TNT posts 3rd straight win, beats Star

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson TNT head coach Nash Racela liked that his team was able to play through calls that didn’t go their way.“We’ve been going through ups and downs but I think the more important thing is us finding ways to win and that’s exactly the same message I had for Glen (Rice Jr.) during one of our timeouts because he was complaining about the non-calls,” said Racela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I just reminded them the refs won’t adjust for sure and the only we can do is find ways to win.”Rice had three quick fouls in a span of 10 seconds early in the fourth quarter. View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled PBA IMAGESTNT chalked up its third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the expense of Star, 104-99, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.The KaTropa improved to 7-3 to overtake defending champion San Miguel, which has a 6-3 card, for the fourth spot while the Hotshots stayed in sixth place. ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ Then, Racela was called for a technical foul allowing Paul Lee to cut the deficit to six, 91-85, from as high as 16.Star was called for its first foul after Jio Jalalon hit Jayson Castro with 4:07 to go.Despite the foul situation, TNT managed to hold on to win with Rice hitting a dagger of a jumper with 26 seconds remaining that gave the KaTropa a 102-96 lead.Rice finished with a game-high 43 points to go along with 19 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy each had 12 points.Kristofer Acox led the Hotshots with 18 points and 18 boards.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

World Bank Pledges Additional US$100M

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The World Bank Group says it has raised an additional US$100 million funding in its Ebola crisis response to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries in West Africa. The announcement increases the Bank’s funding for the Ebola fight over the last three months in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to more than US$500 million. The Bank has already disbursed about US$105 million to the governments of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to fight the Ebola epidemic.In recent weeks, West African and global development leaders have appealed for a massive coordinated reinforcement of international health teams to the three countries in order to contain the epidemic. The health workers are needed to treat and care for patients, boost local health capacity, manage Ebola treatment centers, and resume essential health services for non-Ebola conditions. According to a dispatch from the World Bank, current estimates by the United Nations indicate that about 5,000 international medical, training and support personnel are needed in the three countries over the coming months to respond to the Ebola outbreak, including 700 to 1,000 foreign health workers to treat patients in the Ebola treatment centers.”The world’s response to the Ebola crisis has increased significantly in recent weeks, but we still have a huge gap in getting enough trained health workers to the areas with the highest infection rates,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We must urgently find ways to break any barriers to the deployment of more health workers. It is our hope that this US$100 million can help be a catalyst for a rapid surge of health workers to the communities in dire need.”The World Bank Group’s additional financing will help set up a coordination hub in close cooperation with the three countries; the World Health Organization (WHO); the United Nations’ main Ebola coordination body in Ghana; and other agencies to recruit, train and deploy qualified foreign health workers.The hub will be designed and operated in coordination with the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), with technical support from the WHO and in close collaboration with other partners. It will resolve key issues blocking the recruitment of significantly more foreign health workers, such as pay and benefits, recruitment and training, safety, transportation, housing, provision of urgent medical care, and/or medical evacuations for any infected staff.The funding also will strengthen the overall capacity of the three countries toward reaching the targets established by UNMEER and WHO on October 1, 2014: To isolate and treat 70 percent of suspected Ebola cases in West Africa and safely bury 70 percent of the dead within the next 60 days.The announcement comes at a time of increased international focus on the need to bring more trained health workers to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone-the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak.At a special meeting on