Voisey's Bay is the site of a massive nickel deposit whose vast potential has riveted the attention of the international business world. The discovery of the deposit in Labrador, the struggles for controlling interest in it, and especially the extraordinary players involved drive this amazing business story, which often reads like a suspense novel. At the centre is Robert Friedland, an ex-hippie and disgraced Vancouver stock promoter, who by sheer luck ended up holding all the cards in a high-stakes poker game that pitted some of the world's most powerful and conservative mining companies against each other. When news of the Voisey's Bay motherlode began to circulate, nickel giants such as Inco and Falconbridge were swept up in the excitement, competing in a series of takeover bids for control of Diamond Fields, the company that controlled the find. It all culminated in Inco's winning $4.3-billion offer, the largest takeover price ever paid for mining property. But was the deal one of the riskiest gambles in business history? From Namibia and Singapore to the boardrooms of Toronto and Vancouver," The Big Score uncovers the big money deals, the power struggles, and the hype in an immaculately researched and compelling drama of international intrigue.
Author: Peter Corris
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: 2007-12-01
In this brand new collection of short stories, Cliff Hardy has his hands full with murder, blackmail, embezzlement and more. True to form, Cliff doesn't wast words or pull punches as he untangles an ugly divorce, investigates the killing of a Glebe drinking buddy, and takes care of a nasty case of blackmail. The eleven tales are set in Cliff's Sydney, a place of thugs, mid-morning beers and crooked cops.
A suitcase containing one million dollars in cash prompts Burke to abandon his mercenary assignment on the Caribbean island of San Cristobal, but two local beauties, and his new-found enemies, complicate matters
Author: Michael Kilian
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release Date: 2015-08-25
A billionaire’s commission draws an architect into a conspiracy of sex, lies, and murder The ship is dead in the water. Its lines are tangled and its sails are slack as it drifts toward the rocky coast. A fisherman spies the vessel and steps aboard, expecting it to be deserted. But there is 1 passenger: a lovely young woman with a rolled-up painting in her hand and 2 bullets in her chest. Across Lake Michigan, Matthias Curland returns to Chicago for the 1st time since he gave up architecture to devote himself to fine art. After emptying his bank accounts for the pursuit of painting, he’s shocked to find that his once-affluent family is also destitute, and their famed architecture firm is on the verge of bankruptcy. When the Curland name is linked to the dead woman’s painting, Matthias finds himself facing off against a power-mad billionaire who could bring Chicago to its knees.
Smart. Funny. Fearless."It's pretty safe to say that Spy was the most influential magazine of the 1980s. It might have remade New York's cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There's no magazine I know of that's so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and whose demise is so lamented" --Dave Eggers. "It's a piece of garbage" --Donald Trump.
Author: Jerold Abrams
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Release Date: 2007-05-04
Genre: Performing Arts
In the course of fifty years, director Stanley Kubrick produced some of the most haunting and indelible images on film. His films touch on a wide range of topics rife with questions about human life, behavior, and emotions: love and sex, war, crime, madness, social conditioning, and technology. Within this great variety of subject matter, Kubrick examines different sides of reality and unifies them into a rich philosophical vision that is similar to existentialism. Perhaps more than any other philosophical concept, existentialism—the belief that philosophical truth has meaning only if it is chosen by the individual—has come down from the ivory tower to influence popular culture at large. In virtually all of Kubrick’s films, the protagonist finds himself or herself in opposition to a hard and uncaring world, whether the conflict arises in the natural world or in human institutions. Kubrick’s war films (Fear and Desire, Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove, and Full Metal Jacket) examine how humans deal with their worst fears—especially the fear of death—when facing the absurdity of war. Full Metal Jacket portrays a world of physical and moral change, with an environment in continual flux in which attempting to impose order can be dangerous. The film explores the tragic consequences of an unbending moral code in a constantly changing universe. Essays in the volume examine Kubrick’s interest in morality and fate, revealing a Stoic philosophy at the center of many of his films. Several of the contributors find his oeuvre to be characterized by skepticism, irony, and unfettered hedonism. In such films as A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick confronts the notion that we will struggle against our own scientific and technological innovations. Kubrick’s films about the future posit that an active form of nihilism will allow humans to accept the emptiness of the world and push beyond it to form a free and creative view of humanity. Taken together, the essays in The Philosophy of Stanley Kubrick are an engaging look at the director’s stark vision of a constantly changing moral and physical universe. They promise to add depth and complexity to the interpretation of Kubrick’s signature films.
