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It's Spy vs. Spy as a sassy Ocean's Eleven-style team of undercover operatives finds love and mayhem in the third Bod Squad adventure--part mystery, part romance, and totally, hilariously hot.Who would fall for an assassin...except another assassin? After a security breach is written in the sky--literally--the Bod Squad jumps back into action. An important member of the team has been assassinated by the mob, and the squad's public enemy #1, Baba Samka, is getting too close. Could his deadly work be an inside job? Only trained assassins Tyka and Mahmoud have the very particular set of skills the Bod Squad needs to solve this case. Neither of these dead sexy shooters is looking for a partner--but before they know it, the sparks are flying faster than bullets. Could true love be in their sights?
At a time when corporate scandals and major financial failures dominate newspaper headlines, the importance of good risk management practices has never been more obvious. The absence or mismanagement of such practices can have devastating effects on exposed organizations and the wider economy (Barings Bank, Enron, Lehmann Brothers, Northern Rock, to name but a few). Today's organizations and corporate leaders must learn the lessons of such failures by developing practices to deal effectively with risk. This book is an important step towards this end. Written from a European perspective, it brings together ideas, concepts and practices developed in various risk markets and academic fields to provide a much-needed overview of different approaches to risk management. It critiques prevailing enterprise risk management frameworks (ERMs) and proposes a suitable alternative. Combining academic rigour and practical experience, this is an important resource for graduate students and professionals concerned with strategic risk management.
Whether you are a graduate student seeking to publish your first article, a new Ph. D. revising your dissertation for publication, or an experienced author working on a new monograph, textbook, or digital publication, Handbook for Academic Authors provides reliable, concise advice about selecting the best publisher for your work, maintaining an optimal relationship with your publisher, submitting manuscripts to book and journal publishers, working with editors, navigating the production process, and helping to market your book. It also offers information about illustrations, indexes, permissions, and contracts and includes a chapter on revising dissertations and one on the financial aspects of publishing. The book covers not only scholarly monographs but also textbooks, anthologies, multiauthor books, and trade books. The fifth edition has been revised and updated to align with new technological and financial realities, taking into account the impact of digital technology and the changes it has made in authorship and publishing.
Postmodern fiction presents a challenge to the reader: instead of enjoying it passively, the reader has to work to understand its meanings, to think about what fiction is, and to question their own responses. Yet this very challenge makes postmodern writing so much fun to read and rewarding to study. Unlike most introductions to postmodernism and fiction, this book places the emphasis on literature rather than theory. It introduces the most prominent British and American novelists associated with postmodernism, from the 'pioneers', Beckett, Borges and Burroughs, to important post-war writers such as Pynchon, Carter, Atwood, Morrison, Gibson, Auster, DeLillo, and Ellis. Designed for students and clearly written, this Introduction explains the preoccupations, styles and techniques that unite postmodern authors. Their work is characterized by a self-reflexive acknowledgement of its status as fiction, and by the various ways in which it challenges readers to question common-sense and commonplace assumptions about literature.
Always the serious student's choice of a Trusts Law textbook, this new edition once again provides a clear examination of the rules in the detail required by the advanced undergraduate. This fifth edition retains its hallmark combination of a contextualized approach and a commercial focus. The authors' commentary has been increased throughout this new edition whilst the fresh design clearly highlights the cases and materials extracts. Recent statutory developments, such as the Charities Act 2006, and the impact of a wealth of new cases are explored, the examination of the law of trusts and taxation is restructured and comparative examples help students understand the new directions being taken in the areas of trust law and equitable remedies. Trusts Law brings a modern perspective to a subject often perceived as traditional, with suggestions for further reading guiding the student to contemporary debates.
An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice is the first book to comprehensively address both the theoretical and practical aspects of policy making in Australia. Written in an accessible style, this text is designed to introduce students to the real world challenges and skills involved in working in a range of policy roles. Drawing on their own experiences, the authors ground public policy theory in a number of key controversies to illustrate the contestable nature of the policy process. Each chapter features case studies that outline contemporary policy issues, such as the deregulation of the financial system, 'Knowledge Nation', paid maternity leave, and the Northern Territory intervention. Including practical exercises on how to write policy briefs and media releases, this book is essential reading for anyone who needs to know how public policy is developed in Australia.
