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Pratiyogita Darpan English February 2021

by Pd Group

Pratiyogita Darpan February 2021 is one more gem in the series of great content made by PD Group. with previous papers of various PSC exams and regular topics of interest the aspirants are promised of great success in coming examinations.

Princess in Denim

by Zoa Sherburne

Eden lived with her widower father on their Washington State raspberry ranch. Steve, a photographer friend, submitted Eden's picture in a contest to choose a local Tulip Queen. Then older, sophisticated Johnny Halloran, seeing potentials in Eden as a future Miss America, offered to manage her. His suavity prompted her to neglect her responsibilities at the ranch to try for the titles.

Reader's Digest Select Editions Volume 186

by The Reader's Digest Association

THUNDER AND RAIN by Charles Martin Former Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is out of step with the times. He’s a modern-day cowboy living in a world that doesn’t quite understand his strong sense of right and wrong and his instinct to defend those who can’t defend themselves. But when his family falls apart and his ranch is at risk, can he become the man he needs to be? THE CHRISTMAS NOTE by Donna VanLiere When Gretchen moves into her new condo, the last person she expects to get close to is the reclusive woman next door. And for her part, Melissa doesn’t want any part of Gretchen and her bothersome little children. But opposites can be more ^like than you think, and sometimes neighborliness can lead to the most unexpected places.

Fury: Stallion of Broken Wheel Ranch (Fury #1)

by Albert G. Miller

First in the series of books about FURY, the magnificent black stallion and his young master, Joey. This novel is based on Fury, an American western television A horsecrazy orphan boy named Joey gets adopted by 2 horse ranchers. When Joey gets adopted he meets the horse they've captured. His name is Fury and he's a jet black stallion. He is very wild but Joey soothes him. Joey and Fury have many adventures together as Fury is accused of leading away horses from other ranches, and other exciting adventures. The Fury series aired on NBC from 1955 to 1960.

River Rising

by Hubert Skidmore

River Rising is the story of York Allen a young mountain man who's life's desire is to be a doctor. In order to achieve this goal, he must work and earn money so that he can attend medical school. This book tells the story of the year he spent teaching in a West Virginia logging community. Full of adventures sorrows and triamphs, York begins to achieve his goal.

Ganit Prokash class 10 - West Bengal Board: গণিত প্রকাশ দশম শ্রেণি - পশ্চিমবঙ্গ মধ্যশিক্ষা পর্ষদ

by West Bengal Board of Secondary Education

দশম শ্রেণির গণিত বইয়ের নাম গণিত প্রকাশ। বইটিতে ধাপে ধাপে গাণিতিক সমস্যাবলি সমাধানের পদ্ধতি শেখানো হয়েছে। শিক্ষার্থীর সুবিধার জন্য প্রতিটি ক্ষেত্রেই সযত্বে মৌল ধারণাগুলিকে প্রাঞ্জল ভাষায় এবং হাতেকলমে পদ্ধতিতে উপস্থাপন করা হয়েছে। গণিত বিষয়টিকে বৈচিত্র্যময় এবং আকর্ষণীয় করে তোলার সযত্ব প্রয়াস বইটিতে সহজেই লক্ষ করা যাবে। শিক্ষার্থীর প্রায়োগিক সামর্থ্যবৃদ্ধির দিকেও আমরা তীক্ষ্ণ নজর রেখেছি। আশা করা যায় শিক্ষার্থীমহলে বইটি সমাদূত হবে।

The Prairie Dog Town (Animal Life Stories)

by Don Arthur Torgersen

Meet prairie dogs in this science based story. Find out how they build their homes, what animals are their friends or enemies, what they eat, how they grow up, how they spend their days and nights and much more.

Will Rogers: Wise and Witty Sayings of a Great American Humorist

by Will Rogers

A delightful collection of Rogers' newspaper columns. He had a sharp wit, but he used it kindly. In his daily column, which appeared on the morning front page of nearly 400 newspapers, he took cracks at capital and labor, bankers and farmers, but through it all there was the thread of forgiveness and national unity. The insulting, personal humor of today was quite foreign to Will Rogers. He lived in a time that is now long past, when more people lived in the country than the city. I think his point of view is best summed up in a remark he once made to an audience in New York, "They may call me a 'rube' and a 'hick,' but I'd a lot rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it." That was Will Rogers.

