|Published:||March 27th 2017 by BookBaby|
In Lakeside, Australia, eighteen-year-old outcast Matthew Banks and popular student Rylie Hillcrest are publicly known to be arch-enemies. One night, Rylie gets into an incident that causes her to lose her memories and despite what her family and friends say about Matthew, she is confused by contradictory flashes of memory regarding the school outcast. After Rylie decides to pull Matthew aside and confront him about it, he ultimately reveals their real connection.
Annuities are financial products that guarantee the holder a fixed return so long as the holder remains alive, thereby providing insurance against lifetime uncertainty. The terms of these contracts depend on the information available to insurance firms. Unlike age and gender, information about individual survival probabilities cannot be readily ascertained. This asymmetric information causes market inefficiencies, such as adverse selection. Groundbreaking in its scope, The Economic Theory of Annuities offers readers a theoretical analysis of the functioning of private annuity markets. Starting with a general analysis of survival functions, stochastic dominance, and characterization of changes in longevity, Eytan Sheshinski derives the demand for annuities using a model of individuals who jointly choose their lifetime consumption and retirement age. The relation between life insurance and annuities that have a bequest option is examined and "annuity options" are proposed as a response to the lack of secondary markets.
This book also investigates the macroeconomic policy implications of annuities and changes in longevity on aggregate savings. Sheshinski utilizes statistical population theory to shed light on the debate of whether the surge in savings and growth in Asia and other countries can be attributed to higher longevity of the population and whether this surge is durable. This book shows how understanding annuities becomes essential as governments that grapple with insolvency of public social security systems place greater emphasis on individual savings accounts.
Alain Mabanckou revisite en profondeur un certain nombre de lieux fondateurs de la littérature et de la culture africaines, avec amour, humour et dérision. Parodiant librement une légende populaire selon laquelle chaque être humain possède son double animal, il nous livre dans ce récit l'histoire d'un étonnant porc-épic, chargé par son alter ego humain, un certain Kibandi, d'accomplir à l'aide de ses redoutables piquants toute une série de meurtres rocambolesques. Malheur aux villageois qui se retrouvent sur la route de Kibandi, car son ami porc-épic est prêt à tout pour satisfaire la folie sanguinaire de son "maître" ! En détournant avec brio et malice les codes narratifs de la fable, Alain Mabanckou renouvelle les formes traditionnelles du conte africain dans un récit truculent et picaresque où se retrouvent l'art de l'ironie et la verve inventive qui font de lui une des voix majeures de la littérature francophone actuelle.
Childhood joy, pleasure, and creativity are not often associated with the civil rights movement. Their ties to the movement may have faded from historical memory, but these qualities received considerable photographic attention in that tumultuous era. Katharine Capshaw’s Civil Rights Childhood reveals how the black child has been—and continues to be—a social agent that demands change. Because children carry a compelling aura of human value and potential, images of African American children in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education had a powerful effect on the fight for civil rights. In the iconography of Emmett Till and the girls murdered in the 1963 Birmingham church bombings, Capshaw explores the function of children’s photographic books and the image of the black child in social justice campaigns for school integration and the civil rights movement. Drawing on works ranging from documentary photography, coffee-table and art books, and popular historical narratives and photographic picture books for the very young, Civil Rights Childhood sheds new light on images of the child and family that portrayed liberatory models of blackness, but it also considers the role photographs played in the desire for consensus and closure with the rise of multiculturalism. Offering rich analysis, Capshaw recovers many obscure texts and photographs while at the same time placing major names like Langston Hughes, June Jordan, and Toni Morrison in dialogue with er-known writers. An important addition to thinking about representation and politics, Civil Rights Childhood ultimately shows how the photobook—and the aspirations of childhood itself—encourage cultural transformation.
Silver Winner 2010 IP'S Living Now Award 1st Runner Up 2010 Eric Hoffer Award Endorsement - 2010 IP's Highlighted Title Award Finalist 2010 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine Finalist 2010 USA Best Book Award Hojo Undo means supplementary training, and using these tools is the key for developing the devastating power of karate techniques.
Without Hojo Undo, a practitioner cannot reach the profound strength levels required for a lifetime of karate training. This book details how to construct and use many training tools; provides accurate mechanical drawings, comprehensive training methods, and an historical context to understand why Hojo Undo was created in old Okinawa. Warm up exercises Detailed construction drawings Build your own Hojo Undo tools! Learn how to use the tools to develop devastating power Link your increased power to fighting techniques Hear what Okinawan Masters say about Hojo Undo training"
No one likes tourists, especially when those tourists are demons from the underworld with a penchant for torturing and killing all humans. When people say, "All hell broke loose", they probably weren't talking about They Might Be Demons. Although Hell doesn't exactly "break loose" in this book, it does take a little vacation.
Destination? Earth. And while that may sound like a bummer as it is, just wait until you discover they've chosen YOUR town as the primary get-together spot. Oh crap, SPOILER ALERT! Sorry for ruining the big surprise. But yeah, you're pretty much boned. Have fun!