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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 December 2008 #190

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This Month's Sponsor
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Royal African Society - For students of Africa or business people requiring more details about the Continent of Africa, this site provides invaluable information regarding the national background, trade and culture of all countries in Africa. This site is used extensively by the Delamere Group. Visit their site.

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Gold Mining in Zimbabwe
2. Business: Latest Report from the African Growth and Opportunity Act
3. Business & Marketing: Is it Wise to Reduce Your Marketing Budget
4. Business: New Constitution for Kenya
5. Business: Understanding Black Empowerment (BEE) in South Africa
6. Education: Art Institute of Chicago
7. Education: Ferguson Centre for African & Asian Studies
8. Education: History of the Crusades
9. Education: Last soldiers to die in World War I
10. Education: Old Maps of London
11. Immigration: Does Expansion of Visa Waiver Program Pose Threat to US Homeland Security
12. Immigration: International Migration and Human Rights
13. Immigration: Latest on Foreigners Banned from Retiring to Britain
14. Travel: Aerial View of the Yorkshire Dales, England


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1. Business: Gold Mining in Zimbabwe
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HARARE - Zimbabwe's gold output, which accounts for a third of its export earnings, hit an all-time monthly low of 125 kg in October as economic crisis forced more mine closures, a mining official said on Thursday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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


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2. Business: Latest Report from the African Growth and Opportunity Act
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U.S. total trade with Sub-Saharan Africa (exports plus imports) increased 15 percent in 2007. Trade between the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa is highly concentrated, with a small number of African countries accounting for an overwhelming share of the total for both imports and exports. To read the full report, (PDF Format) visit their site.

Editor's Note: Visit the pages of Delamere International Global Trade.



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3. Business & Marketing: Is it Wise to Reduce Your Marketing Budget
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Top brands recognise that branding is a continuum - in tough times many companies cut their marketing budgets, but this is when strong brands get going and launch themselves into a stronger position for the upturn. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: The Delamere Group operate a very successful Marketing Division, for more details, visit our website.

 


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4. Business: New Constitution for Kenya
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Speaking at Safari Park Hotel Monday while officially opening the National Seminar on the Role of Parliament in the Reconciliation and Institutional Reform Process in Kenya, President Kibaki noted that the Tenth Parliament was uniquely placed to achieve the delivery of a new constitution.

The President said that many of the current challenges facing the country particularly those contained in Agenda Four of the Serena talks would be comprehensively addressed through a new constitution. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on Kenya.



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5. Business: Understanding Black Empowerment (BEE) in South Africa
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Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has launched a Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment. The guide is aimed at assisting businesses to comply with and implement the codes of good practice concerning the policy. Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) was created in October 2003 through the merger of the Black Business Council and Business South Africa. It began operating in January 2004. The merger created the first truly unified organisation for business in South Africa. Visit this site.

 


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6. Education: Art Institute of Chicago
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This exhibition from the Art Institute of Chicago showcases the Museum's impressive tapestry collection, primarily acquired by donation from Chicago's wealthy merchants and industrialists, who purchased European artifacts in volume during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The website is divided into several sections, including "Tapestries in Context", with information on the uses and major periods and styles of tapestry production, from the Golden Age (most of the 16th century) through the Industrial Revolution. There is a tapestry technology section, "Tapestry Design and Weaving", that explains the collaborative nature of tapestries, from artist's design, to cartoon, to actual weaving. The website also includes digital images of about 15 selected works, such as "A Falconer with Two Ladies and a Foot Soldier", c. 1500, a Golden Age tapestry in the millefleur style. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 


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7. Education: Ferguson Centre for African & Asian Studies
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The Centre, named in honour of the founding Dean of the Faculty, was established in 2002 by the Faculty of Arts of The Open University to promote interdisciplinary research into the cultures of Africa and Asia. The drive to establish the Centre in the Faculty came from a broad desire to extend further the reach of the Open University's research and teaching. Visit this site.

