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Edition of 31 July, 2002 #113

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Immigration News: British overseas citizens to get right to live in UK.

2. Immigration News: Visitors to the USA.

3. Education: False Degrees are on the Increase.

4. Education: How much is a college degree worth?

5. Education: Canada Funds E-Learning Research Project.

6. How to Manage Being Retrenched.

7. It's official - the rich get richer and the poor get the picture.

8. Global Trade: NEPAD must not fail say African leaders.

9. Global Trade: PM Tony Blair's statement.

10. Global Trade: New Development in South African Mining Rights

11. Business: New Laws Proposed in the UK to benefit small business.

12. Internet: Surfers Still Guided by Search Engines

13. Internet: UK increasingly adopts Internet.

14. Internet: Tourism companies urged to "Go for IT."

15. Environment and the UK Countryside

16. Books of the Month

 

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1. Immigration News: British overseas citizens to get right to live in UK.
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The government has met a long-standing obligation to British citizens living overseas during decolonisation. It has been announced that certain British Overseas citizens would have the option to acquire British citizenship, with the right to live in the UK. This will affect many of our clients in Eastern Africa. click here.

 

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2. Immigration News: INS broadens fingerprint scanning.
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This summer, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) plans to begin using electronic fingerprint scanners to check the identities of tens of thousands of foreign visitors as they arrive at airports in the United States. For more details

Don't forget to visit our Immigration Update page on our web site.

 

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3. Education: Beware of False Degrees from So-called Universities
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South Africa has emerged as a hub of one of the world's biggest fake university degree scams, offering diploma and degree certificates on the Internet via email spam and telemarketing.

Fake degrees from the so-called "Harrington University" came to light after a Bothasig woman accused a Maitland electronic surveillance expert of posing as an academic doctor in electronics and later found herself defending a defamation claim in court. Read full story

Editor's Note: Our firm promotes the arrangement of obtaining degrees from reputable and recognized Universities, based on work experience, accomplishments in ones life, and prior study, but are strongly opposed to fictitious Colleges or Universities using this sales scam.


Visit our College Page, and check "How to obtain a legally recognized degree." click here

 

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4. Education: How much is a college degree worth?
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London - A study has come up with an answer to the old question about how much a college degree is worth - about £400 000 pounds (about R8-million).

The Graduate Market Trends report by the Careers Services Unit, a public agency which helps place students in employment, said that university graduates earn on average £6 000 (about R100 000) a year more than non-graduates before they reach the age of 30. Read full account.

 

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5. Education: Canada Funds E-Learning Research Project.
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The National Research Council (NRC) of Canada's Institute for Information Technology has started a project to conduct scientific research in the development of educational courseware.

Canada's NRC operates research facilities and technology support networks to help spark innovation in Canadian industry.

NRC-ITT said it would work with Mosaic Technologies Corp., a Canadian educational technologies company, to launch the project. "We are very pleased to work with a private sector leader in the e-learning field to help advance Canada's position as a major player in the development of advanced training technologies," said Christian Couturier, Director, Atlantic Research Programs, NRC-IIT.

Does e-leaning actually work in practice? Read more on our web page. click here

 

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6. How to Manage Being Retrenched
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We are receiving numerous reports from readers of our Newsletter, of friends or family being laid off or being retrenched. Being fired (or retrenched) is an enormous upheaval and a significant source of stress.

Change in itself, whether for better or worse, is stressful, according to psychological literature.

Like divorce, retrenchment is not an event, but a process. It may play itself out over a long period of time, and affects everybody in the company.

Those who have been retrenched are possibly the worst affected, but individuals who are doing the retrenching and those left behind are unlikely to escape unscathed. Psychological consequences may be seen in the termination meeting and will also present themselves after the individual has left the company. To read the full account

 

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7. It's official - the rich get richer and the poor get the picture
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Washington - The economic prosperity of the 1990s gave a financial boost to Americans who were already doing well, producing fatter paychecks and more college degrees, Census 2000 figures show.

Still, many less fortunate Americans were unable to escape poverty. That's the message from the complete state-by-state data taken from long-form questionnaires. The statistics show that poverty rates remained highest in rural towns in the South and Midwest and incomes stagnated in urban counties in California and the Northeast. Read more

 

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8. Global Trade: NEPAD must not fail say African leaders
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Durban - The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) cannot be allowed to fail and will proceed whether or not the international community climbs on board. In what was the strongest statement of intent to date.

South African President Thabo Mbeki and his Nigerian counterpart, Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday committed Africa to peace and security and good economic, political and corporate governance. To read full story,

 

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9. Global Trade: PM Tony Blair's statement on G8
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In a statement to Parliament following his attendance at the G8 summit in Canada, the British Prime Minister said: "I can tell the House that we expect UK bilateral spending on Africa to rise from around £650 million a year now to £1 billion by 2006." More news

 

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10. Global Trade: New Development in South African Mining
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A new bill could change South Africa's mining industry. The highly complex Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Bill basically removes land and mineral rights held in perpetuity by big mining houses, such as Anglo American, and invests them in the government. The mine owners have cried "nationalization", while the government has responded: "Justified redistribution of inequitably held wealth."

