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Venezuela: An Overview of the Economy

In the beginning of the 20th century the first significant oil reserves in Venezuela were found. This new natural resource sparked the interest of the government because it can be the basis of a very profitable industry for the country.  Juan Vicente Gómez, the president at the time, granted several concessions to foreign companies to explore, extract and refine oil. During the First World War, the industry was faced with a lack of technology and machinery because of the difficult and costly transportation of them. As a result, the production of oil was slowed down for the time being.

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My experiences as chairman of Asset

Introduction

In spring 2016, I had been living in Tilburg for eight months, and enjoyed the student life. About one year ago, April 11th, I chaired a committee that organised the Asset Conference. It was the first experience I had with organising such an event. The days just before the event were intense, and afterwards there was ample spare time. I focused on the upcoming exams from my master supply chain management and looked forward to the summer holidays and future employment opportunities.

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100% energy neutral in 3 years

100% energy-neutral by 2050 is the long-term goal for the Dutch government when it comes to environmental policy. During the past elections in March the environment was not the most prominent subject of debate, but during the formation the environment may turn out to be a major obstacle, as the opinions of the major parties differ a lot. 2050 is still 33 years ahead of us, but the time is now to force big changes in our treatment of the environment. Luckily, some parts of the Netherlands are way ahead of the national government, with Goeree-Overflakkee being the best example.

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Festival season in the Netherlands

The time has been changed, days are longer, the sun is brighter and the temperature is on the rise. Spring is here and with summer just around the corner, people’s moods and behavior take more and more a positive turn. Even our consuming behavior changes as the weather allows and sometimes demands an occasional ice cream or an outdoor barbecue with a freezing beer. An industry that is technically cyclical to the movement of the seasons is the festival industry. It is no surprise that more festivals are organized around this period. However, the numbers in the Netherlands are astonishing as this is a rapidly growing industry that pulls more and more people both on a national and international level every year.

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Mechanization and automation of labor and why you should be afraid!

“ Build that wall! Build that wall!” I guess we all know where those words come from. The populist rhetoric that has been used by many political players, including the don himself has been characterized by a rising hatred towards immigration and foreign trade among others. People believe that the rising unemployment and stagnating wages might be due to foreigners taking their jobs. However, the reality might be different, and thus I’ll be trying to bring forth an alternative explanation in this article.