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Edition of 31 March 2004 #133


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Are your ready to do trade with Iraq?
2. Business: Good advice for investing
3. Business: Best grape harvest in 30 years in the Cape Town area
4. Business: Hollywood moves into Swakopmund, Namibia, Africa
5. Business: Income Tax in the UK
6. Business: Investing in China
7. Business: Is gold still a good investment?
8. Business: Land Grab in Namibia?
9. Business: Trade Opportunities in Singapore
10. Business: Polish workers in England
11. Business: The Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development Project
12. Education: Aids in Africa
13. Education: Birdlife International
14. Education: Churchill and the Great Republic
15. Education: Discovering the American West
16. Education: English Accents and Dialects
17. Education: International Rugby Board (IRB)
18. Immigration: Easier to get into South Africa
19. Immigration: More Jews to move to Israel
20. Travel: Look out for the Sharks in Cape Town
21. Travel: South Africa defies global tourism downturn


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1. Business: Are your ready to do trade with Iraq?
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This site from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) provides a summary of the Iraqi interim constitution - signed on 8 March 2004 - as provided by the Iraqi Governing Council. Also includes links to related BBC articles. To read more, go to our NEWS DESK link

Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII

 

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2. Business: Good advice for investing
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This excellent review of the leading 22 points to consider when making investments has received high acclaim from many of our clients. In response we refer to the article published in 2002. Visit this link.


Editor's Note: We have an extensive range of investment tools on our web site that are used by our clients. For a full review, please visit this page

 

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3. Business: Best grape harvest in 30 years in the Cape Town area
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Cape Town - An expected wine surplus from a grape harvest that is said to be the best in 30 years should give wine lovers a bonus.

Industry talk is that a long, cool summer has ensured the quality of wine would range between "very good" and "phenomenal". To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit the Delamere Vineyard, leading supplier of quality wines.


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4. Business: Hollywood moves into Swakopmund, Namibia, Africa
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Swakopmund, Namibia: Amid the rolling red dunes outside this palm-lined resort lie the remnants of several wrecked C-119 airplanes - the latest evidence of Hollywood's growing infatuation with the Namibian desert.

The props are for Flight Of The Phoenix, a 20th Century Fox remake of the 1965 action adventure set in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Namibia may not be an obvious stand-in, but it beat out other locations scouted in China, Chile, South Africa and the United States. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


Editor's Note: For a review of tours and vacations to this part of Africa, visit Delamere Travel.


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5. Business: Income Tax in the UK
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According to a report, which appeared in The Times this week, the Inland Revenue is proposing to bring several million UK taxpayers with additional income streams into the PAYE system, a move that could dramatically increase their effective income tax rate. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: For income tax advice and recommended sources of information for South Africa and USA taxpayers, please visit our Income Tax Page


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6. Business: Investing in China
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South Africa is now very much interested in the future development of China and we strongly recommend to our clients to buy shares in companies that have interests or holdings in China. Today we received this report from Johannesburg.

Johannesburg: Sasol, the world's largest producer of synthetic fuels from coal, was in talks with the Shenhua Group, China's largest coal mining company, about building a plant there, the company said yesterday.

Sasol's spokesperson Johann van Rheede confirmed that the two companies were "in exploratory talks" but these were still at a very early stage and feasibility studies had not even been done yet.

"In principle, we are very interested in the Chinese market," Van Rheede said, but added that the company was also talking to other coal rich but oil poor countries, such as India and Australia. To read this complete report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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7. Business: Is gold still a good investment?
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Newmont president, Pierre Lassonde, is certain that the gold bull market remains in its infancy, and points investors to the 1970s to understand how events might unfold in gold's favour in an era of a "manic depressive dollar".

"We haven't even started to correct the US financial imbalance of the last three years. Don't tell me that the gold bull market is over. It has hardly even started," Lassonde told the audience at the 2004 BMO Nesbitt Burns Global Resources Conference in Tampa, Florida. Read the full report; go to our NEWS DESK link.


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8. Business: Land Grab in Namibia?
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The Namibian government has announced that it will expropriate a select number of white-owned farms to accelerate its land reform programme. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


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9. Business: Trade Opportunities in Singapore
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Singapore has been through some tough times lately, having braved SARS and Avian flu as well as intense economic competition from China and other rising Asian economies.

The nation's leaders recognize that innovation and entrepreneurship will be one way for Singaporeans to remain competitive in the world economy, and Singapore's government is trying a host of techniques to support homegrown entrepreneurship.

The latest effort comes out of Singapore's Education Ministry. With support from Citigroup, the Ministry is offering small grants to schoolchildren and teachers who develop interesting business ideas. Grants range in size from $2,500 to develop an idea, to $10,000 from beginning commercialization efforts. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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10. Business: Polish workers in England
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A new survey suggests there could be as many as 100,000 migrant workers employed on building sites in the UK. One Polish carpenter tells the BBC how he went from working on the black market to becoming a legitimate construction worker.

Lukas came to the UK from Poland six years ago and now lives in east London with his wife and young son. To read how easy it was for Lukas, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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11. Business: The Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development Project
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Information about the project to develop the oil fields at Doba in southern Chad (at a cost of US$1.5 billion) and construct a 1,070 km pipeline to offshore oil-loading facilities on Cameroon's Atlantic coast (US$2.2 billion). This site provides background information, documents, photos, and monitoring reports for the project, which is sponsored by Exxon Mobil, Petronas, and ChevronTexaco. Also includes a FAQ addressing human rights and environmental and social concerns. From the World Bank Group.

Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet

 

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12. Education: Aids in Africa
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Mbabane - Swaziland stands alone with the world's highest rate of HIV infection after nearby Botswana made headway against the deadly pandemic, the United Nations special envoy on Aids Stephen Lewis said on Friday.

Sparsely populated Swaziland and Botswana have long been twinned with the highest rates of HIV infection, although with 38.8 percent of adults infected, Botswana had slightly outstripped Swaziland at 38.6 percent. What are they doing about this situation? To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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13. Education: Birdlife International
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This group "is a global alliance of conservation organizations working together for people, birds, and other wildlife."

The site provides news, information, and data about bird species and important bird areas throughout the world, case studies, and reports such as "State of the World's Birds," which describes what is known about the status and distribution of birds, the pressures on sites, species and habitats, and an analysis of current conservation action. Visit this site

Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII


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14. Education: Churchill and the Great Republic
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The late Winston Spencer Churchill, was many things, including a fine diplomat, an excellent statesman, and quite a prodigious author. Of course, he was also a good friend to the United States, and this online exhibit from the Library of Congress explores Churchill's long relationship with the U.S., which he referred to as "the great Republic".

With generous funding from John W. Kluge (and the support of the Annenberg Foundation), this exhibit is divided into a number of areas, such as those dealing with the Cold War and World War II, and features digitized images of Churchill with his grandson and as a dapper little boy, along with other visual materials. The text that accompanies each section discusses such events as Churchill's first visit to the US in 1895 and his second premiership in Britain, which began in 1951. The site concludes with a listing of public programs being held in conjunction with the exhibit in Washington DC, and a list of further reading material. Visit this site

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

 

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15. Education: Discovering the American West
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Beginning in January 2004, the Lewis & Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition was set on display in St. Louis to commemorate this rather pivotal event in American history -- the first transcontinental journey across North America. This complementary online exhibition is designed to let people follow in the footsteps of the expedition, and in the words of the introduction, "to meet people different from us in mind and time, and to learn to know them."

The exhibit's materials can be accessed in a number of ways, including by theme, through following the trail with an interactive map, or by searching or browsing a gallery of the many pieces of visual and historical ephemera digitally archived here.

Using the interactive map is wholly engrossing, as each site allows users to toggle the historic map of the journey with a contemporary map, listen to various sounds associated with each place, and in a few instances, listen to readings from the words of various persons on the expedition.

In the themes area, visitors can browse through such topically arranged pieces on Discovering of Diplomacy, A World of Women, and Trade and Property. Finally, there is the collection of over 350 artifacts available for online viewing, including Meriwether Lewis's watch and the will of William Clark. Visit this site.

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

 

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16. Education: English Accents and Dialects
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All languages change over time and vary according to place and social domain, as is perfectly illustrated by these extracts taken from two large audio resources held in the British Library Sound Archive.

Together, they provide a fascinating overview of spoken English during the second half of the 20th century. This site includes dozens of browsable sound clips and a glossary. A part of the British Library Collect Britain project. Visit this site

Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet


Editor's Note: Many of our site visitors have found that undertaking English Language Online Courses have proved an invaluable asset in their careers. For more details visit the Delamere Institute of Online Learning


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17. Education: International Rugby Board (IRB)
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Founded in 1886, the International Rugby Board (IRB) "is the world governing and Law making body for the game of Rugby Union." This site offers information on training, coaching, refereeing, and game analysis for all age groups.

It keeps rankings on men's and women's international 15-a-side and 7-a-side rugby and provides a schedule of events such as the Rugby World Cup. Includes information about the more than 90 member unions from around the world, including the "Springboks". Visit this site.

Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet


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18. Immigration: Easier to get into South Africa
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The public will be given a chance to comment on the cabinet's proposed changes to immigration regulations including one to exempt foreigners from poorer countries from requiring visas when they are published in the next two months.

This comes after the Cape High Court halted efforts this week to have the cabinet's amended version of the regulations published without public comment. The court heard argument that some of the changes could have a profound effect on SA and its citizens. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

 

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19. Immigration: More Jews to move to Israel
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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon recently held a meeting, attended by ministers and representatives of agencies involved with immigration, in which he attempted to determine how Israel could get a million Jews to immigrate over the next several years.

The meeting did not produce an answer, but it was agreed that practical plans for bringing a million Jews here would be prepared for a follow-up session in June. Sharon, his associates said, left the meeting believing this goal was attainable. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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20. Travel: Look out for the Sharks in Cape Town
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Finance Minister of the South African Government, Trevor Manuel, lashed out at a Cape Town restaurant for charging R120 ($20 USD) for a cheese sandwich this week.

Trevor Manuel reprimanded Cape Town's hospitality industry for milking international tourists by charging "exorbitant" prices at its restaurants and hotels. He said there was a hotel not far from parliament that charged R120 for a cheese sandwich. One of our senior partners also tried it and the bread was even stale, plus he also told us that he would never use that place ever again. Do you want the name of the restaurant, so you can avoid it in future? Contact us for the name.

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

 

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21. Travel: South Africa defies global tourism downturn
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Johannesburg - South Africa's tourism industry defied the global downturn and continues to be the fastest-growing tourism destination in the world, according to total tourist arrival figures for last year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Footnote: Many of our clients find the facility on our News Page a great sources of interest, as it focuses their minds on the benefits of being alive, and they enjoy the therapeutic input of looking at the Cosmos photographs released by NASA. Each day an image or photograph of our fascinating Universe is featured along with a brief explanation.

Visit our News Page and select "How Do You Start Your Day?"


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This month's quote
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"It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change." ~ Confucius

 

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