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Edition of 1 May 2009 #195

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IN THIS ISSUE


1. Business: Angola Investment Projects
2. Business: Denmark & South Africa Clean Energy Programme
3. Business: East African Community (EAC)
4. Business & Education: Searching Back Issues of Newspapers
5. Business: Should South Africa Trade With Nigeria?
6. Business: World Bank Willing to Help Zimbabwe
7. Education & Environmental: Crime of Animal Trafficking
8. Education: Jamestown Rediscovery
9. Education & Travel: Most Miserable Place in Britain
10. Education & Travel: Photographs of Wales and the English border during World War
11. Education & Environment: Kenyan Lions Being Poisoned by Pesticides
12. Education: Seashells and the Plainness and Beauty of their Mathematical Descriptions
13. Immigration: Brits Emigrating to Australia
14. Immigration: Irish Overstays in the US
15. Immigration: South Africans Planning to Emigrate


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1. Business: Angola Investment Projects
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Angola will invest over $8-billion in the next four years to bolster its economic transformation and end the nation's dependence on dwindling oil and diamond exports, Angola's deputy-minister for industry said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: For examining the situation of doing business in Angola, visit our trade pages on Angola.


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2. Business: Denmark & South Africa Clean Energy Programme
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Danish energy giant, Dong Energy, and the Danish Embassy in South Africa on Wednesday signed an agreement that would see the embassy assist the company to enter the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) market in South Africa. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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3. Business: East African Community (EAC)
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Members of the East African Community (EAC) could sign a common markets deal by the end of April if three outstanding issues are resolved, Kenya said on Tuesday. The EAC which comprises Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, has set itself a January 1, 2010 target to have an operational common market which allows the free movement of goods, people, capital and services within the bloc. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: For additional information regarding trade and doing business in Africa, please visit our page on African countries.


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4. Business & Education: Searching Back Issues of Newspapers
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If you've ever dreamed of reading the January 2, 1900 edition of Paris, Kentucky's "Bourbon News", this site will offer a form of wish fulfillment. This newspaper (and many others) are part of the Chronicling America website, which was produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program. The program is the result of a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. In the "View" section of the site, visitors can view a range of newspapers from 1880 to 1910 from ten different states, including Utah, Virginia, Nebraska, and Minnesota.

Visitors can use their search engine to perform detailed searches across the collection, and if they don't find what they are looking for, they can click on over to the "Find" area. Here, visitors can find general publication information about thousands of current and defunct publications organized by newspaper title. Visit this site.


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5. Business: Should South Africa Trade With Nigeria?
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We received this report from our South African agent, and confirm that this suggestion is the most ludicrous idea we have ever observed in our 35 years experience of dealing in trade in Africa. This is an extract from the report.

"Nigeria offers significant growth prospects, private equity company Actis CEO for West Africa Simon Harford said on Thursday, saying South African companies should evaluate business opportunities in that country. Speaking at a South Africa-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast, he criticised South African companies for only concentrating on doing business in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries." To read this report, go our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: If you decide you want to take the risk of doing business in Nigeria, then we invite you to visit our page on Nigerian business.


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6. Business: World Bank Willing to Help Zimbabwe
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The World Bank is willing to help Zimbabwe recover from a devastating economic crisis, but it is critical for the country's institutions to restore democracy and human rights, the bank said on Thursday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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7. Education & Environmental: Crime of Animal Trafficking
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Nairobi - Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have seized a rare baby gorilla from traffickers at an airport who hid it under clothes in the bottom of a bag, wildlife officials said on Tuesday. The female primate of about two years old was rescued on Sunday in the eastern Congolese town of Goma following a three-month undercover investigation by the Congolese Wildlife Authority. One suspected trafficker was arrested. This sort of criminality MUST be stopped. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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8. Education: Jamestown Rediscovery
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The archaeological site of Jamestown, the failed English Settlement in Virginia that was established in 1607, is under excavation, and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities' website detailing its progress is very thorough and provides many different features to tell Jamestown's story. Visitors unfamiliar with the story of Jamestown should start by clicking on "History of Jamestown", near the bottom of the page.

Within the text are hyperlinks to concepts that have examples or require more in depth explanation. Visitors can view past exhibits that were at Jamestown, by clicking on "Exhibits", on the left hand menu. Two digitized exhibits from 1998 and 1999 are both accessible here. The "Findings" section enables visitors to click on a drawing of a map of various sites on the excavation site. Once clicked, a photograph of the actual excavation site will be revealed, along with an explanation of the project's findings. The "Resources" section, mainly for researchers, is not to be missed, as it includes the rather fun "Interactive Exercises" that shows how archaeology is done at the Jamestown site. Visit this site.


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9. Education & Travel: Most Miserable Place in Britain
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The most sparsely populated county in Wales is where you will find Britain's happiest place, hints research. Powys in Wales tops the list of 273 districts, with Edinburgh apparently the most miserable place in Britain. Can you believe this? To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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10. Education & Travel: Photographs of Wales and the English border during the Second World War
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Geoff Charles was a Welsh newspaper photographer for 50 years, and donated his entire collection of 120,000 negatives to the National Library of Wales. The 6,000 photos from World War II that have been digitized and are available on this National Library of Wales website highlight the war effort in Wales, as well as serve as a testament to a rural way of life that has since disappeared.

The website is well-organized and the photographic images are of good quality. First, visitors can choose the language (Welsh or English) in which they wish to view the collection. Once their language has been selected, there are several ways to peruse the collection, which can be found at the top of the website. Visitors can use the drop down box on the far left to browse by Personal Names, Places or Subjects or they can use a simple keyword search.

The drop down box on the far right side of the top of the page is entitled "I want to see pictures of...", and has 18 categories from which to choose. Some of the categories include "Agricultural Shows", "Evacuees" and "Sheep Shearing". The last way to peruse the collection is probably the most fun. In the middle of the page is a group of ten photos that represent themes, including "Digging For Victory", "Making Do", "Out of the Kitchen", and "The Children's War". Upon choosing a theme, visitors will also be able to read an informative introduction explaining the theme. Visit this site.

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11. Education & Environment: Kenyan Lions Being Poisoned by Pesticides
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Conservationists in Kenya are calling for a deadly pesticide to be banned after it was linked to the poisoning of a "staggering" number of lions and other wildlife. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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12. Education: Seashells and the Plainness and Beauty of their Mathematical Descriptions
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How do plants and animals grow, one might ask? Jorge Picado of the Universidade de Coimbra recently looked into the question of how seashells grow, and has produced this lovely article which is offered as part of the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) Digital Library collection.

As Picado suggests in the abstract for this paper, "Many aspects of the growth of plants and animals may be described by remarkably simple mathematical laws." Utilizing the LiveGraphics3D Java applet, Picado elaborates on how seashells grow, along with offering some commentary on additional examples and a bibliography. The paper is also available here in Portuguese. Visit this site


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13. Immigration: Brits Emigrating to Australia
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The recession is prompting record numbers of