OBITUARY Thomas A Feindel 22

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Thomas A. Feindel, “Tom”, age 22, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2019 at the Winchester Hospital.Tom was born on February 24, 1996 in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of Kenneth and Janice Feindel. Tom attended Wilmington Public Schools and went on to attend Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica where he studied plumbing. Tom graduated Shawsheen Tech with the Class of 2014. While attending Shawsheen Tech, Tom went to work for Houghton Plumbing in Stoneham during his “shop weeks”. Tom loved his job and his co-workers; he was knowledgeable about plumbing and had great people skills when it came to dealing with the customers. Tom was still employed for Houghton Plumbing at the time of his death.Throughout his life, Tom was very involved with the Boy Scouts; he earned the rank of Eagle Scout by completing his Eagle Project which consisted of him adding a two bay wash sink at Camp 40 Acres in Wilmington and building a roof shelter over it for the campers. Tom enjoyed all the outdoor activities and camping that came with scouting and he met some great people along the way that became lifelong friends.Tom was a great kid who had a big heart and was always looking out for others; he took the time to listen, help, stand up for the “little guy” and he would go out of his way to do something nice for someone. Tom was not judgmental and never turned anyone away who needed help. Tom also enjoyed volunteering and he took several mission trips with his friends through the Wilmington Methodist Church; this was an eye-opening experience for this young man to see how other parts of the country and world lived. Tom always came back feeling very fortunate to have the loving family and support system that he called home.Tom’s family was the center of his life; he had wonderful parents and brothers whom he adored. Tom looked forward to the time they spent together, the fun they had, and all the wonderful memories they shared. Tom was also fortunate enough to have a great extended family and a “village of friends” who he loved dearly. Tom will forever be in the hearts of those he loved.Tom was the cherished son of Kenneth and Janice (McLean) Feindel, beloved brother of Christopher Feindel and Bryan Feindel & his girlfriend Allison Rotger all of Wilmington, dear grandson of Mary & the late Gordon “Mac” McLean of Woburn and Dorothy Nickerson & the late Kenneth Feindel of Melrose. Loving Nephew of Cheryl & Scott Reynolds of Yonkers, NY, Rick Feindel & Christine Twombly of Plaistow, NH, Robyn Feindel of Wadsworth, OH, Robert McLean of Woburn, Deb Fournier and Larry Nickerson and the late Donna Feindel. Tom is also survived by his girlfriend Morgan VanValkenberg of Danvers, his godfather Donald Wheaton & wife Kathy of Stoneham, his godmother Elaine Rockwood of Wakefield, his loving dog Diesel as well as many cousins and his village of friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Friday, January 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to Neurofibromatosis Northeast, 9 Bedford St., Burlington, MA 01803.Thomas A. Feindel(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Carl J. Giangregorio, 37In “Obituaries”last_img read more

ELECTION UPDATE Mark Maselli Pulls Papers To Run For Selectman

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple has learned that resident Mark Maselli pulled nomination papers to run for the Board of Selectmen on Monday afternoon.Maselli and his wife have been small business owners since 2002. He has three children, all of which attend Wilmington Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration and a minor in Economics from St. Thomas University in Miami. He was born and raised in West Philadelphia, and moved to the state in 1996. He has lived in Wilmington for the past 16 years.Maselli is seeking one of the two 3-year seats currently occupied by incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, both of whom are seeking re-election. Additional challengers include former Selectwoman Suzanne Sullivan, last year’s runner-up Rob Fasulo, and Daniel Murphy.Jomarie O’Mahony and Daryn Marsh are seeking the final year remaining on Selectman Ed Loud’s term. Loud is expected to resign from the Board at the end of the Monday, February 11 meeting after accepting a new job that requires significant out-of-state travel.To get on the ballot, nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 8. As of last Friday, Bendel and Murphy were the only Selectmen candidates to have returned their nomination papers.The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email 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… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Maselli Speaks From The Heart And Is Genuine, Transparent & RealIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Appointments To Town’s New Economic Development Committee Gets ComplicatedIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter In Support Of Mark Maselli From The Person Who Knows Him BestIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Recreation Department Increases Number Of Town Beach Lifeguards By Nearly 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Recreation Director Karen Campbell was in front of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen at their Monday, June 10, 2019 meeting to provide an update on happenings within the town’s Recreation Department.Campbell highlighted the Recreation Department’s popular summer playground program.“225 children are enrolled. It is full and we’ve started a wait list. We have 15 more children participating than last year,” said Campbell. “We have unbelievable supervisors running a great program, which is in its 48th year.”Campbell also praised her Department’s longstanding Tiny Tots and Kids Club programs.“They have a June 24 kickoff. The programs have unbelievable staff… The programs have been going for 43 years,” added Campbell.Campbell highlighted many of the youth activities offered this summer, including kayaking, sailing, cooking, crafts, STEM programming, comedy classes, and magic classes, as well as all the standard sports — basketball, tennis, and multi-sports clinics. Campbell was especially excited about a new sports offering — mountain biking, where kids will ride in the conservation lands behind Mill Street and Eleanor Estates, as well as the in the Town Forest.“It will be nice to the kids to explore more of Wilmington and be outside, away from screens,” said Campbell.Campbell then ran down an array of adult program offerings, including tennis, pickle-ball, golf, yoga, crafts and an assortment of trips, which are detailed HERE.“Those that come on our [day trips] don’t have to worry about traffic or parking,” said Campbell. “It’s a great opportunity to see great shows in great seats.”Campbell noted that the Department offers tickets to Six Flags, Canobie Lake Park, Water Country, and – new this summer – a Whale Watch.Campbell noted that the Concerts on the Common begin on Wednesday, July 10 with Ball in the House and run for four consecutive Wednesday nights from 6:30pm to 8pm. The lineup can be seen HERE.Campbell noted that Town Beach opened over the weekend.“We have a great new staff. We’ve increased our staff of lifeguards. We have 19 guards this summer, up from 13 last year… We have 4 gate attendants as well,” explained Campbell, who stated the increase in staffing will help with capacity issues.Campbell invited the public to the Annual Police Beach Day at Town Beach on Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 11am to 2pm. Wilmington Police Officers will be behind the grill providing food, while the Recreation Department organizes a DJ, sand castle contest, and other fun activities.Campbell also noted the new netting is going up at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.“If the new net saves one ball from striking a windshield of a car going by on Route 38, it’s worth it,” said Campbell.Selectmen praised Campbell and her staff from the depth and breadth of the Recreation Department’s summer offerings.“The Rec Department is one of the many reasons Wilmington is such an awesome town,” said Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony. “It’s amazing to have such a jam-packed schedule.  We really appreciate you as a resource and asset.”Several Selectmen were also happy to see the increase in lifeguards.“I’m real excited about having plenty of lifeguards this year,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “And that’s a credit to you and your department. I know you started seeking out lifeguards the day after summer ended last year.”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 RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”Town Officials Discuss Creating A SPLASH PAD In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

