WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Conservation Commission invites residents of all ages to share a few hours of their time and participate in the Annual Town Clean-up Day on Saturday, September 22, 2018, beginning at 8:30 am. The Conservation Commission is seeking volunteers to help beautify Wilmington’s conservation lands by removing litter and debris.Volunteers are asked to meet at the DPW Building, 135 Andover Street at 8:30 am. Refreshments will be served and trash bags will be provided. Work gloves will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please dress appropriately for woods and wetlands.If you are unable to attend the clean-up event on September 22nd, feel free to enjoy the Town’s resources and help keep them beautiful anytime you like.For more information, please contact the Department of Planning & Conservation at (978) 658-8238 or email RHale@wilmingtonma.gov.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Town of Wilmington.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Annual Town Clean Up Day Set For September 21In “Community”Wilmington’s Annual Town Clean Up Day Set For September 23In “Community”Wilmington’s Annual Town Clean Up Day Set For September 22In “Community”
Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $520 at HP TV and Movies Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Comments $155 at Google Express $999 The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Apple iPhone XS $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET $210 at Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags See it See It $60 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Star Trek,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Google Home Hub review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Angela Lang/CNET Star Trek: Discovery returns An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the AirPods review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Comments Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $6 at Tidal See at Turo Turo $59 at eBay HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 5 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) What’s everyone up to on the second season? The new season unearths a new sense of adventure Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Boost Mobile Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sprint $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Amazon 50 Photos 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Michelle Yeoh will lead her own Star Trek series. CBS What the heck is going on with Section 31? We can finally look forward to some answers.Captain Philippa Georgiou’s Star Trek story will continue in a new live-action series under development for streaming service CBS All Access. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)Michelle Yeoh will take the lead in a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff that delves into the secretive realm of Starfleet’s Section 31. Rylo Share your voice Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags 7 Section 31 acts as an autonomous shadow group within Starfleet, supposedly working to protect the Federation’s interests. It has either appeared in or been mentioned in Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, Discovery and the reboot movie Star Trek Into Darkness.Yeoh’s character on Discovery is deep into Section 31, so the unnamed new series could finally shine some light onto a dark place in Star Trek lore. “I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no woman has ever gone before,” Yeoh said in a statement Monday.Star Trek: Discovery returns for its second season on Jan. 17. The Section 31 spinoff does not yet have a debut date. Amazon
Concept Cars Performance Cars 0 Share your voice More about 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Post a comment Porsche 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star 2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder first drive: Worth every sunburn Enlarge ImageHeavens. Porsche Porsche blew minds when it debuted a 935 reimagined for the modern day, complete with the guts of the latest 911 GT2 RS. Now, a new Porsche Museum exhibit will show off yet another modern-day take on a classic, and this one might be even better than the 935.Porsche on Monday showed off the first public picture of its modern-day 917 design concept. In the press release, Porsche said a small group of designers and engineers sought to recreate its hallowed racer with a modern twist. It never made it to the track, of course, but now it’ll be on display at the Porsche Museum from May to September, on display in public for the first time.It’s unclear when Porsche actually built this. It looks as modern as any Porsche, with sleek lines evoking the curves of the original 917. Yet, the headlights look pretty close to those on the 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar, and the wheels were taken straight from the 918’s concept. That’s because the concept was designed and built in 2014, Porsche confirmed via email, just ahead of the 919 Hybrid’s FIA World Endurance Championship debut, and right around the time the 918 Spyder made its way to owners. Given the success of the 919 Hybrid that followed, the car stayed as a concept, tucked away until its public debut this year.Porsche’s 917 was the first car to give the automaker an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970, a feat it followed up with another victory in 1971. Depending on the variant, power comes from a flat-12 engine in one of three different displacements. Its final hurrah came in 1973, with the 917/30 Can-Am variant, which completely dominated Can-Am racing. It was also the car Steve McQueen drove in Le Mans.The whole Porsche Museum exhibit will be on display from May 14 to Sept. 15 at the Porsche Museum in Germany. In addition to this concept, Porsche will show off 13 other exhibits that include 10 different 917 models, as well as technical exhibits and racing posters. There’ll also be some 917-specific merch on offer, including a barbecue apron styled after the “Pink Pig” 917/20. I’ll take five of those, please.Originally published March 11.Update, March 12: Added confirmation from Porsche regarding when the concept was built.Enlarge ImagePorsche also went to great lengths to restore one of the original 917s to its 1969 glory. That’s dedication to history. Porsche More From Roadshow Tags 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder first drive: A Boxster with way more bite Preview • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Porsche
