UNESCO-prijs voor Azerbeidzjaanse Ismayilova

Villamedia Nieuws - di, 03/05/2016 - 14:25
De Azerbeidzjaanse journaliste Khadija Ismayilova, die sinds vorig jaar een gevangenisstraf van ruim zeven jaar uitzit, heeft de jaarlijkse Guillermo Cano Internationale Prijs voor Persvrijheid toegekend gekregen. De prijs die door de UNESCO wordt…
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Auditors criticize Pentagon for wasting property and ammunition

Public Integrity - di, 03/05/2016 - 14:00

At eleven o’clock most mornings in the city of McAlester, Oklahoma, residents feel the ground shake as bombs go off at an army ammunition depot nearby. Smoke sometimes billows from the depot’s 52 detonation pits as the army destroys unused ammunition daily, part of a regular practice that in 2015 cost the Pentagon roughly $118 million.

The problem is: Some of the ammunition may be usable by other federal agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which has criticized the Pentagon for not trying hard enough to assess who else wanted it.

The wanton ammo destruction is one of seven instances of alleged Defense Department mismanagement cited in the GAO’s annual summary of wasteful and duplicate programs across the federal government, released on April 13, 2016. Examples at the Pentagon include overpaying for satellite communications, giving away property that could be used by other agencies, and mishandling vital pollution information.

Although some reforms have been undertaken in response to the GAO’s suggestions, “there are tens of billions of dollars in additional savings to be had,” Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a hearing on April 13.  

For example, if the Pentagon gave some of its usable bullets and explosives to other federal agencies, the 298-page GAO report said, it would save the cost of blowing it up and help other agencies meet their needs on the cheap. While the Defense Department has successfully transferred some of this ammunition to other agencies, Pentagon officials told the GAO that at least 3,533 tons of serviceable ammo sits in the army’s stockpile of excess ammunition at plants like the one in McAlester, waiting for disposal. 

The federal government could save millions of dollars if the Defense Department transferred its extra property and ammunition to other agencies so “we, ya know, don’t have to buy it twice,” Dodaro told the committee.

Ammo is not the only Pentagon commodity that winds up getting wasted or misused, Dodaro noted. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has repeatedly purchased new excavation equipment it could have gotten from the Pentagon, according to a January 2016 GAO report summarized in Dodaro’s presentation. DHS was one of nine federal agencies that collectively spent $28 million on such machines in 2013 and 2014, even though the Defense Department had them on hand and didn’t need them, the report said. The Pentagon instead sent $25 million worth of excavation machines to 150 different local law enforcement groups across the country, because the Defense Department favored local entities that promised to work on counterdrug and counterterrorism missions.

The GAO also said the military has wasted funds by failing to coordinate its purchases of commercial satellite time, needed for controlling drone aircraft, urgent military or humanitarian relief operations, and new weapons or intelligence systems. The Defense Department spent more than $1 billion to lease commercial satellite time in 2011, but its needs have increased since then. All purchases were supposed to go through a central Pentagon agency set up to save money through bulk purchasing, but the military services frequently flouted the requirement and used their own funds – provided under “supplemental” portions of the annual defense spending bills – to buy the time on their own, at costs that were 16 percent higher, on average, the GAO said.

The Defense Department has had difficulty getting its arms around the problem, the GAO said, and lacks a good tally of all the commercial satellite time its components are buying now. But the Pentagon has roughly estimated that better leasing could save well over a billion dollars during the next 15 years in its Middle East operations alone.

The GAO also asserted that the Pentagon mismanages environmental data collected to help protect soldiers when they are deployed overseas. Since the late 1990s, the Pentagon has gathered air, soil, and water samples, but stored the resulting information haphazardly in two incompatible databases. This means the Pentagon can’t effectively determine if pollution on or near military army bases is causing ill health, a gap that makes it hard for soldiers to get needed compensation, the GAO said.

