OPINION: I love cricket. I've watched and played it as far back as I can remember. I took huge interest in the Australian cricket team's recent cheating scandal. It made me question all the times I've watched them smash us out of the ground at Eden Park. What Steve Smith and the others knowingly took part in has damaged the game and their punishment fits the crime. It will take them a long time to rebuild their careers from here, if at all. I also love rugby. Okay, I don't go to Blues games (but that's not really a done thing at the moment anyway) but I'll watch an All Blacks game no matter where it's being played - in person when possible - and I take interest in the fact that these players are role models to young Kiwis and Aussies alike. I am also gay. So I've paid attention to the comments made by Israel Folau - and I know the damage they could cause. Israel Folau under fire after new homophobic remark Israel Folau claims 'persecuted are righteous' after backlash to … [Read more...] about Opinion: Israel Folau’s comments put LGBT youth at risk
By WSN Staff April 17, 2018 This week on staff rants, our Opinion Editor Tyler Crews had to incentivize her staff with candy. While some debated her methods, the result was an increase in staff rants for all of you to enjoy. On Course Selection: Why is signing up for courses such a struggle? Also, why does my advisor make signing up for courses more of a struggle? Admittedly, my lack of decisiveness has really thrown a wrench into the whole process, but still, I just want some support. It seems like all they can do is tell me what I can’t do, rather than informing me of ways that I can achieve what I want through unconventional means, like J-term and Summer term. I walked out of the meeting way more confused than I was before, and now I am clueless. — Tyler Crews, Opinion Editor On Aging: Getting older is the worst. I’m letting you know right now seeing the next Class of 20__ stresses me out. Not only am I struggling to stay up past midnight let alone leave the … [Read more...] about Staff Rants: Food, Class and our Gluttonous Opinion Editor
The house on the plot was apparently run-down and the conversation was about what the City intended doing with the property. We learnt that it was to be auctioned with the proceeds being ring-fenced for social housing. Our talk-show host concluded that selling the property was the best option, but he seemed rightly sceptical that the proceeds would be used for the stated purpose. Subsequently, listeners called in to give their views, and one person expressed concern that only some “developers” would benefit. The host pointed out that this was an unlikely scenario as the property comprised a single plot. But this caller's instinct was correct. The property comprises the land and, of course, the construction on it. But why should the council sell the land and forgo the increasing value of it? Why should it not rent out the land, securing an income in perpetuity, while assuring the first and subsequent renters of ongoing security of tenure on the basis of which they would have … [Read more...] about OPINION: Could a land tax achieve fairer conditions for all?
Let me start off by giving credit where credit is due. The PIC under its current leadership of Dr Daniel Matjila has grown its investment portfolio from R200billion over the last decade to about R2trillion, putting it among the top 10 of asset managers globally. The PIC has by and large had spectacular successes, for example Naspers, but also some setbacks, such as Steinhoff. Also read: Stratcom 2018 exposed The media tends to focus only on its setbacks, which do not make up more than 5percent of the entire PIC portfolio. The PIC is the largest investor on the JSE and one would argue that it is the only investor that is capable of investing on a large scale for companies that have got ambitious plans to grow on the African continent. It must not be forgotten that the PIC is probably the only asset manager that has got more than R50bn worth of assets that is managed by black people. Recent reports have shown that the majority asset management companies in South African remain … [Read more...] about OPINION: The role of the PIC in economic transformation
INTERNATIONAL - Tammie Jo Shults is commercial aviation's latest hero. So why aren't there more pilots like her? The Southwest Airlines Co. captain, praised for her cool handling of a depressurization and emergency landing in Philadelphia Tuesday after the Boeing Co. 737's engine blew apart mid-flight, is still an anomaly in the airline industry. While women make up roughly half of cabin crew, among pilots that ratio slides to just 5.2 percent, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. There's a larger share of women in the Saudi workforce or Indian boardrooms than in the cockpits of U.S. commercial planes. What's most remarkable about that statistic is how persistent it's been. Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Pancho Barnes and Jean Batten first took to the skies almost a century ago. Chief executive officers Carolyn McCall and Jayne Hrdlicka rose to the top of Easyjet Plc and Qantas Airways Ltd.'s Jetstar carrier in, respectively, 2010 and … [Read more...] about OPINION: Why Airlines need more women pilots at the controls