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Virginia DEQ Finds Significant PCB Levels in James, Elizabeth River Watersheds

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Reports that significant levels of polychlorinated biphenyl chemicals are entering the upper tidal portions of the James and Elizabeth Rivers. Press release from an ongoing study by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

2007-2008 Citizenship Survey: Empowered Communities Topic Report

Categories: Great Britain,Statistics,Volunteering

Provides an examination of community empowerment: whether people feel they can influence local and national decisions. Also looks at people’s trust in institutions and what activities people actually take part in. From the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Housing in England, 2007-2008

Categories: Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Statistics

Offers statistics from the Survey of English Housing (2007). Reports that 14.6 million home owners represented 68% of all households in England. From the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Statistics on Smoking, England 2009

Categories: Great Britain,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Presents a picture of health issues related to smoking in England and covers topics such as smoking habits, behaviors and attitudes among adults and school children, smoking-related ill health and mortality and smoking-related costs. Reports that 21% of adults reported smoking in 2007 compared to 39% in 1980. From the Office of National Statistics.

A New Dynamic in the Western Hemisphere Security Environment: Mexican Zetas and Other Private Armies

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Mexico

Examines how the creation of professional private nonstate military organizations have mixed with crime and violence to form a security threat to Mexico and the U.S. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Dealing with Political Ferment in Latin America

Categories: Brazil,Latin America,Mexico

Subtitled: The Populist Revival, the Emergence of the Center, and Implications for U.S. Policy. Latin American concerns over poverty, political corruption, and citizen insecurity have led to dynamic competition between two different forms of governance: radical populism as seen in the Chavez and Morales regimes and moderate, centrist regimes in Chile, Brazil, and Mexico. Proposes a strategy for U.S. policy to support the moderate regimes. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2009

Categories: Health/Medical,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Presents estimates of the incidence of and key provisions of selected employee benefit plans. Covers benefits of workers in private industry and those working for state and local governments. Types of benefits covered include retirement, health care, life and disability insurance, holidays, vacation, sick leave and other benefits. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Senior Executive Service 2008 Pay Report

Categories: Govt Personnel,Statistics

Provides latest annual information on the federal Senior Executive Service including information on executive ratings, base salaries, pay adjustments, and performance awards. From the Office of Personnel Management.

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