Despite Massive Budget Deal Winter Still Calls for Six More Weeks of

first_imgLast week’s two-year budget agreement will provide a huge windfall for the Pentagon with the department’s base budget jumping by $165 billion through September 2019 over the statutory budget caps. But before defense officials can start spending the extra funds, lawmakers will need to rewrite the 12 fiscal 2018 appropriations bills and clear an omnibus spending package. The continuing resolution (CR) approved by the House and Senate in the early morning hours of Friday, and signed into law by President Trump, gives Congress until March 23 to complete the task.Of course, the funding largesse means negotiations over the spending bills should be less contentious than usual, with many winners and few losers, reports CQ. The $700 billion now slated for national defense this year exceeds not only the president’s FY  2018 request but funding levels in both chambers’ spending bills as well.In FY 2018, the statutory cap on defense spending will rise by $80 billion, resetting the cap at $629 billion. After adding in $71 billion for the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is exempt from the budget caps, total defense spending will reach $700 billion. Next year, the cap will increase by $85 billion to $647 billion; with $69 billion for OCO, total defense spending would be $716 billion in FY 2019.Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

House Wants to Finish Spending Bills by July

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco Here are some new details in the budget and defense budget appropriations process, which kicks off next week when the administration sends its budget request to Capitol Hill:The budget will include the biggest ever request for R&D, according to Bloomberg News, citing an interview with Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.The Navy is already getting pushback from Congress on anticipated plans to retire the USS Truman a decade early, cutting the number of carriers from 11 to 10. “Let me be clear, we cannot allow this critical piece of the United States Naval Force to atrophy,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) wrote in a Breaking Defense opinions piece. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told Breaking Defense the proposal is “mind-boggling.”The House will try to pass all its appropriations bills by June 30, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday, according to CQ.Hoyer also told CQ he is working with Senate leaders on a deal to raise or eliminate defense and nondefense spending caps. “I think they want to get this work done,” he said, according to CQ. “They don’t want to see a shutdown. They don’t want to see a dysfunctional appropriations process.” ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Report Ticket Sales For Tours Thrived In 2018s Digital Music Environment

first_imgLive music takes on richer meaning as fans relate to their favorite artists through streaming and social mediaPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2018 – 1:29 pm Digital music and the internet have changed everything, but 2018’s thriving concerts and music events ticketing demonstrates how it’s paying off in the real world, too, especially for top touring acts such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. The top 25 concert tours reported over $3 billion in sales, up $500 million compared to 2017, an increase of 20 percent. Email Facebook “We had the perfect storm with the perfect artists,” promoter Louis Messina told Billboard. His 2018 success stories included $266 million from the U.S. dates for the Reputation Stadium Tour, making Taylor Swift the artist with the top U.S. annual ticket grosses ever. International dates and sales added to the bottom line’s demonstration that the internet and its digital connections have not replaced the live music experience — they’ve given it a new context.Jay-Z scored another first as his 4:44 Tour came in at 25 with a $45 million take from 30 shows while The Carters’ On The Run II Tour came in at No. 3, taking in $254 million from 48 dates. That’s the first time ever that a single artist appeared in a year’s top 25 tours twice.”Because of the ways tickets are priced and distributed,” said Live Nation Senior VP Touring Omar Al-Joulani, “a lot of veteran artists are seeing some of the highest grosses of their careers.”One key is the science of analytics and how digital data has informed what cities artists decide to perform in, what top prices can be charged for seats, and even low-priced ticket sales for some appearances. Instead of looking for fast sell-outs, this marketing science is described as a “steady as she goes” approach.”Streaming music and video is driving all demand right now,” said Marc Geiger, head of music at William Morris Endeavor. He’s had a front-row seat for the digital revolution, which has come a long way since he co-founded Lollapalooza and the web-based ARTISTdirect. “Anyone can listen to anything at any time, anywhere, and that has allowed more fans to have relationships with artists,” he said.Billboard details how leaders like AEG and Live Nation, and its Ticketmaster Verified Fan program, don’t settle for playing catch-up while digital keeps changing the rules. Festivals and genre-specific events are using the same techniques to give fans a reason to go live in a big way. Looking ahead at 2019, it’s clear the online and in-person music experiences can not only coexist, but they help stoke each other’s flame.Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018Read more How Digital Music Fed Record-Breaking Tour Grosses report-ticket-sales-tours-thrived-2018s-digital-music-environment Twitter Report: Ticket Sales For Tours Thrived In 2018’s Digital Music Environment https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1073205888801009664 News last_img read more

Wilmington Methodist Church To Hold Yard Sale To Benefit The Wish Project

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington United Methodist Church’s Outreach Committee is holding a yard sale on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 9am to 2pm, on the church lawn.The majority of items being sold represent the generous donations made to the Wish Project, but that are not generally distributed to warehouse clients. These include: decorative glassware, silver/gold trim china, stemware and holiday themed items, plus men’s and women’s dress pants with the tags still attached and an overflow of toys for all ages.All proceeds will benefit The Wish Project and their work in helping families move out of shelters and into their own apartments.The yard sale has a rain date of Saturday, September 15, 2018.(NOTE: The above information is from the church’s latest monthly newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Methodist Church To Hold Yard Sale To Benefit The Wish Project On Sept. 17In “Church”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”10 Things To Do In Wilmington Today (September 19, 2015)In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

