Faroese PM misses chance to meet Trump; US president cancels state visit to Denmark over Greenland sale

2019-08-21 16:55:55

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a state visit to Denmark after the nation’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen said Greenland was not for sale to the US.

The president was scheduled to visit on 2 September, at the invitation of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II.

Then last week Mr Trump suggested the US was interested in buying Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen described the suggestion as “absurd” and said she hoped Mr Trump was not being serious.

However, it appears the American president was indeed serious. He wrote on Twitter: “Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time….”

Mr Trump added: “The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”

The Faroese prime minister Aksel V Johannesen also intended to meet with Mr Trump in Denmark.

“This is such an important meeting and it is impossible to reject the invitation (to meet the with the US president),” said Mr. Johannesen after it was announced that Donald Trump would pay a visit to Denmark.

Read more: Impossible to turn down Trump, eh? Faroese PM eager to meet with US president, as the latter prepares to visit Denmark next month

The Arctic situation was supposed to be the main topic of the meeting, but Mr. Johannesen aimed to discuss US-Faroese trade relations with the American president as he was hoping for better trade relations with the US.

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Датская королевская семья допустила продажу Гренландии

2019-08-21 00:58:25

Члены датской королевской семьи считают, что предложение президента США Дональда Трампа о покупке Гренландии является комплиментом для этого острова, и допустили его продажу, если этого захотят местные жители, сообщают западные СМИ.

Принцесса Антония Шаумбург-Липпе, жена двоюродного брата королевы Маргретте II принца Вальдемара, считает, что интерес к Гренландии следует воспринимать как комплимент, так как такие "предложения получают только желаемые территории", пишет Newsweek.

"Народ Гренландии должен и может решать собственную судьбу", - заявила он.

Ее сын, принц Марио Макс Шаумбург-Липпе, отметил, что любит Гренландию и хочет, чтобы жители острова "были счастливы".

"Что бы они ни решили, их нужно поддержать", - заявил он.

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A fourth 'Matrix' movie is happening

2019-08-20 21:04:58

Yes, you read that correctly. About 16 years after the last movie in the series, Warner Bros. has confirmed work on a fourth movie in The Matrix universe. And it doesn't appear to be a spinoff -- Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will star in the picture. Only one of the Wachowski sisters (Lana) is involved, but she'll direct, co-write and co-produce.

Variety sources claimed production will start in early 2020.

As to why they're revisiting the series, besides money? Lana Wachowski argued that many of the themes from the original Matrix trilogy are "even more relevant" in the modern era. That's not a far-fetched conclusion. Simulated worlds and artificial intelligence are playing ever more important roles in society. We're already asking questions about reality and what it means to be human, and The Matrix could feel like a logical extension of that discussion.

The looming question (apart from whether or not it will be any good) revolves around picking up where the first three movies left off. The basic premise is easy -- there were hints Neo might return after establishing a peace with the machines -- but there are a lot unanswered questions. What upsets the truce (which, we'd add, persisted in Monolith's The Matrix Online)? And how does Trinity come back? Whatever the answers, it's safe to say a fourth Matrix movie could easily be a major draw given Keanu's resurging popularity and the series' enduring influence on philosophy, pop culture and beyond.

Source: Variety

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Cropping Guide for Portrait Photography

2019-08-20 17:11:59
The concept of composition is the foundation of any outstanding photo, and it's especially the case for portrait photography. Part of compositon is deciding which part of your subject appears in your shot. Whether composing through your camera or cropping in post, you don't want to ruin a perfectly good portrait by trimming it at an awkward part. To that end, this simple photography cheat sheet will be a handy guide for you. Взято отсюда

Technology alone won't make your kids smarter

2019-08-20 16:36:49

Ever plop your kids in front of some purportedly educational screen-based thing because you need 15 minutes of peace? Maybe, like me, you say to yourself, "It's 15 minutes. It's an educational app. It's not so bad. I just need to start dinner." There's nothing wrong with this, in theory. As a parent of two small children, I've learned lots of things. One thing that's helped: Kids love media.

Apps. Shows. Games. You name it -- if it's screen-based, kids (and their parents) readily engage. There's a lot of media out there that claims to be "educational," a term I secretly think marketers use to make the likes of me feel less guilty when we JUST. NEED. 15 MINUTES. OF PEACE. (Or an hour. Sometimes we need an hour.)

