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Edition of 31 October 2003 #128


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IN THIS ISSUE


1. Business: Become employed as a professional sailor
2. Business: Mark Shuttleworth is handing out venture capital
3. Business: Report on Global Corruption
4. Business: Small business needed in Southern Africa
5. Business: South Africans Investing Offshore
6. Business: Special aid for small business in the UK
7. Business: The Chinese Currency
8. Business: The future of South African Currency
9. Education: Ancient World Mapping Center
10. Education: Center for International and Development Education
11. Education: Do you love poetry?
12. Education: Drawing from Life Caricatures and Cartoons
13. Education: Is it wise to keep wild animals as pets?
14. Education: Mark Twain Papers & Project
15. Immigration: Fewer people are leaving South Africa
16. Immigration: Trade with Africa
17. Real Estate: Property Prices In California, USA
18. Real Estate: Property prices in London are out of control
19. Travel: Is it safe to visit South Africa?
20. Travel: Report of an interesting trip to London
21. Travel: Worst Places to Visit or Live in the UK
22. Travel: The taste of Real Beer


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1. Business: Become employed as a professional sailor
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If you can't afford to join a yacht club, find a way to crew on a yacht. There is a general shortage of regular crew, and if you are reliable and conscientious, you will soon be in demand.

To read the full report on how to find employment, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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2. Business: Mark Shuttleworth is handing out venture capital
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Wacky toothpaste dispensers and railway tracks for the 21st century are among the inventions that have captured the attention of Information Technology (IT) billionaire Mark Shuttleworth.

The young entrepreneur who made his fortune in IT security and then found fame by paying for a trip into space has been helping other ambitious product creators and developers through his South African firm HBD Venture Capital.
To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: This entrepreneur, Mark Shuttleworth is an example of how to start a small business and make a fortune. If he can do it so can you, so we encourage you to visit our page on Entrepreneurship click on this link.

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3. Business: Report on Global Corruption
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This week's report by the global corruption watchdog Transparency International, in which most African countries feature in the bottom half of the table, has generated widespread comment across the continent. To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK link.

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4. Business: Small business needed in Southern Africa
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Small and medium enterprises (SME's) must be encouraged to grow and help support African economic development, employment creation and poverty reduction.

That was the view of Reserve Bank Governor, Tito Mboweni, speaking at the 5th annual African Development Finance conference on Thursday.

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

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5. Business: South Africans Investing Offshore
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"Rand is on top of the world", screamed a newspaper headline this week, as our currency broke through the R7 a dollar barrier on Wednesday. What has happened is that the Rand has returned to the same dollar value it held towards the end of 2000, before its still-not-properly-explained fall to over R13 a dollar at the end of 2001.

The relative strength of the Rand is good news both for the local economy and for investors. For exporters it is a nightmare as they are receiving fewer Rands per dollar and many people working for major exporters, such as the gold mines, face the prospect of losing their jobs. For importers it is great news of course - everything they bring in has got cheaper.

People who invested offshore when the Rand was trading at lower values to the dollar are hurting every time the Rand gets stronger. But for those who have been easing into offshore investments since the beginning of the year, the future is looking rosy. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

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6. Business: Special aid for small business in the UK
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Enterprising businesses in disadvantaged communities will receive over £6m from a special scheme called the 'Phoenix Fund'.


The Fund helps new businesses overcome the lack of support available in disadvantaged areas and has allocated more than £100m since 1999.
To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

Editor's Note: There are many sources of finance for small business, and we have listed the most successful. Visit our web page.


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7. Business: The Chinese Currency
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Quote from Reuters: "Chinese President Hu Jintao said Beijing was studying ways gradually to make the Yuan currency convertible. It is currently pegged to the dollar and Washington is pressing for a possible Yuan revaluation, arguing that the currency is artificially weak."

