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Tony

United States

#234 Jun 14, 2011
Tony wrote:
Dominican Republic launches incentives
It's the first such program in Latin America
By Dave McNary
An artist's rendering of the 35-acre Pinewood Indomina Studios.
Moving to lure production to the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is officially launching its production incentive program next week.
It's being touted as the first such significant incentive program in Latin America -- outside the United States commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The program's key elements provide a 25% transferable tax credit for features and TV series shot in the country, with $500,000 minimum to qualify and an expedited customs process.
The nation's legislature OK'd the program in November and the regulations are due to be signed into law as early as Monday by president Leonel Fernández -- a particularly speedy implementation of a law, according to Rocio Pellerano, vice consel at the country's Miami consulate.
"This is the president's personal project and it's designed to take advantage of how attractive our country is," she said. "We have seven international airports and all kinds of scenery including tropical forest, beaches, highways and ghettos. The workforce for the film industry is non-union and it's extremely safe."
The country's not a stranger to film production as it's been the site for shooting on "The Godfather II," "The Good Shepherd," "Jurassic Park," Miami Vice" and "Lost City," but Pellerano believes the incentives will elevate her country's profile when it comes to attracting a steady flow of projects.
In anticipation of the incentive program, Indomina Group held a groundbreaking ceremony in February as part of a partnership agreement with London-based Pinewood Studios Group to operate, manage and market a production facility in the beach town of Juan Dolio on the Dominican Republic's southern coast, about 40 miles east of capitol city Santo Domingo.
Dubbed Pinewood Indomina Studios, the 35-acre facility will initially have 5,000 square meters of soundstages, 15,000 square meters of production support facilities and a 75-meter-by-75-meter exterior water tank.
Anthony Smith, VP of corporate finance for Indomina, said the facilities -- with a pricetag of about $50 million -- should be operational by the fourth quarter of next year with the water tank ready to go in the first quarter of 2013. "We think the tank will be the best in the world," he added.
The move by the Dominican may have prompted Puerto Rico to up the ante in the Caribbean. The commonwealth signed a new law in March that expanded the existing 40% production tax credit to include TV programs and documentaries along with allowing producers to claim a 20% tax credit for hiring non-residents.
Hal "Corky" Kessler, an attorney who came on board recently to advise the Dominican and Indomina, told Variety he believes the Dominican program will be successful in drawing new projects to the island. He said the regulations include a provision that's particularly attractive to U.S. producers since it will allow them to spend up to 25% of their wages in the Dominican while keeping their federal tax incentive status under Internal Revenue Code section 181 as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.
Indomina has cited projections of growth in spending on filmed entertainment in Latin America at a 4.5% compound annual rate to $3.1 billion in 2013 from $2.5 billion in 2008.
Contact Dave McNary at [email protected]
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118038346.h... |InsideProduction
Colombia needs to have film incentives too, to attract more filming to Colombia. Colombia has the world's largest variety of birds, and Colombia has the world's largest variety of plants, Colombia is beautiful, and Colombia also has very beautiful women. Colombia needs to start attracting the entertainment industry and filmmaking to Colombia, the way that the Dominican Republic is.

http://www.topix.com/forum/world/colombia/THE...
Tony

United States

#235 Jun 14, 2011
I went to the library at UCI to use their computers for free when I did not have a computer, and while I was there I wrote down an idea for a test they could run. The test was to see if people who are color blind can see better in the dark than people who are not color blind. My rationale was that the eye contains cones and pistols, one detects color and one detects light, and color blind people have less of the one that detects color and therefore more of the one that detects light, and therefore color blind people can see better at night. I am color blind, and I can see great at night, I can drive a car with the headlights off at night, and I can see stuff at night that people who are not color blind cannot see. One implication of UCI doing an official test on it would be that right now the Army and other armed forces organizations in the USA will not accept people who are color blind, but if the Army knew that color blind people could see better at night then the Army could use the color blind people on teams that operated at night in the dark. I never found out if UCI did the scientific experiment to prove my hypotheses, but I noticed on the web that people are talking a little bit about color blind people being able to see better at night. Maybe eventually the Army will accept color blind people to work night operations, instead of banning color blind people as is currently the case.

