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Cambodia A "spy" Guide Volume 1 Strategic Information

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The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country in South East Asia with a population of over 14 million people. The kingdom's capital and largest city is Phnom Penh. Cambodia is the successor state of the once powerful Hindu and Buddhist Khmer Empire. which ruled most of the Indochinese Peninsula between the 11th and 14th centuries. A citizen of Cambodia is usually identified as "Cambodian" or "Khmer." though the latter strictly refers to ethnic Khmers. Most Cambodians are Theravada Buddhists of Khmer extraction. but the country also has a substantial number of predominantly Muslim Cham. as well as ethnic Chinese. Viemamese and small animist hill tribes.

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country in South East Asia with a population of over 14 million people. The kingdom's capital and largest city is Phnom Penh. Cambodia is the successor state of the once powerful Hindu and Buddhist Khmer Empire, which ruled most of the Indochinese Peninsula between the 11th and 14th centuries. A citizen of Cambodia is usually identified as "Cambodian" or "Khmer," though the latter strictly refers to ethnic Khmers. Most Cambodians are Theravada Buddhists of Khmer extraction, but the country also has a substantial number of predominantly Muslim Cham, as well as ethnic Chinese, Vietnamese and small animist hill tribers.

The recovery of Cambodia's economy slowed dramatically in 1997-98, due to the regional economic crisis, civil violence, and political infighting. Foreign investment and tourism also fell off drastically. Since then however, growth has been steady. In 1999, the first full year of peace in 30 years, progress was made on economic reforms and growth resumed at 5.0%. Despite severe flooding, GDP grew at 5.0% in 2000, 6.3% in 2001, and 5.2% in 2002. Tourism was Cambodia's fastest growing industry, with arrivals increasing from 219,000 in 1997 to 1,055,000 in 2004. During 2003 and 2004 the growth rate remained steady at 5.0%, while in 2004 inflation was at 1.7% and exports at $1.6 billion USD. As of 2005, GDP per capita in PPP terms was $2,200, which ranked 178th (out of 233) countries.

The older population often lacks education, particularly in the countryside, which suffers from a lack of basic infrastructure. Fear of renewed political instability and corruption within the government discourage foreign investment and delay foreign aid, although there has been significant assistance from bilateral and multilateral donors. Donors pledged $504 million to the country in 2004, while the Asian Development Bank alone has provided $850 million in loans, grants, and technical assistance. The tourism industry is the country's second-greatest source of hard currency after the textile industry. Between January and December 2007, visitor arrivals were 2.0 million, an increase of 18.5% over the same period in 2006. Most visitors (51%) arrived through Siem Reap with the remainder (49%) through Phnom Penh and other destinations. [48] Other tourist destinations include Sihanoukville in the south east which has several popular beaches, and the area around Kampot and Kep including the Bokor Hill Station.

Final economic indicators for 2007 are not yet available. 2006 GDP was $7.265 billion (per capita GDP $513), with annual growth of 10.8% Estimates for 2007 are for a GDP of $8.251 billion (per capita $571) and annual growth of 8.5%. Inflation for 2006 was 2.6%, and the current estimate for final 2007 inflation is 6.2%.

Cambodia's per capita income is rapidly increasing, but is low compared with other countries in region. Most rural households depend on agriculture and its related sub-sectors. Rice, fish, timber, garments and rubber are Cambodia's major exports. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) reintroduced more than 750 traditional rice varieties to Cambodia from its rice seed bank in the philippines. These varieties had been collected in the 1960s. In 1987, the Australian government funded IRRI to assist Cambodia to improve its rice production. By 2000, Cambodia was once again self-sufficient in rice. However, few Cambodian farmers grow other crops leaving them vulnerable to crop failure. In recent years, various international aid organisations have begun crop diversification programs to encourage farmers to grow other crops.


A Field Guide To Sea Stars Of The Pacific Northwest

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Sea stars are amongst the most common and conspicuous invertebrates that thrive in the rich waters of the Pacific Northwest, from northern California to southeast Alaska. Worldwide there are more than 2,000 different species, but no other temperate region has a greater variety and abundance of these colourful and often very large echinoderms, which are closely related to sea urchins, sea cucumbers, brittle stars and feather stars. An underwater photographer, journalist and naturalist with over 40 years of diving experience, Neil McDaniel provides many original field observations to accompany his remarkable images of these fascinating animals.

This durable, water-resistant 8-fold field guide describes how to identify more than 30 species likely to be encountered by beach walkers and scuba enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest. It also provides intriguing details about their behaviour, including how they move about, hunt for prey, reproduce and avoid predators. It is an ideal companion for family explorations to the sea shore, an invaluable reference in any scuba diver's kit bag and a useful addition to the home library.


A Guide To Asian High Yield Bonds, Second Edition

RRP $378.00

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Starting with a general description and definition of the product, and where it sits in the corporate capital structure, the book looks at the suitability of high yield bonds for family-owned growth enterprises through a new and expanded discussion as to why Asian issuers should or should not issue high yield bonds and to what extent high yield bonds can supplement or even replace traditional bank lending. This includes a look at capital markets alternatives for family owned companies, the search for an optimal capital structure, the relevance of optimal debt and capital structure theories, key aspects driving financing decisions and their objectives against this backdrop, from a practical and theoretical point of view. Against these parameters the suitability of high yield bonds is being established and, finally, compared with other financial instruments.

