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The Delamere-International Newsletter ©

Edition of 29 February 2004 #132


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: California Wine Industry on the Upturn
2. Business: Collecting Antiques and Replicas
3. Business: Doing business in the Middle East
4. Business: New Gold Mine in Mali
5. Business: How to cope with unemployment
6. Business: Receive a farm for free in Mozambique
7. Business: Unemployment the main concern in South Africa
8. Education: History World
9. Education: Madagascar Wildlife Conservation
10. Immigration: Changing Visa Rules Creating Hassles in Russia
11. Immigration: Will the UK enforce more controls?
12. Business: Money Laundering Methods
13. Travel: Enjoy a visit to Kenya
14. Travel: Will the tourists return to Angola?

 

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1. Business: California Wine Industry on the Upturn
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A year ago, bulk-wine broker Bill Turrentine couldn't sell even premium Sonoma Valley-grown Cabernet Sauvignon for more than $10 a gallon. Last week, he unloaded some for $12.

In the San Joaquin Valley, the more pedestrian French Colombard grapes are fetching $150 a ton. That's double what they commanded two years ago.


Editor's Note: For more information on how to select a good wine, visit our web site that has a great range from our international suppliers. Visit the Delamere Vineyard


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2. Business: Collecting Antiques and Replicas
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Whether it is a well-worn teddy bear or a Restoration-era piece of furniture, antiques fascinate many Americans, and the same might be said of those across the pond in Britain.

The BBC has created this delightful website to complement several of its popular television programs on antiques, but this site requires no knowledge of the programs to be a great boon to the neophyte antiquarian. Those persons seeking to incorporate some period pieces into the design of their home or apartment should start with the Vintage Chic section, which features a brief overview of do's and don'ts, and also leads into the well-honed guide to period styles.

Here users will be treated to thumbnail profiles of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Shaker, and thirteen other styles. Of course, for those looking for the next big thing in the field of antiques, the section of collecting plastic items, which includes a brief overview of the field, and a few sample valuations of pieces worth keeping an eye out for.

The site is rounded out by a fine selection of video clips from some of the BBC's programs (such as the legendary Antiques Roadshow), and a buying and selling guide that provides a roadmap highlighting the foibles of bidding at auctions and browsing advertisements for those willing to enter the chaotic world of collecting antiques. Visit this site

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003

Editor's Note: If you are interested in purchasing antique replicas and collectibles, we invite you to visit our very popular site Vintage Shopper


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3. Business: Doing business in the Middle East
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Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC. The Project has been quite successful over the past few decades due to its commitment to providing a broad range of perspectives on the Middle East not generally found in some of the mainstream media and press coverage.

While the organization's primary publication, the Middle East Report, is not available for free on the site (although some of its editorial pieces are), visitors will want to take a close look at the Middle East Report Online, which is available. Visit this site

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003

Editor's Note: Visit our online bookstore for the latest copies of business practices in the Middle East. Delamere International Bookshop

 

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4. Business: New Gold Mine in Mali
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Johannesburg: Randgold Resources has taken the plunge on the development of a new 200,000 ounce a year gold mine at its Loulo deposit in western Mali.

The announcement provides the first piece of good corporate news for the company since it lost out on the bidding war last year for control of Ghana's Ashanti Goldfields. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: How to cope with unemployment
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Unemployment is the top social virus of the 21st century - ahead of Aids, especially in Africa.

Unemployment is an addiction. The longer one remains unemployed, the more unemployable one becomes.

It leads to a loss of self-worth and will to work, and slowly but surely to the psychological destruction of the job-seeker, resulting in loss of job-competency, despair, social isolation, and even to depression and major anti-social behavior. Our firm has researched many sources of information but we recommend that you read this report. Visit our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: We also recommend that you visit our web page on employment for positive ideas on how to overcome this problem.

 

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6. Business: Receive a farm for free in Mozambique
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Mozambique - Zimbabwean farmers, who are moving into neighbouring Mozambique in significant numbers, are being greeted with a mixture of gratitude for the jobs they bring and wariness that they will try to form a second Rhodesia. To read the full report, got to our NEWS DESK link.


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7. Business: Unemployment the main concern in South Africa
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A survey shows nine out of 10 South Africans see unemployment as the country's biggest problem, and want the government to address it as a matter of urgency.

The latest SABC/Markinor survey has found that 90% of South Africans are most unhappy about the high unemployment rate, while 64% are most concerned about crime, and 48% listed poverty and HIV/Aids. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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8. Education: History World
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This site contains over 400 separate historical articles and descriptions of approximately 4,000 world events, with emphasis on English history.

