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Edition of 1 December 2013 # 250

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Africa Vulnerable to Global Financial Shocks
  2. Business: China Unveil New Reforms
  3. Business & Environment: Housing Problems
  4. Business: Is This the Answer for Unemployment in South Africa?
  5. Business: Is This the Reason for Food Shortage in Kenya?
  6. Business: Namibia Looks Good For Investment?
  7. Business: PayPal Expanding Into Africa
  8. Business: The Wasteland of Zimbabwe, Running True to Promise?
  9. Construction & Architecture: Landscape Architecture Magazine
  10. Education: National Geographic Photography
  11. Education & History: Abandoned Buildings from Around the World
  12. Education: Artworks Looted by the Nazis Discovered
  13. Education & History: American Civil War Collection at Gettysburg College
  14. Education: Did the Hollywood Studios Help the Nazis?
  15. Education & History: Memories of a First World War Survivor
  16. Education: History of Whaling
  17. Education & Environment: The Problem of Illegal Ivory
  18. Education & Films: What Makes a Jewish Film?
  19. Education: Victorian England
  20. Education: Wolfsonian Florida International University
  21. Immigration & Travel: Is this a Fair Visa System?
  22. Real Estate: High Rise Buildings in UK
  23. Real Estate: The Rot of the High Rise Luxury Apartments
  24. Travel: Visiting New Mexico in the USA




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1. Business: Africa Vulnerable to Global Financial Shocks
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International Monetary Fund (IMF) has for the first time warned that sub-Saharan African countries are becoming “increasingly vulnerable to global financial shocks” as they intensify their reliance on foreign investors. The warning in its twice-yearly review of the region comes as African frontier markets such as Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya fret about the side effects of tighter monetary policy in the US. African countries have benefited over the past three years from investors’ hunger for yield owing to ultra-loose monetary policies in the US, Japan and Europe. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (bdlive)

 

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2. Business: China Unveil New Reforms
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China's leaders have unveiled a series of reforms aimed at overhauling its economy over the next decade. In a statement issued after a closed-door summit, they promised the free market would play a bigger role. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)



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3. Business & Environment: Housing Problems
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Singapore’s social housing dates back nearly 50 years and has a become monument to the country’s rapid development – about 85% of the population live in social housing. Tour guide Huang Eu Chai explained that in the early 1960s housing shortages were close to becoming an emergency: "People literally lived almost on the streets or literally living in cages in some of these old shop houses."  To read the full report an see the video, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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4. Business: Is This the Answer for Unemployment in South Africa?
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The National Assembly has adopted the Employment Tax Incentive Bill in Parliament on Thursday. Cosatu bitterly opposed this Bill, saying it is the Youth Wage subsidy by another name. The bill is aimed at job creation for specifically unemployed youth. The revised Employment Tax Incentive bill could see a tax break of around R900 for employers for every person hired at R2000 per month for 24 months.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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5. Business: Is This the Reason for Food Shortage in Kenya?
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Farmers in Kisumu County, in Kenya have been told to diversify farming by adopting modern technology to boost food production for consumption and export. Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei said vast lands are lying idle in the county that can produce sufficient food to residents. "Our farmers in the county are languishing in poverty because they are practising the old system of agriculture," Koskei said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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



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6. Business: Namibia Looks Good For Investment?
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed Namibia’s fiscal year 2013/14 budget, which lays the groundwork for an active reform agenda in the area of reduced income taxation and improved public financial management and tax administration.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (Creamer Media)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Namibia.



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7. Business: PayPal Expanding Into Africa
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PayPal, the payments services arm of eBay, has entered a partnership with one of East Africa’s biggest lenders, Equity Bank, to tap into the fast-growing African economies.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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8. Business: The Wasteland of Zimbabwe, Running True to Promise?
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Across Zimbabwe, dozens of factories lie idle with peeling paint, rusting machines and broken roofs in once bustling industrial districts, symbols of the huge economic challenge facing President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (bdlive)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Zimbabwe.

Also of serious concern is the situation related to water and sanitation being so polluted especially in the capital Harare that the risk of cholera and typhoid is now imminent. Read more.

 

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9. Construction & Architecture: Landscape Architecture Magazine
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Founded in 1910, Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) is the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects. It reaches over 60,000 readers each year and covers everything from green design to streetscaping projects. While not all of the content here is free, they do offer free issues periodically, along with access to high-quality articles written specifically for the LAM site via design professionals and others. On the homepage, visitors will find pieces on the redevelopment of the Presidio in San Francisco and the transformation of beach stabilization in the United States using best practices from the Netherlands. After a close consideration of the articles here, visitors can go on to look over some of the recommended sites and blogs, such as those from Dwell Magazine, Grist, Harvard Design Magazine, and others.  Visit this site.

