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Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Central and Eastern Europe A Sourcebook and Reference Guide

Produced by the Urban Institute for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank Institute, the sourcebook gives access to a wealth of knowledge and information on intergovernmental finance issues in Central and Eastern Europe by providing electronic links to a large number of documents included on a CD-ROM. The documents discuss basic concepts and principles, and describe the evolution of intergovernmental finance in the countries of the region, which include: Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Poland, and Romania. The printed sourcebook, which is also on the CD-ROM, serves as a roadmap to help the reader explore the documents and locate relevant materials. Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Central and Eastern Europe is especially useful for policy analysts and trainers interested in promoting an understanding of those issues in their countries. The sourcebook also provides direct electronic links to relevant training and educational materials, also included on the CD-ROM.

A Guidebook for Todays Asian Investor

This book is the first to directly address Asia's new rich with an easy-to-follow guide to investment and the world of global finance. There are currently approximately 15 million high net worth households in the world today, a number that is growing by 900,000 new millionaires in the world each year. Many of the Asian new rich, however, lack even basic information about investment strategies and how to put their wealth to work. With rich experience in the private sector, Bruce Von Cannon makes it seem easy in this enjoyable and readable new book. Keywords Finance, Personal Wealth, Asset Management, Asia, Pacific, New Wealth Investment

The Ocean in a Drop Singapore The Next Fifty Years

The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in 2014. It is part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. The Fellowship was set up to fund further research into public policy, with the S R Nathan Fellow, who is appointed annually, delivering between four and six lectures each year. These lectures aim to advance public understanding and discussion of issues of critical national interest. Ho Kwon Ping was the 2014/15 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains the five IPS-Nathan Lectures he gave between October 2014 and April 2015, as well as highlights of the accompanying dialogue with the audience. In his lectures, Ho looks forward to the next 50 years, offering innovative ideas and robust views on how governance and key institutions can evolve to ensure the sustainable continuation of Singapore the "improbable nation". This book illuminates Ho's vision of a cohesively diverse Singapore lasting beyond the lifespan of his generation, and aims to get the young to ponder and discuss the kind of home, and future, they wish for.

Designing Adult Services
Designing Adult Services Sented by Musa

Focusing on adult patrons ages 19 through senior citizens, this book explains how libraries can best serve this busy portion of their community's population at different life stages and foster experiences that are "worth the trip"-whether actual or virtual. Helps librarians make their libraries the go-to places in the community for both information and recreation Enables librarians to accurately analyze the demographics of their communities and identify the services needed Offers simple suggestions to help librarians with limited resources provide age-appropriate services Describes information and resources most likely needed during each life stage, making it easier to target the audience for both programming and publicity About the Author Ann Roberts is a reference librarian at the United State Patent and Trademark Office, Public Search Facility. She has worked in public, academic, and government libraries, as well as with historical collections.

American Tianxia Chinese Money, American Power, and the End of History

After a meteoric rise, China's once inexorable growth has come to a screeching halt. With it ends China's dream of establishing a new tianxia ('harmonious order') in Asia with China at its centre. Salvatore Babones provides an up-to-date assessment of China's economic problems and how they are undermining China's challenge to the Western-dominated world order. As China's neighbours and many of its own most talented people look to the United States to ensure their security and prosperity, global power is slowly but surely consolidating in a twenty-first century American Tianxia. A closely argued antidote to defeatist accounts of Western decline, this book tells the story of how liberal individualism has become the leitmotif of the American Tianxia, an emerging world-system in which people of all nationalities seek a share in the economic, cultural, and political system that is America writ large.

IRS Referral Program for Suspected Tax Fraud

Reports by the public of suspected underreporting of taxes or other tax violations can help IRS detect millions of dollars in taxes that would otherwise go uncollected. Productive referrals can help address the net $385 billion tax gap-the difference between the amount of taxes paid voluntarily on time and the amount owed. IRS received about 87,000 information referrals in fiscal year 2015. This book describes IRS's process for screening and routing information referrals; assesses the controls for the information referral screening and routing process; and evaluates the coordination between the information referral process, the Whistleblower Office, and other IRS referral programs.

