal, affect, judgment, appreciation, amplification, graduation.

  16. 1954 preliminary appraisal landuse map : Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This map is from the 1954 Preliminary appraisal report for the Great Salt Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, known today as Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, in...

  17. Critical appraisal of diagnostic studies in nuclear medicine

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    The conceptual ideas of evidence based critical appraisal of diagnostic studies are described in this survey. In this context special attention is given to biases in study design such as verification- as well as information-bias limiting the validity of diagnostic studies. The practice of critical appraisal is demonstrated in an application to an example of a nuclear medicine scenario. The impact of evidence based medicine on nuclear medicine as a diagnostic discipline is discussed in detail. (orig.)

  18. The IAEA Transport Safety Appraisal Service (TranSAS)

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    Representatives of all Member States of the IAEA meet once a year in September at the General Conference in Vienna, Austria, to consider and approve the Agency's programme and budget and to address matters brought before it by the Board of Governors, the Director General, or Member States. In September 1998 the General Conference adopted resolution GC(42)/RES/13 on the Safety of Transport of Radioactive Materials. In adopting that resolution the General Conference recognized that compliance with regulations that take account of the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (the IAEA Transport Regulations) is providing a high level of safety during the transport of radioactive material. Good compliance requires that the regulations are implemented effectively. The General Conference therefore requested the IAEA Secretariat to provide a service for carrying out, at the request of any State, an appraisal of the implementation of the Transport Regulations by that State. In response to this request the Director General of the IAEA offered such an appraisal service to all States in letter J1.01.Circ, dated 10 December 1998. The first Transport Safety Appraisal Service (TranSAS) was undertaken and completed at the request of Slovenia in 1999. A report on the results of that appraisal was published and released for general distribution in the early fall of 1999. In each of the General Conferences since 1998, resolutions focused on transport safety have commended the Secretariat for establishing the TranSAS, commended those States that have requested the appraisal service and encouraged other States to avail themselves of this service see GC(43)/RES/11, GC(44)/RES/17, GC(45)/RES/10, GC(46)/RES/9 and GC(47)/RES/7. Six appraisals have been carried out to date as follows: Slovenia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Turkey, Panama and France. This presentation provides an overview of the Transport Safety Appraisal Service and summarizes the major findings from the

  19. Sustainability appraisal: Jack of all trades, master of none?

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    Bond, AJ; Morrison-Saunders, A

    2009-01-01

    Sustainable development is a commonly quoted goal for decision making and supports a large number of other discourses. Sustainability appraisal has a stated goal of supporting decision making for sustainable development. We suggest that the inherent flexibility of sustainability appraisal facilitates outcomes that often do not adhere to the three goals enshrined in most definitions of sustainable development: economic growth, environmental protection and enhancement, and the wellbeing of the ...

  20. EFFECTIVENESS OF COMMUNICATION STYLE IN PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SYSTEMS

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    RASIP, Azman ISMAIL Rozanariah MOHD SANI Osma

    2013-01-01

    According to performance appraisal literature, communication style is often viewed as an essential decision tool that may be used by managers to evaluate and develop employee performance. The ability of appraisers (e.g., immediate boss, manager or supervisor) to properly implement feedback and treatment in allocating performance ratings may have a significant impact on appraises’ feelings of procedural justice. The nature of this relationship is interesting, but the role of communication styl...

  1. Legal Cynicism and Parental Appraisals of Adolescent Violence

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    Soller, Brian; Jackson, Aubrey L.; Browning, Christopher R.

    2014-01-01

    Research suggests that legal cynicism—a cultural frame in which the law is viewed as illegitimate and ineffective—encourages violence to maintain personal safety when legal recourse is unreliable. But no study has tested the impact of legal cynicism on appraisals of violence. Drawing from symbolic interaction theory and cultural sociology, we tested whether neighbourhood legal cynicism alters the extent to which parents appraise their children’s violence as indicative of aggressive or impulsi...

  2. Investment Appraisal Process in the Banking & Finance Industry

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    Akalu, M.M.; Turner, Rodney

    2002-01-01

    textabstractWe have studied how the banking and finance industry performs investment appraisal, measures subsequent follow-up and designates project success or failure. Furthermore, the authors looked into the extent of use of the new generation value management models. The result shows that firms are not using the same measurement scale in all stages of a project. Moreover, there is a tendency to shift from traditional appraisal methods to the new generation value management models.

  3. Primary and Secondary Appraisals in Measuring Resilience to Stress

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    Boris B. Velichkovsky

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Measuring resilience to stress (or stress resistance validly and reliably is an important theoretical and practical problem. Process-oriented stress theories assume that primary and secondary appraisals play an important role in determining the level of resilience. In the present study, a model of resilience based on the analysis of the interplay between primary and secondary appraisal processes is developed. Resilience is high if benign primary appraisals of taxing situations are accompanied by secondary appraisals of coping resources as being sufficient for controlling stressors. In an implementation of the model, the quality of primary appraisals is assessed through the assessment of anxiety, anger and depression, which characterize the most typical cognitive-emotional reactions to demanding situations. The assessment of secondary appraisals is restricted to the analysis of psychophysiological (functional resources, which are involved in all forms of coping activities. The implementation of the model gives rise to a measure of resilience, which is shown to successfully predict the outcome of the stress process in a sample of Russian police officers.

  4. An appraisal of techniques and equipment for cutting force measurement

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    2006-01-01

    Current research focussed on the assessment of metal machining process parameters and on the development of adaptive control, shows that machine performance, work-piece and tool material selections, tool life, quality of machined surfaces,the geometry of cutting tool edges, and cutting conditions are closely related to the cutting forces. This information is of great interest to cutting tool manufactures and users alike. Over the years there have been significant developments and improvements in the equipment used to monitor such forces. In 1930 mechanical gauges were replaced by resistance strain gauges, and some 30 years later compact air gauge dynamometers were invented. Since this time intensive research has continued being directed towards developing new approaches to cutting force measurement. The Kistler Company, well-known manufacturer of acceleration and piezoelectrical dynamometers, has worked in this field for more than three decades, and developed very sensitive devices.While leading manufacturing research laboratories are often equipped with this technology, classical electrical strain gauges and other dynamometers of individual designs are still commonly used in industry. The present paper presents data obtained using different techniques of force measurement in metal machining processes. In particular, areas of uncertainties, illustrated through results concerning the turning process, are analysed, leading to an appraisal of the current status of these measurements and their significance.

  5. Parameterized expectations approach; Some practical issues

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    Marcet, Albert; Lorenzoni, Guido

    1998-01-01

    We discuss some practical issues related to the use of the Parameterized Expectations Approach (PEA) for solving non-linear stochastic dynamic models with rational expectations. This approach has been applied in models of macroeconomics, financial economics, economic growth, contract theory, etc. It turns out to be a convenient algorithm, especially when there is a large number of state variables and stochastic shocks in the conditional expectations. We discuss some pra...

  6. Appraisal techniques for Indonesia's uranium resources

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    Continuous monitoring and assessment of the status of supply-demand in the world market of uranium is an important or even mandatory step for Indonesia, provided the country's serious intention to enter nuclear energy era in the 2000's. This becoming more crucial when considering that there is no new installed capacity of uranium supply being planned in the world. Special attention on the technical and economic aspect of uranium deposit's appraisal could improve both the quality and quantity of the deposit. In this paper the status of our uranium resource were observed technically and economically to improve the quality of the mineral inventory and cost element with different grade and capacity. The result showed that Kalan deposit especially is feasible to be recovered and economic aspects can be optimized by developed technology. The undiscovered uranium resource in geological favorable were quantified by the volumetric and binomial distribution methods. These methods could also be served as exploration tool to select the priority of target area. (author), 5 refs; 5 tabs; 5 figs

  7. Technical Safety Appraisal of the Pinellas Plant

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    This report presents the Technical Safety Appraisal (TSA) of the Pinellas Plant in Pinellas County, Florida. The plant is owned and controlled by the US Department of Energy and operated by General Electric Neutron Devices (GEND). The TSA was performed during the period January 15--31, 1989, in support of a Tiger Team Assessment which occurred during the period January 15 to February 2, 1989. The TSA provided the Safety and Health Subteam input to the Tiger Team Assessment. The completion of the assessment process includes: (1) submission of the Team's preliminary findings and concerns, in a Draft Report, to the Manager, Albuquerque Operations Office and to the site contractors at the conclusion of the onsite assessment; (2) review of the Draft Report for technical and factual accuracy; incorporation of the appropriate review comments, suggested changes, and modifications, as well as input from all interested Program Secretarial Offices; preparation of a draft Action Plan by the Albuquerque Operations Office to address the Concerns, and submittal of that Action Plan through the Program Office to ES ampersand H for their review and comment. The Secretary approved the final Action Plan on December 16, 1990, and directed its implementation. The comments and suggestions of the Program Secretarial Offices, the Operations Office, and the site contractor have been incorporated, as appropriate, in this report prior to its publication

  8. An annual performance appraisal for CERN

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    2012-01-01

    The March Council session is the occasion for CERN’s annual performance appraisal, but instead of the MARS form familiar to CERN staff, the lab’s working document is an Annual Progress Report, linked to the Medium-Term Plan, matching achievements to objectives. This year, I think it’s fair to say, we were firmly able to tick the ‘achieved’ box.   Top of the list of objectives was the LHC, which exceeded expectations in 2011 by delivering over five times the anticipated luminosity for protons while improving the lead-ion integrated luminosity by an order of magnitude compared to 2010.  As a result, the experiments published over 190 papers and made a staggering 1900 conference presentations. Underpinning this was the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid, which routinely performs so well that we hardly notice it's there. Non-LHC physics also had its day in the sun in 2011, with experiments at the PS, SPS, AD, n_TOF and ISOLDE, as well ...

  9. Fanconi anemia (FA) and crosslinker sensitivity: Re-appraising the origins of FA definition.

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    Pagano, Giovanni; d'Ischia, Marco; Pallardó, Federico V

    2015-07-01

    The commonly accepted definition of Fanconi anemia (FA) relying on DNA repair deficiency is submitted to a critical review starting from the early reports pointing to mitomycin C bioactivation and to the toxicity mechanisms of diepoxybutane and a group of nitrogen mustards causing DNA crosslinks in FA cells. A critical analysis of the literature prompts revisiting the FA phenotype and crosslinker sensitivity in terms of an oxidative stress (OS) background, redox-related anomalies of FA (FANC) proteins, and mitochondrial dysfunction. This re-appraisal of FA basic defect might lead to innovative approaches both in elucidating FA phenotypes and in clinical management. PMID:25732180

  10. Rejection of pulse related artefact (PRA) from continuous electroencephalographic (EEG) time series recorded during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) using constraint independent component analysis (cICA).

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    Leclercq, Yves; Balteau, Evelyne; Dang-Vu, Thanh; Schabus, Manuel; Luxen, André; Maquet, Pierre; Phillips, Christophe

    2009-02-01

    Rejection of the pulse related artefact (PRA) from electroencephalographic (EEG) time series recorded simultaneously with fMRI data is difficult, particularly during NREM sleep because of the similarities between sleep slow waves and PRA, in both temporal and frequency domains and the need to work with non-averaged data. Here we introduce an algorithm based on constrained independent component analysis (cICA) for PRA removal. This method has several advantages: (1) automatic detection of the components corresponding to the PRA; (2) stability of the solution and (3) computational treatability. Using multichannel EEG recordings obtained in a 3 T MR scanner, with and without concomitant fMRI acquisition, we provide evidence for the sensitivity and specificity of the method in rejecting PRA in various sleep and waking conditions. PMID:19015033

  11. O espaço público na dinâmica da paisagem da Praça Morena Bela da cidade de Serrinha-BA THE PUBLIC SPACE IN THE DYNAMICS OF THE LANDSCAPE OF THE BEAUTIFUL BRUNET SQUARE OF SERRINHA-BA CITY

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    Fernando de Souza Nunes

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Apesar das transformações estruturais, temporais e funcionais do espaço público, a praça representa um espaço privilegiado do cidadão protagonizando não somente um ato de aglomeração e sim, de varias manifestações onde as pessoas, usam, apropriam e relacionam-se. Por isso, o objeto de estudo da presente pesquisa é a Praça Morena Bela da cidade de Serrinha, Bahia, Brasil, cuja categoria conceitual paisagem é utilizada para operacionalizar uma leitura geográfica da mesma, na perspectiva do espaço público. O estudo de caso da Praça Morena Bela é abordado a partir do recorte analítico de 1950 até os dias atuais. No entanto a pesquisa teve como problema: até que ponto a Praça Morena Bela se configura como um espaço público na cidade de Serrinha? E como objetivo geral analisar o uso e a apropriação da Praça Morena Bela pelos seus diversos agentes sociais e se a mesma se configura como espaço público. Utilizou-se como metodologia o indutivo por se tratar de um estudo de caso da Praça Morena Bela. Este trabalho é um estudo qualitativo e quantitativo resgatando o método classificatório, histórico e o cartográfico/estatístico. Dentre outros resultados, pontua-se: a Praça Morena Bela é pública, porém, passa por mudanças profundas na sua paisagem devido a dinâmica socioeconômica da sociedade. Ela encontra-se em processo avançado de privatização devido ao seu uso por partes dos agentes sociais.In spite of the structural transformations, storms and functional of the public space, the square represents a privileged space of the citizen playing not only a gathering action and yes, of you vary manifestations where the people, use, they adapt and they link. Therefore, the object of study of the present research is the Morena Bela of the city of Serrinha, Bahia, Brazil, whose category conceptual landscape is used to accomplish a geographical reading of the same, in the perspective of the public space. The study of

  12. On-Line Maintenance Scheduling and Risk Management - The EOOS Monitor Approach

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    It is known that Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) can provide safety status information for a plant during different configurations; but additional effort is needed to do this in real time for on-line operation. This paper describes an approach to use PRA achieve these goals. Equipment Out Of Service (EOOS) tool was developed to monitor nuclear power plant safety from the probabilistic point of view. EOOS is using model developed from a full-scope PRA, and incorporates a user friendly program interface approach. Results from EOOS can be used by planners or operations to effectively manage the level of risk by controlling the actual plant configuration. (author)

  13. Technical Safety Appraisal of the Rocky Flats Plant

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    Brown, Blake P.

