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States Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them

first_imgStates Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them By Sophie QuintonVermont state workers protest contract terms for workers in the state college system. State colleges employ more nonpermanent workers than state agencies.Editor’s Note: The headline and story have been updated to clarify that states may have data on temporary workers, but that it’s not always immediately accessible.Steve Howard, the head of Vermont’s state employees union, says that temporary jobs are among the fastest-growing in state government. But Vermont’s Human Resources Department wasn’t sure.Many states don’t publish records of their short-term and contract hires. Even states that do, like Vermont, have to do a little research to determine how that share of the state workforce may be changing over time and why.“We probably have that data,” said Thomas Cheney, deputy commissioner for the Vermont Department of Human Resources on investigating Howard’s claim. He can say that when the state has experienced increases in temporary staffing in recent years, it’s been because of an emergency, such as Tropical Storm Irene.A small but growing body of research suggests that work arrangements other than full-time jobs are more common across the economy, including in government. It’s hard to tell, however, how much states contribute to the so-called 1099 economy through their hiring and contracting.States have long hired short-term workers for seasonal jobs, to fill emergency vacancies, or to serve as outside advisers. Such arrangements allow agencies to staff up during busy periods and give workers more flexibility.But temporary jobs also can leave workers without benefits such as unemployment or health insurance. And agencies may end up spending more money on outside help than they would if they brought people on full-time. There’s no way for states to weigh costs and benefits if they don’t track their employees.A few states, such as Hawaii and Vermont, are taking a closer look at their short-term positions to make sure they’re being used appropriately. Georgia’s one state that has been prompted by federal health care reform to keep a closer eye on short-term jobs.“I think at just a strategic level, it makes business sense to really understand what it takes for us to deliver services to the state of Georgia,” said Candy Sarvis, the deputy commissioner of human resources administration for the Georgia Department of Administrative Services.A Lack of DataPositions that are neither permanent nor full-time could employ as many as 40 percent of Americans, according to a 2015 study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.Lawrence Katz of Harvard University and Alan Krueger of Princeton University published survey data last month that showed more people are working as freelancers, on an on-call basis, for temporary help agencies or for contract firms across all industries and occupations. In 2005, about 10 percent of jobs fit those definitions. Last year, 16 percent did.The increase was so significant that it might account for all the job growth over the past decade, the economists said.Public administration experienced a jump from about 2 percent of workers in temporary arrangements to 10 percent, they found. In education and health service, which include many public sector jobs, 16 percent of jobs now fit their definition of alternative work arrangements.Across all industries, the arrangement that increased the most was workers hired through contract firms.It’s hard to tell if — or how — state workforces have been shaped by the trend. Many states only keep close track of their core civil servants, who are still overwhelmingly full-time, permanent employees. State agencies track their spending on contracts, not the number of jobs those contracts create.Colorado, for example, defines as state workers those employees of the executive, judicial and legislative branches, as well as most employees in higher education. But the state’s Human Resources Division only oversees full-time and part-time workers in executive branch agencies. So those workers, who comprise a third of the state’s workforce, are the ones included in annual workforce reports.The state’s human resources team doesn’t track how many people are employed through personal services contracts, said Michaela Turner, the communications manager who puts the reports together.A public records request revealed that state agencies, the governor’s office and the judicial branch employed about 4,000 temporary workers last year, 100 fewer people than two years before.Federal health care reform has pushed states to keep better data. Georgia started including nonpermanent employees in its workforce reports in 2013, and started tracking the share of employees that qualified for health insurance in 2014. The Affordable Care Act requires large employers to provide health insurance to workers who log at least 30 hours a week.“I wanted to get a better handle on how many people were actually working for the state,” Sarvis said.Eighty percent of the state’s 71,000 employees worked full time and were eligible for benefits in 2015, a slight decrease from the year before. Sixteen percent were considered short-term hires, not including independent contractors and people employed by temporary staffing firms.Sarvis’ office is planning to more closely manage temporary staffing, too, because the state may have to offer those employees health insurance under some circumstances. “The IRS may consider them our employees instead of the temp staffing agency’s employees,” she said.Most Georgia agencies employ a small number of short-term workers, usually 6 percent of their employees. The state’s technical colleges are an outlier: about 56 percent of their 13,000 jobs are short-term, including 4,000 adjunct faculty positions.That’s typical. About half of college faculty nationally now work on a part-time basis.Ensuring Temps Aren’t AbusedNonstandard jobs give state agencies hiring flexibility, but positions that fly under the radar can be easily abused.In 2013, a Massachusetts investigation found some state agencies had held on to temporary workers for years — including, in one case, a temporary employee who worked in accounting for the State Police for over a decade.Outside workers can also cost taxpayers. Nonpartisan evaluators for the North Carolina Legislature found last year that state agencies were hiring consultants and contractors improperly and paying some of them more than what the state’s top executives earn.In Vermont, one challenge is that the Legislature sets the total number of state jobs. When state agencies need more workers than they’ve been allocated, they may hire temps instead. There are about 2,000 temporary workers in the state, and Howard says some departments rely too heavily on them.In its 2014 budget, the Legislature approved a pilot program that allows some agencies to use their existing funding to add full-time positions.About 175 positions have been created to date, Cheney said. In some cases, state agencies have converted temporary and contract positions to full-time positions. Cheney’s office hasn’t calculated whether the changes have saved or cost the state money.“What the position pilot allows us to do is to refocus on ensuring that our programs are achieving the goals that we set out for them, and they’re operating within their means,” Cheney said. The Legislature is considering extending the pilot.In Hawaii, a House bill would limit temporary workers to serving two 89-day terms, with certain exceptions. Converting the state’s 300 temporary employees to full-time workers would add $3 million to $4 million a year to the state pension fund, according to the Department of Budget and Finance.State agencies say that, for various reasons, some jobs are impossible to fill with full-time workers. Georgia’s Sarvis said many workers don’t want nine-to-five jobs anymore. “We’ve got several examples in Georgia where we’ve offered full-time positions to individuals and they’ve said ‘no, thank you,’ ” she said.The investigative division at the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office relies heavily on retired law enforcement officers hired as temps. “The compensation, benefits and career opportunities for an investigator is not competitive when compared with other law enforcement opportunities in the State,” the agency explained in written testimony to the Legislature.Temporary jobs aren’t going anywhere, but federal rules and regulations will push all employers — including states — to devote more attention to the people they hire. The Department of Labor called for employers to make sure they weren’t misclassifying employees as independent contractors last year, and is preparing a rule that would extend overtime pay to more white-collar workers.“Regardless of sort of the nudge that we got from a federal level, I think you’ll find that leaders across the state just think that this is the right thing to do anyway,” Sarvis said of her office’s efforts to track temporary workers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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SABC, Government pledge support for South African music industry

