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Edition of 1 December 2016 # 286

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Corruption in Kenya
  2. Business: Corruption in Zambia
  3. Business: Is Hong Kong Stable?
  4. Business: The Future of Land Ownership in Namibia, is South Africa Next?
  5. Education & Art: Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide
  6. Education & History: More Accounts of the Battle of the Somme, World War One
  7. Education: Expansion of Education Facilities in Southern Arica
  8. Education: If you Love Cats?
  9. Education & Environment: Water Shortage in Oregon
  10. Education & Business: Prisons in South Africa
  11. Education: Remember our Lost Ones in War
  12. Education & Environment: Future of South African Youth, While “ROME (ANC)” Burns
  13. Immigration: Extortion & Corruption by South African Immigration Department
  14. Immigration: Irish Illegally (Overstays) in the USA?
  15. Immigration: Refugees in Australia Coming to the USA?
  16. Immigration: More & More People Illegally Moving to the USA
  17. Travel: New Pan-African Passport
  18. Travel & Business: Sad News for our Clients in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  19. Travel: Ten Best Cities in the World to Visit in 2017
  20. Travel: Visiting Namibia in Africa
  21. Immigration: African Immigration & African Communities in the USA

 

Special Announcement

Many of regular readers have requested a reminder regarding the new banking rules by the USA Government. FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) has created havoc for Americans living offshore, investing offshore and just simply trading and banking offshore. This bit of legislation has resulted in many Americans being shut out and deemed pariahs around the globe.  Please read our news item in a previous Newsletter, or visit our web page on Global Trade.


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1. Business: Corruption in Kenya
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US ambassador Robert Godec has said those implicated in the Sh5.3 billion Health ministry scandal should step aside to allow investigations to be done. Godec said they are deeply concerned with the matter and have already spoken to government officials concerning the same. The Ambassador said they are working to ensure healthcare programs initiated by the US government within Kenya are corruption free. "We will work to ensure that the American taxpayers' money, which are the funds given to the country, go where they are intended," he said. He added that the soaring levels of corruption undermine Kenya's economy. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Kenya Star)


Editor’s Note
:  Visit our web page on Kenya.

 

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2. Business: Corruption in Zambia
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Former Zambian Information and Broadcasting Services minister Chishimba Kambwili is being investigated on how he accumulated a massive personal wealth that includes several plush villas and over 500 flats after serving the government for just five years.  It would also examine how Kambwili accumulated a pool of 28 personal vehicles in five years, up from the three he had when he joined parliament in 2008, as well as reports that he now owns multiple properties in London, where his family lives. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Zambia.

 

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3. Business: Is Hong Kong Stable?
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There's been three weeks of chaos in Hong Kong's legislative council (LegCo), the territory's parliament, ever since five lawmakers had their oaths rejected last month - for adding or subtracting words, reading too slowly, or using derogatory language. Three of them have since been able to retake their oaths, and take their seats in parliament. But the Hong Kong government (and, if you believe the rumours, the Beijing government) seems determined to stop two of the most controversial lawmakers, Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung, from joining parliament. To read the full report and see the chaos taking place, visit our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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4. Business: The Future of Land Ownership in Namibia, is South Africa Next?
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Namibia's lands minister Utoni Nujoma has reportedly tabled a bill that would see foreign nationals being barred from owning land in the southern African country. According to eNCA the bill sought to bar foreigners from owning agricultural, commercial and communal land. The new bill proposed a range of amendments to the Agricultural Commercial Land Reform Act of 1995 and the Communal Land Reform Act of 2002. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Namibia.

