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Edition of 31 May 2003 #123


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The Galvez Project

Our firm "Delamere-Pennine Associates" has a strong presence in the Western States of America, where current trends indicate the enormous growth and development of the Hispanic population, both in business and education achievements.

We also promote the trade initiative sponsored by the US Government known as 'Caribbean Basin Initiative' now known as the "Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act" (CBTPA), also now incorporating the "Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act" (CBERA). Visit this page

Recently one of our volunteer researchers sent us the details of this new web site,"The Galvez Project" which promotes the history of how Hispanics helped to build the foundation of the USA.

This site, known as the "The Galvez Project" (GP) is a nonprofit, internationally supported, American-based educational effort though the sponsorship of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR). The Galvez Project is focused on educating the American public to the contributions made by Spain and Hispanics, in the development of the United States. Visit this site at www.HispanicAmericanHeroesSeries.com


From the Management & Staff, Happy Birthday Bob Hope.

Born on May 29, 1903 in England, Bob Hope (who is sometimes affectionately referred to as "Old Ski Slope") turned 100 two days ago. From his early days in vaudeville (where he and a partner were once the opening act for Fatty Arbuckle), Hope went on to legendary status as a comedian working on radio, film, and later, television. While Hope is unable to attend the public celebrations being held in his honor due to his poor health, hundreds of gifts and letters descended on his compound in Toluca Lake, California, where he has lived since 1939.

Several states declared his birthday "Bob Hope Day" (including New Hampshire and California), and the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage has been offering cookies decorated with an image of his distinctive profile the entire week. Many of the cards and letters arrived from former and current members of the Armed Forces, which is not surprising considering Hope's many junkets to entertain troops overseas during the past sixty years.

Official Web Site of Bob Hope

Faces of Bob Hope: Bob Hope and American Variety

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

 

IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Employment prospects for Hispanics
2. Business: Are you motivated in your employment
3. Business: Cash Available for South African Entrepreneurs
4. Business: Learning & Growing a Small Business
5. Business: The future of the IT Industry
6. Business: The South African Rand
7. Business: The future of the South African Currency
8. Education: Africana Digitization Project
9. Education: Anatomy of the Human Body
10. Education: Choosing the right word or phrase
11. Education: Friends of Trees
12. Education: Students in New Zealand
13. Education: The British Broadcasting Company
14. Education: The subject of Beetle Science
15. Immigration: Somali Bantu refugees study American life
16. Internet: A new intriguing Search Engine
17. Travel: Obtaining a travel Visa to the US to become more difficult
18. Travel: Overseas Holidays Cheaper
19. Travel: The Taj-Mahal Virtual Tour
20. Travel: Virtual tour of Antarctica
21. Travel: Visiting the UK
22. Travel: Visiting the USA
23. Travel: Warning for Visitors to South Africa

 

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1. Business: Employment prospects for Hispanics
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Hispanics recently became the country's largest minority and in recent years have grown increasingly affluent. Spanish-language television and radio companies are U.S. media giants. Hispanic entrepreneurship has boomed, and in the past five years, Hispanic consumer spending increased more than 50 percent, to $531 billion last year, according to a recent study by Spanish-language television network Telemundo. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK page.

 

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2. Business: Are you motivated in your employment?
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Are you motivated, and does your job match your talents? We recently had this excellent service referred to us, which provides you with an assessment and personal appraisal of your suitability for any selected career. The assessment is known as "Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential" (MAPP)

Your Assessment reveals your natural motivations and talent for work and it will identify the personal motivations that point to career success and satisfaction. When your job matches your true motivations, work seems easier and is more fulfilling. Take the FREE MAPP Assessment.

 

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3. Business: Cash Available for South African Entrepreneurs
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There are numerous government incentive schemes available to the entrepreneur to assist with financing a business. Many of these schemes are well capitalised but under-utilised, simply because people don't know they exist, says Gavin Chait of Business Beat. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit the website of "Business Beat" and if you have any problems getting through for financial assistance, feel free to contact our firm. Visit this site

Plus, make a visit to our web page related to the problems one faces when one decides to start your own business as an entrepreneur, and knowing you have the right personality, has proved helpful to many of our clients. Visit this page.