Material is searchable or browsable by time period, topic, and location. Also includes timelines and an online game where visitors can pit their historical knowledge against that of other competitors. Part of the National Grid for Learning, Great Britain. Visit this site

 

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9. Education: Madagascar Wildlife Conservation
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This site's goal is "to provide an overview of the results of ongoing conservation projects in Madagascar." The site includes a list of conservation and humanitarian organizations working in Madagascar, news summaries and links, a message board, a bibliography, and links to related sites.

Also includes information about a case study of Andreba, Madagascar. This site is available in English and French. Visit this site

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003


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10. Immigration: Changing Visa Rules Creating Hassles in Russia
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Moscow: Expats, tourists and companies with foreign employees face a few more visa and registration hurdles that promise to create more paperwork -- and headaches.

The new rules, which came into force over the past couple of weeks, appear to be an attempt to keep closer track of foreigners, particularly the large number from other former Soviet republics who live and work illegally in Russia. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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11. Immigration: Will the UK enforce more controls?
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Britain is set to introduce new curbs on migrants claiming welfare benefits, in the latest in a series of European Union moves designed to limit immigration from central and eastern Europe. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Business: Money Laundering Methods
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Many of our clients have requested that we clarify how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The obvious answer is "luck" which means in fact being in the right place at the right time and opportunities present themselves to those of us who are sharp enough to grab the opportunity at hand, plus being committed of course to hard work and persistence.

Many have used other methods to get rich and one of these is using illegal monitory gain and "washing" that money, making it now appear to be legal. This is known as "money laundering." The following list reviews some of the most common methods of money laundering. Note that our firm neither condones or recommends using any of these methods, and is totally neutral on this issue, leaving the final decision up to the client.

  • Smurfing. Probably the most commonly used method, it involves many individuals who deposit cash or buy bank drafts in amounts under $10,000. This method is common to both Canada and the U.S. Deposits of more than $10,000 have to be reported by banks.
  • Bank complicity. A co-opted bank employee facilitates illegal money laundering.
  • Currency exchanges. They provide a service that permits buying foreign currency that can be transported out of the country. Money can also be wired to offshore bank accounts.
  • Securities brokers. A stockbroker can take large wads of cash and issue securities in exchange.
  • Asset purchases with bulk cash. Money launderers purchase such big-ticket items as cars, boats, planes or real estate. In many cases, launderers may use the asset but will distance themselves by having assets registered in the name of a friend or trusted associate.
  • Electronic transfer of funds. Wiring money from one city or country to another. This can be done using "dummy" companies set up for money laundering.
  • Postal money orders. Cash is exchanged for money orders, which are then shipped out of the country for deposit.
  • Credit cards. Criminals often overpay credit cards and keep a high credit balance that can be turned into cash at any time and place.
  • Gambling in casinos. Cash can be taken to a casino to purchase chips. After gambling, chips can be redeemed at the cashier's cage, where a casino cheque is issued.
  • Refining. Individuals change small bills into large ones by visiting a number of banks so as not to arouse suspicion. The purpose of refining is to decrease the bulk of larger cash quantities. Drug deals, for example, often involve large amounts of $20 bills.
  • Legitimate business/commingling of funds. Criminals take over or invest in businesses such as restaurants, hotels, nightclubs or vending machines that handle a high cash volume, thereby mixing illicit proceeds with legitimate business.
  • Reverse flip. A money launderer may find a cooperative property seller who agrees to a reported purchase price well below the actual value and then accepts the difference "under the table." The launderer can, for example, purchase a $2 million property for $1 million and, after holding the property for some time, sell it for its true value of $2 million.
  • Loanback. A criminal provides an associate with a specific amount of illegitimate money. The associate then provides a "loan or mortgage" back to the trafficker for the same amount with all the necessary "loan and/or mortgage" documentation. This creates an illusion that the trafficker's funds are legitimate. The scheme is reinforced through "legitimately" scheduled payments made on the loan by the traffickers.

Kindly reproduced with permission of Expat World "the newsletter of international living."


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13. Travel: Enjoy a visit to Kenya
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Kenya's game parks and coastline are justly famous, but a world of other adventures awaits the inquisitive traveler. To read the full travel report, go to our NEWS DESK link

Editor's Note: Visit our Travel Page, on tours and safaris to Africa.


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14. Travel: Will the tourists return to Angola?
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LUANDA, (Reuters) - Bullet-scarred buildings, landmine-strewn roads and a wrecked infrastructure still dominate Angola -- hardly pulling in tourists. Yet after almost two years of peace, this shattered southwest African country is taking tentative steps to restore its natural beauty, reviving hopes that visitors may return. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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This month's quote
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"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." ~ John Quincy Adams, 6th US President

 

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