Month: September 2019

VIDEO WHS Volleyball Seniors Their Parents Recognized At Senior Night

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Senior WHS Volleyball players Gabby Bond, Gianna Brunetto, and Brittany Cimaglia — and their parents — were honored prior to Thursday’s Senior Night matchup.Watch the ceremony, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/1/e/0/b/6/5/1e0b6563-d32d-4a01-b6b8-b919c7f66def1540564939.500%2B45347638.543%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405673501540566964180380.vod.480p.181025_WHS_Volleyball_Senior_Night.mov.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/1/e/0/b/6/5/1e0b6563-d32d-4a01-b6b8-b919c7f66def1540564939.500%2B45347638.543%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405673501540566964180380.vod.480p.181025_WHS_Volleyball_Senior_Night.mov.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—(NOTE: Cover photo from Wilmington AD Tim Albert’s Twitter account.)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… RelatedVIDEO: WHS Softball Team Honors Its SeniorsIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch The 2019 Wilmington High Scholarship NightIn “Videos”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington Police Beach DayIn “Videos”last_img read more

Local State Federal Officials Speak At Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Breakfast with PHOTOS

first_imgSelectman Candidate Kevin CairaSelectman Chair Kevin Caira painted a much more positive picture of Wilmington’s town government.“We’re doing a lot of good work in Wilmington. It’s a great place to live. It’s a great place to raise a family. We want to keep it that way,” said Caira, who noted the town doesn’t have the type of fees that other communities are accustomed to.Caira highlighted many of the board’s accomplishments over the past three years, including the the opening of Yentile Farm, the opening of the Town Dog Park, and the opening of the seasonal ice skating rink at Rotary Park. Caira also noted the town has secured state and/or federal funding for several key upcoming infrastructure projects, including the reconstruction of a 2-lane Butters Row Bridge, improvements at the intersection of Lowell Street and Woburn Street; and improvements on Route 38, from the Woburn line to the Wilmington train station. Caira also noted the recent creations of the Town Economic Development Committee and the Town Meeting Review Committee.“I think we’re heading in the right direction in Wilmington. Our tax base is still low. It’s still one of the lowest, if not the lowest, tax rate among 15 Merrimack Valley communities. We budget conservatively.” added Caira. “There are a lot of talented people at Town Hall that work at your behalf. And there a lot of volunteers in the community that show their blue and white and do a lot of good work.” Selectmen Chair Kevin CairaSelectman Candidate Jomarie O’Mahony’s campaignGary DePalma, an adviser to Selectmen candidate Jomarie O’Mahony’s campaign, said a few words for the candidate, who was traveling out-of-state.“Jo supports our schools, fire and police departments. Route 38 is a priority of her’s,” said DePalma. “She’s concerned about the Selectmen’s Meetings…. You can yell, scream and holler all you want, but cilvitly will get your point across.”Campaign adviser Gary DePalma for Selectmen candidate Jomarie O’MahonySelectman Jonathan EatonSelectman Jonathan Eaton, who is not up for re-election until 2021, also addressed the crowd.“To be effective, I need feedback from you. If there’s ever anything in the future that you have a concern about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me,” said EatonEaton specifically asked for feedback on a forthcoming proposal to potentially eliminate certain stops at the North Wilmington MBTA Commuter Rail station. Eaton said he had reservations about the proposal, suggesting it was “a step in the wrong direction” and that government should be “encouraging, not discouraging, public transportation.” MBTA representatives will be in front of the Board of Selectmen at the April 8 meeting to discuss the issue of trains blocking Route 62 and preventing public safety vehicles from crossing the tracks when responding to emergencies.School Committee candidate Jesse FennellySchool Committee candidate Jesse Fennelly, may be running unopposed, but he is still campaigning hard.“I want to maintain some consistency within district leadership, something that has been noticeably lacking over the past few years,” said Fennelly. “I want to make sure our children are safe in school… Addressing the foundation budget is also a priority of mine… Our high school graduates must be prepared for what life brings them… I want to continue to move the district in the right direction.”School Committee candidate Jesse FennellyTown Moderator Rob Peterson“Your job isn’t done on April 27’s Town Election. You’re next big task is May 4 at Town Meeting,” said Town Moderator Rob Peterson. “Town Meeting is the purest form of democracy. It provides unique opportunities for all residents and is forum to have your voice be heard.  You can have a direct responsibility and action on what direction the town takes.”“It can be a little deflating and getting a minum number of quorum,” admitted Peterson. “After we get a quorum of 150 voters present, it doesn’t matter how many people remain. We could conceivable have 30 people vote for budget for 24,000 people.”“We are going to be developing a Town Meeting Review Committee. Come to Town Meeting on May 4, see how it works, and then tell us how we can make it better,” continued Peterson. “We want more involvement from residents and a more accurate cross section of our community to attend. We want to streamline the Town Meeting process. How can we make the meeting more efficient? How can we get more people through the door? Should we vote on the budget as a whole? Should we start providing childcare again? Should we eliminate random order What will make Town Meeting more ‘fun’ and get more butts in the seats to take all sorts of important actions?”Town Moderator Rob PetersonTown Committee Chairwoman Erika JohnsonWilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson began the event with a moment of silence for the late State Rep. Jim Miceli. The Committee also left a seat empty (reserved) for Miceli.“After his passing last year, the Committee voted to dedicate our scholarship to him,” announced Johnson. “This year, one Wilmington senior attending Wilmington High and one Wilmington seniors attending the Shawsheen Tech will be receiving James R. Miceli Memorial Scholarship.”“This is an incredible turnout. We haven’t seen these numbers in a long time. It means a lot,” Johnson told the crowd. “You believe in us. Thank you for supporting such a great cause like our scholarship.”Johnson noted all candidates in this year’s local races were invited to speak. Johnson read a statement from Selectman candidate Rob Fasulo, who could not attend the event. Fasulo argued that he and Sullivan are the only two candidates in their race who have fresh ideas and represent change.Johnson reminded attendees that the Town Committee meets the first Monday of the month at 7pm at WCTV Headquarters (10 Waltham Street).Johnson also announced that the Wilmington, Tewksbury and Billerica Democratic Town Committees will be holding a Political Comedy Night featuring Jimmy Tingle on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the the Billerica Elks. More details will be announced in the summer.Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson(Editor’s Note: If the Wilmington Republican Town Committee ever held an event of this size, Wilmington Apple would be happy to attend.)