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Royalty Shares Of Eminems Songs Put Up For Sale

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first_imgNews NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2015 – 11:54 am Eminem Wins Best Rap Album Royalty Shares Of Eminem’s Songs Put Up For Sale Email Is this exciting new model for sharing royalty income a viable way to handle ownership?Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2017 – 6:04 pm What happens when future song royalties for hit songs are auctioned off to investors? We’ll find out soon.A Denver-based company called Royalty Exchange will auction royalties from GRAMMY-winning rapper Eminem’s songs released from 1999 to 2013 as part of a deal set up by the production duo the Funky Bass Team, aka FBT Productions. Royalty Shares Of Eminem’s Songs Go Up For Sale royalty-shares-eminems-songs-put-sale Em was signed to FBT before he became a superstar, and now the duo will put portions of future earnings up for bid in October as part of a new company called Royalty Flow. Just as on Wall Street, Royalty Flow will file for its initial public offering on Monday, leaving it up to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to determine its fate. If it’s accepted, anyone with the cash could buy 150 shares or more of Eminem’s catalog at the minimum price of $2,250, according to Rolling Stone.This isn’t the first instance of royalties being sold in this fashion, and auctions like this could lead to a new trend in monetizing musical catalogs. Royalty Exchange has already sold shares of Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Ariana Grande songs. But considering Eminem’s proven hits like “My Name Is” and “Lose Yourself” are involved, this auction moves the model into new territory.With this potentially exciting new opportunity for fans and fortune-seekers alike to own a piece of the pie comes a bigger moral question of how intellectual property rights should be dealt with.Inevitably, some will feel there should be a deeper sensitivity considering the expressive nature of the commodity involved, while others see this as the latest iteration of the industry’s ever-changing monetization models. Time will tell.Read More: 5 Reasons “The Eminem Show” Is A Classic Album Twitter Facebook last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Mondays Meeting

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at Monday night’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen meeting:#1) FARMERS MARKET SEASON APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Farmers Market Association President Dana Burnham to conduct the Farmers Market on Sundays, from 10am to 1pm, from June 16, 2019 through October 23, 2019, on the Swain Green.#2) BAND PARENTS’ REQUESTS APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved two requests from the Wilmington Band Parents Association — (1) selling coffee, donuts, popcorn, cold drinks, pompoms, and balloons during the Memorial Day Parade and (2) selling popcorn, cotton candy, hot pretzels, soda, and water during the Recreation Commission’s Summer Concert Series.#3) GIANT YARD SALE APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parents Association to use the Swain School parking lot to hold a Yard Sale fundraiser on Saturday, September 7, 2019.#4) ANNUAL FOOTBALL CAR WASH APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Nancy Roberts, President of the Wilmington Touchdown Club, to use the parking lot of the Fourth of July Building for the annual WHS Football Car Wash on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from 9am to noon.#5) SELECTMEN APPOINT DESIGNEE TO SERVE ON FINANCE DIRECTOR SCREENING COMMITTEE: Selectman Jonathan Eaton was unanimously appointed to serve as the board’s designee on the Finance Director/Town Accountant Screening Committee. The position was posted earlier this week.BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Articles on the Town Economic Development Committee; the Town Meeting Review Committee; the 2019 Town Meeting Warrant; and Unaccepted Ways are forthcoming.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… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

OBITUARY Morris Moe Anderson 68

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Morris R. “Moe” Anderson, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away on July 27, 2019.Moe was the beloved husband of devoted wife Sheila (Welch) Anderson, father of Robert Anderson of Wilmington, Michael Sweeney of Nashua and Mark Sweeney & Colleen Kerrigan of Lowell, loving “Grampy” of Corrine, Hailey and Ashlynn, cherished son of the late Robert and Norma (Mandeville) Anderson, dear brother of Roberta O’Leary & her husband Jack of Billerica, Martha Brackett & her late husband Jim of Merrimack, NH, Sydna Anderson & her husband John Kroll of Melrose, Sonja Anderson & the late Harry Opie of Lowell, brother-in-law of Kathy Slater of Lowell. Moe is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, July 31st from 10:00-12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery Veterans Section, Wilmington.Memorial donation’s in Moe’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or dav.org. Moe was a U.S. Marine Veteran who proudly served during Vietnam.Morris “Moe” Anderson(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: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Peter G. Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