PHOTOS Scenes From The Wilmington Farmers Market

first_img Hannah’s Herbals Beads By Barbara Purple Carrot Bread Children’s Craft Table Polish Prince Pierogi WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market held its second ever Winter Market on Sunday, December 2 at the Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street). Below are some scenes from the Market. Click on each image for a larger view. Bee Balm Co. Sweet Lydia’s Susan Anton LMT Wilmington Figure Skating Club Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Scenes From The Wilmington Farmers MarketIn “Photo of the Day”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community” Juicebox Diva Arrowhead Farm Rustic Life Farm Soap Seafood Expresslast_img read more

NOW HIRING 40 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of December 30 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of December 30, 2018:Part-Time Teller at Reading Cooperative BankFull-Time Mill Metal Worker at Tecomet, Inc.Full-Time Inside Sales Representative at Sager ElectronicsFull-Time General Manager at Couto Management GroupFull-Time Business Development Manager at KochPart-Time Tax Intern at Osram SylvaniaPart-Time Product Engineering Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time Residential Counselor II at VinfenPart-Time Sales Floor Team Member at TargetFull-Time Cook at Glendale Senior DiningFull-Time Customer Success Manager at Casamba, LLCFull-Time Residential Assistant Program Manager at NuPath, Inc.Full-Time Chemical Mix Operator at Lubrizol CorporationFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Drain Cleaning Expert at Super Service TodayFull-Time Sales Manager at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Parts Department Professional at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Automotive Sales Professional at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Assembly Operator at Koch Chemical Full-Time Chemical Operator at Koch ChemicalFull-Time Jr. Data Steward at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time Entry Level Solar Site Surveyor at Vivint SolarPart-Time Merchandise Relief at Frito LayFull-Time Display Media Specialist at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Marketing Quality Assurance Tester at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time eCommerce Web Analyst at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time IT Business Analyst at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Manager I (Enterprise Direct Sales) at ComcastFull-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time System Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Global Sourcing Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Accounts Payable Clerk at AramarkFull-Time Service Technician at AramarkFull-Time Teacher at May InstituteFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Home Health Aide at Associated Home CareFull-Time Package Handler at FedExPart-Time Servers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Bus/Server Assistant at Red Heat TavernLong-Term Substitute Grade 8 English Language Arts Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolLong-Term Substitute Reading Specialist at Wilmington Middle SchoolSubstitute Teachers, Educational Assistants, Nurses & LPNs at Wilmington Public Schools(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of June 23 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of June 23, 2019:Full-Time Mathematics Teacher at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Member Onboarding Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Member Care Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Rx Authorization Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Durable Medical Equipment Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Scenic Painter at Art of the EventPart-Time Nanny For Wilmington ChildFull-Time Shirt Presser at Anton’s CleanersPart-Time Scale House Operator at Lynch Materials Inc.Part-Time Sunday Deliver Driver at OptimaFull-Time Receptionist at CareOneFull-Time Warehouse Driver at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time Production Support Coordinator at Charles River LabsFull-Time & Part-Time Cashier at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Assistant Site Manager at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Site Manager at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Branch Manager (Tier 2) at Citizens BankPart-Time Guest Advocate TargetFull-Time Reset Specialist at Pepsi Co.Part-Time Officer Administrator at ChemGenesFull-Time Planning & Logistics Specialist at DSMFull-Time Personal Insurance Assistant Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Helper/Laborer at Enduro Construction Co.Full-Time Professional Auto Detailer at Final Finish Collision CentersFull-Time & Part-Time Sales Associates at Nouria EnergyPart-Time Babysitter For 2 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Supervisor (Quality Assurance) at Spectra Medical DevicesFull-Time Senior Principal Electrical Engineer at MKS InstrumentsPart-Time General Laborer at Pepsi Co.Full-Time SVP of Operations at AmetrosFull-Time Educational Assistant (STAGES Program) at North Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Systems Analyst at Analog DevicesFull-Time Maintenance Trainer at SymboticPart-Tme Merchandiser at Red BullFull-Time Laborer at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Business Unit Controller at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time & Part-Time Cashier/Customer Service at K1 SpeedFull-Time Drain Cleaner at Drains By JamesFull-Time Heavy-Highway Construction Operators & Laborers at Swank Construction CompanyFull-Time Client Services Representative at AllOne Health GroupFull-TIme Technical Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Sales Trainee at Red BullFull-Time Calibration II at TranscatPart-Time/Full-Time Food & Beverage Team Leader at TargetFull-Time Residential Life Coach (Overnight) at NuPathFull-Time Calibration Laboratory Manager at TranscatFull-Time Service Desk Technician at SymboticFull-Time Software Engineer at SymboticFull-Time CNC/LATHE Programmer at Scully Signal Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

