Country Choice keeps it all clean

first_imgCountry Choice has launched ’Kitchen Essentials’, a package of cleaning and hygiene products, food preparation equipment and all the relevant documentation needed for food retailers to put a compliant system in place. The Country Choice ’Keeping it Clean’ technical manual provides a step-by-step guide to creating and managing a hygiene programme.Stephen Clifford, marketing controller, Country Choice, said: “All businesses engaged in food preparation must have a documented hygiene system that complies with legislation such as COSHH (Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health) and the Food Safety Act.”The range of cleaning products includes: cloths and scourers, hand wash solutions, paper towel systems, cleaning solutions, cling film, foil, refuse sacks and even first aid and burns kits. All items come in single or small pack sizes for ease of handling and storage.”As well as making it easier for retailers to keep their bake-off area clean, ’Kitchen Essentials’ will provide them with the peace of mind that comes from knowing the job has been done to the highest standards, in compliance with legal obligations,” added the firm.last_img read more

AP Source: Broncos agree to $44 million deal with Glasgow

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have agreed to a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with offensive guard Graham Glasgow, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because deals cannot become official until the start of the NFL’s new calendar year on Wednesday.ESPN first reported the agreement, which includes $26 million in guaranteed money. March 16, 2020 AP Source: Broncos agree to $44 million deal with Glasgowcenter_img Although the versatile Glasgow can also play center and Broncos incumbent Connor McGovern is set to hit free agency, Glasgow will get his first look at guard following the Broncos’ decision to cut ties with oft-injured right guard Ronald Leary.Glasgow has started 58 games in four season with the Detroit Lions, who drafted him in the third round out of Michigan in 2016. He played left and right guard his rookie season as well as some center and has mostly played center since then.Broncos general manager John Elway has made bolstering his O-line an offseason priority, and teaming the 27-year-old Glasgow with second-year left guard Dalton Risner gives Denver one of the best young tandems in the league.The Broncos are counting on their headliner from last year’s free agent class, right tackle Ja’Wuan James, to bounce back from a balky knee that limited him to just three appearances in 2019. Their left tackle, Garett Bolles, has been flagged 46 times in 48 career games but showed some improvement down the stretch as rookie QB Drew Lock won four of his five starts. ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP NFL: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Rio Olympics: USA Basketball credits Kobe Bryant for revamping program’s culture