Frontiers of Engineering 2018

The intent of this book is to highlight innovative developments in engineering research and technical work. The first section described machines that process information into useful output by learning their own models. The next sections addressed the question, "How will we power our future?" The answer will be multifaceted and involve power generation and storage, new grid technologies, and transportation electrification. Contents Preface MACHINES THAT TEACH THEMSELVES Machines That Teach Themselves Humans and Computers Working Together to Measure Machine Learning Interpretability ENERGY STRATEGIES TO POWER OUR FUTURE Energy Strategies to Power Our Future Agile Fractal Systems: Reenvisioning Power System Architecture Big Data and Analytics for Wind Energy Operations and Maintenance: Opportunities, Trends, and Challenges in the Industrial Internet Across Dimensions and Scales: How Imaging and Machine Learning Will Help Design Tomorrow's Energy Conversion Devices Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles UNRAVELING THE COMPLEXITY OF THE BRAIN Unraveling the Complexity of the Brain Technologies to Interface with the Brain for Recording and Modulation Brain-Machine Interface Paradigms for Neuroscience and Clinical Translation The Roles of Machine Learning in Biomedical Science Efficient Feature Extraction and Classification Methods in Neural Interfaces MEGATALL BUILDINGS AND OTHER FUTURE PLACES OF WORK Megatall Buildings and Other Future Places of Work The Evolution of Elevators: Physical-Human Interface, Digital Interaction, and Megatall Buildings Supertail Timber: Functional Natural Materials for High-Rise Structures Applications of Insights from Biology and Mathematics to the Design of Material Structures APPENDIXES

Feng Shui Plain & Simple The Only Book Youll Ever Need (Plain & Simple Series)

This simple guide to the art of feng shui provides easy-to-use tips and techniques for improving the energy in your life. You will learn to harmonize and lay out spaces in your home to enhance your personal energy, improve your overall wellbeing, and bring good fortune and balance into your life. This plain and simple guide discusses how to: Declutter to clear the energy in your home Use the Chinese bagua (number square) to map out rooms to enhance energy Employ the five elements to harmonize the energy of your home Use feng shui for the exterior of your home and outside landscaping This wonderful primer will be hailed by anyone interested in interior design, Chinese legend and lore, and the creation of healing and harmonious living spaces.

Your Guide to Forest Bathing Experience the Healing Power of Nature

Forest bathing is a gentle, meditative practice of connecting with nature. Simply being present, with all of our senses, in a forest or other wild area, can produce mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. It is a simple, accessible antidote to our nature-starved lives and can inspire us to become advocates for healing our relationships with the more-than human world. This book is both an invitation to take up the practice of forest bathing and an inspiration to connect with nature as a way to help heal both the planet and humanity. Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan, forest bathing is known as shinrin-yoku. Studies there have demonstrated a wide variety of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. In Your Guide to Forest Bathing, Amos Clifford draws on four decades of wilderness experience to introduce readers to the medicine of being in the forest. Learn about the roots of the practice, how to deepen your relationship to nature, and how to begin a practice of your own. Practical matters such as finding a suitable trail and what to bring are also included.

Talk to the Hand A Field Guide to Practical Palmistry

Palmistry is an ancient science and an unsurpassed tool for character and emotion analysis. Everyone has the ability to tap its potential for insight, reflection, and greater understanding-and world acclaimed palmistry expert Vernon Mahabal will show you how. Talk to the Hand reveals the tricks of the palm reader's trade and is organized around the most popular questions and inquiries the author has received over the years. It serves as a fascinating field guide for those who want a quick, accurate way to assess their own and other people's talents, abilities, psychology, and emotional personality. The diagrams and accompanying texts are deliberately simple and straightforward, providing quick access to vital answers and potential solutions to pressing questions. The information found here is based upon extensive background research and years of the author's experience working with thousands of people.