We have reports on hand that indicate that since China was admitted to the WTO, one of the conditions of admittance, is that China must allow its currency to float against all other major currencies. At the present time the Chinese government keeps their currency the Yuan pegged to the US Dollar for strategic reasons in order to keep their exports cheaper than other leading exporting nations, especially from the Far East.

This situation will not, and cannot go on for much longer. When China allows their currency to trade freely, its value will increase rapidly because of the recent economic growth that has taken place in China this past 10 years. There are strategic ways to benefit from this increase in value of the Yuan, especially against the US Dollar. If you wish to find out more, please contact us.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on Investing in Currencies.


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8. Business: The future of South African Currency
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"The ongoing appreciation of the local currency and the drop in the interest rates were a testimony that South Africa's economy was in good standing," Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin said on Saturday.

Addressing delegates at the final day of a National African Federated Chambers of Commerce (Nafcoc) meeting at Sun City in the North West province, he said the Rand would no longer be a weak currency any more and exporters and importers should adapt to this. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

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9. Education: Ancient World Mapping Center
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Located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Ancient World Mapping Center is funded by the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and the American Philological Association.

The Center is primarily designed to promote the usage of cartography and geographic information science within the field of ancient studies. The Center's main web page begins with a host of recent news events related to ongoing research dealing with the ancient world from various fields, including geography, archaeology, and history.

Equally helpful is the New Sites and Finds area, which gathers together new and useful sites dedicated to investigating various aspects of the ancient world. Of course there is also the map room area where visitors can download any one of a number of detailed maps (many of which have been created by the staff at the Center) of the ancient world. Some of these maps include those of Byzantine Constantinople, Ptolemaic Egypt, and several of ancient Greece. Visit this site

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

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10. Education: Center for International and Development Education
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Located at UCLA, the mission of the Center for International and Development Education (CIDE) is "to provide quality information on a variety of issues related to international and development education."

To help achieve this goal, the CIDE has developed this Web site, which contains a number of publications, information about ongoing research projects, material on practical initiatives and a detailed list of links to other relevant institutions and organizations.

The news section of the site is useful, as it contains brief news pieces about recent events dealing with study abroad programs, new networks between universities across the world, and the role of universities in developing nations. The reports section is divided into sections dedicated to study abroad, humanitarian relief, and teacher training reform (among others) and contains recent works on these various subjects.

The site is rounded out by a good selection of outside links to like-minded institutions and centers, such as the Comparative Educational Society of Europe and the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies. Visit this site.

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


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11. Education: Do you love poetry?
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The Online Poetry Classroom

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of human expression, and can be found in almost every part of the world, manifesting itself to express every type of emotion, whether it is hope, sadness, or exuberance.

This persuasive and helpful Web site was developed by the Academy of American Poets in order to provide both professional development for high school English teachers and a virtual teaching community that offers free access to poetry resources, including poems and classroom-tested curricula. The curriculum section includes 17 teaching plans, along with a teacher forum area where colleagues can share ideas about what works (and what doesn't) in terms of teaching poetry.

A section titled "What to Teach" includes lists of poems that are ideal to teach to students, and a number of fine themed online exhibits that address movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Modernist poets, and the general development of American poetry in the 20th century. Visit this site.

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

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12. Education: Drawing from Life Caricatures and Cartoons
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From The American Art / Portrait Gallery Library Collection.

Drawing on the extensive holdings of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, this online exhibit presents a sample of the rather diverse set of cartoon and caricature books in their holdings.

Beginning with an introductory essay by Kent C. Boese, the exhibit continues on with biographies of the artists whose work is featured in the exhibit (such as Charles Dana Gibson and William Allen Rogers). Visitors can proceed to view featured books, cartoons and caricatures.

The individual cartoons and caricatures can also be browsed via a drop-down subject menu with topics ranging from adultery to World War I. Visitors will want to be sure to take a look at the images from the Mutt and Jeff comic strip by Harry Conway "Bud" Fisher and Charles Dana Gibson's Gibson Girl. The exhibit concludes with a bibliography of related works and suggestions for further reading. Visit this site.


