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Guests including designer Olivier Theyskens, former French minister Philippe Douste-Blazy and industrialist Laurent Dassault heard how Annan was supporting entrepreneurs like Menaye Donkor, a former Ghanaian beauty queen who presented her cosmetics brand, She-y, at the event. The line, made in Italy, uses ethically sourced shea butter from Ghana and algae from Senegal, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Menaye Charity Organization, which provides education for underprivileged children.
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Advances in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Sustainability: The PAAMS Collection


This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, PAAMS 2015, held in Salamanca, Spain, in June 2015. The 10 revised full papers and 9 short papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 48 submissions are presented together with 17 demonstrations. The articles report on the application and validation of agent-based models, methods and technologies in a number of key application areas, including: agents and the energy grid, agents and the traffic grid, affective computing and agent development, ambient and contextual agents, social simulation and social networks and other agent-based applications.

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Adaptive Agents and Multi-agent Systems – Adaptation and Multi-agent Learning: No. 3

Adaptive Agents and Multi-agent Systems – Adaptation and Multi-agent Learning: No. 3


This book contains selected and revised papers of the European Symposium on Adaptive and Learning Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (ALAMAS), editions 2005, 2006 and 2007, held in Paris, Brussels and Maastricht. The goal of the ALAMAS symposia, and this associated book, is to increase awareness and interest in adaptation and learning for single agents and mul- agent systems, and encourage collaboration between machine learning experts, softwareengineeringexperts, mathematicians, biologistsandphysicists, andgive a representative overviewof current state of a?airs in this area. It is an inclusive forum where researchers can present recent work and discuss their newest ideas for a? rst time with their peers. Thesymposiaseriesfocusesonallaspectsofadaptiveandlearningagentsand multi-agent systems, with a particular emphasis on how to modify established learning techniques and/or create new learning paradigms to address the many challenges presented by complex real-world problems. These symposia were a great success and provided a forum for the pres- tation of new ideas and results bearing on the conception of adaptation and learning for single agents and multi-agent systems. Over these three editions we received 51 submissions, of which 17 were carefully selected, including one invited paper of this year’s invited speaker Simon Parsons. This is a very c- petitive acceptance rate of approximately 31%, which, together with two review cycles, has led to a high-quality LNAI volume. We hope that our readers will be inspired by the papers included in this volume.

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Agents of Treachery

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From a secretive soldier on the eve of the Normandy landings to a golf-playing gun fanatic in a suburb of modern Britain, everybody has something to hide in this brilliant collection of original spy fiction that brings together the distinctive voices of the genre for the very first time. In Lee Child’s ‘Section 7’, a Top Secret operational meeting is given a sly twist, while David Morrell’s tale of an interrogator’s techniques in a world where the tables might turn at any moment is dark, sinister and frighteningly real. In a business where one country’s traitor is another country’s hero, how far would you go to get to the truth? With an introduction from Otto Penzler, these thrilling tales of intrigue and deception, heroism and betrayal, courage and cowardice will push your adrenaline to dangerous new levels. With contributions from: Charles McCarry, Lee Child, James Grady, Joseph Finder, John Lawton, John Weisman, Stephen Hunter, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell, Andrew Klavan, Robert Wilson, Dan Fesperman, Stella Rimington, Olen Steinhauer.

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Agents of Destiny (Agents of Change #3)

Agents of Destiny (Agents of Change #3)


In the pulse-pounding conclusion to Guy Harrison’s sci-fi action-thriller trilogy, Calvin Newsome and Elena Jimenez have uncovered the Agency of Influence’s secret weapon in its quest to regain-or in this case, ensure that it never loses-its control of the powerful relic, the Arrowhead of the Seminole. Newsome and Jimenez travel back in time to the year 2000 to carry out two objectives meant to ensure a more peaceful civilization and turn the tables on the A of I: protect Calvin’s then-teenaged counterpart and kill Lasse Gantert, the agency’s nefarious executive director obsessed with finding and killing the boy. When Gantert proves to have more power than has been revealed, and in an era in which the Agencies of Influence and Justice are still imbued with the powers of the Arrowhead, Calvin and Elena find the deck stacked against them. Unbeknownst to them, Ronni Lee and Astrid Krueger, motivated by separate desires, wait in the shadows for their opportunity to assist the two heroes in their quest to end Gantert’s reign of terror.

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Agents of Change: 5 Forward Thinkers You Need To Know

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They walk among us–those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five luminous entities that strive to make the world a better place.

