SELECTMEN RACE Fasulo Responds To LifeLong Residency Question Criticizes The Patch

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a statement from Selectman candidate Rob Fasulo in response to a recent Wilmington Patch’s article questioning Fasulo’s “life-long residency” status. The Patch reported that Fasulo and his wife purchased a home in Tewksbury in February 2005 and bought their current Wilmington home in December 2012.Rob Fasulo’s StatementIt’s really unfortunate that I have to respond to an allegation from Dave Copeland of Wilmington Patch regarding his article on Thursday.I realize Patch is not a real news organization per se as they would have contacted me for comment before writing the article, not wait for a rebuttal after. Patch has not reached out for comment as they reported.Mr. Copeland, the definition of “resident” is “somebody that dwells permanently or a considerable amount of time somewhere”The facts of the time period are that I did own property in Tewksbury, however, it was never intentional that I would make it a permanent place of residence. Not that it’s anybody’s business, but after my wedding my wife and I had to live in separate houses because we could not find a home in Wilmington. During the time that my wife and I owned the property in Tewksbury, I maintained my legal residency in Wilmington as I continued to pay excise tax on my vehicle here, as well as received my mail here, paid my bills from here, and had my driver’s license and professional certifications maintained here. I continued to vote in Wilmington and a majority of my belongings were here the whole time. Even my dogs license was here. Tewksbury was never intended to be a long-term situation for me and it wasn’t.My quote Mr. Copeland questions is my “40 plus year residency”. While I will argue that my residency has not changed, if you would like to remove the six years of property ownership in another town, that still equates to 37 years in Wilmington. Is this how petty we will become during this election?As far as Mr. Copeland’s claim that I “worked with Tewksbury Selectmen” to start the Tewksbury Farmers Market is a blatant lie. We were simply one of the first vendors to commit to the Tewksbury Farmers Market. The quoted article also claimed I was a Tewksbury resident, I did not say that the author of the article did, yet Copeland quotes me.You’re going to write an article smearing my good name over at most 3 years if we used whatever definition of “resident” that you used when justifying this article? When a soldier goes away to war do they give up his or her residency when they lay their head down in a foreign land? How about when a child who goes away for school? I can document my residency in Wilmington, you cannot document your claim of my residency in Tewksbury. That is the only fact in this story.I know the politics in Wilmington can get dirty, but I did not see this one coming and for the record the Patch did not contact me for comment on this story. My wife contacted me at work and told me that it was out there. The lack of accomplishments by the establishment are not there so false stories will now be resorted to. This story is nothing more than an attempt by Mr. Copeland to influence an election.To end, Mr. Copeland you crossed the line that should not be crossed by bringing my wife, mother and father into this story, I believe you owe them a very public apology.Wilmington Apple Was Waiting For Comment…Wilmington Apple received an email from a reader on Wednesday night, suggesting Fasulo’s “life-long residency” claim be scrutinized. The reader provided the deeds of Fasulo’s current Wilmington property and former Tewksbury property, plus information from the Wilmington voters list.Wilmington Apple was able to confirm the veracity of the documents on Thursday morning.Before Wilmington Apple reached out to the Fasulo campaign for comment, the Wilmington Patch, which appears to have received the same email, published its story on Thursday morning, without comment from the Fasulo campaign. The Wilmington Patch later published a second article with Fasulo’s response.Wilmington Apple reached to out to the Fasulo campaign for comment on Thursday afternoon, and was later directed to the candidate’s statement on his Facebook page, which is published above.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 DEBATE RECAP: Bendel, Caira, Fasulo, Maselli & Sullivan Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”last_img read more

Nominate A Wilmington Child For Kindness Award Free Trip To Disney World

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — The Mary Jo Brown Foundation needs your help to find a very special, deserving, unsung hero from our young generation to receive our 2019 Spreading Smiles Award. Do you know a child or young adult that helped a neighbor or family member in need? Someone that stood up to bullying? Or maybe requested that donations be made to a worthy cause in lieu or Christmas or birthday gifts? The person we select to receive the Spreading Smiles Award will embody the ideology the Mary Jo Brown Foundation is built upon…it will be someone who puts others first, someone who takes action to make the world a better place through acts of kindness…and who looks for nothing in return. Their actions are selfless, the rewards they receive are purely the joy they bring others.Please help our Board seek out these young heroes by nominating someone you know for the Spreading Smiles Award. The attached form walks you through the simple steps required to nominate your hero. Simply, tell us the story of selfless kindness* that describes why your nominee deserves to be recognized and submit it by September 1, 2019. The nominee must be a legal US resident under 18 years of age as of 12/31/19.The online nomination form can be found HERE.If you are nominating someone and you are under 21, your nomination requires the signature of an authorizing adult; however, we encourage young people to participate in the nomination process.The Contest is not open to entry where prohibited or restricted by law and is not open to family members of the Board of Directors of The Mary Jo Brown Foundation. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.Finalists will be notified in advance and invited to attend our annual Luau Fundraiser on date to be announced at the Elks Hall in Saugus where they will be introduced to our supporters. All will be rewarded and our Grand prize winner will then be announced.**Grand Prize Award*** – Trip to Disney World for 4 – valued at approximately $4500About the Mary Jo Brown FoundationThe Mary Jo Brown Foundation was founded to honor the memory of Mary Jo Brown and to carry on her legacy of love, her passion for helping others and her extraordinary kindness that spread continuous joy to all who knew and loved her. The Foundation focuses its effort in continuing that joy by sending monthly care packages for our country’s deployed soldiers, providing a number of families in need with a memorable Christmas, and offering numerous small donations to reward random acts of kindness witnessed by our Board, as well as partial funding for the Mary Jo Brown Smile Fund, which provides support to the Child Life Services program at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children where Mary Jo worked for 35 years. Our motto is “Spreading Smiles through Acts of Kindness”. Please visit our website at maryjobrown.org and help us pay it forward by bringing smiles to those who need them most.*This act of kindness must be verifiable.**In the event the grand prize winner is unable to (or elects not to) take advantage of the trip to Disney World for 4, the trip will revert back to the Mary Jo Brown Foundation so that an alternate recipient may be awarded.***Disney Trip for 4 includes roundtrip airfare Boston area – Orlando, 5 nights lodging in a Disney Moderate Resort Hotel with Magical Express shuttle service between Orlando airport and Disney; 4-day park passes and a Gift Card.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.last_img read more

