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A Model of Strategic Thinking: Islamic and Iranian Perspective

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Author(s): Abbas Monavvarian
Journal: International Journal of Business, Economics and Management

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Purpose - This research is trying to explore elements of strategic thinking from Islamic – Iranian point of views. Design/Methodology/Approach -The research method is qualitative. The main instruments of data and information collection are planned interview and library method. There was no sampling in this research. The researcher selected 17 elites (experts) familiar with the strategic management and strategic thinking.Findings - The study has found elements of strategic thinking are: Insight and foresight (Proactive), Analytical ability, Systems thinking, Creativity, Learning, Goal oriented Vision and Familiarity with modern science.Research limitations/implications -There are some limitations evident in this research. First, the researcher is from academic institute, so is not so familiar with Islamic literature. It means, if there is any deficiency in the literature is due to the low knowledge of the researcher. Second, although the sample size was sufficient, a larger sample may have provided better results. 
Contribution/ Originality
This study is one of very few studies which have investigated the elements and model of strategic thinking from Islamic and Iranian points of view. So, it paves the road for other researches to investigate the equivalent factors in other cultures and other religions.
Economics » International Journal of Business, Economics and Management » Month: 10-2014 Issue: 10

Information and Communication Technology (Ict) As a Necessity for Libraries and Librarians of Nigerian Universities in the 21st Century

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Author(s): Michael E. Okon, Catherine I. Ogbodo
Journal: Review of Information Engineering and Applications

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ICTS have transformed all services in all sectors of the global economy. Library services have not been exception. In deed ICTS have revolutionized the manner information is processed, stored, retrieved and transferred to the  would be users. This paper examines ICT as a necessity for libraries and Librarians in Nigerian Universities in the 21st century.  Information and Communication Technology may be seen as the hardware and software that enables the society to create, collect, consolidate and communicate information in multi-media formats for variety of purpose. The paper examines the impact of ICT in libraries to include creation of On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), creation of virtual libraries and Institutional Repository, resource sharing, networking and for electronic theft detector system. The efforts of government at developing ICT infrastructure through the National Virtual (Digital) library project and the Nigerian Research Education Network(Ngren) which resulted in promoting  the low ICT skills of Nigerian librarians is commendable. The paper suggested an intensive in- house training by individual university library management for librarians as a means of increasing their ICT skills.
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Computer Sciences » Review of Information Engineering and Applications » Month: 06-2014 Issue: 1

Suitability of Temperate and Tropical Crossbred Dairy Cattle under Peri-Urban Production System in Bangladesh

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Author(s): NU Siddiquee, M.A. Wadud, MSA Bhuiyan, AKMA Rahman, M.R. Amin, AKFH Bhuiyan
Journal: Animal Review

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Suitability of temperate and tropical crossbred dairy cattle under peri-urban production system was investigated.The  study was conducted during a period from April, 2010 to March, 2013 in peri-urban dairy production system of Mymensingh district. The available dairy crossbred genotypes were 50% Holstein Friesian(HF)  , 62.5% HF (5/8HF), 75% HF (3/4HF).A total of 103 households, possessing 358 lactating cows were selected where two different management environments were applied:  (i) Intervention (E1) group and (ii) Non-intervention (E2) group. There were a total of 158 cows registered from 58 households in E1 and a total of 200 non-registered cows from 145 households in E2.  Average daily milk yield was 8.11±0.24 kg, it is higher in 62.5% HF genotype (8.60±0.41 kg) compared to 50% HF(8.32±0.42 kg) and 75% HF (7.42±0.42 kg). However, the intervention group (E1) was more efficient with an average of 9.85 ±0.39 than non intervention group (E2) with6.38±0.28 kg. The highest milk yield in 180 days was found (1550±74 kg) at 62.5 % HF and lowest (1339±76) at 75% HF genotype.  Against, G×E interaction effects were not significant on total milk yield (TMY) and daily milk yield though effect of environment was highly significant (P<0.001). The shortest dry period was found in 50% (89±2.53 days) and highest in 75% HF cross cows (102±2.72 days). The shortest age at first heat was found in 50 % (28±0.28) and highest in 75% (36±0.29) months. The shortest age at fist calving was found in 50% HF (37±0.30) and highest was in 75% HF (45±0.32) month. The shortest calving interval was found in 50% HF (378±8.63) and highest was in 75% HF (438±10.53) days. The shortest post-partum heat period found in 62.5% (91±3.31) days and highest in 75% HF (109±3.72) days. The lowest number of services per conception found in 62.5% (1.42±0.07) and highest in75% (1.64±0.08) HF cross genotype. Conception rate was found shortest in 50% (71±2.66) and highest in 75% 80±2.52Holstein Friesian cross cows. In case of reproductive performances (number of services per conception, conception rate, age at first heat, age at first calving, dry period, calving interval), genotype,  environment  and  G x E  interaction had highly significant effects (P<0.001). Therefore, it can be concluded that for reproduction 50% HF crossbred cows and for production both 50% and 62.5% HF crossbred cows are suitable in small holder peri-urban dairying system.  
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes in the existing literature to inventive estimates of genotype by environment interactions to recommend appropriate crossbred cattle genotype to help Bangladeshi farmer for higher milk yield in the peri-urban area. This study uses new estimation of methodology to use  herd book keeping,  following breeding policy properly, Feeding management, Farmers training, proper recording system, etc .
Agricultural Sciences » Animal Review » Month: 06-2014 Issue: 2