NASA InSights marsquake detector is ready to listen to Mars heartbeat

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first_img NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Whew – winding down after a long day, but I’ve done it: I’ve placed my seismometer on the surface of Mars! With SEIS, I’ll be able to listen in for marsquakes and help reveal the heartbeat of #Mars. https://t.co/GYNO4txPPi pic.twitter.com/18eQHXOfiO— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) December 20, 2018 Now playing: Watch this: “Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars,” said InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt. “The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.”Because this isn’t NASA’s first rodeo, a team of scientists has been practising the deployment of instruments with an exact replica of the lander (known as ForeSight) on a fake Mars set back here on Earth. (Fun fact: the fake Martian dust is made from crushed up garnet stones). And the practice has paid off. “InSight’s timetable of activities on Mars has gone better than we hoped,” said InSight Project Manager Tom Hoffman. “Getting the seismometer safely on the ground is an awesome Christmas present.” Sci-Tech Share your voice NASA Space NASA’s InSight lander has perfectly deployed its seismometer on the surface of Mars, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight mission is going from strength to strength with news that the Mars lander has successfully positioned its seismometer, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA announced the news late on Wednesday, tweeting out a GIF of the instrument being placed on the red dust of Mars. According to the space agency, it’s the first time a scientific instrument has ever been placed on the surface of another planet. The InSight lander touched down on Mars in late November, ready for a seven-year mission that will see the spacecraft drill deeper into the planet than ever before. It will measure how the planet wobbles on its axis as it orbits the sun and ultimately study the composition of Mars’ core. Alongside all that science, InSight will also study seismic activity on Mars — just like Earth gets earthquakes, NASA is looking for ground motion, or “marsquakes,” beneath the Martian surface. But to do all that, NASA had to position InSight’s seismometer just right, which is no easy feat when you’re remotely operating a spacecraft on another planet with an eight-minute communications delay.  0 NASA’s InSight landing and the crazy odds behind getting… 5:54 Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

Apple says it spent 60 billion on parts from US suppliers in

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first_img $999 See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See it Sprint $999 Apple See It reading • Apple says it spent $60 billion on parts from US suppliers in 2018 • See It Boost Mobile Apple says it spent over 10 percent more in 2018 on parts from US suppliers than 2017.  Angela Lang/CNET Apple says its continuing to expand its investments in US manufacturing.The smartphone maker spent $60 billion with 9,000 American component suppliers and companies in 2018, the company said in a post Monday. That’s an increase of more than 10 percent from the year before. Apple highlighted several of its US-made components, including touch-sensitive glass for iPhone and iPad models made by Corning in Kentucky, as well as wireless communication hardware made in Colorado, Massachusetts and Oregon. Apple said the total number of jobs it’s created or supported since 2011 has tripled “from almost 600,000 to 2 million across all 50 states.” However, it’s not always easy to be “assembled in the USA.” In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company was moving some Mac production to the US. But when Apple started assembling the $3,000 Mac Pro in Texas, it reportedly ran into problems. Apple struggled to find US suppliers that could make enough screws for the Mac Pro, according to a report Monday from The New York Times. It was one of several problems that delayed sales of the Mac, according to the Times, and Apple ended up ordering screws from China. When reached for comment, an Apple spokeswoman pointed back to the company’s Monday post.  Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Post a comment Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 0 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple See All Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 Tags Mobile Tech Industry Phones $999last_img read more