Indian Classical Dance Workshop Performance In Wilmington On August 23

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Enjoy an evening with acclaimed Indian Classical dance artist Kohal Das, who will hold a workshop and performance on Friday, August 23, 2019, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street).Das is presently a research fellow at Tufts University and has extensive performing experience in India for both Odissi and Bharatnatyam styles.A reception will follow. Email upasana.odissi.dance@gmail.com to RSVP. Donations to Upasana would be appreciated.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”JOURNEY TO INDIA: A Free Evening Of Dance & Storytelling In Wilmington On Friday, October 5In “Community”last_img read more

State Rep Ken Gordon Announces Hes Running For ReElection

first_imgBEDFORD, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) recently announced he will be seeking re-election next year.“It is my honor to serve the people of Bedford, Burlington and precinct 3 in Wilmington in the legislature, as I have for the past seven years. Much has been done, but with the authority gained by my time in office, I am in a position to do more,” said Gordon. “With that in mind, I look forward to re-election as your State Representative in November of 2020. I ask for your support and your vote.”In his announcement, Gordon noted he is currently working with the Baker administration as it issues regulations for two important pieces of legislation he filed.“I am proud that a bill that I helped author calling for paid family and medical leave for all workers in the Commonwealth was passed into law last summer as part of the ‘grand bargain.’ I have been working with the new Department of Family and Medical Leave to bring that program forward,” said Gordon. “I [also] filed an amendment that was included in major reform to unemployment insurance, that will extend the benefit period for any worker who enrolls in an approved job training program. I testified at a hearing of the Department of Unemployment Insurance advisory board just last week, and those new regulations should be out soon.”Gordon also highlighted several of the district’s transportation priorities he addressed over the last few years.“We convinced MassDOT to widen Route 128 to ease the traffic burden on Burlington, and to change its plans to move a salt shed that would have been adjacent to a Bedford neighborhood,” said Gordon. “We funded a shuttle program to bring workers from Lowell to Burlington to address the needs of businesses in a labor shortage. And our work continues.”His campaign will be holding a re-election kickoff event on November 5, 2019, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. Several Burlington and Bedford elected officials are part of the event’s host committee, including Burlington Selectmen Jim Tigges and Mike Runyan; Bedford Selectwoman Margot Fleischman; Burlington School Committee member Martha Simon; and Bedford School Committee member Ann Guay.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy PrimaryIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On Legalizing Sports Betting, Opioid Crisis & MoreIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”last_img read more

Nintendos Mario Kart mobile game delayed until summer

first_img Share your voice Mario Kart Tour won’t out for a while yet, but doesn’t just seeing Mario Kart 64 make you feel better? Nintendo Mario Kart Tour won’t launch until this summer, Nintendo announced Thursday.The kart racing game was due to speed onto mobile devices by the end of March, but the Japanese company wrote in its latest earnings report and its Twitter account that it’s taking a few more months to improve the application’s quality and expand the post-launch content offerings. Playing the beloved racing series on our phones and tablets is an exciting prospect, but Nintendo Life notes that Mario Kart Tour remains pretty mysterious — we haven’t yet seen any footage or many concrete details.Shortly after it was announced, we heard it’d be a free-to-start app and Nintendo said in a previous earnings report that it’ll operate “a service” for Mario Kart Tour — implying regular updates and changes to keep it fresh.If you absolutely must get your Nintendo fix on mobile, you can try out Dragalia Lost, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Walmart Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) See It 3:15 Now playing: Watch this: Nintendo Switch: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go.Gaming: All of our video game coverage. スマートフォン向けアプリ『マリオカート ツアー』は、アプリの品質向上および配信後のサービス内容拡充のため、配信予定を2019年夏とさせていただきます。 pic.twitter.com/YhtI2DWw4H— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) January 31, 2019 See It Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 Post a comment See It $309 0center_img Nintendo Switch Nintendo Video Games Mobile Apps Phones $299 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first great multiplayer game… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $289 29 Photos Tags See it Best Buy Amazon Nintendo sold 9.41 million Switch consoles in the last three months on 2018, Engadget highlighted, which brings its lifetime sales to 32.27 million — just 660,000 short of the Nintendo 64 and far more than the GameCube and Wii U. It still has a ways to go to catch up with the Wii’s 101.63 million though.The earnings report also highlighted the success of some big hitters on Nintendo Switch — Super Smash Bros Ultimate sold 12.08 million copies after coming out in December, Pokémon: Let’s Go shifted 10 million after its November release, while Super Mario Party moved a comparatively modest 5.3 million units since October. The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2last_img read more

