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Edition of 1 July 2018 # 305

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

  1. Business: Is BRICS Succeeding?
  2. Business & Environment: Donating to Charities that are Corrupt?
  3. Business: South Africa & Property Rights
  4. Business: South African Investment by China Increasing by the Day
  5. Business & Travel: Swaziland in Southern Africa Changes its Name to eSwatini
  6. Business: Warnings of Corruption
  7. Education: African Slave Trade
  8. Education & Environment: The Cruel Treatment of Donkeys
  9. Education: Free e-Books Online
  10. Education: Free Online Courses
  11. Education: Memories of the First World War 1914-1918
  12. Education: Online & e-Learning
  13. Education & Environment: How to Control Poaching in Africa?
  14. Education: The Value of a Public Library
  15. Education: Victoria & Albert Museum in England
  16. Real Estate: Quay Tower in Brooklyn Heights, New York

 

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1. Business: Is BRICS Succeeding?
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It may not be scientifically sound, but one way to judge a person or a country is by looking at their friends.   If so, our BRICS membership raises some massive concerns. Arguably, one of President Jacob Zuma’s greatest achievements was to get briquettes in South Africa an invitation to join the emerging-markets grouping, the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The founding-four BRIC countries are all major players in terms of their economies, their population and their global footprint.   To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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2. Business & Environment: Donating to Charities that are Corrupt?
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Oxfam is to make £16m of cuts because of reduced funding in the wake of the Haiti sex scandal. The charity was accused of covering up claims that staff sexually exploited female victims of the 2010 earthquake. After the scandal emerged thousands of people stopped making regular donations and the government suspended its funding to the charity. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

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3. Business: South Africa & Property Rights
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The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that the South African government should clearly articulate its land reform plans in order to lift uncertainty weighing on investor sentiment. South Africa's ruling African National Congress has said it plans to redistribute land without compensation to address racial inequalities that persist more than two decades after the end of apartheid. Government critics have expressed concern that those plans could infringe on property rights. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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4. Business: South African Investment by China Increasing by the Day
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Western governments and companies would be wise to increase their investments in SA as China moves fast to secure markets in Africa’s most sophisticated economy. China’s ambassador to SA, Lin Songtian, says the Asian giant has become Africa’s most reliable development partner, investing $100bn in roads, railways, ports, bridges, power plants and schools in 2017. To red the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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5. Business & Travel: Swaziland in Southern Africa Changes its Name to eSwatini
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African countries, on getting independence, reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised,” His Royal Highness, King Mswati III told his audience in April this impending change of name of the country to those gathered there at a sports stadium. At that moment he was still king of Swaziland – but Swaziland was to be no more. “So, from now on the country will be officially known as the Kingdom of eSwatini.” To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

Editor’s Note: Visit our web page on eSwatini (Swaziland)


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6. Business: Warnings of Corruption
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Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Dominican Republic Senator Felix Ramon Bautista Rosario (Bautista) for engaging in corrupt acts, including in relation to reconstruction efforts in Haiti, and Cambodian General Hing Bun Hieng (Bun Hieng) for being the leader of an entity involved in serious human rights abuse, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which targets perpetrators of corruption and serious human rights abuse and corruption. OFAC also designated five entities owned or controlled by Bautista. Visit this site.

Editor’s Note: Visit our web page on Dominican Republic.


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7. Education: African Slave Trade
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During the nineteenth century, a number of individuals and organizations from around the globe advocated abolishing slavery and the international slave trade. Between 1808 and 1896, international authorities began to seize and detain ships suspected of participating in the slave trade. Once these ships were seized or detained, a network of international courts "decided the fates of the survivors." In total, these courts secured the freedom of 250,000 enslaved Africans - approximately 6% of the total number of Africans forced into slavery during this time period. The Liberated Africans project aims to uncover the story of these individuals, as well as the stories behind "the world's earliest international courts dedicated to the humanitarian effort to stop human trafficking." To do so, this project provides access to archival materials relating to this court case, including records held in the British National Archives and the Sierra Leone National Archives. Researchers can explore these archival materials by court (including the Sierra Leone Vice-Admiralty Court and the Havana Slave Trade Commission), cases, people, or by document ("source"). The Liberated Africans project is headed by historian Henry Lovejoy of the University of Colorado Boulder and contains contributions from numerous researchers and other specialists. Visit this site

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018



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8. Education & Environment: The Cruel Treatment of Donkeys
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Hundreds of thousands of donkeys - many of them stolen - have been abused, slaughtered and skinned in China - all for a medicinal ingredient. 'Ejiao' a traditional Chinese medicine made from boiling down donkey hide and has been used by Chinese people for more than 2,500 years. The huge demand is now depleting the animal's population and driving up donkey prices. Suppliers of ejiao are now driven to seek out donkey skins from Africa, Australia and South America. In Kenya alone, the price of donkeys has tripled in one year, with the animal's population fallen by a third in the past nine years. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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9. Education: Free e-Books Online
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On June 21, 2018, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) introduced Open Bookshelf, a one-stop shop for hundreds of e-books that are freely available online. This collection, which currently features over 1,000 books, includes titles that are in the public domain along with titles that are Creative Commons licensed. These titles are selected by the Curation Corps, a team of librarians from across the country that includes public, school, and academic librarians. The books available on Open Bookshelf reflect the diversity of the Curation Corps: the collection features classical literature (including Pride and Prejudice and Little Women), textbooks, academic titles, and children's books. Visitors may browse this collection by language or genre (e.g. science fiction, education & study aids, and computers). Individual users can access Open Bookshelf through SimplyE, a free mobile application. Open Bookshelf is also available to participating libraries through the DPLA Exchange. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018