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The pre-practice meeting just started, and Kobe Bryant arrived drenched in sweat. As his teammates slept, Bryant already had been awake for nearly three hours to lift weights and complete a shooting workout. Bryant’s offseason routine was already legendary with endless tales of his uncompromising work ethic. This marked the first time for many of the game’s other top stars, however, to witness it. So it only seemed fitting Bryant cemented the same reputation with the U.S. Olympic team, beginning with his intensive training regimen when Team USA practiced in Las Vegas nearly nine years ago. Team USA (3-0), which plays Serbia on Friday in preliminary play of the Rio Olympics, aims to win its sixth gold medal since NBA players could compete in the Games. After winning gold in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), Bryant will not participate. But as various current and former USA Basketball players and coaches argued, Bryant’s shadow still looms.So much that USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo credited Bryant for playing “a very large part” in revamping the program’s culture after settling for bronze in the 2004 Athens Games. Coming out of his shell Before Bryant signed up for Olympic duty, doubts emerged on whether his heavy focus on scoring would resonate with a team of fellow superstars. So shortly after Bryant posted a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006, Colangelo met with Bryant and asked him a pointed question. “What if I said to you, I want you to be a distributor and not a scorer?” Colangelo asked. Bryant answered exactly how Colangelo hoped he would. “I’ll do whatever it takes,” Bryant said. “I just want to be on that team.” It sounded like the right thing to say. Words meant only so much, though.“It was weird at first to see Kobe join us,” said New York Knicks forward and close friend Carmelo Anthony, who played with Bryant both on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams. “Nobody expected Kobe to accept the invitation to play with USA basketball. Once he did it, we had to bring him in and accept him.” It appeared both parties dipped their toes into the pool before taking a deep dive. Bryant impressed the coaching staff by sitting in the front row during the team’s first meeting before training began in Las Vegas in 2008. Bryant surprised the coaching staff, too. “Kobe sat right behind the coaches at a table by himself. It looked kind of weird,” said Nate McMillan, a former Team USA assistant. “Kobe was sitting at the first table as if he didn’t know the other guys.” Shortly after, Bryant spent part of one practice attempting long pull-up jumpers, shots he made regularly for the Lakers. Former U.S. Olympic teammate Jason Kidd mused “one of the things you can never tell Kobe is that it’s a bad shot.” Kidd told Bryant that, anyway. “Can I get you to just catch and shoot?” Kidd asked Bryant. “Why don’t you just make it simple and easy? Just catch and shoot and you’re open.” Bryant’s initial isolation from his teammates and his shooting habits, however, revealed the complexity in Bryant’s thought process. It also provided an opening for him to evolve.McMillan soon understood Bryant had stayed distant with his contemporaries so he could maintain a competitive edge. “We’re going to be together coach and the chemistry is going to be there,” Bryant told McMillan. “I don’t know those guys, but give it a little time. We’ll work it out. We’re going to be ready to get gold.” Kidd learned Bryant had not tried to score before on catch-and-shoot chances because of external circumstances. “I just never had that ability to do it,” Bryant told Kidd. “I always had to work off the dribble to get my rhythm.” Kidd and others discovered Bryant showed openness toward tweaking his game and showing more of his personality without compromising both his serious nature and scoring instincts. Though most described Bryant as more reserved than outgoing, Anthony observed that Bryant “blended right in.” His teammates became fascinated with the fandom that followed him in Beijing that evoked comparisons to Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson. Boozer saw one fan even faint over Bryant’s mere presence at a game. His teammates, however, sounded more intrigued of witnessing Bryant shed his own misconceptions. Bryant reported during the 2015-16 season that he often teased Kidd about his age and “goofed off” with each other before practice. Kidd smiled as he recalled going with Bryant to a local driving range, only to reveal his skills with a golf club hardly matched his skills on the hardwood. “He was kind of vulnerable. I thought that was kind of cool,” Kidd said. “He probably didn’t think it was cool because we were laughing. But it was like, ‘He’s human.’” Bryant showed that side the most to Anthony for various reasons. Team USA accounts portrayed Anthony as having an inviting personality. Anthony and Bryant related to each other well as high volume scorers. They frequently challenged each other to shooting contests in practice, which Anthony insisted he never lost. “It wasn’t forced,” Anthony said of his relationship with Bryant. “It happened organically and naturally after competing against one another.” Setting the tone Still, the lasting images surrounding Bryant will always involve his competitiveness. Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim had argued the U.S. Olympic team would not have lost to Greece in the semifinals of the 2006 FIBA World Championships had Bryant not been absent because of offseason knee surgery. So it hardly surprised Boeheim when he saw how Bryant approached the first scrimmage before the Tournament of the Americas in 2007. “He is pressing everybody,” Boeheim said of Bryant. “He’s just jumping all over guys screaming, going after everybody and getting everybody to do that, too. That set the tone the first day.” Bryant also set the tone at the first game of that tournament. He forced a turnover on Venezuelan guard Greivis Vasquez and dove for the loose ball. Bryant then stole the next pass and finished on a fastbreak. Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski later played the clip before the entire team as a model to follow. Soon after, Bryant asked Team USA’s coaching staff to compile tape for him to study every opponent’s top scorer. Bryant then became what Boozer called “our defensive stopper.” Bryant took that role so seriously that former Lakers teammate and Spanish forward Pau Gasol soon became a casualty. In the opening minutes of a preliminary game in Beijing, Bryant chased Spanish guard Rudy Fernandez across the court only to see Gasol set a screen near the free-throw line. Bryant bulldozed Gasol without hesitating.“That sent a message to everybody,” McMillan said. “It was a message to Spain and it was a message to us: ‘Pau is in a different uniform. We’re not teammates.’” Anthony argued “that’s when things started to turn.” After coasting to double-digit victories against Germany, Australia, Argentina, Team USA faced Spain in a gold-medal game that brought out the Bryant everyone knew. As much as Team USA appreciated Bryant’s team play and defensive intensity, Bryant remarked in several interviews that Krzyzewski also instructed him to score. That suited Bryant just fine. He scored 13 fourth-quarter points against Spain, including a four-point play that prompted Bryant to shush the crowd. Moments later, Bryant uttered something in a timeout so memorable that Boozer recited the words nearly eight years later. “This is the [expletive] moment when we squeeze them and we win the gold medal [expletive] right now!” Bryant said. “We squeeze them and we don’t let go!” Bryant kept his vow by making a layup and converting on a pair of foul shots. Bryant then emptied his water bottle on Krzyzewski’s head. “This whole thing wouldn’t have started the way it did without him,” Krzyzewski told reporters in Las Vegas. “That’s why I’m still coaching. Believe me, I recognize those moments.” Less is more Four years later, Bryant had collected two more NBA championships and absorbed a few early jabs from Father Time that his Team USA teammates gave him a new nickname. They called Bryant the “OG,” short for “Original Gangster.” The name captured both Bryant’s longevity and his elderly statesman role in the 2012 London Games. It also carried an implication that Bryant would lessen his workload in deference to Anthony, Durant and LeBron James. Bryant sounded fine with that arrangement. He frequently joked, “I’ll just be Mariano Rivera,” referring to the former New York Yankees’ closer. Bryant averaged only 9.4 points on 38.9% shooting in the first five games. Observers contend, however, that Bryant did not force too much so he could both pace through the tournament and allow others to take a lead. Yet, Bryant still exerted his influence. During one practice, Bryant watched James and Durant closely as they completed mid-post drills with Mike Hopkins, a court coach for USA basketball. Bryant then asked Hopkins to work with him. After making a few shots from the elbow, Bryant asked Hopkins a pointed question.“Are you going to play any defense?” Bryant asked. “You want me to play defense?” Hopkins asked. “I want you to play defense,” Bryant said, smirking. Boeheim, the Syracuse head coach, warned Hopkins, “you’re going to get yourself killed.” Bryant did not care and Hopkins did not listen. For the next 90 minutes, Bryant became soaked in sweat as he moved to five different spots along the post to exert his one-on-one moves. Hopkins tapped Bryant’s forearms, tipped the ball away and talked trash on the rare occasions Bryant missed. Team USA guard Russell Westbrook soon interjected, encouraging Hopkins to stop Bryant. Bryant kept scoring, though. He finally asked Hopkins incredulously if he ever watched his highlights on YouTube. Hopkins believed the session would have lasted forever had the team not planned to meet with military members later that evening. Once it did, Bryant gladly posed for a picture with Hopkins’ son, Griffin. Bryant then laughed and talked more trash about his superior post work. “It ended up being one of the greatest memories I had as a coach,” said Hopkins, the longtime Syracuse assistant. “I’ve always been a huge Kobe fan.”Bryant created