NASA citizen scientist discovers first ancient dead star with peculiar rings

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first_img Comment Share your voice Sci-Tech Today’s NASA Mars weather report: It’s freakin’ cold Trump’s Space Force is coming, but not as originally planned Yes, this is a real view of the ISS transiting the moon 17 Photos Tags Intriguingly, the fate of this planetary system may foreshadow what’s to come for the Earth. Eventually, our sun will expand into a “red giant,” swallowing Mercury and Venus (maybe even Earth) whole like The Blob rolling across small-town America. That event would tidy up the inner solar system like a cosmic Marie Kondo, and then see the star collapse into a white dwarf, its gravity dissipate and the planets at the edge of the system drift away.NASA and collaborating science and educational institutions launched Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 in February 2017 as a citizen scientist project that uses data from WISE to search for the supposed planet hiding at the edge of our solar system. Over 150,000 participants eyeball thousands of images generated by WISE to look for any anomalies that might pop up. The project has already reaped many rewards, with a brown dwarf, a type of “failed star,” discovered only six days after the project began and over a thousand similar objects discovered since. center_img More from space NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger A citizen scientist working with NASA has detected an old, cold dying star that may provide a window into the fate of our own solar system billions of years from now.Melina Thévenot, a citizen scientist from Germany, detected an anomaly while searching through data collected by the European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft. At first, she believed it was bad data, but when she looked at the source in the images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, she decided the data might be valuable and handed it over to the team working on the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen scientist project.The leads on that project decided to follow up on the finding, re-positioning the Keck II telescope in Hawaii to take a deeper look. With their new set of eyes focused on the tiny spot in the sky, Keck II confirmed the blip wasn’t bad data — it was the oldest, coldest white dwarf we’ve ever spotted — and it is circled by a peculiar set of dusty rings. The discovery appears Tuesday in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.  “This white dwarf is so old that whatever process is feeding material into its rings must operate on billion-year timescales,” said John Debes, an astronomer and lead author on the study. “This star is really challenging our assumptions of how planetary systems evolve.” Dubbed J0207 (or LSPM J0207+3331 for the purists), the newly discovered dead star is about the size of the Earth and located around 145 light-years from our home planet. The team believes the dead star has two disks of dusty material, the first known white dwarf to host such a weird phenomenon. Generally, dusty disks form around these bodies when asteroids or comets are flung into the gravitational pull of a the star. As they approach, the dead star’s gravity begins to tear them apart, breaking them up into pieces that constantly orbit the body. Weirdly, white dwarfs this old generally don’t maintain their dusty disks — all the material slowly falls into the star. That’s puzzled researchers, but follow-up missions may resolve the conundrum.”What makes this new white dwarf so interesting is that it’s much older than the typical dusty white dwarf,” said Debes. “That is hard to explain with our current models of how asteroids get kicked into inner white dwarf systems, but somehow Nature knows how to do it.”    1 NASA NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Marslast_img read more

Dang the rules for naming Jupiters new moons are super strict

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first_img Hey @JupiterLunacy, you should name the newly discovered moon S/2018 J1 Pheraea. Pheraea was involved with Zeus, and their daughter was found and saved by a shepherd, or should I say Sheppard.  #NameJupitersMoons— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) February 21, 2019 13 Photos Post a comment But wait. There’s more. Each individual moon has more specific needs. Three of the moons are retrograde (they orbit in an opposite direction to Jupiter’s rotation) and must have names ending in “e,” while the other two must end in “a.”Carnegie wants the public to offers suggestions on Twitter by tweeting to @JupiterLunacy with the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons.Some of the suggestions so far don’t fit the brief, but one viable idea comes from Carnegie Science itself: Pheraea, one of Zeus’ lovers. I was ready to suggest Persephone, but there’s already an asteroid with that name. NASA view of Jupiter looks like an infamous South Park character NASA captures cosmic ‘dolphin’ swimming in Jupiter’s clouds Space Sci-Tech 0center_img Share your voice While the rules seem strict, there are some good reasons for them. The International Astronomical Union, which governs the names of space objects, already has a stringent list of requirements. The moon rules will also keep the new names on theme for Jupiter. Jupiter has 79 known moons, including famous satellites Europa and Io and the likes of Adrastea (Zeus’s foster mom) and Callisto (one of Zeus’s lovers).     We’re lucky there are so many characters in Roman and Greek mythology. As it turns out, sometimes a good name is hard to find. Jupiter swirls Tags Jaw-dropping Jupiter: NASA’s Juno mission eyes the gas giant Jupiter as seen by Hubble. Space Telescope Science Institute Polyphonte, this may be your time to shine.The Carnegie Institution for Science put out a call Thursday asking for the public’s help naming some recently discovered moons found orbiting Jupiter. But don’t get carried away. There are rules. Carnegie announced the 12 moons in mid-2018, and we get a say in draping monikers on five of them. Some of the ground rules are pretty straightforward: 16 characters or less, nothing offensive, nothing too similar to existing moon or asteroid names. You also can’t name them after a living person.Now the tunnel starts to narrow. The moons must be named after characters in Roman or Greek mythology who were either descendants of or lovers of Jupiter (Roman) or Zeus (Greek).  OK, maybe we can still work with that, even though that rules out calling any of them Elon, Moony McMoonFace or Buzz. last_img read more

