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Edition of 1 August 2006 #162

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IN THIS ISSUE


1. Business: Microsoft teams up with UNO
2. Education & Environment: China Deals with Massive Pollution Build-Up
3. Education & Environment: Housing in South Africa
4. Education: Living at the South Pole
5. Education & Environment: Illegal Trade in Wild Animals
6. Immigration: Why its easy for illegal immigrants to get into the UK
7. Internet: Which Countries Use the Internet Most?
8. Travel: How to get the most out of an African Safari
9. Travel: Kenya Wildlife Service being Robbed Blind
10. Travel: The Best Places to Visit


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1. Business: Microsoft teams up with UNO
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Cape Town - Microsoft, the world's biggest software company, said it has entered into a partnership with the United Nations to supply information technology and other support to small businesses in Africa.

Microsoft and the UN Industrial Development Organisation plan to set up technology centres in African communities, where entrepreneurs will be able to access business support services, information, training and computers. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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2. Education & Environment: China Deals with Massive Pollution Build-Up
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Beijing - China plans to invest about 1,4-trillion Yuan (about R1 260-billion) in environmental protection in the next five years, state media said on Tuesday, to curb water and air pollution so severe it causes riots and health problems. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Education & Environment: Housing in South Africa
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Johannesburg, City of Gold. As part of a series on housing in South Africa, the BBC News website's Justin Pearce visits the buildings in central Johannesburg that are occupied by people who eke out a living in the city centre - and who are resisting government plans to evict them.

These apartment blocks in Hillbrow and surrounding areas used to be a safe and desirable residential area about 20 years ago, then designated a "white's only" area under the notorious Group Areas Act of the Apartheid Government. It was a popular place to live especially for the many white British and European immigrants seeking a better life in South Africa away from socialism under the likes of Harold Wilson, Labour Party Prime Minister of England. Visit this site to see the latest photographs.

 


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4. Education: Living at the South Pole
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The National Science Foundation sponsors thousands of research endeavors every year, and the general public may not be aware of the tremendous breadth of work they underwrite. In recent years, their website has featured special reports on some of their work, and this latest presentation on the U.S. South Pole Station is both visually stimulating and substantive. Some visitors may not know that the Station sits directly at the Earth's axis, and that a third station will be completed in 2007. On this site, visitors can learn about this new station, and also take a video tour of the current facilities.

Appropriately enough, visitors can also learn about the previous two stations, which include the Navy outpost constructed during 1956 and 1957. Finally, visitors can also peruse a timeline that tracks the important dates in South Pole exploration. Visit this site.

 

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5. Education & Environment: Illegal Trade in Wild Animals
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Beijing - The global illegal trade in wild animals and plants has exceeded $10-billion (about R70-billion) a year, becoming the world's third-largest source of illicit income after drugs and guns, a wildlife conference heard on Friday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Immigration: Why it's easy for illegal immigrants to get into the UK
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Employers and the Government may be turning a blind eye to the immigration status of some of their employees because of the high level of flexibility illegal workers offer them. Academics at Oxford University criticised the Government by saying that it may be unintentionally overlooking migrants working illegally in the UK because they provide a pool of cheap labour. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on immigration, go to this link,


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7. Internet: Which Countries Use the Internet Most?
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The number of active Web users declined slightly from May to June, 2006, after a growth spurt between April and May. The drop of about 750,000 users was tracked by Nielson Ratings in the 10 countries it observed in that period. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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8. Travel: How to get the most out of an African Safari
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Every country has something special to offer, but many safari connoisseurs say the top overall choices are Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Tanzania. All have established tourism industries and opportunities to spot the "big five" (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo). To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our web site on Tours to Africa.

 


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9. Travel: Kenya Wildlife Service being Robbed Blind
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A network that allegedly defrauded the Kenya Wildlife Service of millions of dollars has been broken, officials say. Sixty-one suspects - KWS staff and tour guides and drivers - face prosecution for their alleged part in the scam, which cost up to $2.8m a year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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10. Travel: The Best Places to Visit
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Cape Town was voted the best tourism city in Africa and the Middle East in an annual poll of readers of Travel and Leisure magazine. The World's Best Awards, in their 11th year, involve readers of the magazine naming the best in travel, from hotels to cities, as well all the operators and outfitters who make the journey possible. To read the full list, visit our NEWS DESK link.

 

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This month's quote
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"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." ~ Winston Churchill

 

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