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Edition of 1 May 2013 # 243

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Sudan Gold Exports
  2. Business: Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States
  3. Business: Progress of the Brics Development Bank Business: World Bank- Mapping for Results
  4. Business: What is the Future of Kenya?
  5. Business: World Bank- Mapping for Results
  6. Business & Education: Kennecott Utah Copper Mine
  7. Education & Entertainment: Global Performing Arts Database
  8. Education: Historical Maps of Britain
  9. Education & Health: Interactive Course on Magnetic Resonance Imagining
  10. Education & Environment: Lions on the Verge of Extinction
  11. Education: Manchester, England Art Galleries
  12. Education: Maps of Los Angeles, the United States and the World
  13. Education: Science Library
  14. Education: The Chinese in California
  15. Education: Yorkshire’s Industrial Heritage



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1. Business: Sudan Gold Exports
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Sudan exported $2.2-billion worth of gold last year and hopes to step up exploration with the help of Russian and Chinese companies, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Monday, giving the first official figure. Gold has now become Sudan's biggest export product, partially replacing oil revenues that had made up more than 50 percent of state income until 2011, when South Sudan became independent and took most oil reserves. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

 

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2. Business: Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States
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Released in March 2013, this report from the Brookings Institution's African Growth Initiative provides compelling information on why the African continent should be a public policy priority for the United States. The report is divided into five short sections, including "China in Africa: Implications for U.S. Competition and Diplomacy," "Transforming the U.S.-African Commercial Relationship," and "Advancing Peace and Security in Africa." It's a timely work that sets out a cogent argument and will be of particular interest to public policy scholars, journalists, and others interested in global politics. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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3. Business: Progress of the Brics Development Bank
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Finance Ministers and central bank governors from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) agreed, during meetings in Washington in April, to an “intensive” six-month work programme to firm up arrangements for the establishment of the so-called Brics Development Bank.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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4. Business: What is the Future of Kenya?
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A bloated public wage bill, excessive debts and a current account deficit stand in the way of Kenya's new government's dream of double digit economic growth.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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5. Business: World Bank- Mapping for Results
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The effective visual representation of key demographic data through the use of dynamic maps is a powerful tool for policymakers, journalists, and others. The World Bank developed such a program in 2010 as part of the Mapping for Results website. So far, their team has analyzed over 2,500 World Bank-financed projects and geo-coded more than 30,000 locations spanning 144 countries. Visitors can look over the featured articles on the homepage to get a flavor of the projects here, which include stories like "Mapping for Results Goes Local" and "Mapping the Financial Sector in Africa." Visitors can use the interactive map to view projects by country or indicator, which include population density, malnutrition, and infant mortality. Visitors can also learn about the Methodology deployed throughout the maps, which will be useful to those persons looking to understand the inner workings of this complex undertaking. Visitors can sign up to receive updates about the site via Twitter or RSS feed.  Visit this site.

Editor’s Note:  We have recommended this powerful tool to all our clients who are involved in global trade.  Visit our web site on Global Trade.



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6. Business & Education: Kennecott Utah Copper Mine
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One of our readers visited this man made “hole” in the earth, an open copper mine in Utah, and these are some of our favorite photos of Kennecott Utah Copper.  Today, as the second largest copper producer in the United States, Kennecott Utah Copper provides about 18-25% percent of the U.S.'s copper needs. Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the largest man-made excavations in the world. To read the full report and see some historic photos, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  For more details and background of Kennecott Copper Mine, click here.