first_img11 September 2015At the opening of the 12th Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition at the SABC, Auckland Park on Thursday 10 September 2015, venue hosts SABC and Moshito partners the Department of Arts and Culture assured delegates of their continuing support in helping initiatives like Moshito in developing and curating South African music.Celebrating the legacy of SA music #fromkwelatohop & not forgetting our fallen heroes #TheGreatSouthAfricanSongbook pic.twitter.com/HrultThKBX— #Moshito2015 (@moshito_music) September 9, 2015Moshito Music Conference chairperson Sipho Sithole welcomed guests, delegates and visitors to the conference, saying that the Moshito ideal was to make the event a “premier destination for music makers and the music business” not only for Africa, but for the world. This year the conference has invited music business representatives and musicians from as far as China, Brazil and Jamaica to share and exchange ideas on how to strengthen the business as a viable commodity in the digital age.Chairperson of #Moshito2015 Mr Sipho Sithole opens the conference with a brief historical background and emphasizes it’s capacity to accomodate members of the entertainment industry #TheBusinessofMusicPosted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015Sithole said that in the 12 years the conference had been running, Moshito has achieved a reputation as being the “most admired local event for music business engagement”, and that the three-year relationship the conference has built with the Department of Arts and Culture has only strengthened that credibility.In explaining this year’s conference theme, “From Kwela to Hop”, Sithole said Moshito wants to highlight the respect paid to South African music of the past, and how that respect informs and guides the music of the present and future. “South Africa,” he said, “wants to be known for a variety of genres: this variety defines who we are as a country.” But the conference, he said, pointing to the selection of musical showcases and collaborations with international artists to be held during the event, was not just about talking about music, but also an opportunity to feel, see and hear the power of South African music.#Moshito2015 Mr Matlala took the floor emphasizing the importance of the conference and exhibition #TheBusinessofMusic #TheGreatSouthAfricanSongbook #FromKwelatoHopPosted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015In some words of support for the conference, SABC Group CEO Frans Matlala welcomed Moshito to the SABC venue, calling the event a pivotal instrument in promoting music across Africa, saying it was “fundamental in preserving South African culture.” He requested that Moshito do its part in telling the South African story to the world. Matlala hoped, as the success of Moshito grew, that the power of music would bring the rest of the world back to Africa. Matlala was confident this year’s event would be the best one yet, pledging that Moshito would always have a home at the SABC.SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng reiterated that commitment, praising Moshito for “doing well to stand by local artists.” He did, however, urge the music business in general to find a way to bring the various organisations that dealt with finances and support systems of the music industry under one umbrella organisation to insure a holistic philosophy to deal with the challenges of the industry. One of those challenges is the payment of music royalties to songwriters and artists, and Motsoeneng announced that after long negotiations with the industry, the SABC would commit to paying outstanding royalties to the sum of R100 million to local artists.“We want to make sure the money reaches the right people,” he said. Motsoeneng welcomed Moshito and its visitors to the SABC, saying the event’s philosophy “reminds us of where we come from, as well as where we, as a nation, are going.” The SABC is committed to adding more of that history, the legacy and the works of some of the country’s greatest music artists past and present, to all radio and television programming.Motsoeneng concluded by urging all music lovers to be active in that curation of culture by paying TV licences, the money from which goes back into promoting that culture to more South African, the African continent and the rest of the world.Representing the Minister of Arts and Culture, Deputy Director General of the department Monica Newton praised Moshito for changing the cultural landscape of the country over its 12 year existence. “It gives me a warm feeling in my heart that events like this do so much for nation building,” Newton said, adding that the Moshito organisation did well with dealing with the trials and tribulations of the music industry on behalf of the artists and music lovers in general, highlighting the challenges faced by the industry like piracy and technology changes. Newton added that it was important to create a living heritage of the arts in South Africa, respecting and honouring the legends of the past, using the lessons learnt from that to help guide and grow local musical culture into the future.“Music,” Newton said, “was a canary in a coalmine for society, a way to measure and negotiate the cultural landscape,” adding that the department’s partnership with Moshito was a pleasure and privilege to be part of. Newton concluded in wishing the event success and hoped it would become the foremost collaborator with both local artists and in its growing international friendships, “the people of Moshito have done a lot of hard work in strengthening the music business, and we wish them well for the future.”Lemmy “Special” Mabaso @EmileYX & Chachi Carvalho took us on a journey #FromKwelatoHop #Moshito2015 #AfroWorldNight pic.twitter.com/oQYHDgx2nE— #Moshito2015 (@moshito_music) September 10, 2015The Moshito Conference and Exhibition includes discussions on various aspects of the music industry in both local and international contexts, as well as looking at trends and changes that touch both the business and artistic development. Seminars include music branding, archiving of musical legacy, changes in digital musical technology, song writing and exploring new markets for music.In between the seminars, visitors and delegates will be entertained by various public performances at the exhibition at the SABC’s Radio Park venue, as well as at some of Johannesburg’s legendary music venues.The Kwaito & Hiphop discussion seeks to unpack the messages & context behind these genres #Moshito ^KM pic.twitter.com/hEnkeLeH07— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 10, 2015The exhibition marquee showcases a range of top industry goods,service providers and organisations #Moshito2015 …Posted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015The conference will culminate with a special concert titled “The Great South African Song Book” on Saturday, 12 September at Newtown Park featuring an all- star collection of some of South Africa’s best music artists, including Arthur, Judith Sephuma, Mzwakhe Mbuli and Cortina Whiplash.The beautiful songtress Ms Judith Sephuma took over the night as she graced the #Moshito2015 Afro World Night with her…Posted by Moshito Otswela Pele on Thursday, September 10, 2015last_img read more

