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Edition of 1 August 2005 #150


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1. Business: Chazen Institute of International Business
2. Business: China's Growth is Solid & Real
3. Business: Doing business with Russia
4. Business: Extreme overcrowding in homes for immigrants to the USA
5. Business: Highrise apartments & flats for Nairobi spell disaster
6. Business: South African Economy
7. Business: South African Flower Industry
8. Business: What kind of idiot falls for these Nigerian Scams?
9. Business: Work Permits for South Africa
10. Education: African Leadership
11. Education & Sports: London to hold the 2012 Summer Olympics
12. Education: The Global Museum
13. Education: Understanding Computers
14. Immigration: Does it pay to have dual citizenship?
15. Immigration: Illegals still pouring into the USA
16. Travel: How to control and help the wildlife in Kenya?


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1. Business: Chazen Institute of International Business
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Much of the world of business has been transformed by the processes of globalization, with many transnational corporations having multiple headquarters located in far-flung corners of the world. Recognizing this important transformation, Jerome A. Chazen (an alumnus of Columbia University's Business School) offered a donation to begin the Institute of International Business that bears his name.

First-time visitors to the site will want to peruse the "News & Events" section on the homepage straight away, as it offers insights into the recent activities of the Institute. The real highlight of the site is the Chazen Web Journal of International Business, which contains papers and research reports on a wide range of topics, including management, finance, and entrepreneurship.

The site is rounded out by the information it provides on grants and prizes awarded by the Chazen Institute. Visit this site also used by the Delamere Group.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005


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2. Business: China's Growth is Solid & Real
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China has emerged in plain view on the world stage in the past five years as "the workshop of the world", a phrase that conjures up images of sweatshops and cheap labour. But the image is deeply misleading as it suggests that China's comparative advantage is only a cheap and docile labour force.


Jonathan West, associate professor of Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration, calls this view "dangerously wrong". China's advantage is not in cheap, unskilled labour. "Its fundamental advantage is cheap, skilled labour," he says.


China is graduating 500,000 engineers a year, he says, and they are being paid as little as US$2 000/ year, not to work on production lines in so-called sweatshops but with the aim of making many of the high value-added products now manufactured elsewhere. To read this full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Doing business with Russia
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Corruption in Russia has spiraled out of control, a report by a respected Russian think-tank says. INDEM says the Russian state itself is "the country's biggest racketeer", with the shadow economy at least twice as large as the state budget.

The report says any interaction between citizens and the country's bureaucracy will inevitably involve corruption in the form of paying bribes. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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4. Business: Extreme overcrowding in homes for immigrants to the USA
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On a street in Syosset, New York, in a single-family house currently listed for sale at $710,000, live at least 16 South African workers employed by the exclusive Glen Oaks Country Club in Old Westbury.

At the other end of Long Island, a few doors down from a new multimillion-dollar waterfront home in East Hampton, neighbors have complained about a rented house so crowded that its septic tank overflowed onto the street finding as many as 64 men living there. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: Highrise apartments & flats for Nairobi spell disaster
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Low density housing in old, dilapidated estates in Kenya's urban centres should be knocked down to pave the way for the development of highrise flats to increase the supply of housing in the country.


This is one of the key recommendations of the National Land Policy Formulation Process (NLPFP) on how to solve the problem of lack of suitable land for housing in the country's urban centres. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: The local authorities in Kenya should check out the results of this type of housing when built years ago in Liverpool and Manchester in England, they produced nothing but gang warfare and drug dealing. Is this what the authorities want in Nairobi? Please send your protests to our email address and we will forward your comments in our report to the Nairobi local government. Also read our web page on housing for the future.

 

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6. Business: South African Economy
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Fifteen years ago nobody could have predicted that SA would emerge as a strong market-orientated economy with a vibrant and independent private sector, fast integrating into the world economy.


Everybody's expectation then (including the ANC's) was that the new government would impose a hardcore form of socialism. But the ANC changed progressively during the 1990s. And so did business, which slowly began to shed its apprehensions and suspicions. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Business: South African Flower Industry
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Analysts have hailed steady growth in the national flower industry despite pressure from a strong rand and competition from Kenya, Zimbabwe and other African countries.

