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Edition of 1 July 2016 # 281

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Direct Trading Between China & South Africa, a Move Forward
  2. Business: Botswana and Kenya have signed two Memoranda of Understanding
  3. Business: Zimbabwe at the End of the Road?
  4. Education: Chinese Government to Build Largest University Library in Africa
  5. Education: History of Ireland
  6. Education: Public Domain Review
  7. Education & Environment: River Ganges in India
  8. Education: Value of Online Learning
  9. Education & History: World War I (1914-1918)
  10. Internet: Value of Your Business Website?
  11. Travel: Cape Town Voted Best City in the World to Visit
  12. Travel: Overpaying For Car Rentals?

 

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1. Business: Direct Trading Between China & South Africa, a Move Forward
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China has announced that as from Monday it will allow direct trading between the Yuan and the Rand on its inter-bank foreign exchange market. The move is expected to lower exchange costs whilst boosting bilateral investment between the two countries.  The Rand is the 13th foreign currency that can be directly traded with the Chinese Yuan in China's inter-bank foreign exchange market. China's inter-bank foreign exchange market says on the spot forex market, the two currencies can fluctuate by up to 10% from the parity rate each trading day.  Most analysts believe the latest move by China will benefit South Africa and will decrease the cost of trading. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)

 

 

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2. Business: Botswana and Kenya have signed two Memoranda of Understanding
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The governments of Botswana and Kenya have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the areas of Integrated Water Resources and Water Services, as well as the Tourism and Hospitality sectors. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)

 

 

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3. Business: Zimbabwe at the End of the Road?
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Guess what Zimbabwe’s most important import is: Guns?  Food?  Medicines?  Fuel?  It’s US dollars. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s lists it as the country’s number one import priority. There are no details of how much, how it is brought into the country, or how much it costs (or what the sense would be in paying for them, presumably in US dollars which will have to be sent back to the source of the consignment of banknotes). Zimbabwe has experienced every manner of national crisis in the 36 years of its existence, all under President Robert Mugabe, but none as bizarre or damaging as the present case – running out of money. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor’s Note:  Read also this business report regarding the South African Rand, click here.

Plus more details on the demise of Zimbabwe, click here.

 

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4. Education: Chinese Government to Build Largest University Library in Africa
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Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new library at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) to be built at a cost of about 40 million US dollars funded by the Chinese government. President Magufuli said the Chinese government's 100 percent-aided project had come at the right time as the government was working hard to improve the country's education standard. He said once completed, the state-of-the-art facility will boast a space of 20,000 square meters and house over 800,000 books. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.

 

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5. Education: History of Ireland
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Curious about the history, culture, and heritage of Ireland? Our web site, AskAboutIreland will come as a welcome fount of information. The initiative, which aggregates resources from public libraries, local museums, and national archives, seeks to publish "the original, the unusual and the unique." With a collection of online cultural, educational, and environmental resources on over thirty general interest topics, the Reading Room is a great place to start. Readers may use a Keyword search to filter the contents or browse by Popular Articles. There is also much to appreciate in the Learning Zone, where educators will discover resources, games, and lesson plans for primary students and secondary students in History, Science, Music, Art, and even Gaeilge. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016

Editor’s Note:  Visit our webpage on Ireland.

 

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6. Education: Public Domain Review
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Whenever any form of media is no longer protected by copyright law, it enters the public domain. The Public Domain Review is dedicated to collecting and curating this material in one place. Launched in 2011, the online journal and not-for-profit project features numerous images, complete books, audio clips, and videos. These materials range from the peculiar to the poignant, providing insight into both everyday life and extraordinary oddities. One can watch a 1916 adaptation of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”(the first movie filmed underwater), view a gallery of beards, or read Queen Victoria's teenaged diary. Yet, The Public Domain Review offers more than a collection of intriguing ephemera. The project also publishes long-form essays that contextualize and analyze public domain material. In addition, the site features a monthly Curator's Choice series, where curators from around the world share public domain material from their institution's collections. Interested readers may subscribe to an email Newsletter to receive bi-weekly notifications about the latest article and the most interesting content featured in the Review. Visit this site.

