The Three and a Half Minute Transaction

Boilerplate and the Limits of Contract Design

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Author: Mitu Gulati,Robert E. Scott

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226924386

Category: Law

Page: 232

View: 7740

Boilerplate language in contracts tends to stick around long after its origins and purpose have been forgotten. Usually there are no serious repercussions, but sometimes it can cause unexpected problems. Such was the case with the obscure pari passu clause in cross-border sovereign debt contracts, until a novel judicial interpretation rattled international finance by forcing a defaulting sovereign—for one of the first times in the market’s centuries-long history—to repay its foreign creditors. Though neither party wanted this outcome, the vast majority of contracts subsequently issued demonstrate virtually no attempt to clarify the imprecise language of the clause. Using this case as a launching pad to explore the broader issue of the “stickiness” of contract boilerplate, Mitu Gulati and Robert E. Scott have sifted through more than one thousand sovereign debt contracts and interviewed hundreds of practitioners to show that the problem actually lies in the nature of the modern corporate law firm. The financial pressure on large firms to maintain a high volume of transactions contributes to an array of problems that deter innovation. With the near certainty of massive sovereign debt restructuring in Europe, The Three and a Half Minute Transaction speaks to critical issues facing the industry and has broader implications for contract design that will ensure it remains relevant to our understanding of legal practice long after the debt crisis has subsided.

Three and a Half Minutes

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Author: Caroline Fyffe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984014675

Category:

Page: 256

View: 1918

Workaholic Camille Ashland is at the top of her game. She has built a thriving business, has a lovely daughter, and lives in a newly decorated home. The forty-four-year-old widow doesn't have time to be lonely, and a relationship is at the bottom of her list. On Valentine's Day eve, in the middle of her busy chocolate shop, Camille suffers a heart attack and has a near-death experience that lasts three-and-a-half minutes. Revived, she can recall little detail about what she has experienced-but something inside keeps whispering that it was divine. She wishes she could remember more fully. For a complete stress buster, her doctor sends Camille on an Austrian vacation to a German-language school in Vienna. When Gunther Christove walks into the classroom, every woman takes notice-especially Camille. After several dreamlike flashbacks, Camille is convinced she's either crazy, or someone or something beyond this earth is trying to tell her something. Without realizing it at first, Camille becomes caught up in an investigation surrounding the school, one that also involves Gunther's brother, Father Florian Christove. As she and Gunther grow close, the mysterious flashbacks become more frequent and compelling-almost demanding. Will her three-and-a-half minutes between life and death destroy her second chance at happiness, or turn her life into a banquet of love?"

The Nautical Magazine for 1874

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Author: Various authors,Various

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108056539

Category: History

Page: 1086

View: 1974

The 1874 Nautical Magazine includes legal reports, shipbuilding statistics and strong criticism of proposals for government safety regulations on shipping.

Three and a Half Deaths

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Author: Emma Donoghue

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447213041

Category: Fiction

Page: 41

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An accident, a suicide, an act of criminal negligence . . . and a near-death experience. The stories in Emma Donoghue's Three and a Half Deaths - set in France, the USA and Canada - bring together calamities from two centuries. 'What the Driver Saw' is inspired by a freak accident on Nice's Promenade des Anglais, the 1920s equivalent of Princess Diana's last ride through Paris. 'The Trap' takes us to New York, 1878, when a woman at the centre of a public scandal decides that she's finally had enough. Any thinking about death must of course include its lingering effects on the living; 'Sissy' explores the guilt and culpability of a woman whose young sister died in the 1840s in London, Ontario. Finally, 'Fall' is about an incident at Niagara Falls in 1901 when a middle-aged schoolteacher staked her whole future on an act so daring it could be called suicidal. A near-death, a sort of rebirth: the kind of moment that makes visible the discreet courage it takes to live a whole life.