It's one thing to know and accept that you're buying yourself some time by sticking your kids in front of a screen so you can wrangle dinner. It's another thing entirely to tell yourself that the app, the game, or whatever is totally OK -- desirable even -- because it's educational.

Over the past two years or so of watching my kids, albeit tight-leashed, interact with technology, I developed this theory that all this supposed educational stuff wasn't really making them smarter. It was entertaining them, sure. And kind of keeping them engaged when I needed a few minutes. And here and there they'd come out with some science fact from Nature Cat (which, by the way, is awesome) or a lovely idea about kindness that they'd practice for exactly three seconds before knocking each other out.

As for their overall intelligence? I wasn't convinced that any of this was making my kids smarter. I thought maybe it was even making them dumber -- less curious, less inventive, maybe even a little meaner. And no parent I know wants to say, "I made my kids less than their potential." Parents want to see their children excel in whichever way they can.

Let's back up for a second: I don't think intelligence means fact-stuffed brains -- although knowing real facts helps (yes, sadly, we have to distinguish between real facts and fake "facts" in 2019). It does mean the ability to think critically, to ask questions, to identify problems and experiment with solutions, and to know when to persist. And I'll throw this in there: I think kindness needs to fit into the equation. Emotional intelligence is intelligence, too. Just sayin'.

So, does educational technology make kids smarter, or are we just kidding ourselves? And if all of this educational technology doesn't make kids smarter, what does? I'm not even sure smartness should be the endgame.

I had a few ideas of my own, but I'm not a trained expert. So I tracked some down and talked to a few experts in the field: Dr. Ximena Domínguez, director of early STEM research at Digital Promise, Dr. Joseph South, ISTE's chief learning officer, and Dr. Seeta Pai, WGBH's executive director of education.

All three work on making quality tech accessible for teachers, parents and students while paying close attention to closing the digital-learning gap. They all had shockingly similar answers to my questions -- and offered great advice for parents, to boot.

It depends

So the answer to the big question of whether tech makes kids smarter is a resounding ... it depends.

Hands down, everyone said something to this effect: Not all technology is created equally, and as parents (and educators) we need a way to curate choices. Yes, they all used the word "curate."

Dr. South gave the example of a magic marker. Whether it's good or bad technology is all about how it's used. If it's used to scribble on the wall, it's not so good. But if it's used to draw a beautiful picture of a rocket that your kid then explains to you, then clearly, it's good.

As Dr. Domínguez said and all echoed, "It depends on the type of media, who's using it, with whom and for what purpose."

Dr. Pai offered a parallel way to think about media: as part of a diet. "Usually, you try to eat a nutritious meal," she said, but sometimes, as Dr. South echoed, "you let your kid have a cupcake."

As long as it's not a diet entirely of cupcakes, you're probably OK.

Tech is not inherently good or bad, said Dr. Pai -- the "content, features, how it's used, for whom and by whom" all matter.

They also said tech is much more effective for younger learners when they interact with adults, explaining that giving kids the opportunity to create things with technology, rather than passively consume it, is better.

So, while Nature Cat is hilarious and has a few cool science facts sprinkled in (and it's a better choice than some R-rated movie), it may not be the best option if I want my kids to interact with something truly educational. If I want wholesome entertainment with an educational edge, though, it's spot-on. Maybe it's a cupcake nibble.

It might even be a nibble from a healthy cupcake (still a cupcake, though!) if I ask my kids about the episode later or we research something they learned while they watched.

Purposeful design

Dr. Domínguez explained that media needs to be designed purposefully. She said that there needs to be "a clear blueprint" for educational media that defines what it's supposed to do. The success of the media can then be measured against those goals.

What is the purpose and goal of a digital math game my son's school recommended? I'm not sure. He has a blast watching his avatar swing from a rope while looking at math facts, though. Educational? Maybe. He's practicing math. Entertaining? Definitely. He's virtual-rope swinging.

Dr. South warned of apps that only appear educational. He said, "I'm concerned when people use apps to drill information. It's not educational." He explained that kids need to be thinking about ideas, making connections, asking questions, finding answers and solving by creative thinking -- and they can certainly use technology to do that.