State Senator Bruce Tarr Supports Interlock Devices For FirstTime OUI Offenders

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Below is a statement from State Senator Bruce Tarr regarding his attempts to reduce drunk driving and permit the use of interlock devices for first-time offenders. Massachusetts now stands alone as the only state that does not have a law for these offenders:“Now is the time to authorize the use of interlock devices for first-time OUI offenders. We have already waited too long to authorize this important tool which can prevent tragedy on our state’s roadways. While we can no longer avoid being the last state in the nation to adopt this smart approach to public safety, we still have an obligation to take action now so that we can stem the pain and harm from the senseless loss of life at the hands of a drunk driver that could have been prevented with time-tested and road tested technology.Federal government data shows that interlocks reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by 67 percent. I urge the Joint Committee on Transportation to move in the right direction with legislation that is before them.”Tarr also noted that Massachusetts requires interlocks for all REPEAT offenders. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2016 and 2018 studies found that states with first-time offender ignition interlock laws saw drunk driving deaths decrease by 15 and 16 percent. Over the past dozen years, interlocks have prevented over 39,000 attempts to drive drunk in Massachusetts.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… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Reminds Residents Of Animal Welfare Laws & Pets Left In Warm CarsIn “Government”last_img read more

Elacs Carina speaker shaping up to be designer Andrew Jones next hit

first_imgElac Speaker designer Andrew Jones has unveiled his latest Elac series and it is the first to incorporate the company’s iconic “Jet” folded tweeter. And based on my time with it, for such a small design it had a big, big sound.The Carina series is the step-up from the excellent Uni-Fi range and consists of three products: the BS243.4 bookshelf ($1,200), the FS247.4 floorstander ($2,400) and the CC241.4 center channel ($TBC).Jones is best known for his three-way concentric designs and told me that it was a challenge to try incorporating a tweeter he hadn’t worked with before in a simpler two-way speaker (treble and mid/bass).All of the speakers are based on 5.25-inch aluminum drivers and Jones told me he sourced a different folded tweeter from the one the company typically uses to keep costs down. The BS243.4 bookshelf features a bass reflex located on the bottom of the speaker and this in combination with the tweeter achieves a frequency range of 46Hz to 30kHz.Ears-oncarina Ty Pendlebury/CNET Jones treated me to a demo of the still-in-development speaker, and despite the change from a dome tweeter to the Jet, the design unmistakably bore his signature sound. It had an ultra-wide sound stage that enveloped the room with just a slight forwardness in the upper mids, though without harshness or brightness. For a small speaker with a 5.25-inch driver, the bass was impressively deep and punchy.When Andrew first demonstrated the Uni-Fi speaker at CES 2016, the song that blew me away was Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name Of. Played through the Carina, I got a similar case of the chills. The opening chunk-chunk-chunks sounded compact in a way I hadn’t heard before, and this made the transition to Zack de la Rocha’s “killing in the name of” and the band’s all-in onslaught all the more surprising and goose bump inducing. The speakers aren’t yet done, and as music played I could almost hear his brain working on the changes he wants to make. As the Carinas are now though, they look good, sound like a Jones design and the price is reasonable for a high-end speaker. Look out for the Carina range in mid-2019. 27 Photos Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Comments CES 2019 Speakers 3 Tags Best new headphones of CES 2019 CES Productslast_img read more

Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa The 359 Ep 516

first_img 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. $299 at Amazon 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. 5:21 Share your voice 0 Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Google’s ambitions to teach its Assistant more sophisticated tricks. Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor, two podcasting companies. Apple’s retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, announces departure. Google Assistant Alexa Google Spotify,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. $59 at eBay 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. Turo Share your voice 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. The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa (The 3:59, Ep. 516) 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. $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $210 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $6 at Tidal 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $155 at Google Express See at Turo Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review $999 See at Amazon 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). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Now playing: Watch this: $999 $999 Tags 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy The Daily Charge Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa (The 3:59,… Sprint Post a comment Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Audio Smart Speakers & Displays Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It 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. See It Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET 7 $520 at HP Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview Your browser does not support the audio element. Amazonlast_img read more

Alita Battle Angel​s cuttingedge effects cant save its bland story

first_img36:12 2019 movies to geek out over More Alita Movie reviews 21st Century Fox The digitally captured Alita, played by Rosa Salazar as a wide-eyed ingenue with an amusing taste for kicking people’s limbs off, is a charming guide to this cybernetics-obsessed future. But her story doesn’t hang together. One minute she wants to be a bounty hunter, the next she wants to be a rollerball-style future-sport champion. The storylines are simultaneously too intertwined and frustratingly disjointed.James Cameron and Robert RodriguezEnlarge ImageJames Cameron and Robert Rodriguez on the set of Alita: Battle Angel. 20th Century Fox And of course, of course, half the story is setup for a sequel.  Where we’d like to see Alita tested and challenged to learn about herself and the strange world she wakes up in, everything is endlessly explained to her instead. Most of the exposition falls to Christoph Waltz as Ido, the cybernetic expert who finds and rebuilds Alita. The relationship between jaded father-figure and cyborg surrogate daughter is easily the best thing in the movie. But Waltz ends up explaining every little thing. At first, he guides Alita — and us — through the sci-fi world and later spills important information that would be far more intriguing if she discovered it herself.Waltz is given a chance to catch his breath by Keean Johnson as Alita’s love interest Hugo. His burgeoning relationship with Alita is also blunted by endless explanation. Over an hour in, Hugo is still leading Alita around and telling her stuff. The secret to Alita’s past is unlocked by Hugo taking her somewhere, where she just walks in.Instead of discovering things or causing things to happen, everything just happens to Alita. In the opening shot, Ido wanders over a scrapheap and finds her. He doesn’t dig her out, or risk his life saving her from rival scavengers, or anything that would turn this moment into a story. He just sees her lying there in full view. It’s a bland, low-stakes way for the two main characters to meet, and sadly sets the pattern for the rest of the movie.  Now playing: Watch this: Alita: Battle Angel’s Christoph Waltz reveals why acting… The story of how James Cameron almost directed Alita: Battle Angel Skin or CGI? Alita: Battle Angel takes manga to photorealistic levels Alita’s Christoph Waltz sets aside acting techniques for FX blockbusters TV and Movies Share your voice Alita is forever just bumping into the right people at the right time, and just walking into wherever she wants to go without much resistance. There’s rarely a sense she works for or earns anything, making it hard to get behind her struggle. Even the fights, as pretty as they are, fail to be engaging because Alita’s high-flying skills make them low-stakes affairs. Contrast that, for example, with The Matrix, in which the hero’s awakening skills are undercut by doubt and fear that makes us root for him. Even at two hours, it feels like Alita has been substantially edited down. The first act hinges on a murder subplot that’s dropped 15 minutes in. Characters are introduced and then disappear. And we don’t get much sense of the bad guys actually being bad. Mahershala Ali is particularly wasted as a suave villain whose villainy is almost entirely signalled by his black gloves and shades rather than by actually doing anything nasty. And he’s sidelined by a main antagonist who’s talked about rather than seen.There are things to like about the Alita: Battle Angel. The hints of a dark side to the paternal Ido and the lovelorn Hugo are intriguing, although the film wavers in its commitment to those ideas. The star is charming, the body modifications are interesting and the effects are spectacular. But overall, who knew cyborgs could be so boring? Correction, Feb. 1, 10:39 a.m. PT: This story initially misspelled the first name of the actor who plays Alita. She is Rosa Salazar.center_img Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos CNET UK Podcast 550: Robert Rodriguez reveals the secrets… Comments 10 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Tags 3:46 With two powerhouse directors involved, Alita: Battle Angel should be a heavenly sci-fi blockbuster. Instead, it’s a bland meander, an unengaging story that all the high-tech digital effects in the world can’t save. Alita is an angelic cyborg who’s tumbled from a heavenly floating city in Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s adaptation of the ’90s manga and anime. Little more than a head and a pair of oversized doe eyes, Alita is lucky enough to be found by a cybernetics expert who pops her neatly onto a new robotic body. She quickly attracts the attention of various villains in a teeming futuristic metropolis, but her luck holds out in a story that struggles to test or challenge our cybernetic star.Enlarge ImageRosa Salazar is doe-eyed cyborg Alita.   Twentieth Century Fox James Cameron wrote the script with Altered Carbon showrunner Laeta Kalogridis, then Rodriguez stepped in to direct so Cameron could focus on the four Avatar sequels currently in the pipeline. Alita feels like something of a placeholder for the long-delayed Avatar follow-ups, showcasing cutting-edge visual effects and 3D technology from Cameron’s company Lightstorm. But on this evidence, we may not need more Avatar after all.Alita: Battle Angel, in cinemas now, is certainly glossy to look at, filled with gravity-defying fights and punky cyborgs stretching the limits of the human body. Yet the world lacks the visual identity of dystopias like Blade Runner or The Fifth Element or even 2017’s disappointing Ghost in the Shell. Even the similarly themed Elysium does a better job of conjuring a trash-heap of cybernetic haves and have-nots.last_img read more