Moreover, the Pentagon doesn’t know if all the data is correct because the military services don’t have rigorous sampling standards, the GAO said.

The Army Public Health Command, which manages one of the databases, told the GAO it would be too time-consuming and costly to move all the data to a single database. At the April 13 hearing, Defense Department Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer David Tillotson said he was unsure why it was taking so long to fix the problem. “I can tell you we are working on it, and we are looking to resolve the issue,” Mr. Tillotson said.

The report notes that over the past six years, the GAO has made 152 major proposals for policy changes and improvements at the Pentagon to avoid waste from duplication. The Defense Department so far has implemented only 37.5 percent of these, the GAO said.

But Congress is not exactly setting a good example, having only implemented 32 percent of GAO suggestions, according to the GAO report. Representative Elijah Cummings (MD), the committee’s senior Democrat, noted at the April 13 hearing that Congress itself “could be doing much more to foster a more efficient, effective and accountable government.”

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Nominaties voor Cover van het Jaar bekend gemaakt. @coverdag

Villamedia Nieuws - di, 03/05/2016 - 12:34
De organisatie van de Nationale Coverdag heeft de vijf nominaties voor Cover van het Jaar Award bekend gemaakt. Dit jaar dingen Donald Duck, Quote, FD Persoonlijk, New Scientist en Esquire mee naar de titel (zie slideshow). De prijs is een initiatief…
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Ik ben beter dan ik was

Henk Blanken's Blog - di, 03/05/2016 - 12:13
Met B. stond ik bovenaan het trapje met de glanzende aluminium treden naar het buitenterras van Boven Jan. Met drie andere collega’s hadden we gegeten en gelachen en een beetje geroddeld – en vooral ook gedronken. Het was zo’n avond met B., een avond met veel bier. Hij ging mij voor. Onderaan de trap stonden […]
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A New Twist for MIT’s Knight Science Journalism Program

10000 words - di, 03/05/2016 - 12:00

The 2016-17 Knight Science Journalism Fellows announced this week are another impressive group. They include InvestigateWest executive editor Robert McClure, Le Monde journalist Chloe Hecketsweiler, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reporter Rosalia Omungo and Brooklyn-based freelancer and author Maura R. O’Connor.

When the 34th class of KSJ journalism fellows convenes this fall, there will be an additional layer to go along with the auditing of courses at MIT, Harvard and other Boston institutions. From the announcement:

For the first time, fellows will also develop original projects during their time in Cambridge – from feature stories and short films to podcasts and photo essays – which will be showcased at undark.org.

Tom Zeller, editor of the digital science magazine Undark, was on the KSJ selection committee for this year’s fellowships along with program director Deborah Blum, former acting director Wade Roush and Wall Street Journal senior science writer Robert Lee Hotz. Among the topics currently being explored by Zeller’s new publication are the lack of “nude” bra choices for black women and Media Cloud, a tool that shows how information shared on Twitter at the height of the Ebola scare often had little to do with scientific fact.

Earlier this year, in an article explaining the genesis of the new digital science magazine, Blum connected a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and the plight of factory workers in the 1920s tasked with applying glow-in-the-dark paint to items like wristwatches:

“The Power of Radium at Your Disposal” enthused one 1920s newspaper ad, one of a series encouraging Americans to enjoy radioactive materials in their home life. Companies like the New Jersey-based U.S. Radium Corporation hurried to hire workers — mostly young immigrant women — to meet demand, paying them to paint the tiny, lacy numbers on watches and clocks. The women were taught to use their lips to return their paintbrush bristles to a fine tip after each stroke. No one worried about the risks — this was the stuff of cosmetics and health drinks, after all. And the dial painters — or as they would later be called in newspaper stories, the Radium Girls — decorated themselves with the paint, giving themselves glow-in-the-dark smiles and hair that twinkled in the dusk as they walked home from work.

Then they started to fall sick. Their leg bones broke under them as they walked. Their jaws shattered. They developed wasting anemias and other exhausting illnesses. And then they began to die.

