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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 October 2005 #152

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National Geographic Magazine

This month the National Geographic Magazine features a Special Issue on Africa. This call from Africa should be heard by all our readers and web site visitors.

To quote from the editorial of the magazine, "Africans want better and fuller employment. They want food security and education for their children. They want good governance, free from oppression and corruption. They want fair, sensible arrangements for the management of wild landscapes and natural resources, arrangements chosen and controlled by Africans. They want peace."

The senior staff of the Delamere Group has spent many years in Africa and highly recommends reading this special issue. Visit this link National Geographic.

 

IN THIS ISSUE


1. Business: Africa viewed in poor light by the UNO
2. Business: China's Economy still booming
3. Business: White-owned farms being expropriated in Namibia
4. Education: Climate Change?
5. Education & Health: Is coffee bad for you?
6. Education & Environmental: Extinction of the world's great apes
7. Education: New School of Travel & Tourism in South Africa
8. Education: North American Mammals
9. Education: The effect of war on women's lives
10. Education: The Orion Magazine
11. Immigration: This sort of corruption in South Africa had better stop NOW
12. Travel: Golfer and wine farmer. Interview with Ernie Els at his farm in Stellenbosch, Cape Town
13. Travel: How safe are African Airlines?
14. Travel: The English Countryside
15. Travel & Environment: Update on the Tsavo National Park in Kenya
16. What is BEE in South Africa Business?


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1. Business: Africa viewed in poor light by the UNO
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The latest UN report on the economic status of nations around the globe has the bottom of its list filled with 20 nations from the sub-Saharan region. Why? Read this fascinating report for the answers. Go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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2. Business: China's Economy still booming
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China's growth shows no sign of slowing, according a new report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
In its first analysis of China's economy, the OECD said the private sector now provided half its output. To read the full report from the BBC, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: White-owned farms being expropriated in Namibia
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Windhoek - Namibia's government has quietly expropriated its first white-owned farm under the terms of its land reform programme, ordering its former occupants off the premises by the end of November, the farm's owner said on Thursday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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4. Education: Climate Change?
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Scientists predict about 50 million more people, most of them in Africa, could be at risk of hunger by 2050 due to climate change and reduced crop yields.
Roughly 500 million people worldwide already face hunger but rising levels of greenhouse gases could make the problem worse. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Education & Health: Is coffee bad for you?
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Washington - When the Ink Spots sang "I love the java jive and it loves me" in 1940, they could not have known how right they were.

Coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet, according to a study released Sunday. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Education & Environmental: Extinction of the world's great apes
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KINSHASA (Reuters) - Poaching, logging and disease will soon wipe out the last of the world's great apes unless new strategies are devised to save humankind's closest relatives, conservationists said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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7. Education: New School of Travel & Tourism in South Africa
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The Delamere Group announces the launch of the multi-million rand School of Tourism and Hospitality in Johannesburg. Business tycoon Sol Kerzner donated R20 million for the school's construction. His organisation will also help the school link up with hospitality institutions abroad. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our web site on courses available in the travel industry.


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8. Education: North American Mammals
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The Smithsonian Institution is well regarded for both its fine in situ collections and its rather dynamic and lively Web-based exhibits and databases.

This particular site contains a searchable database of the approximately 400 living mammals of North America. Much of the material on the site is based on The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals by Don E. Wilson and Sue Ruff. New visitors will definitely want to begin by perusing the "About the Site" area as it provides some basic information about how to best utilize the ways to search the database.

In brief, the database may be searched by species, geographic location, conservation status, and family tree. For each mammal, visitors can view several renderings and photographs and also read a short scientific and narrative description. A particularly novel feature is that for many of the mammals visitors can listen to a sound clip of each in its natural habitat. Another feature that is quite helpful is that visitors can create their own printable field guides by merely clicking a box next to each mammal's scientific name, and then proceed to print these materials out as they wish. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005


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9. Education: The effect of war on women's lives
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Throughout the 20th and 21st century, women have played a variety of roles during various military conflicts, both on the home front and on the front lines of battle. This online exhibit from the Imperial War Museum in Britain explores some of the complexities faced by women during these conflicts. The site is divided into four primary sections, including those that deal with both World Wars. Within each section, visitors can look at some of the activities that draw on the extensive visual documentation offered within. Visit this web site.

 


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10. Education: The Orion Magazine
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Since its inception in 1982, the Orion magazine has had a primary concern with reconnecting human culture with the natural world and "engaging the heart and mind". During the past few decades, Orion has published the work of a number of new voices, along with such established writers as Barry Lopez and David Quammen.

First-time visitors to the site will enjoy perusing the online archive, which contains selected articles and other writings from the magazine. Some of the materials available online include the piece "Peas, Man" by Matt Rasmussen. In the piece he offers his memories of working in the pea fields in the Skagit Valley. Another insightful piece in the most recent issue is "What Fundamentalists Need for Their Salvation" by David James Duncan. There are a number of fine online features here, including an audio feature of Pulitzer-Prize winner Richard Rhodes talking about the Everglades. Visit this intriguing site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005

 

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11. Immigration: This sort of corruption in South Africa must stop NOW
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Policemen were clearly shown accepting bribes in the South African Broadcasting Corporation's Special Assignment programme. A Zimbabwean man agreed to help expose the alleged corruption and then filmed the policemen accepting bribes with a hidden miniature video camera that had been attached to his clothes. The Delamere Group states officially "that there is enough corruption in Africa without this sort of behavior by government officials of South Africa, the leading nation in Africa."

 

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12. Travel: Golfer and wine farmer. Interview with Ernie Els at his farm in Stellenbosch, Cape Town
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They say there are two things that men are driven to master in life: playing the perfect round of golf and making the perfect bottle of wine.


If this is the case, then SA world champion golfer turned gentleman wine farmer Ernie Els (36) must be close to having mastered the art of living. To read the full interview, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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13. Travel: How safe are African Airlines?
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African airlines feature prominently on a new list of the world's most dangerous airlines. Belgium has followed France's lead in publishing the names of airlines over which it has safety concerns. None of the airlines on the list will be allowed to fly to Belgium because of what authorities say are operational safety concerns. To read the full list, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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14. Travel: The English Countryside
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Take a tour of the British countryside, "from the Scottish Highlands to the South Downs," via this web exhibition from the Tate Online. A Picture of Britain looks at the ways in which the British landscape has inspired artists like John Constable, JMW Turner, LS Lowry, Paul Nash and Richard Long.

The Web exhibition features an interactive map, a quiz for you to test your knowledge of various regions, including the Highlands and Glens, the Romantic North, and the Mystical West. Using the map, plot landmarks and artistic locations to see the places that have inspired generations of British artists, such as Tintern Abbey, Tyne River, and Lands End. There is also an Art On Demand section where visitors can order prints of their favorite images from the show. Visit this site.


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005

Editor's Note: Visit our web site on travel and tours of England.

 


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15. Travel & Environment: Update on the Tsavo National Park in Kenya
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NAIROBI, Kenya - The struggling parks where Kenya's largest elephant and rhino populations live will get trucks, communication equipment and better roads in a $1.25 million anti-poaching program unveiled Thursday.

"The challenges are huge and they need help," said Elizabeth Wamba of the U.S.-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, which is funding the program. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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16. What is BEE in South Africa Business?
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One of our readers asked this question. The initials BEE stand for Black Economic Empowerment, "BEE", was introduced as a policy to create economic equity and opportunity for black people through various areas of business. To read the full answer, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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This month's quote
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"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." ~ Mark Twain

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