The law was approved last week by South Africa's principal parliamentary institution, the lower House of Assembly. Our readers are asking, "Could this move spell disaster for the investors in precious metals?" Check our Investment Page.

 

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11. Business: New Laws Proposed in the UK to benefit small business
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New proposals to cut red tape and save small business around £170 million a year have been unveiled with the publication of a new White Paper 'Modernizing Company Law.'

Acknowledged as the most fundamental review of company law in 150 years, the White Paper is the first part of the government's response to the Company Law Review completed last year.

Other key proposals include:

  • Directors' duties will be set out clearly in statute for the first time, with clear guidance provided for all directors on their obligations under the law.
  • Corporate directors will be prohibited.
  • Private companies will no longer have to appoint company secretaries.
  • Private companies will not have to hold Annual General Meetings unless members want them, and
  • Companies will be able to exploit the Internet and email to take decisions - instead of holding expensive meetings.

The time we seem to have wasted traveling to South Africa and Europe from the USA to attend important AGMs, but alas shall we also be deprived of the perk of enjoying a good holiday at the same time? Do you want to save tax on your business and know how to write off overseas travel expenses? Go to our page on tax savings.

 

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12. Internet: Surfers still guided by Search Engines
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On a typical day, 25 percent of adult American Internet users, or 33 million people, use a search engine to find information, according to a study by Pew Internet & American Life.

Search engine use overshadows all online activity but e-mail, which 52 percent of Americans report using daily.

Eighty percent of US Internet users surveyed have used search engines at one time or another to find information they were looking for, particularly when seeking information on life topics such as religion, health and government.

Long-term Internet users rely more heavily on search engines, with 39 percent of those who have been online for three or more years using this tool daily. Only 14 percent of users who have gone online in the last six months use search engines as frequently.

This heavy reliance on search engines should continue to drive the competitive "search engine optimization" or SEO segment of online marketing, as businesses maintain their efforts to improve their Web sites' chances of being found easily and often by multiple search utilities.

To read more about search engines and the "Top 10" and how you get a free submission service visit this page.

 

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13. Internet: UK households increasingly adopt Internet access.
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Approximately 10.7 million UK households had home Internet access in the first quarter of 2002, up 42 percent from the previous quarter, according to the Office of National Statistics. In Great Britain, 25.2 million adults, over half of all adults, have used the Internet at some time.

Geography played a part in levels of usage, according to the study.

In the financial year 2001-2002, these areas had Internet access:

  • 31 percent of Wales and Northern Ireland
  • 32 percent of North East of England
  • 48 percent of South East and London

Non-Internet users in the UK:

  • Don't intend to go online --44 percent
  • Have no means of access -- 25 percent
  • Believe they have no reason to go online -- 23 percent

Economic income greatly affected UK Internet access, with:

  • 80 percent of high-income households online
  • 11 percent of lowest-income households online

Seventy-five percent of British users depended on the Internet for general browsing, while 38 percent used it to order event tickets, goods or services and education information. Vacation planning, flights and hotel reservations were among the most popular online purchases.

Twenty-five percent of those who have never purchased on the Web blame security concerns or simply preferred a bricks and mortar shopping experience.

High-income urban households have the highest percentage of Internet access and usage, making this demographic an ideal target for your online marketing campaign. Meanwhile, creating and stating a solid security policy may help win over those users who have avoided purchasing online because of security reasons. Businesses focused on online shopping can also make their sites more user-friendly and welcoming to increase online purchases from those users who still prefer a real-world shopping experience.

These details Released by the Office of National Statistics

 

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14. Internet: Tourism companies urged to 'Go for IT'
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Web-wise tourism businesses are encouraging the industry to get online through a new business support pack. The pack shows small tourism organisations how they can benefit from marketing on the Internet in simple and cost-effective ways. Read more about this service

 

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15.Environment and the UK Countryside.
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The British Government recently launched a £7 million initiative, to kick-start innovative research programmes, aimed at improving the quality of the built environment.

The scheme will also attract a comparable figure from industry and we hope will promote "green build" awareness. To read more

 

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16. Books of the Month
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We recently researched a series of e-books, which investigate the current problems, loopholes and what important steps to take to be able to live and work in the USA, Britain, Ireland, and France; other smaller countries are covered in the list of e-books available.

These excellent guides are good value and save you the frustration of getting out of date and misleading information, and we are recommending these e-books to our many clients interested in moving countries and finding a better life. Read more on our "Immigration Update" Page.

 

This Months Quote:

"Yes, madam, I am drunk. But in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly." By Winston Churchill

 

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