Quick & Easy Tarantula Care

With proper care and maintenance, these unique creatures cna make great pets. Learn why they are becoming so popular and how to keep them healthy and safe. The Quick & Easy series features educational, value-priced books. All pet owners will benefit from reading the wide variety of titles in this series, each offering an abundance of advice in a delightfully concise format.

Quantum Theory A Very Short Introduction

Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, probabilistic physics, complementarity, the problematic character of measurement, and decoherence are among the many topics discussed. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Plato A Very Short Introduction

This lively and accessible introduction to Plato focuses on the philosophy and argument of his writings, drawing the reader into Plato's way of doing philosophy, and the general themes of his thinking. This is not a book to leave the reader standing in the outer court of introduction and background information, but leads directly into Plato's argument. It looks at Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ways, rather than a philosopher with a fully worked-out system. It includes a brief account of Plato's life and the various interpretations that have been drawn from the sparse remains of information. It stresses the importance of the founding of the Academy and the conception of philosophy as a subject. Julia Annas discusses Plato's style of writing: his use of the dialogue form, his use of what we today call fiction, and his philosophical transformation of myths. She also looks at his discussions of love and philosophy, his attitude to women, and to homosexual love, explores Plato's claim that virtue is sufficient for happiness, and touches on his arguments for the immortality of the soul and his ideas about the nature of the universe.

Organic Acids Characteristics, Properties and Synthesis

Organic acids are compounds with acidic properties and occur naturally in a number of foods. They are mainly present in fermented products as a result of hydrolysis, biochemical metabolism, and microbial activity. This book provides research on the characteristics, properties and synthesis of organic acids. Chapter One reviews the application of organic acids in food preservation. Chapter Two provides a chromatographic analysis organic acids in food from animal origin. Chapter Three discusses the diversity of organic acids content in green and roasted Coffea arabica cultivars. Chapter Four studies the effects of organic acids and polysaccharides on the solubility of oyster-derived zinc digested in vitro. Chapter Five examines the evaporation of organic acids aqueous solutions through spread films of polyelectrolyte/surfactant complexes. Chapter Six discusses the influence of liquid absorption and the effect of downstream pressure on the separation performance of pervaporation of acetic acid aqueous solutions.

Letters to an Atheist Wrestling with Faith

In Letters to an Atheist, esteemed philosopher and author Peter Kreeft corresponds with a young atheist who is wrestling with the question of God. Together they work through some of the primary reasons people don't believe in God, including violence committed in the name of religion, the problem of evil, and more. They also discuss many of the reasons for belief, including love, miracles, and the relationship between religion and science. The debate between atheists and theists today is often strident and angry, and understandably so-the debate encompasses fundamental questions about how we live our lives. As Kreeft writes, "if God does not exist, then religion is the biggest hoax, the biggest myth, the biggest lie in the history of the world." However, Letters to an Atheist showcases a respectful exploration of some of life's biggest questions, trying to understand the opposing point of view. With characteristic warmth and clarity, Kreeft's letters offer believers and non-believers alike much to consider.

Glucosides Sources, Applications, and New Research

This book reviews sources, applications and new research of glucosides. Chapter One introduces the source (where and how mycotoxins are glucosylated), history (how the researchers recognize and identify mycotoxin glucosides), and recent research (screening of new mycotoxin glucosides conducted by the authors and risk assessment research of mycotoxin glucosides). Chapter Two summarizes the information available on the field of steryl glycosides from different perspectives. Chapter Three examines recent developments in the phase behavior of n-Alkyl glucosides in arid systems. Contents: Preface Chapter 1 Mycotoxin Glucosides (Masked Mycotoxins) Chapter 2 Steryl Glycosides in Foods: An Overview Chapter 3 Phase Behavior of n-Alkyl Glucosides in the Arid System - Recent Developments and Experiment Notes

