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Edition of 1 March 2013 #241

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business & Travel: Britain’s HS2 High Speed Rail Route
  2. Business: Chinese Mining Investments in Africa
  3. Business: Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
  4. Business & Immigration: Leaving South Africa to Live Abroad?
  5. Business: Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative
  6. Business: Outsourcing Your Business
  7. Business: Potential Investment in Africa
  8. Business: Recent News of the Kenyan Election
  9. Business: Suez Canal to Raise Fees
  10. Education: Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  11. Education & Music: Appeal for Funds to Restore Bradford Cathedral Organ, Yorkshire, UK
  12. Education: Brontë Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire, England
  13. Education: National Museum of American Jewish History
  14. Education: Successful Schools in Kenya
  15. Business & Entertainment: Film Industry in South Africa
  16. Real Estate: High Rise Flats (Apartments) Not The Answer?
  17. Travel & Business: Increasing Air Traffic
  18. Travel & Education: Canals & Rivers of England
  19. Travel: Yosemite National Park in Winter

 

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1. Business & Travel: Britain’s HS2 High Speed Rail Route
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The HS2 line will use 225mph trains to link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and is expected to be completed by 2033. The speed of many journeys along the route will be cut drastically, making it possible to travel from central London to Manchester in only one hour and eight minutes, an hour faster than is currently possible. Read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Chinese Mining Investments in Africa
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The year 2011 saw a staggering increase in Chinese mining investments in Africa. Whereas these had totaled some $1.5-billion at the end of 2010, by the conclusion of 2011 the figure had rocketed to $15.6-billion. Africa has become the site of almost 75% of Chinese foreign mining investment. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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3. Business: Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa was expected to maintain its position as the second-fastest growing emerging market region after Asia, with regional growth to remain above 5%. Fitch Ratings on Wednesday attributed this to infrastructure spending, the development of mineral resources and growing consumer spending on the back of strengthened policy regimes, efforts to improve the business environment and rapid credit growth. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:   Visit our web page on Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

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4. Business & Immigration: Leaving South Africa to Live Abroad?
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The estimated percentage of property sellers who sold their homes to emigrate dropped in the fourth quarter to the lowest level since early 2008 despite the recent turbulence in the economy and heightened investor concern about South Africa's future stability and prosperity.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (AOL)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on South Africa.

 

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5. Business: Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative
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Global software developer Microsoft Corporation on Wednesday launched the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative to engage in Africa’s economic development and assist in improving the continent’s global competitiveness. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business: Outsourcing Your Business
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Experts say that South Africa, particularly the Western Cape, is seeing significant growth as a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) destination. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Visit our web page on employment services.

 

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7. Business: Potential Investment in Africa
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South Africa has maintained its position as the leading emerging economy on the African continent, ahead of Nigeria, in terms of potential investment destinations, a report by global business and audit advisory firm Grant Thornton has confirmed. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (Creamer Media)

 

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8. Business: Recent News of the Kenyan Election
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In less than two weeks, Kenyans will line up by the millions to pick their leaders for the first time since a disastrous vote in 2007, which set off clashes that killed more than 1,000 people. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (NYT)

 

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9. Business: Suez Canal to Raise Fees
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The decision by Egypt's Suez Canal Authority (SCA) to raise toll fees could force ship owners, already battling a deep slump in their sector, to re-route vessels around the Cape of Good Hope, a major industry association said. Tolls paid by ships using the strategic waterway are an important foreign currency earner for Egypt, bringing in around $5 billion a year at a time when the country faces political unrest and economic turmoil. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link (Creamer Media)

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

 

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10. Education: Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
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The Mayo Clinic has a terrific public outreach program, and this website provides a rich array of materials that deal with common and uncommon medical conditions. The Healthy Lifestyle area contains a range of tools and information for a healthy lifestyle. The sections include Healthy Lifestyle Topics, Life Stages, and Healthy Recipes. Within each section, visitors will find multimedia clips, expert answers, additional resources, and links to commonly asked questions. The Weight Loss area is particularly useful, as it contains over 25 different resources designed to help individuals address this increasingly common desire in a way that is balanced and meaningful. On a related note, the Healthy Recipes are a nice complement to these materials as they include suggestions for drinks, entrees, and side dishes. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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11. Education & Music: Appeal for Funds to Restore Bradford Cathedral Organ, Yorkshire, UK
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An appeal will be launched this week to raise the £250,000 needed to restore a cathedral’s organ ahead of a landmark celebration. Bradford Cathedral hopes to raise the money to restore and enhance its Edwardian pipe organ in time for the centenary year of the building’s elevation from parish church to cathedral, in 2019. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

Also visit our web page on the restoration fund for the organ in the Lord Egerton Castle in Nakuru District, Kenya. Click here.

 

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12. Education: Brontë Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire, England
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Ann Sumner is the new boss at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. She talks to Chris Bond about returning to Yorkshire and the legacy of the famous sisters. It is more than 150 years since the Brontë sisters were alive, but their legacy continues to inspire. To read the account and see the video, visit our NEWS DESK link.



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13. Education: National Museum of American Jewish History
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Established in 1976, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) moved into a new building on Independence Mall in Philadelphia in 2010. Over its history, the NMAJH has explored American Jewish identity through "lectures, panel discussions, authors' talks, films, children's activities, theater, and music." On the web site, visitors can learn about exhibitions, education outreach programs, and collections. In the Collections area, visitors can make their way through original and wonderful items that tell the story of the American Jewish experience through art, immigration, childhood, and sports. Moving on, the Programs area has wonderful information on upcoming lectures, musical performances and discussion groups. The site is rounded out by a link to the museum's pressroom and adult education programs. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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14. Education: Successful Schools in Kenya
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New Light Academy, Makini School and Gilgil Hills academy in Nairobi and Nakuru Counties respectively topped the list of the best performing schools in the 2012 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results announced Monday.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

 

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15. Business & Entertainment: Film Industry in South Africa
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When it comes to the film industry, a reliable source of uninterrupted power is a critical part of the entire production process. Media Film Service, the Cape Town-based operation that supplies equipment to the film industry, recently invested in an Atlas Copco QAS generator to further enhance its range of product offerings. Media Film Service is a rental company to the film industry that supplies equipment and consumables for productions. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Also visit our web site on Post Production News.

 

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16. Real Estate: High Rise Flats (Apartments) Not The Answer?
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Back in the 1960s they were seen as the answer to Britain’s growing housing problem in the post-war world But far from being some kind of concrete utopia, the concept of high rise living quickly unravelled and within just a few years it came to be seen as a failed social experiment.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on housing problems.

 

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17. Travel & Business: Increasing Air Traffic
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The International Air Transport Association (Iata) was cautiously optimistic about the outlook for the aviation sector in 2013. Business confidence is up. The Eurozone situation is more stable than it was a year-ago and the US avoided the fiscal cliff. Significant headwinds remain. There is no end in sight for high fuel prices and gross domestic product growth is projected at just 2.3%. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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18. Travel & Education: Canals & Rivers of England
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One of our readers sent us this marvelous site about the canals and waterways of England.  This website brings back many happy memories of our visit to the north of England and the care and beauty that these waterways provide.  Visit this site.

 

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19. Travel: Yosemite National Park in Winter
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Frazil ice flows are dramatic natural events that occur in the waterfalls of Yosemite Valley during March and April. Summertime visitors to Yosemite National Park miss many of the unique events of winter and early spring so if you are planning a visit maybe this would be a good reason to avoid the summer crowds.  Visit this site and see the video clip.


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This month's quote

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""Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome." ~ Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English Author

 

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"The Performance Economy" ~ by Walter R. Stahel

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