Marylin Bender Dies at 95; Journalist in a Male-dominated Era

first_imgWhen Marylin Bender was the Sunday business editor of The New York Times in the 1970s, she was one of only a handful of women with any editing clout in the newsroom. Hers was “hardly an elevated post,” she said later in an oral history, but as the boss of her section, she was outraged to learn that her male deputy was making more money than she was.Outraged, but not surprised. This was still an era when few women could be found in the Times’s cigar-smoke-laden newsroom, when there were no female photographers or national correspondents, and when, in asking for a raise, Ms. Bender was told: “You’re married. You don’t need it.”- Advertisement – “Marylin had deep knowledge of business and a sharp eye for detail, and she was comfortable writing about the city’s financial class,” Ms. Behr said in a phone interview. “She had insight, and she had chutzpah.”Marylin Sloan Bender was born in Brooklyn on April 25, 1925. Her parents, Michael and Janet (Sloan) Bender, owned and ran a clothing manufacturing business in Manhattan. They later owned a clothing store, with a branch in Greenwich, Conn. — work that exposed their daughter to the fashion business.She grew up in Brooklyn and Manhattan and went to Smith College at 15, having skipped a few grades. She graduated in 1944 with a major in history. At Columbia Law School, she said, her classes in evidence gave her good training to be a reporter and steered her to rely on documents. She graduated in 1947.She married Selig Altschul, a financial expert and counselor to the aviation industry, in 1959. He and Ms. Bender co-wrote “The Chosen Instrument,” a 1982 biography of Juan Trippe, the founder of Pan American World Airways. She was then recruited by The Times’s business news section, where the editors thought her ability to write about a subject through the personalities involved would enliven their otherwise dry pages.- Advertisement – Just as a trial was set to start in 1978, The New York Times Company settled out of court, announcing a cash settlement and an affirmative action program under court decree for four years.Today, women make up 49 percent of the newsroom staff and 46 percent of its leadership. Companywide, they make up 51 percent of leadership positions. The atmosphere prompted some women at the Times to bring a sex discrimination suit against the paper in 1974. Though Ms. Bender was not part of the suit, she was deposed for it.“I was the one example they had of someone in a slightly elevated, managerial capacity who was proportionately being dealt as much of a shiv as the women plaintiffs,” she said. In time, she helped break open a Salk vaccine smuggling ring. Using a ruse to get a visa, she visited Russia at the height of the Cold War and wrote a series about women’s lives there. She also wrote about alcoholism and aging.But for the most part she called in her stories from a phone booth to a rewrite desk in the finest “His Girl Friday” tradition. It taught her to think quickly on her feet but had little to do with writing.“It was the ability to get people to talk that was important, to get information,” she said. “Get the story.”She landed a job at The Times in 1959. On the fashion page, she worked mostly with women, but once she moved to business news in 1970 and became the first woman to head the Sunday section a few years later, friction with the men there became apparent.“As Sunday business editor, I believe I did exercise control over the editorial matter, but on the personal level it was a struggle,” she said. “The deputies wanted my job. They weren’t used to taking direction from women, and they were deeply resentful.”When she left to write a book, her job was given to a man who, she said, “knew nothing about business.” Three months later she was asked to come back and help him. He was making more money than she had. She declined the offer.But she did support the seven women plaintiffs, led by Betsy Wade Boylan, chief of the foreign copy desk, in their sex-discrimination suit against The Times. Eventually the case evolved into a class-action suit on behalf of almost 600 women. “My deposition was useful,” Ms. Bender said. She died at 95 on Oct. 19 at her home in Manhattan. Her son, James Altschul, said the cause was complications of dementia.Like many women of that era in newspaper journalism, Ms. Bender started at The Times on the fashion pages, covering the fashion industry for 11 years by looking at it through a sociological lens. As an extension of her reporting, she wrote the 1967 book “The Beautiful People,” which critiqued a growing celebrity culture and examined the symbiotic relationship between fashion and society at a time when people were becoming famous for being famous. Mr. Altschul died in 1992. In addition to her son, Ms. Bender is survived by two granddaughters.Her first newspaper job was as an editorial assistant at the Hearst-owned New York Journal-American, “a paper for which I had the greatest contempt,” she said in the oral history, “but a job is a job.”There, she learned how to be a cunning and creative reporter. One of her first assignments, she said, involved going to Queens to ask a woman “how she felt about her daughter having been chopped up and dumped, her body found in pieces, in a garbage pail.” Still, Ms. Bender enjoyed a long career as a reporter and editor, most of it at The Times, and as the author of four books.- Advertisement – Having earned a law degree and married a financial consultant to the aviation industry, Ms. Bender said, she felt confident in writing about businesspeople. During the oral history interview, conducted in 2000 and 2001 for Columbia Law School, she was asked about her approach to someone like Jack Welch, the heralded chief executive of General Electric who died in March.“From a business standpoint, of course you’d want to know how he runs his business,” she said. “But the rest of him? It’s hysterical, because he otherwise is not fascinating — unless you dig deeply into his ordinariness.”Among her subjects was a 37-year-old Donald J. Trump. In a Sunday business section cover story in 1983 under the headline “The Empire and Ego of Donald Trump,” she examined his wheeling and dealing as he expanded his real estate empire across Manhattan.This “brash Adonis from the outer boroughs,” Ms. Bender wrote, “exhibited a flair for self-promotion, grandiose schemes and, perhaps not surprisingly, for provoking fury along the way.”He wore “maroon suits and matching loafers,” she added, and won tax abatements and other concessions that critics called “outrageous.”The article infuriated Mr. Trump, who called Ms. Bender to complain.“You put me down because I’m from Queens,” he told her, according to Soma Golden Behr, who edited the story on the Times’s business desk and went on to become the paper’s first female national editor. – Advertisement –last_img read more

