Online Oscars for the M&G

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneSouth African online newspaper pioneers the Mail & Guardian scooped three Honours at the recent 12th annual Webby Awards – regarded as the Oscars of the Internet – for the blogging platform Thought Leader and the News in Photos service.Thought Leader was named an official honouree in the blogging section and the M&G online photo portal was named official honoree in both the Newspaper and the Best Use of Photography categories.“We are honoured to have received recognition for the hard work that has gone into creating Thought Leader and News in Photos,” said Matthew Buckland, the newspaper’s online managing director “It is gratifying to be listed in the same company as some of the world’s great brands like New York Times, Washingtonpost.com, CNBC, CBS and others.”Blog of the YearThought Leader also received recognition locally for its superior quality when it was recently named Blog of the Year at the South African Blog awards.The Mail & Guardian Online’s social media strategy in 2007 was aggressive, with the development of both blogging aggregators and blogging platforms, Facebook applications and several other Web 2.0 initiatives,” said Vincent Maher, M&G Online strategist. “We wanted to be leaders in the blogging space and this recognition is confirmation that we’re on the right path.Of the more than 8 000 entries submitted, fewer than 15% were chosen as official honourees. “This honour signifies an outstanding calibre of work. Congratulations to all of our Official Honouree selections!” reads the Webby Awards website.The awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, were established in 1996 and are currently the leading internationally recognised awards honouring excellence on the Internet. The 550 members of the academy include leading Web experts, business figures, visionaries and creative celebrities.Each year awards are presented in four categories – Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile – with two honourees in each category. The Webby award is decided by a panel of judges made up of experts in the field while the People’s Voice award is determined by the online community.The Mail & Guardian Online beat many South African newspapers by going online first, catching onto global trends early on. The online edition of the newspaper, the first internet-based news publication in Africa, was launched in 1994 and has since built up a notable reputation. In 2001, Forbes.com voted it one of the world top 175 websites.Buckland said the Mail and Guardian Online are in a unique position, in that going online has not compromised its print readership. “It was the right move to go online at an early stage, it gave us a head-start. We are in a lucky position where we have a media company which is showing readership growth for both online and print editions.”Useful linksWebby Awards Thought Leader Mail & Guardian online Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

When there are 366 days in a year…

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 22, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012January 18, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Leaping at GC322MF in Croatia.Share with your Friends:More This Leap Day, Get Outside!It only happens every four years. It gives us 366 calendar days which means we all have one extra day to go geocaching. So of course, we’re celebrating with a souvenir — actually, make that two!The first souvenir can only be earned on Leap Day itself — February 29 — by attending a geocaching event. The other souvenir can be earned all weekend long (February 27-29) by getting outside and finding a geocache. Plan an EventWhy does Leap Day exist?Leap Day exists to correct for the difference between the calendar year and the astronomical year. The 365 days of the calendar year represent Earth’s movement around the sun every 365 days. But Earth just ate a pizza and is actually moving a bit slower than that: it takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds for Earth to revolve around the sun.And so, the calendar is adjusted to compensate for that extra time, by adding an extra day to the year about every four years (but not every four years). If we didn’t correct for the difference between the two calendars, the northern hemisphere would eventually end up celebrating New Year’s Eve during summer. In the southern Hemisphere, more cities might see a snowy Christmas. By the year 2736, the US would celebrate the 4th of July in deep winter.And if you like swirling down an interesting internet search spiral on the mixed-up history of the Julian and Roman calendars, click here.last_img read more

a month agoLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepe

first_imgLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Osimhen is eager to avoid comparisons with Nicolas Pepe at Lille.Pepe left LOSC for Arsenal as Osimhen arrived from Charleroi.With five goals in five Ligue 1 games, the Nigerian striker is following in Pepe’s footsteps and said, “I have a lot of respect for Nicolas Pépé, for all that he brought to the club. “Many people think that I am replacing him but I am here with another name and to write my own story. “We have different profiles, we are not the same players. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Kathy Griffins North American comeback tour to start in Canada

first_imgComedian Kathy Griffin is kicking off her North American tour in Canada this May to try and reclaim her comedy throne after becoming embroiled in controversy last year. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images) Advertisement Griffin will perform in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and New York’s Carnegie Hall in June, with further dates to be announced later.In a release for the tour, Griffin promised to tell “the whole story” about the Trump photo, including her “interrogation by the feds,” and her thoughts on her neighbours Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.The performances come as Griffin tries to reclaim her comedy throne after the Trump photo shoot led to a backlash and the cancellation of several tour dates last year. She also lost her longtime New Year’s Eve hosting gig on CNN.Unable to tour in the United States, Griffin went overseas to perform a number of dates in various places, including London, Stockholm, Singapore and Australia.Initially, Griffin apologized for the photo that appeared last May, taken by photographer Tyler Shields.But she later said she was no longer sorry, because the reaction had gotten so out of hand. Advertisement Advertisement Beleaguered comedian Kathy Griffin is launching her North American comeback on the stages of Canada.The insult comic and celebrity gossip hound — who became embroiled in controversy after posing in a photo holding a fake severed head that shared a likeness with U.S. President Donald Trump — has picked Toronto to open her Laugh Your Head Off North American tour on May 25.In 2017, Kathy Griffin held a press conference to apologize for a controversial photo shoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump. After a year of facing backlash and touring overseas, Griffin is finally able to continue her Laugh Your Head Off tour in North America. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)She’ll follow that with three more Canadian dates: Kitchener, Ont., (May 26), Calgary (May 31) and Vancouver (June 2), before moving south to the United States.center_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Eldorado Gold seeking 11B from Greece as compensation for permit delays