A great fitness tracker… not such a great coach. CNET I gained weight in the last nine months — about 12 pounds (5.4 kg). I know this because I’ve tracked my weight nearly every day on a connected scale since 2013. I can see when I succeed, and when I fail. I was doing great last June, but while taking a seven-day cruise, I gave up my healthy habits and stopped weighing myself. The bad habits continued after that, and the momentum was lost. By New Year’s Eve, the damage had been done. All of this while wearing an Apple Watch, Fitbit or one of the many other trackers I’ve been able to test, including some Wear OS watches. Despite having a fitness tracker affixed to my wrist at all times, monitoring my activity and urging me to keep moving, my healthy habits slipped and I wound up several pounds heavier. Through it all, I learned that merely wearing a fitness tracker won’t make me healthy. And, right now, they’re not enough to provide the coaching I need to improve my health or shed the pounds. Fitness Wearable Tech Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Buying a fitness tracker to lose weight? Here’s why it’s not enough The tech tools to get you fit Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 5 reasons why fitness trackers don’t guarantee you’ll… Heart-rate tracking is the secret to getting fit. Here’s how to use it Peloton, Daily Burn and more: Best workout subscription apps This wearable worked where a fitness tracker failed me The best Alexa commands for exercise, better sleep and stress relief Now playing: Watch this: Apple 3:45 See All • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Fitbit’s phone app has weight loss and nutritional tracking, but the watches and trackers don’t keep enough of a watchful encouraging eye. Sarah Tew/CNET What fitness trackers miss I know from plenty of personal experience that trackers can show daily activity progress, give you heart rate readings and log exercise sessions. Some can log hours of sleep, and others, like the Apple Watch, can even sense atrial fibrillation. But unfortunately, none of them are very good persistent health coaches for my other needs. I needed help when my weight went off track last year, and my watch wasn’t smart enough to notice, or care — even though it clearly had the data from my smart scale. That scale’s app would tell me my weight goals and ping me to keep on track, but when you’ve clearly fallen off the horse, it’s difficult to get back on. The fitness trackers and watches never suggested how to eat right, or pinged to try to make commitments to go to the gym. I have high blood pressure for which I take medication, but I never got pinged to take my measurements or my meds. Fitness equipment that’s clever enough for your smart home 57 14 Photos Share your voice Tags The health coach I need My main health concerns aren’t about daily steps, or how often I stand. They’re about eating right. Staying on a nutrition plan. Hydrating. Not getting too stressed. Making sure I commit to going to the gym or getting some dedicated, high-intensity cardio. Checking my blood pressure. Hitting my weight-loss goals on a regular basis. And like I mentioned above, there are plenty of apps to help with that. I use some of them: Withings for blood pressure and weight tracking. Fitbit for hydration and nutrition, and MyFitnessPal or Lose It for calorie counting. Despite all of that data, no one watch or tracker can give me a full picture of my health. Working out and taking care of your health is hard work, both mentally and physically. Penn Jillette reminded me of that when recounting his 100-plus weight loss journey at CES. Despite their efforts, fitness trackers aren’t making that process easier for me. The fitness trackers cannot force you to be healthy, and smartwatches aren’t designed to replace doctors (in fact, the Apple Watch specifically is designed to dovetail with doctor visits). But if the Apple Watch intends to eventually be a medical tool, trainer and fitness buddy for my life — and anyone else’s — it could be a lot better at meeting me at my needs faster. After all, these apps already have years of my data: my sleep, my steps, my heart rate, my weight. Put it together already. Use machine-learning magic. Tell me the big picture. Do something that slaps me in the face the way my doctor does when she tells me I need to lose weight. Years into wearing more fitness watches than I can count, I’m wondering when it’s all going to happen. Apps can do that, but there’s no easy on-boarding to help discover how the watches or trackers can keep tabs on that. The most personalized experience I had was with Omron’s blood pressure watch, which helped take measurements and provide a few insights, but it isn’t a full smartwatch or fitness tracker. I use a CPAP at night when I sleep, but these trackers cannot show me the relationship between the hours I use it and how energetic I feel the next day. In short, I’m a mess, but the Apple Watch doesn’t see that. Neither do most watches. To be fair, Fitbit’s new in-beta sleep score mode offers some interesting analysis on nightly rest and interruptions, which could end up being useful. For now though, the beta mode shows results only in a web browser. I reached out to Fitbit and Apple about this story. I haven’t heard back from Fitbit, but Apple recommended a number of fitness and coaching apps I could try. I’ve already dabbled in many of them, and it’s true, there’s stuff you could use to suit your needs. (A few apps in particular: Lifesum, Lose It, MyFitnessPal, 10% Happier, Calm and Streaks.) Just as I’ve come and gone from a number of systems, including Weight Watchers, Whole Life Challenge, Atkins and more, I’ve signed up for and slowly abandoned many of these apps, too. The problem is that the effort to find and maximize these apps isn’t easy for me, someone who’s been testing fitness tech for year, let alone an apprehensive newcomer. The Omron HeartGuide successfully measured my blood pressure, and made some health insights, but most wearables are limited in how much guidance they can give. Sarah Tew/CNET How they fall short I’ve always hoped that a smartwatch could be the Marie Kondo of my future health, eliminating the distractions, focusing on the real goals and clearing my cluttered, easily distracted mind. Instead, every day I get notifications, messages and occasional end-of-day “close the activity ring!” reminders. The Apple Watch can tell me if I’ve been active enough based on its standards, but that information doesn’t give me the whole picture. From my daily work commute — about four and a half miles of walking — I can easily close the red activity ring on the watch. The green ring, or exercise ring, counts anything above a certain heart rate threshold as exercise and I tend to fill it faster than I expect. Maybe that’s because I’m out of shape? The blue ring, for standing hours, always ends up being filled even when I barely stand. These goals can be adjusted and increased, to add to the challenge, but I’m not usually motivated to do that. I see the daily reminders to “close my rings,” or take more steps, but if I’m already ignoring them, they’re easy to keep ignoring. Also, steps and calorie burn don’t guarantee weight loss. The holistic health picture isn’t contained on the watch. Fitbit Fitness Apple
