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Edition of 1 May 2018 # 303

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: News for our Fellow Rhodesian Expats?
  2. Business: Attorney-client Privileges
  3. Business: Corruption in Africa
  4. Business: Corruption in South Africa
  5. Business: Future Economic Growth in South Africa?
  6. Business: Is This the Future of South Africa?
  7. Business: National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  8. Business: Smart City Technologies in Africa
  9. Business: Warning to Our Readers in Syria
  10. Education: World Cities at Nighttime
  11. Education: Digital Scriptorium (DS) Pre-modern Manuscripts
  12. Education & Environment: Canned Hunting & Killing of Lions?
  13. Education: The Ancient World Online
  14. Education & Travel: National Parks of America
  15. Education: We Love Our Cup of Tea?
  16. Immigration: The American Dream Shattered Under New Legislation
  17. Internet: Design & Build Your Own Web Site or Call in the Experts
  18. Travel: Visiting the Lake District in England
  19. Travel: Visit to Ireland

 

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1. Business: News for our Fellow Rhodesian Expats?
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Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore was on hand to welcome a Boeing 767 which arrived Wednesday at Harare’s international airport recently named after the former president.  Chikore, wearing captain epaulettes, although there is no record of him having been promoted to this rank, was first named last year as one of the negotiators for the purchase of several second-hand aircraft from Air Malaysia. To read more about this crazy story, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)


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

 

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2. Business: Attorney-client Privileges
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The attorney-client privilege is not written into the U.S. Constitution or federal law, but it is "one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications," then-Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist wrote 20 years ago. "The privilege is intended to encourage full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law and the administration of justice."  Many of our clients have to handle this issue, so we encourage all our readers to review this article from the LA Times. Click here.


Editor’s Note: Visit our web page on Legal Services.

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3. Business: Corruption in Africa
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According to the French Press, Nanterre judicial police have taken the billionaire businessman and former Vivendi chairman into custody in relation to an enquiry into the alleged corruption of foreign public officials. The investigation concerns contracts awarded to Bolloré Group to operate container terminals in Lomé, Togo, and Conakry, Guinea, in 2010. According to the report, officials suspect that Bolloré Group managers used advertising subsidiary Havas – now owned by Vivendi – to help secure the election of officials by providing assistance at a discounted rate. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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4. Business: Corruption in South Africa
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Corruption Watch has received a record number of complaints last year since its inception in 2012, and the organisation has highlighted the role which civil society, the media and an independent judiciary had made in fighting corruption. In its latest report released on Wednesday, entitled The Time is Now, the organisation said 5 334 complaints were lodged in 2017 - 25% more than the previous year. Individuals and institutions implicated in state capture and other nefarious activities have been left untouched, despite strong indications of wrongdoing.  To read the full account go to our NEWS DESK page.


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5. Business: Future Economic Growth in South Africa?
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The World Bank is expecting a mild improvement in SA’s economic growth but warns that the country is lagging behind its peers. According to a report released on Tuesday, growth is expected to accelerate from 1.3% in 2017 to 1.4% in 2018 and 1.8% in 2019. "The rebound in emerging markets is faster; SA is diverging from the rest of the world," said World Bank programme leader Sébastien Dessus. Despite the rebound, the Bank warned that SA is expected to remain below the emerging-markets average growth rate of 4.5% in 2018 and 4.7% in 2019. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Business Day)


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6. Business: Is This the Future of South Africa?
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In what could be considered a historical case, Solidarity today announced that it would approach the High Court to have South African Airways (SAA) placed under business rescue. As a trade union, Solidarity is able to make this application as an “affected person” under the business rescue provisions of the Companies Act. If Solidarity succeeds in its bid, it would be a first for a state enterprise to be placed under business rescue. A team of experts led by a business practitioner would put plans in place to save the SAA. Several political parties and civil organisations have already proposed that SAA be placed under business rescue, and in a recent report the Auditor-General (AG) wanted to know why it had not yet happened. To read the full, very disturbing report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)


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7. Business: National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
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This year during April 2018, the NAB, held in Las Vegas, was one of the largest gatherings in the world of professionals related to the broadcast, post production and ProAv industries. Described by NAB itself as, “This is the ultimate event for media, entertainment and technology professionals looking for new and innovative ways to create, manage, deliver and monetize content on any platform.” 

