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Edition of 1 January 2007 #167


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: China to be a second global commodity market
2. Business: USA Companies in South Africa
3. Education: Bill Gates Receives Honorary Degree from Stellenbosch University, South Africa
4. Education: Lovers of Cartoon Art
5. Education: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
6. Education: International Council of African Museums
7. Immigration: 100 million immigration documents go online
8. Immigration: Many British People Living Overseas
9. Immigration: The Real Problem with Illegal Immigrants
10. Immigration: UK to demand biometric data from foreign visitors
11. Real Estate: UK Mortgage Repossessions will be 80% higher in 2006
12. Real Estate: Property in Spain
13. Travel: The Road to Umoja in Kenya

 

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1. Business: China to be a second global commodity market
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Johannesburg: China might create a second global commodity market in the next 15 to 20 years in order to exercise more control over commodity prices that are currently being determined in Paris, New York and London. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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2. Business: USA Companies in South Africa
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Johannesburg - US companies are strongly committed to South Africa and their level of confidence in the country is growing, a membership survey by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in South Africa shows. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Education: Bill Gates Receives Honorary Degree from Stellenbosch University, South Africa
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For his remarkable pioneering work as a leader in the digital era through which he made the digital world more accessible for ordinary people, and for the selfless use of his fortune to help provide people in poorer countries with education and health care, the Degree DPhil, honoris causa, was awarded to William Henry Gates. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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4. Education: Lovers of Cartoon Art
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For decades, James Arthur Wood Jr. collected original cartoon art, and he also was an editorial cartoonist as well during his long career. After amassing a large collection of original drawings by various cartoon artists, he kindly donated his collection to the Library of Congress. Recently, staff members at the Library created this very nice online collection that contains a selection of these materials. The exhibition is divided into six sections, including Imaginary Worlds: Illustration and Punch Lines: Gag & Single Panel Cartoons. Each one of these sections contains a dozen or so illustrations, complete with an explanatory paragraph and bibliographic information. Some of the many gems include a very humorous illustration by Peter Arno depicting a group of middle-aged socialites and a very fine gem by Bill Maudlin depicting Nikita Kruschhev berating a group of artists. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006


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5. Education: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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While many writers have to wait decades, if not centuries, after their death to receive critical or commercial success, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was lucky to achieve both during his lifetime. Born in Portland, Maine in 1807, he was a figure of national prominence by the 1850s, and a much-beloved professor at Harvard. Recently, the Maine Historical Society created this fine tribute to the man and his work. The site is divided into seven primary sections which include an extended biographical essay about his life and work, information about his family and his homes in Portland and Cambridge.

Of course, any site about Longfellow would be incomplete without a generous selection of his poems, and this site has that particular detail well covered. In the Longfellow poems database, visitors can view a sortable list of his works, which can be arranged by poem title, first line, and publication date. Visit this site.

 

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6. Education: International Council of African Museums
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For years, many museology experts knew about the vast cultural resources held within museums throughout Africa, but getting specific information about each one was difficult. In 2000, the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) was created, and since then, the organization's outreach has included the creation of this website which provides information for both museum professionals and the general public.

First-time visitors will want to look over the "Heritage News" area which will give them a sense of the scope of AFRICOM's primary activities. From there, visitors can also view past issues of AFRICOM's newsletter and view a list of helpful external links. Finally, both the itinerant traveler and the seasoned museum scholar will appreciate the "Museums in Africa" section, which provides ample material on the various museums located throughout the continent. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006

 

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7. Immigration: 100 million immigration documents go online
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More than 41 million people immigrated to America during the 140-year period, most of them during the 50 years between 1880 and 1930. Ancestry.com estimates that approximately 85 percent of the current U.S. population has at least one relative in the database.

Second-class passenger Archibald Alec Leach was among more than 2,000 people who arrived at Ellis Island on July 28, 1920, aboard the S.S. Olympic, one of the largest ocean liners of its day. The 16-year-old Englishman listed his occupation as 'artist' and his U.S. destination as the Globe Theatre in New York. He told immigration authorities that he intended to remain in the United States 'indefinitely.' That's how Cary Grant came to America. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note:
Visit our genealogy page, go to this link.

 

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8. Immigration: Many British People Living Overseas
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Almost one in 10 British citizens is living overseas, according to a study of people coming in and out of the UK. Studies by the Institute for Public Policy Research, published on the BBC News website, indicate that at least 5.5m British-born people live abroad. Figures suggest the rate of departure has been so great that population falls are only masked by immigration. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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9. Immigration: The Real Problem with Illegal Immigrants
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Who doesn't suffer from illegal immigration? The meat-processing companies that employ so many illegal immigrants have been enjoying a nearly 50-percent discount on what was the going rate. In 1980, the average meat-processing job paid $19 an hour. The companies then moved their plants to rural areas, far from the Midwest cities and their unions. The industry's wages now average about $9 an hour. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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10. Immigration: UK to demand biometric data from foreign visitors
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Thousands of South Africans and other foreigners in Britain may be affected by plans to force non-European foreign nationals to register identity details such as fingerprints from 2008. Foreign nationals will have to apply for cards storing biometric identity data when applying for visas. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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11. Real Estate: UK Mortgage Repossessions will be 80% higher in 2006
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Recent rises in interest rates will push up the number of mortgages in arrears of more than three months during 2007/8. They will rise from 105,000 at the end of 2006 to 130,000 at the end of 2007. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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12. Real Estate: Property in Spain
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Many of our clients have enquired about the opportunities of buying property at realistic prices in Spain, for private use or investment. As a result we have set up the Delamere International Spanish Property Portfolio - The Delamere Group works in partnership with a long established property agent in Southern Spain to bring you the best choice of properties to match all budgets and requirements. To view our current portfolio, go to this link.

 

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13. Travel: The Road to Umoja in Kenya
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It must have seemed like a good idea at the time - go to Kenya to make a documentary about the country's only all-woman village, but Mancunian film maker Rachael Turner has found the reality of Africa to be a world away from what she expected. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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This month's quote
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"One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity." ~ Andrew Carnegie

 

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