 


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8. Education: History of the Crusades
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The Crusades lasted several hundred years, and some historians have argued that certain expeditions from the 15th to 17th centuries might also be treated as part of this broader interest in recapturing part of the Holy Land for the Christians. In 1969, the University of Wisconsin Press began publishing a thorough and comprehensive study of the Crusades.

After twenty years, the series ran to six volumes, all of which are included in this digital collection created by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections project. Volumes include "The Later Crusades", "The art and architecture of the crusader states", and "The impact of the Crusades on Europe", and visitors can browse through the entire collection here, and they can also change the viewing size of each document for a more detailed inspection. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 

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9. Education: Last soldiers to die in World War I
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In the closing minutes of World War I, the ceasefire within touching distance, a handful of troops died. As the 90th anniversary of the Armistice approaches, who were these men? To read this report from the BBC, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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10. Education: Old Maps of London
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In the eighteenth century, wise sage and journalist Samuel Johnson opined that when one was tired of London, they were in fact tired of life. Well, the same might be said for this exuberant and delightful website, and it is doubtful that visitors will be tired of its fine collection of London maps even after several visits.

Organized as part of the British Library's Online Gallery collection, the Crace Collection of Maps of London was brought together in the early part of the nineteenth century by society designer Frederick Crace. All told, the collection consists of over 1200 printed and hand-drawn maps which chart the development of the city and its immediate vicinity from 1570 to 1860. Current map curator and head Peter Barber offers up some of his favorite items from the collection on the homepage, including the rather wordy "A guide for Cuntrey men in the famous Cittey of LONDON by the helpe of wich plot they shall be able to know how farr it is to any Street" from 1593. Visitors shouldn't stop there, as they should press on to search through the rest of the collection and Barber's introductory essays. Visit this site.

 

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11. Immigration: Does Expansion of Visa Waiver Program Pose Threat to US Homeland Security
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A number of news reports have discussed the fact that al Qaeda has been focusing recruitment efforts in Europe because citizens of most European nations are exempt the visa requirement if they state that they plan to visit the United States for 90 days or less. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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12. Immigration: International Migration and Human Rights
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The Global Migration Group (GMG) is an inter-agency group that is dedicated to encouraging the "adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration."

Their number includes representatives from UNICEF, the World Bank and various regional commissions from the United Nations. In October 2008, they released this 144-page report in order to commemorate and reflect on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The report is divided into seven sections, including those dealing with the legal framework of migration, globalization and migration trends, migration data, and a concluding chapter which discusses some of the most pressing issues facing different migrant groups around the world. The report also includes three very useful appendices which deal with the policy instruments used in regards to human migration and the adoption of key United Nations legal instruments involved with international migration. Visit this site. (PDF)

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 


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13. Immigration: Latest on Foreigners Banned from Retiring to Britain
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The current legislation allows non European Union residents, aged 60 or over, to retire to Britain if they have a net disposable yearly income of at least £25,000 and are able to accommodate themselves and any dependents without needing public funds. They are not required to have worked or paid taxes in the UK and are entitled to free healthcare on arrival. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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14. Travel: Aerial View of the Yorkshire Dales, England
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At the request of one of our readers we will include this series from time to time. Sit back and enjoy stunning aerial video of the Dales and beyond, taken from the cockpit of an RAF Tucano aircraft.

For the first of an exclusive online series, YP videographer Jonathan Walton flew from Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale to the beloved tourist spot of Malham Cove. His route took in Bolton Abbey, the River Wharfe at Burnsall Bridge, Hawes, Dent, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the peaks of Ingleborough and Penyghent, and finally Malham. Visit this site.

 


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Book of the Month
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"The Snowball - Warren Buffett and the Business of Life" ~ by Alice Schroeder

Shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Prize 2008 "The Snowball" is the first and will be the only biography of the world's richest man, Warren Buffett, written with his full cooperation and collaboration. Combining a unique blend of "The Sage of Omaha's" business savvy, life story and philosophy The Snowball is essential reading for anyone wishing to discover and replicate the secrets of his business and life success. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

 

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This month's quote
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"It is a good thing to be rich, it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends." ~ Euripides (480-406 BC) Greek Playwright


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