How much are sneakerheads willing to shell out for Nikes with Betsy Ross flag?

first_imgThere’s nothing like a little controversy to spike prices of rare items on the black market, err, online retail resale sites.After Nike on Monday pulled its Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July from stores at the last minute, the price for the shoes with Betsy Ross’ original American flag design stitched on the heel shot up like fireworks.Colin Kaepernick speaks at an ACLU event in Beverly Hills in 2017.On the StockX website Tuesday, some of those who were able to get their hands on the …last_img read more

Focus on Cincinnati: Can 49ers handle ‘new’ Bengals?

first_imgDon’t be fooled by another Cincinnati loss on Sunday, these aren’t the same Bengals who’ve wallowed in or near the AFC North cellar the past three seasons.Energized by young (36 years old) and innovative head coach Zac Taylor, who was on Sean McVay’s Rams staff the past two years, the surprising Bengals nearly upset the Seahawks in Seattle, ultimately falling 21-20. They’ve got a new-found passing attack, engineered by first-year offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, the former De La Salle …last_img read more

Focus on education paying off: Zuma

first_img9 February 2012South Africa’s push for universal access to education, and for improved learning and teaching, are starting to pay off, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening.Delivering his fourth State of the Nation address, Zuma noted that over eight-million learners were attending no-fee schools and benefitting from the government’s school feeding scheme, with school attendance now close to 100 percent for the compulsory band of 7-15 years of age.“A major achievement is the doubling of grade R enrolment, from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 in 2011,” Zuma said. “We appear poised to meet our target of 100 percent coverage for grade R by 2014.”However, he noted that the government remained concerned by the report of the General Household Survey in 2010 that just over 120 000 children in the 7-15 year old band were out of school.‘In school, in class, on time’Zuma also congratulated the teachers, learners, parents and the communities for the efforts, which saw an increase in last year’s matric pass rate, adding that the government’s intensive focus on education was paying off.“We will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages. Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success … we thank the teacher unions for supporting this campaign.”Higher education targetsWith regards to higher education, Zuma said the government was exceeding its targets, with close to 14 000 school leavers being placed in workplace learning opportunities over the past year, and over 11 000 artisans having completed their trade tests.He was pleased to see an increase in the number of learners attending Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, and urged parents to encourage their children to enrol in these colleges, as the country needed the skills these colleges were offering.To expand access to tertiary education, Zuma announced that R200-million was spent on helping 25 000 students to pay off their debts to institutions of higher learning last year.He further announced that a total of R300-million had been allocated for preparatory work towards building new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Infrastructure ‘needs private sector’

first_img25 October 2012 The government is considering a bigger role for the private sector and the country’s development finance institutions in order to boost funding for South Africa’s infrastructure drive, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, which he presented in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Thursday, reveals that the pace of public infrastructure spending has picked up over the past 12 months. Gordhan told Parliament that the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC) had reviewed the details of 18 strategic infrastructure programmes, which would add to the current R845-billion infrastructure build programmes already in progress.Build programmes to accelerate investment He said the build programmes would accelerate energy, transport, water and housing investment, open up mining and industrial opportunities and give greater impetus to building economic linkages across southern Africa. “Strategic infrastructure programmes represent large and long-term financial commitments,” he said, adding that the budget provided for part of the funding required, while state-owned enterprises were making substantial investments in their areas of responsibility. While the bulk of infrastructure spending was financed from the balance sheets of state-owned companies, the fiscus funded the provision of social infrastructure, delivered primarily through provinces and municipalities, he said.Private sector investment down in 2011 The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement noted, however, that growth in private sector investment had slowed over 2011, as South African businesses refrained from developing new projects in an environment of weaker business confidence. In contrast, gross fixed capital formation by the public sector grew at 10.9% during the first half of this year, with Eskom, Transnet and the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) accounting for 95% of all capital spending by state-owned enterprises. Government spending on water, sanitation and road infrastructure had also picked up, supporting a nascent recovery in South Africa’s construction sector. The National Treasury believes that as the economic environment improves, rising confidence should result in a gradual improvement in private sector gross fixed capital formation. It said that, with private businesses accounting for about 71% of economic activity and over 75% of jobs, it was crucial to create a buoyant private sector that worked in partnership with an effective government. Domestic growth is expected to remain modest next year and to increase over the next three years, but Gordhan added that faster growth was needed to create the jobs South Africa needs. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Ohio soybeans have been put through the wringer in 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From SDS to White Mold, Frog Eye and other yield hampering issues, soybeans across Ohio have had to fight through adversity since the day they were planted. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Troy Putnam walks growers through what to look for when scouting soybean fields as they enter the home stretch of the season.last_img