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Hemp’s Growing Pains

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorYUMA, Colo. (DTN) — At 35, Bethleen McCall is a lot younger than your typical commodity farmer, but she’s a veteran when it comes to farming hemp in Colorado.McCall is president of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association and she credits the state’s early action allowing regulated hemp production as far back as 2014 for allowing her to start farming where her family once farmed.Last week, McCall was rushing to try to beat a late-week temperature crash and snow, but that didn’t work out so well. She and her employees got about 20% of their crop harvested before the hard freeze. They have now sent away samples to see if the glands in the plant that contain cannabinoids burst during the freeze. Depending on those results, the farm may have just a few days to harvest before the rest of the CBD oil dissipates. Regardless, it’s likely the freeze will bring down the pounds of production and CBD content.Still, the plants held up better than expected in the cold and snow, she said. “We were expecting them to turn to mush; so far they have not.”McCall is a fifth-generation resident of Yuma County who saw her as grandparents and parents slowly lost the ability to farm in the 1980s. She took early jobs working at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service then worked for 15 years at the Yuma County Conservation District, focusing on irrigation issues. That included trying to help farmers find valuable crops that used less irrigation. McCall recalls one of the crops they studied was kenaf, a fiber crop.McCall credits hemp for allowing her to get back into farming. And generally, McCall noted one of the differences between hemp growers and other crop farmers on the front range of Colorado is age. Most hemp farmers in her area are 40 years old or younger. “A lot of people in my generation are the ones starting this and getting into it,” she said.After the 2014 farm bill opened up hemp production to states willing to test the prospects, McCall and her partner, Mike Sullivan, each were looking at developing a greenhouse operation when they teamed up and built the farm together.“The CBD market took off, and I was able to leave my job and farm full-time now,” McCall said. “You don’t have the opportunity to be on the ground floor of a new business too often.”Yuma County in eastern Colorado has 17 hemp farms and production has exploded statewide to more than 80,000 acres this year. The 2018 farm bill removed hemp as a controlled substance to allow production nationally.The new “deregulatory” environment has created more problems for established growers such as McCall, likely because more people have learned about hemp this year than ever before. That’s actually led to more scrutiny over the business, McCall said.“This year has been a lot harder than in years past,” McCall said. “You have to tell that to people all the time, I am legal. I have more permits and licenses than anyone else.”Payment companies such as Paypal closed accounts for hemp producers earlier this year and froze their accounts for six months. Other merchant services followed. Now, hemp growers such as McCall are being offered merchant services at more than triple the costs they were paying before.“I understand being under a higher level of scrutiny but at some point you can grow hemp like you grow corn and this has got to change,” she said.HOW IT PENCILS OUTStill, hemp right now is worth the regulatory headaches, even with higher production lowering the value of the crop this year. Hemp grown for cannabidiol (CBD) in Colorado has lost more than one-quarter of its value since last year but still averages more than $50,000 per acre. The math breaks down like this: An acre, on average, will produce roughly 1,740 pounds of plants, but the dried flower weight breaks about 3/4 a pound, or about 1,305 pounds. CBD is on average about 10% of the biomass. CBD is now valued at about $3.90 per point (it averaged $5 per point last year). At a 10% average, that equals $39 a pound. Total pounds of 1,305 X $39 = $50,895 per acre.The per-acre value climbs with higher-quality hemp that can produce more CBD oil. McCall noted some better plant varieties can produce 15% CBD oil, and the best varieties are often grown indoors to avoid pollination and can hit about 18%.WAITING ON USDAWhile the farm bill opened up the potential for hemp production nationally, it still requires USDA rules that the Trump administration right now has not completed. The interim final rule for USDA’s hemp production program has been at the White House Office of Management and Budget since June 27, the longest of any current USDA regulatory action under review at the White House. The department had intended to have its rules out sometime in August. https://www.reginfo.gov/…Farmers in some states have to wait until USDA is done with its rules before they can test the market. Iowa is among a dozen states that enacted legislation to allow hemp but did not get crops planted in 2019. Iowa officials are waiting until USDA approves its plan for regulating hemp before allowing production, but USDA will not approve state plans until its regulations are finalized. An official with the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship noted THC-testing protocol remains in limbo right