more memories later when he ended his initial shooting struggles. He scored 20 second-half points against Australia, including four 3-pointers in a 66-second burst. He duplicated his prolific play in Team USA’s semifinal win against Argentina (13 points) and gold-medal victory over Spain (17). “He left it up to us for us to do all the work. But when he needed to step up, he stepped up,” Anthony said of Bryant. “He’s Kobe. He’s always going to have those moments.” Once the game, Bryant made it clear on where his future with USA basketball stood. “This is it,” Bryant said on the NBC telecast. A potential last chapter Nearly four years later, Bryant started feeling differently. Last summer, Bryant contacted Colangelo and explained his vow earlier might have been premature. “He would like to finish in a blaze of glory with another gold medal,” Colangelo recalled Bryant telling him. “But he didn’t want any freebies. He wanted to earn it.” Out of respect for Bryant’s stature, Krzyzewski argued “you would always extend the courtesy” for his return. Those tough conversations never needed to take place, though. Bryant eventually determined he would retire after his contract expired following the 2015-16 season. While that set up a farewell tour with tribute videos and reflective moments, Bryant’s final year entailed absorbing daily blows from Father Time. He averaged 17.6 points on a career-low 35.8 percent clip in 66 games with the Lakers, while fielding endless injuries to his right shoulder and right Achilles tendon. Bryant publicly withdrew his name from consideration in mid-January, arguing he wanted to allow the next generation of players to have their chance. Bryant also expressed sentiments about playing his final game with the Lakers. There also marked a practical reason. Said Colangelo: “He didn’t feel like he could be himself.” For a moment at least, Bryant felt like himself in his career-finale. Then, Bryant posted 60 points on a career-high 50 shots. For better and for worse, the game captured Bryant’s determination to play the game on his own terms. But what if that adrenaline rush convinced Bryant he could carry the Olympic torch with just as strong of a flame? “The very first thing I would say is take a look at the tape of the game and see if that may not be the one you go out on,” Krzyzewski told reporters. “Let’s talk after and he probably wouldn’t call. He wouldn’t be able to take 50 shots here.” That’s okay. Bryant left enough lasting memories with his play and presence donning a No. 10 red, white and blue jersey. All of which has left the current U.S. Olympic team eager to follow the trail Bryant outlined. center_img “His work ethic, approach and how he appreciates the game is infectious,” Team USA forward Kevin Durant said. “He’s someone that loves to play so much. He’s competitive when he steps in between those lines. He wants perfection.” Bryant chased that perfection even during ungodly hours. That left Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh shaking his head, mindful that Bryant had just concluded an NBA Finals loss to Boston in 2008 only weeks beforehand. “I thought I was working hard,” Bosh said. “Now I have to get back into the gym.” After training for three weeks together before heading to Beijing, former U.S. Olympic teammate Carlos Boozer noticed the entire team had adopted Bryant’s routine. “We all clung to it,” said Boozer, who also played with Bryant on the Lakers in 2014-15 and recently agreed to a deal to play in China. “It soon became our workout, not just his workout.” last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSATURDAY National Trails Day event needs volunteers to help clear trails, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Volunteer Orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Free used oil recycling kits will be distributed, 6 p.m. at Valencia AutoSpa, 23440 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 286-4098. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to clear trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Flame of Life volunteers will install new officers 6 p.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Terrie Cipriano at (661) 253-8082. Santa Clarita chapter of Century City Ski Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Don Gately at (661) 255-8873. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. THURSDAY Workshop for Nonprofits on media relations, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the SCV Resource Center in the Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $60. Call (661) 250-3720. SCV Quilt Guild auction, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at (661) 298-1385. Mom’s Mixer, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. Safe Surrender meeting, 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call Victoriana Donnelly at (661) 253-8761. SCVSingles will have a mixer, 7 p.m. at The Greens, 26501 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Golf: $8. Call (661) 222-2900. Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY AARP Driver Safety class, 2-6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. last_img read more

