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Pearl S. Buck's remarkable account of the life of Tzu Hsi, the magnetic and fierce-minded woman from humble origins who became China's last empressIn Imperial Woman, Pearl S. Buck brings to life the amazing story of Tzu Hsi, who rose from concubine status to become the working head of the Qing Dynasty. Born from a humble background, Tzu Hsi falls in love with her cousin Jung Lu, a handsome guard--but while still a teenager she is selected, along with her sister and hundreds of other girls, for relocation to the Forbidden City. Already set apart on account of her beauty, she's determined to be the emperor's favorite, and devotes all of her talent and cunning to the task. When the emperor dies, she finds herself in a role of supreme power, one she'll command for nearly fifty years. Much has been written about Tzu Hsi, but no other novel recreates her life--the extraordinary personality, together with the world of court intrigue and the period of national turmoil with which she dealt--as well as Imperial Woman. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author's estate.
An American millionaire builds a Christian seminary in India, furthering his spiritual mission--and setting into motion a generations-spanning cycle of miscommunication and fracture within his family Beginning in the 1890s, Come, My Beloved describes an American family's involvement with India over four generations. Touched by the poverty he encounters in Bombay, self-made millionaire David MacArd establishes a seminary for Christian missionary workers, and in so doing shapes the fates of his son and grandson. The choices made by each generation parallel one another, distinctly marked by the passage of time--though the patriarch remains in New York, the second David becomes a missionary in India himself, while his own son, Ted, goes even further, opting to live in a remote village--and these choices come with unforeseen sacrifices. Nor does their religious journey necessarily mean any growing harmony with their surroundings--something that is powerfully brought home when Ted refuses to let his daughter marry across racial lines. Featuring an unforgettable rendering of India during Gandhi's rise to power, Come, My Beloved is a family saga of rare power and sensitivity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author's estate.
The phrase "the will of God" is used loosely, says Leslie Weatherhead, and the consequence of that looseness to our peace of mind is serious. Weatherhead's recognition of this problem led him to write The Will of God, a classic that has helped more than a million grieving persons better understand the meaning of the phrase. It can help you as well. It was during the tumultuous era of World War II that Leslie Weatherhead preached five sermons on understanding the will of God for the congregation at City Temple in London. These sermons became the classic book The Will of God, which has helped hundreds of thousands of Christians explore how God's will is related to God's character and ultimate intentions for us. A six-week workbook study is also available that uses three case studies to illustrate the questions that arise in understanding the book #0687008409.
Become a QGIS power user and master QGIS data management, visualization, and spatial analysis techniques About This Book * Explore and create time-based visualizations and build interactive maps * Maximize your use of the QGIS features, plugins and toolbox automation * Packed with lots of sample datasets to enable a better understanding of the code Who This Book Is For If you are an intermediate GIS user, with either previous experience in QGIS or any other GIS application, this is the book for you. The recipes can be used to learn more advanced techniques in QGIS or to replicate the functionalities equivalent to other GIS platforms. This book assumes that you already have a working QGIS system in place. What You Will Learn * Import and export common tricky spatial data formats * Perform classic vector and raster analysis with QGIS * Utilize spatial databases and data management tools * Use and create geographic web services and maps * Explore and create time-based visualizations * Perform network building and routing analysis * Extend QGIS capabilities with popular plugins and toolbox automation * Make beautiful and unique maps with customized cartography In Detail QGIS is a user-friendly, cross-platform desktop geographic information system used to make maps and analyze spatial data. QGIS allows users to understand, question, interpret, and visualize spatial data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps. This book is a collection of simple to advanced techniques that are needed in everyday geospatial work, and shows how to accomplish them with QGIS. You will begin by understanding the different types of data management techniques, as well as how data exploration works. You will then learn how to perform classic vector and raster analysis with QGIS, apart from creating time-based visualizations. Finally, you will learn how to create interactive and visually appealing maps with custom cartography. By the end of this book, you will have all the necessary knowledge to handle spatial data management, exploration, and visualization tasks in QGIS. Style and approach This book covers practical examples, with step-by-step instructions on how to use real world data covering common GIS operations and the different analysis techniques. It provides detailed explanations and applications of QGIS concepts that will allow the user to effectively analyze spatial data.
This book is intended for Python programmers, mathematicians, and analysts who already have a basic understanding of Python and wish to learn about its data analysis capabilities in depth.