    1989-01-01

    This report provides the results of a Technical Safety Appraisal (TSA) of the Rocky Flats Plant (RFP) conducted November 14 to 18 and November 28 to December 9, 1988. This appraisal covered the effectiveness and improvements in the RFP safety program across the site, evaluating progress to date against standards of accepted practice. The appraisal included coverage of the timeliness and effectiveness of actions taken in response to the recommendations/concerns in three previous Technical Safety Appraisals (TSAs) of RFP Bldg. 707 conducted in July 1986, Bldgs. 771/774 conducted in October/November 1986, and Bldgs. 776/777 conducted in January/February 1988. Results of this appraisal are given in Section IV for each of 14 technical safety areas at RFP. These results include a discussion, conclusions and any new safety concerns for each technical safety area. Appendix A contains a description of the system for categorizing concerns, and the concerns are tabulated in Appendix B. Appendix C reports on the evaluation of the contractor's actions and the current status of each of the 230 recommendations and concerns contained in the three previous TSA reports.

  14. Viktuální komise pražských měst v letech 1710-1730. Několik poznámek

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    Franc, Martin

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 21, - (2002), s. 113-120. ISSN 0231-7443. [Osm set let pražské samosprávy. Praha, 16.05.2000-17.05.2000] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z8077915 Keywords : prices 18th century Subject RIV: AB - History

  15. Testiranje primjenjivosti digitalnih senzornih kamera za praćenje divljači i ostalih životinjskih vrsta

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    Tomljanović, Kristijan; Grubešić, Marijan; Krapinec, Krešimir

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    Zakonska je obveza lovoovlaštenika, bez obzira radi li se o drža vnim ili zajedničkim lovištima, provoditi redovita prebrojavanja svih vrsta div ljači koje se stalno ili povremeno zadržavaju u lovištu (NN 140/05, NN 40/06). U praksi se to provodi češćim redovitim osmatranjem, posebice krupne divljači, te utvrđivanjem brojevnog stanja na temelju cjelogodišnjeg praćenja. Uporabom automatskih senzornih kamera, taj posao donekle je i olakšan. Tijekom višego­dišnjeg korištenja i ispitivanja mogućn...

  16. The dynamics of threat and challenge appraisals prior to stressful achievement events.

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    Skinner, Natalie; Brewer, Neil

    2002-09-01

    Research on cognitive appraisal of stressful achievement events has emphasized threat appraisals and anxiety. The present research also focused on challenge and positive emotion. Study 1 used hypothetical scenarios of stressful events. Study 2 explored temporal pattems of appraisal and emotion prior to an exam. Compared with threat appraisals, trait and state challenge appraisals were associated with more confident coping expectancies, lower perceptions of threat, higher positive emotion, and more beneficial perceptions of the effects of appraisal and emotion on performance. Beneficial perceptions of state appraisals were associated with higher exam performance. These findings were interpreted in the context of theoretical perspectives on the cognitive appraisal of stressful events and the adaptive functions of challenge and positive emotion. PMID:12219862

  17. Legal Cynicism and Parental Appraisals of Adolescent Violence.

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    Soller, Brian; Jackson, Aubrey L; Browning, Christopher R

    2014-07-01

    Research suggests that legal cynicism-a cultural frame in which the law is viewed as illegitimate and ineffective-encourages violence to maintain personal safety when legal recourse is unreliable. But no study has tested the impact of legal cynicism on appraisals of violence. Drawing from symbolic interaction theory and cultural sociology, we tested whether neighbourhood legal cynicism alters the extent to which parents appraise their children's violence as indicative of aggressive or impulsive temperaments using data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. We find that legal cynicism attenuates the positive association between adolescent violence and parental assessments of aggression and impulsivity. Our study advances the understanding of micro-level processes through which prevailing cultural frames in the neighbourhood shape violence appraisals. PMID:24932013

  18. An Empirical Study of the Relationship between Performance Appraisal Politics and Job Satisfaction

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    Azman Ismail; Noor Azmi Mohd Zainol; Awangku Mohamad Najib

    2011-01-01

    Performance appraisal politics are viewed as a vital human resource management issue where it consists of two salient features: motivational motive and punishment motive. The ability of appraisers (e.g., immediate bosses/managers) to properly implement such appraisal politics in allocating performance ratings may have significant impact on job satisfaction. Although the nature of this relationship is important, little is known about the role of performance appraisal politics as a predicting v...

  19. The effects of performance appraisal in the Norwegian municipal health services: a case study

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    Marnburg Einar; Vasset Frøydis; Furunes Trude

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Introduction Previous research in performance appraisal (PA) indicates that variation exists in learning and job motivation from performance appraisal between occupational groups. This research evaluates the potential effect of job motivation, learning and self-assessment through performance appraisals for health personnel. Case description This article focuses on goal-setting, feedback, participation and training in performance appraisals in municipal health services in Norway; and ...

  20. Colleague and patient appraisal of consultant psychiatrists and the effects of patient detention on appraisal scores

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    Heneghan, Miranda; Chaplin, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Aims and method This paper aims to review colleague and patient feedback from the 10-year period of the operation of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' 360-degree appraisal system, specifically: (1) examine the overall distribution of ratings; (2) examine the effect of working primarily with detained patients on patient feedback, represented by forensic psychiatrists; and (3) look for a relationship between colleague and patient ratings. Results Data were analysed for 977 participating psychiatrists. Both colleagues and patients rated psychiatrists overall with high scores. Less than 1% were identified as low scorers, although there was no relationship between those identified by colleagues or patients. Colleague and patient feedback scores varied little between subspecialties including forensic consultants. Clinical implications Psychiatrists in all subspecialties obtained high scores from colleagues and staff. Working with detained patients appeared to have little effect on patient ratings.

  1. Individual Differences in Children's Risk Perception and Appraisals in Outdoor Play Environments

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    Little, Helen; Wyver, Shirley

    2010-01-01

    Child characteristics including age, gender, risk-taking behaviour and sensation seeking are thought to influence children's ability to appraise risks. The present study investigated children's risk perceptions and appraisals in the context of common outdoor physical play activities. Risk perceptions and appraisal of four- and five-year olds were…

  2. DMPD: Toll like receptors and autoimmunity: a critical appraisal. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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    Full Text Available 17959357 Toll like receptors and autoimmunity: a critical appraisal. Papadimitraki ...ml) Show Toll like receptors and autoimmunity: a critical appraisal. PubmedID 17959357 Title Toll like recep...tors and autoimmunity: a critical appraisal. Authors Papadimitraki ED, Bertsias G

  3. 9 CFR 55.3 - Appraisal and destruction of captive cervids.

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    ... of captive cervids. (a) CWD positive herds, or individual CWD suspect animals or exposed animals removed by APHIS from a herd for testing, will be appraised by an APHIS official appraiser and a State... 9 Animals and Animal Products 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraisal and destruction of...

  4. Performance Appraisal: Promise and Peril. Key Issues Series--No. 25.

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    Gruenfeld, Elaine F.

    To reveal evolving strategies for and existing problems in performance appraisal, this report summarizes recently published research findings and expert opinions. The first section examines the purposes of performance appraisal in organizations, discusses the relationship of appraisal to the job description, and presents an overview of the basic…

  5. The Perception of the Employees toward the Outcomes and Detriments of Performance Appraisal System

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Although performance appraisal is one of the most important functions of human resources management, it can not be said that the organizations have obtained the full benefit from performance appraisal system as they expected. Lack of enough investigation about employees’ perception toward the effectiveness of the performance appraisal system can be mentioned as one of the reasons. The perception of employees toward the effectiveness of performance appraisal system helps human resources employees and researchers to obtain the benefit expected from performance appraisal system. Therefore, the employees’ perception of the outcomes and detriments of an effective performance appraisal system were investigated in this research. According to the findings of the study, the perceptions of employees toward the performance appraisal system have an effect on their thoughts of their own appraisals. Besides, it was determined that women perceive the performance appraisal system as more effective than men and the employees who work as a manager have a more sensitive perception toward the detriments of performance appraisal systems than who do not. It is thought that, the findings of this research may be beneficial to both the researchers who study performance appraisal and human resources employees to evaluate the effectiveness of performance appraisal systems.

  6. The Development of a Comparative Appraisal of Perceived Resources and Demands for Principals

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    Maerz, Drew Rory

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop the Comparative Appraisal of perceived Resources and Demands for Principals (CARD-P), which is used for appraising perceived stress in the elementary school principalship. An appraisal-based definition of stress was derived from literature and used as the theoretical framework for creating the instrument.…

  7. Learning to Appraise the Quality of Qualitative Research Articles: A Contextualized Learning Object for Constructing Knowledge

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    Chenail, Ronald J.

    2011-01-01

    Helping beginning qualitative researchers critically appraise qualitative research articles is a common learning objective for introductory methodology courses. To aid students in achieving competency in appraising the quality of qualitative research articles, a multi-part activity incorporating the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme's (CASP)…

  8. Procedures for the systematic appraisal of operational radiation protection programmes

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    The purpose of this document is to give guidance to management and regulators of organisations using ionizing radiations on a technique for systematically appraising their operational radiation protection programme in order that its adequacy and effectiveness can be objectively determined. The appraisal technique is based on analytical trees and can be used to examine either a whole programme, to determine its completion and adequacy or to examine one component of a programme in considerable detail. This document will not develop technical recommendations on particular radiation protection programmes. These will be found in the appropriate Safety Series document on operational radiation protection. 8 refs, figs

  9. Primary care practice-based care management for chronically ill patients (PraCMan: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN56104508

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    Baldauf Annika

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Care management programmes are an effective approach to care for high risk patients with complex care needs resulting from multiple co-occurring medical and non-medical conditions. These patients are likely to be hospitalized for a potentially "avoidable" cause. Nurse-led care management programmes for high risk elderly patients showed promising results. Care management programmes based on health care assistants (HCAs targeting adult patients with a high risk of hospitalisation may be an innovative approach to deliver cost-efficient intensified care to patients most in need. Methods/Design PraCMan is a cluster randomized controlled trial with primary care practices as unit of randomisation. The study evaluates a complex primary care practice-based care management of patients at high risk for future hospitalizations. Eligible patients either suffer from type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic heart failure or any combination. Patients with a high likelihood of hospitalization within the following 12 months (based on insurance data will be included in the trial. During 12 months of intervention patients of the care management group receive comprehensive assessment of medical and non-medical needs and resources as well as regular structured monitoring of symptoms. Assessment and monitoring will be performed by trained HCAs from the participating practices. Additionally, patients will receive written information, symptom diaries, action plans and a medication plan to improve self-management capabilities. This intervention is addition to usual care. Patients from the control group receive usual care. Primary outcome is the number of all-cause hospitalizations at 12 months follow-up, assessed by insurance claims data. Secondary outcomes are health-related quality of life (SF12, EQ5D, quality of chronic illness care (PACIC, health care utilisation and costs, medication adherence (MARS, depression

  10. Appraisal of chlorine contact tank modelling practices.

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    Rauen, William B; Angeloudis, Athanasios; Falconer, Roger A

    2012-11-15

    With new water directives imposing strict regulations to reduce the footprint of treatment operations and contaminant levels, a performance review of water treatment facilities, including Chlorine Contact Tanks (CCTs) is required. This paper includes a critical appraisal of the international literature on CCT modelling practices to date, aiming to assist the identification of areas requiring further development, in particular, relating to the computational modelling capability and availability of tools to assist hydraulic design and optimisation studies of CCTs. It notes that the hydraulic optimisation practice of poorly designed tanks commenced with experimental studies undertaken in the 1960s and 1970s, which involved mainly two types of studies, namely in situ tracer tests and laboratory physical modelling. The former has traditionally been conducted to diagnose the hydraulic performance of existing CCTs, typically based on results such as Residence Time Distribution (RTD) curves and values of the Hydraulic Efficiency Indicators (HEIs). The latter has been useful in trial and error testing of the impact of certain design modifications on those results, with suggestions for later improvements of the field scale unit. In the 1980s mathematical and numerical modelling studies started to be used to assist CCT investigations, offering a greater level of detail in a more cost-effective manner than equivalent experimentally based investigations. With the growth of computing power and the popularisation of computational models, the 1990s saw the development and application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools to simulate the hydraulic performance of CCTs, sometimes independently of experimentation, other than by using available data to calibrate and validate modelling predictions. This has led to the current scenario of CFD models being invaluable assistive tools in optimisation studies of CCTs, with the experimentation practice continuing to allow for specific

  11. Performance appraisal for green/environmental friendliness of a supply chain department

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    Solomon Olasunkanmi Odeyale

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper aims at proposing a method for evaluating the environmental friendliness of a supply chain department in any organization. Supply chain involves activities that could affect the natural environment and if these activities are not properly evaluated and monitored, it could affect the natural environment and also generate ecological performance change. Design/methodology/approach: The model for the appraisal consists of 5 criteria and 30 subcriteria. The method is applied at 3 level; beginning with finding the relative weight of the subcriteria under each criterion using Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP, followed by computing the value associated with each level descriptor in a scale. Some subcriteria have 5 level descriptors (very strong/moderate /weak/very weak / no, some subcriteria have 3 level descriptors (always / sometimes/ never and some have 2 levels descriptor (yes/no. Finally the method is concluded by the means of an additive model, whereby the weight associated with each subcriteria is multiplied by the corresponding level descriptor and summed up to get the limit/state. This methodology is called the weighing multiplication and additive model (WMAAM. Finding: Supply chain (SC involves operational activities and for these activities to be environmental friendly, they have been categorized under criteria namely; green design, green procurement, green manufacturing, environmental management and green marketing. These criteria which consist of 30 subcriteria are evaluated in other to compute the overall environmental friendly appraisal of the SC department. Practical Implication: The study plays important role in understanding various areas to be monitored and considered during supply chain activities in order to achieve a green supply chain management or an environmental friendly supply chain. Originality/value: The main contribution of this work is to propose an effective methodology that guides SC practitioners on

  12. A New Appraisal- Lessons from the History of Efforts to Value Green and High-Performance Home Attributes in the United States

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    Mills, Evan [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-10-21

    element of any new plan should be to reset the nature of interactions with the industry, with the goal a more collaborative, two-way discussion to help improve outsiders’ understanding of the valuation process. It is not only the appraiser that needs to be engaged and could benefit from awareness raising. Homeowners, builders, lenders, utilities, insurance companies should also provide input on how green/HP factors impact property valuations and ways to accurately reflect these considerations in appraisals and real estate transactions more broadly. Given extensive inertia within the appraisal industry and a mixed history of interactions with the non-appraisal stakeholders, it is unlikely that the status quo will achieve much unless followed with more coordinated and persistent efforts. Workshops, studies, and memoranda of understanding will not on their own have much impact, and do not address deeper structural issues. Expectations are often unrealistic and not attentive to real-world constraints faced by appraisers. The report identifies key barriers impeding more thorough consideration of green/HP factors in residential real estate appraisals, and solutions for mitigating them. Barriers • Although industry standards of practice caution against bias of any sort, a skeptical predisposition towards “green” is reinforced by information deficiencies. • Information deficiencies result from the lack or difficulty of obtaining usable data on green/HP features in subject properties as well as valid sales comparisons or cashflow analyses. • Competency deficiencies, such as lack of conversancy in relevant technical topics, leads to oversights, and disjointed treatment of relevant information. • Time/cost pressure and process commoditization (e.g., template-based approaches) result from highly constrained budgets, quick turn-around times expected of appraisers, and standardized practices that were not developed with green/HP considerations in mind. • Professional

  13. Reflecting on mainstreaming through environmental appraisal in times of financial crisis — From ‘greening’ to ‘pricing’?