This year our business Delamere Marketing was invited to attend, as our company represents several clients who are involved with the broadcast and television industries. The co-founder, President and CEO, of Delamere Marketing, Kimberley Hebdon, commented, “Attending NAB is a ‘must.’ There is no other event or opportunity that combines so many experiences in one place. And to represent our clients at this world leading trade show provides so many opportunities to create more exposure for their new products and innovations.” Visit this site.


Editor's Note: See press release about Delamere Marketing, click here.


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8. Business: Smart City Technologies in Africa
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Spending on technologies that enable smart city initiatives is forecast to reach $1.26 billion for Africa and the Middle East in 2018, Africa Business Communities reported, citing research by the International Data Corporation (IDC). Smart cities are urban areas that use electronic data collection sensors to supply information used to manage assets and resources efficiently. "The year 2017 could be considered as the coming-of-age year for smart cities in the region," Africa Business Communications quoted IDC MEA program manager Jebin George.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)


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9. Business: Warning to Our Readers in Syria
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Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Syrian national Nasif Barakat and the Barakat Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) pursuant to Executive Order 13581, “Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations.”  The Barakat TCO is a human smuggling organization based in Homs, Syria, that facilitates the smuggling of Syrian and Lebanese nationals to the United States border using a variety of travel routes. Read more.


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



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10. Education: World Cities at Nighttime
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Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) take hundreds of night-time pictures each year of cities around the globe. Cities at Night is a "citizen science project that aims to create a map, similar to Google maps, of the Earth at night using night-time color photographs taken by astronauts onboard the ISS." As the project team explains, human expertise is more effective at classifying and geo-referencing these photos than an algorithm. In the maps section of this website, visitors can help the project team with these processes via a series of links (dark skies, lost at night, and night cities). In addition, this section contains photographs that have already been classified and geo-referenced by previous users, which are organized via a series of maps. The Cities at Night project is intended to collect information about light pollution: an issue that visitors may learn more about via the light pollution and research tabs, respectively. Visit this site.


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11. Education: Digital Scriptorium (DS) Pre-modern Manuscripts
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For researchers interested in medieval and Renaissance print culture, the Digital Scriptorium (DS) is a consortium of libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions that is dedicated to digitizing and cataloging their collections of pre-modern manuscripts. These institutions include the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, the New York Public Library, and a number of other institutions with rich collections of pre-modern material. As noted on this website, DS is dedicated to making available not only well-known manuscripts but also "unidentified manuscripts that are traditionally unlikely candidates for exhibition or reproduction in print." As a result, DS offers researchers a large breadth of material to explore in one centralized location. Those interested in exploring this collection may want to start by reading the About DS page, which provides information about using and citing the collection. From there, visitors may access the collection through the search or advanced search options. The latter option allows visitors to explore manuscripts by location, language, or data range.  Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018


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12. Education & Environment: Canned Hunting & Killing of Lions?
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Nineteen lions were allegedly shot last week in South Africa, and another 80 could soon be killed in the Free State. All killed apparently for the lion bone trade. The news was broken yesterday by Blood Lions, a campaign that aims to bring an end to canned hunting and the exploitative breeding of lions and other predators on farms across South Africa. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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13. Education: The Ancient World Online
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The Ancient World Online (AWOL) is a blog by Charles E. Jones, Classics and Humanities Librarian at Penn State University. AWOL is dedicated to "open access material relating to the ancient world." As Jones explains, he adapts his definition of the "ancient world" from NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (visitors will find a link to the institute at the bottom of this blog). For scholars and students interested in the classics, AWOL provides a fabulous one-stop-shop of open-access journals, digital collections, YouTube videos, articles, and other materials that may be of interest. Jones launched AWOL in 2009 and updates his blog several times a week (posting no fewer 115 times in March 2018), offering readers a remarkably extensive collection of resources. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018

 

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14. Education & Travel: National Parks of America
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In 2009, PBS broadcasted Ken Burns's six-part documentary series National Parks: America's Best Idea. Almost a decade later, PBS's companion website continues to host a wealth of materials about the history of U.S. national parks, including this searchable collection of over 800 multimedia documents. This collection includes newspaper articles, historic photographs, correspondence, and clips from the documentary (which can be viewed with Adobe Flash). Visitors are invited to browse these images by park (from Arcadia to Zion), by era, or by person (featuring photographer Ansel Adams, artist Chiura Obata, reporter Juanita Greene, and many others). As a whole, this collection offers a wealth of material for teaching and learning about the history of national parks in the United States. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2018

Editor’s Note:  See also this site about Maps of the National Parks.

