The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and USAA this week launched an initiative to boost the career prospects of military spouses by leveraging business, civic and military stakeholders to create employer networks geared to hiring spouses. Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones will be established in eight communities this year, starting with San Antonio, reported Texas Public Radio.“We’ve identified specific locations across the country that have a commitment to supporting our military families, and identified communities where we are able to leverage our Military Spouse Professional Networks,” said Elizabeth O’Brien, the Chamber foundation’s head of military spouse programs. “Most importantly, we are creating a one-stop-shop for the military spouse. Education opportunities, volunteer opportunities, job opportunities — we’re taking all of these resources that already exist and convening them in one location.”The initial communities where the program is being introduced were selected because they already have the key components in place, including community and local employer interest in military spouse employment and support from the local installation, reported Military.com.Photo by Lt. Col. Angela Wallace Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Facebook News Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse …” Sees Astronomical Jump In Sales Email Digital download sales of the GRAMMY-nominated singer’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” have taken a significant jump in anticipation of the Great American EclipseBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 21, 2017 – 6:26 pm You’ve probably already read about the quick-thinking folks at Royal Caribbean, who launched one of their ships on a Total Eclipse Cruise during today’s so-called Great American Eclipse, with none other than Bonnie Tyler booked to perform her GRAMMY-nominated No. 1 hit “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” during the astrological event’s penultimate moment.What you may not know, however, is the unforeseen effect that the solar event has had on the singer’s download sales for the song in question. Case in point: they’ve skyrocketed.Today, Billboard is reporting that the singer’s digital download sales have jumped astronomically to the tune of over 500% in the past week. Furthermore, the nationwide fervor over the coming daylight darkening of the sunny skies propelled “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” to the Top 10 on iTunes’ download sales chart this morning.While much of the national hype over today’s eclipse centered around the misconception that the phenomenon is a “once in a lifetime” occurrence, the next total solar eclipse that will be visible in much of the U.S. will occur in just seven short years, and its darkest moment, or “totality,” is expected to last over twice as long as today’s event.Perhaps download sales of Tyler’s iconic song will soar even higher in anticipation of the next Great American Eclipse in 2024? We will just have to wait and see.8 Great Solar Eclipse Music FestivalsRead more Eclipse Craze Causes Bonnie Tyler Sales Spike bonnie-tylers-total-eclipse-%E2%80%A6-sees-astronomical-jump-sales Twitter
Once completed, the museum will become a state-of-the-art home to share the legacy of what the museum founders are calling “the world’s most popular art form,” including music, artifacts, video, photography, research space, and a performance stage. The museum will partner with technology companies such as Google and Microsoft to bring visitors an immersive experience.The Universal Hip-Hop Museum project is currently in its fourth year, with rapper Kurtis Blow as its chairman, rapper Ice-T as a member of the founding board of directors and former GRAMMY Awards host LL Cool J as an honorary advisory board member. The Museum’s Executive Director is Rocky Bucano.”The Universal Hip-Hop Museum may be the single most important project for the preservation of hip-hop culture,” Blow said. “This new cultural institution will be a great new tourism destination for NYC and the Bronx. What a great day for hip-hop!”GRAMMY Museum Looks Forward To 10th Anniversary News Museum slated to open in the Bronx in 2022 as part of Bronx Point complex and will be a “home for the world’s most popular art form, hip-hop culture”Renée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2017 – 3:29 pm The long-awaited home for the Universal Hip-Hop Museum has finally been announced. Starting in 2022 when development is complete, the museum will be nestled in the heart of one of hip-hop’s hallowed grounds, the Bronx, N.Y. It will be built in the giant Bronx Point complex, which will also hold a theater, education and affordable housing. Universal Hip-Hop Museum Coming To NYC universal-hip-hop-museum-open-new-york-city Twitter Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 6, 2017 – 1:56 pm What trends dominate hip-hop today? Email Universal Hip-Hop Museum To Open In New York City
Email Facebook The music streaming marketplace can feel dominated by Apple Music and Spotify, while Amazon digital music options also reach many millions of users. Meanwhile YouTube is a go-to destination for easy access to content, a bit like a music-extension of Google’s search engine. Ideally it would be nice to think that tailored consumer experiences like Tidal’s can co-exist in a marketplace filled with choices.Tidal’s survival has always mattered as an index of what a smaller business can accomplish with not as many millions of users. Its backing and budget are less massive but the service has its own loyal fans in the smaller millions. For creative businesses, being able to succeed on a smaller scale means different varieties and styles can coexist in a more diverse digital ecosystem. That’s good for originality, and products and services working together like this is good for the user.Mercedes-Benz To Roll With Tidal HiFi In 2018Read more Tidal App Now Compatible With Samsung Wearables listen-your-watch-tidal-app-now-compatible-samsung-wearables Twitter News Consumer choices keep expanding between services and gear manufacturers, and for streaming music that’s a good thingPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2018 – 4:30 pm On Nov. 8, Samsung’s wide array of wearables became compatible with the new Tidal app, expanding the gear’s integration of streaming music service options while also expanding the convenience of Tidal beyond its previous compatibility with Samsung TV. This matters because Tidal is in competition with larger services, while crafting its own value-added experience. Many fitness fans who work out to music are bound to appreciate its addition.For Samsung users, the new Tidal app is compatible with Galaxy Watch, Gear Sport, Gear S2 and S3, and Gear Fit2 and Fit2 Pro. The Tidal app for Samsung TV was announced last month. Tidal expects further announcements to come and being available on a range of popular gear helps expand the reach of its music streaming service. For Apple Watch and Android WearOS users, Tidal says more wearable integration is just around the corner. Listen To Your Watch: Tidal App Now Compatible With Samsung Wearables