Development of Competence Balance-Oriented Integrative Thematic Learning Tools to Foster Critical Thinking Skill and Positive Character of Elementary School Students

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Author(s): Waspodo Tjipto Subroto, Nasution ., Wahyu Sukartiningsih
Journal: International Journal of Education and Practice

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The balance of critical thinking ability and positive character traits in children is a major base in the growing potential for children to be fully Indonesian people as expected in the national education goals. To meet the needs of learning orientation necessary to balance competence, which in turn is expected to foster critical thinking ability and positive character of elementary school students.The purposes of this study were : (a) developing a competency balance oriented integrative thematic learning to foster critical thinking ability and positive character of students, (b) develop learning tools in Elementary School to foster critical thinking ability and positive attitudes of elementary school students The results of this study have been developed : (1) thematic integrative learning tools in Elementary Schools to empower positive behavior and thinking ability students through research involving students, consisting of syllabus, and learning plan, (2) a material description, student worksheet, media , and thematic learning assessment tools in elementary school.
Contribution/ Originality
This study originates new formula to increase quality of learning model in elementary school, for  development critical thinking and positive character with balances of student.  This model learning can be increase care and activities of student in the classroom.
Arts and Education » International Journal of Education and Practice » Month: 12-2014 Issue: 12

Overcoming Domestic Labour among Secondary School Students in Kenya

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Author(s): Benard Omenge Nyatuka
Journal: International Journal of Education and Practice

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This study was set to establish the impact of domestic labour on students’ academic achievement in mixed day secondary schools in Kisii Central District, Kenya and formulate appropriate policy recommendations. A total of 119 boys and 100 girls were randomly selected from 14 mixed day secondary schools to participate in the study. Additionally, 14 parents and 14 teachers were purposively included. Interview schedules and questionnaires were used to gather relevant data. Holmes (1965) problem-solving approach, a scientific method of inquiry in comparative education, was used as a benchmark while formulating the relevant policy recommendations to mitigate against the involvement of students in domestic labour. The findings associated boys’ and girls’ engagement in domestic labour to weak  academic achievement. In a bid to address the negative impact of domestic labour on students in mixed day secondary schools, the study provides the following policy recommendations: reducing the domestic workload, educating parents and the community on the need to attend and participate in civic affairs, offering tuition in the morning and evening, conducting guidance and counseling to the affected students, equipping mixed day secondary schools with the appropriate teaching and learning resources, providing lunch to students in schools and combining efforts to fight poverty.
Contribution/ Originality
This study adds knowledge to the existing literature on the impact of domestic labour on students’ education, particularly at the secondary school cycle of learning. More importantly, it provides relevant policy recommendations to help enhance academic achievement among the affected students in mixed day secondary schools.
Arts and Education » International Journal of Education and Practice » Month: 01-2015 Issue: 1

A Critical Review of the School-Based Assessment in Brunei Darussalam

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Author(s): Haji Mohammad Redzuan Haji Botty, Masitah Shahrill
Journal: International Journal of Education and Practice