Editor’s Note: Visit our web page on Construction.



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10. Education: National Geographic Photography
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The exquisite visual offerings created by National Geographic over the past 125 years are well known by the general public around the world. This fine corner of their website brings together the work of their many fine staff photographers, videographers, and community members who contribute to this expansive brocade. After creating a free login, visitors can start their journey through the site by looking over the Photo of the Day or the "Best of…" slideshows that bring together highlights from past months. The "Editors' Picks" area offers thematic collections, such as "Photographing Lions," "Tel Aviv," "Patterns in Nature: Water" and "The Space Between." Shutterbugs will enjoy the online tutorials and tips contained in the "Photography Tips" area. Here they will find detailed suggestions on how to photograph details, urban landscapes, the night sky, and many other settings, times, and vistas. Finally, the site contains the "Featured Bios" area which has details on some of the fine photographers profiled here, including Paul Nicklen, Joel Sartore, and Mark Thiessen. Visit this site.

Editor’s Note:  A favourite item on this site, voted by the editorial staff at the Delamere Group, is the video clip of Elephants Communicate While at Play.

 

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11. Education & History: Abandoned Buildings from Around the World
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A ship graveyard in Mauritania, a picturesque 16th century Italian village, a once-grand train station—we can't help but be mesmerized by these mysterious and beautiful abandoned places around the world. To read the full report and see the images, go to our NEWS DESK link

 

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12. Education: Artworks Looted by the Nazis Discovered
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About 1,500 modernist masterpieces – thought to have been looted by the Nazis – have been confiscated from the flat of an 80-year-old man from Munich, Germany, in what is being described as the biggest artistic find of the postwar era.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

 

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13. Education & History: American Civil War Collection at Gettysburg College
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It is fitting that Gettysburg College has such a wonderful collection of historic images related to the Civil War era. This particular trove brings together hundreds of letters, lithographs, maps, paintings, pamphlets, political cartoons, and sheet music. The Artifacts area is a great place to start, as it contains a wonderful small pocket bible that belonged to Lewis Tway, a soldier who was in the conflict from 1863 to 1865. There are also a number of personal effects belonging to Frederick Kronenberger, a member of the 2nd New Jersey Volunteers. Additionally, the Photographs area contains dramatic scenes from the Gettysburg battlefield and environs. Finally, the site also has a diverse set of publications from the New England Loyal Publication Society in Boston, which was dedicated to bolstering public support for the Union. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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14. Education: Did the Hollywood Studios Help the Nazis?
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A controversial new book claims movie studios gave into the wishes of Hitler’s Germany. How true are its claims? This new book claims movie studios gave into the wishes of Hitler’s Germany. How true are its claims? And why is the subject still so raw? Tom Brook investigates. Harvard scholar Ben Urwand is a mild-mannered man in his mid-30s whose new book, “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler”, has provoked some strong criticism – and to be fair – some praise too. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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15. Education & History: Memories of a First World War Survivor
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The centenary of the Great War calls to mind a hero who cheated death but whose scars lasted a lifetime. The war might have ended 100 years ago. But for many people in Britain today, it is still far from over.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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16. Education: History of Whaling
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In October 1868, 6 year old Laura Jernegan from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage with her family and the ship's crew to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean. Her story lives on today via her fabulous journal which has been digitized and placed online here, courtesy of the Martha's Vineyard Museum. The site's interface includes a "Magic Lens," an innovative tool that allows readers to see typed text superimposed over Laura's handwriting by mousing over the section of interest. First-time visitors should click on Laura's Story to learn about her life story via photographs, journal entries and what happened to her after her return. The Map of Whaling is a great way to learn about Laura's journey, major ocean currents, migration patterns, and other major whaling routes. For folks with an interest in visual culture, the Artifacts area contains dozens of items that one would have found on a whaling ship, including a small water cask, serving mallets, waif flags, and several sextants. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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17. Education & Environment: The Problem of Illegal Ivory
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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service destroy six tons of illegal African elephant ivory next week that it has been stockpiling since the ’80s, officials said on Tuesday. “By destroying our domestic stocks of ivory, we send a very clear signal that these illegally traded products should not be perceived as items of value.”  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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18. Education & Films: What Makes a Jewish Film?
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Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, the Marx Brothers, the Coen Brothers, Judd Apatow: they are all household names in Hollywood – and they’re all Jewish. So what significance does the prevalence of Jewish artists have in film history? And what makes a movie ‘Jewish’ today?  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

Editor’s Note:  The Delamere Group is intensively involved in the film industry, especially Post Production and Digital Film. Visit our web sites that are now world wide leading sources of information, news, latest equipment available, employment openings, plus much more. Visit Post Production Buyers Guide and Digital Cinema Buyers Guide.

