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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 August 2009 #198

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Transparency International

This is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, and brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. Our mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption. The Delamere Group is a sponsor of this organization and recommends that all business leaders become fully aware of this world wide problem and make a contribution to its elimination. Visit this site.

 

IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Africa in the Future?
2. Business: Chinese Aid for Zimbabwe
3. Business: Latest on Nigeria
4. Business: New Governor of South African Reserve Bank
5. Business: New World Wine-Producing Countries
6. Business: Story of our Cup of Coffee in New York & Africa
7. Business: Trade Between South Africa & India
8. Business: Trade Between USA & Africa Increases
9. Education: Academic Earth
10. Education & Travel: East African Photographs: 1860-1960
11. Education & Travel: Take a Virtual Tour of Planet Earth

12. Education: King of England Henry VIII
13. Education: Shedding Light on New York
14. Immigration: Housing in the UK


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1. Business: Africa in the Future?
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Africa is a land of resources. This land is richer than any continent or richer than any part of the globe. It is a land of gold, bauxite, manganese, cocoa, forest resources. It is rich in different plant and animal species than any other continent. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: The Delamere Group is aggressively promoting trade in Africa, and we invite you to visit our trade pages. Plus you can also read a recent report regarding Africa being affected by the Global Recession, which is very positive.

 

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2. Business: Chinese Aid for Zimbabwe
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BEIJING - A Zimbabwe government official on Friday appealed to Chinese firms to invest in Zimbabwean mines, asking companies to ignore the country's recent troubles and strike now while the iron is hot. Zimbabwe has asked the world for help for its devastated economy, and says it needs $10-billion to rebuild dilapidated infrastructure and ease a 90% unemployment rate. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Latest on Nigeria
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Nigeria was ranked as the 15th most failed nation in the world. Nigeria came about that ill-fated ranking when the United States think-tank and an independent research organization released their latest report. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: For more information about trade and business in Nigeria visit our webpage.

 

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4. Business: New Governor of South African Reserve Bank
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Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Gill Marcus says she is honoured by her new appointment as the South African Reserve Bank's (SARB) Governor. President Jacob Zuma today announced that Marcus will become Governor of SARB on November 9, 2009, taking over from current Governor Tito Mboweni. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Our local reporter met and interviewed Gill Marcus at a conference at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town a few years ago, and observed that this is probably one of the best moves made by the present ANC Government and bodes well for the future of business and investment opportunities in South Africa. Visit our web page on investing in South Africa.

 

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5. Business: New World Wine-Producing Countries
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In a significant expression of unity, five competing New World wine-producing countries will be collaborating to present a combined show at one of the most important international wine trade events next year. Argentina, California, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa are all members of the recently formed New World Wine Alliance who will be joining forces to showcase their wines at Germany's annual ProWein in March next year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business: Story of our Cup of Coffee in New York & Africa
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Howard Schultz, the founder, chairman, president and chief executive of the Starbucks Coffee Company, has a way with parables. This month he is telling a group of young Rwandan entrepreneurs, the various stories by which he makes sense of the phenomenal success that is his life. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Business: Trade Between South Africa & India
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South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Thursday said that South African businesses had to work harder to further explore and exploit business opportunities for South African companies, in the Indian market. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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8. Business: Trade Between USA & Africa Increases
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U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa, exports plus imports, increased 28 percent in 2008 and U.S. imports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) are becoming increasingly diversified, according to a just-released profile of U.S.-Africa trade trends. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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9. Education: Academic Earth
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As more and more high quality educational content becomes available online for free, we ask ourselves, what are the real barriers to achieving a world class education? At Academic Earth, we are working to identify these barriers and find innovative ways to use technology to increase the ease of learning.

We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world's leading scholars. Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment in which that content is remarkably easy to use and where user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable.

We invite those who share our passion to explore our website, participate in our online community, and help us continue to find new ways to make learning easier for everyone. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2009

 

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10. Education & Travel: East African Photographs: 1860-1960
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Northwestern University's collection of East African photos purchased from the British collector Humphrey Winterton has been digitized to allow greater access to scholars, educators, students, and the interested public. The Winterton Collection includes over 7,000 photographs, which depict life, primarily in East Africa, between about 1860 and 1960. Visitors should click on the "Collection" section of the homepage to browse or search the online collection. The collection can be searched by "People", "Places" and "Decades", as well as by "Keywords" and Subjects"; "Collection Browser" gives an alphabetical list of all the images in the collection. The "Winterton in the Classroom" section, accessible on the homepage, provides a very useful tool for K-12 teachers. Some of the topics to view are "East African Timeline", "Cultural Context of African Colonial Photographs", and "Links to K-12 Support in Teaching About Africa". In the near future, lesson plans will also be available on the site. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2009

 

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11. Education & Travel: Take a Virtual Tour of Planet Earth
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360Cities.net is a breathtaking virtual tour, showing thousands of panoramas made by hundreds of photographers. The stunning photos are interactive, spherical panoramas which beg you to explore them. This can be done by dragging your mouse around, and zooming in and out. For the best viewing, use full-screen mode, and for alternative views, right-click to expose the views menu. Visit this site.

From The UX by Design Organization

 

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12. Education: King of England Henry VIII
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Henry VIII was a man of many passions and pursuits, and during his life he made maps, engaged in the sporting life, and was known to dabble in religious matters in a fashion that would have widespread ramifications. The British Library has created this fine online exhibit gallery to complement an in situ exhibit on this 16th century monarch. The materials on the site are divided into seven sections, including "The Great Matter", "Musician, sportsman, worshipper", and "Militarist and mapmaker". Visitors might do well to start with "The Great Matter", as it offers a nice selection of primary documents related to Henry's struggle to divorce Katherine of Aragon so that he might be able to marry Anne Boleyn. It's worth noting that visitors can zoom in and out within each digitized object. Moving on, the "Interactive" feature allows users to read notes that Henry himself added to three key documents created during his reign. Visit this site.

 

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13. Education: Shedding Light on New York
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Visitors interested in a wonderful, well-written history on the light fixtures of Caldwell and Co. will enjoy the Smithsonian Institution Libraries website and digital collection of his work. Started in 1895, Caldwell and Co. made electric lights that aesthetically fit into the interiors of buildings without taking away from their traditional architecture. This creative ability made them popular among prominent architectural firms and wealthy clients of time. The "Browse the Collection" link at the top right of the homepage will lead visitors to choose the following categories by which to browse: "Product", "Client", "Project", and "Architect". The Products are as varied as "clocks", eight different types of "lighting", "religious objects", and "ironwork". A General Keyword Search, with images or without, is also available on the same page as the browse option. At the bottom of the website is a list of over two dozen buildings where Caldwell's more important works are located, and as it turns out, New York City is where most of them can be found. Visit this site.

 

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14. Immigration: Housing in the UK
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Nearly 400,000 homes have gone to tenants who were born abroad, the Government's equality watchdog has said. One in ten state-subsidised homes is occupied by an immigrant family, according to the first estimate of the impact of immigration on social housing. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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Book of the Month
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"How to Make Money in Stocks" by William J. O'Neil

The bestselling guide to buying stocks, from the founder of Investor's Business Daily, now completely revised and updated. When it was first published, How to Make Money in Stocks hit the investing world like a jolt, providing readers with the first in-depth explanation of William J. O'Neil's innovative CAN SLIM investing method. This technique, based on an exhaustive study of the greatest stock market winners dating back to 1953, is a straightforward, seven-step process for minimizing risk, maximizing return, and finding stocks that are poised to perform. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

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This month's quote
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"Man's greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes - obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes." ~ Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French Writer


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