Author: Mike Kwatinetz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2004-03-15
Genre: Business & Economics
Insights for today's hot stocks, and winning strategies fortomorrow's, from Wall Street's #1 Tech Analyst This is not your grandpa's Wall Street. Stocks are more volatilenow than ever. Even with all their potential for meteoric success,high tech investments are synonymous with high risk. Thisentertaining primer, by one of the leading tech analysts on WallStreet, offers a practical step-by-step guide for identifyingtomorrow's hot stocks today. Why do certain technology companies succeed while others falter anddisappear? Which businesses will rule the post-PC era? Kwatinetzdiscusses what's coming down the pike in the next few years and whothe key players will be. He shows how to filter out the noise, and come up with anindependent assessment of how much a stock is worth, and revealsten rules of thumb that will help investors build a powerfulportfolio.
Persistent thieves,criminals who resume committing crimes of burglary, robbery, vehicle theft, and ordinary theft despite previous attempts to stop,are a main focal point of American criminology and criminal justice. Cast as career criminals," they are also one of the principal targets of the war on crime" that American governments have waged for more than two decades.Building on a theoretical interpretation of crime as choice, crime-control policies and programs justified by notions of deterrence and incapacitation have proliferated. America's urban police departments now have repeat offender units," and many of the new state sentencing codes mandate lengthy sentences for defendants with previous convictions. Great Pretenders is based on the author's original studies and previously published research and on more than fifty autobiographies of persistent thieves. Shover uses a crime-as-choice framework and a life-course perspective to make sense of important decisions and changes in the lives of persistent thieves. He shows how the working-class origins of most persistent thieves produce both low legitimate and low criminal aspirations, even as those origins leave them ill equipped to exploit comparatively safe, lucrative, and newer forms of criminal opportunity.In this book Shover describes how many persistent thieves and hustlers identify with crime and pursue a lifestyle of life as party in which their choices alternately are made in contexts of drug-using hedonism or desperation. Their estimates of the likely payoffs from crime are severely distorted, and most give little thought to possible arrest. As they get older, however, persistent thieves make qualitative changes in the crimes they commit, and many eventually stop committing crimes altogether.The author highlights some unintended consequences of harsh crime control measures and raises critical questions about the one-size-fits-all approach to crime of recent decades.
I felt rather than saw the Thing-Which-Watched-It-All-From-The-Inside Out, the Mind-Which-Was-Composed-Of-All-Holy-Spirit, the Awareness which exulted when the hawk found the mouse in its talons and which also bled from the mouse's wounds. It was life and death, triumph and tragedy, it was both sides of the ledger in every transaction, and it extended out into a distance and beyond that distance to all the places where my mind was not prepared to follow. And yet I could sense its own pulse of awareness, and where I had expected a ponderous gravity and arrogant majesty that would make me feel as if I were nothing and less than nothing, it was instead quick and insightful, and I thought I detected amusement as it watched through me my own awareness of its presence. It experienced with me the recognition that it was participating in my astonishment and awe, and through me it shared this wonderful delicacy of experience that traveled in endless circles and made my mind spin. Out of that spinning, I landed gently on a realization. This, thinking purely with the spirit, is the real, original, true goal of meditation. This is something the human species has temporarily forgotten, and now it must relearn.
