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Edition of 1 March 2020 # 325

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

  1. Business: Further Signs of the Zimbabwe Meltdown
  2. Business: Is South Africa a Doomed State as Claimed?
  3. Business: Tax Laws in Kenya
  4. Business: West Africa Plans to Introduce a Single Currency in 2020
  5. Education: Do You Believe in Ghosts?
  6. Education: Libraries & Museums of the University of Oxford
  7. Education: Medieval History & Maps
  8. Education: Plants & Planter
  9. Education: How to Deal with Thousand of African Refugees Pouring Into South Africa

 

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1. Business: Further Signs of the Zimbabwe Meltdown
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As the economic meltdown continues in Zimbabwe, school teachers are reportedly forcing parents to pay for extra lessons in foreign currency, which is outside prescribed government policy, state-owned The Herald newspaper has reported on Monday. The online report says some teachers are demanding between US$1(R15) and US$5 (R75) per child every week for extra lessons. The practice is reportedly rampant around the capital Harare. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

Editor’s Note: Our contact in Zimbabwe reports the following. “Zimbabwe’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate at 35% on Monday, citing moderating inflation, as it looks to print more local currency and limit the use of foreign currencies Zimbabwe is struggling through its worst economic crisis in a decade, with prices of basic goods soaring and shortages of medicine, fuel and electricity worsening. After suspending publication of annual inflation data, which economic analysts put at 525% in December, authorities will resume printing the figures next month. Governor John Mangudya was bullish on inflation, projecting that annual price growth would dip below 50% by the end of the year.”

 

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2. Business: Is South Africa a Doomed State as Claimed?
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The South African government’s plans to expropriate land without compensation would be disastrous for the economy, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. The policy proposal is an example of centralised planning that has failed in other African states like Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “South Africa is debating an amendment to permit the expropriation of private property without compensation,” he said. “That would be disastrous for that economy, and most importantly for the South African people.” African economies need “strong rule of law, respect for property rights, regulation that encourages investment for inclusive and sustainable economic growth, Pompeo said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Tax Laws in Kenya
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Digital traders would likely have heard of the recent changes to the Income Tax and VAT Acts introduced by the Finance Act, 2019 (the Act). With effect from 7 November 2019, goods and services supplied in the digital marketplace will now be subject to income and VAT tax. The taxes hardly come as a surprise to Kenyans as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) made a clear declaration in the 2018 KRA Annual Summit of its intention to broaden its tax base by introducing taxes on the emerging digital economy. Even before then, there were signals of future tax changes, with the VAT Act, 2013 envisaging VAT on downloaded electronic services. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: West Africa Plans to Introduce a Single Currency in 2020
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The eight Francophone states that form the West African Economic and Monetary Union have agreed to drop the use of the CFA Franc. Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo will soon start using new currency, the 'Eco'. The currency is scheduled for launch in June 2020. These eight states are members of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), a wider regional economic community, which also has a plan to introduce a single currency in 2020. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Education: Do You Believe in Ghosts?
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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a sceptic when it comes to the paranormal. I hold no ill will towards those who believe in ghosts or anything spiritual or macabre like that, I’m just not convinced. But when Cheshire spiritual medium Mike Brooker invited us to join him on a paranormal ‘vigil’ at Vale Royal Abbey near Northwich - allegedly one of Cheshire’s most haunted buildings – in the spirit of Halloween it seemed difficult to refuse. So armed with an open mind and a healthy dose of scepticism, I met Mike and his associates at the venue on a cold, dark night this week. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to announce that our client the “MTC International Foundation” has just released their riveting narrative about Vale Royal Abbey in Cheshire, England, title “The Delamere Saga-The Untold Story of Vale Royal Abbey”. To read the latest news regarding this remarkable book, click here.

