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Corporate travel demand remains below par on Cathay Pacific as the group’s November passenger traffic took a 5 per cent hit due to air traffic control changes in Hong Kong.But there were more signs the airline’s important cargo business was improving due to strengthening exports from Hong Kong and mainland China.The combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) network carried 2.64 million passengers, down 5.1 per cent on the same month a year ago. It has risen by just 0.7 per cent in the first 11 months of the year compared to a 2.5 per cent rise in capacity.The passenger load factor fell 1.4 percentage points, to 83.5 per cent, as a 2.3 per cent decrease in capacity was outstripped by the fall in traffic. “The decrease in passenger traffic during November was expected as we operated fewer flights primarily to complement the cutover of the new air traffic control system at Hong Kong International Airport,’’ Cathay Pacific general manager revenue management Patricia Hwang said in a statement.“November is traditionally a peak month for corporate travel, and while we did see some positive movement in this area, demand proved softer than in previous years. “Sales in the United States were impacted by the presidential election, while Mainland China sales continued to weaken as a result of overcapacity in the market. Competition remains intense, with yield under considerable pressure.” The two airlines carried 167,520 tonnes of cargo and mail in November, an increase of 4.6 per cent compared to the same month last year, and the load factor rose 1.1 points to 68.1 per cent.Cathay Pacific general manager cargo sales & marketing Mark Sutch said the growth was backed by strong exports of new products from Mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as special products from Northeast Asia and the Americas.“During the peak, there were more ocean-to-air conversions,’’ he said. “Apart from an increased load factor, yields have also improved month-on-month.’’Cathay launched a twice-weekly freighter service to Portland, Oregon, In November as well as a once-a-week service to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Australia.
‘Hassle-free tax season’ 2 July 2010 He also announced plans Sars intends implementing to deal with those who had not paid their taxes. Thousands of South Africans, who have not filed tax returns for a number of years, have been ignoring Sars warnings to submit their returns. “Sars is very proud of the many compliant South African [taxpayers] over the years. We want to thank them and want to urge those who are non-compliant to voluntarily come forward. If they do not when we do catch them it will cost them a lot of money,” he said. Magashula said Sars was also moving towards “taxpayer-centric approach”, which allowed taxpayers to take control of their tax affairs. He outlined the improvements to this year’s tax season, which included electronic signatures – a system that allows tax payers, who had their returns captured electronically at a Sars branch, to sign their electronic returns using an electronic signature pad. Action against non-compliance Penalty notices had been issued and Magashula warned if these errant taxpayers did not pay their penalties and submit their returns by September, then Sars would take the money owed from their bank accounts and salaries. Speaking at the start of the 2010 tax season in Johannesburg on Thursday, Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula promised South Africans a hassle-free tax season. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has simplified and enhanced a number of its services, making it easier and quicker for individuals to complete their tax returns. Sars dealt with a number of cases where taxpayers claimed to have no knowledge of non-compliance, while others claimed they had given all their information to a tax practitioner who then failed to submit it. He also promised that eFiling would not experience any “downtime” this tax season, as upgrades to the system would allow it to deal with increased volumes of taxpayers on the system and it would take only a few seconds for taxpayers to call up the necessary details. But, at the same time, the revenue service has vowed to get tough on errant taxpayers, saying money would be taken from their salaries and bank accounts, if they do not sort out their taxes in the coming months. “These taxpayers have one last opportunity to avoid this severe action – and that is to contact Sars urgently to arrange the submission of all outstanding returns and to pay all outstanding penalties,” he explained. Magashula also expressed gratitude to those South Africans who had paid their taxes, saying it was through their cooperation that the country was able to host the soccer world cup and pay for the stadia, road improvements and other infrastructure. Source: BuaNews No copies of the documents needed to be printed, which translated into a shorter period taken to complete a tax return as there was no longer a need to wait for printed copies, Magashula said. Tax payers can also now see all correspondence from Sars relating to their tax affairs and the status of their returns and assessments. Taxpayer-centric approach Magashula explained that taxpayers have now been given access via eFiling to their own tax affairs and from there they would be able to grant access to a tax practitioner.