The air-cooled engine was the stuff of legend, powering the Porsche 911 and VW Beetle (the real Beetle, not the ersatz New Beetle) to enduring fame in automotive history. And then it was gone.The last 911 powered this way vanished after the 1998 model year, while the air-cooled Beetle soldiered on until 2003. Between them are, arguably, the most iconic car and the most popular car every made. 8:27 0 Roadshow The video above compares air-cooled engines to water-cooled. While the latter has more weight, potential leaks and complicated parts, it has one key offset to all of that: The ability to meet tightening emissions standards while delivering levels of power that would leave an air-cooled engine seized on the side of the road. An air-cooled Porsche’s blower pushes cool air over the top of the engine and down, but its very function is part of the reason air-cooled cars would fail to meet today’s tough emissions regulations. CNET Because their cooling systems are generally always “on,” even when stone cold, air-cooled engines tend to run cold longer at startup. That spews more emissions from partially burned fuel, which is a great way to get on the wrong side of the US EPA in the 21st century.At the same time, cars have been getting bigger, heavier, faster and more fuel efficient, an almost impossible combination of demands that are only met by engines designed to run hotter. Water cooling brings a remarkable set of components to an engine that prevent it from melting down under such demands; air cooling just has fewer levers to pull to manage heat.The cool air blower ventilates the deep fins on both the cylinders and heads of an air-cooled Porsche engine. The lack of water jackets, water pump, thermostat and large radiator made the air-cooled engine a lighter and more compact affair. CNET The difference is clear: The last air-cooled Porsche 911 Turbo produced 450 HP in its top iteration while the current 911 Turbo S version cranks out 540 HP, partly thanks to water cooling.That said, air-cooled 911 engines were actually fluid-cooled in one key way: Their oil was always routed to a cooler to strip off some heat, a process made more effective by their dry sump designs that move oil under pressure. But the real pressure was the approach of engine design modernity. Cooley On Cars Porsche Volkswagen Tags Post a comment See why air-cooled engines are legendary 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition review: The last goodbye Share your voice More From Roadshow 2018 GMC Terrain Denali: Chrome and tech come at a price Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value
$19 28 Photos Amazon Tags The new logo for Watch Dogs Legion. Ubisoft Ubisoft will reveal a new entry in its Watch Dogs franchise called Watch Dogs Legion. The official Twitter account for the Watch Dogs franchise tweeted Tuesday the reveal for Watch Dogs Legion will happen at this year’s E3 and showed a new logo for the game. Ubisoft’s E3 press conference starts at 1 p.m. PT June 10. Post a comment The 28 best games on the Xbox One Share your voice Mentioned Above Watch Dogs (PlayStation 4) Apple’s new two-player AR arcade game at WWDC is crazy Now playing: Watch this: See it Walmart News • Ubisoft at E3 2019 announces Watch Dogs Legion, the latest in its dystopian hacking game series $12 0 $16 See It Watch Dogs Best Buy Ubisoft’s confirmation of Watch Dogs Legions comes a day after its existence was leaked online. A listing for Watch Dogs Legion went live on Amazon UK on Monday evening but has since been removed from the site. The third game of the Ubisoft series will change the setting from present-day US to future London, according to the listing. The game was priced at £57.99, which is about $73, though it’s more likely the US price will be around $60. There was no release date on the listing.The now-deleted listing for Watch Dogs Legion on Amazon UK. Amazon UK The Watch Dogs Legion listing described gameplay like this: “Play as anyone. Every individual you meet in the open world, has a full set of animations, voice over, character traits and visuals that are generated and guided by gameplay systems.” Previous Watch Dogs games had players in the role of a master hacker who used a smartphone to hack into various devices such as surveillance cameras, cars and phones. This new form of gameplay could mean characters in the game are hackable via biometric devices since it apparently takes place in the future. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published on June 4.June 5: Adds tweet. 4:19 Review • Watch Dogs, Ubisoft’s open-world hacking game, struggles to establish a connection CNET may get a commission from retail offers. God Save the NPCs. Reveal at E3. #WatchDogsLegion #UbiE3 pic.twitter.com/xpD3bhXDaM— Watch Dogs Legion (@watchdogsgame) June 4, 2019 Gaming See It
The Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the EPA, alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, will go forward . That’s according to a ruling Thursday by federal court Judge H. Russel Holland. Holland denied the EPA’s motion to dismiss the case, which was argued last week in Anchorage court.Mike Heatwole is a spokesperson for Pebble. Pebble opponents were quick to say today they are disappointed with the ruling. Among them is United Tribes of Bristol Bay director Alannah Hurley, who acknowledged the setback, but says it’s important to keep perspective.While the FACA case moves forward, the judge has ordered the EPA to do no work on the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, or the dredge and fill restrictions it had intended to finalize earlier this year. Judge Holland’s temporary injunction, requested by Pebble, will remain in place, according to Heatwole.No timeline exists for the case, though both sides said it was likely to go on for at least a year.In a separate but related lawsuit, the third filed by Pebble against the EPA in federal court, Pebble is suing for more EPA documents and emails. Pebble says the agency has been slow to respond to its requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
