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Edition of 1 May 2014 # 255

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

  1. Business: China Now Linking Up With Europe
  2. Business: China Plans a South African Takeover?
  3. Business & Education: African Engineers
  4. Business: Trends of 2014 Navigating the Next Wave of Globalization
  5. Business: Is South Africa Living in a Dream World
  6. Business: Kenya to Import Natural Gas from Qatar
  7. Business: Retirement of Sol Kerzner South African Entrepreneur
  8. Business: South Africa Waking Up to Reality
  9. Business: Trade to Increase between Turkey & Kenya
  10. Education: 100 Years of Fashion
  11. Education: History of the First World War
  12. Real Estate: China’s New Eco-Cities
  13. Real Estate: Chinese Buying up Property in Kenya
  14. Real Estate: The Slums of Glasgow, Scotland
  15. Travel & Immigration:  Message to our Expat Subscribers
  16. Travel & Education: British Railways in England
  17. Travel: Yorkshire Dales in England
  18. Travel & History: An Interesting Observation of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  19. Travel: Visiting Galway in Ireland
  20. Travel & Education: Shipwreck of the City of Chester Located in San Francisco Bay


 

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1. Business: China Now Linking Up With Europe
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China's President Xi Jinping paid an unprecedented visit to the European Union's headquarters here Monday, as Beijing and the EU work toward deeper trade and strategic ties.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on China.  Plus read the report forwarded from our reader in Europe.

 

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2. Business: China Plans a South African Takeover?
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China's Shanghai Zendai Property plans to break ground next year on an R84 billion new city development near South Africa's commercial capital Johannesburg, its chairperson said on Wednesday. The 1 600 hectare "Modderfontein New City" will include offices, a light industry park, housing for 100 000 people, schools and entertainment centres.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)

 

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3. Business & Education: African Engineers
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The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), which is dedicated to promoting excellence in engineering in the UK and abroad, is optimistic that African engineers will respond enthusiastically to its inaugural ‘Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation’. The initiative is described as the biggest prize devoted to engineering innovation in sub-Saharan Africa and covers all disciplines from mechanical, civil and computing to biomedical, oil and gas, mining and electronic engineering. Entries close on Friday, May 30 and the overall winner will be named in March 2015 and will receive a £25 000 prize.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. 



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4. Business: Trends of 2014 Navigating the Next Wave of Globalization
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This report by Deloitte explores nine trends that are currently reshaping the business environment, driven by long-term, potentially irreversible, shifts in the global economy.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Deloitte, this report is a PDF file)



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5. Business: Is South Africa Living in a Dream World
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South Africa had more than enough money and resources to deliver on the Constitutional promise of an improved quality of life for all, but those involved in corruption had cost the country immensely. This was said by Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who gave a keynote address at the Civilution Congress earlier this month. She stated that it was not acceptable to take another 20 years to achieve human dignity and that there were opportunities for all, as well as scope for people to become wealthy while keeping their integrity if “we all do the right thing”.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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6. Business: Kenya to Import Natural Gas from Qatar
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Kenya will negotiate the import of natural gas from Qatar Gas to fuel a power station it wants built in the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa, the President's office said on Tuesday. The gas-powered power plant was part of the government's plans to add 5 000 MW to Kenya's existing 1 664 MW generation capacity by 2017 to accelerate economic growth, which was expected to push Kenya's power demand up to 15 000 MW by 2030. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.  (Creamer Media)


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




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7. Business: Retirement of Sol Kerzner South African Entrepreneur
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Sol Kerzner’s “retirement” has triggered an embarrassing discharge of praise of which the man, born 78 years ago in Bez Valley, Johannesburg, to Lithuanian immigrants, is not remotely worthy, according to this reporter in South Africa..  This article will prove to be of particular interest to our many readers in South Africa and especially “expats” from South Africa.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (bdlive)

 

Editor’s Note: Our senior editor met Sol Kerzner while on a visit to Cape Town, and no matter what current South Africans think of his business ethics and bad language, he certainly benefitted the South African Government and its future ambitions. Draw your own conclusion from the above article and other realted articles.

 

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8. Business: South Africa Waking Up to Reality
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South Africa is not an island, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday, and economic growth and development depends on the extent to which the country is integrated with the dominant global economic system. Two decades since democracy in 1994, the extent to which South Africa has addressed the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment has become a standard measure of the progress the country has made in improving the lives of its citizens.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (bdlive)

 

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

 

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9. Business: Trade to Increase between Turkey & Kenya
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Kenya and Turkey have agreed on a dozen areas of co-operation aimed at further growing the relationship between the two countries. Meeting today in Turkey’s Capital Ankara for the 2nd Joint Economic Commission (JCC), established in accordance with the Article 8 of the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the two countries, the technical teams identified priority areas as trade, industrialization, transport, agriculture, tourism, education, health, immigration, science and technology, and development of arid lands.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (KBC)

 

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10. Education: 100 Years of Fashion
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Travel through over 100 years of fashion in this exhibition from the Museum of the City of New York. Images of 119 garments produced by two design houses: Worth, the Paris studio of Englishman Charles Frederick Worth, and Mainbocher, founded by Main Rousseau Bocher, who was born in Chicago, are arranged on a timeline stretching from 1860 - 1967. Biographies of both designers can be read on the website. Many of the dresses were owned and worn by fashionable New York women. The Worth examples begin with the hand-stitched and hoop-skirted garments worn during the Civil War era and end with the slimmer, sleeker lines of the 1920s - dresses that could have been worn by Lady Mary Crawley. Mainbocher designs include U.S. Waves and Girl Scout uniforms from the 1940s and dresses worn by Judy Holliday in the1946 musical play, "Born Yesterday,” as well as by Mary Martin in, “The Sound of Music.” The Mainbocher suits from the 1960s, the last years covered in the exhibition, would not be out of place on Mad Men. Visit this site.