Over 60 practical recipes on data exploration and analysis About This Book * Clean dirty data, extract accurate information, and explore the relationships between variables * Forecast the output of an electric plant and the water flow of American rivers using pandas, NumPy, Statsmodels, and scikit-learn * Find and extract the most important features from your dataset using the most efficient Python libraries Who This Book Is For If you are a beginner or intermediate-level professional who is looking to solve your day-to-day, analytical problems with Python, this book is for you. Even with no prior programming and data analytics experience, you will be able to finish each recipe and learn while doing so. What You Will Learn * Read, clean, transform, and store your data usng Pandas and OpenRefine * Understand your data and explore the relationships between variables using Pandas and D3.js * Explore a variety of techniques to classify and cluster outbound marketing campaign calls data of a bank using Pandas, mlpy, NumPy, and Statsmodels * Reduce the dimensionality of your dataset and extract the most important features with pandas, NumPy, and mlpy * Predict the output of a power plant with regression models and forecast water flow of American rivers with time series methods using pandas, NumPy, Statsmodels, and scikit-learn * Explore social interactions and identify fraudulent activities with graph theory concepts using NetworkX and Gephi * Scrape Internet web pages using urlib and BeautifulSoup and get to know natural language processing techniques to classify movies ratings using NLTK * Study simulation techniques in an example of a gas station with agent-based modeling In Detail Data analysis is the process of systematically applying statistical and logical techniques to describe and illustrate, condense and recap, and evaluate data. Its importance has been most visible in the sector of information and communication technologies. It is an employee asset in almost all economy sectors. This book provides a rich set of independent recipes that dive into the world of data analytics and modeling using a variety of approaches, tools, and algorithms. You will learn the basics of data handling and modeling, and will build your skills gradually toward more advanced topics such as simulations, raw text processing, social interactions analysis, and more. First, you will learn some easy-to-follow practical techniques on how to read, write, clean, reformat, explore, and understand your data--arguably the most time-consuming (and the most important) tasks for any data scientist. In the second section, different independent recipes delve into intermediate topics such as classification, clustering, predicting, and more. With the help of these easy-to-follow recipes, you will also learn techniques that can easily be expanded to solve other real-life problems such as building recommendation engines or predictive models. In the third section, you will explore more advanced topics: from the field of graph theory through natural language processing, discrete choice modeling to simulations. You will also get to expand your knowledge on identifying fraud origin with the help of a graph, scrape Internet websites, and classify movies based on their reviews. By the end of this book, you will be able to efficiently use the vast array of tools that the Python environment has to offer. Style and approach This hands-on recipe guide is divided into three sections that tackle and overcome real-world data modeling problems faced by data analysts/scientist in their everyday work. Each independent recipe is written in an easy-to-follow and step-by-step fashion.
Over 120 practical and easy-to-understand recipes that explain how to use Sass and Compass to write efficient, maintainable, and reusable CSS code for your web development projects About This Book * Leverage Sass to make your CSS code maintainable, reusable and prevent code duplications * Shorten debug time with Sass when creating complex CSS code for different browsers and devices * Write easy and bullet-proof CSS with Compass using this step-by-step and detailed guide Who This Book Is For This book is mainly intended for web developers and designers who are comfortable with CSS and HTML. If you are someone with some experience with CSS, you will find the learning curve of learning Sass syntax to be less steep. Basic knowledge of web development is helpful but you don't have to be a programmer to understand Sass. What You Will Learn * Spend less time debugging code * Compile Sass code into readable and maintainable CSS * Integrate Sass in your own projects * Reuse your code to prevent code duplications * Write reusable and portable CSS code * Make use of pre-built and established code written by other developers * Reduce development and maintenance time of your projects * Set up a development environment with Gulp In Detail Sass and Compass Designer's Cookbook helps you to get most out of CSS3 and harness its benefits to create engaging and receptive applications. This book will help you develop faster and reduce the maintenance time for your web development projects by using Sass and Compass. You will learn how to use with CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap and Foundation and understand how to use other libraries of pre-built mixins. You will also learn setting up a development environment with Gulp. This book guides you through all the concepts and gives you practical examples for full understanding. Style and approach This book is the perfect mix of essential theory combined with real-life examples and problems, with clear explanations of the more sophisticated Sass concepts. Learn Sass and Compass with practical and well-explained example code. This book follows a problem and solution approach that is convenient to understand and follow.
