APTN National NewsNunavut RCMP have just released their crime stats for the last year.While some of the numbers are down slightly, the high rate of violent crime has RCMP asking for help from wherever they can get it, including Nunavut’s growing mining sector.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll explains from Iqaluit.
OTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.2 per cent in September, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.2 per cent (2.4)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.8 (3.1)— Halifax: 1.5 (2.7)— Saint John, N.B.: 1.9 (2.6)— Quebec: 1.5 (1.8)— Montreal: 1.8 (2.0)— Ottawa: 2.4 (3.2)— Toronto: 2.2 (3.1)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 2.0 (2.7)— Winnipeg: 2.2 (2.8)— Regina: 1.8 (2.1)— Saskatoon: 1.8 (2.0)— Edmonton: 3.3 (3.4)— Calgary: 2.8 (3.0)— Vancouver: 2.7 (2.8)— Victoria: 2.4 (2.5)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 2.5 (3.9)— Yellowknife, NWT: 2.9 (3.3)— Iqaluit, Nunavut: 2.9 (4.4)
Canada has a strong head start in the artificial intelligence space, but the government must take measures to ensure it can take advantage of the rapidly changing technology environment, according to management consultancy Deloitte.“To achieve AI prosperity in Canada, it’s critical we get public policy right on three key pillars: creating growth in an AI-driven economy, advancing the public good, and building trust in institutions and in society,” Deloitte said in a report on AI.From smart thermostats to Google Homes remembering their favourite songs, artificial intelligence is permeating the every day lives of Canadians, but only 4 per cent of the citizens surveyed by Deloitte said they were confident in their understanding of AI. Walmart has unleashed an army of robots in its stores and workers aren’t exactly thrilled about it Artificial intelligence can now pick stocks and build portfolios. Are human managers about to be replaced? Canada’s navy is developing an AI voice assistant for warships, but don’t worry: It won’t control the weapons “Our policy frameworks were drafted with good intentions, but many date back decades―to a time before digitization was widespread―which has led to legal grey zones and operating risk today,” the report reads.To this end, Deloitte recommends reforming intellectual property law to accommodate machine learning, making public data available for commercial use, revising privacy laws and data policies and laying the groundwork for fiduciary data trusts.The report also recommends securing Canada’s hold as a leader in AI, and ensure they build on the country’s generous research grants that make it appealing to many entrepreneurs on the forefront of AI.“Expanding the startup visa program with a specific focus on AI and making it easier to qualify for the program is one possibility,”Deloitte’s other major recommendation is promoting AI literacy in all facets of society, drawing on Harvard University’s initiative to teach AI to U.S. congressional leaders. For public education, Deloitte draws on Finland’s free online course, ‘Elements of AI.’This extends to labour education, as a Brookfield Institute at Ryerson University report estimated that more than 40 per cent of Canadian jobs are at risk from automation. A natural extension of that risk, Deloitte warns, involves expanding our social safety net to accommodate the fallout.“If Canada falls behind other countries in supporting a domestic AI industry, the rules of the game for AI will be decided by other global players and our AI companies may be crowded off the global stage for lack of funding and support,” the report said. “We also risk the health of our entire economy, as businesses may struggle to compete in an AI-driven environment.”One obstacle that’s stunting the growth of AI in the country is the high level of distrust of AI that exists in the nation.“This mistrust is holding back the adoption of AI, as businesses and consumers alike told us they had concerns about using AI-enabled tools they didn’t trust,” said Deloitte.“We also heard that Canadian companies had difficulties understanding and measuring the benefits of AI, and that the transition from startup to scale-up was challenging.”To offset this, they recommend the government establish an independent body to review government algorithm use. This would also involve combatting realities and perceptions of machine bias.“For example, if a company disproportionately hires men over women, an algorithm using company data to predict and recommend typical hires will also favour men over women.”As far as privacy goes, Deloitte recommends a model between Europe’s GDPR and China’s far looser standards.For the purposes of this report, Deloitte conducted interviews with AI experts in Canada and internationally between November 2018 and January 2019. They also hosted three workshops in Toronto in the fall of 2018 and conducted AI strategies research in 11 countries.• Email: email@example.com
“The role of youth lies at the heart of international peace and security,” affirmed the Secretary-General as he addressed the 15-member Council. “We have to encourage young people to take up the causes of peace, diversity, and mutual respect. Youth represent promise – not peril.”The challenge, Mr. Ban added, is to now realize “the enormous potential” of the world’s young people who form the largest generation of youth in history – a challenge which, however, may be increasingly daunting amid a surge in youth unemployment and increasing economic distress. Just last year, in fact, the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) acknowledged in a 120-page Global Employment Trends report that global youth unemployment rates would remain on an upward trend through to 2017, according to projections.Young people, the agency said, continued to be particularly affected by a weak and uneven recovery with some 74.5 million youths – between the ages of 15-24 – unemployed in 2013 – the last year for which data was available. In addition, as the recovery remained weak, the average length of unemployment spells increased considerably.Addressing the Council in his country’s capacity as President for the month of April, and at 20 years old, the youngest person to ever chair a meeting in the chamber, Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II of Jordan echoed those troubling findings, warning that poverty, unemployment, ignorance and “weak familial ties” help create “fertile ground for extremist thought and dismal ideas.” He added that young people in search of opportunities seek to “invest their potential” but are often faced by dead-ends in their immediate environments, transforming their ambitions into “frustration that groups use to fuel their own agendas.”“Swift measures should be taken to stop feeding the fires of terrorism with the blood of our youth, who are the primary target of recruitment, both voluntary and forced, by armies and extremist and terrorist groups,” he continued. “We have to fill this vacuum that is being exploited by enemies of humanity by building on the potential of the youth and empowering them to achieve their ambitions. This can be achieved by making young people immune and equipped with quality education, proper job opportunities and a decent living.”Meanwhile, as the lack of economic opportunities and persistent social disaffection experienced by many youths appeared to push them into the arms of radicals and their recruiters, many young people were also bearing the brunt of violent extremism, according to the Secretary-General. Mr. Ban reminded the Council of the girls in Chibok, Nigeria, abducted over a year ago by Boko Haram militants, as well as the more recent attacks by extremists in Garissa, Kenya, and Peshawar, Pakistan – all which targeted young people and students. “Violent extremists deliberately target youth for exercising their human rights,” he told Council members while adding that many of those who commit violence are “victimized by depraved adults who abuse youthful innocence.” Nevertheless, in his remarks, the Secretary-General also voiced praise for the “countless” young heroes and heroines that, he said, wanted to “wage peace, not war” and urged Member States to welcome young people at the negotiating table.“Youth suffer on the frontlines of war – but they are rarely in the backrooms where peace talks are held,” Mr. Ban affirmed. “They pay a price for the fighting – and they deserve to help structure the healing.”He explained that youth organizations could play a powerful role in peacebuilding around the world but only if the international community helped to “scale up their activities and invest in their ideas.”Education, he said, remained critical but so did access to funding. With more resources, the young could finally mature into a force for “peace, reconciliation and democratic governance.”“Too often, the speeches in this Council focus on problems in the search for solutions,” the Secretary-General concluded. “Today, let us see young people as the solution to our most vexing problems.”
