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Edition of 1 October 2016 # 284

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Africa’s Agriculture is Powering Economic Transformation?
  2. Business: Brics Leaders Meet Informally at G20 Summit
  3. Business: Growth of Botswana’s Economy
  4. Business: India to Host the First BRICS Trade Show
  5. Business: Japan Investing in Kenya
  6. Business: Story of Mark McKinnon & Farm in Zimbabwe
  7. Business: Zimbabwe Going Down the Drain?
  8. Education & Environment: Fight to Save the African Elephant
  9. Education: For Our Graphic Designers Who Read Our Newsletter
  10. Education & Environment: Shooting Tame Lions in South Africa?
  11. Education: Operation War Diary (WWI)
  12. Education & Medical: London’s Great Plague of 1665 AD
  13. Education: Theology and Religion
  14. Education: Top University in the World?
  15. Immigration & Travel: Problems With Moving Countries?
  16. Travel & Education: London’s Tube (Underground) System
  17. Travel & Business: Visiting South Africa from Russia or China?

 

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1. Business: Africa’s Agriculture is Powering Economic Transformation?
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The evidence is now in and the verdict is that Africa’s agriculture is powering economic transformation in the region. African agriculture has shown remarkable improvement compared to its precarious state 15 years ago. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

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2. Business: Brics Leaders Meet Informally at G20 Summit
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The leaders of the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (Brics) grouping of countries met informally on the sidelines of the G20 summit currently underway in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday. The leaders exchanged views on a wide range of global political, security, economic, and global governance issues of importance and mutual concern, a statement issued by Brics said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

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3. Business: Growth of Botswana’s Economy
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When Botswana won independence 50 years ago, one journalist described the country as "an impoverished, arid and hungry land without hope of achieving economic stability". Half a century on and Botswana has turned into one of Africa's fastest growing economies. Its capital, Gaborone, is a thriving city of just under a quarter of a million people with skyscrapers sprouting up in every corner. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

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


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4. Business: India to Host the First BRICS Trade Show
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India is to host the first Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) trade fair in October aimed at boosting trade between the countries. The Indian High Commission and the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry say focus will be placed on investments in over 20 key economic sectors.  The BRICS trade fair will help companies find new markets in member countries. It's hoped it will be a platform for companies and countries to showcase technologies and advances made in industrial development. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)


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5. Business: Japan Investing in Kenya
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Eleven of the biggest companies in Japan commanding a total market capitalization of over Sh60 trillion now want to start doing business in Kenya. Chief executives of the 11 companies expressed their interest to invest in energy, infrastructure, health and innovative technology among other projects when they met President Uhuru Kenyatta one-on-one at State House, Nairobi. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business: Story of Mark McKinnon & Farm in Zimbabwe
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Mark McKinnon’s Story. His eviction had caught people's attention and imagination across the world, even though such evictions have been happening relentlessly for the past 16 years in Zimbabwe. The Facebook post we had put up on the Mike Campbell Foundation page had skyrocketed to a reach of over 400,000 people within a couple of days. Mark is one of the latest victims of Zimbabwe's state of lawlessness.  The well-ordered farm that his grandfather carved out of virgin bush when he arrived from Canada and bought the land in the late 1960s, is already descending into chaos.  “My workers and their families have also been forced out of their houses. The thugs came and threw their furniture out on the side of the road. We sent lorries to collect it for them, but after we ‘took the gap’ I wasn’t able to see what was going on. I haven’t seen how they smashed up our own furniture either because it wasn’t safe to go where it’s all been taken. They were watching me.” To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: We have just received an update to this story, click here.

 

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7. Business: Zimbabwe Going Down the Drain?
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Zimbabwe's government is axing 25,000 civil service jobs in an effort to rein in government spending. It is also cancelling annual bonus payments as part of a series of measures aimed at saving $118m (£89m) in employment costs. In July, civil servants went on strike over delays in the payment of their salaries. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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

 

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8. Education & Environment: Fight to Save the African Elephant
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The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa is a coalition of US and African troops that emerged from the Operation Enduring Freedom response to the 9/11 terror attacks. Their original targets were radical extremists, but now because terror groups are reportedly crossing over into the business of wildlife poaching to raise funds, they've put themselves in the crosshairs of anti-poaching patrols as well. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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9. Education: For Our Graphic Designers Who Read Our Newsletter
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Eleanor Lutz, a doctoral student in biology at the University of Washington, is a gifted designer and visualization artist. Her personal blog, Tabletop Whale, presents readers with a virtual treasure trove of "charts, infographics, and information about any and all things science." The most recent graphics featured on Tabletop Whale include a rainbow color clock that blends into a new color every two minutes; three-dimensional trading cards of viruses; and a remarkable map of Mars in which Lutz combines her own hand drawn map - inspired, as she explains, by historical hand-drawn maps - with topographical images of the planet from NASA. Each creation is accompanied by an explanation of her creative process, including her sources of information, the tools she used to create her infographics, and the fonts she selected. Tabletop Whale also includes a tutorial about creating animated infographics for those interested in learning more about the process and craft. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016


