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Edition of 31 January, 2003 #119


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: The gold market in South Africa
2. Business: Farming in Southern Africa
3. Business: Is Cape Town now really becoming a part of Africa?
4. Education: Newsreel Archives
5. Education: Want to grow avocados in your garden
6. Education: The History of Britain
7. Education: Ask A Linguist?
8. Education: Visit the Museum of Hoaxes
9. Education: The Museum of Broadcast Communications
10. Education: Behind the Name, The Etymology and History of First Names
11. Immigration: Does Crime Pay? Want to Buy to "Green Card'?
12. Immigration: Students going to New Zealand Beware
13. Immigration: A sad report of the results of the INS chaos
14. Immigration: What is the definition of an immigrant to the USA?
15. Internet: Internet Body approves creation of new Web Domains
16. Internet: Mail This Page Ver.2.0
17. Travel: Problems with new tracking system for visitors to the US
18. Travel: Visitors to UK from Jamaica will require Visas
19. Travel: Want a British Passport?


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1. Business: The gold market in South Africa
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Johannesburg - South African gold companies said yesterday their earnings would be lower than last year despite a dollar gold price hovering close to six-year highs.

Chamber of Mines' chief economist Roger Baxter said gold producers would reap almost no benefit from the rocketing gold price, which touched $357.10 an ounce earlier this week.

Baxter said the firming of the Rand had effectively wiped out the dollar gold price gain.

The Rand was trading at R8.64 to the dollar yesterday - almost 40 percent better than the R13 mark in December 2001. The gold price has climbed steadily to over the $300 an ounce level before shooting through $350 earlier this week.

Gold has added 2.6 percent so far this year and is 25 percent higher than it was this time last year.

But while the picture looks good in dollar terms, local gold producers are receiving less per kilogram than they did last year.

At an exchange rate of R13 to the dollar, gold producers were getting R121,000 a kilogram.

Yesterday Baxter said producers were now receiving about R96 000 a kilogram.

To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK link

To check the latest price of gold bullion per ounce visit our web page


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2. Business: Farming in Southern Africa
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LUANDA - The Angolan authorities are considering inviting dispossessed white Zimbabwean farmers to take over some of the thousands of Angolan farms abandoned by the Germans during the country's 27-year civil war.

"We are not ruling out the possibility of welcoming these farmers," the governor of southwestern Benguela province Dumilde Rangel said on a local Angolan radio. "They have the know-how, and if they could work here with us and create jobs there will be no problem," he said.

Rangel said some 4,500 farms lay abandoned in the Caimbambo area of Benguela alone, and that only 3 percent of a huge swathe of rich farmland there was currently being worked.

He said despite appeals for people to come forward to manage the land there had been no takers and Angolan agriculture consequently continued to stagnate, despite the acute lack of basic food in the country.

Several white Zimbabwean landowners have been forced to leave the country in recent months after their farms were taken over by the government for re-distribution to poor black farmers.

Angola faces a monumental task of rebuilding the country after a ceasefire signed in April 2002 finally brought to an end a civil war in which most of country's infrastructure was totally destroyed.

Fighting between government forces and the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) came to a halt following the death in combat of Unita leader Jonas Savimbi last February.

One of the government's toughest tasks will be to rid Angola of millions of anti-personnel mines said to scatter the countryside and which have been a daily threat to farmers and their families.

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

For other business opportunities in Southern Africa visit our web page


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3. Business: Is Cape Town now really becoming a part of Africa?
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This interesting report was submitted to us by one of correspondents, and it does not necessary reflect the opinion of our company or editorial staff.

The read this full account, go to our NEWS DESK link

For details of flights and hotel accommodations to Cape Town visit out Travel Site


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4. Education: Newsreel Archives
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British Pathe, one of the oldest media companies in the world, recently made available its entire 3500-hour film archive, covering "news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970."

At their Web site, users can search by keyword or try out advanced search, if details such as reel numbers or exact titles are known. Casual users may prefer the "Lucky Dip" search, which provides a random selection of films to see.

