QATAR ELECTRICITY AND WATER

April 30, 2009 on 11:22 am | In Arabs, Economics, Financial, Middle East, Research | No Comments

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First Reaction Report

(Qatar Electricity & Water Company)‏

TAIB Research (Research@taib.com)

Thu 4/30/09

In order to view our GCC First Reaction Report for Qatar Electricity & Water Company (QEWS.QA), please click on the hyperlink below:

For English version:

http://www.taib.com/reports/E01025043009/FRRQEWSQAAPRIL09.pdf

For Arabic Version:

http://www.taib.com/reports/E01025043009/FRRQEWSQAAPR09AR.pdf

For any further information or clarification, please contact us at:

Tel: + 973 17549499 Fax: + 973 17531213

Email: research@taib.com

Best Regards,

Research Team

TAIB Securities W.L.L

Post Box 20485, Manama

Kingdom of Bahrain

First Reaction Report

(Qatar Electricity & Water Company)‏

TAIB Research (Research@taib.com)

http://www.taib.com/reports/E01025043009/FRRQEWSQAAPRIL09.pdf

TAIB Securities W.L.L

Post Box 20485, Manama

Kingdom of Bahrain

TAIB Research

GCC First Reaction Report for Qatar Electricity & Water

Company (QEWS.QA)

Thu 4/30/09

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LAND DEGRADATION IN CHINA

April 30, 2009 on 9:38 am | In China, Development, Earth, Economics, Financial, Research | No Comments

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APEC Economies Newsletter May 2009‏

Aylwen Garden (Aylwen.Garden@anu.edu.au)

Thu 4/30/09

Please find attached a revised copy of the APEC Economies March Newsletter.

This month’s theme article is:

Property Rights and Land Degradation in China

by Jeff Bennett and Andreas Kontoleon

The PDF file has been sent using basic MIME encoding. To view this document please use Adobe Reader software version 5.0. If you do not have a copy of this program, you can obtain it at the following website:

http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html

The newsletter is also available from the AJRC homepage (click on newsletter) at the following address:

http://www.crawford.anu.edu.au/publish/publish.php

Thank you for your interest in the APEC Economies newsletter.

APEC Economies Newsletter

aylwen.gardiner-garden@anu.edu.au

Mrs Aylwen Gardiner-Garden

Australia-Japan Research Centre
Crawford School of Economics and Government
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
JG Crawford Building No. 13
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

T: +61 2 6125 0568
F: +61 2 6125 0767
W:
www.crawford.anu.edu.au

APEC Economies Newsletter May 2009‏

Aylwen Garden (Aylwen.Garden@anu.edu.au)

Property Rights and Land Degradation in China

by Jeff Bennett and Andreas Kontoleon

http://www.crawford.anu.edu.au/publish/publish.php

Australia-Japan Research Centre

Thu 4/30/09

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FINANCIAL AGGREGATES: AUSTRALIA

April 30, 2009 on 2:58 am | In Economics, Financial, Globalization, Research | No Comments

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RBA News: Financial Aggregates – March 2009

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)

WEBInfo (Webinfo@RBA.GOV.AU)

Wed 4/29/09

For your information the Reserve Bank of Australia this morning issued the Financial Aggregates for March 2009.

You can view this statistical release at:

http://www.rba.gov.au/Statistics/fin-agg/2009/fin-agg-0309.html

Media Office

Reserve Bank of Australia

30 April 2009

Previous Financial Aggregate releases can be viewed at:

http://www.rba.gov.au/Statistics/fin-agg/

Statistical releases expected during the next few months:

http://www.rba.gov.au/Statistics/serd.html

RBA News: Financial Aggregates – March 2009

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)

WEBInfo (Webinfo@RBA.GOV.AU)

http://www.rba.gov.au/Statistics/fin-agg/2009/fin-agg-0309.html

Wed 4/29/09

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"MONTHLY ENERGY REVIEW": EIA

April 30, 2009 on 2:01 am | In Research, USA | No Comments

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April 2009 Monthly Energy Review

has been released‏

EIA_Listserv@eia.doe.gov

U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Information Administration

EIA the Nation’s clearinghouse for energy statistics

Wed 4/29/09

Monthly Energy Review (04/29/2009)

EIA’s primary report of recent energy statistics:  total energy production, consumption, and trade; energy prices; overviews of petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and international petroleum; and data unit conversions.

In the first quarter of 2009, the average number of rotary rigs drilling in the United States—primarily for crude oil and natural gas—stood at 1,344, 24 percent less than the average in the first quarter of 2008 and 22 percent less than the average in the first quarter of 2007.

