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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Theatre formerly known as "The Kodak" to continue to host Oscar, thanks to "Dolby"

Academy Awards staying in Hollywood

The film academy signs a 20-year deal to keep the annual Oscar show at Hollywood & Highland. Dolby also has signed on as the theater's new name sponsor.


Kodak Theatre to be renamed
The Kodak Theatre, home to the annual Oscar show, is being renamed the Dolby Theatre. (Amy Sancetta, Associated Press / February 26, 2012)


In the end, the Oscars just couldn't leave Hollywood. After entertaining multiple offers to relocate the event, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that it would keep the Academy Awards at the theater at Hollywood & Highland, negotiating a new 20-year deal with the CIM Group, which owns the complex.

CIM also announced that Dolby Laboratories had signed on as the new name sponsor for the complex's 3,400-seat theater, taking over from Kodak, which had filed for bankruptcy.
The film academy's decision to stay in Hollywood follows months of discussions with other entertainment complexes, including AEG's L.A. Live, which was trying to lure the lucrative broadcast to its site downtown. With its 7,100-seat Nokia Theatre that hosts both the Emmy Awards and the American Music Awards, plus its large outdoor area and three ballroom options, L.A. Live was seen by some as an appealing alternative to the more congested Hollywood locale.

But according to academy President Tom Sherak, the organization's March board meeting yielded a unanimous vote for staying in Hollywood.

"The board wanted to be in Hollywood," said Sherak, who wanted to settle the matter of the location for the Oscars before his term as academy president ended this summer. He said that other venues besides L.A. Live had courted the academy, but he declined to offer specifics.

"It didn't matter what the deal was, the board wanted to be there. It was unanimous. Hollywood is the home of the Oscars."

After years at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Shrine Auditorium, the Oscars relocated to Hollywood & Highland in 2002, to a theater that was built to the academy's requirements. Under the terms of its deal, the academy had the option to renegotiate after a decade. In January, the academy indicated it was interested in seeing whether it could strike a better deal with CIM. At the time, CIM was in the middle of finding a new name sponsor for the theater after Kodak asked to be let out of its 20-year contract due to its failing finances. The Oscars telecast is a considerable lure for any global brand looking for exposure, and the academy was hoping to leverage its influence in negotiating more favorable terms.

Sherak wouldn't divulge details of the new agreement, other than to say, "We are very happy." Neither CIM nor the academy would say whether the new contract, which lasts through 2033, has a similar midpoint renegotiation clause.

The new agreement has also satisfied many local leaders, including L.A. City Council member Eric Garcetti, whose district includes Hollywood & Highland. "I'm thrilled that the Oscars are staying right where they belong — in Hollywood — and that they've doubled down with a 20-year commitment that reaffirms Hollywood's standing as the entertainment capital of the world," he said in a statement.

As part of Dolby's 20-year naming rights deal with CIM, which begins this summer, the theater will be renamed the Dolby Theatre and the technology company will upgrade it with its latest equipment, including a new sound system. The theater is home toCirque du Soleil's production of "Iris" for most of the year.

While the academy was not involved in the naming deal, it did have approval over the name. Sherak said Dolby was the only name brought to the organization for approval.

nicole.sperling@latimes.com

From the Los Angeles Times. Click here.

International Workers Memorial Day Proclaimation

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/27/presidential-proclamation-workers-memorial-day-2012

Professor, I am asking you to put this into your blog.  As I realize the risk some workers' take while doing their jobs and deciding to take a risk or a paycheck.  The President along with the Department of Labor have created a day rememberance for those workers, laborers, etc. who have lost their lives on the job.  There is more details attached to the link.  Thank you.

Anita Falconetti
Comm 101-4049

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation -- 

Workers Memorial Day, 2012

WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY, 2012
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

For centuries, American workers have called upon boundless drive and initiative to raise our cities, manufacture our goods, and build an economy that remains the engine and the envy of the world. Generations put their lives on the line to pursue prosperity, braving the hazards of the factory floor and the heat of the fields without protective equipment or the right to a safe workplace. Through the unbending conviction of workers, labor unions, and public health advocates, we secured that basic right over 40 years ago, helping protect Americans from death or injury. Yet, despite the progress we have made, it remains a deplorable fact that an average of 12 individuals die on the job every day. On Workers Memorial Day, we honor all who have perished, and we recommit to ensuring no worker ever has to choose between life and a paycheck.

Every year, more than 3 million Americans are injured on the job. Some will never fully recover; some will never come home at all. Tragically, many incidents occur due to preventable hazards that cast our Nation's most vulnerable workers into harm's way -- in the mine shaft, on the construction site, or at the factory. This is unacceptable, and as we reflect on the terrible burden these workers and their families have borne, we must do more to fulfill the promise of a safe workplace for all.