14 November 2011A stunning free kick by Katlego Mphela saw Bafana Bafana come from behind to earn a 1-all draw with Africa’s top ranked team, Cote D’Ivoire, in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.The result means South Africa remains undefeated in five matches against the Ivorians, with one win and four draws.Pitso Mosimane’s men had fallen behind on an own goal by Siboniso Gaxa, but Mphela’s second-half free kick left goalkeeper Boubacar Barry rooted to the spot.It was the best possible reply the Mamelodi Sundowns’ striker could muster towards a section of the crowd that had booed him throughout the first half.‘Mphela is the best we have’Coach Mosimane was less than impressed by the boo boys and offered his backing for the striker at the post-match press conference, saying: “If there is anyone better than Mphela, I want that name. All the coaches and journalists must give me that name. We need that name. It’s a fact, Mphela is the best we have.”Immediately after the game, in an on-field interview, he had expressed his disappointment in the number of opportunities his charges had spurned.Overall, Mosimane was positive about his side’s performance. “We did well and showed that we can play well against the best, but we are not there yet, not convincing enough,” he said.“At the end, it was a credible performance and I think we redeemed ourselves to give the country what it deserves.”SatisfiedThe Ivorians’ coach, Francois Zahoui, said that he too was on the whole satisfied with his team’s showing, although he admitted they have plenty to work on before the African Cup of Nations finals, which kick off on 21 January 2012.Playing in new jerseys, South Africa started the game off fairly well, but Gervinho was giving Tsepo Masilela a tough time, and matters became worse when Masilela suffered an injury which forced him from the field after 26 minutes.He was replaced by Siboniso Gaxa, which meant replacing a natural left-footer with a right-footed player on the left. Interestingly, in the first half, Siphiwe Tshabalala, a left-footer, was used wide on the right. It didn’t work, but when he returned to the left in the second stanza, he shone.The Ivorians’ fired the first shot of the contest when winger Seydou Doumbia forced an early save out of Bafana net-minder Moeneeb Josephs.Good chanceMphela had a good chance to put Bafana in front a quarter-of-an-hour into the game after Reneilwe Letsholonyane played him in with a neat ball, but Mphela’s weak left-footed effort was easily dealt with by the goalkeeper.The visitors then appeared to have a clear-cut penalty disallowed after Gervinho was brought down in the box. The Ivorians were angered by the non-call, so much so that captain Didier Zokora earned himself a caution because of his protesting.With 30 minutes played, Barry pulled off a good save of a Morgan Gould header, which came from a Tshabalala free kick.Own goalSix minutes later the deadlock was broken when Gaxa headed into his own net after some miscommunication in defence, which gave the Ivory Coast a 1-0 advantage.Goalie Josephs was called on to make a save with his feet from Doumbia with five minutes remaining, but the final chance of the half went the way of South Africa when Kagisho Dikgacoi set up Mphela, but he again failed to find a meaningful finish.Stunning precisionSeven minutes into the second stanza, Bafana levelled matters when Mphela took responsibility for a free kick on the left hand side of the field and with stunning precision found the bottom right hand corner of Barry’s net with his shot.Buoyed by the goal, Bafana upped the pressure on Cote D’Ivoire and Barry needed some sharp reflexes to prevent Siaka Tiene netting an own goal.On the hour-mark, the Elephants almost took the lead again, but Josephs did well to keep out efforts by Doumbia and Gradel Max.The level of play dropped a little as the game drew towards its conclusion, but with the end nearing Anele Ngcongca found Mphela with a cross from the right. The striker’s header was stopped by Barry, and Ngconga’s effort to slot the rebound was snuffed out.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
28 October 2013Seven Ghanaians arrived in South Africa earlier this month to begin training on the independent operation and maintenance of radio telescopes in Africa.Using a miniature version of a radio telecsope, they will learn how to design, build, operate and maintain an African telescope network that will support the scientific and technical activities of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).According to Joyce Koranteng-Acquah, a research scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, the SKA is set to improve the lives of the average Ghanaian through the provision of jobs, infrastructure and tourism. Koranteng-Acquah has just arrived in South Africa for SKA-related training, which she hopes will equip her with the skills she needs eventually to help coordinate the Ghana Radio Astronomy Project.Koranteng-Acquah, along with Emmanuel Mornoh, Severin Azakpo, Theophilus Ansahnarh, Felix Madjitey, Emmanuel Adzri and Joseph Nsor, make up the first technical team from Africa to receive training as part of the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) programme.The aim of the programme is to create a network of radio telescopes among SKA South Africa’s African partner countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.New generation of African scientists, engineers“The training programme marks the start of a programme to strengthen African technical capability,” Deputy Science and Technology Minister Michael Masutha said on Friday. “Involving the African partner countries in the AVN training programme is a means of ensuring that Africa is capacitated and ready for hosting the SKA.”The Deputy Minister was speaking ahead of the programme’s launch at the MeerKAT headquarters in Pinelands, Cape Town.Masutha said the training project would establish strong collaborative Africa-Europe networks in science and engineering and would deliver practical training and hands-on experiences that would enthuse a new generation of scientists and engineers on the continent.Bringing home the basicsInitially, the Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) project will focus on the conversion of large redundant or unused telecommunication antennas into the AVN, and on training local teams to operate the new observatories.The seven Ghanaians began training on 14 October, and in their first two months will focus on the basics of radio telescope systems at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) north of Johannesburg and at the SKA office in Cape Town. After this, another four months will be dedicated to developing their own telescope systems.