RBI Sale Expected in Second Half

first_imgLondon-based Reed Elsevier today said that it has received a “strong level of interest from buyers” and that it expects its divestiture of Reed Business Information to be complete sometime within the second half of the year. The announcement came as part of its first half 2008 financial results.Reed Elsevier posted encouraging first half financial results. The company reported adjusted operating profit from continuing operations (Elsevier, LexisNexis and Reed Exhibitions) for the first half was about $1.1 billion, up 12 percent from $940.7 million during the same period in 2007. Revenue was $3.9 billion, up 5 percent from about $3.5 billion during the same period last year.First half adjusted operating profit from Reed Business Information (considered a discontinued operation) was about $122.7 million, up 7 percent from $108.9 million during the same period in 2007. Revenue was $958.6 million, up 3 percent from $881.3 million during the same period last year. “We have made good progress in implementing our plans announced in February to accelerate growth: the planned divestment of Reed Business Information is progressing and we are seeing strong buyer interest in the business,” CEO Sir Crispin Davis said in a statement. Earlier this month, Davis announced his plans to step down as chief executive sometime next year.Reed announced its plans to divest RBI as part of the company’s preliminary financial results statement for 2007, which was released in February. Since then, Apax Partners, Permira, Providence Equity Partners and Cinven have been floated as possible suitors. Early estimates put a sale at about $2 billion.To help assure that RBI sells in one piece, Reed put together a group of banks to lend nearly $1.5 billion to the eventual buyer. The sale, however, faces steep hurdles due mostly to the soft economy.RBI publishes a number of trade magazines including Variety and Publishers Weekly. Early last month, RBI eliminated 41 jobs as part of a company-wide restructuring effort.last_img read more

2008 The Year in Magazines and Media

first_imgIn November, after yet another week that featured a smattering of layoffs, cutbacks and magazine closings, the New York Observer ran a piece entitled “Another Bullsh*t Week in Suck Industry.” It was that kind of year.It seemed that no matter what magazine publishers did to try and innovate (Esquire’s e-ink cover, Source Media’s dramatic structural shift), there was always some more bad news (recession, economy, Wall Street collapse, cough, cough) around the corner. At times, the bad only seemed to get worse.Nonetheless, it’s always good to reflect back—however painful—on the year that was. So here they are, the highlights and lowlights of 2008, month by grueling month:JANUARY-MARCHAPRIL-JUNE JULYPublishers’ worst fears are realized, as consumer magazine ad pages fall 7.4 percent during the first half.B-to-B ad revenue, meanwhile, falls 6 percent.Susan Reed, editor of Condé Nast’s Golf for Women, announces she will leave the magazine to become editor-in-chief of O, The Oprah Magazine at Hearst. Instead of announcing a search for her replacement, Condé Nast decides to shutter the 600,000-circulation bimonthly magazine.Clay Felker, founder of New York magazine and editor credited with inventing a new type of urban publication, dies at 82.Mygazines, a controversial Web site that allows users to share digital copies of hundreds of magazines, launches.Cygnus files a lawsuit against a company founded by a former employee who left Cygnus with three fellow staffers to launch a competing magazine.AUGUSTFortune Small Business gets even smaller, as Time Inc. cuts 14 of 17 editorial staffers.Denver gears up for the Democratic Convention, and 5280, the city’s well-regarded regional magazine, gets Shepard Fairey, the renowned street artist who created the iconic Barack Obama “Change” poster, to design its cover.The consumer magazine industry, as expected, takes huge hits at the newsstand and in overall circulation during the first half of the year.Inc. releases its second annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. And, for the second consecutive year, Red 7 Media, FOLIO:’s parent company, ranks first among magazine publishers.Source Media undergoes a sweeping reorganization and, in a dramatic move, recasts editorial staffs and editors into combined units.Entrepreneur Media appears to have found a buyer—Texas-based private equity group Austin Ventures. But Entrepreneur’s $200 million asking price is too high, and the deal falls apart.SEPTEMBERLess than two weeks after Kent Brownridge announces that he is stepping down as CEO of Alpha Media to spend more time with his family, the former Wenner Media executive is named general manager at OK! magazine.Gruner + Jahr, a company that exited the U.S. magazine business in 2005, enters a bid for RBI.The Los Angeles Times shifts control of its Sunday magazine from the paper’s newsroom to its business operations staff, changes its name and replaces the entire editorial staff.Interview is redesigned with a foil-and-ink cover.FOLIO: conducts its second annual fall fashion magazine weigh-in. Including Vogue’s 3.74 pound, 798 page behemoth, most are not as heavy as last year.Men’s Health editor David Zinczenko takes editorial responsibilities for Women’s Health, too.After four years of development and testing, Time Inc. finally launches its Netflix-like newsstand delivery service, Maghound.OCTOBER-DECEMBERlast_img read more

