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Edition of 1 September 2010 #211

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business & Education: Bishop Tutu to Retire
2. Business & Environment Desmond Tutu Peace Centre
3. Business: China Number Two World Economy, How Long Before Being No.1
4. Business: Demand for Gold to Increase
5. Business: Employment in Britain
6. Business: Future of Kenya
7. Business: Indonesia Becoming Major Player in Far East
8. Business: Investment Increasing for Brazil
9. Business: Russia Uranium Deal With South Africa
10. Business: South Africa Expanding Trade
11. Business: Trade Links Between Angola & Kenya
12. Education: Guide to Languages
13. Education: Papers of Sir Winston Churchill
14. Education: Sam Houston Memorial Museum
15. Education: Western Governors University
16. Education & Environment: International Development Association
17. Immigration: Big Increase in U.S. Visa Fees
18. Internet: New .co Domain Name
19. Real Estate: Affordable Housing in South Africa

 

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1. Business & Education: Bishop Tutu to Retire
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The Archbishop's decision to retire from the public stage following his 79th birthday will provide more time for prayer and reflection, he hopes; the democratic South Africa he helped to create is as much in need of his urgent petitions as ever. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business & Environment: Desmond Tutu Peace Centre
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The dream of building The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in the heart of Cape Town is moving closer to reality. The site is a prime piece of land opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre and adjacent to the Cullinan Hotel. It's in the heart of the city's financial district and was donated by the City of Cape Town. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: For contributions to this project please send your donations, not to the Delamere Group, but to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.

 

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3. Business: China Number Two in World Economy, How Long Before No.1
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China overtook Japan as the world's second-largest economy in the second quarter, capping three decades of spectacular growth. Japan held the number two title behind the United States for more than 40 years, but its economy hit a decade of stagnant growth in the 1990s and has not regained its postwar power. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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4. Business: Demand for Gold to Increase
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China's central bank will allow more domestic banks to export and import gold as part of a series of steps to encourage more liquid trade, it said on Tuesday, which could underpin its growing demand for the precious metal. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: Employment in Britain
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Employment levels in three months between April and June rose to 29 million in the biggest quarterly hike since 1989. But about three-quarters of this increase was due to workers born outside Britain, the data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business: Future of Kenya
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With a new Constitution overwhelmingly approved by voters, Kenyan politicians are now talking excitedly about their country's golden future. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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7. Business: Indonesia Becoming Major Player in Far East
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After years of being known for inefficiency, corruption and instability, Indonesia is emerging from the global financial crisis with a surprising new reputation - economic golden child. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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8. Business: Investment Increasing for Brazil
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Mining companies will invest a record $62 billion in Brazil through 2014, the country's mining industry associating said on Monday, boosting a previous forecast of $54 billion for the same period. "It's a new record," said Paulo Penna, president of the mining group IBRAM that represents private companies in Brazil. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Keep an eye on our recommended share EWZ (Brazil Index)

 

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9. Business: Russia Uranium Deal With South Africa
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Russia agreed on Friday to supply more low-enriched uranium to South Africa's only nuclear power station, a contract that will give Russia's uranium trader nearly half of Africa's biggest market for enrichment services. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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10. Business: South Africa Expanding Trade
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South African President Jacob Zuma goes to Russia and China this month, part of a push to open new trade and investment routes to the fast-growing emerging economies. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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11. Business: Trade Links Between Angola & Kenya
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Kenyan businessmen now want the government to open talks with Angola to enhance trade between the two countries. Speaking during the opening of the Angolan office of the national carrier Kenya Airways chief executive officer Titus Naikuni noted that it was difficult for Kenyans seeking visas to visit the country as there was no Angolan embassy in the country. At the same time there is no Kenyan embassy in Angola, making trade between the two countries nearly impossible. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Education: Guide to Languages
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This website is a collaborative project started by a language enthusiast that not only aims to help language learners, but also to "provide a window into the culture of the people who speak those languages." So how does the site accomplish this feat? It provides interactive language lessons, quizzes, and texts that allow the language learner to hear the word or text pronounced by fluent, often native, speakers.

The sound quality is high, and by simply scrolling over any of the pictures in categories as diverse as the alphabet, weather, insects, and money, visitors will hear the word read pronounced. Thirteen languages are offered, including "Vietnamese", "Arabic", "German", "Hindi" and "Hebrew", with the most fully realized lessons for "English", "French" and "Spanish". However, the collaborative nature of the site should soon fill out the lessons of the other languages, because the "Collaborate/Volunteer" section of the site shows the many contributions volunteers can make, such as "Translating", "Suggesting Words/Phrases" or "Contribute Your Voice". As the content of the site continues to expand, visitors can sign up for the "Newsletter" to be notified when major new content for a specific language has been added. Visit this site.