What To Expect At Wilmington Polices National Night Out On August 6

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department:National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. At the Wilmington event, we have representatives from not only the WPD, but also from local, county, state, & federal law enforcement agencies on hand to speak with community members and explain each of their agency’s role.National Night Out 2019 will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 5pm to 8pm at Rotary Park, located across the street from the Wilmington Public Safety building. We will have police & fire vehicles displays, equipment displays, demonstrations, crime prevention information, food, & bouncy houses.The following agencies are scheduled to be present:Wilmington Police DepartmentWilmington Fire DepartmentFederal Bureau of InvestigationBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & FirearmsUnited States Postal Inspection ServiceVeteran’s Affairs PoliceFederal Reserve PoliceMassachusetts State PoliceMassachusetts Environmental PoliceReading Police DepartmentMassachusetts National GuardLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”VIDEO: Watch Highlights Of Wilmington Police Department’s National Night OutIn “Videos”last_img read more

Elon Musk jokes about Rick and Morty defense system for Teslas

first_img Tesla Sentry Mode will play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue during a robbery (and keep Summer safe)https://t.co/wnS5qLeB2E— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2019 The Rick and Morty comment refers to a more violent form of vehicle protection. In a second-season episode of the show, Rick and Morty go inside the microverse battery of the Space Cruiser, and leave teenage Summer alone in the ship.  2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2 Rick instructs the ship to “keep Summer safe,” which it does, to bloody results. If you remember the slice-and-dice scene from 1997’s Cube … yeah, like that. Let’s hope that Musk limits Sentry Mode’s reaction to damage or theft to classical music, not Rick-style vengeance.And yes, the term “Sentry Mode” is likely to sound familiar to Marvel fans — Iron Man uses the term for a feature that allows for remote-operation of his Mark XLIII armor.Rick and Morty writers are back at work, but there’s still no date for the show’s return.First published Jan. 27, 4:11 p.m. PT. Update, 6:55 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Tesla.  Rough beta in 2 to 3 weeks— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2019 The best NYCC 2018 cosplay: Black Panther, Rick and Morty and more 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 82 Photos Share your voice CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Follow the Money: This is how digital cash is changing the way we save, shop and work. More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value “Keeping Summer safe” is a pretty bloody reference for Elon Musk to make. Adult Swim Tesla’s Elon Musk knows his Rick and Morty episodes. On Saturday, Musk tweeted about the Adult Swim animated show — with a rather grim reference.”Tesla Sentry Mode will play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue during a robbery (and keep Summer safe),” the billionaire tweeted. Comments Elon Musk Tesla Electric Cars TV and Movies Car Culture Will Sentry Mode actually play Johann Sebastian Bach’s iconic Toccata and Fugue, that famed-from-horror-movies classical tune you may think of as Dracula’s theme? What exactly Sentry Mode entails is still mysterious. A Tesla rep told me in an email that the company wasn’t ready to say more than what Musk tweeted. Engadget has surmised that Sentry Mode will feature “always-on dash cam function or will switch on automatically when it senses a blow or break-in to the vehicle.”When asked about timing for the vehicle surveillance feature, Musk said on Friday he expected a “rough beta in two to three weeks.” Tesla Sentry Mode coming soon for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot https://t.co/x2buQWiABX— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 22, 2019 Tesla Let’s break down that sentence. Musk tweeted about Sentry Mode a few days ago, on Jan. 22, when a Tesla owner tweeted about a dent and wished the car featured “360 (degree) dash cam feature while parked.”And a Tesla owner’s wish is Musk’s command, apparently, as he responded, “Tesla Sentry Mode coming soon for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot.” Tagslast_img read more

Momo is dead says artist who created creepy bigeyed sculpture

first_imgThe supposed “Momo Challenge” made headlines recently, with representatives of YouTube saying the company has seen no recent evidence of videos promoting harmful and dangerous challenges on its site.But when stories about the alleged challenge made headlines, they were almost always accompanied by an unnerving image of a dark-haired creature with enormous eyes and a huge mouth. Now the artist who created that sculpture says he’s destroyed the creation. The Sun gives the artist’s name as Keisuke Aiso, but the original gallery link lists it as Keisuke Aisawa.The artist confirmed to The Sun that he was inspired by the Japanese legend of Ubume, a woman who dies in childbirth and returns in changed form to haunt the living.Only one eye remains of the rubber model, and he plans to recycle that eye in another work.”(The sculpture) doesn’t exist anymore, it was never meant to last,” he told The Sun. “It was rotten and I threw it away.”The supposed Momo Challenge reportedly originated on the WhatsApp messaging platform in 2018, and recently there were reports it had resurfaced on YouTube in the UK, allegedly hidden inside videos that appeal to kids. Aiso’s creature is supposedly shown as the face of a character named Momo who issues a series of challenges, including harming themselves and others. Although UK police and schools issued warnings about the challenge, YouTube said it has no evidence the challenge has been hidden in videos.Aiso said he intended the character to be scary but never intended it should be used to hurt anyone.”It is a ghoul, about the death of a woman in childbirth, in a way its reason for being is to scare children, but it wasn’t supposed to be used in the way it has,” he said. “It was never meant to be used to make children harm themselves or cause any physical harm.”He also said the creation was rotting and “looked even more terrifying” when he threw it out, and that he’s received threatening messages from those who think he was somehow involved in the challenge.”I have no regrets that it is gone,” he said. Japanese sculptor Keisuke Aiso didn’t respond to CNET’s request for comment, but the artist told British tabloid newspaper The Sun he’s thrown out the artwork.”The children can be reassured Momo is dead,” he told The Sun. “She doesn’t exist and the curse is gone.”The original sculpture, called Mother Bird, shows a human-style head with long dark hair spread sparsely over the creature’s forehead, enormous round eyes, an oversized mouth and a flattened nose. The naked creature has the feet of a bird and not much of a torso. It was built in 2016 and displayed at Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo. Comments 4 Tagscenter_img ‘Shark stepping on a Lego’ photo goes viral; here’s the real story National Weather Service issues ‘small dog warning’ due to wind Bruno Ganz, whose Hitler scene from Downfall took over YouTube, dies at 77 More viral news Share your voice Online Digital Medialast_img read more

