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Edition of 1 March 2010 #205

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Australian Wine Industry in Big Trouble
2. Business: Corporate Banking in Africa & Asia
3. Business: Entrepreneurship Corner
4. Business & Education: Future of Agriculture
5. Business & Environment: Global Compact
6. Business: Investing in Emerging Markets
7. Business: Investing in Gold
8. Business: Russia to Open South African Base
9. Business: Business in Zimbabwe Faces Closure
10. Education: The Frick Collection in New York City
11. Education: Making Movies
12. Immigration: Almost half of British want to Emigrate
13. Immigration & Education: South African Student Study in the UK


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1. Business: Australian Wine Industry in Big Trouble
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Australian drinks giant Foster's warned one quarter of the nation's grape vines needed to be pulled up to reverse a damaging wine glut forcing growers to let their fruit wither on the vine. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page for the best selection of wine from throughout the world. Read more.


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2. Business: Corporate Banking in Africa & Asia
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Africa would likely see an increase in the need for banking services, as it continues to expand, Mauritius-registered AfrAsia Bank CEO James Benoit said on Thursday. The bank, which offers corporate, investment and private banking services, on Thursday, opened a representative office in Johannesburg, while another office in Cape Town had already opened its doors. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Entrepreneurship Corner
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Started by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the Entrepreneurship Corner is a "free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning." It's a tremendous resource for anyone broadly interested in the field of entrepreneurship, and the site contains over 1200 archived videos, podcasts, and external links.

First-time visitors should start with the "Popular Videos" area. Here they will find videos like "Tips from the Entrepreneur" (featuring the founders of Google) and a talk on leadership and capability from Carla Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett- Packard. In the "Speakers" area, visitors can check out the "Most Viewed Speakers", which include Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Guy Kawasaki of Garage Technology Ventures. Also, visitors will want to use the "Subscribe" feature to sign up to receive their newsletter and their RSS feed. Visit this site.

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4. Business & Education: Future of Agriculture
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The Future Agricultures group is a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded consortium comprised of the Institute of Development Studies, Imperial College London, and Overseas Development Institute. The group is committed to examining the issues that surround agriculture and rural development across the world, with a particular focus on the developing world.

Their work includes reports on water management in Ethiopia, a potential second "Green Revolution", and food security. The materials on their site are found in sections that include "News and Events", "Debates", and "Publications". The "Debates" area is a good one, as it includes thoughtful conversations on timely topics like pastoralism, the "Green Revolution" in Africa, and soil fertility. Scholars in the field will appreciate the "Publications" area, which includes policy briefs on poverty reduction in Kenya, coffee commercialization in Malawi, and rising food prices. Finally, visitors can also sign up to receive their RSS feed and provide feedback on their work. Visit this site.

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5. Business & Environment: Global Compact
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As more and more businesses grow socially conscious, there has been an interest in adapting business practices to align with certain desired goals. The United Nations Global Compact dovetails quite nicely with this trend, and it is a "strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti- corruption."

A good place to start on the site is the "About Us" area, which contains information about the Global Compact and their leadership. Moving on, the 'Highlights" area on the homepage contains information about their various leadership summits, access to their monthly bulletin, and topical areas that deal with climate change and clean water initiatives. The "How to Participate" area contains information for various stakeholders, including those in civil society, academia, cities, and business leaders. Many of the materials on the site are available in different languages, including French, Spanish, Russian, German, and Arabic. Visit this site.


Editor's Note: The Delamere Group is also a sponsor of many environmental issues, visit our web page that covers some of these issues. Read more.


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6. Business: Investing in Emerging Markets
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Foreign direct investment (FDI) into emerging markets was expected to rebound in 2010, says Edith Quintrell, the operations director of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a private sector arm of the World Bank. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Business: Investing in Gold
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There will be more investment demand for gold in 2010, says Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland. His view is that 2009 saw only the start of investment demand for gold and that the world would see more in the current year. "There'll be continued growth of new funds looking to have a piece of gold," he tells Mining Weekly Online. It will be the continuing investment demand for gold that will be the main thesis behind the improving gold price, he adds. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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8. Business: Russia to Open South African Base
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Moscow is offering to make South Africa the maintenance hub for most of Russia's major modern commercial aircraft operating in sub-Saharan Africa. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: If you are interested in investing in this venture, please contact us.


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9. Business: Business in Zimbabwe Faces Closure
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White business people in Zimbabwe who don't cede control of their companies to black partners could face jail under a law going into effect next month. An official notice Tuesday says the law will be enforced from March 1, 2010 and includes jail penalties of up to five years. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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10. Education: The Frick Collection in New York City
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The Frick Collection was created by Henry Clay Frick's bequest in 1919, and it's housed in the Fifth Avenue mansion where Frick's family used to live. The coke and steel magnate had it built expressly to house his hundreds of works of fine and decorative art, and wanted it to be open to the public after his family was no longer living in the home.

The website for the Collection is impressive, and offers a "Virtual Tour" of eight spaces inside and outside of the mansion. The virtual tour offers visitors the opportunity to view a list of artworks in each gallery, in addition to viewing the contents of the galleries. Visitors interested in reading about art, will be interested in the Frick Art Reference Library, which is located around the corner from the Frick Collection. Under "Library" on the menu across the top, visitors will find links to the "Library Collections", "Archival Collections", and "Electronic Resources". Interestingly, the "Auction Catalogs" link will lead visitors to information about the 80,000 auction catalogs held by the library, including over 1,600 that date from before 1800. Visit this site.


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11. Education: Making Movies
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Movie buffs will love this online version of the Harry Ransom Center's museum exhibit called Making Movies. The emphasis of the exhibit is on the collaborative effort it takes to make a movie. On the site, there are almost 20 features to watch, listen to, revel in, and analyze. The Ransom Center has used its vast collection of "original scripts, storyboards, production photos, and call sheets...in addition to screenplays," to bring to life the process of movie making.

Visitors might want to start with "Watch a Video Preview of the Making Movies Exhibition", before they head to "Learn How the Composer Timed the Music for Duel in the Sun", "Learn More About How Film Studios Controlled Their Publicity", and "Discover How Theaters Used "Slack Night" to Attract Patrons". Visitors in the Central Texas area should check out the list of films, on the far right hand side of the page, all of which are being shown in the film series for the Center's exhibit. Visit this site.

 

Editor's Comment: The Delamere Group has now for a period of years been involved in the Post Production of Films industry, and are pleased to inform our readers that for an update on current news, developments and major events in the Post Production industry, they can subscribe to our weekly Newsletter or read our regularly updated web site, Post Production Industry News & Buyers Guide.

 


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12. Immigration: Almost half of British want to Emigrate
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Most voters believe we are living in a broken Britain, according to a poll. Nearly three fifths say they hardly recognise the country they are living in and are deeply pessimistic about the state of Britain today. The survey shows that 70 per cent believe that society is now broken and 68 per cent believe people who play by the rules get a raw deal. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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13. Immigration & Education: South African Student Study in the UK
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