Dr. Domínguez added that children need to interact with media that encourages them to persist, to ask questions and to create.

Do I always pick the media with the most purposeful design for my kids? I don't know. But Dr. Domínguez and the folks at Digital Promise are working hard to create some tools for parents and teachers to do that. Drs. Pai and South had some suggestions, too.

Curating your media choices

Everyone agreed that we need to learn to make good digital choices so we can teach our kids to make good digital choices. Everyone also agreed that there's not a lot out there.

The hands-down winner? Common Sense Media. All three experts concurred, and Dr. Pai said it was the "most comprehensive, parent-friendly, research-based" resource out there.

What's so great about it? You can check nearly any app, show or movie for your kid and get an instant sense of its purpose and design by checking the rating. You can gain a more in-depth sense of the media by reading the reviews. Dr. Pai also recommended a subscription-based resource called the Children's Technology Review, which focused more on apps and games.

Dr. South shared an idea that he practices with his 12-year-old. Any time his son wants to watch or play something new, he has to research and present to his father three credible reviews, why he wants to use it and why it's a good use of his time. Dr. South said it's been a great exercise for both of them in learning what's credible and having frank discussions about what they value as a family, and why.

Dr. South said, "Parents need to develop a way to make these decisions. As parents, we don't always make great screen-time choices either." This exercise makes those choices more intentional.

It's a strategy I'll practice with my kids when they're ready. At 5 and 7, they're not quite there.

Office of Educational Technology

Connecting to everyday life

This stopped me in my tracks. Dr. Domínguez said, "Technology needs to connect to everyday lives. It should not be used to replace hands-on or social interaction."

When I tap an app and park the kids in front of something for a few minutes, I'm replacing social interaction. And perhaps I've been kidding myself when I use educational media. I use it to entertain. I use it for babysitting sometimes. That "educational" label does what marketers want. It soothes my conscience.

Is that OK?

Not definitively, but don't worry too much. Dr. South said, "There's enough good stuff for a kid to do on a screen that you can feel good about." He added that it's OK to occasionally use a screen as a babysitter, saying, "I don't want parents to feel deep-seated guilt ... but the thing that you hand your kid on the screen matters a lot. Use it as a tool."

Dr. Pai said that using tech as a babysitter is OK sometimes. "For the single parent working three jobs who comes home to make a home-cooked dinner, it's much better for that kid to sit in front of good TV or an app while dinner's cooking rather than get fast food or the drive-thru." Her point? It's better for the kid to have a home-cooked meal with a parent rather than fast food, and if mom needs a "babysitter" while she's cooking, so be it.

There are always tradeoffs.

Where does this leave us parents trying to raise smart-as-they-can-be kids in this technologically infused world?

I asked Dr. Domínguez what she thought made kids smarter -- after all, she's done a ton of research on the subject -- and how technology fit into all of that.

She said, "I really think that what makes kids smarter is the quality of the interactions they have with primary caregivers." She explained that adults listening and responding to children's' interests, the quality of the language we use with them, and how we pose questions engage their brains in positive ways.

Johnny Greig via Getty Images

Dr. South and Dr. Pai echoed similar sentiments. It's most important, they said, that you take a balanced approach, consider your values, and educate yourself to make the best decisions possible.

And tech can play a role in that. That's one reason Dr. Domínguez is so excited about STEM. She said, "STEM invites children not only to learn facts but to ask questions. Where children can find ways to answer questions and solve problems -- those experiences allow children to develop skills in all kinds of areas."

Maybe that math app isn't so bad for a few minutes! Maybe there's something to be gained from all those episodes of Nature Cat!

So. Does tech make kids smarter? Not by itself. It's just a tool. What matters most is how it's used, why it's used and with whom kids use it. It's about ensuring your kids have intellectually stimulating experiences, not just throwing tech at them.

And when you just need a few minutes? Make the best choice you can in the moment. And don't beat yourself up about it.

