“Media: when oligarchs go shopping” – RSF’s latest report

first_img RSF_en Скачать доклад (на русском) Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure It was in Russia that the word “oligarchs” was first used to denote very rich businessmen. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has adopted the term to refer to billionaires who create or take over media empires to serve their business or political interests. There is a worldwide trend towards increasingly concentrated ownership of conglomerates that combine media outlets (TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and news websites) with banks, telecoms, property firms and construction companies. All this suits the rulers of countries such as China that espoused capitalism in order to better suppress democracy.800TV channels exist in India, of which all those that provide news coverage are owned by political or industrial baronsEntitled Media: when oligarchs go shopping, RSF’s latest report describes a world in which journalism and freedom of information run up against an invisible wall consisting of money and conflicts of interest. From now on, RSF intends to keep addressing these new threats to journalistic independence, which constitute a major challenge for democracy.Media: when oligarchs go shoppingReadCoinciding with the report’s publication, RSF is launching a communication campaign together with the advertising agency BETC. Called “How oligarchs kill freedom of information,” it takes the form of a “quick manual for the good oligarch.” Organisation July 20, 2016 – Updated on April 24, 2019 “Media: when oligarchs go shopping” – RSF’s latest reportcenter_img Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure Related documents oligarchs_eng.pdfPDF – 2.73 MBoligarques3-ru.pdfPDF – 2.61 MB Reports Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Caltech Appoints Chief Communications Officer

first_img Farnaz Khadem Credit: SLACAfter a national search, Farnaz Khadem—a communications leader with two decades of experience in higher education, journalism, private industry, and the public sector—has been appointed Chief Communications Officer at Caltech.Her appointment is effective January 11, 2016.Khadem will lead the development of strategic communications in support of research programs as well as Institute initiatives and priorities. This will include collaboration on communications across campus and direct oversight of the Office of Strategic Communications. She will serve also as the Institute’s spokesperson and primary advisor on communications matters and opportunities.Khadem has served for the last five years as the director of communications at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a Department of Energy national laboratory operated by Stanford University. At SLAC, she developed and implemented a strategic communications plan and was responsible for managing the laboratory’s entire communications structure, including news and media relations, digital communications, emergency communications, and social media.“Farnaz emerged from the search as a remarkably good fit for Caltech and the candidate best able to further develop Caltech’s communication capabilities,” says Diana Jergovic, vice president for strategy implementation at Caltech. “She will guide us well in this increasingly vital role as we seek to use communications ever more effectively to engage and inspire communities of supporters locally, nationally, and globally.”“It’s a privilege to join Caltech, a renowned research and educational institution. With a distinguished history of transformative discoveries, Caltech has had a lasting influence on a broad range of scientific and technical fields,” says Khadem. “I look forward to working with everyone at the Institute to tell the story of how that innovation continues to have an impact on society and on all of us.”Prior to joining SLAC, Khadem held communications leadership positions at the University of California, Irvine; the World Anti-doping Agency; the Vaccine Fund; and Eli Lilly and Company. She worked for the U.S. Foreign Service Diplomatic Corps, with posts in Israel, Italy, and Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. More Cool Stuff Top of the News Community News Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Community News Herbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty People Caltech Appoints Chief Communications Officer By KATHY SVITIL Published on Monday, November 16, 2015 | 3:46 pmlast_img read more

