New Hemispheres Editor We Want to Reinvent the InFlight Magazine Completely

first_img“We’re not approaching it as a service magazine,” Gell added. “We’re approaching it as a general interest magazine—something you would pay for before you get on a flight.”As evidence of this new, quasi-highbrow approach, Gell pointed to one new front-of-the-book section he described as a “global ‘Talk of the Town.’”“No more ‘Top 10 Steakhouses,’” he said.“In-flight magazines have always assumed a captive audience—it has made them very lazy,” Gell said. “We all know there is going to be Wi-Fi on planes soon, it’s already starting right now—so we’re going to have to fight for attention.”Gell said his goal is to “give passengers something as sophisticated as they would find on the newsstand,” and, in turn, an editorial environment the types of high-end advertisers found there are comfortable in.But to attract those advertisers, Simon Leslie, Ink’s group publishing director, said he’s had to do something few magazine publishers have the luxury to do in a recession: turn away advertisers.“We inherited a lot of contracts we’re not renewing,” Leslie said. “Hair replacement, dating adverts—we’re removing them to attract leading advertisers.” The magazine, he said, will feel “very European.”Ad pages for Hemispheres fell 24.1 percent in 2008, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.“Of course it’s very risky,” Leslie said. “Some marketers are offering big amounts of money at us, and I’ve turned them all down. Literally people who’d slot 6- or 8- or 12-page inserts with ‘Best This’ or ‘Best That’—it’s pure cash that goes to the bottom line.”He added: “People are looking at me like I’m on a different planet, (but) we’ve taken a stance to refuse   that advertising and are sticking by our guns.”And, unlike Delta Sky, which announced in April that it would be available for sale on newsstands—an apparent first for a U.S. in-flight magazine—there are no plans to distribute Hemispheres on the newsstand. “The audience we have on planes is good enough,” Leslie. In December, United Airlines selected Ink Publishing, a London-based custom publisher, to publish Hemispheres—effectively ending a deal with Pace Communications to produce its in-flight magazine.Today, Hemispheres will officially relaunch with a new design, new philosophy—and a new and editor and publisher bent on reinventing the magazine as a high-brow consumer title that passengers will actually want to read, rather than, say, a place to deposit their chewing gum.“In-flight magazines have this stigma attached to them,” new Hemispheres editor Aaron Gell, a former editor at Radar, said. “They’re considered ‘sleepy’—the content is not up to par with what you see on the newsstand.last_img read more

Face Up Psychology Today

first_imgLevine opted for a simple green and black color palette so as not to distract from the cover image. An important consideration, however, was the model’s make up. “I gave the makeup artist instructions before the shoot, and said the ‘most important thing is that the model doesn’t look Halloween-ish, like Shrek, or like the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz.’”Achieving the shiny green glow required the makeup artist to combine green foundation with a binder to thicken it and apply shine over it, in addition to green lipstick. The green tongue was a product of Levine’s post-shoot Photoshop handywork. However, the constraints of a one-day shoot offered little time to experiment with alternative shades of green. While initially Psychology Today considered “making her [the cover model’s] eyes green to represent jealousy, as in the expression ‘green-eyed monster,’ it was actually distracting,” says Levine. The full-on green cover may be better suited to the expression “green with envy,” but, as Levine says, “envy and jealously are often confused.” The overarching goal was to ensure that the cover didn’t take on a synthetic quality. “We wanted it to have a natural feel,” he says. “Often, I try to create a poster impact, but as PT is a general interest magazine, we’re essentially selling the idea of being a person. I wanted to tie the cover to the gut emotion of jealousy.”DESIGNER’S COMMENTS “Visually, this is a very arresting cover. The image is bold, yet simple—the cover lines are catchy and easy to read. Even though the cover has a lot of information, it doesn’t feel cluttered to me, but informative. My only criticism is that the image seems to have little to do with the coverline. Yes, she’s green with envy (…not actually the same as jealousy…), but she looks like she’s proudly belting out the last note of a rock ballad. I don’t get a sense of the emotional confusion and spite that jealously brings out in a person. But, maybe I’m just envious.”Karen Player | Art Director | Harvard Business Review“As for the image, jealousy is the ‘green-eyed monster,’ not the Hulk. In order to convey jealousy, it would work to have her eyes open and green, and keeping her face ‘un-green.’ Eyes have a tendency to really attract people and draw them in, so having her eyes closed isn’t adding anything to the cover. Her crooked mouth is also kind of disconcerting. I do love the + and – signs that the art director uses; they really work graphically. I also really like most of the coverlines. One that could use some work is ‘5 Dating Shake-Ups for Singles,’ since I don’t know what a ‘shake-up’ is; also, the coverline ‘10 Laws of Great Art.’ I thought the point of art is that what’s good is subjective. The word ‘law’ is also jarring. I would space the left side coverline “What A Kiss Can Tell You” to read: What/A Kiss/Can/Tell/You.”Thea Selby | Principal | Next Steps Marketing, Inc. MAGSTATSIssue: August 2009Frequency: Bi-monthly Launched: 1967Circ: 307,000Publishing Company: Sussex Publishers, LLCEditor-in-Chief: Kaja PerinaArt Director: Ed Levine Photographer: Andrew Eccles Capturing a facial expression to represent the theme of an issue isn’t as easy at it looks. New York’s January 21-29, 2008 double issue, “Peace + Quiet,” featured an outline-less woman’s face with eyes closed, exuding relaxation and escape; more recently, Esquire’s 2009 commemorative issue featured the ‘Hope’ headshot of a pensive Barack Obama that read “What Now?”For Psychology Today’s August cover, art director Ed Levine wanted to use an iconic image, “something that was strong graphically and emotionally,” to convey the cover story “Jealousy: Why It’s Really About You.”last_img read more