Author: Keith Corson
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Release Date: 2016-03-22
Genre: Performing Arts
From 1972 to 1976, Hollywood made an unprecedented number of films targeted at black audiences. But following this era known as "blaxploitation," the momentum suddenly reversed for black filmmakers, and a large void separates the end of blaxploitation from the black film explosion that followed the arrival of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It in 1986. Illuminating an overlooked era in African American film history, Trying to Get Over is the first in-depth study of black directors working during the decade between 1977 and 1986. Keith Corson provides a fresh definition of blaxploitation, lays out a concrete reason for its end, and explains the major gap in African American representation during the years that followed. He focuses primarily on the work of eight directors—Michael Schultz, Sidney Poitier, Jamaa Fanaka, Fred Williamson, Gilbert Moses, Stan Lathan, Richard Pryor, and Prince—who were the only black directors making commercially distributed films in the decade following the blaxploitation cycle. Using the careers of each director and the twenty-four films they produced during this time to tell a larger story about Hollywood and the shifting dialogue about race, power, and access, Corson shows how these directors are a key part of the continuum of African American cinema and how they have shaped popular culture over the past quarter century.
Author: Mark Obmascik
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2008-06-23
Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year -- a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record. In frenetic pilgrimages for once-in-a-lifetime rarities that can make or break their lead, the birders race each other from Del Rio, Texas, in search of the rufous-capped warbler, to Gibsons, British Columbia, on a quest for Xantus's hummingbird, to Cape May, New Jersey, seeking the offshore great skua. Bouncing from coast to coast on their potholed road to glory, they brave broiling deserts, roiling oceans, bug-infested swamps, a charge by a disgruntled mountain lion, and some of the lumpiest motel mattresses known to man. The unprecedented year of beat-the-clock adventures ultimately leads one man to a new record -- one so gigantic that it is unlikely ever to be bested...finding and identifying an extraordinary 745 different species by official year-end count. Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a rollicking, dazzling narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to the finish to claim the title in the greatest -- or maybe the worst -- birding contest of all time. With an engaging, unflappably wry humor, Obmascik memorializes their wild and crazy exploits and, along the way, interweaves an entertaining smattering of science about birds and their own strange behavior with a brief history of other bird-men and -women; turns out even Audubon pushed himself beyond the brink when he was chasing and painting the birds of America. A captivating tour of human and avian nature, passion and paranoia, honor and deceit, fear and loathing, The Big Year shows the lengths to which people will go to pursue their dreams, to conquer and categorize -- no matter how low the stakes. This is a lark of a read for anyone with birds on the brain -- or not.
Author: Bob Cattell
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-11-30
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
It really doesn't look like being Hooker's season. Not only does he spend the first match of the league suffering a dropped-catch jinx but now there' civil war in the team over the selections. Sometimes captaining the GLORY GARDENS Cricket Team isn't the fun you might think. It's not the matches that prove the most trouble for poor Hooker - it's the infighting. He has one solution that might work. but making Ohbert captain in his place? That's not strategy - that's suicide.
Author: G. M. Goodlight, PhD
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2013-01-18
“Revised: Is Gambling Controlled? The Missing Link” By G. M. Goodlight, PhD This book breaks new ground by revealing the discovery of the missing link as to why individuals gamble compulsively! This book also provides a universal solution for compulsive gambling and other compulsive behaviors! This book does not castigate anyone connected to gambling operations. This book invites gamblers to examine the real costs of gambling in order to make informed choices. The negative consequences of gambling include financial instability, health risks, damage to other family members including possible exposure to domestic violence, the possibility of multiple or cross addictions, exposure to criminal elements, the temptation to engage in criminal activity to support gambling habits, and even suicide. There is a way out!—Choose to live your real self!—Not some fantasy that tells you that you are a winner that is just one bet away from "the big score"—the problem is "the big score" never comes. But here is a tragedy served with mayonnaise or your favorite topping,--you just hit "the big score”—but wait a minute! Don’t tell me that you gambled it all back trying to get an even bigger score?--You just got “shot!” where you sit down!--And you still don't have "the big score!" This is a vibrant self-help manual that can be used by individuals, counselors, and trainers. Upon examining this book each person must decide for him- or herself if gambling is controlled. Did I mention case studies?--Wha? There is a much bigger score than the"fantasy" of gaming. The "real big score" takes awareness, courage, and hard work!--then you can claim your prize!--find out how?!