Estimates from Homes.co.nz indicate 2019 is starting slowly for property prices in some of the most sought after school zones. Mother-of-three Hannah, who doesn't want her surname used, is weighing up the school options for her children. She is reluctant to send her daughter to the local single-sex girls' school. Instead, it's likely she'll opt for a private option that costs $6500 a year, plus other fees. "Our local high school is not ideal for the boys or [my daughter]. Our boys will be going to the Catholic high school but we prefer a private school for her as we think, academically, and in terms of opportunities, that would be better for her," she said. "For me, it's just about quality. We have one chance to get their education right and for them to enjoy it as well. If the kids are happy and getting good results, possibly excelling because of where they are, then it's worth every dollar." READ MORE:Data shows NZ school zoning makes huge difference to … [Read more...] about Is it worth sending your kids to private school?
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•Accounts for 74% of banks’ credit to govt By Babajide Komolafe STATE governments in Nigeria are increasingly relying on bank loans to finance their operations, thus undermining their statutory allocation with Irrevocable Standing Payment Order, ISPO, an automatic loan repayment structure tied to the allocation.A member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Mike Obadan, made this observation in his personal statement at the last meeting of the Committee held last month. Noting that state governments now account for 74 percent of total bank credits to the public sector, he called for measures to ascertain how they spend the funds borrowed from the banks. He made this observation while calling for caution against further borrowing by the federal government, a view supported by other MPC members, who also noted that the borrowing activities of the states and Federal Government are constraining growth of credit to the … [Read more...] about State govts relying too much on bank loans — MPC
Abuja – The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari remains the best hope for the Nigerian economy just as it described as untrue the Peoples Democratic Party’s assertion that the Nigerian economy is in trouble. A presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, who debunked the PDP assertion in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, lectured the party on the Buhari administration’s economic score card. Shehu noted that in keeping with historical trends, there was less economic activity during the electoral cycle. He, however, said that the economy grew by 2.35 per cent in second quarter of 2015 and 3.96 per cent in first quarter of 2015 as compared to 5.94 per cent in fourth quarter of 2014. How CBN reduced rising inflation in Nigeria – Emefiele(Opens in a new browser tab) He said: ”While foreign direct investment can help, it is not the only source of investment in the economy. There is also domestic investment which is either undertaken by the … [Read more...] about Buhari remains best hope for Nigerian economy – Garba Shehu
BY Chioma Onuegbu Tragedy struck late evening of Wednesday as four administrative staff of the Akwa Ibom State-owned Newspapers Corporation, ‘The Pioneer’ lost their lives in a ghastly auto accident while returning from a traditional marriage of staff of the organisation in Ekpene Ukim, Uruan local government area of the state. It was gathered that the tragic incident occurred along Airport Road, Uyo as the driver of the staff 18-seater Bus lost control and the bus summersaulted at a U-turn. According to eyewitnesses, the driver and many others who sustained injuries were immediately rushed to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, General Hospital, Ituk Mbang, in Uruan LG, and Ibom Specialist Hospital depending on the degrees of the injuries. Speaking with Vanguard Thursday morning the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom state Council, Mr. Amos Etuk described the incident as sad and unfortunate. Etuk assured that the … [Read more...] about Four staff of A-Ibom Newspapers dead, others injured in fatal accident
Story highlights NFL players becoming business savvy League pays for continuing education Head injury awareness part of career planning (CNN)Last month, the Detroit Lions made their 29-year-old franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford the best-paid player in NFL history, inking a $135 million contract that included a $50 million signing bonus. Until recently, bets might have been taken as to just how long that money would last him. Not anymore. Follow @cnnsport While pro athletes have been mismanaging their finances for decades, a combination of the realization of health risks and greater financial savvy have led many of Stafford's NFL contemporaries to reverse that trend. "I saved (my first pay check)," says retired 11-year veteran Osi Umenyiora, who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants after being drafted in 2003. Read More "I was really smart about my money, because the knowledge had started to come out (that) a lot of players were going broke." During … [Read more...] about NFL players learning how not to go broke — with the help of MBAs