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My Life as a Freedom Fighter

My Life as a Freedom Fighter

first_img4 April 2003Letlapa Mphahlele’s “Child of This Soil” (Kwela) is a window on events during the turbulent years of the apartheid struggle. All the hardships and suffering, the nomadic lifestyle and the unpredictable lives the freedoms fighters lived are wrapped in this moving book.Mphahlele, a cadre of the Pan Africanist Congress’s Azanian People’s Liberation Army (Apla) – having gone into exile unsure of which political organisation to join – tells in this carefully crafted book his own story during this volatile period.In exile in his quest to get military training to allow him to fight for his land, Mphahlele makes it pellucid how precariously freedom fighters lived – moving from crevice to crevice across Africa in their quest to wrench their land from the lethal jaws of apartheid.Mphahlele found it saddening how people working towards a common goal could turn on one another, showing how power struggles and lack of co-ordination took their toll on organisations fighting colonialism.Mphahlele, after brief spells in Botswana and Lesotho jails, rose through the ranks within Apla, and with his colleagues lived like hunted animals for retaliating against the massacres perpetrated on blacks by the apartheid regime.When PAC leaders called for an end to armed struggle as apartheid neared its demise, Mphahlele was incensed. He defied the call and went underground after a spate of attacks on white targets.Mphahlele concedes in his book that the struggle for liberation has been won, but wonders if people got what they fought for – especially land. And he reminds his readers that “whites can even allow an African government to run the country so long as it doesn’t interfere with their grip on land. Do you think whites can give up without a fight?”Mphahlele rebuffs the claim that he was an enemy of the state, writing that “the deadliest beasts, miles from ubuntu [humaneness], are not in the shantytowns – they are in the boardrooms of multinational companies and on the stolen farmlands”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Air France, Qantas in codeshare deal

Air France, Qantas in codeshare deal

first_imgPrincess Juliana airport, St Maarten was destroyed by Hurricane Irma Air France passengers received some rare good news Wednesday as the French airline and Australian carrier Qantas revealed they had entered into a new codeshare agreement.The Australian carrier renewed its codeshare, dropped when it entered into its alliance with Emirates, on flights connecting in Singapore and Hong Kong. It said the deal involved up to 200 flights a week, depending on the season.Read: Air France strikes continue as crisis prompts survival warning.From July 20, Air France will add its code to Qantas flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s domestic network: Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.Qantas will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This will be a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.The deal includes access by eligible Air France customers to Qantas lounges in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia as well as the ability to earn freq8uent flyer points on the new services.Air France executive vice president Patrick Alexandres said the deal confirmed Air France’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific.“Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia,’’ he said in a statement. “It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world.”The codeshare agreements offers Australians another route to Europe via Asia with the opportunity to earn frequent flyer points.The carrier stopped flying its London services via Dubai in March and returned to Singapore but still has a codeshare with alliance partner Emirates on services to Paris.Qantas International chief executive Alison Webster said the codeshare as great news for Australian customers who wanted to fly to Europe via Asia and now had another option to get to Paris.“The return of this popular codeshare delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly,’’ she said.last_img read more

