Studios: Writers strike a losing effort

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonCompensation for work distributed via the Internet and other digital media has been central to the contract dispute. The guild also has called for unionization of writers working on reality shows and animation. The union responded by saying the contract proposals by the big studios would cause writers even more economic harm in the future. “To sidestep this fact, they erroneously claim we are focused on other issues,” the guild said in a statement. “The conglomerates are responsible for creating the economic havoc. They should put their energies into making a fair deal with writers rather than issuing misleading statements.” The strike that began Nov. 5 has also been costly for other industry workers. Production has been shut down on dozens of TV shows, with losses for crew members exceeding $250 million, according to the alliance message. The alliance Web site features a constantly updated ticker with the studios’ estimate of writers’ losses. The figure is based on West Coast guild data from 2006, the site said. Hollywood studios said Friday that striking writers have now lost more in salary and benefits than they had hoped to gain by walking off the job. In the message posted on its Web site and YouTube, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers claimed losses by writers in the eight-week strike have exceeded $151 million. That’s the price tag the Writers Guild of America put on its proposed three-year deal with studios. “The strike continues because the union’s leaders are focused on jurisdictional issues that would expand their own power, at the expense of the new media issues that working writers care most about,” the alliance said in a statement. Talks broke down Dec. 7 after the union rejected an alliance demand that a half-dozen guild proposals be taken off the table, including jurisdiction over reality and animation writers. While negotiations with the writers union are at a standstill, studios are preparing to begin contract talks with the Directors Guild of America, perhaps next month. Digital compensation also is expected to be a key issue for directors. Whether a deal by directors will affect the writers dispute is unclear. The guilds traditionally have followed a practice of pattern bargaining, with one contract considered a template for others. But the writers guild has said previously that it wishes the directors well, but noted they “do not represent writers. Our strike will end when the companies return to negotiations and make a fair deal with the WGA.” The directors guild has gone on strike only once, for just five minutes in 1987.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Eskom secures R15bn DBSA loan

first_img4 November 2010 Baloyi added that the municipal sector currently constitutes 50% of the DBSA’s loan book. “Electricity is a major component of municipal revenue, and it is only logical for the Bank to contribute to the funding of projects that will help to ensure a secure supply of energy for South Africa,” he said. After a thorough environmental analysis, the bank’s environmental appraisal report concluded that fossil fuels would remain dominant in South Africa’s energy mix for some time, but technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are being developed globally and Eskom’s projects will use some of these technologies to reduce emissions. “Building a sustainable and secure energy supply is one of many priority areas that the DBSA will aggressively pursue to complement the government development agenda to address key development and socio- economic issues faced by the country,” Baloyi said. State power utility Eskom has secured a R15-billion loan from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to fund its capital expansion programme. The loan, which is a structured facility that will be drawn over five years, does not utilise guarantees from the South African government. Reducing environmental impact The projects include the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations as well as the Ingula Pump Storage scheme and associated transmission infrastructure. Like any other transaction, the Eskom loan was subjected to the DBSA’s environmental appraisal guidelines, which found that Eskom has the institutional capacity to address current and future climate change related risks. Securing future energy supply Eskom’s capacity expansion programme is expected to have large spin-off effects, creating 40 000 new jobs, stimulating the creation of new industries and new suppliers, and adding almost 1% a year to the economic growth rate.center_img It will also have a significant impact on the economies and communities of the towns in which the new power stations are located. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Eskom’s capacity expansion projects will add 12 300 megawatts of additional generating and transmission capacity to South Africa’s national grid by 2017, enabling it to keep up with growing demand. Supporting growth and development Eskom CEO Brian Dames welcomed the recognition by the DBSA of the critical role that Eskom and its capacity expansion programme have to play in supporting South Africa’s growth and development. “Our new build programme is essential to provide the security of supply that South Africa needs if it is to grow its economy and improve the quality of life for all of its people,” Dames said. “The loan is a vote of confidence by the DBSA in Eskom. “It will help us to provide South Africa with the power stations and transmission infrastructure it needs while ensuring that Eskom remains financially sustainable.” Speaking at the media briefing in Johannesburg this week, DBSA chief executive Paul Baloyi said: “This deal signifies a major step change aimed at ensuring that South Africa’s long term electricity supply meets demand to ensure the economy can thrive.”last_img read more

