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Edition of 30 November 2004 #141


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: China trade is booming
2. Business: Computer Software for Free
3. Business: Farming in Kenya
4. Business: Gold is now in a clear bull run
5. Business: Hot money in China? Yes Sir!
6. Business: Online course helping understand Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) in South Africa
7. Education: African Burial Ground
8. Education: Brad Pitt is in Africa to check out Aids problems
9. Education: Computer literacy and e-Learning
10. Education: Maps & Mapping
11. Education: Museum of Advertising & Design
12. Education: Problems in Africa
13. Education: Remembering the World Wars
14. Education: The rain forest in Madagascar
15. Immigration: Illegal immigrants in the USA to receive work visas?
16. Immigration: Working in New Zealand
17. Internet: Swahili search engine
18. Travel: Is Nairobi going to the dogs?
19. Special Item: Request to pipe organ lovers everywhere


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1. Business: China trade is booming
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China's trade value with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries is forecast to hit a record 100 billion dollars this year, up 28 per cent year-on-year from 2003, state media said on Thursday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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2. Business: Computer Software for Free
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Johannesburg - Mark Shuttleworth, the man who sold a software business he had built on the back of the open source software (OSS) movement for billions, has taken the wraps off his own Linux distribution. Ubuntu ("be humane") is based on the Debian distribution. Like Debian, it is freely downloadable and customisable.

Shuttleworth's OSS development outfit, undertook to distribute the software to early adopters via 340 000 CDs, free of charge, at a personal cost of $10 million. Ubuntu can also be downloaded via global mirror sites. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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3. Business: Farming in Kenya
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HYDERABAD: Unable to stop a spate of suicides by debt-ridden farmers, Andhra Pradesh plans to relocate hundreds of them to east Africa where they will be employed to cultivate arid land, officials said on Thursday.

The government of Andhra Pradesh was in talks with Kenya to get 50,000 acres of land on lease to farmers' cooperatives and, to start with, send about 1,000 farmers to work there in the coming months. To read this full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: Gold is now in a clear bull run
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JOHANNESBURG: John Hathaway, of Tocqueville Asset Management says gold's bull run is only in its early stages and until many more people catch on it still has a long way to go. To read this edifying report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our web page on Investing in Gold.

 

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5. Business: Hot money in China? Yes Sir!
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Shanghai - Chinese regulators have uncovered billions of dollars in illicit foreign currency holdings, much of it brought in by speculators betting on a rise in the value of the Chinese currency, state media said on Tuesday. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our web page on China.

 

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6. Business: Online course helping understand Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) in South Africa
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This online course is tailored for owners and CEOs of small to medium-sized businesses who will lead their empowerment strategy development and implementation.

Black economic empowerment is a little-understood phenomenon facing small and medium-sized South African businesses. For the majority of South Africans not actively involved in the debates about policy, it can be difficult to understand just how your business might be affected. Partly that's because the rules are still being written and change daily. For more details, visit this site on BEE.

 

Editor's Note: Visit our page on Doing Business in South Africa.

 

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7. Education: African Burial Ground
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As the city of New York has grown up, out, and over an increasingly vast area of land during the past few centuries, various sites of human activity and habitation have become one of the many layers that continue to interest urbanologists, sociologists, planners, and anthropologists.

One such layer is the African burial ground that was found in lower Manhattan in 1991, and which has been celebrated by a diverse group of individuals ever since. Visitors will want to start by looking at the "Rites of Ancestral Return" section. Here they may elect to view video clips from past celebrations and view an interactive map that highlights the various ways in which the colonial African experience has been relived and commemorated along the Eastern seaboard.

The other section on the site is also quite engaging, as it allows visitors to explore the African burial ground through educational features about the artifacts and graves found within the context of the bustling city, which had grown up around the site through the ensuing centuries. Visit this site.

 


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8. Education: Brad Pitt is in Africa to check out Aids problems
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Brad Pitt spent four days in Ethiopia to learn more about AIDS in Africa as part of a fund-raising campaign to combat the disease on the world's poorest continent. To read this full report, and see photos, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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9. Education: Computer literacy and e-Learning
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Computer literacy and e-Learning in the Western Cape has received a boost with the donation of 1050 computers to the University of the Western Cape (UWC).


The computers were donated by a Belgian organisation called 'Close the Gap' and shipped door-to-door, from Rotterdam to Cape Town, courtesy of Safmarine. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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10. Education: Maps & Mapping
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Created in 1995 by Roelof Oddens, a curator of the map library at Utrecht University, the Oddens Bookmark database now contains over 22,000 links about maps, cartography and GIS data.

