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Press release: Groceries sector survey shows GCA action drove big improvements

first_imgIncreased scrutiny and intensive engagement from the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) is the common factor among all retailers identified by groceries suppliers as 2018’s biggest improvers.The groceries sector survey – carried out by YouGov for the GCA – puts Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and the Co-operative at the top of the improvement table for Code compliance in a year of strong progress across all regulated retailers.There were over 1,000 responses to the survey. The results were released at the GCA’s annual conference held in London. The theme was “Strong Progress; Fresh Challenges”.The Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, said: “My 2018 survey tells a very positive story and it is no coincidence that the four most-improved retailers this year have each faced increased GCA scrutiny and heightened levels of GCA engagement through investigations and case studies.“Indeed, I am delighted to report significant improvements across all regulated retailers. In each successive GCA survey, suppliers have scored retailers’ compliance with the Code. In 2014, the percentage reported as complying ‘consistently well’ or ‘mostly’ ranged from 58 to 90%. This year, the range is 84% to 97%, with only two retailers scoring less than 90%.“The 2018 survey is proof that my collaborative, business-focused approach gets results.”This year only four out of ten suppliers reported having experienced a Code-related issue – down from a high of eight out of ten in 2014, and a huge improvement on 2017 when 56% of suppliers reported having experienced an issue.The incidence of all Top Issues is also on a steep downward trend, with delay in payments – reported by only 19% of suppliers – being the highest-ranking issue in 2018. Compare this to 2014, when the percentage of suppliers reporting the GCA’s Top 5 Issues ranged from a high of 45% to 33%.Ms Tacon said: “The results of the survey together with information I have received from suppliers and trade associations mean there is no pressing candidate for inclusion as a current Top Issue. But this doesn’t mean my job is done – far from it. I know there are fresh challenges waiting for me.“I can confidently say that for two reasons. One is that my current investigation into the Co-operative Group will generate future work with all regulated retailers, although of course I cannot yet know what form that will take. The second is that additional retailers will soon be designated by the Competition and Markets Authority.“The CMA has told me that it has written to a number of retailers to identify those with a UK annual groceries turnover of more than £1 billion. It expects to designate one or more additional retailers by the end of August.“Bringing these new retailers up to speed and ensuring a consistent level of Code compliance across the entire regulated cohort will be challenging and exciting work. I am looking forward to it very much.”One continuing challenge revealed by the survey results is the 45% of suppliers who have still not had any Code training – a figure that rises to 67% among micro suppliers and 58% among small suppliers.Ms Tacon said: “This remains an area of concern for me. Half of suppliers are not trained so they are less likely to have the confidence to speak up. The results of my survey show that speaking up can bring real benefits. I urge them to get trained in the coming months.”last_img read more