Avengers Endgame will mark Stan Lees last Marvel movie cameo

first_img 0 Captain Marvel Stan Lee Marvel Spiderman Thor The Avengers Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo Stan Lee plays a hilarious intergalactic barber in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Whenever a new Marvel movie came out, fans had fun trying to spot Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee on the big screen. Lee guest-starred in over 20 Marvel movies — as well as in various TV shows, video games and comics. Lee has appeared as everything from a bus driver to a librarian alongside the comic book characters he created over the years.But since Lee’s death at age 95 in 2018, it’s been unclear how many more posthumous cameos would be granted to the late, great comic book creator, until now. “It’s his last one committed to film,” Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo told the media on press day in Los Angeles Saturday.  Most recently, Lee had a touching posthumous cameo in Captain Marvel reading a script of director Kevin Smith’s 1995 movie Mallrats, which Lee starred in as himself.Some fans speculated that the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hits theaters in July, would feature Lee’s final cameo, especially since Russo told the press earlier this month that “I don’t remember if he was well enough to do the cameo in Homecoming or not.”  Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Originally published 2:36 p.m. PT.  Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen Tags Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo made Kevin Smith a ‘blubbering mess’ Star-studded tribute to Lee: He ‘made us proud to be misfits’ Lee’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse cameo will warm your heart 4:51 More Stan Lee 18 Photos Share your voice TV and Movies While it’s bittersweet to learn that Lee’s last hurrah in the MCU is coming up fast, the the extra-long run time for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie could mean that Marvel might give Lee more than one appearance in the three-hour movie. “I have to say, I think it’s astonishing that this would be his last cameo,” Russo added. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling that he made it to the end of this run. I can’t believe it.”tec0280-cmp-v006-1037Stan Lee is dressed as an astronaut in the 2017 movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel After all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 allowed for not one but two moments in the film where Lee — dressed as an astronaut — is seen discussing his past adventures with various interested aliens referred to as the Watchers.  Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26. For more Avengers: Endgame plot theories, characters reveals and news check out our Avengers: Endgame movie guide. If you want to catch every Lee cameo in the MCU movies before the Endgame begins, here’s our guide to streaming all the movies online.last_img read more

Verizon to offer YouTube TV to wireless and Fios customers

first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon $999 See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Tags Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 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. Angela Lang/CNET Preview • YouTube TV has promise, but needs to grow before it’s worth $35 (hands-on) Rylo 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. Tips and tricks to master YouTube TV TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET YouTube TV, one of several services that delivers live TV over the Internet, recently raised its price to $50 per month. The service is available nationwide and includes more than 70 channels, including local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC networks in most markets.Originally published April 23, 7:59 a.m. PT.Update, 8:39 a.m.: Adds more information on YouTube TV and Verizon partnership. 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. Share your voice Comments 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. $999 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. Media Streamers Phones Sprint $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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). 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. See It $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $59 at eBaycenter_img $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) News • YouTube TV is now available across the US $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET 7 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 3 Sarah Tew/CNET YouTube TV has signed a deal with Verizon. Sarah Tew/CNET Verizon has teamed up with Google to offer YouTube TV to its wireless, 5G Home and Fios broadband customers. Customers will be able to subscribe to YouTube TV through Verizon, the companies said in a statement Tuesday. Verizon said it’ll offer “unique, high-value YouTube TV promotions” to its customers but didn’t offer specifics on pricing or availability. A representative for the carrier said it will have more to share later this year. “We were first in the world to bring commercial 5G to our customers and now another first on the content front as we offer our customers access to YouTube TV on whatever platform they choose,” Erin McPherson, head of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, said in the statement. Verizon YouTube,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. $299 at Amazon Share your voice Review • YouTube TV review: The best premium live TV streaming service Turo $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate YouTube TV Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 2:12 Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Turo Apple iPhone XS See It Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET See at 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. 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. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Boost Mobilelast_img read more