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    The issue of mainstreaming has witnessed a revival over the last few years, not least because the latest financial crisis has triggered a renewed enthusiasm and a remarkable comeback amongst policy-making and environmental appraisal (EA) communities. Traditionally, environmental mainstreaming is linked to ideas of (environmental) integration and to the ‘greening’ of public policies. Yet, more recent mainstreaming efforts are building on the idea that the achievement of economic growth and of social well-being is not only dependent upon the protection of the environment, but on the fact that the environment should be valued as a source of goods and a provider of services, as well. In this context and despite the many shortcomings that EA has experienced as a mainstreaming tool over the last two decades, calls for EA to engage with ecosystem services and incorporate pricing valuations in its approach to mainstreaming are emerging, raising questions about the role and purpose of EA as an environmental mainstreaming tool. This paper aims to reflect on the role of EA as a mainstreaming tool, in terms of the extent to which it is mainstreaming the environment into policies for sustainable development and changing ‘the mainstream’ by breaking down the false dichotomy of environment and (economic) development. If mainstreaming through EA was to incorporate both greening and pricing logics, could EA be more effective in reframing the environment and development as correlated variables rather than competing variables? -- Highlights: ► Mainstreaming is witnessing a revival over the last few years and a comeback amongst environmental appraisal communities. ► Mainstreaming efforts through environmental appraisal have failed to challenge the deeply rooted belief in economic growth. ► Recent mainstreaming efforts are incorporated in “green deals” following ecological modernisation discourses. ► Environmental appraisal is urged to embrace ecosystem service

  14. Reflecting on mainstreaming through environmental appraisal in times of financial crisis — From ‘greening’ to ‘pricing’?

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    Gazzola, Paola, E-mail: Paola.Gazzola@ncl.ac.uk

    2013-07-15

    The issue of mainstreaming has witnessed a revival over the last few years, not least because the latest financial crisis has triggered a renewed enthusiasm and a remarkable comeback amongst policy-making and environmental appraisal (EA) communities. Traditionally, environmental mainstreaming is linked to ideas of (environmental) integration and to the ‘greening’ of public policies. Yet, more recent mainstreaming efforts are building on the idea that the achievement of economic growth and of social well-being is not only dependent upon the protection of the environment, but on the fact that the environment should be valued as a source of goods and a provider of services, as well. In this context and despite the many shortcomings that EA has experienced as a mainstreaming tool over the last two decades, calls for EA to engage with ecosystem services and incorporate pricing valuations in its approach to mainstreaming are emerging, raising questions about the role and purpose of EA as an environmental mainstreaming tool. This paper aims to reflect on the role of EA as a mainstreaming tool, in terms of the extent to which it is mainstreaming the environment into policies for sustainable development and changing ‘the mainstream’ by breaking down the false dichotomy of environment and (economic) development. If mainstreaming through EA was to incorporate both greening and pricing logics, could EA be more effective in reframing the environment and development as correlated variables rather than competing variables? -- Highlights: ► Mainstreaming is witnessing a revival over the last few years and a comeback amongst environmental appraisal communities. ► Mainstreaming efforts through environmental appraisal have failed to challenge the deeply rooted belief in economic growth. ► Recent mainstreaming efforts are incorporated in “green deals” following ecological modernisation discourses. ► Environmental appraisal is urged to embrace ecosystem service

  15. Accounting for Untoward Managerial Actions: The Mediating Influence of Appraisal.

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    Tata, Jasmine

    1996-01-01

    Tests empirically a model of the relationships between social accounts, appraisal of actions (perceptions of fairness and attributions of responsibility) and two reactions to untoward actions (anger and approval). Suggests that the influence of social accounts on employees' anger and disapproval is mediated by perceived fairness and…

  16. Teacher Quality, Appraisal and Development: The Flaws in the IQMS

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    De Clerq, Francine

    2008-01-01

    This article addresses the issue of how to monitor and develop the quality of teaching in schools by identifying the international lessons of teacher appraisal, monitoring and support systems and by interrogating the recently introduced South African Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS). The aim is to show why teacher monitoring and…

  17. Establishing Content Validity for a Literacy Coach Performance Appraisal Instrument

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    Lane, Mae; Robbins, Mary; Price, Debra

    2013-01-01

    This study's purpose was to determine whether or not the Literacy Coach Appraisal Instrument developed for use in evaluating literacy coaches had content validity. The study, a fully mixed concurrent equal status design conducted from a pragmatist philosophy, collected qualitative and quantitative data from literacy experts about the elements of…

  18. 50 CFR 34.7 - Fair market value appraisals.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Fair market value appraisals. 34.7 Section... (CONTINUED) THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM REFUGE REVENUE SHARING WITH COUNTIES § 34.7 Fair market value... procedures in order to estimate the fair market value of each area as a whole. The evaluation will...

  19. 9 CFR 53.3 - Appraisal of animals or materials.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraisal of animals or materials. 53.3 Section 53.3 Animals and Animal Products ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF... animals or materials. (a) Animals affected by or exposed to disease, and materials required to...

  20. The Influence of Product Exposure on Trendiness and Aesthetic Appraisal

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    Blijlevens, J.; Mugge, R.; Ye, P.; Schoormans, J.P.L.

    2013-01-01

    Designers use product attributes (e.g., trendiness) to design aesthetically appealing products. The relationships of physical properties (e.g., shape) of product designs with product attributes and aesthetic appraisal are often considered to be generalizable over product categories and markets. Howe

  1. Vital Defenses: Social Support Appraisals of Black Grandmothers Parenting Grandchildren

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    Stevenson, Michelle L.; Henderson, Tammy L.; Baugh, Eboni

    2007-01-01

    Guided by the conceptual frameworks of social support appraisal mechanisms and cultural variant perspectives, the reported experiences of 23 Black grandmothers parenting grandchildren who receive cash assistance under the current welfare program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), were used to integrate macro- and micro-level…

  2. Filmed narratives. Telling stories with Visual Problem Appraisals

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    Witteveen, L.; Lie, R.

    2015-01-01

    The film-based learning strategy Visual Problem Appraisal is used to enhance the analysis of complex issues and facilitate a plan of action. It is used in workshops dealing with problem analysis and policy design. Participants consult stakeholders whose stories are captured on film. A VPA set consis

  3. Investment Appraisal Process in the Banking & Finance Industry

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    M.M. Akalu; J.R. Turner (Rodney)

    2002-01-01

    textabstractWe have studied how the banking and finance industry performs investment appraisal, measures subsequent follow-up and designates project success or failure. Furthermore, the authors looked into the extent of use of the new generation value management models. The result shows that firms a

  4. Managing Technological Change by Changing Performance Appraisal to Performance Evaluation.

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    Marquardt, Steve

    1996-01-01

    Academic libraries can improve their management of change by reshaping performance appraisal into performance planning. This article notes problems with traditional employee evaluation as well as benefits of alternatives that focus on the future, on users, on planning and learning, and on skills needed to address problems and enhance individual…

  5. Quantum theories of the early universe - a critical appraisal

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    A critical appraisal of certain general problems in the study of quantum processes in curved space as applied to the construction of theories of the early universe is presented. Outstanding issues in different cosmological models and the degree of success of different quantum processes in addressing these issues are summarized. (author)

  6. 75 FR 77449 - Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines

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    2010-12-10

    ... valuation practices when originating or modifying real estate loans and monitoring portfolio risk. \\8\\ 73 FR... unprofessional conduct. Some commenters referenced industry efforts to mitigate fraud in real estate transactions... an institution's appraisal and evaluation program to conduct real estate lending in a safe and...

  7. PREDICATING THE “WITS” APPRAISAL FROM THE ANB ANGLE

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    2000-01-01

    Objective In order to explore the relationship between the “Wits" appraisal and the ANB angle, and to see how accurately one can predict the “Wits”. Methods Given the ANB, lateral cephalometric radiographs were taken on 50 boys and 50 girls between the ages of 11~13. Results Each subject had no treatment either a Class Ⅰ or Class Ⅱ malocclusion, a good growth pattern. Group Ⅰ , 13 subjects of 100 had ANB≤1.5°, and negative “Wits” appraisal; group Ⅱ , 61 subjects had 5.8°>ANB>1.5°, and “Wits” appraisal either positive or negative; group Ⅲ , 26 subjects had ANB angle≥5.8°, and positive “Wits” appraisal. Statistically analysis showed that there was no sig nificant difference in sex (P>0.05); there was significant correlation between the ANB and “Wits” values in the group Ⅱ and group Ⅲ (P <0. 05); there was statistical significance in regression analysis in the group Ⅰ and group Ⅱ (P <0. 05). We could predict the “Wits” with 21% accuracy in group Ⅱ. Conclusion The results indicate that these figures are statistically significant but clinically irrelevant.

  8. An initial appraisal of destructive testing of radioactive waste packages

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    An initial appraisal of destructive testing techniques has been undertaken, as part of the Department of the Environment initiative to establish an independent Quality Checking Facility for LLW and ILW packages. The reasons for destructive testing are discussed, and examples of chemical separation and analyses techniques are given. (author)

  9. The First APU Primary Maths Survey: An Appraisal.

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    Preston, Mike

    1980-01-01

    The author appraises the first report--on primary maths--of the APU primary survey unit which was designed as an assessment of sample selected age groups in primary and secondary schools to provide a general picture of performance. (Author/KC)

  10. Performance Appraisals Impact on Attitudinal Outcomes and Organisational Performance

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    Adnan Ahmed; Iftikhar Hussain; Shakeel Ahmed; M. Fraz Akbar

    2010-01-01

    Performance appraisal is a widely recognized process, yet in Pakistan efforts to study and examine its effect onattitudinal outcomes and firm performance are scarce. The present study addresses this research gap. Researchersexplored the relationship between PA satisfaction, job satisfaction and turnover intentions in semi-governmentalorganizations in Pakistan. Using responses collected from 123 respondents, we find statistically significantrelationships between studied variables. The results ...

  11. 7 CFR 764.356 - Appraisal and valuation requirements.

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    ... 7 Agriculture 7 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Appraisal and valuation requirements. 764.356 Section 764.356 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) FARM SERVICE AGENCY... valuation requirements. (a) In the case of physical losses associated with livestock, the applicant...

  12. 19 CFR 152.101 - Basis of appraisement.

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    ... computed value method before the deductive value method. The request must be made at the time the entry... computed value method, the merchandise will be appraised using the deductive value method if it is possible... identical merchandise cannot be determined; (4) The deductive value provided for in § 152.105, if...

  13. 77 FR 54721 - Appraisals for Higher-Risk Mortgage Loans

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    ... mortgages, as defined in TILA section 129C, as well as reverse mortgage loans that are qualified mortgages... following additional classes of loans: (1) reverse mortgage loans; and (2) loans secured solely by... Agency 12 CFR Part 1222 Appraisals for Higher-Risk Mortgage Loans; Proposed Rule #0;#0;Federal......

  14. Appraisal of the European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050

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    Meeus, Leonardo

    2012-01-01

    What is the European energy strategy for 2050? How different is it from the 2020 energy strategy? What are the technology options? What are the policy options? The European Commission provided a first answer to these questions in its Energy Roadmap 2050. This article gives an appraisal of that answer based on the recommendations we made during the preparation of the roadmap.

  15. Job Analysis, Job Descriptions, and Performance Appraisal Systems.

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    Sims, Johnnie M.; Foxley, Cecelia H.

    1980-01-01

    Job analysis, job descriptions, and performance appraisal can benefit student services administration in many ways. Involving staff members in the development and implementation of these techniques can increase commitment to and understanding of the overall objectives of the office, as well as communication and cooperation among colleagues.…

  16. Integrating a quantitative risk appraisal in a health impact assessment

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    Adám, Balázs; Molnár, Agnes; Gulis, Gabriel; Adány, Róza

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Although the quantification of health outcomes in a health impact assessment (HIA) is scarce in practice, it is preferred by policymakers, as it assists various aspects of the decision-making process. This article provides an example of integrating a quantitative risk appraisal in an...