Town Hall addresses on campus construction

first_imgAt Monday’s fall 2014 town hall meeting, University President Fr. John Jenkins congratulated staff and faculty on glowing reaccreditation feedback and highlighted the mission of the recently announced Keough School of Global Affairs, while Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves asked for patience in the face of the inconveniences the Campus Crossroads project will soon bring to campus.“I want to start out just by reminding you of why we’re doing this, because there seems to be a lot of confusion,” Affleck-Graves said. “LaFortune [Student Center] is just not big enough to accommodate all the things we need for students.”After analyzing where students spend the majority of their time, it became apparent that “that area around the stadium is the real heart of our academic enterprise, and around that we have our residential zone,” Affleck-Graves said.“Most schools have come to this conclusion, and taken down the stadium and moved it off campus — but I wasn’t brave enough to suggest that,” Affleck-Graves said. “So why don’t we put [the student center] next to the stadium?” Caroline Genco | The Observer Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves speaks at the fall town hall meeting in Washington Hall on Monday.Affleck-Graves summarized the different facilities that will be housed in the new setup, emphasizing their potential to further increase the University’s academic mission and overall excellence. But until they’re completed, construction will restrict access to that area of campus.“For three years, we’re going to have a very tough, tough construction zone on the south side of campus, and it’s going to impact all of us,” Affleck-Graves said. “We will start work on the east and the west building — the student center and the anthropology building, immediately after the Louisville game this year.“Unfortunately, we have to take the trees down for the construction project, but we can save over 100 of them, so we will move them to places where we have lost trees in storms this past summer and last winter.”Affleck-Graves showed a diagram with temporary fences immediately surrounding the southern half of the stadium.“We’re going to put up a temporary fence so that we can do some tree removal and shoring up of the foundation,” he said. “This is going to be fairly restrictive. And then, unfortunately, after the Louisville game it’s going to get even worse.”Affleck-Graves showed another diagram, in which a much larger fenced-off area stretched from the Joyce Center to Mendoza.“We’ll have [this situation] for three years,” Affleck-Graves said. “… This will be permanently fenced off. If you want to go north on campus, you can walk through Mendoza [College of Business], or DeBartolo [Hall]. … There won’t be any pathways outside on that side. The same thing on [the Joyce side] … [although] you can see we have constructed a walkway.“I really apologize … but there is nothing we can do.”Jenkins concluded the meeting by commenting on the implications of the plans Affleck-Graves discussed.“I want to acknowledge … [that] all these things are inconvenient for you, and I know that,” Jenkins said. “It is disruptive, … [but] keep in mind: this is what a university looks like when it’s growing, when it’s active, when it’s vibrant. A university that just stays the same is sort of dying.”“I really do think people will look back and think, ‘[this] was a really important moment in Notre Dame history,’” he said.Affleck-Graves said the University will re-stripe the D Bulla Lot, due to numerous complaints about small parking spaces. In response to questions from the audience, he also confirmed that after 2018, current on-campus graduate residences will close, and in the near future an on-campus parking structure seems unlikely due to the cost of construction and maintenance.Jenkins, who opened the meeting, praised the staff, faculty and students of Notre Dame for a reaccreditation report “that was uniformly, enthusiastically positive.”While “there was really no question that the University would be reaccredited, it couldn’t have been better,” Jenkins said.Quoting the report, which was compiled by the Higher Learning Commission, Jenkins said, “Simply walking on campus at Notre Dame, one witnesses the goodwill extended to friends and strangers alike. A pervasive decency and generalized kindness lives on this campus … undergrads recognize their privileged place.”After briefly mentioning the University’s commitment to maximizing financial efficiency, Jenkins focused on the mission of the recently-announced Keough School of Global Affairs.“What this school will focus on is not simply what international schools regularly focus on, state-to-state relationships … but really go beyond that, to look at a holistic picture of peoples’ lives,” Jenkins said. “We will be able to focus on, say, religion, [which] plays such an important current role in the world.”“Our lives aren’t simply about politics and economics, but about religion, spirituality,” he said. “… What we hope to do in this school is bring that broader picture … [from] conflicts, civil wars, peace-building, means to combat crushing poverty … [to] dealing with the effects of global warming.”Jenkins concluded his portion of the town hall meeting by discussing staff diversity and inclusion, and encouraging any staff or faculty to report issues of misconduct.Tags: Bulla lot, Campus Crossroads, Campus Crossroads Project, D Bulla, Keough School of Global Affairs, Notre Dame, Notre Dame Stadium, town halllast_img read more