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… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy PrimaryIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”Miceli Intends To Run For Re-Election In 2016 + Other News From Democratic Scholarship BreakfastIn “Government” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Democratic Town Committee held its Annual Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Windsor Place of Wilmington.10 politicians at the local, state and federal levels addressed a crowd of more than 30 Democrats from Wilmington and surrounding communities.Representative Seth Moulton’s OfficeRick Jakious, District Director for Congressman Seth Moulton, acknowledged his boss’s presidential ambitions.“[Seth] is thinking hard about how he can be most valuable leading up to 2020,” said Jakious. “[He] will continue to deliver for the constituents of the 6th district.”Jakious praised the late State Representative Jim Miceli and his successor State Representative Dave Robertson.“I’ve never met a state legislator that was more connected to and delivered more for his community than Rep Miceli,” said Jakious. “His replacement had some really big shoes to fill. We’ve been very excited to work closely with Dave. We’ve talked almost weekly since the election. He’s really hit the ground running. You’re lucky to have such a fantastic state delegation with Dave and Ken Gordon.”Jakious cautioned the crowd not to get “activist fatigue.”“We’re going to have to earn the next election,” he stressed. “Democrats are going to have to win on ideas and hard work. We sat it in 2018 with the House victory… It’s time to double down.”Rick Jakious, District Director for Congressman Seth MoultonState Representative Dave Robertson“The best piece of news from Beacon Hill I can share with you is that I finally got an office on Friday,” joked State Representative David Robertson (D-Tewksbury).Robertson told the crowd that, after attending a hearing earlier this week, he believes the town’s Route 38 reconstruction project — which calls for various road improvements from the Woburn line to the Burlington Ave intersection — will likely break ground in 2020 or 2021.“We’re keeping things local, keeping things common sense, and keeping things moving forward,” Robertson told the crowd.Robertson also highlighted the State House’s recent measures to disallow psychiatrists to force people who are gay or lesbian to undergo conversion therapy.State Rep. Dave RobertsonState Representative Ken GordonState Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington, announced that he was recently appointed Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee.“My responsibility has been to come up with a policy to address sports gambling here in Massachusetts,” said Gordon. “It’s going to be fascinating and complex. How widespread will it be? Do you have to go to a casino or can you do it on your phone? What technology will be put in place to prevent over-betting? We look forward to tackling and addressing these issues. The Governor wants something in place by the next Patriots season. I’m sure we’ll meet that — it’s more important to do this right, not do it fast.”Gordon said that the state’s education funding formula may finally get a long overdue update.“We’re looking at a comprehensive policy on education… This wil probably be our great priority this session,” said Gordon. “The foundation budget formula was created in 1993… Things have changed since then. Our towns are challenged with educating students with special needs. It’s very expensive.”Gordon praised the work of his first-year colleague, State Rep. Robertson.“Dave has done a fantastic job in starting to fill the shoes of Jim Miceli,” said Gordon. “Because of his experience working with Jim, he knows what doors to knock on and who is behind them. Constituents don’t care how long you’ve been in office, but if you know how to get things done.”State Rep. Ken GordonState Representative Tram NguyenState Representative Tram Nguyen (D-Andover) represents two precincts in neighboring Tewksbury and is working with Wilmington’s delegation on Route 38 improvements.“You’ve all done good here in Wilmington. You have two great state reps here,” observed Nguyen, who told the crowd not to “let their guard down” in the 2020 election.“I was able to flip a seat from red to blue against a longtime incumbent. My predecessor [Jim Lyons] has become the head of the Mass GOP,” said Nguyen. “I care and am fighting for commonsense things — housing, the environment, education, healthcare, infrastructure. We cannot let them drag us down. They’ve already started attacking me and I’ve only been in office for three months. They’ve protested. They attack on social media. They’re spewing completely false misinformation.”“I need you all to help me,” continued Nguyen. “My time is spent making sure working families have the support they need. Making sure that people in need have access to unemployment. We don’t have time for all their divisivness. When they go low, we go high. You helped us get elected. Please help us stay in office.”State Rep. Tram NguyenState Representative Candidate Michelle MulletState Representative candidate Michelle Mullet (D-North Reading) recently announced she will be challenging House Minority Leader Brad Jones. Jones is a longtime incumbent who frequently runs unopposed.“I’m a mother of two little boys. I’ve learned that fighting is fun. I want to fight for you… I want to fight the good fight and help my community,” said Mullet. “I’m running against a guy who’s been there for 23 years… As a bold progressive Latina, I’m not easily intimated. I feel the days of ‘business as usual’ are over.”“When people ask me why I’m running, the answer is simple,” continued Mullet. “We’re living under the most corrupt, disruptive administration our country has ever seen… I wan to turn my activism into leadership in the House.”Mullet outlined the three majority priorities of her campaign — (1) gun violence prevention; (2) creating more union jobs; and (3) looking at 100% renewal energy sources by 2045.State Rep. Candidate Michelle MulletSelectman Candidate Suzanne SullivanSelectman candidate Suzanne Sullivan shared some of her personal background with the crowd.“I grew up in the city of Lynn. I came from a single family home. I had a deadbeat dad. We were pretty poor. We lived on a very busy street with commercial properties on three sides of our house,” said Sullivan. “My mother graduated from Northeastern and became a teacher. She eventually go stick and succumbed from cancer. I wound up quitting high school at 17. If I didn’t get out of Lynn, I felt I might not survive. I got my GED and took some college classes.”“I moved to Wilmington in 1989, nearly 30 years ago. I have 3 wonderful children. I divorced and wound up raising my three kids myself,” continued Sullivan. “The Ipswich River clean-up spurred my civic need to do something. I’ve done water quality monitoring on the Ipswich in Wilmington every month for 20 years. [My river work] has turned into other actions. I haven’t really stopped since… I got involved in the Olin issue, which I’ve been working on for 20 years.”Sullivan was critical of the Board of Selectmen’s recent stances relative to detox facility proposal and exploring alternative uses for the Olin site without a clean up plan in place. She feels the Board is failing to listen to its residents.“I grew up in an Irish Democratic home where politics were very important. Our government is supposed to be responsive to the people. I’ve always believed that,” said Sullivan. “The Olin issue led to lots of adversarial meetings where the town was not listening to its citizens…. I still feel, after all these years, the town government isn’t being responsive to its residents.”“Things really haven’t change. We need to do better. We need to treat people better.We need to include more people in the process. We need to ask for residents’ opinions. We really need to make some changes in Wilmington,” concluded Sullivan.Selectman candidate Suzanne Sullivanlast_img read more

Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With Jimmy The Jesters On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The 2019 Wilmington Concerts on the Common series continues this Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 6:30pm to 8pm, with Jimmy & The Jesters.Jimmy “Mr. Rock & Roll” Merrick and The Jesters specialize in the oldies and classic country tunes the way you remember them. Come out and see why this group is a fan favorite.Admission is free of charge. Bring your chairs/blankets and relax to the sweet sounds of summer. The Wilmington Band Parents Association will be selling concessions.A rain date of Thursday, July 18, 2019 is scheduled, but Wednesday night’s forecast looks good.Additional concerts will take place on July 24 (BackTrack) and July 31 (60’s Invasion).These popular concerts are organized by the Wilmington Recreation Department.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… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Begins With ‘Ball In The House’ This Wednesday, July 10In “Community”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘BackTrack’ On July 24In “Community”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF GameStop To Hold Fundraising Campaign To Benefit MakeAWish From August

first_imgGRAPEVINE, TX — Below is a press release from GameStop, which has a location in Wilmington at 246 Main Street:Avid Pokémon fan, 15-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Becca has dreamed of visiting the Pokémon headquarters in Japan since she was a little girl. [On Thursday], in front of more than 3,600 GameStop store managers, at the company’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., Becca was told her wish is coming true. Becca’s wish reveal serves as the kick-off for GameStop’s annual fundraising campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish, which runs from August 28 – September 30 in stores nationwide and on gamestop.com. Funds raised during the campaign will help grant wishes for children battling critical illnesses, like Becca, during their greatest time of need.This year’s in-store donation campaign represents the 12th year of GameStop’s financial support for Make-A-Wish, and comes on the heels of GameStop achieving its goal set four years ago to increase its overall charitable impact on the community by raising $20 million for various charities by 2020.“Today has been a day of good news. We not only told Becca her wish to go to the Pokémon headquarters is coming true, but we also shared with our associates that we have raised $20 million for charitable causes four months earlier than planned and will continue to give back,” said Frank Hamlin, executive vice president and chief customer officer for GameStop. “We are going to raise as much as we can together to help Make-A-Wish fulfill life-changing wishes.”GameStop invites customers to donate $1, $5, $10, or “round up” their total bill at checkout at all GameStop store locations. GameStop will also be offering triple PowerUp rewards points for those who donate at checkout.With 12 years of support, $7 million raised and nearly 3,600 wishes granted, the Make-A-Wish and GameStop partnership and campaign activations continue to be a ‘game-changer’ for fighters like Becca.“Our entire family is grateful for all of the support Make-A-Wish has given Becca during her treatment,” said Becca’s mom, Betsy Burns. “Knowing that Make-A-Wish has partners like GameStop who help make sure kids like Becca can have their wish is a reminder of how many people are involved in granting wishes. We are excited to share Becca’s wish with GameStop’s employees at their annual conference.”“Over the past 12 years, GameStop has granted nearly 3,600 wishes in partnership with Make-A-Wish,” said Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We know that the power of a wish can help a child build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. We’re grateful for partners like GameStop that make granting more wishes possible through campaigns like this.”Through the GameStop program, Wish Power, we are taking our wish-granting efforts to the next level by ensuring even more Make-A-Wish children receive epic gaming wishes. There are an estimated 27,000 children who may be eligible for a wish each year. Unfortunately, Make-A-Wish is currently only able to grant half of these. The good news. Customer donations can close this gap! Every donation helps create life-changing wishes and helps Make-A-Wish get closer to fulfilling wishes for all eligible children. Anyone can be a hero for these fearless kids by donating: during checkout in-store, in the PowerUp Rewards Center, or by donating during charity streams in support of Make-A-Wish.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… RelatedGameStop Raises $2.4 Million For Make-A-Wish Foundation During Holiday SeasonIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Launches 3rd Annual In-Store Donation Campaign Benefiting Make-A-WishIn “Business”last_img read more

