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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 December 2018 # 310

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

  1. Business: Can South Africa Learn Anything from India a Fellow Member of BRICS?
  2. Business: Corruption in Africa
  3. Business: Latest News on BRICS
  4. Business: South Africa to Amended the Constitution to Expropriate Land & Property From the Whites?
  5. Business: Understanding Differences Between Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
  6. Education & History: Effects of the First World War 1914-1918
  7. Education & History: Remembering the First World War (1914-1918)
  8. Education: Free e-Book on Academic Skills
  9. Education: Free Online Courses from Universities Around the World
  10. Education: Institute of Historical Research
  11. Education & Environment: Canned Hunting & Exploitative Breeding of Lions & Other Predators in South Africa
  12. Immigration: More South Africans Joining the Chicken Run?
  13. Internet: South African Domain Names

 

 

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1. Business: Can South Africa Learn Anything from India a Fellow Member of BRICS?
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The country of India attracted $44.9-billion in foreign direct investment during the 2017/18 financial year, Indian High Commissioner to South Africa Ruchira Kamboj highlighted on Monday. She was addressing the ‘Invest in India Business’ Forum in Sandton, north of Johannesburg. "Why India? Because it's the new India," she explained. "A country that is on the move. ... Our country today is on a very high growth path." India is now the fastest growing major economy in the world.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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

 

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2. Business: Corruption in Africa
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Africa lost an estimated one trillion dollars in the last decade to money siphoned out of the continent: stashed into bank accounts, laundered through shell companies or into hard assets. Massive forums like the IACC highlight the scale of problem, as well as the opportunities and limits to operational solutions, which, at best requires real-time cooperation between banks on various continents willing to share silos of information. Last week the IACC brought together 1,500 stakeholders from 130 countries for a three-day event in Denmark. The biggest anti-corruption conference in the world, the IACC provides an opportunity to enhance collaboration, further networks that are maintained after the conference, and make formal, public commitments to tackling corruption.  Will this bring any results?  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

 

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3. Business: Latest News on BRICS
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With a combined population of 2.88 billion people and a gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly $16 trillion (R237trln), BRICS is an interesting grouping. It is clearly not a team of equals, and during the Summit, each head of state clearly drove a specific agenda, which was not necessarily aligned to the other members. These agendas are forged in part by their geographical locations, ideological attachments and their respective geopolitical contexts. The global view of BRICS is mixed. The pessimists see no common ground, as the five members are dispersed geographically, and their economies are at different stages of development, with China surging and Russia, Brazil and South Africa, slipping in recent years. The optimists see BRICS as a beacon of hope in a turbulent world – and they are in the majority. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Global Trade.

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4. Business: South Africa to Amended the Constitution to Expropriate Land & Property From the Whites?
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Plans by South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation have unnerved investors, a senior World Bank group executive said on Wednesday. The ANC government has made the acceleration of land redistribution a key issue ahead of 2019 elections, while pledging to carry out land reform in a way that does not threaten food security. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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5. Business: Understanding Differences Between Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
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Take the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) free self-paced training course to learn the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights. This free course also includes the process for filing a patent or trademark and registering for a copyright. Click here.

 

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6. Education & History: Effects of the First World War 1914-1918
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The casualties since the conflict’s first engagements in 1914 ran into many millions, both military and civilian. The very nature of warfare had changed irrevocably. Empires crumbled, new nations arose and the world’s maps were redrawn in ways that reverberate mightily a century later. With men away at the front lines, women assumed roles in the work force back home that hastened their emancipation and changed social ways forever. To read the full report and see the incredible photographs, go to our NEWS DESK link. (NY Times)

 

Editor’s Note:  Read also item No.11 in our previous Newsletters, click here. To check out if any of your relatives are listed  in the war graves of the 1st World War, visit the web site of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, click here.


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7. Education & History: Remembering the First World War (1914-1918)
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One hundred years have passed since the ending of World War I, "the war to end all wars." In the October 2018 issue of Smithsonian Magazine, American author William Vollmann travels to the former front lines of the Great War and asks, in a nod to Erich Maria Remarque's famous novel, if all is still quiet on the western front. Vollmann's long-form essay weaves together historical events, references to primary historical documents and secondary interpretations, and his own experiences at battle sites and conversations with local residents a century later. The result is a lengthy and meditative "attempt at remembrance," intriguingly described by Vollmann as "peculiar, accidental and limited," which brings readers to battle sites in eastern France and reflects on myriad perspectives on the war throughout history. Vollmann is the author of Europe Central, winner of the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction. This article also features photography by Tomas van Houtryve, an award-winning documentary photographer based in Paris. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018


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8. Education: Free e-Book on Academic Skills
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Students and educators may find The Dartmouth E-Guide to Academic Success to be a helpful resource. This e-guide is a free downloadable book published by Dartmouth College's Academic Skills Center in 2017. In eight chapters and fewer than one hundred pages (double-spaced), it offers readers a thorough, concise narrative reference for how to survive and thrive in college. It begins by introducing readers to the idea of a growth mindset and explaining how to set effective goals for college, then walks readers through strategies for time management. The e-guide also includes a variety of methods for important study skills such as taking useful notes, reading efficiently, and writing college essays. Students (current and former) may also find the e-guide's tips on overcoming procrastination and enhancing productivity to be helpful. Links to cited references (both peer-reviewed and popular) and additional information are included throughout the book, and it makes good use of explanatory graphics as well. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to visit our web site on Education.