Amazon will reportedly close its Chinese online store

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazon is reportedly downsizing its e-commerce operations in China. Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Amazon will shut its online store in China by July 18, a report said Thursday,It’ll mean shoppers in the most populous country (with 1.4 billion people) in the world won’t be able to buy from local sellers, but can still order from the US, Britain, Germany and Japan via the Amazon’s global store, according to Reuters.The e-commerce giant will also continue to operate its lucrative cloud computing business — Amazon Web Services — in the country, but its move away from local retail highlights the intense competition it faces from Alibaba and JD.com, the outlet reported. Those local rivals apparently held 82% of the Chinese market in 2018.Amazon bought Chinese book, music and video retailer Joyo.com for $75 million in 2004 and rebranded the company as Amazon.cn in 2007, the BBC noted.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 5:31 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:06 a.m. PT: Adds more details. Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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). 2 Read the Rylo camera preview See It Internet Services Tech Industry $999 Best Buy 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. 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. Comments See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $60 at Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 7 Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon,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. Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Tags 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 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. $999 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 Amazon’s going to space, HomePod gets price cut Share your voice $299 at Amazon See at Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. See It Comments 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 1:28 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 The Cheapskate Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Amazon $520 at HP Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. 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. Sprint Boost Mobile See It See at Amazonlast_img read more

New AirPods are 19 off at Amazon but they wont ship for

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET Apple’s AirPods traditionally haven’t been discounted by much, if at all, but Amazon has had the second-generation AirPods with the standard charging case on sale for $140 for the last few weeks. The list price for the 2019 AirPods with the non wireless charging case is $159.The only rub is that it’s unclear when you’ll get them. Amazon lists the discounted AirPods as “temporarily out of stock” but it encourages you to “order now and we’ll deliver when available.” If the delay is too long, you can cancel your order — or purchase the AirPods with the wireless charging case ($199), which aren’t on sale but ship in “1-2 days,” according to Amazon. $140 at AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.  If $140 is still too steep for you, check out the Anker Soundcore LIberty Air ($80 at Amazon) or the Taotronics TWS TT-BH053 ($38 at Amazon).Read CNET’s AirPods 2 review if you want to know more, and then check out these 16 tips and tricks for new AirPods owners.Bonus read: Beats Powerbeats Pro are bulkier than AirPods but have better sound (review) $144 3:55 Amazon Apple Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) 17 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice Apple AirPods 2019 See It AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • $159 reading • New AirPods are $19 off at Amazon — but they won’t ship for a while Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements $144 $144 Now playing: Watch this: This story was originally published on April 25. Apple Mobile Accessories Headphones Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags See it See All 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. AirPods (second generation) from all angles Apple 4 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy See It Amazonlast_img read more