Two Small Kids Left inside 110-degree Car While Mom Shops

first_imgA mother was inside a South Carolina Walmart for more than an hour while her two small children were left inside a vehicle, according to arrest warrants. Alyssa Gabriella Oliver is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.Arrest warrants released Thursday afternoon reveal that several witnesses saw a seven-month-old and 20-month-old crying and sweating heavily in the backseat of the vehicle on Tuesday. Officers managed to get the two children out of the vehicle. The children were taken to the hospital for treatment.An officer spoke with a loss prevention officer inside the store on South Irby Street, who said Oliver was seen parking her vehicle and walking into the store at 1:41 p.m. without her children, the warrant states. Documents show the officer located Oliver as she was leaving the store at 2:50 p.m.- Sponsor – The arrests warrants say the temperature inside the vehicle was checked by an infrared thermometer and it read 110 degrees. Oliver is currently at the Florence County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. The children were placed in the care of South Carolina Department of Social Services… WMBF News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

LadyGaga as a Service: Bringing Apple and Google to Commerce 2.0

first_imgmike kirkwood A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#saas And, the authorization to ‘Buy Now’. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market This feature is available to any Apple affiliate, but we find it particularly effective coming from the artist embedded with the video and other endorsements.Tweeting, End to End, Facebook, FTWWe noticed that with a simple interaction, we can logon to Facebook and Twitter from and drop a status post, or “tweet” into Facebook or Twitter. Incredibly, inside iTunes, both services are available as well. The real story is that social networks, and commerce networks work together, end-to-end, and, for-the-win. In a twist of fate, in this version of digital music future the record labels win big. They do it by being close to both eyeballs (Google) and library (Apple), and bringing out the thing they know, the pop. LadyGaga is on a rollWith the help of Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Apple she will connect to more platforms than ever before, with fewer clicks and passwords. We wonder how this evolve further into other platforms. Will LadyGaga’s services continue to find new ways to leverage real-time services? We’re starting to envision personal mobile and location aware fan applications. Will the forces of cloud computing and commerce force Apple and Google be best-friends-forever in music? And, will we ever build a phone that doesn’t disrupt us while on the dance floor?And, for god’s sake, damn, Beyonce’ has her back.Top photo credit: Lady Gaga at CES 2010 Lady Gaga, along with her record company, is evolving the album in the form of software as a service. Considering the content of her hit new video, Telephone, it is fitting that she would use software to tackle the hard problem of getting paid by amazing fans.On her path to global dominance, the site, has innovated the next generation of brand management for artists. To do this, she creates a join between Google’s YouTube, Apple’s iTunes, Twitter, and Facebook. Way beyond having a an Twitter account, LadyGaga is hosting an interface party, and you’re invited. She’s a performer who is inventing ways to create the value of using multiple platforms to juice the network effects.Commerce 2.0Like it a lot? Take a souvenir home from the party for the low introductory price of $1.99 in your iTunes.Today, we noticed another cultural icon, VC Fred Wilson posted this question on his blog as to what will emerge as Commerce 2.0. iTunes is prominently offered for both buying the video (which is also free on the same page) and also the album. So, there is a bet here that people want to own it, or place value in their iTunes library to offer this connected service. This brings the user to a one-moment to buy scenario. Shown here, there is the familiar transition to iTunes from the LadyGaga site. In default mode, iTunes is set to require a validation step (a second click) to buy the media. The user can can be set easily to bypass this step and enable the user one-click to buy from the web in the future. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “So the question is who will the YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter of commerce be? Maybe they exist today and will emerge as large scale web services soon. Or maybe they are still ideas in the minds of entrepreneurs and will be hatched in the coming years.It’s an area I am excited about and will be on the lookout for. Clearly I’m not the only one.”This is where we think’s promotion for Telephone stands out as an example of the new world economy. This world is connected by the best ad engines of Google. And it is directly connected to Apple’s amazing commerce engine. Apple, in the context of digital goods is showing how extremely well it is positioned to be the industry payment engine. Embedding YouTube: Get it Now, AnywhereWe witnessed YouTube transition from the Wild West to a control point for record labels. Now, a lot of the newest official artist videos flow straight to Vevo, the branded label friendly site that runs ads and controls the experience of the brand. YouTube is taking advantage of its place as a channeling service for video. In this case, the top, most requested inventory pays for the rest of the service. The higher the demand, the more attention it gets., like many sites, uses embeddable YouTube. In addition to pointing to commerce services like iTunes, the video embeds curated links into other properties at Vevo. This provides the site custom promotion experience while leveraging the YouTube and Vevo distribution channel.last_img read more