The F*** It Duo
Here’s one to savor. They said F**k It to their jobs and moved to Italy years ago and in 2005, they created their first F**k It Retreat. Meet Mr. and Mrs. F**k It, John Parkin and Gaia Pollini (pictured above). Ten years have passed and since that time, the couple birthed the first F**k It Book (“F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way”/ 2008/ Hay House). Additional F**k It literary siblings emerged. The books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than 400,000 copies. Workshops, retreats, one-on-one counseling, e-courses, and expanded F**k Its in London and Ireland have risen out of the fertile soil of the duo’s F**k It imaginations. And then, in 2011, The Hill That Breathes (in Urbano, Italy), the fabulous F**k It locale, won Best European Retreat (Natural Health). The secret to this couple’s undeniably unique success? F**k if I know. Well, I do. Somewhat. It’s two words–and not those, by the way. It’s these two: Let Go. Or, in this case, a more nuanced practice in the art of letting go by using a unique therapeutic tool: Profanity. Relax, it’s not all swear words and then nirvana happens–not really. Although the couple’s modality tends to lean toward being über fun if not laughter provoking. What was it a yogi once told me: “An anxious mind cannot exist in a relaxed body.” The point is this: transformation may occur when you relax first, and then turn toward that thing you are so fretting over, breathe and embrace it–by saying F*** It of course. There’s more to it, but you get the picture. Regardless, when you’re on a mission to locate agents of change near and far, like I am, it’s a treat to find these two doing so well, one F-Bomb at a time.

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Lynne McTaggart and The Intention Experiment
McTaggart, a best-selling author, researcher and lecturer, is renowned for how well she creates a bridge between science and spirituality. Her books, “The Bond,” “The Field,” “What Doctors Don’t Tell You,” and “The Intention Experiment,” each, on some level, rise beyond pedestrian trinket-acquiring “spirituality” and suggest that there is a more powerful field of energy within us and around us; that we are far more powerful and connected to each other than we were led to believe. But it’s McTaggart’s Intention Experiment which continues to draw significant interest. It finds the author/lecturer overseeing unique intentions en masse on the web, which have been called one of the largest mind-over-matter trials ever undertaken. By inviting like-minded souls together who can hold a singular vision for, say, peace in a certain region, can peace then be experienced in that region? That’s the thrust behind the Intention Experiment–harnessing the intentions of thousands of participants on a specific topic. McTaggart first chronicled all this in her book of the same name, asking: “if we are connected, can our thoughts and intentions affect and change the world and things ‘out there?'” Her compelling evidence suggests that the answer is, indeed, yes. Imagine then, what could happen if the entire populace of, say, New York City held a glorious intention for a set amount of time? What effect could that have? A powerful one me thinks.

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Polish Heritage Festival, Belmont, California
Poland has been making major headlines over the last nine months. Where to begin? There’s the country’s surprising economic boom and recent election–conservative challenger Andrzej Duda defeated the incumbent, Bronislaw Komorowski. And lest we forget the significant anniversary markers in 2014 and 2015–the former commemorated the 75th anniversary of the German and Russian invasion of Poland, as well as the Katyn massacre; the latter the mass deportation of Polish citizens by Stalin. A number of Polish organizations have been paying tribute to their heritage as well as their fallen comrades over the last year especially, and while each year ushers in a crop of Polish festivals throughout the Bay Area, this year, for the first time, the Polish community is being asked to come together for a larger event to be held in Belmont, California. This will mark the first ever collaborative event organized by several Polish groups. Co-sponsors include Polish Society of California/PNA Lodge 7, The Polish Club, San Francisco, Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble of San Francisco and The Polonian Cultural and Pastoral Center (PCPC) in Sacramento. There is also an emphasis on the importance of the Polish-American Congress, which strives to meet the challenges facing Polish-Americans. Dancing, Polish cuisine, history and much more are expected to converge at the May 30 outing, but what stands out significantly here is the solidarity emanating from the groups that are bringing the event to fruition, especially at a time when Poland is wonderfully newsworthy. Learn more here.