A fast-paced administrator's guide to Alfresco from the administration, managing, and high-level design perspectives About This Book * Understand system capabilities in order to make informed and appropriate decisions about its administration * Manage users, groups, email, file systems, and transformer availability using Alfresco * Use Alfresco to capture and efficiently manage information about repositories, servers, and statistics Who This Book Is For The target audience would be users with a basic knowledge of Content Management System, and also users who want to understand Alfresco from the administration and high-level design perspectives. What You Will Learn * Understand Alfresco's architecture and important building blocks * Learn to install Alfresco on various application servers such as Tomcat , JBoss, and WebLogic. * Become familiar with various configurations in Alfresco such as databases, filesystems, email, and audits * Administrate Alfresco using the Explorer Admin Console, Share Admin Console, and Workflow Admin Console * Understand how to integrate LDAP and Active Directory with Alfresco for centralized user management * Learn how Alfresco environments can be clustered for high availability * Fully understand how Alfresco stores content and easily retrieve any information from Alfresco * Monitor and manage Alfresco systems in production In Detail Alfresco is an open source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system for Windows and Linux-like operating systems. The year-on-year growth of business connections, contacts, and communications is expanding enterprise boundaries more than ever before. Alfresco enables organizations to collaborate more effectively, improve business process efficiency, and ensure information governance. The basic purpose of Alfresco is to help users to capture and manage information in a better way. It helps you capture, organize, and share binary files. This book will cover the basic building blocks of an Alfresco system, how the components fit together, and the information required to build a system architecture. This book will also focus on security aspects of Alfresco. such as authentication, troubleshooting, managing permissions, and so on. It will also focus on managing content and storage, indexing and searches, setting up clustering for high availability, and so forth. Style and approach A step-by-step guide to understanding the Alfresco system and making informed and appropriate decisions about administration.
The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit, written by the author of the bestselling The Small Business Start-Up Kit, gives you the practical and legal information you need to kickstart a successful enterprise--whether you're an arty creative type, an independent consultant, or a Fortune 500-seeker. In addition to a breakdown of the common issues and concerns facing women entrepreneurs of every stripe, you'll find information and guidance on: choosing and developing the right business to live the life you want drafting an effective business plan programs that give government contracting preferences to women-owned businesses understanding and choosing a legal structure clearing the bureaucratic start-up hurdles taking your business online financial management and tax basics for small businesses balancing work, children, and family relationships hiring and managing employees The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit retains its focus on women's business-related issues without devolving into stereotypes and never loses sight of the legal rules and fundamentals of starting and running your business. All forms are available through a special link on Nolo.com GOLD winner, IBPA 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award, Business & Career category.
Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations, The: A Step-By-Step Guide to Handling Employee Complaints & Problemsby Lisa Guerin
The Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations will help any manager, supervisor, or Human Resources professional sort out workplace problems, quickly and effectively. Use this affordable, step-by-step guide to investigate, document, and resolve every kind of workplace problem, from discrimination and harassment to employee theft and workplace violence. Get the facts on: deciding whether to investigate choosing an investigator interviewing and gathering evidence evaluating the evidence documenting the investigation taking action and following up This thorough guide provides all of the forms, sample policies, checklists, and sample documentation that employers need to conduct a successful investigation that will stand up in court. This edition also incorporates the latest legal developments in employment law, including updated 50-state charts on common workplace issues, Supreme Court decisions on discrimination and harassment, and more. Plus, you'll be able to download forms and listen to sample interviews and scenarios online.
When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you can wipe out some of your debt and pay off the rest over time with a repayment plan approved by the bankruptcy court. You may be able to: avoid foreclosure stop car repossession reduce car loan debt stop most debt collectors, and remove junior liens from your home Here, you'll find clear explanations of the Chapter 13 process and worksheets to help you: consider alternatives to bankruptcy decide if Chapter 13 is your best option determine if you qualify for Chapter 13 estimate your monthly plan repayment find and work effectively with an excellent lawyer, and rebuild your credit after bankruptcy This revised edition includes all the latest changes in bankruptcy law, including updated 50-state exemption tables, and important U.S. Supreme Court decisions. If you are considering or have decided to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy, Nolo's Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is the essential guide you need to understand the procedures and law. Please note: This book does not cover business bankruptcies, farm reorganizations, or Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy. For Chapter 7 bankruptcy, see Nolo's How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
We may imagine the digital cloud as placeless, mute, ethereal, and unmediated. Yet the reality of the cloud is embodied in thousands of massive data centers, any one of which can use as much electricity as a midsized town. Even all these data centers are only one small part of the cloud. Behind that cloud-shaped icon on our screens is a whole universe of technologies and cultural norms, all working to keep us from noticing their existence. In this book, Tung-Hui Hu examines the gap between the real and the virtual in our understanding of the cloud. Hu shows that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer lines, and television circuits. He describes key moments in the prehistory of the cloud, from the game "Spacewar" as exemplar of time-sharing computers to Cold War bunkers that were later reused as data centers. Countering the popular perception of a new "cloudlike" political power that is dispersed and immaterial, Hu argues that the cloud grafts digital technologies onto older ways of exerting power over a population. But because we invest the cloud with cultural fantasies about security and participation, we fail to recognize its militarized origins and ideology. Moving between the materiality of the technology itself and its cultural rhetoric, Hu's account offers a set of new tools for rethinking the contemporary digital environment.