Borrello Pushes To Exempt Pennsylvania Workers From NY Quarantine

first_imgMGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — State Senator George Borrello has joined local and regional lawmakers in urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to exempt from quarantine Pennsylvania residents who work in New York.Borrello joined a group of Southern Tier and Western New York lawmakers in urging Governor Cuomo to provide an exemption for workers who live in Pennsylvania but work in New York from potentially being included in the governor’s COVID-19 travel advisory that now covers more than 30 states.Cuomo’s travel advisory applies to any person traveling to New York from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 and requires them to quarantine for 14 days.Chautauqua County Executive, New York State Senate Candidate George Borrello (R). Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow. 05/02/19.Borrello noted that “our regional economies are still fragile and working to recover in the wake of our months-long, mandatory shutdown. If Pennsylvania were to be added to the list of states under quarantine, it would be a terrible hit to our struggling recovery. There are thousands of Pennsylvania residents who work in communities in the Southern Tier and Western New York whose employers would be negatively impacted at a time when they can least afford it.” In addition to Borrello, the state lawmakers who signed the letter include Senator Tom O’Mara, Senator Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, Assemblyman Chris Friend, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. Together, they sent a letter to Cuomo warning that the inclusion of neighboring state workers in the required travel advisory quarantine would be devastating to local economies across the Southern Tier region.In a letter Monday to Cuomo, lawmakers wrote, “Currently, the travel advisory is one of your administration’s primary efforts to contain the pandemic and protect the positive trajectory that New York State and our local regions have achieved in controlling its spread. While we understand the need for caution behind the advisory and its accompanying quarantine requirement, we also strongly urge you to take into full consideration the potentially severe economic consequences for regions like ours that border another state, in this case Pennsylvania, where there is a daily influx of out-of-state workers essential to our local economies.”The letter outlines a worst-case scenario where, for example, Pennsylvania is added to the Cuomo travel advisory largely because of coronavirus spikes in large cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh while border counties remain stable.“Consequently, we appreciate this opportunity to urge you to be pro-active on this consideration and, anticipating a worst-case scenario, immediately work to clarify this concern for employers and workers and, especially, devise protocols that will continue to accommodate across-the-border employment. In fact, we have read the recent reports that you have provided an exemption from the travel advisory/quarantine for New Jersey residents and believe that residents and workers from New York’s other border states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont should be provided a similar exemption,” the legislators wrote.The letter notes approximately 9,500 Pennsylvania residents work within the Southern Tier region and more than 6,300 residents of the Southern Tier work in Pennsylvania.“In short, it is clear that this reality of across-the-border employment is fundamental to our local economies and regional economic success – and it must be taken into account throughout the implementation of New York State’s travel advisory,” the letter said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RAMONA ‘I’M OUT’ NICHOLAS SAYS NO AGAIN ON DRAGON’S DEN – THIS TIME TO DOG FOOD!

first_imgRamona Nicholas felt ill during Dragon’s Den pitchNEW Dragon’s Den judge Ramona Nicholas said ‘I’m Out’ on the latest episode of the series on Sunday night.And this time she was more ‘out’ than ever before.The pharmacy chain director admitted she felt like throwing up – during a pitch for an investment for dog food. “I not a big fan of dogs, especially big dogs,” she said before declaring how queasy she felt at the very thought of investing in a new range of high end canine food.“I’m feeling really really nauseous right now.”She apologised to Dr Conor Brady, dog food expert, declaring: “I can’t go anywhere with this…so I’m out.”  RAMONA ‘I’M OUT’ NICHOLAS SAYS NO AGAIN ON DRAGON’S DEN – THIS TIME TO DOG FOOD! was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RAMONA ‘I’M OUT’ NICHOLAS SAYS NO AGAIN ON DRAGON’S DEN – THIS TIME TO DOG FOOD!last_img read more

Gardaí renew information appeal following serious crash in Inishowen

first_imgGardaí in Buncrana have renewed their appeal following a crash in the Ardmore area of Muff on Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred between two cars and a motorbike shortly after 2pm.The male, who is in his 20s, was transported to Altnalgelvin Hospital (Derry) and transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for treatment after receiving head injuries during the crash. It is understood his injuries are not life-threatening at this time.Investigations into the crash are ongoing by Gardaí.If you have any information and have yet to come forward don’t delay any longer, please contact the incident room at Buncrana on 074 93 20540 or use the Confidential line 1800 666 111.Gardaí renew information appeal following serious crash in Inishowen was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kyler Murray giving up football for A’s? It’s complicated

first_imgOAKLAND — When Kyler Murray was selected ninth overall by the A’s in June’s MLB Draft, the thought of him actually having a shot to play in the NFL was a mere fantasy.He was the heir to 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, taking over as quarterback for a traditionally high-powered Oklahoma squad. But listed at just 5-foot-11 and around 195 pounds, there was no chance of Murray playing on Sundays unless it was a 1:05 matinée with the A’s. The only real concern on Oakland’s side of things …last_img