“2016 Post-Election Tax Update” Sample Client Letter Now Available

“2016 Post-Election Tax Update” Sample Client Letter Now Available

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportWolters Kluwer has prepared a sample client letter that highlights President-elect Trump’s major tax proposals to date. It also alerts clients to the dynamics created by having both a Republican administration and a Republican Congress going into 2017 and how that might forecast possible tax reform legislation. This client letter is set forth below for the convenience and use of our readers. It also will appear on IntelliConnect under Federal Tax Practice Tools/Client Letter Toolkit.Re: 2016 Post-Election Tax UpdateDear Client:Any change in Presidential Administration brings the possibility, indeed the likelihood, of tax law changes and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is no exception. During the campaign, President-elect Trump outlined a number of tax proposals for individuals and businesses. This letter highlights some of the President-elect’s tax proposals. Keep in mind that a candidate’s proposals can, and often do, change over the course of a campaign and also after taking office. This letter is based on general tax proposals made by the President-elect during the campaign and is intended to give a broad-brush snapshot of those proposals.At the same time, the end of the year may bring some tax law changes before President Obama leaves office. This letter also highlights some of those possible changes with an eye on how late tax legislation could impact your year-end tax planning.Campaign proposalsDuring the campaign, President-elect Trump called for reducing the number of individual income tax rates, lowering the individual income tax rates for most taxpayers, lowering the corporate tax rate, creating new tax incentives, and repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (including presumably the ACA’s tax-related provisions). The President-elect, in his campaign materials, highlighted several goals of tax reform:—Tax relief for middle class Americans—Simplify the Tax Code—Grow the American economy—Do not add to the debt or deficitPresident-elect Trump also identified during the campaign a number of tax-related proposals that he intends to pursue during his first 100 days in office:—The Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act: According to Trump, the legislation would provide middle class families with two children a 35 percent tax cut and lower the “business tax rate” from 35 percent to 15 percent.—Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act: A proposal described by Trump during the campaign that would allow individuals to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivize employers to provide on-site childcare and create tax-free savings accounts for children and elderly dependents.—Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act: A proposal made by Trump during the campaign to fully repeal the ACA.—American Energy & Infrastructure Act: A proposal described by Trump during the campaign that “leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years.”Individual income taxesThe last change to the individual income tax rates was in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which raised the top individual income tax rate. Under ATRA, the current individual income tax rates are 10, 15, 25, 28, 33, 35, and 39.6 percent. During the campaign, President-elect Trump proposed a new rate structure of 12, 25 and 33 percent:—Current rates of 10 percent and 15 percent = 12 percent under new rate structure.—Current rates of 25 percent and 28 percent = 25 percent under new rate structure.—Current rates of 33 percent, 35 percent and 39.6 percent = 33 percent under new rate structure.This rate structure mirrors one proposed by House Republicans earlier this year. During the campaign, President-elect Trump did not detail the precise income levels within which each bracket percentage would fall, instead generally estimating for joint returns a 12-percent rate on income up to $75,000; a 25-percent rate for income between $75,000 and $225,000; and 33 percent on income more than $225,000 (brackets for single filers will be half those dollar amounts) and “low-income Americans” would have a 0-percent rate. As further details emerge, our office will keep you posted.Closely-related to the individual income tax rates are the capital gains and dividend tax rates. The current capital gains rate structure, imposed based upon income tax brackets, would presumably be re-aligned to fit within President-elect Trump’s proposed percent income tax bracket levels.AMT and morePresident-elect Trump proposed during the campaign to repeal the alternative minimum tax (AMT). The last time that Congress visited the AMT lawmakers voted to retain the tax but to provide for inflation-adjusted exemption amountsDuring the campaign, Trump proposed to repeal the federal estate and gift tax. The unified federal estate and gift tax currently starts for estates valued at $5.490 million for 2017 (essentially double at $10.980 million for married individuals), Trump, however, also proposed a “carryover basis” rule for inherited stock and other assets from estates of more than $10 million. This additional proposal has already been criticized by some Republican members of Congress, while some Democrats have raised repeal of the federal estate tax as a non-starter.Other