Biochemists launch crowdsourcing site to combat bad data

first_imgChemists looking to design and test new medicines are awash in a sea of bad data, according to a report released today by an international panel of experts. The panel, made up of researchers from 46 nonprofit institutions, universities, and biotech and pharmaceutical firms, say they are setting up a TripAdvisor-like crowdsourcing portal to disseminate up-to-date information about chemical probes that they see as the heart of the problem.The issue with faulty chemical probes has been growing rapidly in recent years. These small, druglike molecules are used primarily to block the activity of specific proteins to determine their roles in biochemistry. Ideally, this helps researchers design drug compounds that perform similar functions but retain attributes needed for successful medicines, like nontoxicity and the ability to travel through the human body. Today, thousands of such probes exist. 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The upshot, say Workman and others, is that many probes produce spurious results that can lead researchers to wrong conclusions about the proteins and drug molecules they are studying. For example, some probes have been found to cause side effects, such as triggering chemical changes in proteins or causing proteins to clump together in aggregates that damage cells. And that, the panel argues today in a commentary in Nature Chemical Biology, leads to uncounted hours of wasted time, effort, and money on the part of biomedical researchers. Several years ago, for example, poor chemical probe data led researchers to pursue a final stage clinical trial on a cancer drug candidate called iniparib. Such trials typically cost hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2011 iniparib was deemed a failure after it was found to be less effective at hitting its target than initially thought.Despite such failures, researchers often continue to use faulty probes. Up to now, chemical biologists have relied on the normal self-correcting mechanisms of science—journal articles, reviews, and conference proceedings—to set the record straight. But they haven’t worked in this case. “The self-correction has not been effective enough,” Workman says. The issue, he says, is that few researchers have the time or expertise to keep track of exactly which probes are proving successful. Instead, when researchers look for a new probe, most simply go to Google Scholar and gravitate to the probes that have the most citations. But these are often the older, less reliable probes, Workman says. One such probe, known as LY294002, has had 30,000 citations since 1994 and 1100 since the start of 2014. However, Workman says, “It’s a terrible compound, 10 years out of date, with lots of off-target effects.” More accurate probes have been on the market for years, but researchers still use LY294002 because it appears to have a strong track record.Chemical biologists say they hope crowdsourcing will solve the problem. They have set up a new wiki site, called the Chemical Probes Portal, with backing from ICR, the Broad Institute, the Structural Genomics Consortium, and the Wellcome Trust. At the site researchers will be able to add annotations to different chemical probes, to ensure their colleagues have the most up-to-date comparative information they need. The effort could be a challenging one, because even studies that use the same probe often use it in different conditions and at different doses, says Kevan Shokat, a chemical biologist at the University of California, San Francisco. However, he adds, as long as researchers use the portal in an iterative way to steadily improve the understanding of different probes, it should help the community. “I do think that would be a good service,” Shokat says.last_img read more

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3 days ago​Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiola

first_img​Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiolaby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has received praise from Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini.The Italian outfit are in England as they face off against City in the UEFA Champions League group stages.And Gasperini has not forgotten a gesture of kindness from Guardiola a few years ago, when the former was sacked by Inter Milan.Gasperini said at his press conference: “His compliments are very welcome. I have got nothing to add to what has already been said about Pep Guardiola, not just as a coach but as a human being.”He made a really nice gesture towards me and I can’t forget that. This makes this occasion even more poignant.”When I was sacked by Inter he called me and invited me to go to Barcelona to see them. It was a very nice gesture from a human point of view at a very difficult moment for me.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

YouTube bringing paid streaming services to Canada

first_imgAdvertisement YouTube is finally bringing its subscription services to Canada.The company announced that it is launching two new services, YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, next Tuesday in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, and then much more widely, including in Canada in the coming weeks. There is no date announced for launch here. The services replace YouTube Red, its current paid video platform, which is ad-free and hosts the company’s original productions, including Karate Kid spinoff series Cobra Kai.“YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else — all simply organized and personalized,” said a post on the company’s official blog. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement YouTube Music will cost $9.99 a month, while YouTube Premium will be $11.99 a month.center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter The new YouTube Music subscription service, as seen on Android and iOS Phones. (Supplied Photo)last_img read more