The U.S. Radium Corporation called its product “Undark.” When Blum and Zeller sat down to decide what to name the magazine, they agreed it was a powerful label for a publication devoted to ‘illuminating the intersection of science and society.’

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Samenleven volgens de commons

Apache.be - di, 03/05/2016 - 11:43
Een maatschappij waar iedereen de kans krijgt om goed te leven met zo weinig mogelijk schadelijke invloed op het woon- en leefmilieu. Wat een droom! Maar het kan, als we ons samenleven compleet anders inrichten volgens het idee van de commons, zo stellen Thomas Decreus & Christophe Callewaert in hun boek Dit is morgen. Daarin detecteren ze commons onder trefwoorden als eigendom, arbeid, grenzen, herverdeling en macht. Commons hoeft dus niet noodzakelijk alleen maar een buzzwoord te zijn, waarmee hoogopgeleide middenklassers uitpakken tijdens een gezellig onderonsje bij glas wijn.
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Europe Under Attack: How Paris Changed Us

Global Investigative Journalism Network - di, 03/05/2016 - 11:43

Friday, November 13, 2015 was a strangely balmy night in Paris, the kind that makes visitors fall in love with the city. People spilled out of the cafés, winding down the workweek over glasses of wine, their chatter and laughter creating a soft hubbub on the streets, as pedestrians sidestepped the crowds.

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And then, in a few ghastly moments, everything changed. When the news first broke of automatic gunfire, there was a moment when some people, including me, thought that the idyllic evening had perhaps been shattered by a gang fight: unsettling, for sure, but outside our realm, and to be honest, our concern. Then came another attack, and another, and another, and another. Three teams of gunmen/suicide bombers rampaged through the 10th and 11th arrondissements, aiming their weapons at the sidewalk cafés, and into the packed auditorium of the Bataclan concert hall. They targeted the very heart of what people relish about Paris – the city’s easy, flirty atmosphere tinged with flair, beauty and intelligence. In just two hours, in France’s worst terror attack in history, 129 people lay dead; one more died later. And there was another casualty, too: the protective membrane that has long sealed us off from the realities just out of view, was punctured.

If the attacks have proved anything, it is that Europe is no longer a place for frontline journalists simply to rest up before flying off to the next hotspot.

In the aftermath, Paris is a different place. “Changed” may be too strong a word, but the optic on our world has shifted. In a city usually swarming with tourists, many thousands of visitors have stayed away. Soldiers patrol the streets, rifles in hand. We instinctively open our bags before entering department stores, and spread our arms for magnetic wand searches. Inside, we take furtive glances around.

For those of us journalists living in Europe, those habits are not new, of course. Until now, however, many of us have largely used them in that other side of our reporting lives: In the field, rather than back home. Sure, there has been regular terror in Europe, including the Madrid train bombing in 2004, the London bombings in 2005, and on March 22, bombs in Brussels’ airport and Metro system. Yet for years, many of us Europe-based correspondents have jetted in and out of gleaming airport hubs to far rawer datelines in Central Asia and the Middle East, covering this century’s dominant narrative – hate and terror – before returning to our comfortable cities to catch our breath, and plan our next assignments. The two realities have allowed us to limit the risks, balancing them on a scale, and knowing that we could always opt to stay home, and stay safe.

But on November 13, the story finally made its way to our doorsteps. That might be why the Paris attacks felt deeply personal to so many, and why their impact in the news has been so amplified. As we swarmed into the Place de la République for huge vigils, the relatives of the dead, and the victims themselves, seemed like us, urban professionals who had been out having fun on a Friday night. A banner in the square under the Marianne statue, above the melted candles and withered bouquets, reads “même pas peur” – roughly translated as “we are not afraid” – a slogan that is surely as fitting for journalists as anyone else. The Paris attacks were not aimed at a particular nationality, allegiance, or even faith (several victims were Muslim). It targeted a way of life: ours. And unlike 9/11, or Syria, the attackers were not foreigners, sent by a far-off emir or conducting executions in the desert. They were born-and-raised Europeans, a few from the banlieues just a short train ride away, who looked their fellow Europeans in the eye and then shot them dead, before blowing themselves up.

