An erotic and highly intelligent new novel about women, art, sex, and money from the award-winning author of the New York Times best sellers Final Payments and Men and Angels. Newsweek has called Mary Gordon a "humane, masterly novelist whose great gift is making us care about her people." Monica Szabo, a middle-aged, moderately successful painter, encounters B, a wealthy commodities broker who collects her work. B volunteers to be her muse, offering her everything that male artists have always had to produce great art: time, space, money, and sex. (He is even willing to pose for her.)Soon after she and B become lovers, Monica starts work on a controversial new series of paintings based on her perception that the deposed Christs of Renaissance art were not dead, but post orgasmic. The show of her new work, championed by the critics and picketed by the Christian Right, makes her a media darling and makes her rich. B, meanwhile, suffers a sudden loss of fortune. Will she take care of him as he took care of her? How does he handle his loss of power? How does she? What happens in the bedroom? Passionate, provocative, and highly engaging, Spending displays Gordon's maverick feminism, her extraordinary wit, and her unique perspectives on art, money, men, sex and the desires of women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tamara Marston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002728/bk_adbl_002728_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This work is of theoretical and practical importance, that is, generation of new knowledge associated with mobile commerce adoption in terms of security concerns and trust which will help not only future researchers but also e-businesses. There was a test on whether trust, perceived risk, perceived usefulness, and perceived ease of use negatively or positively affect the constructs of the proposed model. The perception of risk in terms of privacy, m-payments, m-commerce legislation and quality of delivered products has negative effect in the intention to use mobile commerce. Additionally, trust elements such as good reputation, enticing promises, good encryption security and transparency, reduce the perception of risk and increase the intention to use m-commerce. Moreover, the availability of policies that are easy to understand and find, has positive effect in the intention to use m-commerce. Last, when customers feel free of risks and have high level of trust in the intention to use mobile commerce, they actually adopt it.
The 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act introduced fixed payments which unlike previous payment programs are designed to be decoupled from production decisions. In general, economists believe that fixed payments, which account for one-third of total United States government payments to farmers, are an efficient way to transfer income to targeted recipients. Further, fixed payments are believed to generate only minimal distortions in resource allocation decisions. This study, based on data from a national survey of farm households, examines how farm households allocate the proceeds from a fixed payment. In addition, it examines what factors best explain how farm households indicate that they would allocate the hypothetical payment. Results indicate that the extent to which fixed payments can be considered decoupled depends on a variety of factors that describe the farm business, operator, and household.
This book highlights the Socio-Economic implications of redundancy for the welfare of industrial workers in Eldoret town, particularly those who were dismissed between 1997 and 2001. Specifically, the book examines: the Socio-Economic characteristics of redundant workers, documents the Socio-Economic consequences of redundancy on workers, establishes the redundant workers' perception of the adequacy of severance payments and benefits and lastly examines the relevance of redundant workers' skills' and training to their post redundancy occupations. This book is useful to Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), Ministry of Labour officials in policy formulation about job lays of in Kenya. The book is also helpful to students taking a course on Sociology of Work.
The mode of payments for business transacted between individuals had changed from civilization to civilization, from place to place. As civilization progressed, the payment system had also undergone drastic change worldwide - from barter system to payment in metal coins, and paper currency to plastic money and electronic payments. Plastic money can be in the form of Debit cards or Credit cards. There were around 16 million credit cards in India as on March 2006, which was 3 percent of the bankable population in India. This book presents the conceptual framework of credit cards, its regulatory environment in India. It also analyses - Number of Credit Cards in India, its Penetration levels, Transactional Analysis, Composition of Credit Card Transactional (Values) to Major Macro-Economic Indicators, Credit Card Transactions as a Percentage to Various Electronic Payments, Credit Card Sector Performances. The work also tries to evaluate the perception and satisfaction of credit cardholders and merchants. This book is useful to Credit card issuing banks/ institutions, Credit cardholders, Merchants, Researchers and Government.
Corruption perceived across a spectrum of illegal payments and transactions such as bribes, embezzlement and money laundering among others. The measurement of corruption is made mainly through the examination of perception levels of some segment of population. Such as global corruption Barometer, corruption perception index and control of corruption index. The transparency international corruption perceptions index as a proxy of corruption.
Most Americans are insulated from the poor; it's hard to imagine the challenges of poverty, the daily fears of crime and victimization, the frustration of not being able to provide for a child. Instead, we are often exposed to the rhetoric and hyperbole about the excesses of the Americanwelfare system. These messages color our perception of the welfare problem in the United States and they close the American mind to a full understanding of the complexity of family poverty. But who are these poor families? What do we know about how they arrived in such desperate straits? Is povertytheir fate for a lifetime or for only a brief period? In Faces of Poverty, Jill Duerr Berrick answers these questions as she dispels the misconceptions and myths about welfare and the welfare population that have clouded the true picture of poverty in America. Over the course of a year, Berrick spent numerous hours as a participant-observer with five women and their families, documenting their daily activities, thoughts, and fears as they managed the strains of poverty. We meet Ana, Sandy, Rebecca, Darlene, and Cora, all of whom, at some point, haveturned to welfare for support. Each represents a wider segment of the welfare population--ranging from Ana (who lost a business, injured her back, and temporarily lost her job, all in a short period of time) to Cora (who was raised in poverty, spent ten years in an abusive relationship, and nowstruggles to raise six children in a drug-infested neighborhood). And as Berrick documents these women's experiences, she also debunks many of the myths about welfare: she reveals that welfare is not generous (welfare families remain below the poverty lineeven with government assistance); that themajority of women on welfare are not long-term welfare dependents; that welfare does not run in families; that 'welfare mothers' do not keep having children to increase their payments (women on welfare have, on average, two child