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, July 14, 2019:190880 — Hughes — 17 Palmer Way190914 — Anderson Estate190915 — Redfearn Estate190924 — Ficociello — 500 Main Street190937 — Wilmington Planning Board — 44 Concord Street190938 — Wilmington Planning Board — 225 Andover Street190939 — Wilmington Planning Board — 230 Lowell Street(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)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 firstname.lastname@example.orgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”
May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Subaru Review • 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA: Performance at a price • Future Cars Sports Cars Sedans reading • Subaru STI S209 shows off honkin’ fender flares ahead of Detroit debut While the looks are definitely part of the S-series’ appeal, the S209’s powertrain remains a mystery. The S208 of yore wields a 2.0-liter turbocharged H4 engine, but in the US, we’re still making do with the tried-and-true 2.5-liter H4 turbo. A South African STI variant using this engine managed to eke out 349 horsepower. It’s possible the S209 could see an output that high, but at the least, it will probably out-power the 310-hp STI Type RA.Based on what the S208 brought to the table, it wouldn’t be obscene to expect the S209 to pack some handling improvements by way of upgraded suspension components, along with some fancy wheels and the aforementioned aero.In all likelihood, it’ll be a limited-edition model as in iterations past. Subaru only built 450 examples of the S208, and owners were determined through a lottery. Whether Subaru will go through that rigmarole again has yet to be seen, but we’ll know much more when we see the debut in Detroit next week. Post a comment The countdown to #S209 starts now. Stay tuned for the live reveal on January 14th: https://t.co/MHVVrNi0v6. #NAIAS pic.twitter.com/8sR9Etbxo2— Subaru (@subaru_usa) January 7, 2019 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA is sharper than your average STI Tags Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous See All Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago 0 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Detroit Auto Show 2019 The hottest Subaru to ever grace the US is less than a week away from being unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, and now, we’ve got our best look at the S209 yet.Subaru took to Twitter to tease its S209 one more time before its debut in Detroit. This teaser offers up a good bit of the front end. My eye spies some big ol’ fender flares and a pair of canards on the lower bumper. The rest of the front end remains obscured, so in all likelihood it’ll carry some more aggressive aero in those locations, too. More From Roadshow Preview • 2018 Subaru WRX/STI: New look, more performance for the road-going rally car 61 Photos More about 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA Share your voice Detroit Auto Show 2019 Subaru
Comment 1 Google and the Department of Labor have been battling over pay data since 2017. Stephen Shankland/CNET The US Department of Labor has dropped its appeal in a spat with Google over employee salary data. On Friday, a review board granted the agency’s voluntary request to dismiss its appeal.The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), an agency of the US Labor Department, has been investigating Google’s salary records for signs of gender inequality. In January 2017, the agency sued Google to compel it to hand over compensation data as part of an audit to ensure the search giant, a federal contractor, is honoring equal employment laws. The Labor Department said in April 2017 that Google systematically pays its female employees less than it pays men. The company has strongly denied that assertion.In July 2017, a judge ruled the Labor Department’s request for nearly two decades of data — including information on over 25,000 Google employees — was “unreasonable in that it is over-broad, intrusive on employee privacy, unduly burdensome, and insufficiently focused on obtaining the relevant information.” The judge said OFCCP could request data on up to 5,000 Google employees, and may request information for up to 3,000 more. The Labor Department also has to limit the time frame for salary data it’s collecting. The Department of Labor didn’t respond to a request for comment.A Google spokeswoman said the company had no new comment on the case but pointed to a previous statement: “We believe the decision here was well-reasoned, thorough and should be upheld. We’ve already produced hundreds of thousands of documents to the OFCCP in this matter and believe, as the judge ruled, that they have adequate information to do their analysis, with the few additional records the court asked us to produce. There’s been no finding of discrimination by the OFCCP to date and we’re confident in our own analysis that we don’t have a gender pay gap.”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. Share your voice Tags Tech Industry Google
Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • reading • Apple investors debate political diversity at annual shareholder meeting Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Should Apple have more “ideological diversity” on its board?That was the question facing CEO Tim Cook, along with Apple’s board and investors, at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Friday, when activist Justin Danhof pushed a proposal aimed at increasing such diversity on the company’s board of directors.”Diversity is not what someone looks like, it’s the sum of what they think,” Danhof said while speaking at the meeting.Danhof, who’s general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, added that the tech industry’s focus on increasing racial and gender diversity is “racism and sexism.””True diversity comes from diversity of thought. There is ample evidence that the Company — and Silicon Valley generally — operate in ideological hegemony that eschews conservative people, thoughts and values,” the center wrote in its proposal to shareholders. “This ideological echo chamber can result in groupthink that is the antithesis of diversity. This can be a major risk factor for shareholders.”The proposal was shot down, with more than 98 percent of voting shareholders casting ballots against it.”We are open to people from all walks of life,” Cook said, noting that this includes political points of view, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. He also encouraged anyone with concerns to “say something.””We live in a very polarized world today,” Cook said, adding that he doesn’t believe it needs to be and that he doesn’t “check people at the door” about their beliefs. He also noted that though Apple is pro-immigration, pro-environment and pro-privacy, he doesn’t see that as politics. “For us, we focus on policy things.”The dustup was the latest in a series of debates that have spread across Silicon Valley over the past couple of years as tech companies and their leaders increasingly speak out against President Donald Trump and far-right extremism. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in particular have come under fire for banning some activists for what the companies say is inciting harassment and spreading hate. Cook in particular has spoken out on issues such as immigration and gay rights.During the debate, another shareholder raised concerns that after the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Apple donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which the shareholder called a hate group (the SPLC regularly studies and releases reports about hate groups around the US). Caanan Reiersgaard, a different Apple shareholder and a business consultant from Seattle, said he was “shocked” to hear the remark about the SPLC. Reiersgaard voted against the center’s proposal and said he appreciated Cook’s statements, calling the CEO “courageous” to speak up about these issues in this politically divisive time.When contacted about the “hate group” characterization, the SPLC called it absurd. “It’s a ridiculous allegation,” the group’s president, Richard Cohen, said in a statement. “Our process for identifying hate groups parallels the process used by federal and state lawmakers to identify hate crimes. The fact that we call out groups for their hatred doesn’t make us the haters.”Concern about political views was just one of several items Cook discussed with shareholders in attendance at the company’s Steve Jobs Theater on its “spaceship” Apple Park campus. He also touted the Apple Watch and its success in helping identify people’s heart issues, and the popularity of AirPods, which he called a “cultural phenomenon.”He also answered a question on privacy issues, saying that he believes privacy is “ingrained in the Constitution” but that he’s worried about how other companies have built detailed digital profiles of people. “We think regulation is necessary,” he added. “It’s not just a marketing thing; this is who we are.”Elephant in the roomWhat wasn’t directly discussed however, was Apple’s iPhone. The blockbuster device may’ve ignited the smartphone revolution and Apple’s bottle-rocket growth, but it’s recently been a drag on the company’s sales performance. Consumers broadly appear to be suffering from phone fatigue, analysts say, prompting them to hold onto their devices longer. That’s easy when annual updates feel less revolutionary, and price tags are greater than those on laptops. The iPhone may’ve turned Apple into one of the world’s most valuable companies, but now people are asking what’s next.Apple’s competitors are placing their bets on foldable phones. Over the past couple of weeks, Samsung, Huawei, TCL and Xiaomi have all announced or shown off new phones that unfurl into tablets. These new devices also come with hefty price tags, including one that reaches $2,600, but they offer a glimpse of where the tech industry is heading. And they’re undeniably exciting.Apple may also have plans for its own take on a foldable phone. A few weeks ago, it filed designs with the US Patent and Trademark Office for an “electronic device” with a “flexible display” that can fold both in half and in thirds. When, or even if, it’s coming is anyone’s guess. At the meeting, shareholders didn’t get a clear answer as to where Apple is headed. (They rarely do.) They did, however, approve all the company’s board members for another term, including former US Vice President Al Gore and Disney CEO Bob Iger.First published March 1, 11:13 a.m. PT.Updates, 11:18 a.m.: Adds shareholder comments; 3:17 p.m.: Includes statement from SPLC. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice Comments 7 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Apple Tim Cook Apple
Tags McClain’s artistic view reveals the curved horizon line of the Earth with the Crew Dragon perfectly positioned as a shadow against the glow.This has been a weekend full of space firsts as NASA’s Commercial Crew Program took a big step toward launching astronauts from US soil for the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. The three current ISS crew members entered the SpaceX capsule in space for the first time on Sunday as part of the SpaceX Demo-1 test mission, which itself was crew-less. Sci-Tech Crew Dragon takes off SpaceX Crew Dragon achieves landmark docking with space station Humans enter SpaceX Crew Dragon in space for the first time 3 While NASA broadcast video of everything from the launch to the docking, McClain’s image of the capsule nearing the ISS should stand out as one of the most memorable documents of the Demo-1 test flight. It’s a beautiful photo that ties together all the pieces of the mission: Earth, Crew Dragon and the ISS.Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend a total of five days docked at the ISS before returning to Earth to land in the Atlantic Ocean. If all goes well with the remainder of the mission, then NASA and SpaceX will look to send actual humans to space as early as mid-year. Comments Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Share your voice The dawn of a new era in human spaceflight pic.twitter.com/BHsfg1zYLN— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 3, 2019 16 Photos Enlarge ImageThe SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule approaches the International Space Station. NASA/Anne McClain “The dawn of a new era in human spaceflight,” NASA astronaut Anne McClain tweeted Sunday, along with a breath-taking image. The photo, which she captured as the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule approached the International Space Station to dock for the first time, sums up the wonder of the history-making test mission. NASA Space SpaceX
Preview • Here’s what it’s like to use the HTC Vive, the $799 VR headset that you can preorder today Review • HTC Vive review: Yes, this is the best VR experience, if you’ve got the space Mentioned Above HTC Vive HTC Vive Pro Eye tracks your eyes with pinpoint accuracy,… Along with the considerable investment in hardware, the lack of quality VR content has been a major turnoff for people interested in buying headsets. To help with the content part, HTC launched the Viveport Subscription service in 2017 for Vive headset owners that gives subscribers access to up to five titles at a time for $9 a month. The service was expanded to support rival Oculus Rift headsets in August 2018 and the upgraded service works for both Vive and Oculus users. New Viveport customers can sign up anytime for a free two-week membership to the Infinity service. Current subscribers to the Viveport Subscription service, as well as those with prepaid memberships, will be upgraded to the Infinity service at no additional charge through 2019. To encourage developers to crank out more titles, Viveport also increased revenue shares for developers to 80/20 up from 70/30 starting April 1 and runs through the end of 2019. It applies to all titles in the Viveport Infinity service. Up close with the HTC Vive Pro 1:47 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It HTC HTC’s Viveport Infinity unlimited subscription service could deliver a much-needed boost to the virtual reality scene. Subscriptions cost $13 a month, HTC announced Thursday, or you can prepay an entire year for $99. The service, which was announced at CES 2019 with the upcoming Vive Cosmos headset, allows subscribers to download any of the more than 600 games and apps currently available in the Viveport store.Membership will include additional perks such as “weekend deals on select titles, free title giveaways, and monthly coupons,” HTC said in a blog post. The service starts on April 2. See it Share your voice $689 Post a comment 9 Photos Wearable Tech 0 Oculus Virtual Reality HTC HTC Vive Now playing: Watch this: Tags Walmart $499