“Having [access to] the world’s largest telescope to study the universe and the life of stars, and being part of this team of scientists and engineers is great,” said Adzri, an assistant research scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.Anita Loots, associate director at SKA South Africa, said that up to 70 individuals from the eight SKA partner countries could be trained in the same way over the next few years.“The training programme itself is a world first,” added Loots. “It is a combination of engineering and scientific skills development across disciplines, which will equip teams with a thorough understanding of their own instruments.”Part of the programme uses animations to explain important engineering concepts, and the trainees will be able to use these back in Ghana to train their colleagues.‘Baby telescope’Another unique aspect of the training is what Loots calls the “baby telescope”. This training-wheel equivalent is basically a satellite television dish equipped with all the key features of a typical, but much larger, AVN radio telescope. It is officially known as the AVN Scaled Training Telescope.The trainees will build the entire system, starting with only the components, and will ultimately use it to monitor radio emissions from our own star, the sun. This exercise will help them to familiarise themselves with the principles of radio telescope design and operation.“These are the first steps towards preparing our African partners to manage SKA telescope stations,” Loots said. “We are working together to maximise the benefits of participating in SKA activities for Africa as a whole, as well as the sustainability of radio astronomy in the region.”African human capital developmentFurther steps on the way to human capital development for the AVN include formal and informal training events, such as the so-called Joint Exchange Development Initiative (JEDI) workshops. In these relaxed but high-intensity environments, university students and staff are encouraged to problem-solve together by sharing knowledge and ideas.A group of 14 astrophysics graduates from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, along with senior university staff, will be doing a five-day JEDI under the leadership of the SKA South Africa and AVN team. It is expected that JEDIs will be extensively conducted across the continent during 2014.These and other training-focussed operations form part of what can be termed a holistic approach to human capital development for African radio astronomy.Source: SKA South Africa
Thomas Piketty garnered international acclaim after his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, about inequality, became a best seller. But it’s not without its critics. He’ll speak at the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. Watch him on the live broadcast on 3 October on SABC 2 from 3pm to 4:30pm. There will also be live stream on the Nelson Mandela Foundation YouTube account and website. Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been praised and criticised. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Facebook) • Thomas Piketty to deliver Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture • What South Africa can learn from Piketty about addressing inequality? • Piketty’s contribution to unpacking inequality: timely and relevant • Top 50 Brands in South Africa named • Almost half of African millionaires make South Africa their home Chris Edwards, University of East AngliaThe economic and political focus is increasingly on the inequality of income and wealth as they both rise in Europe and the US. At a conference on Inclusive Capitalism held near the end of May at London’s Guildhall, Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), claimed that rising inequality posed a threat to growth and financial stability and that governments need to narrow the gaps through imposing more progressive taxes.When even the right-wing IMF criticises rising inequality, then perhaps it is no surprise that the publishing world should witness the huge success of a book on inequality written by Thomas Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics. What might be more surprising is that one crucial effect of his work might be nothing to with inequality or capital whatsoever, but could instead help to refocus how we study economics and arrive at less biased conclusions.Piketty’s basic argument is simple. He argues that over the past four decades the growth of incomes in the rich countries of Europe and the US has averaged 1% or 2% a year whereas the return on wealth or capital has been running at more than 4% a year. Under such conditions, wealth concentration grows as does political tension. We are, he says, returning to a sort of Downton Abbey world of the late 19th and early 20th century; a “patrimonial” capitalism in which inherited wealth dominates and a world in which the economy is characterised, not by talented individuals, but by family dynasties making up only 1% of the population. To join this exclusive club it is more sensible to marry into wealth than to work for it. It might be said that skiving and seducing are now better than striving (whatever Britain’s prime minister might say).Data minePiketty’s contribution has been to look at the pattern of wealth and income inequality in capitalist economies over at least the past 100 years. He, with the aid of a number of colleagues, has assembled a huge collection of statistics on income and wealth distribution in some 20 countries.What comes out of this is his claim that over the past century in Europe and more particularly in the US, the share of income going to the richest 1% has followed a U-shaped arc. In 1910 the richest 1% received around a fifth of total income in both Britain and the United States. By 1950 that share had been cut by at least half, but since 1980 the share of this 1% has surged so much that in the US that it’s back to where it was a century ago. The same pattern has been followed by the distribution of wealth.This U-shaped arc is the opposite of what was supposed to happen according to Simon Kuznets, a Belarusian-American economist who, in the 1950s, forecast an inverted U-curve for income distribution as an economy