The truth about 4K TV refresh rates

first_img 87 Share your voice Back up a second: What’s refresh rate? Refresh rate is how often a TV changes the image (also known as a “frame”) onscreen. With traditional televisions, this was 60 times each second, or “60Hz.” Some modern TVs can refresh at double this rate, or 120Hz (120 frames per second). We’ve covered this before, with 1080p HDTVs, and it’s the same idea with 4K TVs. Certain parts of the world have TVs that refresh at 50Hz normally, with some TVs that refresh at 100Hz. That just depends on the electricity in your country.  For the purposes of this article, 50 and 60 work the same, as do 100 and 120. For my own sanity, and ease of reading, I’m going to stick with 60 and 120, but feel free to read that as 50 and 100 if you’re in the UK, Australia or any place that has 50Hz electricity.  So are these higher refresh numbers just another “more is better!” marketing ploy? Not entirely. Higher refresh rates can reduce motion blur in LCDs and OLED TVs (the only two TV technologies on the market).  What’s motion blur? Glad you asked… Your brain on blur All LCD and current OLED models suffer from “motion blur.” This is where anything in motion, either an object on screen or the entire image (like when the camera pans), blurs and looks softer than if it was stationary. dolphinsharpandblur.jpgMotion blur makes images in motion look softer than stationary ones. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Interestingly, this blur is largely created by your brain. Basically, your brain notices the motion, and makes assumptions as to where that object (or overall image) is going to be in the next fraction of a second. The problem with LCD and current OLED TVs is that they hold that image there for the full 60th of a second, so your brain actually smears the motion, thinking it should be moving, when in fact it’s just a series of still images. It’s actually quite fascinating, but the details are beyond the scope of this article. I recommend checking out BlurBuster’s great article for more info. The motion blur we’re talking about here, despite coming from your brain, is caused by how the television works. This is separate from whatever blur the camera itself creates.  Some people aren’t bothered by motion blur. Some don’t even notice it. Others, like me, do notice it and are bothered by it. Fortunately, it can be minimized.  Antiblurring technologies beyond refresh rate Refresh rate itself is really only part of the solution. Just doubling the same frames doesn’t actually do much for reducing motion blur. Something else is needed. There are two main methods. The first is frame interpolation, where the TV itself creates brand-new frames that are sort of hybrids of the frame that came before, and the one that comes after. This can fool your brain enough that it doesn’t blur the image. Depending how aggressive the interpolation is, however, it can lead to the soap opera effect, which makes movies look like ultra-smooth reality TV shows. Some viewers like the effect, but it’s generally hated by film buffs and others who pay close attention to image quality. There are different levels of this processing, where a little might reduce motion blur some, and not cause undue harm to the quality of the image. Or on the other end of the “dial,” it’s cranked up so that there’s even less motion blur, but the movement is hyper-realistic and for many, distractingly unreal. Some TVs let you choose how much of this processing gets applied to the image, others have just a single setting. More on these settings further down. samsung-unju7100-series-unju657100-09.jpgTV makers use their own terms for antiblurring technology. Sarah Tew/CNET The other alternative is black frame insertion (BFI) or a scanning backlight. This is where all or part of the backlight of the TV turns off (goes black). This effectively means the image doesn’t “hold” in place, so your brain doesn’t blur it. Do it poorly, however, and many people will see the image flicker. The light output of the TV also drops, as it’s not outputting any light for a period of time.  Both of these techniques are what manufacturers use to come up with their “effective refresh rate” numbers. For example, a TV with a 60Hz refresh and a scanning backlight might claim to have an effective refresh rate of 120. A TV with a more elaborate BFI mode, and frame interpolation, might have a claimed effective refresh rate of “540.” There’s no transparency in how companies determine their “effective rate” numbers, but there is at least more consistency than there used to be. It’s also possible these features, when enabled, are bothersome over time. Some people are especially sensitive to a flickering backlight, so you might need to turn these features off. If you’re concerned about that, or notice motion blur, it’s best to find a TV that actually has a 120Hz refresh rate. Bottom line (should you care?) There are two things at play here. The first is simple, and one we’ve said many times before: don’t trust marketing. At least, don’t trust it at face value. Marketing is designed to sell you a product, not give you information about a product. That’s secondary. The second is being able to reduce motion blur. When 120Hz 1080p TVs first hit the market, they offered a noticeable improvement in motion resolution. The technology has only gotten better.  But if you’re sensitive to motion blur, it is worth checking for a true 120Hz TV. It would be a shame to let all that extra 4K resolution go to waste due to blur. It’s also worth checking reviews for measurements and subjective takes on how the TV handles motion — that’s more useful than any manufacturer-supplied spec. Note: This article was originally published in 2015 but was updated in 2019 with current info and links.   Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics like why all HDMI cables are the same, TV resolutions explained, LED LCD vs. OLED and more. Still have a question? Tweet at him @TechWriterGeoff, then check out his travel photography on Instagram. He also thinks you should check out his best-selling sci-fi novel and its sequel.  Samsung The Frame UN55LS003AF TVs Tags Four great 4K TVs for every budget Now playing: Watch this: Many midrange TVs like this 60Hz Vizio M-Series Quantum are marketed with higher refresh rate numbers. Sarah Tew/CNET Refresh rate is one of the more confusing aspects of TV technology, and TV makers don’t do much to explain it. In fact, they often double it. Refresh rate is a number that specifies how many times per second the image on your TV changes. With most TVs it’s 60, though it’s rare you’ll ever see a TV with that number listed. Instead, manufacturers use different technologies, such as the soap opera effect and black frame insertion, to claim a higher number. Sometimes those claims are justified, sometimes they aren’t.  Higher refresh rate claims with numbers like 120, 240, and higher are common, but not always accurate. In fact, no matter what number you see listed with a 4K TV, no 4K TV has a native panel refresh rate higher than 120Hz. As we’ll explain, though, a number higher than 120Hz doesn’t necessarily mean the claim is false. Here’s the basics: Refresh rate is the number time times per second (written in hertz, or Hz) a TV refreshes its image.Movies are almost always filmed 24 frames per second, or 24Hz. Live TV shows at 30 or 60.Most TVs refresh at 60, some higher-end models at 120. Some older 1080p LCD TVs refreshed at 240Hz.The point of a higher refresh rate is to reduce the motion blur inherent in all current TV technologies.Motion blur is the softening of the image when an object, or the entire screen, is in motion.TV manufacturers use multiple technologies in addition to refresh rate to come up with an “effective refresh rate.”Effective refresh rate means the TV refreshes its image at a lower rate, but might appear to have similar motion resolution as a TV with an actual higher refresh rate.What TV makers sayLet me start with the terms you’ll see on various TV makers’ marketing materials and web sites. Each one calls the TVs motion handling capability something different, and many don’t even mention the term “refresh rate” or use “Hz” at all.lg-trumotion.jpg LG LG: TruMotion LG now lists their TruMotion number, along with the panel’s native refresh rate, as in “TruMotion 240 (Refresh Rate 120Hz)” or “TruMotion 120 (Native 60Hz).” Samsung: Motion Rate Samsung is more upfront than it used to be about this. Its 4K TVs and 8K TVs feature “Motion Rate.” This is, generally, twice the native refresh rate. So Motion Rate 240 indicates a native refresh of 120Hz. In the least expensive of their TVs, a Motion Rate of 60 means a 60Hz refresh. Sony: MotionFlow XR  For most of its 2019 TVs Sony doesn’t list a number on its website, instead it just says “Motionflow XR.” On others it lists a number along with the native refresh: “Motionflow XR 240 (native 60 Hz)” and “Motionflow XR 1440 (native 120 Hz).” Vizio: Effective Refresh Rate Vizio’s Effective Refresh Rate is just double the native refresh rate. It often includes a “Clear Action” number, too, which is triple the ERR (and so 6x the native refresh rate).TCL: Clear Motion Index TCL’s sets say either “60/120Hz CMI” (for the cheapest 1080p models) or “120Hz CMI,” but all of them are actually 60Hz native refresh. The only exception is the 75-inch 6 series, TCL’s most expensive TV, which is 120Hz native.For the most effective increase in motion resolution, you need a native 120Hz refresh television. That said, it is possible to have some improvement even with a 60Hz TV if it uses some other feature, like backlight scanning or black frame insertion, that improves motion resolution. That’s a lot of technical jargon, so let’s tackle it from the beginning. Comments 2:18 Preview • 4K TVs LG Samsung Sony Viziolast_img read more