Owls can be more effective than dogs for helping abused and autistic children in therapy sessions, a charity founder has said.Psychologist Anita Morris set up the charity Hack Back six years ago in order to pair children who need psychological help up with owls and hawks.Adopting the calm demeanour needed to attract and bond with a bird of prey can be enormously helpful when trying to learn emotional control, the therapist said.She told the Sunday Telegraph: “Birds of prey will only work with you for a bond of trust, it takes hours and hours to build that trust with a young bird.”For a lot of the people I work with you have to remain calm and quiet at all times with the birds.”Children with a history of abuse often find it easier to open up to someone who is holding a little owl compared to a regular therapist, she added.Ms Morris explained: “Sitting with the bird and building up trust works incredibly well with people who have autism who find emotional control quite difficult, or people with brain injuries and particularly children who have been through abuse where talking to a lady with an owl is easier than talking to a psychologist.”It helps as a distraction, if I have a small owl flying to and fro it’s easier to talk as it’s a distraction.”She has also helped children with autism to regulate their behaviour and control emotional outbursts.The psychologist added: “With people with autism they learn to respect the birds as they are still a wild animal, they learn emotional control and that the birds only work with you out of this bond of trust. For some of these people, it helps them to learn to be come calm and quiet.”I do a lot of work in mental health and there’s one young boy I’ve been working with who is 13, he had suicidal thoughts and was in a really bad place, he’s changed round now completely, he’s very happy and very positive. He still has his low days but is generally much happier. He’s gone from working with the small owls with me to coming to Cheshire Falconry to fly the eagles.”For lots of people the act of seeing the bird of prey can be very uplifting. Realising you have the ability to handle these magnificent creatures is good for mental health.”She said that working with dogs is very different because you do not need to work as hard to get their trust and affection.She added: “I do work with dogs as well, there are some situations where working with a bird of prey is not appropriate, I’ve worked with young people with anger issues where they might lash our – you can’t do that with a bird of prey as they are quite delicate really. So I might work with them with the dogs.”But it’s I think, where a dog is much easier to train and much more forgiving and a dog will look at you adoringly, birds of prey are not like that, it’s truly a partnership and your commitment to that partnership is the most improtant in building that relationship with the bird. It won’t just engage with you out of affection. It’s literally just having to learn to work with the birds out of positive reward rather than being something the bird wants to do. “Birds of prey are better for working on these complex issues because of this – dogs are better for some situations where you need a quiet and loving animal.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Normally, the goal of a Rube Goldberg machine is not to make people wonder how it’s working, but to make it as inanely complex as possible, resulting in an action so simple that the machine itself is completely unnecessary. If you are wondering anything, it’s how the creator(s) had enough time and patience to setup the contraption. However, with this Rube Goldberg project, photo and video production company 2D House went a different route, and attempts to confound us with a rig that seems to defy gravity.At first, you’re probably wondering where all the magnets are. Then the switch comes, and you feel silly for not thinking of the specific illusion first, but then it turns out gravity still isn’t working like it should. Unfortunately, 2D House hasn’t revealed its methods just yet, but we can probably all agree that we’re relying on “magnets and camera tricks” to explain the rig, for the sake of our own sanity.Mercifully, in the YouTube video’s comments section, 2D House did say that it’ll be releasing a video explaining its methods, as well as detailing the construction of the rig sometime soon.Aside from a photography and video studio, 2D House actually specializes in Rube Goldberg machines, which, as fans of the contraptions, we can only hope makes for a lucrative, long-lasting business.Head over here to check out some of its other Rube Goldberg rigs, and check back sometime soon to see if it explained the admittedly amusing illusion.via 2D House
Pollution aux nitrates : fin du contentieux entre l’Union européenne et la FranceFrance – La Commission européenne vient de mettre fin à une procédure d’infraction contre la France concernant la pollution, en Bretagne, des sources d’eau potable par les nitrates. Menacé d’une lourde amende, le pays a mis en place un plan d’action qui a porté ses fruits, salué par Bruxelles.Régulièrement épinglée ces dernières années pour non-respect des lois européennes relatives à la qualité des eaux destinées à la production d’eau alimentaire, la France avait été condamnée par la Cour de justice européenne en 2001. Menacé d’une amende de plus de 28 millions d’euros, le pays a adopté en 2007 un plan d’action qui s’est montré très efficace.À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituelleFin 2009 en effet, seules trois sources d’eau potable présentaient encore des concentrations de nitrates légèrement supérieures à 50 mg/l, seuil fixé par la réglementation européenne. Et d’après les données relatives aux concentrations de nitrates lors de la période janvier-avril 2010, ces trois points de captage sont désormais conformes. Saluant les efforts français, la Commission européenne a souligné qu’elle continuerait à veiller au respect de la réglementation en France, et tout particulièrement en Bretagne. Une région légumière qui consomme beaucoup d’engrais azotés responsables du fort taux de nitrates dans les eaux, et qui rassemble 50% des élevages de porcs et de volailles, ainsi que 30% des bovins. De son côté, Gilles Huet, délégué général de l’association de lutte contre la pollution Eau et rivières de Bretagne se montre réservé. “Il s’agit d’une bonne nouvelle pour les contribuables qui n’auront pas à payer l’amende, mais il ne faudrait surtout pas qu’elle dispense la Bretagne de poursuivre ses efforts” estime-t-il, soulignant que pour dix-huit des trente-sept captages pollués, la question a été résolue par une simple fermeture des sites. “On a ainsi fait sortir des captages du contentieux sans résoudre le problème fondamental de la qualité de l’eau” déplore Gilles Huet. Qui plus est, le seuil des 50 mg/l “reste très supérieur à celui exigé par la lutte contre les algues vertes, soit 5 à 10 mg/l” rappelle-t-il.Le 3 juillet 2010 à 18:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Specifics behind local initiative ‘Yes! For a Better San Diego’ KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: ‘Yes! For a Better San Diego’, Jan Goldsmith FacebookTwitter January 18, 2018 The “Yes! For a Better San Diego” initiative seeks to expand the downtown Convention Center and create a funding source for homeless services and infrastructure needs by raising the tourism and occupancy tax.KUSI was joined by former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith with more on the specific language used in the initiative and whether it has a chance to pass. KUSI Newsroom