proposals made by President-elect Trump during the campaign would limit itemized deductions, eliminate the head-of-household filing status and eliminate all personal exemptions. President-elect Trump also has called for increasing the standard deduction. Under Trump’s plan, the standard deduction would increase to $15,000 for single individuals and to $30,000 for married couples filing jointly. In contrast, the 2017 standard deduction amounts under current law are $6,350 and $12,700, respectively, as adjusted for inflationPossible new family-oriented tax breaks were discussed by President-elect Trump during the campaign. These include the creation of dependent care savings accounts, changes to earned income tax credit and enhanced deductions for child care and eldercare.Health careThe Affordable care Act (ACA) created a number of new taxes that impact individuals and businesses. These taxes range from an excise tax on medical devices to taxes on high-dollar health insurance plans. The ACA also created the net investment income (NII) tax and the Additional Medicare Tax, both of which generally impact higher income taxpayers. The ACA also made significant changes to the medical expense deduction and other rules that affect individuals. For individuals and employers, the ACA created new mandates to carry or offer insurance, or otherwise pay a penalty.President-elect Trump made repeal of the ACA one of the centerpieces of his campaign. During the campaign, the President-elect said he would call a special session of Congress to repeal the ACA. At this time, how repeal may move through Congress remains to be seen. Lawmakers could vote to repeal the entire ACA or just parts. Our office will keep you posted of developments as they unfold.Business tax proposalsOn the business front, President-elect Trump highlighted small businesses, the corporate tax rate, and some international proposals during his campaign. Along with simplification, and the reduction, of taxes for small business.Particularly for small businesses, Trump has proposed a doubling of the Code Sec. 179 small business expensing election to $1 million. Trump has also proposed the immediate deduction of all new investments in a business, which has also been endorsed by Congressional tax reform/simplification advocates.The current corporate tax rate is 35 percent. President-elect Trump called during the campaign for a reduction in the corporate tax rate to 15 percent. He also proposed sharing that rate with owners of “pass through” entities (sole proprietorships, partnerships and S corporations), but only for profits that are put back into the business.Based on campaign materials, a one-time reduced rate would also be available to encourage companies to repatriate earnings of foreign subsidiaries that are held offshore. Many more details about these corporate and international tax proposals are expected.Year-end 2016More immediately, the calendar is quickly turning to 2017. Congress will meet for a “lame duck” session and is expected to take up tax legislation. Exactly what tax legislation Congress will consider before year-end remains to be seen. Every lawmaker has his or her “key” legislation to advance before the year-end. They include:—Legislation to renew some expiring tax extenders, especially energy extenders.—Legislation to fund the federal government, including the IRS, through the end of the 2017 fiscal year.—Legislation to enhance retirement savings for individuals.—Legislation to help citrus farmers, small businesses and moreSome of these bills, if passed and signed into law, could impact year-end tax planning. The expiring extenders include the popular higher tuition and fees deduction along with some targeted business incentives. If these extenders are renewed, or made permanent, our office can assist you in maximizing their potential value in year-end tax planning.Another facet of year-end tax planning is looking ahead. President-elect Trump has proposed some significant changes to the Tax Code for individuals and businesses. If these proposals become law, especially any reduction in income tax rates, and are made retroactive to January 1, 2017, your tax planning definitely needs to be reviewed. Our office will work with you to maximize any potential tax savings.Working with CongressWhen the 115th Congress convenes in January 2017, it will find the GOP in control of both the House and Senate, therefore allowing Trump to move forward on his proposals more easily. It remains to be seen, however, what compromises will be necessary between Congress and the Trump Administration to find common ground. In particular, too, compromise will likely be needed to bring onboard both GOP fiscal conservatives who will want revenue offsets to pay for tax reduction, and Senate Democrats who have the filibuster rule to prevent passage of tax bills with fewer than 60 votes. And beyond considering tax proposals one tax bill at a time, it remains to be seen whether proposals can be packaged within a broader mandate for “tax reform” and “tax simplification.”The information generally available now about President-elect Trump’s tax proposals is based largely on statements by him during the campaign and campaign materials. President-elect Trump will take office January 20, 2017. Between now and then, more details about his tax proposals may be available. Please contact our office if you have any questions.Sincerely yours,last_img read more