The story behind the Crazy Rich Asians Black Panther viral cast photo

first_imgThe Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther viral joint cast photo was made possible by Harry Shum Jr. Steven Lam When the casts of Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther posed together for a photo at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, the shot immediately went viral. The picture — which includes Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Harry Shum Jr., as well as Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o — lit up the internet with delight.Turns out the moment was made possible by Shum, who just wanted to show his appreciation for the Black Panther ensemble, which won best cast in a motion picture at the awards ceremony.”I remember going to some [Crazy Rich Asians] cast members and saying, ‘Yo, let’s go say congratulations to the Black Panther cast,'” Shum said in an interview. “And then that happened.” “It was just this thing that started. People saw us mingling, and it was like, this is a perfect example of what Hollywood should be like, what it needs to do,” he continued. “It’s not just about your own community. How do you reach out with the community in mind, and collaborate or just support?”Shum spoke at a reception Thursday evening in Los Angeles for the Gold House A100, a list that honors Asians and Asian Americans in tech, entertainment and business. The list, announced earlier this month, includes several Crazy Rich Asians stars, including Shum, Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina and director Jon M. Chu. On Friday, Gold House also gave Chu its inaugural A1 award for the “single most impactful Asian of the year.”Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther were two of last year’s cultural milestones. The two films represented a push in Hollywood to tell more diverse stories and get more people of color on screen and behind the camera. Both movies were critical and commercial successes, and proved that movies with predominantly nonwhite casts could do well at the box office. 2:02 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice Danai Gurira, woman of actioncenter_img For Shum, the joint cast photo was an encapsulation of that push for representation. “It’s just a celebration of being there at this award show when so many faces have been erased or have been invisible,” he said. “And just to be there and see [the Black Panther cast] holding those trophies, it’s special.”Outside of entertainment, other heavy hitters honored by Gold House include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Momofuku chef David Chang and Toronto Raptors point guard Jeremy Lin.Gold House also tries to ensure the success of projects driven by Asian people. A campaign by the group called #GoldOpen aims to buoy opening weekends by urging donors to buy out movie theaters and snap up tickets in bulk. The group made a big push around Crazy Rich Asians last year, which has grossed almost $240 million at the box office to date, and is the top grossing romantic comedy in 10 years. Tags 77 Photos Post a comment Culture Black Pantherlast_img read more

Google says Apples new signin button is better than random passwords

first_img 46 Photos Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET Apps Today Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Privacy Google Apple 13:39 $999 Tags Google isn’t opposed to Sign in with Apple.  James Martin/CNET At its annual WWDC event last week, Apple unveiled a new privacy tool called Sign in with Apple, an alternative to single sign-on services offered by Facebook and Google. Apple appeared to take a shot at its competitors by saying that even free services need to respect privacy. Google’s Mark Risher reportedly wasn’t pleased about the jab but thinks the technology will make people safer.”There was a bunch of innuendo wrapped around the release that suggested that only one of them [the logins] is pure, and the rest of them are kind of corrupt, and obviously I don’t like that,” Risher, a director of product management at Google, told The Verge in an interview published Wednesday.Risher said Google hasn’t properly articulated exactly what happens when a user clicks “Sign in with Google,” which could lead to misunderstandings at a time when people feel unsafe in the digital world. Overall, Risher said, using Google’s sign-on option or Sign in with Apple is better than random usernames and passwords. $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It reading • Google says Apple’s new sign-in button is a good idea, despite privacy jab $999 Share your voice Sprintcenter_img Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple iPhone XS • Apple Comments Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors “I honestly do think this technology will be better for the internet and will make people much, much safer,” he told The Verge. Google didn’t immediately respond to request for further comment.The Sign in with Apple tool lets you use your Apple ID as a credential to sign into websites and apps, instead of typing in your email address. The tool uses your iOS device to verify your credentials, instead of social account logins, which could make you vulnerable to being tracked online. Apple says its sign-In service offers convenience without a privacy toll. Apple’s rivals use their sign-on services to craft a user profile to help deliver targeted ads. Apple generates its revenue from the sale of devices and services, and not ads, so it isn’t as interested in your information. Sign In works on Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and Apple Watches. Through the web, it also works on Android and Windows. At WWDC, Apple introduced iOS 13, a new voice for Siri, dark mode, a new Mac Pro that starts at $5999 and more.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Mobile Internet Laptops Desktops Online Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It $999 8 Now playing: Watch this: See it See It WWDC 2019: Mac Pro, iOS 13, MacOS and more…last_img read more

iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected

first_img Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Tyler Lizenby/CNET 6 CNET Smart Home Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. If you want the most robot vacuum for the least amount of money, Neato’s Botvac D7 is the way to go. Thanks to built-in lidar laser mapping, the D7 wins the floor coverage and navigation prize. On our tests it covered more ground and consistently cleaned faster than the Roomba S9 Plus. It also came close to matching the Roomba’s soil pickup performance. Keep in mind, the Roomba removed more pet hair from our test floors than the Neato D7. So if you’re a pet owner, the D7 isn’t your best choice.The Neato D7’s app experience is better than the Roomba S9 Plus’. Its “no-go lines” feature is especially useful. It allows you to custom-edit saved maps, and create virtual sections of your home for the robot to avoid. The Roomba has yet to offer a similar capability.So while the Neato Botvac D7 isn’t the ultimate in robot vacuum performance and features, for the price it offers quite a bit. Now playing: Watch this: See All The iRobot Roomba S9 Plus Comments The Neato Botvac D7 Conn… The best if price is no object • Read the Neato Botvac D7 Connected preview $1,399 at Amazon 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. The best all-around value 8:07 Easily the most expensive robot vacuum on the market, the $1,399 Roomba S9 Plus is far from budget-friendly. What you get for this tidy sum though are truly next-level features. The standout is its CleanBase dock. It both charges the Roomba’s battery and empties the robot’s dustbin. Inside the dock is a bag that holds enough dirt for about 30 typical cleaning runs. When it’s full, just open the base, remove the bag and discard. That’s way more convenient than the Neato Botvac D7. The D7 comes with a standard center-mounted dustbin. So the Roomba S9 Plus is the clear choice, if you want to spend less time getting your hands dirty.The Roomba S9 Plus does a good job getting around rooms and obstacles as it cleans. Its optical sensor-based navigation system covers less ground than the Neato D7. It also took longer to vacuum the same amount of space. The Roomba creates maps too, and you can label rooms in the iRobot app. You can’t designate off-limit areas, though, like you can with the Neato D7.As far as raw pickup power, the Roomba S9 Plus has a slight edge over the Neato D7. Both are great at removing dirt, but the Roomba does a better job of dealing with pet hair. And while the Roomba S9 Plus is brand-new, the Botvac D7 has been on the market for a few years, and has steadily improved thanks to multiple software upgrades. That makes both robots strong competitors, and tempting choices for your hard-earned cash. Let’s find out how they really stack up, and which one is the better vacuum buy.  We’re here to help you make informed purchase decisions. If you use our links to buy, we may get a commission.Also read: The best robot vacuums of 2019: iRobot Roomba vs. Neato vs. the rest $600 at Amazon The iRobot Roomba S9 Plus Share your voice Preview • Neato’s vacuum steers clear of the spots you tell it to avoid Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) The $1,399 iRobot Roomba S9 Plus has a sky-high sticker price, but for a robot vacuum cleaner it offers an impressive set of features and capabilities. One in particular, a self-emptying dustbin, is a trick only a few vacuums can match. For half the Roomba’s price though, the $599 Neato Botvac D7 Connected is also an effective robotic floor cleaner. Both machines systematically map and navigate through rooms. They both clean quickly and efficiently too. Both work with Alexa and Google Assistant. You can control and schedule their cleaning sessions for the Roomba and Botvac D7 from your phone as well. Tags See it reading • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected $600 at Amazon Tyler Lizenby/CNET Smart Home The best all‑around value Best Buy $1,399 at Amazon Mentioned Above Neato Botvac D7 Connected $599 The Neato Botvac D7 Connected The best if price is no object Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Read more about the iRobot Roomba S9+ See It CNET Smart Home $599 iRobot Neatolast_img read more

Tongass Fire Warning Rescinded

first_imgThe risk of fires in Southeast’s Tongass National Forest has dropped.A warning was issued last week as warm, sunny weather dried out grass and underbrush.But Fire Management Officer Seth Ross says that’s changed.“It seems that the forecast and the current weather indicate that we’re going back to our typical Southeast Alaska pattern, coming out of that warm and dry weather,” Ross says.“So, we are going to rescind that warning, but still, caution people to always be careful of fire in the woods,” he says.Ross says the Tongass sees an average of 17 fires each year. Sometimes it’s as high as 40. Most are brush and peat fires.last_img