With the dividing wall in our journalistic lives now breached, there is much to think about. We correspondents in Paris are left grappling with crucial questions about our work, sometimes within the press club for American and British correspondents, which now holds its monthly happy hour – on a Friday night – in one of the cafés where the gunmen murdered five people on November 13.

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First question is how scattershot the reporting by English-speaking journalists is from the banlieues, where virtually none of us lives, and which many journalists probably visited just twice during 2015: after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, and in the aftermath of the November attacks. In the U.S., the erratic coverage has been made far worse in recent years as many news organizations have shut their Paris bureaus and let their stringers drift away.

“It’s like they were blind,” one Belgian journalist told me, describing his country’s officials. “They saw the screws on the Titanic, but not the whole ship.”

Then there is the question of how we failed to grasp the major threats unfolding close by, even while we focused intently on the Syrian war thousands of miles away, and on the overwhelming migrant crisis it has spawned in Europe. After all, almost all the Paris attackers were known to police, either in France, or in Belgium, where most of them came from one tiny neighborhood.

Weeks after the attacks, TIME dispatched me to Brussels, a 90-minute train ride away, to try to understand how the devastating plot had been hatched under the noses of officials seemingly asleep on the job. I could stand in the office of the local mayor and look across the square into the apartment of some of the Paris attackers (all but one believed dead) before walking over and ringing their doorbells. It took Belgian police more than four months to corner that one fugitive attacker, on March 18, right in his neighborhood just a few blocks from the precinct. That was hardly the end of the story. Four days later, his accomplices blew themselves up in Brussels Airport and in a subway train, killing at least 31 people and injuring about 260 others. Once again, crowds of shaken residents huddled in a grand public square, grieving not only for the dead, but also for a lost insouciance – the high price paid for years of governments’ slow-footedness. “It’s like they were blind,” one Belgian journalist told me, describing his country’s officials. “They saw the screws on the Titanic, but not the whole ship.”

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That’s easy to say, with hindsight. But the same might also be said for journalists, who had regularly quoted intelligence officials warning that a spectacular attack in Europe – somewhere, sometime – seemed likely. Now, those same officials are predicting an attack even bigger than Paris and Brussels. “It will have terrible consequences,” one intelligence veteran tells me.

How we cover the next horrific attack will depend not only on our journalistic smarts. It will also rest on our editors’ wavering appetites for the quiet lulls in between. With little demand from our news organizations to go deep inside communities, journalists often find themselves scrambling for sources, and understanding, when major news occurs – as it is sure to do again. The days of a big Paris foreign press corps might be gone forever. But if the attacks have proved anything, it is that Europe is no longer a place for frontline journalists simply to rest up before flying off to the next hotspot.

This story originally appeared on the website of the Overseas Press Club of America and is reprinted with permission.

Based in Paris, Vivienne Walt is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has written for TIME Magazine since 2003 and is a roving correspondent for Fortune. A frequent speaker at GIJN conferences, she has reported from more than 30 countries, though wars, terrorism, revolutions and natural disasters. She is a board member of the Overseas Press Club of America. @vivwalt

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FD, Trouw en Groene gaan samenwerken bij onderzoeksjournalistiek

Villamedia Nieuws - di, 03/05/2016 - 11:40
Investico, het in 2014 opgerichte platform voor onderzoeksjournalistiek, gaat samenwerken met de redacties van dagbladen FD en Trouw en weekblad De Groene Amsterdammer. De partijen zullen gezamenlijk onderzoek gaan doen, waarvan de resultaten op de…
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Google experimenteert met tekst tussen zoekresultaten

