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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 October 2020 # 332

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

  1. Business: Latest Reports on Corruption in South Africa
  2. Business: Mozambique is in Deadly Danger
  3. Business & Education: The South Sea Bubble of 1720
  4. Business: Zimbabwe is Coming Apart at the Seams
  5. Business: Zimbabwe Promises to Return to White Farmers Whose Farms Were Seized by Dictator Mugabe
  6. Education: Historical Papers Research Archive
  7. Education: New Journal to Help Students Succeed

 

 

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1. Business: Latest Reports on Corruption in South Africa
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The total number of reports on corruption has increased. In 2020, there were 1 995 corruption cases reported to civil society organisation Corruption Watch compared to 1 591 cases last year. This is an increase of more than 400 cases. The anti-corruption body says 55 % of the bulk of corruption cases reported to them were gathered after the national state of disaster was declared from mid-March. Corruption Watch released its annual report of corruption trends for 2020 today. Whistleblower allegations of corruption in the South African Police Service, municipal offices, schools, traffic and licensing centres, and the health sector accounted for a third of the reports of corruption. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)

Editor's Note: Visit our webpage on South Africa.

 

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2. Business: Mozambique is in Deadly Danger
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Wikipedia says ISIS is a militant group and an unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi jihadist doctrine of Sunni Islam. They have occupied large parts of Mozambique, have simply swept local inhabitants off a number of islands, destroyed hotels and homes used for tourists, and insisted that Sharia Law must apply. Mozambique is in deadly danger of unraveling as a country and its government seems powerless to act. It is right next door to us and being taken over by extreme religious fanatics who will undoubtedly impact on South African security, our trade and tourist interests and on a number of countries in southern Africa. It must be in our interests to act, initially by marshalling international pressure, sanctions and finally, regional and if needs be, by our security forces to prevent a takeover by ISIS of a friendly neighboring country. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)


Editor’s Note:  Visit our webpage on Mozambique

 

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3. Business & Education: The South Sea Bubble of 1720
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300 years ago in 1720 the South Sea Bubble 'burst', causing one of the most famous financial crashes in world history.  Some of today's modern financial markets can be traced back to London 1690, when the government had sought out new ways to raise money to resource the Nine Years’ War (1688-1697). In 1694 the Bank of England was established, creating the very first national debt and Bills of Exchange. In 1711, the South Sea Company was formed to exploit new markets and balance the power of the Whig-controlled Bank of England. The company bought the monopoly contract for the Spanish South Sea trade from the British government in return for taking on a substantial amount of Britain’s national debt. Political investment and public excitement had even the King buying stocks. However, demand inflated stock prices, creating a 'bubble' which 'burst' in December 1720. The crash affected every level of society, from common folk to Isaac Newton. Thomas Guy, however, had sold his stocks early on and won so much money he was able to build Guy's Hospital in Southwark, London in 1721. To read the background to this catastrophic event, click here.


Editor’s Note:   Our sponsor, the “MTC International Foundation” has recently published a book about British history The Delamere Saga: The Untold Story of Vale Royal Abbey, and contains a brief review of the South Sea Bubble as one of the past owners of Vale Royal Abbey in Cheshire, Charles Cholmondeley, lost a large portion of the family fortune in the crash. Read more.



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4. Business: Zimbabwe is Coming Apart at the Seams
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In Zimbabwe, pregnant women are left alone in hospitals to give birth, taps have run dry in major urban centers, infrastructure has all but collapsed and more than half the population needs food aid. This is the toll that two decades of economic mismanagement have taken on a nation once considered one of Africa’s shining stars. Promises of an economic revival and more political freedom made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, now in his third year of rule, have rung hollow and public anger over intolerable living conditions has spurred protest action that’s been brutally quashed by the military. To read the ful report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

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5. Business: Zimbabwe Promises to Return to White Farmers Whose Farms Were Seized by Dictator Mugabe
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Zimbabwe has offered to return land to foreign nationals whose farms were seized under a controversial government programme two decades ago. Thousands of white farmers were forced from their land, often violently, between 2000 and 2001. The seizures were meant to redress colonial-era land grabs but contributed to the country's economic decline and ruined relations with the West. A separate compensation scheme has been launched for local white farmers. They have not been offered land, but the government last month promised them $3.5bn (£2.6bn) for seized infrastructure. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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6. Education: Historical Papers Research Archive
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Established in 1966, the Historical Papers Research Archive is "one of the largest and most comprehensive independent archives in Southern Africa." With more than 3,000 collections spanning from the 17th century to present day, the archive memorializes human rights movements throughout history. The intentional documentation of civil society is rooted in the belief that "archives provide the bedrock for society's understanding of the past." To navigate the various collections, users may want to employ the tools on the left-side panel. Here, readers can browse by collection or search across all the collections. Clicking the "Collections Database" link (found on the Home page under Browse Collections) also allows users to sort options alphabetically. Items include newspaper clippings, amnesty applications, and committee records, among many other documents. New users may also enjoy browsing the "Historical Papers Guide" (linked under Finding Aids). Historical Papers is a project of the University of Witwatersrand's William Cullen Library and receives funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2020

Editor's Note: Visit our webpage, Delamere International Bookshop.

 

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7. Education: New Journal to Help Students Succeed
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Guided by the STARS (students, transitions, achievement, retention, and success) principles, Student Success "explor[es] the experiences of students in tertiary education." Launched in 2010, the journal is "international, open-access, [and] peer-viewed," and publishes various pieces from researchers, educators, and professionals. Karen Nelson from the University of Southern Queensland serves as Editor-in-Chief, and Tracy Creagh from Queensland University of Technology is the Journal Manager. Student Success releases three editions each year. Readers will find the latest release, a special issue focused on "Enabling Excellence through Equity," on the Current page. To explore past issues, check out the Issues and Archives pages. Other browsing options can be found in the right-hand panel. For example, readers can search across issues with the query bar, narrow by author or issue in the Browse Journal box, and explore popular pieces in the Most Viewed Articles box. Additionally, readers will want to stay tuned for the 2021 special edition on "Student Success in a Global Pandemic."  Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2020

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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This month we received this series of photos of Oregon, USA, in autumn. At nearly 96,000 square miles, Oregon alone is 25% larger than all of New England. That’s a lot of ground to cover, and almost half of it is covered with forested acreage. However, the spectrum of Oregon’s colorful fall foliage is less about dying leaves than it is about the surviving trees, shrubs, and vines. To view these photos, click here.

 

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This month's quote

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"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." ~ Chinese proverb

 

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Book of the Month
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“Globalisation and Advertising in Emerging Economies” ~ by Lynne Ciochetto

This book analyses four of the largest and most dynamic contemporary emerging economies. Brazil, Russia, India, and, China are the countries that will drive growth in the world economy in the next decades. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines anthropology, sociology, development studies, and the cultural industries of design and advertising, the book explores the dynamics of global capitalism from the perspective of global advertising. A series of country studies examines contemporary global advertising through political, economic and cultural perspectives. Check out the review of Globalisation and Advertising in Emerging Economies: Brazil, Russia, India and China (Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy)


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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