With Focus On Budget Social Issues May Be Left Behind

first_imgWhen the Legislature gavels in on Tuesday, there are a few things it must deal with. There’s the multi-billion dollar deficit the state faces. There’s also work to be done on Alaska’s marijuana laws, after voters decided to legalize and regulate the drug in November. This full agenda means other controversial subjects may take a backseat. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that lawmakers expect bills on social issues, like abortion, to get less attention than last cycle.Download AudioWhen Republicans took control of both chambers of the Legislature two years ago, social conservatives viewed it as a win. Legislation restricting Medicaid payments for abortion, a long-standing priority for them, finally got hearings and was even signed into law before being enjoined by the courts.But even though the composition of the Legislature is mostly the same, advocates for anti-abortion measures — like waiting periods and clinic regulations — aren’t expecting to get as much traction, due to the attention on the state’s budget.Jim Minnery is the president of Alaska Family Action.“It’s just one more session with just one more reason to put our issues on the backburner,” says Minnery. “We’re sort of the ugly stepchild in the room when it comes to issues down in Juneau. I mean even our allies sometimes have a hard time charging the hill.”Beyond a climate where lawmakers are more focused on fiscal issues, leadership of some of the committees that traditionally address abortion bills has changed in a way that is less friendly to such legislation.One of the Senate’s more moderate Republicans, Lesil McGuire, has taken over the Judiciary committee. She takes the reins from Sen. John Coghill, a socially conservative Republican from North Pole, who sponsored the Medicaid abortion bill and shepherded it through the Senate.With the Health committees, both the House chair — Homer Republican Paul Seaton — and the Senate Chair — Sitka Republican Bert Stedman — have voted against legislation restricting abortion access.Over the past 20 years, all but one bill concerning abortion has been sent to Judiciary, to Health and Social Services, or both. The one exception was legislation to create a “Choose Life” license plate.Senate President Kevin Meyer says that trend will likely continue if an abortion bill is introduced this session.“That seems like the appropriate places,” says Meyer.Minnery sees that as an obstacle to abortion legislation moving forward.“Certainly I can’t say we were pleased with Seaton and Stedman being given those chairs, because they’ve shown a repeated resistance to advancing our legislation,” says Minnery.Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest is also looking at the committee chairs, but from the opposite policy perspective.“We’re tracking who these committee chairs are,” says Jennifer Allen, a policy director with the group. “We haven’t seen them in action yet, so we don’t know what that’s going to look like. But again, we will simply keep talking to them about why they should be setting aside any anti-abortion bills and addressing the real issues that affect Alaska women’s health.”House Health Chair Paul Seaton says would like to hold hearings on all bills assigned to his committee, no matter the subject matter. But he says that the Legislature’s biggest fight over abortion — how the term “medically necessary” should be defined for the purposes of Medicaid reimbursement — has already played out.“On that issue particularly, there’s already been a bill on that. There’s already been regulations which are being challenged in court,” says Seaton. “So I think that’s already probably progressed as far as that’s going to be.”But the way Medicaid treats abortion could get attention from the Legislature in another way, because of the nebulous status of that law. Last year, a judge issued an injunction against the law, which allows Medicaid reimbursements only in cases where a woman’s life or “physical health” is seriously at risk, after Planned Parenthood challenged its constitutionality.Medicaid expansion is a top priority of Gov. Bill Walker, who campaigned heavily on the issue. The socially conservative lobby, led by Jim Minnery, is opposing the proposal on the grounds that it could expand abortion coverage.So far, none of the early bills that have been filed address abortion, though there is legislation supported by social conservatives that would change the makeup of the state’s judicial council. Sen. John Coghill is working on bills to regulate abortion, but says that dealing with the state’s fiscal problems will come first.Senate President Kevin Meyer agrees.“Well, they won’t be a priority but that’s not to say that they won’t get through the process, get on the floor, and still get passed this year,” says Meyer.If an abortion restriction bill makes it through the Legislature, it may put Walker in a difficult situation. Walker personally opposes abortion, and sought support from Alaska Family Action earlier in his political career when he was registered as a Republican. When he abandoned his party affiliation and merged his ticket with Democrat Byron Mallott, Walker said he would not advance an anti-abortion agenda and, at one point, stated he would veto anti-abortion bills before later rescinding that statement.Minnery says Alaska Family Action hopes to “rekindle its relationship” with Walker.last_img read more

Anchorage Nepalese community reacts to quake

first_imgMore than 4,000 people in Nepal have died as a result of Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Much of the capital Katmandu and the surrounding villages were destroyed. Some members of Anchorage’s 80-member Nepalese community were visiting at the time. Jeet Tamang’s wife and nephew were among them. He says it took 10 hours to get through to them because phone services were down. His family members, including his siblings who still live there, all survived, but their homes were severely damaged.“They were physically okay, but they were camping out near by the house in the open area,” Tamang says of his wife and nephew. “Cooking outside and sleeping out there. Which the whole city is going through that.”Tamang says his family members are nervous to be there, and they’re not sure if they’ll be able to come home this week as planned.It’s “kind of scary to walk around. Nobody knows if it’s going to fall down or not. Anything is possible. The worst thing is the aftershocks are really making more damages and scaring people around.”He says so far, no one in Anchorage has reported lost family members. The community is collecting money for the non-profit Helping Hand for Nepal, which runs small-scale aid projects in the country.“Download Audio”last_img read more

April Breaks Rain Record in Petersburg

first_imgThe month of May clearly brought more sunshine to the Petersburg area. It is especially noticeable after April, which broke the record for being the rainiest.A rainy spring made for copious puddles around Petersburg. Photo: KRBD.The average rainfall for the month of April is about six inches but this year it was double that at 12.31 inches. That was enough rain to break the record from 1952 of just over 11 inches.Richard Lam is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau. He says this April mimicked a fall month.“Normally, in April, usually the weather pattern is not like this so this is more like a fall weather pattern,” Lam says. “Twelve inches of rainfall in the fall for you guys is normal but in April that’s atypical.”So, with April being the rainiest on record will this drier weather continue?Although the Juneau Weather Service doesn’t forecast beyond seven days the Climate Prediction Center in Washington D.C. does. Lam says that data shows May to be warmer than normal but they still don’t know about the rain.“They are calling for May to be more likely to be seeing above normal temperatures so a warmer than normal May,” Lam says, “and precipitation they are calling for equal chances. That means there will be equal chance for above normal or below normal precipitation so it can be anything.”The rainy April follows an exceptionally warm winter season when there was more rain and less snow than normal for Petersburg.last_img read more

