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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 May 2010 #207

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This Month's Sponsor
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Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy's efforts to protect rhinos are critical to the survival of the species. Ol Pejeta is the Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa and holds 14% of the confirmed black rhino population in Kenya. The constant population increase we are witnessing on Ol Pejeta is the result of our security efforts. We happily share this news with you. Visit our site.

 

IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: African Development Bank
2. Business & Internet: USA National Broadband Plan
3. Business: Investing in Australia
4. Business: Shell Oil Pulling out of Africa?
5. Business: South African Ties with Brazil & India
6. Education & Immigration: Foreign Students in UK Schools
7. Immigration: Prospects for Reform in the USA
8. Immigration: UK Probably Adopt Australian Immigration Points System
9. Sad Announcement: Sudden Death of our little Elephant Nchan in Kenya

 

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1. Business: African Development Bank
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The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) was founded in 1964, and its mission is to "promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty in Africa."

Their website is extremely thorough in discussing its guidelines for lending, its source of funds, and current projects. On the homepage, in the middle of the page is a link to a book called "Africa Achieves", and it contains text and photos about people and communities in Africa that are "taking charge of their destinies and improving their lives" through projects financed by AfDB. Visitors can click on "Download Full Report", or they can download chapter by chapter under the "Table of Content" heading.

The first chapter, on the consequences of living without electricity, reveals many roadblocks to achieving electrification in rural areas. In the "Selected Projects" link, which can be found on the far right hand side of the homepage, visitors can browse projects, or search for them by "keyword", "country", "sector", "status", "finance source" or "approval date". There is a good deal of information on this website that is worth exploring. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010

 


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2. Business & Internet: USA National Broadband Plan
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been working on a National Broadband Plan for the United States since early 2010, and this website provides information about their ongoing work. The hope for this plan is that it will open up economic opportunities to a wide range of locales that are not currently served by broadband Internet access. On this site, visitors can look over sections that include "About Broadband", "Events", "Initiatives", and "The Plan".

First-time visitors may want to click on the "About Broadband" to get some basic details about the importance of broadband access. Moving on, visitors can click on "The Plan" to watch an overview of the plan from the chairman of the FCC, and they may also view an executive summary and the entire plan. After that, visitors should look at the thematic areas of the site (such as "Health Care" and "Civic Engagement") to learn more about how increased broadband will transform these sectors of life in America. Visit this site.

 


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3. Business: Investing in Australia
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Australia is likely to see an increase in initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2010, as confidence in the resources sector continues to improve. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our page on Australia.

 

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4. Business: Shell Oil Pulling out of Africa?
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Shell Oil said on Thursday it was considering selling most of its service stations and other downstream assets in 21 African countries, as part of a wider effort to reduce its global refining and marketing exposure. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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5. Business: South African Ties with Brazil & India
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President Zuma of South Africa has arrived in the Brazilian capital Brasilia to attend the India-Brazil-South Africa summit, known as IBSA today. Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Zuma will discuss the aftermath of the international financial crisis, G-20 related matters and climate change. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Education & Immigration: Foreign Students in UK Schools
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The impact of immigration since 1997 has been disclosed by official figures which show a sharp rise in the number of schools where more than half the students have a foreign language as their mother tongue. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Immigration: Prospects for Reform in the USA
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Immigration has been on the forefront of American policy issues for sometime now, and the foreign population in the United States is approaching historic levels.

In March 2010, the Brookings Institution's Audrey Singer and John Mollenfkopf offered a presentation that examines this transformation. The presentation is focused on the "numerous affects of the country's changing demographics, from shifts in the job market to how second-generation immigrants will socially incorporate themselves into American society."


Visitors will note that the presentation contains 31 separate slides including helpful graphs, charts, and policy suggestions for the future. One of Mollenfkopf and Singer's suggestions include "eliminating political gridlock on the federal level to help push through comprehensive reform." Visit this site.

Editor's Note: Since we released our newsletter last month and the comments made regarding reform and amnesty for illegal immigrants in the USA, we have been swamped with requests for more information. This current news item will be of interest to those who wrote to our editor.

 

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8. Immigration: UK Probably Adopt Australian Immigration Points System
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The British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has appealed directly to a middle England spooked by rising unemployment, adopting what he describes as the ''tough Australian immigration points system'' as a key plank of Labour's election manifesto. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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9. Sad Announcement: Sudden Death of our little Elephant Nchan in Kenya
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Rescued from a well dug near the Milgis Lugga in Kenya when just 6 weeks old on the 18th of April 2009, and there she, our beautiful litttle Nchan thrived until the 14th April, 2010, one month before the milestone of her 1st birthday.

We are sad to announce the sudden death of Nchan. We were all confident that this little elephant would live and soon be able to join her peers in Tsavo National Park, where she would grow up in prime elephant country and ultimately lead a normal wild elephant life again as part of the extended and loving large new orphaned elephant family. Visit our News Link for the full report of this sad news of her death.



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Book of the Month
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An Insider's Guide to the Mining Sector ~ by Michael Coulson

The prospect of instant riches gives the mining sector an obvious glamour. And when the mining sector begins to run it can be an awesome sight and the excitement generated can be every bit as seductive and heady as that which enveloped markets during the internet boom. But due to the counter-cyclical nature of many mining stocks, they can also offer a valuable refuge when stock markets turn down.

In this book, Michael Coulson gives a masterly overview of the sector, explains both the rewards and the pitfalls of investing in mining shares and argues convincingly that mining should once again form a core sector for all investors.

The book is for anyone interested in mining, and particularly mining as an investment. Whilst it contains material which will be useful to even experienced followers of the sector, its main target is those who are interested in mining but perhaps not particularly familiar with the sector, and would like to know more. All the subjects are covered that are fundamental to acquiring sufficient knowledge about the mining sector to invest in it with confidence. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

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This month's quote

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"Nothing is more important than surrounding yourself with good and positive people." ~ Hugh Cholmondeley, 2nd Lord Delamere of Vale Royal, Cheshire, England (1811-1887)


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