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Edition of 30 June 2003 #124


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Travel Warning
2. Business: Employment for Doctors overseas being curtailed
3. Business: Improvements for Africa in the Pipeline
4. Business: Investing in South Africa
5. Business: Investing in Wood or Wine
6. Business: South Africans sliding into debt
7. Business: US Dollar no longer the King
8. Business: U.S and Chile Sign Free Trade Treaty
9. Education: City of Shadows, A Gothic Tour of Victorian England
10. Education: Complete Home Medical Guide
11. Education: Foreign students in New Zealand
12. Education: Global Environment
13. Education: Imperial War Museum Collections
14. Education: Into the Wardrobe: A Web Site Devoted to C.S. Lewis
15. Education: The Punch Cartoon Library
16. Education: Wonders of the Seas
17. Immigration: Illegally in the USA
18. Immigration: Migrant smuggling undeterred
19. Education: Old Bailey Proceedings Online
20. Real Estate: South African Palaces?
21. The Robert Louis Stevenson Web Site

 

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1. Travel Warning
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News Release: Travel Warning for Kenya

The Foreign Office lifted its ban on nonessential travel to Kenya last week, and will lift flight restrictions on travel to Mombassa soon. Visit the site of the British Foreign Office.


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2. Business: Employment for Doctors overseas being curtailed
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In what will be a blow to many local young doctors, the United Kingdom has clamped down on its work opportunities for doctors from South Africa and many other countries.

Doctors who apply to register in the UK after the year's end will be given only "limited registration", states the website of the General Medical Council (GMC). These doctors will also only be allowed to work in the state sector under supervision and their registration will lapse after 12 or 18 months

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link


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3. Business: Improvements for Africa in the Pipeline
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Durban - Global economic conditions were expected to improve slightly in the near term and this boded well for African economies, delegates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa summit were told yesterday.

Mario Machungo, the chairman of Banco Internacional de Moçambique (BIM), said he expected African economies to benefit from improving global economic conditions as well as from initiatives such as the US's Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and improved investment flows from the world's richest nations.

To read more go to our NEWS DESK link


Editor's Note: One of the objectives of our web site is also to promote the "Africa Growth and Opportunity Act". We suggest that you visit our page that covers this programme. Click here


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4. Business: Investing in South Africa.
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In simple terms, investors look for two things, a good return on their investment and an assurance that their investment is safe.

The experience of many multinationals is that the return on their African operations is significantly better than the returns they achieve anywhere else in the world, developed or otherwise.

Although Africa is a huge continent comprising 54 countries, ignorant investors, alas, often treat it as a though it were a single country. So when Robert Mugabe appears on TV screens to celebrate the confiscation of land or threaten the closure of companies or rebels invade cocoa plantations in Cote d'Ivoire or geologists are killed in the Horn of Africa or the South African parliament enacts an empowerment act decreeing 25% black ownership, investors immediately think the same thing could happen in all the other African countries and worry about the safety of any investment they might make on the continent.

To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

 


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5. Business: Investing in Wood or Wine
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NERVOUS savers who were caught out by the stock-market slump are being offered alternative investments such as forestry, films and wine.

The Forestry Investment Plan, for example, offers a return equivalent to 8.7% a year after 10 years. If you are interested in investing in wine or vineyards, visit our web page on Investing. click here


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6. Business: South Africans sliding into debt
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South Africa is facing an escalating "silent crisis" surrounding the rapidly rising number of individuals - largely among the poor and middle-class - facing debt summons and judgments according to Tradek economist.

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link

 


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7. Business: US Dollar no longer the King
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Aggressive easing in interest rates in the USA, slowing US economic growth and lackluster stock market performance have taken the dollar weaker against the euro, in particular the US is not viewed quite as favourably as it was in the late 1990s, so long-term money is being liquidated.

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link

Editor's Note: For further information on investing in currencies, visit our web page


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8. Business: U.S., Chile Sign Free Trade Treaty
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The United States and Chile on Friday signed the first free trade treaty between the United States and a South American country.

Full story available at Hispanic Business News


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9. Education: City of Shadows, A Gothic Tour of Victorian England
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Browse various subjects relating to the history and times of Victorian England. Subjects include murder, ghosts, art, society, photographs, and London.

The pages offer links to other outside pages, for the most part, although there are some original essays and studies within the site as well. This is a wonderful overview of a significant era in England's history. Visit this site.

Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet


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10. Education Complete Home Medical Guide
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The goal of this material is to provide "a comprehensive home reference that teaches you about your body in sickness and health ... [with] emphasis on disease prevention."

Topics include a guide the U.S. health care system, fundamentals of good health, an overview of symptoms and the diagnostic process, first aid and safety, treatment and prevention of hundreds of diseases, and drugs and their use.

From the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003


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11. Education: Foreign students in New Zealand
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A proposed crackdown on the foreign-student industry would require schools to know where the students were living and take greater responsibility for their safety.

The Government yesterday announced plans for a revised code for the industry, which is worth about $1.7 billion a year.

The move came after a 22-year-old intellectually disabled Japanese man died at an unregistered academy. Nine students face murder charges. Opponents of the code say it would be costly and impossible to police.

To read the fill story, go to our NEWS DESK link


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12. Education: Global Environment
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"Change and Our Health" is based on a course at Johns Hopkins University; this site "explores the connection between a threatened ecology and dangers to our well-being."

The site, which features articles, animations, maps, and other images, is aimed at middle school students, teachers, and parents. Includes information about global warming, ozone depletion, and the effect of human actions on the environment and human health, and a glossary. This is a companion to PBS's Journey to Planet Earth television series. Visit this site.

Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet.

Editor's Note: Visit our web pages on the Environment. Click on this link.


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13. Education: Imperial War Museum Collections
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This Online Searchable database of film and video material, sound recordings and oral history, documents, and other items from the Imperial War Museum (London, England) collections.

Includes separate search options for the documents, sound, and film collections. "If you want to browse there are short essays on major historical themes which lead you to selected highlights from all the collections." Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003


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14. Education: Into the Wardrobe, A Web Site Devoted to C.S. Lewis
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C.S. Lewis was a man who wore many hats during his lifetime, although he is best remembered today by the general public as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia series.

However, Lewis also published groundbreaking works that examined the function of allegory in medieval literature and was respected for his Christian apologetics.

This site honors Lewis's life and substantial body of work, and was developed by an aficionado of his works. Visitors to the site can peruse a brief biographical sketch of Lewis, along with browsing through a bibliography of his published works.

The "Related Resources" section is quite helpful, as it contains links to sites dealing with his contemporaries, including Madeleine L'Engle, G.K. Chesterton, and J.R.R. Tolkien. The multimedia section of the site is quite compelling, as it contains a large photo gallery and a selection of audio clips.

The clips feature Lewis talking about the idea of Christian love, and noted thespians Anthony Quayle, Ian Richardson, and Claire Bloom reading selections from his novels. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003


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15. Education The Punch Cartoon Library
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Punch, the humor magazine, is publishing many of its 500,000 cartoons from 1841 onwards, on the Web. "There are witty commentaries on everyday life, hard-hitting political satire and some of the just plain funniest cartoons ever published."

Browse by category (from Accidents to Youth), publication year, or artist, or search by keyword. Visit this site.

Editor's Note: One of our partners has a copy of the last Punch magazine ever published plus a bound book of the best of the past 100 years cartoons. Make him an offer around $10,000 and he might sell. Contact us if you are interested.

 

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16. Education: Wonders of the Seas
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This site is a series of short lessons with images of selected sea creatures including sponges, cnidarians, mollusks, echinoderms, arthropods, sperm whales, manatees, and sharks. From the Oceanic Research Group. Visit this site

 

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17. Immigration: Illegally in the USA
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Undocumented immigrants contribute more to American society than they take, and ought to be made citizens, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told skeptical callers on his radio show Friday.

"Make everyone who is here and undocumented, just make them citizens," Bloomberg said on WABC (770-AM). "Let's get on with it. They'll become taxpayers. They'll become productive members of society easier..."

Bloomberg made his remarks in response to two callers, the first identified as Chaim, a health-care professional, who complained he's paying higher taxes for "a huge amount of illegal immigrants here who collect food stamps, welfare benefits, school benefits, hospital. You name it, they're collecting it."

"Why should I pay for people here illegally?"

To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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18. Immigration Migrant smuggling undeterred
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Tighter border security following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has done little to curb the smuggling of illegal migrants, an enormous problem highlighted by the recent deaths of 19 people inside a stifling trailer in southeast Texas.

But smuggling is not confined to the U.S.-Mexican border: Last year, the U.S. attorney's office in South Florida prosecuted 74 people accused of smuggling, more than double the number from the previous year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


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19. Education: Old Bailey Proceedings Online
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Formally known as the Central Criminal Court of London, the Old Bailey is arguably the world's most well known criminal court.

Serving the Commonwealth since the 17th century, the Old Bailey has seen hundreds of thousands of trials for every offense imaginable, along with serving as the setting for many important trials of the famous and infamous.

Designed as collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the University of Hertfordshire, this ambitious project aims to create a fully searchable digitized collection of the Old Bailey's entire proceedings from 1674 to 1834. Currently, visitors can browse through 22,000 trials, from December 1714 to December 1759.

The Web site indicates that the entire proceedings should be online by spring of 2004, so interested persons should continue to check back frequently. From the main page, visitors can search the proceedings (and elect to read a transcription of each trial or view the original document), read about the nature of the proceedings, and read some engaging background essays on crime and punishment through the court's history. Visit this site

Editor's Note: What a shock, I even found my Great-Grandfather's name in the list of cases recorded at Old Bailey.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003

 

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20. Real Estate: South African Palaces?
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King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu nation is to receive a seventh palace, built in 1993 for R5-million, SABC radio news reported.

Thousands of people, including government officials, amakhosi, and representatives from foreign embassies have gathered at Ulundi in northern KwaZulu-Natal, for the handing over.

The Ondini Palace was built in 1993 by the former KwaZulu government, but remained unoccupied after a war of words between Zwelithini and Inkatha Freedom Party leaders.

Editor's Note: Visit our page on real estate, as such great deals are available in South Africa.

 

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21. The Robert Louis Stevenson Web Site
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Perhaps best known for his novels "Treasure Island" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde," Robert Louis Stevenson receives a fine tribute on this site, which serves both as a compendium of links, and as a nice resource for primary documents and writings by, and about, this notable 19th century writer.

Created and maintained by Richard Drury, a graduate of the University of Manchester and a professor at the Universita di Bergamo, the site contains a number of thematic sections that address Stevenson's life, available online electronic editions of his works, and extended bibliographies.

Visitors unfamiliar with the life of this rather fascinating man may want to start by reading one of the online essays about his life, or by diving right into one of the electronic editions of his works. Of particular interest to Stevenson scholars and aficionados will be the "Critical Reception" area of the site that explores the ways in which his work has been received over the past century or so. Visit this site

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003

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This month's quote
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"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."
~ George S. Patton


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