Ebola called on October 28, 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said her organization would help deploy 2,000 trained health workers from African countries to the affected nations. At the meeting, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Kim welcomed the pledge and said they would do all they could to help. Also Tuesday, Kenyan health leaders told Kim that 600 health workers in the country have volunteered to go to work in the affected nations.And earlier this month, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, pledged US$100 million to increase the number of foreign health workers, with much of the funding going toward medical evacuation services for foreign health workers if they were to contract Ebola. The European Commission and the United States earlier this month also pledged to support medical evacuation of infected foreign health workers.”Health workers take an oath to treat the sick – and so it’s no surprise to me that many health workers want to go treat Ebola patients at the source of this epidemic,” said Kim, an infectious disease doctor who spent years treating patients in poor countries. “So we need to find all ways possible to remove any obstacle that stops health workers from serving – whether it is pay for workers in developing countries, or the promise of evacuation services. Health workers who treat Ebola patients are heroes, and we should treat them as such.”Kim also said that the hub could jumpstart the development of a more permanent global health security reserve corps from different countries for rapid and targeted health worker deployment in response to future health crises.”Even as we focus intensely on the Ebola emergency response, we must also invest in public health infrastructure, institutions and systems to prepare for the next epidemic, which could spread much more quickly, kill even more people and potentially devastate the global economy,” said Kim.The new funding will come from World Bank Group’s IDA Crisis Response Window, which is designed to help low-income IDA countries respond to exceptionally severe crises in a timely, transparent and predictable way. Financing from the Crisis Response Window complements UN and other emergency relief efforts by providing immediate crisis response, supporting country efforts to provide care and essential support for affected populations, while helping countries return to a path of long-term development.The World Bank Group previously announced that it was mobilizing US$400 million for the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis, of which US$117 million has already been disbursed. This support-coordinated closely with the United Nations and other international and country partners-will assist the affected countries in treating the sick, providing essential food and water to Ebola-affected households, coping with the economic and social impact of the crisis, and starting to improve their public health systems to build up resilience and preparedness for potential future outbreaks. The World Bank Group also recently released a report that said that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries and spreads to neighboring countries, the two-year regional financial impact could reach US$32.6 billion by the end of 2015.Bank President Arrives in GhanaAt the same time, World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim has arrived in the Ghanaian capital Accra on October 30, for meetings with Ghanaian Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and other country officials. According to a statement issued by the Bank’s Monrovia office, Dr. Kim will meet with  officials of the United Nations (UN) Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER)  to discuss the Ebola epidemic and its debilitating impact on the three most heavily affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone –  and on the West African sub-region as a whole. Dr. Kim, a public health expert, has been a strong voice in rallying global support to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He has vowed to stand by the people of the sub-region until the virus is defeated and pledged the Bank’s commitment to supporting post-Ebola economic revitalization of the three worst hit countries whose GDP growth projection have declined substantially due to the Ebola outbreak.He is quoted Dr. Kim reaffirming the World Bank Group’s commitment to fighting the Ebola epidemic and will share the latest news on how the World Bank Group will continue to work closely with partners to assist the affected countries. The Ebola epidemic continues to spread exponentially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has ravaged families, health workers and communities; disrupted normal life; and led to a breakdown of already weak country health systems.last_img read more

