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Edition of 1 February 2014 # 252

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: South African Wine Industry
  2. Business & Immigration: Investing in Ireland?
  3. Business: Latvia to Join EU
  4. Business: Seven Most Corrupt Countries in the World
  5. Business: Starting a Small Business in South Africa
  6. Business: Sub-Sahara Africa Continues to Grow
  7. Business: Using Off-Shore Investing, Follow the Chinese
  8. Business & Education: Living on Welfare in Britain
  9. Education: Maps of the World Revealed
  10. Education: National Science Foundation
  11. Education: Official Records of the First World War
  12. Education & History: World War One
  13. Internet: Dangers of Using the Internet in 2014
  14. Travel:  Do You Need a Visa in Africa?
  15. Travel: Cape Town Top Destination in the World
  16. Travel: Places to Visit in 2014
  17. Travel: Experience The Golden Age Of Train Travel

 

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1. Business: South African Wine Industry
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The South African wine industry topped its previous export record, with volumes sold in 2013 reaching 525.7-million litres, a 26% increase on the previous high achieved in 2012.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (Creamer Media)

Editor’s Note:  We hope that our free samples are still being sent from our Cape Town office,  to our office in Los Angeles, as our staff are really enjoying this wonderful wine from South Africa.



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2. Business & Immigration: Investing in Ireland?
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For a long time, when Ireland was booming, it was the perfect face of light regulation and low taxes. Now, with Ireland tentatively emerging from its long slump, it is being cited as the great exemplar of the virtues of austerity.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor’s Note
:  We recently received enquiries from a reader regarding this subject, so if any of our reader’s who have first-hand knowledge on the Irish economy and the “advantage or disadvantage” of investing in Ireland, we would appreciate any feedback.  (Your comments will not be published without your permission) Visit our web page on Ireland. To read an accurate copy of the report about the Bank of Ireland (Anglo Irish Bank) and its collapse, click here.

 

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3. Business: Latvia to Join EU
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The former Soviet republic of Latvia began the new year 2014 by joining the Eurozone as its 18th member as people began swapping their old currency -- lats -- in exchange for euros. Fireworks exploded over Riga and church bells tolled in the new year as the tiny Baltic country joined the group of EU states.  For a full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to visit our web page on Latvia.

 

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4. Business: Seven Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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Corruption is often cited as one of the biggest problems in governments across the world. Though many would like to dismiss it as a third-world problem or as an issue associated with the mobsters and gangsters of yesteryear, corruption is alive and kicking in more countries than you might think.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  For a more comprehensive report from Transparency International, click here.



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5. Business: Starting a Small Business in South Africa
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This 12th edition of South Africa's bestselling guide to starting a business contains all the information you need to start, manage and sustain a small business in South Africa, now updated to incorporate the latest changes to SA legislation that affect small businesses. The book is divided into three parts that cover the key stages in starting a business: Planning, Getting started and Scaling up. The material is further divided into clear and manageable chapters, each dealing with a particular element of the process. The chapters offer: vital information, step-by-step guidelines, relevant SA case studies, advice and support, links to other resources, and information on women in business.  Read more about this excellent book.

 

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6. Business: Sub-Sahara Africa Continues to Grow
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With an economic growth of 6 per cent forecast for 2014, sub-Saharan Africa continues to defy the weak global economy. “The international financial crisis has scarcely affected the region,” is the conclusion reached in a new study by Commerzbank. On the one hand, this was due to the somewhat low dependency on exports, which amounted to just less than 20 per cent, to the ailing European countries. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Sub-Sahara Africa.


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7. Business: Using Off-Shore Investing, Follow the Chinese
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More than a dozen family members of China's top political and military leaders are making use of offshore companies based in the British Virgin Islands, leaked financial documents reveal. The brother-in-law of China's current president, Xi Jinping, as well as the son and son-in-law of former premier Wen Jiabao are among the political relations making use of the offshore havens, financial records show. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

Editor’s Note: Read our notes on Investing.

 

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8. Business & Education: Living on Welfare in Britain
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No scandal has been more successfully covered up than the appalling truth about what happens to Britain’s poorest people. We have, as a country, grown used to pretending they don’t exist; we shovel them off to edge-of-town housing estates and pay them to stay there in economic exile. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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9. Education: Maps of the World Revealed
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Maps show us more than the way from A to B – maps are important historical documents and some are stunning works of art. Some of history's most brilliant examples are examined here in incredible detail, revealing the role of the artist, their influences and the impact of their creations on the art world. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

Editor’s Note:  This is a brilliant site to review (takes about 20 minutes to view) and is highly recommended to all students of humanity, and especially to individuals who are interested in the background of the human race and their foibles (weaknesses) and their strengths.

