« La couleur de son sang, qui n'était pas comme d'habitude. Il avait une couleur orange pâle, presque jaune. Or, jamais Eldoran n'avait vu du sang de cette couleur ! Choqué, il resta un moment à observer son doigt, et soudain, sous ses yeux ébahis, il vit une légère vapeur se former et se disperser aussitôt dans l'air, comme si son sang était en train de s'évaporer. Sauf que cette vapeur était d'un jaune éclatant, et que le sang qui avait maintenant séché sur son doigt était rouge... Normalement, rouge. »
Dans les Quartiers Inférieurs de la célèbre Cité d'Osenval, Eldoran Kahondal est un adolescent en apparence comme les autres. Il sert sa Cité pour le compte de l'ambitieux Drob Saklet, un homme qui ne désire qu'une chose : se faire une place dans les Quartiers Supérieurs, de l'autre côté du Mur, là où la vie est en apparence un idéal.
Pourtant une différence se dessine rapidement chez le jeune homme : la couleur de son sang. De ses blessures se dégage une couleur jaune-orangé qui semble lui conférer des aptitudes physiques extraordinaires. Ce don le pousse à devenir un vénérable guerrier Evpien.
Découvrira-t-il la vérité sur son don et ses origines ?
Thomas Meyer a toujours été passionné par l'écriture. Les Cités de Tairvan, Livre 1 - Osenval est son premier roman, et ouvre une saga de six livres.
Der automobile (R)Evolutionsprozess Elektromobilität führt bereits heute in weiten Teilen der Automobilindustrie zu enormen Innovationsanstrengungen und zu zahlreichen inner- und außerbetrieblichen Reorganisationsprozessen. Der Autor untersucht am Beispiel eines großen deutschen Automobilherstellers anhand zahlreicher Experteninterviews, welche sozialen, industriellen und organisationalen Wandlungsprozesse stattfinden. Es zeigt sich, dass die Elektromobilität zu deutlichen Veränderungen bei der Qualifizierung von Mitarbeitern, bei der Integration von externen Akteuren sowie in der Arbeitsorganisation von Automobilherstellern führt.
Dieses Buch bietet einen fundierten Überblick über die geomorphologische Formung und vegetationsgeschichtliche Entstehung der mitteleuropäischen Auenlandschaften. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf der Darstellung der Lebensgemeinschaften, zudem wird die außerordentliche Biodiversität dieser stark bedrohten Lebensräume betont. Bodenkundliche, geobotanische und zoologische Aspekte werden im Licht der aktuellen Forschungsliteratur diskutiert. Das Besondere ist der ganzheitliche und interdisziplinäre Blickwinkel, bei dem kosystemale Zusammenhänge im Fokus stehen.Das Buch vertritt einen wissenschaftlichen Anspruch in der Beschreibung der Lebensformen in Auenbiotopen, mchte aber zugleich dabei nicht auf die Darstellung der Schnheit dieser Landschaften und ihrer faszinierenden Tier- und Pflanzengemeinschaften verzichten. Aussagekräftige und zugleich stimmungsvolle Farbbilder laden den Leser ein, sich mit der Einzigartigkeit der heimischen Auenlandschaften zu beschäftigen.Wissenschaftler und Studierende aus verschiedenen Disziplinen ebenso wie im Naturschutz tätige Praktiker und biologisch interessierte Laien werden die enge Verzahnung von Text und Fotografie in diesem Buch sicherlich zu schätzen wissen.