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4. Business: Learning & Growing a Small Business
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Small business owners can now access an online virtual classroom of business courses, workshops, information resources, learning tools and counseling assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration's E-Business Institute Web site.

The tips are very useful to small business owners in all countries of the world, and many of our international clients use the information with great success. Visit this site

Editor's Note: Visit our web pages related to what steps to take before starting a new business venture and what problems you might experience. click here

 

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5. Business: The future of the IT Industry
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Hopefully, the worst is over for the IT services industry, as findings from Gartner News indicate that 2002 was the most difficult year for the market.

While end-user spending on IT services suffered a 0.6 percent decline worldwide to $536 billion, the Asia Pacific region and Japan were the only places that experienced growth. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business The South Africa Rand
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The South Africa Rand has fully recovered from its 2001 setback and liquidity in the foreign exchange market has once again normalised after activity dried up towards the end of that year.

The currency then hit record lows becoming the world's worst performer. But that has all changed. Treasury Director General Maria Ramos told Moneyweb's Classic Business that "the Rand is the second most traded emerging market currency in the world. It is second only to the Singapore dollar," she said. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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7. Business: The future of the South African Currency
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South Africa's overdraft is finally in the clear, leaving the Rand with a long-term rosy future. So said SA's Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Tito Mboweni in Cape Town yesterday when he revealed that the country's net open foreign currency position (NOFP) had finally moved into positive territory after many years in the red.

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

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8. Education: Africana Digitization Project
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This "Project" produced by the Digital Content Group at the University of Wisconsin Library, provides an excellent template for further projects to make works dealing with Africa more accessible to researchers and other interested parties.

Currently, there are eight works available for browsing on the site. These important resources include Andre Alvares Almada's Brief Treatise on the rivers of Guinea_ from 1594, P.E.H. Hair's Barbot's West African vocabularies of 1680 from 1992, and Manuel Alvares's account of travels through modern-day Ethiopia from 1615.

All of the works here are in English, and can be searched individually using the online search engine provided. For persons doing work in the field of African history, or those interested in reading travel narratives from Europeans, this repository will prove to be a helpful find Although African studies is a relatively new discipline, the field has generated a large body of publications in the past 45 to 50 years.

Most of these of course were published in garden-variety ways, in sufficient copies to remain reasonably available in today's much improved document-delivery environment. Nonetheless, there have been exceptions--materials that were published in limited, sometimes very limited, quantities, but which have produced a demand beyond the capacity of their initial print run to satisfy. Visit this site

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


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9. Education: Anatomy of the Human Body
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In the field of education related to anatomy and physiology, our firm pioneered the use of this web site by the "American Medical Association" in classroom tuition when administering a private college group in South Africa.

This web site, "Atlas of the Body: Anatomy and Medical Illustration," you can browse this atlas of the human body by major section (brain, circulatory system, muscles, respiratory system, nervous system, or female reproductive system), or by subsections such as the hand or skull.

The use of the Internet in tutoring is well illustrated by this site, as the actual cost of a textbook with illustrations similar to this site, was prohibitive to local students in South Africa. Visit this site

Editor's Note: Our firm recommends that if you are interested in online education that you visit the web site of our associates the "Delamere Institute of Online Learning."

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10. Education: Choosing the right word or phrase
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Any professional writer or language lover, many journalists, advertising copywriters, songwriters find it an invaluable resource when looking for that elusive turn of phrase.

This web site is the largest database of English-language phrases and sayings available on the Internet. This writer's resource uses a unique intelligent search function to locate phrases from a database of over 12,000 entries. Enter a word and it will generate a list of phrases and sayings related to that word - often including interesting selections that you may not have anticipated. Visit this site


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11. Education: Friends of Trees
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One of the joys of being able to live in the Cape Town region of South Africa and now in the Western Rockies region of the USA, is to enjoy the mountains and beautiful trees, which dominate these areas.

