Idled workers rally as Hollywood strike heads into sixth week

first_imgThe Hollywood strike is rewriting the holidays for idled workers. With her income pinched, script supervisor Petra Jorgensen canceled an annual trip to Europe to see relatives. Set decorator Laura Richarz is bypassing pricey malls and fashioning gifts at home – framing photos, sewing a shirt for her niece. With the holidays under way and the strike entering a sixth week, “It’s going to be bleak for a lot of families,” said Jorgensen, who’s living off her savings. The two were among hundreds of out-of-work employees and their supporters who marched down Hollywood Boulevard Sunday to call for a resumption of talks to settle the strike, which has sidelined many prime-time and late-night TV shows. Negotiations collapsed Friday between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, with the sides pointing fingers at each other. Studios believe they can hold out for months – a stalemate that could impact the regional economy along with the entertainment industry. Hollywood contributes an estimated $30 billion annually to the Los Angeles County economy. Diana Valentine, a script supervisor for the FX drama “Nip/Tuck,” said she’d been off the job since Nov. 21 and her husband is an out-of-work actor. She said both sides need to be talking. “You cannot come up with a deal if people are walking away from the table,” she said. Without a paycheck soon, “I’m going to have to start renting out parts of my house.”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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ The march Sunday was intended to draw attention to the financial plight of workaday Hollywood – those employees whose jobs depend on ongoing productions, from caterers to set builders to hair stylists. With shows silenced, they too are struggling. Marchers expressed growing frustration with the on-again, off-again talks, and fingers were pointed at producers and union writers. A central issue has been compensation for new-media distribution of work by guild members. Pam Elyea, whose Los Angeles company, History for Hire, provides props for TV and movies, was forced her to lay off six employees as expected work evaporated. If the walkout continues, she said, more could follow. “I’m disappointed in both sides,” Elyea said. The writers guild represents 12,000 members but not all are on strike. About 2,000 news writers and others are covered under a separate contract.last_img

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

first_img Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Human Rights Watch Film Festival KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Museum of Photographic Arts is inviting local activists and moviegoers into the worlds of real, heroic people at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.Spectators can view the five films from January 31st to February 2nd at MOPA’s  Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater.The creators of the presented films are also advocates for social change and say they will he having post-screening Q&A sessions.For more information click here. January 28, 2019last_img

The Wilmington Insider For June 21 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, June 21, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the morning.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: Four Wilmington dance schools are once again joining forces to raise money for the American Cancer Society.The Warrior Moms and Kids, a Wilmington Relay For Life team, recently announced it will hold its fourth annual “Wilmington Dances For Hope” from 7pm to 10pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium (159 Church Street).  All proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Relay For Life.The fundraiser will feature performances from Wilmington Dance Academy, Debi’s Dance Studio, Lorraine Spada School Of Dance, and The Dance Company.The evening will also include raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, and a bake sale.Tickets cost $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Contact any of the four studios to purchase tickets in advance.In The Community: The Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive from 1pm to 7pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. Afternoon Concert: Savoir Faire at 2:30pm. Novel Ideas Fiction Book Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9:15am. Intermediate Bridge Group at 9:30am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Game Night from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img