After a search returns a hit list of films, choices include "Preview Film: a page of stills, with a textual description of the clip;" "Download Now: a free, low resolution clip;" or "Add to basket, to purchase higher resolutions of the film." (A rate card giving prices for low and high-resolution clips is provided.)

One hint for first-time users, though: if files do not seem to download properly, check your email, because you will be sent the URL to retrieve your film. After just a bit of finagling on our first visit, we watched the Beatles at a water-skiing show, Charlie Chaplin, and Sir Ernest Shackleton and his sled dogs photographed in 1916 on returning from their Antarctic expedition.

(This website was recommend by our associates the University of Wisconsin in their Scout report) Visit this site

For more information on education resources, visit our Education Pages.

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5. Education: Want to grow avocados in your garden
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Since leaving South Africa one of our senior partners has longed for the taste of home grown (South African) avocados, but to grow them in Salt Lake City, Utah or Cambridge England, has been a bit of a problem.

In a desperate attempt we found this website which should be a source of useful information to all our visitors and subscribers who love the taste of avocados. Go to this link.


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6. Education: The History of Britain
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This wonderful series of episodes shown recently on the TV "History Channel" is now available on DVD for the first time; Simon Schama's epic series explores the history of Great Britain in 15 fascinating episodes.

For more information, go to our link click here and select "History" in the "Browse" window


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7. Education: Ask A Linguist?
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The "Ask A Linguist" Web site is a service provided by The Linguist List, an Internet network for professional linguists. The site allows students, educators, or other interested parties to submit a question dealing with language or linguistics to a panel of linguists that includes faculty members from Oxford University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Michigan.

While users can submit any type of question dealing with language they choose, a section of the site provides answers to frequently asked questions, with a particularly thorough section devoted to Arabic. Previous questions are archived on the site, with message threads dating back to May 1997.

Recent message threads on the Ask A Linguist Web site include "Origin of the Norwegian Language," "Is language innate?" and "Linguistics and literature." Equally helpful is the ability to search the entire message archive in a variety of fashions, including complex queries. Visit this site

Editor Note: Many of our clients have to deal with multi-language problems, and although this website helps with pointed questions, you may consider using an online translation service such as "Babylon Pro." Visit this link


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8. Education: Visit the Museum of Hoaxes
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Developed by Alex Boese, a graduate student at the University of California at San Diego, this site is a compelling introduction to many of the most well-known (and a few that are often overlooked) hoaxes from the year 750 AD to the present.

First time visitors will want to visit some of the introductory materials included here, such as "What is a hoax?"; "Origin of the Word 'Hoax'"; and "Hoaxology," which contains a sampling of literary references to the word "hoax".

The Main Gallery contains a chronological listing of numerous hoaxes (divided into periods), including the Piltdown Man; the Cardiff Giant; and the interesting story of Charles LeRaye, who claimed to have traveled into the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone regions several years before Lewis and Clark.

For a bit of a diversion, the site also allows visitors to test their knowledge of potentially doctored photographs. Visit this web site submitted by the University Of Wisconsin.

Editors Note: For our visitors from England you can select the intriguing story of "Mother Shipton Prophecies" from Yorkshire. Select the time slot "Before 1700" and then choose the date 1641.


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9. Education: The Museum of Broadcast Communications
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It is not surprising that Chicago, home of such radio personalities as Paul Harvey and Studs Terkel, should also be the home of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, one of only two museums dedicated to broadcast history in the United States.

Persons doing research on broadcast history will find the online archive most helpful, as it contains a searchable database of 13,000 television programs, 4,000 radio programs, 11,000 television commercials, and 4,500 newscasts.

Educators will find the online exhibits and lessons plans located here, particularly a special Museum Web site titled The Great Debate that contains video clips, photos, and newspaper articles that deal with the televised Presidential debates from the past 40 years.

The site is rounded out by information for those wishing to visit the museum in person, membership forms, and an online store. Visit this site.



