November 13, 2019

Frank Giles, 100, Editor Snared in ‘Hitler Diaries’ Hoax

Shortly thereafter, The Sunday Times apologized to its readers, though the apology itself also came in for ridicule. “Serious journalism is a high-risk enterprise,” it began, but critics suggested that this was not an instance of serious journalism, which is better researched and documented.

Mr. Trevor-Roper apologized to Mr. Giles. Mr. Murdoch, by all accounts, apologized to no one and ousted Mr. Giles as editor, giving him the nonjob of editor emeritus to serve out the final two years of his contract.

Years later, in 2012, when Mr. Murdoch, then 81, was testifying at an unrelated inquiry into wrongdoing in his newsrooms, he finally admitted he had erred in publishing the diaries.

“I take full responsibility for it,” he said. “It was a major mistake and one I shall have to live with for the rest of my life.”

Frank Thomas Robertson Giles was born on July 31, 1919, in London. His father, also named Frank, an officer in the Royal Engineers, died when Frank was 10. His mother, Elgiva (Ackland-Allen) Giles, took in lodgers to make ends meet. He later won a history scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford.

In 1942, Mr. Giles went to work for the war office, then the foreign office. He served for a time as a private secretary to the foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin, and hoped to become a diplomat himself but failed the examination.

He married Lady Katherine Sackville in 1946, and they had three children. He is survived by his daughter, Belinda, and son, Henry. His wife died in 2010, and another daughter, Sarah, died in 2014.

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Not Streaming: ‘Song of the South’ and Other Films Stay in the Past

LOS ANGELES — To augment its new streaming service, Disney reached into the far, far recesses of its movie library.

“Sammy, the Way-Out Seal” (1962), a TV movie about two boys and their groovy aquatic pet, was available on Day 1. So were “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” (1969), a comedy starring an 18-year-old Kurt Russell, and “The Castaway Cowboy” (1974), an action drama set on Kauai and originally marketed with the tagline “He tamed the wild cattle … and the WILD natives of old Hawaii.”

But not every outdated Disney movie made the cut.

It was never a question, for instance, whether Disney Plus subscribers would have access to the 1946 Disney musical “Song of the South,” in which a former slave, Uncle Remus, recounts African folk tales. “Song of the South” won an Oscar for its centerpiece song, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” and mixed live-action filmmaking and animation in a way that was groundbreaking. But Disney has not made “Song of the South” available in any form — for 33 years — because of its racist imagery. Upon the movie’s release, the N.A.A.C.P. said “Song of the South” gave “the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship.”

Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, made his stance on the film clear at a 2011 shareholder meeting. “Don’t expect to see it again for at least a while — if ever,” he said.

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Financial Times Names First Woman as Top Editor in Its 131 Years

For the first time in its long history, The Financial Times will be led by a woman.

On Tuesday, the daily known for its robust coverage of international markets, its distinctive salmon-hued paper and its impenetrable digital paywall, announced that Roula Khalaf will be its top editor, starting in January. Ms. Khalaf, a 24-year veteran of the newspaper, which has its headquarters in London, will succeed Lionel Barber, a Financial Times journalist since the 1980s and its editor since 2005.

Mr. Barber, 64, said in an interview Tuesday that he had consulted with the newspaper’s owners about a transition for more than a year. “You mustn’t see this as some kind of ‘woke’ gesture — it’s got nothing to do with that,” he said. “She is one of our most outstanding journalists. She’s been deputy editor for four years, she’s been tested in all sorts of areas, and that’s why she’s the next editor.”

The newspaper, which was founded in 1888 and has a paid circulation of one million, including digital and print subscribers, declined to make Ms. Khalaf available for an interview. In a statement on Tuesday, she said, “It’s a great honor to be appointed editor of The FT, the greatest news organization in the world.”

Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and educated in the United States at Syracuse University and Columbia University, Ms. Khalaf has served as the publication’s Middle East editor, foreign editor and deputy editor. Before joining The Financial Times, she wrote for Forbes magazine, where she made waves with a feature article on Jordan Belfort, the shady stockbroker who became known as the wolf in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” A character based on Ms. Khalaf appears in the movie.