Post a comment Laika spends anywhere from six months to a year designing the internal components of a puppet’s head — like eye rigs and mechanisms that hold the ears — to give animators as much control as possible. “They’re kind of like really fancy Mr. Potato Heads,” McLean says. In stop-motion filmmaking, animators carefully pose objects, take a still photo, move them ever so slightly, and take another still photo, repeating those steps. When all those images are shown in succession, the objects appear to move independently. Laika’s 3D-printed replacement animation flips the usual stop-motion process on its head, McLean says. Normally, animators draw out a scene, get the body movement and the timing just right — known as blocking — and only at the end add the facial animation. For Missing Link, the director and animators chose expressions for each performance months before shooting. On set, the animators decided how to position the puppets’ bodies, costumes, hair, and even eyeballs and eyelids. But they had a box of 3D-printed faces ready, and they essentially followed a spreadsheet outlining which expressions to use for each frame. Laika 3D-printed over 106,000 faces in color for Missing Link. Anne Dujmovic/CNET Laika used a commercial 3D printer from Stratasys, which it started testing while still in beta, and Fraunhofer’s Cuttlefish software to produce over 106,000 faces in color for Missing Link. This was a huge leap from Coraline a decade earlier, when color wasn’t an option. Instead, the 20,000 faces printed for that film had to be hand-painted.In the years since, the studio tinkered with finding the right formula to print in color without trading precision and accuracy. For Missing Link, Laika was able to produce 3D-printed faces that “no one else in the world had the sophistication to do,” McLean says. No neck, no problemBuilding a believable Link — the lonely Sasquatch at the heart of the story — was a challenge from the beginning, according to John Craney, puppet fabrication supervisor. “What’s the worst-case scenario when you’re asked to fabricate a puppet?” asks Craney, standing in front of a naked Link. Turns out it looks a lot like the movie’s star: a husky character shaped like an avocado, over a foot tall and covered in fur. But that’s also what made it exciting, Craney says. 2019 sci-fi and geeky movies to freak out about 23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Missing Link: Step inside Laika’s epic Bigfoot adventure 0 A handful of 10-inch posable puppets in tailored costumes — some in checked three-piece suits, others in floor-length gowns — are lined up on a shelf, like a collection of Victorian-era action figures.But what lies beneath those serene puppets is the stuff of nightmares.”I’m going to take this wonderful puppet and rip his face off,” says Brian McLean, director of rapid prototype at stop-motion animation studio Laika. The now faceless puppet, a character in family adventure Missing Link, shows off circuitlike innards that make it look more like an android from TV’s Westworld.A Sir Lionel Frost puppet from Missing Link, minus his face. Anne Dujmovic/CNET Following Laika’s acclaimed stop motion movies Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline, the endlessly charming Missing Link is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital now. We went behind the scenes to find out how Laika has made its puppets more lifelike than ever — which starts with replacing the puppets’ faces, sometimes up to 24 times for one second of film. The technique, called replacement animation, involves taking a picture of the puppet wearing one face and then swapping in another with a slightly different expression. The studio, based outside Portland, Oregon, has used the technique since its first film, 2009’s Oscar-nominated Coraline, fusing it with 3D-printing tech to produce faces that pop on and off. But it’s come a long way since then. Director and writer Chris Butler describes Missing Link as “Indiana Jones meets Sherlock Holmes and Around the World in 80 Days — with monsters in it.” Set in the Victorian era, the movie follows Bigfoot, aka Mr. Link (voiced by Zach Galifianakis), as he travels with adventurer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) across the globe in a search for the valley of Shangri-La and long-lost family. “I think stop motion is often seen as a medium that makes creepy short stories,” says Butler, referring back to how The Nightmare Before Christmas has defined the genre. “It does that really well, but that shouldn’t be all it does. So I was trying to tell a story that was big and bright and bold and colorful.””This was the first time our facial animation was bespoke,” says Butler, who also co-wrote Kubo and the Two Strings and wrote and co-directed ParaNorman. He and the animators painstakingly planned the puppets’ exact facial expressions for more nuanced performances.”It’s another level of acting really,” he says. The facial expressions were so subtle at times that in at least one case, the visual effects team cleaned up what it thought was a mistake: a scene where a character’s lips stick together as if his mouth is dry. “I was like ‘Put it back, put it back,'” Butler says with a laugh.To add to a puppet’s humanlike performance, animators do something even more disturbing than popping off faces, McLean says. They stab a character’s eyeballs and lids with an X-Acto blade to move them, giving its expression more subtlety. He happily demonstrates exactly how on a nearby, faceless Lionel. They’re kind of like really fancy Mr. Potato Heads. Brian McLean, Laika’s director of rapid prototype Creating a stage-ready puppet takes about nine months on average. That includes building a character’s intricate, skeletal insides — its armature — which give it a humanlike range of movement. Link’s armature contains over 250 components, says Craney, proudly pointing out the swivel in its forearms. Link also has a foam interior similar to a mattress, and a built-in belly mover to add to his jaunty character.All those details are what help bring out the performance from within, Craney says. “I’m looking at structure underneath, so there’s depth to these characters.” Another challenge was getting Link’s body and head to move together in a natural way because he’s got no neck. His facial animation needed to drive the fur around his head and the rest of his body, McLean says. It took about a year to come up with the answer: a 3D-printed plastic ring with magnets that attached to the lower part of the puppet’s head and sat underneath the face. The ring, known as a driver, worked together with Link’s cowl to push and pull the fur into shapes to complement his facial expressions. Making hybrid movies In Laika movies, the stop-motion puppets are the stars, but over the years digital visual effects have played an ever-growing supporting role. As well as computer-generated effects like smoke and water, Missing Link features CG characters when the story calls for, say, a long line of imposing Yeti guards or a digital extension of handmade sets such as a Himalayan ice bridge. This combination of digital and practical effects goes back to Laika’s second movie — ParaNorman, about a boy who can talk to the