Captain Americas beard shows up at Apple event ahead of Endgame

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first_img Shouldn’t Captain America be out there dealing with the Endgame instead of being at the #AppleEvent ?? My family has been missing for some time now and I’m thinking he should step up the search.— Lily Zaldivar (@CoolCatLilyZ) March 25, 2019 Captain America is at the event and he honestly looked super bored. #AppleEvent— Daniel Gibson (@DanielGibson_) March 25, 2019 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service 97 Photos That slow, polite clap from Captain America is like an easter egg for Avengers: Endgame… #AppleEvent— michael t. colorge (@CAM2Go) March 25, 2019 What is Cap doing at the #AppleEvent ?#CaptainAmerica #AvengersEndgame— Market Avenger (@AvengerofMarket) March 25, 2019 0 Share your voice That Captain America dude was on the audience , guess he didnt like the aquaman promos. LOL. and also not impressed by TV+ . #Apple #AppleEvent $AAPL— Bubble “No Collusion” Boy (@lazygetter) March 25, 2019 Livestream • Apple Event Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Didnt know Captain America was a fan of Apple products, always struck me as a Samsung kinda guy #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/HPz8K9AqLx— KING (@Kingz677) March 25, 2019 Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Post a comment Holy shit they have some big guns at this event. Captain America is there! @ChrisEvans #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/TN7VAMnZQT— O’s fan, Machado stan (@W_R_R) March 25, 2019 Tags See All TV and Movies Online Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview reading • Captain America’s beard shows up at Apple event ahead of Endgame Captain America’s face at the #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/vmYJ3X7Ea5— Kavehpd (@Kavehpd) March 25, 2019 If you’re into all things Apple, you probably know the company unveiled a series of new services on Monday, including an enhanced news subscription service, a credit card and a gaming subscription service. But some observant viewers watching along with the livestream may have noticed a certain superhero in the audience —  Captain America himself, Chris Evans. And his beard is back, which makes us wonder if we might see it again in Avengers: Endgame even though he’s clean-shaven in all the trailers so far. And fans on Twitter reacted accordingly. Captain America Apple The Avengerslast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg confident Facebook is prepared for 2020 election

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first_img Tags The Facebook chief used the interview to push back against the idea that his company should determine what constitutes political speech. He’s previously called for more government regulation around political speech and advertising. “I think setting the rules around political advertising is not a company’s job,” he told host George Stephanopoulos. “There have been plenty of rules in the past. It’s just at this point they’re not updated to the modern threats that we face. We need new rules.”The topic has been on the minds of Facebook’s leadership and of social media watchers in recent days. Over the weekend, The Washington Post published a Zuckerberg op-ed that urged government officials to take a more active role in setting standards for the handling of election-related content, both legitimate and ill-intentioned. Meanwhile, lawmakers like Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, have said that big platforms like Facebook should be subject to levels of regulation that match their size and influence. Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide.Existing laws, he said, primarily focus on a candidate and the election. “But that’s not primarily what we saw Russia trying to do,” Zuckerberg said. “What we saw them doing was talking about divisive political issues. The goal … was just to rile people up and be divisive.”Zuckerberg also warned that other countries would likely try to interfere in the election.”Well, what I can guarantee is that they’re definitely going to try,” he said. “Our job is to make the defenses stronger and stronger, to make it harder for them to do what they’re doing.”Other scandalsFacebook’s controversies are about more than just politics. On Wednesday, security researchers from UpGuard found that Facebook data containing more than 540 million records was posted in a public database on Amazon cloud servers.When asked about the findings from the security researchers, Zuckerberg said the company was still looking into the issue. “In general, we work with developers to make sure that they’re respecting people’s information and using it in only ways that they want,” he said.Facebook also drew criticism over the use of its livestreaming service during a terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 Muslims at two mosques. Zuckerberg suggested that delaying livestreams might have consequences for users who don’t stream violent content.  “It would also fundamentally break what livestreaming is for people,” he said. “Most people are livestreaming, you know, a birthday party or hanging out with friends when they can’t be together.”Facebook declined to comment beyond what Zuckerberg said during the broadcast.Originally published April 4, 7:27 a.m. PT.Updates, 7:57 a.m.: Adds background information and more details from the interview; 12:41 p.m.: Includes more details from the interview. Comments Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris last May to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Aurelien Morissard/Getty Images Facebook has failed to thwart election meddling before, but the 2020 US presidential election will give the social network another chance to demonstrate it’s on the right track.CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company has “learned a lot” since the 2016 election, which Russia meddled in by having trolls post divisive content to the platform. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday, Zuckerberg said he’s “confident” his company is ready to combat any election interference in the upcoming campaign season.Facebook has strengthened its safeguards, requiring advertisers to verify their identities if they run political ads. It’s also rolled out a searchable database showing who paid for advertising and what audience it reached.”The systems, overall, have just gotten quite robust,” Zuckerberg said. “I think we, at this point, have probably some of the most-advanced systems of any company or government in the world for preventing the kind of tactics that Russia and now other countries as well have tried.”The changes haven’t been without issues; businesses have complained that their commercial ads have been misclassified, and media outlets have found loopholes that can be exploited. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 5:14 8 Now playing: Watch this: Politics Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebooklast_img read more