The management and staff of our firm, as concerned citizens, promote the preservation of the trees and forests of this planet. An associate group, the "Friends of Trees" organization is dedicated to restoring urban forests around the country, with a particular emphasis on the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. As their Web site notes, "Trees are an essential part of the urban ecosystem. They help keep our water and air clean, prevent erosion, provide wildlife habitat, and make neighborhoods greener, more beautiful places to live."

On the site, visitors can read about their ongoing planting activities and browse the newsletter they publish three times a year. For most visitors, the most helpful area of the site will be the Tree Resources section. Here, users can look through a fact sheet on the benefits of trees in urban environments, the care and maintenance of trees, and a large tree database. Visit this site

Editor's Note: There are many non-profit organizations, which need our support and our firm lists some of the most important. Please visit our web page, "About Us"


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12. Education: Students in New Zealand
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An extraordinary 20 per cent of all rented space in Auckland's central business district is now used to teach or support foreign students.

The impact of the industry - 13 per cent of all rented CBD space is devoted to English language schools - its rapid growth and stresses are revealed in a report to Auckland City.

Nationally, the $1.7 billion earned from more than 80,000 foreign fee-paying students last year made education the country's fourth largest export earner and could soon overtake timber and fisheries.

Auckland attracts the biggest share of the student influx, with the region's annual earnings jumping from an estimated $51.6 million in 2000 to $450 million two years later.

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

Editor's Note: If you are interested in studying in New Zealand or Australia we have excellent connections who will handle the whole process for you. Visit our page.


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13. Education: The British Broadcasting Company
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The BBC has a prodigious archive of audio interviews from their many decades of radio broadcasting, with this particular site paying homage to the many fine writers who they have spoken to over the years.

Visitors can listen to the likes of Kingsley Amis talking about why he started writing, Robert Graves discussing his masterpiece "I, Claudius," and Virginia Woolf's remarks titled "a eulogy to words."

There are audio clips from over thirty writers in total, including Elie Wiesel, Alice Walker, William Styron, Susan Sontag, Salman Rushdie, and the late George Bernard Shaw addressing a group of young people where at one point he remarks on his own education, "I could not read schoolbooks, because they are written by people who don't know how to write."

For further information, each selection of audio clips contains a link to a brief profile of each author and additional Web resources, where available. Visit this site.

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


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14. Education: The Subject of Beetle Science
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You don't have to be a "coleopterist" to enjoy this eye-catching Web site from Cornell University's Department of Entomology. "Beetle Science" is an excellent showcase for this amazingly diverse and abundant order of insects and related Cornell projects.

The Web site offers a number of fun multimedia features, such as a collection of beautiful carbon dust illustrations and rotatable images of beetle specimens from the university's Insect Collection. Visitors may also view an interactive timeline of efforts to control the invasive Asian Long Horned Beetle, or take a virtual tour of two beetle research labs.

These and other well-designed features make this a great site for the beetle novice as well as the seasoned expert. Visit this site.

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


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15. Immigration: Somali Bantu refugees study American life
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Ali Abdi Omar had a question: at the airport, would he have to go through the same X-ray machine as his luggage?

A few fellow students giggled, but most eagerly awaited the teacher's answer - they genuinely didn't know.

In a cramped classroom at the Nairobi offices of the "International Organization of Migration", a group of Somali Bantu refugees spent Thursday learning how to get through an airport and on to the plane that in a few days will take them from a desperate life in Africa to a fresh start in the United States.

From our Reporter in Kenya.


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16. Internet: A new intriguing Search Engine
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This new search facility "Wondir" is a search service built and run by a non-profit organization. The mission of the foundation is to provide free, high quality information to anyone who asks. Unlike virtually all other major search engines, Wondir is also ad-free. Visit this site

 

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17. Travel: Obtaining a Travel Visa to the US to become more difficult
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WASHINGTON -- In a major policy change, the State Department plans to conduct face-to-face interviews with almost everyone seeking a visa to enter the U.S.