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion from the Greek government for damages it says it suffered due to permit delays related to its Skouries project.The company says the application is a non-judicial request for payment and does not initiate legal proceedings.Eldorado chief executive George Burns called it a “good-faith attempt” to resolve the matter with the Greek government.The company suspended work at the Skouries project last year amid an ongoing dispute with the Greek government.The Vancouver-based company said at the time that Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment had not issued the required permits for the project.The company has said it would re-assess its investment in the Skouries project once it receives the required permits.Companies in this story: (TSX:ELD)last_img read more

Toronto and US stock markets down for the week despite strong jobs

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index and U.S. markets ended down for the week despite strong jobs reports on both sides of the border on mounting concerns that a run of good corporate earnings may end.The fast pace of the rise in U.S. government bond yields is pressuring the most expensive stocks signalling that prices matter once again, says Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“While we are seeing ongoing healthy macroeconomic indicators, there’s pressure on the stocks because of lofty valuations, coupled with potentially weaker than expected margin profiles,” he said in an interview.The jobs reports issued Friday showed good topline numbers. Canada’s job market gained 63,000 positions in September, pushing the unemployment rate lower to 5.9 per cent. And the U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 per cent, the lowest since 1969.Yet investors are troubled by rising U.S. wages that could spark inflationary pressure.Average hourly pay in September rose 2.8 per cent from a year earlier. And Amazon this week raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour.That “will put pressure on all retailers to push up their wages to remain competitive. So all of this is inflationary which is driving the higher long-term yields,” Yie added.He expects equity markets could remain volatile if wages continue to rise and the Federal Reserve remains hawkish.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 60.50 points to 15,946.17, after hitting a low of 15,895.50 on 208.2 million shares traded.All but three subindexes traded lower, led by energy, base metals and information technology. Canadian energy stocks haven’t been helped by the run-up in the price of oil because of the ongoing pipeline construction problems that is contributing to a wider-than-usual discount being paid for Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.Health care, industrials and utilities closed higher.Canada’s two large railways primarily drove the industrials sector, in part, because they are more insulated to wage pressures, said Yie.“Companies like that are able to pass through a lot of commodity price increases as well as operating cost increases and these are the business that we like, those that are able to pass through so ones that have pricing power.”In New York, the decline was steeper. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 180.43 points to 26,447.05. The S&P 500 index was down 16.04 points to 2,885.57, while the Nasdaq composite was off 91.06 points at 7,788.45.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.30 cents US, down from an average of 77.52 cents US on Thursday but up five cents on the week.The November crude contract was up one cent at US$74.34 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 2.2 cents at US$3.14 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $4 at US$1,205.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.45 cents at US$2.76 a pound.last_img read more

Ontario to cap minimum wage at 14 an hour as part of

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario will cap minimum wage at $14 an hour until fall 2020 as part of a rollback of labour reforms introduced by the previous Liberal regime, the Progressive Conservative government announced Tuesday, drawing praise from businesses and criticism from unions and anti-poverty advocates.The government said new rules — which will link future minimum-wage increases to the inflation rate and reduce the number of personal leave days — will help cut red tape and encourage business investment.“The previous government brought in a tsunami of new burdens and regulations that have imposed significant unnecessary costs on businesses and stifled economic growth,” said Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson as the government detailed its proposed labour legislation.Ontario’s minimum wage increased from $11.60 to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, and was set to rise to $15 an hour next year as a result of the Liberals’ labour laws. Under the government’s new legislation, it will remain at $14 until October 2020.Labour Minister Laurie Scott said the government will be using an “economically sound metric” to decide the rate of future increases.“Ontario workers and businesses deserve a minimum wage determined by economics not politics,” she said.The government’s labour bill, if passed, will also cut two paid personal leave days for workers, bringing their total to eight — three for personal illness, two for bereavement leave and three for family responsibilities.The legislation keeps provisions brought in by the Liberals that granted workers up to 10 days of leave if they or their child experiences domestic or sexual violence. It will also maintain regulations that grant Ontario workers three weeks of paid vacation after five years of service.But a number of scheduling provisions will be scrapped under the Tory bill, including a minimum of three hours pay in the event a shift is cancelled 48 hours or less before it was scheduled to begin.“We will reverse the needless scheduling restrictions and give back employers the flexibility to have the right staff at the right time,” Scott said.The government’s moves on the labour file were applauded by some in the business community who had argued against the minimum wage increase and labour reforms when they were brought in last year.Jocelyn Bamford, of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers, said the wage hike was “too much too soon.”“This legislation will go a long way to maintaining the viability of small and medium businesses in the province and will help us save jobs,” she said.Others, however, said the government was undoing measures that had made life easier for families and vowed to push back.“We’ve known for a long time that Doug Ford is no friend of workers,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “With today’s announcement he’s proven exactly that.”Pam Frache, of the advocacy group Fight for $15 and Fairness, said by rolling back Liberal labour reforms, Ford was breaking a campaign pledge to stick up for regular Ontario residents.“What Mr. Ford has announced today is not a government that is for the people but a government for the corporate elite,” she said.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she was skeptical about whether the Ford government will actually follow through the pledge to increase the minimum wage in 2020.“We’ll have to wait,” she said. “What we know for sure is that Ontario workers are being dragged backwards so Mr. Ford can hand out the goodies to his friends in the business community.”last_img read more