Party Platforms Reinforce Existing Divisions on Spending

first_imgThe platforms adopted by the Democratic and Republican parties this month on budget matters closely mirror the existing split between the two parties.The GOP platform highlights the danger of the nation’s growing debt and calls for a strict test for all federal spending, reports CQ Roll Call.“Is a particular expenditure within the constitutional scope of the federal government? If not, stop it. Has it been effective in the past and is it still absolutely necessary? If not, end it. Is it so important as to justify borrowing, especially foreign borrowing, to fund it? If not, kill it,” reads the GOP document.In addition, the party pursues several structural changes to the annual budget process:a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget;requiring a “super majority” to approve a tax increase, with exceptions for wars and emergencies; andlinking a spending cap to the “historical average percentage” of gross domestic product, a way to prevent lawmakers from raising taxes to balance the budget.In stark opposition, Democrats favor increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for new programs without increasing the national debt.“Democrats understand responsible fiscal stewardship is key to American democracy and to the country’s long-term economic prosperity,” according to Democrats’ platform. “We believe that by making those at the top and the largest corporations pay their fair share we can pay for ambitious progressive investments that create good-paying jobs and offer security to working families without adding to the debt.”When it comes to the Pentagon budget, the GOP criticizes the statutory spending caps as well as Democrats’ insistence on matching increases in defense spending with equivalent increases in non-defense programs, according to the story.“The U.S. defense budget has suffered a 25 percent cut in real dollars in the five years since sequestration. We support lifting the budget cap for defense and reject the efforts of Democrats to hold the military’s budget hostage for their domestic agenda,” Republicans wrote.Democrats also cited the spending caps for jeopardizing national security, while underscoring the need to eliminate waste at DOD.“We will seek a more agile and flexible force and rid the military of outdated Cold War-era systems,” Democrats wrote. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Matisyahus Festival Of Light Promises Acoustic Inspiration

first_imgNews The unique Jewish reggae rapper/singer assembles fresh reasons for holiday cheer in BrooklynPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2018 – 3:53 pm Matisyahu’s unexpected combinations of Jewish faith, Jamaican reggae and rap have always included uplifting inspiration. Joined by The Soul Rebels and GRiZ on Dec. 6 — the fifth night of Hanukkah — all that and more will be on stage for an acoustic celebration of his annual Festival Of Light at Brooklyn Steel.At the 49th GRAMMY Awards, Matisyahu’s 2006 album Youth was nominated for Best Reggae Album. Although he no longer dresses in Hasidic garb, his musical presentation remains always unusual. The night’s featured jazz brass ensemble, The Soul Rebels , come from New Orleans and marching band traditions but are also eclectic and consistently unexpected, leading to unusual improvisations with Matisyahu on stage.GRiZ is also on the bill, the electronic DJ and producer known for his saxophone skills. Combinations of influences, traditions, brass, and funk should be surprising, set in Brooklyn Steel’s intriguingly industrial ambience. Tickets for the Dec. 6 event are available at AXS online. With so many different elements blending organically together, holiday inspiration and good-will are bound to be part of the night’s musical flow.GRiZ Gives Back To Hometown Of Detroit With Fifth Annual 12 Days of GRiZMASRead more Facebook Twitter Email Matisyahu’s Festival Of Light Promises Acoustic Inspiration https://twitter.com/matisyahu/status/1063086996954861568 Matisyahu’s Uplifting Festival Of Light matisyahus-festival-light-promises-acoustic-inspirationlast_img read more

FUN ON THE FOURTH 13 Community Groups To Fundraise At Food Booths

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — During the upcoming Fun on the Fourth celebration, don’t forget to visit the food booths on the Town Common and support some of the 13 participating Wilmington community groups.  This year’s lineup and map is below:(NOTE: The above information is from the Fun on the Fourth Committee.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: 15 Community Groups To Fundraise At Food Booths (SEE MAP)In “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: 15 Community Groups To Fundraise At Food Booths (SEE MAP)In “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Friday, July 5In “Community”last_img read more

OBITUARY Andrew J Holland 34

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Andrew J. Holland “Andy”, age 34, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2019, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.Andy was born on August 7, 1984, in Boston, MA; he was the cherished only child to John and Randi Holland. Andy was raised and educated in Wilmington; he attended Shawsheen Tech High School, Class of 2003. While attending the automotive shop program at Shawsheen Tech, Andy, went to work as an apprentice mechanic at Sullivan Tire in Billerica and Burlington. Andy was a natural when it came to his mechanical knowledge; he loved working with his hands and was an excellent mechanic. He really enjoyed working at Sullivan Tire for twelve years until his declining health forced his retirement.As a youngster, Andy really enjoyed playing sports; he played recreation basketball on many “in town” leagues as well as several traveling teams. He was an active player with Wilmington Youth Soccer and Wilmington Pop Warner for several years.Andy had many hobbies including his passion for motorcycles and his love of fishing with his buddies throughout his life.Andy will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion to his daughter Lilly who he adored. Andy had a special bond with his parents and was fiercely loyal to his friends. Andy was a free spirited person and was generous to a fault when it came to those he loved. Andy had a “big heart” and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.Andy is survived by his parents John and Randi (Rendahl) Holland of Wilmington, his daughter Liliana “Lilly” Holland and her mother Rebeka Taylor of Tewksbury, his grandfather Don Turner of Hamilton MT, his Grandmother Linda Larsen of Phoenix AZ, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 30th from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 2:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Andrew’s memory may be made to the MGH Transplant Center, 55 Fruit St., White Building 517, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Lynn Wilcott.Andrew Holland(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Keith A.J. Sullivan, 38In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