 

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19. Education: Victorian England
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What was life in Victorian England like? The British Library shares posters, pamphlets, diaries, political reports, and illustrations that tell about this seven-decade stretch of the 19th century. This illustrative tour through a fascinating stretch of British history is told via a wonderful set of essays by Liza Picard that explore topics like "The Working Classes and the Poor" and "The Rise of Technology and Industry." Each essay includes documents aplenty, along with descriptions of everything from the newly invented telephone to Friedrich Engels's take on factory conditions in 1844. The site is a wonderful introduction to this slice of British history and could be used in a range of educational settings. Visit this site.

Editor’s Note: An important section of this site is “Voices of the Holocaust” that consists of oral history testimonies gathered from Jewish men and women who came to live in Britain during or after WWII. These testimonies are personal, individual, true stories that describe the hardships of life during Hitler's reign. Further interviews with Jewish survivors of the Holocaust can be found at the “Sounds” webpage.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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20. Education: Wolfsonian Florida International University
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What South Florida cultural institution is eclectic and borders on the eccentric? The Wolfsonian answers its own question as it houses everything from Art Deco household objects to rare books. The institution was founded in 1986 to exhibit, document, and preserve the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.Collection of Decorative and Propaganda Arts. A decade later it became part of Florida International University. On their Collections page, visors can look through items organized into twelve themes, including Art Nouveau, Colonialism, and World's Fairs and Expeditions. One area that should not be missed is the collection of items related to the Works Progress Administration and the New Deal. Here, visitors can look over hundreds of prints, posters, and original pieces created during this most unique period in America's recent artistic past. Finally, visitors shouldn't neglect the opportunity to craft their own specialized search as they look through this fabulously diverse archive. Visit this site.



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21. Immigration & Travel: Is this a Fair Visa System?
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Top business executives from around the world will benefit from a new VIP visa service designed to make the process of coming to the UK easier.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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22. Real Estate: High Rise Buildings in UK
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Britain’s post-war buildings are often seen as eyesores. But is it finally time to look again and embrace these brutalist carbuncles? Chris Bond of the Yorkshire Post reports. Whenever you mention post-war British  architecture to people it’s often quickly followed by the words “concrete” and “monstrosity”. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Housing Needs for the poor.



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23. Real Estate: The Rot of the High Rise Luxury Apartments
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The 54-story Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg, South Africa is one of the country's most iconic skyscrapers. Once known as one of the poshest addresses in the country, the cylindrical tower has been in a state of disrepair and decay due to years of neglect.  But even with all the superlatives awarded to the iconic tower, Ponte City has suffered from years of neglect and disrepair, its imposing structure a symbol of urban decay.  To read the full report and to make your suggestion on what to do with such a monstrous relic, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Our readers will also like to read additional reports about this disgraceful and wasteful building. Architects Daily Report, plus The Web Urbanist, also the Mail & Guardian Newspaper.

 

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24. Travel: Visiting New Mexico in the USA
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One of our regular readers sent this report and web site from their visit to New Mexico, USA., and our editor felt it of value to our international readers.
“Cochití's newest attraction is Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, administered in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The national monument includes a national recreational trail. It is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation and plant identification. Both segments of the trail begin at the designated monument parking area. The Cave Loop Trail is 1.2 miles long, rated as easy. The more difficult Canyon Trail is a 1.5-mile, one-way trek into a narrow canyon with a steep (630-ft) climb to the mesa top for excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, and Sandia mountains and the Rio Grande Valley.”  Visit this site.

 

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Announcement: Sudden Death of Israeli Singer Arik Einstein
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News of iconic Israeli singer-songwriter Arik Einstein’s sudden death on November 26 at age 74 spread quickly throughout Israel and around the globe. Israelis and Jews the world over, including political leaders and famous artists, poured out their shock and grief, many saying that the iconic entertainer’s passing signaled the end of an era. Read the full story.

 

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Photo of the Month
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On this cold winter night in Iceland this photo shows the Aurora and unusual clouds over Iceland. Click here. To read more about Iceland, visit our web page on Iceland.

 

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This month's quote

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"You are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life's challenges: You get to find out that you're capable of being far more than you ever thought possible." ~ Karen Salmansohn.

 

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Free Capital (How 12 private investors made millions in the stock market) by Guy Thomas

Wouldn't life be better if you were free of the daily grind - the conventional job and boss - and instead succeeded or failed purely on the merits of your own investment choices? Free Capital is a window into this world. Based on a series of interviews, it outlines the investing strategies, wisdom and lifestyles of 12 highly successful private investors. Each of them has accumulated £1m or more - in most cases considerably more - mainly from stock market investment. Six are 'ISA millionaires' who have £1m or more in a tax-free ISA, a result which is arithmetically impossible without exceptional investment returns.  Visit the Delamere International Bookstore.

 

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