Govt gears up for future COVID-19 vaccination

first_imgThe government has drafted scenarios and prepared logistical needs necessary to distribute COVID-19 vaccine across the archipelago, to make sure it can be evenly disbursed once available.The scenarios were discussed in a coordination meeting led by Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Wednesday.“The vaccine is necessary for us now. Our main priority is preparing vaccination logistics, targets and mechanisms,” the minister said. Read also: Jokowi gives committee two weeks to draft COVID-19 vaccination planIn order to distribute the vaccine evenly across the country, the government plans to procure cold chain equipment to store and distribute hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine from other countries.State-Owned Enterprises Deputy Minister Budi Gunadi said two state-owned pharmaceutical firms, Bio Farma and Kimia Farma, currently only had the capacity to store 123 million out of 352 million vaccine doses.Indonesia has forged cooperation with several countries regarding the supply of potential vaccines. Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech partnered with Bio Farma to launch the late-stage human trials of a candidate vaccine in Bandung, West Java. The trial involved some 1,620 volunteers since August.Kimia Farma struck a deal with Group 42 (G42) Healthcare, an artificial intelligence company in the United Arab Emirates, to develop a potential vaccine.The Research and Technology Ministry is also leading a national consortium, comprising research bodies and universities, to develop the Merah Putih vaccine.The Health Ministry also signed an agreement with UNICEF to procure COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX, a global vaccine allocation plan co-led by the World Health Organization aiming for even distribution of the vaccine.Read also: Indonesia secures massive supply of potential COVID-19 vaccine until end of 2021During Wednesday’s meeting, Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) head Penny Kusumawati Lukito said the agency’s technical team would check laboratories designated to mass produce the vaccine as well as the ongoing clinical trials.The agency would also discuss with Sinovac regarding the vaccine’s delivery. After the vaccine arrived in Indonesia, BPOM would submit a halal certification for the substance to the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).In the meantime, the Health Ministry is training medical workers for the vaccination program. Two community health centers (Puskesmas) in Badung, Denpasar, Bali as well as Bogor, West Java would become the locations for vaccination simulation.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said medical personnel and other workers in health facilities would be vaccinated first. “The second group [to be vaccinated] would be workers aged 18 to 59, which is a high-risk group.”Topics :last_img read more

Four Danish pension funds invest DKK4.5bn in German offshore wind farm

first_imgPKA’s individual investment in the wind farm will be DKK2.2bn, while Industriens Pension is investing DKK940m.Peter Damgaard Jensen, PKA’s chief executive, said: “PKA will continue investing in such projects, since they are in line with the wish for a sustainable return and our members’ demand to make a positive impact on the climate.” He said Gode Wind 2 was the fourth offshore wind farm in which PKA had invested.Industriens Pension’s chief executive Laila Mortensen said that, by investing in the project, the pension fund would secure a long-term stable return on investment for its members.Lægernes Pensionskasse said the investment fit well with its existing portfolio.Construction of the installation is expected to start next year, with full commissioning of the wind farm – and neighbouring wind farm Gode Wind 1 – expected in 2016.DONG Energy is to operate and maintain the wind farm as well as provide a route to market for the power it produces, according to the agreement.Gode Wind 2 will have an output capacity of 252 MW and be able to supply carbon-free power equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of more than 260,000 households, DONG Energy said.It will be built in the German part of the North Sea, about 45km off the north-western coast of Germany. PKA is leading a consortium of four Danish labour market pension funds to buy half an offshore wind farm project for DKK4.5bn (€603m).The consortium, which includes industrial-sector pension fund Industriens Pension, teachers’ fund Lærernes Pension and doctors’ fund Lægernes Pension, will acquire a 50% stake of the Gode Wind 2 German offshore wind farm project from Danish energy company DONG Energy, according to an agreement signed yesterday.The total sales price will be paid to DONG Energy between 2014 and 2016.When the deal is complete, PKA will hold 24.75% of the project, Industriens Pension 10.5% and Lærernes Pension 8.75%, with 6% belonging to Lægernes Pensionskasse.last_img read more