Alaska finished 2015 with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent.The state labor department says the December seasonally adjusted rate compares to 6.4 percent in November. The unemployment rate in December 2014 was 6.4 percent.The department, in a release, says the seasonally adjusted rate for 2015 showed no clear trend, which it said is consistent with other economic indicators suggesting the economy last year was relatively flat.Nationally, the unemployment rate last month was 5 percent.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission will conduct an investigation into alleged financial disclosure violations by Skagway Assemblyman Dan Henry. The investigation was launched following a citizen complaint from Skagway resident Roger Griffin.Skagway Assembly member Dan Henry. (Photo courtesy of Skagway News)In February, Henry was convicted of willful failure to timely file tax returns. The Skagway Fish Company owner pled guilty to four federal misdemeanor charges. He will be ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution to the IRS for unpaid taxes between 2004 and 2012. His sentencing is scheduled for this spring and prosecutors recommend a prison term between eight and 24 months.Skagway elected officials are required to file personal financial disclosure statements with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, or APOC. Henry’s plea agreement says he filed statements for 2009-2012 stating that he had no income over $1,000 from self-employment. It goes on to say that during those same years, Henry and a family member deposited bank checks between $9,000 and $9,900 to evade US currency laws and conceal his income from the IRS.When former Skagway mayoral candidate Roger Griffin saw that, he thought APOC would launch an investigation on its own.“And I kind of sat around and was kind of hoping that APOC themselves would pick it up and go with it and they didn’t and nothing happened,’ Griffin said.Meanwhile, Henry continued to serve on the assembly after his conviction. The matter was addressed briefly by Mayor Mark Schaefer, but aside from that, there was no public conversation at the assembly level about Henry’s conviction.Griffin thought it was inappropriate for Henry to continue on the assembly. So, he filed a complaint to APOC in early March. He alleged that Henry violated the financial disclosure law by falsifying his APOC filings from 2009 to 2012. Here’s Griffin.“I think for me the moral to the story here is that paperwork needs to be taken seriously and candidates need to be ethical in their filings,” Griffin said. “And that’s not going to help Dan Henry right now but maybe future people will pay attention to it.”As evidence, Griffin included Henry’s plea agreement. Henry has until March 30 to respond to the allegations. He did not return calls from KHNS for this report by deadline Thursday.APOC Executive Director Paul Dauphinais could not speak about the investigation specifically. But he said it should be completed by April 15. Then, Henry will have another chance to respond to the investigation findings. After that, the commission will hold a hearing, likely at its meeting in early June.The investigation could have four different outcomes: it could be dismissed if the evidence doesn’t support a violation. If the evidence does support a violation, the commission may assess a civil penalty, such as a fine, approve a ‘consent agreement’ in which APOC and Henry agree to a resolution, or refer the case to the Attorney General. Dauphinais said APOC hasn’t resorted to the last option in his five years with the agency.
A Tulsequah Chief Mine settling pond overflows at the site about 40 miles northeast of Juneau Sept. 26, 2016. (Photo courtesy of British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines)Canadian officials say they’ll stop polluted mine water from entering a salmon-rich river that flows into Southeast Alaska near Juneau. The work could include plugging up tunnels from British Columbia’s decades-old Tulsequah Chief Mine.Listen nowThe Tulsequah Chief hasn’t operated since 1957. Two companies tried to reopen it during the past 20 years, but both failed.That’s left a legacy of acidic water carrying pollutants into the Tulsequah River. It’s a tributary of the Taku River, a key source of salmon caught in Southeast Alaska.Provincial officials had ordered the latest developer, Chieftain Metals, to clean up the site. After the company went bankrupt last fall, British Columbia sent inspectors to see what had been done. But it wasn’t much.British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said a government contractor took care of improperly stored chemicals and petroleum products.“They were not able before freeze-up to do anything about the settling pond that exists beside the river that captures the runoff from the hill that the old mine was built into,” he said.He said experts will look into plugging leaking mine tunnels to stop the discharges into the pond, which leaks into the river.If that’s not practical, he said they’ll look at other options.“Even though the water that’s been tested by both Alaska and British Columbia has shown no negative impacts on aquatic organisms, it’s still against our rules for that water to be flowing into the Tulsequah River. So, one way or the other, we have to stop it,” he said.“I think there is actually some good news here and a change from past practices,” said Chris Zimmer, Alaska campaign director for the group Rivers Without Borders.He said the studies Bennett mentioned were faulty and inconclusive. And he’s been calling for a cleanup for years.“In the past, B.C. was simply saying we’re going to let the mining companies come in, develop the mine and clean it up. I think now Minister Bennett realizes that after two bankruptcies that this mine isn’t one that will be developed and B.C.’s now going to have to responsibility for the cleanup,” he said.B.C. acknowledges a new company could take over the Tulsequah Chief. It’s in the hands of a Canadian firm that would like to recoup some of its investments. It could do that by selling the mine.But Bennett said such a developer would have to meet tighter standards.“We would need an ironclad commitment from any new buyer that they were going to do what’s necessary immediately. And if we can’t get that, then the government would act on the closure and remediation plan and just simply close the site down,” he said.That’s what transboundary mine activists, including Zimmer, want. But he said it’s not as easy as it sounds.“Plugging up the mine to stop the movement of water is one thing. You could do that relatively cheaply and quickly. But the problem is eventually you’ll have cracks, water will start moving and you’ll be back to the acid-mine drainage situation where you would need a water-treatment plant,” he said.And that would be costly.Chieftain did set up such a plant for a while, but determined it was too expensive to run without the mine opening and generating income.
