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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 April 2010 # 206

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: China defends growing links with Africa
2. Business: Investing in Africa
3. Business: Investing in Cape Town, South Africa
4. Business: Investing in the East African Community
5. Business: Investing in South Africa (Update)
6. Business & Education: Good News from Kenya
7. Education & Environment: Actor Ben Affleck is a Hero
8. Education: Bible Geocoding
9. Education: History of Muslims in China
10. Education: Photographic Portraits of Native Americans
11. Immigration: Amnesty for the 25 million illegals in USA on its way
12. Internet & Education: Growth of the Internet
13. Real Estate: New Development in Yorkshire England
14. Travel & Sport: World Soccer Cup 2010, South Africa


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1. Business: China defends growing links with Africa
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China rejected foreign concerns over its growing energy links with Africa on Sunday, saying it benefits African nations by bringing badly needed trade and infrastructure development. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on investing in China.

 

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2. Business: Investing in Africa
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South African private equity firms are increasingly looking at the rest of the continent, spurred by the success of local telecoms and retail companies in Africa's frontier markets, according to KPMG. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Investing in Cape Town, South Africa
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Accelerate Cape Town, the business-led initiative aimed at bringing together stakeholders in the Cape Town region to develop and implement a long-term vision for sustainable, inclusive economic growth, has geared up for the year ahead with new additions to its membership and the selection of a new board. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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4. Business: Investing in the East African Community
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President Mwai Kibaki has challenged Kenyan investors to take advantage of the expanded East African Community (EAC) common market to increase their investments and make penetration. President Kibaki expressed the government's commitment to the implementation of the E.A.C Common Market Protocol that is scheduled to be in place on 1st July this year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: Investing in South Africa (Update)
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South Africa will not adopt a policy of nationalisation of mines, the country's Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu asserted in Toronto on Saturday. There is also no intention to introduce "stringent measures" as part of the review of the industry Mining Charter, which was created five years ago to facilitate transformation in South African mining sector. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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6. Business & Education: Good News from Kenya
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In the past five years, life in this bushy little patch of Kenya has improved dramatically. Agricultural yields have doubled; child mortality has dropped by 30 percent; school attendance has shot up and so have test scores, putting one local school second in the area, when it used to be ranked 17th; and cell phone ownership (a telltale sign of prosperity in rural Africa) has increased fourfold. To read the full report from our representative in Kenya, go to this NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Education & Environment: Actor Ben Affleck is a Hero
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Ben Affleck launched a new initiative Monday to raise money and awareness over atrocities committed against women and children during years of conflict in eastern Congo, Affleck told The Associated Press. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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8. Education: Bible Geocoding
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Religious scholars and others have always been interested in the place names found in the Bible, and this site will be a delightful find for anyone who shares this interest. This site, created by a graduate of Wheaton College, features interactive maps of every place mentioned in the Bible.

For its main data source, the site uses the Morrish Bible Dictionary, which contains the coordinates for many place names listed in the Bible. Drawing on this material, the site also uses satellite imagery along with shaded relief details from the United States Geological Survey. It's easy to get started; visitors can just click on the "Complete Bible" link at the top of the homepage to look around. It might be more interesting and less overwhelming to use the "Individual Books" area to look around via discrete sections, such as "Genesis", "Matthew", and "Psalms". Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010


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9. Education: History of Muslims in China
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During his long life, the Reverend Claude L. Pickens, Jr. spent many years as a Christian missionary in China. Working with his wife, Elizabeth, he maintained a particular interest in China's Muslim population. Pickens spent time in central China as the Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, and he also spent time making surveys of Muslims in northwest China, northeast Tibet, and Inner Mongolia.

This digital collection brings together over 1000 photos taken by Pickens during his travels through the region in the 1920s and 1930s. Visitors should start their journey by reading the "Biographical Note" on Pickens, and then giving the finding aid a quick look. The photographs can be viewed via Harvard's VIA catalog, and they just need to search on the name Claude L. Pickens. Overall, the collection provides a fascinating look into this very intriguing facet of Chinese cultural and social history. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010


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10. Education: Photographic Portraits of Native Americans
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Photographic portraits of Native Americans from the central and western United States are prominent in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society because of four Bostonian collectors who were active from the 1860s to the early 1900s. The portraits are in several different forms that were popular at the time of their production. Cartes de Visite ("calling cards"), platinotypes, photogravures, and tintypes are all represented in the collection. The striking photograph on the homepage, "The Sunset of a Dying Race", was typical of the theme of early photographs of Native Americans. Visitors should click on the title underneath the photo to read about the manipulations the photographer, Joseph Dixon, engaged in to create the romantic theme of the vanishing Native American.

Visitors should check out the "Photographs of Adam Clark Vroman", a photographer who didn't romanticize his Native American photographic subjects. His subjects were "photographed simply, directly, and sympathetically." In addition to portraits, he also took beautiful photographs of the landscapes of the Southwestern United States. Visit this site.

 

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11. Immigration: Amnesty for the 25 million illegals in USA on its way
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President Obama gave thumbs up Thursday to the outline of a plan to legalize illegal immigrants and create a flow of low-skilled foreign workers for the future, saying the immigration bill being worked on by a Republican and a Democrat is "promising."


Editor's Note: We will keep our readers updated on the latest breaking news on this subject.

 

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12. Internet & Education: Growth of the Internet
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Check the global growth of the Internet since 1998; this is the future of education and business. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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13. Real Estate: New Development in Yorkshire England
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Plans for a major new development at the site of the former Kirkstall Forge in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, were unveiled today at a property convention in the south of France.

Developer Commercial Estates Group (CEG) will create family homes and 300,000 sq ft of commercial office space on the 56-acre plot - one of the oldest industrial sites in Britain. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Report: The Delamere Group are also promoting this news-worthy project, therefore we recommend that you visit our page for proposed offers of properties to buy, rent or invest.

 

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14. Travel & Sport: World Soccer Cup 2010, South Africa
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The FIFA Local Organising Committee (LOC) still expects up to 450 000 foreign tourists during the upcoming world cup, despite airline ticket sales suggesting the contrary. Read the full report; go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Announcement: Sad Loss of Winston Spencer Churchill (Jnr)

Winston Spencer Churchill, a former Member of Parliament and grandson of Britain's wartime leader, died Tuesday, an associate said. Winston was 69 and had been suffering from cancer and died at his London home. Read the report

 

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Book of the Month
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Value Investing - Tools and Techniques for Intelligent Investment by James Montier

In this important new book, the highly respected and controversial value investor and behavioural analyst, James Montier explains how value investing is the only tried and tested method of delivering sustainable long-term returns.James shows you why