OBITUARY Eileen Quirke Neville 91

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Eileen Quirke Neville, age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Arlington, passed away at home on April 30, 2019.Eileen was born in Somerville, MA on July 6, 1927; she was the devoted wife to the late John J. Neville and the cherished daughter of the late Michael and Nellie Quirke. Eileen lived much of her early life amongst family in the home in Arlington where she was raised.She was a graduate of Arlington High School and went on to further her education by earning her bachelor’s degree in education from Salem State Teacher’s College followed by two master’s degrees from Boston University and Tufts University.Eileen was employed for over 30 years as a beloved teacher at the Fiske School in Lexington, MA. She was always willing to go the “extra mile” to help any child in need and took the time to mentor many.Eileen was known to be an avid dancer; she enjoyed going to many dances with her friends and it was at one of her favorite dance halls that she met her future husband John Neville. Eileen and John shared those special dances as a married couple for over 38 years before his passing in 2015. They also looked forward to traveling and seeing new places and spending their winters in Florida.Eileen was warmly welcomed into the “Neville Clan” and soon thereafter became a grandmother to the first of many grandchildren. Eileen loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she just loved to watch them grow and flourish into wonderful people. She will be fondly remembered and forever missed.Eileen was the dear sister of Mary Remmert of Arlington and the late Paul Quirke, beloved step-mother of Jeanne Mieszczanski & husband Chris of Chelmsford, J. Christopher Neville & wife Carol of Wilmington, Mark Neville & wife Deb of Mashpee, Lauren Desforge & husband Peter of Westford, Brian Neville & wife Donna of Haverhill, Keith Neville & wife Tina of Pittsfield and Gary Neville & wife Lynn of Wilmington. Loving “Grandma” of 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She also shared a deep relationship with her niece and goddaughter Maryellen Remmert-Loud and Maryellen’s son Michael Loud.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Agnes Parish, 51 Medford St., Arlington at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Eileen’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Eileen Quirke Neville(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, 49In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Eileen C. (Gregoire) Marsan, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of May 12 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, May 12, 2019.Sunday, May 12, 2019No MeetingsMonday, May 13, 2019The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm). Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, May 14, 2019NoneWednesday, May 15, 2019The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6:15pm to interview Finance Director/Town Accountant candidates at Town Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in the Town Hall’s Auditorium. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, May 16, 2019The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, May 17, 2019No MeetingsSaturday, May 18, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To CoHost Women In Business Event On July 22

first_imgREADING, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting a “Women in Business” event Monday, July 22, 2019, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at Austin Prep (101 Willow Road, Reading).Have you ever daydreamed about changing careers? Hear first-hand from Sheila Clarke, who was a successful HR recruiter with an eye for design. Fast forward a few years, and she is now the owner of M H Interiors and was recently featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters. Come learn about her story, how she leveraged her listening and communication skills in her new career and the steps she took along the way to make the leap. This series typically sells out so pre-paid, advanced registration is required.Registration, networking and appetizers begin at 5:30pm. Presentation begins at 6:15pm.Tickets cost $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance HERE. Have a question? Contact Executive Director Nancy Vallee at nancy@wilmingtontewksburychamber.org.The Melrose, Wakefield Lynnfield, Stoneham and Wilmington/Tewksbury Chambers are hosting the event.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce website.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Invites Local Business Owners To Woburn Networking EventIn “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Helps Raise Funds For NuPath By ‘Networking With A Purpose’In “Business”last_img read more