 

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7. Education & Environment: River Ganges in India
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The Ganges has existed at the heart of Indian culture for millennia. Long considered the mother of the subcontinent, it gave rise to one of the greatest early civilizations, with vast hubs of learning and culture that rivaled contemporary equivalents in China, Egypt, and Greece. But India's great river is in crisis, severely polluted by the 450 million people that live in its catchment area, and by the unfiltered human and manufacturing waste that runs daily into its waters. This in-depth portrait by the BBC's Justin Rowlatt uses images, video, audio, and narrative text to examine the current state of the Ganges, from its origins in the Himalayas to the leather factories of Kanpur to the burning ghats of Varanasi. Along the way, readers will enter the cities and farms through vivid photography and hear the stories of the people who make the banks of the River Ganges their home. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016

 

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8. Education: Value of Online Learning
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According to statistics gathered for an Online Learning Consortium Infographic, 5.8 million students are now enrolled in online courses, and the majority put tremendous stock in the quality of their education: 90 percent of students say their online learning experiences are the same or better than in-classroom options. As cost-effective alternatives to traditional college classes, online learning programs continue to gain steam in higher education. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit the web page of Delamere Institute of Online Learning.



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9. Education & History: World War I (1914-1918)
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Archaeology of the Great War is a poignant, highly interactive website exhibiting recent archeological discoveries from the Argonne region in eastern France, where French and German troops engaged in trench warfare during World War I. The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, in conjunction with French archeologists, archivists, and university faculty, created this website to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the war. During the 1990s, a team of archeologists excavated the former battlefield, unearthing new clues about daily life and death during World War I. Visitors can view these archeological finds alongside archival photographs from the War. This material is helpfully organized into five chapters, which include thoughtful annotations about the significance of these new discoveries. Archeology of the Great War is a powerful resource about the experiences of WWI soldiers, and also demonstrates the role of archeology in recovering new insights about the past. Note: while the text of this site is available in French, English, and German, a few embedded videos are only in French. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016

Editor's Note: Read also this news item No.11 in our issue of 1 December 2007, click here. Read also this latest news item regarding the battle of the Somme, click here. This private letter from Sam Hardman of Lancashire reveals the situation that faced these young men and their situation while engaged in the Battle of the Somme. Read more.

 

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10. Internet: Value of Your Business Website?
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You have a great idea, your market research is robust, you’ve created your lean business canvas and devised a killer sales strategy, so now it’s time to launch. But before you trigger that marketing campaign, take some time out to consider your online presence and how it can work best for both you and your audience. While recent trends placed an emphasis on a strong social media presence, many start-ups are beginning to see the value and potential in owning and maintaining their own website, as part of an overall digital strategy and complete business package. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Irish Times)

Editor’s Note: Visit our webpage on the Internet.

 

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11. Travel: Cape Town Voted Best City in the World to Visit
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Cape Town and South Africa has been named among the top three best countries and Cape Town scooped the best city in the world award for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Vancouver and Venice, in the UK Telegraph Travel Awards. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

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

 

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12. Travel: Overpaying For Car Rentals?
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When you rent a car this holiday, don't look for one price. Look for three. There's the low rate you're quoted when you're shopping for wheels, the final and more expensive rate after all required taxes and fees have been added - and the real price. Yes, it's that complicated. Consider what happened when Brian Scios rented a car from Hertz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently. He thought his “final” rate would be $150 (about R1 800), but after his plane arrived late, the car rental company upped it to $550. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Car Hire & Rentals.

 

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Photo of the Month
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One of our regular readers sent in this truly inspirational video clip of the Aurora as seen from Iceland.  What is an aurora? It is a natural light display in the sky (from the Latin word aurora, "sunrise" or the Roman goddess of dawn), predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. Aurorae are caused by cosmic rays, solar wind and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere. Their charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, enter the atmosphere from above causing ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent light emissions. To view the video clip of approximately 3 minutes and don’t forget to turn on the sound for additional inspiration, click here.

 

 

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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

Editor's Note: If you enjoy the writings of Oscar Wilde, our reporter recommends this site, which includes most of his works, click here.

 

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Book of the Month
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This month’s book review is a tribute to the writer Elsbeth Huxley (1907-1997), who wrote the compelling account of the 3rd Lord Delamere, Hugh Cholmonderley (1870-1931), and his attempt to make Kenya in Africa a white empire. This book is entitled White Man's Country - Lord Delamere and the Making of Kenya Volume One 1870-1914 and Volume Two 1914-1931 (Two Volume Set) It covers the period 1870 – 1931 of the History of Kenya. For individuals interested in investing in Kenya, this book provides a valuable background to the business climate that is now existing based on the history of Kenya, and the future prospects for this beautiful country.


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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