Business & Finance

What challenges is Mexico facing today?

Some of them would be:

Competitiveness: Even if Mexico has addressed competitiveness issues by improving its labor and fiscal laws, it still faces huge challenges when competing against the BRIC bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, China) for economic opportunities, markets and foreign investment from developed countries. As an example, in terms of competitiveness (2013), Mexico is ranked in the 53rd spot, out of 144 countries. For comparison purposes, it is better ranked than India and Rusia (59th and 67th positions, respectively) but worse qualified than China and Brazil (ranked 29th and 48th, respectively).

Security: The ever-scaling violence between drug cartels and police forces, as part of the "Mexican War on Drugs" (2006 - present-day). This conflict has put a severe strain in Mexico's resources, as demands for security have to be counterbalanced against other priority issues, like poverty or education. To date, there have been more than 120,000 dead since the conflict begun.

Education: Lack of education for most of the population, as only one in every 10 Mexicans completes college education. It is widely known in Mexico that the education minister does not work on improving the education of Mexican children, but to deal with the day-to-day issues of the Teachers Union, which is one of the most corrupt in the country. Nowadays, in terms of reading, mathematics and writing, Mexican students qualify as second-to-last against all OCDE countries (it is just barely ahead of Turkey)

Economy: World economic bust compounded with high dependence on the United States as receiver of Mexican exports. Although during recent years Mexico's economy has had a decent growth (3.9% in 2012), any downturn on the US economy would severely impact Mexico's potential growth. For 2014, Mexico is expected to grow only 1.5-2.0%

Inequality: Mexico is a country of huge contrasts, where you can find neighborhoods with quality of life rivaling those of Western Europe, located side-by-side to decaying slums that look like Haiti or India. While Mexico's standard of living is comparable to that of Lebanon or Iran (US$19,500 per capita), the richest neighborhoods, such as the Benito Juarez borough in Mexico City, have the same health, income and education of Germany (US$40,000 per capita, or US$160,000 per household). On the other hand, the poorest areas in southern Mexico have the same quality of life as Yemen or Afghanistan (US$2,000 or less).

Poverty: Although Mexico is a world leader in hunger reduction, there is still a 5% of children under 5 suffering with malnutrition; according to the United Nations Development Programme, 17.6% of Mexicans (19.7 million for 2009) are below the poverty line. Using the asset-based definition of poverty, this number is much higher with 47-52% of the population below the poverty line.

Peak Oil: Current Mexican oil reserves are dwindling, with 7 years left to be completely gone. Recent energy reforms (2013) have been implemented to allow foreign investment into the gas and oil sector, including drilling in deep waters along the Gulf of Mexico, but results of such reform - lower prices, higher competitiveness and production - will not be seen for at least another 5 years

Corruption: Rampant corruption among public officers. Also, due to the war on drugs, there are high levels of corruption among police and armed forces, specially when dealing against drug cartels. This process has been known as "plata o plomo" (silver or lead) meaning the drug cartels threaten security officials to either accept bribes or be killed by the cartels' operatives

Environment: climate change and environmental degradation are a global issue, but Mexico is being hard hit, including more than 300 threatened species and several more already extinct, mostly due to habitat loss. Deforestation, erosion and desertification are also a present danger. Finally, pollution of soil and water sources are considered "contained", but nonetheless are a persistent issue.

Business & Finance
National Hockey League (NHL)

How long are NHL intermissions?

They usually put 15+ minutes up on the clock, but from the rulebook: 77.2 : Play shall be resumed promptly following each intermission upon the expiration of seventeen (17) minutes or a length of time designated by the League from the completion of play in the preceding period.

Conditions and Diseases

Is typhoid fever caused by bacteria or a virus?

Typhoid fever - also known simply as typhoid - is a common worldwide bacterial disease transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the fecesof an infected person, which contain the bacterium Salmonella entericasubsp. enterica, serovar Typhi.

The disease has received various names, such as gastric fever, enteric fever, abdominal typhus, infantile remittant fever, slow fever, nervous fever, and pythogenic fever. The name typhoidmeans "resembling typhus" and comes from the neuropsychiatric symptoms common to typhoid and typhus.Despite this similarity of their names, typhoid fever and typhus are distinct diseases and are caused by different species of bacteria.

The occurrence of this disease fell sharply in the developed world with the rise of 20th-century sanitation techniques and antibiotics. In 2013 it resulted in about 161,000 deaths - down from 181,000 in 1990.


