2016年2月8日 星期一

metrics, evacuation, bean counter, exclusion zone, The Canary in the Coal Mine

Blast at Plant Causes Radiation Leak After Huge Earthquake

The government widened an evacuation zone around two damaged reactor complexes. The extent of the damage remained unclear.

針對大型災害,美國的決策體系非常明確。總統宣布進入緊急狀態,然後全權委託給聯邦緊急事務管理局(FEMA)局長處理。有時甚至會動用軍隊。高速公路一律單向通行,對當地居民發布「撤離命令(evacuation)」也就是避難命令,軍隊也將負責貫徹避難命令。美國建立了FEMA局長全權負責,統一實施從事態認定到採取避難措施等一系列行動的機制。



HSBC: Canary in Asian Coal Mine?
When HSBC reports 2008 results Monday, it could provide a window into the pace and scope of the economic downturn in Asia.



Robbie noted in his March 10 article that W. Edwards Deming, the father of total quality management, had "advised us in the 1970s – 80s that individual metrics don't teach us how to do our jobs better. They teach us how to keep up with a bean count."
Performance Metrics: The Canary in the Coal Mine


 The Canary in the Coal Mine 煤礦內的金絲雀。

Definition



Life for an actual canary in a coal mine could be described in three words - short but meaningful. Early coal mines did not feature ventilation systems, so miners would routinely bring a caged canary into new coal seams. Canaries are especially sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide, which made them ideal for detecting any dangerous gas build-ups. As long as the canary in a coal mine kept singing, the miners knew their air supply was safe. A dead canary in a coal mine signalled an immediate evacuation.

metrics
Parameters or measures of quantitative assessment used for measurement, comparison or to track performance or production.




bean counter noun [C] US INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
an accountant (= person who works in finance), especially one who works for a large company and does not like to allow employees to spend money:

It looked like the project was going to be approved, but the bean counters said it wasn't cost-effective.



exclusion
[名][U][C]
1 (…からの)除外, 排除, 排斥;追放, 放逐((from, of ...))
an exclusion zone
立ち入り禁止区域.
2 (出入国管理当局による)入国拒否.
to the exclusion of ...
…を除外して[除外するように];…そっちのけで;…を除いて.

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