A few days before the end of spring term, an anonymous note arrived atThe Harvard Crimson. It contained a photograph of a student and a typed message: "Keep this picture. There will soon be a very juicy story involving this woman. " Now, the critically acclaimed author of The Dead Girl reveals the never-before-told story of two girls--one from Ethiopia, the other from Vietnam--for whom admission to Harvard was like "halfway heaven," the stepping stone to the American Dream that would ensure success for them and their families; and how they met instead with the darkest of all fates: a tragedy that might have been prevented. Based on Melanie Thernstrom's article in The New Yorker, here is the complete story of an unfathomable murder/suicide that shocked the country--and a groundbreaking expose of one of America's most distinguished universities. Drawing on the astonishing diaries kept by the murderer, Thernstrom reconstructs the inner life of a deeply troubled girl, struggling against isolation and depression, uncannily self-aware, and desperate for help. Sifting through layers of responsibility and silence, Thernstrom has pieced together a story that points back to Harvard and its calculated efforts to whitewash the story, and to protect and promote its distinguished reputation at the cost of its own student body. A work of dazzling investigative journalism and literary pathos,Halfway Heavenraises profound questions about the nature of attachment, obsession, female friendship, and the power of loneliness to transform love into destruction.
Most leaders in the Department of Defense (DoD) agree that family resilience is an important construct, yet DoD does not have a standard definition. The authors of this report review existing definitions of family resilience and offer a candidate definition for DoD use. They also review models of family resilience, identify key family resilience factors, and make recommendations for how DoD can manage family-resilience programs and policies.
Fiction. Middle Eastern Studies. Translated from the Arabic by Peter Theroux. This hypnotically lyrical last novel by the leading Palestinian prose writer of the twentieth century is equal parts allegory, folk tale, memoir, political commentary, and ode to a ruined landscape. Rendered for the first time ever in English by one of the leading translators of contemporary Arabic literature, it is a haunting tour de force-essential reading for anyone interested in the imaginative life of the Middle East. One moonless night in the summer of 1983, on a boulder off the shore of what once was al-Zeeb, a Palestinian village north of Acre, the narrator of Emile Habiby's haunting last novel catches a glimpse of a mysterious female figure in the sea. "The episode," he says, "was a kind of key, like the ancient Egyptian key of life... or a magic instrument, like Aladdin's lamp. I took it up as I began to excavate the mountains of oblivion, trying, as best I could, to penetrate the caverns of memory." In the remarkable tale that follows, Habiby's alter-ego--novelist, politician, devoted fisherman--struggles to discover just who or what this apparition was. Saraya, as she is known, is a character in a Palestinian legend about a young girl captured and imprisoned by an ogre. But in Habiby's subtle, dark, and often wryly comic telling, she takes on a fluid host of roles, sometimes shifting in the course of a single page from the flesh-and-blood beloved of the hero's childhood to a whispery symbol of the wadis and ridges around Mount Carmel to a kind of laughing muse. "Who is this Saraya and who is the ogre?" he asks himself, early on...
In Bunny Magic! it's time for the magic show. Violet, Nibbles, and Blaze are out to discover the secret behind the magic hat trick. Join them as Nibbles disappears, only to reappear as the star of the show! [Board Book Edition]
Arthur is amazed when he is chosen to be in the school's spellathon!
When D.W. is sent to her room as punishment for making baby Kate cry, it is Kate who finally makes her feel better.