Lakers short on more than talent

first_imgThis isn’t the time for finger-pointing, for whining and acting all weepy. It’s time to buckle down, re-examine and recommit. To lift their flattened chins off the court. Also, for crossing fingers and praying to celestial bodies. Besides, finger-pointing is the columnist’s domain. The Lakers have other things to worry about now, like simply managing to put up some semblance of a fight. So now they don’t snap towels at each other enough? Just never seem to get around to firing up the backyard grill at Kobe’s? Don’t meet for beers in Manhattan Beach? Come on, they don’t need a group hug, they need more talent. They don’t need a weekly board game night, they need the starters they have to get healthy. They certainly had none Tuesday in Phoenix, where the Suns rolled over them like some lost iguana on Interstate 10. Did you hear something? Nah, nary a beep. This is not the moment for alarmists to rule. For Chicken Little to run rampant. There is a simple reality to be acknowledged here, one even Kobe Bryant owned up to after that scintillating 126-98 loss to the Suns in Game 2 on Tuesday in Phoenix. “It’s not like we have the best talent in the league,” he said. “We really have to pride ourselves on playing hard all the time.” Which they absolutely did not do Tuesday. Unlike early in the series opener, they did not play harder than the Suns. They did not play smarter. They were left completely discouraged, which, when you’re taken to the shed for a nationally televised flogging, tends to happen. “We didn’t have it,” said coach Phil Jackson. “We weren’t quick, we weren’t active, we weren’t aggressive. They took it to us. Now let’s go back and play.” See, that’s the thing. The Lakers need to show fire on the court, not in the locker room. Need to stand up and battle with everything they have during the game, not moan “woe is me” after it. Hey, they got crushed. If they don’t get it together for tonight’s Game 3 at Staples Center, they’re going to get crushed again. Then it’s season over, play that fourth one because it’s required. Not close as team Right now they’re understandably embarrassed. After Tuesday’s devastation, Lamar Odom said: “It’s kind of sad but I don’t know that we’re as close as a team right now as far as camaraderie and things like that. “That’s the only way you lose games like this — when you’re not that close.” Guess Odom means close like all those Kobe-Shaquille O’Neal championship teams. This is not a team of yuck-it-up guys. Every single player on the team has a mild personality. OK, every guy except for Ronny Turiaf. But those mellow individual traits cannot manifest themselves into a laid-back team on the court. The Lakers are outmanned. That should be clear to every one, even those who bleed the team colors. Their greatest chance is to be healthy, playing at their best and playing harder than the Suns. They did that last postseason against the Suns and nearly – maybe should have – pulled the upset. This year the Suns have All-Star center Amare Stoudemire back, a player who makes a difference. Worse, Kobe walks on the court with three injured players and a rookie, Jordan Farmar, who started two whole games before the playoffs. Luke Walton and Kwame Brown are still not fully recovered from ankle sprains, which becomes more clear by the playoff minute, and Odom is playing through a shoulder tear that may require offseason surgery. There is only so much Kobe can do. He might as well be playing with Munchkins. Trying to drive through three defenders every night isn’t going to get it done. Not in the playoffs, not against the high-octane Suns. “What we have to do is play a smarter game,” Kobe said. “We have to play hard, we have to get the hustle points and execute well.” That proved difficult for the Lakers in Phoenix. Playing a hustling 48 minutes on the road is no easy task, particularly when the Suns tend to play at warp speed. Returning home But tonight the Lakers return home. Tonight they absolutely must win and need to play like that the entire game. Need to get back on defense, close lanes, make switches and actually attempt to stay in front of the Phoenix guards. They need to catch passes, move the ball, cut down on turnovers and actually hit open jumpers. Mostly they need to come out with some attitude, some intensity. Play like a team willing to do anything it must to defend its home court. Quit moping and start playing. Maybe it still won’t be enough. Probably it won’t, but at least they can feel better about themselves and stop with all the brooding. They’re down 2-0, and there is absolutely no way they come back without a major attitude adjustment. “Not in the mood they were in today,” Jackson said Wednesday. “They’ve got to change their mood around. “They were depressed and humiliated (Tuesday), and they still haven’t gotten over it this morning.” Being upset is one thing. They should be upset. But now it’s about how they respond. “I’m a little bit frustrated, but I’m sure everybody is,” Kobe said. “But you have to put the pedal to the metal now. You have to get after it. “If we can’t put it in second gear, brother, we stink.” Sister, he has that right. Time to be smart, to give it their all, to dig in and play like they understand their season is at stake. Nothing creates camaraderie like winning, but absolute effort is a close second. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Last-gasp shot carries Calabasas

first_imgCALABASAS – Allen Finkelstein didn’t take many shots Wednesday. He attempted only three, but the third was the only one that mattered. The Calabasas High senior took an inbounds pass underneath his basket, dribbled the length of the floor, pulled up 25 feet away and hit the winning 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to give the Coyotes a 40-38 Marmonte League victory over visiting Thousand Oaks. “No one came out to guard me, so it was going up,” Finkelstein said. “Instincts took over.” Calabasas (15-4 overall, 7-0 Marmonte), ranked No. 10 by the Daily News, took sole possession of first place from No. 4 Thousand Oaks (17-3, 6-1) and stepped closer to retaining its league championship. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Allen hit a monster shot,” Calabasas coach Russell White said. “I don’t know if this was a must win for us, but it was certainly a nice one.” Thousand Oaks appeared to be in control, leading by as many as seven points at the end of third quarter and by five with 3:36 left in the game. Mark Einhorn, who was in foul trouble for a majority of the game, got hot down the stretch, scoring six of his team-high 11 points in the final 4:20. Finkelstein’s shot overshadowed Bobby Macias’ solid effort for the Lancers. The junior guard drove to the hoop for easy baskets as he scored 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter. “Bobby was great tonight,” Thousand Oaks coach Rich Endres said. “Allen hit a clutch shot. What more can you say?” The Coyotes had no answer for Alex Cohen in the first half. The senior guard scored seven of his eight points in the first 16 minutes, and Thousand Oaks went into intermission with a 20-19 lead. center_img Macias had his way in the third quarter, scoring seven points during a two-minute stretch to give Thousand Oaks a 32-25 lead with 2:17 to go in the period. The Lancers were unable to sustain the momentum. “Bobby was tough tonight,” White said. “Wow, what a game. What a finish. I’m speechless.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 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

