Monday, June 27, 2016

The Economic Consequences of Brexit: A Taxing Decision

Rafal Kierzenkowski, Nigel Pain, Elena Rusticelli and Sanne Zwart
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Membership of the European Union has contributed to the economic prosperity of the United Kingdom. Uncertainty about the outcome of the referendum has already started to weaken growth in the United Kingdom. A UK exit (Brexit) would be a major negative shock to the UK economy, with economic fallout in the rest of the OECD, particularly other European countries. In some respects, Brexit would be akin to a tax on GDP, imposing a persistent and rising cost on the economy that would not be incurred if the UK remained in the EU. The shock would be transmitted through several channels that would change depending on the time horizon. In the near term, the UK economy would be hit by tighter financial conditions and weaker confidence and, after formal exit from the European Union, higher trade barriers and an early impact of restrictions on labour mobility.

By 2020, GDP would be over 3% smaller than otherwise (with continued EU membership), equivalent to a cost per household of GBP 2200 (in today’s prices). In the longer term, structural impacts would take hold through the channels of capital, immigration and lower technical progress. In particular, labour productivity would be held back by a drop in foreign direct investment and a smaller pool of skills. The extent of foregone GDP would increase over time. By 2030, in a central scenario GDP would be over 5% lower than otherwise – with the cost of Brexit equivalent to GBP 3200 per household (in today’s prices). The effects would be larger in a more pessimistic scenario and remain negative even in the optimistic scenario. Brexit would also hold back GDP in other European economies, particularly in the near term resulting from heightened uncertainty would create about the future of Europe. In contrast, continued UK membership in the European Union and further reforms of the Single Market would enhance living standards on both sides of the Channel.

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後殖民食物與愛情 香港卷

許子東 主編
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人們不再祇是宣示“我們的城市”,“我們的故事”,“我們的小說”,並呼喊“我們不是天使”,而是必須思考我們究竟生活在什麼樣的城市。我們不是天使,我們是什麼?人們不再祇是以文學為工具來建構“香港意識”,而且也以文學的方式反省“香港意識”的基礎和問題。

圖書目錄
序/許子東
後殖民食物與愛情/也斯
老鼠/文津
嘻嘻嘻酒吧/王璞
長城營造/西西
諾言/亦舒
關於我和影子的故事/邱心
日落安靜道/陳慧
重復的城市/黃勁輝
宋金倩在樓梯街/黃淑嫻
桃花紅/黃碧雲
青春遺事/黃燦然
美人關/陶然
疲勞綜合症/黃婉霞
ICQ以外的介面/斃南
陪我睡/游靜
香港制造/董啟章
看樓/鄺國惠
芭比的世界/潘文偉
回鄉/綠騎士
一張裸照/戴平
襄驛之戰/鐘英偉
短篇兩題/鐘菊芳
電梯/韓麗珠

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Traveling Photographer: A Guide to Great Travel Photography

Sandra Petrowitz
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Traveling and photography is a perfect match, but photographers are often disappointed that their images fail to meet the quality of their artistic aspirations. This book combines theoretical information, practical advice, and helpful suggestions for taking better pictures while traveling, whether you are on a local trip, enjoying your annual summer vacation or exploring a more exotic, remote destination. This book includes descriptions for how to carefully compose photos, avoid common mistakes, and achieve a unique perception of places that have been photographed many times before. Beautifully illustrated with photographs from all over the world, this guide will help you find your personal point of view, which will lead to exceptional travel photos.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

慢旅行:遇見未知的自己

舟舟
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放慢腳步,回味上一秒精彩;繼續前行,尋找下一秒奇蹟。

行走的意義在於,我終於懂得︰  
當我們用35度角仰望別人的幸福時,  
卻被人用65度角仰望著。

我曾在艾菲爾鐵塔下守望遠逝的夢,  
我曾在聖心大教堂的聖歌中醒來,  
我曾在羊角村裡排遣過憂傷,  
我曾在威爾斯尋找過愛情,  
我曾在維也納歌劇院中輕吟,  
我曾在佛羅倫斯吃義大利空心麵的時候,想過自己要成為怎樣的人……  
每一座山,每一條河,每一片海,每一個溫暖的名字。  
行走,遇見未知的自己。

行走在,一個女人的心靈天路。

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Monday, June 13, 2016

The Character Triangle Companion: A 30-Day Kick Start to An Even Better YOU!

Lorne Rubis
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 Can our CHARACTER be developed? Or are we born and stuck with it? In his 2011 book The Character Triangle, Lorne Rubis shared a breakthrough method of shaping our own character by practicing three distinct but interdependent values: Accountability (Do It Now!), Respect (Be Nice!) and Abundance (Give More!).

His follow up, The Character Triangle Companion: A 30-Day Kick Start to an Even Better YOU!, is a practical guide to help you to Do It Now, Be Nice, and Give More.

In 30 Days, you will learn how to identify your life’s purpose, find your motivation and consciously practice the core values that will help you to live with greater character, have an impact and inspire others.

In this book, Rubis presents key learnings from both research driven results and experiential leadership. You’ll learn from some of the best business, leadership and self-improvement experts including Marshall Goldsmith, Stephen Covey, Clayton Christensen, Charles Duhigg, Brene Brown, Jim Collins, Ram Charan, Jim Kouzes and others. He also shares leadership and management best practices from top companies including Apple, The Ford Motor Company, Campbell Soup Company, WestJet and more.

This 150-page quick read is a real roadmap to success for anyone looking to move goals into actions and set an intentional path towards continual improvement.

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另外的90% 開啟你未發掘的潛能 (The Other 90%: How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life)

庫珀 (Robert K. Cooper)
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 長久以來,人們普遍認為人類的能力有種種極限,儘管已經有許多科學研究證實這種觀點的錯誤,但根深蒂固的心態仍然阻礙著我們,使我們看不見許多潛藏的可能性,未能發掘與運用自己與他人的無限潛能,於是,在面對種種壓力、變革、與不確定性下,我們感到精疲力竭、黔驢技窮。不論我們多麼勤奮努力,不論我們付出多少,仍然無法達到期盼的生活與境界。其實,還有別的方法,生命可以有另一種不同的風貌。

本書作者是神經科學先驅、同時也是知名的領導力領域專家羅伯.庫柏,敦促我們徹底改變對人類能力的觀點,他說,絕大多數人只發揮了不到百分之十的潛能。在本書中,他以淺顯易懂、容易學習的步驟教導我們如何發展與運用另外百分之九十的潛能。

......作者應用神經科學、行為心理學、工作生理學等領域的最新研究結果,提供許多鮮為人知的實用方法,教大家如何:

*提高工作時的精力,同時也擁有更多精力投入個人與家庭生活
*啟動大腦裡的“警報開關”,以消除壓力與緊張
*運用“三個不同的大腦”
*激發自己與他人的獨特才能

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)