now, and Iowa is waiting to see if USDA specifies how testing must be done.Other states just started to dabble with hemp production this year. Bill Achord, who heads the Nebraska Hemp Association, noted the state only approved 10 growing licenses for 2019 even though 176 farmers applied. New regulations are expected in Nebraska to open up the state to more production in 2020, Achord said.Four states remain outliers without any hemp-production legislation: Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Dakota.EMERGING INDUSTRY WITH STRONG GROWTH POTENTIALNationally, hemp acreage was projected at 511,442 acres with 16,877 grower licenses across 34 states by the “U.S. Hemp Report,” put together by an organization Vote Hemp. But Vote Hemp also states less than half the licensed acreage, around 230,000 acres, is actually planted. Then roughly half of that will be lost or determined as noncompliant, so about 115,000 to 138,000 acres will be harvested. Vote Hemp surveys state departments of agriculture annually on hemp acreage. https://www.votehemp.com/…As an emerging industry, hemp is a little bit of the Wild West, including seed sales. A Kentucky company, Elemental Processing, just last month sued an Oregon company, HP Farms, for $44 million for selling 6.4 million seeds that were supposed to be female with a high germination rate. Elemental Processing distributed the seed to farmers, but reported that as much as 70% of the seeds were male. The Kentucky crop was destroyed to avoid pollinating other area hemp crops.Strong growth is expected to continue in the CBD market for the next five years, at least, according to the Colorado firm BDS Analytics. It forecasts CBD sales, which were $1.9 billion in 2018, will grow to $20 billion by 2024. The group noted, though, that growth of the CBD market will depend heavily on how FDA decides to regulate CBD in areas such as food and beverages.With so much focus on hemp right now, McCall said she remains worried about how the FDA will look at CBD products in years to come.“I don’t want my products to be in a dispensary. I want my products to be on a Whole Foods shelf.”The big regulatory fear remains just how USDA oversees the chemicals that separate hemp from its close cousin, marijuana. Under the farm bill, hemp is allowed to have, on a dry weight basis, 0.3% of Delta-9 tetrahydricannabinal (THC), the chemical that produces intoxication in marijuana. In comparison, marijuana grown and sold legally in Colorado may have a THC content somewhere around 18% to 20%. It’s a challenge to keep a hemp crop from going above that 0.3% level at harvest.Sunny Summers, cannabis policy coordinator at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, said the problem can come down to testing the right form of THC. The farm bill limits Delta-9 THC, but there are other forms of THC in cannabis plants that can be converted to Delta-9 when the plant is heated. Some types of lab equipment used for testing can change the number during testing itself, Summers said. Oregon uses a cold-testing method that can highlight Delta-9 without generating higher levels of other forms of THC.“There is a lot going on there about the type of THC we’re talking about and when do you sample the plants,” Summers said.Oregon, like Colorado, jumped into the business early and has more than 1,900 farmers growing about 63,000 acres this year.While the program rules are not complete, USDA is planning to offer a hemp policy in 2020 as part of Whole-Farm Revenue Protection policies. The plan will come with at least two caveats: hemp with THC above the compliance level will not be covered as a loss and hemp will not qualify for replanting payments.GROWER DIFFICULTIESStates have different sampling dates. Oregon tests 28 days prior to harvest. Kentucky tests two weeks prior to harvest, while Colorado samples in a 10-day window around harvest. Some states require testing every field, every year while others do random sampling.“Those are all contributing factors why transporting from one state to another is difficult,” Summers said. “Plus, if you are drying the plant that will reduce moisture content, so what tested legal in the field will have a completely different value if you test it after it’s dried.”Interstate transportation remains a huge concern, McCall noted. Truckers hauling hemp can find themselves spending several nights in jail while state and local officials try to sort out the legality of hemp. States without legal hemp, such as Idaho and South Dakota have had cases this year of truckers arrested for hauling hemp through their states. Yet, McCall said, “Under the farm bill, if you are approved through your state program, you have been cleared. Too many people don’t understand that yet.”Pollen drift also is a challenge. Producers try to control and limit seeds in the field and destroy male plants, but McCall notes that hemp pollen on the Front Range can drift for several miles. So if one farmer isn’t controlling their male plants, it can cause problems for other producers in the area. Growers are trying to coordinate to ensure they grow only feminized seed or clones from female plants to avoid pollination. “We know it’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of time,” McCall said.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(BAS/CZ/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Qualcomm rolls out enhancements to its IoT network

