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South Africa adds to film incentives

first_img15 May 2012 Changes to the incentives for foreign film and television productions will enable local post-production companies to attract work that is not necessarily filmed in South Africa, helping to sustain and grow South Africa’s film industry, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Announcing the changes last week, Davies said South Africa’s film sector had enormous potential to bring investment into the economy, along with technology transfers that would upgrade the country’s skills base. “The South African government takes cognisance of the contribution the film industry potentially has in stimulating the country’s economic growth, strengthening the country’s profile in the global creative environment, and in the facilitation of employment creation,” Davies said in a statement on Thursday. “This is one of the best platforms … to promote and showcase the country’s creative skills.” Among the incentives offered to foreign-owned productions that meet the qualifying criteria are: up to 2.5% of qualifying South African post-production expenditure (QSAPPE) for post-production expenditure of R1.5-million to R3-million; and up to 5% of QSAPPE for post-production expenditure of more than R3-million. According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the revised incentive is effective from April and will be administered for a period of three years, up to 2014. “The objective of the incentive is to create an environment that takes advantage of the country’s diverse and unique locations as well as low production costs and favourable exchange rates, which makes it significantly more cost-efficient to produce a movie in South Africa than in Europe, the US or Australia,” the DTI said. Davies said that promoting South Africa as an international destination in order to attract more international productions, while encouraging local content production, would ensure that the country continued to enjoy the benefits of a vibrant and growing film industry. As to the quality of South Africa’s offering, Davies said this had been attested to by “productions like Invictus, which was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, and District 9, which was nominated in the 2010 Saturn Awards for the Best International Film.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Market Matters Blog

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary KennedyDTN Cash Grains AnalystOMAHA (DTN) — The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) weekly average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was down $1, to $141 per ton for the week ended Oct. 16. Prices were mixed from various sellers, but overall, the DDG price this week came under some pressure from the weaker cash corn price.Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Oct. 16 was at 100.78%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.26%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.22, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.42.Various closures on the Mississippi River are likely stalling transport of some export containers to the Gulf this week. In the Upper Mississippi River, Locks 16 and 17 have been closed to northbound and southbound traffic since Oct. 13. American Commercial Barge Line noted that the latest forecasts reflect Lock 17 will reopen the evening of Oct. 17 and Lock 16 will reopen the morning of Oct. 18. Twenty-four hours of transit delays are expected for the cleanup of both locks.In the Lower Mississippi there is a closure at Mile 249 as of Oct. 16 through Oct. 18 from 07:00-17:00 to southbound tows with four or more barges. At the Gulf, weather fronts moving through the Gulf and Canal areas this week through Oct. 18 will cause intermittent delays there from wind and fog, added ACBL.ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATIONCURRENTPREVIOUSCHANGECOMPANYSTATE10/16/201910/11/2019Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300)MissouriDry$150$150$0Wet$75$75$0Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493)Missouri SubjectDry$147$147$0Wet$75$75$0CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)SubjectIllinoisDry$140$140$0SubjectIndianaDry$140$140$0SubjectIowaDry$135$135$0SubjectMichiganDry$150$150$0SubjectMinnesotaDry$135$135$0SubjectNorth DakotaDry$130$130$0SubjectNew YorkDry$150$150$0SubjectSouth DakotaDry$125$125$0MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253)KansasDry$145$145$0POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)IndianaDry$140$150-$10IowaDry$140$145-$5MichiganDry$135$135$0MinnesotaDry$138$140-$2MissouriDry$143$145-$2OhioDry$145$155-$10South DakotaDry$150$150$0United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)KansasDry$145$140$5Wet$55$45$10IllinoisDry$147$147$0NebraskaDry$135$145-$10Wet$45$45$0U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)IllinoisDry$145$145$0IndianaDry$155$155$0IowaDry$140$140$0MichiganDry$150$150$0MinnesotaDry$135$135$0NebraskaDry$140$140$0New YorkDry$165$165$0North DakotaDry$140$140$0OhioDry$155$155$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0WisconsinDry$135$135$0Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas(210-345-3362)(210-345-3362)IndianaDry$136$136$0IowaDry$145$135$10MinnesotaDry$140$140$0NebraskaDry$135$135$0OhioDry$145$145$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0CaliforniaDry$205$200$5Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074)CaliforniaDry$203$206-$3*Prices listed per ton.Weekly Average$141$142-$1The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTNcollects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan,Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York andCalifornia are not included in the averages.VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEALSettlement Price:Quote DateBushelShort TonCorn10/16/2019$3.9175$139.91Soybean Meal10/16/2019$304.80DDG Weekly Average Spot Price$141.00DDG Value Relative to:10/1610/10Corn100.78%104.56%Soybean Meal46.26%46.69%Cost Per Unit of Protein:DDG$5.22$5.26Soybean Meal$6.42$6.40Notes:Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG pricerepresents the average spot price from Midwest companiescollected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 27.Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn(BAS/SK )Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.FD Source:FD Page :Page Member(s): 08052430, , , ,Slash Commands: Summary Page Member:(AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sweb Apps 2.0: Build Your Own Mobile Storefront for the iPhone

