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Edition of 30 November, 2002 #117

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Immigration: The Green Card Lottery
2. Immigration: Services Provided by the INS
3. Education: American Jewish Historical Society
4. Business: Investing in Art
5. Business: Warning on Off Shore Investing
6. Business: Dell Computers helping the needs of education in South Africa
7. Global Trade: Mission impossible? Is aid to Africa actually producing results?
8. Global Trade: Poverty, AIDS and Children's Schooling: A Targeting Dilemma
9. Global Trade: AIDS in Africa, What is the Answer?
10. Global Trade: South Africa Launders as much as $8 billion each year
11. Global Trade: China On the Rise
12. Marketing: Keep your marketing and customer target up to date with market research.
13. Travel: Depressing News for the Travel Industry
14. Travel: The Castles of Wales
15. Travel: A day in the life of a flight attendant
16. Travel: The Cost of a UK Passport to Increase
17. Travel: Visitors from Zimbabwe to the UK will now Require Visas

 

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1.Immigration: The Green Card Lottery
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Many dream of coming to the USA Only if they win the Lottery! The envelopes started arriving last week from some of the worlds most destitute and isolated places. They come from people who have long dreamed of calling America home. But they know the odds are against them. So they pray. They pray their letters will be selected at random in a diversity visa lottery drawing.

On average, 10 million people apply for the State Department program that brings 50,000 foreigners to America each year. Most have little hope of getting to the United States through normal Immigration and Naturalization Service channels. The program was designed to give visas to people from parts of the world that have few immigrants in America.

But the lottery has come under intense scrutiny recently as the country revamps its immigration policies to combat terrorism. To read the full story, click here


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2.Immigration: Services Provided by the INS
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While web sites and concerted efforts by these agencies to provide better information to the public are starting to bear fruit, it could be a grave mistake to rely on government agencies for legal advice relating to immigrating the US. Why? Consider the following:

* They have no responsibility or liability for information they provide.

* They are enforcement agencies and the mindset at the agencies is often to keep out as many people as possible.

* Information officers are frequently not adequately trained in immigration law and do not keep up with the latest developments.

* Individual case situations differ dramatically and agencies do not have the resources to properly assess your case and advise on how to proceed.

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3.Education: American Jewish Historical Society
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The mission of the American Jewish Historical Society is "to foster awareness and appreciation of the American Jewish past and to serve as a national scholarly resource for research through the collection, preservation and dissemination of materials relating to American Jewish history."

Constituting the oldest ethnic historical organization in the United States, the Society provides detailed information on its activities on its Web site, which includes the publication of the American Jewish History quarterly journal and its research resources available for scholars and other interested parties.

These resources include a library (with locations in Waltham, Massachusetts and New York) with 50,000 volumes and an archive containing approximately 40 million documents.

Information about their reference services are also available online, along with a quiz on American Jewish history. This site will be helpful to visitors hoping to do extended research on the Jewish experience in America from the colonial period to the recent past. Visit their website.


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4. Business: Investing in Art
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The world's art markets take up the investment slack when stock markets stumble.

The world's stock markets have fallen steadily this past year, while the art market remains robust, lending support to the theory that when wealthy investors take fright from equities they often put their cash in pricey paintings. To read the latest report go to our NEW DESK link


Editors Note: For more information on the value of sound investments in various areas, such as art, collectables, off shore and more, visit our web page on Investing


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5. Business: Warning on Off Shore Investing
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The US Treasury recently announced the launch of a new set of rules designed to simplify and clarify tax shelter disclosures rules for individuals and corporations.

The new regulations, which are set to come in force in January 2003, require that taxpayers report involvement in, and tax shelter promoters to maintain client lists for six categories of transactions. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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6. Business: Dell Computers helping the needs of education in South Africa
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Johannesburg - Dell Computer this week launched its SA Foundation, which the US-based computer company said would focus on youth education and technology training.