Fortnite season 7 week 7 challenges and how to destroy flying X4

first_img 17 Photos Tags Post a comment The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Video Gamescenter_img 0 The Modern Mercenary set turns you into an elite specialist and is currently available in the item shop. Epic Games As we move towards the end of Fortnite: Battle Royale season 7, the snowy orb floating over Polar Peak continues to remain a mystery. Just like the end of nearly every season in this game, the mystery grows until an event takes place where you’ll need to be online to see the next part of Fortnite’s story unfold. There are still a few weeks left, but it’s easy to assume more big changes are on the way to our favorite little island.With only a few weeks left, it also means you’re going to have to buckle down and complete challenges if you want to get through more tiers of your Battle Pass. This week’s challenges are pretty standard and most should be easy to get through quickly.If you haven’t finished last week’s challenges, hit up our season 7, week 6 challenges guide here.s7w7challenges Jason Parker/CNET Free:Visit all Expedition Outposts (0/7)Use a rift or Rift-to-Go in different matches (0/3)Pistol eliminations (0/3) – HardBattle Pass:Stage 1: Land at Salty SpringsSearch chests at Loot Lake or Frosty Flights (0/7)Destroy Flying X-4 Stormwings (0/1) – HardStage 1: Damage opponents in a single match (0/200) – HardHow to visit all Expedition OutpostsThe Expedition Outposts, easily identifiable by their big red tents, have been around all of season 7 and we’ve seen other challenges with them before. For this one, you’ll only need to visit all seven of them to get credit, but if you haven’t finished the Eliminate Opponents at Expedition Outposts challenge from the Season 7, week 4 challenges, you can kill two birds with one stone. Here’s where all the Expedition Outposts are on the map: forntiteexhibitionoutpostsmap Jason Parker/CNET How to use a rift or Rift-to-Go in different matches  This one tough because you never know whether rifts will spawn at their usual locations. But if you hit up the usual suspects, like the hills above the Paradise Palms desert area or up near the haunted castle in the northwest part of the map, you’ll find some before long. I have been finding Rifts-to-Go pretty frequently, though I admit it might have been luck. I think as long as you keep your eyes open and make sure to use rifts and Rifts-to-Go when you see them, it shouldn’t take too long to get the three required for credit.How to get pistol eliminations  Pistols are not usually most players’ weapon of choice, but they’re effective as long as you’re within range. Don’t forget you can also use the dual pistols for this challenge, and the new scoped revolver will come in handy as well. With only three eliminations to get credit, just remember focus on getting eliminations whenever you find a handgun and you’ll be done pretty quickly.scopedrevolverWith this bad boy added to the arsenal, you won’t have to rely on getting up close and personal to complete this challenge. Epic Games How to do stage 1: Land at Salty SpringsFor this challenge, you can either drop in to the location at the beginning of a match as usual, or land an X-4 Stormwing to get credit. The remaining four stages, in order are Happy Hamlet, Wailing Woods, Junk Junction and Paradise Palms. I would wait a couple days before starting this one if you want to avoid getting into too many firefights.How to search chests at Loot Lake or Frosty FlightsWe’ve been seeing these optional location challenges for some time now and this one is no different. If you want to take this one out quickly, just focus on it for a couple of matches and it shouldn’t be too hard to find seven chests.How to destroy flying X-4 StormwingsFlying aces, rejoice: there’s finally a challenge just for you. But by Epic making this a challenge, it means everyone is going to be searching for planes around the map early in the week, making it a bit more difficult. Don’t forget if you land at Frosty Flights, you could also take out the previous challenge by searching for chests before you take to the air. Wherever you decide to land, you only need to down one plane to get credit, so it should be pretty easy, even if you decide to take them out with a turret or any other weapon from the ground.How to do stage 1: Damage opponents in a single matchThere’s been no shortage of damage-dealing challenges this season, but this one is a little different. All three stages require you to deal damage to opponents, but the point requirements are raised for each stage. Stage 1 is 200 damage, stage 2 is 300 and stage 3 is 400, each of which must be completed in a single match. Depending on whether you’re a run-and-gun player or someone who likes to avoid firefights will determine how long it takes you to complete this one, but if you focus on it, you’ll be done in only a few matches. Share your voicelast_img read more

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes at the edge of the universe

first_img Tags After identifying 83 potential candidates, the team used a suite of international telescopes to confirm their findings. The quasars they’ve plucked out are from the very early universe, about 13 billion light years away. Practically, that means the researchers are looking into the past, at objects formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang.”It is remarkable that such massive dense objects were able to form so soon after the Big Bang,” said Michael Strauss, who co-authored the paper, in a press release.Scientists aren’t sure how black holes formed in the early universe, so being able to detect them this far back in time provides new avenues of exploration. Notably, the researchers discovered a quasar with a much lower brightness than they expected. The features of that particular quasar, HSC J124353.93+010038.5, were reported in The Astrophysical Journal Letters in February. “The quasars we discovered will be an interesting subject for further follow-up observations with current and future facilities,” said lead researcher Yoshiki Matsuoka in a statement. Now playing: Watch this: 5:33 This is what happens when you fall into a black hole (pictures) null Life in microgravity is a lot harder than you thinkcenter_img NAOJ A team of international astronomers have been hunting for ancient, supermassive black holes — and they’ve hit the mother lode, discovering 83 previously unknown quasars.The universe is full of supermassive black holes, monstrous versions of the humble, everyday black hole, containing masses that are millions or billions of times that of our sun. These huge cosmic beasts generate mammoth gravitational effects, so you often find supermassive black holes hiding out at the center of galaxies, orbited by billions of stars. That’s exactly what happens in our home galaxy of the Milky Way.To find them lurking out in the distant parts of the universe, you need to study the light of accreting gases that swirl around them. Because we can’t see a black hole, but we can see the light, we designate these powerful light sources “quasars.” Down the eyepiece of a telescope they might look more like stars — they are extremely bright — but scientists mostly believe their light comes from gases falling toward a black hole.The Japanese team turned the ultra-powerful Hyper Suprime-Cam, mounted to the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, toward the cosmos’ darkest corners, surveying the sky over a period of five years. By studying the snapshots, they’ve been able to pick potential quasar candidates out of the dark. Notably, their method of probing populations of supermassive black holes, similar in size to the ones we see in today’s universe, has given us a window into their origins. Share your voice 0 18 Photos Sci-Techlast_img read more

