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May 12, 2021

Brooks Brothers’ Madison Ave store could give way to Midtown East tower

first_imgEmail Address* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Tagsbrooks brothersCommercial Real EstateDevelopmentMidtown East Rezoning Share via Shortlink Claudio Del Vecchio has owned Brooks Brothers since 2001. (Getty)The retail apocalypse that sent one brand after another into bankruptcy last year could pave the way for a new skyscraper in Midtown East.The Brooks Brothers store at 346 Madison Avenue is being offered up as a development site that could be transformed into a 41-story, 700,000-square-foot tower, sources familiar with the offering told The Real Deal.The site is hitting the market after the iconic menswear brand — initially battered by changing trends, and dealt a final blow by the pandemic and the move to work-from-home — filed for bankruptcy last year. A partnership of Simon Property Group and Authentic Brands bought the 200-year-old company out of bankruptcy in August for $325 million and announced plans to close 75 of its 200 stores.The brand’s flagship at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 44th Street, however, is still owned by Claudio Del Vecchio, the Italian billionaire who had owned Brooks Brothers since 2001.Del Vecchio hired a JLL team of David Giancola, Andrew Scandalios and Bob Knakal to market the site for sale, sources said. It includes the Brooks Brothers store and an office building at 11 East 44th Street, which Del Vecchio bought in 2019 for $109 million. The pricing expectation wasn’t available, but if the site sold for $500 per square foot or more — a figure brokers said could be expected for the area — it could reach upwards of $350 million.A representative for Del Vecchio could not be immediately reached, and a spokesperson for the brokers declined to comment.The site could be among the early ones to take advantage of the city’s 2017 rezoning of Midtown East, designed to encourage the creation of 6.5 million square feet of new office space over the next two decades. Its current zoning allows for an office building or a hotel to rise on the site.Other proposals for new Midtown East projects include Vornado Realty Trust and Rudin Management’s 1,450-foot tower at 350 Park Avenue and Harry Macklowe’s 1,500-foot tall office building at 14 East 52nd Street. JPMorgan Chase is already at work demolishing its headquarters at 270 Park Avenue to build a new 1,400-foot office tower in its place.Contact Rich Bockmannlast_img read more

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December 21, 2019

Crabs take Game 1 in last series of the season

first_imgEureka >> In the last week of the summer season, the Humboldt Crabs look to go out in style as they welcomed the Bercovich Gold for the first game of the last regular season series.Coming off an 11-3 loss to the PUF Caps, Humboldt flipped the script and did to Bercovich what was done to them on Sunday — win by double digits — by claiming a 17-2 victory Tuesday at the Arcata Ballpark.“We talked about being aggressive and trying to put the pressure on the other team,” Crabs head coach Tyson …last_img

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So much for that Kaepernick ad killing Nike sales

first_imgWhat a dizzying week it’s been for Nike.After the company used the high-profile mug of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in its 30th annual “Just Do It” ad campaign, an angry President Donald Trump joined a lot of other angry Americans in expressing their displeasure with Nike for honoring a guy who took a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It seemed all doom and gloom for the sneaker maker.But that was Monday.On Friday, San Francisco-based Edison Trends dropped …last_img