Users can search the resources by keyword, country, category, or by browsing through subject headings. Besides the abundance of maps and map data, visitors can find links to cartography departments, libraries, literature, and societies. Because the links span the entire world, this website is a great starting point for anyone interested in maps and mapping. Visit this site.

 

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11. Education: Museum of Advertising & Design
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The British novelist George Norman Douglas once remarked, "You can tell the ideals of a nation through its advertisements". With that spirit in mind, the Scout Report turns its pointer to the website for the William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design in Milwaukee. The late Mr. Eisner had a long and distinguished career in the world of advertising, and his widow, Elaine Eisner, was compelled to create this museum after his death in 1990.

Visitors can find basic information about the museum here of course, but the real treat for online users will be the well-designed online exhibits. One fine exhibit is "The Art of the Album Cover", where visitors can roam through a gallery of some rather fine LP covers from the early days of that particular medium and still another chestnut that hones in on the legendary roadway billboards for Burma Shave. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004


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12. Education: Problems in Africa
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We must all do something to end the terrible situation in Africa. See this picture by an affiliate at the UN, go to this link, but be prepared for a shocking image. Visit our NEWS DESK link.

 

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13. Education: Remembering the World Wars
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The BBC's People's War campaign is aiming to capture stories from anybody associated with World War Two, creating a valuable resource which future generations will be able to use to learn about how this event impacted everyday life.

By using the resources available, you can record and publish your stories within a BBC website and add to the collective knowledge of the nation. Visit their site and submit your story.

 

Editor's Note: This item is dedicated to the memory of Samuel Hebdon and his son Eric Hebdon of High Crompton, Lancashire, England, who were both involved in the World Wars.


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14. Education: The rain forest in Madagascar
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Efforts to save the rain forest now seem to be paying off. Read this full report and see our collection of photos, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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15. Immigration: Illegal immigrants in the USA to receive work visas?
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MEXICO CITY -- President Bush will make a renewed push during his second term for a temporary worker program to give legal status to some of the millions of migrants currently living illegally in the United States, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Monday evening. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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16. Immigration: Working in New Zealand
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The Government was working on ways to bring more skilled immigrants into the country but did not want a flood of cheap labour, Immigration Minister Paul Swain said today.

Figures released yesterday showed the unemployment rate at its lowest in nearly a generation at 3.8 per cent for the September quarter. To read this full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our web page on Working in New Zealand.


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17. Internet: Swahili search engine
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Internet search engine Google has launched a Kiswahili language service to be accessed through the .ke domain name.


The service was launched on October 2004, according to the Google web logs commonly referred to as blogs. The hyperlink http://google.co.ke became the 103rd country-specific domain name to be acquired by Google Inc. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.




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18. Travel: Is Nairobi going to the dogs?
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Comments from our reporter in Kenya: "Nairobi has distinguished itself as just about the filthiest place under the sun anyone could have the misfortune of finding themselves in. The one thing I can state without fear of contradiction is that Nairobi stands out as a place that has gone to the dogs." Read the full report by going to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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19. Special Item: Request to pipe organ lovers everywhere
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The Delamere Group is promoting a campaign to assist in the renovation and restoration of the old Lord Egerton Castle, Ngata, Nakuru District, Kenya, and the old organ still currently abandoned in the Castle.

The old castle in now in the hands of the Kenyan Museum Service who want to turn it into a tourist site, the property of the late Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton having been handed on to the Kenyan Government for use by the Egerton University (EU) and for the benefit of tourists from all over of the world. The project to gather funds and undertake the restoration of the old organ is being spearheaded by the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust, visit their site.

For some background to this old castle of Lord Egerton and the recent project to renovate and rescue this fine building from further deterioration, visit this site.

We also invite you to visit Organs and Organists Online. The purpose of this website is to provide a friendly and useful home on the Web for our members to discuss their interests in the Organ and its music. Whether you are a professional Organist, Church Musician, Organ Builder or Technician, Organ Enthusiast or Student, you will find many items of interest.

If you could pass on this information to any individual or organization that you feel might be interested in assisting in the collection of funds to assist in the philanthropic campaign to renovate the old pipe organ in the Lord Egerton Castle, in Kenya, we would greatly appreciate this gesture. Please supply our email address, for the attention of the Lord Egerton Organ Fund.

 

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This month's quote
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It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but
the very best you will very often get it. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

 

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