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Edition of 1 December 2014 # 262

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Europe Facing Stagnation?
  2. Business: Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International
  3. Business: Future of Zimbabwe
  4. Business: Is South Africa Doomed to Failure?
  5. Business & Employment: Changing Jobs Pays Off
  6. Business & Education: Business Strategy for India
  7. Business & Internet: User Experience (UX) in Marketing
  8. Education & History: American Civil War Photographs
  9. Education: Conducting Research
  10. Education: Major Step Forward in Distance Learning Techniques
  11. Education & Music: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  12. Education & Music: Sibelius Violin Concerto
  13. Education: Native American Photographs
  14. Education: University of Sydney, Australia
  15. Education: Visit British Historic Picture House (Cinema)
  16. Education & History: Imperial War Museum (UK)
  17. Travel & Environment: Young Elephants Without Mothers
  18. Travel: San Francisco Airport AMEX Lounge

 

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1. Business: Europe Facing Stagnation?
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The euro area may be stuck in persistent stagnation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has said. Insufficient policy stimulus could be undermining potential growth, and risks deflation in the area, the market economy group said. Meanwhile, Japan will grow less than previously expected over the next two years, it said. The US and the UK are expected to grow more strongly in comparison, it added. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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2. Business: Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International
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Transparency International, the leading civil society organisation fighting corruption worldwide, will release its 20th annual Corruption Perceptions Index on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at 5 am Berlin time (4 am GMT). This year’s index ranks 175 countries/territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index draws on 12 surveys covering expert assessments and views of businesspeople. The Corruption Perceptions Index is the leading global indicator of public sector corruption, offering a yearly snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries from all over the globe. Visit this site.

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3. Business: Future of Zimbabwe
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Grace Mugabe is aggressively campaigning to take over when her husband dies. As President Robert Mugabe, the country’s 90-year-old autocrat, continues to pretend to govern, so his much younger second wife has usurped her elders and gained political position and public notoriety, presumably with the president’s approval. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

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4. Business: Is South Africa Doomed to Failure?
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Extract of a letter submitted to the press: “If anyone reading this column still had any lingering hopes that SA is not hurtling towards being a failed state, then I'm sure these hopes were finally dashed by what happened in Parliament on the evening of November 13 2014.”  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Moneyweb)

Editor’s Note:  Our staff does not necessarily agree or disagree with this opinion, but as a service to readers and investors in South Africa, we felt obliged to draw this respected opinion to our clients. Also in fairness, we refer our readers to a contradictory view to this article by journalist Ryk van Niekerk. Read more.

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5. Business & Employment: Changing Jobs Pays Off
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Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Forbes)

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

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6. Business & Education: Business Strategy for India
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Brought to you by the World Bank's Country Partnership Strategy for India, this beautifully designed and informative website provides interactive data on three areas of engagement (Inclusion, Transformation, and Integration) and their intricately complex systems of outcomes and indicators. Students and business people engaged in the study of contemporary India, development studies, or economics will find much on this site about the World Bank's projects, activities, and offered solutions for development efforts in India. Whether readers agree with the approaches outlined here or are more skeptical, there is much to appreciate in the dynamic nature and elegant design of the website. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014

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7. Business & Internet: User Experience (UX) in Marketing
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This week’s big mobile search news – that Google is adding mobile-friendly site labels in mobile SERPs – highlights the rising importance of user experience in search marketing. But this crossover goes beyond mobile search. It’s happening everywhere. Agencies and in-house teams are beginning to realize that the overlap between digital marketing and user experience is significant. Both marketers and UX professionals provide valuable insights into user behavior before a site is developed. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: Visit our site related to User (UX) Experience.

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8. Education & History: American Civil War Photographs
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The American Civil War, a conflict that claimed approximately 620,000 American lives (more than the American casualties of WWI and WWII combined), was the first of the world's wars to be widely photographed. Most of those pictures were taken by just two men: Alexander Gardner and George N. Barnard. Gardner, a Scottish immigrant born in 1821, shot battlefield scenes, as well as iconic images of Abraham Lincoln. Barnard, who was born in Connecticut, died from a Union bullet while documenting Sherman's campaign. Dozens of images from both of these quintessentially American artists are now available online through Duke University's Digital Collections. The collection is easily searchable and selecting any of the photographs listed in the Contents section of the homepage will open up descriptive titles and Full Catalog Records for each one. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014

 

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9. Education: Conducting Research
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Good research and good writing go hand in hand. This site from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) introduces business personnel and students to the principles of conducting good research. The clear and helpful information on the site is divided into six digestible categories: Research Overview, Conducting Primary Research, Evaluating Sources of Information, Searching the World Wide Web, Internet References, and Archival Research. Within each of these categories are numerous informative subcategories, such as Research Ethics and Searching with a Search Engine. This last area is a great tool for business personnel and students learning how to conduct better searches, including information on Boolean operators. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014

 

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10. Education: Major Step Forward in Distance Learning Techniques
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Since 1976, Ultimatte has proven itself a leader in green screen compositing technology designed for television and motion picture applications. Ten years ago, Ultimatte began to develop a similar technology without the green screen for corporate, presentation and educational applications. SightDeck’s goal was simple: deliver green screen-inspired technology to the corporate world, assisting in distance learning, sales pitches and related applications. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (ProAv News)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Distance Learning.