Stranger Things season 3 The biggest WTF questions we want answered

first_img Share your voice Stranger Things season 3: Everything to know Stranger Things season 3 review: A brilliant return to form 15 TV shows to watch once you’re done with season 3 Season 3: The tiny, beautiful references to seasons 1 and 2 59 Photos 2:33 11 TV and Movies Terminator GrigoriAlright, so the Russians have one super-powered guard with ridiculous strength. There were multiple times I expected him to turn to goo and just slink through a wall or something — but he ended up biting the dust. However, he did seem to have strength that far exceeded the normal adult, Russian male. Was he created in a lab? Are there more super soldiers? Was he part Demogorgon?The Bye-rsJoyce packs up the family home in Hawkins and heads into the sunset with Jonathan, Will and Eleven. We’re not sure where the Byers and their plus-one are headed right now. I guess there’s a chance they end up in Chicago… wouldn’t that be a handy way for El to get her powers back from the only other kid she’s ever met with telekinesis? Yes? (Sign me up, Duffer Bros., I got this.)1Can’t spell America without… Netflix DM EricaThe MVP of season 3, Erica Sinclair, has the sass, smarts and sentence structure of a woman well beyond her years. At the end of the season, she’s gifted a D&D set from the departing Byers and this seems particularly important. Perhaps Erica and her friendship circle will be the focus of season 4?Is Billy hot or not?Kidding. Obviously this one has been answered comprehensively.Steve’s hairWhat will happen to it as we push deeper into the 1980s. What if we hit… the 1990s?Oh god. I’m really keen for frosted tips Steve, baby! See all the Stranger Things season 3 photoscenter_img Update July 9, 5:50 p.m. PT: Additional WTF Q added Now playing: Watch this: Ice scream. Netflix Binge-watching the fantastic third season of Stranger Things over the July 4 holiday certainly was a wild ride and broke Netflix records, but now we’ve ended up here — after the final credits rolled (after that post-credits scene) there’s still plenty of loose ends. Season 3 certainly helped answer a few questions but it also threw up a bunch of new ones that beg to be answered in an eventual fourth season. Netflix need to leave our flayed minds hangin’, just a little, right?Who can wait that long though? With no season 4 release date on the horizon, you want answers now right? Once we got past the strong ’80s vibes and sifted through all the subtle details you might have missed, we decided we want answers too. So let’s head into the Upside Down together and dig deep into some of the big, big, WTF questions we still have.Take note, it’s all spoilers from this point on.StrangerThingsSpoilers Netflix Let’s jump straight to the final moments of the season 3 finale “The Battle of Starcourt”.Goodnight, sweet dad bodHopper gets the axe in the final episode as Joyce Byers blows up the “key” keeping the door to the Upside Down open. However, while we see members of the Russian facility get obliterated by the explosion, we don’t see Hopper’s fate. That leaves things conveniently well-placed for Hopper to return or to be found in the Upside Down. He’s probably only wearing a towel, but if he’s alive, we’re happy.Further evidence that he may have been transported to the Upside Down before being rezzed is a line during the post-credits scene in the final episode. Those credits show a complex in Kamchatka, Russia, a tiny peninsula north-east of Japan. Two Russian soldiers go to open a door but one of the soldiers says, “No. Not the American,” and instead opens another steel door of a (soon-to-be-eaten) prisoner. Comments More Strange things Tags Is the American our old mate Hopper? And will he come hop, hop, hopping back to Hawkins? Who knows. But if he is being held in the complex, I’m worried that a stable diet of borscht will see him lose his immaculate dad bod.Сверху вниз демонOh, and another thing about that Russian complex? It houses a freaking Demogorgon, the flower-teeth-faced monsters introduced in season 1. Thus, it appears our Russian comrades visiting Hawkins have some experience opening doors to the Upside Down. Seeing the Demogorgon crawl out of the dark suggests Hawkins isn’t the only way in, meaning the world of Stranger Things is likely to get much, much bigger in season 4.downloadSometimes I accidentally call it the Demo Gordon and imagine it gets really angry at bad restaurant owners. Netflix Power >9000Speaking of the world of Stranger Things: We’ve now seen a lot more than just Hawkins, Indiana with Russia entrenched as Upside Down-chasers. However, our first glimpse of the bigger universe came from a much-lambasted episode in season 2: “The Lost Sister”.In that episode, we see Eleven journey beyond the bounds of Hawkins and meet up with a handful of vagrants in Chicago, seeking out one of the girls she saw in the “rainbow room” — the room she was held in at the Department of Energy pre-season 1. That girl, Kali, was the 8 to Eleven’s… uh, 11 and we see early in season 2 that she has the same telekinetic abilities. On the flip, by the time season 3 is over, Eleven has completely lost her powers. Whether she’s just been going too hard or she’s hit superpower puberty, we’re not sure.Mum, please.As a CNET Twitter follower pointed out to me after publication: What is going on with Karen Wheeler trying her luck with Billy, a freshly-turned-18-year-old that guards the pool? She’s clearly frustrated by her relationship with Ted, as we keep getting reminded, but the Billy story line seems of little value by the time the credits roll — even the fact that she bails on Billy pre-private “swimming lessons” has no real consequence besides giving us a dream-like sequence where Billy cracks her head into a wall. Kinda strange, this thing.Turn it up to 11That brings up an important point about Eleven’s powers. The extent of her telekinetic abilities is still kind of a mystery, still, three seasons in. I have one particular question I need answered but I’m also interested to know what these powers are doing to El? They seem to be detrimental, considering every time she uses them she ends up with epistaxis. Is this meant to signify her brain being hurt? Her blood vessels working overtime and bursting? As a scientist I really need to understand how this thing is working.Alas, we still don’t really know — we just know Eleven can practically rip things apart with her mind so play nice, Mike.3Hop, hop, hop. Netflix Remote mines in the facilityHawkins is — apparently — a place where super secret organizations think they can conduct their super secret activities without being discovered. Clearly, Hawkins is the complete opposite. In season 1, we see the Department of Energy is hiding children underneath Hawkins and eventually a whole portal to another world. They keep that secret fairly well until some meddling kids come of age.With that pedigree in Hawkins, might be time to start putting in a few more safeguards if you’re trying to run a facility you don’t want anyone to know about. What kind of sub-standard security systems are the Russians operating though? They leave their secret spy facilities unguarded for huge periods of time and make them accessible, with no traps, via air ducts as part of the busiest mall in town? You’re practically begging for a handful of inquisitive kids to drop down into the facility and find out all your secrets. This is Hawkins, man and these kids are one Great Dane away from a Mystery Machine.Guard. Your. Spy. Stuff.last_img read more