Why does a rubber ball when thrown from a height bounces and then rests?

First you need to know the forces of energy:

elastic force (the potential to be stretched or compressed)

normal force (opposite the force of gravity, which is -10Newtons)

force of friction (force needed to move an item accross a surface)

You also need to know some energies in general:

Potential energy ("stored" energy - energy not being readily used)

Elastic potential energy (the potential for an item to have an elastic force)

kinetic energy (energy built up from moving. Faster = more kinetic energy, vice versa)

gravitational energy (The pull of gravity, which is -10N on Earth)

energy dissipated (energy lost through heat, sound, vibration, light, or contact with another object)

When the ball is held in the air (100% potential energy, since its not moving), or is falling (100% kinetic energy), it has a constant normal force of 10 newtons, while succumbing to earths gravitational pull of -9.8 (10) Newtons. once the ball hits the ground the first time, its kinetic energy (or energy gained from falling [moving]) is converted in elastic potential energy, because it is smacking into the ground and compressing. The ratio for this would be about 75% kinetic energy and 25% elastic potential energy. this means that 25% of the energy used to move the ball has been lost and absorbed by the floor in energy dissipation. Since the ball is always opposite the force of gravity, it must return to its original shape (sphere), so it uncompresses, thus causing it to bounce back up into the air. However, since it is closer to earth and has lost 25% of its energy, it will never go as high as it was released from (unless you intentionally throw it at the ground, but this would give it an additional downward force, causing it to rebound with more energy). Since energy was lost, the ball now has 50% kinetic energy and 50% gravitational energy (because it is not squishing in mid-air). when it hits the ground a second time, it will lose another 25%, and another 25%, and another 25%. If earth had perfect gravity and the world had no friction, the ball would literally bounce forever, but it would soon look like its standing still since we cannot see things on a nano-scale.

Atmospheric Sciences

What are two facts about the troposphere?

- The troposphere is the lowest part of Earth's atmosphere.

- It contains about 75% of the atmosphere's mass.

- It also contains about 99% of the atmosphere's water vapour and aerosols.

- Most weather phenomena occur in the troposphere.

- It ranges in thickness from 8km at the poles to 16km over the equator.

Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
Home Electricity

Is a gas electric generator cheaper than public utilities?

Typical pricing of public utility will be always less than gas generator.

Literature and Language
Languages and Cultures

How does your language reflect who you are?

It obviates your level of education, state of mind & emotions. For starters, that is...


What are examples of social institutions?

The church.

Scientific Method

How do you know if a hypothesis is testable?

To be truly testable, a hypothesis should be falsifiable, with counter-testing and proof of the null hypothesis possible.

First you have to find a problem then find a question or what you are going to test. An example would be paper towels, such as how much weight they can hold. A hypothesis would be, "Bounty will hold over two hundred pennies. A hypothesis is an educated guess.

Electronics Engineering
Intel 8085

What causes eddy current?

See Related Links below.

Business & Finance
Tax Forms

Concept of Taxation in Islam?

The concept of taxation is quite different in Islam.

Islam doesn't tax Income, it tax saving. Hence what ever you left after your expenditure or what ever you left as saving after your expenses are taxable in Islam.

This would be significant impact on economy. Your expenditure is someone's income. So if your savings are taxed, you tried to expense out more. Hence more you expense ,more income is generated for other society members.

The process doesn't stop here. It would be an accelerator affect. As more expenditure occur, more income generated in society , hence more opportunities for new income generation would take place, more job opportunities would be generated, more businesses to established etc etc. In short a single step has a tremendous accelerator affect on economy.

Evaporation and Condensation
Chlorine Bleach

Why does bleach evaporate faster than water?

Bleach can be many things. In general though, solutions evaporate more slowly than pure liquids, because they have lower vapour pressures so we would not expect this to be true.

Botany or Plant Biology
Evaporation and Condensation

Is transpiration faster than evaporation?

My first guess would be that they evaporate at the same speed, trick question. My second guess would be that the leaves are higher, and there's much less water on the plant, so it would evaporate faster; that's not taking into account shaded areas. To me, transpiration -is- evaporation, so it's the same speed. But don't take my word for it. My first guess would be that they evaporate at the same speed, trick question. My second guess would be that the leaves are higher, and there's much less water on the plant, so it would evaporate faster; that's not taking into account shaded areas. To me, transpiration -is- evaporation, so it's the same speed. But don't take my word for it.
TRANSPIRATION is The act or process of transpiring, especially through the stomata of plant surface .