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#Product Reviews#web sarah perez Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology New from Sweb Apps, the company whose online service lets anyone create their own iPhone application – no coding required – is Sweb Apps 2.0, the next generation of the company’s app builder product. Among a handful of new features, including a real-time WYSIWYG-style landing page builder and YouTube integration, is the ability to create an iPhone-based store where you can sell inventory within your app and take payments via PayPal. Sweb Apps is an interesting company to watch because it’s one of the first to democratize the iPhone app-building business by taking the complexity of coding out of the equation. With their service, anyone can create their own application in as little as five minutes. Of course, you aren’t necessarily designing any masterpieces with this sort of click-to-build process, but it provides an easy – if a bit simplistic – way for small to medium-sized businesses to establish a presence in the iTunes App Store. Real-Time View of App CreationWith the next generation of the product, Sweb Apps 2.0, some of the original concerns about the – well, let’s say it – rather boring user interface of the Sweb-built apps have begun to be addressed. Whereas before you could only customize the background color and upload your own buttons, today you can customize the background to be an image instead. And if you don’t have one of your own, Sweb Apps provides an online library of images to choose from. That’s a step in the right direction, even if some of the backgrounds are reminiscent of early GeoCities Web pages or Windows 98 wallpapers… after all, you have to crawl before you can run. As you build your app’s landing page, you’re provided with a real-time view of your app in progress, which makes it much easier to tell whether your images, buttons and colors look good together or not. That’s a handy feature for SMB owners, who may be creating their app on their own without the aid of a professional designer. The app builder also uses drag-and-drop functionality to make the process even more painless for the inexperienced end user. Mobile StorefrontsHowever, one of the most interesting developments in the 2.0 version of Sweb Apps’ online service is the new “store” functionality. Now, as easy as it is to build an app, you can essentially build a mobile storefront for your business. This feature, still in beta, allows you to categorize, sub-categorize, itemize and write descriptions for your products. You can manage and maintain your inventory through Sweb’s CMS, and your mobile customers can “check out” via the included PayPal integration. Sweb Apps tells us that they envision this sort of feature being used by restaurants, boutiques and small retailers. That’s easy to imagine. For example: wish you had picked up a t-shirt from that seafood place where you dined on vacation? In theory, you could now, even if you were halfway home, thanks to these new mobile storefronts. In a way, the mobile stores are even better than having the same functionality via an online store on the “real” Web, mainly because not everyone brings their laptop around with them 24/7. But their iPhones? People don’t leave home without them. And More…Other features being introduced today include podcasts, audio streams and YouTube integration, all of which streams audio or video within the app itself, as opposed to launching an external program such as the iPhone’s own built-in YouTube app. Also new is the ability for users to manage multiple applications from one account.Sweb Apps says they’ve seen good results since their August 2009 launch, with a 400% increase in sales, but won’t share actual numbers. That doesn’t really tell us much about the service’s adoption by the SMB market. Since the company isn’t touting any high-profile clients or case studies in their PR though, we have to imagine that they’re flying a bit under the radar on the business front at this point. Still, it’s very early in the game, and services like this can take a while to catch on and gain popularity.The pricing for Sweb Apps remains the same despite the new features. The company offers four-, six- and eight-button packages, which all include a one-time set-up fee of $50 per button. Then there is a $25 monthly hosting fee applied to every application going forward. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

‘Laddoos’ overdose leads to divorce of Uttar Pradesh couple

first_imgA resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district has sought divorce on grounds that his wife, under the influence of a tantrik (shaman), was giving him only ‘laddoos’ to eat.The man approached a family court where he said that on the instructions of the tantrik, his wife gave him four laddoos to eat in the morning and four in the evening. He was not allowed to eat anything else.The man said that he had been ailing for some time and his wife approached the ‘tantrik’ who asked her to make her husband eat only the laddoos.Officials at the family counselling centre were puzzled over the pretext for seeking divorce.“We can call the couple for counselling, but we can not treat the woman for being superstitious. She firmly believes that the laddoos will cure her husband and is unwilling to accept otherwise,” said a counsellor.last_img read more