Mercedes XClass pickup might be ready to kick the bucket report says

first_img 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class puts some fancy trim on your cowboy boots 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Enlarge ImageGood night, sweet prince, we hardly knew ye. Mercedes-Benz If you live in the US and don’t pay particularly close attention to car and truck models that aren’t sold here, you could easily be forgiven for not knowing that Mercedes-Benz makes a pickup truck. It’s called the X-Class, and it’s actually pretty cool.Unfortunately, it may not be long for this world if a report published Tuesday by Automotive News Europe is to be believed. The reason for the possible demise of the X-Class is the current worldwide sales slump for new vehicles. The X-Class, being kind of a niche product — and a badge-engineered one at that — is an easy target for cost savings. Yep, we said badge-engineered. The X-Class is based on a Nissan pickup (that we also don’t get in the US) called the Navara. Obviously, Mercedes being what it is, it changes a ton of stuff, so it’s not quite as bad as say, Volkswagen rebadging a Grand Caravan as the Routan.In any case, the X-Class (which has been around since 2017) hasn’t exactly been flying off of dealer lots. Automotive News Europe pegs the global sales for the model at just 16,700 units. By comparison, Mercedes shifted around 15,000 S-Class models in 2018 in the US alone.When you consider that the S-Class costs more than twice as much as an X-Class (based on German market prices) and sedan sales are in the proverbial terlet here, the model’s discontinuation starts to make some real sense.Now, we’ll shed no tears for the X-Class if and when it goes away, but we do like the idea of a Mercedes pickup. We just need to convince the folks back in Stuttgart to do some really wild stuff like make a Jeep Gladiatoresque version of the G-wagen and sell it in America. 0 Share your voice 48 Photos Mercedes-Benz Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 8:42 Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Car Industry Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshowlast_img read more

President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike Its

first_img reading • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai President Donald Trump delivered remarks on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio Monday. Getty Images Some of the most horrific mass shootings have followed a chillingly similar script: Angry white men, driven to extremism in online forums like 8chan and Gab, post manifestos railing against minorities. When they begin to shoot, members of the message boards post responses that encourage them to kill more.President Donald Trump says it needs to stop.In a speech after two shootings left at least 31 people dead, Trump called on social media companies to identify mass shooters before they open fire.”I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local state and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike,” he said.In theory, predictive policing online should be possible. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have increasingly harnessed artificial intelligence and other technology to identify and act on bad behavior as they sift through billions of posts. They’ve been able to pull down terrorist propaganda from ISIS, for example, and they have programs that can often identify child pornorgraphy automatically.22 Dead And 26 Injured In Mass Shooting At Shopping Center In El PasoPeople gather near white handmade crosses memorializing the victims of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead in El Paso, Texas. Getty Images The challenge, experts say, is that correctly identifying these lone wolves is tougher than finding overt terrorist propaganda. One reason, for example, is it’s hard to determine when a post may be preparation for a terrorist act, or merely someone spouting off.Another problem is that message boards have changed the way extremists recruit to their causes. Many of these attackers know each other only online. Some may not interact directly.”In the past, there would be a more terrestrial component to how hate groups would organize and recruit,” said Brian Levin, who runs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. That means they’d meet somewhere in the real world to chat or exchange propaganda.Manifestos online have taken the place of those real world connections. Manifestos reference other manifestos, effectively writing a new chapter in an expanding meta-book of hate. The writers almost always post anonymously. They rarely post overt threats because those would break the rules of most social media sites, which could get them kicked off and deprive them of a platform.”The issue is can we get to these folks who while stealth, are delivering clues, oftentimes the last of which is right before their attack,” Levin added.Not always rightOf course, Facebook and Twitter have taken action, primarily against propaganda supporting ISIS and Al-Qaeda. The social media companies have occasionally identified takedowns of white supremacist material, but haven’t provided macro data on the topic.Twitter says it suspended 166,513 unique accounts for promoting terrorism during the second half of 2018. The company credited its internal tools for flagging 91% of the accounts.”In the majority of cases, we take action at the account setup stage — before the account even Tweets,” Twitter said earlier this year.Meanwhile, Facebook said it found more than 99% of ISIS and Al-Qaeda content before it was reported by the community in the six months between April and September 2018.But experts say propaganda that lionizes terrorists is easier to identify as dangerous than an angry person spouting off about politics. And reading motive into hyperbolic tweets raises knotty questions about free speech. We can’t get to actual solutions if we keep blaming the virtual world. Brittan Heller, a fellow at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Politics Tech Industry Digital Media 33 Share your voice Tags Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says US Tech Policy See All • Comments Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints “When we look at what predictive policing looks like, it always results in over-policing, arrests and prosecution of communities of color,” said Brittan Heller, a fellow at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights, who previously worked for the Anti-Defamation League, the US Department of Justice, and International Criminal Court. “Whenever I hear people trying to predict criminality, as a former prosecutor, it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” she said.Aside from the potentially thorny civil rights issues, the technology at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is far from perfect. Their automated computer programs have screwed up plenty of times.When Facebook put a computer in charge of selecting trending topics, it began sharing hoaxes and conspiracy theories instead of actual news stories. After a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the top trending video on YouTube accused David Hogg, a survivor, of being a “crisis actor.”AI may eventually get better at understanding hate-riddled posts. But Heller says Trump and other politicians need to look beyond technology for an answer to this growing domestic threat.”It’s less a question about the internet, and it’s more a question about gun-based violence,” Heller said. “We can’t get to actual solutions if we keep blaming the virtual world.”CNET’s Queenie Wong contributed to this report. US Tech Policylast_img read more

