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Edition of 1 July 2019 # 317

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Is BRICS Actually Working?
  2. Business: Kenya’s New Generation of Banknotes
  3. Business: Russia Now Moving Into Africa to Share the Spoils
  4. Business: US Government Warning About Doing Business With Syria
  5. Business: Zimbabwe a Country on the Edge
  6. Education & Health: Benefits of Trees and Parks
  7. Education: Failure of Education in South Africa
  8. Education: Free Open Textbook Library
  9. Education & Health: Value of Rooibos Tea
  10. Education & Business: Zambia & Learning Chinese, Why?
  11. Travel & Education: My Visit to Mozambique in Africa
  12. Travel & Immigration: Visitor’s Visa to South Africa to be Streamlined

 

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1. Business: Is BRICS Actually Working?
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Comments made in Beijing on May 24, which appear not to have been much, if at all, reported outside his home country, Brazilian Vice-President Hamilton Mourão called on the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) alignment to switch away from political issues and focus instead on economic development. He was speaking at the end of a visit to China, which included a visit to the head office of the New Development Bank, popularly called the BRICS bank. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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2. Business: Kenya’s New Generation of Banknotes
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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that the country's currency is to be replaced with a new generation of banknotes. Kenyans must return their 1,000 shilling ($10; £8) notes to banks by 1 October, in a bid to fight money laundering, counterfeits and corruption. New banknotes are to be brought in over the coming months with other denominations being phased out gradually. Some Kenyans have expressed anger over the new banknote design, which features an image of a statue of Kenya's first President, Jomo Kenyatta - the current president's father. Kenya is withdrawing the note to crack down on embezzlement and tackle a wave of counterfeit 1,000 shilling notes. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK ink.

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to visit our web page on Kenya.

 

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3. Business: Russia Now Moving Into Africa to Share the Spoils
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Russia has never had an African colony. It stayed out of the scramble for Africa, only engaging with African states in the 19th Century. In 1869, for instance, the Russians gave Ethiopia military support to threaten the position of the British in their quest to control the Suez Canal. They did this because Britain was one of their main European rivals. Ostensibly, China has the most pragmatic engagement with Africa. Its policy is not to interfere with the internal workings of nation states or play geopolitics by pitting countries against each other. But it has become increasingly difficult for the country to resist using its military power to protect its economic interests. For its part, the US’s ultimate aim is to tip the regional balance of power in its favour while also gaining access to Africa’s resources. My research explores Russia’s current relationship with the continent. The research examines Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy to redress the global balance of power by countering America’s influence in Africa and trying to match China’s large economic footprint on the continent. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to visit our webpage on Russia.

 

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4. Business: US Government Warning About Doing Business With Syria
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Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating 16 individuals and entities associated with an international network benefiting the Assad regime.  These designations serve to cut off critical supplies and financiers for the regime’s luxury reconstruction and investment efforts.  This action reinforces the United States’ commitment to imposing a financial toll on those supporting Assad’s authoritarian rule, including Syrian oligarch Samer Foz. To read the full report from Department of Treasury, click here.

Editor’s Note: Visit our webpage about Syria.

 

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5. Business: Zimbabwe a Country on the Edge
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With rapidly rising inflation, a long-running foreign exchange crisis and now rolling power cuts, Zimbabwe’s primary income-producing sectors are under pressure. A perfect storm of factors — not least of which is soaring inflation — is tipping the key industry downwards, taking with it the country’s prospects of production growth and an escape from a gripping foreign exchange shortage. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

 

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6. Education & Health: Benefits of Trees and Parks
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A two-hour “dose” of nature a week significantly boosts health and wellbeing, research suggests, even if you simply sit and enjoy the peace. The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in parks, woods or the beach are well known, but the new research is the first major study into how long is needed to produce the effect. If confirmed by future research, two hours in nature could join five a day of fruit and veg and 150 minutes of exercise a week as official health advice. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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7. Education: Failure of Education in South Africa
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One of the great challenges South Africa faces today is reversing the apparent collapse of the education system which has taken place during 25 years of ANC social engineering. Now, I’m not an educationalist and I would be more than happy to be corrected by somebody far better qualified to speak on these matters but a conversation I had with an old friend over dinner the other day has been troubling me and I felt it warranted a public airing. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: Visit our web site on Education.



