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Edition of 1 January 2014 # 251

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business & Travel: New East African Railway Launched
  2. Business & Environment: Can One Man Succeed Where Others Have Failed?
  3. Business & Education: History of the USA $1 Coin versus the $1 Green Back (Bank Note)?
  4. Business: International Design GUILD Fair to be held in Cape Town
  5. Business: Opinion of the Future of South Africa from the NY Times
  6. Education: A Journal of Poetry
  7. Education: Digital Theater
  8. Education & Environment: Archive of Historic Gardens & Landscapes
  9. Education: Ophthalmology Virtual Education (U of U)
  10. Education & Health: What Age for Retirement?
  11. Education: Visions of the Universe
  12. Education & Environment: Planet Earth’s Treasure of Trees
  13. Environment: Slaughter of Rhino’s Just in One Country, How Can This Be Stopped?
  14. Immigration: Illegal’s Can Stay in the USA, If You Have Friends in High Places
  15. Real Estate & Architecture: How to Help Build a Happy City?
  16. Real Estate: Problems for British-owned Properties in Spain
  17. Travel: Buying International Airline Ticket in Venezuela Close to Impossible
  18. Travel: Priest Lake, Idaho, USA
  19. Travel: Russian Tourists to Visit Kenya


 

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1. Business & Travel: New East African Railway Launched
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Kenya has formally launched a new, Chinese-financed railway which should extend across East Africa to reach South Sudan, DR Congo and Burundi. The first section will link the Kenyan port of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, reducing the journey time from 15 hours to about four.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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2. Business & Environment: Can One Man Succeed Where Others Have Failed?
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Michael Bloomberg determined to parlay his government experience and vast fortune into a kind of global mayoralty, is creating a high-powered consulting group to help him reshape cities around the world long after he leaves office as Mayor of New York.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business & Education: History of the USA $1 Coin versus the $1 Green Back (Bank Note)?
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This report traces the history of the $1 presidential coins from their inception in Congress in 2005, through initial distribution in 2007, through 2011 when the mint stopped making them because of a lack of public appetite to their current ignoble status as the coin that is now costly to store.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (CNN)

Editor’s Note:  To read the US Government Report in full, please click here.

 

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4. Business: International Design GUILD Fair to be held in Cape Town
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The details of Africa’s first international design fair have been unveiled in Cape Town, with the event expected to be one of the key events marking the city’s year as World Design Capital 2014. The International Design GUILD fair, which will be held from February 27 to March 9, will bring together hand-crafted design pieces from over 17 countries spanning four continents.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)


Editor’s Note:  Visit our web site Room-33.com, which is a leading online source for home décor and collectibles. Founded in 2008, our talented team’s vision is to draw on our many years of experience and share our knowledge of design and taste with our valued and stylish customers. Click here.




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5. Business: Opinion of the Future of South Africa from the NY Times
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For all his remarkable achievements, Nelson Mandela died with his dream for South Africa incomplete. Democracy and peace were attained, yet real racial harmony; social justice and equality seem, in some ways, further away than ever. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (NYT)

 

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6. Education: A Journal of Poetry
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Metazen is an online journal from Canada that publishes short fiction and poetry by various authors. The whole enterprise got started in March 2009 and claims to "like odd stories and odd poems, but ones that touch you in a special way." New content is published every day and visitors with a literary bent will find it most lovely and wondrous. Visitors can look over sections including Interviews, Meta Micros, and Box of Secrets. This last area contains the site's blog, fan page, and a number of Easter Eggs for curious visitors to find hidden on the site. Some of the more engaging stories featured here include "In the Creases of Dead Maps" and "Minutes of Westminster Court Management Company Annual General Meeting 2013." Visitors can also subscribe to receive the Metazen's latest offerings via email.  Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014


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7. Education: Digital Theater
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The Digital Theater is a truly unique concept, working with Britain's leading theatre companies "to capture live performance authentically onscreen." From their homepage, visitors can Browse Productions, find out How to Watch, and read about Theatre Partners. A nice way to get started is by clicking on one (or more) of the Digital Theatre Originals, which include ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Into the Woods’. Additionally, visitors can make their way through offerings from the Royal Opera House or Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Listings of Classic Plays, such as ‘Far from the Maddening Crowd’, can also be viewed here and purchased for a small fee.  Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013


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8. Education & Environment: Archive of Historic Gardens & Landscapes (For our Garden Lovers)
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Have you ever wondered what Hadrian's Villa looked like? Or perhaps you'd like to know more about the Villa Arconati? If so, you would do well to explore this remarkable site sponsored by the Bard Graduate Center and offering a digital cornucopia of information on ten different villas and their landscape histories. Designed to serve as an educational tool for teachers and scholars, Catena's materials cover Featured Sites, Project Info, and Historical Documentation. Within Featured Sites, users will find each villa accompanied by an interpretive text, an interactive plan, historical documentation, and a short bibliography. The Historical Documentation area is especially noteworthy, as it contains over a dozen meditations by historical figures including Erasmus, Henry James, and Columella on matters related to the vast world of landscape and garden history. Visit this site.

 

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9. Education: Ophthalmology Virtual Education (U of U)
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Crafted by a team of scholars from the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the University of Utah, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL) is an open access repository of digital materials to be used for educational and research purposes. Visitors can browse through twenty different collections that are searchable by contributing educator or by organization. Additionally, visitors can use the search engine to look for specific items such as eye anatomy charts, information about eye diseases, and so on. If interested, visitors can even learn how to contribute education materials themselves or add to NOVEL's wiki. Feedback on the site is encouraged and those interested and able can also make a donation to help keep the project running. Visit this site.

