SAG pact will give cable voice actors hike

first_imgActors who perform in such basic-cable animated programs as “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Boondocks” will receive a 20 percent increase in residuals under the terms of a tentative contract agreement reached Tuesday between negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild and producers of those and other shows. The contract, if ratified, would mark the first improvement in the residuals formula for these performers since 1990. The 20 percent figure is based on the initial run of a program followed by an average of 25 reruns. SAG President Alan Rosenberg said an “important victory” was achieved because the guild stood together as a united group of actors during negotiations with major producers including Walt Disney Pictures and Television, Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network. “The performers who work under these contracts have waited a long time for these well-deserved gains, particularly in the area of residuals,” Rosenberg said in a statement Tuesday. “… We were able to improve this contract, which affects mainly working-day performers, for the first time in almost two decades.” SAG’s national board will vote on ratification at its April 21-22 meeting. If passed, the new contract would be retroactive to Jan. 1 and run through June 30, 2008. The deal could potentially result in more covered work for SAG members because of a new understanding that all animated productions produced for basic cable would be covered by the contract. Previous industry practice relied on contracts for single productions. The new residuals formula for shows made directly for basic cable would jump from 12 percent to 17 percent of a voice performer’s minimum, which is currently $716 for a four-hour session. The residual pay would go down to 1.5 percent of that minimum for the 13th airing and each airing after that, but the payout could be considerable for performers since episodes of the more popular animated programs on basic cable can run 100 times or more in a single year. Loren Lester, who chaired the committee that began negotiating with producers in January, called the proposed deal a “significant win” for the actors who do voice-over work. “We were successful because we possessed a strong negotiating team comprised of an activist committee of working actors,” said Lester, who also cited supported guild leadership and SAG’s professional staff that included chief negotiator Sallie Weaver. Weaver said Tuesday that the deal comes at a critical time with cable being such a burgeoning industry. The agreement for basic-cable animated performers comes just a day after it was announced that SAG members have overwhelmingly authorized union leaders to call a strike, if necessary, in its continuing negotiations with producers of live-action basic cable shows including “Monk,” “The Shield” and “The Closer.” Voting took place last week during SAG caucuses held in San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, New York and Hollywood. “Member turnout was tremendous,” Rosenberg said in a statement this week. “An inspiring range of actors – from high-profile performers who star on their own shows to rank-and-file members who struggle to qualify for health insurance – stood side by side in solidarity.” SAG leaders have vowed to play hardball in their bargaining of the basic-cable contract, which they believe is inadequate considering the growth of cable and the fact that the current wages have been in effect for 16 years. Under the existing contract, which expired Feb. 28, actors are paid 12 percent of the minimum pay for the first repeat of a show with the figure going down to 1 percent for the 13th rerun and any repeats thereafter. The producers are currently offering 17 percent for the first repeat showing down to 1.5 percent for the 13th and all subsequent reruns. “We will continue to fight for a fair contract,” Rosenberg stated. “And, as is always the case, we hope to avoid any work interruption in pursuit of that equitable deal.” Negotiations on the live-action basic-cable contract resumed Tuesday. [email protected] (818) 713-3758 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

New products available for treating spider mites

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With continued dry weather, the pest we’ve been getting the most calls about is the spider mite. This is just a reminder that vigilant scouting for this pest is a good idea right now.It is also important to re-scout five days after treatment because many products will not kill the eggs, and populations can resurge. Any necessary follow-up treatment should be made with a product with a different mode of action to reduce resistance development. So, for example, if you used something with bifenthrin the first time, you might switch to Lorsban the second time, or vice versa.There are two miticides that are newly labeled for spider mite management in soybean and/or some types of corn: Agri-Mek from Sygenta and Zeal from Valent. We at OSU have not tested these products yet, but are currently running trials with both of them in northwestern Ohio.Economic thresholds based on the number of mites per plant have not been established for spider mites on soybeans. However, a scheme for evaluating an infested field based on observations of the presence of mite and feeding injury has been developed. In making an assessment of a spider mite infested field, it is important that one recognize the early signs of mite feeding, which is the stippling or speckled effect that initially appears on the foliage when foliage is still green. In addition, it is essential that one use a good hand lens to view relative abundance of mites in egg, nymph, and adult stages. The following is a system that can be used to assess a field and determine the need for taking action.Mites are barely detected on underside of leaves in dry locations or on edges of fields. Injury is barely detected. Non-economic population; do nothing.Easily detected on underside of leaves along edges of fields or perhaps on leaves in dry areas throughout field. Most foliage is still green, but yellow stippling caused by mite feeding is becoming detectable on upper side of leaves with the underside showing mite feeding. Still non-economic; warrants close monitoring.Many plants are infested when examined closely, with plants showing varying degrees of stippling. Possibly some speckling and discoloration of some of the leaves. These plants may be limited to field edges, but also might be found throughout field. Field edges might be showing signs of injury. Economic population developing; rescue treatment warranted. Consider entire field spray if mites are common throughout field.All plants in area, whether along field edge or within field, are heavily infested. Plants are discolored with wilted leaves, usually obvious from a distance. Severe injury occurring. Economic population; rescue treatment will save field.last_img read more