Building on the success of the author's previous book Beyond the J Curve:Managing a Portfolio of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds, this work covers new and additional material and offers advanced guidance on the practical questions faced by institutions when setting up and managing a successful private equity investment programme. Written from the practitioner's viewpoint, the book offers private equity and venture capital professionals an advanced guide that will make high return targets more realistic and sustainable. Factors that can sometimes cause institutions to shy away from venture capital are the industry's opaque track record, unclear valuations and risks, perceived lack of transparency as well as the significant entry barriers to overcome before tangible results show. These issues are all addressed in details with practical solutions to the problems. Among other topics J-Curve Exposure includes discussions of: Experiences with the adoption of the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines to address fair value under IFRS. Approaches for splitting and prioritizing distributions from private equity funds. Techniques for track record analysis and other tools to help limited partners in their due diligence. Approaches to dealing with uncertainty, the relevance of real options, and co-investments and side funds as advanced portfolio management techniques. Questions related to limited partner decision making fallacies and how to manage portfolios of VC funds. Securitization backed by portfolios of investments in private equity funds. Real life case studies illustrate the issues relevant for the practitioner.
Arms investors with powerful new tools for measuring and managing the risks associated with the various illiquid asset classes With risk-free interest rates and risk premiums at record lows, many investors are turning to illiquid assets, such as real estate, private equity, infrastructure and timber, in search of superior returns and greater portfolio diversity. But as many analysts, investors and wealth managers are discovering, such investments bring with them a unique set of risks that cannot be measured by standard asset allocation models. Written by a dream team of globally renowned experts in the field, this book provides a clear, accessible overview of illiquid fund investments, focusing on what the main risks of these asset classes are and how to measure those risks in today's regulatory environment. Provides solutions for institutional investors in need of guidance in today's regulatory environment Offers detailed descriptions of risk measurement in illiquid asset classes, illustrated with real life case studies Helps you to develop reliable risk management tools while complying with the regulations designed to contain the individual and systemic risks arising from illiquid investments Features real-life case studies that capture an array of risk management scenarios you are likely to encounter
The statistics are disturbing: steadily rising numbers of sedentary overweight children and obese teens, and a generation looking at a shorter life expectancy than their parents'. But while it may be obvious that physical fitness benefits both the mind and body, a growing research base is supplying evidence of why this is so, and how these benefits may be reproduced in greater numbers.Physical Activity Across the Lifespan makes a clear, scientific case for exercise, sports, and an active lifestyle in preventing illness and establishing lifetime health habits at both the individual and the population levels. The book focuses on key aspects of physical/mental well-being-weight, mood, and self-regulation-and the role of physical activity in public health and school-based interventions targeting these areas. Contributors review definitional and measurement issues salient to understanding what physical activity is, to analyzing benefits of participation, and to implementing effective interventions. Also addressed are limitations of current research, steps needed to continue building the field, and emerging therapeutic possibilities for activity, such as the role of rough and tumble play in preventing ADHD. Included in the coverage:Physical activity, cognition, and school performance.The influence of social and built environments on physical activity in middle-aged and older adults.Preventing and treating obesity through physical activity.Physical activity in preventing drug use and treating chemical dependence.Antidepressant properties of physical activity.Schools as a foundation for physical activity and an active lifestyle.Physical activity as an adjunct or booster to existing interventions.Physical Activity Across the Lifespan is an innovative text for researchers and practitioners in various disciplines including health promotion/disease prevention, child and school psychology, education, health psychology, and public health, as well as program developers and policymakers in these areas.
Finite element methods are the most popular methods for solving partial differential equations numerically, and despite having a history of more than 50 years, there is still active research on their analysis, application and extension. This book features overview papers and original research articles from participants of the 30th Chemnitz Finite Element Symposium, which itself has a 40-year history. Covering topics including numerical methods for equations with fractional partial derivatives; isogeometric analysis and other novel discretization methods, like space-time finite elements and boundary elements; analysis of a posteriori error estimates and adaptive methods; enhancement of efficient solvers of the resulting systems of equations, discretization methods for partial differential equations on surfaces; and methods adapted to applications in solid and fluid mechanics, it offers readers insights into the latest results.
