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.
0 Preview • X-mini’s Evolve Bluetooth headphone doubles as a wireless speaker (hands-on) Headphones X-mini Evolve Share your voice 45 Photos Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR Post a comment Tags The X-mini Xtlas Plus earphones offer great sound without costing too much. Aloysius Low/CNET X-mini is best known for its capsule speakers, but the Singaporean company took a new approach last year with new wireless and wired earphones. I’ve previously tried out the Evolve speaker headphones and liked them, but I wasn’t too sure how the company would fare outside of its comfort zone. Tuning a pair of tiny earphones is a lot different from engineering small speakers for loud sound, after all. But it appears the company’s bet for its Xtlas Plus line paid off. Weighing just 0.6 ounces (17 grams), the Xtlas Plus uses a triple-driver setup with two balanced armature drivers alongside a dynamic one. Pairing a dynamic driver with the armature driver gives it more oomph in the bass department — in theory, at least. And the Xtlas Plus sort of succeeds on that front. Braided cables help you avoid tangles. Aloysius Low/CNET X-mini’s sound tends to focus on the clarity of the trebles, and its earphones pretty much stick to the same formula. The company’s speakers usually try not to overdo the bass, and the Xtlas Plus is the same. There are times where you just want a strong bass, especially for electronic tracks, and the Xtlas Plus feels a tad too tame there. That said, put on tracks with strong vocals and the earphones really shine. The sound is clear and crisp, and you can hear plenty of detail. If you like listening to classical tracks, you’ll love how much clarity the Xtlas Plus delivers for each individual instrument. It’s also Hi-Res Audio certified.At S$130 in Singapore (about $95, £75 or AU$135 converted), the X-mini Xtlas Plus earphones are pretty good value for what they offer. There’s also a carrying pouch bundled and three pairs of ear tips for the right fit.
BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that whenever Awami League came to power it destroyed the spirit of the liberation war, reports UNB.”We waged the liberation war in 1971 with a dream to build a democratic and modern state ensuring the freedom of expression. But the dream still remains unimplemented. Whenever Awami League got the chance to come power, it destroyed the spirit of liberation war,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city, arranged by the party marking the Martyred Intellectual Day.He alleged that the government is taking all-out steps to eliminate its opponents and those who hold alternative opinions.Fakhrul called upon people from all walks of life to get united to restore democracy and freedom of expression in the country.He said the government has completely politicised the administration and brought the judiciary under the control of the ruling party.The BNP leader alleged that those who are raising their voice against the current regime are being made disappeared, killed, harassed and implicated in ‘false’ cases.Turning to the next election issue, he urged the government to engage in talks with political parties for finding out an acceptable way for holding the polls in a credible manner as per the hopes and aspirations of people. Otherwise, Fakhrul warned, the government will have to face serious public wraths.BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said they heard that a conspiracy is on to keep them out of the election race by implicating the BNP chairperson and all other leaders in cases and ensuring their conviction.”But we want to say unequivocally that the 11th national election will not be similar to the 2014 polls as it will not be allowed to hold such an election,” he said.If the 11th general election is held like the one held in 2014, it will only kill democracy, the spirit of the liberation war and that of the martyred intellectuals. “So, the BNP which was founded by freedom fighter late president Ziaur Rahman will never let it do so,” Mosharraf added.Another BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the independence of the country’s judiciary and the Supreme Court was hampered by the government. “Now the government forces judges to resign as it made former chief justice SK Sinha to do so by humiliating and insulting them on any silly ground.”Presided over by Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the discussion was also addressed by BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, BNP vice chairperson Selima Rahman, Dhaka University professors Mahbubullah and Sukomal Barua.BNP publicity secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie and its assistant publicity secretary Amirul Islam Khan Alim moderated the discussion.
Enroll Now for Free July 5, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now When it comes to making new friends, sometimes mother really does know best. Such was the case with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.Gates didn’t want to meet Buffett at first, but his persistent mom, Mary, eventually wore him down and convinced him to. “I’m a technology nerd,” the Microsoft co-founder reflects on his blog. “[Buffett’s] an investor who doesn’t use email. In fact, I never expected to be friends with him.”The power duo’s billionaire bromance kicked off 25 years ago today. On that fateful day, July 5, 1991, Gates was determined to spend “no more than two hours” with Buffett. But then the “Oracle of Omaha” fired off a flurry of clever questions, one after the other, that no one had ever asked Gates before. “We were suddenly lost in conversation and hours and hours slipped by,” Gates recalls in a touching blog post commemorating the anniversary today.Related: The Top 25 Self-Made Billionaires In the WorldThey laughed, they related, they bonded, and an “unexpected friendship” was born. “It was a deep friendship from our very first conversation,” Gates writes. Despite their differing styles (Buffett likes Oreos for breakfast and Gates prefers Cocoa Puffs), the mega moguls were soon thick as thieves. They eagerly swapped book recommendations, battled it out at bridge and stitched up starring roles in each other’s sweeping spheres of influence. Sure enough, Buffett is a Gates Foundation trustee and Gates sits on the board of Berkshire Hathaway, because of course they do. That’s what friends are for.Certain connections have their benefits, especially ones of this caliber. After all, billionaire BFFs stick together like birds of a feather.To celebrate their friendship’s silver anniversary, Gates and Buffett created a photo album and virtual reality video together. No worries if you don’t have a VR headset. You can still watch the clip from a web browser, just as you would any video. Check it out here. Sorry, bub, you might never see your bestie the same. 2 min read