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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 December 2007 #178

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Africa Catching Up With Rest of the World
2. Business: Australian Expats in the USA Not Going Home
3. Business: Economy in the USA Tanking?
4. Business: How a few super-rich tycoons dominate S.E. Asia economy
5. Business: Investing in South Africa
6. Business: Kosovo WILL Become Independent in 2008
7. Business & Education: An American's Objective View of Kenya
8. Business: Progress in Sub-Saharan Africa
9. Business: Salvation for Telkom Kenya
10. Education: AIDS in Africa
11. Education: Battle of the Somme
12. Education & Environment: Africa Depleting Natural Resources
13. Education: Oscar Wilde Collection
14. Immigration: Asylum Costs Are Escalating in the UK
15. Immigration: What UK Has Become for Immigrant Workers
16. Real Estate: Wealthy Russians Buying Properties in London
17. Travel: Electronic Airline Ticketing


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1. Business: Africa Catching Up With Rest of the World?
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Midrand: Growth rates in sub-Saharan African economies are finally catching up with the rest of the world after lagging behind for the last three decades, a World Bank report said Wednesday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Australian Expats in the USA Not Going Home
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A survey of Australia's media expats has delivered a consistent picture: they're blunt, emboldened by the bigger, more competitive US market and they're not coming home. To read this full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Economy in the USA Tanking?
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A report was forwarded to us from a regular reader of our website Newsletters. "During the first quarter of fiscal year 2008, which started last July, the Jewish Family Services has seen a 21 percent increase in requests for financial assistance. This is on top of the 15 percent increase the organization experienced last year.

"There's no reason to think we've seen the end of that," said Dr. Emile Bendit, president of the JFS board. "With gasoline prices rising, the winter months fast approaching there is growing concern that the number of individuals applying for financial assistance will continue to accelerate." To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link and use the Search facility.


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4. Business: How a few super-rich tycoons dominate S.E. Asia Economy
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This new book "Asian Godfathers Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia" by Joe Studwell, Atlantic Monthly Press, 328 pp. is well worth reading. The principal beneficiaries of those relationships between government and business have been men whom Studwell calls alternatively godfathers and tycoons - a group of billionaires, descended mainly from Chinese immigrants, who since the end of World War II have dominated the domestic economies of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. For more details, and to order a copy visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

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5. Business: Investing in South Africa
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The United States will provide up to $250-million to jump-start three new African investment funds intended to boost development of its capital markets so African businesses can more easily raise money. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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

 

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6. Business: Kosovo WILL Become Independent in 2008?
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Eight years after Serbian forces retreated from Kosovo, this poor, predominantly Muslim territory remains legally part of Serbia and under the protection of the United Nations. A December 10, 2007 deadline is looming after which Kosovo has vowed to declare its independence. Diplomacy with Belgrade is reaching a dead end, Agim Ceku warrior-turned-prime minister, said, and Kosovo cannot delay its declaration for much longer. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Business & Education: An American's Objective View of Kenya
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One of our readers submitted this web site to the Editor's desk requesting we highlight the news item in our next Newsletter. Note that the opinions and comments are by the writer of this article, and the editorial staff of the Delamere Group does not agree or disagree with the contents. As the majority of the readers of our monthly Newsletter tend to be well educated and open minded individuals, we leave our readers to draw their own conclusions about the future of Kenya and Africa in general. Visit this site by Marshall Burns and read his review "Disillusion and Hope on the Dark Continent - My Personal Report from Kenya, Africa."

 


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8. Business: Progress in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa, a region that is experiencing its strongest growth and lowest inflation in 30 years, could see further economic growth and a decline in inflation in 2008, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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9. Business: Salvation for Telkom Kenya
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A consortium led by France Telecom won a tender to buy 51 percent of Telkom Kenya for $390-million, in a deal to turn around the loss-making business and prepare it for an eventual market flotation. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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10. Education: AIDS in Africa
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More than three-quarters of all AIDS-related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and South Africa is now officially the country with the highest prevalence of HIV in the world, a new UN report said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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11. Education: Battle of the Somme
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When the Battle of the Somme ended in November 1916, over one million people were dead as a result of the intense fighting that had dominated the long battle front along the River Somme. Through the use of diaries, letters, maps, and photographs, this compelling online exhibit from the Imperial War Museum examines that long and difficult World War I land battle. These items are all contained within three sections: "The Battle", "Personal Stories", and "The Somme Revisited".