Consider Jesus shows what a systematic theologian with a gift for language can do to unveil the intricacies of Christology at a popular level. - National Catholic Reporter
[From the inside dust jacket flap:] "Jasper Gordon loves school. He loves getting his new textbooks. He loves ripping into the first assignment of the year. Butch and Spike Couture don't love school. They don't love new textbooks--or old ones, either. And they'd just as soon rip up the first assignment of the year as rip into it. Jasper's heard all about "the Cootches." Everyone has. But he never expects to be sitting right between them on the first day of sixth grade. He never expects to be caught right between the Cootches and their teacher, Mrs. McNulty, either. But that's where he finds himself when "the McNutt" vows on the first day of school to put an end to Butch's and Spike's careers as class misfits. Mrs. McNulty thinks that all students should be like Jasper, and at first, Jasper couldn't agree more. But after a year of having the Couture cousins overrun his life, at lunch, on field trips, at recess, and even in his own home, Jasper is in real danger of being turned to the Cootch side. Gail Gauthier's second novel introduces a cast of young characters locked in a hilarious battle of wits with the adult world and with one another."
Understanding abiotic stress responses in plants is critical for the development of new varieties of crops, which are better adapted to harsh climate conditions. The new book by the well-known editor team Narendra Tuteja and Sarvajeet Gill provides a comprehensive overview on the molecular basis of plant responses to external stress like drought or heavy metals, to aid in the engineering of stress resistant crops. After a general introduction into the topic, the following sections deal with specific signaling pathways mediating plant stress response. The last part covers translational plant physiology, describing several examples of the development of more stress-resistant crop varieties.
Take your Series 7 exam preparation to the next level Knowing exactly what to study for any exam is daunting. There's so much information out there, how can you possibly know what will be on the test? Series 7 Exam For Dummies, 3rd Edition with Online Practice Tests is a critical reference if you're prepping for your Series 7 examination. Packed with the latest information associated with this test, as well as proven test-taking strategies that are focused on maximizing your score, this easy-to-use and comprehensive text has been updated to support you in your test taking preparations. The Series 7 exam is no joke -- with 250 questions administered in two three-hour blocks, this test is certainly a challenge. Studying for your Series 7 can be intimidating, but with the proper preparation you'll be able to enter the exam room with confidence. Put your knowledge to the test with two full-length practices tests and answers, which include full explanations to improve your understanding of the content Access an additional full-length practice test and other study tools online Leverage proven strategies and tips that will guide you in honing your test-taking skills Build up the confidence you need to enter the exam with self-assurance and start your career as a licensed broker on the right foot Series 7 Exam For Dummies, 3rd Edition with Online Practice Tests is a fundamental resource that guides you through your preparations for the Series 7 exam.
The lifelong guide to effective family wealth management strategy Family Capital provides a unique and practical lesson on wealth management. Instead of lectures and dry discussion, this engaging book follows an archetypal wealthy family through several generations and collateral family units to show you what effective family capital management looks like long-term. You will actually listen in on meetings between the family and its wealth advisor as they grapple with the many challenges family investors face. Expert wealth advisor Gregory Curtis provides advice and insight along the way, explaining why each strategy is effective, and how you can put it to work for you. You'll learn how to find an advisor you can trust, how to evaluate their performance, and how you can take the lead role in managing your wealth with the right advisor by your side. Estate planning and portfolio design are explored thoroughly to help you understand what makes sense for your family, and the companion website provides important forms and additional resources that help you put your plan into action. You've worked hard and done well, but the work isn't over. It's important to protect your wealth and make the right decisions to ensure that your family capital remains strong enough to benefit future generations. This book gives you a lifelong guide to effective wealth management, with expert insight to answer your most pressing questions. Find your ideal wealth advisor Design and build your investment portfolio Monitor your investments and your advisor's performance Utilize trusts and other estate planning vehicles to your fullest benefit The best way to learn something new is to hear lived experiences alongside expert commentary. Family Capital provides real-world perspective balanced by professional context, so you can tailor your next move to best suit your own situation.