Villamedia Nieuws - di, 03/05/2016 - 11:28
Google biedt - voorlopig enkel op uitnodiging - derden de mogelijkheid om direct in de zoekresultaten korte blogposts te publiceren, bericht nieuwssite Numrush.…
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Mogelijk beveiliging voor Ebru Umar in Nederland

Villamedia Nieuws - di, 03/05/2016 - 09:48
Premier Mark Rutte maakt zich zorgen om de veiligheid van Ebru Umar. Op het moment dat ze terugkeert naar Nederland zou ze zich moeten laten beveiligen. Dat heeft Rutte de columniste op het hart gedrukt in een persoonlijk gesprek, zegt…
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Kamer wil fonds voor vervolgde NL journalisten in buitenland @umarebru @renaNetjes @fgeerdink

Villamedia Nieuws - di, 03/05/2016 - 08:37
De Tweede Kamer wil een fonds voor Nederlandse journalisten die worden vervolgd in het buitenland. Vandaag, op de Internationale Dag van de Persvrijheid doet initiatiefnemer Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, Kamerlid voor D66, een oproep aan minister Koenders om structureel…
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De mediamacht van Bart De Wever (1): de harde cijfers

Apache.be - di, 03/05/2016 - 08:00
Is er iemand die de vaderlandse pers beter bespeelt dan Bart De Wever? Apache verzamelde de harde cijfers over zijn aanwezigheid in de Vlaamse kranten in de periode 2009-2015 en kraakte het medialogaritme achter de burgemeester van Antwerpen. Vandaag in deel 1: hoe Bart De Wever kwaliteitskranten inruilde voor populaire titels en De Persgroep boven het Mediahuis verkoos.
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Billboard EIC Tony Gervino Exits on a High Note

10000 words - ma, 02/05/2016 - 23:00

It was exactly two years ago that Tony Gervino assumed the role of editor in chief of Billboard. Today, per a memo from chief creative officer and THR-Billboard Media Group president Janice Min, his time with the publication has come to an end.

As Min notes, Gervino’s efforts helped the revamped music industry bible hit a couple of big monthly traffic numbers this year:

Dear Staff,

As you can sense, Billboard’s impact and size is expanding by the second. We just wrapped a hugely successful all-star Latin Conference in Miami and televised the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo. Shortly, the Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC, in partnership with Dick Clark Productions.

Digitally, this past month we recorded our second-largest audience total in history (27 million unique visitors), following the all-time record set in February (27.2 million). This year already we’ve had 67 videos exceed a million views on Facebook. Our social audience is now at a staggering 18 million, and we regularly see our content and events trending worldwide.

The quality and quantity of content, from our exceptional Prince coverage, to our in-depth Kesha story, to our artist visit live streams and 360 videos shot at Ultra, is breathtaking.

Mike Bruno, our Senior Vice President of Content, and I have discussed at length how we best and most effectively continue to grow this organization. I’d like to communicate to all of you some changes effective today.

Tony Gervino will be departing Billboard as its print editor in chief. Craig Marks will retain the title of executive editor reporting into Mike and serve as a deputy. Denise Warner and Shirley Halperin also will continue serving as deputies, operationally managing news and content creation on a day-to-day basis, with Shirley reporting into Craig on print production. All other print jobs and functions will remain the same.

The print content and covers of Billboard have undergone an unbelievable transition that we will continue (it only takes one look at the Prince cover to feel the impact). I’d like to personally acknowledge Tony’s contributions toward making this possible and thank him. Our magazine — especially its cover and influential readership — is among the many platforms we have that will continue to be championed and treasured.

Mike and I are confident and exhilarated by the power of the brand, as we hope you are too, and by our stable of best-of-class content creators here who will continue to innovate and grow with us.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Mike with any questions or thoughts.


Gervino came over to Billboard in 2014 from Hearst Magazines International.