See What’s New in the Monthly Energy Review for a record of changes in this report.

You can send e-mail to wmaster@eia.doe.gov

April 2009 Monthly Energy Review has been released‏

EIA_Listserv@eia.doe.gov

Wed 4/29/09

Monthly Energy Review (04/29/2009)

U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Information Administration

EIA the Nation’s clearinghouse for energy Statistics

Wed 4/29/09

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FED FUNDS RATE: ATLANTA FED

April 30, 2009 on 1:27 am | In Economics, Financial, Research, USA | No Comments

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FRB Atlanta Circular Letter‏

FOMC Statement

Wed 4/29/09

The FOMC voted to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent.

See link for more information.

http://www.frbatlanta.org/invoke.cfm?objectid=F323784F-5056-9F12-1247BF352F7E7CC8&method=display

Visit our Web site, www.frbatlanta.org

Publications, speeches, events, circular letters, and more are available through www.frbatlanta.org/rss/rss.cfm

For a list of items recently posted to the Atlanta Fed’s Web site, go to www.frbatlanta.org/whatsnew.cfm

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions.

Please e-mail us at webmaster@frbatlanta.org.

April 29 2009

FRB Atlanta Circular Letter‏

FOMC Statement

www.frbatlanta.org

http://www.frbatlanta.org/invoke.cfm?objectid=F323784F-5056-9F12-1247BF352F7E7CC8&method=display

Wed 4/29/09

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FOREST FIRE SMOKE: ALKALOIDS AND CLOUD FORMATION

April 29, 2009 on 10:52 pm | In Development, Earth, Economics, Research, Science & Technology | No Comments

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

(PNNL)

PNNL News Potentially harmful chemicals found

in forest fire smoke‏

pnnl.news@pnl.gov

Wed 4/29/09

Newsroom

April 29 2009

Contact: Mary Beckman (509) 375-3688

Potentially harmful chemicals found in forest fire

smoke

Smoke particles could affect health, environment in

fire-prone areas

RICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires. The results from the new study also suggest that smoldering fires may produce more toxins than wildfires – a reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during controlled burns.

Finding these toxins — known as alkaloids — helps researchers understand how they cycle through earth and air. Smoke-related alkaloids in the environment can change aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as where and when clouds form. The study, which was of Ponderosa pines, by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will appear June 1 in Environmental Science and Technology.

“Ponderosa pines are widespread in areas that are prone to forest fires,” said PNNL physical chemist Julia Laskin, one of the coauthors. “This study shows us which molecules are in smoke so we can better understand smoke’s environmental impact.”

As trees and underbrush burn, billowing smoke made up of tiny particles drifts away. The tiny particles contain a variety of natural compounds released from the plant matter. Researchers have long suspected the presence of alkaloids in smoke or detected them in air during fire season, but no one had directly measured them coming off a fire. The PNNL researchers had recently developed the technology to pick out alkaloids from the background of similar molecules.

To investigate chemicals given off by fires, the team captured some smoke from test fires organized by Colorado State University researchers. These researchers were doing controlled burns of ponderosa pines, underbrush and other fuels at the Forest Service Fire Science Laboratory in Missoula, Mont.

The scientists collected smoke samples in a device that corrals small particles. Using high-resolution spectrometry instruments in EMSL, DOE’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory on the PNNL campus, they then determined which molecules the smoke contained. At EMSL, the researchers used the new methods to glean highly detailed information about the smoke’s composition.

The team found a wide variety of molecules. When they compared their results to other studies, they found that 70 percent of these molecules had not been previously reported in smoke.

The research significantly expanded the previous observations,” said aerosol chemist and coauthor Alexander Laskin.

In addition, 10 to 30 percent of these were alkaloids, common plant molecules that proved to be quite resistant to the high temperatures of fire. Plants often use alkaloids for protection, because they can poison other plants and animals, including humans. Alkaloids also have medicinal value (caffeine and nicotine, for example, are well-known alkaloids that aren’t found in pine trees).

A large percentage of the alkaloids were those that carry biologically useful nitrogen through atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic environments. Because of this, the results suggest smoke might be an important step in this transport. Also, the nitrogen-containing alkaloids have a basic pH, which can make cloud-forming particles less acidic, and in turn impact cloud formation that is critical to global agriculture and water supplies.