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University of Illinois Is Stifling NPR Reporting on Sexual Misconduct, Critics Say

The Better Government Association, the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association have also sent letters opposing the policy.

On Monday, senior lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union sent the board another letter. The lawyers, Rebecca K. Glenberg and Sandra S. Park, argued that it was crucial to allow people who experienced harassment or assault to seek help or publicize their stories without setting off an investigation.

They wrote:

A survivor of sexual misconduct may choose to confide in a reporter for any number of reasons. They may want their story to help others in similar circumstances but do not want to be further identified for fear of retaliation. They may know that their experience is representative of a larger issue that should be more widely known. They may simply be uncomfortable invoking the university’s formal accountability mechanisms. In any case, the university should not close off this option for confidential disclosure.

But the university has not budged. In a statement, Thomas P. Hardy, a University of Illinois spokesman, wrote that “making sure that all employees report any instance of sexual misconduct is part of how we protect students.”

“We have reviewed the legal and policy implications,” the statement said. “The University of Illinois system has determined that requiring media employees to adhere to the ‘responsible employee’ reporting requirements is in the best interest of our students and would not violate any constitutional or other legal protections.”

For the time being, ProPublica, which is not subject to the university’s rules, is screening the stories being submitted, and said it would not share the information with NPR employees if doing so would go against the source’s wishes.

Mary Hansen, an editor for the project at NPR Illinois, said that the university had not asked the station to identify sources for work that was already published. But the policy was preventing journalists from working on potential follow-up stories.

“This is having an effect on our reporting right now,” she said.

Ms. Hansen was planning to travel to Chicago on Thursday to voice her concerns at a meeting of the university’s board of trustees.

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Richard Plepler, Former HBO Boss, Is Close to Apple Deal

Richard Plepler was an Emmy magnet when he was in charge of HBO, with a knack for betting on shows that pleased critics and added subscribers. Now he is in the final stages of talks to produce television shows and documentaries for the new Apple TV Plus streaming service, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.

Mr. Plepler left HBO in February, chafing under his new bosses eight months after ATT became the cable network’s parent company. Over the last few months, he has been preparing to open a production company, working out of an office in a townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Mr. Plepler and a representative for Apple declined to comment.

If the deal comes to fruition, according to the people, Mr. Plepler will make projects exclusively for Apple TV Plus, which had its debut on Nov. 1. Some critics have noted the similarity between Apple’s approach to programming and the strategy followed by HBO on Mr. Plepler’s watch. The new service offers a mix of dramas led by name actors and award-winning producers, grand spectacles and edgy comedies.

The Wall Street Journal reported the news of the negotiations first.

Mr. Plepler, who had worked at HBO since 1992, was a co-president of the premium cable channel before becoming chief executive in 2013. While he was in charge, HBO won more than 160 Emmys. The biggest hit of the Plepler years was “Game of Thrones,” a big-budget fantasy that won 59 Emmys during its eight seasons.

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The SoftBank Effect: How $100 Billion Left Workers in a Hole

Compass, which is valued at $6.4 billion, now has 13,000 agents, all contractors, in 238 offices across the United States. It has grown by promising some agents bonuses and 90 percent of the commissions on future deals, in an industry where 70 percent to 80 percent is standard.

The breakneck growth has led to cracks. Several top executives have recently left, as have recently arrived brokers.

One was Tricia Ponicki, 44, who started at a Compass office in Chicago in February. She said she had been drawn by the generous compensation; the company also promised more resources to aid home sales.

But there was so much turnover in Compass’s marketing offices that it took three months to produce a brochure for a house. When she requested a For Sale sign, she was told they were back ordered. Her husband made the sign instead.

“Right from the beginning, I was constantly being misled and misled,” she said.

Over six months with Compass, Ms. Ponicki sold one property, earning $4,300. A year earlier, she had netted around $100,000 selling homes at a local agency.

In August, the mother of four applied for food stamps. She also returned to her old agency, At Properties, where her sales have picked up, she said.