And during the current economy, many color blind people are unemployed and many would like to have the option of joining the US Army and other armed forces organizations.

Salute,

Tony V.
Tony

Monterey Park, CA

#237 Jun 26, 2011
A great presidential ticket in 2012 would be...

Rudy Giuliani as President, and Doug Kmiec as Vice President.

Here is a link to a thread on this topic on the Rudy Giuliani Topix forum...

http://www.topix.com/forum/who/rudy-giuliani/...
Tony

United States

#238 Jul 5, 2011
You can still rock in America!

Damn Yankees live

Link:

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I hope everyone had a great 4th of July.
Tony

Studio City, CA

#239 Jul 20, 2011
Here is a new video of a friend's band, Nasty Habits, the video was shot with a cell phone, and the quality is not good, but the video is still pretty cool...

Tony

Studio City, CA

#240 Jul 20, 2011
Deliver me from reasons why you'd rather cry, I'd rather fly...

The Crystal Ship is being filled,
A thousand girls, a thousand thrills,
A million ways to spend your time...

The Doors

Link to the You Tube video:

Tony

Studio City, CA

#241 Jul 20, 2011
We must come from a place of abundance.

In leadership training they told me to always come from a place of abundance, as opposed to scarcity. We can easily grow enough food to feed everyone on earth if we come from a place of abundance, as opposed to letting them starve as we come from a place of scarcity. And sometimes the way to improve things is to think big, even when times are hard and we are tempted to say that we cannot because of poverty. We can live in a world of abundance, and unlimited opportunity, or we can live in a world of scarcity where it just continues to get worse. And with leaders, say for a company, they want people who will make the company grow and prosper, not people who will keep downsizing it until it does not exist anymore. People want leaders who improve things, not make things worse.

With the bad economy, and with the giant debt of the United States, it would be so easy for everyone to downsize everything out of existence, which would only make things worse, at a time when we need to do the opposite and grow and prosper and improve things instead. A great depression is as much a state of mind as it is a reality, we cannot fall into that state of mind and we must avoid that reality.

We must come from a world of abundance and unlimited opportunity, and grow and prosper, and improve things, we must be creative in good ways and we must think big, and every problem creates an opportunity for people to solve the problems, and where there is room for improvement there is opportunity for people to improve things, etc etc etc.

I read that fewer people are willing to get student loans because they are afraid they will not be able to pay them off, and they are afraid to accrue the debt for an education, and that is totally the wrong way for them to be thinking right now, and at this time the USA needs to have a better educated and better trained population, and there will be plenty of opportunity for good educated people to solve problems and improve things after they receive an education. In my opinion the people of the United States need to enter college at higher numbers, not lower. Things are not going to get better if we have a lesser educated population, that is going in the wrong direction, we need a higher educated population instead. So we need to get them thinking from a place of abundance, so that we can achieve abundance, and a better economy and a better world.

And the whole thing with the debt of the United States could be solved if we come from a place of abundance. Much of the land of the United States is government owned land, we are talking abundance, and that land could be sold to private people, and that alone would pay off much of the government debt. The government can also make money with gas and oil leases at a time when gas and oil are at all time high prices, and drilling for natural gas and oil in the USA would be a good thing for many reasons. And that would help reduce the debt. Also, gold is at an all time high price right now, and there is gold on much of the government owned land, along with other precious metals. And that would help reduce the debt. If we come from a place of abundance then we can reduce the debt easily. Then, we monitor the spending of the government better in the future so that we can pass down surpluses to future generations instead of deficits.

And the college students of today can help make a better world in the future, and the Lord knows there will always be a lot of opportunities to solve problems.

Salute,

Tony V.
Tony

Studio City, CA

#242 Jul 20, 2011
WE THE PEOPLE!

With the USA the most powerful component of our government is we the people, the government is there to serve us, they are public servants, and they work for us, not the other way around like in China. And the same with the police officers, they are there to protect and serve, they are public servants, and they work for us.