The American Soybean Association (ASA) continues its efforts to secure an extension of the biodiesel tax credit, which expires again at the end of 2016. While a “tax extenders” package had become an annual occurrence in Congress, changing dynamics have made it even more challenging and far less certain than past years. The tax package enacted in 2015 extended the biodiesel tax credit through 2016, but a number of the larger tax credits were made permanent or extended for fiveyears, leaving a group of smaller credits vulnerable to inaction while Congress contemplates comprehensive tax reform.In an effort to demonstrate the benefits and support for extension of the remaining credits, ASA has joined in coalition with other stakeholders to push Congress to consider a tax package during the lame duck session in 2016. The group letter, signed by a range of organizations including agriculture and other sectors, can be viewed here.
The Atlantic’s May cover story was classic Atlantic: a provocative think piece with the coverline, “Is Israel Finished?” that explores the future of Israel. But the story wasn’t over in print. During the weekend of May 12, author Jeffrey Goldberg snagged an exclusive interview with Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama, who wished to express his stance on Israel, after the potential campaign killer of receiving an unsolicited endorsement from Palestinian terror group Hamas. Sitting on such an interview for the next month’s issue was obviously unthinkable and Goldberg posted the follow-up interview on his blog at www.theatlantic.com. The blog prompted a firestorm in both political and media circles: Republican House Minority leader John Boehner apparently twisted Obama’s statements from the interview to make it sound like the candidate had insulted Israel; left-leaning Glenn Greenwald of Slate.com called Goldberg’s interview more of an “inquisition” for trying to nail down Obama’s stance; and The New York Times published an in-depth examination of the piece. The result for TheAtlantic.com? One hundred fifty thousand unique visitors in one day and a perfect example of what The Atlantic is striving for: a marriage of long-form, analytical print—its traditional bread and butter—and fast-paced, controversial digital conversations. “This is a classic example of the world we live in today—daily news and opinion in cooperation with a long-form print arm,” says Atlantic Media president Justin Smith. A Five-Year Plan For Success SIDEBARS “New Atlantic” Versus “Classic Atlantic”As The Atlantic courts a new audience, it’s presenting a shiftin editorial tone. For the July/August issue, editor James Bennet hadto choose between two cover story prospects. “One is a crime story, aterrific, highly original piece by Hanna Rosin that looks at thedisappearance of housing projects as contributing to an increase incrime,” says Bennet. “The other is a piece by Nick Carr [titled “IsGoogle Making You Stoopid”] on what neuro science is telling us abouthow the Web is affecting our brains. Both are really strong pieces—andI think both are classic Atlantic pieces. The crime story lends itselfto a darker, scarier kind of cover. The Google/Web story lends itselfto a lighter, edgier, more provocative cover. Both are true to who weare. Both reflect the basic identity of the magazine. In the end, we’regoing with the story that we hope will reach a wider audience on thenewsstand.” And that’s the Google story. The Atlantic’s mythology is one of being a “beautiful loser.” Founded in 1857 by a group of New England intelligentsia that included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes Senior and James Russell (who served as the first editor), The Atlantic (alternately known as The Atlantic Monthly despite a 10x per year print schedule) has always been an artistic rather than a financial success, revered for its editorial quality but falling short of profitability. When owner David Bradley purchased The Atlantic from Mort Zuckerman in 1999, he inherited a staggering, seemingly rudderless ship that had been taking on water (at the time, The Atlantic was losing $4 million per year). The new ownership also faced a staff that rebelled against the plan to relocate from Boston to Washington, D.C.Under the direction of publisher Elizabeth Baker Keffer, The Atlantic spent the last eight years improving fundamentals such as circulation economics and newsstand sales. The magazine reduced its ratebase from 450,000 to 325,000 (which has crept up since then) while doubling its cover price and reducing its reliance on third-party sources of circulation. Today, circulation is one of the profit-drivers for The Atlantic.But a rapidly changing publishing landscape demands even more dramatic moves. In 2006, The Atlantic named James Bennet, former New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief and White House reporter, as editor. In fall 2007, Justin Smith, publisher of The Week, joined as president of Atlantic Media. And in March 2008, Jay Lauf, who led Wired from the dot-com bust back to double-digit advertising growth, joined as vice president and publisher. Keffer now heads up Atlantic Live, the organization’s rapidly growing events business and a key money-maker for the franchise. The all-star executive lineup is tasked with contemporizing the historic brand, and finally making it a business success. With last month’s sale of Harvard alumni magazine 02138 to Manhattan Media, the company is fully focused on The Atlantic as its consumer business (the company also has a business-to-business side, which publishes The National Journal, Government Executive and several beltway print and digital publications that target a political audience.)The new team has developed an ambitious five-year plan that encompasses a branding