CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Jon Gruden called NFL games for ESPN for nine years, and during that time, America came to understand that one of his favorite plays in the world is called “Spider 2 Y Banana”.It seemed as if there wasn’t a Monday Night Football game where the play wasn’t mentioned. Spider 2 Y Banana became an inside joke of sorts for football nerds.But it’s a real play and Thursday night, Gruden called it just …
ALAMEDA — First impressions are everything, and the Oakland Raiders are intent on making rude introductions every week.For whatever the Raiders lack in offensive explosiveness, they more than make up for by establishing an aggressive tone on the very first drive of the game.Luckily they have a willing-and-able Mr. Rude Awakening in rookie Josh Jacobs, the sparingly used Alabama running back who saved up his energy to provide the Raiders with strong starts and make his own early push into …
31 May 2012 Cape-based mobile application start-up Snapplify signed its first client on debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair, and has gone on to become one of Africa’s leading mobile app developers within the space of 12 months. Most recently, the fledgling firm outshone its African rivals in a competition organised by mobile giant Nokia to come up with “societal, structural, financial and technological” ideas that could foster innovation leadership in Africa. On Monday, as winner of the competition, Snapplify showcased its online platform to an audience of 105 of its peers, along with conference organisers Capgemini, infodev and Nokia, at the Open Innovation Africa Summit in Kenya.Instantly digitising content for mobile Snapplify’s turnkey online platform instantly digitises content for mobile devices, including iOS and Android, content producers or distributors such as authors, artists, publishers, retailers and corporates to manage, distribute and monetise content in custom-branded mobile applications. Books, magazines and brochures are packaged into digital publications for branded mobile apps which are then distributed globally via the relevant app stores. Snapplify claims to be “the first to offer this kind of service to publishers at zero upfront cost”. It hasn’t taken the company long to make global inroads. Following the launch in Frankfurt in October, it has set up a UK and South African office and has enjoyed an amazing run of success. Global clients signed up include Peanuts creator Ka Boom Studios, leading Arabic content publisher Kotobarabia, New Holland Publishing SA, Random House Struik, and iMaverick, a daily magazine published only on iPad. According to founder and CEO Wesley Lynch, Snapplify’s choice of mobile apps over physical magazines and books (or “e-pubs”) was critical to its success – “they are easier, more cost-effective and interactive”.‘An immense hunger for going digital’ “There is an immense hunger for going digital. Every presentation [in Frankfurt] talked about it, but besides the larger players – publishers, retailers and device manufacturers – few had the strategy or knowledge to do it. “It didn’t take much to see the enormous benefits of our solution for publishers in their current predicament. We told one publisher we could instantly repurpose their publication for iPad, and they gave us their content there and then.” According to Lynch, one client, an academic institution, is converting textbooks into apps, describing it as “a much easier and affordable way to teach and learn”. The company is working on enhancing the apps’ interactiveness, to allow publishers to add features such as quizzes or mobile colouring books, and is also looking to incorporate a social media component. Next up for Snapplify: to represent Cape Town at the Barcelona Global Entrepreneurship Competition in June. “It is an exciting time to be African, because we can make a global difference,” says Lynch. “Africa knows mobile, and it is through mobile that we will show the world what we’re capable of.” SAinfo reporter
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan attacker Nicolò Barella says they can leave Barcelona with their heads held high.Inter lost their Champions League tie 2-1, despite taking a third minute lead through Lautaro Martinez. Barca eventually winning via a Luis Suarez brace.Barella said, “We came here to play, the Coach told us that, and we wanted to win. We tried to fight back after the equaliser and conceded at the other end.“It’s disappointing, but we have another big game coming up and will start to focus on that.“We proved our character and put in a strong performance, but it’s always disappointing when we leave with no points. We are Inter, we’ve got Conte on the bench, so we want to win every game.”