The change, details of which are still being worked out, is designed to plug holes in antiterrorism efforts and address congressional criticism of lax consular operations abroad. But it already is raising concern among business, tourism and educational groups, who fear it will considerably slow a process they already consider cumbersome.


Additional story: The Bush administration is considering a plan that would require face-to-face interviews with most of the more than 8 million people who seek visas to enter the United States each year, officials said yesterday.

To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link

 

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18. Travel: Overseas Holidays Cheaper
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Until recently, Cape Town would have been the most exotic holiday destination most South Africans could afford.

But the Iraq conflict, SARS and travel-shy Americans, combined with a strengthening Rand, have changed that. They could afford the R9 000 for the package but realised they could not afford the extras, like a beer or a Coke. Eighteen months ago, the Rand was at R13 or R14 to the dollar, today it is between R7 or R8.

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

 

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19. Travel: The Taj-Mahal Virtual Tour
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One of the most instantly recognizable buildings in the entire world, the Taj Mahal is a place that millions of people visit each year from around the world.

The building and its grounds were built as a monument to Mumtaz Mahal, the young bride of Shah Jehan, the fifth Mughal emperor. Located in Agra, the complex took 22 years to build and represents the labor of over twenty thousands laborers and craftsmen.

For those unable to visit the grounds in person, this virtual tour, provided by the Armchair Travel Company, is an enlightening way to find out more about this lovely building and its history. Along with viewing 360 degree views of the grounds and the various structures located there, visitors can view short films that relate the story of how the Taj Mahal was built and current efforts to preserve the area. The site is available in a number of languages, including English, Hindi, Japanese, and French. Visit this site


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20. Travel: Virtual tour of Antarctica
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Paul Ward, the designer of this site, spent over two years in Antarctica as a marine biologist with the British Antarctic Survey.

Currently a teacher at a community college in Britain, Ward decided to develop this site to provide information about Antarctica's history, wildlife, and the various explorers who have traveled across the continent. The section featuring Ward's photographs is quite compelling, featuring hundreds of pictures of wildlife, the area's mountains, and icebergs. The historical pages are quite detailed, particularly those about the legendary Ernest Shackleton and his amazing Trans-Antarctica Expedition of 1914 to 1917.

Persons looking for material about visiting Antarctica will find a section dedicated to helping people prepare for a visit to the area, including information about various cruise operators and what type of clothing is most suitable. Visit this site

 

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21. Travel: Visiting the UK
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The United Kingdom (UK) is the world's fourth largest trading nation; birthplace of Newton, Darwin, Shakespeare and the Beatles; home of the world's largest foreign exchange market, the world's richest football club - Manchester United (our home team), and the inventors of the hovercraft and the World Wide Web.

The UK is a modern, creative, diverse and innovative society. It boasts a fascinating history, a long-established system of government, and is an absorbing place to visit for work, education or pleasure. Enjoy a virtual tour of this intriguing country. Visit this site.

 


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22. Travel: Visiting the USA
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Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced a new initiative today to build an electronic check in/check out system that will keep track of non-citizens as they enter and leave the United States.

Ridge said the new program would incorporate the troubled Student and Exchange Visitor Information System and eliminate the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which required citizens of certain countries to be fingerprinted and registered with the federal government. Both systems hit snags during development and came under fire from civil liberties groups.
To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link


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23. Travel: Warning for Visitors to South Africa
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Our office received this urgent message from the "British High Commission" regarding your existing valid passport and if you are planning a visit to South Africa.

Message: "This is to inform anyone planning to travel to South Africa that a new law was passed a few weeks ago stipulating that all visitors to South Africa are required to have a minimum of two blank pages in their passport to enable the entry visa to be issued. If there is insufficient space in the passport entry will be denied and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin."

British High Commission
P O Box 50050
Lusaka, Zambia
Tel: FTN 8555 3269
Tel: (+260 1) 251133 extension 3269
Fax: (+260 1) 251923
E-mail: Karen.vanBoxtel@fco.gov.uk

 


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This month's quote
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"I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know."
~ Mark Twain

 

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