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Edition of 1 February 2010 #204

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Is USA Still the Land of Opportunity?
2. Business & Education: Food Rationing in Britain
3. Business & Education: King of Nigeria
4. Business & Real Estate: Drop in Homeowners Planning to Emigrate
5. Business: South African Wines
6. Business: US Provides Massive Weapon Deal for Taiwan
7. Business & Education: The World Bank
8. Education: New Mexico History Museum
9. Education & Business: More Fraud in Kenya
10. Education: Cambrian Life in Utah, USA
11. Immigration: New Zealand or Australia?
12. Immigration: Sham Marriages on the Increase
13. Immigration: Strict Control Over Students Entering England
14. Travel: Air New Zealand


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1. Business: Is USA Still the Land of Opportunity?
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About 6 million Americans receiving food stamps report they have no other income, according to an analysis of state data collected by The New York Times. In declarations that states verify and the federal government audits, they described themselves as unemployed and receiving no cash aid - no welfare, no unemployment insurance, and no pensions, child support or disability pay. Their numbers were rising before the recession as tougher welfare laws made it harder for poor people to get cash aid, but they have soared by about 50 percent over the past two years. About one in 50 Americans now lives in a household with a reported income that consists of nothing but a food-stamp card. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business & Education: Food Rationing in Britain
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70 years ago this week it was announced that food was to be controlled in the UK for the good of the war effort. Historian Terry Charman explains how it went down with the public. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Our Senior Editor celebrated his 70th birthday last month and well remembers the issue of forming queues for food and "goodies" that were in short supply. Also not mentioned in the news report is the blatant "black market" that was also implemented by local entrepreneurs and the "blind eye" shown by officials of the British Government.

 

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3. Business & Education: King of Nigeria
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A businessman from Derbyshire, England, has been crowned king of a Nigerian province. Christopher Ejiofor fled to Littleover from Nigeria as a war refugee nearly 40 years ago. The 63-year-old built up a successful aircraft maintenance firm and sent thousands of pounds back to Ezeagu, in Enugu state, where he was born. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business & Real Estate: Drop in Homeowners Planning to Emigrate
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One of the most positive aspects of the South African property market right now is the decline in the number of homeowners planning to emigrate. This phenomenon, identified in research by FNB, arguably accounts to some extent for the current upturn in the fortunes of the market says Colleen Gray, MD of CENTURY 21 South Africa, in that there are fewer desperate sellers. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: South African Wines
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South Africa's wine industry expects increased global sales in 2010, although a strong and volatile Rand currency threatens its long-term prospects, a senior official said on Wednesday. The sector expects the 2010 soccer World Cup, which kicks off in South Africa on June 11, 2010, to boost sales. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business: US Provides Massive Weapon Deal for Taiwan
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The Pentagon has notified Congress of a proposed arms sale to Taiwan, worth $6bn (£3.7bn). The weapons, including helicopters and anti-missile defenses, are part of a package first pledged by the US Government. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Business & Education: The World Bank
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From logistics to international development, the World Bank's News & Broadcast website is worth bookmarking, particularly for public policy types, international affairs scholars, and anyone with a penchant for global matters. The homepage presents a "Latest News" area, complete with icons which indicate whether there is video or audio associated with each item.

Not only is it a good way to learn about the World Bank's activities, it is another way to stay on top of economic development strategies, political unrest, and foreign investment patterns. Visitors to the site can search all of the media available here, look over the World Bank's YouTube channel, and sign up for their RSS feed. Those persons looking for specific types of information can move over to the left-hand side of the page where they will find a dozen categories, including "Speeches", "Commentaries", and "Issue Briefs". Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010

 

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8. Education: New Mexico History Museum
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With such an elegant title as Palace of the Governors, visitors will surely be impressed by this website from the New Mexico History Museum. The digital archives available on this site range from photographs to maps to documents and beyond. The About section on the homepage explains in great detail the holdings of the Collection, which covers 1850 to the present and "focuses on the history and people of New Mexico and the expansion of the West; anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology of Hispanic and Native American cultures; [and] Europe, Latin America, the Far East, Oceana, and the Middle East." Visitors should click on the link "Browse Chavez Library Maps" to see the 39 digitized maps that include those of 19th century Mexico and the Southwest. The "Browse Chavez Library Graphics" link will take visitors to over 300 images of drawings, many in color, of life as it was seen in the Southwest by European explorers. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010

 

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9. Education & Business: More Fraud to Report in Kenya
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The US has suspended $7m of funding for free primary schools in Kenya until fraud allegations are investigated, the US ambassador in Nairobi has said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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10. Education: Cambrian Life in Utah, USA
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What was going on in Utah 500 million years ago? Quite a bit, and this website provides an excellent overview of the diverse Cambrian life that flourished in an ancient sea that covered what is now the Beehive State.

Interestingly enough, the website was created by the division of invertebrate paleontology at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, and it includes images of a wide array of fossilized materials from this period of geological history. On the left-hand side of the page, visitors will find four primary sections, including "Localities and Geology" and "Online Fossil Exhibits and Collections". The "Localities and Geology" area is a good place to start as it gives an overview (complete with aerial photographs and maps) of the Cambrian period in Utah. The "Online Fossil Exhibits and Collections" area features fossil representative images from groups like mollusks, algae, jellyfish, and lobopods. Visit this site.

 

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11. Immigration: New Zealand or Australia?
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A business migrant says his decision to apply for New Zealand permanent residency was purely a "business decision". The 53-year-old businessman from China, who now lives and runs a trading business in Wuhan, said he was deciding between applying for either New Zealand or Australia residency in 2002, but chose New Zealand because it offered indefinite residency and a "better return of investment". To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Immigration: Sham Marriages in Europe on the Increase
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The Irish Government has told its European partners that EU residency laws need to be reviewed to combat the growing number of "sham marriages" between EU citizens and third country nationals. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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13. Immigration: Strict Control Over Students Entering England
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An overhaul of the system was demanded after The Sunday Telegraph undercover reporters discovered last month the ease with which bogus students were obtaining British visas because of loopholes in the system. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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14. Travel: Air New Zealand
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Air New Zealand announced Tuesday that it is putting lie-down seats in economy class - but there's a snag. Two adults will have to buy three seats to get them. The third seat in what the airline called its revolutionary "Skycoach" design will cost half the price of the standard fare charged for the other two seats. The state-owned airline said the seating, to be introduced when it takes delivery of its first new Boeing 777-300 ER plane in November would transform international air travel and set a benchmark for competitors to follow. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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Book of the Month
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101 Extraordinary Investments: Curious, Unusual and Bizarre Ways to Make Money (A handbook for the adventurous collector) by Toby Walne

This book is a fascinating exploration of curious and unusual ways to make money. Inspired by the great adventurers of the Victorian era, who hunted for everything from orchids to shrunken heads, this book keeps the spirit alive with its own modern twist on collectables.