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3 Land from the Sea

Katerina Martina Teaiwa Indiana University Press ePub

THIS CHAPTER EXPLORES life on the island as presented in Company documents and visual sources with a focus on the first four decades of mining prior to World War II. The BPC’s archival textual and visual records are read both in terms of what they say or present and in terms of what they are missing: Banaban and other residents’ historical experiences and contemporary realities. Nicholas Thomas discusses both the authority of dense, annotated archival Pacific histories and the turn, as seen in the work of the prominent ethnographic historian Greg Dening, toward a celebration of plural and diverse experiences. He argues that “histories do not merely differ and enrich knowledge through complementary diversity,” but rather they “reflect interests in practical projects, in legitimizing or destabilizing; they entertain, and perhaps they perform some symbolic violence with respect to those who are spoken about but whose voices are absent.”1

Stories gleaned from Company letters and diaries give a fragmented yet specific and usually authoritative point of view, while photographs with inadequate or brief captions beg a viewer to fill in the blanks regarding context. Documentary film and other cinema often attempt to present a total world for the viewer, but the Company film I explore here is an appropriately fragmented and hastily edited montage. These various Ocean Island sources and the kinds of global stories they tell offer particular, still-partial, and morally significant ways in which we might “know” the past. But as Thomas underscores, “history displayed might be harmless if it was evidently less persuasive.”2

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14 Case Study Mexico: Riviera Maya – How is the Riviera Maya Tourism Industry Dealing with Climate Change? An Overview of Non-climatic Stressors that Determine the Destination’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Jones, A.; Phillips, M. CABI PDF


Case Study Mexico: Riviera Maya – How is the Riviera Maya Tourism Industry Dealing with Climate Change? An Overview of

Non-climatic Stressors that Determine the

Destination’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

R. Santos-Lacueva,* S. Anton Clavé and Ò. Saladié

Department of Geography, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain.

Introduction: The Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is a well-known Caribbean coastal destination in the state of Quintana

Roo (Mexico), as shown in the location map

(Fig. 14.1). It has a wealth of natural and cultural resources. The Mesoamerican Barrier

Reef (the second largest in the word), the Sian

Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the Tulum National

Park and, in general, the white-­sand beaches, underground rivers, mangroves and rainforests all form a rich collection of biodiversity.

Its Mayan heritage, which can be observed at various archaeological sites (Fig. 14.2) and experienced as part of the living culture, also makes the Riviera Maya especially attractive.

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Diana Balham FrommerMedia ePub



For 150 years pretty Christchurch was known as the Garden City. All that changed in February 2011 following the second destructive earthquake in 5 months. Today, in its post-earthquake garb, Christchurch is less about prettiness and more about rebuilding and reinvention. A sense of excitement and positivity has replaced the angst that swept through 5 years ago. In every way, it is a city on the rise—literally, as architects, designers, and developers combine skills to reshape the past. New cafes, bars, and hotels are opening, and the business district and central city are at work again.

A bit of geography: The region of Canterbury extends from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, and its physical attractions are many. Within and just beyond Christchurch are rivers, harbors, hills, bays, and mountains. From this new-look city to French-settled Akaroa on Banks Peninsula, and the sea-girt town of Kaikoura, the region is buzzing with new purpose.

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Chapter 4 The Role of Technology in the System

Krempl, Stephen Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

We must discard the idea that past routine, past ways of doing things, are probably the best ways. On the contrary, we must assume that there is probably a better way to do almost everything. We must stop assuming that a thing that has never been done before probably cannot be done at all.


Many corporations are defining/redefining their technology strategy. What role should T&D play in helping shape its thinking on this issue? In the broadest sense, T&D functions within the arena of knowledge transfer and communication, which are central to the use of technology. More specifically, it is responsible for sharing best practices and implementing on-line learning. Therefore, we will define the lead role it can play in the selection of technology, moving it to the forefront of corporate decision making by demystifying the process and anticipating issues or problems while ensuring that its needs are met. Later, we will look at specific variables to consider before implementing new technology and at thirteen multiple location corporations and how they use technology to manage their operations and educate their workforce.

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4. Defining Your Ideal Professional and Personal Life

Steffen, James Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

ON A beautiful day in early June—unusually warm after a bitter cold spring in the New York–New Jersey area—Ray and Carol drove to Coach Erics home. Ray thought that maybe their list of professional and personal ideals was too much to ask for. Even so, he had high hopes. He heard the tune June Is Busting Out All Over playing in his head and felt the warm sun of hope shining in his heart.

Coach Eric greeted Ray and Carol warmly. He invited them in for refreshments and listened as they gave him a recap of the frustrations theyd shared with Ed and Alanna.

Ed and Alanna are two of my favorite people, Coach said with a twinkle in his eye. How much did they tell you about Aligned Thinking?

Ray shared all that Ed and Alanna had told them. Then Carol added, We are very curious about this Aligned Thinking that Ed and Alanna say is the key to their happiness. And we are both skeptical that we can align every action with what we really want.

Coach smiled and said, Great! Thats a great place to be in. Let me ask you not to worry about aligning every action. Years ago, before my clients helped me discover Aligned Thinking, I never dreamed I could align every action. And at the time I was not clear about what I really wanted.

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