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia has kindled an explosion of spirit makers — there are now 16 in Canada’s second-smallest province — through attractive craft distillery policies and collaborations with local farmers.The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) said 12 of those distilleries have popped up in the last five years, producing rum, gin, vodka and other spirits in all corners of the province.Pierre Guevremont, co-owner of Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg, N.S., said Nova Scotia is a leader among provinces in terms of its policies for craft distilleries, along with B.C. and Saskatchewan.Guevremont said distilleries get favourable margins when selling through the NSLC, and an additional markup reduction when their tipples are made with entirely Nova Scotian agricultural products.“It encourages development in the local industry,” said Guevremont on Wednesday. “We most certainly are in the midst of a boom.”NSLC spokeswoman Beverley Ware said the annual craft distillery permit is only $500, on-site store permits are $100 and if the distillery has a tasting room, a hospitality permit costs $100.Ware said the province wanted to create policies that would encourage job creation in the sector, particularly in rural areas, and spur economic growth.“It’s certainly paying off,” said Ware. “They’re contributing to the local economies and they’re contributing to the economy overall of Nova Scotia. And they’re creating a wonderful reputation for Nova Scotia spirits.”She noted Glynnevan’s Double Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky, made in Guysborough, N.S., is a two-time silver medallist at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.Guevremont’s boutique and micro distillery received a $159,748 repayable loan Wednesday from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to expand and modernize its production facility in the picturesque port town, home of the famed schooner Bluenose II.His range of products make use of the province’s agricultural bounty, buying 20,000 pounds of berries, 5,000 pounds of pears and 17,000 pounds of apples from local farmers each year for its liqueurs, brandy and vodka.Evan MacEachern, a partner at Nova Scotia Spirit Co., said the province’s distillery boom has allowed his two-year-old company to expand its operations in Trenton, N.S., to a larger facility in nearby Stellarton, with plans for a distillery, brewery, and restaurant.Nova Scotia Spirit Co. is one of a number of distilleries that have set up shop in the province’s rural areas, with aspirations for creating tourist destinations.“We want to create an experience. The craft breweries, wineries and distilleries — we’ve all helped create a culture where people want to come and tour our facilities and really experience the whole brand,” said MacEachern, whose company makes Blue Lobster Vodka, Fisherman’s Helper White Rum and Willing To Learn Gin.Guevremont said before the explosion of distilleries came the rise of craft breweries — of which there are now roughly 55 in the province — and before that a growth in wineries.“We’re really following along in the footsteps of those other two parts of the beverage alcohol business that have come before us,” said Guevremont, who said there were only roughly three distilleries in the province when he started Ironworks nine years ago.The Crown liquor corporation said Nova Scotians are enjoying craft spirits — sales were up 85.2 per cent during the second quarter of its fiscal year from July and October 2017, reeling in $1.6 million.Ware says local brands represent three per cent of overall spirit sales, “so there’s still plenty of room to accommodate growth and our policies are in place to support that.”
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Never-ending NAFTA: The seventh round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations commence in Mexico City on Monday, where fallout from the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely to cause tension. Ottawa has said TPP is likely to curb U.S. imports into Canada by $3.3 billion, mainly in automotive products, a gap U.S. negotiators may seek to close in a renegotiated NAFTA deal.Canada’s first feminist budget: Finance Minister Bill Morneau tables the federal budget on Tuesday, which will feature the economic success of women and gender equality as major themes. A briefing note prepared for Morneau estimates that closing the labour-market participation gap between women and men by half over 15 years would raise the country’s potential long-term economic growth by an average of 0.25 percentage points per year over that period.Banks look to the black: BMO, Scotiabank and TD are all set to release first-quarter results this week. While analysts expect one-time writedowns due to a reduction of deferred tax assets south of the border, the broader picture for the banks looks sunnier thanks to U.S. tax reform and higher interest rates, although domestic mortgage demand and ongoing tensions over NAFTA could cloud the long-term outlook.Valeant earnings: Valeant Pharmaceuticals discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. A U.S. District Court judge gave Canada’s largest publicly traded drug company preliminary approval in January for a $368-million settlement of lawsuits stemming from the unsuccessful attempted hostile takeover in 2014 of Botox maker Allergan Inc.Have you checked the mail room? Bakery goods and grocery giant George Weston releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Friday. The CEO of rival grocer Sobeys said earlier this month that George Weston and Loblaw Companies “should keep checking the mailroom” for upcoming legal action after they implicated Sobeys in an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scheme that goes “right to the heart of the trust” between Canadians and their grocers.