 

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9. Education: Free Online Courses from Universities Around the World
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Readers interested in free online courses from universities around the world, such as those offered on platforms like Coursera and edX, may find Class Central to be a helpful resource. Class Central is a search portal and reviews site specializing in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It describes itself as "a giant curated catalog of MOOCs spread across different online course providers," specifying that "We focus on quality, and we manually categorize and tag every MOOC." Visitors can search for courses by keyword or browse by subject, university, or provider, and Class Central also points out notable and popular courses. Each course listing provides a descriptive overview, links to commonly asked questions about the course provider, a list of related courses, and reviews written by people who have taken the course. Users can choose to register for a free Class Central account to keep track of courses they're interested in. While not every course cataloged by Class Central is free, many (if not most) of them are, and those that are not are clearly marked. Launched in 2011, Class Central also publishes the MOOC Report, which covers news, trends, analysis, annual roundups, and other articles about MOOCs and online education.  Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018

 

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10. Education: Institute of Historical Research
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History professors, students, and general aficionados will likely appreciate Reviews in History, a publication of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. Launched in 1996, Reviews in History publishes in-depth "reviews and reappraisals of significant work in all fields of historical interest." At the time of this writing, Reviews in History has published over 2,300 reviews, many of which include responses from the author. The scope of this resource is broad and visitors may browse and search the reviews by geographical area, type of history, or time period. Examples of recently reviewed works include the books Imaging Stuart Family Politics: Dynastic Crisis and Continuity by Catriona Murray and Annals of Native America: How the Nahuas of Colonial Mexico Kept Their History Alive by Camilla Townsend. While monographs are the most frequently reviewed format, Reviews in History also publishes reviews of digital resources, films, textbooks, and exhibitions. From time to time, Reviews in History publishes special issues centered around themes such as urban history, fashion, and historical fiction. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018


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11. Education & Environment: Canned Hunting & Exploitative Breeding of Lions & Other Predators in South Africa
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Eight suspects, including local farmers, were arrested on Sunday in South Africa for the alleged illegal possession of game products that ranged from lion bones and meat to tiger’s skin in what has been described as South Africa’s “dirty & shameful predator bone smuggling racket… which had allegedly been ongoing for years, under the watch of dodgy conservation officials”. The actual number of lions killed over the weekend has been updated to 40 that were apparently slaughtered on Saturday at the farm, while a further 10 had been killed the previous day. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: How low can a man go for the love of money? The Bible text at 1 Timothy 6:10 indicates: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

 

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12. Immigration: More South Africans Joining the Chicken Run?
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Families from around the world have gained permanent residency in the United States through the EB-5 investor green card program.  With the South African economy entering its first recession since 2009 and the value of the Rand falling 20% in 2018, more and more South Africans are seeking alternate permanent residency in foreign countries. Industry data reveals that South African demand for this program is the highest it has ever been, with a 486% increase in the number of EB-5 petitions filed by South Africans over the past three years. However, time may be running out for South Africans to take advantage of the EB-5 visa program at the current investment levels, as proposals to increase the minimum investment amount from $500,000 to $1,350,000. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editors Note:  Our leading researcher reveals that most of these applicants are “black” South Africans and not the white survivors of apartheid undertaking the ‘chicken run’. So make out that statistic for yourself?

 

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13. Internet: South African Domain Names
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South Africa’s Internet namespace has surpassed 1.2 million name registrations across all the Second Level Domains (SLDs) registered. The domains are administered by the ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR) and are namely co.za, web.za, net.za and org.za. ZACR has also registered a total of three SA cities’ Geographic Top Level Domains (gTLDs): .joburg ('dotJoburg'), .capetown ('dotCapeTown') and .durban ('dotDurban'). The 30-year Registry Operator veteran has furthermore secured the prestigious .africa (‘dotAfrica’). To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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On this cold winter night in Iceland this photo shows the Aurora and unusual clouds over Iceland. Click here. To read more about Iceland, visit our web page on Iceland.

 

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This month's quote

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"You are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life's challenges: You get to find out that you're capable of being far more than you ever thought possible." ~ Karen Salmansohn.

 

 

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Book of the Month
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We are pleased to inform our many readers of the pending release of a new book, jointly being published by the “Delamere Group” and the “MTC International Foundation”.  The book is called “Zero Hour of the Apartheid Regime of Zuid Afrika" ©. This book is a comprehensive review of the beginning and the end of Apartheid in South Africa from the vantage point of a white British person who in a small way contributed to its final demise. To be released in 2019.  There is one extract in Chapter Three that caught the attention of one of our leading researchers that we wish to quote below.

Mentioning Chapman’s Peak drive reminds me of a very personal story relating to a very close friend of mine, who I will call KP to hide his identity. He was a highly qualified professional person but he often felt very low in spirit and at one stage was suicidal as he witnessed and contemplated the deteriorating situation in South Africa and he tried very hard not to absorb and deflect the way this beautiful country was heading.  His answer and solution to his problem was to take a drive by himself along Chapman’s Peak Drive to simply view and contemplate the majestic beauty of the Lord’s creation; the powerful awe inspiring South Atlantic Ocean, the lofty mountains and the wildlife that was prolific in this area, and he immediately felt his spirits lift.  He also played on the tape deck in his car the music and lyrics of that glorious hymn, “Lift Me Up” sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.”

Editor’s Note (1):  If you wish to also listen to that inspiring song, click here.


Editor’s Note (2): 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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