SYGMA expansion nearly completed

first_imgLANCASTER – A restaurant-supply company will complete an expansion of its new Lancaster distribution center this spring, more than doubling its operation to 230,000 square feet and setting the stage for job growth, company officials said. SYGMA Network Inc., a subsidiary of the Fortune 500 company SYSCO, expects to complete the expansion of its distribution center near Avenue G and 50th Street East by April 1. The company started construction of a 110,000-square-foot center last April, but decided to expand almost as soon as the facility was completed last fall. “We are expecting to continue to grow at our facility,” said Jim Stencel, company vice president. The company, which started its Lancaster operations in December, employs about 120 workers. Within a year the company expects to grow to 220, said Karla Bulluck, human resources manager. The project will be the third in Lancaster’s Fox Field Industrial Corridor between the Antelope Valley Freeway and Fox Field Airport. The corridor also has distribution centers for Rite Aid drugstores and the Michaels chain of craft stores. Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said the city was pleased the company decided early on to expand. The company fits in with the city’s plans to turn the Fox Field Corridor into a major job producer and help keep some of the region’s 50,000-plus commuters off the freeway. Other Fox Field Corridor project include plans by The Buzz Oates Group of Companies to build 425,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space at Avenue G and 30th Street West; the $24 million Fox Field Business Park with 220,000 square feet of industrial space by the commercial arm of home builder Larwin Co.; and a project by West Lancaster LLC to build a complex with approximately 250,000 square feet of floor space. The construction of the commercial and industrial buildings is being done “on spec” – constructed on speculation that a company will be interested, rather than tailor-made for specific tenants. Economic development officials said it is a welcome sight, because lack of industrial space has hampered efforts to draw businesses to the Antelope Valley. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Eventually the operation will grow to about 350 workers in Lancaster. Thus far, the company has received more than 3,220 applications. “Not only did we have the quantity (of applicants), but we had the quality,” Bulluck said. The company’s main need at this point is truck drivers. The company has 59 drivers now, but will need between 100 to 110, Bulluck said. The company acquired the site for the distribution center from the city’s Redevelopment Agency for $871,200. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal 1-5 Monaghan 3-16 – An experimental Donegal did their best to keep in touch with Monaghan in their McKenna Cup clash at MacCumhaill Park today.Jim McGuinness’ team only trailed by three points at half time thanks mainly to an Adrian Hanlon goal.But any thoughts this young Donegal side had of upsetting the odds in the second half were quickly blown away. In the end it proved nothing more than shooting practice for Monaghan who finally cantered away bt 3-16 to 1-05.The Donegal manager won’t lose any sleep by the result – a similar outing to the first McKenna Cup game against Fermanagh during the week.It was his chance to blood a number of players and give a chance for a start to a number of fringe players.The eventual manner of defeat may give him some food for thought but little else at this stage of the season. Monaghan had looked in control at MacCumhaill Park in the opening half.Indeed they raced to a five point lead with scores from the likes of Kieran Hughes, Conor McManus and Kieran Duffy before 25 minutes.Adrian Hanlon has managed to keep Donegal in touch with Donegal’s opening score – a goal on 28 minutes.Glenswilly man Gary McFadden added a point with his left boot before Monaghan netted a couple more.Donegal did well to hang in as the visitors looked like they could have pulled away in the first half. But that inevitably came through in the second period as Monaghan scored at will.It didn’t help that their first score was a goal by Keith McEleaney in the opening minutes of the restart which cancelled out Hanlon’s goal for Donegal.Kieran Hughes scored almost at will with a personal tally of 1-5 for the visitors.Dermot Malone added another goal for Monaghan as McGuinness continued to ring the changes knowing the chance of victory was long gone for his side. Hughes grabbed Monaghan’s third goal as the scoreboard began to look slightly embarrassing on the day.EXPERIMENTAL DONEGAL BLOWN AWAY BY MONAGHAN IN DR MCKENNA CUP was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EXPERIMENTAL DONEGAL BLOWN AWAY BY MONAGHAN IN DR MCKENNA CUPlast_img read more