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December 18, 2019

A parent’s guide to schooling

first_imgAt what age must my child enter school? What if I can’t afford the school fees? Are teachers allowed to smack my child? What if my child has special educational needs? Can I educate my child at home? We give you the answers, and more, to frequent questions about South Africa’s schooling system.We give you the answers, and more, to frequent questions about South Africa’s schooling system. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterClick on the question to read the answer.What are the South African government’s responsibilities regarding education?At what age must my child start school?What are the grades in South African schools?What documents do I have to supply to admit my child to a school?Can my child attend any public school?How do I go about finding the right school?What can I expect to pay?Can a school take legal action against me if I don’t pay my child’s school fees?But what if I can’t afford to pay school fees?Can a school refuse to admit my child if I haven’t paid school fees?Can a school refuse to admit my child for any other reason?What if I’m still having trouble getting my child into a school?Are teachers allowed to hit my child?How large will my child’s class be?Is learning computer-based?Will my child have access to sporting and other facilities?Will tuition be in English?What if my child has special educational needs?Do parents have a say in the running of their children’s school?Are school uniforms compulsory?Are children allowed to wear religious dress to school?How long are the school holidays?Can I home school in South Africa?Useful documents What are the South African government’s responsibilities regarding education?Section 29 (1) of South Africa’s Constitution reads: “Everyone has the right to a basic education, including adult basic education; and to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.”According to the South African Schools Act of 1996, schooling is compulsory for all South Africans from the age of six (grade 1) to the age of 15, or the completion of grade 9.At what age may my child start school?The age of a child entering grade 1 is age five turning six by 30 June in the year of admission. For grade 0 (otherwise known as grade R – the reception year), the age is four turning five by 30 June in the year of admission.If parents feel their children are not yet ready for school, they are allowed to admit them at an older age – five turning six for grade 0, and six turning seven for grade 1.Many schools conduct school-readiness tests to determine if a later admission would be in the child’s best interests.What are the grades in South African schools?Schooling runs from grade 0 (the reception year also known as grade R) through to grade 12 (known as matric). Grades 1 to 9 are compulsory and are classified as General Education and Training. Grades 10 to 12 are considered to be Further Education and Training.Grade 12 is the year of matriculation, which is required (with certain minimum conditions) for tertiary education. Some private schools also offer a post-matric “sixth form” year which allows students to sit for A-level examinations.What documents do I have to supply to admit my child to a school?For public schools, the only documents parents are required to supply when applying to admit their child to school are:The child’s birth certificate;The child’s immunisation card; and,The child’s transfer card or last school report, if the child has already been to another school.A child may be registered provisionally if these documents are not immediately available, and the parents must be given a reasonable time to submit them.If you are not a South African citizen, you should also include a copy of your study permit or your temporary or permanent residence permit. If you do not yet have a permit, you will need to submit evidence that you have applied for permission to stay in South Africa.It is the responsibility of every parent (or guardian) to ensure that:Their children are registered for the following year, well before the end of the current school year;Their children attend school regularly; and,All children between the ages six and 15 years attend school.Can my child attend any public school?A parent may register his or her child at any public school, if there are vacancies.Most schools have established so-called feeder zones, the area the school favours when admitting students. The order of preference for admission to schools generally is:Children whose parents live in the school’s feeder zone – this includes parents who live at their place of work, such as domestic workers;Children whose parents work in the feeder zone; and,The rest are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be placed on a waiting list.However, the provincial departments of education are obliged to find a place in school for every learner. The feeder zone system does not apply to private or independent schools, which have their own admission requirements.How do I go about finding the right school?For state schools, contact the provincial department of education, which keeps a comprehensive list of all registered schools. Most provincial departments have searchable school databases on their websites – see the list in the box on the right.For private schools contact the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa for its list.What can I expect to pay?Many of our state-aided schools – which receive a state subsidy as well as fees from parents – are on a par with private schools at a fraction of the price. A good state-aided school, offering smallish class sizes (about 25-odd) – generally