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Edition of 31 October, 2002 #116

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Immigration: Do developing countries gain or lose when their brightest talents go abroad?
2. Immigration: 'Hotel ship' scheme to house 500 UK asylum seekers
3. Immigration: Refugees wary of entry limits
4. Education: The History of Urban Planning
5. Education: History of the Workhouse in UK
6. Environment: Global Award goes to the Solar Electric Light Fund (Self)
7. Business: Avoid the "Nigerian Scams"
8. Business: How to prevent fraud in your business
9. Business: Unemployment in South Africa now at 41 Percent?
10. Global Trade: World Mining cuts 3m jobs in five years
11. The move is on again for the Legalization of millions of illegal immigrants living in the US
12. Education: Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge
13. Teachers of the English language Required
14. Travel: London to Cape Town Special
15. Immigration: Leaving South Africa

 

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1. Immigration: Do developing countries gain or lose when their brightest talents go abroad?
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Governments that once strived to keep people out are encouraging the skilled to come in. Germany's recent immigration legislation includes a points system for skilled workers. Britain has rapidly expanded the availability of work permits for skilled migrants, and pushed down the required level of skill. And many countries are softening the rules that normally force foreign students to go home as soon as they graduate. Australia decided last year to allow foreign students of information and communications technology to apply for permanent residence on the basis of their education alone. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK

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2. 'Hotel ship' scheme to house 500 UK asylum seekers
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Ministers in the UK are planning to house 500 asylum seekers on a converted "hotel ship" moored in an English port.

Thurrock Council in Essex said it had been made aware of the proposal to use the ship "Bibby Progress" as part of David Blunkett's plan to accommodate refugees and their families.

Leader of the local council Andy Smith said they had been told the ship would be moored in the port of Tilbury To read the full story go to our NEWS DESK

 

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3. Immigration: Refugees wary of entry limits
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A plan that would reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States to its lowest level in more than two decades has refugees in Santa Clara County and around the USA bracing for a major blow to the federal program that helped them resettle here.

For many refugees living in the Bay Area -- a major destination for those fleeing Vietnam, Central America and the former Yugoslavia -- the change would mean longer waits for the arrival of relatives languishing in refugee camps from Kenya to Croatia. This situation may also affect many of the people we are trying to assist currently living in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa.

Editors Note: The answer is not always to flee from the problems, but for those who have to "stay behind" how can you help? Visit our web page on Global Trade


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4. Education- The History of Urban Planning
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One of our clients recently sent to our office, this very interesting source of documents related to urban planning and housing and will be extremely useful to individuals concerned with this subject and the history of planning and housing.

This is an excellent source of research complied by the Cornell University in the USA. For full details, go to this link. click here


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5. Education: History of the Workhouse in UK
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Part social history, part public documentary, Peter Higginbotham has created a Web site devoted to the workhouse, a feature of the English landscape for over two hundred years, that provided employment for the destitute in return for board and lodging.

Through a series of primary documents, including the Poor Laws of the 19th century, Mr. Higginbotham offers a descriptive and nuance perspective on the treatment of England's impoverished and destitute.

Interactive maps of Britain and Ireland provide users with the ability to look for the locations of different workhouses and to find out additional information, such as their dates of operation and their exact street address. Finally, an audio archive provides reminiscence from Laurie Liddiard, who served as a workhouse clerk in the late 1920s. To visit this site, click here

Editors Note: Adequate housing today is still a major problem in many areas of the world. Visit our web page on how we can help overcome this situation.


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6. Environment: Global Award goes to the Solar Electric Light Fund (Self)
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The "Solar Electric Light Fund"was nominated by physicist and Templeton Prize-winner Freeman Dyson, who particularly cited SELF's bold work in rural South Africa.

As a legacy of apartheid, thousands of schools serving rural blacks still lack electricity. In very poor KwaZulu-Natal Province, SELF helped Myeka High School acquire solar power not only for lighting, TVs and VCRs, but also satellite Internet access.

The benefits have been dramatic, with sharp gains in enrollment, test scores, graduation rates, and students going on to college. "I never thought the sun could do all this," Headmaster Melusi Zwane told The New York Times. "It's the reason for all that we have now. Everything comes from power."

For the full report go to our NEWS DESK

Editors Note: Don't forget to visit our web page on Environmental Issues currently under research.click here

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7. Business: Avoid the "Nigerian Scams"
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We recently received a sad story from a Mr. and Mrs. Smith (real name not disclosed to avoid embarrassment). An overseas caller had informed them that they were due a massive payout from the estate of a long lost relative in Nigeria. To transfer the funds to their bank account, they needed to pay attorney's fees, taxes, and other charges. They paid up an amount of over $50,000 in good faith. Unfortunately other "complications" developed that necessitated additional payments to certain Nigerian go-betweens. Now two years later and no longer waiting for their "Inheritance" the Smiths had fallen victim to a new twist on the classical "Nigerian Scam", which is a get-rich quick 'con' on the endless variations now being used.

Experts now say that the "Nigerian Scam" costs victims in the US alone more than $100 million a year and is proliferating thanks to the easy access of e-mail. The scam nearly always begins with an unsolicited offer, by e-mail, telephone or fax, from someone claiming to be writing on behalf of a former government dignitary.

The typical story line revolves around tens of millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains, from over billing or other schemes. In exchange for helping to move the money out of Nigeria to an overseas bank, the victim is promised a hefty cut of the action and asked to pay various fees in advance. The scam continues until the victim either wises up and quits or runs out of money. It may seem incredible but many naive and innocent individuals fall victim to these scams. Beware that it is not you.

