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Cialis and the omerta of erectile dysfunction

Among the Mafia and some other groups, there’s a strong cultural drive to stay silent and never admit wrongdoing. This is part of a more general reaction against organized authority and strong allegiance to the group. In many cases, allegiance to smaller units is actually the better way to organize. Often the large centralized organizations are remote and uncaring, lacking local knowledge and with little commitment to serving the community. The usual loyalty is to teams within the central organization without direct interest in promoting service standards. In the healthcare industry, we see this in the building of large and impressive hospitals. The staff who work in these shining towers of excellence are paid the highest salaries, they have the best working conditions, and their status is supreme. In such a hierarchy, no one wants to work in the community where the pay is significantly less and the work of dealing with actual patients is far more demanding.
In other countries, the emp…

Canadian Media Merger Creates High Market Power and Runs Against Concentration Trends Elsewhere

The proposed merger between Bell Canada Enterprises and Astral Media will shortly be considered by the Canadian Radio and Television Council (CTRC). The merged company will own 70 television and cable channels, more than 100 radio stations, and some of the country’s most popular websites.

The combined company will serve nearly one-third of the national TV audience, more than 40 percent of the national cable TV audience, and about 30 percent of the nationwide radio audience. In addition the merger will increase Bell’s vertical integration and its power over distribution systems used by competitors. This later factor is particularly important because Canada lacks much of the regulatory control seen in Europe and the US over business practices of distribution systems that are also used by competing firms.
The merger will benefit the two companies by giving them more market power and permitting efficiencies at the corporate and divisional levels. It is also likely to produce efficiencies a…

Contemporary Trends Change Magazine and Newspaper Printing Markets

The markets of magazine and newspaper printing firms are undergoing significant changes, reflecting on-going transformations in the customers they serve.
Some of the changes have been under way for 2 decades with traditional printing companies morphing into printing service companies offering more profitable value-added services and products.These included high-end specialized printing capabilities and services, database printing, and wide-ranging distribution services. At the same time, the increasing number of magazine titles, accompanied by lower average press runs, pushed the companies toward higher efficiency and acquisition of presses and systems designed for lower press runs.
In this environment, many printers could not effectively compete and consolidation began creating large regional players in the industry.
Shorter-term trends have also played havoc with the printing industry by killing off some magazine and newspaper titles, lowering the average number of pages printed becaus…

Tips for lowering auto insurance rates for young people

If you have ever tried to get car insurance for someone who is younger than 25 you’ve probably been unpleasantly surprised by how expensive it is to insure a teen driver. Yes, it’s true, car insurance rates are the highest for younger drivers who are only accumulating their initial experience and there’s a reason for that. Younger drivers make up the group that file the most claims and tend to get in serious accidents more often than older drivers due to the lack of driving experience and general risk taking behavior. So, even if your young driver is perfect behind the wheel he or she will still be charged with higher rates. But do not despair because there are a few tips you may find useful for getting cheaper insurance for a teen driver:
Encourage better grades
It may seem like there’s no particular connection between car insurance and school grades. Yet, there’s a possibility to kill two birds with one stone if you manage to encourage better results from your teen at school or colle…

Human Systems Management Vs Human Resources Management

Prelude: The Evolution of Human Resource Management

From the dawn of the Computer Age to the birth of the Internet, technology and business have evolved with unprecedented speed. Technological advances have produced competitive advantages. However, competitive advantage is no longer achieved or maintained solely by technological innovation.

With the rapid ability of product developers to create new products, the only remaining competitive advantage in business to capitalize upon is not technology, but people. Simply put, those firms attracting and retaining the best people and making the most of their human resources will thrive. Those who don't, will not.

As an increasingly competitive world forces business to change, adapt and respond more quickly, companies are reconsidering the very essence of how they conduct business. These demands produce new expectations of how people contribute to organizations. People must possess greater knowledge, play new roles and operate to higher s…

NBC's Olympic Coverage Shows Audience Expectations Aren't in Its Cross Media Strategy

NBC’s Olympic coverage in the U.S. reveals the conflict media companies face as they try to simultaneously manage traditional media delivery and digital distribution.

The company is getting it right with the traditional broadcasts, garnering excellent audiences and more than $1 billion in advertising—a figure that surprised even its most optimistic executives and may allow the broadcaster to break even on the games which have traditionally been a loss leader for the company.

The company is also giving audiences more coverage than every before by streaming additional content on cable channels and digital live streams. These are provided on platforms that consumers have come to expect will give them the power to choose when, where, and on what device they will be viewed.

In order to support its traditional, advertising supported services, however, NBC has used tape delays on the broadcast services and has excluded many sports or blacked them outs on live streams—angering millions of consu…

The Daily’s rocky performance shows legacy brands create digital advantages

The News Corp’s launch of the tablet newspaper The Daily in February 2011 was heralded as the future of news and revealing opportunities for major new entrants in the news market. After a year and a half of operation, the digital newspaper has lost more than $30 million, managed to gain only 100,000 subscribers—not a trivial amount but low for a global player, and has just announced that it is cutting 1/3 of its editorial staff and ending original production of sports news and commentary.

Journalistically The Daily is not a bad news product and its app is facile and effective. So why hasn’t it been more successful? The fundamental problem is that the digital-only paper has been overshadowed by the success of legacy print newspaper brands in the market for digitally delivered news.
The Daily has never been so brilliantly written and edited that it could gain the significant attention and acclaim needed to overcome the brand advantages of legacy news providers. Major newspaper—such as Th…