  17. Technical safety appraisal of the West Valley Demonstration Project

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    This report presents the results of one in a series of Technical Safety Appraisals (TSAs) being conducted of DOE nuclear operations by the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety, and Health Office of Safety Appraisals TSAs are one of the ititiatives announced by the Secretary of Energy on September 18, 1985, to enhance the DOE environment, safety and health program. This report presents the results of a TSA of the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP). The appraisal was conducted by a team of exerts assembled by the DOE Office of Safety Appraisal and was conducted during onsite visits of June 26-30 and July 10-21, 1989. West Valley, about 30 miles south of Buffalo, New York is the location of the only commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing facility operated in the United States. Nuclear Fuels Services, Inc. (NFS) operated the plant from 1966 to 1972 and processed about 640 metric tons of spent reactor fuel. The reprocessing operation generated about 560,000 gallons of high-level radioactive waste, which was transferred into underground tanks for storage. In 1972 NFS closed the plant and subsequently decided not to reopen it

  18. Performance Appraisal at Four and Five Star Hotels: Ankara Case

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    Yalçın Arslantürk

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, tourism establishments developing human resources and motivating will make it easier to reach their goals and those who cannot mange to do this will be obsolete in the ever-changing nature of the tourism business. The most important feature of the tourism sector is that it is based on human element and it s labor-intensive. Hence, human element is of great importance. This being the case, the customer satisfaction in accommodation establishments will be greatly dependent on the success of the personnel. Performance appraisal in this regard is a tool used to measure the performance of the employees in establishing job satisfaction and enhancing success. Performance appraisal indicates the performance of the individuals and gives insights as to what should be done to improve the performance. As well as promoting the communication between the employees and the establishment. From the perspectives of the managers, it paves the way for an efficient information flow about the performance of the personnel and makes job planning more rationally. This study first examines performance and performance appraisal. Then, through a field study, deficiencies in the application of performance appraisal were determined in the four and five star hotel establishments. According to the results obtained, some suggestions were put forward.

  19. The Role of Appraisals in Energy Efficiency Financing

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    Doyle, Victoria [Building Industry Research Alliance, Stockton, CA (United States)

    2012-05-01

    This research identifies barriers and challenges and current industry status including several key appraisal industry developments for identifying and valuing energy efficiency. The report covers critical obstacles to documenting and assessing the potential added value from energy efficiency improvements, current opportunities to support and standardize reporting on energy efficiency and to ensure proper valuation, and next steps towards enabling energy efficiency financing market transformation.

  20. MAPS evaluation report and procedures governing interviews and performance appraisals

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    Following various improvements to the MAPS report and to the procedures governing interviews and performance appraisals (announced in the CERN Bulletin 48-49/2005), a third information session has been organized for all staff members on Tuesday, 31 January at 10 a.m.: AB Auditorium P (864-1-D02), Human Resources Department Tel. 73566

  1. Investment appraisal of technology innovations on dairy farm electricity consumption

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    Upton, J.; Murphy, M.; Boer, de I.J.M.; Groot Koerkamp, P.W.G.; Berentsen, P.B.M.; Shalloo, L.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to conduct an investment appraisal for milk-cooling, water-heating, and milk-harvesting technologies on a range of farm sizes in 2 different electricity-pricing environments. This was achieved by using a model for electricity consumption on dairy farms. The model simulated

  2. An Appraisal of the DEXA Wave Energy Converter

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    Pecher, Arthur; Kofoed, Jens Peter

    This report has been requested by VækstFonden and aims at giving an overview of the experimental tests and a general appraisal of the DEXA wave energy converter (WEC). The reported results and findings were obtained during previously performed experimental tests by the Wave Energy Research Group at...

  3. Vegetation cover change detection and assessment in arid environment using multi-temporal remote sensing images and ecosystem management approach

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    Abdelrahman Aly, Anwar; Mosa Al-Omran, Abdulrasoul; Shahwan Sallam, Abdulazeam; Al-Wabel, Mohammad Ibrahim; Shayaa Al-Shayaa, Mohammad

    2016-04-01

    Vegetation cover (VC) change detection is essential for a better understanding of the interactions and interrelationships between humans and their ecosystem. Remote sensing (RS) technology is one of the most beneficial tools to study spatial and temporal changes of VC. A case study has been conducted in the agro-ecosystem (AE) of Al-Kharj, in the center of Saudi Arabia. Characteristics and dynamics of total VC changes during a period of 26 years (1987-2013) were investigated. A multi-temporal set of images was processed using Landsat images from Landsat4 TM 1987, Landsat7 ETM+2000, and Landsat8 to investigate the drivers responsible for the total VC pattern and changes, which are linked to both natural and social processes. The analyses of the three satellite images concluded that the surface area of the total VC increased by 107.4 % between 1987 and 2000 and decreased by 27.5 % between years 2000 and 2013. The field study, review of secondary data, and community problem diagnosis using the participatory rural appraisal (PRA) method suggested that the drivers for this change are the deterioration and salinization of both soil and water resources. Ground truth data indicated that the deteriorated soils in the eastern part of the Al-Kharj AE are frequently subjected to sand dune encroachment, while the southwestern part is frequently subjected to soil and groundwater salinization. The groundwater in the western part of the ecosystem is highly saline, with a salinity ≥ 6 dS m-1. The ecosystem management approach applied in this study can be used to alike AE worldwide.

  4. Appraisal in a Team Context: Perceptions of Cohesion Predict Competition Importance and Prospects for Coping.

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    Wolf, Svenja A; Eys, Mark A; Sadler, Pamela; Kleinert, Jens

    2015-10-01

    Athletes' precompetitive appraisal is important because it determines emotions, which may impact performance. When part of a team, athletes make their appraisal within a social context, and in this study we examined whether perceived team cohesion, as a characteristic of this context, related to appraisal. We asked 386 male and female intercollegiate team-sport athletes to respond to measures of cohesion and precompetitive appraisal before an in-season game. For males and females, across all teams, (a) an appraisal of increased competition importance was predicted by perceptions of higher task cohesion (individual level), better previous team performance, and a weaker opponent (team level) and (b) an appraisal of more positive prospects for coping with competitive demands was predicted by higher individual attractions to the group (individual level). Consequently, athletes who perceive their team as more cohesive likely appraise the pending competition as a challenge, which would benefit both emotions and performance. PMID:26524095

  5. Coupled Climate Model Appraisal a Benchmark for Future Studies

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    Phillips, T J; AchutaRao, K; Bader, D; Covey, C; Doutriaux, C M; Fiorino, M; Gleckler, P J; Sperber, K R; Taylor, K E

    2005-08-22

    The Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) has produced an extensive appraisal of simulations of present-day climate by eleven representative coupled ocean-atmosphere general circulation models (OAGCMs) which were developed during the period 1995-2002. Because projections of potential future global climate change are derived chiefly from OAGCMs, there is a continuing need to test the credibility of these predictions by evaluating model performance in simulating the historically observed climate. For example, such an evaluation is an integral part of the periodic assessments of climate change that are reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The PCMDI appraisal thus provides a useful benchmark for future studies of this type. The appraisal mainly analyzed multi-decadal simulations of present-day climate by models that employed diverse representations of climate processes for atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, and land, as well as different techniques for coupling these components (see Table). The selected models were a subset of those entered in phase 2 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP2, Covey et al. 2003). For these ''CMIP2+ models'', more atmospheric or oceanic variables were provided than the minimum requirements for participation in CMIP2. However, the appraisal only considered those climate variables that were supplied from most of the CMIP2+ models. The appraisal focused on three facets of the simulations of current global climate: (1) secular trends in simulation time series which would be indicative of a problematical ''coupled climate drift''; (2) comparisons of temporally averaged fields of simulated atmospheric and oceanic climate variables with available observational climatologies; and (3) correspondences between simulated and observed modes of climatic variability. Highlights of these climatic aspects manifested by different CMIP2+ simulations are briefly

  6. Green Jobs: Definition and Method of Appraisal of Chemical and Biological Risks.

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    Cheneval, Erwan; Busque, Marc-Antoine; Ostiguy, Claude; Lavoie, Jacques; Bourbonnais, Robert; Labrèche, France; Bakhiyi, Bouchra; Zayed, Joseph

    2016-04-01

    In the wake of sustainable development, green jobs are developing rapidly, changing the work environment. However a green job is not automatically a safe job. The aim of the study was to define green jobs, and to establish a preliminary risk assessment of chemical substances and biological agents for workers in Quebec. An operational definition was developed, along with criteria and sustainable development principles to discriminate green jobs from regular jobs. The potential toxicity or hazard associated with their chemical and biological exposures was assessed, and the workers' exposure appraised using an expert assessment method. A control banding approach was then used to assess risks for workers in selected green jobs. A double entry model allowed us to set priorities in terms of chemical or biological risk. Among jobs that present the highest risk potential, several are related to waste management. The developed method is flexible and could be adapted to better appraise the risks that workers are facing or to propose control measures. PMID:26718400

  7. Analiza primene IMM algoritma za praćenje manevrišućih ciljeva / Analysis of IMM algorithm for maneuvering target tracking

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    Zvonko Radosavljević

    2005-01-01

    U radu je analizirana primena IMM algoritma sa tri modela Kalmanovih filtara, za praćenje cilja pomoću osmatračkog radara. Prvi Kalmanov filtar podešen je da prati ciljeve koji se kreću po pravolinijskoj trajektoriji bez ubrzanja, drugi prati ciljeve koji se kreću ubrzano i vrše blag manevar, a treći je namenjen za praćenje ciljeva koji se kreću ubrzano i vrše oštar manevar. Dat je opis algoritma kao i vrednosti odgovarajućih parametara i matrica prelaza za Kalmanove filtre, kao i uporedna an...

  8. Až po ty lucerny... Spisovatelé a Pražské jaro v normalizační propagandě

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    Fialová, Alena

    Praha: Literární akademie, 2009 - (Kupcová, H.), s. 82-88 ISBN 978-80-86877-11-2. [Pražské jaro 1968 (Literatura - film - média). Praha (CZ), 20.05.2008-22.05.2008] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z90560517 Keywords : Czech literature * Prague Spring 1968 Subject RIV: AJ - Letters, Mass-media, Audiovision

  9. Analiza primene IMM algoritma za praćenje manevrišućih ciljeva / Analysis of IMM algorithm for maneuvering target tracking

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    Zvonko Radosavljević

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available U radu je analizirana primena IMM algoritma sa tri modela Kalmanovih filtara, za praćenje cilja pomoću osmatračkog radara. Prvi Kalmanov filtar podešen je da prati ciljeve koji se kreću po pravolinijskoj trajektoriji bez ubrzanja, drugi prati ciljeve koji se kreću ubrzano i vrše blag manevar, a treći je namenjen za praćenje ciljeva koji se kreću ubrzano i vrše oštar manevar. Dat je opis algoritma kao i vrednosti odgovarajućih parametara i matrica prelaza za Kalmanove filtre, kao i uporedna analiza algoritma u odnosu na standardan Kalmanov filtar šestog reda. Prikazani rezultati srednje kvadratne greške praćenja po x i у koordinati pokazuju opravdanost izbora predložene metode praćenja. / This paper considers comparative analysis the problem of maneuvering target tracking to IMM algorithm with 3 standard Kalman filters and same standard Kalman filter 6. order, using data from TWS radar. The first Kalman filter from IMM algorithms is tuned for tracking of target moving along the rectilinear trajectory -without acceleration, the second tracks the targets with acceleration and gentle maneuver, and the third Kalman filter tracks the target with acceleration and sharp maneuver. The mathematical model of algorithm and values of appropriate parameters and Kalman filter matrices, are presented. The results of RMSE of tracking in x and у coordinates, show the validity of the proposed method.

  10. Pra que time ele joga?: a produção da identidade homossexual em um vídeo educativo

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    Nilson Fernandes Dinis

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to analyze the discourse about homosexuality by means of a research with undergraduate students of Physical Education. For this purpose, it made use of the film ''Pra que time ele joga?'' as a tool of discussing the theme with the research group, aiming to observe what kind of opinions these students have about homosexuality, as well as the discursive production of the image of homosexual subject produced by the educational videotape.

  11. Contaminação de praças públicas de Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil, por ovos de Toxocara e Ancylostoma em fezes de cães

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    Araújo Flábio Ribeiro de; Crocci Adalberto José; Rodrigues Ráucia Gleick Carneiro; Avalhaes Janine da Silva; Miyoshi Michely Isis; Salgado Fabiana Pessoa; Silva Márcio Antônio da; Pereira Marcelo Lima

    1999-01-01

    De fevereiro a outubro de 1998, avaliou-se a contaminação de praças públicas de Campo Grande, MS, Brasil, por ovos de Toxocara e Ancylostoma, em amostras de fezes de cães. Das 74 praças examinadas, 42 (56,8%) estavam contaminadas por ovos de Ancylostoma, 8 (10,8%) com ovos de Toxocara e 7 (9,5%) com ambos.

  12. Failure Modes Taxonomy for Reliability Assessment of Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems for Probabilistic Risk Analysis - Failure modes taxonomy for reliability assessment of digital I and C systems for PRA

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    reactor protection system), 2. division level, 3. I and C unit level, 4. I and C unit modules level, 5. basic components level. This structure corresponds to a typical reactor protection system architecture, which is the scope of the DIGREL work. The taxonomy that was developed provides a framework to classify digital system failure modes. Failure propagation, which is essential for analysing failure modes and their effects, is described using a failure model. Four important elements of the failure model on which the taxonomy focuses stand out: 1. fault location, 2. failure mode, 3. uncovering situation, 4. failure effect and the end effect. These concepts are applied in particular at the I and C unit and module levels of abstraction. I and C unit level failure modes are associated with the end effects at the I and C unit module level, depending on the fault location and uncovering situation. The purpose of the taxonomy is to support PRAs and therefore focus is placed on high level functional aspects rather than low level structural aspects. This focus allows handling of the variability of failure modes and mechanisms of I and C components. It reduces the difficulties associated with the complex structural aspects of software in redundant distributed systems. At the level of system, division and I and C units, no significant distinction is made between hardware or software aspects. At the module and basic component levels, the taxonomy differentiates between hardware and software related failure modes. This report can be seen as a step towards more harmonised approach to analyse and model digital I and C in PRA. There is a number of areas where further studies are needed, and many of the recommendations given in the previous digital I and C expert report NEA/CSNI/R(2009)18 are still valid. For instance, the following actions could be considered: - Testing of the applicability of the taxonomy in modelling, including test with different I and C designs and modelling

  13. Implications of an HRA framework for quantifying human acts of commission and dependency: Development of a methodology for conducting an integrated HRA/PRA

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    To support the development of a refined human reliability analysis (HRA) framework, to address identified HRA user needs and improve HRA modeling, unique aspects of human performance have been identified from an analysis of actual plant-specific events. Through the use of the refined framework, relationships between the following HRA, human factors and probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) elements were described: the PRA model, plant states, plant conditions, PRA basic events, unsafe human actions, error mechanisms, and performance shaping factors (PSFs). The event analyses performed in the context of the refined HRA framework, identified the need for new HRA methods that are capable of: evaluating a range of different error mechanisms (e.g., slips as well as mistakes); addressing errors of commission (EOCs) and dependencies between human actions; and incorporating the influence of plant conditions and multiple PSFs on human actions. This report discusses the results of the assessment of user needs, the refinement of the existing HRA framework, as well as, the current status on EOCs, and human dependencies

  14. Výroba držáku pojezdového kolečka pračky

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    Kopřiva, Tomáš

    2014-01-01

    Práce řeší návrh technologie výroby součásti stříháním a ohýbáním. Jedná se o součást používanou pro uchycení kolečka pračky, která se vyrábí z ocelového plechu. Rozborem technologií vhodných pro výrobu byla zvolena výroba ve sdruženém postupovém nástroji. Nástroj využívá normalizovaných komponent pro stříhání a ohýbání, které se provádí na výstředníkovém lisu LEN 40C (výrobce ŠMERAL Brno), s nominální tažnou silou 400 kN. Cena součásti se pohybuje okolo 8 Kč/ks....