 

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6. Education: Libraries & Museums of the University of Oxford
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One of the oldest and best-known universities in the world, the University of Oxford has amassed enormous collections over the centuries, which are spread throughout its many libraries and museums. To help support educators who would like to reference these materials in their teaching, the university created the Cabinet project, which "aims to make these resources more accessible for teaching and research through digitisation (both 2D and 3D) and bringing these resources into a single intuitive and interactive interface." Visitors to this project will find a searchable trove of hundreds of digitized objects held by institutions such as the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, and more. Selecting an object leads to an interactive, high-quality digital rendering accompanied by descriptive commentary and links to additional information. Three-dimensional objects can be rotated and zoomed into, and all public objects in Cabinet can be embedded in external websites. Some of Cabinet's objects have been assembled into thematic collections which are found under Discover. Examples include: "Technology and Culture in Global Perspective, 1100-1700" and digitized exhibitions, such as "Thinking inside the box," which highlights historical boxes used to carry books and documents.  Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2020

 

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7. Education: Medieval History & Maps
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Readers with an interest in medieval history and maps, as well as those who delight in quirky historical facts, may enjoy exploring Historia Cartarum. This intriguing site is the creation of John Wyatt Greenlee, a doctoral candidate in medieval studies at Cornell University whose "research is primarily driven by questions of how people perceive and reproduce their spaces: how movement through the world both experiential and imagined becomes codified in visual and written maps." At Historia Cartarum, readers will find several of Greenlee's digital history endeavors under Projects in Progress. One of these is the award-winning Mapping Mandeville Project, which offers an interactive map where text from the 14th-century book The Travels of Sir John Mandeville is overlaid onto a reproduction of the 13th-century Hereford Map. Another fascinating undertaking is the Eel-Rents Project, an outgrowth of Greenlee's dissertation research. This project examines the role of eels and their widespread use as a currency in the medieval English economy from the 10th to the 17th centuries. In addition to an interactive map, the Eel-Rents Project also includes Greenlee's exploration of the distances that eel-rents may have traveled and what an eel-as-currency would likely be worth in modern terms. Visit this site.

 

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8. Education: Plants & Planter
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Henry William Ravenel was a South Carolina field botanist, mycologist, naturalist, and author who lived during the Antebellum period and became "one of the most prominent botanists of the 19th century," with the fungi genus ravenelii bearing his name. He was also a prolific journal-keeper and correspondent, and today his journals can be read and searched online at Plants & Planter, a project hosted by the University of South Carolina's Center for Digital Humanities. In addition to Ravenel's journals, visitors to Plants & Planter will find hundreds of letters between Ravenel and other naturalists, images of plant specimens from his voluminous herbarium, and maps depicting Ravenel's travels, correspondence, and plant collections. This project also showcases all five volumes of Ravenel's book Fungi of Carolina, as well as his personal album of portraits. Launched in 2016, Plants & Planter was created in partnership between the University of South Carolina, Clemson University Libraries, Converse College, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the A.C. Moore Herbarium, and it was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2020

 

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9. Education: How to Deal with Thousand of African Refugees Pouring Into South Africa
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After four months of being out of school, Laurence Ntumba took it upon herself to get the children who form part of the refugees in Greenmarket Square, Cape Town, into the habit of reading. Ntumba, 41, said she realised that the children had not gone to school in months and as a volunteer teacher she could not sit back and watch their education decline. To read this distressing report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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The featured picture was taken last March in Finnish Lapland where weather can include sub-freezing temperatures and driving snow. Surreal landscapes sometimes result, where white alien-looking sentinels seem to patrol the landscape. In actuality though, the aliens are snow-covered trees, and the red hut they seem to be guarding is an outhouse. Far in the distance, behind this uncommon Earthly vista, is a beautiful night sky which includes a green aurora.  Visit this site.

 

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This month's quote

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"The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think." ~ Albert Einstein

 

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Book of the Month
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Growing Up For Grown-Ups: A Dozen Ways to a More Financially-Stable You! – This powerful book by Mimi Rossi that reviews the issue of struggling financially and being in debt is a common problem among people of all ages. “Growing Up For Grown-Ups: A Dozen Ways to a More Financially-Stable You!” is a straightforward, simple overview of how to build a foundation for good financial habits as well as plan for future financial stability and wealth. This brilliant book is well worth reading. Growing Up for Grown-Ups: A Dozen Ways to a More Financially-Stable You!


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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