campaign, redesigns for both print and digital, and a growth drive in advertising revenue and circulation. By 2012, The Atlantic wants to double revenue and post a double digit profit margin. “Our strategy for getting to financial success will be brand-led,” says Smith.For the first time, The Atlantic has tapped an advertising agency—Euro RSCG—to develop a new branding campaign. It’s also hired famed design firm Pentagram to work out a redesign of the magazine, which will be unveiled in the late fall. “We want to open up the magazine and make it more accessible,” says Smith. “The Atlantic is well known for intense long form journalism but that’s often delivered in blocks of text. We’ve looking for more imagery and graphic entry points and James is re-thinking actual components of the magazine. His guiding principal is this new brand direction.” TheAtlantic.com is also pursuing its own redesign, one that will help the Web site connect more seamlessly with the magazine (actual cross-over between the print and digital audience is small at this point). The Web site boasts the largest audience with about 2.3 million unique visitors per month. “We went from 500,000 unique visitors to 2.3 million in just 12 months, without a single dollar being spent on marketing,” says Smith. Circulation as Profit-driverWhile many consumer publications face a mess on the circulation side, it’s actually a bright spot for The Atlantic, which will pursue an aggressive circulation drive to expand its audience and tap some marketing strategies it hasn’t used before—provided it can be done profitably. “The Atlantic has very profitable circulation economics right now—it’s one of the profit-drivers we have,” says Smith. “Given that the overall enterprise is still losing money, our overall business mission is to be profitable and we need to retain that positive circ margin. We also want to turn over every rock for non-traditional circulation sources.” The Atlantic has recruited Ed Fones, former head of Rodale’s circulation department and a member of the Circulation Hall of Fame, to examine the company’s direct mail and e-mail marketing. The Atlantic is investing in testing, new creative, new pricing offers and new list offers. The magazine is also considering tactics it normally wouldn’t do like a newsstand polybag that will tie in with the October issue prior to the election, as well as free-standing inserts and package inserts.“Look, between now and 2012, I don’t ever see this as being a mass title—The New Yorker sells a million copies, I don’t see us getting anywhere near that,” says Smith. “We will look at low double-digit increases on an annual basis if we can keep it profitable. But digitally—we want to double the number of users there into the 5 million range.” The Atlantic typically sells 45,000 to 50,000 copies per month (per ABC), with the majority going through bookstores, followed by airports. The magazine has experienced a slight drop in sell-through over the last 12-18 months, driven by a few specific issues (most notably the infamous “Britney” issue—more on that later) but the current cover is looking at an 18 percent increase year-over-year. Planting the Ad Sales FlagAs with its readership, The Atlantic is looking to appeal to a wider range of advertisers as well. The initial step was to relocate the sales team from Washington, D.C. to New York City. “New York is the capital of publishing and advertising, and we wanted to plant the flag here and be close to our clients and competitors,” says Smith. “We’ve ramped up on the edit side, what we’re doing in this next stage is making the talent destination on the business side.” Publisher Jay Lauf currently has 15 vacancies on his team. All sales will be integrated with a single team handling print, digital and events, including staple programs such as The Atlantic’s State of the Union package and the upcoming Ideas Issue, a new franchise that ties in with The Aspen Ideas Festival. “Engagement is a word that’s overused but what advertisers are looking for is engagement and access,” says Lauf. “Plenty of magazines can get you impressions but not everybody can get you ‘engaged,’ and that’s what they expect from us, that deeper engagement. We can say that with as straight a face as anyone in the market. We have one of the cleanest ABC statements and one of the best editorial franchises, which creates a natural draw for the audience.” The draw for advertisers has been unduplicated reach to a well-educated and influential audience. However, that same demographic also makes The Atlantic a secondary buy for some brands. Now, brands are looking for the franchise—particularly TheAtlantic.com—to fill the void. “Polo Ralph Lauren deepened its relationship with Atlantic Media by shifting from a print advertiser to a sponsor of the Aspen Ideas Festival,” says Liz Paley, vice president of advertising and wholesale marketing for Polo. “I believe the online expansion and success of Atlantic Monthly will afford us new opportunities to speak to their audience in another way.” Dow Chemical Company has worked with The Atlantic for the last two years. “The type of content and ideology that has made The Atlantic what it is today seems to live most comfortably in print and with those that still put stock in the printed word,” says vice president of global affairs Patti Temple Rocks. “People consume and are receptive to The Atlantic when they are in an engaged and engrossed mindset. The question is…how can The Atlantic, and its advertising partners, be present at other times when people are in that mindset?”The Atlantic has raised advertising rates (approximately 30 percent on the print side and doubling online). Reaction to the hike has been mixed. “The initial response is kind of what it always is with a rate increase—certain advertisers wring their hands and take it hard, others kind of understand it,” says Lauf. “We even heard one national advertiser, say, ‘It’s about time.’ All in all it’s understood but people won’t go down without a fight.” For 2007, The Atlantic posted a 7.9 percent increase to $33.2 million in ad revenue while ad pages for the year dropped 1 percent to 636, according to PIB. However, through April 2008, ad pages dropped 14.3 percent to 145, according to the Mediaweek Monitor. Lauf blames the state of transition for the softness. “The rate increase might have played a part of it but in this marketplace—general interest-thought leader magazines—none of them are doing well for first quarter,” he says. “We are a little worse than some. What I see moving forward is the opportunity for that to turn around. We’re not disastrously down and June is up over the year before. July/August will come in to close to goal on print. The early indications are that the fall looks pretty good. On the digital side, it’s the opposite—we’re up over 100 percent year-to-date and we will far exceed our goal there. The Atlantic as a digital vehicle is really just starting to catch on.” From Intellectual Recreation to “Modern Intelligence”Some of the most important changes for The Atlantic will occur on the edit side as the franchise seeks to both clarify its mission and appeal to a wider audience. “To contemporize the brand, we want to take the great intellectual history and tradition slightly away from intellectual recreation and shift it toward more of a modern definition that shifts the way you see something, that changes your perception of the world,” says Smith.That includes a shift from the political-centric focus that has dominated the magazine in recent years. “In the immediate post-9/11 period, we’ve been perceived as being more focused on politics and policy,” says Bennet. “We’re now getting back to a wider range of topics including the disruption of the Internet, more science writing and more business writing.”The magazine redesign will focus on making the book more accessible, including more points of access and more shorter pieces upfront as well as traditional features. “The feeling is that the design now is elegant but it doesn’t capture the energy of the writing in the magazine and that it can be a little inaccessible and intimidating,” says Bennet.Another key is bridging the gap between long-form print and digital content (and that doesn’t mean just posting print stories—The Atlantic found that 75 percent of online viewers stop reading feature stories after the first page). “There is real brand consistency in doing something in 5,000 words in print and doing it rapid-fire blog-style,” says Smith. The Atlantic has made a dedicated push for edit talent, particularly on the digital side. The Huffington Post referred to its current lineup as the “New York Yankees of bloggers.” Editors are expected to write for both print and digital. “Someone like Andrew Sullivan epitomizes our integrated Atlantic journalist,” says Smith. “They write blog posts seven days a week but they will write important thought pieces for the magazine.”TheAtlantic.com has introduced a section called The Current, which consolidates news headlines, and is making a community push as well. Last fall, The Atlantic called on readers to submit 200-word essays online for inclusion in a future issue. “They tell me we have the most educated readership among magazines and I’m eager to put those readers to work,” says Bennet. “We have a lively letters section—they tell us what they like and give us hell on what they don’t like and the writers respond. I don’t think we’re doing that nearly enough online, due to technical limitations. If we’re doing our job we’re provoking and stimulating this all the time.”But long-form print will remain the core. “It’s ultimately what differentiates the magazine,” says Bennet. “In some ways, the Web has turned out to be a kind of a wonderful complement to what we do in the magazine, which is make provocative, deeply reported, highly polished provocative arguments. Online you have a very turbulent combat of ideas in real time. It’s not highly polished, it’s not copy-edited, and the ideas are shaped in the course of the debate.” The Dangers of Casting a Wider NetAny time a brand with a loyal following makes significant changes, it leads to criticism. Bloggers and the media excoriated The Atlantic for trying to turn its 150th anniversary party—held last November at New York University’s Kimmel Center—into an awkward and pretentious piece of theater by putting the VIPs (which included musician Moby and Mayor Bloomberg) on a stage together while the rest of the 600 or so attendees watched from afar.Then came the April 2008 issue, which featured tabloid staple Britney Spears on the cover in a story titled, “The Britney Show.” Once again The Atlantic took a lashing from the press for what was perceived as a sell-out, even though the story wasn’t about Spear’s latest follies but how the paparazzi business has developed around her. “There were a lot of trades and blogs saying, ‘Oh this is a newsstand gambit, The Atlantic is selling its soul to sell more copies on the newsstand,’” says Smith. “We were getting frustrated because all our internal numbers had indicated this wouldn’t be a good seller. It’s a standard Atlantic piece, about media and culture. And sure enough to our predictions, it bombed on the newsstand.” Many readers were piqued as well. “Some core subscribers said they hated it, some people liked it,” says Bennet. “One reader wrote me and said, ‘I can’t believe it, The Atlantic has debased itself by putting Britney on the cover, you’ve lost a subscriber.’ I wrote him back and said, ‘Listen, could you please read the story then judge whether it’s up to our standard?’ He read the story and sent me a very nice note back. I’m not going to pretend like the adjustment isn’t bumpy, but in general, the pieces we’re doing are the pieces our readers expect from us.”The Atlantic has to change while preserving what worked all along. “When people hear we’re relaunching the magazine or the Web site, they immediately assume you’ll trash all the good stuff,” says Smith. “That couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re building off 150 years of incredible content and impact from design to edit. We would fail if we didn’t build on the strength we already have.”And make no mistake, the end game is to be a financial success. “Every news organization in the world is going through a version of this now,” says Bennet. “What we’ve been doing for 150 years matters but by definition, that argument doesn’t carry water if we can’t make money. That means you’re saying there isn’t a market for it. I feel a lot of pressure to prove this theory and we should feel it.” Behind the Scenes of Atlantic LiveThe Atlantic’s events arm, Atlantic Live, is a “large, seven-figure business” that is profitable and growing rapidly, according to unit head Elizabeth Baker Keffer. In 2008, Atlantic Live expects to produce between 100 and 125 events (with a staff of nine). Events run the gamut from value-added to sponsored.