Maps show changes in where Bering Sea Pollock are from year-to-year. (Graphic courtesy NOAA/Alaska Fisheries Science Center)There’s a new tool to help scientists and others interested in monitoring how Bering Sea fisheries respond to a changing climate.Listen nowBiologist Steve Barbeaux of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center has created hundreds of graphics mapping where 22 species of fish spend their time during different life stages.The data comes from annual trawl surveys dating back to 1984, but Barbeaux said that information was hard to analyze as a whole.“To understand the true impacts of climate change we have to look across all of these life stages to get a true picture of what’s going on,” Barbeaux said. “It potentially could be beneficial at one stage of life, but harmful at another stage of it’s life.”Barbeaux started small — looking at greenland turbot, a species that is greatly impacted by temperature changes. When the fish develop from larvae to juveniles, they depend on a cold pool in the Bering Sea. But without it:“You get high natural mortality,” Barbeaux said. “So for [the greenland turbot] the impact really is at that settlement stage. Versus pollock where that impact has more potentially to do with their midlife stage.”The graphics Barbeaux created allow him to see the distribution of the greenland turbot through time and location or through temperature and depth.When other scientists saw what he’d done, they wanted it for their species too. Now the tool is available for 22 species in the Bering Sea. Barbaeux plans on updating the document as long as annual surveys continue.
A crane moves an aluminum replacement cabin made by Homer’s Bay Weld Boats. The company is one of a number of Alaska businesses already affected by President Donald Trump’s imported metals tariffs. (Photo courtesy Bay Weld Boats)In at least one sector in Alaska, the impacts of President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs are real.Listen nowHomer’s Bay Weld Boats makes custom aluminum watercraft, from 60-foot tenders to 22-foot seine skiffs.General manager Eric Engebretsen has been keeping an eye on plans for a 10-percent tariff on imported aluminum.He’s not alone.“The supply chain heard this was potentially going to happen back in early January and the whole marine aluminum supply chain started to adjust itself and prepare itself for this,” Engebretsen said.Engebretsen’s company buys sheet aluminum from a local supplier. He said his understanding is that it’s manufactured in the United States.But that hasn’t made any difference.Bay Weld and other aluminum users started buying up supplies in advance of the announcement.“We’ve seen over 35 percent and in some cases 50 to 60 percent increase in our pricing structure of purchasing aluminum,” Engebretsen said.The second-generation business owner hopes the hikes will level out soon, but Engebretsen’s not counting on it. He said that will increase prices on the 12 to 18 custom boats his up to 32 employees make in a year.Alaska has a number of other aluminum boatbuilders.Other businesses make or repair steel ships, including Vigor Marine, which runs the Ketchikan Shipyard, where state ferries have much of their work done, including rusty steel replacement.Trump’s imported steel tariff is 25 percent.The state Department of Transportation includes the ferry system.“DOT doesn’t expect the tariffs will impact our state transportation,” spokeswoman Aurah Landeau said. “DOT doesn’t purchase foreign steel because we operate under the Buy America program.”The ferry Malaspina is in drydock and the Columbia is tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012. Marine Highway System fleet repairs require the use of American steel. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Beyond shipbuilding, Alaska businesses fabricate fuel tanks and other goods out of the embargoed metals. But not a lot.“We tend to have a pretty small manufacturing industry in Alaska,” state economist Karinne Wiebold said.Wiebold said the tariffs could still drive up prices which will affect stores, warehouses and other sellers. She said their response could shake up sectors of our economy.“If the cost of the final product goes up, the demand may fall as consumers either cut back on that product or substitute for something that (has) a comparably lower cost,” Wiebold said.That’s also the case for steel and aluminum used in bridges, buildings, ports, pipelines and other public projects. And overall, many parts of Alaska’s construction industry have slowed down.“Road construction, airport construction, that’s still very healthy and it’s been under the Buy America Act for years,” John MacKinnon, executive director of the Alaska Chapter of Associated General Contractors, said.Steel’s role in construction is pretty obvious. But MacKinnon said many people aren’t aware of how much aluminum is used.“On the building side, you’ve got a lot of aluminum because all the windows, storefronts and that sort of thing are aluminum,” MacKinnon said. “The structure is usually steel or concrete. And the highway projects, road projects, most of your signage and there’s other components in there, are aluminum.”MacKinnon said prices change for a variety of reasons. Tariffs, such as Trump’s, are only one type of variable in his industry.“Will it make much difference? Not from the practices that we’ve been going on for the last few years,” MacKinnon said.Back at Homer’s Bay Weld Boats, Engebretsen said some in the business are scratching their heads.“There was a political layer to this that really wasn’t driven by the industry itself,” he said. “The industry didn’t ask for the aluminum pricing to be adjusted. It was kind of something that was forced on us and now here we are,” Engebretsen said.Engebretsen is already considered how much he’ll have to raise his prices.It could be 5 to 10 percent, which is not out of line with other adjustments for inflation, Engebretsen said.