dead — when the studio started making what it calls hybrid films.”When we brought technology into the mix, we wanted to do so in a way that was ultimately respectful, and honor the art of stop-motion animation,” says Steve Emerson, visual effects supervisor. Originally published April 12, 5 a.m. PT. Update, 2:35 p.m. PT: Adds video Inside the Magic of Laika; Update, Aug. 9: Adds home release details. Share your voice Tags The visual effects team is involved from the beginning, working alongside puppet makers to ensure the characters they create digitally have the same limitations the real ones do. “In the end, hopefully … you can’t really tell what’s digital and what’s not,” Emerson says.In post-production, the team also does cosmetic work — for example, cleaning up the line created between a puppet’s eyelids and face mask to give characters more of a humanlike quality. “We’re trying to get audiences to connect and empathize with 10-inch inanimate objects that are being pushed through space by human hands,” Emerson says. “So, [we do] whatever we can do to help you forget that you’re looking at a puppet.” Laika is already deep into work on its sixth film, but it’s not sharing any details yet. Meanwhile, two other stop-motion movies are preparing to get underway in the Portland area. One is Wendell and Wild, directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline). The movie centers on two demon brothers who go up against a nun and a couple of goth teens, with voices by Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. The other is Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro’s take on Pinocchio, set during the rise of fascism in Italy. More fuel for your nightmares.”There is something inherently magical about stop motion,” says Chris Butler. “It’s an inanimate object coming to life. There’s something about CG animation where you know that what you’re watching is artificial, whereas stop motion is real light on real objects. It’s like when you’re a kid and you play with toys, and you imagine them coming to life.” 2:15 TV and Movies
Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Preview • 2019 Mazda3 first drive: More style, more substance News • 2019 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback earn IIHS Top Safety Pick 71 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Recalls Mazda 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 0 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 3 Share your voice Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Car Industry 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Comments 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems Tags 10 Photos 81 Photos 52 Photos 49 Photos 26 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 69 Photos Enlarge ImageAdding rain repellent to the windshield might save you from needing to use the wipers in light rain, but it’s not a panacea. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Trying to drive in the rain without windshield wipers can go wrong in a hurry, which is why Mazda has to recall over 100,000 vehicles for wipers that might stop working.Mazda has issued a recall for 187,798 examples of the 2016-2018 Mazda3. It’s unclear how many are hatchbacks and how many are sedans, but the affected vehicles are split across six different VIN sequences. Concerned owners can head to NHTSA’s website to check and see if their VIN is affected prior to receiving an official recall notice.The problem stems from the hardware that controls the front windshield wipers. A bad relay might cut power to the wiper motor, rendering the wipers useless against rain or other bad weather. The relay goes bad when heat generated during regular use create metal deposits that eventually stick the relay’s contacts together. Mazda chalks it up to “Improper design.”Thankfully, Mazda is not aware of any injuries or accidents that have come as a result of this defect.The remedy is pretty straightforward. Mazda’s technicians will take the recalled vehicles and swap out the front body control module for a new, improved version of the part. In case you’re curious, the new module has a differently sized condenser and a new relay, which should eliminate the problem. Mazda expects to begin mailing recall notifications to owners on or before June 3. 69 Photos Tags More From Roadshow 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Car Industry Hatchbacks Sedans Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. More about 2019 Mazda3 12 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Share your voice Review • 2019 Mazda3 review: Still sporty, but more complete 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Mazda,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Mazda3: A sporty compact with few compromises Post a comment Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura
“We’re making steady progress to certification,” Muilenburg said. “That was the final test flight prior to the certification flight … I saw the software in its final form operating as intended across a range of flight conditions.”During the next-step certification flight, Federal Aviation Administration crews will join Boeing pilots in the air to evaluate the new MCAS software and determine whether it addresses problems around the nose of the aircraft being forced down during flight.A Boeing 737 Max on display at the 2017 Paris Air Show. Kent German/CNET FAA certification is necessary for the 737 Max to fly passengers again, and there’s no telling how long that could take. The agency itself is under scrutiny for a cosy relationship with Boeing when the Max was originally certified. So the FAA has extra hurdles to leap before it can satisfy airlines and governments outside the United States that the plane is safe.Though aviation safety agencies in other countries have typically followed the FAA’s lead in certification matters, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau disagrees with an FAA report that Max pilots wouldn’t need additional simulator training to learn the updated Max software. Air Canada is one of the largest Max customers, with 24 aircraft in its fleet and an additional 77 on order. Tags Tech Industry Share your voice 12 We’re making steady progress on the path to certification for our 737 MAX software update thanks to the work of our Boeing pilots, engineers and technical experts. pic.twitter.com/DIHrhG2OOi— Dennis A. Muilenburg (@BoeingCEO) April 18, 2019 Comments Aviation Boeing A Boeing 737 Max 7 lands at Boeing Field in Seattle after a test flight to evaluate the MCAS software fix. Paul Christian Gordon/Boeing More than a month after the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max, the troubled airliner remains grounded to passenger flights around the world. But on Wednesday the company got one step closer to getting the Max back in service when it completed the last test flight for updates to the flight control system that’s at the center of both crash investigations.Speaking at Boeing Field in Seattle, where Boeing makes final adjustments to new 737s prior to delivery to airlines, CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company conducted 127 Max test flights over the last few weeks, accounting or 203 hours in the air. The aircraft are built nearby at a Boeing plant in Renton, Washington.