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Editor’s Note: If you have an interest in vintage fashion, then we recommend you visit our web site, www.VintageShopper.com

 

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11. Education: History of the First World War
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When David Kitchen’s great grandfather had a violent argument with his boss in Yorkshire it was to have tragic and unforeseen consequences. Around the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 Arthur Smith was married with children and in a farming job which should have kept him in West Yorkshire until the war ended.  To read the full and very touching story, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Yorkshire Post)


Editor’s Note: See our Newsletter of Nov 2007 and the News item # 11.

 

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12. Real Estate: China’s New Eco-Cities
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As part of its plan to move tens of millions of people out of the countryside, China is building hundreds of brand-new cities. Tianjin Eco-city is a relatively successful example, but many of its 'green' buildings still echo like gymnasiums.  To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.




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13. Real Estate: Chinese Buying up Property in Kenya
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Chinese investors have entered the Kenyan property market and are likely to overtake their Kenyan counterparts as they have access to lower cost financing to develop property and offer home-buyers. Kenya’s property consultants say the trend has been spurred by the investors’ easy access to lower cost finance from the home nations.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web on Kenya.

 

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14. Real Estate: The Slums of Glasgow, Scotland
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Plans to demolish five tower blocks as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony have been scotched. However the five well-known blocks at Red Road will still be demolished. But this particular revolution in Glasgow's social housing will not be televised. At least these appalling blocks of slum housing will be demolished and disappear forever.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

Editor’s Note:  Don’t forget to visit our webpage on housing for the homeless and the poor.

 

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15. Travel & Immigration:  Message to our Expat Subscribers
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Barclaycard, the UK's biggest credit card company, has written to expat customers who haven’t used their cards in at least six months telling them that could have them withdrawn if they don’t provide a UK address.  Manoj Piplani, managing director of Barclaycard UK said: "We periodically review accounts, both in the UK and internationally, and if we become aware that a customer hasn’t used their account for more than six months, we'll close their UK Barclaycard account, after giving them time to make alternative arrangements.”  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editor’s Note:  Don’t forget to visit our webpage on Financial Services.

 

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16. Travel & Education: British Railways in England
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As the 25th anniversary of the Settle-Carlisle railway being saved from closure approaches, Roger Ratcliffe talks to the politician turned television presenter Michael Portillo, who as Transport Minister threw the service a lifeline. Perhaps it was some grand celestial script that a few years ago put Michael Portillo and a TV crew on the 11.46 train to Garsdale. To read the full report; go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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17. Travel: Yorkshire Dales in England
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The Yorkshire Dales National Park is celebrating its diamond jubilee. Roger Ratcliffe assesses a lavishly illustrated book on 60 years of protecting one of Britain’s most cherished landscapes. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editor’s Note:  To buy this beautiful book The Yorkshire Dales National Park: A Celebration of 60 Years, The Yorkshire Dales: A 60th Anniversary Celebration of the National Park.

 

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18. Travel & History: An Interesting Observation of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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A recent visitor to Utah requested a source to look back in history of how this City handled the ban on drinking beer and liquor.  This series of old photographs by the local newspaper has a brilliant series of historical photos that any researcher will enjoy.  Visit this site.

 

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19. Travel: Visiting Galway in Ireland
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This article in the Daily Telegraph was submitted by one of our regular readers, and we thought it would be of some advantage for our other readers to benefit from this first hand review of some of the best attractions in this Irish City.  To read more, visit our NEWS DESK link.

 

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20. Travel & Education: Shipwreck of the SS City of Chester Located in San Francisco Bay
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The passenger steamer was located once before in the murky depths of San Francisco Bay. The year was 1890 and the City of Chester had gone down just two years prior after colliding with another ship in dense fog near the Golden Gate Bridge of today. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , successor to the agency that made the initial find by dragging a wire across the ocean floor, announced the wreck has been located again.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


 

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Photo of the Month
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One of our regular readers in Japan sent this series of photos that were published in the Daily Telegraph of London.  They are well worth viewing and we hope you enjoy these photos of a Zen Garden. Visit this link.

 

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This month's quote

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope." ~ Winston Churchill

 

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Book of the Month
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Diplomacy in the Early Islamic World -A Tenth-century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations ~ by Maria Vaiou

Arab messengers played a vital role in the medieval Islamic world and its diplomatic relations with foreign powers. An innovative treatise from the 10th Century ("Rusul al-Muluk", "Messengers of Kings") is perhaps the most important account of the diplomacy of the period, and it is here translated into English for the first time. "Rusul al-Muluk" draws on examples from the Qur'an and other sources which extend from the period of al-jahiliyya to the time of the 'Abbasid caliph al-Mu'tasim  In the only medieval Arabic work which exists on the conduct of messengers and their qualifications, the author Ibn al-Farr rejects jihadist policies in favor of quiet diplomacy and a pragmatic outlook of constructive realpolitik. "Rusul al-Muluk" is an extraordinarily important and original contribution to our understanding of the early Islamic world and the field of International Relations and Diplomatic History. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

 

 

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