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Edition of 31 January 2004 #131


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Bahamas Seeks Greater Investment Ties With South Africa
2. Business: Bank fraud in Zimbabwe
3. Business: Chinese aid for Uganda
4. Business: Currency Rates
5. Business: Investing in silver
6. Business: Investment Opportunities in Africa
7. Business: Money laundering by the Russian Mob
8. Business: The "Living, Audio" Wine Dictionary
9. Business: World Trade
10. Education: Rudyard Kipling
11. Immigration: New Green Cards are on the way
12. Travel: Olympics of 2012
13. Travel: UK visitors to the USA

 

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1. Business: Bahamas Seeks Greater Investment Ties With South Africa
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During the official state visit by South African President Thabo Mbeki to the Bahamas this week, Minister of Financial Services and Investments Allyson Maynard-Gibson announced that the jurisdiction is seeking to capitalise on closer investment links with South Africa. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on the initiatives being promoted for the Caribbean Basin.

 

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2. Business: Bank fraud in Zimbabwe
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Two top banking executives in Zimbabwe have been arrested over R1-billion scandal that has devastated the country's already reeling financial sector.

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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3. Business: Chinese aid for Uganda
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Kampala - Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing began a three-day visit to Uganda on Friday with an announcement that Beijing would grant Kampala $2,6-million (R18-million) in development aid, Uganda's foreign ministry said on Friday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK ink.


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4. Business: Currency Rates
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Canberra - The Australian dollar ended 2003 as the world's top performing currency against the United States dollar, rising 33 percent over the year to its highest level in more than six years, currency experts said on Wednesday.

The Australian dollar was followed by the South African rand, which gained 29 percent against the US currency, and the New Zealand dollar, which rose 25 percent.

To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


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5. Business: Investing in silver
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JOHANNESBURG - Silver, known perhaps irreverently as gold's sister-metal, hit its highest level in almost six years this week as it piggybacked on gold's strength and analysts expect the metal to run still higher. The metal hit $6.79/oz, its best price since April 1998. In the last two weeks alone, the metal has gained 15 percent. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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6. Business: Investment Opportunities in Africa
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Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) Financing Task Force has organized the premiere event focused on investment and financing opportunities for U.S. financiers to take advantage of emerging African markets.


The objectives of the conference are to demonstrate that African markets can be profitable, provide tools to effectively maneuver investment, offer tangible opportunities for investment through project presentation and interaction with project sponsors and network with other high level financiers involved in Africa. Visit their site.

 

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7. Business: Money laundering by the Russian Mob
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Experts say the Russian mob is preparing to invade the U.S. financial system with the proceeds of its arms and drugs trafficking, financial crimes, and other unsavory funds.


The October arrest of Yukos Oil head Mikhail Khodorkovsky caused money to pour out of Russia, reversing the inflow that occurred during the first six months of 2003. Oleg Vyugin, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Central Bank, says that he expects a net private capital flight of more than $13 billion. Much of this money is dirty, and it's U.S.-bound. If you wish to read the full report sent out by www.acams.org visit this site or email us for a copy.

 

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8. Business: The "Living, Audio" Wine Dictionary
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This site provides "a collection of [brief] definitions and audio recordings of wine terminology and wine/winery names for over 1000 mainly French, German, Italian, and Spanish terms (over half have audio). Includes definitions for regions and related terms. Visit this site


Editor's Note: Sending wine as a gift to clients, business associates or a friend is a great way to express appreciation. Visit our web page for a full selection of the best online services and free delivery.

 

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9. Business: World Trade
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NEW DELHI - Officials from India, Brazil and South Africa, which formed a united front in world trade talks that deadlocked last year, are meeting to boost cooperation.
"Discussions between the three nations and trilateral cooperation is critical to put up a common front to address issues in the World Trade Organisation (WTO)," Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad said after the meeting. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

 

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10. Education: Rudyard Kipling
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The Kipling Society. This site features information about the life and works of Rudyard Kipling, poet and author of works such as "Just So Stories" and "Kim." Includes a brief biography, chronology, and dozens of poems, scholarly articles, notes on Kipling's works, lists of works by and about Kipling. From the Kipling Society, a London-based membership organization and library founded in 1927. Visit this site.

Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.

Editor's Note: A favourite poem by our staff is the one called, "The Glory of the Garden." Search the site and enjoy.


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11. Immigration: New Green Cards are on the way
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When the news of President George Bush's new ideas on immigration hit the headlines last Wednesday, thousands of undocumented Irish were paying particular attention.

In the Irish enclave of the Bronx, the chat over the Shepherd's Pie in the Irish Coffee Shop, under the dryers in the Hair Shoppe and across bar counters on Katonah Avenue was all about the changes in American policy that had the potential to change Irish lives forever.

To read this full report go to our NEWS DESK link


Editor's Note: Don't forget to visit our web page on the latest updates about immigration to UK, USA, Canada, Australia and more. For more information on how to join the "club" of Irish Abroad, click here

 

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12. Travel: Olympics of 2012
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Nine cities have submitted their applications for the 2012 Olympics, Havana, Istanbul, Leipzig, London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro. Paris seems to be the current favourite. To read the full account, go to our NEWS DESK link


Editor's Note: Visit our latest details about the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Click here

 

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13. Travel: UK visitors to the USA
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UK diplomats say they are working with their US counterparts to try to save thousands of British visitors having to apply for visas to enter the US.

Currently British travelers can visit the US for up to three months without a visa under the "visa waiver" scheme. To read the full account, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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This month's quote
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"For myself I am an optimist--it does not seem to be much use being anything else." Winston Churchill

 

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