The researchers also found that the abundance of alkaloids depends on how vigorously the fire burns. Smoldering fires such as those in controlled burns produce more of the compounds than blazing fires such as those fanned by high winds. Because some plant alkaloids might be harmful, the result could affect planned fires upwind of human populations.

For future studies, the researchers are developing a method to quantify the alkaloids and related compounds in smoke to better understand their chemical composition and prevalence.

A Laskin, J Smith, and J Laskin. 2009. “Molecular Characterization of Nitrogen Containing Organic Compounds in Biomass Burning Aerosols Using High Resolution Mass Spectrometry.” Environmental Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1021/es803456n.

This work was funded by the DOE Office of Science through the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, and the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program.

EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, is a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research program that is located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. EMSL offers an open, collaborative environment for scientific discovery to researchers around the world. EMSL’s technical experts and suite of custom and advanced instruments are unmatched. Its integrated computational and experimental capabilities enable researchers to realize fundamental scientific insights and create new technologies.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory where interdisciplinary teams advance science and technology and deliver solutions to America’s most intractable problems in energy, national security and the environment. PNNL employs 4,200 staff, has a $850 million annual budget, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab’s inception in 1965.

The release shown above is also available at http://www.pnl.gov/news/release.asp?id=366.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

PNNL News Potentially harmful chemicals found in

forest fire smoke‏

pnnl.news@pnl.gov

Wed 4/29/09

Newsroom

http://www.pnl.gov/news/release.asp?id=366

April 29 2009

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FOMC STATEMENT: FED OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE

April 29, 2009 on 6:37 pm | In Economics, Financial, Globalization, Research | No Comments

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FOMC statement

Federal Reserve Board Notification

Wed 4/29/09

http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/monetary/20090429a.htm

Released by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Schedule of upcoming postings to the Board’s website

List of items posted to the Board’s website over the past two weeks

If you have any questions or problems e-mail support@govdelivery.com for assistance.

Visit us on the web at www.federalreserve.gov.

20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW · Washington DC 20551 · Phone: 202-452-3000

FOMC statement

Federal Reserve Board Notification

www.federalreserve.gov

http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/monetary/20090429a.htm

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Wed 4/29/09

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BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS BIS REVIEW NO. 52: MONETARY POLICY

April 29, 2009 on 2:40 pm | In Economics, Financial, Globalization, Research | No Comments

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BIS Review

Bank for International Settlements

BIS Review No 52 available‏

Press, Service (press@bis.org)

Publications, Service (Publications@bis.org)

Wed 4/29/09

Please find BIS Review No 52 attached as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file.

Alternatively, you can access this BIS Review on the Bank for International Settlements’ website by clicking on

http://www.bis.org/review/index.htm.

What’s included?

BIS Review No 52 (29 April 2009)

Jean-Claude Trichet: Interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung

Miguel Fernández Ordóñez: Spanish financial institutions in the face of the new competitive scenario

Duvvuri Subbarao: Role and response of the IMFC in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka

Caleb M Fundanga: Moderating the impact of the global meltdown on the Zambian financial system

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi: Conventional and unconventional monetary policy

please e-mail press.service@bis.org.

BIS Review

Bank for International Settlements

BIS Review No 52 available‏

Press, Service (press@bis.org)

Publications, Service (Publications@bis.org)

http://www.bis.org/review/index.htm

Wed 4/29/09

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ENERGY AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS: LIGHTING

April 29, 2009 on 3:08 am | In Economics, Financial, Research, Science & Technology | No Comments

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Lighting in Commercial Buildings

EIA_LISTSERVE@EIA.DOE.GOV

Tue 4/28/09

Lighting is a major consumer of electricity in commercial buildings and a target for energy savings. “Lighting in Commercial Buildings” presents information collected by the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and includes data on types of lighting equipment, the amount of floorspace that is lit, and the percentage of floorspace lit by each type. Detailed data tables for the 1995, 1999, and 2003 surveys contain information on lighting not previously released.

The web page can be found at:

http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cbecs/cbecs2003/lighting/lighting1.html

Specific questions may be directed to:

Alan Swenson
Alan.Swenson@eia.doe.gov
Phone: (202) 586-1129

NOTE: The URL in this e-mail message is quite long and may get broken by line breaks when displayed by your e-mail software. You therefore may have to cut and paste the entire URL into your Web browser rather than just clicking on the URL from your e-mail software.

Lighting in Commercial Buildings‏

EIA_LISTSERVE@EIA.DOE.GOV

http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cbecs/cbecs2003/lighting/lighting1.html

Tue 4/28/09

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