“The appetite for events is larger than ever,” says Keffer. “We think about events as larger editorial platforms.” The Atlantic hosts a State of the Union gala at the Library of Congress in the January/February timeframe, which draws four or five sponsors every year. Atlantic Live also hosts a series of smaller custom events including salon dinners for companies such as GE, Microsoft and BMW. The salon dinners usually feature a single sponsor and an attendee list of 20 to 50 VIPs that the sponsors want to reach. Panel discussions may have an audience of 100 people while town halls could draw up to 400.Many of the events tie directly into the magazine and Web site. Atlantic Live is currently preparing for its flagship event, The Aspen Ideas Festival, which will tie into The Atlantic’s July/August Ideas issue. “This year we will try out some of magazine content at the Aspen Ideas Festival,” says Keffer. “TheAtlantic.com will also be reskinned as an ideas channel while we’re out there.”The festival will be held June 30 through July 6 and reaches about 3,000 people. It also has 240 speakers and celebrities, including Bill Clinton and Lance Armstrong. “It’s a group of speakers that’s a who’s-who in their particular subject area,” says Keffer. The festival also features lighter fare for residents and vacationers in the evenings. A four-day pass costs $2,000. The 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival has sold its most sponsorships ever (10, including Allstate, Boeing, Chevron and first-timers Intel and Mercedes Benz) and will be up 20 percent in revenue this year. “We’d love to create another one or two of those over time as part of our growth plan,” says Keffer.Sponsorship costs depend on several factors—how much travel is required, how may attendees there will be, how many staffers are needed— but the typical range is $100,00 to $500,000. Going forward, Atlantic Live is looking at ways to expand its smaller events to a larger audience. “We’re experimenting with doing some salons on the record and doing writeups afterward,” says Keffer. “We just did one with Siemens where we shot video and we’re creating a microsite with comments about the events. That’s a trend—how to extend our events into other areas of Atlantic Media and to a wider audience.”
Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Apple iPhone XS Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Angela Lang/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Apple Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It Share your voice Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags See at Amazon reading • Apple designs in-store augmented reality art sessions Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 See All See at Turo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $6 at Tidal Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $520 at HP Nick Cave’s Soundsuits is one of the pieces that’s part of Apple’s [AR]T. Apple Apple has designed a new augmented reality experience at Apple Stores around the globe. It’s called [AR]T, and through it, participants will be able to experience AR pieces from contemporary artists in the store and out and about in select cities. People can also learn how to make their own AR experience at in-store classes. Featured artists include Nick Cave, Cao Fei, John Giorno, Carsten Höller, Pililotti Rist, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. Some of the art can be experienced in an Apple Store via AR. The [AR]T Walk will consist of AR installations placed as visual layers atop San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris and Tokyo. Apple Stores will also have hands-on sessions called [AR]T Lab. Participants will learn how to make their own AR experience using Swift Playgrounds in a free 90-minute class. “We hope attendees are inspired by the incredible AR creations in the [AR]T Walk and in-store installation, and we can’t wait to see what our visitors learn to create in the [AR]T Lab,” Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People, said in a statement Tuesday. The [AR]T sessions start on Aug. 10. Those who want to attend will need to register on Apple’s Today page. Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon $155 at Google Express 0 Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It • $999 See it JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy $60 at Best Buy $999 Turo Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Tags Read Google Home Hub review Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mobile Culture Post a comment Rylo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $210 at Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. 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After a two-month “pause,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has announced the city will continue working to implement the costly and contentious SAP software program.Download AudioAn external audit review of the project presented Friday found no fault with the software system itself, but instead identified a number of missteps putting the program into action.“It was a train wreck from the beginning, frankly,” said Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson, who chairs the committee in charge of reviewing the SAP program, and has been a longtime critic of how it was handled. Members of the Assembly and Administration were told Friday that after so much money and time has been invested, it doesn’t make sense to walk away from the project.“It was clear that keeping SAP was probably the only choice to make,” Gray-Jackson said. The contractor hired by the Assembly to study what’s worked and what hasn’t determined the software itself is salvageable, but institutional disorganization and mismanagement have been the chief obstacles.The audit did included a number of recommendations to not repeat past mistakes.“First off the city–and I’m talking about the past administration–did not understand the full scope of the project and what they were about to undertake,” Gray-Jackson said of the report’s findings. “Leadership wasn’t appropriately engaged and didn’t take ownership of the project or the outcome. The contractor supplied inadequate resources, governance and oversight.”The original estimate was that the SAP software would be up and running across municipal departments by 2011 at a cost $9.6 million. To date, the city has spent more than $36.2 million dollars with full implementation now optimistically forecast for early 2017.Gray-Jackson says she’s encouraged to see Berkowitz taking responsibility for the project.The administration has not released an updated cost estimate yet. Deputy Chief Financial Officer Alden Thern said the administration will spend the next few weeks re-staffing consultants who have previously worked on the project, though about a third of them, including members from leadership, have moved on. Those teams will work on finalizing blueprints for the software by March as the Administration prepares an implementation strategy.Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly mentioned the original cost estimate for the SAP project was $10.6 million.