While growth in the sector seems to have leveled off, SA still exports 14 times more flowers than it imports. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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8. Business: What kind of idiot falls for these Nigerian Scams?
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LAGOS (Reuters) - A Nigerian court has sentenced a woman to two and half years in jail after she pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the country's biggest e-mail scam case involving a $242 million fraud the anti-fraud agency said on Saturday.

To read the full report, and have a good laugh, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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9. Business: Work Permits for South Africa
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Many South African businesses face skills shortages. The Department of Home Affairs last week promulgated the immigration regulations that go with the 2003 immigration act. These regulations guide, among other things, the issuing of work permits. To read this full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit the Delamere Employment Services page for employment in South Africa.

 

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10. Education: African Leadership
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Are the social, economic and political problems in some African countries due to a lack of enlightened leadership?

A conference has been arranged by the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, and the main topic will be, "With corruption being as prolific as it is on the continent, Mr Bwakira says that the issues of good governance and civil society participation as a democratic principle will be discussed." To read more, visit this link.

 

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11. Education & Sports: London to hold the 2012 Summer Olympics
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News of London's victory delighted flag-waving supporters who had gathered in Trafalgar Square and Stratford in the East End of London, where the new Olympic park will be built.

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


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12. Education: The Global Museum
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While there are numerous sites about different museums of all sizes around the world, there are also numerous sites about the wide world of museology and exhibition techniques.

One such site is the Global Museum, which provides information about important and new exhibits around the globe, along with job postings from a wide range of museums. Persons interested in a course of study on museums would do well to look at the site's listings of internationally accredited museum studies courses, which is offered in the Study area of the website. Visit this site.


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13. Education: Understanding Computers
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Billed as the "Digital Goddess", the radio host Kim Komando has been providing assistance to those befuddled by computer technology for many years, and her website will prove to be most valuable to those looking for assistance in this area.

First-time visitors to the site will want to peruse some of her recent columns, which address such timely topics as hacking, preserving digital images, and securing laptops from theft. The homepage also offers access to helpful shareware that she has found valuable. Those guests who find the site helpful may also want to sign up to receive her tip of the day or her newsletter.

Also, the site has a "Kim On-Air" map, which allows interested parties to find out which radio station in their area broadcasts her program. Visit this informative site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.

Editor's Note: Delamere Education offers a series of online courses on computer hardware and software. Visit our web site for online computer courses.

 

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14. Immigration: Does it pay to have dual citizenship?
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Some are taking on another citizenship because they feel an emotional bond to the homeland of their ancestors. Some are immigrants who want to retain their ties to the old country, to take control of family land there, to vote or even to run for office.

Others do it because acquiring a passport from one of the 25 countries in the European Union allows them to travel freely, work, go to school or retire in any EU country. And everybody likes the convenience: They can stand in shorter lines at airports and borders.

There are many other very good reasons why it is useful to have dual citizenship. Two of our senior partners hold triple citizenship for business reasons. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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15. Immigration: Illegals still pouring into the USA
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WASHINGTON, DC - The number of people from countries other than Mexico arrested trying to cross the U.S. southern border has almost doubled this year, the head of the U.S. border patrol told the U.S. Congress on Tuesday.

David Aguilar told the House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee on homeland security the United States was continuing to experience a rising influx of what he termed OTMs -- other than Mexicans -- trying to enter the country illegally. "Apprehensions are running at a rate of 175 percent for fiscal year 2005 over FY 2004's record number of OTM apprehensions on the southwest border," Aguilar said.

In all, the border patrol has detained 919,000 illegal immigrants so far this year of 2005, and of these 119,000 were non-Mexicans. Of course we ask, How many did they NOT prevent from illegally crossing the border? Officials state they have a success rate of detaining only 1 in 8 that cross the border.

 

Editor's Note: For legal ways to get into the USA see our immigration page.


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16. Travel: How to control and help the wildlife in Kenya?
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The problem is not that there are too many elephants or crocodiles or buffaloes in some parts of Kenya, but rather that there were too many Kenyans, that our country has a notoriously high population growth rate, and so the animals were being denied the space they needed by this rapidly expanding human population. Why not start to cull the humans? To read this interesting report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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This month's quote
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"You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures." ~ Charles C. Noble

 

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