But what happens when industry awards programs become so ubiquitous and inclusive that they begin to erode their very meaning? That’s the question being asked in the Canadian magazine space this week after five of the country’s largest magazine publishers announced plans to break away from the decades-old National Magazine Awards and form their own, ostensibly more exclusive, awards program. The Magazine Grands Prix, as the upstart rival will be known, will be administered by Magazines Canada and will honor 26 honorees — 13 individuals and 13 brands — in an inaugural event next April in Toronto as part of the annual MagNet conference. In contrast, the 2015-2016 National Magazine Awards comprised a total of 303 individual honors spanning 39 categories. In the publishing industry, awards programs and recognition events are important. They foster a sense of community, set standards of quality for which to strive, and for many of us — Folio: produces several — they serve as a welcome supplement to the bottom lines of publishers and industry associations alike. The announcement comes several months after representatives of Rogers Communications, TVA Publications, St. Joseph Media, Reader’s Digest Media, and The Walrus magazine sent a letter to the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) — the non-profit that administers the awards and supports itself through ticket sales and entry fees — informing the NMAF of the need for “far fewer and more meaningful awards” that were “more closely aligned to celebrating excellence at the very highest level.” “The NMAF responded with a request for additional information as well as an opportunity to meet and discuss how the needs of the magaizne industry could best be served by both parties,” Joyce Byrne, then-NMAF president, told the blog Canadian Magazines in December. “This request was declined.” The 39th annual National Magazine Awards went on as planned, in June, with the aforementioned five publishers taking home more than a third of the 303 nods. Evidently, those honors did little to assuage the concerns of the Grands Prix supporters, with the schism continuing as planned. Entry fees for the Magazine Grands Prix will be $100, with a reduced $50 fee for magazines with circulations under 5,000. For the National Magazine Awards, most entry fees run between $95 and $120, depending on the category. Curiously, the NMAF issued a statement the day before Magazine Grands Prix was announced promising a refined, “more focused” awards program in 2017, to mark the program’s 40th anniversary. The announcement made no mention of Magazines Canada or the pressure being applied by five of the country’s largest publishers. “Our view was, if we’re going to do the top magazine awards program in the country, let’s make it really, really focused,” Douglas Knight, chair of Magazines Canada and president of St. Joseph Communications, told The Globe and Mail last week. “To win a Magazine Grands Prix, you’re going to feel, ‘Okay, this is a serious award.'” Whether or not a day of reckoning looms on the horizon for either the NMAF or its upstart rival, or whether reconciliation between the two factions is imminent, all that appears certain for now is that PR pro’s will have their nominating work cut out for them this winter.
This is how the Nazi Enigma machine works Now playing: Watch this: Queen Elizabeth II took an early tour of Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security, a new exhibit at The Science Museum coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Government Communication Headquarters. Along with the letter from Babbage, the exhibit includes Alan Turing’s Enigma M1070. The Royal Family’s Instagram has more than 2,000 posts, but this was reportedly the first one the queen wrote personally. Her first post has gotten more than 42,000 likes and 836 comments so far.”Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors,” the queen wrote. Mobile Culture 4:44 Share your voice 0 Tags Queen Elizabeth visits The Science Museum in London. The Science Museum Computers are a part of our everyday lives, and we may not give much thought to their origins. In true royal fashion, Queen Elizabeth II has reminded us on Instagram.The queen posted on Thursday that she visited The Science Museum in London and viewed a letter in the Royal Archives written in 1843 by Charles Babbage. Babbage designed the “Difference Engine” and has been credited as the world’s first computer pioneer. The queen wrote that Prince Albert saw a prototype in 1843. Post a comment Instagram
