Africa’s Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies by Haroon Bhorat

Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa’s future.Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast growing and/or economically dominant African countries. Expert African researchers offer unique perspectives into the challenges and issues in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa.Despite a growing body of research on African economies, very little has focused on the relationship between economic growth and employment outcomes at the detailed country level. A lack of empirical data has deprived policymakers of a robust evidence base on which to make informed decisions. By harnessing country-level household, firm, and national accounts data together with existing analytical country research—the authors have attempted to bridge this gap.The growth of the global working-age population to 2030 will be driven primarily by Africa, which means that the relationship between growth and employment should be understood within the context of each country’s projected demographic challenge and the associated implications for employment growth. A better understanding of the structure of each country’s workforce and the resulting implications for human capital development, the vulnerably employed, and the working poor, will be critical to informing the development policy agenda.As a group, the six countries profiled in Africa’s Lions will largely shape the continent’s future. Each country chapter focuses on the complex interactions between economic growth and employment outcomes, within the individual Africa’s Lions context.

Author: Haroon Bhorat

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A SOCIETY OF INSTANT: Surviving in a tough society by Deborah Siegel

It’s certainly no secret that we live in a society with a need for speed and a taste for intolerance. Most of us still understand that faster doesn’t necessarily mean better, but we’re willing to settle for less in order to enjoy life more right now. For most, the art of wondering and waiting, of imagining and dreaming has been discarded for over-indulgence and quantity consumption. The reward isn’t to have the best, but to have it first. Coming to the market first with a new product or service is what counts; so what if it happens to have some bugs that need to be worked out or simply ignored. In the process of wanting everything instantly, what has happened to our integrity, to the human spirit, to our values and morals?
Only time will tell, if we’re willing to wait. That’s the question now, isn’t it? Are we willing to wait for better, to wait for gratification, to wait in order to build character and self-discipline? Research shows we are at an all-time low when it comes to our ability to wait. A study at UMass Amherst examined over six million people who frequently browse the internet. What these studies showed was the average time people were willing to wait for information on various sites was a staggering two seconds. If web designers couldn’t capture viewers’ attention within the first two seconds, they lost the opportunity.
Time spent in the traditional classroom or at church has now been exchanged for online education and taped sermons listened to when you’re stuck in traffic. Is that really maximizing time or have we lost ourselves in a runaway society? Even something as simple as thinking, meditating, and researching have been reduced to a fleeting thought, a three-minute meditation, and searching the internet for instant information.
Decisions, actions, and values are weighed against the time it takes to achieve success. It’s not far off the mark to say that time is our most precious commodity.
The best thing about time is that it plays no favorites, it is the great equalizer. No matter how instantly we want to have things, and no matter how instantly we expect things to happen, we are all slaves to the same clock. We all have only 24 hours in a day to spend. And, when it is your time to go, you won’t be able to exchange or buy more time—you’ll be gone in an instant. Death will also be instant, but that’s one instant most of us would prefer to postpone.
Our expectations of immediacy are exhausting and have taken their toll on all of us. We may be more efficient but at what cost? How perverse that most of us continue to create an even faster rat race while, at the same time, we nostalgically crave yesterday’s slower lifestyle and calmer existence Perhaps taking a few moments to examine and analyze the cause and results of our need for everything instant will help us to stop and smell the roses. So, take a few moments here to do just that. If you can’t stop, make yourself slow down for a brief time to discover the benefits of waiting, of being patient, of learning perseverance and determination because you were willing to wait.

Author: Deborah Siegel

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Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum by Maria Lucia Ferruzza

In the ancient world, terracotta sculpture was ubiquitous. Readily available and economical—unlike stone suitable for carving—clay allowed artisans to craft figures of remarkable variety and expressiveness. Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily attest to the prolific coroplastic workshops that supplied sacred and decorative images for sanctuaries, settlements, and cemeteries. Sixty terracottas are investigated here by noted scholar Maria Lucia Ferruzza, comprising a selection of significant types from the Getty’s larger collection—life-size sculptures, statuettes, heads and busts, altars, and decorative appliqués. In addition to the comprehensive catalogue entries, the publication includes a guide to the full collection of over one thousand other figurines and molds from the region by Getty curator of antiquities Claire L. Lyons. Reflecting the Getty’s commitment to open content, Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum is available online at www.getty.edu/publications/terracottas and may be downloaded free of charge in multiple formats. For readers who wish to have a bound reference copy, this paperback edition has been made available for sale. 

