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Edition of 1 April 2007 #170


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: China the Key to Solving Africa's Problems
2. Business: Increasing Trade Between USA & South Africa
3. Business: India Investing Heavily in South Africa
4. Business: South African Gold Production
5. Business: Remote Home Wine Making, What Next?
6. Education/Humanitarian Issues: What is the UNO Doing about Darfur?
7. Education & Travel: London a Life in Maps
8. Education: All-Hazard Weather Monitor
9. Immigration: Iraqi Refugees
10. Immigration: New Rules for British Passports

 

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1. Business: China the Key to Solving Africa's Problems
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As the despotic regimes of Zimbabwe and Sudan horrify the international community, western governments and diplomats are beginning to think the unthinkable - China could be the key to solving Africa's human rights nightmare.


China has for decades been condemned for its own record on human-rights abuses. But owing to its burgeoning economic and political activities in Africa, it is increasingly becoming the only outside power with any hope of halting the slide towards disaster in two of the continent's most troubled states. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Increasing Trade Between USA & South Africa
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Johannesburg - South Africa will pull out all the stops to attract US investment and help local companies get exposure to that country. According to Iqbal Sharma, the chief director of international trade at the department of trade and industry, 70 delegations from small and medium South African enterprises and large corporations in the public and private sectors will visit New York, Chicago and Detroit this month to promote investment in business process outsourcing, information & communication technology, biotechnology, automotive and financial services sectors. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: India Investing Heavily in South Africa
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Johannesburg - Indian companies are showing growing investment interest in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries in South Africa, according to Standard Chartered Bank. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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4. Business: South African Gold Production
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South African gold production fell by 7.5 percent in 2006, taking it to its lowest level in 84 years, the Chamber of Mines said on Wednesday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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5. Business: Remote Home Wine Making, What Next?
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San Francisco - Napa Valley is meeting Silicon Valley at an innovative San Francisco firm that is harnessing the power of the Internet to transform the world of home wine-making. Aromas of yeast and fermentation exude from the winery, a converted mayonnaise factory, inspiring passers-by to peek inside as workers feed freshly picked cabernet grapes into a machine that separates the fruit. If you are interested in wine making as our CEO is, then visit our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our page on top quality wines, click here.


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6. Education/Humanitarian Issues: What is the UNO Doing About Darfur?
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UN Security Council members voiced frustration today that Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the Sudan's president, had still not answered a UN letter sent six weeks ago on beefing up African peacekeepers in Darfur. At issue is an interim force to bolster 7 000 African Union troops with some 3 000 personnel, mainly engineers, logistics and medical units as well as helicopter pilots. This group will plan for a far larger African Union-UN force. To read this disturbing report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Education & Travel: London a Life in Maps
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Sometime in the middle of the thirteen century, the monk Matthew Paris created a diagram using ink and various pigments to illustrate his route from London to Apulia. In doing so, he created a document which forms part of the cartographic history of a city that would grow exponentially over the coming centuries. This document, along with thirty nine others, form part of the online exhibit, London: A Life in Maps.

Created by staff members at the British Library, visitors can click on an interactive map (rather appropriately) to locate these various maps which go all the way up to the 21st century. Another fun feature on the site allows users to download a Google Earth layer that includes a selection of these maps, including one of Regents Park in 1841 and a plan of the London Docks from 1797. The site is rounded out by an area where visitors can send electronic cards to friends and colleagues that incorporate images from these maps. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007

 


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8. Education: All-Hazard Weather Monitor
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When the weather outside is frightful, budding meteorologists will want to turn to the NOAA, All-Hazard Monitor website. Drawing on an impressive array of weather-tracking devices, satellites, and so on, visitors can monitor a number of types of weather here, including tropical weather, droughts, volcanoes, earthquakes, and oil spills.

Along with the Weather Summary map that is front and center on the homepage, visitors can also click onto detailed maps of surface weather and the current drought outlook. The site also features information about weather in space, rip currents, and harmful algae blooms. One can imagine a number of educational uses for the map, from displaying the map in a visual communications class to a basic course on meteorology. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007

 


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9. Immigration: Iraqi Refugees
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The number of Iraqis seeking asylum in industrialised countries has jumped by almost 80% from a year earlier, according to the UN refugee agency. The UNHCR says that a total of 22,200 applications were made by Iraqis in 2006, up from 12,500 in 2005. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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10. Immigration: New Rules for British Passports
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More than 600,000 people a year applying for a passport for the first time will from May 2007 have to attend a compulsory interview up to 20 miles from their home, it was announced yesterday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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This month's quote
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"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great." ~ Mark Twain

 

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