  15. Application of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) to mitigate operating and maintenance cost increases for nuclear power plants

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    Operating nuclear power generation facilities face increased pressure from state utility commissions to improve the cost effectiveness of operations and maintenance programs. Some costs are not allowed for inclusion in the current rate base and represent an operating loss to the utility. State regulators seem more willing to use operating and maintenance cost comparisons of competing technologies, such as existing fossil and cogeneration facilities. In contrast to these pressures are the requirements applied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to improve the ''quality'' of operations. The NRC, as a regulator, sometimes uses conflicting parameters to judge the effectiveness of operations, and often issues regulations that significantly impact operating costs. As Individual Plant Examinations (IPEs) are completed and submitted to the NRC for review, numerous additional opportunities exist for application of PRA methodology and plant specific results to address the risk impact of recent regulations. Quadrex Corporation is currently performing research for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to investigate the application of risk analysis to improve the cost effectiveness of operations and maintenance programs for nuclear plants. The project is being performed with the cooperation of two participating utilities. The focus of the investigation is the use of the plant specific risk analysis to improve the cost effectiveness of efforts associated with utility response to NRC Generic Letter 89-10; a program that can significantly increase the requirements for motor-operated valve testing and surveillance programs. (author). 11 refs, 1 tab

  16. Lifelong learning in museums: a critical appraisal

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    Candlin, Fiona; O'Brien, Margaret

    2001-01-01

    Museums are generally considered storehouses of treasure but recent government policy focuses on issues of social inclusion, life skills and employment. We critically examine current policy, comparing it to earlier educational approaches in museums and suggest that its implementation forms both a major institutional challenge and an opportunity for national museums.

  17. How to write a critically appraised topic (CAT).

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    Sadigh, Gelareh; Parker, Robert; Kelly, Aine Marie; Cronin, Paul

    2012-07-01

    Medical knowledge and the volume of scientific articles published have expanded rapidly over the past 50 years. Evidence-based practice (EBP) has developed to help health practitioners get more benefit from the increasing volume of information to solve complex health problems. A format for sharing information in EBP is the critically appraised topic (CAT). A CAT is a standardized summary of research evidence organized around a clinical question, aimed at providing both a critique of the research and a statement of the clinical relevance of results. In this review, we explain the five steps involved in writing a CAT for a clinical purpose ("Ask," "Search," "Appraise," "Apply," and "Evaluate") and introduce some of the useful electronic resources available to help in creating CATs. PMID:22480959

  18. An Appraisal of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diabetic Retinopathy.

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    Wu, Connie M; Wu, Annie M; Young, Benjamin K; Wu, Dominic J; Margo, Curtis E; Greenberg, Paul B

    2016-07-01

    The objective is to evaluate the methodological quality of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), and Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) for diabetic retinopathy. Four evaluators independently appraised the CPGs using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) II instrument, which covers 6 domains (Scope and Purpose, Stakeholder Involvement, Rigor of Development, Clarity of Presentation, Applicability, and Editorial Independence). Scores ranged from 35% to 78% (AAO), 60% to 92% (COS), and 35% to 82% (RCO). Intraclass correlation coefficients for the reliability of mean scores were 0.78, 0.78, and 0.79, respectively. The strongest domains were Scope and Purpose, and Clarity of Presentation (COS). The weakest were Stakeholder Involvement (AAO), Rigor of Development (AAO, RCO), Applicability, and Editorial Independence (RCO). Diabetic retinopathy practice guidelines can be improved by targeting Stakeholder Involvement, Rigor of Development, Applicability, and Editorial Independence. PMID:25742906

  19. Scientific and technological monitoring: international overview on R. and D. related to Pra's

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    In 1989, the R and D Division of Electricite de France launched a programme for a Technological and Scientific Overview (TSO) covering a certain number of topics considered to be important for the future of EDF. Probabilistic approaches to studies related to safety were considered to be strategically important to EDF, and therefore this area was selected for further study. A TSO is a process which can only start on the basis of a structured state-of-the-art organized as a basis of knowledge, together with the highlighting of a certain number of scientific and strategic ''set of references. The state-of-the-art of R and D related to Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) was carried out in collaboration between the EDF R and D Division (SR branch) and SRI International. The approach chosen included: segmentation of the wide field of PSAs into subject areas, topics and sensitive points to be monitored; conception of a grid for the interviews; approximately thirty in-depth interviews of organizations and experts representative of the domain; analysis leading to identify certain problems areas or particularly important features. Emerging themes for research and further consideration in relation to PSAs, their application and their limits were also identified. Based on this state-of-the-art, various themes of monitoring were defined (living PSAs, limits of PSAs,...) and an organizational structure for monitoring was set up in the branch. The state of the art is not static, it is the reason why an in-depth extension of the study was undertaken on issues of special interest for EDF. (authors). 2 figs., 2 refs

  20. Investment appraisal techniques and constraints on capital investment

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    Hunjra, Ahmed Imran; Batool, Iram; Niazi, Ghulam Shabbir Khan; Rehman, Ijaz ur

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study is to determine the level of application and perception of finance executives and analysts regarding the investment appraisal techniques in Pakistani corporate sector in the light of theory. This study also investigates the major constraints on capital investment. Total 63 questionnaires were distributed in different cities of Pakistan (Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan and Faisalabad) but only 37 properly filled questionnaires were processed; the potential res...

  1. Evaluating the Capacity of Standard Investment Appraisal Methods

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    Akalu, M.M.

    2002-01-01

    textabstractThe survey findings indicate the existence of gap between theory and practice of capital budgeting. Standard appraisal methods have shown a wider project value discrepancy, which is beyond and above the contingency limit. In addition, the research has found the growing trend in the use of value management models. The presence of correlation between the frequency of monitoring and project value discrepancy, and the absence of uniformity in the use of evaluation methods throughout t...

  2. The persuasive role of appraisals in two British advertisements

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    Križan, Agata

    2015-01-01

    This paper focuses on a comparison of two written advertisements for health products in terms of the attitudinal references and dialogistic positioning created by both texts, which contribute to their persuasive style. For this purpose, the appraisal framework developed by Martin (2000, 2005) and White (2000, 2005) is applied analytically to both texts to decode explicit and/or implicit attitudinal values, their amplification and sources. The analysis of primarily semantically oriented apprai...

  3. Filmed narratives. Telling stories with Visual Problem Appraisals

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    Witteveen, L.; Lie, R

    2015-01-01

    The film-based learning strategy Visual Problem Appraisal is used to enhance the analysis of complex issues and facilitate a plan of action. It is used in workshops dealing with problem analysis and policy design. Participants consult stakeholders whose stories are captured on film. A VPA set consists of a series of filmed narratives complemented with documentaries. These films provide particular perspectives on the contextual reality of the stakeholders. Observing and listening to the filmed...

  4. Technical safety appraisal of the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant

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    On June 27, 1989, Secretary of Energy, Admiral James D. Watkins, US Navy (Retired), announced a 10-point initiative to strengthen environment, safety, and health (ES ampersand H) programs and waste management operations in the Department of Energy (DOE). One of the initiatives involved conducting independent Tiger Team Assessments (TTA) at DOE operating facilities. A TTA of the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) was performed during June and July 1991. Technical Safety Appraisals (TSA) were conducted in conjunction with the TTA as its Safety and Health portion. However, because of operational constraints the the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP), operated for the DOE by Westinghouse Idaho Nuclear Company, Inc. (WINCO), was not included in the Safety and Health Subteam assessment at that time. This TSA, conducted April 12 - May 8, 1992, was performed by the DOE Office of Performance Assessment to complete the normal scope of the Safety and Health portion of the Tiger Team Assessment of the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The purpose of TSAs is to evaluate and strengthen DOE operations by verifying contractor compliance with DOE Orders, to assure that lessons learned from commercial operations are incorporated into facility operations, and to stimulate and encourage pursuit of excellence; thus, the appraisal addresses more issues than would be addressed in a strictly compliance-oriented appraisal. A total of 139 Performance Objectives have been addressed by this appraisal in 19 subject areas. These 19 areas are: organization and administration, quality verification, operations, maintenance, training and certification, auxiliary systems, emergency preparedness, technical support, packaging and transportation, nuclear criticality safety, safety/security interface, experimental activities, site/facility safety review, radiological protection, worker safety and health compliance, personnel protection, fire protection, medical services and natural

  5. The selection, appraisal, and retention of social science data

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    Gutmann, M.; Schürer, K; Donakowski, D; Beedham, Hilary

    2006-01-01

    The number of data collections produced in the social sciences prohibits the archiving of every scientific study. It is therefore necessary to make decisions regarding what can be preserved and why it should be preserved. This paper reviews the processes used by two data archives, one from the United States and one from the United Kingdom, to illustrate how data are selected for archiving, how they are appraised, and what steps are required to retain the usefulness of the data for future use....

  6. Visualization of Affect in Faces based on Context Appraisal

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    Arellano Tavara, Diana Di Lorenza

    2012-01-01

    Virtual Characters are more than avatars capable of expressing emotions and interact with the users. Virtual Characters should be seen as a very reliable representation of a human being, capable of expressing all the possible affective traits after the appraisal and evaluation of what is happening around and inside them. They should feel and express what they are feeling; they should convince you they are “real”. To achieve this level of believability several researchers have proposed diff...

  7. Systemic Risks and Macroprudential Bank Regulation: A Critical Appraisal

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    David VanHoose

    2011-01-01

    This paper discusses and critically appraises recent developments in the definition, measurement, and regulation of systemic risks. Although the issue of systemic risks has been subjected to considerable study, there is not widespread agreement on how to define this concept. Initial efforts to measure systemic risks emphasized aggregate financial ratios, and only recently have a variety of institution-level systemic-risk measurement techniques been proposed. Thus, regulators charged with cond...

  8. Structural equation analyses of personality, appraisals, and coping relationships

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    Kulenović, Alija; Buško, Vesna

    2007-01-01

    The study deals with the hypothesized mediating effects of cognitive appraisals on stressfulness of the event in the personality, stress, and coping processes. The relationships between personality measured by NEO-FFI questionnaire, perceived stressfulness of the event, and situation-specific coping measures, were analyzed in a prospective framework with 421 basic military trainees. Analyses of linear structural models partially supported the hypotheses of Lazarus transactional theory on the ...

  9. Technical safety appraisal of the N-Reactor

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    This report presents the results of a Technical Safety Appraisal conducted at the Hanford N-Reactor. A team of specialists gathered information for about three weeks on all areas related to safety at the plant. Operational practices, maintenance practices, training drills, and hardware condition were observed. Several recommendations are made in order to correct incomplete rule implementation, to correct hazardous practices, and to promote improvement in satisfactory areas

  10. A critical appraisal and development of assessment strategy

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    Tindall, Jess

    2008-01-01

    Factors effecting student motivation are important and must be considered if the performance of future student cohorts is to be improved. Theories regarding the interaction of ‘expectancy and value’ have been set out. Because the relationship is multiplicative it is necessary to ensure that both ‘expectancy and value’ are present within the psyche of each and every student for each and every task assigned. This work critically appraises the delivery of a level 5 module over two successive aca...

  11. PRESENTATION OF THE 2009 e-MARS APPRAISAL FORM

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    Following various modifications to the e-MARS appraisal form, in particular in the light of the recent restructuring of CERN, the following three information sessions have been organized for all staff members: •\t26 January 10:00: AB Auditorium Prévessin (864-1-D02), •\t28 January 10:00: AT Auditorium (30-7-018), •\t29 January 11:00: Main Auditorium. Human Resources Department Tel. 70674

  12. Constructing a nurse appraisal form: A Delphi technique study

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    Zaghloul, Ashraf Ahmad Zaher; AlSokair, May Kosay

    2008-01-01

    Objective The study was conducted with the aim to construct a unified nurse appraisal format to be used at hospitals performing under different healthcare organizations in the Eastern Province in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Methodology The study included hospitals representing different healthcare organizations within the Eastern Province. The target population included Hospital head nurses and nurse supervisors and the snowball sampling technique was employed to select the panel subjects. R...

  13. MAPS evaluation report and procedures governing interviews and performance appraisals

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    2006-01-01

    Following various improvements made to the MAPS report and to the procedures governing interviews and performance appraisals (announced in the CERN Weekly Bulletin 48-49/2005), three information sessions have been organized for all staff members: 24 January 10:00: AB Auditorium P (864-1-D02), 26 January 14:00: Main Amphitheatre, 31 January 10:00: AB Auditorium P (864-1-D02). Human Resources Department Tel. 73566

  14. Appraising the reliability of converted wavefield imaging: application to USArray imaging of the 410-km discontinuity

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    Liu, Xin; Pavlis, Gary L.