FIBA deepens partnership commitment with Genius Sports

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Stats Perform extends NBL data and streaming deal July 13, 2020 Genius Sports teams up with TNM to launch tennis series May 27, 2020 Submit Dimayor Colombia strengthens integrity muscle with Genius Sports November 18, 2019 Andreas Zagklis – FIBAWorld governing body for professional basketball FIBA has extended and its legacy partnership with Genius Sports, covering multiple data and technology disciplines.Expanding a partnership that has existed since 2004, FIBA and Genius Sports will continue to work closely together improving professional basketball’s data and digital infrastructures, providing support to over ‘200 leagues and federations worldwide’.New partnership directives, see Genius Sports deliver the governing body its ‘FIBA Organizer’, digital competition management tool, and new ‘FIBA LiveStats’ provisions improving data collection on a play-by-play basis.FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said: “We are very pleased to continue this long-term and unique relationship with Genius Sports. We have been working together for more than 15 years to develop and offer state-of-the-art digital tools for national federations and leagues. Thanks to this renewal, we will continue the joint efforts in creating innovative tools and make sure that our sport is even more attractive to fans around the world.”Confirming the partnership extension, both parties have underlined a commitment to ‘eradicating data piracy’ by preventing the collection of basketball data via unofficial feeds.Genius Sports maintains that it will continue to service FIBA officials with optimum control and visibility over their data, which in-turn will help basketball stakeholders uphold commercial values whilst strengthening the integrity of their competitionsMark Locke – Genius SportsMark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports Group, said: “The Genius Sports and FIBA partnership has been one of the most influential and innovative in sports technology. Together, we’ve powered over 500,000 games from courtside in over 150 countries and engaged more than 25 million fans.“But, this renewal is as much about the future as our achievements to date, and we’re excited to introduce a number of cutting-edge innovations later this year, driving the next stage of digital transformation and data analytics for leagues and federations at all levels of basketball.”last_img read more

Wheeler Rolls, Mets Rout Phils

first_imgNEW YORK — For a young pitcher such as Zack Wheeler, the most promising performances can come on days he doesn’t have his best stuff.Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to back up Wheeler’s sixth straight strong start, and the Mets routed the Phillies 11-2 on July 30.“You saw a guy battle without his best command,” Manager Terry Collins said proudly of the 24-year-old right-hander.Wheeler (6-8) gave up two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings — the sixth consecutive outing in which he allowed two runs or fewer.The Mets sent 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring five insurance runs off the Philadelphia bullpen to take two of three in the series.After the Phillies went up 1-0 in the top of the fifth, New York quickly responded — with Wheeler helping himself at the plate.Juan Lagares opened the bottom of the inning with an infield hit when backup shortstop Andres Blanco double-clutched after ranging far to his left to field the grounder up the middle.Ruben Tejada singled to bring up Wheeler, who fouled off his first two bunt attempts. But with two strikes, he got the ball in play — and it was a good one, easily advancing the runners to second and third.Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases, then Kyle Kendrick’s wild pitch with Murphy at the plate tied the game. Three pitches later, Murphy put the Mets ahead 4-1 with his first homer since July 1.“It happened quick,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said. “(Kendrick) just wasn’t able to keep it at one or two runs there.”Jimmy Rollins, out of the lineup for the noon start after a night game, pinch-hit for Kendrick (5-11) to open the seventh and homered for the second straight day to pull the Phillies within 4-2. They had runners on first and third with two outs, but Jeurys Familia came on to retire Marlon Byrd.Familia went on to get his first career RBI with a single in the bottom of the inning, when the Mets broke the game open with the help of an error by reliever Justin De Fratus that led to two unearned runs.With one out, the Phillies intentionally walked David Wright to bring up Lucas Duda, who was batting .153 against lefties.But he singled off Mario Hollands to put New York up 5-2. Duda added his fifth homer in eight games in the eighth. He was robbed of another in the fourth by center fielder Ben Revere’s leaping catch at the wall.“I have confidence in myself that I can hit lefties,” Duda said. “Right now I’m going through a bit of a rough spell.”Ryan Howard broke out of an 0-for-12 slump with a two-out RBI double in the fifth that briefly put the Phillies up 1-0.(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Saskatchewan government Saskatoon Tribal Council face off in court over child welfare

