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Edition of 31 August, 2002 #114

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Immigration News: Visitors to the USA

2. Immigration News: Visas For Business Owners & Professionals

3. Immigration: Dual Citizenship

4. Global Trade: Telecommunications in Africa

5. Global Trade: Zimbabwe Report

6. Global Trade: Is Africa benefiting from "AGOP"

7. Global Trade: Investing in South Africa

8. Travel: International Drivers Licenses

9. Travel: Visitors to the US Coming From Ireland

10. Travel: The "Air Rage" Blacklist

11. Internet: A Part of History

12. Internet: Online Education

13. Internet: E-Learning Conference Scheduled in US

14. Education: A Gift from Microsoft. Thank You!

15. Environment: Air Pollution in England

16. Environment: Solar Power in England?

 

 

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1.Immigration News: Visitors to the USA
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Starting 11 September 2002, by coincidence you ask, hundreds of arriving foreign visitors to the USA will be fingerprinted and photographed by immigration inspectors. To read more on this new regulation, go to our NEWS DESK

 

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2. Visas For Business Owners & Professionals
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It is possible to obtain residence in the US by means of the E-Visa, which covers Treaty/ Investors, or the L1 Visa, Intra-Company Transfer Visa, or the popular H1B Visa for "professionals" who want to work in the US for a minimum of 3 years.

All of these visas often ultimately lead to obtaining the "Green Card" which is permanent residence in the US, if handled in the correct and legal way. We have recently teamed up with a firm of immigration consultants who specialize in handling these visas. They are based in California, but cover all 50 States in the US.

Of special interest to some South African residents, is that arrangements can be made to pay some of the fees out of future income in the US. This is a great help as many know of the experience of the fall in the value of the South African currency, the Rand, which has fallen in value from R1 = $1 when we opened our office in the US, to the current R12 = $1, and this demise of the currency has made it virtually impossible to use Rands outside of South Africa because of its artificially weakened value. For more information go to our web page Immigration Updates

 

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3. Immigration: Dual Citizenship
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We have recently been asked by some of our clients. What is the status of a British Citizen, or citizens of other countries, when they also become an American Naturalized Citizen, does one lose their British Citizen rights, such as pensions, and voting rights?

For more information, go to our NEWS DESK

 

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4. Global Trade: Telecommunications in Africa
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BMI-T Communication Technologies Handbook was released in Johannesburg this week

Now in its 10th year the BMI-T Communication Technologies Handbook is known as the leading reference work of its kind in the world and is regarded as an essential tool for all those interested in the development of Africa's communication sector.

The publication focuses on the 27 major ICT markets on the African continent, where the opening up of telecoms markets is generating significant foreign investment for many cash-strapped African governments, who often lack the skills and resources to grow their ageing legacy infrastructures, says BMI-TechKnowledge senior analyst Dobek Pater.

For more details go our NEWS DESK

 

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5. Global Trade: Zimbabwe Report
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The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has welcomed a Foreign Affairs Committee report on Zimbabwe, which concluded that the prime responsibility for the crisis in Zimbabwe is Robert Mugabe's and that "Zimbabwe deserves better."

To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK

 

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6. Global Trade: Is Africa benefiting from AGOP?
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Is Africa Benefiting from the "African Growth Opportunities Act (AGOP)"? South African households are reaping the rewards of "AGOA" as a recent study in Washington shows a rise in total personal income.

The move by the US to ease tariffs on imports from sub-Saharan Africa had raised total personal income in South Africa by $662 million last year, according to a study released yesterday.

To read full story go to our NEWS DESK

 

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7. Global Trade: Investing in South Africa
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Will New Labour Laws in South Africa scare away investors? The new amendments to the Labour Relations Act took effect recently but already business and analysts have predicted long-term negative effects.

While unions have welcomed the amendments that give workers a right to strike over retrenchments, business and analysts are adamant that this may scare away investors.

For the full report go to our NEWS DESK

 

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8. Travel: International Drivers Licenses
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Motorists are being warned to avoid buying documents claiming to be "International Driving Licenses."

A British Government enquiry revealed that up to 4,000 of the documents - costing GBP 450 a time - have been sold by a London-based company.

To read the full warning, go to our NEWS DESK

 

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9. Travel: Visitors to the US Coming From Ireland
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Visitors to the US from 2004 must have microchip IDs in their passports Irish citizens, plus citizens of the other 27 countries who are part of the "visa waiver programme" will lose the right to enter the US without obtaining a visa from October 2004 unless a microchip storing biometric data such as fingerprints or iris scans is embedded in new passports.

To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK

 

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10. Travel: The "Air Rage" Blacklist
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Airlines are clamping down on air rage incidents by introducing blacklists to prevent passengers booking with them again.

KLM, one of our clients, placed 40 passengers on a no-fly list last week, barring them for at least five years. A further 60 travelers - involved in less serious disruption will only be allowed to fly under certain conditions. KLM is working with partners, Northwest Airlines and Buzz, to create a shared blacklist.

For more travel warnings visit our Travel Site

 

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11. Internet: A Part of History
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For students who are interested in the history of the 'world wide web' and the progress over the past 10 years we recommend reading the interesting accounts listed for your information.

This first site we checked provides an interesting interactive timeline of notable web milestones, with fascinating annotations and commentary. It's a great site for spending a bit of time waxing nostalgic over the web that was, and for experiencing for yourself just how far the web has progressed in its relatively short lifetime. Go to the emulator to re-live an era in the history of the web, or go to the timeline to read about the old times. click here

Another useful site is entitled "The Early World Wide Web at SLAC (1991-1994)" This is a fascinating history, chronology, and provides details of the first U.S. website, at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

Go this link to read more.

 

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12. Internet: Online Education
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Report on learning with new technology welcomed Information Technology should be designated a basic skill along with literacy and numeracy, with free computer courses for all, according to an independent report.

To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK.

Visit our web page on the latest courses offered by our associate business "Delamere Institute of Online Learning."

 

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13. Internet: E-Learning Conference Scheduled in US
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E-Learning Conference& Exhibition on 18-19 September 2002

Are you involved in developing E-Learning programs and online learning environments?

    • Build your understanding of the tactics and technologies needed for implementing effective infrastructures that work for the learners, instructors, and organizations they support.

    • Identify the tools needed to advance comprehensive online learning programs and hear proven strategies for expanding your E-Learning initiatives.

    • Go to our NEWS DESK

       

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14. Education: A Gift from Microsoft. Thank You!
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Microsoft Corp. expanded its support of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) with a $25 million software grant. UNCF President William H. Gray III accepted the donation at Xavier University, a UNCF school in New Orleans.

Microsoft also donated 150 fully-loaded Dell computers to the TRIO Upward Bound program at Xavier University and five New Orleans public schools. "At Microsoft, we believe that technology can help everyone realize their full potential," Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said in making the awards. "It's our hope that today's donations will enable the UNCF to expand educational opportunities for students in New Orleans and nationwide -- today and for a lifetime."

For more information, visit our NEWS DESK

 

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15. Environment: Air Pollution in England
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Plans to improve air quality in England include tough new targets for cutting levels of the four key pollutants. To read more go to our NEWS DESK

 

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16. Environment: Solar Power in England?
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Eight new projects utilising Solar Power have won a share of a government grant through the Major Photovoltaic Demonstration programme. To read more go to our NEWS DESK

 

This Months Quote:

"The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them." ~ Robert Frost. 1874-1963

 

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