In this uniquely-written novel memoir, first-time author Steven Rivellino daringly delves into the lives and the minds of three very distinct men as they sail the world on their various voyages of discovery. The books protagonist, also named Steven, is a young, easily-influenced college student, dangerously on the verge of manhood. While onboard the Norwegian liner , he meets Percy, a somewhat flamboyant British gentleman grandly seeking wealth and good fortune; and Archibald,an author and historical lecturer nearly thirty years his seniorwhose lifetime search for acceptance and love inevitably leaves him in circles. Together, they set out on their journey to circumnavigate the globe. Unknowingly, however, they are destined for an epic adventure of great challenge, learning, and naked self-discovery. The events of the world clearly define their roles and along the way, their unique relationships evolve from initial denial and great distrust, to a close and dynamic bond never-before expected; forever true.
An estimated 75,000 Iranians emigrated to Britain after the 1979 revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic. They are politically, religiously, socio-economically and ethnically heterogeneous, and have found themselves in the ongoing process of settlement. The aim of this book is to explore facets of this process by examining the ways in which religious traditions and practices have been maintained, negotiated and rejected by Iranians from Muslim backgrounds and how they have served as identity-building vehicles during the course of migration, in relation to the political, economic, and social situation in Iran and Britain. While the ethnographic focus is on Iranians, this book touches on more general questions associated with the process of migration, transnational societies, Diasporas, and religious as well as ethnic minorities.
Cancer is a leading cause of death and disability in low- and middle-income countries. A cancer transition is increasing preventable risk, illness, impoverishment from illness, and death in poor populations. This book presents innovative strategies for strengthening health systems in response to the challenge of cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Directed at a diverse audience of students, legal and public health practitioners, and anyone interested in understanding what human rights-based approaches (HRBAs) to health and development mean and why they matter, this book provides a solid foundation for comprehending what a human rights framework implies and the potential for social transformation it entails.
Whether or not you use a computer, you probably use a telephone, electric power, and a bank. Although you may not be aware of their presence, networked computer systems are increasingly becoming an integral part of your daily life. Yet, if such systems perform poorly or don't work at all, then they can put life, liberty, and property at tremendous risk. Is the trust that we--as individuals and as a society--are placing in networked computer systems justified? And if it isn't, what can we do to make such systems more trustworthy? This book provides an assessment of the current state of the art procedures for building trustworthy networked information systems. It proposes directions for resear...
In 1992, Medicare began using a fee schedule to pay physicians for more than 7,000 procedures. A fee schedule amount for each procedure is computed by multiplying the sum of the procedure's three rankings, known as relative value units (RVU), by a conversion factor that translates RVUs into dollars. This report monitors the Health Care Financing Administration's. ongoing efforts to develop resource-based practice expense RVUs. It focuses on: evaluation of whether the new methodology is an acceptable approach for revising Medicare's fee schedule; questions raised about the data, assumptions, & adjustments underlying the new methodology that need to be addressed during the three-year phase-in.