Liverpool ahead of Manchester United in betting for Premier League title

first_imgLiverpool are ahead of Manchester United in the betting odds for winning the Premier League title this season.The Reds finished fourth last season, just six points behind their bitter rivals in second. gameday smart causal How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Mohamed Salah scored 32 goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season The pragmatic and often dour approach by the Old Trafford outfit has even led to Alvin Martin claiming he would rather play for West Ham United instead.Conversely, Liverpool carved teams apart at times last season – scoring goals for fun with Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane filling their boots. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible xi ALTERED who plays? However, their shrewd investments already this summer and their strong Champions League run last season mean they have edged the Red Devils out of the running.According to, Liverpool are second favourites to win the Premier League next season at 9/2.Hot on their heels are United, who are valued at 13/2 in third place Manchester City are favourites at 8/13.Mourinho has come under intense criticism for his style of play at Old Trafford, with United fading away after a fast start to last season. NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 2 2 Mourinho will have to prove the bookies wrong if he is to win the Premier League title Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Premier League latest possible standings predicted To strengthen the side, Klopp has already added Fabinho, Naby Keita and is looking to complete a deal for Alisson Becker of Roma.Although the Red Devils finished in second place, they were 19 points behind the emphatic Manchester City.As a result, Pep Guardiola’s men are favourites to retain the trophy.last_img read more

Donegal is through the roof on Airbnb this Easter

first_imgDonegal is trending for Airbnb users this Easter.Ireland’s best-kept secret is trending with our county being the second highest used destination on the popular accommodation website this holiday period.Airbnb reveal springtime has sprung in Donegal, with a positive surge of 71% more guest arrivals. A projected 38,000 guest arrivals to Ireland from across the world will use Airbnb.Limerick is named the top trending Irish destination over the four-day holiday period which has seen a positive surge of 78% more guest arrivals on Airbnb’s platform than the same period last year.Travellers have also got wind of the rugged landscapes and stunning Atlantic views of Donegal, placing it second, with an increase of 71% in guest arrivals; while Ireland’s medieval capital, Kilkenny, appears third highest on the list with an increase of 51%.The results show that the popularity of Airbnb continues to grow across the country with guests staying in the villages, towns and cities outside of Dublin. Since 2010, Ireland’s residents have formed a vibrant Airbnb community of hosts, sharing unique experiences with travellers from around the world.Between November 2016 and November 2017 approximately 1.2 million people travelled in Ireland using Airbnb, with almost 90 percent of guests visiting for a holiday or for leisure.Donegal is through the roof on Airbnb this Easter was last modified: March 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:airbnbdonegalEasterlast_img read more

What Does It Take to Join a Motion Picture Industry Guild?