Marathi Sulabhbharti class 6 - Maharashtra Board

by Maharashtra Rajya Pathyapustak Nirmiti Va Abhysakram Sanshodhan Mandal Pune

मराठी सुलभभारती इयत्ता सहावी हे महाराष्ट्र राज्य पाठ्यपुस्तक निर्मिती व अभ्यासक्रम संशोधन मंडळ, पुणे यांनी या पुस्तकाचे लेखन केले आहे तसेच श्री. विवेक उत्तम गोसावी यांनी हे पुस्तक मराठी भाषेमध्ये प्रकाशित केले आहे. या पाठ्यपुस्तकातील अध्ययन-अध्यापन प्रक्रिया बालकेंद्रित असावी, स्वयंअध्ययनावर भर दिला जावा, अध्ययन व अध्यापन प्रक्रिया आनंददायी व्हावी असा व्यापक दृष्टिकोन समोर ठेवून हे पुस्तक तयार केले आहे. प्राथमिक शिक्षणाच्या विविध टप्प्यांवर विद्यार्थ्यांनी नेमक्या कोणत्या क्षमता प्राप्त कराव्यात त्यासाठी पाठ्यपुस्तकात भाषाविषयक अपेक्षित क्षमता विधानांचा समावेश करण्यात आला आहे. पाठ्यपुस्तकात पाठ व कवितांचा समावेश केलेला आहे. भाषिक कौशल्यांच्या विकासासाठी नावीन्यपूर्ण स्वाध्याय, उपक्रम व प्रकल्प दिलेले आहेत. श्रवण, भाषण-संभाषण, वाचन व लेखन ही भाषिक कौशल्ये अधिकाधिक विकसित होण्यासाठी 'सुविचार', 'वाचू आणि हसू', 'वाचा', 'घोषवाक्ये', 'ओळखा पाहू', 'शब्दकोडी' यांचा समावेश केला आहे. विद्यार्थ्यांनी नवीन शब्द, वाक्प्रचार व म्हणी यांचा वापर सहजतेने करावा, तसेच त्यांच्यामध्ये व्याकरणविषयक जाण निर्माण व्हावी, म्हणून हे सर्व मनोरंजक व सोप्या पद्धतीने दिले आहे. विद्यार्थ्यांना स्वतःची कल्पकता वापरून लेखन करता यावे, विचार व्यक्त करता यावे, यांसाठी वैविध्यपूर्ण प्रश्न व कृती पाठ्यपुस्तकात समाविष्ट केल्या आहेत.

Building the Governance to Take Capital SAFI to the Next Level

by V. G. Narayanan F. Asis Martinez-Jerez Mariana Cal

Asset management firm Capital SAFI wanted to attract new strategic investors and expand to other countries. Having the right corporate governance in place was critical to achieve this goal.

Asset Allocation at the Cook County Pension Fund

by Juliane Begenau Emil Nuwan Siriwardane Yuval Gonczarowski

Nickol Hackett, chief investment officer of the Cook County Pension Fund, is responsible for investing the fund's $9 billion worth of assets on behalf of the employees of Cook County, Illinois. Like many other defined-benefit pensions at the time, the Cook County pension faces a funding shortfall, meaning that the value of its assets is below the value of its future obligations to retirees. Hackett can invest in fixed income securities, public equities, and alternative assets such as hedge funds, real estate, or private equity. What are the costs and benefits of each asset class? Should the funding status of the pension impact the asset allocation process? How should Hackett invest in order to grow the value of the fund's assets and secure the retirement benefits for thousands of Cook County's employees?