Compass employees and agents have generated less revenue per person than other online brokerage firms and, sometimes, even traditional ones, according to research by Mike DelPrete, an independent real estate strategist and visiting scholar at the University of Colorado.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/technology/softbank-startups.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

Trump says US economy ‘BOOMING’, predicts stock market will set another record

Trump is scheduled to address the audience at noon, and is expected to talk about the ongoing tariff dispute between Washington and Beijing, while the two powers are still in talks over the partial trade agreement. Some reports earlier said that the president may postpone levies on EU automobile imports for six months.

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The potential easing of US tariffs has been one of the main reasons for the market rally. US stock indices were pointing slightly higher on Tuesday after the president’s tweets. 

If Trump gets it right, the Dow Jones Industrial Average may score its 10th record high this year, after it closed slightly higher on Monday thanks to rising Boeing shares. However, the rest of the stock market closed lower with the SP 500 down 0.2 percent and the Nasdaq Composite falling 0.13 percent, amid trade war uncertainties.

Earlier this month, the SP 500 and the Nasdaq closed at all-time highs. The SP reached 3,093 points, while the Nasdaq closed at 8,475 points when markets closed on Friday.

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Putin & Xi to launch strategic natural gas pipeline from Russia to China in December

While the leaders will not be physically present at the event, they will join via a teleconference, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov told media on Monday. The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed the official ceremony will happen when the pipeline becomes operational in December.

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“The Sino-Russian eastern route was agreed by the leaders of the two states. This is an important strategic project in the field of energy cooperation, and it is very important for both countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at the daily news conference.

Russia and its biggest trade partner, China, agreed on the gas supplies via the Power of Siberia pipeline in 2014, when Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a 30-year contract. The project will deliver natural gas from the Russian regions of Yakutia and Irkutsk to domestic consumers in the Far East and then to China, a new foreign market for Gazprom. The 3,000-kilometer (1,864 miles) pipeline is set to bring 38 billion cubic meters of the blue fuel to China by 2025.

At the end of October, Gazprom finished filling gas into the Power of Siberia pipeline, making the linear part of the project fully ready to start exports to China.

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China looks to import Russian pork to cover domestic shortages due to African swine fever

Several Chinese companies are interested in Russia supplying pork to the local market and working with Cherkizovo Group, the firm has confirmed to RT.

Russia does not currently export pork to China and the future of the deal is now in the hands of the Chinese authorities, who can greenlight the exports.

“We are waiting for this decision because our pork is competitive in price and quality compared with products from the US,” Cherkizovo’s press department told RT.

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Cherkizovo currently supplies poultry to China and has recently expanded its export product portfolio. Last week the group signed agreements with Cargill China and COFCO Meat on chicken breast supplies, as well as chicken thighs and legs.

Pork exports could help the company expand its presence in foreign markets and in Asia in particular, where China is the largest player. Despite having the largest pork industry in the world, China has been facing a pork crisis since 2018, when African swine fever began rapidly spreading across the country.

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The fatal pig disease has led to an unprecedented drop in the country’s pork production and has halved its pig herd to 200 million, according to Bloomberg. It may take China more than half a decade to recover the herd from the deadly virus and even more time to bring the production back to previous levels.

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China may issue digital currency in the next 2-3 months

That’s according to Jack Lee, managing partner of HCM Capital, who told CNBC: “So, they already have all the system and the network ready. I think you will see it very soon, in the next maybe two to three months.”

He noted that the launch could start as a trial and is not meant to replace physical money completely.

HCM Capital has invested in a number of blockchain start-ups. It is backed by Foxconn Technology Group, one of the top 10 technology companies.

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According to Daniela Stoffel, Switzerland’s state secretary for international finance, the expected launch of China’s digital currency could push authorities around the world to decide on how they want to use and regulate such technology.

She told CNBC: “If the governments now realize that this is now really actually happening, and the question and challenges that are implied in an e-currency are now real, I hope this will lend further momentum to decisions on a global basis.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping has recently called for greater levels of research and investment in blockchain. China must make a “greater effort” to develop and apply blockchain technologies and gain an “edge over other major countries,” he said.

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