As far as the history ofand development of the product are concerned high yield in the US and Europe is thoroughly looke at before analyzing the relative short history of the sector in this region. Within this context the guide will also assess the key advantages of high yield bonds as opposed to bank debt funding -- incurrence rather than maintenance covenants, tenor, bullet repayment, investor diversification -- and as opposed to equity and equity-linked funding -- non-dilutive, cheaper and less volatile.

This is followed by a comprehensive anatomy' of the high yield bond market in Asia, looking at issuer countries and industries, ratings and size distributions. This would include a comprehensive look at the diversification of the high-yield issuer universe, including the recent non-property issuance out of China as well as examples from "new" high yield geographies, such as Japan and Mongolia (in which the author transacted benchmark offerings).

Any anatomy of Asian high yield would not be complete without a thorough technical analysis of high yield bond structures commonly employed in Asian transactions and their key concepts. The discussions of the respective covenants and security packages will be embedded into revised and new chapters on the key building blocks of high yield credit analysis, including business risk, financial risk, management / ownership risks and covenant analysis. Asian high yield covenant packages which vary immensely across the region, lead into a thorough analysis of high yield bond risks and fundamentals, including transfer of cash or other forms of value from a restricted group, risky investments in assets, increase in leverage, subordination/dilution of bondholders claims and abrupt changes in governance or control. Based on real deal examples these covenants packages will be analyzed versus the US and European models and assessed for comparative strengths and weaknesses. Special attention will also be given to issues such as to corporate governance, the business model, business strategies, quality of earnings and cash flows and auditors.

In many cases, the senior financial executive of the company in question will be interviewed to provide insight on the company's rationale for issuing high yield bonds, their view on the strengths of the products, their reservations about it, their assessment of high yield versus other funding products and the place that high yield bond issues will have in their future funding plans. The author will also offer technical analysis on why each company employed its particular structure and an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.

This is followed by a thorough analysis of the buyside, including interviews with leading institutional investors in Asian high yield, principally real money asset managers and hedge funds. They will update the development of the investor base post 2008, the reasons behind the decline of Asian high yield and its resurgence, culminating in an analysis of the migration from fast money to real money and private wealth. The chapter will demonstrate high yield investors' priorities, dealing with their preferences in terms of countries and industries, their views on which recent structures they have found more or less attractive -- and why -- and how they expect the market to evolve in Asia.

Another new chapter will be on high yield bond restructuring. We will look at Asian high yield bonds from their recovery value, compare these with the US, and analysis how the rating agencies are looking at "Loss Given Default" scenarios. Various liability management options are open to issuers to avoid default or deal with default scenarios and the book will assess all these, together with key objectives issuers and investors may associate with them, before presenting case studies of debt restructuring propositions that failed and succeeded (again, the author transacted some high profile deals of this nature in 2009/2010).

Another new chapter of interest is high yield in the new "Dim Sum" market. The guide will assess the genesis of this sector, to what extent high yield structures can be applied and which formats of high yield and covenant packages have been placed with investors.The Asian high yield private placement market shut down in 2008/2009 but resurfaced on the back of a public bond market recovery to offer to a broad spectrum of issuers fast, discreet and, in many cases, vital funding solutions. We will describe the issuers that drive this market, ranging from credits with a challenging history in Indonesia to real estate start-ups in China, and look at how these deals were structured to attract equity return-orientated hedge fund and proprietary desk investors.

Starting with a general description and definition of the product, and where it sits in the corporate capital structure, the book looks at the suitability of high yield bonds for family-owned growth enterprises through a new and expanded discussion as to why Asian issuers should or should not issue high yield bonds and to what extent high yield bonds can supplement or even replace traditional bank lending. This includes a look at capital markets alternatives for family owned companies, the search for an optimal capital structure, the relevance of optimal debt and capital structure theories, key aspects driving financing decisions and their objectives against this backdrop, from a practical and theoretical point of view. Against these parameters the suitability of high yield bonds is being established and, finally, compared with other financial instruments.

As far as the history ofand development of the product are concerned high yield in the US and Europe is thoroughly looke at before analyzing the relative short history of the sector in this region. Within this context the guide will also assess the key advantages of high yield bonds as opposed to bank debt funding -- incurrence rather than maintenance covenants, tenor, bullet repayment, investor diversification -- and as opposed to equity and equity-linked funding -- non-dilutive, cheaper and less volatile.

This is followed by a comprehensive anatomy' of the high yield bond market in Asia, looking at issuer countries and industries, ratings and size distributions. This would include a comprehensive look at the diversification of the high-yield issuer universe, including the recent non-property issuance out of China as well as examples from "new" high yield geographies, such as Japan and Mongolia (in which the author transacted benchmark offerings).