Apple joins Google Microsoft on project to make your data portable

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first_img • Now playing: Watch this: $999 reading • Apple joins Google, Microsoft on project to make your data portable Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC 2019. James Martin/CNET Apple is teaming up with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter on a project to build an easier way for people to transfer data into and out of online services. The iPhone maker has officially joined the Data Transfer Project, or DTP, a collaboration that launched in July 2018.The DTP is working to build a “common framework with open-source code” that can connect any two online services and let users seamlessly transfer data between the platforms, according to the project’s website. It uses platforms’ existing APIs and authorization methods to access data, then transfers it into a common format. So far, contributors from partners and the open-source community have inserted more than 42,000 lines of code and changed more than 1,500 files, according to the group. The project is still in “very active development,” but you can follow along on GitHub. Tech-savvy folks can also try it out via Docker and Code. Instructions on the DTP site note that you’ll need API keys from the services you want to transfer data between.  See it Apple Boost Mobile See It $999 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 See It A breakdown on how much your phone knows you Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRcenter_img Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Sprint Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice 5:40 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments 2 See All Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Applelast_img read more

Crew maps polar bear dens on Alaskas North Slope

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first_imgWhen the tundra freezes, the North Slope gets busy. It’s the travel season, the time of year when oil producers can put in ice roads and move heavy equipment over the frozen ground.But before any of that can happen, one task comes first: looking for polar bears.Download AudioOn the North Slope, bears have the right of way.(Photo courtesy Justin Blank)Each winter, pregnant females den in snow drifts to give birth – and federal regulations require all human activity to remain at least a mile away.Cubs are born small and blind. If a mother is disturbed and leaves her den early, the cubs likely won’t survive.That means, every winter, millions of dollars of work on the North Slope must be routed around any known dens.And that’s where Justin Blank and Steve Wackowski come in. The pair work for Fairweather LLC, which has carved out a niche providing unconventional services to the oil and gas industry, from remote medics to polar bear guards.Blank and Wackowski fly surveys each winter on the North Slope, looking for dens near any planned projects.They do this using an infrared camera. At his Anchorage office, Blank pointed out a photo.“It looks like R2D2 upside down, right?” he said.The camera rotates on the underside of the plane, controlled by a joystick.Waldholz: “It looks like a video game controller!”Blank: “I tell me mom this: You always said that video games wouldn’t help me in life – and you were wrong, mom.”The sensor can pick up a fraction of a degree difference in heat, and it produces images that look like black and white TV. White means hot. Warmer regions – like a road, or a river – show up as bright spots in a muddy gray landscape. Tracks where a vehicle or even a bear has passed will linger days later, just slightly warmer than the surrounding snow.(Photo courtesy Justin Blank)But it takes a trained eye to know what you’re seeing. Blank is one of the only people outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service good enough to identify a den.“What you’re seeing here is a vent hole,” he said, pointing out a bright spot in the footage. “The bear’s body heat and breath, and everything in there, is creating a nice, strong signature, that allows us to identify where it is.”Wackowski said it’s almost impossible to see while flying.Wackowski: “It glows like an orb and it catches your eye. But when you’re in an airplane, and you’re on hour three, looking at three hours of black and white video, everything kind of blends together, right?”Blank: “Yeah.”The pair will fly for three hours in the morning, and three hours in the afternoon, averaging 800 miles a day for a couple weeks. Most days, they won’t find anything. In a big year, Blank said, he’ll log maybe eight suspected dens — total.That’s a lot of time and expense for eight polar bears. But, Blank said, for companies on the Slope, it’s worth it. If a den turns up in the way of an ice road, it’s the ice road that has to move. That’s time consuming and costly.All those hours in the air mean that when you do find something, it’s pretty exciting.Wackowski: “Is that it?”Blank: “I don’t think so…”Wackowski: “Yeah that’s it! Oh, tell me that’s not my first den! There’s tracks there, there’s a hole.”Blank: “That’s a good maybe, man.”Wackowski learned to operate infrared sensors flying unmanned aerial vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan for the Air Force. The technology the team uses was originally developed by the military to see at night.“I’m using some of the skills I learned in the military to go find bad guys, and now I get to use it to protect wildlife at home, these incredible critters that we share the environment with,” Wackowski said. “To me, it’s a really fulfilling mission.”That mission has gotten more important in recent years, because there are more bears than ever denning onshore.Christopher Putnam oversees the den surveys for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.“The pattern of polar bear denning has completely reversed itself within a matter of a few decades,” he said.Thirty years ago, two thirds of southern Beaufort Sea polar bears denned on sea ice. Now, two thirds are denning on shore, according to research from the U.S. Geological Service. That means more contact with people – both local communities and the oil industry.Waldholz: “Why is that? What’s driving them inland?”Putnam: “Who knows. There’s something about the sea ice they don’t like.”Bears usually den where there’s jumble ice to catch snow drifts, Putnam said, and it might be that those spots are no longer stable enough to last through the three or so months of the denning season. But one thing is clear.(Photo courtesy Justin Blank)“This is one of the observable impacts of climate change,” Putnam said. “It’s not a model, it’s not a prediction. We’re seeing it happen.”Back at Fairweather, Blank called me over to watch one last piece of video.Waldholz: “That spot, is that a bear? That looks like bear!”The video showed a big empty, gray field, with one bright spot – a bear, loping along over the landscape, alone.last_img read more