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10. Education: Behind the Name: The Etymology and History of First Names
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Created by Mike Campbell, a Canadian with a great interest in linguistics, this site is a cornucopia of information about the etymologies of first names. Containing information on over 11,000 first names, users can begin by entering their own first name into the search engine (which can be customized), and information will be returned about the origin of the name and other helpful details.

From the site's home page, users can also click on a number of topical headings, such as Spanish Names or Biblical Names to see an entire list of names related to these cultures or themes. Also helpful are a series of short essays on the general origins of first names, names by usage, and elements of first names. Users can both post questions to the message boards provided on the site and view lists of the most popular names by year, going all the way back to the year 1900.

Editors Note: As the name of our IT guy is Garrick, we tested the character behind the name and what does it tell us?

GARRICK m English
From a surname which was originally derived from a first name meaning "spear power" from Germanic ger "spear" and ric "power".

When you know this guy you will know that he is true to his NAME.

To check the meaning of your name, visit this site


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11. Immigration: Does Crime Pay? Want to Buy to "Green Card'?
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SAN JOSE -- For 12 years, Leland Sustaire was the fix-it man, a veteran U.S. immigration supervisor who accepted $500,000 in bribes from two immigration brokers to authorize green cards for South Korean immigrants throughout California.

The scheme fell apart in 1998 when a nervous Sustaire turned himself in, agreeing to wear a hidden microphone to help indict Korean American brokers John Choe and Daniel Lee. Both were convicted of fraud and bribery in 1999 and sentenced to three years in prison. For Sustaire's cooperation, prosecutors argued that the 54-year-old former official should avoid time behind bars: He was sentenced to six months in a halfway house and six months' home confinement. The bribery culprits did their time. But a steeper price - deportation - confronts hundreds of Koreans who say they were victimized.

But the steepest price for the scam, immigration lawyers say, is being paid by the 275 green card recipients. Many are established professionals - scientists, doctors, ministers, Silicon Valley software engineers and business owners - who insist that they had no idea their green cards were tainted. One broker even acknowledges that his clients were innocent, and the government has yet to offer evidence to the contrary.

But after 15 years or more in the United States, the green card holders are discovering that the prosperous lives they have fashioned in their adopted homeland are in serious jeopardy.

Immigration and Naturalization Service investigators are tracking down many of them for deportation hearings, even though Sustaire testified that he burned all records from the applications. Included were original documents that cardholders could have used in their defense. A lawyer says the government is instead relying on an inaccurate list of names Sustaire compiled from memory.

Editors Note. When our firm operated a service for helping immigrants from Angola into South Africa, many of whom did not qualify, officials in the Department of Home Affairs, who claimed that they could "arrange" "Permanent Resident Permits" for these desperate people, and they continuously harassed our staff to "cooperate" with their scheme. The Cost? $5,000 per "deal". They assured the applicants and showed the officials in our office, the long list of successes, and that none of them have ever been deported, so again we ask the question, Does Crime and Corruption pay?

Editors Note: Our firm offers various services for immigration to the US and Canada, visit our web page for more details.


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12. Immigration: Students going to New Zealand Beware
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Foreign students are still queuing through the night outside the Immigration Service in Christchurch - and braving drunken abuse - to get visas renewed.

It was reported last month that students were arriving at school exhausted after spending half the night queuing outside the service's Christchurch office, which has been handing out numbered tickets to the first 50 arrivals and telling the rest to return another day.

To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK link

Editors Note: Our firm has an excellent service for arranging Passports and Visas, visit our web page

 


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13. Immigration: A sad report of the results of the INS chaos
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A combination of legal technicalities, missed communications and aggressive action by the INS has combined to force this family out of their adopted country. The government says they can't come back for at least 10 years.

This recent report sent to our office reveals the poor situation that now exists in the US with regard to immigrants trying to be straight and honest.

Meantime at least 15 million illegals live quite openly in the US and this number is increasing by the day in view of the new "Amnesty" being planned between the US and Mexico.

Read the full report of this sad story by going to our NEWS DESK link.