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Iceland’s first lady linked to offshore investments

Public Integrity - ma, 02/05/2016 - 22:11

On April 22, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked Iceland President Olafur Grimsson: “Do you have any offshore accounts? Does your wife have any offshore accounts? Is there anything that’s going to be discovered about you and your family?”

“No, no, no, no, no,” Grimsson replied. “That’s not going to be the case.”

But secret records obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and other media partners show that Grimsson’s spouse, First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff, has had extensive links to the offshore world.

While Grimsson himself doesn't have an offshore account in the records, First Lady Moussaieff was listed as a beneficiary of five companies and trusts that have held Swiss banks accounts, according to documents obtained from whistleblowers by Le Monde, Suddeutsche Zeitung and ICIJ in the Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers investigations. Her family, including her two sisters, had accounts that together held as much as $80 million in HSBC’s Swiss Private Bank in 2006 and 2007. Dorrit Moussaieff herself appears not to have played a role in most of the holdings.

The documents don’t show any wrongdoing by Dorrit Moussaieff, and it is not necessarily illegal to have offshore companies or Swiss bank accounts. But the documents raise questions about whether Iceland’s first lady benefited from the offshore tax strategies of her parents and whether her interests have been fully disclosed.

Earlier revelations about the offshore holdings of Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson had forced the prime minister’s resignation. Grimsson explained his about-face on running for his sixth term as president by saying he wanted to bring some stability to a country that suffered a financial collapse in 2008 and is now going through a political crisis.

Later in the CNN interview, Grimsson called the Panama Papers “a great public service” and “a wakeup call” about problems in the global economy that need to be addressed.

In a statement to ICIJ, a spokesman for Grimsson said: “President Grimsson does not have, nor has he at any time had, any information about the financial affairs of his wife or other members of the Moussaieff family. He and his wife lead independent lives.”

In a statement to The Guardian, another ICIJ media partner, Grimsson noted that he has “always been very critical of tax-driven offshore structures and for decades advocated a fair and balanced tax system.”

In a letter to ICIJ, the first lady’s law firm wrote: “Ms. Moussaieff and her husband have always and continue to conduct their financial affairs entirely separately from each other and neither has knowledge of the other’s financial circumstances. Ms. Moussaieff’s private financial affairs are conducted in compliance with all relevant tax and legal regimes. Any insinuation to the contrary would be defamatory.”

“There is no public interest in the disclosure of private financial information,” the letter said.

Moussaieff, the daughter of a wealthy Israeli who made his fortune in jewelry, married Icelandic President Olafur Grimsson in 2003. She moved her legal residence to London in 2012 to help run the family business. That came months after news reports that Moussaieff didn’t pay wealth taxes in Iceland because her assets were abroad.

Several of the structures set up through HSBC and Mossack Fonseca by members of her family are trusts. For instance, HSBC listed the first lady as the both the settlor and beneficiary, along with her two sisters, of Jaywick Properties Inc. and the Moussaieff Sharon Trust. The first lady was also a secondary beneficiary of Elyakeen Limited, the Moussaieff Life Interest Trust and Easton Investments Inc.

Elyakeen Limited was registered with Mossack Fonseca in the British Virgin Islands in 1995. Its stock was in bearer shares, certificates that allow whoever holds the paper to anonymously transfer or claim their value. Today they are banned in many countries because of their usefulness in aiding money laundering and tax evasion.

A settlor is the person who transfers control of assets to a trustee, who manages them on behalf of the beneficiaries, which, in some trusts, may include the settlor. Trusts can make it easier to transfer assets after death, eliminate probate costs and reduce estate taxes.

Both of Dorrit Moussaieff’s sisters — but not the first lady — had large trusts in their names at HSBC’s Swiss bank. The Tamara Moussaieff Trust held $29.5 million at one point in 2006 and 2007, while one owned by Sharon Levontin, called Levontin 2002 Discret Sett, held $27.6 million in the same period. HSBC documents also include the Mrs S Levontin Trust, which at one point in 2006 and 2007 held $2 million in six accounts at the bank.