Science as Tyranny

first_imgMovements since the late 19th century have employed science as justification for tyrannical ideas.  Ziauddin Sardar wrote in Nature, “Misplaced faith in science, as rational dogma, as the enemy of pessimism, as a theory of salvation, often serves as the glue that binds modernity and fascism together.”1  Could that happen again?    Sardar, the editor of Futures, was reviewing a new book by Christine Poggi, Inventing Futurism: The Art and Politics of Artificial Optimism (Princeton, 2009).  He began,A hundred years ago, a group of Italian visionary artists declared war on civilization.  Rejecting the artwork, poetry, music and architecture of the period, these ‘Futurists’ wanted to create the world anew.  Science and technology formed the building blocks of their brave new world, which they expressed not just in art but in violence and naked nationalism.  In Inventing Futurism, art historian Christine Poggi describes how the Futurist movement’s raw passion for technology was moulded by the atmosphere of political foreboding of the times.Sardar contrasted those radicals with today’s futurists.  “Futurists today forecast how science and technology will change our lives, and predict alternative paths…. By contrast, the Italian Futurists rejected everything that was old.  They were determined to destroy the existing order and desired a future in which speed and technology represented the absolute triumph of man over nature.  They glorified electricity, the car, the aeroplane and the industrial city.  They despised women, the human body and the idea of a peaceful coexistence.”  He quotes the “godfather” of this movement, Tommaso Marinetti, to give a flavor of the attitude of these people:“We want to free this land,” Marinetti wrote, “from its smelly gangrene of professors, archaeologists, tourist guides and antiquarians … the numberless museums that cover her like so many graveyards.”  He urged his readers to set fire to library shelves and to flood museums.  “Take up your pickaxes … and wreck, wreck the venerable cities, pitilessly!  Art, in fact, can be nothing but violence, cruelty, and injustice.”  Marinetti saw science as a modern, virile enterprise to be pursued at all costs, and technology as the instrument that would usher the world into sunlight with velocity and violence.  A mythical struggle had to be waged between the masculine forces of science and technology, represented by the sea, and the seductive feminine power of the stars that prevented civilization from advancing forwards.Talk about hate speech; these people glorified war and envisioned a merger of man and machine.  Their art portrayed landscapes and bodies merged with technology to depict “religion of velocity.”  They depicted “bold, spectacular images of geometric masses, symbolic of the dawning of a new age.”  It was at once anti-intellectual and anti-human, yet strangely pro-science and steeped in the idea of progress. The visions and concerns of the Futurists, Poggi tells us in this difficult, sometimes frightening but always illuminating study, emerged out of the uncertainty and confusion produced by modernity.  Their artificial optimism sought to produce a philosophy for a new life, not just new art or architecture.  It is not surprising that the Futurists saw an echo of excessive nationalism in their notion of modernist violence and war.This movement was active from the early 1900s into the era between the World Wars.  Memories of what actually happened in Italy and Germany are inescapable.    The dark side of scientism got a brief mention in Science.2  William Shockley would be honored by most people as a Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the transistor – if that is all they knew about him.  “However, he also proclaimed the intellectual inferiority of black people and favored voluntary sterilization for people with low IQs.”  In other words, he was a eugenicist.  People in Auburn, California are angry about a park being named after him. Environmentalists want the park, but social activists are up in arms.  “I don’t want to honor a despicable man,” says Karen Tajbl, chair of the social action committee of the Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church.  Tajbl points out that last year in Sacramento, the citizens “cleansed” the name of Charles M. Goethe, a philanthropist but also founder of the Eugenics Society of Northern California, from several public places.Eugenics was very popular among scientific elites in the first half of the 20th century – till it got a bad name from the horrors of Nazism.  Before that, they felt it was a way to further human evolution scientifically – to live according to Nature’s law of the survival of the fittest.    Have we outgrown the days of eugenics and radical scientific futurism?  Another book review in Nature in the same issue looked to our scientific future.3  Michael Goldman (San Francisco State U) reviewed What’s Next?  Dispatches On the Future of Science by Max Brockman (Vintage Press, 2009), a collection of essays by young scientists on what they think the future holds.  A notable aspect of the book is its emphasis on materialistic psychology:A pervasive theme in the book, which is heavily slanted toward psychology, is the scientific basis for ethical behaviour.  Neuroscientist Christian Keysers explains that mirror neurons are activated when we perform certain activities, and when we watch others do those same activities: “The emotions of others are contagious because our brain activates our own emotions at the sight of them.”  This facilitates both learning and empathy.  “Our brain,” he concludes, “is ethical by design.”But are these ethics rooted in moral absolutes?  