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Edition of 1 May 2008 #183

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IN THIS ISSUE


1. Business: Blatant Theft of Farms in Zimbabwe
2. Business: China has now Overtaken South Africa, Are you Surprised?
3. Business: Crazy World of Zimbabwe
4. Business: Depressing Outlook for the US Economy
5. Business: Who Said the Chinese Are Poor?
6. Business: World Food Prices
7. Construction & Environment: England's Answer to the Housing Problem
8. Education & Health: Acupuncture
9. Education: Background to African Culture
10. Education: City of Chester, England
11. Education: Rothschild Giraffe News
12. Immigration: Situation of Illegal Immigration in the USA
13. Immigration: Rampant Fraud in UK Immigration & Citizen Tests
14. Travel: Avoid all Travel to Zimbabwe


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1. Business: Blatant Theft of Farms in Zimbabwe
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A divorce wrangle between President Robert Mugabe's playboy nephew, Leo Mugabe, and his wife of nearly two decades, Veronica, has opened a can of worms and is revealing the extent to which Mugabe's cronies feathered their nests as Zimbabwe descended into impoverishment. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: These farms when seized from the white owners, were supposed to go to the local Africans to help grow food and produce milk and other essential items. But alas, from our local reporters' information, the farms now lie derelict with no production whatsoever. How sickening!


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2. Business: China has now Overtaken South Africa, Are you Surprised?
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China became the world's biggest producer of gold last year, overtaking South Africa which held top spot for 100 years, the independent precious metals consultancy GFMS said here on Wednesday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Crazy World of Zimbabwe
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Just as Tommy Miller was milking his Friesian herd early yesterday morning, the mob stormed into Dunluce Farm. Armed with sticks, stones and a shotgun, they ordered him to stop. He refused. The cows had to be milked or they would become ill. "This is the law," replied their dreadlocked leader, brandishing his baton. "You must throw the milk on the ground." As they rampaged through Zimbabwe's last productive farms, Robert Mugabe's feared militiamen threatened to drive the country to starvation with a campaign not just to reclaim white-owned land but to destroy the farming system. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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4. Business: Depressing Outlook for the US Economy
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The gap between rich and poor in many States of the USA has broadened at a quickening pace since the last U.S. recession, which could make it difficult for low-income families to weather the current economic downturn, according to a report issued Wednesday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: Who Said the Chinese Are Poor?
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While the global credit crunch has forced many consumers to rein in spending, one Beijing-based billionaire has splashed out a record $500,000 on 27 bottles of red wine, London-based Antique Wine Company said on Saturday. To read the full report and find out who bought the wine, so that you can get an invitation to his next party, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: The buyer promised to send us a sample bottle, but we are still waiting!

 

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6. Business: World Food Prices
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The rapid rise in food prices could push 100m people in poor countries deeper into poverty, the head of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, has said. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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7. Construction & Environment: England's Answer to the Housing Problem
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The new environmentally-friendly towns - low-energy, carbon-neutral developments built from recycled materials - will be the first new towns since the 1960s. The largest will provide between 15,000 and 20,000 new homes, with officials saying the towns should be "zero-carbon" developments and should be exemplary in one area of sustainability, such as energy production or waste disposal. They also want 30% to 40% of each eco-town to be allocated as affordable housing. Visit this site.

 

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8. Education & Health: Acupuncture
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Acupuncture is one of the oldest therapies in the world, but does it really work? To read this interesting report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our health site on useful therapies.


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9. Education: Background to African Culture
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The word "Aluka" is derived from a Zulu word meaning "to weave". It's an appropriate title for this international, collaborative initiative, which is committed to building and maintaining a digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.

While it might be best to describe some websites by what they have, it's almost better to ask the question of what Aluka doesn't have on its very thorough site. From the homepage, visitors can search the entire contents of the collection, or just browse on through some of the "Aluka's Choice" items, which might include anything from a drawing on animal skin or an architectural rendering of a temple in Ghana.The site also features several library tools, including a 3D viewer, a specialized page viewer, and an image measurement tool. Visitors can also take a look at the "News" area or just check out the "Image of the Day" feature on the homepage. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 

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10. Education: City of Chester, England
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This most unusual site was sent to us by one of our readers, and as one of our senior partners lived in Nantwich, near Chester, we thought that this informative and well presented site would be of interest our many site visitors and readers. Go to this link for a detailed history and a virtual walk around the Walls of Chester. Click here.

 

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11. Education: Rothschild Giraffe News
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Keepers at Chester Zoo are celebrating the birth of their second rare giraffe within two months. The rare Rothschild breed giraffe, born at the zoo has been called Niamh by staff. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Immigration: Situation of Illegal Immigration in the USA
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The state of California funded the procedures for two young illegal migrants. But when they hit 21, coverage passed to L.A. County, which doesn't have the resources to implant the new organs they both needed again. To read this very disturbing report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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13. Immigration: Rampant Fraud in UK Immigration & Citizen Tests
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Foreign nationals are being offered ways to ensure they pass UK citizenship tests, a BBC investigation has found. Fraudsters are recruiting stand-ins to sit the tests, while one language school has been providing candidates with answers. To read this very disturbing report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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14. Travel: Avoid all Travel to Zimbabwe
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The British Foreign Office today advised its citizens to avoid "all but essential" travel to Zimbabwe due to tensions surrounding last month's elections. To read the full report and warning, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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Book of the Month

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For the benefit of our 24,500 readers that missed the book of the month issue from our editor, please visit this link. Producing Nature and Poverty in Africa

 

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This month's quote
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"It is never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Eliot

 

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