Friendly Enemies

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Author: Sam Munch

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469153726

Category: Fiction

Page: 231

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. A suspense thriller of a novel about an American fighter squadron commander and a Russian squadron commander who get caught up in a forbidden, passionate romance. The Russian lady gets pregnant and both of them are entangled in a UN political game of power and supremacy among nations. This personal and international competition to establish a UN one-world government system is in Sam Munch's book entitled Friendly Enemies

Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans

Rose Gardner Mystery #6

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Author: Denise Grover Swank

Publisher: DGS

ISBN: 1939996198

Category: Fiction

Page: 380

View: 9993

New York Times and USA Today bestseller! Book Six in the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Mystery series! Rose is called into action when Neely Kate’s cousin goes missing and the police refuse to take it seriously. But while the authorities—Rose’s ex-boyfriend, included—are certain the missing woman has run away, mounting evidence points to foul play. Rose agrees to help her friend, even if it means partaking in Neely Kate’s shenanigans, including an impromptu trip to a strip club. And because trouble never comes without a guest, Skeeter Malcolm, Fenton County’s newly crowned underground king, resurfaces, saying he needs Rose’s visionary gift to track down his enemies. He makes her the only offer she can’t refuse: The guaranteed safety of her assistant DA boyfriend, Mason Deveraux, who is being threatened by forces unknown. The Fenton County law enforcement is still abuzz about the infamous Lady in Black, who took part in the underground auction that earned Skeeter his crown. Can Rose risk a reprisal of her role? As the stakes continue to rise and the search for Neely Kate’s cousin becomes increasingly complicated, Rose must struggle to keep both her secret identity and her sanity.

Listening to Whales

What the Orcas Have Taught Us

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Author: Alexandra Morton

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780307487544

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 7521

In Listening to Whales, Alexandra Morton shares spellbinding stories about her career in whale and dolphin research and what she has learned from and about these magnificent mammals. In the late 1970s, while working at Marineland in California, Alexandra pioneered the recording of orca sounds by dropping a hydrophone into the tank of two killer whales. She recorded the varied language of mating, childbirth, and even grief after the birth of a stillborn calf. At the same time she made the startling observation that the whales were inventing wonderful synchronized movements, a behavior that was soon recognized as a defining characteristic of orca society. In 1984, Alexandra moved to a remote bay in British Columbia to continue her research with wild orcas. Her recordings of the whales have led her to a deeper understanding of the mystery of whale echolocation, the vocal communication that enables the mammals to find their way in the dark sea. A fascinating study of the profound communion between humans and whales, this book will open your eyes anew to the wonders of the natural world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Drive

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Author: Daniel H. Pink

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101524381

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: *Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives *Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters *Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward. Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

The Steam Engine

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Author: Thomas Tredgold

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108070280

Category: History

Page: 416

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Published in 1827, one of the earliest historical surveys and explanations of the steam engine, by an influential technical author.

The Book of Fate

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Author: Brad Meltzer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848947534

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 445

'In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming . . .' So says Wes Holloway, a once cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put the chief executive’s oldest friend into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end minutes later, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Ron Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin. Eight years later, Boyle is spotted, alive and well, in Malaysia. In that moment, Wes has the chance to undo the worst day of his life. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back to a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, mysterious facts buried in Masonic history, and a code invented by Thomas Jefferson two hundred years ago. But what Wes doesn’t realise is that The Book of Fate holds everyone’s secrets. Especially the ones worth dying for . . .

Love Virtually

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Author: Daniel Glattauer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0857384597

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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'Write to me, Emmi. Writing is like kissing, but without lips. Writing is kissing with the mind.' It begins by chance: Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and longings. The erotic tension simmers, and it seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. But they keep putting off the moment - the prospect both excites and unsettles them. And after all, Emmi is happily married. Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter? And if so, what then? Love Virtually is a funny, fast-paced and utterly absorbing novel, with plenty of twists and turns, about a love affair conducted entirely by email.