Microsoft and Kroger put connected grocery shopping to the test

first_img Internet Services Tech Industry Comment 1 Inside Amazon Go in San Francisco Share your voice The Kroger stores have a different focus from the cashierless Amazon Go locations, which are designed to let you shop without a wallet and without having to stand in checkout lines — you scan the Amazon Go app on your phone as you arrive, you pick up items while monitored by the store’s cameras and you’re charged via your Amazon account as you leave.Last summer, rumors suggested that Microsoft was in talks with Walmart to implement its own cashierless store technology.Kroger has also been looking to innovate within the grocery delivery market, with unmanned delivery pods zipping around Scottsdale, Arizona, as part of an autonomous delivery pilot program.This is not your father’s Microsoft: Satya Nadella’s shaking things up at the world’s largest software maker.Trial by shopping: In Amazon Go, no one thinks I’m stealing You can use the Kroger app to write a shopping list before you go to the store, and it’ll guide you once you get there. It works in tandem with the EDGE system to display a personalized image that’ll help you spot the item you need on the shelf.The same system helps employees find groceries for pickup orders, while ceiling-mounted cameras can spot out-of-stock items and gather valuable marketing data for Kroger, according to Bloomberg.Microsoft’s Azure system crunches all this data and offers Kroger a chance to advertise more directly to you.”Using video analytics, personalized offers and advertisements can be presented based on customer demographics,” Microsoft noted in a release.The success of these pilot stores will determine how the program expands.center_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Kroger and Microsoft are collaborating to pilot two “connected experience stores.” Kroger Microsoft and Kroger have teamed up to offer customers a “connected store experience” that’s very different from the one offered by Amazon Go.The companies opened pilot stores that use digital shelf labeling in Monroe, Ohio, and in Redmond, Washington, near Kroger’s and Microsoft’s respective headquarters.The labeling system is known as Enhanced Display for Grocery Environment (EDGE, not to be confused with the browser), which Microsoft revealed last year, and replaces traditional paper price tags with digital displays that can be altered in real time — so no more outdated or illegible tags. It can also display promotions and nutritional information as needed. 2:32 Amazon Microsoftlast_img read more

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Apple confirms earlier rumor of layoffs at its Titan selfdriving car program

first_imgJosh Edelson / AFP/Getty Images Apple is reportedly laying off 190 employees from its Project Titan self-driving car program.  The Cupertino, California-based company noted the layoffs in a letter to the California Employment Development Department this month, according to a Wednesday report from the San Francisco Chronicle. They layoffs will reportedly take place in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, California.Employees impacted by the layoffs, which go into effect April 16, include 38 engineering program managers, 33 hardware engineers, 31 product design engineers and 22 software engineers, according to the Chronicle. News of the reported layoffs circulated last month, with people inside the company saying the dismissals were part of a restructuring, according to CNBC. Some other employees will move to different parts of the company, the report said. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR reading • Apple confirms earlier rumor of layoffs at its Titan self-driving car program Share your voice $60 at Best Buy 7 $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Boost Mobile Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Rylo See at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Apple iPhone XS Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 2 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See it 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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). See at Turo Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon $210 at Best Buy 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.center_img Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It 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. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It 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. Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) • 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. 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 $520 at HP TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See All Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview 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. 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. 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. $999 Tech Industry Apple Read Google Home Hub review Best Buy Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 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.last_img read more

Join BookoftheMonth Club for 5

first_img Comment 1 Tags Book of the Month Books? Yeah, they’re still a thing. In fact, in these days of screen overload, there’s a growing nostalgia for the look, feel and experience of proper print books.Ah, but what to read? That’s where Book of the Month comes in. The recently relaunched subscription service gives you a choice of one new book per month from a small, hand-picked selection. For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get their first book for $5 with promo code CNET19.See it at Book of the MonthAfter the first month, each book will cost you $14.99 shipped — far below the cover price and in some cases below Amazon as well. One of this month’s choices, for example, the buzzy Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel, is currently $16.98 at Amazon.You can skip a month if there’s nothing of interest, and you can also cancel anytime you want (though you do have to call the service to do that).Call me old-fashioned, but I love the idea of an actual book arriving at my door every month. It’s a reminder to slow down, put the phone away and enjoy one of life’s greatest treasures: reading.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 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.center_img Share your voice Culture The Cheapskatelast_img read more