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13. Education: Is it wise to keep wild animals as pets?
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The Project to Prevent Wild & Exotic Pets, offers publications, resources, and advocacy pieces presenting arguments against keeping wildlife as pets.

You can find materials "to post, distribute, or present in your local community, at club meetings, schools, religious institutions, and other organizations," such as Web banners, flyers, and ads to place in newspapers. Includes a lovely "Slide Show" featuring wildlife in their natural habitats, plus a teacher's guide and materials suitable for children. From The Association of Sanctuaries (TAOS). Visit this site.


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


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14. Education: Mark Twain Papers & Project
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The Mark Twain Papers contain the private papers of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) that he himself segregated and made available to his official biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine.

The site includes a brief description of holdings, a bibliography of works published by the Mark Twain Project, searchable databases listing all known letters to and from Mark Twain, and links to online exhibits. From the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Visit this site.

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

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on the current books in print written by Mark Twain.


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15. Immigration: Fewer people are leaving South Africa
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Over the last two years, we has seen the number of private families moving out of South Africa decline by about 40%.

During the last year Elliott International has seen a 25% decline in the number of families moving out of the country, following a fall of 16% the previous year. To read the full report, contact our firm

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16. Immigration: Trade with Africa
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Texas already leads the nation in trade and commerce with Africa. More than 1,000 Houston companies do business there, and 60 have significant subsidiaries on the continent, according to the city of Houston.

The city may have a way to go before it becomes a de facto commercial capital to Africa the way Miami is for much of Latin America, but it is becoming increasingly important to African commerce and diplomacy. And the city is becoming a significant starting point for affluent Africans seeking to do business in the United States. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link



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17. Real Estate: Property Prices In California, USA
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The median price of an existing home in California is expected to climb 13% in 2004 to a record $414,100, (R2,898,700) up from an estimated $366,450 this year.

In August, California's median sales price broke the $400,000 mark by rising 5.6% from the previous month to hit a record high of $404,870, according to the state real estate group. The price increase represents a whopping 21.1% gain over year-ago figures.

Editor's Note. Compared to the exchange rate in South African Rands an approximate R7 = $1 it is amazing how many South African are buying properties in the California area.

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18. Real Estate: Property prices in London are out of control
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Across southern England, particularly in and around London, young professionals with respectable jobs and good incomes are finding it harder to buy a home.
Britain is the epicenter of a real estate boom - and perhaps a bubble - with the fastest-rising housing prices in the world. Visit our Real Estate page

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19. Travel: Is it safe to visit South Africa?
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South Africa is now no longer the murder capital of the world, according to new government figures that show a drop in the number of killings per year. To read this report, go to our NEWS DESK link

Editor's Note: Read the latest information on travel to South Afrcia from Europe and the USA. Visit our Travel Page


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20. Travel: Report of an interesting trip to London
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You can see Big Ben clearly from the top of the London Eye. Today, the name Big Ben incorporates the massive bell and clock in St Stephen's Tower of the Houses of Parliament.

In a city built only with straight lines - other than the rounded steeple - a large, revolving wheel from which people could gaze out and down upon the city, was an inspiration. And so the London Eye came into being. To read our full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: British Airways are currently offering great deals from most countries. We encourage you to check the latest prices and compare visit British Airways


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21. Travel: Worst Places to Visit or Live in the UK
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These 50 towns or cities have been selected for the dubious distinction of inclusion in a book called 'Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK', published on Saturday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK.


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22. Travel: The taste of Real Beer
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This site is all about brewing beer, drinking beer, beer history, pubs, brewing industry news, discussion boards, beer festivals, and more.

The site also includes regional and city guides to breweries (micro and national), pubs, and brewpubs. Searchable for "whatever in the beer world you are looking for." Visit this site


Editor's Note: This item is dedicated to our senior partner who has always enjoyed a pint of "Double Diamond."

 

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This month's quote
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"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
By Mark Twain

 

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