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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 July 2012 #233

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Announcement: Tribute to the BBC and Nature Programs

One of our readers sent this link to the BBC One Nature Program, which is one of the most moving tributes to the existence of Creation and the work of David Attenborough. To see this moving tribute, click here.

Editor's Note: Sir David celebrated his 86th birthday on 8 May 2012, and the management and staff of the Delamere Group wish him all the best in his future years, and also sincerely thank him for his major contribution to nature research programs and the education of our children.

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Africa Trade & Prospects
  2. Business: Expansion for Ethiopia
  3. Business: Future Expansion in Southern Africa
  4. Business: Is Namibia a Good Investment?
  5. Business: Large Amounts of Cash Disappeared (Somalia, Africa)
  6. Business: Russian & South African Nuclear Cooperation
  7. Business: Trade Between South Africa & Saudi Arabia
  8. Business & Education: Minitel (Beltel) Terminal now Dies?
  9. Education & Health: The Human Heart
  10. Education & Environment: Lion Population in Kenya Under Threat 
  11. Education & Environment: Rhino Poaching in Africa 
  12. Education: Molecular Workbench

 

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1. Business: Africa Trade & Prospects
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Despite weak growth and increasing uncertainty in high-income countries, medium-term growth prospects for sub-Saharan Africa were looking promising.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Africa and Global Trade.

 

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2. Business: Expansion for Ethiopia
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Ethiopia has signed two deals worth $3.2-billion with Chinese and Turkish companies to construct a railway to link the land-locked Horn of Africa nation to Djibouti's Tadjourah port to export potash, officials said.Ethiopia, which has seen high economic growth over the past five years, hopes to exploit growing business ties with China, India and Turkey to boost its expanding economy.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.  (Creamer Media)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our Web Page on Ethiopia.

 

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3. Business: Future Expansion in Southern Africa
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A Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Infrastructure Master Plan (RIMP), which could involve cross-border projects with a combined investment value of up to $500-billion, has been finalised and will be presented to the subregion’s heads of State for official sanction at an upcoming summit, scheduled for Maputo, Mozambique, in August.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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4. Business: Is Namibia a Good Investment?
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The global downturn could put the brakes on Namibia's economy, but analysts remain optimistic on the country's ability to shrug off external shocks given increased consumer spending and the government's loose fiscal policy.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Namibia (Formerly German Southwest Africa)

 

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5. Business: Large Amounts of Cash Disappeared (Somalia, Africa)
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Large sums of money received by Somalia's interim UN-backed government have not been accounted for, a World Bank report says. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business: Russian & South African Nuclear Cooperation
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Rusatom Overseas, the international arm of Russia’s State-owned nuclear energy group Rosatom, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in Moscow.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (Creamer Media)

 

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7. Business: Trade Between South Africa & Saudi Arabia
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A new strategic economic partnership between South Africa and Saudi Arabia would potentially create business opportunities worth R20-billion, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Monday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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8. Business & Education: Minitel (Beltel) Terminal now Dies?
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It is known as the "Little French Box", a 1980s design classic now seen as the ultimate in beige plastic kitsch. But once it was an audacious precursor to the world wide web, introduced the first cybersex into people's living rooms and had a user-friendly design that may have inspired Steve Jobs's first Macintosh computer. Yet, on Saturday, the plug will finally be pulled on the Minitel machine, France's one-time pride and joy, 30 years after its launch. To read the full report, got ot our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: In South Africa it was known as Beltel, this was the name used by the South African phone company Telkom for it’s Videotext System between the mid eighties and 1999. The system used telephone lines and modems connected to PC’s or to terminals which had built in modems and no processing functionality. Telkom's dedicated terminal was named the Minitel based on an agreement with the French Telekom Service.  For more details, click here.

 

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9. Education & Health: The Human Heart
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This website from The Franklin Institute lets visitors explore the mysteries and inner workings of the human heart. The site contains some remarkable facts, including the observation that over the average human's lifetime the heart beats more than two and a half billion times. The site includes seven sections, including "Development," "Structure," "Vessels," "Blood," and "Monitoring." The "Development" section is a great place to start because it contains a brief discussion about how the heart grows over time and an engrossing image of a preserved heart. Educators will find much to enjoy in the "Enrichment" area. Here they will find activities for the classroom and an extensive heart image gallery. Finally, visitors should not miss the "History" area, as it contains information on milestones in cardiology and examples of hearts in popular film, books, poetry, and music. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012

 

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10. Education & Environment: Lion Population in Kenya Under Threat 
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Angry residents in Kenya have recently killed six lions that strayed into their homesteads and mauled their livestock. Kenya's lion population of 2,000 may become extinct in less than 20 years, faced with reduced hunting grounds and following increased conflicts with humans.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

 

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11. Education & Environment: Rhino Poaching in Africa 
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The Department of Environmental Affairs on Wednesday welcomed R25m in funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an independent international financial organisation, aimed at helping South Africa fight rhino poaching through enhanced forensic technologies. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Education: Molecular Workbench
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Created by the Concord Consortium, the Molecular Workbench is "a modeling tool for designing and conducting computational experiments across science." First-time visitors can check out one of the Featured Simulations to get started. The homepage contains a number of curriculum modules which deal with chemical bonding, semiconductors, and diffusion. Visitors can learn how to create their own simulations via the online manual, which is available here as well. The Articles area is quite helpful, as it contains full-text pieces on nanoscience education, quantum chemistry, and a primer on how transistors work. A good way to look over all of the offerings here is to click on the Showcase area. Here visitors can view the Featured simulations, or look through one of five topical sections, which include Biotech and Nanotechnology. Visitors will need to install the free Molecular Workbench software, which is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012

 

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Book of the Month
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“Monetary Chaos in Europe” ~ by Brendan Brown

First published in 1988, this reissue reconstructs the reaction of financial markets to war, defeat, and revolution in Europe, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, to the bankruptcy of Germany in July 1931. Dr. Brown demonstrates how the contemporary investor can improve the wisdom of his decisions by gaining an understanding of the financial history of these years. He also demonstrates how the skilled investor might project different political and economic realities and estimate their probability of recurrence. In his reconstruction work, Brendan Brown has undertaken extensive research into the financial press in the various European countries, seeing this as a prime clue to the mood in markets at the time. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.


 

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This month's quote

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"As one's fortunes are reduced, one's spirit must expand to fill the void." ~  Winston Churchill



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