first_imgQualcomm has announced enhancements to its IoT Connectivity platform at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, which aim to deliver “virtually seamless connectivity” across a variety of devices and technologies.For the first time, the IoT network can make simultaneous use of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, CSRmesh connectivity and 802.15.4-based technologies. This opens the door to a wide range of solutions that were previously unsupported on Qualcomm’s platform.See also: Qualcomm wants you to train your new SnapdragonThe IoT Connectivity Platform already supports a wide range of communication protocols, cloud services, and software frameworks, so the addition of new networking standards makes Qualcomm’s platform a potential universal translator for IoT developers.Should make IoT network development less “of a hassle”All of this makes the development of IoT networks less of a hassle, as most of the important technologies, protocols, and standards are supported on one platform. Qualcomm expects this will ease “fragmentation challenges” for manufacturers and developers.“The Qualcomm Network continues to redefine connected experiences by making connectivity simple, high quality, and consistent across devices and technologies,” said Gopi Sirineni, the vice president of product management at Qualcomm. “The IoT Connectivity platform is designed to deliver on that promise by directly addressing the most fundamental connectivity challenges of IoT.”Qualcomm is attempting to make the same move it did in mobile, by building an ecosystem for third parties that provides almost all of the legwork. It is not in the same position of power as it is in the mobile industry, but if it can continue to add networks and standards to its platform, it could see a similar turnaround in a few years. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Tags:#connectivity#Internet of Things#IoT#Qualcomm#Wi-Fi center_img Follow the Puck David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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The 5 Tenets of Low-Budget Southern Gothic Filmmaking