Car keys lost in Falcarragh – have you seen them?

first_imgAn appeal has been made for help finding a set of keys lost in Falcarragh.The keys were lost on Thursday afternoon (23rd May), somewhere in between Falcarragh or the surrounding area.The owner of the Ford keys is appealing to the public to be on the look-out for lost property. (Please note the featured image is a stock photo and not the actual missing keys) If you found the keys or have any information, please call John on 085 8160036 or leave in Falcarragh Garda station.Car keys lost in Falcarragh – have you seen them? was last modified: May 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Bumgarner fires complete game in spring training against Brewers

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–It’s not often a pitcher throws a complete game in Cactus League play.It’s not often it rains at spring training, either.Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is known for pitching deep into games, but he only needed to throw five innings in a 4-2 win over the Brewers Tuesday. After the top of the fifth, rain showers hit the Scottsdale area and the two sides agreed to call the game.First complete game in Cactus League history? “It might be,” Bumgarner said with a laugh.If …last_img read more

Millions vote in record SA election

first_imgJanine Erasmus and Mary AlexanderSouth Africa’s fourth democratic election on 22 April 2009 was marked by massive enthusiasm from South Africans, with 17.9-million people, or 77.3% of the country’s 23-million registered voters, casting their ballots across the country.This was the highest number of votes cast since the first democratic elections in 1994, when 19.5-million voters, 87% of the electorate, made their mark.In the previous general election held in 2004 there was a 76% turnout, with 15.6-million votes cast, and in 1999 an 89% turnout, with 15.9-million votes cast.Results As expected, the national elections saw the African National Congress (ANC) returned to power, but with a slightly reduced total of 65.6% of the vote, or 264 seats in the National Assembly of parliament. Crucially, this saw the ruling party losing its two-thirds majority, the majority required to make changes to South Africa’s Constitution.The Democratic Alliance (DA) came in with 16.6% of the vote, giving it 67 seats in parliament and again making it the official opposition. The Congress of the People, a party formed by former ANC members in 2008, came in third with 7.4% of the vote and 30 seats in parliament.The ANC also came out tops in the provincial vote, winning a majority in eight of the country’s nine provinces. The exception was the Western Cape, which went to the DA with a 51.46% majority. NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS 2009 Party % votes cast Seats in National Assembly African National Congress 65.90% 264Democratic Alliance16.66% 67Congress of the People7.42% 30Inkatha Freedom Party4.55% 18Independent Democrats0.92% 4United Democratic Movement0.85% 4Freedom Front Plus0.83% 4African Christian Democratic Party0.81% 3United Christian Democratic Party0.37% 2Pan Africanist Congress0.27% 1Minority Front0.25% 1Azanian People’s Organisation0.22% 1African People’s Convention0.20% 1 PROVINCIAL ELECTION RESULTS 2009 Province ANC DA Cope IFP ID UDM FF+ ACDP Others Eastern Cape 69.79% 9.97 13.32% 0.09% 0.45% 3.95% 0.23% 0.59% 1.61% Free State 71.99% 12.11% 11.12% 0.21% 0.17% 0.32% 1.61% 0.70% 1.77% Gauteng 64.83% 21.29% 7.78% 1.47% 0.57% 0.39% 1.37% 0.89% 1.41% KwaZulu-Natal 64.07% 10.35% 1.55% 20.55% 0.20% 0.21% 0.18% 0.59% 2.30% Limpopo 85.37% 3.71% 7.22% 0.05% 0.09% 0.33% 0.54% 0.63% 2.06% Mpumalanga 85.90% 7.60% 2.89% 0.54% 0.12% 0.23% 0.83% 0.51% 1.38% Northern Cape 61.18% 13.09% 15.96% 0.14% 4.73% 0.12% 1.19% 0.98% 2.61% North West 73.96% 8.71% 8.44% 0.15% 0.44% 0.51% 1.43% 0.74% 5.62% Western Cape 32.89% 48.83% 9.07% 0.06% 4.49% 0.77% 0.86% 1.62% 1.41% Long hoursLive television coverage throughout the day reported inconvenient incidents at several of the country’s 19 726 voting stations, such as a shortage of ballot papers, pens and other essential items. There was also a smattering of violence and controversy but, for the most part, the day’s proceedings went smoothly.The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said many voting stations were still operating long after their scheduled closing times in order to accommodate the thousands of people who turned up to vote.In Gauteng, said the IEC, some 40% of voting stations were still open after midnight. The cut-off time for the closing of voting stations was 9:00pm and only people who were already in the queue were allowed to cast their vote after this time. Anyone who arrived after the deadline was turned away, but with stations remaining open for 14 hours, there was little excuse for tardiness.Forty political parties vied for votes in this year’s elections and, of these, 28 contested seats for the National Assembly.The 2009 general election was also remarkable because it was the first time since 1994 that South Africans living overseas were freely allowed to vote, provided they were already listed on the voters’ roll. According to the results, 77% of the expat vote went to the DA.This decision was handed down by the Pretoria High Court in February 2009 after the Freedom Front Plus party brought the case to the bench on behalf of a South African teacher living in London. The Pretoria High Court referred the matter for confirmation to the Constitutional Court, which upheld the decision.The IEC also made provision for voters with special needs, such as a braille voting sheet for the visually impaired.Appreciation at high levelsIn a statement made from Johannesburg’s Sunninghill Hospital, ANC president Jacob Zuma praised South Africans for their commitment to democracy.“I am very happy that people came out to vote and I am glad that people understand what voting is all about,” Zuma said during a visit to a woman who was injured in a bus accident on her way to the party’s final rally the previous weekend. The ANC win means Zuma will succeed Kgalema Motlanthe as president of South Africa.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu observed that in the first years of South Africa’s democracy most people would have voted for the ANC, but the current situation was not as straightforward.Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance, felt that South African voters understood the issues at stake, and that she was delighted with the results so far. The Democratic Alliance is likely to entrench its position as official opposition once the final results are released.IEC chair Brigalia Bam expressed her appreciation for the nationwide cooperation of voters. “We thank voters for their enthusiasm and patience as they waited to exercise their democratic right to vote,” she added.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSouth Africans go to the pollsSA expats vote abroadGovernment in South AfricaUseful linksIndependent Electoral CommissionElectoral Institute of South AfricaInstitute for Security StudiesAfrican National CongressDemocratic AllianceCongress of the PeopleElections 2009X for Democracy (educational website)last_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