“But it’s also a fairly high-dollar product. I suspect it will have an impact,” Engebretsen said. “But we just don’t know yet.”The president has granted exemptions for metal imports from Canada and Mexico, which could lessen some of the price hikes.The exemptions are only temporary, and they’re dependent on negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Callum Marks (right) serves as a “modern-day page-turner” for Theo Houck, who played a set of queer love songs at Juneau’s first youth Pride party on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO) Pride week in Juneau included a pub crawl, Pride prom and queer trivia. But it also featured something new this year: a party just for teens. But beyond Pride week or Pride month, Houck said adults can support the youth in their lives year-round by just being there for them. “And the answer I got from everybody was, ‘There aren’t any, but there should be,’” she said. “And so I was like, ‘OK, well then let’s try.’” Houck graduated last year from Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé and now attends college out of state. He was excited when he heard about the youth Pride event in his hometown. “And some teenagers don’t necessarily have families that they want to bring to those events or who would want to go to those events,” Luther said. As far as he and the other organizers can tell, the party was the first of its kind in Juneau. Besides just showing up at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, Marks hoped the middle and high school students at the party would find a safe space “to talk about the stuff that they don’t get to talk about in everyday life,” he said. “Because, you know, queer youth really are going through a time. High school is hard.” “We want to encourage connection, raise awareness in the community that, like, this is a need, that there’s kids out there that need this connection, and then using it as a time to just, like, celebrate and be with each other and have a ton of fun,” Shae said. Stephanie Luther is an education specialist at AWARE, a domestic violence shelter in Juneau. She got involved in the planning after asking friends and folks in the nonprofit world what programs were available for queer teens in Juneau. Soon, Luther hopes to see more programming for queer youth, maybe even a club. But first: a party. Luther said it fills a gap for teens during Pride. Many of the big events take place at bars or have age restrictions. And while family-friendly events like kickball and picnics are great, teens might not necessarily want to hang out with little kids. Nigro hopes the Zach Gordon Youth Center and community partners will soon offer more programming specifically for queer youth in Juneau. “I’m hoping that people show up. I think people will,” he said. On the morning of the youth Pride party, Callum Marks didn’t know what to expect. “As a queer person, as a trans non-binary person, I kind of like to imagine that anytime I like anyone, it’s queer. And that means that every time I write a love song, it’s a queer love song. And I write a lot of those. So I guess I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic,” Houck said. About 50 teens turned up for the party. They had cake and entered a raffle for various, mostly-rainbow-colored prizes by filling out a survey about the kinds of services and activities they’d like to see for queer youth in Juneau. Nigro said many people and organizations came together to make the party happen, because young people saw something missing. Organizer Tayler Shae said the party was planned in the spirit — and history — of Pride, which began as a protest against discrimination and has since evolved into something more like a festival. “Be open and compassionate. Listen to what they have to say,” he said. “I think that one of the best things adults ever did for me, was just allow me to figure things out. And really, like, believe me when I said I felt a certain way.” As the party wound down, a handful of remaining teens and a few adults gathered around the fire pit out back. There’d been talk of starting a fire, but it was a warm night, and, with the summer solstice the next day, still plenty sunny around 8:30 p.m. All eyes were on Houck and his guitar as he played a few queer love songs — plus one breakup song, because as Houck said: “love isn’t always happy endings.” The party, however, ended happily. Houck finished his set, and it was time for the Zach to close. Youth center manager Jorden Nigro apologized for wrapping things up and thanked everyone for being there. The remaining door prizes were handed out. Someone asked if they could take home an extra piece of rainbow cake. Callum Marks displays his tie-dye-stained hands at Juneau’s first youth Pride party on June 20, 2019. “Tie-dying is super fun, and also rainbow,” he said. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO) That meant tie-dye, plenty of food and a drag performance were all in order. Even some live music, courtesy of 19-year-old Theo “FySH” Houck. Juneau drag queen Gigi Monroe performs at the youth Pride party on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO) “This gets at the core of the importance of listening to our kids,” she said, “and at working together to create a healthy and equitable community for all our kids.” Callum Marks displays his tie-dye-stained hands at Juneau’s first youth Pride party on June 20, 2019. “Tie-dying is super fun, and also rainbow,” he said. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO) Marks would know — the 18-year-old just graduated from Thunder Mountain High School last month.
