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The Delamere-International Newsletter ©

Edition of 31 August 2004 #138


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Botswana is booming
2. Business: Botswana trade improves
3. Business: Doing business in Africa
4. Business: From the fat into the fire?
5. Business: Problems in Sudan
6. Business: Relief for landowners in Kenya
7. Education: Ancient China
8. Education: Animals used in research and experimentation
9. Immigration: Green Card Lottery
10. Travel: The Grand Canyon
11. Travel: Tourism to Europe on the increase
12. Travel: Tourism to South Africa is down
13. Travel: The North American Buffalo
14. Education: The world must act now to protect the environment

 

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1. Business: Botswana is booming
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Botswana has always punched above its weight. The country on SA's doorstep, with a mere 1,8m people, has consistently been one of the world's best-performing economies: only China, Taiwan and Singapore reported higher growth rates between 1980 and 2000.


It is classified by the World Bank as one of Africa's few upper-middle income countries and has the continent's highest credit rating. As recently as last year Botswana had a better risk rating than Japan, much to the chagrin of Japan's economic mandarins. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Botswana export trade improves
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Botswana's efforts to diversify its economy have received a major boost, through the discovery of coal-bed methane, 260km north of the capital Gaborone. This pilot project is expected to further strengthen Botswana's growing economy. The newly found gas will be Botswana's sixth export commodity. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our Trade pages on Botswana.

 

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3. Business: Doing business in Africa
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In a bid to boost optimism around the economic future of Africa, the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) in Cape Town is hosting a conference next month to address the broader issues around doing business in Africa.


The conference, which is the first of its kind in South Africa to be hosted by a business school, is designed to help governments, business and other stakeholders reflect on how business is conducted in Africa and encourage more investment and trade in the region. To read about this conference and how to attend, visit our NEWS DESK link.


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4. Business: From the fat into the fire?
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A group of white Zimbabwean farmers have reached a deal to start farming in Nigeria within 60 days.


The western state of Kwara has promised to extend financial aid in return for the development of the state's agricultural sector. The farmers are among those whose land was taken by the Zimbabwe government for redistribution to blacks. To read this depressing report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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5. Business: Problems in Sudan
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KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Thursday accused Western nations of interfering in its troubled western Darfur region to try to exploit Sudan's gold and oil resources. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business: Relief for landowners in Kenya
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President Mwai Kibaki today said the infamous land clashes of the 1990's should never be allowed to occur in the country again and pledged the government's commitment to the protection of people and their property.

Noting that Kenyans were free to own property anywhere in the country, the President assured landowners that they would not be molested again. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Education: Ancient China
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This excellent interactive site, produced by the British Museum, contains a wealth of information about ancient China. Explorers can follow any of five links that cover major sections of the website, including Crafts and Artisans, Geography, and Tombs and Ancestors.

Each section contains historical information in the topical area and Story, Explore and Challenge links. The Challenge links are especially useful for classroom activities. Visit this site.

 

Editor's note: We invite you to visit the pages of our education site, which has a vast selection of books on China and other countries.

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

 

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8. Education: Animals used in research and experimentation
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According to the most recent Home Office statistics, 2.73 million animals were used in tests in 2002. That was an increase of 110,000 on the previous year (4.2 per cent). BUAV estimates 100 million animals are used in testing worldwide. Between 10 million and 11 million were used in the European Union. The UK is the largest user in the EU.

To read the report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit the pages of our site Beauty Without Cruelty related to animal experiments.

 

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9. Immigration: Green Card Lottery
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Correctly known as the Diversity Visa Lottery 2005 (DV-2005) Results from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, July 22, 2004.

Visit this link. U.S. Department of State


Editor's Note: Visit the pages of our informative site related to the Green Card Lottery. Delamere Immigration Services.

 


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10. Travel: The Grand Canyon
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Summertime means vacations for many people, and for many of these sojourning to the American Southwest; this may mean a trip to the brilliance that is the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona.

The people at National Geographic certainly know this area quite well, as they have sponsored a number of research expeditions there over the past century or so. Designed as a way to publicize the film that the organization plays at their canyon visitor center, this site contains a number of helpful features for those persons who may be visiting the canyon.

First, visitors will want to look at the interactive map of the South Rim offered here. The map allows visitors to learn about selected features of the area, such as the famous bald eagles, the various outlooks, and the plants indigenous to the region. The site also includes a section for young people, a number of free screensavers and wallpapers, along with a travel guide to visiting the Grand Canyon. Visit this site.

 


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11. Travel: Tourism to Europe on the increase
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Paris - The City of Light is brightening again in the eyes of foreign travelers, and droves of North American visitors are flocking back to Rome's Spanish Steps and London's Trafalgar Square.

After a rough 2003, Europe is enjoying a rebound in visits by Americans, the Japanese and other big-spending tourists, officials say - a welcome sign for one of the continent's bread-and-butter trades. Even hot spots like Spain's terror-struck capital, Madrid, have noticed more US visitors this year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Travel: Tourism to South Africa drops
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South Africa posted a revenue loss of R1,7-billion in tourism in the first quarter of this year compared with the first quarter of 2003.

About R500-million of this was due to the stronger rand and the change in the exchange rate.

While visitors in 2003 spent an average of R10 533 during a 10-night visit, this year they were only spending an average of R7 664 for the same length of time. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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13. Travel: The North American Buffalo
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The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, everyday, to stop the slaughter and harassment of Yellowstone's wild buffalo.

Volunteers from around the world defend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection. Our daily patrols stand with the buffalo on the ground they choose to be on, and document every move made against them.

Many volunteers spend all day, from sunrise until sunset, watching and documenting actions taken against the buffalo. We run patrols from cars, skis and snowshoes to protect buffalo outside the park. Tactics range from video documentation to nonviolent civil disobedience. Visit this site to see how you can help.

 


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14. Education: The world must act now to protect the environment
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Britain will use its influence as head of two major international bodies to boost efforts to combat climate change and pollution, Environment Minister Lord Whitty said today. To read this serious report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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This month's quote
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"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great."
--- Mark Twain


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