Star Wars Galaxys Edge Everything to eat and drink and Disneylands new

first_img 22 Photos Share your voice Disneyland’s new Star Wars land Galaxy’s Edge opens to the public Friday, and CNET’s Vanessa Hand Orellana got a sneak preview of Star Wars land before the general public. She checked out all the snacks, meals and specialty drinks, including the much hyped Blue and Green Milks.  There are five locations in Galaxy’s Edge where you can purchase food, drinks and snacks. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo will be the main spot to grab a full meal. Ronto Roosters will let you grab a quick barbecue wrap. Kat Saka’s Kettle will serve popcorn and, of course, the Milk Stand will be serving the controversial Blue and Green Milks.  Galaxy’s Edge will also be the first location in Disneyland proper (that is, in areas accessible to the ticket-purchasing public) where guests will be able to buy alcoholic beverages, serving them at Oga’s Cantina. Disney’s California Adventure park, next door to Disneyland, has served alcohol since it opened in 2001, but Disneyland has always been a dry park (again, unless you happen to be guest at the exclusive Club 33 in New Orleans Square). Check out our first look at all tasty cocktails from Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge. Galaxy’s Edge from every angle: We take you along for… Disney Star Wars Comment Every non-alcoholic drink in Galaxy’s Edge Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Moof Juice: Simply Fruit Punch and Simply Orange with pineapple, chipotle-pineapple Phattro: Gold Peak unsweetened tea, Odwalla lemonade, desert pear Batuubucha Tea: Suja pineapple passionfruit kombuchaStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo BeveragesThe Phattro and Moof Juice David Roark Oga’s Cantina Oga’s Cantina has a good variety of fun non-alcoholic beverages. You can also check out our breakdown of all the alcoholic beverages Oga’s Cantina will be serving. (Yes, they have breakfast cocktails too!)  Black Spire Brew: Cold Brew Joffrey’s Coffee, honey, falernum, passion fruit, citrus Moogan Tea: Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, chocolate milk, vanilla, cinnamon Tarine Tea: Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, peach, huckleberry, mint Blue Bantha: Blue Milk served chilled with Bantha-inspired vanilla-butter sugar cookieCliff Dweller: Citrus juices, coconut, hibiscus-grenadine, and Seagram’s Ginger Ale (souvenir vessel available)Hyperdrive (Punch It!): Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry purée, SpriteJabba Juice: Simply Orange with with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, and blueberry popping pearlsBlurrgfire: Lemonade, pomegranate juice, and habanero-limeCarbon Freeze: Powerade Lemon Lime, wild strawberry, blueberry, green apple popping pearlsOga’s Obsession: Lemonade, cotton candy flavor, blueberry popping pearls Ronto Roasters Tatooine Sunset: Gold Peak unsweetened tea, Odwalla lemonade, melon, blueberry flavors Sour Sarlacc: Minute Maid limeade, raspberry, spicy mango Meiloorun Juice: Barrilitos Aguas Frescas pineapple, Simply Lemonade® with blueberry, white cranberry juice, lemon juice, desert pear Milk Stand These coconut and rice based milks have a tropical and somewhat floral twist to them. But more importantly, they are very Instagramable.  Blue MilkGreen Milk 15:04 Star Wars land: Everything we saw at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge Everything you can eat in Galaxy’s Edge Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Docking Bay 7 will be the primarily location to grab a meal in Galaxy’s Edge. They will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as kid’s meal options.  Bright Suns Morning: Three-cheese egg bite, pork sausage, purple potato hash, mini Mustafarian lava roll (We don’t know what that is yet either.)Rising Moons Overnight Oats: Oats, dragon fruit, yogurt, seasonal fruitMustafarian Lava Roll (Seriously, no clue.)The Mustafarian Lava Roll David Nguyen Bright Suns Youngling Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, purple potatoes, fresh fruit (Kid’s meal) Smoked Kaadu Ribs: Sticky pork ribs, blueberry corn muffin, cabbage slawFried Endorian Tip-yip: Crispy chicken, roasted vegetable potato mash, herb gravy Yobshrimp Noodle Salad: Chilled shrimp, marinated noodles, vegetables Felucian Garden Spread: Plant-based “Kefta,” herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish, pita Roasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad: Marinated chicken, mixed greens, roasted seasonal vegetables, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, green curry ranchStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Roasted Endorian Tip-yip SaladThe Roasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad David Roark Oi-oi Puff: Raspberry cream puff with passion fruit mousseBatuu-bon: Chocolate cake, white chocolate mousse, coffee custardYobshrimp Noodle Salad: Chilled shrimp, noodle vegetables, sweet orange dressing (Kid’s meal)A Taste of Takodana: Black bean hummus, edible soil with nuts (Huh?), chilled dipping vegetables, multi-grain crisps (Kid’s meal)Fried Endorian Tip-yip: Crispy chicken, macaroni & cheese, seasonal vegetables (Kid’s meal) Ithorian Garden Loaf: Plant-based “meatloaf,” roasted vegetable potato mash, seasonal vegetables, mushroom sauce (Dinner only) Braised Shaak Roast: Beef pot roast, cavatelli pasta, wilted kale, mushrooms (Dinner only) Oga’s Cantina Oga’s Cantina will be light on food, as it’s primarily a place to grab a drink. It’s also the first and only place in Disneyland guests can purchase alcohol. Mustafarian Lava RollRising Moons Overnight OatsBatuu BitsStar Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Rising Moons Overnight OatsThe Rising Moons Overnight Oats David Nguyen Ronto Roasters Ronto Roasters will be a quick place to grab a wrap from the barbecue pit.  Ronto Morning Wrap: Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Pork Sausage, Shredded Cheese, Peppercorn Sauce wrapped in PitaRising Moons Overnight OatsRonto Wrap: Roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce, tangy slaw wrapped in pitaNuna Turkey Jerky: Sweet or spicy Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Ronto RoastersThe Meiloorun Juice, the Nuna Turkey Jerky and the Ronto Wrap Kent Phillips Kat Saka’s Kettle Kat Saka’s Kettle is a popcorn stand. (But we secretly hope they will one day serve churros.)  Outpost Popcorn Mixcenter_img Disney’s Star Wars land food: Everything to eat and drink in Galaxy’s Edge P.S. Blue milk tastes nothing like blue milk… not creamy, not lukewarm… and maybe that’s not a bad thing. it’s basically melted rainbow sorbet. At least that’s what my taste buds were feelin. #galaxysedge— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Culture 74 Photos 1 Tags Originally published at 6 p.m. PT.Updated at 7:12 p.m. PT with first impressions. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

POW Metlakatla Schools Awarded Tech Grants

first_imgHydaburg and Annette Island school districts were among three Alaska Native groups that received advanced telecommunications technology grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development office.Hydaburg School District was awarded $500,000 to purchase video conference equipment for distance learning and training, in cooperation with the University of Alaska Southeast. According to USDA, the equipment will serve schools in the Hydaburg, Southeast Island and Craig districts.The equipment also will be used for staff professional development, virtual field trips, education for all community members and to connect Alaska Native students with other Native American students in the U.S.Annette Island School District was awarded about $400,000 for video conferencing to connect Metlakatla students with other rural Native students.The third recipient was the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, which received about $260,000 for video conferencing equipment to rural clinics. The equipment will allow face-to-face medical consultation.last_img read more

