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Edition of 1 October 2017 # 296

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: A Cashless Society in the Making?
  2. Business: Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report
  3. Business: Kenya’s Upcoming Election?
  4. Business: Update on the South African Economy
  5. Business: Ties Between the USA & Israel Increase?
  6. Business: Zimbabwe’s Black Hole
  7. Business & Environment: Income Tax Revelations?
  8. Education & History: Mystery of Lord Lucan?
  9. Travel: Visiting Las Vegas in the USA
  10. Travel: Memories of the Ship QE 2

 

 

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1. Business: A Cashless Society in the Making?
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Sweden is the most cashless society on the planet, with barely 1% of the value of all payments made using coins or notes last year. So how did the Nordic nation get so far ahead of the rest of us? To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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2. Business: Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report
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The index published in Economic Freedom of the World measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom. The cornerstones of economic freedom are personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to enter markets and compete, and security of the person and privately owned property. Forty-two data points are used to construct a summary index and to measure the degree of economic freedom in five broad areas. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Kenya’s Upcoming Election?
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“Big men” have long been the scourge of Africa. Unfortunately for Kenya, it has not one, but two: President Uhuru Kenyatta and perennial opposition leader Raila Odinga. Both are behaving like tribal chiefs, Kenyatta of the Kikuyu, Odinga of the Luo, and both are spectacularly rich in a poor country. Neither appear to be motivated by a vision of the public good. In the aftermath of the Kenyan Supreme Court’s invalidation of the August 8 presidential elections, both appear prepared to take the country to the brink to secure personal advantage in the upcoming October 26 election. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business: Update on the South African Economy
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Corruption was cited as one of the biggest obstacles in creating a competitive business environment in South Africa, as the country dropped 14 places in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Competitiveness Index. The index, released on Wednesday, said South Africa’s economy was at a standstill. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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5. Business: Ties Between the USA & Israel Increase?
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In September 2016, Israel signed a memorandum of understanding, according to which the US, under the Obama administration, pledged $38 billion in military aid over the next 10 years (2019-2028) and Israel promised to no longer seek additional funds from Congress. Notwithstanding the terms of the MOU, Congress today in 2017 allocated to Israel an additional $75 million.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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6. Business: Zimbabwe’s Black Hole
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Grace Mugabe’s oldest son, Russell Goreraza, 33, from her first marriage, imported two Rolls Royce limousines into bankrupt Harare on Sunday. The two vehicles - valued at more then R70 million - were offloaded from the KLM airline at Harare International Airport. Apparenly one of these new cars was for his mther, Grace Mugabe, the new Leader in waiting. Their arrival sparked a huge celebration on Sunday night with French Champagne flowing among Goreraza and his Harare friends, all close to the first family. Goreraza has told pals in Harare his next vehicle, due to arrive in the Zimbabwe capital shortly, is an Aston Martin.  To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editor’s Note:  As most of our readers are well aware that this once prosperous country of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), known as the jewel of Africa, is quickly sliding into the morass of non-existence, with the unemployment rate being at approximately 85 % and massive poverty throughout the land, this sort of conduct by the ruling family, especially the “dictator in waiting” Grace Mugabe is a clear warning to possible investors. As noted in the speech to the United Nations General Assembly, by the U.S. President Donald Trump, today, 19th September, he stated “some countries are simply going to hell” and he stared directly at the large delegation of Robert Mugabe and his group of wealthy diplomats, including members of his large family. For an updated report on the conditions currently facing the people of Zimbabwe, click here.

 

As a footnote, it is rumored that although Zimbabwe is one of the smallest and least consequential members of the UNO, that they brought one of the largest delegations to New York City.  Included in this delegation were dozens of Mugabe’s cronies and members of his family, totally unconnected with government or UNO issues.  No doubt they all enjoyed a FREE holiday in the USA while staying in 5 star hotels, all at the expense of the now bankrupt government coffers of Zimbabwe.

 

Visit our web page on Zimbabwe.


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7. Business & Environment: Income Tax Revelations?
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What can you tell about a country from its tax? Quite a lot, it turns out. Yesterday HM Revenue & Customs published a regional analysis of its takings, covering a number of different taxes over the past 20 years, and it revealed some interesting facts about Britain today and the ways it has changed. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Telegraph)


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8. Education & History: Mystery of Lord Lucan?
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Lady Lucan, the 80-year-old wife of Lord Lucan, has been found dead at her home in London, police have confirmed. Officers found her body after forcing entry to the property in Belgravia on Tuesday, but her death is not believed to be suspicious, the Met Police said. Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see her husband John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, alive before he disappeared in November 1974. He vanished after body of the family's nanny was found murdered at their home.  To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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9. Travel: Visiting Las Vegas in the USA
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With its glitzy casinos, never-ending nightlife and tens of millions of tourists, Las Vegas looms large in the international imagination. But with just 600,000 residents, the city has a small-town side that only locals know. To read more, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Since this report on Las Vegas was received, we have seen in the news the terrible massacre of 58 innocent people with over 500 injured.  The management and staff at the Delamere Group send their condolences to all family members of the ones affected by the dreadful incident.

 

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10. Travel: Memories of the Ship QE 2
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The legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 has carried more people further than any other ship and remains the longest-serving express liner in history, according to maritime historian Chris Frame. The QE2 – which this week marked 50 years since it was launched on September 20, 1967 – sailed 5.8 million miles (more than 13 return trips to the moon) and carried 2.5 million passengers. To read the story, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor’s Note:  Of course we also have based in Long Beach, California, location of the head office of the Delamere Group, the original historic ship Queen Mary. Read more.  For an update on the Cunard Liner, Queen Mary 2, visit this page.

 

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Photo of the Month
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During the recent eclipse of the sun that occurred across North America, we have received 1000’s of impressive photo to display on our web site.  But the one really caught our eye is this from NASA. After months of considering different venues, and a week of scouting different locations in Oregon's Smith Rock State Park, a group of photographers and rock climbers led by Andrew Struder, Ted Hesser, Martina Tibell, and Michael Shainblum settled on picturesque 100-meter tall Monkey Face tower as the dramatic foreground for their images of the pending total solar eclipse. Click here.

 

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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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