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Edition of 1 May 2019 # 315

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: South African Economy in More Trouble
  2. Business & Marketing: The Value of Market Research
  3. Business: More Cynical Comments About the Future of South Africa
  4. Business: Understanding of Business Credit Terms
  5. Business: Update on South Africa’s Future
  6. Business: Update on the Zimbabwean Economy
  7. Education: Do Trees Have Life?
  8. Education: Online Education Initiative
  9. Education: World’s First Heart Transplant
  10. Immigration: Student Visa’s For Britain in Question
  11. Travel: Places to Visit in California
  12. Travel: Joys of Living in America?

 

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1. Business: South African Economy in More Trouble
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South Africa’s economy will struggle to grow in line with the rest of sub-Saharan Africa as business confidence remains in the doldrums, said the World Bank. According to the Africa Pulse report produced by the Bank, the low business confidence holding back investment has largely been driven by the slow pace of structural reforms. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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2. Business & Marketing: The Value of Market Research
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Market research can be a significant investment, but it’s one that many successful companies choose to make again and again. Why is market research important, and how does it help companies and small businesses make better business decisions. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Courtesy of Market Research.com)

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

 

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3. Business: More Cynical Comments About the Future of South Africa
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The Rand (currency) hasn’t been having an easy time of late. This provides an enormous challenge for those radio stations, politicians and media commentators who are anxious to be seen as forever positive about South Africa Inc. I heard one financial report a short while back attributing the sudden weakness of the rand to “dollar strength” rather than the more obvious effect stage 4 load shedding was having on the economy. I imagine the reason for the postponement of our financial death sentence has everything to do with the looming election and nothing to do with our financial fitness. In gym terms we are overweight, unable to touch our toes and we get horribly out of breath just getting onto the exercise bike. Of the three ratings agencies Moody’s has been the only one to give South Africa the benefit of the doubt but I imagine even their patience must be wearing a bit thin.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: Understanding of Business Credit Terms
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As a small business owner, it is important to have an understanding of business credit terms. Similar to personal credit, business credit determines whether your company can be trusted by the way it manages money.  Like personal credit, business credit is a reflection of how well your company manages money. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Courtesy of the US Small Business Association)


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5. Business: Update on South Africa’s Future
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South Africa’s performance on a range of social, economic and governance measures deteriorated more in the past 12 years than any other nation not at war, according to Eunomix Business & Economics. The decline is likely to continue.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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6. Business: Update on the Zimbabwean Economy
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Zimbabwean leader, Emerson Mnangagwa on Thursday criticised business leaders for price increases as companies in the struggling economy cushion their bottom lines by hiking prices in line with steep rises in the parallel market currency rates. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Education: Do Trees Have Life?
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Trees talk and share resources right under our feet, using a fungal network nicknamed the "Wood Wide Web". Some plants use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals. To read and see this incredible video, visit our NEWS DESK link (BBC)

Editor’s Note:  Listen also to this beautiful song by Paul Robeson, recommended by our amazingly talented, operations manager, Garrick. Click here. (If you could see the view from our office window in Portland, Oregon, the state known for its beautiful trees, you would also start to sing like Paul Robeson.)

 

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8. Education: Online Education Initiative
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As more colleges and universities embrace online education, whether through blended, flipped, or fully online courses, accessibility needs to be taken into consideration to ensure that all learners, including those with disabilities, are able to access and use course content. This collection of resources offers online instructors and course designers a solid starting point for making sure their course materials are accessible. Here, visitors will find helpful quick start Canvas tutorials on the fundamentals of accessibility in the context of online teaching through guides for several essential file types, including Word documents, PDF files, PowerPoint slides, and Excel spreadsheets. This collection also includes links to recorded webinars and video tutorials for creating accessible documents, as well as to self-paced courses on how to create accessible Canvas courses and on how to assess the accessibility of online digital media. These resources are provided by the Online Education Initiative, a collaborative project of California Community Colleges. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2019

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

 

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9. Education: World’s First Heart Transplant
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In Groote Schuur Hospital on 3 December 1967, South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first human heart transplant and became an overnight celebrity. Around 06:00, with Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard watching anxiously from behind his surgical mask, the heart of Denise Darvall lurched unsteadily back to life, slowly finding its rhythm. But one thing had changed. Now, it was beating inside the chest of Louis Washkansky. The world’s first human heart transplant was a success. To read the full inspiring story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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10. Immigration: Student Visa’s For Britain in Question
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The British government is being investigated over its decision to cancel 36,000 student visas due to accusations of cheating on English language tests. The Home Office has also deported more than 1,000 people after its own probe into exam fraud began in 2014.Spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) said the Home Office's response would be reviewed after its decisions came under "public scrutiny". To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

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

 

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11. Travel: Places to Visit in California
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When you think of Cali, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you said beaches, you’re not alone. The state’s bright skies and golden sands tend to dominate the travel narrative. But that’s not the whole story. The West Coast state is home to a wealth of cultural and ecological wonders that would make any vacationer weak in the knees. From big-city thrills to natural gems, here are 10 incredible places to visit in California. Visit this site. (Courtesy of JetSetter)

 

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12. Travel: Joys of Living in America?
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An "Old Nevada" replica mining town outside Las Vegas has been sold for $25 million. Bonnie Springs Ranch started off as a wagon train pit stop in 1834 and grew into a tourist attraction featuring mock Wild West gunfights. (Remember the film Gunfight at OK Coral) It welcomed visitors until last weekend. A developer plans to divvy up the property into sites for homes, a motel, a restaurant and an outdoor amphitheater. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to visit our travel page regarding tours of America.

 

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Photo of the Month
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The famous Horsehead Nebula in Orion is not alone. A deep exposure shows that the dark familiar shaped indentation, visible just below center, is part of a vast complex of absorbing dust and glowing gas. A sight like this makes one feel so humble in view of the greater visions of the Universe. (Courtesy of NASA and Mario Zauner) Click here to view.

 

 

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This month's quote

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"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." ~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

 

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Book of the Month
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I Dreamed of Africa is a memoir by Italian writer Kuki Gallmann. The book focuses on Gallmann's lifelong interest in Africa. The memoir ranges from her childhood's fascination with the continent (whence the title) to her 1972 decision to relocate to Kenya to run a farm in the Laikipia plain with her husband and son. Gallmann published the book in 1991, twenty years after moving to Kenya, and she chose to write it in English as this was by then her adoptive language. The book is often compared to Karen Blixen's Out of Africa, as the subject has several traits in common, and the setting is, in both cases, the savannahs of Kenya, in the Great Rift Valley area. The 2000 movie of the same title, starring Kim Basinger and directed by Hugh Hudson, is based on the book. Click on this link for a reveiew of this great book. I Dreamed of Africa


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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