 

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10. Education: National Science Foundation
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The Physics Discoveries section of the National Science Foundation (NSF) website brings together panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support. Indeed, it is quite a panoply and visitors will enjoy scrolling through the dozens of resources presented here. The projects profiled include new gene sequencing, celebrations of Marie Curie's birthday, space turbulence studies, and quantum computing. Each of these resources includes a press release, video coverage related to each project, and a set of additional websites. Visitors can also print out relevant materials and share these links via a range of social media tools. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014

 

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11. Education: Official Records of the First World War
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Britain is recruiting an army of amateur historians to sift through more than 1.5 million pages of diaries written by World War I army officers, published online for the first time 100 years after the conflict began.  Spanning the whole of the 1914-18 conflict, the diaries are the official record of the war by British army units - but deeply poignant testimony can be found among the battalions' day-to-day accounts of their movements. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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12. Education & History: World War One
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No war in history attracts more controversy and myth than World War One. For the soldiers who fought it was in some ways better than previous conflicts, and in some ways worse. By setting it apart as uniquely awful, we are blinding ourselves to the reality of not just WW1 but war in general. We are also in danger of belittling the experience of soldiers and civilians caught up in countless other appalling conflicts throughout history and the present day. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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13. Internet: Dangers of Using the Internet in 2014
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The Internet has lost its innocence. Cybermalfeasance, or bad stuff happening on the web, is now so pervasive that if businesses and individuals fail to integrate security measures into their lives and operations, they are bound to regret it. And 2013 has been a momentous year for the extent and ingenuity of those launching attacks on networks around the world. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (NYT)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page that reviews some of the available software that excels in maintaining security of your computer programs and prevents hacking of your files. Click here.


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14. Travel:  Do You Need a Visa in Africa?
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Traveling without a passport or visa, which is a right within the European Union, may soon be possible for around 135 million people in East Africa. Since January 1, 2014 Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have allowed their citizens to travel freely across the three countries. At border control stations, an identity card, whether for work, school or voting, is all that's required. Travelers no longer suffer high visa costs and nerve-wracking administrative processes. That's because Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are members of the East African Community (EAC). Their goal: more inter-African trade through a common market with unified immigration and custom laws. “We must deepen trade amongst each other," said Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, current EAC chair. "This way our private sectors will develop the strength, resilience and stature needed to take on the world." To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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15. Travel: Cape Town Top Destination in the World
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South Africa has welcomed the news that Cape Town has been ranked as the top holiday destination in the world by British newspaper The Guardian and the United States’ New York Times. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on South Africa.

 

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16. Travel: Places to Visit in 2014
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Our staff has unanimously agreed with this report that lists the best places to visit this coming year, it is accurate and we all approve.  Just go ahead and book? Click here.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our Travel web site for more details.

 

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17. Travel: Experience The Golden Age Of Train Travel
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Many people are familiar with the old-fashioned glamour that’s associated with train travel. Even traveling on today’s run-of-the-mill Amtrak trains in the USA gives one a sense of adventure and excitement. Over the last few years, movies and books have given new life to train travel and have made cross-country rail trips into a glamorous, exciting experience. For example, Wes Anderson’s film The Darjeeling Limited focuses almost entirely on a train trip through India taken by three brothers. Though the train they use isn’t exceedingly luxurious, their adventures will surely capture your attention. Some of the world’s trains are more luxurious than first class on an airplane.  Visit this site. ( Courtesy of VintageShopper.com )

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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Sometimes, after your eyes adapt to the dark, a spectacular sky appears. Such was the case some time ago when one of the best displays of recent years appeared over northern locations like the border between Norway and Russia. These beautiful auroras flow over snow covered landscapes, trees, clouds, mountains and lakes.  Enjoy this time lapse video clip. (Don't forget to turn on the sound)

 

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This month's quote

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"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." ~ Albert Einstein

 

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Book of the Month
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"An Introduction to Real Estate Finance" ~ by Edward Glickman

This book will serve as the core of knowledge for a single-semester first course in real estate finance. Unlike other real estate finance textbooks, with their encyclopedic but often stale details, it will combine a short traditional text with a living website. The book will give students and professors highly applied information, and its regularly updated online features will make it especially useful for this practitioner-oriented audience. This title offers a concise and efficient "finance centric" alternative to traditional real estate finance texts. Website gives readers the tools to discover current information about their own areas of specialization - a different approach than that of other real estate finance textbooks. It gives students and professors the material to examine every subject in both broad and highly detailed terms. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

 

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