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10. Education & Environment: Shooting Tame Lions in South Africa?
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The guide whistles as the large, dark-maned lion walks just a few metres from the car. It looks around to face the American hunter and a single shot rings out in the South African bush. The lion cartwheels from the force of the bullet - shocked and confused it roars, turns and quickly limps off into the bush. "Shoot him again, shoot him again, shoot him again," the professional hunter frantically urges, as the hunter reloads, firing into the trees. The video cuts to see the lion lying dead and the American walking up to him. To read the full report and express your disgust regarding this cowardly cruel practice, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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11. Education: Operation War Diary (WWI)
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Operation War Diary, an ongoing collaborative project between the Imperial War Museum (IWM) and the British National Archives, provides researchers and the general public with richer information about the experiences of WWI soldiers by examining Unit War Diaries from British and Indian Troops. Unit War Diaries were the official journals composed by each unit for the purpose of recording accounts of the war and improving unit practice. The British National Archives has digitized these volumes - over 1.5 million pages, total - and now, in honor of the centenary of the war has collaborated with the IWM. Using the web platform Zooniverse, which is designed to engage the general public in data analysis, Operation War Diary invites "citizen historians" to help tag these diaries through a number of categories, including subject, date, location, weather, and casualties. At this time, the site includes 41 diary pages. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016

 

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12. Education & Medical: London’s Great Plague of 1665 AD
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The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London's population. It's taken a year to confirm initial findings from a suspected Great Plague burial pit during excavation work on the Crossrail site at Liverpool Street Station. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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13. Education: Theology and Religion
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The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, under the leadership of librarian Charles Bellinger, curates this extensive list of resources for exploring religion online. Visitors can browse for resources by broad topic headings including Best of the Web; Archaeology, Bible, and Classics; and Pedagogy. Visitors can also search for resources by material type, including blogs, online books, maps, language resources, and electronic journals. In 2011, the Wabash Center partnered with the American Academy of Religion to add university syllabi to enhance its collection. Today, visitors can search for and read these syllabi on this website as well. Note that the Wabash Center curates resources to reflect a diversity of religious views for the purposes of research and learning and does not necessarily endorse the views contained in all linked resources. Visit this site.

Editors Note: The Delamere Group usually avoids including articles about Politics and Religion, but this site has proved to be such a useful research tool for our many readers, we decided to include it in our monthly Newsletter.

 

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14. Education: Top University in the World?
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According to the list, the elite institution is the highest ranked in the UK, but has fallen from third place to fourth - its lowest ranking since the league tables were launched in 2004. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the world’s best for the fifth consecutive year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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


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15. Immigration & Travel: Problems With Moving Countries?
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My parents left Ireland in the 1920s; after living in Brazil and Argentina, they came back briefly to Ireland, then moved to the United Kingdom. I was brought up in Devon, went to college in Ireland, lived in London, Brussels, Mexico, and now reside in France.  Who am I? Or rather, what am I? Irish? British? In Devon, our friends were the O’Connells, the O’Malleys, the Rorkes. We were Irish, the Catholics. Most summers we went to Ireland, where we were English, subject to taunts and recriminations from our numerous cousins. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Irish Times)

 

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16. Travel & Education: London’s Tube (Underground) System
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Two million people ride the London tube system everyday. Tube Heartbeat is an interactive website that allows visitors to visualize daily movement along the tube system. Although designed in part to allow Londoners a way to chart their daily routes, Tube Heartbeat will be a welcome find for anyone interested in urban geography or planning. After selecting Play, site visitors will see certain stations and route lines swell and shrink in size, representing the daily ebb and flow of tube traffic. At any moment while viewing this interactive site, users can pause and click on any station to get a detailed graph of the number of tube entrances, exits, and interchanges during each hour of the day. Visitors can also zoom in on stations of interest or check out the See the Change feature to learn which tube stations have seen an increase or decrease in traffic over time. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016

 

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17. Travel & Business: Visiting South Africa from Russia or China?
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China and Russia are the biggest tourism markets to South Africa, and in a bid to ensure that the country keeps these markets; the Department of Tourism has added an incentive. On Wednesday, it announced its language programme in which it is teaching South African tourism front-line staff, among them tour guides and hotel staff, Mandarin and Russian. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


 

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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This month we include a great series of video clips by the renowned photographer Richard Sidey.  Beautifully filmed by New Zealand nature photographer Richard Sidey over the past decade throughout the Earth’s polar regions, Speechless – The Polar Realm is a non-verbal visual meditation of light, life, loss and wonder at the ends of the globe. Visit this site.

 

 

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This month's quote

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"Believe you can and you're halfway there." ~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

 

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Book of the Month
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Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2012” ~ Daniel Branch

On December 12, 1963, people across Kenya joyfully celebrated independence from British colonial rule, anticipating a bright future of prosperity and social justice. As the nation approaches the fiftieth anniversary of its independence, however, the people's dream remains elusive. During its first five decades Kenya has experienced assassinations, riots, coup attempts, ethnic violence, and political corruption. The ranks of the disaffected, the unemployed, and the poor have multiplied. In this authoritative and insightful account of Kenya's history from 1963 to the present day, Daniel Branch sheds new light on the nation's struggles and the complicated causes behind them. Visit our bookshop Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2012


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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