Al Hughes, Matt Steverson and Graeme Esarey take first-place in the Race To Alaska. The crew crossed the finish line in Ketchikan, Alaska at 12:55pm on Friday, June 12, 2015. (KRBD File Photo)The Race to Alaska is coming back, and this year will include a team from Alaska.“This is really hare-brained. This is probably a bad idea,” said race boss Daniel Evans.So bad, they’re doing it again.Organizers of the 750-mile engineless boat race from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan say they had a huge positive response last summer to what Evans calls their “good bad idea.”“There’s this line we use. Which is, will you be ready? And, it’s kind of a dare,” Evans said.So far, 32 teams have taken that dare for the second Race to Alaska. That’s three times the number registered last year at this time.The 2015 race started with 36 teams. Only 15 finished.“It’s a harrowing stretch of water,” Evans said. “I’m a professional sailor; I’ve been on the water for decades, and all around the world. It’s some of the most skill-intensive and harrowing water around and we’re asking people to do it without any support, without any engine, and in a time limit.”And there were only two official prizes. First place got $10,000. Second place got a set of really nice steak knives.“But people didn’t care about that,” Evans said. “It wasn’t about that. It was about doing the race. I was really surprised not just by the number of people, but by the variety of people.”Team Soggy Beavers was one of the 15 teams to finish last year’s Race to Alaska. (KRBD file photo)That variety included racing sailboats, a canoe, rowboats, a guy in a kayak.Evans said once the race started last year, organizers were surprised again by how many people were following the teams’ progress.“The website in the month of June had over 11 million hits,” he said. “It was averaging like 25,000 an hour.”It also crashed a few times because of all that traffic, as did the online tracker, which allowed people to keep tabs on individual teams.So, add all that positive response together and you get another race. Evans said they’re not changing the rules much, and the official prizes are the same. They have added “side bets,” though, to allow sponsors to provide additional prizes in specific categories.Evans said the most recent addition to the upcoming Race to Alaska is Team Ketchikan, sponsored by the Ketchikan Yacht Club.“Charley Starr, Mike – I always pronounce his last name wrong — Firari — and Joe …. Joe.”That’s actually Charley Starr, Mike Firari and Tom Logan.“And Mack Dahl, actually, who is also from the (Ketchikan) Yacht Club. He’s going to be teaming up with a Port Townsend racer,” Evans said. “So, he’s going to be on the team Salish Express.”A few teams of professional racers have signed on, too. Another guy is going to attempt the journey on paddleboard. And Evans said they’ve had international interest, from Australia, France, Russia and Germany.They’re also trying to convince Oracle Team USA owner Larry Ellison to bring the America’s Cup champs and their winning boat to join the race.“We even sent fruitcakes this December to Larry Ellison,” Evans said. “We had a little fruitcake campaign. Haven’t gotten a response from his or his lawyers yet, but we’ve got a hotline ready for him.”They don’t expect a response, but, Evans said, it would be interesting to see how that high-performance boat handled the rough passage.Evans added that another big incentive to organizing the race a second year was the support they received in Ketchikan. From housing to office space to dock space, he said Ketchikan individuals and businesses made it easy to come back.“It was just amazing people kind of rallied, because they also thought it was a good bad idea and wanted to celebrate it,” he said. “I felt really grateful it felt like the right synergy, the perfect place for this race to finish.”This year’s race starts on June 23 in Port Townsend. Teams have a month to make it to Ketchikan. Last year’s winner, Team Elsie Piddock, made the journey in five days.
Photo: UNBVisiting Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef bin Ahmad Al Othaimeen on Friday listened to Rohingya people’s shocking tales of brutalities carried out by Myanmar army saying the world will be informed about the tortures, reports UNB.The OIC secretary general made the remarks while talking to journalists after visiting the Kutupalong Camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar.Expressing OIC’ sympathy and solidarity with the Rakhine Muslims there, Othaimeen said pressure will be put on Myanmar to give the Rakhine Muslims citizenship and returning their assets so that they go back to their own country.He held a meeting with government and non-government officials at the unregistered camp before entering inside the camp.The OIC chief had a long conversation with a number of women who were brutally tortured in Myanmar by the Myanmar Army.He also had separate conversations with a group of another 30 males and females in an IOM-run school.Talking to journalists, Othaimeen thanked the Bangladesh government and its people for hosting Rohingya people for decades.He also urged the Rohingya people to abide by Bangladeshi laws.Senior government officials, Border Guard (BGB) senior officials and representatives of international bodies were present.On Thursday, the OIC chief reminded Myanmar that Rohingya people must be given full citizenship and basic rights.”Rohingya people are denied their basic rights. They need to be recognised in giving their identities. They must return to their country. They must have their full citizenship,” he said.He also called upon the Myanmar government to come up with a roadmap on how to go forward to settle the issue peacefully.Othaimeen arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday night on a four-day tour, the first visit to Bangladesh since assuming charge as the OIC secretary general.He met president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Thursday.The visit comes at a time when Bangladesh is preparing to host the next session of the OIC council of foreign ministers to be held in the first half of 2018.The OIC repeatedly condemned the violence and abuse against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar in the past months.During the extraordinary session on 19 January in Kuala Lumpur, the OIC council of foreign ministers urged Myanmar to eliminate the root causes affecting the Rohingya Muslim minority and restore their citizenship.