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. – A legal challenge against Cape Breton’s Cabot Links golf resort aimed at blocking the construction of luxury beach front condos has failed.Local activist and filmmaker Neal Livingston sought to have a 2.62-hectare Inverness property declared as dedicated for public use due to its historical use by the community.Lawyers for the golf resort — which has received almost $17 million in government loans — opposed the application, saying it purchased the land in good faith from a private landowner.A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge agreed with the company, saying there is no evidence of an intent to dedicate the property to public use.In a decision released Tuesday, Justice Patrick Murray says the recreational use of the beach does not support the conclusion that it was dedicated to the public.Instead, he says there was a “tolerance extended” by previous landowners towards visitors of the beach.Murray says the amenities provided to the community, such as picnic tables, fire pits and garbage cans, are “movable structures” and do not convey an intention to dedicate the land for public use.“There is no question that some amenities were provided on the lands to the benefit of those visiting and accessing the beach from time to time,” he stated.“This included some parking and the use of the recreational equipment,” the judge said. “It does not necessarily follow however that the provision of these items demonstrates an intention to dedicate (the land) as oppose to for example, tolerance extended by these owners toward visitors to the beach.”The land was part of a coal mine until 1958, when it was turned over to the town of Inverness. In 1968, the town gave the land to the Royal Canadian Legion, which a year later deeded the property to the Inverness Development Association.The deed specified that the lands were to be “used and developed for the benefit of the citizens of the town of Inverness,” according to court documents.Livingston suggested that the development of nine upscale condos by a private golf resort would run contrary to the intention stated in the deed, and that the land has a long history of being used by the public.For example, public funds were used to install picnic tables and playground equipment in 1969, and there was public parking available.Livingston argued facilitating recreational use is a matter of public necessity.Affidavit evidence by local residents suggested the land was then used by the public, including families who visited the beach to dig for clams, play and swim. Locals would also visit the area for lunch when a canteen was built in the late 1970s.In 1986, the Municipality of the County of Inverness conveyed the property to Cape Bald Packers, a seafood processor, which in 2011 sold the land to Cabot Links.According to court documents, the golf resort mortgaged the land using loans in part from the Nova Scotia government and the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.Cabot Links told the court it purchased the land in good faith from a private landowner — Cape Bald Packers — and then had the property rezoned through a public development permit process.The golf resort also presented a number of affidavits from local residents, who said public use of the lands was sporadic and there was no organized use.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tomorrow, August 8th, 2019, is Dairy Queen’s Annual fundraising event, Miracle Treat Day.To participate in #MiracleTreatDayHead to Dairy Queen and purchase a BLIZZARD Treat and the net proceeds from each BLIZZARD go towards local Children’s Miracle Network Canada hospitals such as BC Children’s Hospital. To view social media, CLICK HERE
Washington: Observing that trade has been an area of frustration in bilateral ties, the US has said that the door is open if India is prepared to bring a serious proposal to the table to address the issues related to trade and market access.The US in November last year revoked duty-free concessions on import of at least 50 Indian products, mostly from handloom and agriculture sectors, reflecting the Trump administration’s tough stand on trade-related issues with New Delhi. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsA senior State Department official said Friday that the US is proud to be India’s largest export market and most important economic partner. “But we have struggled with regulatory issues that get in the way of the ease of doing business and market access for American companies and products,” said the official. “Trade has frankly been an area of frustration in the relationship, but the door is open if India is prepared to bring a serious proposal to the table,” he said. Despite intensive engagement with the Government of India for nearly a year, India did not assure the US that it would provide equitable and reasonable access to its market, which led to its termination from the Generalised System of Preferences programme, the official said. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-Sep”While we were pleased that the growing US exports to India, largely crude oil and LNG, led to a 7.1 per cent reduction in our bilateral goods trade deficit last year, many structural challenges in our trade relationship have yet to be resolved,” said the senior State Department official. During the just concluded visit of the Foreign Secretary, while the focus was on strategic, defence and regional issues, in particular Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the visiting diplomat is believed to have been conveyed that the ball is in India’s court on resolving the trade related issues. The US is understood to have told India that the Trump administration is willing to review its decision to revoke its GSP privileges to India, if New Delhi comes with a credible proposal to address the market access issues that America has been talking about for nearly a year. The GSP notification is still within the 60 days period, after which the benefits would formally be withdrawn, it is reliably learnt that the US has told India that it is not too late. But it is unlikely to happen, given that India is now into an election campaign mode, officials on both sides said. While India argues that it is difficult to take any policy decision at this point of time because of the elections and the model code of conduct, American points out that it has decided to take its decision on revoking GSP privileges only after it exhausted all its options with India. During talks with India, America is believed to have said that “there are creative ways of solving” all the trade related issues that addressed concerns of both the countries.
New Delhi: The country’s fiscal deficit touched 134.2 per cent of the full-year revised budgeted estimate at the end of February 2019, mainly due to tepid growth in revenue collections, official data showed Friday. In absolute term, fiscal deficit for April-February 2018-19 was Rs 8.51 lakh crore as against the revised estimate (RE) of Rs 6.34 lakh crore for the entire year, according to Controller General of Accounts (CGA) data. However, Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg told reporters that the government is committed to restrict the fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as envisaged in the Budget. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe CGA data revealed that revenue receipts of the central government was Rs 12.65 lakh crore or 73.2 per cent of the revised budgetary estimate (BE) at February end. In the same period last fiscal, the revenue collection was 78.2 per cent of the estimates. The government’s tax revenue stood at Rs 10.94 lakh crore and non-tax revenue was Rs 1.7 lakh crore. Total expenditure incurred by the government during April-February 2018-19 was Rs 21.88 lakh crore (89.08 per cent of RE), of which Rs 19.15 lakh crore was on revenue account and Rs 2.73 lakh crore on capital account. Out of the total revenue expenditure, Rs 5.01 lakh crore was on account of interest payments and Rs 2.63 lakh crore on major subsidies. Meanwhile, the finance ministry in a statement said that Rs 5.96 lakh crore has been transferred to the state governments as devolution of share of taxes by the central government up to February, which is Rs 67,043 crore higher than the corresponding period of last year 2017-18.