Author: Maria Lucia Ferruzza

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Child Abuse True Stories:Book 1: How to Recognize and Take Action to Protect the Child. by Fidelma Rafferty

Thank you for showing your concern for today’s childhood abuse victims by acquiring and reading this book.The NEXT STEP is to always be aware of those around you, and if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, speak up. You could make a difference that saves one life, or more. In this this book you will get knowledge necessary to identify cases and take proper action by seeking the appropriate help. DON’T BE IGNORANT- LEARN HOW TO HELP INNOCENT CHILDREN TODAY!

Author: Fidelma Rafferty

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WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Holistic Approach on Immigration and Psychology by Sandra Ferreira

A Holistic Analysis on Immigration and Its Archeological, Sociological, Psychological, Economical and Political Contexts. . . People migrate to the USA from all over the world in search of the “American Dream.” For some, this dream translates to a life of freedom, financial progress, or safety from personal, political or religious persecution or war. However, the reality in many cases is better expressed as a nightmare than a dream, and even for those who achieve their goals, the immigration process is always permeated by variable doses of pain, suffering, and loss for the first-generation immigrant. We Are All in This Together brings a unique and distinct new perspective on the issues of immigration today. It focuses on the issues, conflicts, conquests, and losses of immigrants of various origins, taking into consideration their ethnological differences with the American culture. This compassionate, well-formulated book will raise awareness and promote a broader and deeper reflection on the reality of the migratory phenomenon in America and in the world.

Author: Sandra Ferreira

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Africa’s Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies by Bhorat , Haroon

Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa’s future.Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast growing and/or economically dominant African countries. Expert African researchers offer unique perspectives into the challenges and issues in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa.Despite a growing body of research on African economies, very little has focused on the relationship between economic growth and employment outcomes at the detailed country level. A lack of empirical data has deprived policymakers of a robust evidence base on which to make informed decisions. By harnessing country-level household, firm, and national accounts data together with existing analytical country research—the authors have attempted to bridge this gap.The growth of the global working-age population to 2030 will be driven primarily by Africa, which means that the relationship between growth and employment should be understood within the context of each country’s projected demographic challenge and the associated implications for employment growth. A better understanding of the structure of each country’s workforce and the resulting implications for human capital development, the vulnerably employed, and the working poor, will be critical to informing the development policy agenda.As a group, the six countries profiled in Africa’s Lions will largely shape the continent’s future. Each country chapter focuses on the complex interactions between economic growth and employment outcomes, within the individual Africa’s Lions context.

Author: Bhorat , Haroon

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There Were No Cats in America: “An American Tail” Enters Trump’s America by Adam M. DeSimone

Using the 1986 animated film “An American Tail” as a framing device, this work explores the immigrant experience of émigrés who lived in the United States during the Gilded Age. While the film itself celebrates the arrival of the furry, lovable, Mousekewitz family to the U.S., this essay comments on the evolution of U.S. immigration policy from the late 19th to early 21st centuries, with special attention paid to the National Origins Act, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and to President Trump’s 2017 “Muslim bans.” Major push and pull factors associated with immigration are examined as well; a comparison between the socioeconomic conditions of the Gilded Age and modern era follow. In this essay, the author argues that the Trump administration’s views on immigration are similar to those of the 19th century’s exclusionary Nativists and their supporters. The author shows that all of this essay’s highlighted immigration policies are steeped in xenophobia, are intentionally designed not to solve the problems lawmakers claim they address, and are antithetical to the values that the U.S.—a nation of immigrants—claims as a deep part of its identity. In “An American Tail,” the film’s main heel, Warren T. Rat, tries to convince the marginalized mice-inhabitants of his world that one of his lies is truthful. Even as his story conspicuously unwinds around him, he reasserts himself by asking, “Who are you going to believe? Me, or your own eyes?” After reading this essay, the author hopes you will be able to trust your own eyes. You will be equipped with enough historic knowledge and context to think critically about President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration and refugees, decide if this is something you wish to resist, and do so while still trusting in the basic goodness of the American people, the majority of whom did not vote for Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The author intends this essay to be a small, personal contribution to today’s dialogue on immigration in America.