 

Read this additional report just received by our reporter. Findings of the second South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey has revealed that 48% of respondents who earned less than R100 000 a year thought it was difficult to navigate daily life without paying bribes. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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5. Education & Art: Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide
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Authored and edited by art historians around the globe, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide is an online journal dedicated to all forms of art. Published tri-annually, the publication features scholarly articles, exhibition reviews, and book reviews. As with other online art history journals, the digital format allows readers to closely examine detailed images will reading articles. In the current issue, readers can check out Maura Lyons's analysis of the representation of African-American Civil War soldiers and read Julia K. Dabbs' piece on May Alcott Nieriker - Louisa May Alcott's youngest sister and the inspiration for the character Amy March in Little Women - an artist who penned a travel guide called Studying Art Abroad, and How to Do it Cheaply. Visitors can also check out past issues of this journal, which has been published since 2002. Visit this site.

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6. Education & History: More Accounts of the Battle of the Somme, World War One
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"From that moment all my religion died, after that journey all my teaching and belief in God had left me - never to return." This was how Charles Bartram, a 23-year-old former colliery worker from Doncaster, described his experience of the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It is one of more than 500 remarkable first-hand accounts of the World War One battle donated to the Imperial War Museum, the "vast majority" of which have never been seen before. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)


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7. Education: Expansion of Education Facilities in Southern Arica
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South Africa's biggest private education firm, Curro Holdings, on Monday said it had acquired a 50-percent stake in Botswana-based BA Isago University as part of its stated goal to run 80 campuses by 2020. The JSE-listed independent schools group said the university, which was established in 2002, had four campuses: Gaborone, Francistown, Serowe and Maun. It has about 3 000 students, but intended to expand to accommodate around 6 000. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on education.

 

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8. Education: If you Love Cats?
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A one-eyed cat that went missing from her family home in Sheffield, Yorkshire, has been found less than a mile away, after 11 years. Owner Terrie Mitchell was reunited with her long-lost cat, Chloe, after she was discovered living in an overturned wheelie bin by a post woman just a couple of streets away from where she went missing. To read this inspiring report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Yorkshire Post)

Editor’s Note:  This news item is dedicated to the memory of our family cat “Sootie”, who gave us so much pleasure in her 14 years we enjoyed her company. “Bonne chance pour tous.”

 

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9. Education & Environment: Water Shortage in Oregon?
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Oregon in the USA is helping farmers drain the state's underground reservoirs to grow cash crops in the desert, throwing sensitive ecosystems out of balance and fueling an agricultural boom that cannot be sustained, to grow cash crops in the desert, throwing sensitive ecosystems out of balance and fueling an agricultural boom that cannot be sustained, To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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10. Education & Business: Prisons in South Africa
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If you think that South Africa is a country of human compassion and feelings then read this report. Last week, a delegation from the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services, along with members of the NCOP’s select committee on security and justice, visited the prison in Cape Town to get an update. Former Correctional Services Inspecting Judge Edwin Cameron had earlier written a damning report on conditions. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

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11. Education: Remember our Lost Ones in War
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A river of poppies now flows around Thirsk in Yorkshire, England as a Remembrance Day tribute to the fallen. The Thirsk Yarn Bombers don’t so anything by half so when someone suggested “knitting a few wreaths” for Remembrance Day, the response was typical. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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12. Education & Environment: Future of South African Youth, While “ROME (ANC)” Burns
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It is just past midday and the children at Khulangolwazi Primary School in Manguzi, northern KwaZulu-Natal, are finishing their lunch. They huddle beneath the large mango trees the rural town near the Mozambiquan border is known for, sucking on sachets of frozen fruit juice, seeking respite from the searing heat. It is 38ºC and summer has only just begun. In a bare corner of the schoolyard, exposed to the sun, are a pair of small concrete toilet stalls and the scent of stale urine hangs heavy in the air. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

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13. Immigration: Extortion & Corruption by South African Immigration Department
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Lobby group Corruption Watch’s latest report titled “Project Lokisa: Asylum at a Price” released on Tuesday alleges endemic extortion and corruption by government officials tasked to assist asylum seekers and refugees, particularly at home affairs’ Marabastad Refugee Reception Office (RRO) in Pretoria. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Immigration.