Eaton Corporation: Portfolio Transformation and The Cost of Capital

by Daniel Fisher Benjamin C. Esty E. Scott Mayfield

In 2000, Eaton Corporation was broadly diversified industrial conglomerate. But its strategy was evolving and its focus was narrowing around "power management" and more recently on "intelligent power," the use of digitally enable products and services designed to enhance efficiency and reliability. To implement this transition, Eaton had acquired more than 70 companies and divested another 50. Such active portfolio management required Eaton to regularly assess the prospects of each business unit-the profit and growth potential-and to explore opportunities to enhance its capabilities through acquisitions. In January 2020, Eaton got an offer from Danfoss, a Danish conglomerate, to buy its hydraulics business for $3.3 billion. Recently appointed CEO Craig Arnold must decide whether this deal makes sense strategically and financially. In particular, he must decide if $3.3 billion is a fair price for the firm's hydraulics business.

Eaton Corporation: Portfolio Transformation and The Cost of Capital (Abridged)

by Daniel Fisher Benjamin C. Esty E. Scott Mayfield

In 2000, Eaton Corporation was a broadly diversified industrial conglomerate. But its strategy was evolving and its focus was narrowing around "power management" and more recently on "intelligent power," the use of digitally enabled products and services designed to enhance efficiency and reliability. To implement this transition, Eaton had acquired more than 70 companies and divested another 50. Such active portfolio management required Eaton to regularly assess the prospects of each business unit-the profit and growth potential-and to explore opportunities to enhance its capabilities through acquisitions. In January 2020, Eaton got an offer from Danfoss, a Danish conglomerate, to buy its hydraulics business for $3.3 billion. Recently appointed CEO Craig Arnold must decide whether this deal makes sense strategically and financially. In particular, he must decide if $3.3 billion is a fair price for the firm's hydraulics business. This abridged version is shorter than the original version (HBS Case #221-006) and does not contain the appendix that explains and derives the formulas for the WACC using the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).

Algramo

by Michael Chu Monica Silva Mariana Cal

The company's innovative approach was widely recognized, both locally and internationally. In 2018, Moller was invited to join a prestigious NGO focused on the role of the private sector, which led to an invitation by Unilever Chile's CEO to join forces to meet a corporate-wide Unilever commitment: a 25% reduction by 2025 of the plastics it put out into the world. One of the most efficient ways of doing so was the replacement of single-use plastic packaging by reusable containers, but the challenge was to make consumers remember to take their empty containers with them when shopping. With the insight that people never forget to take their wallets, Moller's response was Packaging-as-a-Wallet (PaaW), a reusable plastic container imbedded with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip that, through Algramo's smartphone app, could also become a digital wallet. At the same time, the app allowed the user to order the exact amount desired and have it home-delivered by electric tricycle. In January 2020, following a successful pilot test, Unilever Chile and Algramo rolled out PaaW across Santiago, Chile's capital. With plastic pollution a highly visible global issue, Algramo's efforts attracted wide international attention and recognition. Several leading FMCG multinationals and environmental NGOs approached Algramo to explore potential partnerships. For many years, Algramo's financing came through awards and prizes, friends and family and benefactors. At the end of 2019, Algramo completed its first institutional capital-raise in a round led by New York-based impact investor Closed Loop Partners. That relationship opened the doors to projects that would take the Algramo model to New York City. In March 2020, Algramo's board approved a joint venture with a Dutch NGO to deploy Algramo in Indonesia, the world's second-largest source of plastic leakage into the oceans. That same month, Chile registered its first Covid-19 case.

Brainlab: Imaging a MedTech Future

by Regina E. Herzlinger Federica Gabrieli Gregory P. Licholai

Can Brainlab, a privately held firm, compete with giants like Medtronic and Amazon in delivering the Digital Operating Room of the future? The CEO is pondering solutions for secure exchange of medical information, pricing a new robotic imaging device, and reorganizing the firm. Thirty years have passed since the self-taught computer programmer Stefan Vilsmeier founded the firm and achieved dominance in many fields. How can he maintain it in the face of this new, powerful, and well-funded competition?

