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Why aren't we investing more in disaster resilience, despite the rising costs of disaster events? This book argues that decision-makers in governments, businesses, households, and development agencies tend to focus on avoiding losses from disasters, and perceive the return on investment as uncertain - only realised if a somewhat unlikely disaster event actually happens.Â
This book develops a new business case for investment based on the multiple dividends of resilience. This looks beyond only avoided losses (the first dividend) to the wider benefits gained independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs. These include unleashing entrepreneurial activities and productive investments by lowering the looming threat of losses from disasters and enabling businesses, farmers and homeowners to take positive risks (the second dividend); and co-benefits of resilience measures beyond just disaster risk (the third dividend), such as flood embankments in Bangladesh that double as roads, or wetlands in Colombo that reduce urban heat extremes.
Modern travel adventure doesn't always take place in a far off swamp. Keith Jones journeys from the polluted streets of Manila to an elegant Bishkek ballroom. He sleeps upon a lonely beach in Baja, Mexico and is enlightened at a forest temple in Thailand. Along the way ghostly encounters bring new meaning to the phrase "travel adventure." - A remote forest temple in Thailand. A scream in the night. A ghost roams the temple grounds. - In a bustling Manila neighborhood, next to a busy funeral home, ghosts lurk in the hallway of Keith's apartment building, while outside he is set upon by a ragtag gang of munchkins. - A typhoon drenched weekend in the coffee growing region of the Philippine Islands where the Ghost of the Coffee Farmer's Daughter crosses Keith's path. - In Kyrgyzstan a colleague complains that the bride's price of 40 sheep and $1,000 dollars paid by her father-in-law, was insultingly low. While that snowy night the ghost of the Alta Sara Ballroom keeps Keith awake. - In China a mid-morning mountain hike and the quest for a fabled dinner plate sized peach sends a ghostly shiver down Keith's spine. - On a remote Baja shore, in the dark of the night Keith helps a stranded baby whale, while a ghostly apparition waits offshore. True life travel stories about real people, but with some mysterious happenings along the way.
"A Father for Her Triplets: " An uplifting new tale celebrating Mothers in a Million.
Single mom Missy Johnson has worked hard to provide her adorable triplets with the secure childhood she never had. But now that her baking business has taken off, Missy's left struggling to juggle cupcakes and kids!
That is until gorgeous Wyatt McKenzie comes back to town, bringing memories she'd prefer stayed locked away... But when she sees him bonding with her mischievous trio, Missy realizes five might just be the perfect number!
Reader Favorite--"Her Pregnancy Surprise"
Grace would do anything for her daughter--even if it means seeing Danny again. He broke her heart once, and he doesn't even know he has a child....
In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to launch and run a successful business venture.
Geena can?t wait to spend summer vacation at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shop with her best friend, Amber, and her cousin, Hero. But Amber and Hero hate each other on sight, and Geena?s dreams of a girl-bonding summer fly out the window?then vanish entirely when a few cute (okay, drop-dead gorgeous) guys enter the picture. All is not what it seems, though, and in a story of mistaken identities, summer high jinks, and just enough romance, Geena and her friends learn that when Bettys unite, they can take on the most powerful force in their world: a hot guy.
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