Thurmond Woodard, Dell's vice-president for global diversity, said yesterday the foundation was another step in the company's strategy of investing in people to grow talent, which would boost the country's competitiveness. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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7. Global Trade: Mission impossible? Is aid to Africa actually producing results?
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In his stinging new book, journalist David Rieff says that the Red Cross and other international relief groups have raised their ambitions but lost their ideals.

The do-gooders aren't taking it lying down. If any group of people is making the world a better place, it would seem to be humanitarian relief organizations.

Outfits like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Oxfam, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have thrust the plight of victims of war and hunger to the center of the world's consciousness, forcing the Western public to care about battered, faraway lands.

By giving people beds for the night, and by providing medicine and food, they have created hope where there was none. They have shamed Western governments into pressuring oppressors to honor humanitarian principles they would otherwise have flouted.

Humanitarians would seem to be above reproach, beyond politics itself, the vanguard of what the writer Michael Ignatieff has called a ''revolution of moral concern.''

How can you help in the efforts to aid the underprivileged? Visit our web page click here

 

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8. Global Trade: Poverty, AIDS and Children's Schooling: A Targeting Dilemma
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Read this new report written by Martha Ainsworth and Deon Filmer of the World Bank. This 44-page working paper examines the relationship between orphan status, household wealth, and child school enrollment.

Drawing on data collected in the 1990s from 28 different countries within Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, the authors conclude that there are such divergent patterns within the data, that broad generalizations are almost impossible.

One interesting finding was that the gap in school enrollment between female and male orphans was not that much different than the gap between girls and boys with living parents.

In conclusion, they offer multiple policy programs to alleviate the plight of orphans, stating, "Policymakers need to resist the temptation to advocate a single 'best practice' model for all countries regardless of the extent or source of orphan enrollment differentials."

To obtain a copy in PDF format visit their site



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9.Global Trade: AIDS in Africa, What is the Answer?
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The World Bank has committed $1-billion to fight HIV/Aids in Africa and much of the support will be in the form of grants, the bank's Vice President for Africa Callisto Madavo said on Sunday.

Analysts say Aids is decimating the cream of African professionals faster than replacements can be trained and millions of dollars are required by each country for prevention and awareness campaigns as well as to boost healthcare.

Aids has killed more than 20 million people and infected 40 million more, most of them in Africa.

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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10. Global Trade: South Africa Launders as much as $8 billion each year
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Pretoria - It has been estimated that drug dealers, pimps and possibly terrorists, launder between $5 billion and $8 billion a year through South African institutions.

Globally, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that about $3.5 trillion a year is cleansed of all traces of its illegal origins. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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11.Global Trade: China On the Rise
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The following is a personal report from an associate with extensive knowledge of China.

As Chinese leaders met with President Bush in Washington today, we realize that we are hearing increasingly about the growing commercial power of China. A close friend recently returned from a two-week business visit stunned by the speed of transformation. He says the third-world country of a decade ago is now a first-world country. Skyscrapers and cars are everywhere, he tells us, and the commercial zeal and energy of the Chinese is second to none. China is already regarded as the world's fourth largest industrial power after the U.S., Japan, and Germany. China now makes more than 50% of the world's cameras and 30% of the air conditioners and TVs. And that's just the top of a long list. My friend, who is British, says with a twinge of sentiment that "the 19th century was British, the 20th century was American, and the 21st century will be Chinese."

Wow, maybe that will come to pass and maybe not. I don't know. But I remember how the Japanese phenomenon appeared invincible in the '70s and '80s. Eventually some of that country's internal shortcomings (hidden at the time) slowed Japan to a crawl. And that prompts us to ask: Are there internal barriers to Chinese ascendancy? Economic growth is dependent on more than desire and the size of a population. There's politics for one. Can China's command-from-above political system adapt to the growing power of its commercial classes? Will the politicians share power? They will have to be flexible if China is to develop peacefully - and we hope that it DOES happen peacefully. Our point is that double-digit growth is not easy to achieve for short periods of time, and has rarely been sustained for long periods.

