A world is born

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  • Lee Battersby is an Australian author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction. His story "Carrying The God" made him the first Western Australian winner in the Writers of the Future Competition in 2002, and was awarded the 2003 Ditmar Award for Best New Talent. His short story "Tales of Nireym" was a finalist in the Fantasy section of the 2005 Aurealis Awards, and "Pater Familias" won Best Horror Short Story in the 2006 awards.

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  • Leigh Brackett (December 7, 1915, in Los Angeles, California – March 18, 1978) was a writer of science fiction, mystery novels and — best known to the general public — Hollywood screenplays, most notably The Big Sleep (1945), Rio Bravo (1959), The Long Goodbye (1973) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Brackett's first published science fiction story was "Martian Quest", which appeared in the February 1940 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.

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  • This book, in a way, is born out of my daily weblog “Google Blogoscoped” (blog.outer-court.com) and those who read it. Since 2003 I’ve been writing there covering all things Google – not just the fun stuff, but news, discussion, interviews, tutorials, and everything beyond with a relation to search engines. Thanks to those reading along and providing pointers or feedback, I’ve been able to discover more interesting pages and get to know more interesting people around the world than ever before....

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  • Promise Me This" is a very moving story about Michael and Annie, two people impacted and brought together by the sinking of the Titanic. It's broken down into three parts, spans several years, and follows the characters through World War I. The history is well-researched. The author's writing voice is pleasant, but I still found it hard to follow the scene action at times. The portrayal of the characters' emotions is amazing, and the plot is organic and flows well. I can see why Gohlke is an aw...more...

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  • Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs a person will ever have. We all want the best for our children and for them to live a life full of love, happiness and abundance. There’s so much excitement when a child is born; all the hopes and dreams. As the baby grows and begins to explore their world, parents often begin to feel frustrated and overwhelmed at how to best manage the new behaviors exhibited by their child.

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  • Our goal is to study a broad sample of countries. We gather reliable data for 55 nations and measure the size of each country’s mutual fund industry relative to the country’s assets in “primary” domestic securities (which includes equities, bonds, and bank loans) that are available to prospective investors. For completeness, we also report the size of national fund industry assets relative to the country’s GDP and population. We study the industry as a whole, and equity and bond funds separately, because certain hypotheses apply only to one of the two subsectors. ...

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  • This is the life story of one who was born on a farm, and died on a farm, yet who achieved a world-wide fame through his military exploits. It has been told many times, it will be told for centuries yet to come; for the world loves a man of high emprise, and such was Israel Putnam, the hero of this story. He was born January 7, 1718, in Danvers, then known as Salem Village, Province of Massachusetts Bay, in New England. His father's Christian name was Joseph, his mother's Elizabeth, and Israel (as he was called at baptism, after his maternal grandfather, Israel Porter)...

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  • Since each retailer has a monopoly power through the captive consumers, the strategies employed in the oligopolistic equilibrium depend on the pricing behavior of a hyphotetical monopolist facing the captive consumers. Before proceeding to solving the oligopoly model we will illustrate the optimal behavior of the consumers facing any price pair and, subsequently, pro t-maximizing strategy of the monopolist.

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  • Shleifer and Vishny (1997) elaborate on this point and suggest that the benefits from concentrated ownership are relatively larger in countries that are generally less developed, where property rights are not well defined and/or protected by judicial systems.

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  • Peaking a new language is something a lot of people have always dreamed of. They want it for various reasons. For those who are living in my country Vietnam, being able to speak English well could dramatically change their career prospects. For kids born in the US but having parents who cannot speak English well, learning their mother tongue could bring the family closer. Well, we all know that to be a successful person, we must learn on or more foeign languages gor communicating with people around the world. So In this paper, I will sumarize the book “5 Steps...