Argo AI’s third-generation self-driving car doesn’t look too different Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Auto Tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 5:57 20 Photos Tags Ford 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge ImageIt’s not like academic researchers have the time or money to command a fleet of self-driving mapping vehicles, which is why Argoverse is so important to that community. Argo AI A self-driving car is only as good as its maps. Automakers around the world have made efforts to create high-definition maps of as many roads as possible as they ramp up AV development, so that their cars can have the best idea possible of the surrounding world. But while most groups don’t seem too keen on the idea of giving those maps away, Ford’s Argo AI is taking a different approach.Argo AI announced on Wednesday that it has created a public repository for its self-driving-car development data, including high-definition maps. Argoverse, as it’s called, contains datasets and maps collected as part of Argo AI’s own research into autonomy, and it’s being released for free under a non-commercial Creative Commons license. The hope is that researchers will be able to use these HD maps to further advance AV technology.”For our team at Argo, releasing this data collection is about giving academic communities access to the materials they need,” Argo AI said in a statement. “We’re excited to not only support cutting-edge developments in computer vision and machine learning but also to support the next generation of engineers and roboticists who are preparing for jobs at self-driving technology companies, Argo AI included.”It’s not all of Argo AI’s data, of course. What’s available covers about 127 linear miles of road in Miami and another 53 miles’ worth in Pittsburgh. The data came from the Ford Fusion development vehicles Argo AI uses, which are loaded with lidar and cameras. The maps have three layers: One looks at individual lane geometry, another looks at actual drivable area and the third covers ground height. Argo AI also created an API to better sift through its data.There’s more than just maps in here, too. Argoverse also contains datasets to train 3D tracking models that detect and follow objects like vehicles and anything else within a road’s potential drivable area. There are 113 segments available, varying in length between 15 and 30 seconds, containing some 11,000 tracked objects. There’s more than that, too, and you can check it all out on the Argoverse site. Ford Share your voice Join us for a ride in Ford’s prototype self-driving car More From Roadshow Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value
Now playing: Watch this: 0 Share your voice 7:40 Post a comment Hacking How to master the art of deception like a hacker Most hackers attack software. _sn0ww hacks the real world. She’s a master of disguise who carries gadgets that can secretly copy your keyfobs, she can program a mobile app to copy and mimic your phone, and she discovered our passwords without writing a single line of code. Stephanie Carruthers, known in cybersecurity circles as _sn0ww, is one of IBM X-Force Red’s best “social engineers” and is as adept at exploiting people as she is at cracking software. Her job is to discover, exploit and document loopholes in physical security systems. She never breaks the law, but she does think like a criminal in order to help companies and law enforcement agencies find physical and digital vulnerabilities. Tags “It’s [the job of the social engineer] to think outside the filter bubble, no matter what that bubble might be. And then to find the exploits you’re not even thinking about,” _sn0ww explained. “If I do my job right, you’ll never know you got hacked.”Watching her work is thrilling and frightening. _sn0ww is so talented that when she visited our studio at CBS News we didn’t realize she was in disguise until she dramatically ripped off her wig and glasses, halfway through our interview. She then pulled a slender mechanical device from her handbag and demonstrated how, from a short distance away, she could easily scan and copy office security keys. _sn0ww uses secret mobile applications to mimic cellphone information, like a telephone number, contact names, and other seemingly legitimate caller information. She uses this tool to establish trust and fool targets into revealing information. “A good social engineer can easily pose as your bank or your university or any organization that has a legitimate reason to ask you personal questions,” she said. “I ask a series of questions, and if the call is coming from a trusted contact most people don’t think twice about sharing details.”She was able to discover our passwords by researching our work and school history on LinkedIn. Then, posing as a curious relative, she was able to find enough information to discover personal details about that seemed to be hidden from the open web but weren’t. These details helped her verify personal information scraped from a data breach that contained our passwords. Security Gadgets Computers
Individual news stories 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 @aprn.Download AudioNo Fukushima Radiation Found in Alaska SeafoodThe Associated PressAlaska health officials say Alaska seafood has no radiation contamination from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by a tsunami in 2011.Officials from the Alaska departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services announced results of U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests today.The FDA monitors radiation in both domestic and imported food. Alaska officials called for specific Alaska samples, including fish that migrate from western Pacific waters off Japan.The federal agency tested samples from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to southeast Alaska.Cross-Regional Dialogue On Ambler Road As Parties Converge In KotzebueZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeHow will small Native communities in rural Alaska balance traditional life with the pressures of modernization? That was the question community leaders focused on during the second day