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A unique how-to guide for managers with asset-protection responsibilities, this book offers the reader both a clear picture of security program needs and some practical suggestions for meeting these needs. In addition to providing detailed information on security program management, the guide also emphasizes the importance of the relationship between security program management and other administrative services. Tweedy covers proven strategies and techniques to combat everyday security problems like burglary as well as sophisticated thefts of vital information and threats of terrorism. Numerous illustrations, diagrams, checklists, job descriptions, and model forms are included for ready reference. Tweedy begins with an overview of security program development and operation. Several chapters follow devoted to the composition and utilization of a security guard force, elements of security program management, and control processes in security program management. Tweedy advocates employee participation in loss prevention and a new focus on managerial, rather than strictly task-oriented thinking. Separate chapters address issues such as personnel selection and performance evaluation, EDP system protection, and crime in the United States. The final four chapters provide a summary of steps to achieve a higher degree of protection against terrorism through crisis planning, protection of personnel, safeguarding facilities and other assets, and the protection of records. Two appendices provide details and relevant examples of actual security-related activities.
Major events such as the Asian crisis in 1997, the Russian default on short-term debt in 1998, the downfall of the hedge fund long-term capital management in 1998 and the disruption in payment systems following the World Trade Center attack in 2001, all resulted in increased management’s attention to liquidity risk. <p> Banks have realized that adequate systems and processes for identifying, measuring, monitoring and controlling liquidity risks help them to maintain a strong liquidity position, which in turn will increase the confidence of investors and rating agencies as well as improve funding costs and availability. <p> <i>Liquidity Risk Measurement and Management: A Practitioner’s Guide to Global Best Practices</i> provides the best practices in tools and techniques for bank liquidity risk measurement and management. Experienced bankers and highly regarded liquidity risk experts share their insights and practical experiences in this book.
A research focus on hazards, risk perception and risk minimizing strategies is relatively new in the social and environmental sciences. This volume by a prominent scholar of East African societies is a powerful example of this growing interest. Earlier theory and research tended to describe social and economic systems in some form of equilibrium. However recent thinking in human ecology, evolutionary biology, not to mention in economic and political theory has come to assign to "risk" a prominent role in predictive modeling of behavior. It turns out that risk minimalization is central to the understanding of individual strategies and numerous social institutions. It is not simply a peripheral and transient moment in a group s history. Anthropologists interested in forager societies have emphasized risk management strategies as a major force shaping hunting and gathering routines and structuring institutions of food sharing and territorial behavior. This book builds on some of these developments but through the analysis of quite complex pastoral and farming peoples and in populations with substantial known histories. The method of analysis depends heavily on the controlled comparisons of different populations sharing some cultural characteristics but differing in exposure to certain risks or hazards.
The central questions guiding this approach are: 1) How are hazards generated through environmental variation and degradation, through increasing internal stratification, violent conflicts and marginalization? 2) How do these hazards result in damages to single households or to individual actors and how do these costs vary within one society? 3) How are hazards perceived by the people affected? 4) How do actors of different wealth, social status, age and gender try to minimize risks by delimiting the effect of damages during an on-going crisis and what kind of institutionalized measures do they design to insure themselves against hazards, preventing their occurrence or limiting their effects? 5) How is risk minimization affected by cultural innovation and how can the importance of the quest for enhanced security as a driving force of cultural evolution be estimated?"
Senator John McCain turns a classic Beach Boys song into "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" and receives his party's nomination for president. What is it about relations between the United States and Iran that render such posturing acceptable? Is Iran a serious threat to the United States? Is it building nuclear weapons and funding terrorists? Phyllis Bennis's primer looks at international assessments of Iran's nuclear program and gives a brief history of relations between Iran and the United States, and between Iran and its neighbors in the Middle East. Bennis's analysis provides a counterweight to the Bush administration's aggressive stance on Iran, giving voice to diplomats and activists concerned with stopping the cycle of violence across the region.
We cannot personally control many of the factors that challenge our current system of education, but each of us controls his or her attitude towards these challenges. It is this individual mindset which determines the approach each of us will take when we encounter difficulties in the education process. Developing a mindset that encourages personal responsibility, fosters participation and eliminates denial will best serve the cause of raising student achievement in ways that are both meaningful and lasting. With that purpose in mind, this book seeks to make explicit the concepts of ownership, leadership and management within the context of public education. Understanding the nature of these roles can better motivate and guide all stakeholders as they work to improve the performance of our schools. In the critical enterprise of creating successful life-long learners, we must all own American public education.
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