    2013-03-01

    We develop a generic method to appraise the reliability of wavefield imaging methods and use it to validate some novel observations on the 410-km discontinuity. The core concept of the error appraisal method is to produce a simulated data set that replicates the geometry of the real data. Here we implemented two simulation methods: (1) flat layer primary P to S conversions, and (2) a point source scattering model for P to S conversion data based on the Born approximation and ray theory propagators. We show how the approach can be extended for any simulation algorithm. We apply this new approach to appraise recent results using a 3-D, three-component P to S conversion imaging method applied to data collected by the USArray. Multiple metrics show that the amplitude of P to S converted energy scattered from the 410-km discontinuity varies by 18 dB with a systematically lower amplitude in an irregular band running from Idaho through northern Arizona. In addition, we observe strong lateral changes in the ratio of amplitudes recovered on the radial versus the transverse component. We compute point resolution functions and a checkerboard test to demonstrate we can reliably recover relative amplitudes with a lateral scale of the order of 200 km and a vertical scale of approximately 10 km. Irregular coverage locally distorts the amplitudes recovered in the checkerboard, but a 156 km scale checkerboard pattern is recovered. Flat layer simulations show we can recover relative amplitudes to within a range of 1 dB and the reconstructed transverse to radial amplitude is everywhere less than 0.1. A model with north-south oriented ridges with a 3° wavelength and 12.5 km amplitude shows of the order of ±6 dB amplitude variations and small, but clear correlation of the transverse/radial amplitude ratio topography in the model. Finally, we model the 410-km discontinuity as a rough surface characterized by variations in amplitude and depth derived from the USArray data. The rough

  15. Technical safety appraisal of the Hanford Tank Farm Facility

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    This report presents the results of one in a series of TSAs being conducted at DOE nuclear operations by the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety, and Health, Office of Safety Appraisals. TSAs are one of the initiatives announced by the Secretary of Energy on September 18, 1985, to enhance the DOE environment, safety and health program. This report provides the results of a TSA of the Tank Farm in the 200 East and 200 West Areas located on the Hanford site. The appraisal was conducted by a team of experts assembled by the DOE Office of Safety Appraisals and was conducted during onsite visits of March 20--24 and April 3--14, 1989. At the Tank Farm, the processing of spent reactor fuels to recover the useful radioactive products is accompanied by the production of radioactive waste. Because many of these wastes will retain radioactivity for many years, they must be safely handled, contained, and disposed with regard to protection of the environment, employees, and the public. Dilute low-level waste and five year ''cooled'' aging wastes are pumped to an evaporator for concentration. The radioactive liquid and solid wastes are stored in underground carbon steel tanks ranging in capacity from 55,000 to over one million gallons

  16. KAJIAN IDENTIFIKASI PANGAN POKOK BERBASIS KEARIFAN LOKAL PADA RUMAH TANGGA PRA SEJAHTERA DI JAWA TENGAH(STUDY OF STAPLE FOOD IDENTIFICATION BY LOCAL WISDOM BASE ON PRE-PROSPEROUS HOUSEHOLD IN CENTRAL JAVA

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    Full Text Available Pangan pokok seringkali diidentikkan dengan beras, padahal ada juga masyarakat yang mengkonsumsi bahan pangan pokok lain seperti jagung, sagu, umbi-umbian dan gandum. Tujuan khusus penelitian ini adalah mengidentifikasi pangan pokok berbasis kearifan lokal di rumah tanggapra sejahtera Jawa Tengah. Desain penelitian menggunakan riset eksploratori. Metode yang digunakan adalah survei sedangkan metode pendekataannya menggunakan cross sectional study. Dari 35 kabupaten dan kota di Jawa Tengah diambil tiga kabupaten secara purposive dengan pertimbangan kabupaten yang memiliki proporsi rumah tangga pra sejahtera terbesar yaitu Kabupaten Grobogan, Rembang, dan Blora. Untuk menganalisis tujuan penelitian dengan menggunakan analisis deskriptif.Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa identifikasi pangan pokok rumah tangga pra sejahtera di Jawa Tengah menurut jenis pangan pokok sebesar 75,56 persen rumah tangga pra sejahtera mengkonsumsi beras saja sebagai pangan pokok dan 12,22 persen mengkonsumsi nasi jagung. Cara budidaya yang dilakukan dalam setahun 2 – 3 kali pola tanam dimana tanaman yang sering dibudidayakan adalah padi dan jagung. Cara budidaya masih konvensional dan zero tillage dilakukan untuk budidaya kacang hijau. Panen dan pengelolaan pasca panen dilakukan oleh petani menyimpan gabah antara 30 – 90 persen dari total panen dimana sebagian besar petani menyimpan 50 persen dari total panennya. Distribusi dan kelembagaan pangan pokok berbasis kearifan lokal di tingkat rumah tangga petani sudah ada pengelolaan cadangan pangan sedangkan di tingkat rukun tetangga maupun desa tidak ada lumbung pangan. ABSTRACT Staple food is oftentimes identical with rice, although there are also peoples consumes other staple food such as corn, sago, tubers and wheat. Specific purpose of this study was identifying staple food by local wisdom base on poor households in Central Java. The design of this research used exploratory research. The method used was survey method

  17. A Kind of Information Processing Method in Linguistic-Value Appraisement of Enterprise Human Resource

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    刘晓红; 徐杨; 陈书伟

    2004-01-01

    Linguistic-value appraisement extensively exists in artificial intelligence and social system. In the appraisement of enterprise human resource, there is a great amount of linguistic-value information. In order to improve the reasonability of the result of appraisement of enterprise human resource, we need to study the methods for processing the linguistic-value information. In this paper, a 2-stages method is proposed for processing the linguistic-value appraisement of enterprise human resource. At the first stage, we choose the experts familiar with the related field according to the appraisement goal and problem. At the second stage, we combine the appraisement results by D-S evidence theory or LOWA operator according to the nature of linguistic variable.

  18. Emerging Issues in Real Estate Appraisal: Market Premium for Building Sustainability

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available In international and metropolitan real estate markets, it has been detected, for the first time, the growing relevance of green buildings with respect to non-green building. Also, it has been singled out and then quantified through regression analysis a green premium, i.e. a differential in terms of price toward sold real estate units having ecological characteristics along with an energy value (more efficient behavior. The incipient international studies recommend to extend the analysis to unexplored middle-size non-metropolitan (marginal real estate markets. One of this areas has been studied detecting the first sale of an apartment with energy certification belonging to class B in a building with ecological characteristics. The assessment analysis performed through Market Comparison Approach, MCA, made it possible to detect and then appraise the green premium that is in line with the outcomes of the first and pioneer international studies performed in metropolitan areas.

  19. The Impact of Performance Appraisal on the Motivational Level of the Employees

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    Hemani, Amir Ali

    2012-01-01

    The study aims to highlight the impact of performance appraisal on the motivational level of the employees. It is of great importance for an organization to retain its employees; this can be done by giving them opportunities and appraisals. The agenda of the study is to identify the relationship of compensation, promotion and motivation with performance appraisal. The research aims at the executive and labor class in the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Open-ended structured interviews were conducted...

  20. Associations of Coping and Appraisal Styles with Emotion Regulation During Preadolescence

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    Zalewski, Maureen; Lengua, Liliana J.; LONG, ANNA C.; Trancik, Anika; Bazinet, Alissa

    2011-01-01

    We investigated the associations of appraisal and coping styles with emotion regulation in a community sample of preadolescents (N = 196, 9–12 years), with appraisal, coping styles and emotion regulation measured at a single time point. In a previous study, we identified five frustration and four anxiety emotion regulation profiles based on children’s physiological, behavioral and self-reported reactions to emotion eliciting tasks. In this study, preadolescents’ self-reported appraisal and co...

  1. Municipal sports officers perceptions of performance appraisal and their relationship with satisfaction with the process

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    P. Radebe; Surujlal, J.

    2013-01-01

    One of the human resources management functions is the appraisal of employee performance. Given the fact that employees are the most important source of capital advantage to an organisation, the overall aim of performance appraisal should be to instil a high performance culture in the organisation. Public organisations like municipalities have focused greatly on performance appraisal because it is critical to the improvement of employee performance and development. Improved employee performan...

  2. Development viability appraisals: applying the residual method of valuation in a planning policy context

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    Coleman, C.; N. Crosby; P. McAllister; Wyatt, P

    2012-01-01

    Due to the requirement to demonstrate financial feasibility of policy proposals and scheme-specific planning obligations, development viability and development appraisal have become core themes in the UK planning system. Whilst there is an array of variations of the residual model that can be used to undertake financial appraisals of real estate development opportunities, development appraisal models and techniques have received little attention from the academic community. Most real estate d...

  3. Life Stress and the Accuracy of Cognitive Appraisals in Depressed Youth

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    Krackow, Elisa; Rudolph, Karen D.

    2008-01-01

    Despite the wealth of research examining the role of cognitive appraisals in depression, little is known about the accuracy with which depressed youth appraise naturally occurring stressful events. This study investigated exposure to life stress and the accuracy of cognitive appraisals of life events in youth (45 boys, 44 girls; M age = 12.44 years) with clinical diagnoses of depression (n = 24), subsyndromal symptoms of depression (n = 29), and without symptoms of psychopathology (n = 36). Y...

  4. Geophysical inversion with a neighbourhood algorithm-II. Appraising the ensemble

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    Sambridge, Malcolm

    1999-09-01

    Monte Carlo direct search methods, such as genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, etc., are often used to explore a finite-dimensional parameter space. They require the solving of the forward problem many times, that is, making predictions of observables from an earth model. The resulting ensemble of earth models represents all `information' collected in the search process. Search techniques have been the subject of much study in geophysics; less attention is given to the appraisal of the ensemble. Often inferences are based on only a small subset of the ensemble, and sometimes a single member. This paper presents a new approach to the appraisal problem. To our knowledge this is the first time the general case has been addressed, that is, how to infer information from a complete ensemble, previously generated by any search method. The essence of the new approach is to use the information in the available ensemble to guide a resampling of the parameter space. This requires no further solving of the forward problem, but from the new `resampled' ensemble we are able to obtain measures of resolution and trade-off in the model parameters, or any combinations of them. The new ensemble inference algorithm is illustrated on a highly non-linear wave-form inversion problem. It is shown how the computation time and memory requirements scale with the dimension of the parameter space and size of the ensemble. The method is highly parallel, and may easily be distributed across several computers. Since little is assumed about the initial ensemble of earth models, the technique is applicable to a wide variety of situations. For example, it may be applied to perform `error analysis' using the ensemble generated by a genetic algorithm, or any other direct search method.

  5. Depression, Cognition, and Self-Appraisal of Functional Abilities in HIV: An Examination of Subjective Appraisal Versus Objective Performance

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    Thames, April D.; Becker, Brian W.; Marcotte, Thomas D.; Hines, Lindsay J.; Foley, Jessica M.; Ramezani, Amir; Singer, Elyse J.; Castellon, Steven A.; Heaton, Robert K.; Hinkin, Charles H.

    2011-01-01

    Depression frequently co-occurs with HIV infection and can result in self-reported overestimates of cognitive deficits. Conversely, genuine cognitive dysfunction can lead to an under-appreciation of cognitive deficits. The degree to which depression and cognition influence self-report of capacity for instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) requires further investigation. This study examined the effects of depression and cognitive deficits on self-appraisal of functional competence amo...

  6. Methods for combining plant specific operating experience data with data from other nuclear power plants in PRA/PSA studies

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    Based on the operational achievements measured by the availability performances, scram frequencies and other performance indicators the nuclear power plants can be regarded to form quite an inhomogeneous population also with respect to their performances. The studies have shown that i.e. the availability performances achieved by the nuclear power plants are correlated with several factors: the unit design and vintage, the degree of standardisation, the equipment suppliers, the competence and co-operation of all the nuclear energy parties in the site country, etc. The heterogenity of nuclear power plants with respect to the plant type and main characteristics, on the one hand, and the differences between the operational achievements, on the other hand, result in estimation problems when we are evaluating for example failure rates and initial event frequencies for plant specific PRA/PSA studies. These estimation problems are usually solved by using empirical or subjective Bayesian methods. The empirical Bayesian method utilizes the prior distribution based on the operating experiences from a population of some nuclear power plants and the plant specific evidence. In the subjective Bayesian method the operating experiences from other plants are weighted in some subjective way and after that combined with the plant specific evidence. In this paper both the empirical and subjective Bayesian methods are described and compared. In the subjective Bayesian method the rules for selecting weights are discussed. The weighting criteria can be based on some characteristics of the nuclear power plants or on some factors contributed to the plant performances. The use of subjective weights makes it possible to utilize the largest evidence, but it also has an impact on the uncertainty of the estimates. These uncertainties are also considered in the paper. Finally the characteristics of the different methods are illustrated with some examples of practical nature. (author). 10 refs, 2

  7. NOVOS LETRAMENTOS NA CULTURA DIGITAL: O REMIX VEM PRA RUA - O GIGANTE ACORDOU COMO UM HÍBRIDO

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    Full Text Available A utilização da internet, das mídias e redes sociais digitais e de celulares se constituiu como um diferencial importantíssimo no grande movimento social que mexeu com o País e com as visões sobre ele nas manifestações ocorridas em junho de 2013. Essas mídias e redes sociais digitais (YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. se constituíram como canais de informação, ambientes comunicacionais, pontos de encontro, enfim, em redes e, às vezes, até em comunidades que facilitaram os relacionamentos entre os que estavam conectados e dispostos a se manifestarem de algum modo. Nessa direção, os novos letramentos digitais e o novo ethos como defendido por Lankshear e Knobel (2007 proporcionaram contribuições significativas para o uso das tecnologias digitais de informação e comunicação na propagação dessas manifestações, e, buscando compreender o modo como esses novos letramentos favoreceram isso, neste artigo buscamos, a partir das noções de hibridismo e intercalação (GARCÍA CANCLINI, 2008 [1989]; BAKHTIN, 2002 [1934-5] e  nas discussões de Lankshear e Knobel (2007; 2008 sobre remix e sobre linguagens hipermidiática e híbrido digital (SANTAELLA, 2003; 2004, realizar uma análise qualitativa do remix digita Vem pra rua - O gigante acordou,  no que diz respeito as técnicas de produção e constituição desse gênero na construção de novos significado, considerando o horizonte espacial e temporal (VOLOCHINOV/BAKHTIN, [1926]1976 nos quais foi produzido

  8. Renal function studies with radioisotopes: an appraisal

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    The use of radioisotopes in renal disorders has grown out of the development of scintillation detectors and gamma cameras and the availability of appropriate radioactive pharmaceuticals. It is now time to approach these studies from a different point of view. What further information would the practising nephrologist or urologist, physician or surgeon like to know about patients' kidney function that is not easily obtainable by non-radioactive methods. He would like a simple and reliable measurement of individual renal function; a test to demonstrate the presence or absence of obstruction in a patient with oliguria or uraemia; some help as to whether nephrectomy or a more difficult restorative operation is better for the patient with hydronephrosis, calculus or renal artery stenosis; a measure of the degree to which an obstructive uropathy is causing an obstructive nephropathy; clarification of which kidney to operate upon first when bilateral obstructive nephropathy presents with uraemia; a quantitative index of the progress following an operation to relieve an outflow system disorder; a screening procedure for renal disorders in the hypertensive and other populations; a prognostic guide to the likely evolution of glomerulonephritis and pyelonephritis, a prediction of the onset of rejection in the renal transplant, particularly in the presence of acute tubular necrosis. This review attempts to define the extent to which renal function studies with radioisotopes meet or fail to meet these needs and to indicate areas for potential development. (author)

  9. FAMILY, A MANACLE OF FEMALE: AN APPRAISAL

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    Dr. A. Parvatha Varthini

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims at bringing self-determination to female from the accountabilities given to them or forced on them even by women sometimes with or without their own knowledge. Shashi Deshpande, an evident novelist to deal with familial life and women’s predicaments is taken for this assessment. The novels of Deshpande illuminate disharmony in man-woman relationship. Indian woman has carried the burden of family, slaved for her husband and children, without minding whether the family is extended or nuclear. Sarita alias Saru in The Dark Holds No Terrors is an apt example who earns more than her husband Manu that is the cause of her despair in life. Another novel of Shashi Deshpande chosen for this evaluation is A Matter of Time, a three generation story in which Kalyani is one of the most important characters in her novels. In this paper feministic approach is applied to bring out female’s pathetic condition in the patriarchal society. Even though in this twenty first century it seems that female are given freedom to acquire more space in all the fields like astronaut, politics and so on, they are not considered human beings and their feelings and emotions are not appreciated properly.