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School-Based Assessment for Learning (SBAfL) was developed by the Ministry of Education in Brunei Darussalam to assess how well the students have achieved the objectives and learning outcomes as mentioned in the mathematics syllabus. Under the SBAfL, the Brunei Common Assessment Tasks (BCATs) was introduced where teachers develop and adapt standard-based criteria and rubrics to help students assess their developing knowledge and skills. In this study, random samples of the fourth assigned BCAT (BCAT 4) for Year 7 were collected as research artefacts. A semi-structured interview was conducted with Ms. Ella, who assessed the Year 7 students. Learning outcomes and marks awarded in BCAT 4 are discussed in this paper. The Year 7 students were expected to carry out the task based on the learning outcomes, which are categorised into three dimensions: Knowledge and Understanding (K&U), Thinking skills, Problem Solving and Investigation (PSI), and Communication Skills (CS). It was found that these learning outcomes were confusing. The learning outcomes and the dimensions indicated should be clear and consistent. The marks awarded in the assessment task were not fair and contradict the aims of designing a quality assessment task. A proper marking scheme should be discussed and designed by teachers in order to give a fair and systematic approach in the process of working out the solution for the assessment tasks. Teachers must not depend on BCATs only as a source of feedback for students. Continuous formative assessment should be administered to ensure the students’ mastery of knowledge.
Contribution/ Originality
This study is one of very few studies, which have investigated the school-based assessment for learning outcomes, in the learning of mathematics in Brunei Darussalam. The paper’s primary contribution is finding whether the standard and quality of the assessment tasks have met the newly reformed national education system requirements.
Arts and Education » International Journal of Education and Practice » Month: 01-2015 Issue: 1

Strategic Communication: Impact on Productivity and Company Image

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Author(s): Irene Akuamoah-Boateng, Kwame A. Domfeh
Journal: International Journal of Management and Sustainability

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Business communication is the exchange of business related ideas and information in a specific manner to achieve the goals of organizations and dependent on reflective listening. The objective of this research is to determine the impact of communication on the productivity and image of organisations using Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority.  Convenient sampling technique was used in selecting forty respondents, comprising of employees from eight departments. Questionnaires were administered to the respondents to get the needed information. It was identified that communication has a negative effect on productivity whiles it has a positive effect on company image since the company focuses more on external communication than internal communication. It was proposed that management should concentrate on effective communication in order to enhance its image and productivity.
Contribution/ Originality


Business & Management » International Journal of Management and Sustainability » Month: 09-2014 Issue: 9

Rheoencephalography: Past Popularity, Obvilion at Present and Optimistic Furure

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Author(s): Yu.E. Moskalenko, Ju.V. Andreeva
Journal: International Journal of Advances in Life Science and Technology

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The reoencephalographic method (REG) has been known for a number of decades. The history of this method includes loss of its popularity, years of oblivion and a second wave of recognition.  Such a tumultuous history is common for methods based on physical principles, such as capacitance and resistance, when applied to physiology and medicine prior to serious preliminary investigations to establish indices for living tissues common to natural subjects. In this case because blood characterize by comparatively low electrical resistance it was concluded that the volume of blood and its circulatory processes could be monitored by this method. In reality this proved to be an over simplification. In particular, applying such methods to issues of cerebral circulation did not provide any significant understanding for medicine. Years passed before it was understood that CSF circulation played a significant role within the cranial cavity and that the REG signal reflected not only blood volume but also the volume of distribution between blood and CSF. Additionally it was found that the electrical conductivity of blood depends on its velocity of movement. These factors together with progress in electronics and application of computer techniques which allow for coupling of REG with other methods have given a “second birth” to the REG method which can become important to physiology and medicine. The new “face” of REG is introduced in the present paper.
Contribution/ Originality
This study uses new estimation of rheoencephalography (REG), which expanded its applications for the study of fundamental and practical  problems of intracranial liquid volume fluctuations. Biophysical analysis shows that REG could reflect cerebrovascular compensatory capabilities and with in coupling with transcranialdopplerography permits to evaluate CSF-mobility and skull mechanical properties.
Physical Sciences » International Journal of Advances in Life Science and Technology » Month: 03-2015 Issue: 1