Google and Intel Announce New Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Google and Intel Announce New Hybrid Cloud Solutions

first_imgFulfilling the promise made earlier this year as part of a larger strategic collaboration, Intel and Google released the new Intel® Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos optimized for 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.Hybrid cloud is an essential part of most modern business infrastructure as organizations balance performance, TCO, legacy applications, security and compliance. Hybrid cloud remains the deployment of choice for enterprises with over 80% of organizations reporting that they currently have plans in place for deployment.“Multicloud and hybrid approaches are the reality for many customers today and with Anthos, we’re committed to providing customers with the best platform on which to run their workloads,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Ecosystem at Google Cloud “Our partnership with Intel gives customers trusted, validated solutions on Anthos as they move to a hybrid environment.”Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos will soon be available from Lenovo, Quanta Cloud Technology, SHI, and World Wide Technology.Simplified Deployment and ManagementIntel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos can simplify an organization’s move to a hybrid or multi-cloud solution by offering pre-tested, validated solutions that use existing VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN environment.Anthos is comprised of a Google Cloud-managed software stack powered by industry-leading application-modernization technologies. The reference design is optimized for Intel architecture, and helps transform IT operations and more easily build applications on premises and in the cloud. Anthos works with new or existing VMware environments, simplifying deployment and management, along with streamlining installs and upgrades validated by Google Cloud.Organizations looking to benefit from Kubernetes and cloud technology will benefit from a pre-verified solution that includes Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) On-Prem on VMware vSphere using the VMware ESXi. By utilizing the VMware vSAN hyperconverged infrastructure, enterprises can lower their TCO, compared to converged solutions.Hyperconverged InfrastructureSales of hyperconverged systems grew 57.2% year over year in 2018, according to IDC, and remain the primary driver of market growth. VMware vSAN offers organizations high availability, improved security and performance, and it seamlessly integrates with VMware vSphere as a native hyperconverged infrastructure solution for business-critical apps, consolidated virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), mixed-workload infrastructures, and more.The solutions can also support remote storage as an alternative to a hyperconverged infrastructure deployment. And for easier management, Google Cloud Console gives you a single pane of glass view for managing clusters across on-premises and cloud environments.Strategic CollaborationGoogle Cloud and Intel have a long-standing strategic partnership. Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos is the culmination of a years-long collaboration. Google Cloud was first to offer Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory to its customers last October and announced three new virtual machine (VM) instances based on the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors earlier this year.Advanced Intel TechnologiesIntel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos eliminate costly downtimes and upgrades by using the latest advancements in Intel technologies to provide faster VM reboots, persistent memory, and predictable performance. Enterprises can now create and manage modern hybrid applications one time using Kubernetes optimized for Intel architecture and run them anywhere—whether across public clouds or on-premises.Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos include two configurations: a Base configuration that specifies the minimum required performance and capabilities and a Plus configuration to achieve higher performance. Customers can upgrade or expand on either of these configurations for additional capacity or performance.For more information, listen to Google’s Paul Mason on a recent episode of Intel’s Chip Chat podcast. To begin preparation for your organization’s cloud environment, contact your Intel or Google account representative and learn more at intel.com/cloud.last_img read more

Southern Touch Seek General Manager

Southern Touch Seek General Manager

first_imgSouthern Touch, the controlling body for Touch Football in southern Tasmania, is currently seeking applications for the position of General Manager.Based at the Southern Touch office at Wentworth Park, Howrah, key responsibilities of the job include;·   Management of all senior and junior competitions including rostering, advertising, referees and results.·   Management of other Southern Touch staff.·   Servicing of existing and potential members.·   Co-ordination of Association requirements including financial management and record keeping, scheduling of Board meetings and dealing with stakeholders.·   Development of the sport of Touch Football and Southern Touch as an organisation.Position description and selection criteria is available at www.southerntouch.com.au or contact [email protected] close Friday 16th May 2008.last_img read more