NASA eyeballs bizarre Mars brain terrain

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the AirPods review See It 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. Sci-Tech Comments NASA view of Mars looks like a ’70s shag carpet Strange Mars ‘scratch marks’ have a scientific explanation Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 43 Photos Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile 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. Share your voice See It 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. $59 at eBay Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 Read the Rylo camera preview 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. The Cheapskate Turo See at Amazon Marvelous Mars Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 2 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP 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. See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Enlarge ImageThis “brain terrain” on Mars is a baffler. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Maybe we should start calling Mars “The Gray Matter Planet.” NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter got a look at some seriously strange landscaping. An image shows a series of interconnected troughs and ridges that look like the folds of a brain, earning it the name “brain terrain.”The MRO’s HiRise camera team at the University of Arizona on Monday shared a view of brain terrain captured by the spacecraft in December. The researchers refer to it as “one of the unsolved mysteries on Mars.”NASA scientists ogled similar oddball formations in 2013, saying, “This strange-looking surface might be related to flow of the ice, but we still don’t have a definite explanation for this mystery.”  Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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). The enigma still persists today. The HiRise team offers up one possible hypothesis: that buried water-ice beneath the surface changes from a solid to a gas and forms the troughs in the process. If it’s happening, then it’s a very slow process. The MRO hasn’t detected any significant changes in the brain terrain over time. MRO has been in orbit around Mars since 2006 on a mission to document the planet’s surface and investigate its history of water. The brain terrain image joins a fascinating lineup of Mars views that includes a crater that looks like Pac-Man and a landscape that’s a dead ringer for a ’70s shag carpet. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $155 at Google Express 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 NASA Space,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. $60 at Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. $210 at Best Buy 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. Tags $299 at Amazon Share your voice $999 Best Buy 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’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. Angela Lang/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Sprint Tags Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Amazonlast_img read more

Facebooks Zuckerberg wants laws to combat harmful content protect privacy

first_img Tags Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree.” James Martin/CNET When it comes to regulation, Facebook wants some rules.That seems to be the gist of an editorial by Mark Zuckerberg published Saturday in The Washington Post. In it, the head of the world’s largest social network says firms like his have “immense responsibilities” over issues like protecting user data and managing disinformation and political ads on their platforms. But, he says, the companies need some guidance.”Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech,” Zuckerberg writes, “and frankly I agree. I’ve come to believe that we shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own.”Later in the piece, he says, “We need a more active role for governments and regulators.”Like Google, YouTube and other tech companies, Facebook has been confronting the specter of government oversight after high-profile scandals involving hate speech, election meddling, leaks of customer data, and other problems.Zuckerberg has previously said he’d welcome regulation, but only if it’s the right kind. In the Saturday op-ed, he gives an idea of the sort of thing he has in mind, and he singles out four areas that need new regulation: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. The common denominator? Industrywide standards and frameworks.With regard to harmful content, Zuckerberg floats the idea of groups that would establish guidelines and ensure that companies meet them.”One idea is for third-party bodies to set standards governing the distribution of harmful content and to measure companies against those standards,” he writes. “Regulation could set baselines for what’s prohibited and require companies to build systems for keeping harmful content to a bare minimum.” He also says companies should release quarterly transparency reports on how well they’re doing.Similarly, protecting election integrity calls for guidelines.”Deciding whether an ad is political isn’t always straightforward,” Zuckerberg writes. “Our systems would be more effective if regulation created common standards for verifying political actors.”Zuckerberg says current laws about online political advertising fall short because they focus on candidates and campaigns but not on the divisive issues exploited by those wishing to sow discord and interfere in elections. And some laws apply only during elections, he says, and “information campaigns are nonstop.”Zuckerberg writes: “Legislation should be updated to reflect the reality of the threats and set standards for the whole industry.”Effective privacy protections, too, would require a “globally harmonized framework,” Zuckerberg says.”People around the world have called for comprehensive privacy regulation in line with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, and I agree,” Zuckerberg writes.”I also believe a common global framework — rather than regulation that varies significantly by country and state — will ensure that the Internet does not get fractured, entrepreneurs can build products that serve everyone, and everyone gets the same protections.”Such regulation “should protect your right to choose how your information is used — while enabling companies to use information for safety purposes and to provide services,” Zuckerberg writes. He also says it should set up a method for holding companies accountable through sanctions.Data portability should get the standards treatment as well, Zuckerberg writes.”If you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another,” he says. “This gives people choice and enables developers to innovate and compete.”He adds, however, that “this requires clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting information when it moves between services.” 3 Internet Services Cambridge Analytica Privacy Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Share your voice Commentslast_img read more

