Camera exposure: Q&A with Prabir Talukdar

Prabir - Foundation Photo Award

India-based photojournalist Prabir Talukdar was the winner of the 2015 Trust Women Photo Award, a joint initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Microsoft. Prabir’s work was selected from nearly 500 submissions received from 90 countries. Photographers across the world were challenged to submit images capturing the lives and stories of remarkable women in their communities. #WomenMakeItHappen reached six million people on social media.

In March, 10 finalists were selected by a distinguished panel of experts, including: Finbarr O’Reilly, Yale World Fellow and former Reuters photographer; Carla Eid, Global Head of Social Engagement at Microsoft Mobile; Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Roger Anis, 2014 Trust Women Photo Award winner; and Laura Bates;Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project.

“Prabir’s photos beautifully illustrate the strength and resourcefulness of women battling poverty, illness and discrimination in India, a country where women are constantly challenging deep-rooted views about traditional gender roles and the lower status of women,” added Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

In addition to the award, Prabir will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend a week-long professional training course on Mobile Journalism organised and run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, and a Microsoft Lumia 930 phone. Prabir’s work will also be showcased at the upcoming Trust Women Conference 17-18 November in London.

We spoke to Prabir about his career and the challenges facing women in India. Read more below. (more…)

Innovation: The lifeblood of the global economy

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Innovation is the lifeblood of the global economy, and is in its golden age. In the last decade alone, we have witnessed the introduction landmark inventions, from driverless cars, to bionic limb reconstructions, to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. That’s why it may come as a surprise that we’re reporting that year-over-year innovation growth has hit the slowest pace since the global economic recession.

A new study from our IP & Science business finds that the global pace of innovation has slowed to its lowest level since the recession. The study, which analyzes global intellectual property data — including scientific literature and patents – as a window into innovation in 12 bellwether technology areas, suggests a possible inflection point in global R&D growth in both private sector companies and academic research institutions worldwide.

Following are some of the highlights: (more…)

Human family tree gets a new member – Graphic of the day

A previously unknown member of humankind’s family tree discovered in Ethiopia’s Afar region, Australopithecus deyiremeda, lived 3.3 to 3.5 million years ago alongside the famous human ancestor “Lucy.” Today’s graphic maps out the timeline of the best-estimate date ranges of early human relatives.

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5th Circuit rejects Mexican states’ oil spill claims against BP

From Westlaw Journals Hazardous Waste:

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling that three Mexican states cannot recover damages from BP for alleged property and economic losses sustained as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The appeals court upheld a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana that the Mexican states could not proceed with negligence claims because they did not have a proprietary interest in the property allegedly damaged by discharged oil, as required under U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

(Westlaw users: Click here for the 10 most recent stories from Westlaw Journals.) (more…)

Managing liquidity, market & credit risk

There are multiple challenges in measuring, mapping and mitigating credit, market and liquidity risk and I have been actively exploring these with risk managers and related practitioners in the market.

Fundamentally many variables influence how the market is responding to and interpreting liquidity risk management. In an interview I recently had with Finextra (above), I considered liquidity risk from a data perspective and explored the types of challenges practitioners are confronted with as well as how to best overcome them.

During the interview we approached the question of how the market is interpreting risk management by breaking liquidity risk management into two parts. Firstly the market risk management element, i.e. the potential reduction in price an institution will have to accept if liquidity in the market dries up and they are a seller. The second part relates particularly to the buy side and how they manage the risk of their assets under management being reduced through redemptions. (more…)

Greenhouse Gas Transparency

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There is power in transparency. That is the core idea with the publication of our second report on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the 32 largest fossil fuel energy producers in the Global 500. Here is what we found: (more…)

Top worldwide cable deals – Graphic of the day

Charter Communications has offered to buy Time Warner Cable, seeking to combine the number three and number two cable operators to compete against market leader Comcast. Today’s graphic show the top 10 worldwide cable deals.

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How do you see the world?

Imagine a world where we can be who we want to be. This video captures our approach to celebrating and learning more about our people, our markets and our world. Our goal is a workplace that makes the most of diversity and helps our employees reach their full potential. Diversity and inclusion means fostering a culture where innovation and intellect can thrive, regardless of nationality, disability, gender, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age or other differences.

Learn more at thomsonreuters.com/cri.

Journalist Spotlight: Doug Busvine on Reuters coverage of the Nepal earthquake

On April 25, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing thousands and demolishing more than half a million homes, most of them in rural areas cut off from emergency medical care. Reuters journalists in Nepal and India immediately jumped on the story and helped Reuters lead coverage from the moment the quake struck. Among our reporting, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala revealed to Reuters that the death toll could reach 10,000 and said the government was on ‘war footing,” and Reuters spoke to survivors of an avalanche on Mount Everest that was triggered by the earthquake and showed how villagers in more remote areas were forced to dig through the quake rubble alone, searching for loved ones without medical help. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, New Delhi Bureau Chief Doug Busvine offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the team covered the story.

Q. How did Reuters jump on the story once the news broke? What has the process been like since?

A. Our reporters in Nepal, Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin, and photographer Nivesh Chitrakar, were safe after the earthquake struck on April 25, but it was difficult for them to communicate at first because mobile networks were hit. So, credit goes first to Paul Tait on the Saturday shift in Singapore for filing a rapid alert off a bulletin from the U.S. Geological Survey, and then Nick Macfie got a story series rolling. (more…)

Q&A with Timothy Large, Director of Media Development and Training

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

We sat down with Timothy Large, head of Media Development and Training, to take a look back at 2014, and forward at what’s in store for 2015.

You became the head of Media Development in 2014. What are you most excited about going forward?

I’m most excited about programs that have tangible impact on the ground. The evidence shows that training on its own is often not enough to guarantee that great journalism is widely consumed, so we’ve taken a more holistic approach that addresses every link in the media development chain from the incubation of professional skills right through to editorial support to get actual stories published and distributed. Sometimes that even means setting up independent news agencies, as we’ve done in Iraq, Egypt and Zimbabwe. (more…)