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Edition of 1 July 2008 #185

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This Month's Sponsor
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The Ghetto Film School

The Ghetto Film School (GFS) of New York City, USA, announced its plans to send 10 aspiring filmmakers to Kampala, Uganda for its fourth student thesis film project. Based in the South Bronx, the Ghetto Film School is an award winning, youth-media, non-profit organization that aims to connect talented young people to artistic career opportunities in film and video. Visit this site.


IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business & Travel: Credit Card Fraud in South Africa
2. Business: Is it Still Safe to Invest in South Africa?
3. Business & Education: Production of Quality Films
4. Business: Kenya is Looking Good for Investing
5. Business: Somalia Deteriorating
6. Business: South African Foreign Exchange Control
7. Business: University of Massachusetts Revokes Mugabe Degree
8. Education & Environment: Destruction of our Home, Planet Earth
9. Education: Lost Book Titles, Forgotten Rhymes
10. Education & Travel: American Experience The American West
11. Immigration: Social Tensions Build in the UK
12. Travel: Visit the North West of England

 


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1. Business & Travel: Credit Card Fraud in South Africa
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Consumers are losing millions of Rands every year as credit card fraud skyrocketed in South Africa over the past three years, the SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) said today. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Is it Still Safe to Invest in South Africa?
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This question is repeatedly received by our editor from thousands of our international and South African readers. We recently received an objective view from a well respected South African business guru, Alex Hogg, of Money Web, who say, "SA deserves its 90% corrupt rating, but urges business and Zuma to do something about it." To read this very enlightening report, which is an open letter to the next President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma who is currently awaiting trial for corruption and fraud, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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3. Business & Education: Production of Quality Films
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Britain already has what are probably some of the best film education initiatives in the world. However, for most young people, if they experience film education at all it is as isolated episodes that lack coherence and consistency.

We want to move film education on from being a series of disconnected experiences to becoming an integral part of every young person's life. The strategy set out in Film: 21st Century Literacy is the first step on the road. To read this exciting report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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4. Business: Kenya is Looking Good for Investing
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Kenya's prime minister said Thursday the country had rebounded from post-election violence that left more than 1,200 people dead, seeking to restore the image of what was once one of Africa's most stable countries. Raila Odinga, the former opposition leader who became prime minister in April in a power-sharing deal with President Mwai Kibaki, was speaking at the three-day World Economic Forum on Africa. "Kenya is up and running once again. Kenya is ready to do business," Odinga said at a press conference. "The stone throwing and house burning is no longer a face of Kenya. Kenya is now a destination for investment and tourism." Visit our page on Kenya, click here.

 


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5. Business: Somalia Deteriorating
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(NAIROBI, Kenya) - Somalia is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in a decade, and the situation is deteriorating, an international aid agency said Wednesday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

 

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6. Business: South African Foreign Exchange Control
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South Africa should scrap exchange controls if it wants strong economic growth, a leading Kenyan businessman, Chris Kirubi, said at the World Economic Forum on Africa on Wednesday. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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7. Business: University of Massachusetts Revokes Mugabe Degree
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The University of Massachusetts today cancelled an honorary law degree awarded 22 years ago to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, calling his leadership an assault on human rights. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

 

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8. Education & Environment: Destruction of our Home, Planet Earth
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The massive scale of environmental devastation across the continent has been fully revealed for the first time in an atlas compiled by UN geographers. To read the full report and see the latest photographs, visit our NEWS DESK link.

 


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9. Education: Lost Book Titles, Forgotten Rhymes
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How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem without Knowing its Title or Author.

What if you wanted to locate Robert Burton's masterful 17th century opus, The Anatomy of Melancholy? But wait: You can't remember his name or the name of the book. That's where you should know to click on over to this delightful and helpful reference guide created by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress. The intent of this guide is to "help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase". The guide is divided into three separate sections: "Finding Novels", "Finding Short Stories", and "Finding Poems". Each section offers a host of resources that include general search engines, online book databases, library catalogs, listservs, message boards, and physical print resources available in many public libraries. This guide is rounded out by a selection of related resources, including a primer on how to find poems in the Library of Congress. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 

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10. Education & Travel: American Experience The American West
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In American history, the West is a place of fact, myth, legend, lore, larger-than-life individuals, and a host of other ideas and notions ripe for discussion and analysis. The PBS program "American Experience" takes all of this on in their series, "The American West". They have developed this complementary website which expands on some of the themes of each individual program by offering an interactive "American Frontiers" timeline for visitors, a teacher's guide to using these materials, and two full-length episodes from the series.

The "American Frontiers" area allows users to scan through a timeline of important events that begins with the French and Indian War in 1754 and concludes with the annexation of Hawaii in 1898. Moving on, the site also includes "The Westernizer" which asks users to respond to a number of questions to determine what type of person they would have been in the American West. Finally, visitors can watch two episodes from the program in their entirety. They happen to be the first and last programs in the series, and they profile Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill, respectively. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 

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11. Immigration: Social Tensions Build in the UK
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An influx of hundreds of thousands of foreigners is fuelling social tensions in parts of the country which were totally unprepared for large-scale immigration, the Government has admitted. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Travel: Visit the North West of England
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Stunning scenery and hidden natural gems in England's northwest. From the rolling expanse of the Cheshire Plain up to England's highest point, this beautiful corner of England naturally has it all. Containing England's largest National Park, thirty two nature reserves, four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Heritage Coast and miles more magnificent shoreline, the Northwest is a region of great contrasts, stunning scenery, amazing wildlife, endless things to do and places to go. Visit this site.

 

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Book of the Month
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"Wealth, War and Wisdom" by Barton Biggs

During our current years of political upheaval and dramatic market swings, it's important to look back on historic periods to gain insights into the direction of stocks and economic stability for investment opportunities today. In Wealth, War, and Wisdom, legendary Wall Street investor Barton Biggs has analyzed, for the first time, the major events of World War II and how they shaped the stock market and individual wealth from 1930 to 1945.

No one before Biggs has traced this intersection, and the lessons for investing today are unparalleled. In Wealth, War, and Wisdom, Biggs discusses the performance of equities in both victorious and defeated countries. He then reveals how individuals preserved their wealth and explores whether or not public equities were able to increase in value and serve as a wealth preserver in spite of the ongoing battles. Besides examining the stock market, Biggs looks at how other assets, including real estate and gold, fared during this dynamic and devastating period. His unique account of the Second World War is lively and lesson-filled on life, politics, and survival, and completely relevant to predicting the way modern financial markets and the economy may act during times of uncertainty.

Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Wealth, War, and Wisdom will help investors apply these original financial lessons directly, and beneficially, to today's turbulent markets. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

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This month's quote
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"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be." ~ Douglas Adams