State of the Schools shows progress for Anchorage students and need for

first_imgThe superintendent of the Anchorage School District presented his State of the Schools speech to a group of principals and community members Friday morning. New data shows that the schools are improving but still have a ways to go.Preliminary standardized test scores show that about 83 percent of Anchorage’s students can read well and 79 percent can write well. Those scores are up from last year. Math scores are down slightly — only 71 percent passed– but that may be due to the introduction of a new curriculum. The school district wants 90 percent of all students to pass all three subjects by 2020, but they’re behind on reaching that target.School attendance is on the rise for all grades, but four year graduation rates are down slightly.“Yes, we have a lot work ahead of us,” said Superintendent Ed Graff during his speech at the East High Auditorium. “I’m confident we’ll get there.”Graff introduces members of the Class of 2027 during the State of the Schools speech.He says one of the key ways to help students is to engage them more with the subjects. “Great things happen for students when you provide them with interesting, hands-on activities. We know this from our own observations and our own experiences.”Graff said to help encourage that, student engagement will be a major component of teacher evaluations. The district will also continue its focus on social and emotional learning skills — helping students learn how to interact in healthy ways. Graff said students with those skills perform better academically.One of the pilot programs for the upcoming year will add more pre-K classrooms to the district and introduce literacy coaches.Graff said similar programs are already working in Anchorage’s schools. “Tyson Elementary School has both a Title I coach and a building literacy coach. They’ve seen student test scores jump 12 to 18 percent in reading, writing, and math. When we provide the resources to our schools and our students, they achieve.”Graff did not address the district-wide staff cuts during his speech. They cut 105 positions for this school year. Speaking to reporters he acknowledged that it does make student success harder, but he said other resources can fill some of the gaps. “Those resources look like different things. It’s not always about a position. Sometimes it’s about the right materials. Sometimes it’s about the right training. Sometimes it’s about the right community and parent involvement and partnership. So that’s really what we’re focused on.”The district will also be using federal money to provide more free meals to kids with less paperwork for the school. And they’re adding more cameras, auto-lock doors, and better intercom systems so that students and staff feel safer.Anchorage schools re-open for most students on August 20.last_img read more

BP Plans Alaska Layoffs

first_imgBP plans to cut its Alaska workforce by 17 percent by early next year.The oil company announced on Monday that it will reduce its staff by 275 employees and full-time contractors to match a “reduced operational footprint” in the state. BP will offer early retirement and severance packages to employees who choose to take a buyout option.Spokesperson Dawn Patience attributes the layoffs to the sale of four North Slope assets to Hilcorp, a smaller oil company with a growing presence in Alaska. The deal, which was announced in April, includes the Endicott and Northstar fields, along with 50 percent interest in the Milne Point and Liberty fields. BP is transferring 200 field workers to Hilcorp as a result of the agreement, in addition to the 275 support staff they plan to lay off.Patience describes the 275 positions as “overhead” that is no longer needed with a smaller presence on the North Slope. She says the company intends to focus more on oil production in Prudhoe Bay and development of a natural gas megaproject. “BP’s operations may be shrinking in Alaska, but we announced $1 billion of additional investment in Prudhoe Bay, and the addition of two rigs –- one this year and one the year after — and those commitments stand,” says Patience.BP informed Hilcorp of their additional staff cuts on Monday, after they told employees. Hilcorp spokesperson Lori Nelson says the BP announcement was unexpected because only 250 employees were directly associated with the purchased assets and Hilcorp agreed to absorb most of them.“The number today was a bit of a surprise, but that’s BP’s decision,” says Nelson.The layoff announcement arrives less than a month after Alaskans narrowly voted to maintain a capped tax rate on oil production. As one of the three major players on the North Slope, BP contributed nearly $4 million to fight the ballot referendum on Senate Bill 21.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat who advocated for repeal of Senate Bill 21, calls the BP’s announcement “disturbing.” He notes it comes just as fellow North Slope producer Exxon is projecting a continued decline in oil production in Alaska.“We were promised a lot of things during the [Senate Bill 21] debate, and one of the most powerful things was jobs,” says Wielechowski. “And here we are, a couple weeks after the people of Alaska voted on this, thinking they were going to get a lot more jobs [and] thinking they were going to get a lot more production. And we’ve already had sworn testimony by Exxon that we’re getting less production and then we’ve got BP saying they’re laying off hundreds of Alaskans and contractors.”Wielechowski also finds the timing of BP’s announcement “suspect.”“Had the referendum passed, they probably would have blamed these layoffs on the referendum passing,” says Wielechowski.In a press release, Gov. Sean Parnell also stated he “extremely disappointed” by the announcement, and noted that oil and gas employment in the state was otherwise strong with 15,000 working for the industry.last_img read more