Apple Event Crutchfield HBO Disney Amazon Hulu Netflix Apple 43 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service Now playing: Watch this: Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Now playing: Watch this: Apple teases its original shows in new trailer While Apple will have you believe it’s breaking new ground, the truth is it’s just one of myriad players going after cord-cutters. There are a host of services including HBO, Hulu and YouTube all going after subscription dollars, while another highly anticipated option from Disney, which will tie together kids programming, Star Wars and Marvel content, will launch this year. Apple’s option to bundle different subscriptions like HBO and Starz through its Apple TV Channel app, meanwhile, looks a lot like the Amazon Prime Video Channels program offered to Prime subscribers. One advantage that Apple seems to be pushing: a focus on privacy and a safe space away from advertisers. If there’s one theme the company hit time and time again, it’s that these services would respect your personal information. It’s tough to discount Apple entirely. After all, Apple Music came out of nowhere to capture the No. 2 spot behind Spotify. Then there are the myriad of hit products, from the game-changing iPhone to the iPod and MacBook Air. The company is hoping history repeats itself with video. But without a price yet (the service launches in the fall in more than 100 countries), it’s still unclear what the demand will be. “Apple’s advantage is certainly that they have such large resources — they showcased today that they can line up big Hollywood stars to make this happen,” said Gartner analyst Annette Zimmerman. “And maybe even more important — they gave a hint towards the themes they want to address with their own shows/movies, not light and easy topics but rather societal issues that not only the US-based users can relate to.” Apple waited until the end to show off its lineup of celebrities and projects for its Apple TV Plus. Apple Between Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Sofia Coppola, Apple showed off a star-studded lineup for its newly unveiled Apple TV Plus service. Consistent with the Apple way of building up its products and services, the superlatives poured forth from CEO Tim Cook. “It’s unlike anything that’s been done before,” he said at an event on Monday at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters’ Steve Jobs Theater. Given the talent signed on to Apple, you might be under the impression that this is a groundbreaking, must-have service. After all, who are we to question Oprah? See It Best Buy Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview $179 Oprah joins the Apple family with two new documentaries Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) 2:45 Comments Tags See All Killer app: Privacy While celebrities lined up to sing Apple TV Plus’s praises, we saw little footage from the individual projects aside from a sizzle reel at the end. For now, it’s not enough to get people excited about the prospect of spending more money, despite the star power. One recurrent theme at the event was Apple’s focus on privacy. The company noted that article recommendations from Apple News Plus would happen on device, so the company won’t know what you like to read. Another perk for the News service: Advertisers won’t track you. Cook calls the App Store, “A safe and trusted place for users to discover and download apps.” Apple has spent the last few years talking up the privacy aspects of its products and services but ramped up its focus in the last few months as other tech titans have fumbled with how they’ve handled the personal information of their users. Stumbles by Google and Facebook have raised questions about how seriously the tech world considers our information. It’s a nice story for Apple to present. But time will tell if its fans tune in for the exclusive stories on its TV service. For now, competitors like Netflix aren’t sweating too much — even with Apple’s storied history of success. Originally published March 25, 11:54 a.m. PT. Update, 2:25 p.m. PT: Adds analyst comments. Update, March 26 at 4 a.m. PT: Adds additional background. 3:03 Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 1:36 Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better See It $179 But if you wanted to get HBO with your Hulu, you need to sign up for its cablelike live-TV service known as Hulu + Live TV, which starts at $45 monthly and then requires an additional $15 a month for the premium network. And then there are things like AMC Premiere. The Walking Dead’s network offers fans the option to pay an extra $5 a month to stream its shows without any of its ads and watch certain shows two days before they air, but you need to already be paying for AMC through a typical pay-TV provider. That headache-inducing complexity of navigating online video subscriptions could play in Apple’s favor, at least in the US. The company is touting Apple TV as a simplified hub for streaming services and cable channels. Big spenders Apple was long reported to have kicked off its original programming mission with a $1 billion budget, but the company has flown past that. BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield estimated Apple’s budget has swelled to $2 billion a year. While that seems big, especially for a gadget giant with