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Edition of 1 July 2007 #173


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Dealing With Corruption
2. Business: Development Fund for Africa
3. Business: Investing in Africa?
4. Business: Offshore Oil for Ghana
5. Business: Positive Outlook for South Africa
6. Education: E-Learning in Africa
7. Education & Travel: English History
8. Education & Business: Using Excel Spreadsheet Software
9. Immigration: European Immigrants in Britain
10. Immigration: Illegal Immigrants in Holland
11. Travel: Visit Bath in England


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1. Business: Dealing With Corruption
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The international organization Transparency International is well-known for its distinguished work on investigating corruption around the world, and this latest report from their research team is timely and tremendously valuable. The 429-page report takes a close look at judicial corruption around the world. As the report notes this disturbing trend undermines economic growth by damaging the trust of the investment community, and impedes efforts to reduce poverty. The report includes findings from dozens of countries, and also reveals that at least one in 10 households had to pay a bribe to get access to justice. Visitors will also appreciate the many tables and charts that populate this document, and of course, they can also search through the document for material of particular interest. To read this report (PDF), visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007


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2. Business: Development Fund for Africa
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Cape Town - The UK will donate $20 million (R144 million) over the next three years to a new fund that aims to promote entrepreneurship and economic growth in Africa. The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund would begin operating next year and would give grants of as much as $1.5 million to companies in industries such as finance and agriculture, Valerie Amos, the leader of the UK House of Lords, said yesterday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Investing in Africa?
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The 17th World Economic Forum on Africa closed in Cape Town Friday with business delegations rubbing their hands in excitement at the scope for investing in the world's poorest continent. Corporate executives left a three-day dialogue with African leaders and multi-national envoys, hailing opportunities presented by the continent's economic sprint, but stressing African states had to find their own way of sustaining growth. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: Offshore Oil for Ghana
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UK firm Tullow Oil has announced the discovery of 600 million barrels of light oil offshore from Ghana. Reserves in the Mahogany exploration well were far greater than the 250 million barrels than the firm had earlier forecast, it said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: Positive Outlook for South Africa
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Johannesburg - International ratings agency Moody's Investors Service rewarded South Africa's conservative fiscal policies yesterday by changing its ratings outlook from stable to positive. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Education: E-Learning in Africa
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Bringing education to a wide range of persons throughout different countries in Africa presents an extensive set of challenges, and a number of organizations and corporations have made substantial investments in this area. One way to bring a diverse group of interested parties to the table is by having a conference, and that is precisely the focus on the eLearning Africa 2007 site.

This particular conference was held in Nairobi in late May 2007, and visitors with an interest in distance learning initiatives in Africa will appreciate the resources offered here. On the site, visitors can look over summary documents, multimedia presentations, and abstracts from papers presented at this conference. Additional information includes links to their in-house newsletter and brief synopses of previous conferences. Visit this site.

Editor's Note: Visit our web site on e-learning.

 


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7. Education & Travel: English History
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Over the course of the past eight centuries, Cambridge University has come into the possession of more than a few important documents. Their online digital image collection may be seen as an important first stop for anyone interested in perusing some of these remarkable materials.

These documents include The Portsmouth and Macclesfield Collection, which contains the writings and ideas of Sir Isaac Newton, and the sketchbooks of Conrad Martens, who accompanied Charles Darwin on board the Beagle. That is far from all, however, as visitors can also browse the pages of the 13th century illuminated volume, The Life of King Edward the Confessor. All in all, it is a lovely collection and one that scholars with any interest in English history will want to examine and recommend to their colleagues and students. Visit this site.

 


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8. Education & Business: Using Excel Spreadsheet Software
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Excel is a very common spreadsheet application, and developing mastery of this powerful tool can be a bit difficult for those who might be less experienced with its various features and analytical tools. This rather useful Excel tutorial is part of the StudyFinance.com website, which was developed by Professor Sharon Garrison of the University of Arizona.

The tutorial is divided into eight sections, which include, Entering and Editing Data, Formatting the Worksheet, and Creating a Chart. Each section contains several short paragraphs of text, complemented effectively with a few helpful graphics. The tutorial is rounded out by several problem assignments that will make sure students have mastered some of the basic features of Excel. Visit this very useful site.

 

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9. Immigration: European Immigrants in Britain
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At least half of eastern European immigrants in Britain intend to stay there, a survey showed; suggesting the jump in population over the past three years may prove to be permanent. Only 16 percent of 600 eastern European migrants interviewed have plans to return to their country of origin within three years, according to a survey published today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The longer a migrant stays, the more likely he is to remain in the new country, the study said.

The findings contrast with government predictions that few migrants will stay and are likely to fuel a debate over the pace of immigration since Britain opened its doors to eight former Soviet bloc nations that joined the European Union in May 2004. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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10. Immigration: Illegal Immigrants in Holland
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The Dutch parliament has agreed to an amnesty for some 30,000 illegal immigrants, reversing the previous government's policies. The move means residence permits will be given to people who applied for and failed to get asylum before 2001. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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11. Travel: Visit Bath in England
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There are baths all over the world, and then there are the very unique baths in Bath, England. As the official site for these marvelous edifices proclaims, they are the best preserved Roman religious spa from the ancient world. For first-time visitors, the best place to start is, the site today, which is a section that will take visitors around the different parts of this World Heritage Site. In the Curator's Comments area, visitors can read comments from Stephen Clews about the ongoing work being done at the site. The site also includes helpful sections on planning a visit and the various collections that are available for use by both the general public and scholars. Visit this site.


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007


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This month's quote
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"It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong." ~ Longfellow

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