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The Delamere-International Newsletter ©

Edition of 31 December 2003 #130


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Defiance of Zimbabwe
2. Business: Freedom of the press in Africa
3. Business: Is South Africa the money laundering capital of the world?
4. Business: Massive unemployment amongst South African youth rings alarm bells
5. Business: The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
6. Business: The cost of doing business in Africa
7. Business: Thinking about joining a Franchise?
8. Business: Unemployment in Africa
9. Business: What will be the future price of Gold?
10. Business: Zambia is bankrupt
11. Construction: Home Gardening
12. Education: Swimming the Channel
13. Education: Children of World War 2 (1939-1945)
14. Education: Donating to Charities
15. Education: English Folk Play Research
16. Education: Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825
17. Education: The Archaeology Channel
18. Global Trade: World Trade Talks
19. Immigration: Australia relaxes student visa requirements
20. Immigration: Major problem are brewing in South Africa
21. Immigration: Working in the UK
22. Real Estate: Housing in South Africa
23. Travel: The call to Africa
24. Travel: The Queen Mary 2 takes to the high seas
25. Travel: Tourism to South Africa Positive


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1. Business: Defiance of Zimbabwe
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British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said Zimbabwe should remain suspended from the Commonwealth until democracy; human rights and proper governance are introduced to the country. Mr Blair is in Nigeria for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Since receiving this report we have now heard that Zimbabwe has actually resigned form the Commonwealth to save future embarrassment.


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2. Business: Freedom of the press in Africa
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Ethiopian journalist Araya Tesfa Mariam knows in his bones how painful it can be to tell the truth - and help build democracy - in Africa. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: Is South Africa now the money laundering capital of the world?
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Government is moving fast to head off any perceptions that South Africa is a safe haven for money launderers.

Our return to international respectability has, ironically, exposed the country to organized crime. While the possibilities of money laundering are vast, lack of research and information makes it impossible to determine the extent of the problem.

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

 

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4. Business: Massive unemployment amongst South African youth rings alarm bells
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Youth unemployment has reached critical levels. While the efforts by the government, intermediary organizations and businesses are to be welcomed and supported; the statistics and the real outcomes in the economy are anything but rosy. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Don't forget to use the employment services of our firm, and visit this link.

 

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5. Business: The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act
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African exporters are on edge as US lawmakers ponder an extension of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) through to 2015.

Intended to stimulate African economies through export-led growth, former US president Bill Clinton signed AGOA into law in 2000. The primary objective of AGOA is to encourage increased trade and investment between the US and sub-Saharan Africa through, among others, the reduction of tariffs and non-tariffs to trade. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Please read the mission of our Global Trade pages


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6. Business: The cost of doing business in Africa
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Construction firms have burnt their fingers doing business in Africa and some are finding it difficult to hide their frustrations with corrupt governments, poor infrastructure and logistical nightmares. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

 

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7. Business: Thinking about joining a Franchise?
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Franchised businesses were once limited to fast-food restaurants, but have grown significantly in the direction of products and services in recent years.

Cleaning services, hair salons, and fitness facilities are just a few of the types of franchises available, with low interest rates, a timid stock market, and rising unemployment encouraging many to move into franchising. Visit this site for the latest information.

Editor's Note: Buying a business is covered on our Real Estate (Property) page,

 

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8. Business: Unemployment in Africa
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Addis Ababa - Some 300 million young Africans are expected to enter the continent's labour market in the next 10 years, according to a study presented to the ongoing 10th Regional International Labour Organisation (ILO) conference.

"The numbers represent about 60 percent of total unemployment in Africa, with unemployed female youths consistently higher in all countries," said the report obtained by AFP late on Thursday.

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

 

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9. Business: What will be the future price of Gold?
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PERTH - An Aussie investment bank claims global financial markets could be entering an epoch that turns the clock back to the 1970s when paper assets fell out of favour in place of hard assets such as gold, the value of which it prophesises could test US$1,000 per ounce as a result. To read this full report, go too our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: If you are interested in the latest gold price, visit our webpage on Investing.


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10. Business: Zambia is bankrupt
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Lusaka - Zambia was bankrupt and would have to raise taxes to fund its budget for 2004 in the absence of aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other lenders, finance minister Peter Magande said this week. Read the full report; go to our NEWS DESK link.


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11. Construction: Home Gardening
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This site provides "ecologically sound, science-based practices" for gardening and lawn care.

Features illustrated growing guides for specific flowers and vegetables, a tutorial on designing flower gardens, lawn care tips and techniques, and fact sheets on gardening techniques, avoiding pests and diseases, and lawns. From Cornell University. Visit this site

Editor's Note: Our Construction page covers this important subject of environmental issues.


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12. Education: Swimming the Channel
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An online resource on the early history of swimming the English Channel. Although this site does not present a comprehensive list of all attempts to swim the English Channel, it does include a list of records and firsts and provides highlights of Channel swimming attempts from the 1870s through 1950s. From the Dover Museum. Visit this site


Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, lii.org.

 

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13. Education: Children of World War 2 (1939-1945)
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This site from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) provides a glimpse of what life was like for British children during World War II.