 

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10. Education & Health: What Age for Retirement?
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A May 2013 report published by the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs found that retirement increased the chances of suffering from depression by 40%, while it increased the probability of having at least one diagnosed physical ailment by about 60%.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (BBC)

Editor’s Note: Read also the notes regarding this report, as issued by the IEA. Click here.

 

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11. Education: Visions of the Universe
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What have we learned about the universe over the past four centuries? Visions of the Universe asks just that, looking deep into the past to bring a bit of this history to the general public. On the site, visitors can make their way through twelve exhibits, including Storms on the Sun and Journey To Mars. Each section features a detailed poster for classroom use, along with other activities and resources to assist with further online exploration. The accompanying For Educators and Developers tab also features additional teaching tools, astronomy basics, and a look at What's New? in Amazing Space. While here, visitors should make sure to check out Tactile Astronomy, an incredible collection of Hubble images that can be downloaded and printed in a tactile format. Visit this site.



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12. Education & Environment: Planet Earth’s Treasure of Trees
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As a special request to one of our regular readers we have included this song and lyrics of a world famous poet. “Trees”, is a poem by Joyce Kilmer, and is sung here by Paul Robeson (with the incredible bass voice). “I love trees, this poem and the strength of Robeson's voice.” To listen and enjoy the photography, click here.

Editor’s Note: To display our interdependence on each other, the photographs are taken in every Continent of the world, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australasia, Americas; if only the nations could live at peace as do the trees on our planet?  For a more moving experience you can read the life story of Joyce Kilmer and his unfortunate death in France during the First World War at the young age of 31 years old. For the words and text of this beautiful poem “Trees”, click here.


 

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13. Environment: Slaughter of Rhino’s Just in One Country, How Can This Be Stopped?
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A total of 550 rhino have been killed in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, in the past 11 months, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Monday. During the past five years, more than 1457 rhino had been killed for their horns in the park, she said in a speech prepared for delivery to a meeting of Parliament's environment portfolio committee at the Kruger National Park.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.




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14. Immigration: Illegal’s Can Stay in the USA, If You Have Friends in High Places
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A federal immigration judge today allowed President Obama’s uncle, Onyango “Omar” Obama to remain in the United States, following a hearing in which the name of the president was invoked by the 69-year-old Kenyan who has been living here illegally for some 50 years.  To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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15. Real Estate & Architecture: How to Help Build a Happy City?
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How do you measure how happy a city is? Just last week, a new app launched that boasted to be able to collect all sorts of information about a city, including how happy it is.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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16. Real Estate: Problems for British-owned Properties in Spain
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The UK Foreign Office has said the risk of British-owned properties in Spain being demolished for breaching local planning rules is a "substantial problem".  The Foreign Office said it estimated that there are at least 4,000 British-owned homes in Spain affected by some sort of property dispute. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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17. Travel: Buying International Airline Ticket in Venezuela Close to Impossible
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Ever since the late Hugo Chavez instituted drastic foreign exchange restrictions, the difference between the official value of Venezuela's currency, the Bolivar, and the actual free (or "black") market value has skyrocketed. Currently, you can get 64 bolivars for the dollar on the streets of Caracas, while the official rate is a tenth of that, or 6.3 bolivars. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Venezuela.

 

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18. Travel: Priest Lake, Idaho, USA
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What is this place, this Priest Lake, Idaho? It's a resort, it's a way of life, and it's a special area to many Idahoans. This digital collection from the University Idaho Library was made possible via the holdings of the Priest Lake Museum Association. The 380 photos here depict family, community, and business life in the Priest Lake area from around 1880 to 1950. The images bring this certain time and place to life, highlighting fishing at Two Mouth Creek, horse-drawn sledding, and general outdoor merry-making. Most interesting are the images of Nell Shipman, a silent film star who brought her own production company and zoo to the area. The photos can be viewed using the map, timeline, or interactive word cloud, which is rather fun. Visit this site.

 

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19. Travel: Russian Tourists to Visit Kenya
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More than one million Russian tourists may visit Kenya annually if the government introduces direct charter flights non stop from Moscow to Nairobi.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Kenya.

 

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Tribute to Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Mandela was one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century.  Read this obituary in the London Telegraph, please go to our NEWS DESK link.

Plus read this tribute by United Democratic Movement of South Africa, leader Bantu Holomisa, click here.

Editor’s Note: In the last two decades of his life, Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a model of how to liberate a country from the colonial yoke without succumbing to the temptation of dictatorial power and anti-capitalist posturing. To read the full report of an analysis of what now exists in South Africa in 2013, even after Apartheid ended in 1994, go to our NEWS DESK link, and read this review by the New York Times contributor.

 

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Photo of the Month
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Video Clip of our Home, Planet Earth - The clip, called The World Outside My Window, was made by David Peterson, a film student and computer programmer who knitted together the video from still photographs taken from the space station during three expeditions between September 2011 and July 2012. Click to see the video clip.

 

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This month's quote

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“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” ~ Lord Delamere, Hugh Cholmondeley of Vale Royal, Cheshire, England

 

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Book of the Month
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"The Beast" ~ by Óscar Martínez

This book details the immigrant trek, where Central American immigrants ride across Mexico, making their way to what they hope will be a better life in the United States.  To read the full review, go to our NEWS DESK link. To purchase a copy of this brilliant book, click on this link The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail

 

 

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