Our Presidents must remain humble public servants, they must not get on a power trip and start thinking that they are the most powerful part of our government, they must remember that they are there to serve the people. And our Presidents should have a high approval rating amongst the people of the United States like Reagan did, something is wrong when seventy percent of the people of the United States disagree with what our President is doing.

Also, we have cops on steroids who think they rule the streets, and they go around harassing people, and they really get pissed when you tell them that they are public servants and that they are there to serve you and that your taxes pay their pay-checks, I once told that to a cop who was harassing me and I ended up having to do community service and I was put on three years probation. Cops must be humble public servants who are there to protect and serve the people.

This is not China where the cops and government control everything in your life, this is the USA where we the people control our cops and government and where the cops and government serve us.

And New Yorkers are paying 13 bucks for a pack of cigarettes because of high taxes. Once upon a time we the people of the United States did things like The Boston Tea Party, and The Whiskey Rebellion, over unfair taxes, and we need to stand up against our government and remind them that they are public servants. No servant of mine should be raising taxes on the cigarettes that I buy, as I fully disagree with high taxes on cigarettes.

And...

On the issue of cops on steroids, some of the police officers being on steroids is a VERY important issue, our government here in the USA worries about baseball players using steroids but the baseball players are not out there on the streets with a badge and a gun harassing people and beating people up and stuff, we MUST start testing the police officers for steroid use.

Salute,

Tony V.
Tony

United States

#243 May 23, 2012
Sad. General Motors is becoming "China Motors."

Link:

http://youtu.be/Lvl5Gan69Wo
Tony

United States

#244 May 23, 2012
On the issue of saving and improving our world economy...

Here is a link for a very short video that I made about how to help to save and improve our entire world economy.

LINK:

http://tinyurl.com/3b7jnxo

Salute,

Tony V.
Tony

Pasadena, CA

#245 Jul 20, 2013
Detroit must not be allowed to go bankrupt. Detroit must be saved.

Salute,

Tony V.
Tony

Pasadena, CA

#246 Jul 20, 2013
Here is a thread pertaining to sending ideas to the new mayor of Los Angeles...

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/los-angeles-c...

The USA must be saved. We must work together as a team in good ways.

Salute,

Tony V.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#247 Jul 20, 2013
Tony wrote:
Colombia has over 3 million refugees whom have been displaced from their homes because of the communist terrorists in Colombia, and it is the largest humanitarian crisis within the Western Hemisphere. These are good Catholics, whom are suffering and are in need of homes. Detroit could declare that Detroit is a safety zone for the Colombian refugees (Like Las Vegas did about 10 years ago, when Las Vegas declared herself an international refugee safety zone), Detroit can work closely with the government of Colombia and aid organizations, and Detroit can welcome some of the Colombian refugees to Detroit.
F uc K Colombia never gonna happen. Detroit is beyond saving, if you live there now, better leave before they turn it into a parking lot for the suburbs.
Tony

Studio City, CA

#248 Jul 20, 2013
snapcracklepop wrote:
<quoted text>
F#@$% Colombia never gonna happen. Detroit is beyond saving, if you live there now, better leave before they turn it into a parking lot for the suburbs.
Baloney.
Prefessor

Brockport, NY

#249 Jul 20, 2013
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>
Baloney.
Tony, we got more trollers here than all the Great Lakes combined. Many are racists of both kinds. Some play both sides of the fence. It can go on for thousands of posts. Nothing is achieved except to pass the time.
bensleys reality

Nashua, NH

#250 Jul 20, 2013
FredUAW wrote:
<quoted text>This should be interesting.
1) Clearly explain what you mean by the situation Detroit is in now. and
2) Clearly explain how it is that Unions got Detroit to this place.
yo union mismanager you got it all wrong again cause you never studied economics or American history.

the answer to # 1 is Detroit is broke the city spends more than it takes in even an union economist should be able to grasp that basic economic concept. from economics 101.

answer to #2 is unions have contributed to the economic failure of Detroit & many other cities, counties and states in America using
bully tactics, aggressive excessive wage and benefit Demands have brought about the economic failure of Detroit.

The unholy alliance of greedy unions and city hall hacks wanting to hang on to power at any cost has cost Detroit it's future.