  10. CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF VIRECHANA KARMA IN PSORIASIS

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Psoriasis in one of the commonest skin disease characterized by raised silvery scaly lesions. Though many treatments are tried in the management of psoriasis, cure is not been possible till date. Patients with Psoriasis approach various healthcare systems with a hope to get cure. Though, complete and prolonged clearance is the preferred outcome, resolution of disease is the primary therapeutic objective for patients as well as health providers. Psoriasis can be understood as a variety of Kushta (skin disease and correlated to many sub divisions of Kushtha. Ayurveda advocates Shamana (palliative and Shodhana (purificatory measures for its prevention as well as curative aspect. Virechana (therapeutic purgation is one among the commonly advocated Shodhana therapy in the management Kushta. Moreover, Virechana is frequently administered in the management of psoriasis and it is believed to normalize the basic pathologic factor viz Pitta and Rakta. Preoperative, operative and post operative care during Virechana Karma is more important to yield better outcome. An attempt is made to compile and analyze few researches carried out on Virechana on psoriasis to ascertain the modality.

  11. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa: An appraisal.

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    Sharma, Ajay

    2001-04-01

    Anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) are eating disorders characterized by an aberrant pattern of eating behavior, relentless pursuit of thinness, an intense fear about weight gain and an altered perception of body shape. The pathobiology of eating disorders is complex. Several social, psychological and developmental phenomena are proposed to contribute to the etiology of eating disorders. The role of neuropeptide Y, corticotropin releasing hormone and leptin has also been investigated to understand the pathogenesis of eating disorders. However, most of the neuropeptide alterations noted in eating disorders are secondary to starvation. Several nonpharmacological approaches such as cognitive and behavior-based therapy and interpersonal therapy have been developed to assist weight gain and to modify the behavioral impairment associated with eating disorders. Pharmacotherapy serves as an adjunct in AN, whereas it plays a more significant role in the management of BN. Antidepressants are effective in a limited number of AN patients with comorbid depression. On the other hand, the efficacy of fluoxetine in BN patients in reducing the frequency of binge eating and in the severity of behavioral abnormalities is quite impressive. Several adjunct therapies such as prokinetics and anxiolytics have also been used in AN and BN to assist eating behavior. An insight into genetic and neurochemical abnormalities occurring in eating disorders will help to find better therapeutic agents for these disorders. (c) 2001 Prous Science. All rights reserved. PMID:12768223

  12. International Terrorism and Global Response: An Appraisal

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    Chris. O Opukri

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available International Terrorism as it appears is the scourge of all nations in the globe. There is no particular nation that is shielded from its effects either in terms of a germane threat or outright infliction of destruction. The responses from the said menace have led to what is currently termed as “the war on terror”, an approach that creates collateral damages of its own. This paper in the first instance, has examined the concept “war on terror” and its legal justifications and ramifications. While the military can engage in fighting wars, it is not quite correct to christen some conflicts as war on terror because we cannot conquer terror through war. War on terror can only lead to destruction of property and human suffering and cannot usher peace and stability. Finally, the authors are of the view that arbitrations, negotiations, diplomatic sanctions and economic embargo, could serve as a better option for peace and security than military expeditions. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA

  13. Promjene odnosa prema bolesti praćene kroz grupnu psihoterapiju članova obitelji bolesnika oboljelih od psihotičnog poremećaja

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    Kezić, Slobodanka; Svrdlin, Pero; Restek-Petrović, Branka; Mihanović, Mate; Grah, Majda; Silić, Ante; Kamerman, Nenad

    2010-01-01

    Cilj: Opisati promjene odnosa prema bolesti kroz četverogodišnji rad grupne psihoterapije članova obitelji. U sklopu Programa rane intervencije kod prvih epizoda psihotičnih poremećaja (RIPEPP) roditelji bolesnika oboljelih od psihotičnih poremećaja uključeni su, uz psihoedukacijske radionice, i u psihodinamsku grupnu psihoterapiju. Metode: Praćenje protokola seansi koje se bilježe po sjećanju nakon održanih grupa. Rezultati: Tijekom četverogodišnjeg rada s članovima obitelji opazili sm...

  14. Gubitak kriterija mentalne retardacije i smanjenje simptoma autizma u djetinjstvu tijekom petogodišnjeg praćenja - prikaz slučaja

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    Begovac, Ivan; Divčić, Branka; Begovac, Branka; Klopotan, Žarka

    2009-01-01

    Općenito se smatra da je autizam u djetinjstvu u većine osoba lošije prognoze. Pozitivan ishod djeteta s autizmom je prema našim saznanjima prilično rijedak i pobuđuje niz proturječja. Četverogodišnjem dječaku je bio dijagnosticiran autizam i blaža mentalna retardacija. U dijagnostici i praćenju koje je trajalo oko pet godina primijenili smo klinički psihijatrijski intervju kao i nalaze drugih stručnjaka. Primijenjeno je savjetovanje roditelja i terapija. Tri godine od prvoga pregleda kod dje...

  15. Pozicioniranje i praćenje pješaka u zatvorenom prostoru koristeći senzore pametnih telefona, otkrivanje koraka i algoritam za geokodiranje

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    Ilkovičová, Ľubica; Kajánek, Pavol; Kopáčik, Alojz

    2016-01-01

    Rad se bavi navigacijom u zatvorenom prostoru koristeći inercijalne senzore (akcelerometre, žiroskope, itd.) ugrađene u pametne telefone. Najveći nedostatak korištenja inercijalnih senzora je netočnost koja se ubrzano povećava produljenjem vremena mjerenja. Razlog smanjenja točnosti je prisutnost pogrešaka inercijalnih mjerenja koje se akumuliraju kroz proces integracije. Rad opisuje određivanje putanje pješaka koristeći metodu praćenja koraka koja je poboljšana korištenjem algoritma za procj...

  16. Vrijednosti laboratorijskih testova za dokaz preosjetljivosti kod bolesnika s pozitivnim kožnim testom na kućnu prašinu i grinje

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    Skitarelić, Nataša; Mišulić, Joško; Skitarelić, Neven; Vuletić, Ana; Troskot, Vanja

    2009-01-01

    Uvod: Alergijske bolesti su danas u izrazitom porastu. Unatoc tome što su testovi za dokaz alergije vec dugo prisutni u svakodnevnoj praksi, dijagnoza alergije i dalje ostaje složena s obzirom da ne postoji jedinstven i egzaktan test za dokazivanje preosjetljivosti. Svrha našega rada bila je ispitati vrijednost svakodnevnih laboratorijskih dijagnostickih testova na skupini djece s preosjetljivošcu na kucnu prašinu i grinje. Bolesnici i metode: Prospektivno ispitivanje provedeno je u Službi...

  17. Dosljedna implementacija plana praćenja rezidua u svrhu zaštite zdravlja potrošača

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    Tanković, dr.vet.med., Mr.sc. Sanin; Šekarić, dr.vet.med., Brankica; Bilandžić, dipl.ing.biotehnol., dr.sc. Nina; Smajlović, prof.dr. Muhamed

    2014-01-01

    U cilju zaštite zdravlja potrošača i stvaranja preduvjeta za trgovinu živim životinjama i hranom životinjskog porijekla u Europskoj uniji, kao i svim trećim zemljama koje žele trgovati ovom vrstom hrane s Europskom unijom postoji zakonska obaveza praćenja i kontrole rezidua. Rezidue predstavljaju farmakološki aktivne supstance koje mogu zaostati u živim životinjama i proizvodima životinjskog porijekla a za koje se sumnja ili je dokazano da mogu ugroziti zdravlje ljudi. Implementacijo...

  18. The possibility of nuclear war: Appraisal, coping and emotional response

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    This study used Lazarus and Folkman's (1984) model of appraisal and coping to explore people's emotional response to the possibility of nuclear war. Sixty-seven women and 49 men participated in a questionnaire study. The sample represented a cross-section of Americans by age and ethnic group but had more education and higher occupational status scores than is typical for the greater population. Sampling limitations and the political climate at the time of questionnaire administration suggested that the present findings be interpreted cautiously. Nevertheless, results suggested the importance of appraisal, defined in this study as the estimated probability of nuclear war and beliefs that citizen efforts to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war can be effective, and coping as factors in people's nuclear threat related emotional response. Six of the study's 11 hypotheses received at least partial confirmation. One or more measures of nuclear threat-related emotional distress were positively correlated with probability estimates of nuclear war, individual and collective response efficacy beliefs, and seeking social support in regard to the nuclear threat. Negative correlations were found between measures of threat-related distress and both trust in political leaders and distancing. Statistically significant relationships contrary to the other five hypotheses were also obtained. Measures of threat-related distress were positively, rather than negatively, correlated with escape avoidance and positive reappraisal coping efforts. Appraisal, coping, and emotion variables, acting together, predicted the extent of political activism regarding the nuclear arms race. It is useful to consider attitudes toward the nuclear arms race, distinguishing between intensity and frequency of emotional distress, and between measures of trait, state, and concept-specific emotionality in understanding emotional responses

  19. Technical safety appraisal: Buildings 776/777 Rocky Flats Plant

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    Field, H C

    1988-03-01

    Buildings 776/777 at the Rocky Flats Plant are major components of the production complex at the plant site. They have been in operation since 1957. The operations taking place in the buildings are nuclear weapons production support, processing of weapons assemblies returned from Pantex, waste processing, research and development in support of production, special projects, and those generated by support groups, such as maintenance. The appraisal team identified nine deficiencies that it believed required prompt attention. DOE management for EH, the program office (Defense Programs), and the field office analyzed the information provided by the appraisal team and instituted compensatory measures for closer monitoring of contractor activities by knowledgeable DOE staff and staff from other sites. Concurrently, the contractor was requested to address both short-term and long-term remedial measures to correct the identified issues as well as the underlying problems. The contractor has provided his action plan, which is included. This plan was under evaluation by EH and the DOE program office at the time this report was prepared. In addressing the major areas of concern identified above, a well as the specific deficiencies identified by the appraisal team, the contractor and the field office are cautioned to search for the root causes for the problems and to direct corrective actions to those root causes rather than solely to the symptoms to assure the sustainability of the improvements being made. The results of prior TSAs led DOE to conclude that previous corrective actions were not sufficient in that a large number of the individual findings are recurrent. Pending completion of remedial actions over the next few months, enhanced DOE oversight of the contractor is warranted.

  20. Technical safety appraisal: Buildings 776/777 Rocky Flats Plant

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    Buildings 776/777 at the Rocky Flats Plant are major components of the production complex at the plant site. They have been in operation since 1957. The operations taking place in the buildings are nuclear weapons production support, processing of weapons assemblies returned from Pantex, waste processing, research and development in support of production, special projects, and those generated by support groups, such as maintenance. The appraisal team identified nine deficiencies that it believed required prompt attention. DOE management for EH, the program office (Defense Programs), and the field office analyzed the information provided by the appraisal team and instituted compensatory measures for closer monitoring of contractor activities by knowledgeable DOE staff and staff from other sites. Concurrently, the contractor was requested to address both short-term and long-term remedial measures to correct the identified issues as well as the underlying problems. The contractor has provided his action plan, which is included. This plan was under evaluation by EH and the DOE program office at the time this report was prepared. In addressing the major areas of concern identified above, a well as the specific deficiencies identified by the appraisal team, the contractor and the field office are cautioned to search for the root causes for the problems and to direct corrective actions to those root causes rather than solely to the symptoms to assure the sustainability of the improvements being made. The results of prior TSAs led DOE to conclude that previous corrective actions were not sufficient in that a large number of the individual findings are recurrent. Pending completion of remedial actions over the next few months, enhanced DOE oversight of the contractor is warranted

  1. No innocent deposits forming archives by rethinking appraisal

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    Cox, Richard J

    2003-01-01

    The public increase of interest in the past has not necessarily brought with it a greater understanding about how archives are formed. To this end, Richard Cox takes a serious look at archival repositories and collections. Cox suggests that archives do not just happen, but are consciously shaped (and sometimes distorted) by archivists, the creators of records, and other individuals and institutions. In this series of essays, Cox offers archivists rare insight into the fundamentals of appraisal, and historians and other users of archives the opportunity to appreciate the collections they all to

  2. An Appraisal Of Groupon E-Business Model

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    Odeniyi; O. Ayodeji; Lawal; N. Tunde; Kareem,, M.J.; A. E. Adebowale

    2015-01-01

    Abstract A new kind of business digital age middleman which ordinarily may not have been possible has emerged. An instance is Groupon an e-commerce platform which allows a small group of merchants to reach a large number of customers using internet and social media technologies to provide discounted deals. Therefore the purpose of this study is to appraise the Groupon e-business model. Firstly the brief profile and business model was examined. Thereafter an in-depth Social Legal Economic Poli...