BP Sells Some North Slope Assets To Hilcorp

first_imgBP announced Tuesday it’s selling some of its assets on the North Slope. The company will sell to aging oil fields – Endicott and Northstar – to Hilcorp, a company that is developing oil and gas wells in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp will also buy a 50 percent interest in two other fields- Milne Point and Liberty.Download AudioDawn Patience is a spokesperson for BP Alaska. She says the sale is an opportunity for Alaska to bring new partners to the North Slope.“This is part of BP’s corporate wide view that we are good at managing and operating giant oilfields like Prudhoe Bay and we have a lot of interest in gas value change such as the Alaska LNG project,” Patience said.Patience says BP is committed to increasing production under Governor Parnell’s oil tax reform, including adding two new rigs at Prudhoe Bay by 2016.Hilcorp came to Alaska in 2012, and now operates 18 oil fields in Cook Inlet, after acquiring leases from Chevron and Marathon Oil. Lori Nelson manages external affairs for the company in Alaska. She says Hilcorp wasn’t necessarily looking to enter the North Slope.“The acquisitions that we made in Cook Inlet were kind of a full plate,” Nelson said. “But when opportunities like this come around, it’s not our timing, it’s the sellers and we were certainly open to that opportunity and here we go again.”Nelson says the company plans to extend offers to the vast majority of the 250 BP employees associated with the oil fields Hilcorp is buying.She says the North Slope is a completely different operating area than Cook Inlet, with a separate tax structure. But she says the company is excited by the opportunity.“Long range we’re aiming to reduce operating costs and extend the field life,” Nelson said. “We certainly intend to increase capital investments in hopes of developing additional oil reserves from the Slope.”Nelson says venturing on to the North Slope won’t detract from Hilcorp’s assets in Cook Inlet. Both BP and Hilcorp are hoping to close the deal by the end of the year, pending regulatory approval.BP also announced today it will submit a new development plan for the Liberty field, which Hilcorp will own 50 percent of, by the end of 2014. The company suspended work on the offshore project two years ago because of financial and other concerns. The development is on a man-made gravel island four miles off Alaska’s shore.last_img read more

Federal Government Proposes Taking Humpback Whales Off Endangered Species List

first_img(Credit: NOAA)The federal government is proposing to remove most humpback whales from the endangered species list.Forty-five years after the whales were first listed, federal scientists say that most humpback populations – including those common in Alaska – are stable and growing.Download AudioDonna Wheating, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, calls it “quite a big deal.”“To be able to bring a species to a point where their population is doing well and they no longer meet those standards for protection …I think that’s a really important success for us as a nation,” Wheating said.NOAA announced the proposed rule Monday, after a five-year review of humpback research worldwide.Humpbacks were hunted almost to extinction during the mid-20th century. One estimate puts the total population in the North Pacific at fewer than 1500 whales by the mid-1960s. They were added to the Endangered Species List in 1970.Now, scientists estimate there are more than 21,000 humpbacks in the North Pacific, and as many as 85,000 worldwide.NOAA says that most protections will remain in place, even if humpbacks are delisted. Whales in U.S. waters will still be protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, while outside the US, the International Whaling Commission maintains a ban on commercial whaling.NOAA’s Angela Somma says, for the most part, there will be no change in how the species is managed.“We don’t anticipate that there will really be much difference between how they were protected under the Endangered Species Act versus the Marine Mammal Protection Act,” Somma said.NOAA’s proposal would split the species into fourteen populations, and take ten of those populations off the endangered species list entirely.That includes most of the whales that feed in Alaska waters. Among those slated for de-listing is the Central North Pacific stock, which breed in Hawaii and feed in Southeast Alaska. The State of Alaska petitioned to remove that stock from the list in 2014.The public has ninety days to comment on the proposal, and NOAA has about a year to review public input and issue a final rule.last_img read more

Anchorage Men Arrested For Stabbing Moose To Death

first_imgThree Anchorage men are under arrest and charged with cruelty to animals, wanton waste and tampering with evidence in a bizarre moose killing in a city park. 25 year old Johnathon Candelario, 28 year old James Galloway and Nick Johnston, 33, were seen by witnesses attacking a young moose with a knife Tuesday evening. Witnesses called police, but when APD officers arrived, the animal was dead.Download AudioAPD spokeswoman Anita Shell says the officers located the suspects near the scene. They were wearing bloody clothes and matched witness descriptions. Shell said the witnesses who called police say the men were jumping on the animal and stabbing it with a large knife.“I have never seen anything like this in my time at the police department. It is very unusual for somebody to attack a large animal such as a moose like they did.” Shell said.Witnesses told police that the moose was not aggressive, nor did it provoke the attack.The incident occurred about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday on a public bike path south of Russian Jack Springs Park, in East Anchorage.The three men are being held in the Anchorage Correctional Complex. The moose meat has been salvaged by a local charity.last_img read more

