December 5, 2013 |
The United Kingdom, already a leading international hub for filming, is doing even more to roll out the red carpet. The UK government on Thursday said it would strengthen tax credits for the film industry and offer new inducements to lure more visual effects business. Among the key changes, the government said it would offer a 25% credit on the first $32.7 million of qualifying production expenditure, and 20% thereafter. Currently, such projects could only claim a 20% rebate. Additionally, companies wouldn't have to spend as much in the country to qualify for UK film credits.
November 13, 2013 |
One of the reasons why electric cars are poor sellers is because consumers have little understanding of the financial incentives and other benefits available to owners of the vehicles. That's the finding of two Indiana University researchers who surveyed more than 2,000 drivers in 21 of the nation's largest cities. They discovered that 95% of respondents didn't know about state and local subsidies, rebates and other incentives. For example, only 2 out of 758 survey respondents living in areas where subsidies for home charging equipment are offered were aware of their availability, the researchers said.
November 6, 2013 |
Amazon.com wants to help out the corner bookstore. The Seattle Internet giant on Wedneday introduced Amazon Source , a program that enables independent booksellers to earn money from the sale of Kindle e-books -- if they sell Kindle devices and accessores in their stores. A participating retailer can receive 10% of all revenue from Kindle e-books purchased on Kindle devices sold by the store for the first two years after a customer buys the device. PHOTOS: Apple's new Mavericks OS X: Top 10 features to check out Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Amazon Kindle, said the program meant customers no longer had to choose between e-books and their neighborhood bookstore. "Many customers want to read both digital and print books,” he said.
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November 3, 2013 |
Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years, reflecting a step back from punitive disciplinary practices, according to a new report. The report, by the Community Rights Campaign - an organizing effort to shift student disciplinary actions from police to schools and communities - also found that tickets for all offenses plunged by 54.8% from 2011-12 to 2012-13. But African Americans and Latinos still receive a disproportionate number of tickets: Blacks were almost six times and Latinos were twice as likely to be ticketed than whites, according to the report released last week.
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October 14, 2013 |
In an effort to reduce the traffic headaches of thousands of fans trying to pack into Dodger Stadium on Monday, officials plan to open bus lanes to carpools of four or more people. The carpools will also get free parking as the Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals shortly after 5 p.m. The Dodgers announced their new policy after recognizing how difficult, if not impossible, it was to accommodate all the cars for the sellout crowd for Game 4 of their National League division series against the Atlanta Braves. More than 20,000 cars parked that night and hundreds of drivers without parking passes were turned away.
September 11, 2013 |
How do you get doctors to do a better job of controlling their patients' high blood pressure? Pay them, according to the results of an unusual clinical trial. For a typical doctor treating 1,000 patients for hypertension, extra payments of $1,648 were enough to get blood pressure under control - or at least get doctors to prescribe the right drugs and recommend the right lifestyle changes - for 84 additional patients. Those payments (distributed over 20 months) amounted to about 1.6% of the doctor's annual salary.
September 8, 2013 |
Hip-hop has plenty of incentives for artists - money, fame, command of a potent art form. But what are the incentives for fans at this year's Rock the Bells? Unexpectedly, it's less about discovery and more about dedication: staying put and paying attention. The layout and popularity of this year's Rock the Bells seems designed to keep fans - once they get inside - in a kind of couch-lock at whatever stage they're interested in. The two side stages can be accessed only through a long, winding path at the San Manuel Amphitheatre.
August 2, 2013 |
The movie "42" arrived in theaters this spring swaddled snugly in the American flag. Studio marketers declared the film to be "the true story of an American legend. " With good reason: It's hard to find a more uplifting sports story than Jackie Robinson's battle against racism on his way to becoming one of the greatest ballplayers in history. "42" evoked its bygone era by filming extensively in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The filmmakers collected millions in subsidies from those states' taxpayers, who proudly followed the production via local newspaper stories detailing its step-by-step progress from location to location.
June 28, 2013 |
Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a major legislative victory, the Assembly narrowly passed controversial legislation to overhaul California's enterprise zones, which hand out $750 million a year in tax breaks to businesses. Brown's proposal, the centerpiece of his economic development strategy, all but eliminates the power of the state's 40 locally controlled enterprise zones and replaces the program with a broader, statewide series of business incentives. Lawmakers on Thursday sent the controversial bill, AB 93, to the governor's desk by a 54-16 bipartisan vote.
June 25, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's drive to revamp a nearly three-decade-old business tax break teetered late Tuesday as he struggled to round up commitments for aye votes from a needed two-thirds of the members of the state Senate. Lobbying and head counting on the controversial bill to all but eliminate the $750-million-a-year enterprise zone program forced multiple postponements of a scheduled 4 p.m. session and sowed doubts about whether the governor would get his way. The program "is wasteful.