Jeff King takes Iditarod lead mushing toward Ruby

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first_imgFour-time Iditarod champion Jeff King. (Alaska Public Media photo)Denali musher Jeff King, so far, is the lone musher to push through Cripple toward the Ruby.The 4-time Iditarod champion spent four hours in the Cripple checkpoint, before heading down the trail at 3:05 a.m. today.Six mushers remain in Cripple, including reigning champion Dallas Seavey, Noah Burmeister, Robert Sorlie and John Baker.Seavey was first into the checkpoint at 3:31 p.m. Wednesday.Over a dozen mushers are on the trail between Ophir and Cripple, including Brent Sass, Aliy Zirkle, Hugh Neff and Mitch Seavey – all of whom have taken their mandatory 24-hour layovers.last_img read more

No trucks advised on upriver ice road

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first_imgUpriver travel has just gotten harder. Ice crews have removed road markers between Tuluksak and Kalskag and are advising no more truck traffic between these points. That means people upriver will be staying in place or shelling out money for airfare until breakup.Download AudioKuskokwim River flooding near Chuathbaluk after the initial snow melt last week. (Photo courtesy of Mark Leary.)“It’s just time to be done with trucking. It’ll still be good for snow machines for a while,” Bethel Search and Rescue Member Mark Leary said.Leary says the combined effects of dark sand warming the top of the ice and the current flowing under the ice is creating an unstable surface for trucks.“We had some of those days when that north wind was howling, and it was blowing sand like crazy,” Leary said. “Sometimes it looked like smoke over the river there was so much sand.”The amped current comes from last week’s snow suddenly falling and then quickly melting. The sand comes from an overall lack of snow through the winter, leaving the ground exposed to wind and creating sand drifts on the ice.Leary measures ice thickness for the National Weather. His last measurements in mid-March showed ice reaching 33 inches in Aniak and 36 inches in Napaimute, lengths he calls below average for this time of year.“I don’t know if there’s such a thing anymore as a normal year, but what we used to see is ice in the 40’s or more,” Leary said.Leary says many open holes never froze this winter, another anomaly for the Kuskokwim. He says no new holes are forming, but the ice is dropping off at the edges and side sloughs are also opening.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday March 31 2017