Odebrecht's "Transformation Journey" (B)

by Lynn Sharp Paine Ruth Costas Pedro Levindo

The case describes how Odebrecht's board of directors handled the issues raised in the (A) case and continues the story of the Group's efforts to restore its reputation and return to growth after admitting its role in Latin America's largest-ever corruption scandal. The case covers the Group's filing for, and emergence from, a court-supervised reorganization while coping with an ongoing feud within its founding family, as well as changes in Group's leadership and governance as it attempts to regain financial stability and complete another round of changes to its compliance and internal control systems. The case concludes with the outgoing CEO's announcement of the Group's new name-Novonor-and its newly defined purpose and vision for its future.

iOpenEye: Theater and #MeToo in Nigeria

by Caroline Elkins Tarun Khanna Joyce J. Kim

In 2014, Ifeoma Fafunwa, an award-winning playwright and director, founded iOpenEye, a commercial production company dedicated to driving social change through performance art. iOpenEye's flagship theatrical production was called "Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True," which shared narratives of Nigerian women's struggles. By 2019, "Hear Word!" had debuted internationally, playing sold-out shows at distinguished venues like the American Repertory Theater and at the renowned Edinburgh International Festival. By spring 2020, COVID hit and venues closed, offering Fafunwa new possibilities, such as streaming content and reconsideration of production scale. What steps would it take to have iOpenEye and "Hear Word!" be successful five years down the line? Fafunwa contemplated her next move knowing that whatever it was, it had to be an iOpenEye 2.0 business model.

KaBOOM!: Play at Scale (B)

by V. Kasturi Rangan Tricia Gregg

Supplemental to case 517025. This (B) case describes the changes in the organization's strategy from one of Building Playgrounds to Influencing Play. It describes the implementation of the strategy and the challenges it faced internally and externally. It goes on to describe how the organization under its new leader, James Siegal, further adjusted the strategy and its implementation, to navigate through the initial difficulties. The case closes with the question, what else should the organization do to help the new strategy take off?

chotuKool: "Little Cool," Big Opportunity

by Efosa Ojomo Rory McDonald Derek C.M. van Bever

In 2013, a team led by Gopalan Sunderraman, vice president of corporate development at Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.-one of the companies owned by Godrej Group, a large Indian conglomerate-was preparing to launch an innovative low-cost refrigerator. Developed expressly for the approximately 80% of Indians who lacked access to refrigeration (a market Godrej had never before targeted), the chotuKool represented a technological marvel-a small, inexpensive thermoelectric appliance powered by a rechargeable battery. The case traces chotuKool's development and evolution from an initial product concept inspired by theories of innovation and the strategic vision of Jamshyd Godrej (managing director and chairman at Godrej & Boyce Mfg.) to a promising new line of business that emerged from a process of learning and discovery through market feedback. As the company geared up for the broader rollout of chotuKool, Sunderraman and his team faced some tough questions. What was the proper target and scope for the launch? Which strategy gave them the best chance of success? Could chotuKool really redefine the company and bring refrigeration to hundreds of millions of Indians?

Port Competition in the Pearl River Delta

by Willy Shih

This case examines the competition between ports and port operators in the Pearl River Delta over the last four decades. The cities surrounding the Pearl River estuary are the "workshop of the world," and the development of manufacturing in the region was heavily dependent on efficient container shipping. As China has opened up and drawn more direct trade traffic to Shenzhen and Guangzhou ports, the operators in Hong Kong have had to adapt. More change is afoot, and Hong Kong may have to reinvent itself again.

Tulsa Remote: Moving Talent to Middle America

by Prithwiraj Choudhury Emma Salomon

Tulsa Remote sought to attract a diverse group of remote workers to the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma-and was willing to put its money where its mouth was, offering $10,000 and a range of wraparound services for its program participants. After a successful pilot year, which saw the program select 100 participants out of more than 10,000 applicants, Tulsa Remote was excited to begin its second round of applications. However, the program faced an ongoing challenge attracting Black men to participate in the program. The team wondered what they could do to make their program-and their community-feel more welcoming. Meanwhile, as the second group of remote workers began making plans to move to Tulsa, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. How would the program deal with the effects of the pandemic, both on the local economy and on remote work in general?

Drizly: Managing Supply and Demand through Disruption

by Kris Ferreira

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