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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 February 2019 # 312

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

  1. Business: Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Business: Future of Zimbabwe
  3. Business: More Challenges Facing Africa
  4. Business: More Corruption in South Africa
  5. Education: Free Audio Books
  6. Education: Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
  7. Immigration: Amusing Story of Planning to Leave South Africa?
  8. Travel: Tourism in Kenya

 

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1. Business: Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Corruption is getting worse in South Africa, according to the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index‚ which was released on Monday. SA remained in ninth place in sub-Saharan Africa‚ suggesting that perceptions of corruption in the country remained high. The index is done by Transparency International and ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption‚ according to experts and business people. It uses a scale of 0 to 100‚ where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Future of Zimbabwe
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The last few days have wiped out any trust people might have had in the ability of the November 2017 coup that toppled former President Robert Mugabe to bring democratic and socio-economic rights to Zimbabwe’s long-suffering people. Yet one wonders: is this a vicious repressive state or the accumulative effect of institutions that decayed under the doddering Mugabe; now disintegrated, dead and disinterred thanks to diminishing dollars? Will Zimbabwe’s future be even worse than its terrible past? To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

Editor’s Note: Latest news on Zimbabwe (The best example of Africa’s future?) The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition on Thursday warned of “greater chances of escalation of social unrest and instability” if the volatility in that country was not adequately addressed. Addressing journalists in Johannesburg, the coalition's regional coordinator - Blessing Vava - said while there was a national outcry over the deteriorating economic situation in Zimbabwe, there was also an apparent attempt by the state to silence dissenting voices through arbitrary arrests, beatings, abductions and threatening civil society leaders and unionists. Read the latest update on this disastrous country, click here.

 

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3. Business: More Challenges Facing Africa
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The United Nations (UN) Chief says the biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is to show that they care. Secretary General Antonio Guterres was addressing the media in his first press conference of 2019 in which he lamented the huge trust deficits in governments and international organisations due to growing inequalities leading to the rise of populist voices. He also weighed in on the developing instability in Zimbabwe and Sudan over economic conditions and the election fallout in the DRC. He acknowledged that many still see the United Nations as cumbersome and bureaucratic but affirmed that multilateralism was needed in the world today more than ever. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)

 

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4. Business: More Corruption in South Africa
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Fraud “on an enormous scale” has been uncovered in the land reform programme in which government officials handed out farms and millions in grants to beneficiaries who did not qualify.  The details are contained in a report by the Special Investigating Unit which recommends that 42 people, including the government officials, be prosecuted for fraud and corruption. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: Update on the latest news on corruption in South Africa. The testimony of self-confessed Bosasa paymaster Angelo Agrizzi suggests SA could be robbed blind because the watchdogs overseeing state institutions were themselves hopelessly corrupted. His testimony suggests it is terrifyingly easy to ensure that an apparent slam-dunk corruption case never sees the inside of a courtroom, and that a parliamentary body meant to raise alarm bells about that very corruption can be effectively muted by bribing its members. Perhaps it’s because the as-yet untested evidence given by the self-confessed Bosasa paymaster confirms what many ordinary South Africans have long suspected: that the law enforcement and oversight bodies meant to protect them are compromised and corrupted. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Education: Free Audio Books
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The LibriVox site is billed as an "acoustical liberation of books in the public domain." This claim proves to be true; the site provides free audiobooks of public domain works from authors such as Dickens, Chaucer, and hundreds of others to forward their mission of recording all the books in the public domain. First-time visitors can click on the LibriVox catalog to search a title or author to get started. One can also view recently cataloged titles or just elect to browse the entire catalog. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2019


Editor’s Note:  Visit the pages of our Education website.

 

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6. Education: Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
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Fans and scholars of medieval illuminated manuscripts may enjoy BiblioPhilly, a new digital interface for the Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis project. This three-year project, which launched in 2016, has been digitizing 160,000 manuscript pages held by 15 libraries to "create the country's largest regional online collection of medieval manuscripts." The BiblioPhilly interface was made public in November 2018, and the project is due to be completed in the spring of 2019. Visitors to BiblioPhilly can search this repository of manuscripts by keyword and filter their search by facets such as book type, century, geographic origin, and more. Upon selecting a manuscript, visitors are treated to high-resolution, full-color images with an interactive page-turning interface, as well as descriptive metadata, additional images of its binding, and other information. Images and their metadata are also freely available to download under a Creative Commons license. The Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis project was funded by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, and it was organized by the Free Library of Philadelphia, Lehigh University, and the Penn Libraries.  Visit this site.

 

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7. Immigration: Amusing Story of Planning to Leave South Africa?
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Whenever you got a bit edgy about South Africa’s future prospects all you had to do was get out a blank sheet of A4 paper and jot down the names of other countries that might be more appreciative of your expensively acquired transferable skills. The names on the A4 list back then would probably have included the UK, the US, various European countries, Australia, Canada and, for tax reasons rather than quality of life, the UAE. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

 

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8. Travel: Tourism in Kenya
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The impact of Kenya's recent terrorist attack will be felt greatly by its tourism industry. Terrorism and insecurity generally, is largely responsible for the sector's poor performance over the last decade. This had a huge impact on tourism numbers. Kenya’s vision 2030 – a development plan which aims to transform Kenya into a middle-income country – sought to increase tourism arrivals from 1.7 million in 2012 to three million visitors by 2017. But in 2017 the actual arrivals were only 1.45 million. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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This month we are referencing, not just one photo, but fifty photos of the 50 most beautiful women of yesterday and today. These photos were selected by our new Operation Manager, GMH. Check them out and see if you agree with our photographer? Click here. (Make sure your sound is on)

 

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This month's quote

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Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a difference. Each one of us must take responsibility for our own lives, and above all, show respect and love for living things around us, especially each other.” ~ Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE, formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist.

 

 

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Book of the Month
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"Business Reimagined" ~ Dave Coplin

In this new release Dave Copin shares the secrets of experienced entrepreneurs on everything from how to get effective media coverage to the secrets of attracting the best and brightest to your firm. With wit and wisdom, the personalities behind some of the leading firms and entrepreneurial organisations in the UK today guide budding entrepreneurs through all the highs and lows of what it takes to be a business success. To download this FREE e-book, 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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