My Administration remains committed to realizing that vision. The Department of Labor and agencies across the Federal Government are striving to defend workers' rights, hold employers accountable, and empower Americans across our country with the tools they need to stay safe on the job. We are pursuing enhanced whistleblower protections that will reinforce every worker's right to raise their voice without fear of retaliation. Over 2 years after the explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia, we continue to advance and enforce new standards and programs that will help ensure that tragedy was the last of its kind. And, through a variety of public-private partnerships, we are collaborating with businesses, employees, trade associations, and labor organizations to eliminate workplace hazards and strengthen our competitiveness in the global economy.

When the Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, our Nation took great strides toward safe and healthful working conditions for all. Yet, when millions of Americans suffer workplace-related injury or illness every year, and thousands lose their lives, we know we cannot give up the fight.

Today, we reflect on their sacrifice, and we rededicate ourselves to protecting the health, safety, and dignity of every worker.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2012, as Workers Memorial Day. I call upon all Americans to participate in ceremonies and activities in memory of those killed or injured due to unsafe working conditions.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

Immigration decline explained


From:CARLOS, AUBRORA
To:Lynch, Arthur
 
http://www.cis.org/IllegalImmigration-ShiftingTide

I found this article online, and thought that it was a riot. What the number of immigrants are decreasing? Not in your wildest dreams. In my opinijon you can only get an accurate estimate of people who "want to be found", immigrants stay underground due to their fear of deportation.





Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad home being sold off brick by brick

From:CARLOS, AUBRORA
To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:Osama Home _ Selling of the Bricks



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9236676/Osama-bin-Ladens-Abbottabad-home-being-sold-off-brick-by-brick.html

It has been demolished and they have some 180,000 bricks, What to do ? No prob, sell them individually or as a lot. Naturally individual sales will bring in more profit and who knows what Ebay will bring?

Osama bin Laden's last home is being sold off brick-by-brick after his secret Pakistani hideaway was demolished.

The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where it is believed Osama bin Laden had been living

The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden lived. Fears of a terror attack on Britain in revenge for his death are growing. Photo: EPA
Two baths and a homemade TV aerial have also been put on sale by the enterprising contractor who bulldozed the three-storey home in February.
While Pakistan's political and military leaders are keen to obliterate any memory of how the world's most wanted man evaded capture for so long, Shakeel Ahmed said his salvage yard in Abbottabad had become a tourist attraction for visitors looking for a souvenir.
"These bricks can be used by people to build new houses," he said, pointing to a heap of some of the 180,000 bricks he collected from the site. "Some come here looking for just one as so they can have them as a gift."
Bin Laden was shot dead a year ago, after the CIA traced the al-Qaeda leader to a three-storey villa in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.
The site was sealed off and his neighbours were arrested by Pakistani security forces in the immediate aftermath.
In recent months the country has tried to obliterate his memory. Bin Laden's three widows, along with their children and grandchildren were flown to Saudi Arabia last week and the house itself is now nothing but a pile of bricks in Mr Ahmed's yard.

As one of the best-known contractors in the town, he was hired to flatten the compound.
The rubble was put up for auction but with other builders too frightened to bid, he said, he scooped the lot for 500,000 rupees or about £3300.

Now the bricks are on sale for anyone who wants to negotiate a deal for 1000 or more – at little more than $10 a lot.

He also snapped up two olive trees, cooking oil and window blinds but fears that his role in disposing of bin Laden's house could attract the attention of Islamist militants.

"My family is very worried that my life is now in danger," he said. "Now, I always travel with a bodyguard." Abbottabad itself is to return to normal. Along with the house, the security cordons have gone.

The flattened site has become turned into a makeshift cricket pitch for dozens of children who live nearby as the town tries to forget its recent notoriety.

Most residents would prefer to pretend bin Laden never lived there.

Zain Mohammed, 80, lived opposite the world's most wanted man after selling land for the house to two Pashtun brothers who turned out to be working as fixers for bin Laden.

His son was the only person allowed into the compound once it was built, to tend vegetables and do odd jobs.

But Mr Mohammed, who was held by intelligence officials for 20 days after last year's raid, said he was not convinced bin Laden was ever there.

"No one ever saw him there and no one has ever shown us any proof so no one here believes bin Laden was really living there," he said.



 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9236676/Osama-bin-Ladens-Abbottabad-home-being-sold-off-brick-by-brick.html

Time Warner mixed 'Luck'. "Jericho" to return. Mel Gibson flick to go direct to Netflix. Comcast profits despite NBC/Universal disappointing results. Weather Channel turns 30.