No; it appears that the authors strive to ground their views of ethics in neuroscience and evolutionary history.  A hint of a future eugenics revival is found in the following paragraph, where Hippocratic oaths take a back seat to pragmatics in the name of Evolution:Philosopher Nick Bostrom tackles human enhancement.  He is concerned because humans “are a marvel of evolved complexity”, something with which we tamper at our own risk.  So he proposes a “rule of thumb, for identifying promising human enhancements”.  Bostrom sees some of our limitations as resulting from selection pressures that no longer exist for most humans.  Today, for instance, we can feed the higher metabolic demands of a larger brain, whereas in our recent past, we could not.  We might also overcome evolutionary restrictions.  Bostrom suggests that genetic ‘medication’ could be administered to confer an advantage, such as the protection a mutant haemoglobin gene offers against malaria in people with the sickle-cell trait.  Alternatively, embryo screening could promote favourable genetic profiles.  Thus, Bostrom sees the morality of human enhancement as an issue of what is achievable rather than what is acceptable.  His heuristic is useful from the scientific point of view, offering us a test for whether we should even consider a particular kind of enhancement, but it probably won’t be accepted by the ethics community….Those darn ethicists.  They always get in the way of progress.  Hasn’t science already determined that our differences in beliefs, and our Big Ideas, are just chemical? Psychologist Matthew D. Lieberman believes that some ideas are more ‘sticky’ than others, and that the ideas that persist differ from one cultural group to another.  He argues that “Big Ideas sometimes match the structure and function of the human brain such that the brain causes us to see the world in ways that make it virtually impossible not to believe them.”  Lieberman thinks that East Asian cultures stress interconnectedness among individuals, whereas Western Europeans tend to be more independent.  He suggests that this tendency might be genetically influenced by a serotonin transporter gene, found twice in its ‘short’ variant in two-thirds of East Asians, but in only one-fifth of Western Europeans.  “These cultural Big Ideas appear to have migrated until they found the populations with the right neurochemistry to make them sticky,” Lieberman says.While failing to consider whether his opinions just expressed are chemically based, Lieberman appears to be opening the door for genetic modification of individuals who don’t believe the politically acceptable things.  After all, a little extra serotonin, or some gene modification for the victims with the wrong version of the gene, is certainly “an issue of what is achievable rather than what is acceptable.”  Goldman, the reviewer, did not comment on that loophole, or take issue with its premise.1.  Ziauddin Sardar, “An Italian vision of a scientific Utopia,” Nature 459, 510-511 (28 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/459510a.2.  Random Samples, “Shockley Dilemma,” Science, Volume 324, Number 5931, Issue of 29 May 2009.3.  Michael A. Goldman, “A limited view of the future,” Nature 459, 511-512 (28 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/459511a.If you are not terrified of the Darwin-drunk scientific elitists, you should be.  In America, they are drooling over the new prestige the current administration is granting to “science” (which means liberal scientific establishment institutions, as distinguished from the unbiased pursuit of knowledge).  Today’s scientific futurists, who root their morality in the same Darwinist ideology that was rampant among futurists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, would love nothing better than to play the elite oligarchy directing the fate of every human being on the planet (themselves exempted).    Morality to the materialistic evolutionists is something that can be chemically or genetically controlled.  We are the results of selection pressures from our past that can be influenced with science, they say.  Ethics becomes what they say it is, because they have ruled out any unchanging, absolute foundation for ethics.  You can be sure that the Italian futurists pictured themselves as the most ethical people in the world, as did William Shockley.  So what if a certain lady’s genetic predisposition was to consider him a despicable person?  Adjust her serotonin level and she will come around.    Everyone should get a copy of a lecture series called Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century by Vejas Liulevicius from The Teaching Company and listen to it carefully.  Horrific as the events are he describes, he actually understates their awfulness.  As you listen, note the influence of Darwinian thinking on the worst totalitarian dictators.  Darwinian ideology has contributed to the most ruthless horrors in the history of the world, resulting in a body count that outstrips any number of religious wars you want to list by orders of magnitude.  These atrocities all occurred within the 20th century, “Darwin’s century,” within the memory of people alive today.  Millions of white crosses in military cemeteries don’t lie: ideas have consequences.*    Would that leaders had listened to J. Gresham Machen who warned at the coming storm before the first World War, “What is today matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires.  In that second stage, it has gone too far to be combatted; the time to stop it was when it was still a matter of impassionate debate.”  We have another chance today.*Not forgetting the millions in unmarked mass graves.  Remember the 11/30/2005 entry.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Slow down – penguins crossing!