Alexandria House Project Hits Permitting Snags

first_imgPlans to turn an old bar into a way to raise money for emergency housing in Unalaska are slowing down. That’s after the city discovered that the nonprofit Alexandria House had worked on the project all year without a building permit.Download AudioThe old Elbow Room has gotten a major makeover since Pastor John Honan started working on it earlier this year. He’s had volunteers install new floorboards, wall frames and windows, and there’s still more to do:“So I need my sliding glass door, I’ve got that ordered, that has to go in,” he says. “The siding has to be completed. The roof is mostly done.”The attached building at left was meant to be a bedroom for the upstairs apartment at the old Elbow Room — but city officials say that’s not what they agreed to. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)When it’s all finished, he’ll rent it out as an apartment and commercial space. The revenue will help Alexandria House shelter sober, stranded people in hotels and spare rooms all over town.Unalaska’s planning board approved the project about a year ago. They gave Honan a conditional use permit, which he thought that was all he needed to start building.But he was supposed to apply for an actual building permit, too. City Engineer Robert Lund says it was part of the conditional use.“The point of that is to kind of get things to a point where the owner’s been formally notified and they can say, ‘Well no, I’m just doing siding or roofing, do I need a permit for that?’” he says. “But it gives us a chance to evaluate that.”But Lund doesn’t go out looking for projects that might not have the proper permits. The Elbow Room was on his radar, but he didn’t know until this summer that Honan had missed a step.“I got an email from someone that said, ‘I think they’re doing more than they said they were gonna do.’ Something along those lines,” he says. “So I call that a complaint.”He told Honan to stop work and apply for the building permit, which Honan did. But the plans he submitted weren’t what the city was expecting.The conditional use had limited the apartment to the second floor — a holdover from a previous owner that wasn’t revised. This year, though, Honan’s been building what he says is another bedroom in the back of the ground floor, beside the Arctic entry leading upstairs.He says he still sees the apartment as one single-family unit. But the city isn’t so sure — Lund says the plans don’t make it clear whether the downstairs chunk constitutes a separate dwelling.“If you were looking at that, and … the bottom floor is clearly an apartment, or really meant for living quarters — soup kitchen, that kind of thing,” he says, laughing, “then I don’t think that would kind of follow in the spirit of what the planning department thought they were giving a permit for.”Lund’s talking about what he calls the “controversial” aspect of this project. Five years ago, John Honan asked if he could build a homeless shelter in the Elbow Room. Neighbors — and the city — said no.This time, it’ll be up to whoever lives in the new apartment to decide whether to take in guests for Alexandria House. Barring a nuisance complaint, nothing in city code prohibits that.So neighbors are still concerned — and the city says Honan will have to go through another public permitting process if he wants to move ahead with the two-floor plan. Honan’s not sure it’s worth the risk.“If there was an article that came out that said Alexandria House is going for another conditional use….” He sighs. “I don’t know what would happen. I just — I’m thinking it could make more restrictions, maybe.”His other option is to scrap the downstairs bedroom, and get a building permit for the commercial space and apartment as originally planned. As of now, he hasn’t decided what to do — he’s busy buttoning up the Elbow Room for the winter. The city’s letting him do things like seal the roof and walls through the end of the year.“So the good news is I’ve got my hands full of work to do,” Honan says. Come January, though, that permission expires — and he’ll have to pick a plan in order to move forward.Click here to see Honan’s recent building permit application, the city’s stop-work order and the changes they’ve requested to the new plans.last_img read more

Murkowski Says Obama Plans 3 Gut Punches to Alaska Economy This Week

first_imgAlaska’s governor and congressional delegation are furious over President Obama’s announcement this weekend that he’s seeking wilderness status for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That would put the area off-limits to oil and gas development. Permanent wilderness designation would require congressional approval, and this Republican-led Congress is unlikely to grant it. But that’s just the start of what Obama has in store for the state in the coming days.Download AudioSen. Lisa Murkowski, flanked by Congressman Don Young and Sen. Dan Sullivan, faced national reporters at the U.S. Capitol, projecting ferocity.“We have said as a delegation that we will not stand it. We will not tolerate (it), and we will do everything that we can to push back against an administration that has taken a look at Alaska and said ‘it’s a nice little snow globe up there and we’re going to keep it that way,’” she said.Murkowski says wilderness status for ANWR is just one of three gut punches the Interior Department plans deliver this week to Alaska’s economy. She says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s chief of staff, Tommy Beaudreau, told her about them Friday. Punch two will be withdrawals from the Arctic off-shore leasing program. That five-year draft plan is expected as soon as tomorrow. Punch 3, Murkowski says, will be to the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, where ConocoPhillips needs a road to develop its Greater Moose’s Tooth project. Murkowski says the government intends to impose conditions that will add $40 million to the cost.“If it’s not off-limits, (the administration is) going to make it so hard and so expensive that no operator is going to want to do it,” Murkowski said. “Is this how you treat a state?”Murkowski says she intends to try to block the actions legislatively and through the budget — a meaningful statement since she chairs the subcommittee charged with writing the Interior Department’s spending bill. She’s written a “sense of Congress” statement on the Arctic, as an amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill. She mentioned a possible lawsuit. She also says the congressional delegation will work to educate the rest of the country on how much care Alaska’s industry takes to avoid harming the land or animals.Rep. Young told reporters the industry does no harm to Arctic wildlife.“I mean that’s the nonsense. The guy in New York, Miami, Philadelphia San Francisco. ‘Oh, we’ve got to save the poor little animals,’” Young said in falsetto, hands aflutter. “It doesn’t affect them! Never has. It’s all a myth, easily sold to the less knowledgeable people.”Once the administration formally requests wilderness status, it intends to manage those parts of ANWR as wilderness. Environmentalists who support the plan say it won’t make a big difference on the ground, because industry isn’t allowed there now anyway. The government says in its plan it intends to keep subsistence access the same. Murkowski says she believes Obama’s wilderness request is just a prelude.“Lisa’s theory: I think that they are advancing this in an effort to get environmental support, to raise money for the cause,” she said.As she sees it, Obama is trying to drum up support from his base so that he can then declare ANWR a national monument, an executive action to lock up the area. Murkowski says that would violate the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which says Congressional approval is required to reclassify large tracts of land.“But if he’s got public support on his side, he doesn’t care if he’s ignored the law (ANILCA),” she said. So I think he’s teeing himself up for future action.”While Obama’s move has Alaska officials fuming, environmentalists are thanking him. Cindy Shogan of the Alaska Wilderness League says it’ll still be tough to get a wilderness bill through Congress but she says Obama’s commitment to the issue helps.last_img read more

