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Edition of 1 January 2012 #227

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Benefits of the Commodity Price Boom for Africa
2. Business: Brazil's Economy
3. Business: Corruption Perceptions Index
4. Business: How Digital Cinema is Changing the Film Business
5. Business: New Tool for Investing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
6. Education: American Civil War
7. Education & Health: Good Night's Sleep?
8. Education: Importance of Books
9. Education: Medieval Medical Illustrations
10. Travel: Direct Flights from South Africa to Beijing China

 

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1. Business: Benefits of the Commodity Price Boom for Africa
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Africa has so far failed to benefit much from the commodity price boom, but opportunities were still there, a report compiled on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) stated. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (Creamer Media)

 

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2. Business: Brazil's Economy
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Brazil has overtaken the UK as the world's sixth largest economy, an economic research group has said. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said its latest World Economic League Table showed Asian countries moving up and European countries falling back. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: We are currently recommending our clients in the USA to buy shares in EWZ (Brazil Stock Market Index) based on this report sent by a client, "Brazil's rapidly emerging middle class is the engine driving growth in the country. The labor market has been exceptionally strong in Brazil, with the unemployment rate at 5.8% and falling. Another catalyst for growth is the rapidly approaching 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics."

 

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3. Business: Corruption Perceptions Index
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South Africa ranked 64 out of 183 countries surveyed in Transparency International's 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index released today, with the watch dog stating that corruption continues to plague too many countries around the world. The report shows some governments failing to protect citizens from corruption, be it abuse of public resources, bribery or secretive decision-making. Transparency International warned that protests around the world often fuelled by corruption and economic instability; clearly show that citizens feel their leaders and public institutions are neither transparent nor accountable enough. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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4. Business: How Digital Cinema is Changing the Film Business
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Having revived cinema advertising as well as single-screen theatres, digital cinema is transforming the economics of the film business in India. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: New Tool for Investing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
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JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) has struck a deal with British technology firm Fixnetix that will enable Europe's top trading firms to post orders directly on the JSE from outside South Africa for the first time.

The JSE said on Thursday it had signed an agreement with Fixnetix under which the trading systems expert will act as the exchange's electronic gateway for European banks and brokers from early 2012. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK. (Creamer Media)

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on investing in South Africa.

 

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6. Education: American Civil War
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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Boston Public Library has created this new exhibition, "Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War". The in situ exhibit concludes at the end of December 2011, however the interactive features on their site will continue to be available beyond that date. Visitors can get started by following the "Take the Virtual Tour" link. Here visitors will hear a plaintive song, accompanied by period images and maps.

After this brief introduction, visitors can click on the "People" tab to learn about citizens such as Stephen Hill, a Confederate soldier, and Elizabeth Farnsworth, a Civil War nurse. Moving along, the "Places" section offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the "state" of each state in the US during the Civil War.


Finally, the "Timeline" offers an interactive chronology of key events (illustrated with maps, photographs, and other documents) before, during, and after the Civil War. Finally, the site also includes resources for teachers, including lesson plans and curriculum guides. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012

 

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7. Education & Health: Good Night's Sleep?
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Who doesn't love a good night's sleep? The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard and WGBH have collaborated to produce the Healthy Sleep website to help "illuminate the relevance of sleep, explain the underlying science of sleep, and, most importantly, provide practical information for getting the sleep you need." Visitors interested in getting the sleep they need will find the many videos and interactive features here well worth their time.

Under the "Why Sleep Matters" link, visitors will find an interactive timeline entitled "Historical and Cultural Perspectives of Sleep". The "Consequences of Insufficient Sleep" gives visitors the choice of several short videos to watch, including those that address the consequences of driving while drowsy, the link between disease risk and poor sleep, and the public safety and performance issues that arise due to insufficient sleep. The "Getting the Sleep You Need" link has many tips for visitors on how to approach poor sleep habits, including when to seek treatment. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012

 

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8. Education: Importance of Books
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Created in 1984, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress has been dedicated to creating affiliate centers in the 50 states. These affiliates (and the Center, of course) work together to "sponsor programs that highlight their area's literary heritage and call attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries." On their website, visitors can learn about the affiliate centers in each state, and also learn about the annual "Idea Exchange Day".

Visitors to the site can read their annual report, learn about their staff members, and also check out their annual newsletters. Along the left-hand side of the page sit the "Resources". Here visitors can wander through author webcasts, booklists, local resources organized by geography, and their upcoming literary contests. Visit this site.


Editor's Note: Visit our webpage on books.

 

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9. Education: Medieval Medical Illustrations
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Professor Loren C. MacKinney came to the study of medieval history via his training at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Grenoble, France. During his time as a professor at the University of North Carolina, he amassed a remarkable collection of manuscripts and images related to the history of medieval medicine. He was beloved by his students for his intellectual curiosity and his humanity, and this remarkable digital collection pays tribute to both of those aspects of his character.

The collection was made possible by a gift to the University of North Carolina Libraries from Howard Holsenbeck (a member of the Class of 1963), and it contains over 1,000 images. Visitors can browse the collection at their leisure, or also perform an advanced search across the items here. The "Subject Area" is a good place to start, as visitors can look over images related to everything from anatomy to wounds. The image on the homepage is quite a gem, and it illustrates an encounter between two men and a standing skeleton. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012


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10. Travel: Direct Flights from South Africa to Beijing China
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South African Airways will fly non-stop to Beijing, China from January 2012, the airline said. "This new route is in line with SAA's strategy to expand its network to Asia," SAA's CEO Siza Mzimela said in a statement. Mzimela said there were three SAA terminals at the Beijing Capital International Airport and flights were available three times a week using the A340-600 long haul aircraft. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Our clients in South Africa who have business interests and affairs in China will be very pleased with this step forward. Read our web page on investing in China.


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Book of the Month
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Books Related to Creative Thinking

Shambhala Publications Inc. has specialized in books that present creative and conscious ways of transforming the individual, the society, and the planet. The notion of translating spiritual insight into action in the world is embodied in the company's name: "Shambhala" is a legendary Central Asian kingdom that symbolizes an enlightened way of life harmonizing the inner and outer worlds. Thus, the Shambhala worldview enables us to publish in a wide variety of subject areas, including psychology and the sciences, the arts and creativity, business and economics, and health and healing. Visit this site.

 

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This month's quote

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"All high achievers plan their work and work their plan, for they are keenly aware that "luck" is most often being prepared to take advantage of a situation." ~ Anonymous


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