The Elyakeen bearer shares were held for the Moussaieffs by a Zurich trust management company.  In 1999, the directors opened bank accounts in Elyakeen’s name at Deutsche Bank and at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Elyakeen was dissolved in 2003. Elyakeen’s HSBC profile was created in 1997.

It is unclear how much money was in Elyakeen’s accounts, but one Mossack Fonseca document dated April 4, 2002, shows significant sums. “The Directors had been approached by the trustees to consider waiving the loan of ($18.8 million) repayable by them, following tax advice from KPMG,” according to the minutes of the board meeting. Elyakeen also paid out a $1.6 million dividend at that meeting.

Reykjavik Grapevine reported on April 25 that the Moussaieff family had another company registered with Mossack Fonseca in the British Virgin Islands. That company, Lasca Finance Limited, was disclosed in public filings of Moussaieff Jewellers Limited, the family firm.

“Neither the President nor his wife, Dorrit Moussaieff, has any knowledge of this company or had heard about it before,” Grimsson’s spokesman said in a statement. “Dorrit's father is no longer alive, and her mother, who is 86, has no recollection of this company.”

Alisa and Tamara Moussaieff and Sharon Levontin did not respond to requests for comment.

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Of Course 2 Reporters Fought at The WHCD

10000 words - ma, 02/05/2016 - 21:50

Journalists are an extremely self-serious bunch, so of course a fight broke out after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night.

According to The Washington Post, the incident started as an argument between Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters and HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim. Apparently Grim didn’t appreciate how—back in 2009—Watters had trailed and “ambushed” Grim’s current colleague Amanda Terkel for a story.

Grim (because he’s 12) decided to turn the tables on Watters by pulling out his phone and recording Watters. Watters (because he’s 12) didn’t like this and grabbed Grim’s phone and stuck it in his pocket. Grim then went after Watters to get his phone back and a battle to prove who was the bigger idiot was underway.

“Punches were definitely thrown,” said a witness. Dignity was definitely lost, added us.

[Image: Twitter/Dave Weigel]

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CBS Radio Names Marketing Exec

10000 words - ma, 02/05/2016 - 20:41

CBS Radio has named Kenetta Bailey senior vp of marketing. Bailey most recently served as the founder of the consulting firm KB Consulting.

Previously, Bailey served as managing partner and chief brand strategist for GroupM’s Maxus agency.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to expand the strength of our brands locally and nationwide, as well as define our long range position in the marketplace,” said CBS Radio president Andre Fernandez, in a statement. “I know Kenetta will play an instrumental role in the telling of our story to the industry.”

Bailey’s appointment is effective May 16. She’ll report to Fernandez.

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AP Names VP of News Production System

10000 words - ma, 02/05/2016 - 18:12

The Associated Press has named Brian Hopman vp and general manager of its Electronic News Production System (ENPS).

Hopman joined the AP in 1998. He most recently served as general manager for Latin American and Spanish media markets, a role he held since 2010.

“Brian brings a wealth of experience as an international revenue leader for AP and has a deep knowledge of the ENPS product,” said AP senior vp and CFO Ken Dale, in a statement. “ENPS is a core business for AP and I’m thrilled Brian will be leading it for us and am confident he will enhance and strengthen ENPS’s leadership as the most innovative and essential newsroom production system in the market.”

Hopman will report to Dale.

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Jodi Kantor and Vermont Company Mamava Come Full Circle

10000 words - ma, 02/05/2016 - 18:00

It was a 2006 New York Times article by Jodi Kantor that sparked the idea for Mamava. After reading Kantor’s piece about the class divide affecting breastfeeding, Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson set about creating a freestanding vestibule product for mothers to use to pump milk, breastfeed, or both.

