The sticking points include a proposal to delay paying residuals on movies and TV shows until producers have recouped their costs, guild negotiators said. The guild also is proposing doubling payments on profits made from DVD sales and providing union pay and benefits to writers working in reality television and on basic cable shows. The two sides also remain far apart when it comes to setting pay for reality TV shows, and for work distributed online and to portable devices such as cell phones. LOS ANGELES – Talks between Hollywood writers and studios abruptly broke off for the weekend, dimming hopes of averting a strike that could cripple the television industry. The Writers Guild of America has been in talks since July with studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Negotiations lasted only about an hour on Friday and were not scheduled to resume until Tuesday. In statements Friday, each side accused the other of intransigence and expressed frustration at the sluggish pace of negotiations. The writers’ contract expires Oct. 31. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks, and losses to the industry were put at $500 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The National Works Agency (NWA) in collaboration with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Mines & Geology Division of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining (MSTEM) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is advising road users that Geotechnical investigative works will be carried out along sections of Gordon Town Road in St. Andrew and the Bog Walk Gorge in St. Catherine between July 2 and 3, 2013.The occurrence of rock falls and embankment failure are of major concern along both roadways. The investigation is to enable a proper assessment of this problem in order that the NWA can put in place the necessary protections.On Tuesday, July 02, 2013, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. traffic will be restricted to single lane use in the vicinity of the Louise Bennett Primary School.These works will be continued in the Bog Walk Gorge on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.in the vicinity of Primrock, approximately 1.8 kilometres north of the Flat Bridge. The roadway will be restricted to single lane use for motorists travelling in the direction of Spanish Town. Motorists travelling from the direction of Spanish Town towards Bog Walk or Ewarton will be diverted through Barry or Sligoville.The traffic arrangements will revert to two-way use at 11:00 a.m. with single lane use of the roadway being observed in the vicinity of the work zone up to 3:00 p.m.During the period of these investigative works the NWA is advising motorists and pedestrians to proceed with extreme caution and obey posted warning and directional signs as well as the instructions of flag persons.