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  • The retail trade has developed a system (without consulting the banking sector) which makes payments by bank card possible without any authorisation. This system is known as the electronic direct debit system (ELV). The customer’s signature on the receipt or an additional document authorises the dealer to collect the cost of the purchase by direct debit. However, the risks of a direct debit being returned on account of an objection or lack of cover, or possibly because the card has been blocked, are borne solely by the retail outlet.

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  • This is the story of a boy, born in the humblest surroundings, reared almost without schooling, and amid benighted conditions such as to-day have no existence, yet who lived to achieve a world-wide fame; to attain honorary degrees from the greatest universities of America and Europe; to be sought by statesmen and kings; to be loved and honored by all men in all lands, and mourned by them when he died. It is the story of one of the world's very great men--the story of Mark Twain.

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  • Carl Atsushi HIRANO is well-known as bestselling author in Japan and currently President and CEO of NetStrategy, Inc., Professor at Business Breakthrough University hosted by Kennichi Ohmae, guest speaker at the Harvard Business School, visiting professor of Okinawa Graduate School, world famous as the mastermind of the Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet credit system. Born in the United States, he has a B.A. in economics from the University of Tokyo.

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  • We are all aware of the essential role that insurance services play as a commercial and infrastructural service. From an infrastructural perspective it promotes financial and social stability, mobilizes and channel savings, supports trade, commerce and entrepreneurial activity and improves the quality of the lives of individuals. In a fast-globalizing world economy, Governments the world over are faced with challenges relating to the regulatory environment, emerging global trends in the insurance sector, technological innovations and liberalization of the insurance sector.

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  • I came into this world on the Shrove-Tuesday of the year 1499, just as they were coming together for mass. From this circumstance, my friends derived the confident hope that I should become a priest, for at that time that sort of superstition was still every where prevalent. I had one sister, named Christina; she alone was with my mother when I was born, and she afterwards told it me. My father's name was Anthony Platter, of the old family of Platter, who have their name from a house which stands on a broad plat (Platte). This plat is a rock on a very high...

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  • Health is largely determined by our social, economic, physical and cultural environment. Although, as we move further into the 21st century, we can see improvements for many people, inequalities in health and health outcomes still persist. The differences in life chances are dramatic and there is a direct correlation between low socio- economic status and poor health outcomes4. Health inequalities affect both women and babies.

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  • Harmful alcohol consumption is risky both for the drinker and for other people. An intoxicated person can put people in harm’s way by involving them in traffi c accidents or violent behaviour, or by negatively affecting co-workers, relatives, friends or strangers. A survey in Australia found that two thirds of respondents were adversely affected by someone else’s drinking in the past year. Alcohol consumption also affects society at large.

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  • About Robinson: Frank M. Robinson (born August 9, 1926) is an American science fiction and techno-thriller writer. Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois. The son of a check forger, Frank started out working as a copy boy for International Service in his teens and then became an office boy for ZiffDavis. He was drafted into the Navy for World War II, and when his tour was over went to college where he majored in physics. Then, according to his official website, he could find no work as a writer, and wound up back in the Navy to serve in Korea,...

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  • – WORLD HISTORY – RELIGION ORIGIN CHARACTERISTICS ■ ■ Hinduism India in 1500 B.C. Hinduism has no single founder; it developed over a period of 4,000 years. One of its main features is a caste system, in which people are born into a prescribed class and follow the ways of that class. They are polytheistic. It was founded by Siddhartha Gautama, called the Buddha. Buddhists believe in a cycle of rebirth. The ultimate goal of the Buddhist path is to achieve nirvana, an enlightened state free from suffering. ■ Buddhism India in 525 B.C.

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  • The world today is different from the world into which I was born. In my opinion, the dominating factor contributing to change has been science. I was five years old when World War I broke out. Because my formative years were spent in poverty and suffering, I developed a tremendous passion for science as the means to alleviate the miseries of life that I experienced every day: hunger, disease, squalor, ignorance and cruelty. Science was the dream that sustained me in those terrible years.

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