first_img26 June 2003The City of Cape Town is to install what is probably the world’s first “penguin crossing” in Simonstown’s Main Road to caution motorists to slow down for these feathered pedestrians in an attempt to reduce penguin fatalities in the area.The colony of African penguins lives in a natural protected area at Boulders Beach, which forms part of the Cape Peninsula National Park.Despite various attempts by the park management to contain the birds, some continue to venture across the main road in search of suitable nesting areas during the annual breeding season.According to park ranger Justin Buchmann, speeding motorists have killed 19 penguins during the past four months.“Main Road is a busy thoroughfare in the False Bay area, and although the speed limit on the stretch of road near Boulders is 60km an hour, the penguins are difficult to spot, especially at night when they have their backs to oncoming traffic,” said Buchmann.“We have put up artificial nests to attract the penguins to breed inside the park, and we are considering introducing ‘penguin catchers’ to return the birds which have wandered beyond the boundaries,” he said.“This is one of the more unusual aspects of managing South Africa’s only national park that is located in the middle of a city, and we are fortunate to enjoy a good working relationship with the City of Cape Town.”According to the park’s assistant section manager, Monique Ruthenberg, there are currently about 19 nests above the road. “But to move the birds now will only disturb the nesting chicks and eggs. We are presently consulting with relevant parties about the most appropriate intervention.”The latest annual penguin census estimates the total population at 3 600 birds – from just two breeding pairs in 1982. “Compared to last year’s figures, the population has remained stable,” Ruthenberg said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Africa’s high growth potential cities