2020 Chevy Bolt EV gets 259mile electric range from the EPA

first_img Share your voice Post a comment Tags Enlarge ImageChevy’s electric car will go farther than quite a few rivals for 2020. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow For 2020, the Chevrolet Bolt EV will go 21 miles farther on a full charge and that figure bests some of the other big names in the electric car game.Chevy said on Thursday in a release that the 2020 Bolt EV will go an EPA-estimated 259 miles on a single charge. That’s about 10% more range this time around without costing a single cent more. Chevy’s electric car will still start at $37,495 after a destination charge. That doesn’t count any remaining government tax credits or local rebates and credits states and cities may offer.For those not keeping EV range scorecards, the 2019 Bolt EV went an EPA-estimated 238 miles. Although range is up, miles per gallon equivalent is down. For 2020, the EPA rates the Bolt EV at 127 mpge city, 108 highway and 118 combined. The EPA rates the 2019 model at 128/110/119 mpge. Impress your friends and tell them mpge is the distance a car can travel electrically on the amount of energy contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.The extra range comes from engineering changes to the battery cell chemistry and not to the battery itself. Chevy said engineers tweaked the energy of the cell electrodes with zero physical changes to the battery pack and its integration. While 21 miles isn’t a massive addition, in an electric car every mile counts on a cold day with the heat running.The added range gives Chevy some additional firepower in the ongoing range wars, too. With a 259-mile range, the Bolt EV goes farther than the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Soul EV. Aside from the extra range, the 2020 Bolt EV will look identical to the 2019 model, but it will be offered in two new colors: cayenne orange metallic and oasis blue. Look for the range-boosted Bolt EV at dealers later this year. Review • 2019 Chevy Bolt: No longer unique, still something special 2:30 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Electric Cars Hatchbacks Chevrolet More From Roadshow More about 2019 Chevy Bolt EVcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Preview • 2019 Chevy Bolt EV: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a balance of power and practicality 0 79 Photos Five more things you need to know about the 2019 Chevrolet… 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Chevroletlast_img read more