OnePlus 8T Starts Receiving OxygenOS With Improved Camera Stability, Gaming Experience

first_img– Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. As per the changelog, system updates for OnePlus 8T include an improved system power consumption performance to reduce heating. A better gaming experience is expected as OnePlus says the update improves mis-touch prevention and optimises the user experience with some mainstream games to reduce lagging risks. The update will reportedly optimise user experience with Alert Slider by adding toast messages while switching among the three modes. It also fixes a Google Play issue and addresses the problem of the status bar hovering on the screen in landscape mode.OxygenOS optimises the mobile network connection in order to improve the network intensity with signal, as mentioned in the changelog. It will also fix the issue of network interruption while playing games.Since OnePlus is rolling out the OxygenOS update in stages, it could take a few days before your OnePlus 8T handset receives the update. If you haven’t received a notification, you can check it manually by going to Settings > System > System updates.- Advertisement –center_img OnePlus 8T is receiving a fresh OxygenOS update that improves camera stability and brings system improvements. OxygenOS has started rolling out to a limited number of handsets in India, Europe, and North America right now, and will have a broader rollout in a few days. Other changes include an optimised gaming experience, improved system power consumption, and enhancements to the Alert Slider. OnePlus 8T had received the OxygenOS update last week.The OnePlus 8T update in India comes with version, as announced on the OnePlus community forum. The update for the smartphone comes with version in Europe, and in North America. Besides camera stability, OxygenOS will also optimise the imaging effect to provide a better shooting experience.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Easysland back to Cheltenham on Friday | Racing News

first_imgEasysland will try to make it three wins from as many appearances at Cheltenham when he returns to Britain for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase on Friday.Trained in France by David Cottin, the six-year-old is the new kid on the block in that sphere, having toppled Tiger Roll with a dominant performance at the Festival in March.- Advertisement – “The plan is to come to Cheltenham,” said McManus’ racing manager, Frank Berry.“”Everyone is very happy with him. It will be nice to see him back there, and the ground and everything should be good.“With a bit of luck he’ll stay in one piece and give a good account of himself.”- Advertisement – Easysland had impressed on his first visit to the Cotswolds in December after winning the Grand Steeplechase Cross Country de Compiegne in November.It was after his first win at Cheltenham that owner JP McManus stepped in to buy the gelding.Connections have decided to bypass Compiegne this year and go to Cheltenham instead – where he could face an early rematch with Tiger Roll.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

iPhone 11 Is Most Shipped Smartphone Globally in Q3 but Samsung Dominated Top 10 Shipping Smartphones: Canalys