Holmes signs autographs at Ohio Union

A Super Bowl MVP and former Buckeye football star met students for an autograph session on campus.Santonio Holmes, the former Ohio State wide receiver, signed autographs at the Ohio Union for students and fans Tuesday night.Holmes, the Super Bowl XLIII MVP, spent two hours signing autographs for his fans in the Archie Griffin Ballroom.Jessica Kachovec, a first-year from Cincinnati, attended one game every year growing up and remembers seeing Holmes play in the Horseshoe.“He’s an amazing player,” Kachovec said. “The only reason I watch Pittsburgh is because he plays for them.”Holmes, who played for the Buckeyes from 2002 to 2005, now plays wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.“He was the man,” said Scott Diamond, a third-year from Cleveland, about Holmes’ days as a Buckeye. “He’s definitely one of the best NFL players Ohio State has ever produced.”Sean Sirianni, a fourth-year and Pittsburgh native who was excited when the Steelers drafted Holmes, was looking forward to meeting him because of the OSU-Pittsburgh connection they share.Holmes was recently accused of throwing a glass of liquor at a woman in a nightclub in Orlando, Fla. that caused a laceration.Despite the incident, he was welcomed with great support at the OSU event.“I really hope it all turns out OK,” Diamond said. “I hope he plays well and people hopefully forget the off-field issues when he’s done playing.” read more

Softball The music behind the player

Ohio State senior infielder Ashley Goodwin powers through the ball during the exhibition game against Wright State on Sep. 24 . Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternA player’s walk-up song can say a lot about who they are. Whether they want to get the crowd excited, hype themselves up or even calm themselves down, each individual player has different reasoning behind which song they choose. Members of the Ohio State softball team shared why they chose the songs they did. Senior center fielder Taylor White“X” by Kendrick Lamar“I saw the Black Panther and it’s on the Black Panther album and it’s cool and in the beginning, it says, ‘Black Panther’ and that sounds cool. I’m basically the Black Panther.”Freshman third baseman Niki Carver“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band“Our seniors chose songs for us. I’m from Georgia and they tend to make fun of my accent and stuff like that, so I guess it was suiting to choose that song.”Senior left fielder Bailee Sturgeon“Sauce It Up” by Lil Uzi Vert“I love music and my brother actually sent me a link to some SoundCloud rapper, at the time, and it was Lil Uzi. At the time he was only kind of popular, but he just mostly had stuff on SoundCloud. I listened to him and then, as he’s gotten bigger and bigger, it’s cool for me to have that connection with him because I was there when he was just a SoundCloud rapper.”Junior shortstop Lilli Piper“Pipe It Up” by Migos“Everyone calls me ‘Pipe’ because of my last name so it was just kind of ironic and I obviously had to choose it because it was just like a popular song.”Junior outfielder Bri Betschel“I Am the Greatest” by Logic“I picked this song because when I listened to it, the beginning sounded really fun and pumped up and I knew it would sound good on our system. It just kind of gives you some confidence hearing, ‘I am the greatest.’”Junior pitcher Morgan Ray“Jump Around” by House of Pain“I chose this song because it’s always been my dad and I’s song. We would dance to it and listen to it in the car before softball games since I was like 12. It makes me calm and it makes me ready to pitch.”Junior catcher Emily Clark“Bleed it Out” by Linkin Park“I chose ‘Bleed It Out’ because it’s a song that a lot of people know. I picked the beginning because it gets me hype but calms me down at same time. I like to pick songs that will get the crowd’s attention and that will also get them going.”Senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin“Swag Surfin’” by F.L.Y.“I picked my song because some days I’m stressed out about everything going on around me and I forget how blessed I am to play this game of softball at the greatest university.”Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” by Lauren Daigle“I chose my song because I love to use my platform as a Christian athlete to show who God really is and what he does in my life every single day. The song refers to the verse Ezekiel 37.”Freshman first baseman Kallie Boren“Where The Hood At” by DMX“I didn’t actually choose the song, the seniors did. They thought it was funny because I’ve never heard of the song or DMX before.”Senior catcher Becca Gavin“Good as Hell” by Lizzo“My brother chose it for me, actually. He thought it’d be a fun song and would get me in a good mood.” read more