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Edition of 1 March 2006 #157

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Africa needs urgent food aid
2. Business: Do you want a job in Kenya?
3. Business: Gold still a sound investment
4. Business: Kenya in Trouble
5. Business: Manpower & Skills Shortage in South Africa
6. Business: Now you know why Kenya is in such a poor state!
7. Business: The world awash with too much wine?
8. Business: Trade to increase between France and Thailand
9. Business: Women in Business
10. Education: Listen to Nature
11. Education: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
12. Immigration: More Brits Moving to New Zealand
13. Travel: Africa Tourism on the Increase

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1. Business: Africa needs urgent food aid
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Tens of millions of people across more than half the states in sub-Saharan Africa need urgent food aid, but the causes are often complex and varied. Food crises were once primarily triggered by natural disasters like droughts.

But according to research by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, man-made causes are increasingly to blame. These include conflict and poor governance, as well as HIV/Aids. To read the full report and see the chart of countries worst affected, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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2. Business: Do you want a job in Kenya?
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NAIROBI (AFP) -- No longer content to be known solely for wildlife safaris and savory coffee, Kenyan officials have begun marketing the east African nation as a destination for companies looking to outsource labor.

Following India's lead, Kenya, where two-thirds of the 32 million population live below the poverty line, is pinning its hopes for economic recovery on international companies looking for affordable, efficient employees. The country's Ministry of Information and Technology has launched an ambitious initiative to create 30,000 new jobs. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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3. Business: Gold Still a Sound Investment
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Increased investor demand for gold last year, and the prospect it will continue to rise have persuaded the European arm of U.S. investment dealer Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to bump up its price forecasts for the yellow metal by 28 per cent this year (2006) and 44 per cent for next year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: We recently received this very interesting article about the future of Gold with this quote. "Gold is a global thermometer that reflects monetary, political and economic stability as well as marketplace demand for the metal itself as jewelry, investors' (including central bankers') desire to hold it for any reason or as a hedge against the uncertain value of fiat money, which is just paper currency from a government printing press that can be produced in any amount."

To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. The Delamere Group is now advising, yet again, that all our clients buy gold bullion, gold shares, or gold coins, especially Kruger Rands.

 

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4. Business: Kenya in Trouble
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Kenya's president has reshuffled his cabinet after three ministers resigned, following corruption allegations. Pressure continues on other officials to resign, including Vice-President Moody Awori, who kept his job. All have stated their innocence. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on Kenya and view
Current Business Opportunities.


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5. Business: Manpower & Skills Shortage in South Africa
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said Monday that a shortage of engineering, management, finance, information technology and other key skills was hurting government efforts to boost infrastructure and investment.

The lack of skilled manpower is so crippling that Mlambo-Ngcuka said at a press briefing that the government was considering drafting retirees back into the work force, luring South Africans emigrants home and drawing in new immigrants even though unemployment is at least 27 percent.

 

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6. Business: Now you know why Kenya is in such a poor state!
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Kenya's former president Daniel arap Moi and several top aides have been implicated in Kenya's biggest-ever corruption scandal, a source familiar with an inquiry into the case said.


The source, a member of the inquiry panel that presented its report to President Mwai Kibaki on Friday, said Moi and six officials were key players in the so-called "Goldenberg Affair," a fictitious export scheme that cost Kenya between hundreds of millions and three billion dollars in the 1990s. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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7. Business: The world awash with too much wine?
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On the heels of a record 2005 California wine grape harvest, an Australian wine glut, high inventories of unsold French wine and big harvests in Chile and Argentina, the nail-biting has just begun, writes our reporter from Sacramento where he's covering the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium.

While all speakers painted a picture of too much wine swirling about the globe in search of too few consumers - and cautioned against planting more grapes, our reporter feels that the wine industry is still a sound investment. To read the full report, visit our web site Delamere Vineyard.

 

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8. Business: Trade to increase between France and Thailand
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Bangkok - France and Thailand agreed Saturday to try and boost annual trade to five billion dollars as French President Jacques Chirac lobbied hard on behalf of French companies seeking a share of the kingdom's $44 billion public works mega-project. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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9. Business: Women in Business
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The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the launch of MY BIZ for Women, a new online tool designed to provide comprehensive business information and assistance to women entrepreneurs.

MY BIZ for Women is designed to be the first step for all women business owners, providing one-stop access to information for women entrepreneurs highlighting the best resources the government has to offer. The Web portal provides information on starting and growing a small business, gaining access to capital and contracting opportunities and links to other government agencies and SBA resource partners offering business counseling, a state-by-state listing of SBA's Women's Business Centers and other resource information.

The MY BIZ for Women Web site can be found at this link.


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10. Education: Listen to Nature
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The British Library's new Listen to Nature web site features 400 recordings selected from the more than 150,000 animal sounds held by the Library.

Listen to Nature can be browsed by location, animal type, or habitat. Maps are provided with red dots plotting the locations of recordings; clicking any dot launches a player and the sound file. Alphabetical lists of animal sounds also accompany maps from the region.

Visitors are invited to search the Catalogue, in this case the combined catalogue of the British Library Sound Archive, which includes all types of recorded sound. It is best to use the advanced search, limit searches to Wildlife sounds, and look for the "Electronic access" link. On a recent visit we heard loons, wolves, and a whip-poor-will recorded in Canada, enjoying the ability to hear sounds originally captured in North America sent back to us from the UK via the Internet. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.


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11. Education: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
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Created in 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance of 26 different countries from both sides of the Atlantic. With a mutual agenda, these countries have worked together on a wide array of ventures, including peacekeeping missions and monitoring terrorist activities.

On their website, visitors can learn about their more recent work, as well as previous activities, such as their interventions in Bosnia and Pakistan. The site is well-organized, and provides easy access to NATO speeches, and a quick summary of their policy initiatives. Policy makers and academics will enjoy learning that the website contains archived issues of NATO Review, which is their in-house magazine, published four times a year.

For those seeking a wide array of media coverage, the multimedia section of the site contains photo essays, audio archives of speeches, and video briefings. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.


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12. Immigration: More Brits Moving to New Zealand
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It's been a while since the English began colonising New Zealand's shores. But the immigration department has reported a mini-resurgence in British immigrants in the past year. For the first time in many years, people from Britain were the largest group to move to New Zealand, overtaking immigrants from China, India or South Africa. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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13. Travel: Africa Tourism on the Increase
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Madrid - In a healthy year for tourism Africa led the way in 2005 with a ten percent rise in arrivals, the continent attracting 36,7 million visitors, the World Tourist Organisation said on Tuesday.

"Africa was the only region in the world to have performed much better in 2005 than in 2004," the WTO noted in its just-released bulletin of tourist trends. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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This month's quote

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"Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable." ~ Lord Chesterfield

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