Alaska senators fault Trumps tack on racist rally

first_imgImage of President Trump from WhiteHouse.govAlaska’s U.S. senators have issued a second round of statements following the rally of White nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. This time their criticisms are aimed at President Trump.Listen now“What the President said yesterday was wrong,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski wrote on Facebook Wednesday night, a day after the president’s press conference in Trump Tower. “There is no moral equivalence between those who are inciting hate and division, and those who took to the streets to make it clear that those views are unacceptable.”Murkowski previously condemned bigotry and anti-semitism, without mentioning Trump or his assertions that “many sides” were to blame for the violence.Sen. Dan Sullivan’s second Facebook post said, “Anything less than complete and unambiguous condemnation of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK by the president of the United States is unacceptable. Period.”The senators join a number of fellow Republicans in Congress who say the president should have condemned neo-Nazis and White nationalists more forcefully. This morning, Trump issued a series of Tweets blasting his critics and lamenting the removal of Confederate statues from American cities.In Anchorage on Thursday, Alaska Congressman Don Young declined to answer a question during a press conference with other Western state House members.“Congressman, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the events in Charlottesville,” a reporter asked.“We’re not on that subject right now,” Young responded. “We’re talking about resources. I brought these people up to see it. They’ve seen it. Next!”Young’s spokesman later provided a written statement that said: “I stand united with Americans from across all corners and demographics of our nation in condemning the violence, hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville, VA.”last_img read more

Kloosterboer fined 10000 for late reporting of ammonia leak

first_imgA freezer line leaked 125 pounds of ammonia at Kloosterboer Dutch Harbor on Dec. 3, 2016, seriously injuring a worker. (Laura Kraegel/KUCB)After a dangerous ammonia leak last winter, Kloosterboer Dutch Harbor is renovating its refrigeration system, investing in its hazmat team, and paying a $10,008 fine.Listen nowThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement this week.It holds the seafood cold storage company responsible for violating emergency response statutes after an industrial freezer leaked 125 pounds of ammonia and seriously injured a worker caught inside.“They did immediately call 911,” Erin Williams of EPA Region 10 said. “But they were very delayed in [following] the state and federal reporting requirements.”Williams said Kloosterboer was almost two days late in notifying the necessary agencies, which put first responders at risk.The company could have been fined more than $100,000, but the penalty was reduced when it agreed to install extra safeguards.“One of which is updating computerized refrigeration control systems at their facility,” Williams said. “It provides leak detection, alarms, and emergency shutoff.”Kloosterboer is also training two employees in hazmat response and donating emergency equipment to the Unalaska Department of Public Safety. The prevention projects are estimated to cost $26,000, according to the EPA.Kloosterboer’s owner, American Seafoods Group, declined to answer questions about the incident, which marked the facility’s first EPA violation.The company did issue a statement:“The terms of [Kloosterboer’s] settlement with [the] EPA regarding the accidental ammonia release on Dec, 3, 2016 will not only ensure possible future ammonia leaks at the facility will be detected and automatic responses activated, but will also help ensure the local emergency responders are adequately equipped to respond to ammonia and other hazardous material-related incidents in the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Area.”last_img read more

Lt Gov Mallott talks salmon in Yukon River communities

first_img(Photo by Katrina Mueller/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)State officials toured several Yukon River communities last week, the third year in a row that the Walker administration has made the trip, hosted by the Tanana Chiefs Conference to talk to village residents about salmon.Listen nowLt. Gov. Byron Mallott said the trips have spanned from upriver at Eagle, to the Yukon’s mouth at Emmonak, to discuss the impacts and causes of weak king salmon runs. Climate change is increasingly a focus, Mallott said.”What is happening in terms of weather patterns? What is happening in terms of water temperature changes? And those became part of the discussion this year,” Mallott said.Mallott said the trip which also included a stop at the Kuskokwim River community of McGrath, revealed similar concerns across regions.“The escapement goals of the Department of Fish and Game and the federal managers, but something is happening when they reach the estuaries and the ocean itself,” Mallott said.Salmon bycatch has been reduced in the Bering Sea, indicating climate change may be the primary cause of poor returns, Mallott said. He pointed to sea-warming that is spreading north.“Temperature changes that have been affecting the Gulf of Alaska and the North Pacific Ocean.. the Bering Sea and into the Arctic, so there is need for research there.”The latest state budget increases funding for the Fish and Game Department,including for salmon research, Mallott said.last_img read more