EVAPORATION is Conversion of a liquid to the vapor state .

Evaporation is faster as compared to evaporation . Many factors are involved in it.

Most transpiration takes place during day while evaporation day and night .

Car Stereos and Speakers
United Kingdom

What is the PIN for talktool bt2800?



How much energy is needed to evaporate 1g of water at room temperature?

1 Calorie per degree C. If room temp is 72 degrees C then 28 calories to get to boiling then the it takes 540 calories to water from liquid to gas, called the heat of vaporization. So add 540 to 28 and you get 568 calories.

That's the energy to convert 1g of water at room temperature to 1g of steam at 100deg C. And if your room temperature is really 72 deg C you are in trouble - more probably degrees Fahrenheit.

Many times, the units of energy are given in joules (J) and 1 calorie is equivalent to 4.184 joules. The specific heat of water is 4.184 J/g/deg, so to raise the temp of 1 g water from 25ºC to 100ºC will take (4.184 J/g/deg)(75 deg)(1g) = 314 J. Then to convert that 1 g of 100ºC water into steam, you need to use the ∆Hvap which is 2260 J/g. Thus, 2260 J/g x 1 g = 2260 J to evaporate the water. Total energy required is 314 J + 2260 J = 2574 J.


Why do you need 2 holes to pour juice out of a can?

The fluid leaving the can must be replaced by air. The fluid trying to leave with only one hole is fighting a vacuum being created at the highest point in the can when you tilt it to pour. Putting a second hole in the can allows air to be sucked into the can to replace the volume of liquid being poured out.


What is the application of centripetal forces in the daily life?

You can feel the centripetal force every time you are in a car, and that car goes around a corner. This force has to be taken into account by the driver; otherwise, there can be accidents.

Most washing machines have an option for drying the laundry (partially), through an application of the centripetal force.

Nuclear Physics

Do protons in a very large nucleus have a greater chance of flying apart?

Sort of... The general tendency is for a larger atom to be less stable. Above a certain point (after lead) no stable atoms are known to exist.

Sort of... The general tendency is for a larger atom to be less stable. Above a certain point (after lead) no stable atoms are known to exist.

Sort of... The general tendency is for a larger atom to be less stable. Above a certain point (after lead) no stable atoms are known to exist.

Sort of... The general tendency is for a larger atom to be less stable. Above a certain point (after lead) no stable atoms are known to exist.


What happens when you put a coin in coke for a week?

The coin will become much shinier. If you put ketchup on a coin for 4-5 mins. It will

also become shinier.

Business & Finance

If you owe IRS and back child support do yo get the rebate check?

The rebate is based on 2006 taxes (filed by 4/15/2007). The rebate will not be issued until AFTER this years tax deadline of 4/15/2008. If you still owe after that and have not filed for an extention, I'm not sure.


The stimulus check is based on your 2007 taxes, not 2006.

If you owe money to the IRS you will not receive your check. It will be applied to your balance due to the IRS.

Business & Finance

Where can you obtain industry norms?

Dun & Bradstreet, The Risk Management Association, Standard and Poor's, Value Line, and Prentice Hall.

Literature and Language
Manners and Etiquette

How do we reply to the statement Thanks a lot?

Your very welcome,

your welcome

No problem

The 'welcome' ones are most polite!

Business & Finance
Law & Legal Issues

What is plaintiffs bar?

Hi, in the court of law there is 3 sections of the court room, The judges desk, the defendant bar where the person that was accused of doing the crime, and there is a plaintiff bar where the prosecutor sits, or if its not a murder case, just a regular old case like stealing, damage of property etc. its the person who is suing.

Math History

What is the 8x8 rule of slides?

The following is an example of 8x8

the rule is to have

no more than eight lines of text per slide

and no more than eight words per line.

8 x 8 rule is to help us to

not overwhelm our audience

ensure that they can read the text.

works if you use only key words / phrases.

or in paragraph format.

the 8 x 8 rule of slides is to help us not to overwhelm our audience with too much information and it should ensure that all the members of your audience can view and read the text. the rule is to have no more than eight lines of text per slide and no more than eight words per line. You should be able to stick to this simple rule if you use only key words or phrases.

what is easier to read and get the main point quickly


What's the formula for circumference of a circle?

C =2×PI×r ,,, PI=3.14

r= the circle radius


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