barely any background in programming, it pales in comparison with Netflix. The streaming company, operating the world’s biggest subscription video service by members, spent $12 billion on content last year. That budget could surpass $15 billion this year, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Daniel Salmon. But Netflix’s big spending is unprecedented for a company that doesn’t touch live sports. Netflix’s head of content, Ted Sarandos, once said the company was trying to become HBO before HBO could become Netflix. Purely based on budget, Netflix passed that point long ago. Research firm Kagan estimated that HBO spent $2.5 billion in 2017, compared with the $6 billion Netflix spent then. (HBO’s spending is sure to rise in 2019: John Stankey, the new head the unit that oversees the premium channel, said one of AT&T’s plans as HBO’s new parent company would be to boost the network’s programming budget.) Even Amazon was expected to spend $5 billion in video content last year, according to JPMorgan’s Doug Anmuth. But Apple’s legendary track record with products may not automatically equate to success elsewhere. For one, Hollywood is a tough business and one that Apple has little experience in. Spending an estimated $2 billion on A-list talent garners a whole lot of buzz, but it’s no guarantee of success. Its first forays into original programming — Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps — flopped. (Note: Carpool Karaoke originally emerged out of the The Late Late Show on CBS, the parent company of CNET.) So Apple TV Plus represents the biggest test of whether its loyal fanbase will hoover up all of its services like it lines up at its stores for the latest iPhone. The company’s focus on services, which include newly unveiled Apple News Plus and Apple Arcade, as well as a revamp of its Apple TV app, comes as the company attempts to transform itself into a company that’s less reliant on the iPhone, which provides two-thirds of its revenue. There are 1.4 billion Apple devices out there, an ideal platform for its services business, which in the December quarter jumped 19 percent to a record $10.9 billion. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple TV 4K Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 97 Photos More from the Apple event What will it cost? Want to stir up some internet rage? Announce a price hike to a beloved streaming service. Netflix found that out the hard way once after dropping a sudden 60 percent hike on customers, driving away members in droves. Since then, Netflix has become an expert at tapping its prices gently higher every couple of years. It announced its latest price increase earlier this year. In the US, Netflix’s plans range between $9 and $16. Its cheapest plan received the first bump in almost eight years. For now, Apple remains mum on the pricing for Apple TV Plus. The company has a history of pricing its hardware at a premium, but its Apple Music service, at $10 a month, is in line with Spotify. Peter Stern, Apple’s vice president of services, talks about the different services on Apple TV. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET The other side of the streaming video coin is Apple TV Channels, which bundles different services like HBO and Starz with livestreaming TV services like DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue. Cable and satellite companies like Charter and DirecTV will integrate their services into Apple TV, while Optimum and Altice will join later this year. Having a hub for all of your shows makes a lot of sense. Consulting firm PwC notes that consumers increasingly want a single source for programming. But Apple hasn’t talked about pricing for the channels, although you can look elsewhere for clues. HBO as an Amazon Channel, for example, costs $15 a month for people who already subscribe to the $119-a-year Amazon Prime service, the same price you’d pay if you signed up directly for HBO Now. Starz costs $9 a month — again, the same price as for an online customer. But the more you look at competitive pricing, the more confusing it can be. Hulu, for example, would compete with Apple by offering both video-on-demand for exclusive originals as well as its giant library of programs from giant networks like NBC, ABC, Fox, FX, Bravo and others. That starts at just $6 a month with ads or $12 a month if you want to pay to strip them out. 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CitiesAs of June 1, 2016/KlAs of May 1, 2016/Kl Rates of ATF price differ across cities in India due to different local sales tax or value added tax (VAT).