A Comparative Study of the Physico-Chemical Properties and Methylene Blue Adsorption Behaviour of Fly Ash, Nano-Oxides and the Composite Materials of Nano-Oxides and Fly Ash

Research Article
Author(s): Olushola S. Ayanda, Olalekan S. Fatoki, Folahan A. Adekola, Bhekumusa J. Ximba, Jimoh O. Tijani, Leslie F. Petrik
Journal: International Journal of Chemistry and Materials Research

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In this present study, composite materials involving fly ash produced from coal combustion and nano-oxides were prepared. The nature, morphology and properties of the precursors and the composite materials were determined by modern instrumental analytical techniques such as carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen (CNH) analysis, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area and porosity analysis, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Particle size distribution, ash content, pH and point of zero charge were also investigated.  The adsorption kinetics of methylene blue (MB) onto these adsorbents was examined. Experimental results showed that the composition of fly ash and nano-oxides contributed to the development of intergranular voids and crevices with high surface and micropore areas that enhanced the adsorption of MB from an aqueous solution. The adsorption of MB onto the precursors and the composite materials follow the pseudo-second order kinetic model.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes in the existing literature that fly ash, nano-oxides and composite materials can be used for the remediation of organic pollutants from wastewaters. This study involves the preparation of composite materials from fly ash and nano-oxides, characterization, and demonstration of the methylene blue adsorption utilization potential. The method used for the preparation of the composites is simple, modern instrumental analytical techniques were used for the characterization, and a standard method used to simulate organic pollutants was used to assess the adsorption potential of precursors and composites.
Chemistry & Materials Sciences » International Journal of Chemistry and Materials Research » Month: 12-2014 Issue: 12

Fundamentals of Digital Image Processing and Basic Concept of Classification

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Author(s): Shammi Shawal, Muhammad Shoyab, Suraiya Begum
Journal: International Journal of Chemical and Process Engineering Research

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We have to classify and analyze digital images for different study and purposes. Digital images are obtained from sources like camera, satellites, aircraft etc. Data obtained from satellites or aircraft i.e, the space based and remote sensing data needs to be corrected as they are usually geometrically distorted due to their acquisition system and the movements of the platform of aircraft. Processing and pre-processing are necessary for such correction prior to image classification. Image Processing is a technique which is used to enhance raw images received from cameras, satellites, space probes, aircrafts etc. and Digital image processing is the technique of processing images in the form of discrete digital brightness using digital circuits or digital computers. Image  analysis and classification starts when processing and pre-processing ends.
Contribution/ Originality
This paper contributes towards the concepts of digital image, digitization, image processing and classification. It complies originally about the stages of digital image processing and its application as well as its necessity.  
Engineering » International Journal of Chemical and Process Engineering Research » Month: 06-2014 Issue: 6

Synthesis, Physico-Chemical and Antimicrobial Properties of Some Metal (II) -Mixed Ligand Complexes of Tridentate Schiff Base Derives From Β-Lactam Antibiotic {(Cephalexin Mono Hydrate)-4-Chlorobenzophenone} and Saccharin

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Author(s): Taghreed. H. Al-Noor, Amer. J. Jarad, Abaas Obaid Hussein
Journal: International Journal of Chemical and Process Engineering Research

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A new Schiff base (4-chlorophenyl)(phenyl methanimine (6R,7R)-3-methyl-8-oxo-7-(2-phenylpropanamido)-5-thia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-ene-2-carboxylate=HL=C29H24ClN3O4S) has been synthesized from β-lactam antibiotic (cephalexin mono hydrate (CephH)=(C16H19N3O5S.H2O) and 4- chlorobenzophenone. Metal  mixed ligand   complexes of the Schiff base were prepared from chloride salt of   Fe(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Cd(II), in 50% (v/v) ethanol – water medium in  aqueous ethanol(1:1) and Saccharin(C7H5NO3S) containing   sodium hydroxide. Several physical tools in particular; IR, C:H:N , 1H NMR,13C NMR for ligand, melting  point,  molar conductance, magnetic moment. and determination of the percentage of  the metal  in  the  complexes  by  flame(AAS). The   ligand   and   their metal complexes were   screened for   their antimicrobial activity against   four bacteria (gram +ve) and (gram -ve) [Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus]. The proposed structure of the complexes using the program, Chem office 3D (2006) and the general formula have been given for the prepared mixed ligand complexes [M(Sac)3(L)].
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes in the existing literature 
Synthesized compound from β-lactam antibiotic. This study uses new estimation methodology several physical tools .This study originates new formula. Compounds were   screened for   their antimicrobial activity against the bacterial strains.


