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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 January 2009 #191

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Bribing Government Officials in Africa
2. Business: Danger of Investing in Ponzi Schemes
3. Business: Demand for Steel Drops Sharply
4. Business: White Farmers Confront Mugabe in a Legal Battle
5. Education & Travel: North American Indians
6. Education: British National Archives: The Cabinet Papers, 1915-1977
7. Education & Real Estate: Empire State Building New York
8. Education: State of World Population
9. Immigration: Controversy of Open Immigration to the UK
10. Travel & Business: Airline Safety

 

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1. Business: Bribing Government Officials in Africa
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CAPE TOWN: Public servants were constantly being "showered" with gifts, but there was no clear legislative regime to control the practice, a Public Service Commission survey has found. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Danger of Investing in Ponzi Schemes
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Many of our readers are always keen to obtain the latest information on profitable investments, and as a service to our many readers we felt that reading this article from the New York Times will provide enough information on the dangers of believing and trusting in wild claims of exaggerated profits from investment schemes. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Plus you can read the best 10 tips and warnings against Ponzi schemes provided by the San Francisco Chronicle. Go to this link.


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3. Business: Demand for Steel Drops Sharply
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Global steel producers have reduced output by 19% in November, when compared with a year earlier, the World Steel Association said on Thursday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: White Farmers Confront Mugabe in a Legal Battle
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Zimbabwe's handling of the land issue has had disastrous consequences. Since 2000 Mr. Mugabe began encouraging the violent invasion of the country's large, white-owned commercial farms. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Education & Travel: North American Indians
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Now over half a century since his death, Edward S. Curtis's photographs of Native Americans remain tremendously popular, and in some quarters, quite controversial. One of his most notable projects was his limited edition volume, "The North American Indian".

Produced with the financial assistance of J.P. Morgan, this limited edition publication contained over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative descriptions. Curtis's intent was to document "the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners."

The American Memory Project at the Library of Congress has done a tremendous job of digitizing this massive volume, and they have placed it online here for the general public. Visitors can search the volume by keyword, or browse its contents by subject, American Indian tribe, or geographic location. The site is rounded out by a special essay presentation titled "Edward S. Curtis in Context" which gives visitors a nice profile of Curtis, his legacy, and his contributions to ethnography. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 

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6. Education: British National Archives: The Cabinet Papers, 1915-1977
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Peering into the world of any nation's government can be quite revealing, and this look into the British government is quite a generous one. Created by the National Archives in Britain, this site affords interested parties comprehensive access to Cabinet papers from 1915-1977.

Visitors can browse through these papers by themes that include "Diplomacy and foreign relations", "Finance and the economy", and "Total war". Those visitors who might be unfamiliar with the operations of the British government may wish to first stop by the "Cabinet and Government" area. Here they can browse over a "Who's who" section, learn the nuts and bolts of the Cabinet government, and read a selection of previously classified documents that deal with both World Wars. One resource here that shouldn't be missed is the "Maps in Time" area. Here visitors can take a look at relevant resources organized geographically on a series of maps that extend throughout the 20th century. It's a great way to visualize the activities of the British government both spatially and temporally. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 


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7. Education & Real Estate: Empire State Building New York
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The Delamere Group was recently considering looking for additional office space in New York for our expanding marcom business, Delamere Marketing, and our search took us to this popular and well known office complex.

Out of the myriad and random tenants that fill the Empire State Building in New York, there is one that seems both perfectly situated, yet jarringly out of place. It is the Kings College, an evangelical Christian school that is all but hidden in plain sight, occupying three of the building's floors. Read this intriguing report; go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our website at Delamere Education. Also our site for Online Learning

 

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8. Education: State of World Population
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In November 2008, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) put out its State of World Population book, along with a Youth Supplement, and both are available in their entirety on the UNFPA website. The book is entitled "Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights" and the Youth Supplement is entitled "Generation of Change: Young People and Culture".

This website offers so much worthwhile information to the visitor, in part because the entire 108 pages can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking on "Download PDF" under Resources on the left side of the page. The information in each of the nine chapters is eminently readable; extremely heart wrenching, and definitely eye-opening. However, the book does offer hope, as it includes the considerable successes by the UNFPA, which were achieved by being culturally sensitive to the traditions and beliefs of the groups with which they were working.

To read the stories from the Youth Supplement, scroll down slightly and choose, from on the left, one of the young people's stories, such as "Grita", "Tsehay", or "Seif". Child marriage, females playing in male sports, becoming a Vietnamese hip-hop sensation, youth in politics, are all examples of topics found among these youth's stories. Visitors should not miss checking out the Photo Gallery, which can be accessed by scrolling down to the middle of the page, and clicking "View," located on the left side of the page. The line "there is laughter every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta," from a Jack Gilbert poem comes to mind upon seeing these photographs. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 


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9. Immigration: Controversy of Open Immigration to the UK
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Eastern European immigration into the UK is creating a cocktail of slum housing, school bullying, abuse of the NHS, anti-social behaviour and a "constant undercurrent of hostility", a detailed investigation has found. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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10. Travel & Business: Airline Safety
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Up to 20 airlines globally could lose their International Air Transport Association (IATA) membership in March next year if they do not register with the organisation's operational safety audit (IOSA) program by the end of this month. Is your usual airline amongst these? To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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Book of the Month
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The First-Time Buyer's Guide to Getting on the Property Ladder
- As well as being a buy-to-let multi-millionaire, Ajay Ahuja is a chartered accountant. He is founder and owner of Accountants Direct which provides references for the self-employed for mortgaging purposes. He advises various local councils and accommodation projects and works to provide innovative solutions to problems facing the homeless. He also consults with corporations and private clients to help build property portfolios for maximum gain.

Contents of this very useful book include, Why Buy a Property? Identify Your Status Ranking, Calculating Your Buying Power, Understanding the Mortgage Game, Increasing Your Buying Power by Increasing Your Status Ranking, plus much more. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.


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This month's quote

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"Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid." ~ John Keats

 

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