It features annotated images of a replica of a typical home, a rationing activity, and evacuees' letters. It also includes resources such as posters, photographs, letters, documents, an audio clip of an air raid siren, and materials for teachers. This is a great site to view our past history, which our senior partner remembers well having been brought up in Manchester during the war. Visit this site

Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, lii.org.

 

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14. Education: Donating to Charities
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This organization is dedicated to helping the poorest people on earth. Global Impact represents 50 of the most respected U.S.-based international charities in the workplace giving campaigns across the nation. The site provides an overview of programs, lists of aid organizations by country, and a description of urgent needs. Visit this site.


Editor's Note: Our firm is aware that at this time of the year the spirit of giving is on the minds of all of us. Please read our page about the Special Fund for South African students.

 

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15. Education: English Folk Play Research
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This extensive resource focuses on English folk plays, also called Mummers' plays that are "short traditional verse sketches performed at Christmas, Easter and other annual festivals and taken round pubs and private houses."

You can find background, news, scheduled performances, research indexes and catalogs, scripts, reading lists, related links, and more. Searchable. From the Traditional Drama Research Group at the University of Sheffield. Visit this site

Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, lii.org


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16. Education: Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825
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This site traces Russia's movement from relative isolation to global empire through its contacts with Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


When Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg as a "window on Europe" in 1703, he intended the city to symbolize Russia's new direction. This website explores Russia's exposure to and interaction with the larger world, as well as the significant role the new cosmopolitan capital played in this evolution. Visit this site.


Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, lii.org

 

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17. Education: The Archaeology Channel
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Founded in 1999, the Archaeology Channel brings a host of short films about the practice of archaeology to the computers of visitors from around the globe in an attempt to inform the general public about this field and its continuing relevance.

The site's homepage features some of the latest audio and video segments, along with links to additional commentaries, teacher resources, and news from the field. Some of the subjects covered in the videos include the mound builders of Ohio, the ancient city of Machu Picchu, and a broad overview of archaeology in Jordan. The audio interviews are quite good as well, and include interviews with an expert on the legendary city of Atlantis and some perspective on the excavation of Caral, a city in Peru that is thought to be the oldest effervescence of urbanity in the New World. Visit this site.

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

 

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18. Global Trade: World Trade Talks
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Johannesburg - The general council of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) starts a two-day meeting today to work out an agenda to get the stalled multilateral trade negotiations back on track.

Tshediso Matona, department of trade and industry deputy director-general in charge of international trade and economic development, said the meeting would try to set a timetable for the successful conclusion of the negotiations.

In November 2001, when it was agreed to at the WTO's ministerial meeting in Doha, the Qatari capital, that a new trade round should be launched, the deadline for the conclusion of talks was set at the end of 2004, To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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19. Immigration: Australia relaxes student visa requirements
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In what will come as a relief to Indian students, the Australian government has decided to bring in student visa reforms, acting on the recommendations of a review committee.

The new regulations, which came into effect from December 1, have reduced the financial requirements for an Indian undergraduate student in any Australian university by at least 33 per cent and allowed bank finance for vocational studies. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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20. Immigration: Major problem are brewing in South Africa
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While many have been fleeing this country in the past 10 years, the whites mainly because of third world style government and future prospects for their families, plus the fearful crime statistics, others are actually illegally pouring into the country especially from northern countries such as Zimbabwe.

This has created a major problem for South Africa and as a result the formation of an Immigration Advisory Board took place in May 2003. This month the 4th public consultation took place in Cape Town, which reveals the very serious problem now developing.

For the latest information being discussed, visit their site

 

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21. Immigration: Working in the UK
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This new site aims to provide you with clear information about the various routes open to Foreign Nationals who want to come and work in the United Kingdom. For more details, visit this site.


Editor's Note: We have available an excellent book on working and living in the UK. Please visit our web page on Employment.

 

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22. Real Estate: Housing in South Africa
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Pretoria - The latest 0.5 percentage point reduction in interest rates would improve the affordability of housing and lengthen the boom in house prices, said Erwin Rode, the chief executive of property services company Rode & Associates.

But Rode warned on Friday that it was becoming extremely dangerous to buy residential property to let. "That market will become saturated. It's already happening," he said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

 

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23. Travel: The call to Africa
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The Sunday Times newspaper has recently collected together a series of article about the highlights of a trip to Southern Africa. Go read this collection, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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24. Travel: The Queen Mary 2 takes to the high seas
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When she leaves Southampton for her maiden voyage on January 12, the QM2 will be the first new liner to have taken to the high seas since her sister ship, the QE2, set sail in 1969.

Some of our partners have often enjoyed a meal or morning coffee on the old Queen Mary now moored in Long Beach California, but we are now looking for tickets to join the lucky few that will be on this maiden voyage of the QM2.

To read the report behind the concept of this incredible ship, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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25. Travel: Tourism to South Africa Positive
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Against a gloomy global outlook, it is boom times for South Africa's tourism industry. At least that is the picture that tourism experts painted in a KPMG Conference on Monday.

One of the speakers did not think the strong rand was such as major threat to the industry either. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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This month's quote
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Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security ~ Benjamin Franklin

 

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