 

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10. Education: Free Online Courses
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Founded in 1999, Wisc-Online is a non-profit organization that offers a "repository of high-quality educational learning materials FREE to learners and educators." These materials are created by educators in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) in partnership with instructional design experts at Fox Valley Technical College. One highlight of this collection is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed to teach computer skills. This course, which covers basic skills such as using a mouse, navigating an operating system, and using a word processor, may especially appeal to adult educators and adult services librarians. On the Basic Computer Skills MOOC page, visitors can play interactive computer games by navigating to the play games tab. Games are organized by category, including career clusters, manufacturing and engineering, math, and social studies. In addition, Wisc-Online also offers a number of game templates for educators interested in creating their own games. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018


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11. Education: Memories of the First World War 1914-1918
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On June 6, 1918 – 100 years ago – the Battle of Belleau Wood began. Joel Boone, whose story is told in the Library of Congress exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I, and whose papers reside in the Manuscript Division, provides unique and terrifying insight into the struggles, triumphs and myths that epitomize Belleau Wood, a conflict that would define the U.S. Marines for the next hundred years. Though victory at Belleau Wood required the combined forces of the U.S. Marines and Army, the former usually receives the lion’s share of attention – a fact many Army veterans have pointed out. Regardless, it remains true that until World War II, Belleau Wood was the bloodiest Marine conflict in U.S. history. More than 1,000 were wounded on the first day of fighting alone, and 222 died. In all, nearly 10,000 members of the combined Marine-Army force were injured, deceased or missing when fighting ended around June 26. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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12. Education: Online & e-Learning
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Your current and future earnings are your greatest asset, and online learning, which provides easy, low-cost access to education wherever you may be, is a surefire way to boost earning power and improve your standard of living. Online learning has been around for almost as long as the internet, but its potential to open up education to those who have not been able to afford or access traditional forms of learning, has been slow in being realised. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Distance & e-Learning.

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13. Education & Environment: How to Control Poaching in Africa?
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In Africa, groups like the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have been using technology to watch for poachers – even in the depths of night. Since deploying thermal camera systems in Kenya in 2016, the WWF says more than 100 poachers have been arrested. And while the anti-poaching effort may be well resourced, so are the poachers. Morgan says the fact that the gang was so well-supplied is a tell-tale sign: “Somebody far off most likely was really supporting this.” To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)


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14. Education: The Value of a Public Library
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Public libraries exist in urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods, and typically they have a long history of benefits in their community. According to a 2015 Pew survey, almost two-thirds of adults interviewed say that closing their local library would have a major impact on their community. As Pew found, over 90 percent of adults think of public libraries as “welcoming and friendly places,” and about half have visited or otherwise used a public library in the last 12 months. Community needs and the requests of visitors are increasingly straining or overwhelming library funds; and although many libraries are retraining staff, achieving the appropriate mix of skills is difficult. But as the University of Pennsylvania study found, “public libraries are dynamic, socially responsive institutions, a nexus of diversity, and a lifeline for the most vulnerable among us.” Read this article about the 7 major benefits of local public library. Click here.

Editor’s Note: Please read this informative extract from an article being published by the MTC International Foundation regarding the famous Carnegie Library in Royton, England. Click here.


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15. Education: Victoria & Albert Museum in England
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The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London has an incredibly varied collection of artifacts that span 5,000 years and includes architecture, furniture, clothing and textiles, sculpture, painting, jewelry, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, and of course, photography. The V&A has been collecting photography since the very beginning of the medium in the mid-nineteenth century and its collection is especially strong in the work of early photographers. This is in part because approximately 270,000 photographs from the collection of the Royal Photographic Society, as well as camera equipment, books, and photographer's journals was transferred to the V&A in 2016. The V&A plans to open a new Photography Centre in October of 2018, making this website the best way to currently view its photos. A few examples are presented here, such as a 1953 official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton.  Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018


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16. Real Estate: Quay Tower in Brooklyn Heights, New York
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Quay Tower, a spanking new 28-story condominium project on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park overlooking Lower Manhattan, is expected to be completed by its summer 2019 deadline. The facade of the building is already eight stories high and the tower itself recently topped out. Situated at 50 Bridge Park Drive in Brooklyn Heights with a fantastic view of New York Harbor, the structure will have 274,500 square feet available for residential use. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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Photo of the Month
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The Milky Way

A small crystal ball seems to hold a whole galaxy in this creative snapshot. Of course, the galaxy is our own Milky Way. Its luminous central bulge marked by rifts of interstellar dust spans thousands of light-years. On this long southern hemisphere night it filled dark Chilean skies over Paranal Observatory. 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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