Author: Adam M. DeSimone

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How to Understand and Accept Your Gay Son: (Even If You’re Not Sure You Can) by Grant Andrews

This book will give you all the tools you need to understand and accept your gay son

How can you accept your gay son?

If you have just found out that your son is gay, or if you think he might be, you might find it overwhelming and have lots of questions and confusion. You might wonder what made him this way, or wonder what it means for his life. You could be feeling afraid, heartbroken or disappointed. Maybe you’re hoping that this is just a phase that he will grow out of. You might even feel like you don’t know who he is anymore and wonder if there is any way to truly accept him.

Our parents have been there too

We struggled immensely with coming out to our parents, and they struggled to understand and accept us. That is why we decided to write this book.

We both had deeply religious backgrounds and in our families being gay was never even talked about. When we realized that we were gay, we started out hating ourselves and trying everything to change. When we told our parents, they were angry and confused. They couldn’t reconcile what they believed in about gay people with the fact that their own sons were gay.

This book can help you to understand what being gay means

In the book, we offer all of the information that you need about what being gay means. We give you clear, direct, and no-nonsense answers to the questions you might still have, such as:
– Is homosexuality a choice
– Is there a way to change him?
– Whose fault is it that my son is gay?
– How does it relate to my religious views?
– What does this mean for my son’s future?

Learn what to say to your son

It might be very difficult to know what the right thing is to say to your son when you find out he is gay. We offer many examples of the types of things you can say during those difficult, awkward conversations. The dialogues we provide are written in loving, supportive language. You can use them to make sure that your son knows how you feel while talking to him in a way that can make your relationship stronger. There are a variety of these example dialogues for many different situations, including:
– What to say if you think he might be gay
– What to say when he comes out to you
– What to say if he finds a partner
– How to talk to him about your confusion
– What not to say if you want to keep your relationship intact
– What to say to other family members

Learn some practical steps to accept your son

The final section of the book gives you lots of clear, practical steps that you can take in order to learn to accept your son for who he is. Once you understand what it means to be gay, you can start the work of building a new and stronger relationship with your son. We give you guidelines to overcome your discomfort and resources that you can rely on during your journey.

Highly trained authors who are experts in the field

We have personal experience as we both walked a long path with our parents once we came out. We also work in fields relevant to LGBT issues and family research.

Grant Andrews is currently completing his PhD at the University of the Western Cape, with a focus on fatherhood and masculinities. He is a researcher and lecturer. His professional focus is on leadership development and capacity building.

Malan van der Walt is a student program coordinator at the University of Stellenbosch, working with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He studies psychology with a focus on gender and sexuality. He works as a counselor and runs support groups.

Get this book today and start a journey of acceptance with your son

We wrote this book to make sure that families have all of the resources they need to work through this difficult time. This book will give you vital tools to strengthen your bond with your gay son.

Author: Grant Andrews

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The Coming War In Europe: Essays On Europe’s Impending Destabilization And Internal Confrontation With Islam by Julian Langness

The Coming War In Europe: Essays On Europe’s Impending Destabilization And Internal Confrontation With Islam is a collection of articles and essays published by Julian Langness from 2015-2017. These essays detail and analyze the situation in Europe vis a vis:Mass-Muslim immigration and the ‘migrant crisis’ The philosophy of progressive-elite driven cultural-suicide that is behind the tragic developments in EuropeThe startlingly quick pace of Islamization overtaking countries like the UK, Sweden, France, and Germany.What the future in Europe foretellsWho is fighting back and howWhat can further be done by those who wish to save Western Europe and her peoplesThe collection contains articles originally published by Counter-Currents, TraditionalRight, Western Spring, and the author’s own website, Europeancivilwar.com.This book will serve as an interesting and thought-provoking read to those already aware of Europe’s dangerous course, and a deep-seated intellectual and moral challenge to those still advocating for the EU’s multiculturalist vision.The author, Julian Langness, traveled extensively in Europe as a teen and early twenty-something, and these journeys catalyzed his shift to Identitarianism and Traditionalism. Since 2015 he has written for a variety of New Right websites. He has also given speeches at the Northwest Forum and American Renaissance, and has been interviewed by Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Radio, Piero San Giorgio, and others. He is also the author of Fistfights With Muslims In Europe: One Man’s Journey Through Modernity.

Author: Julian Langness

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