Engineering » International Journal of Chemical and Process Engineering Research » Month: 06-2014 Issue: 6

Impact of Ramadan Fasting on Some Biochemical Aspects in Healthy Subjects

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Author(s): Haleema Al Nahari, Hamed Kouja
Journal: International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Research

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Muslims are obligated to fasting during the day and restricting food and drinking amount for the period after the sunset during Ramadan. Modifications in the circadian distribution of the eating and sleeping schedule result in various changes in different biochemical parameters. In this study the effect of fasting on glucose, insulin, Cortisol, triglyceride, cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL), estradiol, testosterone, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), FT4 and FT3 during and post fasting was measured. Blood samples were taken from 26 adult male subjects during and post fasting. The results obtained showed a significant decrease in glucose and TSH levels, while the levels of insulin triglyceride, free thyroxine (FT4) and free triiodothyronine (FT3) showed a significant increase. This study showed that there are changes in dietary habits depending on cultural rituals, often practices during Ramadan, among Muslim societies. Consequently that may affect various components of metabolic importance.
Contribution/ Originality
This study showed that there are changes in dietary habits depending on cultural rituals, often practices during Ramadan, among Muslim societies. Consequently that may affect various components of metabolic importance
Medical Sciences » International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Research » Month: 12-2014 Issue: 12

Strategic Determinants of Family Firm Performance: A Proposed Research Framework

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Author(s): Issa M. H. Smirat, Mohd Noor Mohd Sharif
Journal: International Journal of Management and Sustainability

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Studies on family firm have increased rapidly in recent years, as a result of importance of family businesses increased for the global economy. However, still little research is looking at the strategic management of family firms. In particular comprehensively, the strategic alignment with external environment, structure and family involvement influence on firm performance has been largely neglected thus far. The dynamic environment through the world economic crisis proposed the need for more concentration on the strategic alignment between a firm’s contingencies, organizational characteristics, results in supreme performance. However, it is has extremely argued that family firms differ  in expressions of their strategic orientation, at most as a result of the family influence on the firm compared to non-family. This proposed study addresses the question how strategic orientation contributes to developing performance in family firms and what role can external environment and family influence play. Depending on the distinguished typology proposed to strategy, we considering strategic perspectives of family and environment influence on the firm. Building on a sample of 380 Palestinian family firms, we hypothesized that that strategy aligned with organizational structure, moderated by family and environment influence play an important role for the achievement of top most performance.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes in the validity of Miles and Snow typology in a different environment using more measurement, where the sample represents more than 90 percent of the economy. 
The framework comprehensively depends on content RBV beside the context contingency theories investigate the moderators’ effect on strategy, structure on family firm performance.

Business & Management » International Journal of Management and Sustainability » Month: 09-2014 Issue: 9

Antibody Response to Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Sudan

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Author(s): Hind Mohamed Abushama, Maathr Ibrahim Abdel Wahab, Ahmed Mohamed Elhassan, Omran Fadl Osman, Hiba Salah-Eldin Mohamed
Journal: The International Journal of Biotechnology

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The role of antibody levels in protective immunity against cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is largely unknown. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of antibody response against CL among Sudanese population. Fifty six clinically diagnosed CL subjects were enrolled in this study. Forty eight of them had healed scar and eight have active lesions. The leishmanin skin test (LST) was 54.7% positive. The frequency of human IL4RP2 alleles was investigated in this study. The results showed 83.9% (183 bp) and 16.1% (253 bp) and the heterozygosity was 39%. The mean antibody levels using direct agglutination test (DAT) has found to be higher against Leishmania major (L. major) antigen than Leishmania donovani (L. donovani) antigen and the difference was found to be significant (P = 0.01 <0.05). The anti L. major IgG was quantified in this study using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The mean of antibody levels measured by ELISA and DAT was significantly higher in study participants with scars more than those with skin lesions. Overall this outcome would be supportive to indicate a possible role of antibody-mediated protection in CL and would signify the importance of identification of antigens that may elicit protective antibodies.
Contribution/ Originality
This study is one of very few studies which have investigated a possible role of antibody response against cutaneous Leishmaniasis. Analysis of some immune parameters that related to variation in clinical response should assist in decision-making concerning treatment.
Biological Sciences » The International Journal of Biotechnology » Month: 10-2014 Issue: 10