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7. Education & Entertainment: Global Performing Arts Database
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The Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) is a trove of "detailed, multilingual descriptions of digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world." Currently, the site contains over 4,500 records and was made possible by funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. New visitors may wish to peruse the About GloPAD area, though detailed search information can be found via the Using GloPAD section. The homepage contains some fine Suggested Searches, including Show Boat, The Government Inspector, and Bernard Shaw. The Production Records area is quite a find, as it contains detailed information for shows as diverse as the 1944 Broadway production of the "On the Town" and the 1996 water puppetry show from the Kim Dong Theatre in Hanoi. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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8. Education: Historical Maps of Britain
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The Vision of Britain Through Time site presents a range of documents and primary source materials that tell the story of the nation from 1801 to 2001. This particular corner of the site brings together a multitude of maps, organized into three sections. In the Topographic Maps area, visitors can look over items such as R. Wilkinson's 1812 survey of Great Britain and the Ordnance Survey of Scotland, compiled from 1925 to 1948. The Boundary Maps area is quite a gem, as it contains over a dozen artifacts, including boundary surveys of England and Wales from 1885, 1868, and 1832. Finally, the site also includes a How to use the map library area that provides a nice introduction to the most effective use of these materials. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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9. Education & Health: Interactive Course on Magnetic Resonance Imagining
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As the health care professions continue to attract talented individuals, online resources have become an attractive way to learn new skills and supplement classroom learning. This website offers interested parties a step-by-step, interactive course on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It's worth noting that the site has received several awards from organizations such as the Radiological Society of North America. The course is divided into 16 sections, including Cardiac MRI, Image Formation, and Functional MRI. Each section contains a table of contents and a detailed list of learning objectives. As a whole, the site is a great way to get acquainted with this important medical tool and it is a resource that educators will want to share with friends and colleagues. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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10. Education & Environment: Lions on the Verge of Extinction
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Forget about the rhino for a moment and spare a thought for the lions. When the rhino poaching problem subsides in five to 10 years, wild lions will be gone. The continent’s lion population has shrunk by 75 percent in the past two decades, according to wildlife experts. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SAPA)



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11. Education: Manchester, England Art Galleries
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The collections at the Manchester Art Galleries are prodigious and this fine digital archive allows users to look at over 25,000 works. Given these vast holdings, new users may wish to start by look at the Highlights of the Collection area. Here they will find a remarkable collection called Remembering Slavery. It's a brief tour based on seven objects that are linked to Manchester's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. The three other highlight collections include Hidden Gems, and New Faces, which features some wonderful new additions. The Costume Online area features a pleasant melange of thematic tours, including Clothes for Work, Recycled Fashion, and Materials and Making. In this final area, visitors can learn about everything from club clothes to Victorian get-ups for riding a bicycle. Additionally, visitors can search the entire collection for items of particular interest. Visit this site.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on art.

 

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12. Education: Maps of Los Angeles, the United States and the World
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The UCLA Library has a range of digital collections that document every aspect of Golden State history. Of course, any good Angeleno or anyone else with an interest in the state will appreciate this collection of 84 maps of Los Angeles, the United States, and of course, other locales. Visitors can browse the entire collection by language, name, subject, or area of geographic coverage. A great place to start here is the "Bird's Eye View of Coronado Beach, San Diego Bay and city of San Diego, California in distance." It's a fantastic view of the area and a nice way to start a more detailed tour of the entire collection. Truly, this is a delight for historical geographers and those with a love of the area's rich past. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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13. Education: Science Library
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Scitable is a completely free science library and personal learning tool created by the Nature Publishing Group. The work is currently focused on genetics and cell biology and covers topics such as evolution, gene expression and "the rich complexity of cellular processes shared by living organisms."

At the Inside Scitable area, visitors can browse ad search hundreds of science articles, use the discussion board, build an online classroom, and also contribute and share content. First-time visitors should head on over to the Spotlight area, where they can read quality pieces on World Teacher's Day, nanotechnology, and other topics. Also, visitors shouldn't miss the Labcoat Life area, which contains musings on topics like "Tackling Mental Illness in Africa" and "Is Global Warming Chiefly Manmade?"  Visit this site.

 

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14. Education: The Chinese in California
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This well-developed collection tells the story of Chinese immigration to California in the late 19th and early 20th century through approximately 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials. This fine brocade of ephemera includes letters, business records, legal documents, cartoons, photographs, and original art. These materials cover everything from family life to inter-ethnic tensions. San Francisco's Chinatown is the subject of special attention as well. First-time visitors should consider the Topical Overview area, which features galleries and essays such as "Anti-Chinese Movements and Chinese Exclusion" and "San Francisco's Chinatown-Business and Politics." Additionally, visitors can browse the materials by subject, name, title, group, or theme. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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15. Education: Yorkshire’s Industrial Heritage
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For those who have worked in a factory or mill they will be familiar with the sights – clocking-in machines, oily lathes and looms and serious-looking technicians in overalls. There are dozens of machines from Yorkshire’s industrial heritage inside Calderdale Industrial Museum, yet the building is silent apart from the noise of volunteers tinkering with gears, cogs and pulleys. Twelve years after it closed, volunteers are breathing new life into the museum and are hopeful of getting the machines working again – but they have a long haul ahead.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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This month's quote

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"Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success." ~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish Dramatist and Poet

 

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