 

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15. Education: We Love Our Cup of Tea?
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Almost 5% of the population of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) work in the billion-dollar tea industry, picking leaves on the mountain slopes and processing the tea in plantation factories. The cultivation and selling of black tea has shaped the lives of generations of Sri Lankans since 1867. Documentary photographer Schmoo Theune visited plantations in the country to explore the world of Ceylon tea production. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Sri Lanka.


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16. Immigration: The American Dream Shattered Under New Legislation
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They had shown the immigration officer their proof — the eight years of Facebook photos, their 5-year-old son’s birth certificate, the letters from relatives and friends affirming their commitment — and now they were so close, Karah de Oliveira thought, so nearly a normal couple. Thirteen years after her husband was ordered deported back to his native Brazil, the official recognition of their marriage would bring him within a few signatures of being able to call himself an American. With legal papers, they could buy a house and get a bank loan. He could board a plane, plus many other details of proof.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

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17. Internet: Design & Build Your Own Web Site or Call in the Experts
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Today, many small businesses get a website up and running in one of two main ways. They either: (a) Hire a web developer to build them a custom website, or (b) Build their own website using one of the do-it-yourself platforms. There’s no right method for every business. For some businesses, the right answer will be to hire a web developer to build a custom website to your specifications. For others, the right answer will be the do-it-yourself approach.  Which method you choose depends on a number of factors including your budget, needs, timing, and internal capabilities. Let’s take a look at pros and cons to help you choose the method of getting a website that’s right for your business.  Visit this site. (SBA)


Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Web Designs.

 

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18. Travel: Visiting the Lake District in England
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In 1939, the newly established Penguin Books published six guides to various English counties, complete with touring maps, aimed at the middle-class motorist. Emma Jane Kirby has been driving around the UK with those first-edition guides in her hand to see how Britain has changed since the start of World War Two. Next stop: the Lake District. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on the United Kingdom.

 

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19. Travel: Visit to Ireland
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At first glance, the east of Ireland boasts soft green fields, busy little towns and gentle rolling rivers but a deeper look reveals a landscape rich in wonder and brimming with incredible tales: prehistoric tombs haunted by the past, castles rocked by bloody sieges and stunning monastic sites that once drew scholars from all over Europe. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

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

 

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Photo of the Month
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This month we highlight a very disturbing image of what happens in Africa when poor management and business skills result in the demise of a successful enterprise like the Grande Hotel in Mozambique. The Grande Hotel in Mozambique's coastal city of Beira is home to 3,500 squatters. Photo-journalist Fellipe Abreu visited the building once dubbed the "Pride of Africa". Click here.

 

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This month's quote

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"The happiest people don't have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything." ~ Hugh Cholmondeley, 2nd Lord Delamere

 

 

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Book of the Month
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"Diplomacy in the Early Islamic World -A Tenth-century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations" ~ by Maria Vaiou

Arab messengers played a vital role in the medieval Islamic world and its diplomatic relations with foreign powers. An innovative treatise from the 10th Century ("Rusul al-Muluk", "Messengers of Kings") is perhaps the most important account of the diplomacy of the period, and it is here translated into English for the first time. "Rusul al-Muluk" draws on examples from the Qur'an and other sources which extend from the period of al-jahiliyya to the time of the 'Abbasid caliph al-Mu'tasim  In the only medieval Arabic work which exists on the conduct of messengers and their qualifications, the author Ibn al-Farr rejects jihadist policies in favor of quiet diplomacy and a pragmatic outlook of constructive realpolitik. "Rusul al-Muluk" is an extraordinarily important and original contribution to our understanding of the early Islamic world and the field of International Relations and Diplomatic History. Visit the Book shop and select, Diplomacy in the Early Islamic World: A Tenth-Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations (Library of Middle East History)


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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