NBA in deal to provide official data to sport bet operators

first_imgNEW YORK — The National Basketball Association has reached a deal to provide official league data to licensed sports betting providers.In a pact announced Wednesday morning, the NBA is partnering with Sportradar and Genius Sports to distribute NBA betting data to sports betting providers in the U.S.Sports leagues that once vehemently fought against the prospect of sports betting are increasingly seeking to get in on it now that it’s legal.On Tuesday, Major League Baseball partnered with MGM Resorts to become an official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan. MGM Resorts previously reached similar deals with the NBA, WNBA and NHL.FanDuel joined with the NHL and its New Jersey Devils franchise this month for sports betting and fantasy sports play.Wayne Parry, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Samsung like Apple feels sting of slowing global growth

first_imgNEW YORK — Samsung expects its quarterly operating profit will be nearly 29 per cent lower than last year, potentially unsettling a tech sector already skittish about slowing global economic growth.The announcement from the South Korean computer chip and smartphone giant comes less than a week after Apple Inc. jolted markets with its weak expectations for revenue to end the year, citing flagging sales in China.Samsung said late Monday that it anticipates a quarterly operating profit of about 10.8 trillion won ($9.6 billion).Fourth-quarter sales are expected to be approximately 59 trillion won ($52.4 billion), down 10.6 per cent from the prior-year period.Samsung says there’s weak global demand for chips amid a worldwide economic slowdown, while its smartphones are facing stronger competition.The Associated Presslast_img read more

No sales tax but Alberta premier says wait and see for detailed

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she won’t bring in a sales tax, a health premium or a payroll tax and will wait until closer to the provincial election to outline further details.“Stay tuned for the rest of it,” Notley said Friday.She wouldn’t say whether she will propose changes to the progressive income tax her NDP brought in to replace the former government’s flat tax. Kenney has promised to abolish the carbon tax as his first order of business should his party form government. He says it is a punitive tax on workers and families with no demonstrable benefit in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Kenney has assailed the carbon tax as a symbol of an interventionist, misguided NDP that decided to increase fees on Albertans during an economic downturn.Kenney has not revealed specifics of his party’s tax platform. The rank and file voted last year to bring back the flat tax on income, but Kenney has said he has not decided if he will go along with that.He wants to see this year’s budget to get a better handle on the province’s money situation, but has said the overall goal needs to be reducing taxes on employers and families. “What I will say now is that we are committed to maintaining the tax advantage that low- and middle-income, middle-class Albertans currently enjoy.”Notley’s government axed Alberta’s 10 percent income flat tax and increased the levy on high-income earners shortly after the New Democrats won the 2015 election.Her government also increased the corporate tax to 12 percent from 10 percent and reduced the small business tax to two percent from three.The NDP also brought in a carbon tax on gasoline and home and business heating tied to fossil fuels. Rebates are made to low- and middle-income families.Tax policy, the economy, and how best to boost the oil and gas industry are expected to dominate the election, which must by law be held sometime in March, April or May.Both Notley and Jason Kenney’s Opposition United Conservatives are focusing on tax policies as economic issues, but also as broader symbols of what they call their opponent’s fundamental failings.center_img Notley said returning to the flat tax would only benefit high-income earners and the suggestion is symbolic of a UCP she says is run by and for well-heeled insiders.“I’m not interested in giving a $700-million tax cut to the top one percent of Albertans,” she said.Notley said Alberta already has an estimated $11-billion year tax advantage or better compared with other provinces.Alberta also has multibillion-dollar deficits that both the UCP and the NDP say will take about four years to bring back to balance.“Everyone wants us to get to a balanced budget so that what we’re doing is sustainable,” Notley said.“So when you make tax cuts (as Kenney suggests), what you have to do then is … pull back from services in order to maintain that path to balance.”Notley is also accusing the UCP of pushing back-door taxes by having Kenney discuss user-pay infrastructure. She said that can only mean road tolls, which would punish businesses and families.The United Conservatives have responded by saying the NDP has left the province in a deep financial hole and it’s imperative to look at other revenue options to fund “needed industrial infrastructure.”The party says it has never suggested putting tolls on “existing public infrastructure.”last_img read more