first_imgChannel your inner southern goth and embrace the tenants of this DIY-friendly filmmaking style.Cover image via Shotgun Stories (Multicom Entertainment).Whether you’re aware of the genre or not, the southern gothic style has become a favorite in film and television. From True Detective to the recent Ozark to the entire filmography of Jeff Nichols, Southern Gothic stories resonate with audiences for their taboo subjects and gritty stylings — and with filmmakers for their sparse locales and DIY-friendly production elements.Here are the five basic tenets of what every southern gothic project should try to include. Secret Satanic cults and decayed cow skulls are also always a plus.1. Forces of Nature: Good vs. EvilImage from Killer Joe (LD Entertainment).One of the underlying themes throughout all southern gothic works is the eternal battle between good and evil. The characters, like the land they inhabit, are aware of how these two forces are at work in everything around them. Cinematic techniques like framing and juxtaposition of characters in their environment can help stack these elements starkly against each other.2. Deep South LocationImage from True Detective (HBO).Perhaps none more iconic than the Louisiana bayous in True Detective, the landscapes of the American south (from Texas to Florida) feature heavily in the most popular southern gothic films and shows. This may be due, in part, to states like Louisiana and Georgia that maintain film tax incentives to lure production. Regardless, as long as the lush fields and dark waterways are prevalent, filmmakers as far away as Australia can find the same great-looking locations.3. Stark Color Temperature and ContrastsImage via Ozark (Netflix).Most notable in the recent Netflix show Ozark, color temperatures can create a style and a mood that resonates throughout a film or television series. Here’s a great interview with Ozark‘s director of photography Pepe Avila del Pino at NoFilmSchool where he talks about subconscious visual genre stylization.4. Family vs. Family ThemesImage from Shotgun Stories (Multicom Entertainment).From the Hatfields to the McCoys, southern gothic families commonly hold grudges. As you can see in examples like Jeff Nichols’s Shotgun Stories, bloodlines against bloodlines are common plot elements that can create simple, direct conflicts — and quite often with very tragic and bloody results.5. Religious Imagery and Taboo SinsImage from Wise Blood (New Line).In the American south, religion plays a large part in the regional culture, casting its shadow on everything from small-town politics to local architecture. It also has deep roots in slavery and the original colonization doctrines. As such, southern gothic works make great use of religious imagery and iconography as something deeply tied with sinister acts and taboo sins.Looking to try out your own southern gothic project? Check out some of these resources.7 Tips for Low-Budget Filmmaking10 Zero Budget Filmmaking Tips15 Tips On Making Your First Micro-Budget Featurelast_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Do Not Play the Victim