Tongass Forest advisers finish review of logging transition plan

first_imgAerial view of Tongass National Forest. (Creative Commons Photo by Alan Wu)The Tongass Advisory Committee ended a 16-month series of meetings Thursday, formally completing its effort to advise the Tongass National Forest in a transition from old to young growth logging.The committee met in Ketchikan last week to finalize its recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service and review the agency’sdraft Environmental Impact Statement for a forest plan amendment.The plan would transition the Tongass to second-growth logging in 16 years.Les Cronk is a committee co-chair and a timber industry representative. He said the committee was happy with the Forest Service’s use of their recommendations in the agency’s preferred alternative.“As far as our recommendations for the transition, we were. It fell short in certain areas when it came to the implementation and monitoring that we also recommended, so we have a few other recommendations,” Cronk said. “But as far as what needed to go into the plan amendment, yes.”The committee began meeting in August 2014. Its charter ends in February. But Andrew Thoms, a conservation representative on the committee, said they will stay involved.“We’re going to keep working together with the Forest Service, and other people that are on the TAC, to see that the implementation recommendations and the plan are put together in a way that is successful moving forward,” Thoms said.Committee members are still working on a plan for a multi-stakeholder collaborative to provide input as the transition is implemented.At the end of the meeting, committee members agreed the process was challenging, but that it went well.Cronk said committee members had a lot of concerns at the beginning, but they were committed to finding a solution.“People stayed at the table and worked through, compromised, and really did a commendable job of handling a very difficult topic: to come up with a unanimous consensus on how to achieve, hopefully, a positive transition for the Tongass,” Cronk said.The Tongass Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from local government, Native tribes, the timber industry, environmental organizations and other forest users.The draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Tongass forest plan amendment is open for public comment through Feb. 22.last_img read more

Shotgun shooting leaves man wounded in Anchor Point

first_imgAlaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting on the Kenai Peninsula that left a man wounded.Troopers at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday received a report of a man admitted to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with gunshot wounds.Investigators determined the man had been shot multiple times with a shotgun at a home in Anchor Point about 10 miles north of Homer.Troopers describe the wounds as serious but not life-threatening.Troopers took a 45-year-old Anchor Point man into custody. He’s being held on suspicion of felony assault.Online court records Thursday did not indicate that charges had been filed.last_img read more

Benja scratches in McGrath

first_imgCharley Benja, pictured here at the Willow restart, has scratched from Iditarod 44. (Photo by Ben Matheson/Alaska Public Media)Charley Bejna has scratched from the 2016 Iditarod. The veteran from Addison, IL pulled out of the race at 11:50 a.m. Thursday at the McGrath checkpoint.According to a press release from the Iditarod Trail Committee, Bejna made the decision to scratch due to concern for his race team.He had 11 dogs in his team when he left the race. Benja is the fifth musher to scratch. Martin Koenig, Jans Steves, Zoya DeNure, and Hans Gatt have also scratched.last_img read more

Plastics once Americas darling now foreign villain on Alaska shores

first_imgPlastic debris on a Montague Island beach. (2015 file photo: Chris Pallister/Gulf of Alaska Keeper)U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan chaired a hearing in Washington this morning on marine debris, and he asked the witnesses if there was consensus on what the focus should be.Download Audio“Is everyone in general agreement on that?” he asked the panel of experts he assembled. “Plastics?”Saying it, Sullivan said he felt like he was in that 1960s movie, “The Graduate,” where a young Dustin Hoffman is advised to take a promising career path: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word …. Plastics.”But rather than a symbol of our country’s bright economic future, plastics at this hearing played the role of villain.The top Democrat on the Environment subcommittee Sullivan chairs, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, showed photos of dead seabirds with bellies full of plastic lighters and other trash. But Whitehouse did a double-take as Chris Pallister, co-founder of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, described the enormity of his group’s task on one location: Montague Island.“We have 10 people out there working. We have to move them with helicopters, so you can imagine the cost,” Pallister said. “And this is a shoreline where 30 tons of plastic debris per mile exists …”Whitehouse cut in: “Sorry, did I hear that right?“Thirty tons of plastic debris per mile,” Pallister confirmed. “Montague has 74 miles of shoreline just like that. We’ve been working on it for three summers now and we’ve only cleaned 9 miles of it.”Not to mention the other thousands of miles of Alaska coast. Pallister says there’s no steady funding for cleanup work. He says he’s particularly worried about what happens to plastic as it fragments in the ocean.“Chemicals like phthalates that are put in the plastic to make it soft and pliable … are not very strongly bonded to the plastic and they leach out very easily,” Pallister said.“Well, this could come home to roost in Alaska salmon,” Whitehouse said. Pallister agreed.Other witnesses said five developing countries are responsible for more than half of the world’s plastic ocean debris: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Sullivan says he’s looking for ways the U.S. can work with other countries to stem the flow of land-based trash washing into the ocean.Pallister says he says a great deal of plastic from the commercial fishing industry, including nets, fish totes and buoys. He also says the government should also hold shippers financially responsible for containers they lose at sea.“Nobody’s talking about getting recovery for the plastics that are going to be coming out of those containers for generations, and it’s something that ought to be explored,” Pallister said.last_img read more