Images: JNemchinova via Getty Images (Student with lightbulb); fizkes via Getty Images (Mother and daughter using laptop); grinvalds via Getty Images (Girl playing game on tablet); Office of Educational Technology (Technology used together graphic); Johnny Greig via Getty Images (Family using the internet together)

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2019-08-20 16:23:26

Макрон совершил всего две ошибки: когда женился на бабушке и когда вышел замуж за дедушку.

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На первом свидании.
Она: — Я очень забочусь об окружающей среде.
Он (пытаясь впечатлить её): — Моё тело полностью биоразлагаемое.

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— Что такое сила тока?
— Это когда ума нет, а есть тока сила.

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У тому, що «Слуги Народу» ображають журналістів, теж винен Порошенко. Якби він посадив всіх медіахвойд, то зараз не було б кого називати тупими вівцями.

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Чтобы водное поло стало по-настоящему популярным видом спорта, не хватает одной акулы.

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Я: Давай, если будет мальчик, то назовём его Егор
ОНА: Хорошо
ОФИЦИАНТ: Добрый вечер
Я: Добрый вечер, Егор

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Студия 95 Квартал приступила к съемкам сериала «Молчание тупых ягнят» по сценарию депутата Бужанского.

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Безопасность полётов — это миф. Вы когда-нибудь видели пожилую стюардессу?

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Королевская семья Дании задумалась о продаже Гренландии

2019-08-20 15:50:35

Королевская семья Дании задумалась о продаже Гренландии

Фото: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Члены королевской семьи Дании отнеслись благосклонно к идее президента США Дональда Трампа о покупке Гренландии. Об этом сообщает Newsweek.

«Предложение о покупке — комплимент для волшебной Гренландии, лишь желанные земли получают такие предложения», — заявила принцесса Антония Шаумбург-Липпе, жена двоюродного брата королевы Маргретте II принца Вальдемара. Она добавила, что жители острова могут и должны сами решать свою судьбу.

Такое же мнение выразил и ее сын, принц Марио Макс Шаумбург-Липпе. «Я люблю Гренландию и хочу, чтобы ее народ был счастлив. Нужно поддерживать тот вариант, который они сочтут лучшим для себя», — приводит издание его слова.

16 августа стало известно, что Трамп рассматривает возможность покупки Гренландии. Эта идея, как отмечалось, обсуждалась с его советниками, которые сочли его план «экономически целесообразным». Стоимость этой сделки может составлять 10 триллионов долларов, эта сумма превышает половину ВВП США.

Датские политики возмутились идеей американского лидера о покупке Гренландии и назвали ее несерьезной. «Мысль о том, что Дания может продать 50 тысяч своих граждан Соединенным Штатам, абсолютно безумна», — заявил представитель Датской народной партии Серен Есперсен. В МИД Гренландии также заявили, что эта территория открыта для бизнеса и туризма, но не продается.

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Twitter bans advertising from state-controlled news outlets

2019-08-19 19:55:30

Twitter announced today that it will no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news outlets. Those accounts will still be able to use the platform, but not its advertising. The change comes after China's state-backed media outlet Xinhua sponsored ads attacking Hong Kong protestors.

The policy will apply to news organizations financially or editorially controlled by the state. It will not apply to taxpayer-funded entities, like independent public broadcasters, Twitter said. It plans to notify news entities if they are no longer permitted to advertise. Those organizations will have 30 days to "offboard" from Twitter's advertising products.

In a separate public disclosure, Twitter says 936 accounts from the People's Republic of China were "deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong." In a blog post, Twitter says that it suspended all of the accounts for a range of violations. According to CNBC, it's believed the accounts are part of a state-backed misinformation campaign.

As we reported earlier, both the ads from Xinhua and the accounts spreading misinformation put Twitter in an awkward position. Twitter could face a harsh response for its decision to suspend the accounts and ban ads from state-controlled news outlets. But if it wants to retain the support of free speech advocates, it will need to take a strong stance on both fronts.


Source: Twitter (1), (2)

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Why Instagram Should Hide Follower Counts and Why It Never Will

2019-08-18 19:37:46

Instagram appears to be in the process of rolling out a surprising change to its platform: hiding the number of times that a post has been liked. While the internet giant claims that it’s making the change in to help us focus on the thing we love, the truth is different. If it really wants to improve things, it should go one step further and hide follower counts too. You can be sure, however, that it never will. [More...]

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