 

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14. Immigration: Irish Illegally (Overstays) in the USA?
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Thousands of “undocumented” Irish living in the US, are waiting anxiously to see whether president-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promises on immigration. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Irish Times)

 

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15. Immigration: Refugees in Australia Coming to the USA?
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Asylum seekers and refugees housed at Australia's offshore immigration detention centers could soon be on their way to the United States, local media reported Friday, though government officials remain tight lipped. While the number of asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat pales in comparison to those seeking refuge in Europe, the nation's harsh immigration policies adopted in 2013 dictate they will never reach the mainland. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (China Daily)

 

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16. Immigration: More & More People Illegally Moving to the USA
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An increasing number of people from far-flung corners of the world have tried to sneak into the United States among the hundreds of thousands of other, mostly Latin American migrants caught at the Mexican border in the last year, according to arrest data from the Homeland Security Department. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (ABC News)


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17. Travel: New Pan-African Passport
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New research released by global travel technology provider Sabre Corporation has revealed that African air travel spend is expected to rise 24 percent with the introduction of the pan-African passport in 2018. The new passport will enable African travellers to visit other countries on the continent without a visa. To red the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 


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18. Travel & Business: Sad News for our Clients in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Politicians and businesses have been reacting to United Airlines ending their flights from Belfast to Newark Airport. The cessation comes despite attempts to rescue the route in a £9m emergency deal, mostly from Stormont. Economy Minister Simon Hamilton had previously said the rescue package was crucial to attracted US-inward investment for Northern Ireland. A United Airlines statement said: 'We have regretfully taken this decision because of the route's poor financial performance." To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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19. Travel: Ten Best Cities in the World to Visit in 2017
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Our staff has recently researched the best and most interesting Cities in the world to visit.  As a service to our client we provide a LINK to this excellent review of the latest news related to these 10 Best Cities. Click here.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Travel.

 

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20. Travel: Visiting Namibia in Africa
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Namibia is still my favourite place on earth. What other destination offers such raw beauty, such a variety of landscapes, and the luxury of experiencing much of it alone. And while it is for the most part arid, it is far from lifeless. Aside from game-rich Etosha, you will almost certainly encounter desert-adapted elephant and rhino in Damaraland, and even the Namib is home to an array of highly evolved creatures: from the tenebrionid beetle.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Namibia.

 

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21. Immigration: African Immigration & African Communities in the USA
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Contemporary African immigration and African communities in the U.S. will be the focus of a half-day symposium at the Library of Congress on Dec. 15. “Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States” will be hosted by noted historian Toyin Falola, the current Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress. The symposium will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 in room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

 

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Photo of the Month
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Dawn in Kenya

On this November morning an old crescent Moon and morning star rise just before the Sun in a wide panoramic skyscape from Kenya's Amboseli National Park. Still below the limbs of an acacia tree and the eastern horizon, the Sun's position is easy to find though. It's marked at the left by the subtle convergence of light and shadow in the dawn sky, click here.

 

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This month's quote

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“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” ~ George Bernard Shaw. (One of the most remarkable men who ever lived)

 

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Book of the Month
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The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) - This is the only international professional organization for children's writers and illustrators. Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers, the SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over. Visit this inspiring site.

Editor’s Note:  Being December and including the season of giving, and a time especially important to our children and grandchildren, we thought this site would bring joy and inspiration to our many readers throughout the world, to whom we wish Season’s Greetings. Our recommended book of the month is A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Lewis Stevenson, a beautiful gift for any child or adult. Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to waiting for the lamplighter, to sailing off to foreign lands in his imagination.


Editor’s Note
: Don’t forget that we also have an online book store, Delamere International Bookshop. We represent a number of major leading book suppliers that concentrate on non-fiction books related to business, employment, marketing, investing & finance, real estate, and conducting international trade. Click here.


 

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