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Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum

by Jean Bussière

In the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum are more than six hundred ancient lamps that span the sixth century BCE to the seventh century CE, most from the Roman Imperial period and largely created in Asia Minor or North Africa. These lamps have much to reveal about life, religion, pottery, and trade in the ancient Graeco-Roman world. Most of the Museum’s lamps have never before been published, and this extensive typological catalogue will thus be an invaluable scholarly resource for art historians, archaeologists, and those interested in the ancient world.


The Food Safety Pillars: An Introduction to Hygiene & Food Safety

by Adrian Carter

The content of this book was put together over the 10 years of working as a hygiene and food safety consultant for the hospitality and retail industry.

Over the years I have found that kitchens would implement complicated strategies for managing food safety such as Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP), without ensuring that the basics were taking care of first.

This meant that the kitchens became so focused on record-keeping and documentation, that fail-safes implemented would consistently fail when measured against a basic hygiene system.

These resulted in regular food poisoning complaints, which could not be resolved until the consultation process lead to the realization that staff, including chefs had not been trained on a basic food safety and hygiene, and had gone unnoticed due to the focus on higher level documentation processes being the main area of effort.

Thus, the need to re-train staff on the basic level, so that the foundation for higher level systems could be solidified and rebuilt from the ground up.

The intention of this book, is to help others build a solid foundation of basic hygiene and food safety, so that the higher-level systems do not fail them in the future.

It is easier to learn new habits than, unlearn old bad ones.

I hope that you find this book useful, in helping you create awareness, understanding and implementation.

Development Assistance for Peacebuilding

Development assistance to fragile states and conflict-affected areas can be a core component of peacebuilding, providing support for the restoration of government functions, delivery of basic services, the rule of law, and economic revitalization. What has worked, why it has worked, and what is scalable and transferable, are key questions for both development practice and research into how peace is built and the interactive role of domestic and international processes therein. Despite a wealth of research into these questions, significant gaps remain.

This volume speaks to these gaps through new analysis of a selected set of well-regarded aid interventions. Drawing on diverse scholarly and policy expertise, eight case study chapters span multiple domains and regions to analyse Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme, the Yemen Social Fund for Development, public financial management reform in Sierra Leone, Finn Church Aid’s assistance in Somalia, Liberia’s gender-sensitive police reform, the judicial facilitators programme in Nicaragua, UNICEF’s education projects in Somalia, and World Bank health projects in Timor-Leste. Analysis illustrates the significance of three broad factors in understanding why some aid interventions work better than others: the area of intervention and related degree of engagement with state institutions; local contextual factors such as windows of opportunity and the degree of local support; and programme design and management.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal International Peacekeeping, and is available online as an Open Access monograph.

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