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This practical guide continues to provide managers with the essential advice on how to establish health and safety procedures in organizations. Written in jargon-free language, Health and Safety at Work cuts through the legal complexities to enable you to fully understand the law and its implications for your business. Filled with expert knowledge and written in an accessible style, this book equips you with the legal and practical knowledge you need to protect your employees and your business. This 10th Edition of the indispensable guide, Health and Safety at Work, has been updated to comply with all recent changes and additions to Health and Safety law including The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and increased legislation and prioritisation of issues of stress at work. This new edition also comes with downloadable online resources and templates that you can use in your business.
The Vocational Assessor Handbook: Including a Guide to the QCF Units for Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA)by Ian Greer Ros Ollin Jenny Tucker
For assessors of QCF qualifications and NVQs, verifiers, school and FE college teachers, providers of training and work-based learning and those working towards PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS teaching qualifications, The Vocational Assessor Handbook contains a detailed guide to the following QCF units for assessment and internal quality assurance (verification) enabling readers to:-Understand the Principles and Practices of Assessment (Knowledge and Understanding Unit)-Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment-Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding-Understand the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment (Knowledge and Understanding Unit)-Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Your Own Area of ResponsibilityPacked with the most up to date, detailed and reliable guidance, The Vocational Assessor Handbook is the only book for assessors and verifiers of vocational qualifications and is essential reading for anyone involved in vocational education. Previously published as The NVQ Assessor, Verifier and Candidate Handbook, this revised edition includes fully updated terminology as well as the latest information on regulations and qualifications.
Underpinned by decades of research and application, Making Change Work shows that the lynchpin that connects change initiatives and their ultimate success is behavioural change. The book brings together the ROI Institute's established methodology for aligning projects and programmes to business needs and for evaluating impact and ROI with the Turning Learning Into Action methodology developed by Emma Weber to support learning transfer. It offers a step-by-step process that partners with any business initiative requiring behavioural change, providing the critical link bridging the knowledge and application. At the heart of the methodology is a framework for reflective conversation, ensuring accountability and aligning people to the desired outcomes. Cutting through complex change theory, Making Change Work is a 'how to' guide, providing an end-to-end approach to solve the problem that businesses have grappled with for so long from change projects that don't deliver business impact. It includes real life case studies from organizations such as BMW and the University of NSW Department of Innovation on how organizations are using the framework to create successful outcomes that are not just demonstrated but that are delivered and measurable. It is ideal for any professional who is embarking on any organizational initiative requiring change and evaluation of the subsequent ROI, whether it is a learning initiative, quality initiative or change initiative.
The Employer's Handbook 2016-17 has established itself as a source of reliable, unambiguous guidance for all small- to medium-sized employers, clearly identifying the legal essentials and best-practice guidelines for effective people management. The book is a comprehensive source of hands-on advice on the increasingly complex legal framework now governing UK employment law, including guidelines on age discrimination legislation and the latest employment tribunal procedures. Coverage includes recruitment, contracts, benefits, performance management, maternity and paternity rights, personnel records and data protection, terminating employment, and ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees and pension obligations. It also provides access to a unique set of downloadable templates, forms and policy documents for dealing with key employment issues.
