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The Delamere-International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 January 2005 #143


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Aid for Kenya
2. Business: Good news for our farm in Zimbabwe
3. Business: Electronic online payments exceeded paper cheques in the US
4. Business: Did you enjoy some good wine this holiday?
5. Education: Christmas in a Nairobi Slum
6. Education: London Transport Museum
7. Education: New Training Academy in Cape Town
8. Education: For Literary Garden Lovers
9. Immigration: Private Hotline to help enquiries
10.Travel: Sad loss of Simon Combes in Kenya


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1. Business: Aid for Kenya
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Nairobi - The European Union (EU) said on Saturday it had approved a grant of €120m to support Kenya's budget in the next three years on condition the government adopts acceptable economic recovery programmes.

The EU delegation in Kenya said in a statement that the decision to approve the grant was made by European Development Fund Committee in Brussels on Thursday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Good news for our farm in Zimbabwe
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South Africa and Zimbabwe are on the verge of signing an agreement to protect the rights of South African landowners in Zimbabwe, a top official said today. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Electronic online payments exceeded paper cheques in USA
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Washington - Electronic payments in the United States exceeded paper cheques for the first time in 2003, a Federal Reserve study showed on Monday. The number of electronic payment transactions totaled 44.5 billion in 2003, while the number of cheques paid totaled 36.7 billion. Read the full report; go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: Did you enjoy some good wine this holiday?
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It's history in the glass when it comes to wines from South Africa. Talk about old vines. The hillside vineyards at the Bradgate range in the Western Cape of South Africa date to 1889. That's when 17-year-old Englishman Alfred Jordan sailed from his home near the ruins of Bradgate in Leicester, England, to the unknown and inviting land of South Africa.

Jordan sought adventure and found it in the land. He named his find after his home place and started making wine. That tradition continues today as great grandson Gary and his wife, Kathy, use their UC Davis mentoring to make state of the art wine in their Stellenbosch cellars. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Education: Christmas in a Nairobi Slum
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Nairobi - Life is anything but easy in Nairobi's sprawling Kibera slum, which has been labeled one of the biggest and worst on the African continent, with HIV/Aids and unemployment hitting dwellers hard and indiscriminately.


But when walking through the muddy, slippery dirt tracks of the slum a little before Christmas, hardly anyone encountered mentions the lack of money, work or the toll of Aids on them, instead many talk about God. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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6. Education: London Transport Museum
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Located in colorful Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum is one of the world's best-known facilities dedicated to exploring the many nooks and crannies of this capital city's transport heritage.

Fortunately for those who can't make it across the pond to Britain, the museum's website affords online visitors a small glimpse into the many items of interest featured in its exhibits and archives. To get some sense of the museum and its surroundings, visitors will want to view the Panoramas area, where they may view some of the galleries and a view of the exterior.

The online exhibit area provides a small sampling of the museum's holdings, include one that explores the role of London's public transportation on the silver screen and a selection of the many lovely posters created for the transport system between 1909 and 1994. Finally, there is a nice selection of excerpts from promotional films produced by British Transport over the years, including a fascinating clip titled "A Trip on the Metropolitan Railway" from 1910. Of course, for those who will be visiting the museum in person, there is ample material on the museums' hours of operation and other germane details. Visit this site.

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7. Education: New Training Academy in Cape Town
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More than 100 school leavers who face a future without prospects of either further education or formal employment stand to benefit each year from a new entrepreneurial training academy that will be launched at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) next year.


The Academy is the brainchild of Raymond Ackerman - one of South Africa's best-known entrepreneurs - who has personally donated the funds to start and keep the institution and its training programmes running in perpetuity. Mr. Ackerman used to provide bursaries for students who attended the Cape Town Academy (now closed) To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: visit the site of Delamere Institute of Online Learning, which is a supporter of the new Academy in Cape Town.


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8. Education: For Literary Garden Lovers
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Writers have often used gardens as powerful tropes to convey a wide range of ideas and complex thoughts, whether they be used as idealized settings for human interaction or as broader microcosms of the experiences of species interaction.

This intriguing online website from the British Library allows users to see "how gardens have inspired authors and how authors in their turn have shaped notions of the garden." This overarching theme draws on the work of novelists, essayists, scientists, and numerous others, and affords visitors the ability to view six illustrated themes (such as "Where is Paradise?"), enter competitions, and send e-cards. One rather astonishing feature allows visitors to turn the pages of Elizabeth Blackwell's famed "A Curious Herbal", which was published in London around 1731. This particular copy was once the property of King George III, which gives the visitor a certain sense of having a rare opportunity to view the pages as perhaps he would have done so himself. Visit this site.


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


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9. Immigration: Private Hotline to help enquiries
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In view of the miserable failure of the INS to help genuine enquires from immigrants from Yemen to the Congo to the Dominican Republic, enquiries flooded the Citizenship Now Hotline yesterday, seeking advice on how to become U.S. citizens.

Sponsored by the Daily News and the City University of New York, the five-day call-in service offers free counsel from a rotating team of more than 100 immigration experts.

Delamere Immigration Services are in full support of this service. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit the pages of Delamere Immigration Services.


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10. Travel: Sad loss of Simon Combes in Kenya
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Simon Combes a British wildlife artist who made a career of depicting Africa's fauna has been gored to death by a buffalo in Kenya, Simon Combes, 64, was out on an evening walk in a reserve of the Great Rift Valley with his wife Kat and their friend, cheetah expert Mary Wykstra, when attacked. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. Or read the London Times Online

Editor's Note: Visit our pages on African Tours.


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This month's quote
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"In my belief, you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing." ~ Sir Winston Churchill, British statesman, prime minister, author.

 

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