Bristol Bay Salmon Camp Can We Eat The Fin

first_imgEvery summer BBEDC holds salmon camps for middle school and high school kids from CDQ communities. It’s a mix of a little fun and little education on the region’s number one renewable resource, salmon. The junior camp kids paid a visit to the counting tower station on the Wood River.Download Audio:Jamie Westnegee shows salmon camps students who Fish and Game measures and records salmon as they return upstream to spawn.Credit Matt Martin/KDLG“Now look at this fish, this is a sockeye salmon.”Jamie Westnegee holds up the fish to a group of camp kids wearing chest high waders. They’re all standing around a live-box full of sockeye in the Wood River.“Do you know if it a male or a female?”“Female!”Westnegee has been working at counting towers for three years. He gets help from his colleague Kim Powell as he show the kids how Fish and Game tracks salmon as they move upriver to spawn.“So what we are going to do, hold that right there, we’re going to measure the fish and Kim’s going to pull a scale right off the back.”He tells the kids the scales of a fish are like a birth certificate. It tells the biologist the age of the salmon and how long it’s been in the ocean.Westnegee says the day the campers come to the counting tower is an important part of learning about the lifecycle of salmon.“The education of very sustainable natural resource that we have here and emphasizing to the kids so as they grow older they can pass on these traditions of fishing and education to their young as well.”Once Westnegee is finished measuring the fish, Powell cuts off a small fin towards the tail of the fish, known as the adipose fin. It’s a marker so the biologists make sure to not test the same fish twice. And that lead a few kids to ask a very scientific question.Laci Andrew and Theresa Savo show off the adipose fins of some sockeye salmon they bravely tried to eat.Credit Chloe George“Can we eat the fin?”“You have to eat it with me.”With pinched noses, the two girls threw the fins in their mouths.And as quickly as the fins were in their mouths, they were spit out on the ground.This group is the youngest of three different age groups that make up the salmon camps. As the kids get older they learn more and more about salmon, leading to the high school kids working on research projects and cam get college credit for the camp.“It’s not just a camp where you split fish all day. It’s a camp where you actually get out there and go do stuff, and have fun, and learn about marine biology which is pretty cool.”Mackenzie Amay, an 11 year old camper from Dillingham, wants to be a marine biologist. She says knows a lot more about salmon than she did before the camp.“I’ve learned where certain parts of the body are and what their names are. I can recognize all the five different salmon species in Bristol Bay now.”Karl Clark is one of the camp supervisors and he says that is exactly the purpose of the camps.“What we like to do with this younger group is to give them an overview of salmon all the way from art projects through the commercial industry, subsistence, sport fish, so we kind of give them little projects on each of them.”Clark just wants to make sure that the kids get a full picture of ways they can interact with salmon in the region.“We want to show them how many jobs are out there that they could do with salmon and different projects they could do with fish. So that’s what we look at and try to get them hooked into something they might want to do when they grow up.”Back out by the live-box in the river, Westnegee and Powell have finished up all their measurements and are ready to help the kids release the fish to continue their upstream journey.“Just touch it and let it go very gently into the water. And then it goes on its way.”Little Mckenzie Amay is sold. She says she’ll be coming back to salmon camp every year for as long as she can.last_img read more

North Pole man sickened by rabbit fever

first_imgAlaska Department of Fish and Game officials are warning residents after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as “rabbit fever.”The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the man became sick after skinning a hare this spring.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human tularemia cases in the United States are relatively rare, with fewer than 200 cases reported per year between 1990 and 2013.Tularemia symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen glands. It can be fatal if untreated.It’s often transmitted to people handling infected rabbits, hares, beavers and muskrats.Fish and Game advises that Alaska residents try to keep their animals away from hares, which will be slower if they are infected, making them easier to catch.last_img read more