Time Out New York Launches ECommerce Daily Deals Platform

first_imgFrom a strategic standpoint, it’s also a revenue generator for the company. TONY receives a revenue share from all transactions—a percentage that varies depending on the vendor relationship, says van der Wal. For restaurant bookings, TONY partners with reservations site OpenTable; for theater tickets, the company works with local theaters. Daily deals are mostly offered through existing advertisers and is “an extension of what we offer our business partners,” says van der Wal. “When people used to come to our website and start planning their evening, they subsequently had to go to other websites to book,” says Aksel van der Wal, president of Time Out North America and COO of Time Out Group. “From our perspective, it’s a much better user experience if they can book on our website as well.” TONY’s print circulation is just under 150,000, while it’s main website drew 1.85 million unique visitors in February—according to van der Wal, a 91 percent increase since Oakley’s acquisition of the company last May. Moving forward with an expanded focus on digital media, Time Out New York (TONY) has integrated e-commerce and daily deals into its website and newly-launched apps.Users can now purchase theater tickets and book tables at restaurants directly through the site and apps. TONY’s new “Offers & Experiences” platform offers daily discounts from local niche companies.center_img Despite this push to a digital focus, van der Wal says Time Out has no current plans to back off print. “Print is still extremely important for us,” he says. “Like with any print product in the last years, print is under pressure. That’s no news. But it’s still a crucial part of our offering.” The new apps, for iPad and iPhone, are designed to offer relevant, targeted suggestions based on user activity and are powered in part by the personalization algorithm provided by LikeCube, a UK-based semantic analysis company Time Out acquired last August. The apps will also offer picks from TONY editors.The iPad app will launch in London within a couple of months, and van der Wal expects some of the company’s licensees in 35 global cities to have “picked it up” by then as well.Formation of a Global Digital Media GroupPrivate equity firm Oakley Capital acquired a majority stake in Time Out New York last May, following its initial investment in Time Out London in November 2010, with the goal to create a global digital media group called Time Out Group. Part of the plan was to develop a single multi-channel online platform powered by a central content database and transaction engine. TONY’s shift to the new timeout.com/newyork domain is a move to unify the site with Time Out Group’s other global properties.Since Oakley’s acquisition, Time Out also purchased daily deals site Keynoir and luxury shopping site Kelkoo Select, in November and December respectively, in an apparent attempt to acquire the companies’ e-commerce capabilities.last_img read more

Folio Show Coverage CMO Keynote Panel Discusses Strategies in a Changing World

first_imgNEW YORK—The final day of the Folio: Show here at the Marriott Marquis began with a breakfast keynote panel discussion featuring four magazine publishing CMOs. The ever-present changes in the ways readers access and perceive magazines—and in the readers themselves—continually necessitates creativity and flexibility among marketers, publishers and editors alike. One thing that is clear, though, is that a magazine’s most powerful leveraging tool is the intimate knowledge of and constant reach to an engaged audience whose trust has not only been earned, but carefully maintained. “Clients look to us to create branded content because we know our audience, we have a trusted voice and we’ve been speaking to that audience for years,” said Murphy. The discussion then turned from ways of generating audience and data analysis to ways of using it to position brands as powerful connections between advertisers and readers. “Many clients came looking for specific brands to advertise with,” Rhee continued. “The solution we found as we went deeper into those conversations was that we can actually sell across a number of brands.” While attendees numbering in the hundreds finished breakfast in the Westside Ballroom, Hunt described the way Vox analyzes and organizes audience data. “Highlighting audiences has become critical, shining a light on our reader base and allowing us to segment our brands into like-minded groups,” added Murphy. “A big area taking off in client services is customer research,” said Rhee. “We have the audience. We have an understanding of how to speak to them. That conversation feeds on itself and really builds a powerful relationship with clients.” “For a long time, brands were told, ‘Think like a media company,’” Hunt added, “We can be that solution.”center_img “Services can go anywhere from social media, to events, to media planning,” said Murphy, adding, “Recently, we’ve seen tremendous growth in brand licensing, such as our Outdoor Life clothing line.” “We over-index for purchase power and factors like readers with higher education,” Hunt said. “Data ops allows us to find specific audiences, wherever they live in our portfolio of brands.” Diversity in services, too, is rapidly becoming a major component of marketing and building a client-publisher connection. “We have increasingly been asked to take over content from a nuts and bolts standpoint,” said Monroe. “What we did was bring formerly separate teams together and created a formal internal studio—a full service offering. This started new conversations with clients about our capabilities.” As marketing managers in a rapidly changing industry, Jonathan Hunt, global marketing VP at Vox Media, Elizabeth Burnham Murphy, CMO of Bonnier Corp., Minna Rhee, CMO at SourceMedia and Michael Monroe, VP of advertising at Forbes collectively shed light on what’s worked for them when attempting to reach new audiences on multiple platforms, and by extension sell those audiences to advertisers. Another service magazine publishers can offer is live events, said Hunt. Monroe agreed, stating that it was one of the areas in which Forbes has seen considerable growth, along with an increasing international presence which, in turn, has opened even more event possibilities. Rhee echoed those sentiments, explaining how standardizing experiences across SourceMedia’s various B2B brands and targeting audiences across different sites opened up a number of new sales opportunities.last_img read more