first_imgJaydon Flett APTN National NewsLeaders from the seven Saskatoon Tribal Council First Nations are fighting the province of Saskatchewan over the jurisdiction child welfare cases. They were joined by over 100 supporters and community members in traditional regalia in Regina court Tuesday. The high interest in the case forced media to be seated in the jury booth. Media interest was piqued earlier this month when the province announced they would be terminating the 1996 Bilateral Accord, which was entered into with the Ministry of Social Services through the Indian Child Welfare and Family Support Act (ICWFSA). The Act outlines a general standard for First Nations child welfare agencies in the province, as well as a provision allowing individual agencies to develop their own standards and practices. The 1996 Bilateral Accord was negotiated between the province and First Nations to provide “joint protective mechanisms”.“The bilateral agreement we signed declared us equal partners in caring for our children,” said Chief Felix Thomas. “Our sovereign rights as nations are not being honoured.” Those agreements have been terminated by the province because of the STC’s refusal to hand over child welfare case files. The Social Services ministry filed an application in court to assume jurisdiction of child welfare cases on STC member reserves. There are reportedly 101 children in care living on STC member reserves. The province holds the files and information for 34 of those children, whereas the STC refuses to hand over files for the other 67 children. The STC believes that the province’s objective is “subordination of First Nations people to policies that undermine inherent treaty rights.” Thomas brought attention to the ‘irreparable harm’ caused by the Sixties Scoop and residential school system.  “We don’t want to go down that road anymore,” he said. The tribal council said it is willing to share data with the province, providing that the it respects the sovereignty of STC First Nations. The judge is expected to make her decision in the coming weeks. [email protected]@JaydonOnolast_img read more

The Latest Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines (all times local):9:55 p.m.Mexico says it regrets the United States’ decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels.It says it will “use all available legal resources in response to the U.S. decision.” It says its inclusion in the application of protections is “regrettable” given the U.S. International Trade Commission determined no damage exists to U.S. industry as a consequence of imports of Mexican washing machines.U.S. President Donald Trump says approving the tariffs will help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican casts Monday’s decision as part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.His administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 per cent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years. For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 per cent and phase out after three years.___6:15 p.m.An association representing solar installers says a U.S. tariff on solar panels will lead to the delay or cancellation of billions of dollars of investment in solar energy.President Donald Trump said Monday he was approving tariffs on imported solar energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican says it’s part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.The Solar Energy Industries Association says the tariff will result in the loss of 23,000 industry jobs this year.One of the group’s members is Bill Vietas, president of RBI Solar in Cincinnati. He says government tariffs will increase the cost of solar and depress demand, reducing orders and costing manufacturing workers their jobs.Whirlpool chairman Jeff Fettig say the decision on washing machines will create new manufacturing jobs in Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.___5:55 p.m.President Donald Trump is approving tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers.The administration cast Monday’s decisions as part of Trump’s pledge to put American companies and jobs first.The administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 per cent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years.For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 per cent and phase out after three years.The U.S. solar industry is split over the issue. Two small subsidiaries of foreign companies that made solar cells in the U.S. favour tariffs, but a larger number of companies that install solar-power systems say their costs will rise and jobs will be lost.last_img read more

Sweep finds misleading advertising prevalent in affiliate marketing

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s telecommunications regulator says that more than 200 websites have been flagged for follow up by a multinational group investigating problems with a common type of electronic marketing that frequently involves misleading advertising.The problem sites were found last summer through an investigation co-ordinated by the Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network (UCENet), which includes Canada.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission didn’t identify any of the problem websites, reveal locations or identify the types of problems detected by UCENet.An emailed statement Wednesday from the CRTC’s media representative said its investigators are working to determine how Canadians have been affected by potentially malicious activity from those websites, and whether there have been violations of Canada’s anti-spam law.The statement said the CRTC does not comment on ongoing investigations but results of the UCENet probe, which is referred to as a sweep, will be made public in the coming months.A UCENet report released early this month said that its 2017 investigation of 902 websites, including 221 flagged for follow up, found a lack of provisions for obtaining consumer consent.The multinational probe focused on affiliate marketing, in which merchants pay a commission to affiliated intermediaries that provide sales leads or sales.The UCENet report said that misleading advertising was prevalent in the affiliate marketing ecosystem.“Within minutes of beginning their research, sweepers were exposed to some form of misleading advertising,” the report said.“Some misleading advertising was directed at common internet users by affiliates in order to generate sales or traffic to a merchant’s website.”The sweep, which was conducted in June and July 2017, was co-ordinated by the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office and the CRTC. It involved 10 agencies in six countries.It said a majority of the participating agencies found that most of the publicly available terms of services between the affiliates, the merchants and the affiliate platforms lacked appropriate guidelines for permissible unsolicited communications.“This meant that an affiliate could send unsolicited communication without it impacting the contractual relationship with the merchant or the affiliate platform,” the report said.last_img read more