first_img30 January 2013Accra, Lusaka and Luanda, the capitals of Ghana, Zambia and Angola respectively, are the sub-Saharan African cities with the highest potential for growth over the next five years, according to the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index released in Johannesburg on Tuesday.“As the entire African continent with its population of over one-billion people is going through a fundamental transformation, this new index puts a spotlight on the economic and human factors driving urban growth over the next five years,” Mastercard said in a statement.The index, developed in the final quarter of 2012 by Professor George Angelopulo of the University of South Africa (Unisa), was launched at the second Africa Knowledge Forum in Johannesburg.Johannesburg, Durban, Cape TownJohannesburg was the highest ranked South African city in the index, coming in at 8th position out of the 19 cities surveyed, followed by Durban (10th) and Cape Town (11th). [Full ranking of cities below.]“Johannesburg, although already a strong economic powerhouse city in Africa, achieved lower scores in certain categories as a result of lower growth expectations due to its relative maturity when compared to other African cities,” Mastercard said.“For example, the expected growth of the middle class population is higher from cities such as Accra and Luanda than it is for Johannesburg, which has seen a growing middle class since the change of government in 1994.”Factors affecting cities’ growth potentialThe index rankings were developed from published historical and projected data on typical factors affecting cities’ growth, including economic data, governance levels, ease of doing business, infrastructure and human development factors, and population growth levels.“Some of the key reasons for Accra emerging as a high growth city include its gross domestic product per capita growth over the past three years, its projected population and household consumption growth, its strong regulatory environment, and the relative ease of doing business in this city compared to other African cities,” Angelopulo said.“While many of these larger and more established cities offer the expected potential for growth, other less prominent ones are quietly establishing themselves as those with even higher growth potential,” he added.“This is primarily due to high scores on accelerated growth factors that include health, education, governance, infrastructure development, and the ease of doing business in those cities.”Importance of regulatory environmentsHarare (Zimbabwe), Kano (Nigeria), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) and Khartoum (Sudan) were deemed to have the lowest growth potential of the 19 cities examined in the study.While these cities scored well in some categories, such as health and levels of foreign direct investment, the study found that their potential for growth was affected by low scores in areas such as political and regulatory environments, historical economic growth and ease of doing business.“One of Africa’s key economic and social challenges is how its cities attract significant inward investment by being globally competitive, serving as magnets for investment and growth, hot-spots of innovation and, most importantly, developing attractive and thriving business environments,” Angelopulo said.A rapidly urbanising continentMichael Miebach, MasterCard president for Middle East and Africa, noted that Africa “is a region where the lines between the developed and developing worlds are dissipating owing to various economic, demographic and technological factors. Most of these factors have been associated with the increased urbanization of the continent.“Therefore, understanding the long-term growth potential of Africa’s cities, and the resultant increase in African urban consumers, has never been as important.”According to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the urban population of Africa is expected to triple from 395-million in 2009 to 1.23-billion in 2050, by which time 60% of all Africans are expected to be living in urban areas.“This growth in urbanization, combined with the fact that the center of global economic gravity is shifting to dynamic emerging markets such as those found in Africa, means that the continent’s cities will play a much bigger role in driving the economic growth of their respective countries,” Miebach said.The rankingThe cities and their ranking on the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index 2012-2017 is as follows:Accra, GhanaLusaka, ZambiaLuanda, AngolaDar es Salaam, TanzaniaAddis Ababa, EthiopiaNairobi, KenyaKampala, UgandaJohannesburg, South AfricaKinshasa, Democratic Republic of CongoDurban, South AfricaCape Town, South AfricaMombasa, KenyaLagos, NigeriaAbuja, NigeriaDakar, SenegalHarare, ZimbabweKano, NigeriaAbidjan, Cote d’IvoireKhartoum, SudanSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Weekend Reading: Guy Kawasaki Author Spotlight

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting chris cameron Tags:#start#startups Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Highly recognized Silicon Valley venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki is not only the author of the inspiringly titled blog How to Change the World, but he has also penned nine books on various business and marketing topics. After attending college at Stanford and receiving his MBA from UCLA, Kawasaki cut his business teeth at a jewelry manufacturer called Nova before eventually being bitten by the “computer bug.” After a brief stint at an educational software company, Kawasaki was hired by Apple where he was responsible for marketing the original Macintosh computer in 1984. After the success seen at Apple in the mid-80s, Kawasaki left and started his own software and database development companies, Fog City Software and ACIUS. Following a short return to Apple in 1995 “to maintain and rejuvenate the Macintosh cult,” Kawasaki started Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage seed fund, with Craig Johnson and Rich Karlgaard in 1997. Today, Kawaski is the Managing Director at Garage, and the co-founder of Alltop, which he describes as “an online magazine rack”. Of Kawasaki’s nine books, perhaps the most lauded has been 2004’s The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything, which is an essential read for any entrepreneur. Kawasaki fills the chapters of his startup handbook with GIST, or Great Ideas for Starting Things, as well as tips on marketing, branding, customer development, pitching, recruiting and any of a number of valuable lessons.More recently, Kawasaki published Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition, a book focused on a similar vein as 1996’s How to Drive Your Competition Crazy: Creating Disruption for Fun and Profit. The book’s description says its time for a reality check “if the two most popular words in your company are partner and strategic, and partner has become a verb, and strategic is used to describe decisions and activities that don’t make sense.”Kawasaki has tuned his storied marketing history into a successful venture capital and writing career. These books and others, including Rules for Revolutionaries and The Macintosh Way, have provided excellent resources for entrepreneurs and startups, and are must-reads for anyone starting any kind of business.last_img read more