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Village Yoga, Santa Cruz, California
As an author, travel writer and cultural moderator, I travel across the country for work on numerous occasions. I always make a point of dipping in to a yoga studio wherever I am. I have found some marvels in the likes of Bloomington, Indiana, and Kansas City, Missouri, and in an around California and then some. With thousands of yoga studios around the country, it’s challenging to pick just one that stands out. But I did find one that flies to the top of the list for any summer travelers out there, and anyone who might be interested in knowing what makes a business really thrive. So, what makes this Bikram Yoga portal in Santa Cruz, California--a mecca town for yoga studios by the way–rise above the others? What about the popular Funky Door in San Francisco? Or Chicago’s 105F, which offers a spirit-enhancing Gong Bath from time to time? Or any others for that matter? The answer rests in the title perhaps and, to me, it hearkens back to the old saying: “It takes a village.” Founded by Sally Adams and Amy Mihal in early 2001–the two women had big followings at San Francisco’s popular Global Yoga, founded by the remarkable Mary Jarvis–the studio has evolved into a vibrant mini community center on some level, with workshops, body work, coaching, nutrition, skin care and, well, plenty of yoga. Beyond its Bikram offerings, there are Vinyasa classes, as well as Yin/Restorative, a silent class and meditation. All that is good, however the main thing that stands out here is how well the owners nurture their clientele and, without much effort it seems, lure them in to participate in their ever-expanding enterprise that trickles back into the community. The works of local artists and photographers can often be seen on the walls. Locals are also invited to speak at workshops–think Oprah’s Soul Sunday series in a more relaxed environment. Encouragement abounds. You feel it the moment you walk in the door. And let’s face it, for any of us who are spiritually inclined and have done something like yoga or meditation, it doesn’t take much to actually pick up on the vibe of a place. Good juju exists here and the ripple effects are felt outside the door. Fitting, because what was it I once heard? True yoga takes place off the mat. Here’s to bending a little–or, in this case, a lot.

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Robert Holden / Shift Happens
Folks may recall Holden’s PBS special Shift Happens! or his two BBC-TV docs on happiness. An author of numerous books–“Happiness NOW!”, “Shift Happens!”, “Holy Shift!” and his latest “Life Loves You,” co-written with “You Can Heal Your Life” maven Louise Hay, Holden’s approach to living a more balanced, vibrant life has been well received, to say the least. His book “Shift Happens” morphed into a popular weekly Hay House Radio show, which has now attracted an impressive posse of motivational speakers and new thought agents–from Esther Hicks and Dorene Virtue to Norman Shealy and Caroline Myss. The intention here is offer listeners an opportunity to tap into their own power more fully and step into life in new ways, creating a remarkable transformation. Change they say, is not often easy, but for those us out there that want shift to occur, it’s refreshing to know that we don’t have to go at it alone. Here’s to Holden’s thoughtful approach and the impact it generates.

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Make More Money, Find More Clients, Close Deals Faster: The Canadian Real Estate Agent’s Essential Business Guide

Make More Money, Find More Clients, Close Deals Faster: The Canadian Real Estate Agent’s Essential Business Guide


Everything you need to know to succeed in the real estate business, as an agent, broker, or seller “Make More Money, Find More Clients, Close Deals Faster” illustrates why and how real estate agents need to change the way they do business to better serve their clients, spend resources more wisely, and make more money. The real estate industry is notorious for eating up a real estate agent’s time, energy, and money, but many of the inefficiencies are of their own making. As a result, the client suffers from poor and uninformed service. This book provides a new business model for agents that shows how to sell more property, in less time, and develop client relationships that will continue over time, as well as a model for the broker, who can increase the brokerage’s revenues through the use of professional development strategies from the book.Shows brokers how to provide better customer service, improve profits and return on investment, and take full advantage of social networking to advertise and attract new clientsWritten by Claude Boiron, coauthor of “Commercial Real Estate Investing in Canada”One of the few guides to the subject written particularly for the Canadian real estate market “Make More Money, Find More Clients, Close Deals Faster” is of value to real estate boards educating new members, academics, as well as agents, brokers, and sellers themselves.

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Stellar Revolution: Agents of ISIS, Book 5

Stellar Revolution: Agents of ISIS, Book 5


Welcome to the first great space opera decalogy of the twenty-first century! Agents of ISIS is the 21st century re-envisioning of the Family d’Alembert series by its original author, an epic saga describing the fight to preserve humanity from the forces of chaos and destruction.A hidden conspiracy is plotting to use the tsaritsa’s wedding as the occasion to overthrow the true ruler and start a bloody revolt to take over the throne for themselves.Meanwhile, in the depths of interstellar space, a flotilla of space pirates is gathering.Is it mere coincidence, or a coordinated attack to topple the Empire and seize control of all human-occupied space? The Imperial Special Investigation Service must unravel the plots and thwart these plans before it’s too late.

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