Investigation of the Role of Two Bacterial Species in the Removal of Sulphate from Wastewater

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Author(s): Akpor OB, Vincent TZ, Olalekan AP
Journal: The International Journal of Biotechnology

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The aim of this study was to investigate the optimal conditions for sulphate from wastewater by Escherichia coli and Psendomonas aeruginosa under shake flask conditions. Before inoculating with the respective isolates, the wastewater was first filtered in 200 mL quantity into 250 mL capacity and then sterilized in an autoclave. After inoculation with the test isolates, aliquot wastewater samples was aseptically removed from each flask, every 24 h, for 96 h, for the estimation of sulphate concentration, using procedures. The results revealed sulphate removal at 35 oC and 45 oC while at 25 oC, an increase in sulphate level in the wastewater was observed at the end of the 96 h incubation period. This trend was irrespective of the test bacterial species. At the different pH, sulphate decreases of 50.31 %, 26.67 % and 18.14 % at pH 6, 8 and 10 were observed in the presence of the Escherichia coli while in the presence of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sulphate decreases of 31.53 % and 21.52 % were observed at pH 6 and 8, respectively. With the different concentrations of sodium acetate that were used for investigation, maximum sulphate removal was observed at 10 g/L. This trend was also irrespective of the test isolates. In presence of the different external carbon sources, sulphate concentrations in the wastewater after the 96 h incubation period were observed to increases at the expiration of incubation. Yeast and meat extracts were observed to enhance sulphate removal in the presence of the Escherichia coli while in presence of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa, remarkable sulphate removal was only observed when yeast extract was used as the nitrogen source. There was no decrease in sulphate level at the different concentrations of peptone that were investigated. This trend was common in presence of both isolates. The study was able to reveal the roles of temperature, pH, carbon and nitrogen concentrations and carbon/nitrogen sources on sulphate removal from wastewater by the test is bacterial species under the experimental conditions used for investigation.
Contribution/ Originality


Biological Sciences » The International Journal of Biotechnology » Month: 11-2014 Issue: 11

Update on Nutritional Aspects of Gluten-Free Diet in Celiac Patients

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Author(s): Maria de Lourdes Moreno, Isabel Comino, Carolina Sousa
Journal: Journal of Nutrients

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A strict gluten-free diet is the only currently available therapeutic treatment for patients with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine associated with a permanent intolerance to gluten proteins. In recent years, the dramatically prompted changes in the dietary habit of an increasingly large population (celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and gluten allergy) has resulted in rising demands for gluten-free products. Before starting gluten-free diet, alteration in intestinal absorption capacity of celiac patients involves deficiencies of nutrients, vitamins and dietary minerals. The habitual poor gluten-free food choices in addition to inherent deficiencies in the gluten-free diet of diagnosed celiac patients may relate with dietary inadequacies. Therefore dietary assessment and counseling at the time of celiac disease diagnosis and ongoing care are crucial as well as fortification of gluten-free foods also need to be considered. This article reviews the nutritional aspects of gluten-free diet in celiac patients and provides an up-date of dietetic recommendations to correct these deficiencies and to ensure optimum gluten-free diet compliance.
Contribution/ Originality
This study documents the nutritional aspects of gluten-free diet in celiac patients, with special highlight on the assessment of the nutritional status of the patient prior to withdrawal of gluten from the diet.
Medical Sciences » Journal of Nutrients » Month: 03-2014 Issue: 1

The Dynamics of Land Market and Food Security in Malawi

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Author(s): Boja Tesfaye Garedow, Abdi-Khalil Edriss
Journal: International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Policy