Media Selling

Television, Print, Internet, Radio

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Author: Charles Warner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444359274

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 616

View: 9580

This newly revised and updated edition of Media Sellingaddresses the significant changes that have taken place in mediaindustries over the last few years, while continuing as a seminalresource for information on media sales. A classic in this field, this book has long served students andprofessionals in broadcasting and media industries as anindispensable tool for learning, training, and mastering salestechniques for electronic media Addresses the unprecedented consolidation and sweeping changefaced by media industries in recent years, and now features greatlyexpanded coverage of the Internet, including video streaming andthe impact of social network sites Covers a broad span of media industries and issues, including:electronic media, newspapers, magazines, outdoor/billboardpromotion, sales ethics, emotional intelligence, and interactivemedia selling Fully updated to include much greater focus on national andinternational media sales issues, as well as expanded coverage ofnetwork-level selling, product placement, sales promotion use ofmarket data

The Moose That Roared

The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose

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Author: Keith Scott

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466867434

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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For those of us who love The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, these names conjure up memories of some of the wittiest, most inspired, and relentlessly hilarious half-hours of animation ever produced. There was a kind of gleeful magic to the shows, a cumulative joy that transcended the crude animation and occasionally muddy sound, and it's this quality that was the essence of the legendary Jay Ward and Bill Scott. Jay Ward was the magnificent visionary, the outrageous showman who lobbied Washington for statehood for Moosylvania, and invited the press to a picnic on the floor of the Plaza Hotel's august Grand Ballroom. Bill Scott was the genial, brilliant head writer, coproducer, and all-purpose creative whirlwind, often described as the "soul" of the shows. In fact, Scott even provided the voices for most of the star characters, giving life to Bullwinkle J. Moose, Mr. Peabody, Dudley Do-Right, and George of the Jungle. From their tiny, oddball animation studio, Jay Ward Productions, they created some of the most memorable animation of all time, and gave birth to a family of characters whose undying popularity has cast them forever into the pop culture firmament. With their distinctively unorthodox, artist-friendly philosophy, Ward and Scott attracted some of the most talented writers and voice actors in the industry, and for a time, Jay Ward Productions was a kind of Camelot of cartoons. Now, through exclusive interviews with Bill Scott, Tiffany Ward, June Foray, and dozens of others intimately involved with the Ward epoch, as well as access to original scripts, artwork, story notes, letters, and memos, Keith Scott has created the definitive history of Jay Ward Productions, including episode guides and voice credits for all the Jay Ward cartoons. From the first "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat!" to the last "Watch out for that tree!", The Moose That Roared is not only the record of a legendary chapter in animation history, but also the story of a rare and magical relationship between two artists who were wildly, exuberantly ahead of their time, and the fascinating story of the struggle to bring their vision of bad puns and talking animals to unforgettable life.

Stripped

Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers

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Author: Bernadette Barton

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814787045

Category: Social Science

Page: 195

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What kind of woman dances naked for money? Bernadette Barton takes us inside countless strip bars and clubs, from upscale to back road as well as those that specialize in lapdancing, table dancing, topless only, or peep shows, to reveal the startling lives of exotic dancers. Based on over five years of research and from visiting clubs around the country, particularly in San Francisco, Hawaii, and Kentucky, Stripped offers a rare portrait of not just how dancers get into the business but what it's like for those who choose to strip year after year. Through captivating interviews and first-hand observation, Barton recounts why these women began stripping, the initial excitement and financial rewards from the work, the dangers of the life—namely, drugs and prostitution—and, inevitably, the difficulties in staying in the business over time, especially for their sexuality and self-esteem. Stripped provides fresh insight into the complex work and personal experiences of exotic dancers, one that goes beyond the “sex wars” debate to offer an important new understanding of sex work.

Ticky

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Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448103371

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 7919

The Club in central London holds the quarters of Queen Victoria's finest regiment: the First Bloods. Inside the mighty building, with its two exquisite glass towers, the First Bloods and their regimental servants tussle over a portion of recreational ground. Amidst the rows and rumbles - and remarkable punishments - is a mocking and piquant observation of factious all-male societies.