 

Editor's Note: To view the various online languages courses offered by Delamere Education (part of the Delamere Group) visit our site.

 

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13. Education: Papers of Sir Winston Churchill
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An "Aladdin's Cave" of papers belonging to Second World War Prime Minister Winston Churchill is to be made available online, it was announced today. Sir Winston famously led Britain through the dark days of the Second World War; he made a number of rousing speeches, including the much quoted 'Fight on the beaches' and 'Never in the field of human conflict' addresses. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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14. Education: Sam Houston Memorial Museum
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Located in Huntsville, Texas, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum pays homage to this celebrated American and first President of the Republic of Texas. Their homepage provides interested parties with information on his life in the "Sam's Life" area (including a timeline), along with a calendar of events and updates on their annual folk festival. It's worth nothing that the "Sam's Life" area also includes a FAQ area, quotes from the man himself, a family photo album, and a bibliography. Moving on, the "Virtual Tour" area is a bit of a treat as visitors can use the graphic to wander around the grounds. Finally, the "Fun Stuff" area includes information about the six flags of Texas, the Republic, and a few regional recipes, including one for molasses pie that sounds delicious. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010

 


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15. Education: Western Governors University
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Western Governors University, the Salt Lake City-based nonprofit catering to working adults by providing instruction online at an affordable price and awarding degrees based on competency. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our Education site for more information on education resources.

 


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16. Education & Environment: International Development Association
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The International Development Association (IDA) is a program of the World bank, and since 1960 has aimed to help the very poorest countries, by "helping people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors." At the same time, the World Bank is working to engage in development that produces results, reform unsuccessful ways of operating, and secure capital resources.

The most recent project, which visitors can find under "Projects & Operations" on the bottom half of the page, is additional funding of $326.775USD for construction of state feeder roads in Brazil. The project description, terms of the loan, and the contact at the World Bank are given. A recent project involving "Economic & Sector Work" is "Zambia - Impact Assessment of the Fertilizer Support Program: Analysis of Effectiveness and Efficiency". An official 87-page report on the project is available as a pdf file; related documents can also be found under the "Related Links" heading. Visit this site.

 


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17. Immigration: Big Increase in U.S. Visa Fees
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The U.S. Senate approved a large H-1B fee increase Thursday to help offset a $600 million "emergency package" to improve security along the Mexican border. The fee increases, which also affect the L-1 visa, will help pay for 1,000 new border patrol agents and drones, or unmanned aircraft, as well as long list of agencies, including prisons. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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18. Internet: New .co Domain Name
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Have ever tried to get a .com domain name on the internet and (probably) found the name was long, long, long gone, then you will understand the global interest in the availability of a new(ish) top-level domain, .co. The domain, co which is actually the country domain for Colombia, but is being promoted as a generic top level domain, like .com, .net or .org - is being touted as the new .com, but with plenty of name availability. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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19. Real Estate: Affordable Housing in South Africa
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International Housing Solutions (IHS), a global private equity firm, which manages the R1.9-billion Southern Africa Workforce Housing Fund, has received R150-million investment from the Public Investment Corporation Limited (PIC) for affordable housing projects. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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Book of the Month
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Central and South-Eastern Europe 2011 ~ Recommended by the Delamere Group.


This new release is a comprehensive survey of the countries and territories of Central and South-Eastern Europe, incorporating coverage of the latest economic and political developments.

Thoroughly revised and updated analytical articles written by acknowledged experts and covering issues of regional interest, including: Central and South-Eastern European Economies; Minorities in Central and South-Eastern Europe; Environmental Governance and EU Enlargement; The Baltic Sea Region; Bosnia and Herzegovina since Dayton; The Impact of EU Integration on and Social Policy Reforms in Central and South-Eastern Europe; Modern Greece in South-Eastern Europe; plus appendices on the religions of the region and on the Russian Baltic territory of Kaliningrad.

Country Surveys

Detailed individual chapters for each country include a description of physical and social geography; a chronology; essays on the history and economy; and a statistical survey. Each chapter also includes a comprehensive directory of names, addresses, and contact details, together with information on: the Constitution, national and local government, political organizations, diplomatic representation, the judicial system, religion, the media, finance, telecommunications, trade and industry (including major companies), transport, tourism, culture, education, social welfare, the environment and defence. There is also a select bibliography.

This report provides detailed information on selected regional and international organizations; a list of research institutes; and select bibliographies of both books and periodicals. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.



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This month's quote

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"Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him." ~ Romain Gary (1914-1980) French Writer