the former Model C schools – may cost R8 000 to R20 000 per year compared with a private school, costing about R30 000 to R70 000 per year – excluding boarding, which could cost an extra R50 000 a year.Some 80% of South Africa’s school pupils don’t pay fees. Fees are paid at about 5 000 of the 25 000 schools. At primary school, fees are about R1 000 a month; at secondary school fees are about R2 300 a month, depending on the school.State funding is organised on a quintile system, in which schools are divided into five categories according to the poverty levels in the areas they serve. Poorer schools are given larger state subsidies, and so have lower school fees, while wealthier schools are given smaller subsidies, and so have higher fees.In the poorest areas of all, parents are completely exempt from paying school fees. These schools are called no-fee schools that receive all their required funding from the government. For the first three quintile groups, the government’s allocation for schools per child is R1 116. In quintile four, R559 is paid per child, and for quintile five the allocation is R193.No-fee schools will be published in the Provincial Gazette and the criteria to determine no-fee schools will be based on the economic level of the community around the school.In January 2015, it was reported that the most expensive private school in South Africa was Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal. Pupils who board at this school each pay R219 500 per year.Like most private schools, Hilton College’s annual increase for school fees in 2015 from 2014, was 5%. Other expensive private schools, such as Treverton College in KwaZulu-Natal, cost R72&nsbp;800 annually per pupil, boarders at the school pay R149 800 annually.Can a school take legal action against me if I don’t pay my child’s school fees?Yes; in terms of the Schools Act, parents have a legal obligation to pay public school fees, as determined by the school governing body.But this action can only be taken if the fee-exemption criteria have been applied, and the parent still found to be liable for – in other words, can afford to pay – the fees. This obviously excludes no-fee schools, and orphans are exempt from school fees.But what if I can’t afford to pay school fees?At all public schools, parents may apply for a reduction in or even exemption from school fees. If both parents’ annual earnings are less than 10 times the yearly school fees (before tax), the child qualifies for a full fee exemption. Partial exemptions can also be made for parents with financial problems. This generally requires some kind of proof of income.Schools are encouraged to form a school fees committee, which should assist parents in applying for exemption. Forms for fee exemption should be available at the school office; otherwise contact your provincial department of education.Can a school refuse to admit my child if I haven’t paid school fees?No; in terms of the Schools Act, no student may be refused admission to a public school on the grounds that his or her parent or caregiver is unable to pay, or has not paid, school fees.It is also illegal for a school to refuse to allow a child to take part in the school’s sporting, cultural or social activities – such as the matric dance – on the grounds that fees have not been paid, or to retain the child’s report.Can a school refuse to admit my child for any other reason?No, the school may not, unless the child has already been expelled from that particular school. All schools must admit students without discrimination of any kind. Schools may not administer tests or use pre-school experience or language as reasons not to enrol a child. Admission may not be refused because parents or guardians:Are unable to pay, or haven’t paid, school fees;Do not subscribe to the school’s mission statement;Have refused to sign an indemnity contract; or,Are unable to afford all or part of the school uniform.What if I’m still having trouble getting my child into a school?Call the Department of Basic Education’s toll-free hotline on 0800 202 933, contact your provincial education department, or contact the Education Rights Project.Are teachers allowed to hit or cane my child?No; the Schools Act outlaws corporal punishment. Any teacher administering physical punishment faces prosecution for assault, and may be fined or even jailed.Corporal or physical punishment can take many forms, including hitting with a hand or an object such as a cane, belt, whip, shoe or ruler, slapping, kicking, shaking, burning, pinching or pulling hair, forcing someone to stand in an uncomfortable and undignified position, denying or restricting someone’s use of the toilet, denying meals, drink, heat and shelter as a form of punishment, or forcing someone to do excessive exercise.How large will my child’s class be?There is usually some correlation between class size and fees. At the state- aided schools where parents pay for extra teachers by way of school fees, and at the more expensive private schools, the maximum number of pupils is usually about 30. At poorer schools this is often higher, with as many as 40 to 50 children in a classroom.Is learning at schools computer-based?This depends on a particular school’s resources. Most private and state-aided schools have well-stocked computer or media centres, and increasing numbers have computers in every classroom. There are several government and private initiatives to get the rest – most schools in townships and rural areas – online within the next few years.For more information on schools online, see School Net.Will my child have access to sporting and other facilities?While schools in poor areas are sorely under-resourced