How the suburbs killed a salmon creek and science informs its restoration

first_imgFederally funded environmental science on a geologically doomed creek in Juneau could inform fish-saving restoration on other impaired water bodies.Duck Creek flows past the Nancy Street wetland and under Nancy Street in the Mendenhall Valley on Friday May 20, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded a watershed coalition a nearly $10,000 grant to collect water quality data to measure the effectiveness of environmental improvements on the creek. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO – Juneau)Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation has announced nearly $300,000 in grants to improve water quality in some of the state’s most damaged watersheds, including the orange-tinted Duck Creek.The 4-acre Nancy Street wetland, much like the tiny creek that meanders through it, could be serene and full of wildlife if it weren’t bordered by busy suburban streets and houses.As it is, the bird calling and chitter of the occasional ground squirrel are consistently drowned out by traffic from the road to the west and noise from the neighborhood that runs along the east end of the wetland. Similarly, Duck Creek has suffered a loss of fish habitat and a decline in water quality from at least 50 years of that same type of development in Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley.Juneau residents might recognize it as the creek with an odd orange tint, a symptom of iron-rich groundwater. As neighborhoods and commercial developments sprung up in the valley, the creek has been diverted into ditches and culverts making it even harder to recognize as a flowing water body.Twenty-two years ago, the state put Duck Creek on its impaired water bodies list. At the time, it was full of fecal coliform bacteria, metals and debris. By 2001, its chum salmon run – historically up to 10,000 fish – was extinct. Its coho salmon run was fewer than 20 fish and its trout fishing, closed. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has yet to reopen fishing on the creek.The Nancy Street wetland habitat was one project among a long list including culvert maintenance and upgrades, revegetation of stream banks, sediment removal and stream cleanup. Next spring, scientists will begin sampling the creek’s water quality in the wetlands to see if the bio-filtering project is improving the watershed.Amy Sumner, a biologist and project manager with the Juneau Watershed Partnership said the effort will be coordinated with the University of Alaska Southeast and train budding student biologists in water quality assessment.“We’re hoping to see that as the water filters through the wetland the water quality is improving.”Funding for the student position and testing of the water samples will come from a $10,000 Alaska Clean Water Action grant.  The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation announced nearly $300,000 in grant funds this year for water bodies it said are in the greatest need of protection and restoration.In Southeast Alaska, the projects include Juneau’s Nancy Street wetlands assessment, bacteria monitoring on a heavily used beach in Petersburg, and plant-filled ditches in Haines designed to filter snowmelt runoff before it mixes with a salmon stream.Statewide, projects include an ongoing campaign to stop people from feeding ducks and other waterfowl in a popular midtown park in Anchorage, copper and zinc monitoring on the Kenai River, a beach monitoring project in Nome and a program to educate miners near Fairbanks on the impacts of turbidity and sediment on fish.Since 2005, the state has awarded nearly $5.4 million to fund things like municipal stormwater master plans, fish passage assessments, habitat monitoring, boating education, and even septic system education for homeowners.Cindy Gilder, a program manager at the Department of Environmental Conservation, said the grant funds come through the Environmental Protection Agency. The program has been around for decades.Like Duck Creek, the most troubled watersheds in Alaska are in urban areas, or at least they’re the ones that get the most grant funding. Gilder said similar programs in other states are concentrated in rural areas, where agricultural runoff is often a culprit in watershed pollution.If I looked back over the history of the grants, there’s probably, usually a grant in Anchorage, maybe in Fairbanks, in Juneau, there’s usually in Mat Su, something down the Kenai.  Because a lot of non-point source pollution, it’s the non-permitted stuff. It’s you and I driving our cars and my car leaking oil or my stepping on the brake pads all the time.”On Duck Creek, nearly $57,000 has come through the grant program to help restore the watershed.With all the restoration in Juneau, we have not been very good about following up with water quality monitoring to see if these efforts are actually being effective. So that’s what this project is trying to accomplish. We’re going to test above the wetland, inside the wetland area and then at the wetland outlet to see if water quality is being improved as the water filters through that wetland.”In the end, it’s probably too late for the dwindling numbers of fish who migrate in and out of Duck Creek. The Mendenhall Glacier seems to be finishing off what decades of dumping, development and diversions started.“So as the glacier retreats our land is rebounding and that is causing Duck Creek to disconnect with some of its groundwater source that provides its base flow. So a lot of times Duck Creek will dewater and it’ll look like a dry streambed so that is providing some problems for fish getting upstream and because of that interaction between the uplift and the dewatering, Duck Creek is really no longer able to provide viable fish habitat.”Sumner said it’s not clear how long it will take for the creek to become completely uninhabitable. But the process of restoring its water quality, and monitoring which projects were the most effective, can inform rehabilitation projects on other impaired watersheds.last_img read more

Alaskan appointed to help manage national fisheries

first_imgChris Oliver was appointed assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries on June 19, 2017. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)An Alaskan has been appointed to help manage fisheries nationwide.Listen nowChris Oliver will oversee recreational and commercial fishing at the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is under the umbrella of NOAA.Oliver said one of his goals is to make long-term sustainability a priority for the billion dollar industry.Previously Oliver worked on shrimp fishery management in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1990, he moved to Alaska, and he’s been employed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for the past 27 years.Oliver starts his new job this week at the NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.last_img read more