Gymnastics Association preparing for September reopening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Gymnastics Association says that renovations are progressing on their new location, and that the club should be fully reopened by September.The Gymnastics Association’s Club Manager Chantelle Yates said that work crews have completed the foam pit and trampoline pit, as well as support columns to support the roof of the building, which is at the former MAXX Fitness on 95th Ave. The building, which is owned by Epscan, needed to have load-bearing interior walls torn down so that the space could be opened up for the gymnasts’ needs.Yates said that since there were several unforeseen delays in construction earlier this Spring, the Association has had to push back plans to reopen at their new location from July 1st. She added however that the new columns and pits mark major milestones in construction, and that the building should be ready for the gymnastics season to start in the fall.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Japanese eRetailer Buys Popular Messaging App Viber for 900 Million

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » February 14, 2014 In a blockbuster move that bodes well for businesses in the messaging space, Viber has been acquired by Tokyo-based internet retailer Rakuten Inc. in an all cash deal worth $900 million.Viber is among the most downloaded phone and messaging apps in the world and boasts a user base of 300 million with most of its users in the United States, Australia and Russia.Related: Yahoo Picks Up Social Diary Startup for a Reported $10 MillionWith the recent unveiling of Viber Out, users can make voice calls to other users as well as unregistered phones. That puts Viber into direct competition with Skype and puts it into a league that Line and WeChat haven’t hit yet.In addition to more than doubling its 200 million users, Rakuten, the sixth largest e-commerce company in the world by sales, expects the messaging service to complement its existing business. Billionaire cofounder and Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani says customers could potentially use the service to get in touch with a merchant before making a purchase. Mikitani says this added personalization will be what puts Rakuten above competitors like eBay and Amazon.The deal is expected to be completed by the end of March.Related: Japan Proposes ‘Super-Maglev’ Train Connecting Baltimore to D.C. in 15 Minutes 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more