first_imgiPhone 11 emerged as the most shipped smartphone globally in the third quarter of 2020, while Samsung took five spots in the world’s top 10 shipping smartphones during the same quarter, according to market analyst firm Canalys. The iPhone model was recently succeeded by the iPhone 12 that debuted in October. However, due to the delay in the launch of the iPhone 12 series and also it comparatively affordable pricing over the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 11 managed to gain success in the global markets.Canalys shared a graph on Twitter to highlight the top 10 smartphones shipped globally in the third quarter. The graph showed the iPhone 11 surpassing the mark of 1.6 crore shipments worldwide, followed by the iPhone SE that reached the one crore milestone during the same quarter.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Late last month, Canalys reported that Samsung’s shipments grew globally by a two percent year-over-year increase at 8.02 crores in the third quarter. That growth came irrespective of a one percent year-over-year decline in the global smartphone shipments, chiefly owing to the coronavirus outbreak.Apart from Samsung, the Canalys report stated that Xiaomi marked a 45 percent annual growth and came third, while Huawei slipped to the second place with a massive fall of 23 percent. Apple also saw a one percent decline in its annual growth, as per the firm.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – In terms of brands overall, Samsung led the race with the Galaxy A21s coming as the third most shipped smartphone across the globe, followed by the Galaxy A11, and Galaxy A51. The mid-range Galaxy A31 and affordable Galaxy A01 Core also came at eighth and 10th positions, respectively. All this helped the South Korean company to capture five spots on the graph showing the world’s top 10 smartphones shipped in the third quarter.Xiaomi also managed to take three spots, with the Redmi Note 9/ Redmi 10X 4G emerging as the sixth, Redmi 9 as the seventh, and Redmi 9A as the eighth most shipped phone during the quarter. The Beijing-based company also notably overshadowed Apple on the global graph as the Cupertino giant had just the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE among the top 10 shipping smartphones. Nevertheless, the iPhone models helped Apple gain top spot on the graph and compete strongly against both Xiaomi and Samsung, despite having significant price differences against the other contenders. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Beyond Meat to launch two new versions of its meatless burger

first_imgBeyond Meat’s line-up of meat substitutes will soon include two new versions of its Beyond Burger.The new burgers are meant to offer consumers more choice and will launch nationwide early next year. Beyond said that one of the patties is its juiciest yet but has 35% less saturated fat than a burger made from a blend of beef that is 80% lean meat and 20% fat. The other burger is meant to appeal more to a health-minded consumer, with 55% less saturated fat than a typical beef burger. Beyond said that the two burgers will have B vitamins and minerals, similar to beef.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Beyond Burger launches new meatier burger.Source: Beyond Burger As meat substitutes from Beyond and Impossible Foods have grown more popular in the last few years, their meat-free burgers have also drawn criticism for being marketed as a healthier alternative to red meat. Dietitians have said that it would be better for consumers to view plant-based burgers as an indulgence, as they would a beef burger. Shares of Beyond, which has a market value of $7.88 billion, have risen 66% so far this year. The stock is up less than 1% in premarket trading on Monday. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Chinese man had H5N1; WHO hones pandemic plans

first_imgMar 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – As the H5N1 avian influenza virus continued to claim human victims, World Health Organization (WHO) and other experts met in Geneva today for a 3-day conference to hone the agency’s pandemic response plan.Human death toll reaches 95The WHO has updated its avian flu case count to add the Mar 2 death in China of a 32-year-old man from Guangdong province. His case, suspected last week, was confirmed yesterday by Chinese authorities and noted today in a WHO announcement. It boosted the WHO’s count of human cases to 175, with 95 deaths.The case is the first identified from Guangdong, which is near Hong Kong, WHO said.The news prompted Hong Kong authorities to suspend shipments of live poultry from Guangdong into Hong Kong for 3 weeks, according to Xinhua, China’s government news agency. The story noted that Hong Kong usually imports 30,000 live birds a day from the neighboring province.A senior WHO official in Beijing told a Canadian Press (CP) reporter yesterday there may be more human cases in China than the central ministry is reporting.”It’s very conceivable that there are more cases,” said Dr. Henk Bekedam, the WHO representative in China. “But we do not have the impression, at least from the central ministry, that they are hiding information from the outside world.”If underreporting is occurring, it’s likely due to central authorities lacking the full picture of the problem, he told CP. Bekedam added that he believes China has a capacity problem in trying to identify infected poultry and people.”There are some big problems in a country like China,” he said. “But our sense is when the central Ministry of Health knows about it and when they have done their confirmation test, that we are being informed.”In other avian flu news from China today, Health Minister Gao Qiang announced, “There is no human-to-human transmission of bird flu in China,” according to the Filipino news service Indonesia, a pregnant woman who was being treated for avian flu-like symptoms died today in Jakarta, Bloomberg News reported. The story did not say when she was due to deliver but added that her child didn’t survive.In addition, a 10-year-old boy from Surakarta in Central Java, who was suspected of having avian flu, died Mar 4, the Jakarta Post noted today.Meanwhile, Interfax news and other outlets reported yesterday that H5N1 is considered a possible culprit in the deaths of two people in Azerbaijan. Six members of the same family were being treated at a hospital there for suspected avian flu, Interfax reported. Two of them, both girls, died in the past few days, Azerbaijan’s deputy health minister, Abbas Velibekov, told journalists.”Those hospitalized have been diagnosed with acute pneumonia, but the cases arouse a great deal of suspicion,” he told Interfax and other media on Sunday. The story did not cite other signs pointing to avian flu or say whether the family lived near previously noted bird outbreaks, but merely that laboratory testing was under way. Samples have also been sent to the WHO lab in England, the story noted.In Iraq, U.S. military officials were cautioning American troops to take steps to prevent exposure to the avian flu virus, according to a Mar 3 story in the US military’s Stars and Stripes Mideast edition.Troops in Iraq—as well as military family members and civilians who work in areas known to have had avian flu—are being urged to avoid eating local poultry products and to seek medical care for suspicious signs and symptoms, the news service reported. (Two Iraqis are known to have died from H5N1.)WHO works on rapid-response planMeanwhile in Geneva, a group of 30 WHO officials and other experts convened today for a 3-day technical meeting aimed at developing protocols for rapid containment and response to an emerging pandemic, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). They’ll build their efforts from a draft plan released late in January. Proceedings from the closed meeting will not be released until Mar 15, said Dick Thompson, a WHO spokesman.The H5N1 virus is unprecedented in its spread among animals, said Dr. Margaret Chan, who is leading WHO’s avian flu response.”Concern has mounted progressively and events in recent weeks justify that concern,” Chan said in an Associated Press (AP) story today. The top priority is to prevent the virus from mutating into the effective human-to-human pathogen considered the harbinger of a pandemic.”Should this effort fail, we want to ensure that measures are in place to mitigate the high levels of morbidity, mortality, and social and economic disruption that a pandemic can bring,” the AP quoted Chan as saying.The urgency of the situation was reflected in comments from other experts. Joseph Domenech, head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) animal health service, told the AP that experts warned in 2004 that an international crisis was looming in Asia.”We were asking for emergency funds and they never came,” Domenech said. “We are constantly late.”Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s director of epidemiologic and pandemic alert and response, described concerns over the global capacity to respond to the H5N1 threat.”We truly feel that this present threat, and any other threat like it, is likely to stretch our global systems to the point of collapse,” Ryan told the AP.See alsoMar 6 WHO situation update on China read more