Anchorage School District begins Yupik language immersion program

first_imgLorina Warren teaches her Yup’ik immersion kindergarten class (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Anchorage School District has immersion programs in languages like German, Spanish and Japanese. But until recently, there were no immersion programs for Alaska Native languages. A kindergarten class in Anchorage has taken the first step in a Yup’ik program this week, with plans to continue all the way through high school graduation.Listen nowIn Lorina Warren’s kindergarten class at College Gate Elementary, students are learning the first letter of the Yup’ik alphabet: A (pronounced like ah).Posters on the walls of the Yup’ik immersion class with the Yup’ik alphabet (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The kids are sitting in a circle, passing a ball around and saying a, and then the word for ball: angqaq. While some of the students whisper in English to each other, Warren is only speaking Yup’ik.It’s part of a new language immersion program where the students spend half of their day learning in Yup’ik. The classes are modeled after the Lower Kuskokwim School District, where Yup’ik is spoken more commonly. Warren teaches one class in the morning and another in the afternoon. The idea is that these kids will spend their entire school careers in a program like this, ending high school as fluent Yup’ik speakers. Warren sees teaching language as a way to preserve culture.“I believe language is very important because that’s how our ancestors grew up speaking,” Warren said. “And right now we may have lost a lot but what we have right now, I think it’s important for these kids to learn it.”College Gate principal Darrell Berntsen grew up in Old Harbor on Kodiak Island, and is Alutiiq. Berntsen regrets that he didn’t learn his native language as a child. Berntsen has seen firsthand just how fragile Native languages have become in the last few decades.“My first wife… her grandmother was the last known Eyak speaker in the state of Alaska,” Berntsen said. “And when she passed, which unfortunately was about ten years ago, when she passed we know that the last person that had the knowledge of the Eyak language was gone.”Various educational materials around the classroom have been translated into Yup’ik (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Berntsen says groups like the University of Alaska Fairbanks are working to preserve languages in a historical context, but that isn’t enough. He thinks the best way to ensure languages don’t die is by teaching children how to speak them fluently. He says the time was right to teach a Native language in the Anchorage School District.“Over 11 different languages offered in the Anchorage School District,” Berntsen said. “This is the first one that represents a people of Alaska.”Berntsen says typically in language immersion programs, the students start behind their peers, but eventually catch up and surpass those in more traditional schools.“I think the people that got on board with this that are non-Native or non-Yup’ik understand that it doesn’t matter what language is being taught,” Berntsen said. “As long as they’re accessing two parts of their brain, their child is going to benefit from it in the long run.”Lorina Warren helps out some of the students in her Yup’ik immersion class. Warren speaks almost no English with the students. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Back in the classroom, the students have moved on to numbers, rolling large dice, hoping to roll a one, or Atauciq. Warren says even though about half of the students in the class are Yup’ik, they all primarily speak English at home.“They may speak Yup’ik but they’re speaking to their kids in English,” Warren said. “And I think having their kids in the Yup’ik program will make the parents try to speak to them in Yup’ik at home”While currently there is only the kindergarten class in the immersion program, the plan is to add a new grade and instructor every year through high school graduation. Parents who want to send their children to the Yup’ik program enter the school district’s lottery system. The lottery for next year opens January 1st.last_img read more

The only thing people in Crooked Creek agree on about the Donlin

first_imgCrooked Creek, on the Upper Kuskokwim River, is the closest village to the proposed Donlin Mine. In town, the signs of Donlin Gold are everywhere, but the local community is conflicted about the mine. Some residents see the potential for much needed economic development while others see the possible disruption of their subsistence lifestyle.Two men who grew up in Crooked Creek worked for Donlin Gold in the past. Both see its development as inevitable, but disagree on whether the mine should happen at all.Crooked Creek is one of the smallest villages in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. John Thomas, who grew up in the town says there used to be 150 residents at one point, but now he’s guessing that number is less than 100.Thomas runs the only lodge in town. It’s been in his family for decades. He says he sees the most traffic in the summer, when people come to fish for silver salmon. But even that is not enough.“[It’s] a little hard to keep it open because it there’s no business…need more people,” Thomas said. ” We need more.”If the Donlin Gold Mine begins operating, that could be a financial boost for Thomas. He and his family are some of Donlin’s biggest cheerleaders in Crooked Creek. Thomas helped Donlin haul supplies during the company’s early exploration days. He still does some water monitoring for the company.The mine would be one of the biggest in the world, if completed. And it would be built about 10 miles from Crooked Creek.Donlin has promised to offer about 1,000 annual jobs if the mine is developed. That’s a huge deal for the poorest region of the state.Donlin’s financial support in the region goes beyond jobs. You can see Donlin Gold’s logo everywhere in Crooked Creek. It’s on clothes. It’s emblazoned onto the scoreboard at Crooked Creek’s school. The company also helped rebuild a church; it helped residents recover after a bad flood in 2011. Donlin Gold spokesman Kurt Parkan says the company spends $1,000,000 in the villages throughout the region, including Crooked Creek.“I think it’s important for any business that is working in an area to be engaged with the communities and the people of the region,” Parkan said.The village tribal council in Crooked Creek passed a resolution 10 years ago supporting the mine. But the tribal administrator, Ally Zaukar, says the current council is neutral on the mine. She didn’t give any more details on why the status changed.But one man wearing a blue sweatshirt with “Donlin Gold” in bright big yellow letters across his chest differed from Thomas over the mine.“I mean the money is good,” said Steven Peter. “You know it’s not forever….What really worries me is contamination.”Peter doesn’t want the mine, but he does see the economic benefits. Like Thomas, Peter used to work for Donlin“Yeah, the first early days when I started, I mean, I had numerous jobs but I started core cutting too,” Peter said. “Being a driller helper and geotechnical work with the geologist.”But Peter relies on subsistence, like fishing and hunting. He’s the main caretaker for his 91-year-old mother, Sophia, who is the oldest elder in the village He says his work trapping helps pay the bills. And he sets his traps near the mine site. Peter says if the mine starts operating, it would hurt his ability to make a living the way he wants to.“[I have to] provide something for the house and pay bills and whatnot,” Peter said.The divide between Peter and Thomas over the mine is common in the Y-K Delta. But the stakes are higher in Crooked Creek. Donlin says the company will build the mine as safely as possible — but if there is a mine accident, Crooked Creek is the first community that will feel the consequences.And Peter doesn’t want to risk that chance.But on the other hand, supporters say jobs could keep people in nearby communities a little longer. And residents in Crooked Creek tell me that that the Donlin gold mine is inevitable. So all they can do is wait for it to come.last_img read more

Incomplete works posing severe threat to motorists

first_imgKushaiguda: Incomplete road works at Vasavi Nagar Colony in Kushaiguda have been troubling residents and commuters for weeks now. The GHMC officials have started the road laying works two weeks ago. Rajesh S, a resident of the area said, “This is causing a lot of inconvenience to the locals as well as the motorists during the peak hours. There was an issue where a pedestrian was hit by a two-wheeler by losing their balance on the road as the work has been left incomplete. Adding to this, there are no proper street lights which is very dangerous for the motorists to travel during the evening time.”last_img