Another caller pointed to the high salaries for administrative staff within the University. Johnsen says that employees throughout the UA system haven’t had a pay raise in three years. He says UA system pay rates are below market value for the jobs. He added that he’s donated some of his own salary to a new scholarship fund designed to offset scholarships that haven’t been paid out to students due to legislative inaction. “It is legislators and others who are appropriating for those facilities for their own interests,” Johnsen said. “Often they meet the interests of the university and students in those communities. But it’s not all on us. And we’re doing our best with insufficient funds to even operate the facilities that we’ve been given.” The budget shortfall has brought up concerns about whether or not the University can maintain its academic accreditation. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the university’s accrediting body, sent a letter to the Legislature last week urging an override of the vetoes. Johnsen took a pregnant pause when asked about the potential loss of accreditation. University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen delivers the State of the University address at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Juneau on Feb. 16, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North) Johnsen says that when the university planned for reductions at the state level, exigency was “definite” with a $60 million cut. Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes cut $135 million from the university system, a cut of 41% of state funding. The university system has already cut $51 million over the last four years, resulting in more than 1,200 layoffs. While Johnsen expects university enrollment to drop in the face of economic uncertainty, he says the university has an obligation to teach-out students who are currently enrolled in programs. One big question facing university officials is whether to declare financial exigency, which would allow a more expedited process for cutting programs and staff, even those with tenure. “In order to maintain accreditation, which we strive to do whether or not we declare financial exigency, that teach-out obligation is there,” Johnsen said. “So students who are enrolled in a program who are majoring in engineering for example, we have a strong obligation to enable those students to complete their programs.” “I don’t believe it is going to happen. That is, if you will, the last straw,” Johnsen said. “I think we’re the University of Alaska, not just the University of the Big Cities. I think we’ve got to have a strong presence in rural Alaska,” Johnsen said. “What it looks like may be different going forward, but we’ve got to maintain a strong presence, particularly in hubs like Bethel and Nome and Dillingham, other communities.” In the face of an unprecedented cut from the state, University of Alaska staff, faculty and students have a high degree of uncertainty about their futures. President Johnsen says he isn’t getting much clarity from Governor Mike Dunleavy about how to move forward either. Callers to the program brought up several proposals for saving money. One suggested that the university was spending a lot of money on buildings that weren’t maximizing their uses, such as the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. Johnsen countered that the Legislature appropriates funds for university buildings, sometimes without a lot of input from university officials. In an appearance on Talk of Alaska Tuesday, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen continued his push for financial exigency for the university. The UA Board of Regents voted Monday to put off the vote to its next meeting. The Anchorage campus was reaccredited last year, with distinction. Fairbanks has just begun its reaccreditation process and the Southeast campus is near the end of its review process. As talks over program and campus closures continue, one caller asked Johnsen what the future of rural campuses looks like. “He didn’t provide any details,” Johnsen said. “Only a commitment to meet with us and work on a solution to this challenge.” The Board of Regents is set to reconsider declaring financial exigency at its next meeting on July 30th.
Washington: A man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded at about 4 am to the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, a US Department of Homeland Security detention facility that holds migrants pending deportation proceedings. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The detention center has also held immigration-seeking parents separated from their children under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, an effort meant to deter illegal immigration. The shooting took place about six hours after a peaceful rally in front of the detention center, police spokesman Loretta Cool said. She said another rally was planned for later Saturday, but it would have to be held in a different area because of the investigation into the police shooting. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Police said the man caused a vehicle to catch fire and that he attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set buildings on fire. Police said that besides the rifle, he had a satchel and flares. Police said officers called out to the man, and shots were fired. Cool said all four officers fired their weapons, but she didn’t have specific details of what took place. Advertise With Us She said the officers weren’t wearing body cameras, but the area is covered by surveillance cameras from the detention center. She said she didn’t know if the man fired at the officers. After the gunfire, officers took cover, contained the area and set up medical aid a short distance away, police said. Officers then located the man and determined he had been shot and was dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released. Authorities say investigators are processing the scene and police are continuing to investigate. No law enforcement officers were injured. The four Tacoma police officers who fired their weapons have been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard in officer-involved shootings. A motive for the man’s actions hasn’t been determined, Cool said. GEO Group, which runs the 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center, in an email to The Associated Press said baseless accusations about how detainees are treated at its facilities “have led to misplaced aggression and a dangerous environment for our employees, whose safety is our top priority. Violence of any kind against our employees and property will not be tolerated. We are thankful for the quick and brave action by the Tacoma Police Department, which prevented innocent lives from being endangered.” GEO Group said the detention center in Tacoma has modern amenities with air conditioning, recreational activities, a bed for every individual and medical care available at all hours. Last year, a federal judge ruled that Washington state could pursue its lawsuit seeking to force GEO Group to pay minimum wage for work done by detainees at the detention center. In November, a Russian asylum-seeker who conducted a hunger strike to protest the conditions at the detention center died by suicide, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled. Mergensana Amar, 40, was taken off life support after attempting to kill himself while in voluntary protective custody at the detention center on November 15, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.
Vijayawada: Aashadamasa Bonalu were offered to Goddess Kanaka Durga by Bhagyanagar Sri Mahankali Jatara Bonala Utsavala Ummadi Committee on a grand note here on Sunday. Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas started the celebrations. As part of the celebrations, a procession from Brahmana Street to Kanaka Durga Temple atop Indrakeeladri was taken out. Special rituals were held on the banks of River Krishna before offering the Bonalu to the Goddess. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The committee president, P Srinivas Yadav, vice-president J Chandramohan Goud, chairman G Anjaiah, representatives of a few temples at Old City Hyderabad and others offered (Gold) Bangaru Bonalu along with Pattu Vastarmulu (garments) to the Goddess Durga for the prosperity of people of both the Telugu states and for abundant rainfall, agriculture and live stock. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The Bhagyanagar Sri Mahankali Jatara Bonala Utsavala Ummadi Committee members thanked the state government for welcoming and making arrangements for the Bonalu programme. They further thanked the endowment department, municipal department, R and B, Home affairs department, the temple authorities and EO V Koteswaramma for making the event a grand success.