WHO confirms Iraq’s third avian flu case

first_imgSep 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has retrospectively recognized Iraq’s third human case of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 3-year-old boy who was hospitalized with a mild illness in March and recovered.The WHO says the boy was hospitalized in Baghdad but doesn’t list his home, the source of his infection, or other details.The agency said shipment of test samples was difficult during Iraq’s H5N1 outbreak, which is now considered over. The boy’s initial test results were inconclusive, possibly because of sample deterioration during shipment. Repeated testing with different methods confirmed his infection, the agency said.The other two human cases in Iraq were fatal ones that occurred in January, involving a 39-year-old man and his 15-year-old niece from the northern province of Sulaimaniyah. H5N1 outbreaks in poultry were confirmed in the area in early February, and a WHO-led team was sent to the scene to assess the situation and support the local response.In other news, a World Bank expert recently proposed a new estimate of the global financial impact of a flu pandemic: $2 trillion. Jim Adams, who heads the World Bank’s avian flu task force, made the projection at the annual meeting of the bank and the International Monetary Fund, according to an Agence France-Presse report 2 days ago. Adams said a severe pandemic could cut the world gross domestic product by more than 3%.Today, several news services reported an apparently peaceful military coup in Thailand, one of the countries hit hard by H5N1 avian flu in 2004 and 2005. In July, the disease resurfaced in poultry after an 8-month lull, followed by WHO confirmation of two new human cases, both fatal.Thailand’s prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, has been under pressure to step down because of alleged corruption, according to a report today by Cable News Network (CNN). Also, media reports say a separatist insurgency has been raging in the Muslim south of Thailand since 2004, killing 1,700 people.In a Financial Times article 2 days ago, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian influenza, David Nabarro, said the ongoing political crisis in Thailand may have weakened the government’s response to avian flu outbreaks.”You don’t maintain control over this disease unless there is regular top-level direction from a committed senior political figure that wants to be sure that the necessary activities are being undertaken,” Nabarro told the Financial Times.Thailand has been without a fully functioning government since February, when the prime minister dissolved parliament to stem controversy over his family’s financial dealings, the newspaper reported.See also:Sep 19 WHO statement on H5N1 case in Iraq 7 WHO statement on avian flu in Iraq read more

