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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 February 2005 #144


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IN THIS ISSUE


1. Business: Diamond output by Russia increases
2. Business: Employment available in Cape Town
3. Business: Has gold lost its shine?
4. Business: Investing in Antiques
5. Business: Jobs becoming more difficult to find in the USA
6. Business: The latest on Western Cape Wines
7. Education: Online Learning
8. Education: Sudan going to the dogs
9. Immigration: Bogus Student Visas
10. Immigration: Illegal immigrants speak out
11. Real Estate: Property prices in South Africa still booming
12. Travel: Airlines Battle over Kenya Traffic
13. Travel: Recent visit to China

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1. Business: Diamond output by Russia increases
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Gaborone - Botswana, the world's leading diamond producer and exporter of rough diamonds in dollar terms, faces a challenge this year from Russia's state-controlled Alrosa, which has set a target of $2.8-billion in diamond sales. Alrosa, which extracts nearly a quarter of the world's diamonds, said the 2005 target would include $2.2-billion in rough diamonds, Belgium's Diamond High Council's (HRD) magazine, Antwerp Facets reported on Tuesday.

To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our web page on Investing in Gold and Diamonds.


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2. Business: Employment available in Cape Town
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The Cape's call centre industry is making a highly promising start to the New Year, with many local companies seeking extra staff.

The government has high hopes that the call centre industry will greatly boost employment. It talks about creating 100 000 new jobs this way and has made a special effort to attract foreign companies to use South African facilities. It is planning to spend R200-million over the next three years in helping the industry to grow.

To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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3. Business: Has gold lost its shine?
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We have received several e-mails from our readers requesting reasons why gold bullion and gold shares have dropped in recent weeks. A $39/oz fall in the gold price since the beginning of December may presage an end to the yellow metal's amazing run as investors crave the greenback once more.

Please read this article from our reporter in South Africa. Go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: Investing in Antiques
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What do a 1940 Olympic poster, a signed Oscar Wilde book, and a Moravian ceramic flask have in common? Well, they've all recently been appraised on the rather popular PBS program, Antiques Roadshow.

If one can't watch the show itself, this website is a nice surrogate, offering additional information about antiquing, including a glossary of terms, a virtual roadshow tour, and some helpful tips. Seasoned veterans may want to skip ahead to the appraisers section, where they may learn about the appraisers featured on each program, organized by specialty.

Visitors can also get inside each of the stories featured on the program by visiting the "Follow the Stories" area where they can select an area of interest (such as decorative arts or folklore) or by browsing through a list of cities the Roadshow has visited in the past.

Finally, visitors who can't make it to a taping of the show should feel free to submit their own antique story online here.

Visit the web site of Antiques Roadshow.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004

Editor's Note: Visit our pages on Investing in Antiques.



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5. Business: Jobs becoming more difficult to find in the USA
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Washington - United States employers slashed over one million jobs in 2004 for the fourth straight year, the consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas said on Wednesday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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6. Business: The latest on Western Cape Wines
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Cape Town - The drought in the Western Cape had led to wine-producing regions like the Swartland and other semi-arid areas "taking a beating" at the start of the harvest season, industry commentators said yesterday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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7. Education: Online Learning
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Increasing the use of educational technology could bring about a golden age in American education, according to an Education Department report released today.

The report recommends that states, districts and schools give every student access to online learning and, if necessary, reallocate funds so that more money is available for educational technology. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: The Delamere Group operates one of the most successful online learning sources available to all international students. Visit our site

 

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8. Education: Sudan going to the dogs
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The British aid charity Save the Children is pulling all 350 of its staff out of the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan after the killing of four staff members in the past two months. Read the full report; go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: See our page about Save the Children Fund.


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9. Immigration: Bogus Student Visas
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London - Thousands of bogus foreign students - including South Africans - are staying in Britain by extending their visas as part of a major immigration scam. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our Immigration page for the legal steps to take.


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10. Immigration: Illegal immigrants speak out
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An organization that calls itself "Save America" is causing great concern among members of Utah's Hispanic community. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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11. Real Estate: Property prices in South Africa still booming
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Cape Town - House prices last year grew by a whopping 32.1 percent, the best performance since the gold boom days of the early 1980s, this is better than the stock market, holding bank deposits. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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12. Travel: Airlines Battle over Kenya Traffic
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This is the first of a two-part analysis of the East African aviation industry, especially as Kenya Airways and East African Airlines battle for passengers between Entebbe and Nairobi.

According to the author, a travel industry expert, East African Airways is having a tough time competing against KQ and staying afloat. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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13. Travel: Recent visit to China
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One of our associates visited China and recalls her impressions of Beijing and Shanghai. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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This month's quote
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"If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done."
-- Dale Carnagie, Scottish-born American industrialist, philanthropist, educator

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