of discussions on the proposed road to the Ambler Mining District.U.S. House Passes Bill To Open NPR-ALiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCFor the second time in six months, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at greater oil industry access to the NationalPetroleum Reserve-Alaska.The bill would force the federal government to scrap its current management plan for NPR-A and start over. It would also require additional lease sales there and off-shore.It’s supported by Alaska Congressman Don Young and passed the House on Thursday as part of a larger GOP energy bill, largely along party lines. In November, the House passed a similar NPR-A provision in a different GOP energy bill. Senate leaders have shown no interest in moving it.U.S. Senate Republican Candidates Debate Addresses Resource Development, Government Overreach Josh Edge, APRN – AnchorageAll three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in August’s senatorial primary election squared off over a variety of issues in Anchorage on Thursday.Frostbite Among Chief Dangers For Denali ClimbersPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaIt’s been a tough year for climbers attempting to summit Denali. Only 1 in 3 have made the summit. The weather also means higher risk for injuries, especially frostbite.Y-K Delta Residents Struggle To Put Up FishDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelFish camp is an annual tradition going back thousands of years for Yup’ik people living along the Kuskokwim River. But fishing restrictions this year, have hit many families hard.Smokejumpers Deploy in Southwest AlaskaDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelFire Danger is up in Southwest Alaska. Mike Roos, a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry says fuels, especially tundra grasses, are drying out.“They’re very susceptible to starts from either lightening strikes or escaped burns, such as dumps and we’ve had two escaped dump fires in the past two days, one in Mountain Village and one at Tooksook Bay,” Roos said.Smokejumper crews were deployed to both fires.Clear, sunny weather and high winds are forecast through the weekend.AK: DanceEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageAlthough the ancient form of dance called English Morris was born so long ago its origins are murky, it remains alive and well, even in frozen Alaska. Rant and Raven, Anchorage’s Morris dance group, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, with a tour on the Alaska Marine Highway.300 Villages: EagleThis week we’re heading to Eagle, a small community on the Yukon River. Jason Hamilton lives in Eagle, Alaska.
Arvin Dull, of Bethel, with his drying salmon at his fish camp in Oscarville Slough. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel)Fish camp is an annual tradition going back thousands of years for Yup’ik people living along the Kuskokwim River. But fishing restrictions this year, have hit many families hard.Download AudioIyana Dull prepares to visit fish camps downriver from Bethel.“We’re heading down river to the village of Napaskiak. And they rely heavily on the salmon and hopefully they’re getting their needs met. And that’s what we’re gonna go find out,” said Iyana Dull.The 28-year-old Alaska Native is a fisheries technician for Bethel’s tribe, ONC. He asks people about their subsistence needs and run timings are for kings, chums and sockeye salmon.The information Dull gathers is reported to the Kuskokwim Salmon Working Group, which is helping federal and state biologists manage the fishery. This year, they say surveys are hard to get because people are angry about restrictions. Many won’t talk with them. Just outside Napaskiak, at a simple camp with alder drying racks, elder Sophie Jenkins agrees to take a survey. She says restrictions are traumatizing.“I looked up genocide and it says like this – people make policies and where people have no say with the law, with the policies and rules and regulations. (Daysha: And how does that make you feel?) I’m very familiar with oppression and you know trauma and that’s how I feel right now,” said Jenkins.After 2013 showed the weakest King salmon run on record managers of the Kuskokwim River fishery are not allowing directed king salmon fishing. That means the 8-inch mesh nets, that were introduced by the commercial fishery in the 50s and 60’s, and have become commonplace in YK Delta households, have been banned completely.Instead fishers have been limited to short, 4-inch mesh set nets. They’re much less productive and many fishermen don’t own them. Some say purchasing the net is too expensive.Now, it’s late in the fishing season and managers have been allowing short openings with 6-inch gear for chum and sockeye salmon.Jenkins, ordered the six-inch net, but she says she could not find one in Alaska. They were sold out, so she ordered one from a company in Tennessee.“And I’m still waiting. It’s been a week and I know there was fishing yesterday and I was so depressed. I don’t have anything hanging,” said Jenkins.Residents along the Kuskokwim say the restrictions have created haves and have-nots. In nearby Oscarville Slough, Arvin Dull, the uncle of the fisheries technician is having better luck. His fish rack and smoke house are full of glistening red salmon. A former bank manager from Bethel, Dull had the cash to buy the net required this year.And a lot of people don’t have jobs and were unable to buy the nets. Some people can’t even afford a sixty-foot white fish net. (Daysha: How much does that cost?) About $300 dollars, said Arvin Dull.His nephew says he sees why people are upset, but he also worries about extinction.“They’d like to open the big king, king net gear so they can target more kings and get more kings on the rack. You know, they’re so used to seeing the fish return that they think no matter how hard they fish that they’ll always come back but that’s not true,” said Iyana Dull.At the time this story was filed, Elder Sophie Jenkins was still waiting for her net to arrive. If it comes in time she says she hopes to get some fish on her rack. She says getting chum and reds is good, but they miss their kings.