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14. Immigration: What is the definition of an immigrant to the USA?
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There are immigrants, non-immigrants and illegal immigrants. There are criminal aliens, political asylum seekers, and refugees. Now, the nation's complex immigration system has added another category by which to classify new arrivals: "special aliens."

They are male visitors, including students, tourists and workers, from 18 Middle Eastern nations that the U.S. government believes may harbor terrorists.

Under a new law, adult men from five of those countries, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria must report by today to a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service office to be photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed. If they don't show up, they can face deportation.

Other countries are being added in the near future.


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15. Internet: Internet body approves creation of new web domains
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London - The group that oversees the Internet's traffic system said on Sunday it plans to approve a host of new address suffixes to join the likes of ".com" and ".org" over the coming year.

But most Internet users will not be able to register Web site names in the new domains, as they will be limited to organisations in specific fields such as health care.

The precise number and names of the domains will be determined at an ICANN meeting in early 2003, the group said. To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK

For information on other domain extensions which are currently approved, visit our web page


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16. Internet: Mail This Page VER 2.0
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"Mail This Page" is a utility program that allows users to email Web pages or HTML files directly from Internet Explorer.

After installing this handy program, users can click on the Mail This Page icon contained within the Explorer toolbar, and the page will be converted into an email. Additionally, there is a FAQ section that answers several questions about the application. MS Windows is needed to use the software. Visit this site.

 


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17. Travel: Problems with new tracking system for visitors to the US
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1st Report.

Yet another ill-conceived reaction by the Bush administration is threatening to cause chaos at airports.

The US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is insisting all airlines provide detailed information about ticket-holders in advance of their arrival. The INS wants visitors to supply their address while in the USA, including a zip code, before they board the plane. Carriers would face heavy fines if they failed to comply.

The new security rules for travel to the USA are due to come into force next month. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) believes the move could bring airports to a standstill. "Under this rule, airports would be completely clogged up; they're not equipped to collect this information." BA agrees, but also says, "if a passenger can't give a full address in the USA, we'll have to refuse to carry them."

ABTA has suggested that travelers could complete a form with the required information in flight. However, the INS wants the data to be available to staff before flights land. But surely any potential terrorist is going to be organised enough to have a false address in advance. This is the kind of knee-jerk response to the threat of terrorism that will do nothing to actually "protect" the USA.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of travelers arriving and departing the United States will have to submit detailed personal information this year under rules proposed by the federal government as part of the war on terrorism.

The rules proposed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, once they are finalized, seek more information from travelers than under current law and for the first time extend the requirements to U.S. citizens and others previously exempted.

All airlines, cargo flights, cruise ships and other vessels carrying crew or passengers will be affected, with the exception of ferryboats. The information will be sent electronically to the government before a traveler arrives in the United States or departs from it, giving officials a complete manifest of exactly who is on board.

"It's another way to enhance security for travelers," said INS spokeswoman Kimberly Weismann

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18. Travel: Visitors to UK from Jamaica will require Visas
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Jamaicans entering Britain will now be required to have visitor visas under new measures announced by the Government as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration and drugs.

From midnight no Jamaican national will be allowed through immigration without the necessary papers.

The Home Office said the move would help cut down queues at airports and prevent people who visit the UK on holiday or visiting relatives from absconding.
But, it conceded it was also part of a crackdown on cocaine smuggling from Jamaica and on the movement of the Yardie gangsters who travel between the Caribbean island and the UK.

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19. Travel: Want a British Passport?
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The revelation that a reporter from The Telegraph was able to obtain a stolen British passport and use it to enter the country recently, aroused concern among the Opposition Conservative last night and prompted a Home Office inquiry.

Dominic Grieve, the Conservatives' home affairs spokesman, said: "What your reporter has done is very worrying. It shows the ease with which almost anyone could obtain entry into the country.

"We have known for some time that people are using stolen and forged passports, and we really now need to see some firm action from [the Home Secretary] David Blunkett."

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

 

This month's quote:

"To be conscious you are ignorant is a great step toward knowledge." ~ Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881


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