To read more on these financial crimes visit the web site of the "Secret Service" and click on "Financial Crimes" and select the item "Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud - Operation 4-1-9" click here

Editors Note: If you are serious about investments, especially the benefits of investing in off shore sources which are reliable and trustworthy, and help you to legally avoid paying excess taxes, visit our web page, click here


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8. Business: How to prevent fraud in your business
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Small businesses are more likely to become victims of fraud than larger businesses. Would you like to learn how you can prevent fraudulent activity in your workplace?

Many good businesses have collapsed because of fraud by senior members of the staff. Our firm knows first hand about this negative experience, as one of the most successful private colleges in Cape Town, South Africa, was forced to close its doors in 2000 because of theft, fraud and extortion by senior members of the staff. (The police authorities did nothing to apprehend the culprits even though evidence was presented to the authorities to prove beyond any reasonable doubt, the crimes that had been committed.)

This not only caused the loss of many regular and secure jobs for dedicated teachers and trainers, but also denied the provisions of quality education backed by international accrediting bodies to the youth of Southern Africa. So remember that crime and fraud in your business, not only affects the owners personally, but also has repercussions on the local community.


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9. Unemployment in South Africa, is it now at 41 Percent?
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Unemployment often makes the headlines in Southern Africa, with trade unions arguing that official estimates are too low; security experts blaming crime rates on the desperation of the growing numbers of those unlikely to find employment in the formal sector; and both the government and the private sector launching initiatives aimed at reducing levels of unemployment.

Under the recently expanded definition, South Africa's unemployment rate rises from the official rate of 29.4 percent to 40.9 percent of the economically active population as at February 2002. Read the full story; go to our NEWS DESK

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10. Global Trade: World Mining cuts 3m jobs in five years
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Geneva - Well over 3 million miners' jobs had been slashed worldwide in the past five years despite an increase in mineral production, the UN labour agency said in a report released yesterday.

The decline, almost 32 percent, was largely due to the closing of older, less efficient mines and the opening of less labour-intensive ones that needed fewer workers, said the report, prepared for a meeting of industry experts from 45 countries in Geneva this week. To read full story go to our NEWS DESK


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11. The move in on again for the Legalization of millions of illegal immigrants living in the US
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Advocates for illegal immigrants displayed their political muscle recently, rallying to celebrate the delivery of 1 million postcards urging President Bush and Congress to push for a sweeping legalization program.

It is just a matter of time before the US Government "legalizes" the status of millions of illegal immigrants. The question being asked by many of our clients "Will this "amnesty" be exploited by the many unemployed in Mexico, who are still trying to get into the US, and on a daily basis are pouring across the borders in the thousand?"

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12. Education: Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge
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Perhaps one of the highest-regarded, university-affiliated museums in the world, the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge contains close to 500,000 different objects ranging from medieval manuscripts, to coins from the Roman occupation of Britain.

Visitors to this website will find that there are also several excellent online exhibits that will introduce them to the breadth of the collection, ranging from "Medieval Manuscripts: Illuminating the Law" to an exhibit of the ethereal paintings of J.M.W. Turner.

For researchers, the museum is currently in the process of creating an online catalogue of their entire collection. Currently, 77,000 items (15% of the museum's total holdings) are available for online record finding.

Besides the online exhibits and the catalogue, there is complete information on the museum's educational programs, hours of operation, and upcoming events. This site is well worth a visit. click here

Editors Note: Education today is such an important area of our lives and the lives of our families that we encourage you to check out the webpage on our site related to Education. click here


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13. Teachers of the English language Required
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If you want to see exotic areas of the world, do some genuine good in the countries you visit, and get work just about anywhere you happen to be, you might want to consider teaching English as a second language. Are you?

· A traveler who doesn't want to live like a tourist?
· A retiree who wants something to do?
· A recent college grad that's not ready to settle down yet?
· Looking for new and interesting experience as you see the world?

In most countries, a teacher's pay isn't high, but your overseas travels can pay for themselves while you search for other opportunities (or just "get away from it all" for a while).

The basic qualifications are minimal. Most schools require that you be over 18 (or 21 in some cases), have a high school diploma (or better yet, a Bachelor's degree), and a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

You can find work just about anywhere, although your opportunities increase if you're from the US, UK, or Canada and have a TEFL or TESOL certificate to your name.

Most countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Russia, and the Middle East have positions of one kind or another available, so you'll be welcome anywhere. What's more, you don't need to speak the local language to teach English, nor will you need to be an expert on English grammar (though it helps). This is because many of your job duties will be focused on English conversation, not the fine points of English grammar. For more details, go to our NEWS DESK Select the Category "Become an International Entrepreneur," and sign up for the FREE E-zine. This teaching opportunity appears in the 15 October, 2002 issue.


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14.Travel: London to Cape Town Special
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We have just received a special deal for all flights from London to Cape Town at £343.01 (+ taxes). Travel dates are between 10 September 2002 to 13 December 2002, with a maximum stay of 30 days and no minimum. Check our Travel Page


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15. Immigration: Leaving South Africa?
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We have many clients who have a base in Southern Africa and either still live there, or are "temporarily on assignment overseas" and visit every year to spend and enjoy their "blocked funds."

Whichever way you look at it, the brain drain is definitely taking place and our research confirms that especially the country of South Africa is losing the "cream of the crop" when it comes to young business orientated ambitious families.

The subject of motives and destinations are reviewed in this new report released by the "South African Migration Project, 2002." You are invited to read the 39 page full report in PDF format by requesting a free copy from our firm. Please e-mail us for a copy.


This Month's Quote:

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." ~ Winston Churchill

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