Alaska Farmers Eligible for USDA Transportation Help

first_imgDownload AudioStarting July 21, Alaska farmers can sign up for  the US Department of Agriculture’s Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program.Under the 2014 Farm Bill, farmers outside the contiguous US can now receive a portion of the costs of shipping their agricultural products over long distances.The announcement of the new plan was made last Friday by USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Juan Garcia.Danny Consenstein is the director of the USDA Farm Service Agency. Consenstein said Alaska peony, hay and barley growers will all benefit.  Fish producers are not included in the plan, but oyster farmers in Southeast and Prince William Sound can take advantage of the program.The reimbursement program also pays producers for the costs of  buying supplies needed for planting at the start of the season. The benefits to producers are based on costs incurred each fiscal year, subject to an $8,000 cap.  Reimbursements are usually paid back in the spring, Consenstein said.The ruling also affects Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and other islands far from the US mainland.The  USDA will spend  $1.8 million in  transportation offset costs for producers enrolled in the program in the last year.last_img read more

When War Images Are Replaced With Something New

first_imgVeterans are being honored Tuesday for the time they have served the country. One Vietnam veteran in Petersburg has found healing by going back to the country that was once only known to him as a place of danger and destruction.Download AudioWar can hold difficult memories for many Veterans. Sam Bunge is a Vietnam vet living in Petersburg.“If you said the term Vietnam I would think about mud and wet and danger and people getting hurt,” Bunge says.Sam and his wife Linda volunteering in Vietnam in 2010. Photo courtesy of Sam Bunge.Vietnam was a deadly war killing over 58,000 American soldiers from the late 1960s through the mid ‘70s. Those that returned alive were the lucky ones and Bunge knows it.“I consider that my life after 1969 is borrowed time and so I try to take advantage of it, enjoy life and be good,” Bunge says.He was in Vietnam for one year from 1968 to 1969.“After I returned to the States in ‘69 and got back into real life, I wanted nothing to do with it,” Bunge says. “You couldn’t have dragged me into a Vietnamese restaurant.”It took 40 years to change his attitude. In 2008, while Bunge was reading a veterans magazine he noticed an announcement about Vietnam veterans volunteering to build schools back in Vietnam. He had long been a volunteer himself as a fire fighter in Petersburg and he was drawn the idea.“I said that sounds like something I’d like to do,” Bunge says.So Bunge decided to return to the place that was a battle ground in his mind. He wasn’t sure what to expect.“I was anxious. . . .because of my previous experience in ’68-’69,” Bunge says.What Bunge saw was a surprise. So much had changed.Bunge: “There’s electricity almost everywhere. Roads are improving. New areas are being opened up. For example, my first project was in a place called the A Shau Valley which is where Hamburger Hill is.”Angela: “What does that mean? Hamburger Hill?”Sam Bunge and ARVN LT in Vietnam in 1969. Photo courtesy of Sam BungeBunge: “Oh that was a. . .very significant battle in 1969. . .with the 101st Airborne. Um.. . when I was there in 1969 it was a free fire zone littered with craters from B-52s and the only people who lived there were the North Vietnamese Army. And now, there’s a nice paved road that runs the length of the valley. There are thriving agricultural villages, there’s electricity, irrigation, and a lot of the land is under cultivation. So it’s quite a nice change.”Bunge believes the process of volunteering was even more beneficial to him than to the Vietnamese who later used the schools he helped build. His memories changed from very negative images to some that are much more positive.“Now if you say Vietnam I think about green and crowds and smiling kids,” Bunge says. “I was able to replace a lot of nasty, ugly images in my head with more contemporary, peaceful and cheerful ones. Vietnam nowadays is a really nice place. It’s beautiful, there’s an enormous variety in landscapes, some of which are pretty spectacular. The architecture is just fascinating and amazing. The Vietnamese people are very, very friendly.”He says the proper word to describe it is reconciliation.Bunge decided to return to Vietnam three more times after the war to build schools in remote villages. Besides the construction work, there were also planned meetings with Vietnamese veterans. He says through translators, they made the best of it. They would sit around a table, introduce each other, eat Vietnamese food, shake hands and take pictures. He says there was a mutual respect. Yet there was one particular instance when Bunge feels like he really connected with someone. It was when he was touring around the country after the volunteer work was over.“In 2008, a buddy and I went down South where I had operated also, around Saigon and our driver-interpreter took us to a restaurant and there was a poster on the wall of the lady who was a proprietor of the restaurant and she was wearing her Vietcong uniform decked out with medals. Of course, this is after the hostilities has ceased. And she was a local heroine of the Vietcong Women’s Battalion and I had operated right in that area for six months in 1968 and we agreed that we probably had shot at each other (laughs) and we were both happy that neither of us had gotten hurt and we were happy to see each other being prosperous now,” Bunge says.The volunteer group that Bunge was involved with was around for 25 years before it disbanded recently. Bunge says it’s due to members getting older and having difficulty fundraising.He says he doesn’t know if his experience can translate to the modern wars. The wars are just so different. But Bunge hopes that if the conflict in the Middle East ever does pass, then perhaps for some modern day soldiers they too can find peace by revisiting their old battle grounds in the decades to come. Only time will tell.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Oct 20 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio UAF comes clean about disciplinary failures in sex abuse, rape casesLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe University of Alaska Fairbanks violated its own policy regarding sexual misconduct cases between 2011 and 2014. University students responsible for rape, and other sex crimes, were not expelled or suspended during that time.City unveils plan to combat escalating Spice emergenciesZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAnchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is proposing a new measure the administration says is necessary for combating a wave of emergencies connected with Spice.Unalaska museum closes after ancient Bible found in director’s houseGreta Mart, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska remains closed after theft allegations against the museum’s executive director disrupted normal operations last week. The museum board voted to close the museum and place director Zoya Johnson on paid administrative leave.Murkowski’s irate; Interior nominee heard all about itLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageIn Congress this morning, an Interior Department nominee got the brunt of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s displeasure over a string of decisions by Sec. Sally Jewell limiting development in Alaska.Under US chairmanship, Arctic Council convenes in AnchorageLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe United States has taken the helm of the Arctic Council and the eight-nation body is meeting in Anchorage this week.Fairbanks Police Department under fire at city council meetingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks Police Department came under criticism at last night’s city council meeting. During citizen’s comments, Fairbanks resident Daisy Stevens questioned the department’s handling of recent and past homicide investigations.Alaskan stuck in Russia after visiting relatives thereMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeA man from the Bering Sea island community of Savoonga is stuck in Russia after traveling to visit friends and relatives under a unique visa-free program for Alaska Natives. The chartered flight that was set to bring Sivoy Miklahook to Alaska was canceled.last_img read more