Volvo Car Accident Advisor will offer a postcrash checklist to keep things

first_img Volvo 0 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact More about 2019 Volvo V60 Enlarge ImageYour brain is probably running a mile a minute after an accident, and forgetting to document the crash could end up coming back to bite you. Volvo The minutes following a car crash can be confusing and frustrating, and trying to remember every wise step to take in that time might not be the easiest task. That’s why Volvo created Volvo Car Accident Advisor.Volvo on Tuesday unveiled its Car Accident Advisor system. In addition to getting owners in contact with emergency services (something Volvo’s been doing for years), the automaker will also supply a checklist and guided documentation to make sure drivers don’t forget any of the important post-crash steps, like taking pictures of the accident scene.In addition to reminding people to take pictures, Volvo Car Accident Advisor’s web-based service will let them contact their insurance agent digitally and look for nearby repair shops. The hope is that, in addition to making sure all the T’s are crossed, this system will speed up the claims process and get owners back on the road sooner.”For years, Volvo Cars has been immediately communicating with drivers and passengers as soon as a crash sensor is activated in the car to accelerate the emergency response process,” said Scott Doering, Volvo’s vice president of customer care in the US, in a statement. “Now with Volvo Car Accident Advisor, the application can guide drivers on what to do next after the driver has confirmed to Volvo Customer Care that they are safe and without injury.”Best of all, a car doesn’t have to be a certain model year to take advantage of this service. Vehicles starting with the 2015.5 model year will be able to access the system through the in-car SOS button, but older cars can take advantage of it by calling Volvo Car Customer Care. Volvo mentions that owners should only use this system “in the event of a non-injury producing accident,” because if there are injuries, there are more important things to worry about than some silly dent. No matter the age of the car, Volvo Car Accident Advisor is free. More From Roadshow Tags Review • 2019 Volvo V60 review: A well-rounded all-rounder Meet Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 50 Photos 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever Share your voice Post a comment Auto Tech Car Industry Preview • 2019 Volvo V60: The best kind of cookie cutter 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Volvolast_img read more

ATT TMobile put aside differences in team up to fight robocalls

first_img AT&T T-Mobile Share your voice Tips to stop robocalls Robocalls have gotten so bad that even AT&T and T-Mobile are working together to fight them.  Josh Miller/CNET A common enemy can do wonders for bringing people and groups together, and the robocall plague has now done just that. On Wednesday AT&T and T-Mobile announced that they have begun rolling out a call authentication system to help protect their users from the annoying spam calls. Following the FCC-recommended STIR/SHAKEN protocol, the system works by having a caller’s network send out a digital signature to signify that its number hasn’t been spoofed or faked which the receiver’s network then verifies.  An icon will then be displayed on the recipient’s screen to indicate that the call they are receiving has been verified to be from an actual person, not a robocall service. Caller Verified T-MobileAn example of what a verified caller screen looks like on a T-Mobile phone.  T-Mobile T-Mobile has already deployed the protocol for calls made within its network and AT&T has previously teamed up with Comcast for calls made between the two respective providers’ digital home phone services (as well as offering the service within its own mobile network). Wednesday’s announcement marks another big step, bringing two wireless companies together. There still are, however, some limitations. The service won’t block the calls, it will just give people better knowledge about the calls they are receiving. On T-Mobile, you will need to have one of 12 Samsung and LG devices at T-Mobile and Metro with T-Mobile to see the verification today, with the company saying that there will be “more to come in the near future.” AT&T hasn’t announced which devices will have the SHAKEN/STIR displays.AT&T’s Call Protect, which works to block calls in the background, will also begin learning from STIR/SHAKEN to improve its service today. The announcement follows comments made in February by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who said that companies should get the systems installed by the end of 2019 or the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.” 1 1:04center_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Phones Commentlast_img read more

Legislature Scraps Deal To Buy Anchorage LIO

first_imgA deal to buy the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building for $28 million is officially off the table.Rep. Mike Hawker, an Anchorage Republican, made the announcement early Thursday morning, at a six-minute meeting of the Legislative Council.“While I believe that the Anchorage LIO proposal speaks for itself on its own merits, I do recognize that the events of the past two weeks have proven that some legislators do not have time to become sufficiently comfortable with the proposal,” Hawker said.Hawker’s plan would have only purchased the building – not the land beneath it, or the parking facility. The state would have still been on the hook to rent those facilities from the developer at a cost of $1.4 million.With the purchase option now dead, the Legislature will instead lease the building for $4 million annually, as part of a 10-year agreement.That agreement has come under public criticism because it more than quadruples the rate the Legislature is currently paying for the building, as a result of renovations that are now underway.Sen. Peter Micciche, a Soldotna Republican who also has a leadership role on the Council, characterized the LIO situation as an “inherited problem” that has left the Legislature with few good alternatives.“I think it’s clear that none of us are comfortable with where we are. None of us are comfortable with this deal. It’s expensive,” Micciche said. “But here are the facts: That LIO houses half the Legislature for three quarter of the year – nine months of the years – in the area with the most expensive real estate in the state.”Earlier this week, the Senate President Charlie Huggins told reporters he would like to pursue the possibility of a one-year lease and reconsider the purchase of the building during the next legislative session.last_img read more

RFP Released For Alaska Class Day Boat Construction

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Transportation has released a Request for Proposals to the Ketchikan shipyard for construction of the Alaska Class day boat.Download Audiolast_img

State moves to ban noncitizens from getting senior benefits

first_imgState officials want to change eligibility requirements that now allow non-citizens to collect monthly senior benefits.The proposed change from Gov. Bill Walker and the state health department would remove 16 people from the program that pays monthly benefits to low-income senior citizens. It would save the state about $43,000 annually.Most of those who would be affected have not met the five-year residency requirement to receive benefits. Three others have moved to Alaska but don’t plan to immigrate, and one person is in the country without legal permission.Walker’s bill would require anyone receiving the senior benefit be a citizen or a qualified permanent resident.The governor’s office says all public assistance programs except one other have citizenship requirements.last_img