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) Methods, Analysis, and Research Insights

Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy applies the principle that molecular vibrations can absorb infrared radiation in the range of the electromagnetic radiation. This book discusses methods and provides new research on FTIR. Chapter one reviews the advances in the analysis of biological systems by means of FTIR spectroscopy. Chapter Two studies the last advances of infrared spectroscopy applied to the analysis of lignocellulosic materials. Chapter Three presents the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic, coupled with chemometric tools, to characterize organic matter transformations during the composting process. Chapter Four focuses on applications of FTIR spectroscopy in the wine industry.

Protein-Protein Interactions (PPIs) Types, Methods for Detection and Analysis.

Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) play an important role in vital biological processes such as metabolic and signaling pathways, cell cycle control, and DNA replication and transcription. This book discusses types, methods for detection and the analysis of PPIs. Chapter One describes two key nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods for the investigation of protein-protein interactions, chemical shift perturbation, and residual dipolar coupling, with practical tips on the preparation of samples, NMR measurement, and analysis. Chapter Two describes the basic principles and provides a practical description of the recent technological developments in solution NMR spectroscopy for examining protein-protein interactions. Chapter Three focuses on identifying PPIs via many learning methods based on protein sequence information. Chapter Four examines the thermodynamics of PPIs by isothermal titration calorimetry. Chapter Five describes the general microscopic features of amyloid fibril structures and then discusses the macroscopic properties of protein aggregate with conformations such as packing, hydration, and enthalpy using thermodynamic variables in combination with densitometry and isothermal titration calorimetry. Chapter Six reviews the special case of protein self-association as a modulator of protein function.

Saponins Types, Sources and Research.

Saponins are surfactive compounds that are widely distributed in nature, occurring primarily in the plant kingdom. Plants that produce saponins generally accumulate these metabolites as part of their development, which can be influenced by several environmental factors, such as nutrient and water availability, light irradiation and/or a combination of these factors. In this book, Chapter One discusses the occurrence in nature and biological activities of saponins. Chapter Two provides a review of ginsenoside Rg3 modulating lipid metabolism. Chapter Three demonstrates research on saponin application in remediation of metal-contaminated soils, and methods of saponins recovery after soil washing and attempts of their reuse. Chapter Four evaluates the feasibility of using saponin from soapnuts (Sapindus mukorrossi) for the removal of oil from a large area of oil contaminated soil in Kuwait, due to the destruction of oil wells during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Chapter Five focuses on the structural types and biological studies of saponins of I. asprella, and briefly discusses the characteristics of these chemical structures.

The Red Kangaroo in Central Australia An Early Account by A. E. Newsome.

The red kangaroo is at the heart of Australia's ecological identity. It is Australia's largest terrestrial land mammal, the largest extant marsupial, and the only kangaroo truly restricted to Australia's arid interior. Almost nothing was known about the ecology of the red kangaroo when Alan Newsome began to study it in 1957. He discovered how droughts affect reproduction, why red kangaroos favour different habitats during droughts from those after rains, and that unprecedented explosions in red kangaroo numbers were caused by changes to the landscape wrought by graziers. Most importantly, he realised the possibilities of enriching western science with Indigenous knowledge, a feat recognised today as one of the greatest achievements of his career. First drafted in 1975 and now revised and prepared for publication by his son, The Red Kangaroo in Central Australia captures Alan's thoughts as a young ecologist working in Central Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. It will inspire a new generation of scientists to explore Australia's vast interior and study the extraordinary adaptations of its endemic mammals. Features: * Provides an in-depth look at one of Australia's most iconic land mammals and the wonder of red kangaroo biology * Details working life in Central Australia during the 1950s and 1960s along with the unique link that Alan established with Australia's Indigenous Aranda people * A rare insight into the experience of scientific discovery, especially in the unforgiving environment of Central Australia

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