When Kantor visits the University of Vermont Tuesday to speak at the Vermont Women’s Fund annual benefit, it will mark the first time she and Mayer have met face-to-face. It also follows a most practical other brush the reporter has had with Mamava’s product offering. From a piece in the Rutland Herald:

Kantor was even more humbled recently when she spotted a Mamava pod in LaGuardia Airport and — after just giving birth to her second child — she got a chance to experience it for herself.

“It felt kind of miraculous… That was one of the most touching and moving moments of my career.”

During the Women’s Fund event, Kantor will speak about some of the work she has done in recent years on gender equality in the workplace and technology.

There’s a funny bit of info in the Herald piece about another event Mayer is bypassing in order to meet Kantor. Also appearing at the Tuesday evening Vermont Women’s Fund event will be Vermont Public Radio’s Jane Lindholm and Change the Story leader Tiffany Bluemle.

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NY Times Announces 6 New Video Series

10000 words - ma, 02/05/2016 - 16:56

The New York Times is expanding its video series offerings with the addition of six new shows. The slate of shows cover a wide range of subjects, from sports to science.

Below are the shows, followed by the Times’ description of each.

The Fine Line – Olympics: Rio de Janeiro 2016

Using a seamless integration of video, text and motion capture graphics, The Times will create a deeper understanding of the athletic feats that astound us and give viewers a chance to connect with the competition more profoundly than ever before. To be released in the weeks leading up to Rio, the series will break down how each athlete competes, illuminating the techniques they use to gain an advantage in their sport. The series will also feature interviews with star athletes of Swimming, Gymnastics and Track & Field.

The Inside Track: Making of Tomorrow’s Hits

The Inside Track will tell the story of how music is made, one hit song at a time. Unique access to top artists combined with groundbreaking visualizations take viewers through the structure of a song, layer-by-layer. What unfolds is a visual narrative that is linked to the sound itself and an intimate look at a hit song taking shape. Visually unified by sophisticated graphics and compelling storytelling, The Inside Track will feature singer-songwriters whose process tells us something about the state of music both today and tomorrow.

Out There: News From the Other Side

Out There takes viewers to the forefront of space exploration, continuing The New York Times’s rich legacy of science reporting. Using gorgeous scientific imagery, expert commentary and new visual techniques, Out There will capture the excitement, romance, and curiosity of traveling into the unknown. The Times’s science expert Dennis Overbye will bring viewers on a journey through space, providing context and insight. Out There will feature a new virtual-reality film, where viewers will soar over Pluto – observing never-before-seen icy mountains and terrain – and touch down on its surface.

The Art of Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

In The Art of Better, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg will examine the science of productivity and share perspectives that can transform the way we work. Using animation and powerful source material, each episode explains the economic revolution to give us a fuller, more human way of thinking about how productivity actually happens.

Two Tales of a City

Two Tales of a City will feature two travel writers with two vastly different budgets. Viewers will watch as the travel world’s odd couple explores the same city through different lenses. This hilarious and useful guide to the planet’s more fascinating cities brings our audience the most luxurious travel experiences and bargain discoveries – all in the same episode.


Pulitzer Prize-winner David Leonhardt will deliver sharp answers to modern life’s interesting but puzzling questions with a series of dynamic charts. Chartland seeks to silence ongoing debates about complex societal issues and personal decisions and give viewers an in-depth look at how charts and visualization can articulate fresh ideas that will make you rethink some seemingly routine life decisions. Each episode will introduce a new chart or chart series clarifying a particular personal decision or societal trend.

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Cosmo Gets TV Show

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Cosmopolitan is making the jump from the newsstand to your television. According to WWD, the magazine is about to launch two shows — one a reality series, another a scripted series.

The reality show, coming to E!, is currently being shot by Bunim/Murray Productions. Their cameras are following several Cosmo editors during and after work.

The scripted series, titled Issues, documents the life a fictional women’s magazine editor. The main character is loosely based on Cosmo editor Joanna Coles, who also serves as executive producer.

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