New legislation could make hiring vets less cumbersome

first_imgRep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, in April. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)When business owners seek to advertise that they want to hire military veterans, they face an obstacle. People who aren’t veterans can sue them for discrimination.Listen nowState Representative Chris Tuck wants to change that. Tuck has introduced House Bill 2, which would allow private employers to openly use a veteran hire preference if they choose to.“Employers know that when military people are discharged, they come with some great skills and abilities through their training,” Tuck said.The federal Civil Rights Act provides that states can allow public and private employers to legally prefer to hire veterans. While all 50 states allow the veterans’ preference for public employers, Alaska is one of 13 states that hasn’t allowed it for private employers.Tuck said business owners’ concerns are valid.“Employers have been brought to trial because they had a hiring preference for a veteran, other than another civilian,” Tuck said.Russ Ball owns ACB solutions, an Anchorage small business that provides computer repair and other computer services statewide. He says he’s worried about a discrimination suit from an unsuccessful applicant.Ball supports Tuck’s bill.“We find the military, or the veterans, to be good workers, to be skilled workers,” Ball said. “But we also see it as a way of saying thank you for their service.”The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee discussed the bill Tuesday. Tuck said he would bring the legislation up again in a future meeting.Officials with the U.S. Defense Department and the state Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs support the bill. One in every ten Alaskans is a veteran, the highest per capita share of any state’s population.last_img read more

WCA gets 600000 to upgrade native homes in Wrangell

first_imgA Wrangell tribe has received federal money to upgrade things like heating, plumbing and roofing for houses and trailers in Wrangell. It’s accepting applications from Native homeowners through the end of next month.Listen nowDonna Kuntz had lived in her house for more than 30 years when it was inspected.“The assessor said my electrical the box outside box was not up to code and was dangerous the way it is,” Kuntz said.That was eight years ago.“If I qualify this time I’d really like to have my electrical checked and my fuse box outside updated and wiring updated,” Kuntz said.The local tribe, Wrangell Cooperative Association, might be able to help her. It’s received a $600,000 grant to upgrade homes owned by Alaska and other Natives. Kuntz’s situation isn’t uncommon. Tom Rooney lives in a two-bedroom house with his mom and step-dad.“I’m disabled, you know,” Rooney said.He’s in a wheelchair.“I guess if I wanted to, I’d get a ramp to put in and a bigger bathroom, a handicap bathroom, just so it’s a lot safer in the house,” Rooney said.The money comes from a federal Indian Community Development Block Grant. It’s called the “Healthy Homes Program” and is administered by the The Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority.Melanie Rodriguez helps run the program, which hopes to upgrade 20 houses in the community.“We prioritize by elders over the age of 62, if you have children in the home under the age of six,” Rodriguez said. “And then it also goes down to income and any kind of health issues your household might be facing in regards to the condition of the home.”Rodriguez says no problem is too big to tackle. The goal is to address hazardous living conditions. And prevent small problems from turning into big ones.A 2016 survey by the Wrangell Cooperative Association found that a third of households had someone over 60 living there. That would automatically give them priority.Aaron Angerman used to work for the tribe as the administrator.“We want to keep our elders here and healthy,” Angerman said. “We don’t want them to move away because of conditions in the home or anything else like that.Once an applicant is approved, the regional authority and tribe discuss with the homeowner which upgrades are practical and necessary. The work is supposed to take a month or two.The Wrangell Cooperative Association has applications at it’s office, and there’s a deadline: Feb. 28.Angerman says he hopes it’ll keep the community intact. Every Native homeowner in Wrangell is eligible for the assistance.“Wrangell’s a pretty special place and it’s important for us to take care of those who are our future and those who got us here,” Angerman said.last_img read more

End of an Era Blockbuster begins final inventory sales

first_imgInventory sales will continue at the two remaining Blockbusters in Anchorage and Fairbanks through August. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)Tuesday was the beginning of the end for Blockbuster in Alaska. The two remaining stores in Fairbanks and Anchorage began their inventory sales, selling off DVDs, Blu Rays and video games. Even the racks they’re displayed on are up for grabs.Listen nowAt the store in Anchorage, a line snaked around the corners of the store. People waited for hours to get inside.Finally, the door front doors open and customers flooded in. They grabbed blue plastic shopping baskets and make a beeline to the aisles of DVDs.Blockbuster has been in Alaska for more than 25 years, (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)Within minutes, Hannah Lewis’s basket was filled to the brim.“I have some new releases, a couple of TV shows, and an Xbox game for Legos,” Hannah explained.Lewis is 23 years old. She’s lived in Alaska her entire life and has been coming to Blockbuster for as long as she can remember.“When I was a kid we came here every day or every couple of days because we were kids. We loved movies,” Lewis explained. “And now, since I’m an adult, me and my boyfriend would come here every other week or so to rent some movies because sometimes you can’t find this stuff on TV.”There are more and more ways to rent or stream movies, like on Netlfix, Amazon or Hulu.But a lot of Blockbuster customers say streaming services don’t have all the options, especially when it comes to the classics.Blockbuster’s general manager Kevin Daymude says everything is for sale, even the racks used to display DVDsThat’s what brings Diane to Blockbuster.“We’re here quite often for the older movies and things like that,” Diane said.Diane is a Blockbuster regular. She comes in a couple times and week. She came to the inventory sale to stock up on some of her favorite TV shows– The Walking Dead and Fear of the Walking Dead.Diane says she’ll miss renting TV shows and movies, but really, she said, it’s the employees that have made Blockbuster special.Kevin Daymude, the General Manager, has been working here for Blockbuster for decades.Kevin Daymude is Blockbuster’s general manager of Alaska stores. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)“I’ve known these customers, a lot of these customers, since 1993,” Daymude said.Daymude said breaking the news to his staff and then his customers — that was the hardest part.“It kills me to sit there and tell them. When you see people crying, [I’m] like, ‘Don’t do that. Please don’t do that,’” Daymude said.At the inventory sale in Anchorage, Daymude hugged customers, asking how their kids were and dodging questions about what his plans are for life after Blockbuster.“It kind of hurts your heart because this is the end of an era,” Daymude said. “Blockbuster is gone in Alaska. That’s it.”Inventory sales will continue at the two remaining Blockbusters in Anchorage and Fairbanks through August.last_img read more