The fun way to introduce coding with Ruby to kids If you don't have the chance to take coding classes at school or in camp--or if you just want to learn on your own--Ruby For Kids gears you up to expand your technology skills and learn this popular programming language. Written in a way that's easy to follow--and keeping the super tech-heavy stuff to a minimum--it quickly and easily shows you how to use Ruby to create web and mobile applications with no experience required. Ruby is considered one of the best and simplest languages to start with when you're learning coding. This fun and friendly guide makes it even easier. Broken down into simple projects designed to appeal to younger programmers, Ruby For Kids gets you up and running with core coding concepts in no time. Before you know it, you'll be tackling hands-on projects, enjoying the support of a vibrant community, and feeling a sense of accomplishment as you complete projects. Navigate the basics of coding with the Ruby language Use Ruby to create your own applications and games Find help from other Ruby users Offers tips for parents and teachers helping kids learn Ruby So what are you waiting for? Ruby For Kids has everything you need to get in on one of the most popular topics around!
Explore Islamic finance at a deeper level Intermediate Islamic Finance: Theory and Practice fills the gap for students and professionals who are already familiar with the fundamentals of Islamic finance, but would like to gain an enhanced understanding of Islamic finance theories and practices. This comprehensive text provides you with coverage of global developments and describes the role of Islamic finance within the global finance community to guide you in your understanding of this important aspect of the international financial landscape. The book references advance concepts and specific problems in the practice of Islamic finance, provides suggested further readings for each chapter, offers details of advanced analysis, and presents key data in visual form via graphs, figures, and tables. Profound changes have taken place in the financial landscape over the past few decades, including major innovations in financial instruments and substantial changes in regulation. With global financial markets becoming increasingly important players in the industry, it is critical that today's financial professionals understand the essence and implications of key Islamic finance theories and practices. Build upon your fundamental understanding of Islamic finance Explore some areas of convergence and conflict between Islamic finance and conventional finance Strengthen the harmony between Islamic and conventional finance theories and their applications Prepare for a well-rounded career in finance by better understanding how Islamic finance principles apply Intermediate Islamic Finance: Theory and Practice is an essential text for graduate and post-graduate finance students, economists, researchers, bankers, financial regulators, policymakers, and members of the business community who want to develop a deeper understanding of Islamic finance theories and practices.
This latest collection of Chicken Soup for the Soul comes to readers from the heartland, the Grand Ole Opry and the Contry Music Capital of the World. This treasury, which includes a CD, identifies the common threads that weave the tapestry of the human spirit- the traditions of family and faith at the heart of America.
Like the original Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, this second volume celebrates wholesome, traditional values and principles. Themes of forgiveness, faith, hope, charity and love will lift readers' spirits and warm their hearts. --at home, at work and in the community.
A dose of inspiration for caregiving professionals and the millions of souls who help care for family and friends.
Judges and legal scholars talk past one another, if they have any conversation at all. Academics criticize judicial decisions in theoretical terms, which leads many judges to dismiss academic discourse as divorced from reality. Richard Posner reflects on the causes and consequences of this widening gap and what can be done to close it.
The rise of America from a colonial outpost to one of the world's most sophisticated and productive economies was facilitated by the establishment of a variety of economic enterprises pursued within the framework of laws and institutions that set the rules for their organization and operation. To better understand the historical processes central to American economic development, Enterprising America brings together contributors who address the economic behavior of American firms and financial institutions--and the associated legal institutions that shaped their behavior--throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Collectively, the contributions provide an account of the ways in which businesses, banks, and credit markets promoted America's extraordinary economic growth. Among the topics that emerge are the rise of incorporation and its connection to factory production in manufacturing, the organization and operation of large cotton plantations in comparison with factories, the regulation and governance of banks, the transportation revolution's influence on bank stability and survival, and the emergence of long-distance credit in the context of an economy that was growing rapidly and becoming increasingly integrated across space.
Provides a unique overview of energy management for the process industries Provides an overall approach to energy management and places the technical issues that drive energy efficiency in context Combines the perspectives of freewheeling consultants and corporate insiders In two sections, the book provides the organizational framework (Section 1) within which the technical aspects of energy management, described in Section 2, can be most effectively executed Includes success stories from three very different companies that have achieved excellence in their energy management efforts Covers energy management, including the role of the energy manager, designing and implementing energy management programs, energy benchmarking, reporting, and energy management systems Technical topics cover efficiency improvement opportunities in a wide range of utility systems and process equipment types, as well as techniques to improve process design and operation