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowJuneau superintendent questions funding planCaroline Halter, KTOO – JuneauSen. Shelley Hughes, a Wasilla Republican, held a series of committee hearings on virtual education and school funding beginning last year. It culminated in the release of broad education reform bill.Southeast tribal court builds on its experienceEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauSoutheast Alaska’s largest tribal court operation just celebrated its 10th anniversary.High school student honored for Gold Creek rescueJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauA 14-year-old Juneau high school student was honored by the governor’s office today for rescuing a five-year-old boy he saw fall into a fast-running creek.Two Sitka moms discuss balancing fishing and familyEmily Russell, KCAW – SitkaIris Nash is a new mom. Her son turns two this year and she’s pregnant with her second child. To answer some of her questions about balancing being a mom and co-managing a fishing business, Iris sat down with Sarah Jordan. Sarah also married into a fishing family and raised her own two sons aboard the family boat.Unalaska teen: If you like sushi, you better take care of the environmentZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaAcross the state, there’s a cohort of young Alaskans raising awareness for the rapidly changing Arctic environment. Cade Terada is one of 22 Arctic Youth Ambassadors. Growing up in Unalaska, America’s largest fishing port, he was immersed in the seafood industry.AK: Celebrations of Turkish culture in AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Republic of Turkey is about as far as you can go from Alaska on the other side of the globe. The country of nearly 80 million people straddles the edges of Europe and Asia, with a Mediterranean climate, and a rich history as the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Again, not a lot of parallels with Alaska. But both places have food and dance at the center of their cultural traditions.49 Voices: Cole Tamblyn of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Cole Tamblyn in Anchorage. Tamblyn is the head brewer at Resolution Brewing Company.last_img read more

PFD announcement fanfare is gone as dividends are cut in half

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first_imgAlaskans file their Permanent Fund dividend applications in downtown Anchorage in March 2016. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)If the state budget didn’t lower Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year, they would have been among the highest in state history, at more than $2,300. Instead, they will be $1,100, deposited or mailed on Oct. 5.Listen nowThe day that permanent fund dividends were announced used to be a celebration.By 2015, Gov. Bill Walker had a grave tone, as Palmer middle-schooler Shania Sommer announced a PFD of more than $2,000.“Some may see this dollar amount, which Shania will announce and go, well, everything is fine,” he said. “Well, it’s not. We have some challenges as a result of the price of oil.”This year was different again. The announcement came in a Friday afternoon press release.Permanent Fund Dividend Division officials say they didn’t calculate what PFDs would have been, since it wasn’t necessary. Last year, the dividend amount wasn’t certain until the announcement, because it depended on the number of applicants who were eligible. This year, the Legislature set the amount.Anchorage resident Andrée McLeod reached out to state officials, lawmakers and reporters, asking why the amount set by the original state law wasn’t made public.“Why has this administration not gone through the process to actually inform and notice Alaskans what that exact amount of the dividend would have been had the Legislature not dickered around with our Permanent Fund dividend amounts?” McLeod said.The amount of Permanent Fund earnings available for PFDs under the state law that created dividends was $1.55 billion. The state expects about 640,000 Alaskans to receive dividends.Putting current state data through the formula in state law that historically set dividend values, PFDs would have been about $2,350 each.That would have been the highest dollar figure in dividend history, without adjusting for inflation. With inflation, it would have been the fifth-highest.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson said he understands why the administration didn’t announce the number.“There was no hiding of the number,” Josephson said. “It was talked about all the time. So, I’m not quite sure what the complaint is. I understand why the Department of Revenue might not want to run a set of numbers that are sort of moot at this point.”Josephson said the House majority he’s a member of didn’t want to reduce PFDs without adding new revenue. But he said a deal over dividends was necessary to avoid a state government shutdown.“We were left with the following situation: Does the government shut down because the two sides are at loggerheads on the first of July or do we at least try to secure adequate public services for the people?” Josephson said.The Legislature drew from another savings account – the Constitutional Budget Reserve – in order to cover the gap between how much the government spends and how much it brings in, in taxes, fees and oil royalties. Walker said he’ll call lawmakers back on October 23rd to Juneau for a fourth special session, focused on revenue.last_img read more