State leaders say salmon initiative would cost time and money if it

first_imgState government leaders said an initiative to protect salmon would cost the state money and delay infrastructure projects. They spoke at a Senate State Affairs Committee meeting on Friday. (Photo by Katrina Mueller/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)State government leaders said an initiative to protect salmon that Alaskans could vote on in November will cost the state money and delay infrastructure projects. They spoke at a Senate State Affairs Committee meeting held Friday in Anchorage to consider the effect of Ballot Measure 1. The initiative would increase protections for salmon streams.Listen nowBen White is the statewide environmental program manager for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He noted the initiative would increase the number of streams the state must assume have salmon. Companies or state agencies seeking to build on or near these streams could require the state to check whether each stream has salmon. And White said this would take time.“They’re not always there,” White said of the salmon. “They’re not always there when we’re there, and so that’s an expense. It takes us time and effort to get out to the sites at a lot of times. And so, this is going to increase the delivery time of our projects.”Ron Benkert said the Department of Fish and Game would have to hire people to enforce new regulations if the initiative passes. He’s a habitat coordinator for the department.“There is a significant impact from a cost perspective,” Benkert said. “Our estimate is about $1.3 million a year annually for at least five years.”Gov. Bill Walker opposes the measure. However, the state officials who testified Friday are prohibited by state law from trying to influence the outcome of the ballot initiative.Initiative supporters say it would actually lower costs for the state.“With the assumption that fish are in the streams, that saves the Department of Fish and Game a lot of money and resources, from going out and constantly testing these streams to add them to the existing catalog,” Ryan Schryver, Stand for Salmon’s director, said. “So this is really about saving Alaskans money.”The committee will not take action as a result of the meeting.The Alaska Supreme Court is considering a case that could block the initiative.last_img read more

Anchorage nonprofit to study local option data in Bethel

first_imgThe AC Quickstop halted liquor stores after the ABC Board refused to renew its license in May. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)When the AC Quickstop liquor store opened two years ago, local emergency services, law enforcement and social services saw a sharp rise in alcohol-related incidents — mostly public intoxication.Listen nowThe Bethel City Council opposed the liquor store’s license renewal, and the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board chose not to renew it in May. Alcohol sales have been limited ever since, but they could be shut down entirely in October, when Bethel residents vote whether or not to allow alcohol sales.Meanwhile, a small non-profit in Anchorage thinks that Bethel can fill in key informational gaps about how rural Alaska deals with alcohol, specifically local option. Tiffany Hall, Executive Director of Recover Alaska, says that the group found little to no numbers about local option.Just this past year, Recover Alaska tried to help push a massive bill through the Legislature that was six years in the making: Senate Bill 76. It would have revised alcohol regulations in Alaska.The bill died in the state House at the last minute after clearing the Senate. Its sponsor, Senator Peter Micciche, withdrew it after stakeholders couldn’t agree on a House amendment.While that bill addressed a lot of issues with Alaska’s alcohol regulations, it didn’t address local option. Hall blames the lack of input and the group’s location in Anchorage.Hall chose Bethel for a kind of case study about local option. Bethel’s history with the regulation dates back to 1960, when a proposal to allow liquor sales failed by 25 votes. And the town has toggled between allowing liquor sales in various capacities since then.Hall says that she reached out to the Bethel ONC tribe and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation a year ago about gathering data from Bethel and the surrounding communities so that she could gather data about local option.It took a while, but Hall finally visited Bethel last week at the behest of those two organizations. She says that Recover Alaska is also working with the Institute for Circumpolar Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.But Hall says finding the data will be a challenge.“In some cases that will mean electronic cases, and other cases that means boxes of handwritten paper,” Hall said.Hall also plans to talk to villages in the Y-K Delta, but doesn’t expect to find many records there because of sparse resources.“So we’ll just be trying to have a conversation, and getting qualitative data where possible,” Hall said.Hall says that Recover Alaska could have its initial findings as soon as this December. But, she says, it will take a lot of time to gather all the data the group needs. And once they are done, Hall says that they still have to figure out who gets the data.“We are not exactly sure how we plan to roll that out,” Hall said.Meanwhile, the group is reaching out to local stakeholders, like the Tundra Women’s Coalition and Search and Rescue, for any information and insight they have on the town’s local option history.last_img read more