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5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:48

Two key questions are whether the U.S. can strike early, as it did against Ghana, and whether Belgium can pull away late, as it has in all its games so far in Brazil.

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VIDEO: Kyrgios' 'shot of the year'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:47
Australia's Nick Kyrgios hits a stunning shot through his legs during his fourth round match against second seed Rafa Nadal.

400 jobs to go at Tata steel plant

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:43
Around 400 jobs are to go at the Tata steelmaking plant in Port Talbot, with the UK's high business rates and "uncompetitive" energy costs factors in the decision.

The anti-Putin gay kiss

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:36
Why Russians are furious with US singer Demi Lovato

Badger cull judicial review granted

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:31
The Badger Trust is granted permission for a judicial review to challenge the government's plans to continue culling badgers this year.

Where charter schools are popular

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:29

To hear more about the growth of charter schools in the country listen to the Marketplace on-air story.

Facebook's Newsfeed Study: Was It Ethical Or A Violation Of Privacy?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:22

In 2012, Facebook changed its users' newsfeeds without their knowledge for research. Host Michel Martin learns more about the study and why some people aren't happy about it.

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What The Supreme Court Rulings Mean For Unions, Religious Freedom

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:22

Host Michel Martin speaks with Supreme Court correspondent David Savage, and labor economist Steven Pitts about the high court's rulings on public employee unions and contraception.

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MoD 'liable for airman's death'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:21
Lawyers acting for one of three airmen killed in an RAF jets crash say the Ministry of Defence has admitted liability for his death.

Brittan pressed over sex abuse file

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:21
A Labour MP calls on ex home secretary Leon Brittan to say what he knew about an alleged Westminster paedophile ring.

Iraqi MPs fail to elect new speaker

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:16
Iraq's new parliament ends its first session in disarray, with MPs failing to make any progress in choosing the country's new leadership.

Cyril Smith CPS files to be released

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:05
Details of advice given to police which allowed the MP Cyril Smith to escape prosecution for sex offences will be released, prosecutors confirm.

VIDEO: Unwell Serena struggles to serve

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 09:02
Serena Williams is forced to retire from the doubles event through illness during her match with sister Venus against Stefanie Voegele and Kristina Barrois.

What happened to Rolf Harris's portrait of the Queen?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:57
Painting thought to be in his personal collection.

KKK flag removed after local talks

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:52
A Ku Klux Klan flag was removed from a lamp-post in east Belfast following discussions with local residents and representatives, police say.

Officer 'mistakenly' shot woman

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:50
A police inspector tells an inquest of his shock at mistakenly shooting a woman during a raid that sparked the 1985 Brixton riots.

Hotel site in 'appalling' data leak

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:48
A hotel booking website that was leaking customer information is being investigated by the UK data privacy watchdog.

Deep-diving devil rays solve mystery

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:47
New tracking data shows that Chilean devil rays dive down nearly 2km below the ocean surface.

Musicians protest movie studios recording overseas

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:45

Hollywood has been dealing with the problem of runaway production for years.  A growing number of film and television productions are being lured away from Los Angeles by tax credits.

One group of show business employees is speaking out about it. The American Federation of Musicians recently held a protest outside the Los Angeles offices of Lionsgate, the studio responsible for, among other blockbusters, "The Hunger Games".  The musicians work in film scoring. They’re upset with Lionsgate for accepting millions in tax credits to film in the U.S., but then score those films overseas.

Marc Sazer is a violinist and a member of the American Federation of Musicians. He’s worked for decades in film and television. “The major studios have longstanding relationships with the American Federation of Musicians,” said Sazer. “Fox, Universal, Columbia, Paramount and Disney, when they produce domestically, they score their films with us.”

Lionsgate is not considered a major studio. Technically, it’s a mini-major studio. But Sazer and the other members of the musicians' union argue that Lionsgate is at the same level as the major studios. Last year it generated $2.7 billion in revenue, millions of which came in the form of tax credits.

“We’re trying to bring attention to the fact that companies are taking our tax dollars and then taking our jobs overseas, which depletes our social compact," Sazer said. "It also depletes our cultural equity, because it undermines the livelihoods and the sustainability of our musical culture.” Lionsgate did not respond to a request for an interview.

In an outdoor amphitheater in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Pasadena Symphony is tuning up for a rehearsal. Hundreds of empty chairs face the stage. Peacocks outnumber audience members.

“We have about half of the orchestra on stage, some early birds, some will whisk in at the last minute,” said trombonist Andy Malloy. He’s worked in film and television since he got his first gig on "Laverne and Shirley".

Film and TV gigs used to make up 75 to 80 percent of Malloy’s income. “My guess, if there are 60 musicians here, easily 40 to 50 people do recording work as well," he said.

According to the union, total earnings of its members have fallen by half since 2007. During a recent protest, Malloy and his colleagues delivered a petition to Lionsgate headquarters. At the time, they singled out one film in particular, "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner.

The score to "Draft Day" was recorded at a studio in Macedonia called F.A.M.E.’S. Laurent Koppitz, the founder of F.A.M.E.’S, is a musician himself, originally from France. He was working at a classical music record label in Paris when he visited Macedonia for the first time. “I discovered a country that was really interested in attracting investors and doing business,” said Koppitz.

Koppitz was able to get a loan, fix up a recording studio and audition more than 100 classical musicians. That was six years ago. Nearly all the jobs he gets are low-budget productions, accompaniment on pop albums, Bollywood films and video game music.

“Ninety-nine percent of what we do is independent projects,” Koppitz said. Some of them turn famous. 

Koppitz was surprised when he came across news reports that F.A.M.E.’S was taking jobs from American musicians. He says he can’t compete with the quality of studios in Los Angeles. And that was not his intention. Kopitz started F.A.M.E.’S to make live orchestras affordable to those with small budgets, who might otherwise use pre-recorded or electronic music.

So when a low-budget production hires his musicians, that, he says, is an example of the good aspect of globalization: more musicians get work and more productions have live music.

But if large studios hire him simply because he’s cheaper, then he says they are coming to Macedonia for the wrong reason. “When you go for the wrong reason, like 'Oh, it’s cheap,' it’s not very nice for anybody because it takes the job here which is a problem,” he said

That problem Koppitz said, is the bad aspect of globalization. 

Ex-youth worker jailed for abuse

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:42
A former youth worker is jailed for six years after admitting child sex offences against the son a couple who gave him support after his dismissal.
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