Group of tourists pledges to cancel trips to Alaska if Murkowski confirms

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first_imgSenator Murkowski in Excursion Inlet with Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill and Ocean Beauty Excursion Inlet Plant Manager Tom Marshall. (KHNS file photo)Prospective tourists have pledged to cancel vacations to Alaska if Senator Lisa Murkowski confirms President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. That is according to a letter sent to visitors bureaus in cities across Southeast Alaska.Listen nowThirty-seven people hailing from 11 different states across the U.S. have added their names to the letter addressed to visitors bureaus in Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau.The short letter reads, “The undersigned pledge to cancel Alaska vacations and refrain from making any plans to visit in the future if Senator Murkowski confirms President Trump’s anti-choice SCOTUS nominee.”Travel Juneau CEO Liz Perry said she’s seen this kind of thing before.“This is not uncommon in the industry,” Perry said. “As a matter of fact, the industry refers to this as the weaponization of travel. The threat of a boycott if a political end is not met. Such boycotts can be effective but most of the time they mostly hit the frontline workers, your service operators. The political folks involved, in this case our U.S. senators, are very seldom affected in a major way.”Perry said she wrote a letter back to its author, Shoshana Hantman from Katonah, New York. Perry encouraged her to write Murkowski directly.“I wanted to acknowledge her concerns and let her know what generally our position was on the way boycotts can or cannot work, and invited her to take a different tack,” Perry said.When reached by phone in New York, Hantman declined to comment for the story.Skagway Tourism Director Cody Jennings asked the Skagway Borough Assembly to consider the letter at its upcoming meeting this week.Murkowski has not said whether she will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.Her vote could be critical in deciding the nomination since a single nay vote among Republicans coupled with the unanimous Democratic opposition would sink the nomination.Perry of Travel Juneau said she sent a copy of the letter to Senator Murkowski’s office in Juneau.last_img read more

Viswanadha Gopala Krishna felicitated GUDA

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first_imgRajamahendravaram: Suhrunmandali on Saturday felicitated ‘Sastri Nidhi’, ‘Mahamahopadhaya’ and President of India awardee Viswanadha Gopala Krishna at Datla Subhadraayamma auditorium in which many elites of the city were present. Participating in the programme, Godavari Urban Development Authority (GUDA) former chairman Ganni Krishna said that the great scholar Viswanadha Gopala Krishna is an asset to the city. Receiving President of India award is a great honour to him as well as to the city and underlined the need to honour him. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us BC Roy awardee and noted psychiatrist Karri Rama Reddy said it is proud to the cultural capital of the city in which Viswanadha Gopala Krishna was born and brought name and fame to the city with his excellence in Sanskrit. Awards and rewards are not new to him and Mahamahopadhaya title was conferred to him at the age of 60. Usually the title will be given in nineties, he said. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Noted builder and philanthropist DVN Raju said the people in the city should learn things from the great scholar to lead good life. Mayor Pantham Rajani Sesha Sai said civic reception will be given to Viswanadha Gopala Krishna and the issue was taken to the notice of commissioner. Responding to the felicitation, Viswanadha Gopala Krishna said he wants to mingle with everything which gives him joy. Because of the blessings of the people, he was given President of India award and assured to keep up the values and glory of the grand city of culture. Dr Aripirala Nayarayana Rao, Perumalla Radhunadh, VVSK Kumar, JR Sarma, VV Gopal, Kavita Prasad and many others were present.last_img read more

AK Khan inspects construction works of Gurukul schools

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first_imgZaheerabad: State Advisor of Minority Offence AK Khan paid a visit to Gurukul Schools which are being constructed in Sangareddy, Sadasiva Peta, Kandhi, Zaheerabad on Tuesday.AK Khan said, “There will be drastic change in minorities after starting Gurukul Schools. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is also introducing welfare schemes to educate minority people.” He further added, “At present, there are 206 minority Gurukul schools in which there are 91,000 students are getting educated. There are 23 pakka buildings and the remaining are in progress. They will be constructed with High quality.” Shafiulla and officers from different divisions are present.last_img read more

Youth told to emulate Alluri Sitarama Raju

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first_imgEluru: In-charge Collector M Venugopala Reddy called upon youth to emulate tribal hero Alluri Sitarama Raju who sacrificed his life while fighting tyrannical rule of the British. He paid rich tributes to Alluri by garlanding his statute to mark his 122nd birth anniversary. Speaking on the occasion, Reddy said that Alluri brought awareness among tribals on the misrule of the British and waged a war against the foreign rule in India. Following his ideals is the real tribute to the great freedom-fighter of India, he said. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us MLC Ramu Suryarao said that it will be a fitting tribute to Alluri if any district coming up soon named after him. Those who sacrificed their lives for the poor would remain permanent in the hearts of people and history remembers them. Alluri was one such real life hero whose sacrifice is worth emulate for this generation. Officials and other were present.last_img read more