Police to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Project

first_imgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is set to benefit from the implementation of an energy efficiency project, aimed at cutting energy costs in the public sector. The pilot project, which forms part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s (STEM) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, will see conservation strategies being carried out at selected police stations and departments across the island. Speaking atthe first in a series of energy efficiency and conservation workshops for members of the JCF held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on February 28, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Leon Rose, said the programme is designed to reform energy management in the force. He said the initial stage of the project will see approximately six police departments, including the Mobile Reserve Unit in Kingston, being retrofitted with a number of energy saving measures, such as lighting fixtures and insulated windows and doors. He noted that following this exercise, the entities will be monitored by the JCF’s Conservation Unit and the Energy Ministry to ensure effective use of the strategies. ACP Rose said the long-term goal is for all JCF facilities across the island to benefit from the programme.“This will involve retrofitting, and in some instances, where necessary, refurbishing of selected police buildings,” he said.Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington said the JCF embraces the project and is committed to partnering with the Ministry to reduce the country’s energy bill.He noted that in recent years, the organisation has worked to strengthen its management capabilities in the area of conservation, pointing out that every police formation now has an energy officer.“For us to be chosen as the pilot organisation in this regard, is a signal of recognition of the effort which has been made in the JCF over the last few years and our continuing commitment to this strategy of conservation and exploiting alternatives for energy supply,” he stated.The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, which was launched in May 2012,is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, through funding support of some US$20 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The main objectives of the project are to: enhance Jamaica’s energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and implementation of cost saving measures in the public sector; to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining for implementing energy efficiency measures; to invest in energy efficiency and conservation measures in the public sector; and to increase awareness among key public and private sector stakeholders.last_img read more

The director of Suicide Squad publicly admitted what he regrets about the

first_img Login/Register With: David Ayer made a bad movie, and he knows it.The Suicide Squad director wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter this weekend, acknowledging the superhero film’s awful reviews and admitting some missteps he made along the way. In particular, he wrote that if he could go back in time, he’d make the Joker more of a central villain and “engineer a more grounded story.” The film’s messy plot was one of the flaws cited most by critics.— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017 Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Hype surrounded Suicide Squad from the moment it was announced. It seemed, at the time, like a potentially fresh spin on a tired genre. The film followed a ragtag team of DC comic book supervillains assembled by the US government. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto signed on to star. Ayer, who had just made the critically acclaimed World War II film Fury, was hired by Warner Bros. to direct. Advertisementlast_img read more

I hope India and Bangladesh will have a seamless border in future

first_imgOur film Shankhachil is a story of a family who lost their nation and motherland due to India and Bangladesh partition. The word Shankhachil means boundless, who has no boundaries, no limits. Without the awareness of the past, one cannot move ahead in future. Present is basically a moment in past and future. Past is witness to us. If we want to work on the present, we need to have ideology about our past.Our political scenario; our condition during the time of partition is definitely what students are probing about. But what I see, in future it will be a seamless border. Our colloquial history is same, the culture is same, and the language we speak is same, we would definitely witness the two countries as one, may be today or some other day. Shankhachil is an initiative. It is a film, a story, a history, and some suggestions for the youths. The youth will bring us together and we’ll find no division or boundaries. We have made the film in perspective of a river which has divided the two Bengals, but not the humans who have divided it.This film belongs very much to the present generation and there is a deep emotional attachment built in the film, in the context of partition.last_img read more

NCB arrests drug racket member with 850 gms of heroin

first_imgKolkata: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Eastern Zone has nabbed a person from English Bazar in Malda and seized 850 grams of heroin from his possession. Sources informed that the drug was about to be delivered by someone there, which would have been sent to Bangladesh later.According to NCB sleuths, they had recently got a tip-off that a racket is actively dealing in several drugs in North Dinajpur. Based on the tip-off, sleuths started gathering intelligence from the Domkal area of North Dinajpur. During the cover survey, NCB came to know that the racket is operating through South Dinajpur and Malda as well. Racketeers use the said corridor to deliver the drugs to Bangladesh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRecently, sleuths came to know that one Suman Das was the leader of the racket in Domkal. Based on the information, sleuths were keeping a vigil on Das. On Tuesday, when he went to English Bazar with 850 grams of heroin, sleuths followed him there. After waiting for some time, no one came to receive the heroin worth Rs 2 lakh approximately. When Das was about to go away, NCB sleuths surrounded him. During search, a packet full of heroin was seized from him. According to NCB, the source of the drug was Dalkhola, Uttar Dinajpur and the destination was Kaliachak primarily. From there, it would have been smuggled to Bangladesh. Sleuths are also searching his house and other places for more clues.last_img read more