first_imgWhat’s required to join the major motion picture industry guilds? What are the benefits? Here’s what you need to know.Top image via Marvel Studios: DGA members Joe and Anthony Russo on the set of Captain America: Civil WarSince the industrial revolution, workers around the world have joined forces to form unions in order to “achieve certain goals” or standards for the workplace. Many of the unions of the motion picture industry are called guilds. While there are a host of similarities between labor unions and guilds (such as employee rights, grievances, benefits, and wages), there are also stark contrasts.Unlike labor unions, guilds have great influence — or rather, control — over the longterm careers of their members. This is done through various required qualifications, as well as ongoing professional experience in order to continue to be licensed. Let’s take a look at a few of the major motion picture industry guilds and see what they offer and require of their members.Directors Guild of AmericaImage via Amblin Entertainment: Lincoln, directed by DGA member Steven SpielbergThe guild for motion picture industry directors (both film and television) is the Directors Guild of America. This however isn’t the only directors union. There is also a Directors Guild of Canada and the Directors Guild of Great Britain. The DGA includes directors, assistant directors, unit production managers, associate directors, stage managers, and production associates.Labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports and new media. – DGA WebsiteBenefits and DrawbacksThere are many benefits and potential drawbacks to joining the DGA. But the way in which the guild works for you begins with simple economics. As a member of the DGA, you are guaranteed minimum compensation and benefits through negotiated collective bargaining agreements which allow the DGA to “address changes in the industry.” Additional basic compensation that the DGA offers its members: health insurance after “requisite minimum earnings” and a pension plan for retirement. The guild also negotiates residuals (payments) from television reruns, basic cable exhibition, home video, and digital exploitation.Image via Warner Bros: The Aviator, directed by DGA member Martin ScorseseBeyond the economics, the DGA offers its members creative rights, ensuring that directors retain active participation in all aspects of the filmmaking process. These include the rule of one director to a film (though there are ways of obtaining a waiver for this), the right to choose the first AD, the right to engage with casting decisions, the right to direct all reshoots, giving directors a specific period of time to develop a first cut without interference, and legal representation.Requirements:Deal Memo or Commercial Project Listing FormCouncil Application ApprovalEndorsement from Three DGA MembersDGA Initiation Fees and Quarterly Dues (Follow the Link and Click “Dues”)One area where the DGA has really stepped up its game: content on YouTube. The official channel for the DGA is an amazing resource for professional and independent directors. There’s an amazing wealth of knowledge with each one of these videos as you’ll see below (via Directors Guild of America). This goes directly back to one of the main purposes of the guild: educating its members. Producers Guild of AmericaImage via Miramax: No Country for Old Men, produced by PGA member Scott RudinThe Producers Guild of America represents producers in the television, film, and new media industry within the United States. The PGA, as it exists today, was formed in 1962 when the Screen Producers Guild and the Television Producers Guild merged. Since this time, the Guild has grown to roughly over 7,000 members in every segment of the motion picture industry.The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. – PGA WebsiteBenefits and DrawbacksMuch like the Directors Guild of America, the PGA helps its members with networking, staffing, and employment opportunities. The guild also provides its members self-pay health coverage or employer-paid dental and medical, as well as retirement plans. There are also several other economic advantages such as discounted registration to conferences, seminars and access to the PGA Weekly Email Newsletters, which lists job postings for members.Image via Columbia Pictures: Lawrence of Arabia, produced by PGA member Sam SpiegelBeyond economic benefits, the PGA offers its members on-going educational opportunities, multitiered mentoring programs, and member-exclusive video content. The PGA also aids its members by providing complimentary screeners for award consideration. If a film is selected for an award, the PGA offers its members “free admittance (when available)” to theaters as well as discounts on car rentals, hotels, events, etc.Requirements:No Less than Two (2) Feature Film ProductionsNo Less than Five (5) Short Film ProductionsNo Less than Two (2) Long-Form Television ProductionsNo Less than Thirteen (13) Episodes of “Episodic” Televsion ProductionsReference from One (1) PGA Member, and Two (2) Additional Industry ReferencesApplication Fees – Producers Council ($1,170), AP Council ($595), New Media Council ($595)Annual Dues – Producers Council ($395), AP Council ($195), New Media Council ($195)*View all requirements on the PGA Website.The PGA offers a wide variety of video content through its official YouTube channel. These videos offer incredible insight into joining the guild as well as information from working producers. Check out the video below where members of the PGA discuss how to manage 4K technology. Motion Picture Editors GuildImage via Miramax: Gangs of New York, edited by MPEG Member Thelma SchoonmakerThe Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) is a Union Local 700 for post-production professionals. It is affiliated with the national labor organization International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. As of 2016, MPEG currently represents “7,300 freelance and staff post-production professionals.” It is considered to be the preeminent guild for promoting excellence and professionalism