HBO took a write-down on Luck
Photo: Nick Nolte in HBO's "Luck." Credit: HBO. 

From the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest industry news.
  
Some bad luck. Time Warner released its first-quarter results early Wednesday morning. Advertising gains and high subscription fees for its cable networks resulted in better-than-anticipated numbers. However, write-downs for the canceled HBO series "Luck" and the closing of a network in India hurt the bottom line. A quick take on the numbers from Reuters.

The cancellation of HBO's "Luck" and the closing of a TV channel in India put a damper on an otherwise solid first quarter for media giant Time Warner Inc.

Time Warner reported a profit of $583 million for the quarter ending March 31, compared with $653 million for the same period in 2011, an 11% drop. Revenue was up 4% to $7 billion.

“We’re off to a great start to the year, and we’re benefiting from strong momentum for our content across our businesses," said Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes.

Much of the revenue gain can be attributed to stronger subscription fees and ad revenue at the Turner networks, including TNT and TBS. The company said revenue at its cable networks was $3.6 billion, a 3% jump. Ad revenue was up 6% thanks to commercial dollars from the NCAA basketball tournament which was carried on TNT, TBS and TruTV.

However, programming costs for Time Warner's networks unit rose 6% in part because of the rights fees for the NCAA tournament. The company also took at $35 million write-down for "Luck," the low-rated HBO series about horse racing that was cancelled in the midst of its first season after several horses died during production.

Operating income in the networks unit dropped 2% to $1.1 billion. Time Warner said those results included a charge of $58 million related to Turner's decision to close its entertainment channel in India.

Revenue at Warner Bros. jumped 7% to $2.8 billion thanks to the strong performance of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and higher fees for selling TV shows.

The Skinny: I felt like an extra in "The Walking Dead" trying to get out of the Hollywood Bowl after the Coldplay concert. Good show, but at a $170 a ticket, they could have played a little longer. Wednesday's headlines include Time Warner's results, analysis of News Corp.'s problems in Britain and a fire at Tyler Perry's Atlanta production facility.

Daily Dose: If you are a New Yorker and are wondering why the Empire State Building is lighted up blue Wednesday night, it's not for the Mets. It is a tip of the hat to the Weather Channel, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Just don't tell me it's raining anymore.
ComcastTrucks
 Photo: Comcast Cable company trucks in Southern California / Credit:  Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times.

NBC/Universal may be disappointing but Comcast revenue up due to core cable market. Comcast Corp.'s earnings jumped nearly 30% in its first quarter as more customers signed up for high-speed Internet service.  But the cable Goliath also showed strength in some an unexpected quarters: the long-lagging NBC broadcast unit and Universal Pictures, which released two hit movies, including "The Lorax."

For the quarter ended March 31, the Philadelphia-based company said its net income grew to $1.22 billion, or 45 cents per share, from $943 million, or 34 cents per share, from the year-earlier period.
Comcast generated consolidated revenue of $14.88 billion -- an increase of 23%.

"I'm really pleased with our start in 2012," Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts said in a Wednesday  morning conference call with analysts.  "Cable had another outstanding quarter.... We are starting to make some progress in broadcast."

NBCUniversal revenue was up 18% to $5.5 billion, in large part because the NBC broadcast network raked in $259 million in Super Bowl advertising revenue. (Excluding the Super Bowl, revenue at NBCUniversal was up 12.4%).

Roberts reminded analysts that NBCUniversal results would be volatile because of the hit-and-miss nature of movie box office and higher television programming costs. Comcast has been spending more on programming to try to lift the peacock network to profitability.

Operating cash flow at NBCUniversal was up 34.3% to $813 million compared to the first quarter of 2011.  In terms of revenue, NBCUniversal cable networks generated $2.1 billion in revenue versus $2 billion in the year-earlier period.  The NBC broadcast unit pulled in $1.85 billion in revenue (including the Super Bowl) compared to $1.35 billion in the year-earlier period. Film entertainment revenue swelled to $1.19 billion from $975 million in 2011. Theme parks generated $412 million, up from $390 million.

However, the company's operating cash flow margins were lower at cable networks due to higher programming and production costs, including those for NBA basketball. The broadcast unit posted an operating cash flow loss of $10 million, reflecting higher programming costs and higher marketing expenses to support the launch of mid-season shows, including "Smash."

"We're starting to make some progress but there is a long way to go," NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke told analysts. "And in film, we have a much stronger slate this year." Among Universal's upcoming film titles are the big budget action film "Battleship," the dark fairy tale "Snow White and the Huntsman," and a new iteration of the successful "Bourne" series.