(Courtesy: Alaska Wildlife Troopers)The state is once again looking to move the Wildlife Trooper patrol vessel Stimson from Unalaska to Kodiak. And this year, the change seems poised to go through.Download AudioOfficials in Unalaska fought hard to hang on to the troopers’ biggest vessel when the move was on the table a year ago. But this time around, city manager Chris Hladick says they’ve had to reconsider their priorities.“I just don’t see us, with this budget climate, being able to save everything,” Hladick says.Moving the 156-foot P/V Stimson to Kodiak would save the state almost half a million dollars, says Wildlife Trooper Col. Steve Bear. It’s either that, or cut three jobs — meaning, he says, the transfer is all but a done deal.“I think everybody realizes that during these tough economic times, some of the politics that may have saved projects like this in the past just aren’t going to happen,” Bear says.The savings with moving the Stimson come mostly in salary and housing costs. Bear says their employees in Unalaska make 60 percent more than those in Anchorage, because of the high cost of living. They also live in state-leased housing at around Anchorage rates.If the Stimson’s five-person crew, their families and one of Unalaska’s two troopers moved to Kodiak, they would take a pay cut — and would have to find their own housing.It would also mean a loss of several students from Unalaska’s schools, which are already running a deficit due in part to declining enrollment.But Bear says the Stimson’s mission wouldn’t really suffer. In fact, he says they’ve planned around added fuel and travel costs.“We could move the boat, sail an additional 27 days, and we’d still save about $480,000 a year by doing that,” he says.The Stimson spent 116 days on the water last year, patrolling fisheries in the Aleutian Islands and Western Alaska. It’s a bigger area than they used to cover — the vessel was brought to Dutch Harbor in 1998 to police the derby-style crab fisheries. Back then, boats were racing to fish, even in dangerous conditions.Now, with quota doled out among the fleet, Bear says the Stimson can focus on species besides just crab.“That fishery is a lot cleaner and a lot safer than it used to be, and I don’t think people feel the need or are urged to make the risks that they used to in the past,” he says. “I think that frees the Stimson up to do other patrols. They do spend at least 30 days a year patrolling the salmon fisheries in Bristol Bay.”They also cover cod, and even the caribou season in Adak. So for Unalaska-based Trooper Sgt. Robin Morrisett, a move could just mean more sea time in more places.“If they see where it’s a couple more days of the boat driving from Kodiak out here – well, that’s a couple more days of going through the south part of the Alaska Peninsula to get out here to where we work, and then two more days going back,” he says. “That’s four more days in that area that we see that area.”Chris Hladick, the city manager, wondered if the Stimson might be busier in the Aleutians as companies like Shell Oil establish a regional presence. But Colonel Bear says except in special cases, the Wildlife Troopers focus on what’s in their name: “Wild resources, the fish and the game of the state — not oil resources,” he says.The troopers do have another vessel that does similar patrols — the 121-foot P/V Woldstad, already based in Kodiak. But Bear says it’s long past due for an engine overhaul that would take it out of service for several months.“It can be used, it’s still operational, but we’re trying to be very cautious how much we use it, because the engines are so far past the rebuild date,” he says.The Stimson got that kind of rebuild a little over a year ago. So Bear says it can help cover the Woldstad’s patrols well into the future.The plan to move the Stimson is part of the state’s proposed public safety budget. It’s currently making its way through legislative approvals in Juneau.
The F/V Pacific Knight sank Wednesday near Clark’s Point. (Photo courtesy of Mike Jones)Fuel from the wreckage of the F/V Pacific Knight has reached the Igushik Section of the Nushagak commercial fishing district. That’s according to reports the Alaska Department of Fish and Game received yesterday at 4 p.m. that people in the area smelled fuel and saw a sheen on the water.After the entire Nushagak District was closed in response to the fuel spill on Thursday, the Igushik Section only was reopened Friday. The Igushik Section closed again at 6 p.m. on Sunday.“We’ll fly a survey [on Monday] and see what we can see,” area management biologist Tim Sands said. “But I can’t imagine opening the fishery for a couple days because it will take a while for whatever fuel is out there to dissipate. And if it’s got all the way over to Igushik, I believe it could basically be anywhere in the bay — more likely on the west side of the bay because of the wind. But with the tide sucking and swirling around, who knows where it could end up.”Fish and Game is advising subsistence users that there is potential for fuel to float to Dillingham beaches and to “be aware of that possibility.”It is unclear how much fuel has spilled. When the 58-foot tender sank on Wednesday it was carrying 1,100 gallons of diesel and hydraulic fuel.
Padmaraonagar: Hyderabad district Bahujana Sahityam president Krishna Pujari on Thursday praised the services of Swami Vivekananda for inspiring the youth and becoming a model.Speaking after garlanding Vivekananda’s statue in connection with his death anniversary, he described the Swamiji as a great leader who spread the country’s greatness across the world. ‘His Chicago address was an example of his efforts’, Pujari pointed out. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us He said many countries across the world were depending on India for launching their satellites, as it was able to send 123 satellites into space simultaneously. ‘The scientific know-how of our scientists will be useful for other countries’, he stated. Among those present were MRPS leader Narsing D, Venkatesh Neredu, Ravikumar, Harichary, Anjayya, M Vijay, R Yellayya.