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube is killing off a feature that allowed users to share videos and other messages with each other. YouTube Messages, which was first introduced in January of 2017, will be turned off by September 18, the company announced this week.“We’re constantly reevaluating our priorities and have decided to discontinue YouTube’s native direct messaging feature while we focus on improving public conversations,” explained a YouTube employee in the service’s help section.YouTube Messages allowed users to share clips with their contacts, chat with them, and even start group conversations with up to 30 people. The feature first launched within YouTube’s mobile apps, and eventually made its way to the web as well.It doesn’t seem like the feature ever gained a whole lot of traction, but users who did have meaningful exchanges with their friends via private messaging can download their YouTube Message archives via the company’s Takeout service. Private messaging on YouTube was seen as one way for the company to fight back against Snapchat and Instagram, but those efforts have more recently been focused on public sharing. To that end, YouTube introduced its own Stories format last year.
When Christopher Columbus set out to find a route to Asia, he consulted the works of the most knowledgeable cartographers and scientists in recorded history at that time to determine the best, safest and most efficient route from his point of departure in Palos, Spain to the Eastern shores of the same land mass he departed. Maps and Explorers’ Christine Sawyer traces his efforts to build a case for funding such a voyage; he had to obtain permission as well as the sponsorship for what would prove to be a very costly series of expeditions.Crucial to his case, Sawyer writes, was his estimation of what was then known as the oecumene – the combined landmass of Europe, Asia and Africa.Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) on engraving from 1851. Explorer, navigator and colonizer. Engraved by I.W. Baumann and published in The Book of the World, Germany,1851.Ptolemy, one of the earliest sources consulted, believed that this landmass stretched across 180 degrees of the planet’s surface.Later cartographers would estimate 225 degrees of longitude, and despite a history of debate on the matter, Columbus believed that 225 degrees was an understatement, thus shortening even further the distance he would have to travel to reach the east coast from the west.A printed map from the 15th century depicting Ptolemy’s description of the Ecumene, (1482, Johannes Schnitzer, engraver).In reality, the oecumene spans less than 180 degrees of longitude, and so when Columbus sailed west and reached land, he quickly correlated the places that he found with his maps of the east coast of Asia despite having found the east coast of North America.As the Encyclopaedia Britannica notes, Columbus would repeat this miscalculation on several successive voyages believing he was founding Spanish settlements throughout eastern Asia.“Columbus map,” drawn c. 1490 in the Lisbon workshop of Bartolomew and Christopher Columbus.In recent years, researchers have begun to collect and study the maps that would have informed Columbus’ voyages in an effort to dig deeper into the explorer’s curious navigation. In particular, LiveScience’s Laura Geggel writes, researchers have returned to the oldest surviving maps from the period with new technology to extract more information from them than was previously available.Christopher Columbus at the gates of the monastery of Santa María de la Rábida with his son Diego, by Benet Mercadé.Using multispectral imaging, a team led by Chet Van Duzer of the University of Rochester’s Lazarus Project has scanned and analyzed a 1491 map of the world that Columbus would likely have consulted as he made his preparations.Though the map has faded over the centuries, Geggel writes, the team was able to recover a significant amount of text and graphical information from it by scanning it with a variety of different wavelengths of light which are reflected or absorbed differently by the different inks and materials employed by the original cartographer.Map of the world by Henricus Martellus Germanus, preserved in Yale University. Christopher Columbus used this map.The map, which was previously “an almost unstudiable object” according to Van Duzer, was created by the German cartographer Henricus Martellus very shortly before Columbus’ first expedition.Martellus’ map was itself the result of secondary research and consultation of a variety of scientific texts including a popular and contemporary treatise on biology and the testimony of Africans during the Council of Florence.Henricus Martellus, explanatory inscription on his world map of 1491.The map shows the oecumene as taking up well over 75 percent of the longitude that it shows.Columbus’ contention with smaller estimates of the oecumene’s size was his belief that earlier scientists were unaware of the size of its eastern reaches, but there is surprisingly little water between the edge of the continent and the edge of the map in Martellus’ depiction – it is missing the entirety of the American continents, as well as nearly everything in between these and the oecumene.The world map of Henricus Martellus Germanus (Heinrich Hammer the German), Florence 1489. The first map with the Dragon Tail. It is a mixture of Ptolemy, recent Portuguese discoveries and unknown sources. Displays the Cape of Good Hope, rounded by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488.Still, the recently-revealed map was a feat for its day and age; it showed the correct orientation of Japan, which other maps did not, and likely influenced the next generation of maps that began to appear following Columbus’ misguided discoveries.Read another story from us: The mystery of the Christopher Columbus letter stolen from VaticanVan Duzer speculates that if Columbus didn’t see Martellus’ map, he likely saw a version of it – it was an influential depiction and among the best of the age. Thanks to the work Van Duzer’s team, we are now able to view it as Columbus did.
airlineschatbot Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines customer service is now also available via Messenger App now have access to a digital assistant. The Bots Elisa (Lufthansa), Nelly (SWISS) and Maria (Austrian Airlines) – based on the names of the first female flight attendants of each of the three airlines – are available to customers around the clock every day. The new digital customer service complements the existing service. Simple questions can be answered quickly, picking up on customer inquiries that the bots cannot answer.Customers need Facebook Messenger to start the dialogue with one of the digital helpers. On smartphones enter lh.com/bot, swiss.com/bot or austrian.com/bot in the browser.
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