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11. Education & Music: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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Founded in 1911 in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, the San Francisco Symphony has flourished for over one hundred years, winning eleven Grammy Awards and performing around the globe. Now, with the symphony's freely available podcasts, listeners can engage with this epic institution's culture and creativity from the comfort of their homes. The seven chapters of Talking About American Orchestras is a great place to start. Listeners can learn about the Historic Context of the American Orchestra, Orchestral Creativity, On the Stage, and others. Next, From the Archives provides the chance to meet the orchestra in the context of each conductor who has taken the podium. Especially exciting for classical music lovers is the section SF Symphony Concerts Streaming on KDFC.org, where full performances of some of the world's greatest soloists are featured. Visit this site and enjoy the music.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014

 

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12. Education & Music: Sibelius Violin Concerto
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One of our readers had the privilege of recently attending a concert where the brilliant violinist Sarah Chang was playing Sibelius, and as a special holiday treat we pass onto our readers the opportunity to listen to this famous piece, Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, played by Sarah Chang.  Visit this link by YouTube.

Editor’s Note: As an encore, listen to this favourite piece of music from the opera Thais by French composer Jules Massenet, Meditation de Thais by Sarah Chang, specially selected by our Senior Partner, and dedicated to the memory of our loyal friend (Mans Best Friend), Winston (see photo).

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13. Education: Native American Photographs
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The Burke Library & Archives at Columbia University in New York City put together this digitized collection of images in 2012. Selected from the papers of missionary G. E. E. Lindquist (1886-1967), the digital collection includes "1,322 photographs, 124 postcards, 388 negatives, and 34 glass plate negatives/lantern slides" dating from 1909 to 1953. One interesting feature of the collection is Explore Faces. Software was used to recognize the faces in the digitized images, extract, and collage them. The result is 84 pages of browsable faces, any of which can be clicked on to see the full image. The images in the collection are fully cataloged, which means that it is also possible to select from lists of names, topics, and places drawn from the individual image descriptions. In addition, the website is mobile-friendly. Visit this site.

 

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14. Education: University of Sydney, Australia
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The University of Sydney in Australia recently unveiled the X-Lab, a 40x20 meter space that houses up to eight classes using advanced live lecture streaming. Using a multipoint distribution strategy based on a Dante network from Audinate, the IP-based architecture efficiently streams lecture audio to ensure as many as 240 students receive a targeted, immersive, engaging and uninterrupted educational experience. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (ProAv News)

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


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15. Education: Visit British Historic Picture House (Cinema)
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A century of cinema has kept West Yorkshire, UK, informed and entertained at a historic picture house like no other. Hyde Park Picture House, in Brudenell Road, Leeds, has been a constant presence in the city since November 7 1914 and to celebrate its centenary a special evening of live music from the After Hours Rauchestra swing band, period screenings and newsreel showings has been organised to transport cinema goers back 100 years. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Digital Cinema News)


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16. Education & History: Imperial War Museum (UK)
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The collections at the Imperial War Museum cover Britain's engagements in armed conflict during the 20th and 21st centuries in sympathetic and fascinating detail. The aim is to "record the toil and sacrifice of every individual affected by war," utilizing film, oral history, art, large objects, and personal letters and diaries. Perhaps the best way to explore this site, is by using the Collections Search feature. Here, readers can browse through the over 600,000 items housed in the museum's collections. Items range from weapons and ammunition to propaganda posters to soldiers' shoes and are accompanied by detailed descriptions and full catalog records. This is a wonderful site for exploring the largely forgotten experiences of soldiers across the British Empire during World War One and World War Two. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014

 

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17. Travel & Environment: Young Elephants Without Mothers
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Ivory poaching has left many young elephants without mothers. These youngsters must find a way to rebuild their lives. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)


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18. Travel: San Francisco Airport AMEX Lounge
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The new American Express Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3 opened on Thursday, November 6. It joins three other Centurion lounges at New York LaGuardia, Dallas Ft Worth and Las Vegas McCarran airports, with more to come.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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Photos of the Month
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1. At the request of many of our readers we have linked to this photo of the month, provided with the courtesy of Florian’s Photographs. Click here.

2. Voyager Through Space (Video Clip of approx. 3 min.) - Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Visit this site.

 

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This month's quote

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"In the end, just three things matter: how well we have lived; how well we have loved; how well we have learned to let go." ~ unknown

 

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Book of the Month
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The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators(SCBWI) - This is the only international professional organization for children's writers and illustrators. Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers, the SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over. Visit this inspiring site.

Editor’s Note:  Being December and including the season of giving, and a time especially important to our children and grandchildren, we thought this site would bring joy and inspiration to our many readers throughout the world, to whom we wish Season’s Greetings. Our recommended book of the month is A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Lewis Stevenson, a beautiful gift for any child or adult. Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to waiting for the lamplighter, to sailing off to foreign lands in his imagination.

 

 

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