  3. Appraising the value of independent EIA follow-up verifiers

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    Independent Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) follow-up verifiers such as monitoring agencies, checkers, supervisors and control officers are active on various construction sites across the world. There are, however, differing views on the value that these verifiers add and very limited learning in EIA has been drawn from independent verifiers. This paper aims to appraise how and to what extent independent EIA follow-up verifiers add value in major construction projects in the developing country context of South Africa. A framework for appraising the role of independent verifiers was established and four South African case studies were examined through a mixture of site visits, project document analysis, and interviews. Appraisal results were documented in the performance areas of: planning, doing, checking, acting, public participating and integration with other programs. The results indicate that independent verifiers add most value to major construction projects when involved with screening EIA requirements of new projects, allocation of financial and human resources, checking legal compliance, influencing implementation, reporting conformance results, community and stakeholder engagement, integration with self-responsibility programs such as environmental management systems (EMS), and controlling records. It was apparent that verifiers could be more creatively utilized in pre-construction preparation, providing feedback of knowledge into assessment of new projects, giving input to the planning and design phase of projects, and performance evaluation. The study confirms the benefits of proponent and regulator follow-up, specifically in having independent verifiers that disclose information, facilitate discussion among stakeholders, are adaptable and proactive, aid in the integration of EIA with other programs, and instill trust in EIA enforcement by conformance evaluation. Overall, the study provides insight on how to harness the learning opportunities

  4. The Best Websites for Financial Professionals, Business Appraisers, and Accountants

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    Lang, Eva M

    2004-01-01

    A no-nonsense style to quickly finding and evaluating the quality and usefulness of a siteEspecially designed for the growing number of accountants, business appraisers, and financial professionals who are turning to the Internet business and financial information, this book helps professionals evaluate, target, and locate the best financial and business sites on the Web. Organized by financial area, this is a comprehensive and economical resource for finding public financial information on the Web. Two of the industry's leading researchers, Eva M. Lang and Jan D. Tudor reveal tips, traps, and

  5. PROFILING AND THE STUDENT PROJECT PEER APPRAISAL PROCESS

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    Rodley C. Pineda; Bonita B. Barger; Linda D. Lerner

    2011-01-01

    Past research on team formation and composition reveals that team member attributes play a role in how students perceive each others’ contributions to a team project. Can attribute-based profiling be used during the peer appraisal process so that a holistic-based assessment tool can still provide meaningful feedback to the student being rated? Our study shows that students can develop a profile of the ideal team member at the start of the project that is consistent with their overall assess...

  6. Appraising the value of independent EIA follow-up verifiers

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    Wessels, Jan-Albert, E-mail: janalbert.wessels@nwu.ac.za [School of Geo and Spatial Sciences, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, North-West University, C/O Hoffman and Borcherd Street, Potchefstroom, 2520 (South Africa); Retief, Francois, E-mail: francois.retief@nwu.ac.za [School of Geo and Spatial Sciences, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, North-West University, C/O Hoffman and Borcherd Street, Potchefstroom, 2520 (South Africa); Morrison-Saunders, Angus, E-mail: A.Morrison-Saunders@murdoch.edu.au [School of Geo and Spatial Sciences, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, North-West University, C/O Hoffman and Borcherd Street, Potchefstroom, 2520 (South Africa); Environmental Assessment, School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Australia. (Australia)

    2015-01-15

    Independent Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) follow-up verifiers such as monitoring agencies, checkers, supervisors and control officers are active on various construction sites across the world. There are, however, differing views on the value that these verifiers add and very limited learning in EIA has been drawn from independent verifiers. This paper aims to appraise how and to what extent independent EIA follow-up verifiers add value in major construction projects in the developing country context of South Africa. A framework for appraising the role of independent verifiers was established and four South African case studies were examined through a mixture of site visits, project document analysis, and interviews. Appraisal results were documented in the performance areas of: planning, doing, checking, acting, public participating and integration with other programs. The results indicate that independent verifiers add most value to major construction projects when involved with screening EIA requirements of new projects, allocation of financial and human resources, checking legal compliance, influencing implementation, reporting conformance results, community and stakeholder engagement, integration with self-responsibility programs such as environmental management systems (EMS), and controlling records. It was apparent that verifiers could be more creatively utilized in pre-construction preparation, providing feedback of knowledge into assessment of new projects, giving input to the planning and design phase of projects, and performance evaluation. The study confirms the benefits of proponent and regulator follow-up, specifically in having independent verifiers that disclose information, facilitate discussion among stakeholders, are adaptable and proactive, aid in the integration of EIA with other programs, and instill trust in EIA enforcement by conformance evaluation. Overall, the study provides insight on how to harness the learning opportunities

  7. Appraisals of psychotic experiences: an experimental investigation of symptomatic, remitted, and non-need-for-care individuals

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    Underwood, Raphael Aurelien Martin; Kumari, Veena; Peters, Emmanuelle Roisin

    2016-01-01

    Background Appraisals are suggested to play a determining role in the clinical outcome of psychotic experiences (PEs). We used experimental tasks that mimic PEs to investigate appraisals in individuals with PEs with and without a ‘need-for-clinical-care’, and psychosis patients whose symptoms have remitted. We predicted that patients would appraise the tasks as threatening regardless of current symptom level, while non-clinical and control groups would appraise them as non-threatening.Method ...

  8. 17 CFR 229.911 - (Item 911) Reports, opinions and appraisals.

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    ... compensation paid to such outside party is contingent on the approval or completion of the roll-up transaction and, if so, the reasons for compensating such parties on a contingent basis. (3) Furnish a statement...) The appraised value of any separately appraised asset that is significant to the partnership...

  9. Interparental Conflict in Context: Exploring Relations between Parenting Processes and Children's Conflict Appraisals

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    DeBoard-Lucas, Renee L.; Fosco, Gregory M.; Raynor, Sarah R.; Grych, John H.

    2010-01-01

    Children's appraisals of conflict are a mechanism by which parental discord can lead to child maladjustment. The cognitive-contextual framework proposes that parent-child relationships may affect how children perceive conflict, but this idea has rarely been examined empirically. This study investigated relations between conflict appraisals,…

  10. Cognitive Appraisals and Lived Experiences During Injury Rehabilitation: A Narrative Account Within Personal and Situational Backdrop

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    Roy,, A.; Mokhtar; Abdul Karim; Ayathupady Mohanan

    2015-01-01

    Background The article highlights an athlete’s cognitive appraisals form the onset to return to play. The narrative provides how an athlete constructs a sense of self within personal and situational factors and describes the subjective experiences during rehabilitation Objectives The study examined the cognitive appraisal and psychological response within the backdrop of personal and situational factors in an injured athlete. ...

  11. 77 FR 52745 - Leveraging Registries With Medical Device Data for Postmarket Surveillance and Evidence Appraisal...

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    ... Postmarket Surveillance and Evidence Appraisal Throughout the Total Product Life Cycle AGENCY: Food and Drug... Device Data for Postmarket Surveillance and Evidence Appraisal Throughout the Total Product Life Cycle... relatively short, product life-cycle. For these reasons, FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological...

  12. Associations of Coping and Appraisal Styles with Emotion Regulation during Preadolescence

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    Zalewski, Maureen; Lengua, Liliana J.; Wilson, Anna C.; Trancik, Anika; Bazinet, Alissa

    2011-01-01

    We investigated the associations of appraisal and coping styles with emotion regulation in a community sample of preadolescents (N = 196, 9-12 years of age), with appraisal, coping styles, and emotion regulation measured at a single time point. In a previous study, we identified five frustration and four anxiety emotion regulation profiles based…

  13. Determining the Root Causes of Concerns Associated with the Performance Appraisal Process

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    Barnds, W. Kent

    2011-01-01

    Many organizations use formal appraisals to measure employee performance. Augustana College's Office of Admissions introduced an appraisal process in 2006. Subsequently, staff expressed a number of concerns, ranging from confusion about the process to its link to compensation. Action research proved essential for understanding the problems; it…

  14. Development of Performance Appraisal System for Local School Teachers in Thailand

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    Uttaramart, Suphawadee; Tesaputa, Kowat; Sri-am-pai, Anan

    2015-01-01

    The objectives of this research were: 1) to study current situation and problem in the performance appraisal system of secondary school teachers, under jurisdiction of the Local Administrative Organization (LAO), 2) to develop the performance appraisal system to apply with the LAO school teachers, and 3) to evaluate the application from the…

  15. The Rhetoric of Performance Appraisals: Conflict and Resolution in Oppositional Discourse Communities.

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    Knight, Melinda

    The advances of contemporary rhetorical theory can be drawn upon to resolve the competing values of the two constituencies that have a stake in performance appraisals: the manager and the employee. One reason for problems in the existing model of performance appraisals is that the two sides perceive themselves to be in opposition, and that very…

  16. Multi-level fuzzy comprehensive appraisal on social effects of projects

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    孙立新; 李良宝; 李晓东; 王强

    2004-01-01

    The application of multi-level fuzzy comprehensive appraisal on social effects of projects has been studied. The principles for setting up an index system have been analyzed and the index system has been set up according to projects of construction. Models for multi-level fuzzy comprehensive appraisal have been offered and relative calculation steps have been given according to project instances.

  17. Organizational communication and performance appraisal: the organizational communication under 360º evaluation

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    Mourão, R.; Miranda, S

    2015-01-01

    Organizational communication and performance appraisal are essential to human resources management. Organizational communication has been relevant in organizations, especially because globalization and competitiveness create more permanent contact between employees (Miller, 2011). In turn, performance appraisal has been shown to be essential to organizational effectiveness (Proctor and Doukakis, 2003). However, traditional performance evaluation has some limitations (e.g. quotation mistakes a...

  18. A Case Study of Teacher Appraisal in Shanghai, China: In Relation to Teacher Professional Development

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    Zhang, Xiao Feng; Ng, Ho Ming

    2011-01-01

    Literature has confirmed that teacher appraisal can and should facilitate the professional development of teachers. In the past, teacher appraisal in China has been conducted mainly for administrative purposes; nowadays, it is increasingly being viewed as a means of teacher professional development. However, the way in which teacher appraisal…

  19. Maladaptive Self-Appraisals before Trauma Exposure Predict Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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    Bryant, Richard A.; Guthrie, Rachel M.

    2007-01-01

    This study tested the proposal that negative appraisals represent a risk factor for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after trauma. Trainee firefighters (N = 68) were assessed during training (before trauma exposure) for PTSD, history of traumatic events, and tendency to engage in negative appraisals. Firefighters were reassessed 4…

  20. Due Process in Appraisal: A Quasi-Experiment in Procedural Justice.

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    Taylor, M. Susan; And Others

    1995-01-01

    Extended research on procedural justice by examining effects of a due-process performance-appraisal system on (government) employees' and managers' reactions. Employee-management pairs were randomly assigned to either a due-process appraisal system or the existing one. Although due-process employees received lower evaluations, both employees and…

  1. The effects of performance appraisal in the Norwegian municipal health services: a case study

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Previous research in performance appraisal (PA indicates that variation exists in learning and job motivation from performance appraisal between occupational groups. This research evaluates the potential effect of job motivation, learning and self-assessment through performance appraisals for health personnel. Case description This article focuses on goal-setting, feedback, participation and training in performance appraisals in municipal health services in Norway; and job motivation, learning and self-assessment of performance are the dependent factors. Questionnaires were distributed to a representative sample of 600 health personnel from the Norwegian municipal health service, with a response rate of 62%. Factor analysis and regression analysis were run in SPSS 12. Discussion and evaluation The study suggests that respondents learn from performance appraisal. Nurses experienced some higher job motivation from performance appraisal than auxiliary nurses. All subordinates perceived higher job motivation after performance appraisal than managers. Conclusion Useful feedback, active participation and higher education are fundamental elements of discussion in performance appraisal, as well as the role of increasing employees' job motivation. In this study, nurses' job motivation seems to be more effected by PA, than for auxiliary nurses. Both nurses and auxiliary nurses indicate that there is a learning effect from PA. This study may be of interest to health researchers and managers in municipal health services.

  2. Geometrically Evident: Framing Studies Using the Graphic Appraisal Tool for Epidemiology (GATE)

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    Martin, Andres; Srihari, Vinod

    2006-01-01

    Educators in evidence-based medicine (EBM) have noted that the core set of epidemiological concepts outlined in standard sources are sometimes put to use as oversimplified checklists for the appraisal of research reports. In this article, the authors present the Graphic Appraisal Tool for Epidemiology which was designed as a way combat, by visual…

  3. Importance of criteria weights in composite appraisal of transport projects – a robustness analysis

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    Jensen, Anders Vestergaard

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a framework for estimating the robustness of appraisal of transport projects using composite appraisal methodology which makes use of both cost benefit analysis (CBA) and multi criteria analysis (MCA). The setting of criteria weights in MCA is often seen as the most subjective...

  4. 36 CFR 1211.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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    ... 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials. 1211.425 Section 1211.425 Parks, Forests, and Public Property NATIONAL... Education Programs or Activities Prohibited § 1211.425 Counseling and use of appraisal and...

  5. 13 CFR 113.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  6. 6 CFR 17.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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    ... 6 Domestic Security 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling... Discrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Prohibited § 17.425 Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials. (a) Counseling. A recipient shall not discriminate against any person...

  7. 38 CFR 23.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials. 23.425 Section 23.425 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief DEPARTMENT... Activities Prohibited § 23.425 Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials. (a) Counseling....

  8. 7 CFR 15a.36 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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    ... 7 Agriculture 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling... Education Programs and Activities Prohibited § 15a.36 Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials. (a) Counseling. A recipient shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of sex in...

  9. 32 CFR 196.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  10. 24 CFR 3.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  11. 14 CFR 1253.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  12. 44 CFR 19.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  13. 49 CFR 25.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  14. 31 CFR 28.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  15. 29 CFR 36.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  16. 45 CFR 86.36 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  17. 10 CFR 5.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  18. 22 CFR 229.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  19. 45 CFR 618.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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  20. 22 CFR 146.425 - Counseling and use of appraisal and counseling materials.

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