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Hustlers don’t believe that the world is operating on them. They believe that they are operating on the world.Hustlers don’t believe that they are victims of the circumstances of their birth, no matter how humble, or how painful. They don’t believe they are victims of their parents, their school, or any other external force. The hustler’s story is one of being free of these things, of overcoming.Hustlers don’t believe they are victims of the political party in power, right or left. They believe that the obstacles that their government places in their way are just another set of hurdles. They don’t believe that these hurdles are insurmountable, regardless of how loud the “victims” squeal. Hustlers hustle no matter which way the political winds blow.Hustlers aren’t victims of their their employer, their manager, or their supervisor. They set up their own shop inside the company they work for, and they build their own team, selling internally all of the time, converting the non-believers and leading the willing. They know that there is no way for victims to do anything worthwhile. Wherever they are, whomever they work for, they hustle.The victim mindset is disempowering. If you are a victim, you are powerless to change your own circumstances and powerless to make a difference. A victim believes they are powerless to live the life they would choose for themselves.The hustler never subscribes to the victim mindset. The hustler is the protagonist in the story they tell, not the victim. The hustler’s mindset is one of being empowered to act.Bro, do you even hustle?last_img read more

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Spain’s Diego Costa not hampered by injury in training

first_imgDiego Costa is recovering from a right thigh muscle problemSpain striker Diego Costa did not appear to be slowed by injury in training on Monday as the defending World Cup champions prepared for their final international friendly before heading to Brazil.All 23 players took part in the training session ahead of Saturday’s match against El Salvador in Washington. Costa was put through a special stretching session with Cesc Fabregas afterward, the Spanish federation said.Costa has been hobbled for weeks by a right thigh muscle problem, but coach Vicente del Bosque is gambling that the Atletico Madrid forward will be fit to lead Spain’s attack at the World Cup ahead of Fabregas, Fernando Torres and David Villa.”I didn’t think they would let me train from the start but we did some tests and I’m well,” Costa told reporters. “I think I can be fit for the match against the Netherlands, even for the friendly in Washington.”Spain plays its Group B opener against the Netherlands on June 13 in Salvador before moving on to face Chile and Australia.Del Bosque is counting on Costa to spearhead Spain’s attack after opting for familiarity in Torres and Villa over Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente.Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions to help Atletico win its first Spanish league title in 18 years and reach the Champions League final for the first time since 1974.”I’ve had a very good year with my club and the idea is to keep it going here, to repay those who have faith in me,” Costa said. “I’m very motivated and the pressure won’t affect me, I’ve already played in a lot of high-pressure games so I know what to expect.”advertisementCosta was among seven players from Atletico and Real Madrid to join the rest of the 23-player squad before the team travels to the United States late Monday.last_img read more

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Former Louisville Player Chris Jones Tweets, Deletes Comment Seemingly Regarding The School’s Alleged Sex Scandal

first_imgUpdate: Jones has clarified that his message contains the lyrics to a Future song. We’re unable to find matching lyrics, but we’ll take him at his [email protected] no don’t lie its a song make sure you put that in there— Chris Jones (@iAM_UNGUARDABLE) October 8, 2015Earlier: Former Louisville guard Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the program back in February, has chimed in on the alleged sex scandal involving the university’s basketball program. Jones tweeted, then deleted the below message, presumably implying that some of his former teammates (and a few then-recruits) are talking to the NCAA.Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 2.32.37 PMEarlier today, it was reported that JaQuan Lyle, a freshman at Ohio State, confirmed the allegations to the NCAA when he was recently interviewed. It’s unknown at this time who else the organization has spoken to.Jones’ tweet doesn’t necessarily imply any kind of guilt, but we imagine he isn’t doing the school any favors. This story just seems to be unfolding.last_img read more

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Former ESPN Reporter Bonnie Bernstein Criticizes Ciara For Her Revealing Dress

first_imgCiara's dress during the national title.ciara dress during title game national anthemStar recording artist Ciara sang the National Anthem ahead of tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship, and by most accounts, she did a lovely job. But some people – apparently – took issue with her outfit.Former ESPN sideline reporter Bonnie Bernstein, who now does most of her work for Campus Insiders, thought Ciara’s dress was a bit too revealing.Dear Ciara. You’re stunning. But this is a National Championship Game. Kids are watching. Cover up.— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) January 12, 2016Ciara’s other half, Russell Wilson, clearly doesn’t seem to have a problem with what she’s wearing.I see you baby!! Sounded amazing & looked flawless in every way! @Ciara #NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/0buuntOFvF— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 12, 2016Here’s a close-up. Wtf ????? RT @BonnieBernstein: Dear Ciara. this is a National Championship Game. Kids are watching. Cover up. pic.twitter.com/TZD9CDIT71— Sam F. (@Sammyveli) January 12, 2016Does Bernstein have a point, or is this much ado about nothing?last_img read more

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