In May, there were more tourist arrivals and fewer overnight stays

first_imgAccording to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), tourists made 128 arrivals and 406 overnight stays in May, with the highest number of overnight stays in the Hotels and similar accommodation group, 64%, followed by Resorts and similar short-stay facilities, 34 %. Most overnight stays were realized by tourists from the United Kingdom, 28%, who averaged 4 overnight stays per arrival.In May 2017, 1 tourists came to commercial accommodation facilities, which is 257% more than in May 4. Tourists realized 2016 thousand overnight stays, of which 4% were realized by domestic tourists and 116% by foreign tourists. Compared to May 10, tourists realized 90% less overnight stays. Domestic tourists came 2016% more and realized 3% less overnight stays, while foreign tourists came 5% more and realized 2% less overnight stays in May 4 than in the same period last year.The highest number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in May 2017 was realized by tourists from Germany (23%), Austria (13%) and the United Kingdom (10%). They are followed by tourists from Slovenia (7%), France, Poland, the Netherlands and the USA (4% each).More tourist arrivals and overnight stays in the first five months In the first five months of 2017, tourists made 2 thousand arrivals and 902 thousand overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is an increase of 8% in tourist arrivals and a 328% increase in tourist overnight stays compared to the same period in 15.Out of the total number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays, foreign tourists realized 2 thousand arrivals and 305 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of arrivals by 6% and an increase of overnight stays by 988%. Most overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized by tourists from Germany (16%), Austria (11%), Slovenia (20%) and Great Britain (13%). In the period from January to May 10, domestic tourists also realized 8% more arrivals and 2017% more overnight stays than in the same period last year.Hotels are still the first in terms of the number of overnight stays In May 2017, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in hotels, namely 1 thousand overnight stays, which is 901% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to the same period last year, the number of tourist arrivals in hotels increased by 46% and the number of overnight stays by 9%.In May 2017, tourists were offered 224 thousand rooms, suites and camping places with a total of 575 thousand permanent beds. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, a total of 73 thousand rooms and suites with a total of 152 thousand permanent beds were available to tourists. The average occupancy of rooms was 55%, and permanent beds 49%.Most overnight stays of tourists aged 65 and over In May 2017, the highest number of overnight stays was realized by tourists aged 65 and over, 957 thousand overnight stays, which is 23% of the total number of overnight stays. In the total overnight stays of foreign tourists, most overnight stays were realized by tourists of the oldest age group of 65 and over. The majority of overnight stays of domestic tourists were realized by the age group from 35 to 44 years.last_img read more

The quality of the loan portfolio by tourism sector is the best among all activities

first_imgIn Croatia, the value of partially recoverable and fully non-performing loans increased significantly in banks’ portfolios during the crisis years.The largest part of partially collectible and completely non-performing loans was generated in the loan portfolio of economic entities, the Department of Macroeconomic Analysis of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce points out, adding that there is a noticeable difference in the quality of the loan portfolio of certain activities. real estate, have become more risky than others.The corporate clients of banks in the tourism industry are currently, according to the value of loans, the third most important clients of banks, after the processing industry and trade. Thus, the value of loans in this sector this year reached a record level of HRK 10,1 billion (as at 30 June 6), thus becoming the third largest customer of banks within the non-financial corporations sector, with a share of 2017%.At the same time, the quality of their loan portfolio much better than in the mentioned two sectors, moreover, it is the best among all activities. Higher quality clients from this industry can be related to the fact that companies in the tourism industry survived the crisis years much more painlessly than most industries, which allowed them to grow and better creditworthiness.Attachment: Credit quality in tourismlast_img read more

The leading gathering place of the middle hotel management (HOW Festival) is being held this year in Poreč

first_imgThe second HOW Festival will be held from October 3 to 5 at the Valamar Isabella Island Resort in Poreč.The first, which took place in Falkensteiner near Zadar, exceeded all expectations of the organizers and gathered over 500 participants, mostly hotel directors, operations managers and hotel department heads.The aim of the Festival is to present world trends in hotel operations, encourage participants to implement them, but also provide networking and entertainment to those present. This year, the workshops are segmented according to the hotel’s food and beverage, sales and marketing, technology, wellness, household, procurement and human resources departments.Just some of this year’s topics of lectures, panel discussions and workshops are:Data – how to meet your guestsCommunication technology within the hotelWhat do 21st century guests look for for breakfast?Energy savingHow to increase revenue after booking and on the spot?Employee engagement and retentionModern procurement in the hotel industryPanelists and workshop participants are regional and international experts, focusing exclusively on global trends aimed at raising the quality of hotel operations. The first early early bird registration fees are available until May 15, and their number is limited to 70.You can sign up here, and more information is available at official site Festival.last_img read more