City hall hacks wanting to hang on to power recognized that unions are a voting block and struck a deal with unions. in return for union votes for any democrats running for or trying to stay in power the democrats would give unions what ever they demanded or wanted at the bargaining table, those union votes are valuable.

so union members were told whom to vote for delivered those votes kept democratic hack in office and city hall hacks kept those jobs in city hall and unions got the best pay and benefit packages paid for by votes they cast.

what did the unions and city hack morons in was the excessive unplanned for violent black crime burning the city, way too many murders, robberies , assaults, rapes drug sales etc drove the middle class tax payers voters and business out of da city.
the city became a very business and normal citizen taxpayer unfriendly environment.

the remaining citizens of Detroit which are mostly poor

people ,drug dealers, welfare queens, illegal immigrants, criminals of all sorts, muslims can't or won't support this bloated city fiscal mess.

hence the city collapsed.

to be fair city county state and federal government over taxed over regulated business to the point were business was unable to survive in Detroit .

but unions also plied on with excessive labor, benefit demands which also forced business to look else where to survive.

Government also contributed to the failure of the city by adding excessive taxation at city county , state and federal level plus excessive regulations on business.

heck even a union business could not stay alive defined as economically viable business under those restrictive economic conditions.

so unions have brought about the failure of Detroit.

but unions have brought about the failure of many companies over the years.

In fact I am hard pressed to think of any industry, business that has grown, become more profitable, more efficient . productive as a result of union labor or union involvement.

I can name lots of companies industries that are no longer In America because of unions.

Bought any American made steel or twinkies lately??
Professor

Brockport, NY

#251 Jul 20, 2013
Internet trolling is a bit like rape.

You have your fun but afterwards you wish you could see the look on your victims' faces.
JJJ

Studio City, CA

#252 Jul 21, 2013
The riots, and white flight, and the rise of racist, uneducated black people, helped to ruin Detroit. Detroit is around eighty to ninety percent black now, and you need to look at the statistics, the black men are not even there to help to raise their children, many black children are born into households without a father. Crime, drugs, children without fathers, etc, etc, etc, are the reasons why Detroit is going bankrupt.
Fred Phelps

Brockport, NY

#253 Jul 21, 2013
JJJ wrote:
The riots, and white flight, and the rise of racist, uneducated black people, helped to ruin Detroit. Detroit is around eighty to ninety percent black now, and you need to look at the statistics, the black men are not even there to help to raise their children, many black children are born into households without a father. Crime, drugs, children without fathers, etc, etc, etc, are the reasons why Detroit is going bankrupt.
Maybe the unemployed blacks should be given jobs picking something. Loan/rent some out to southern stated in need of seasonal labor. Idleness brings evil behavior.
Tony

Studio City, CA

#254 Jul 21, 2013
JJJ wrote:
The riots, and white flight, and the rise of racist, uneducated black people, helped to ruin Detroit. Detroit is around eighty to ninety percent black now, and you need to look at the statistics, the black men are not even there to help to raise their children, many black children are born into households without a father. Crime, drugs, children without fathers, etc, etc, etc, are the reasons why Detroit is going bankrupt.
Wealth in families is created by each new generation standing upon the shoulders of past generations. It is very hard for a poor kid born to a single mother on welfare to rise up, maybe he can own a construction company by the time he is fifty years old to pass down to his children, and on to future generations, but it is hard to be like the famous wealthy families in the USA without each generation helping to lift up future generations. Also, each generation has to teach and guide the new generations. It is hard for the children without fathers to rise.

My father died when I was nine years old, a few months before I turned ten, and so my mother found herself as a poor widow with three children to raise all by herself, and I know what it is like to be a poor hungry son of a poor widowed woman, and my life has been hard. I was even homeless for a couple of years. And I suffered from a nervous breakdown and had to spend a month in the hospital, and then I came out of the hospital being homeless again, I really feel sad for the children who do not have loving fathers, it sucks not having a dad.

Programs which help fatherless children, such as Big Brother/Big Sister programs, etc, etc, etc, are good programs.

Salute,

Tony V.

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