What would a Chinese, or an Asian, "century" bring? Well, creative new trends, for one thing. Frankly, I'm getting tired of "natural" foods, pit bulls, and all things "Xtreme." We need a breath of fresh air, and Asia has a new take on clothes, among other things. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Asians have a passion for cutting-edge duds. (Ouch, bad use of the term.) If you have a chance to visit shopping emporiums on the Pacific Rim, look for these items:

This story is from Strong Capital Management Inc., USA.


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12. Marketing: Keep your marketing and customer target up to date with market research.
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We had an amusing "sales pitch" put across our desk recently, which related to the selling of chemicals to users of "septic tanks.' For the uninformed, a septic tank is used as an alternative to the old "cess pit" and also the more modern method of having your property connected to the municipal sewer system.

What has changed dramatically over the past few years in the USA and even in underdeveloped countries like Kenya and South Africa, is that most properties, even in semi-rural areas have been gradually connected to the municipal sewer system, primarily because of the health risks involved.

Our fellow salesman was still enthusiastically offering a chemical, which prevented "toxic back-up" from the septic tank system, and he claimed the product was "one in a million." Little did he realize (not being informed of the latest statistics) that more and more properties are now connected to the municipal sewer and the properties that use septic tanks are reducing by the month?

Our realization was that this product, although still of use to individuals who have septic tanks, was now being pitched to a market that is shrinking by the day. This product "one in a million" is probably a good product, but if we take the population of the USA at 290 million, the product is being targeted at merely 280 individuals, which does not appear to be a worthwhile market to target when costs and time are factored into the campaign.

The moral of this story? If you are involved in sales or marketing of any kind, first establish that it is an expanding market and not a shrinking or dying market, because if you find statistics indicate that your target market is reducing month by month, you must either get out of sales and marketing altogether, or select another product or service which has a future growth. We recommend that you visit our web page "Market Your Business,"

If you are looking for potential business opportunities go to our web page.


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13. Travel: Depressing News for the Travel Industry
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US travelers are keeping their heads out of the clouds and their feet firmly on the ground - or at least a few feet above the road or train tracks. AP reports that security checks, random searches, higher fees and other hassles since last year's September 11 attacks have kept many people off US domestic flights, particularly for short trips. To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK link.


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14. Travel: The Castles of Wales
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Jeffrey L. Thomas has created this online trove of visual and written material dedicated to providing visitors to his site with information about the castles of Wales.

Himself a devotee of Welsh culture, Mr. Thomas offers a site that features background reading on castle construction, the Welsh language, medieval Welsh history, and a glossary of terms related to castles.

From the main menu, users can browse a list of Welsh castles or select any of the Welsh castles from an interactive map of Wales divided into six sections. Every castle entry on the site has a historical sketch of the castle's history, often with a description of current archaeological work in progress around the site.

Rounding off the site is a series of essays on different topics, including "The Castles of Wales in Art." Individuals traveling to Wales or those with even a passing interest in the histories of these structures will find a great deal to enjoy here. Visit this website

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15. Travel: A day in the life of a flight attendant
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After recently traveling to Africa and Europe on business, one of our senior partners was discussing the future prospects of the airline industry and prospects for employment as a flight attendant.

We came across this very interesting article, "A Day in the Life of a Flight Attendant" - by David Silverstein. Have you ever wondered what it is really like to be a flight attendant?

Read this article to find out if it's the career of your dreams. Go to our NEWS DESK link.


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16.Travel: The Cost of a UK Passport to Increase
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From 21 November 2002, the UK Passport Service will increase the cost of 10-year passports by £3, to £30 for an adult and £16 for a child. The fee to amend a document will rise by £4.50 to £22.50. For more details on Passport Services visit our Travel Page.


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17.Travel: Visitors from Zimbabwe to the UK will now Require Visas
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Zimbabwean nationals traveling to the UK will be required to have visas unless they have a right of abode here, the Home Office has announced. For full details got to our NEWS DESK link

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"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Albert Einstein

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