when it comes to sports fields and other facilities, most schools in the suburbs have good to excellent sporting facilities. Space is seldom a constraint in South Africa, and a growing number of schools boast state-of-the-art Astroturf hockey fields, indoor gyms, squash courts and swimming pools.The emphasis on sport depends largely on the school, but – given that sport is a national preoccupation – most schools devote substantial amounts of time to it. In fact, under the new curriculum introduced in 2012, sport is included in the school day, aiming to ensure all children have the opportunity to participate.Other facilities such as music rooms, theatres and art centres depend largely on the particular bent of the school and on its financial resources. Most state-aided schools offer a range of curricular and extramural choices in the arts.Will tuition be in English?It is compulsory to do a home language, which is the language of learning and teaching, and an additional language from grade 1. These are set by the school governing body (see below), and are not necessarily the language spoken at home by the majority of learners.While research shows that learners who are taught in their mother tongue perform better, most schools choose to teach in English because of parent perception that it will benefit their children. From grade 4 onwards, learners are encouraged to switch to English.If you want a new language to be introduced to your preferred school, you must get at least 35 parents together who want this option. You must then see the principal and school governing body as a delegation.My daughter has special learning needs. Do regular schools have remedial programmes, or must she go to a special school?It depends on the severity of the problem and on how well-resourced the school is. In 2010, there were 104 633 children in 423 public special needs schools. There are also private schools for children with severe remedial problems or disabilities.South Africa has a policy of inclusive education, which includes various models to integrate special-needs children into ordinary schools. However, a lack of resources and infrastructure have meant that this policy has been slow to implement and children who have been mainstreamed don’t always get the special education they need.Some of the better-off schools, both state-aided and private, offer remedial education in one form or another. They employ remedial teachers and run small remedial classes alongside regular classes.Do parents have a say in the running of their children’s school?Definitely; national policy on state schools requires that the school governing body (SGB) – made up of management, teachers, learners (at high school) and parents (51%) – plays a large part in how the school is run, within a national framework.Dynamic SGBs capable of raising funds and offering diverse skills to their schools have managed to turn them into thriving centres of excellence. On the downside, where parents are uneducated and poor, the SGBs are hamstrung from the start. Also, many children go to school miles from home, making it difficult for parents to get involved.At private schools, parental involvement depends largely on the nature of the school.Are school uniforms compulsory?Yes; they are compulsory in all state schools and most private schools.Are children allowed to wear religious dress to school?In terms of the Constitution, learners may not be prohibited from wearing particular attire – such as yarmulkes and headscarves – to school. Schools are encouraged to have uniform policies that accommodate learners’ religious beliefs.How long are the school holidays?State schools follow the four-term system, while most private schools have three longer terms. At state schools, students are on holiday for two to three weeks between each term (except after the third term, when the break is usually 10 days) and for about five weeks in December and January, at the end of the school year.At private schools, the holidays are usually about a month between each of the three school terms, with a longer holiday, also usually about five weeks, at the end of the year.Download the public school calendar from the learners page on the Department of Basic Education’s website.Can I home school in South Africa?There’s a growing trend worldwide towards home schooling and South Africa is no exception, with thousands of families opting to home school their children, for a variety of reasons. Some parents are keen to give their children religious or individualised tuition which they won’t receive at school; others want to avoid the institutional nature of school life.For those who wish to send their children to private schools but cannot afford to, home schooling is a cheaper alternative. Several home schooling associations are on hand to help those who choose to go this route.Although home schooling is legal in South Africa, it is not actively encouraged by the government: permission must first be sought from provincial authorities, and various requirements must be met, such as the provision of a weekly timetable and a learning programme.See the Department of Basic Education website for details on home schooling requirements.Useful documentsFollow these links to download the following documents:The South African Schools Acts (1996)The Rights and Responsibilities of Parents, Learners and Public Schools (2005)The Education Rights Project has a range of online information regarding the rights of students and parents, from school fees to admissions, HIV/Aids, teenage pregnancy and more.Updated October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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December 16, 2019