Transatlantic budget flying gets a reality check

first_imgREYKJAVIK, Iceland – For those hoping for ever cheaper fares on long-haul flights, this month’s takeover of Icelandic airline Wow is not good news.The struggling airline, which specializes in ultra-cheap flights between North America and Europe, was taken over by Iceland’s flagship carrier, Icelandair, for just $18 million. Its rescue is a reality check for an industry hoping to apply the budget flying model to long-haul routes.And for now it means that passengers from, say, Washington will likely have to pay more than the $99 teaser rates previously offered for the six and half-hour trip to the Icelandic capital, which serves as a stopover to mainland Europe.“It simply costs more than $99 to fly between continents and Wow air has not found ways around it,” said Kristjan Sigurjonsson, editor of local travel news site Turisti.While Wow will continue as a separate brand for now, Sigurjonsson says it’s unclear whether Icelandair will have it continue offering such low fares in an attempt to compete with Norwegian Air, which is offering cheap flights at a loss to gain market share.But for now, the numbers don’t add up for budget long-haul flying.Part of the business model for low-cost flying across the Atlantic depends on getting cheaper airport slots, both by departing at odd hours and by flying to smaller cities in the United States. Wow flies to St Louis and Pittsburgh, for example. The low fares, in turn, mean planes are typically full.Wow flies across the Atlantic with single-aisle, narrow-body Airbus A321 jets. Being smaller than a widebody plane makes them easier to fill, an important consideration in keeping down costs per seat. They are also cheaper than two-aisle planes. Wow’s jets are relatively new, meaning they are more fuel-efficient than some competitors’ fleets.However, those savings have been squeezed in the past couple years as oil prices have risen. The U.S. benchmark for oil has risen 50 per cent from late 2016 to a peak of $75 in September this year, before easing back somewhat.For a budget airline like Wow, where margins are already tight, that means a direct hit to earnings. On top of that, wages have been rising sharply in Iceland, where its employees are based.Founded in 2012, the airline expanded fast to 37 destinations and reported up to 60 per cent annual growth in passenger numbers. Its revenue per passenger, however, has not kept up and fell by about 20 per cent in 2017, according to the last earnings report.About 70 per centper cent of Wow’s passengers travel between Europe and North America. Combined with Icelandair, the airlines will carry about 3.8 per cent of transatlantic passengers, according to analysts at Icelandair.Experts say that what budget airlines like Wow lack is the big source of money from transatlantic flying: business travellers. The New York-London route is the most lucrative in the world, thanks to the amount of business travelling done between the two financial hubs. British Airways takes in a reported $1 billion a year between those cities alone.Budget airlines have been trying to tap that market. Wow created a new business-class scheme and in a presentation to investors this year it predicted that would help it make a profit this quarter. Norwegian Air has also offered “Premium class without the premium price,” reportedly with modest success.But it remains to be seen whether companies booking trips will agree to pick budget airlines over established carriers that are often seen as more reliable because they have bigger fleets and deeper pockets.“The established airlines have loyalty programs that hold tight to the most lucrative clients,” said Skarphedinn Steinarsson, former CEO of low-cost carrier IcelandExpress and the director of the Icelandic Tourist Board. “It takes longer to win this group over than the typical bargain-hunter.”For now, it is the flagship carrier coming out on top.Wow founder and CEO Skuli Mogensen urged his staff Monday to “look at this as an opportunity to continue our journey now as a part of a much stronger group”.The charismatic boss, who has in the past mocked Icelandair as “outdated” and used his image to represent the airline, acknowledge defeat with much understatement: “It was not part of the original game plan.”last_img read more