in the post-production industry. Just as the DGA and PGA provide their members with a wide variety of incentives and benefits, the MPEG does the same for its members. Let’s take a look at these incentives.The requirements to become a member of the Guild and placed on our Industry Experience Roster ensures the highest level of professionalism. – MPEG WebsiteBenefits and DrawbacksAs an affiliate of the IATSE, the Motion Pictures Editors Guild works to ensure that its members are receiving fair wages for work produced. Through their website, members and nonmembers can select a production type and a classification to gain access to all necessary provision information, wage rates, holidays, plus a downloadable contract. In addition to this, the MPEG offers its members Motion Picture Health and Welfare plans, as well as retirement and pension plans.Image via Paramount Pictures: Raiders of the Lost Ark, edited by MPEG Member Michael KahnBeyond the benefits listed above, the guild also offers its members access to a wide range of continuing education courses. These training courses take place at participating facilities. While there are fees to attend such courses, “many of the facilities waive the cost entirely.” MPEG also offers post-production practice facilities for its members to gain experience on the latest industry software and equipment. In addition to this, the guild provides access to quarterly magazine CineMontage, private screenings, bi-monthly mixers and annual events, as well as eligibility to join the First Entertainment Credit Union and the Actors Federal Credit Union.Requirements:175 Days of Non-Union Work in last Three (3) YearsWork Must Have Been Performed in the United StatesIndustrial and Educational Films are NOT CoveredTurn Initial Paperwork into CSATFAttend Orientation MeetingSubmit Initiation FeesSubmit Final Paperwork to CSATF*Two sets of requirements: one is for working with employers on the West Coast, the other is for working on the East Coast.While the MPEG isn’t as prolific about video content as the PGA and DGA, it does have a helpful informational video presentation. In the video below (via Motion Picture Editors Guild), MPEG members run through the benefits of joining the guild.center_img International Cinematographers Guild vs. The American Society of CinematographersImage via 20th Century Fox: The Revenant, shot by ASC Member Emmanuel LubezkiFor cinematographers, there are two potential membership opportunities. While one is strictly geared toward union rights, the other is a society which is an “educational, cultural, and professional organization.” The first is the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 which, just like the Motion Picture Editors Guild, is affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The second group is known as the American Society of Cinematographers.Advancing the art and science of cinematography and bringing cinematographers together to exchange ideas, discuss techniques and promote the motion picture as an art form — a mission that continues today. – ASC WebsiteBenefits and DrawbacksBetween these two organizations, it’s really broken down between representation and education. The ICG Local 600 provides its members with medical, dental, pension, and retirement. The ASC is more of a cultural and educational organization dedicated to advancing the art of cinematography. It is a very exclusive organization with only 350 active members, and 800 total members since its founding in 1919.Image via The Weinstein Company: Inglourious Basterds, shot by ASC Member Robert RichardsonThe International Cinematographers Guild provides its members with a wide range of wage rates and contracts as well as safety protocols and contact information. The ASC provides cinematographers with a wide variety of master classes to educate professional cinematographers on evolving filmmaking technology. In addition to these master classes,  the ASC and ICG offer an amazing magazine subscription for both members and nonmembers.Requirements (ICG):Indicate ClassificationRead the Membership BookletRead the Roster Placement Letter (Western Region)Send Resume and Letter of IntentICG Initiation Fees Estimated ($5000 – $10,000)ICG Annual Dues Estimated ($1000 + 1% of Income)Requirements (ASC):Membership is by Invitation OnlyThree Active or Retired Members Must Submit ProposalWorked as a Professional DP for Five (5) of Eight (8) YearsWork Most be Deemed Worthy of AcceptanceInterview with Membership CommitteeSubmission of Sample ReelOddly enough, neither the ICG or the ASC have any real presence on YouTube or Vimeo. However, there are countless videos on each platform that offer incredible insight from members of both organizations.Are you interested in joining a guild? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.last_img read more

Duncan Fletcher meets BCCI chief as his role comes under scanner

first_imgThe president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), N. Srinivasan, on Tuesday met the national team’s chief coach Duncan Fletcher to discuss a host of issues ahead of Team India’s tour of Sri Lanka.BCCI sources said Srinivasan visited the team hotel and met Fletcher. India’s Test series debacles in England and Australia dominated the discussion as the matter was raised during the last two meetings of the BCCI working committee, they said.Former Indian captain and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president Anil Kumble had raised the issue during the last BCCI working committee meeting. He had questioned whether the BCCI has sought answers from Fletcher regarding India’s disastrous performances in England and Australia.The season starting with the Sri Lankan tour would be crucial for Team India and its Zimbabwean coach as his main job would be to contain the continued slide of World Champions in the longer format.Fletcher’s role has been under scanner ever since he took charge from his South African predecessor Gary Kirsten last year.The fact that India would be hosting New Zealand, England and Australia for their next 10 Tests might work in favour of Fletcher.last_img read more