Wasilla lawmaker Keep education spending in check cut rural schools

first_imgIt started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it.Download AudioThat there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn’t a surprise. That this cost-saving proposal could close 60 schools across the state is.“Certainly there has been talk that 10 students is, quite frankly — with the technology that we have today and the options that are available — it’s just too expensive,” Rep. Lynn Gattis said.Rep. Lynn Gattis on the House floor, Feb 26, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Gattis is a Republican from Wasilla and chairs the House Education Committee. She’s one of the lawmakers considering introducing legislation to change a number of things about how schools in Alaska are funded. One of her ideas is to increase the minimum threshold for schools to receive full funding. She’s considering proposing 25 students as the minimum, but she’s open to a number higher or lower than that.“If I was in charge, I would open up those options whether it be virtual schools — I went to school when it was correspondence back in the day and we have come a long way,” Gattis said.Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins represents a handful of Southeast Alaska communities. The three schools that were closed in Alaska in the last fiscal year were all in Southeast.The Sitka Democrat said he unequivocally opposes raising the minimum threshold.“Closing schools, depriving rural kids of a teacher and a traditional education that kids in cities and parents in cities would reasonably expect is not fair or equitable and it’s a complete nonstarter,” Kreiss-Tomkins said.Hiking the threshold from 10 students to 25 could mean closure for 60 of Alaska’s schools. Typically once a school goes below the threshold and loses most of its funding, the district is forced to close the school, unless it makes the rare decision to siphon funding from other schools it administers. But in this case, pushing funds around may not even be an option. Many of Alaska’s smallest schools are in the same school districts.The Southeast Island School District, for example, has nine schools; eight of them have fewer than 25 students.“Even just talk about the possibility to go to 25 is enough to get parents jumpy. Just the talk will close a few schools because it’s hard keeping enough kids there,” Superintendent Lauren Burch said. “Who’s going to move to a community when they think the school might close?”Burch said three of the district’s schools lost funding a few years ago because enrollment fell under the threshold. He said the district cut spending on basic school supplies and maintenance for buildings and buses to help keep the schools open.Republican lawmakers say growth in education spending is unsustainable, and must be checked.Education Commissioner Mike Hanley says it’s not fair to target education for cuts just because it’s one of the state’s biggest expenses. If cuts to the state budget must be made, he said, then education should be a priority to maintain. As an example, he questioned whether education funding was more important than funding for trail maintenance, or maybe as important as funding for law enforcement.“At some point we have to say we’re not willing to go any lower in education and I don’t know what that number is,” Hanley said. “But at some point we have to (ask), ‘What’s our constitutional responsibility to provide an education? What’s our moral responsibility to supply and provide an education? And can we still meet that obligation with less money?’”Comments on a possible change in the minimum threshold were included in several speakers’ remarks during the National Congress of American Indians conference with the Alaska Federation of Natives and during the AFN convention. Concerns were mainly focused on how such a change would make rural education less equitable.last_img read more

Troopers ID man found dead on Shuyak Island

first_imgAuthorities have released the identity of the man found shot to death near a lodge on a remote island northwest of Kodiak.Alaska State Troopers say the man was 56-year-old Steven McCaulley of Kodiak.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports his body was found last week outside a bunkhouse at Port William Wilderness Lodge on Shuyak Island. Troopers located the body after being asked to make a welfare check.A suspect is being held in Anchorage on unrelated charges. Troopers say no charges have been filed, but their investigation continues.last_img read more