Rajamahendravaram: Minister for Endowments Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao said that the State government is very much keen on protecting temple lands and its other properties and also decided to take back the encroached lands. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is very much particular in this regard, he said. Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, he said officials of the department were directed to obtain information in this regard as early as possible. Steps will be taken to enhance security at important temples in the State and the government is also taking care about the welfare of archakas working in the temples, he averred. The officials were also directed to supervise proper implementation of various rituals in the respective temples. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said new trust boards will be set up for the temples shortly. MP Margani Bharat Ram said that pressure will be exerted on the Union government to provide international status to Rajahmmundry airport and also to increase flight operations to various metros in the country as the air traffic is increasing from the airport, he said. YSRCP leaders Routhu Suryaprakasa Rao, S S Manyam, N Srinivas, MS Reddy, N Ramana and others were present.
Warangal: In a bid to inspire young minds and promote innovation, the State government has come up with ‘Intinta Innovator’ campaign, Warangal Rural District Collector M Haritha said.’Intinta Innovator’ is a campaign taken up by Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) in collaboration with Startup India under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion for Startup India Telangana Yatra. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us It may be mentioned here that the campaign is aimed at reaching out to every member of each household to encourage them to think of themselves as problem-solvers. “The Intinta Innovator would be the part of district-level Independence Day celebrations, hence, it’s an opportunity for the young minds to showcase their talent. The campaign is not only to change the mindsets of individuals towards innovation but also encourages them to believe in their capability and work towards entrepreneurship,” Haritha said. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us The Collector has asked the interested persons to send their innovations to WhatsApp number 91006 78543 before August 8. The candidates need to send details of their ideas and innovation along with abstract and videos. The best five innovators would be demonstrated on the Independence Day, the Collector said. The shortlisted ideas would get a chance of getting offers by incubators and incentives by the State government.
Bahadurpura: As part of animal exchange programme, the Nehru Zoological Park on Wednesday received a pair of Hippopotamus, Nilgiri Langur, Grey Wolf and a female Lion Tailed Macaque.According to zoo authorities, as part of animal exchange programme as approved by the Central Zoo Authority, the exchange was made in place of one Rhinoceros and two pairs of Mouse Deers which found their new home at Vandalur Zoo, Chennai, recently. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The details of animals received by Hyderabad Zoo are hippopotamuses named Rama (4) and Raji (1); Nilgiri Langur (male aged about 7 years and female aged about 15 years); Grey Wolf (Male aged about 1year 7 months and female aged about 9 years) and Lion Tailed Macaque (Female and aged about 2 year). “All these animals are being kept at the quarantine block for a period of 45-60 days. After the completion of the quarantine period, they will be released into the display enclosure for the public display,” informed an official. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us It may be mentioned here that ‘Ramu,’ the male one-horned Rhinoceros (born in the Hyderabad Zoo in 2015) and Mouse Deer were sent to Vandalur Zoo on August 1. A team of officials from Vandalur Zoo visited Hyderabad Zoo on July 30 for this purpose. The NZP officials headed by the Deputy Director (Veterinary) along with 7 others accompanied them to Vandalur Zoo. The team brought the new animals as part of the approved exchange plan.
American automaker Ford is reportedly aiming to sell its new compact SUV EcoSport in 62 countries by 2017.A report published by Detroit News cited that the company is planning to explore the potential markets of 62 countries across the globe with its new SUV EcoSport. However, the countries listed for the EcoSport export does not contain Ford’s home country US. The reason for the exclusion of the US is said to be the stumpy demands for the bigger vehicles in the country.According to Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of global marketing, sales, service and Lincoln, if the demand for the crossover surges in the US, Ford would consider the option of exporting to the US as well.Meanwhile, Ford’s EcoSport SUV is expected to make its India debut on 11 June. The latest reports suggest that authorised dealers of Ford have begun accepting bookings for the vehicle in the sub continent. Although there is no official word about the pricing of the vehicle, it is likely to be priced between ₹5.9 and ₹6 lakh and the high-end variants may cost ₹9 lakh. The EcoSport, which made its debut in Brazil, Mexico and China, will come to India with a 1-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that will give 120bhp power, 1.5-litre petrol engine and the 1.5L diesel engine which will offer 90bhp. The India-bound models are also likely to come with high degree of localization as the models are produced locally.Ford EcoSport, which received soft launch in 12 cities as part of its EcoSport Urban Discoveries campaign roadshow in India, is expected to come in four trims – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium Optional trims. The top-end variants, which are powered by the 1.5-litre petrol engine, will come with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the Ambiente and Trend will have the 5-speed manual transmission (MT). The base model of the EcoSport – Ambient – will lack safety features like ABS and airbags, but will have manual air conditioning, manual rear windows and Bluetooth audio system.The Titanium EcoSport will have power windows, steering mounted controls, automatic air conditioning system, Microsoft SYNC, 16″ alloys, dual airbags, reverse parking sensors and chrome exteriors. The top variant, Ford EcoSport Titanium Optional will feature leather seats, push button start, Keyless Vehicle System and side and curtain airbags.