Ranbaxys Journey over the Years

first_imgRanbaxy’s JourneyRanbaxy is an India-based pharmaceutical company. Its subsidiary, Ohm Laboratories in the US, received an approval to launch a cheaper version of Novartis blood pressure and heart attack treatment pill, Diovan, from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, this approval came after regulatory bans due to poor production quality and complaints.The Journey of Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Laboratories Limited:1937: Cousins Ranjit Singh and Gurbax Singh (hence the name Ranbaxy) started as Indian distributors of vitamin-drugs for a Japanese pharmaceutical company in Amritsar, Punjab.According to the book World Class in India, in 1951 and 1952, Lapetit, an Italian pharmaceutical company and businessman Mohan Singh, joined as partners to enhance the company’s growth.A decade later, in 1961, Ranbaxy established its first manufacturing plant at Okhla in South Delhi District. Within a year, the company had 200 employees including retailers and doctors.1966 to 1969: Due to conflict between Italian Lapetit and Ranbaxy, regarding packaging and distribution, the former withdrew partnership with the latter, so this replaced the Italian-pharmacy brand with Indian Ranbaxy.Its breakthrough came with ‘Calmpose’ – a drug prescribed by doctors for insomnia, anxiety and seizures. As a result of its success, the company came up with popular drugs like Ampicillin and Paracetamol.1968: The company made net profit of ₹1.8 million, after the return of Dr Parvinder Singh, son of Bhai Mohan Singh, from Michigan following his completion of PhD in Pharmacology.1971: Gained strong position in the Indian market, by financing its first drug amenity centre at Mohali in New Delhi. It got listed by public issue for over ₹17 million and ₹31 million in the same year.1978: Ranbaxy became the first Indian pharmaceutical company to develop doxycycline, an antibiotic used for treatment of skin infection. This innovation made the company to come up with its US patent in 1990.1985: The company manufactured Rantidine, a drug used to treat ulcer, which was protected with 22 patents.1986-1998: Exports surged with an annual growth rate of 34 percent. This happened after Indian government came up with Price Control Act in 1979, by holding prices of drugs sold in the domestic market. This led Ranbaxy to focus on exports and make profits.1977: High inflows of capital came after appointing Dr D S Brar as business development manager. However, he quit Ranbaxy in 2004.In 1992, the company set up a joint venture to market Eli Lilli products. Hence, by the mid-1990s exports resulted in turnover worth ₹120 million in 1996, where 84 percent of the exports were in chemical and rest were in formulations. Moreover, it invested in joint venture capitals and was being recognised as establishing brand worldwide.1997-1998: It entered the US Market with patented products and made turnover breaching ₹10 billion.Parvinder Singh established a strong base for the company till his death in July 1999, which was later controlled by his elder son, Malvinder Mohan Singh.2000-2004: After Parvinder, D S Brar was appointed the CEO. He took decision of producing anti-AIDS drugs for Indian population, as the country had over 3.7 million HIV patients. Hence, after launching the products, the company made turnover worth ₹552 million in 2003.Ranbaxy’s business stretch in the US had breached with revenue of over ₹412 million, which represented 42 percent of the company’s global turnover, according to the Journal of Case Research by Xaviers Institute of Bhubaneshwar.In 2004, an inspection done by World Health Organisation (WHO) detected malpractices by Ranbaxy, which put the company in big trouble.2004-2008: Whistle-blower Dinesh Thakur undertook a series of investigations and helped the US FDA, which pleaded guilty of manufacturing adulterated drugs. He quit the company in 2005. In the same year, Japan-based Daiichi Sankyo acquired majority stake in the company.In 2006 and 2008, Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to the drug maker, regarding manufacturing deficiencies and exports of adulterated drugs.2009: FDA took regulatory action against Ranbaxy’s Paonta Sahib plant in India. After the second warning by the FDA, 30 varieties of drugs were banned exporting from Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh for not meeting standards.Later in that year, Ohm Laboratories was sent a letter for violating certain rules in the US. Moreover, in May 2009, Malvinder Singh stepped down as CEO and MD of Ranbaxy.2012: FDA determined the possibility of health adversity due to contamination of very small glass particles similar to the size of sand grains in the drugs.2013: On 13 May, the US Justice Department announced that Ranbaxy had pleaded guilty regarding adulterated drugs made at two Ranbaxy manufacturing units in India. The company was slapped ₹150 million and ₹350 million fine to settle civil read more

Storms kill at least 70 in India

first_imgA dust storm rises over the Indian capital New Delhi on 13 May 2018. Photo: AFPAt least 70 people have been killed and over 100 injured after a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms battered India, officials said Monday.Winds of over 100 kilometres per hour struck parts of north, east and southern India late Sunday, uprooting trees, electricity pylons and damaging houses, officials from federal and state disaster management agencies said.Forty people were killed by hail and thunderstorms that brought down walls, trees and power pylons in Uttar Pradesh state, TP Gupta of the state disaster management department told AFP.Another 80 were injured by the winds that flattened nearly 40 houses across India’s most populous state.Another 14 people were killed Sunday by thunderstorms in West Bengal and 12 by lightning bolts in Andhra Pradesh.The southern state had also been hit by more than 40,000 lightning bolts on 1 May killing 14 people in a matter of hours.The latest storms also killed two people each in Bihar and the capital New Delhi where winds reached more than 100 kilometres an hour, national disaster management authorities said.Indira Gandhi International Airport was closed for more than two hours because of the winds, with 70 flights diverted.The deaths came just 10 days after a sandstorm left more than 84 dead, most of them in Agra — the city of the Taj Mahal.India has been gripped by a freak weather system since the beginning of May, with many parts of the country experiencing extreme conditions.Weather forecasters warned of fierce storms in parts of the north and east for the next two days.Similar storms hit the region every year but this year has been the deadliest. On Thursday a thunderstorm left at least 22 people dead across India.The 2 May dust storm killed at least 134 people and caused widespread destruction in the western state of Rajasthan and in northern Punjab and Uttarakhand states.last_img