Strengths-Based Recruitment and Development: A Practical Guide to Transforming Talent Management Strategy for Business Resultsby Sally Bibb
Strengths-Based Recruitment and Development explains how and why strengths-based recruitment (SBR) is having a transformational impact on performance in top companies like Saga, Gap, Starbucks and SABMiller. By shifting the focus from what people can do (competency-based recruitment) to what they naturally enjoy doing, or SBR, these companies have reported results which include a 50% drop in staff turnover, 20% increase in productivity and a 12% increase in customer satisfaction within a matter of months. It is no wonder that organizations in many sectors are adopting this new and powerful approach to improve performance, customer satisfaction and competitive edge.Strengths-Based Recruitment and Development includes case studies and interviews with executive board level leaders. These provide rare insight into how they implemented strengths approaches in their organizations to improve the bottom line and performance. The book shows how strengths-based talent management goes beyond simply recruiting the right people to creating a strategy and culture that has a transformational effect on organisational culture and results. Strengths-Based Recruitment and Development will be the go-to book on strengths-based talent management for HR professionals and managers.
The Daily Telegraph Tax Guide 2016: Understanding the Tax System, Completing Your Tax Return and Planning How to Become More Tax Efficientby David Genders
The Daily Telegraph Tax Guide contains everything you need to know about completing a Self-Assessment tax return for 2015/16 including:* all you need to know on the New ISAs (NISAs) and the major changes allowing pensioners access to more of their pension funds* section-by-section worked illustrations* key changes from the 2015 Autumn Statement and 2016 Budget* dealing effectively with HM Revenue & Customs* when and how to file your return and pay your taxFor any taxpayer, whether self-employed, part-time, retired or unemployed, the book is an invaluable resource that can help ensure that you are as tax efficient as possible, offering practical advice, timetables and examples that aim to simplify what many people view as a complex and challenging procedure.With a whole range of top tips for saving on all types of tax, The Daily Telegraph Tax Guide is the essential guide to completing your 2015/2016 tax return.
From accountant to zoologist, this new edition of The A-Z of Careers & Jobs offers detailed insights into more than 300 career areas. For those looking for their first job after school or university, or for anyone considering a change of career, the book provides reliable and up-to-date careers advice on a wide range of professions, covering practical issues such as job opportunities in each market, personal skills and qualities, entry qualifications and training, useful contact details and realistic salary expectations. The A-Z of Careers and Jobs is also a valuable reference for careers advisors working in schools, colleges and universities who need to keep track of new developments - new roles and routes of entry, professional associations and exams - to offer the very best guidance to today's jobhunters.
Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Wellbeing and Maximizing Performanceby Margaret A. Chapman-Clarke
Mindfulness-based interventions in organizations offer the potential to build individual and organizational resilience, engage employees and address workplace stress. Mindfulness in the Workplace is a practical guide written for practitioners who want to learn how mindfulness can be used as a change management and organizational development strategy. Drawing from the latest research evidence from neuro- and behavioural science, Mindfulness in the Workplace offers a framework and guidance on how to start evolution- not revolution- in the organization. It ensures the greatest chance of success, showing how to identify the key stakeholders and work with them on understanding the power of a mindfulness initiative, how to identify a mindfulness champion, adapt the language of mindfulness to the context of the organization, establish metrics, and measure return on investment. Mindfulness in the Workplace proposes that HR and OD professionals are best placed to understand the complexity of implementing change in organizational systems and, therefore, the practice of mindfulness need to be brought in-house, even if they bring in external mindfulness coaches to train their leaders. Case studies including Capital One Finance and the NHS Mental Health Trust cover the reasoning behind these initiatives, how they were planned, the barriers they faced, the lessons learned, and their results. This book offers a forum for HR and OD practitioners to hear from other practitioners who have implemented organizational mindfulness-based interventions using change management principles so that they can understand how they might be applied to their own practice and their own organizations.
The modern marketer needs to learn how to employ strategic thinking alongside the use of digital media to deliver measurable and accountable business success. Digital Marketing Strategy covers the essential elements of achieving exactly this by guiding you through every step of creating your perfect digital marketing strategy. It contains analysis of the essential techniques and platforms of digital marketing including social media, content marketing, SEO, user experience, personalization, display advertising and CRM, as well as the broader aspects of implementation including planning, integration with overall company aims and presenting to decision makers.Simon Kingsnorth brings digital marketing strategy to life through best practice case studies, illustrations, checklists and summaries, to give you insightful and practical guidance. Rather than presenting a restrictive 'one size fits all' model, this book gives you the tools to tailor-make your own strategy according to your unique business needs and demonstrates how an integrated and holistic approach to marketing leads to greater success.
Mrs. Jeepers takes the class to a geology park for a weekend camping trip. But some of the rocks on the site look suspiciously like monsters, and the staff is strangely rocklike. Could Mrs. Jeepers really bring a canyon full of rock monsters to life? Something strange is going on, and the Bailey School kids are going to find out what's hit this creepy park.