Justin.tv’s Socialcam is Instagram for Video

first_imgSharing video with friends can be a pain. I can’t count the number of times I’ve waited for minutes on end just to have Facebook tell me the upload failed for some unknown reason or another. And while it’s easy to upload to YouTube, it isn’t connected to my social graph and the videos just float out there in the void.Justin.tv, the live streaming video site, has taken a crack at socially sharing video with Socialcam, an app that could quickly become as popular for sharing video as Instagram became for sharing pictures. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts mike melanson Tags:#mobile#Video Services#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The first thing you might notice upon opening Socialcam is just how similar it is to Instagram. You login with Facebook, the app suggests some friends, and you’re off. The app is bare-bones simple. There’s a feed of all of your friends’ videos, a feed of your videos, a feed of followers and friends, and a camera button to record video. When you record a video, you can title it, choose what networks to share it on (Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS) and you’re good to go. The moment you finish recording and decide to share the video, the app begins uploading the video in the background, that way you don’t have to wait around at the end while it uploads. You’re busy adding a title, description and even tagging friends while it handles the upload. Videos can be of any length and size, and the app must be doing some decent compression, because the video upload took no time at all.Just like Instagram, the app also allows for the most basic, yet necessary, level of interaction. Friends can comment and “like” videos and that’s about it. It might be the perfect level of simplicity and features, which is a formula for winning. Socialcam is available for both iPhone and Android. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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November 28, 2019

Ronaldinho, Kaka out of Brazil World Cup squad

first_imgFormer Barcelona star RonaldinhoRonaldinho and Kaka were left out of Brazil’s 23-man squad for the 2014 football World Cup on Wednesday as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari kept faith in his 2013 Confederations Cup-winning team.Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho has struggled with form and fitness for Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro football club and was not expected to make Scolari’s squad for football’s showpiece tournament in Brazil, to be played from June 12 to July 13.Kaka was considered an outside chance for his fourth World Cup campaign, having resurrected his career at AC Milan this season after four unhappy years at Real Madrid.Scolari, who led Brazil to victory at the 2002 World Cup during his first spell in charge, urged Brazil fans to unite behind the national team.”We ask that the 23 players called up are well-received regardless of people’s opinions,” Xinhua quoted Scolari as saying during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro. “We all want to be going in the same direction, which is to win the World Cup.”Scolari, who controversially omitted Romario from his 2002 squad, admitted the 2014 list was easier to choose.Scolari insisted the team is not looking beyond its first match against Croatia on June 12.”The biggest rival is Croatia. It doesn’t get us anywhere thinking about the final if we don’t get over the first step,” he said.Brazil’s squad will gather on May 26 at their training base in Granja Comary, north of Rio de Janeiro.Scolari’s team earned favouritism to win a record sixth World Cup after upsetting world and European champions Spain 3-0 in last year’s Confederations Cup final. They have been drawn in Group A alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.advertisementBrazil World Cup squad:Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Gremio).Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli).Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Internazionale), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk).Forwards: Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Jo (Atletico Mineiro).last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Sarri confirms Pedro injury blow for Chelsea

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri ruled out Pedro for their game against Crystal Palace on Sunday with Callum Hudson-Odoi a doubtThe Blues are looking to build on their 2-1 Boxing Day win at Watford in order to maintain their slender two-point advantage over Arsenal in fourth place.However, Sarri announced that Spanish winger Pedro will not travel with the team to Selhurst Park due to a hamstring problem and will likely need 10 days rest.Furthermore, 18-year-old forward Hudson-Odoi could also skip the Premier League match after being forced off during the closing stages at Watford with a thigh injury“We have two problems, the first is more serious with Pedro,” said Sarri on the club website.“He has an injury in his hamstring and I think that he will have to rest for about 10 days.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The second problem is Odoi, it’s not very serious but I don’t know if he will be able to play in the next match.”Although Sarri did provide some good news over Spanish striker Alvaro Morata’s recovery from his knee injury.The former Real Madrid player hasn’t featured for Chelsea since their 2-2 Europa League draw at MOL Vidi on December 13.“Morata now is going very well, he is fit to play. It was only a tactical choice [to not play him against Watford,” said Sarri.The Palace and Chelsea match will begin at 13:00 (CET) on Sunday.last_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 is going to have a


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September 3, 2019

Landslide death toll now 158


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September 1, 2019

Tubi Plans to Spend Over 100 Million Licensing Content in 2019 for


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