Onion Lake Chief Fox expected to plead guilty to charge stemming from

Onion Lake Chief Fox expected to plead guilty to charge stemming from

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOnion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox is expected to plead guilty to at least one of several charges stemming from a domestic incident which occurred in the Cree community in May 2015.Fox has a court date scheduled in Lloydminster, Sask., provincial court on Oct. 20. Sentencing is also expected the same day.Regional Crown Scott Bartlett told APTN National News on Friday Fox is expected to plead guilty to “one of the counts on the information.”The information is the court document that outlines charges faced by an accused.Fox is facing two counts of assault, one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose related to the use of a knife and one count of uttering threats to damage property.Fox was charged in October 2015 by the RCMP. The charges stem from a domestic incident which occurred in the community on May 18.Fox could not be reached for comment.An Onion Lake band official said Fox would remain chief after his guilty plea.Onion Lake was one of the sponsors of a national conference in Edmonton on missing and murdered Indigenous women which was held in September 2015.Fox rose to national prominence during the height of the Idle No More movement. He was one of a handful of chiefs who marched into Centre Block on Parliament Hill in the fall of 2012 demanding an audience with the prime minister.Fox was one of the leaders who openly challenged former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo during an emotional meeting on the eve of a planned meeting with Stephen Harper on Jan. 11, 2013. Fox demanded Atleo refuse the meeting with the prime minister.Fox has been the chief of Onion Lake since the 1980s. He was first elected to the band council at age 21 in 1983 and became chief three years later.Onion Lake is an oil-rich community with about 5,000 band members. It sits about 50 km north of Lloydminster which straddles the Saskatchewan-Alberta [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Trump tells another tall tale this one on the Keystone XL pipeline

Trump tells another tall tale this one on the Keystone XL pipeline

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump just regaled another audience with a tall tale involving Canada.This one’s about the Keystone XL pipeline.The president claimed to an audience in Ohio that he never heard any gratitude from TransCanada Corp., the company behind the controversial project, after he signed an executive order approving it.Trump joked that he’d remember that slight.But he appears not to remember that TransCanada CEO Russ Girling was standing next to him in the Oval Office and beaming as the president signed the order.The remark comes a few days after Trump told a story about ad-libbing trade statistics in a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; sources in Ottawa say it remains unclear to which meeting the president was referring.last_img

Canadian oil and natural gas industry supports a new federal task force

Canadian oil and natural gas industry supports a new federal task force

first_imgIn an article shared by CAPP, The Canadian Press alleges United States-based organizations such as the Tides Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to affect the outcome of the 2015 election. (Other media reports allege donations have been in the millions). As well, other activist groups have taken credit for influencing the 2017 British Columbia provincial election.CAPP commends the Government of Canada for standing up to foreign-funded activists on behalf of Canadians to put a stop to interference in political processes. Sharing the objective of foreign interference is the same, to put Canada’s political, social, and economic future at risk, along with the livelihoods of everyday Canadians.Further that CAPP expresses that Canadians have the right to choose without foreign influence and every dollar, groups funnel through Canadian activist groups, is a dollar aimed at diminishing Canada’s reputation as a global leader and an attempt to manipulate Canadian voters. CALGARY, AB – A new federal task force aimed at combatting foreign interference in Canadian elections is encouraging to The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).CAPP formally extended its support to the creation of the Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections Task Force (Task Force), whose mandate it is to investigate foreign-funded activists’ influence on Canada’s electoral processes, in a letter submitted to the Government of Canada. The Task Force will address threats to our democratic process and research misleading campaigns that could put Canadians’ futures at risk.According to CAPP several foreign-funded anti-industry groups have claimed to influence Canadian elections, both federally and provincially.last_img read more

Smriti issued notice in 2013 defamation case

Smriti issued notice in 2013 defamation case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam’s appeal for quashing a defamation case filed against him by Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani in 2013. The court issued a notice to Irani in this regard. Nirupam has sought for the setting aside of the summons issued against him by a trial court in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Irani. “Why do you go for TV debates when you enter into a fight and then go to the court,” said the Supreme Court as it agrees to examine the appeal by the Congress leader Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In 2012, while participating in a news debate on a private television channel, Irani and Nirupam got into a heated verbal exchange. Nirupam reportedly questioned Irani’s credentials saying: “You used to charge money to perform dance shows on TV. Now you are an election analyst?” Irani filed the defamation suit against Nirupam in 2013. He also filed a cross-defamation suit. In 2014, Irani, then Union Human Resource Development Minister, filed a plea in the Delhi High Court seeking to quash the complaint against her by Nirupam, and also the summons issued to her by the trial court. In his turn, Nirupam challenged the complaint filed by Irani, and the court’s 2013 order summoning him over the complaint. The Delhi High Court then set aside the proceedings of the trial court against Irani in the 2012 defamation case filed by Nirupam. The Congress leader, however, did not get any relief in the defamation case filed against him by Irani.last_img read more