Comcast is the nation's largest cable television and high-speed Internet provider. It holds a 51% controlling interest in NBCUniversal.

Good start. Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable operator and parent of NBCUniversal, released its first-quarter results and said profits were up 30%. NBC's coverage of the Super Bowl meant big advertising gains for the network. Next up: The Summer Olympics from London. Early analysis from the Philadelphia Inquirer.



A fire tore through Tyler Perry's studio
Photo: Firefighters at Tyler Perry's studio. Credit: Curtis Compton / Associated Press

Burning questions. Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a major fire at film and TV mogul Tyler Perry's Atlanta production facility. The fire, which damaged one building on the vast complex, started late Tuesday night. More from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

London's calling. The Parliament report on the ethics scandal at News Corp.-owned British newspapers dealt a devastating blow to the media giant and its leader Rupert Murdoch. Not only did the report accuse News Corp. executives of misleading investigators and lawmakers, it said Murdoch was unfit to lead the company. While News Corp. acknowledged and apologized for the ethical lapses, the company also took issue with some of the political overtones of the report. Meanwhile, analysts tried to figure out if the report was the beginning of the end of News Corp. or just a blip at a small unit of the giant company. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, News Corp.'s Wall Street Journal and the Guardian.

British Sky Broadcasting insisted that it remains a "fit and proper" holder of a broadcasting license in Britain, despite a damning parliamentary report on media baron Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns a controlling stake in the company
 Photo: Media magnate Rupert Murdoch and son James attend a horse race in Britain in March 2010. Credit: Adrian Dennis / AFP/Getty Images

Battle for Newscorp to keep BSkyB liscence begins. British Sky Broadcasting insisted Wednesday that it remains a "fit and proper" holder of a broadcasting license in Britain, despite a damning parliamentary report on media baron Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns a controlling stake in the company.

In an earnings report, the lucrative satellite television service said it was cooperating with British regulator Ofcom as part of the agency's evaluation of whether BSkyB remains a suitable holder of a broadcasting license.

The company said its "positive contribution to U.K. audiences, employment and the broader economy, as well as its strong record of regulatory compliance and high standards of governance" qualified it to maintain its license.

The statement came a day after an excoriating report by a parliamentary committee branded Murdoch as "not fit" to run a major international company. The report accused three senior News Corp. executives of lying to the panel during its investigation into phone hacking by the News of the World.
Murdoch shut down the tabloid last summer at the height of public outrage over phone hacking, which now appears to have been common practice at the paper. The furor also forced Murdoch to abandon his bid to buy the 61% of BSkyB that News Corp. does not already own.

The head of BSkyB sought to put some distance between his company and Murdoch's on Wednesday.
"It's important to remember that Sky and News Corp. are separate companies," Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch told reporters. "We believe that Sky's track record as a broadcaster is the most important factor in determining our fitness to hold a license. And the evidence shows that Sky serves U.K. audiences and customers well."

BSkyB reported a 5% rise in revenue over the last nine months, compared with same period a year earlier. Its adjusted operating profit during that period exceeded $1.4 billion, a 15% increase.

Direct to DirecTV.  Mel Gibson's next movie, "Get the Gringo," will be released directly to satellite broadcaster DirecTV at a price of $9.99. After a pay-per-view run on DirecTV, the  movie will head to the DVD shelf. Details from Bloomberg.

"Jericho" to return with new episodes...Long journey will continue on Netflix. "Jericho," a short-lived CBS drama about survivors of a nuclear attack that has been off the air since 2008, may be brought back to life by Netflix. Apparently reruns of the series do well on Netflix's streaming service. As TV Guide notes, a lot has to go right for Netflix in talks with CBS, the cast and producers in order to get new episodes of such an old series made. Hey, I still watch my DVDs of the great ABC series "The Job" starring Denis Leary. How about bringing that back next?

Inside the Los Angeles Times: The Academy Awards are staying in Hollywood. TV critic Mary McNamara looks at the growing popularity of the rhymes-with-witch word on television.

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Rape Crisis Center Seminar: Beautiful Solutions for Ugly Events



Beautiful Solutions for Ugly Events
Rape Crisis Center and Support Services
Sponsored by the School of Nursing and the Rape Crisis Center
W. Charleston Campus
Thursday, May 3, 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Building K, Room 101


CSN’s Nursing Department Invites You To Join us and learn about:
·     Services offered by the Rape Crisis Center
·     Date Rape Drugs
·     Sexual Assault prevention techniques
·     Safety strategies
·     LVMPD Empowerment practices

Crisis Center Hotline: 702.366.1640