grows. In other words, according to Kuznets, as economies mature they are supposed to be more equal. According to Piketty, the opposite is happening with Europe and the US, heading back towards a Dickensian world of inequality.To avoid this, corrective steps are needed. Piketty favours a graduated wealth tax, imposed globally, an income tax of 80% on those with the highest salaries and an enforced transparency for all bank transactions.The controversyPiketty’s book has been broadly supported by economists in the centre of the political spectrum. Paul Krugman (the Nobel Prize-winning US economist based at Princeton University and the op-ed columnist for the New York Times) has praised it profusely. There have been attacks from both the political left and the right but particularly from the right. The Wall Street Journal has been apoplectic and the London-based Financial Times has been none too pleased.In these circles of the political right, arguments about the distribution of income and wealth invariably follow two routes. One is to deny that the rich are doing exceptionally well. The other is to claim that the rich deserve their soaring incomes and wealth and are really job creators not predators.The first of these counterattacks was launched by Chris Giles, the FT’s economics editor. He argued that Piketty was wrong to claim that inequality has grown over the past 40 years in Europe and the US. Statistics on income and wealth distribution are problematic. But, in my experience, income and wealth equality is generally over-stated rather than under-stated in rich countries – and this is true of the UK . It is to Piketty’s credit that he has shown all the statistics that he has used and he has said that: “I have no doubt that my historical data series can be improved and will be improved in the future”.In the meantime the general conclusion about the attack on Piketty by the FT seems to be summed up by the centre-right Economist magazine, namely that “the analysis does not seem to support many of the allegations made by the FT or the conclusion that the book’s argument is wrong”.Thus, the counterattack seems to fail. Inequality does seem to have increased over the past 40 years in Europe and the US. What about the second defence? Do the rich deserve their soaring incomes and wealth? Piketty argues “no” because the marginal productivity of managers is unmeasurable and economic performance has not improved since the 1960s while the pay of top managers has exploded.A critical assessment from the left has come from David Harvey, a Marxist professor at the City University of New York. Harvey criticises his book on a number of grounds. Here I have the space to focus on just one, namely Piketty’s failure to make the link between the increase in inequality, the financial crisis in 2008 and the recession that followed. Harvey argues that a rise in inequality increases the likelihood of slow growth as demand dries up and under-consumption takes hold.Interestingly, Harvey’s focus on the link between inequality and slow growth brings us back to the IMF in which a recent study by a number of economists finds that countries with high levels of inequality have suffered lower growth than nations that have distributed incomes more evenly.Despite his misgivings, Harvey does praise Piketty’s collection of statistics and it is here that we might find a final, and possibly enduring legacy from Piketty’s work.Krugman has said Piketty’s work will “change both the way we think about society and the way we do economics”. Perhaps. If the latter is true, it will be a breath of fresh air to those groups of students who have protested recently about the non-empirical, neo-liberal bias in the teaching of economics in British universities. It might be too much to hope that we can entirely detach macroeconomics from ideology, but the weight of authority brought by Piketty’s – and his colleagues’ – reliance on deep data analysis might at least offer us a blueprint for a better way of debating the dismal science.Chris Edwards, External Research Associate, , University of East AngliaThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
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Taj Mahal Photo : WikipediaThe Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for not being able to protect the iconic Taj Mahal, issuing a warning it will “shut it down” and the authorities should “demolish or restore” the Mughal structure.The apex court was unhappy as the Uttar Pradesh government failed to come out with a vision document to protect the Taj Mahal.A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak was upset with the authorities for not taking any step to preserve the Taj Mahal and said its “sheer lethargy” on the part of the authorities.”There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal has to be protected. Either we will shut it down or you demolish or restore it,” the bench observed.The court said the Taj Mahal is more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower and could have solved the country’s foreign exchange problem.”Eighty million go to watch Eiffel Tower which looks like a TV Tower. Our Taj is more beautiful. If you had looked after it your foreign exchange problem would have been solved.”Do you realise the loss caused to the country due to your apathy?,” observed the bench.The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier told the bench that it would place before the court a draft of vision document on protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal that was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.Saying it would hear the case next on 31 July on a day-to-day basis, the bench told the Centre to furnish full details of the steps taken and action it intends to take for protecting the Taj Mahal.The court also sought personal appearance of the chairman of Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) — a 10,400 sq km area spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur in Rajasthan — to explain violation of it’s orders prohibiting expansion of industrial units in the zone.The Uttar Pradesh government had said it was also trying to take care of the environment around the structure so that the historic monument could be there for another 400 years and not just for a generation.The court has been hearing a plea filed by environmentalist MC Mehta seeking protection of the Taj from the ill-effects of polluting gases and deforestation in and around the area.