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8. Education: Free Open Textbook Library
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The University of Minnesota's Open Textbook Library provides educators, students, and lifelong learners an excellent resource for finding high-quality digital textbooks. Here, visitors will find a large collection of openly-licensed textbooks that can be downloaded for free as PDF or e-book files. The books come from multiple authors and publishing organizations, and cover a wide range of academic areas, including the humanities, natural and social sciences, and mathematics, as well as medicine and law. For visitors curious about the effectiveness of a particular volume, many of the books in the Open Textbook Library also include detailed reviews written by faculty and instructors. In addition to reviews, the landing page for each textbook typically shows its table of contents, a brief description of the book and of its intended audience, and information about its authors, so that readers can better decide whether they should download it. The Open Textbook Library is maintained and supported by the Open Textbook Network and the Center for Open Education, which are also based at the University of Minnesota.  Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2019

 

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9. Education & Health: Value of Rooibos Tea
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This was revealed in a national survey conducted by a leading health firm specialising in colds and flu remedies. According to the survey which polled almost 2 000 respondents, South Africans’ first reaction to a cold is to: (1) load up on vitamin C, (2) get enough rest and, (3) sip on a hot cup of Rooibos tea mixed with honey, lemon and/or ginger. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK ink.

 

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10. Education & Business: Zambia & Learning Chinese, Why?
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Zambia is preparing to roll out the largest Mandarin-teaching schools programme in Africa. While some claim it’s a useful way of building economic co-operation, critics fear Chinese domination. China’s not-inconsiderable influence in Africa is set to increase next year, when Zambia becomes the fourth country on the continent — after Kenya, Uganda and SA — to introduce Mandarin at its schools. The Zambian government announced earlier this month that it would roll out Mandarin classes from grades 8 to 12 at its 1,000-plus secondary schools from 2020 — the largest such programme in Africa. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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

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11. Travel & Education: My Visit to Mozambique in Africa
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This first hand report by journalist Barry Wood in an inspiring recollection of this ex-Portuguese colony, and well worth reading. “In December 1974 I made my first visit to Mozambique and was smitten by the relaxed Afro-Portuguese culture so different from South Africa. In Lourenco Marques (now Maputo) soft Latin-style Portuguese was gentle on the ear, a welcome change from the guttural Afrikaans to which I had become accustomed. Joburg and Maputo were different worlds despite being separated by only 300 miles. Sea breezes wafted in, ripe melons were stacked high at corner stands, and the hibiscus and bougainvillea were in bloom. My senses were treated to the crackle of roasting corn, the aroma of cooking prawns. I witnessed none of this in apartheid South Africa. Unlike Joburg, Africans neither turned away nor stepped off sidewalks as a white person approached.” To read the full report, please go to our NEWS DESK link.


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

 

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12. Travel & Immigration: Visitor’s Visa to South Africa to be Streamlined
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South Africa will soon revisit its visa policies. Speaking at this year's Africa's Travel Indaba, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country will introduce a world-class e-visa system and reduce the red tape that travellers face when visiting the country. He said that in order for South Africa to be a top-class destination for travellers, a number of issues needed to be addressed. 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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Photo of the Month
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Big, bright, and beautiful, spiral galaxy M83 lies a mere twelve million light-years away, near the southeastern tip of the very long constellation Hydra. Prominent spiral arms traced by dark dust lanes and blue star clusters lend this galaxy its popular name, The Southern Pinwheel. But reddish star forming regions that dot the sweeping arms highlighted in this sparkling color composite also suggest another nickname, The Thousand-Ruby Galaxy. Click here. (By courtesy of NASA and Robert Gendler)

 

 

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This month's quote

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"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection." ~ Hugh Cholmondeley, 2nd Lord Delamere (1811-1887)

 

 

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Book of the Month
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"William Wilberforce - The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner." William Hague has written the life of William Wilberforce who was both a staunch conservative and a tireless campaigner against the slave trade. Hague shows how Wilberforce, after his agonising conversion to evangelical Christianity, was able to lead a powerful tide of opinion, as MP for Hull, against the slave trade, a process which was to take up to half a century to be fully realised. William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner


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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