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This study analyzes factors associated with land rental market and its implication on food security in rural households of Malawi. Land rental markets transfer land from land rich but resource poor to land poor but wealthy households. It is also a remedy to scarcity of land due to soaring population growth and hence high pressure on farm land. A binary probit model was applied for participation, and censored (Tobit) for degree of participation for both tenants and landlords to pin down socio-economic factors affecting the land rental market using 450 randomly sampled households across six districts. Treatment effect model was used to test whether land market participation improves food security of the participants. After controlling for soil characteristics and agro ecological factors, the study revealed that rental participation has significantly improved the tenant’s food access in terms of staple food (maize) but has no positive significant effect on the landlords’ maize output.
Contribution/ Originality
This is one of the very few studies which have investigated the link between land market and food security in Malawi. A rare research showing how land rental markets have been used to transfer land from land rich but resource poor to land poor but wealthy households. 
Economics » International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Policy » Month: 10-2014 Issue: 5

Consideration the Effects of Water Sector Investment on Economic Growth in Iran

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Author(s): Norouz Aghajani Tir, Farshad Momeni, Ganiev Tavarali Boboevich
Journal: International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Policy

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This paper studies the causality relationship between water sector investment and economic growth and other sector such as agriculture, industry and mine, services, and petroleum sectors in Iran, using panel data approach, from annual data covering the period of 1980 to 2010. The short-run cointegration estimation support the relationship between our variables. In this paper we show the effects of water sector investment on production function of Solow growth model for this purpose we use econometric method based on Panel Data.The results show low efficiency in water industry. Solow Growth Model for different sectors (agriculture, industry and mine, services, and petroleum sectors) in Iranian economy implies that the elasticity of water investment in agricultural sector is significant, and positive, with the amount of 1.3%. Also results show that the investment effect of water sector for groundwater discharge is about 2.4 percent which is significant. Finally the results show that conversely relationship for surface waters with the amount of about -2.7%.
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Economics » International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Policy » Month: 10-2014 Issue: 5

Screening of Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oil of Thymus Vulgarison Some Pathogens

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Author(s): Bachir Raho G, Benattouche Z, Bevilacqua A, Corbo MR, Sinigaglia M, Pignatiello S
Journal: Journal of Diseases

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The inhibitory effects of Thymus vulgaris essential oils were screened against Coliform spp, Pseudomonas spp, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (EC1118), Zygosaccharomyces bailii (DSM 70492) and Lactobacillus plantarum (DSM2601) by agar well diffusion method. Results obtained in thisstudy revealed that the essential oils of Thymus vulgaris posses a weak antibacterial effect against the tested microorganisms with small inhibition zones ranged between 0 and 4 mm. This activity was dose independent. Z. baillii was more susceptible to T. vulgaris essential oils, while Coliform spp was more resistant comparing to other tested microorganisms. 
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This study contributes to the existing literature and the scientific justification to the use of this plant in herbal medicine for the treatment of diseases of microbial origin and also introduces it as a potential candidate for drug development for the treatment of infectious diseases caused by these pathogens.
Medical Sciences » Journal of Diseases » Month: 03-2014 Issue: 1

Ethnomedicinal Survey of Plants Used In Treating Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Abia State, Nigeria

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Journal: Review of Plant Studies

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The prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in Nigeria is still high. In this study, an ethno medicinal survey was conducted to record the different plant families, species and plants parts used for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases in Abia State of Nigeria. The result revealed that a total of 62 plant species in 48 genera from 44 families mostly the Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae, Asteraceae, Rutaceae, and Malvaceae were used to treat diseases such as gonorrhoea, syphilis, trichonomiasis, chlamydia, urethritis, and to suppress the replication of HIV. The most plant parts used were leaves (32.5%), stem bark (23.75%) and root (20%). Other parts used included the fruits (7.5%), the seeds (3.75%) and the aerial parts (12.5%). More research is needed to extract and isolate the active chemical compounds under sound hygienic condition and study their mode of function.
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This work contributes in the existing literatures on the use of ethnomedicinal plants in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases in Abia State and Nigeria. This work is one of the very few studies which investigated the use of plants in treating sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV and Chlamydia. The primary contribution of this paper is in the finding that different plant parts can be used as a remedy for sexually transmitted diseases in Abia State of Nigeria. The study therefore documents an inventory of plants, plant parts, families, botanical, common and local names of plants used in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases in Abia State of Nigeria.
Agricultural Sciences » Review of Plant Studies » Month: 06-2014 Issue: 1