Any anatomy of Asian high yield would not be complete without a thorough technical analysis of high yield bond structures commonly employed in Asian transactions and their key concepts. The discussions of the respective covenants and security packages will be embedded into revised and new chapters on the key building blocks of high yield credit analysis, including business risk, financial risk, management / ownership risks and covenant analysis. Asian high yield covenant packages which vary immensely across the region, lead into a thorough analysis of high yield bond risks and fundamentals, including transfer of cash or other forms of value from a restricted group, risky investments in assets, increase in leverage, subordination/dilution of bondholders claims and abrupt changes in governance or control. Based on real deal examples these covenants packages will be analyzed versus the US and European models and assessed for comparative strengths and weaknesses. Special attention will also be given to issues such as to corporate governance, the business model, business strategies, quality of earnings and cash flows and auditors.

In many cases, the senior financial executive of the company in question will be interviewed to provide insight on the company's rationale for issuing high yield bonds, their view on the strengths of the products, their reservations about it, their assessment of high yield versus other funding products and the place that high yield bond issues will have in their future funding plans. The author will also offer technical analysis on why each company employed its particular structure and an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.

This is followed by a thorough analysis of the buyside, including interviews with leading institutional investors in Asian high yield, principally real money asset managers and hedge funds. They will update the development of the investor base post 2008, the reasons behind the decline of Asian high yield and its resurgence, culminating in an analysis of the migration from fast money to real money and private wealth. The chapter will demonstrate high yield investors' priorities, dealing with their preferences in terms of countries and industries, their views on which recent structures they have found more or less attractive -- and why -- and how they expect the market to evolve in Asia.

Another new chapter will be on high yield bond restructuring. We will look at Asian high yield bonds from their recovery value, compare these with the US, and analysis how the rating agencies are looking at "Loss Given Default" scenarios. Various liability management options are open to issuers to avoid default or deal with default scenarios and the book will assess all these, together with key objectives issuers and investors may associate with them, before presenting case studies of debt restructuring propositions that failed and succeeded (again, the author transacted some high profile deals of this nature in 2009/2010).

Another new chapter of interest is high yield in the new "Dim Sum" market. The guide will assess the genesis of this sector, to what extent high yield structures can be applied and which formats of high yield and covenant packages have been placed with investors.The Asian high yield private placement market shut down in 2008/2009 but resurfaced on the back of a public bond market recovery to offer to a broad spectrum of issuers fast, discreet and, in many cases, vital funding solutions. We will describe the issuers that drive this market, ranging from credits with a challenging history in Indonesia to real estate start-ups in China, and look at how these deals were structured to attract equity return-orientated hedge fund and proprietary desk investors.


School Leadership In A Diverse Society

RRP $262.99

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A volume in Educational Leadership for Social Justice Series Editor Jeffrey S. Brooks, University of Idaho, Denise E. Armstrong, Brock University; Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University; Sandra Harris, Lamar University; Whitney H. Sherman, Virginia Commonwealth University; George Theoharis, Syracuse University The purpose of this work is to broaden the scholarly dialogue in educational leadership and to address the changing role of the American school principal in the twenty-first century with regard to increasing diversity in the United States. This book seeks to provide theoretical and practical insight into the role of school principals dealing with an ever-increasing multicultural student population. We cover an array of issues that we believe are critical in order for the twenty-first century school principal to be effective and relevant. A primary inquiry that needs to be made is: Are school leaders taking seriously the increasing social and cultural diversity in their schools? It is the school principal who sets the tone for the school culture and who provides the vision as to the direction of the organization. We endeavor to help scholars and practitioners have a better understanding of the importance of the diversity of their students, and to give them the tools to appropriately lead schools in ways that ensure all students, regardless of their life circumstances and status, are provided a school climate that promotes high academic achievement and a sense of belonging.


A Leader's Guide To Any Situation - The Ten Key Strategies

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This book reveals the 3 greatest myths of Leadership that could be holding you back. Are you aware of the common responses to absolutely avoid which could make or break your Leadership image? Do you know what Pyrrhic Victories are and why good Leaders avoid them at all cost? If you need help answering those questions, you need this book. By sharpening your Leadership skills you're assured of job security, better assignments, increased recognition, greater rewards and advancement. This book is a guide that addresses those challenges and how to meet them through the application of The Law of the Slight Edge. It's not an artifact nor is it long on theory. Each short chapter is a strategy that can be read individually rather than in sequence and applied immediately. You can review it again and again as a ready reference, especially to meet situations as they arise. The author distills, often through personal stories, what works and what doesn't. ...About the author: John Nicholas specializes in Leadership training. The Pentagon used excerpts, for training, from his white paper report, "7 Rules of Leadership You Can Learn from the US Military That Can be Applied to Any Organization for Personal Success." He was the charter member of the corporate university development team for Beazer Homes, a national home building company. He founded manufacturing, real estate investment and consulting firms. Prior to that he held executive positions with Fortune 500 companies including IBM and the former investment banking firm of F.I. DuPont & Company. John is a former US Navy officer with service aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock CLG-4. He holds a degree in Sociology from Juniata College in Pennsylvania and was listed in past editions of Who's Who in Professional Speaking.



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