In "The Battle", visitors can learn about the various aspects of this military endeavor and read essays on the German and Commonwealth armies. Moving on, "Personal Stories" features the recollections of 21 different persons involved in this conflict, including the first-hand memories of Robert Graves, who would go on to author the moving memoir, "Goodbye to All That". Finally, "The Somme Revisited" offers up some insights into the modern interpretations of this epic battle and a few short film clips of cameramen who were present along the Western Front. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2007


Editor's Note: This site is of special interest to our Senior Partner, Geoffrey Hebdon, as his grandfather Samuel Hebdon, was a soldier in the 4th South Lancashire Regiment and involved in this dreadful Battle of the Somme in the 1st World War (The War to End All Wars). Being part of a 4 member machine-gunner group, his 3 fellow soldiers aged between 18 and 20 years of age, all lost their lives when a German shell landed and exploded in their trench and Samuel Hebdon was the only survivor, but unfortunately was severely wounded and affected by this dreadful experience for the remainder of his life. During the research for this news item, this link was sent by an avid reader of our Newsletter, and sheds some interesting light on the Battle of the Somme.

Residents of the UK, France and Irish Republic can now apply for free tickets for the ceremony at Thiepval Memorial in France on 1 July 2016. The Somme was one of the bloodiest battles of World War One with more than one million casualties over 141 days. The online ballot will be open until 18 November - the day the battle ended in 1916. Read more. Our reporter will be there to interview attendees.

 

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12. Education & Environment: Africa Depleting Natural Resources
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United Nations Environmental Programme executive director Achim Steiner says Africa is in the midst of depleting its natural resources, which sustain many parts of Africa's economies. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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13. Education: Oscar Wilde Collection
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Added after its initial publication, the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray allowed Oscar Wilde to directly address some of the initial criticism of his rather controversial novel. Perhaps one of the most well-known epigrams offered in that statement is "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all."

Visitors to this site can read this preface (and the complete novel), along with many other works by Wilde. These works include "The Happy Prince and Other Stories", "A House of Pomegranates", and plays like "An Ideal Husband" and "The Importance of Being Earnest". Of course, visitors should not overlook his masterful poem, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". Visit this excellent site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2007

 


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14. Immigration: Asylum Costs Are Escalating in the UK
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The soaring cost of looking after child asylum seekers has led to Solihull Council making an urgent appeal to the Government for more financial help to care for youngsters who arrive in the country without their parents. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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15. Immigration: What UK Has Become for Immigrant Workers
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Audrius Lelkaitis is a TV journalist living in Lithuania. In February he threw out his designer gear, shaved his head and donned a secret camera. He was about to pretend to be an unskilled worker who did not speak English as part of a BBC News investigation. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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16. Real Estate: Wealthy Russians Buying Properties in London
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Wealthy Russians have been sinking billions into property to establish a foothold in Britain, seen as more important now than ever as Putin's second term winds down and uncertainty rises over who will be president after elections next spring. "With 2008 approaching, anyone now who has money wants to put it in a safe place," said Grace Margolies, a real estate agent who is half Russian and works exclusively with the Knight Frank agency's Russian clients. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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17. Travel: Electronic Airline Ticketing
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Airlines in the Middle East have made significant progress on electronic tickets (e-tickets) as the level of e-tickets in the region surged to 70 per cent from 20 per cent over a period of one-year, an official of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit the Delamere Travel site.

 

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Editor's Footnote: We Regret to Announce the Death of Vernon Scannell

John Vernon Bain (Vernon Scannell), poet, writer and broadcaster: born Spilsby, Lincolnshire 23 January 1922; died in Otley, West Yorkshire, on 16 November 2007. John (Vernon) was a poet of the Second World War whose work was rooted in 'recognisable human experience'. Read more.

For more information about the life, works and some of the best poems of Vernon Scannell, visit this excellent site. Or the website of the WarPoets.org


 


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This month's quote
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"Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success." ~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish Dramatist and Poet

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