[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion] Jet fuel price has been raised by 9 percent with effect from Wednesday, for the fourth straight month, posing a double whammy to passengers and air carriers.While passengers could be hit by an increase in airfares, carriers are likely to see an erosion in their profit margins as jet fuel price accounts for about 35 percent of operating costs.Shares of SpiceJet were trading with a marginal gain of 0.60 percent while the Jet Airway stock was down 1.72 percent at around 1 p.m. on the BSE. Interglobe Aviation, which owns budget carrier IndiGo, was the biggest loser, down 2.88 percent.Jet fuel (aviation turbine fuel or ATF) price was increased by 9.2 percent on the last day of May.The revised ATF price is the fourth straight monthly increase in rates in line with global prices, which will be effective from June 1, 2016 for the four Indian cities: (according to Indian Oil):CitiesCitiesAs of June 1, 2016/KlAs of June 1, 2016/KlAs of May 1, 2016/KlAs of May 1, 2016/KlCitiesDelhiAs of June 1, 2016/KlRs. 46,729.48As of May 1, 2016/KlRs. 42, 784.01CitiesMumbaiAs of June 1, 2016/KlRs. 45, 700. 55As of May 1, 2016/KlRs. 41, 756.16CitiesChennaiAs of June 1, 2016/KlRs. 49, 404. 73As of May 1, 2016/KlRs. 45, 346.82CitiesKolkataAs of June 1, 2016/KlRs. 51, 492.43As of May 1, 2016/KlRs. 47, 561.18 DelhiRs. 46,729.48Rs. 42, 784.01 KolkataRs. 51, 492.43Rs. 47, 561.18 ChennaiRs. 49, 404. 73Rs. 45, 346.82 MumbaiRs. 45, 700. 55Rs. 41, 756.16
Rohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamMore than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, a UN report said Sunday.The grim new landmark comes as authorities in Bangladesh were bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed to be stranded along the border waiting to cross.Rohingya refugees have headed for Bangladesh in huge numbers after militant attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state sparked a major army crackdown on the community likened to ethnic cleansing by the UN.Now the UN-led Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), which is directing the humanitarian effort, has said an estimated 603,000 refugees from Rakhine have crossed the border into Bangladesh since August 25.”Cross border movement of over 14,000 newly arrived refugees has been verified in the past week,” the ISCG report said.Bangladesh border guards are also concerned the relaxation later Sunday of a temporary ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal could see a surge in people-smuggling along the coast as unscrupulous captains return to the seas.Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh have received videos from families across the border showing thousands of displaced Muslims massing near crossing points, waiting for an opportunity to cross.”We have seen some videos sent by people across the border. There are many gathered there. The number could be big,” Border Guard Bangladesh commander Lieutenant Colonel S.M. Ariful Islam told AFP, without giving an estimate.Around 10,000 refugees were left stranded in no man’s land near Anjumanpara village for three days last week after being prevented from crossing into Bangladesh. They were finally permitted by authorities to enter Thursday.The influx has slowed since then, with charities and officials reporting about 200 people crossing the Naf river dividing the two countries.”(But) those that came told us thousands were still stranded on the other side of Naf,” Jashim Uddin, a volunteer for the International Organisation for Migration, told AFP.Another border guard told AFP an estimated 10-15,000 refugees were heading to Anjumanpara but had been pushed back.”We heard from their relatives that the Myanmar army has stopped them from heading to the border,” said a Border Guard spokesman, Iqbal Ahmed.Refugees arriving Sunday described violence in their villages in Rakhine and food shortages that had forced countless people to flee.”We hardly had any food for the last 10-15 days. They torched our home. We did not have any choice but to leave,” Yasmin, who goes by one name, told AFP at the coastal village of Shah Porir Dwip.Authorities meanwhile are on high alert for fishermen seeking to ferry refugees to Bangladesh via the open sea as the temporary fishing ban expires later Sunday.”It is risky, but you can make a lot of money ferrying Rohingya to Bangladesh,” said local fisherman Shawkat Hossain.
It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and we’re kicking things off with the spring severe weather system, which brings in plenty of thunderstorms.Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes, but they can also include winds greater than 58 mph or quarter-sized hail.One thing that’s not a factor in designating a storm as severe? Lightning. There could be plenty of lightning in the sky with a thunderstorm that’s far from severe.But what’s the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a warning? Here’s the deal:Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe weather. The National Weather Service issues a watch as far ahead as possible so residents in the impact areas can properly prepare.Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported or spotted by weather radar, and there is a serious threat to life or property for those in the path of a storm.