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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 October 2008 #188

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Angola's Economic Growth
2. Business: Future of Southern Africa
3. Business: Italy to Make Heavy Investments in Libya
4. Business: New Report on Sub-Saharan Africa
5. Business: Nuclear Power Stations for South Africa & China
6. Business: Trade Agreements between Kenya & South Africa
7. Business: Wine Industry in China
8. Education & Health: Treating Patients with Maggots
9. Education & Environment: Increase in World Poverty
10. Education: Royal Philharmonic Society
11. Immigration: Identity Cards to go ahead in the UK
12. Immigration: Research Shows Immigration Boosting South Africa Economy
13. Travel: Napa Valley in California


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1. Business: Angola's Economic Growth
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Angola's economic growth should remain strong in 2009 at 15% after this year's expected 16%, Finance Minister Jose Pedro Morais told a Portuguese newspaper. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our page on Angola.

 


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2. Business: Future of Southern Africa
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Shifts in global economic and political power, resource constraints, the country's economic growth, governance, social fabric, and technology were likely to be the key driving forces (KDFs) that would affect South Africa's development up to 2025. To read this very informative report, visit our NEWS DESK link.

 


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3. Business: Italy to Make Heavy Investments in Libya
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Libya - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said that Rome will invest $5 billion in Libya over the next 25 years as part of a deal to resolve disputes dating back to its colonial rule of the country. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: New Report on Sub-Saharan Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa, long ago a land of mystery, is today an economic paradox. Despite being blessed with a wealth of natural resources, from petroleum and natural gas in Nigeria, to precious gems and metals in Namibia, the region continues to be mired in poverty. Yet, behind this bleak facade lies a quiet optimism fueled by tradition and foreign investors. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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5. Business: Nuclear Power Stations for South Africa & China
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The N-Powerment Consortium, meanwhile, is offering a nuclear power station consisting of three 1 140-MW AP1000 units, for a total station capacity of 3 420 MW. While actual construction of an AP1000 plant is still at the very initial stages, with site preparation only recently getting under way in China, contracts have been signed in both China and the US, with the first four units scheduled to be built in Sanmen City, in the eastern Zhejiang province of China. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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6. Business: Trade Agreements between Kenya & South Africa
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South Africa is about to sign a bilateral trade agreement with Kenya in Johannesburg this evening. The agreement, seeks to promote cooperation on technology and industrial development between the two countries. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Business: Wine Industry in China
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Western wine connoisseurs once derided the Chinese as simple drinkers who mixed wine with soda, and regarded the country's top vintners, like Dynasty, as local oddities serving up inexpensive wines in an immature market. But a growing number of converts - investors among them - say that China could become the industry's next Chile: a font of quality and affordable wines. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Read our page about investing in China.

 

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8. Education & Health: Treating Patients with Maggots
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Maggots and leeches might not sound like your idea of 21st century medicine, but as Catherine Scott discovered, demand is on the increase. A specialist nurse who has been newly appointed by pioneering wound care company, ZooBiotic, to support healthcare professionals in treating patients with maggots. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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9. Education & Environment: Increase in World Poverty
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According to an international aid agency, the number of people living on the edge of poverty has nearly doubled during the past two years. A new report by CARE International says the surging price of food is the main reason behind the alarming jump. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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10. Education: Royal Philharmonic Society
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"Hear HERE!" may sound like a rather demanding imperative, but it's more like an exuberant invitation. Created by The Royal Philharmonic Society (in cooperation with Classic FM), this website allows listeners to listen to musicians, conductors, and scholars talk about their work and how they listen to music themselves.

For starters, visitors can listen to conductor Sir Colin Davis talk about the influence of time on his own listening and work and then move over to a conversation with pianist Mitsuko Uchida. The "Listen & Discuss" section includes interactive features on music and memory, along with pieces on the concert going experience and "Surrounded by Sound", which looks at how different environments impact listening. The site concludes with the "Resources" area which features a selection of additional links and the game "Beat the Clock" which asks visitors to test their musical memory and listening skills. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

 

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11. Immigration: Identity Cards to go ahead in the UK
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The British Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, today unveiled the first identity cards to be issued as part of the government's controversial national scheme. The biometric card will be issued from November, initially to non-EU students and marriage visa holders. The credit-card-sized document will show the holder's photograph, name, date of birth, nationality and immigration status. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Immigration: Research Shows Immigration Boosting South Africa Economy
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As South Africa battles negative perceptions of immigration in the country, it seems that nevertheless many people are still heading to a start new life in South Africa and with them are bringing a wealth of economic benefits. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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13. Travel: Napa Valley in California
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One of our readers recently visited this beautiful area of Napa Valley and based on his enthusiastic description of this area and the peaceful and therapeutic place to enjoy a few days break we decided to highlight Napa Valley in our current Newsletter. Visit these 2 sites.

Napa Valley (1)

Napa Valley (2)


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Book of the Month
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Financial Shenanigans (How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial Reports)

This very enlightening book reveals the techniques to uncover and avoid accounting frauds and scams inflated profits ..., suspicious write-offs ..., shifted expenses ...- these and other dubious financial maneuvers have taken on a contemporary twist as companies pull out the stops in seeking to satisfy Wall Street. "Financial Shenanigans" pulls back the curtain on the current climate of accounting fraud. It presents tools that anyone who is potentially affected by misleading business valuations - from investors and lenders to managers and auditors - can use to research and read financial reports, and to identify early warning signs of a company's problems. A bestseller in its first edition, "Financial Shenanigans" has been thoroughly updated for today's marketplace. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

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This month's quote
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"Originality and the feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle." ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Russian Novelist

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