Learn the lessons of how great companies began in the worst economic times Eli Lilly. IBM. Medtronic, Procter & Gamble. Hewlett-Packard and Marvel Entertainment. All great companies and all made their start during the worst economic times. Innovate!: How Great Companies Get Started in Terrible Times is first and foremost a source of true inspiration based on history. But it goes much further than that. It captures the lessons of these great innovative individuals and companies that began in the worst economic times, identifying the philosohies, strategies, and essential keys to success during your own challenging economic times. Provides a compass to navigate troubled economic waters though innovation Explains the creative sources of innovation possessed by every individual Harnesses the power of innovation of the individual and the organization Innovate!: How Great Companies Get Started in Terrible Times shows you the strides you and your organization can take toward thriving in the worst of times. And it just might be your road map to building the next great American business success story.
The ascendancy of neo-liberalism in different parts of the world has put social democracy on the defensive. Its adherents lack a clear rationale for their policies. Yet a justification for social democracy is implicit in the United Nations Covenants on Human Rights, ratified by most of the worlds countries. The covenants commit all nations to guarantee that their citizens shall enjoy the traditional formal rights; but they likewise pledge governments to make those rights meaningful in the real world by providing social security and cultural recognition to every person.
This new book provides a systematic defence of social democracy for our contemporary global age. The authors argue that the claims to legitimation implicit in democratic theory can be honored only by social democracy; libertarian democracies are defective in failing to protect their citizens adequately against social, economic, and environmental risks that only collective action can obviate. Ultimately, social democracy provides both a fairer and more stable social order.
But can social democracy survive in a world characterized by pervasive processes of globalization? This book asserts that globalization need not undermine social democracy if it is harnessed by international associations and leavened by principles of cultural respect, toleration, and enlightenment. The structures of social democracy must, in short, be adapted to the exigencies of globalization, as has already occurred in countries with the most successful social-democratic practices.
In recent times, venture capital and private equity funds have become household names, but so far little has been written for the investors in such funds, the so-called limited partners. There is far more to the management of a portfolio of venture capital and private equity funds than usually perceived. Beyond the J Curve describes an innovative toolset for such limited partners to design and manage portfolios tailored to the dynamics of this market place, going far beyond the typical and often-simplistic recipe to 'go for top quartile funds'. Beyond the J Curve provides the answers to key questions, including: Why 'top-quartile' promises should be taken with a huge pinch of salt and what it takes to select superior fund managers? What do limited partners need to consider when designing and managing portfolios? How one can determine the funds' economic value to help addressing the questions of 'fair value' under IAS 39 and 'risk' under Basel II or Solvency II? Why is monitoring important, and how does a limited partner manage his portfolio? How the portfolio's returns can be improved through proper liquidity management and what to consider when over-committing? And, why uncertainty rather than risk is an issue and how a limited partner can address and benefit from the fast changing private equity environment? Beyond the J Curve takes the practitioner's view and offers private equity and venture capital professionals a comprehensive guide making high return targets more realistic and sustainable. This book is a must have for all parties involved in this market, as well as academic and students.
The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism brings together extensive coverage of aspects of Institutional Theory and an array of top academic contributors.
Now in its Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly revised and reorganised, with all chapters updated to maintain a mix of theory, how to conduct institutional organizational analysis, and contemporary empirical work. New chapters on Translation, Networks and Institutional Pluralism are included to reflect new directions in the field.
The Second Edition has also been reorganized into six parts:
Part One: Beginnings (Foundations)
Part Two: Organizations and their Contexts
Part Three: Institutional Processes
Part Four: Conversations
Part Five: Consequences
Part Six: Reflections
This primer describes the general model independent searches for new physics phenomena beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. First, the motivation for performing general model independent experimental searches for new physics is presented by giving an overview of the current theoretical understanding of particle physics in terms of the Standard Model of particle physics and its shortcomings. Then, the concept and features of general model independent search for new physics at collider based experiments is explained. This is followed by an overview of such searches performed in past high energy physics experiments and the current status of such searches, particularly in the context of the experiments at the LHC. Finally, the future prospects of such general model independent searches, with possible improvements using new tools such as machine learning techniques, is discussed.