T Magazine Trusted Media Brands Staff Up People on the Move —

first_imgT: The New York Times Style Magazine announced a series of hires and promotions:•  Thessaly La Force has been named features director. She most recently worked as editor in chief of Garage Magazine.•  Kurt Soller has been appointed articles editor. He joins the publication from Bon Appétit, where he was most recently features editor.•  Senior online editor Isabel Wilkinson has been promoted to digital director.•  Malina Joseph Gilchrist, most recently the magazine’s market director, has been promoted to women’s style director.•  Former features editor Alexa Brazilian has been promoted to fashion features director.“T‘s Fall Women’s Fashion issue represents the best of what our audience has come to expect from the magazine: a vibrant mix of design, culture, travel and high fashion. We’re thrilled to welcome several new brands to our pages at a time when T readers are engaging more and more with our journalism,” said Elizabeth Webbe Lunny, vice president of luxury and publisher of T, in a statement. “With the introduction of new voices and fresh perspective to its pages, T will continue to elevate the magazine experience for brands, in print and digitally.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Jonathan Tepperman has been appointed editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, a global magazine centered on news, politics and economics, starting his new role next month. Tepperman most recently worked as managing editor at Foreign Affairs.Refinery29 has named Laia Garcia (pictured) senior fashion editor, where she will contribute to the expansion of the brand’s influencer network, fashion content and special projects. She was formerly deputy editor at Lenny.Ogden Publications has hired Nancy Heeney as an online editorial assistant, where she will work across the company’s brands, building articles and assisting with video initiatives and digital editions.Mia Libby has been named chief revenue officer of The Daily Beast, starting in October. Libby formerly worked as SVP, agency sales at Fusion/Gizmodo Media Group and formerly at Gawker Media.Wired has hired Erin Griffith as senior writer. She joins the publication from Fortune, where she worked as senior writer, covering technology, startups, and venture capital.Trusted Media Brands Inc. announced a series of additions to its digital team:Alexandra Rosario Kelly has been named digital editor of ReadersDigest.com. She formerly worked as the executive digital editor at Today Media and as a senior editor at The Huffington Post.Chantal Waldholz has been appointed as the organization’s first social media director. Waldholz previously served as the VP of social media at Wetpaint.Danny Debold was hired as senior product manager, advertising technology. He formerly worked as commercial product manager for Vice Media.Sally Jones is now editorial director for ReadersDigest.com. She formerly served as a data-driven content consultant at Brit + Co.Cara Cassens joins the organization as its new email newsletter product manager, formerly serving as the email marketing coordinator at Kohl’s.FamilyHandyman.com has named Well Leighton video producer.Alex Levin has been hired as SEO director. He formerly worked as SEO manager at Horizon Media.Luxe Interiors + Design magazine has named Katie Brockman group publisher and chief revenue officer. She most recently served as associate publisher of Verdana.Starting in early September, Eugene Scott joins Washington Post’s The Fix, as a reporter on the identity politics beat. He joins the publication from CNN Politics Digital, where he worked as a political reporter.HuffPost has added two new hires. Tommy Craggs joins the publication as senior enterprise editor, while Luke O’Brien joins as a reporter, also working as contributing editor for Highline, a magazine section at the publication.Karine Jean-Pierre has been named contributing editor for Bustle. Jean-Pierre is a political strategist, who works for MoveOn.org as its senior advisor and national spokesperson.Tronc has named Ross Levinsohn as the new publisher and CEO of the LA Times. Levinsohn previously worked at Fox and most recently served as interim chief of Yahoo.last_img read more

Compromise Budget Resolution Unlikely to Clarify Fate of Spending Caps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR An amendment to the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 budget resolution calling for relief from the statutory spending caps for defense and non-defense spending over the next  two years is unlikely to be included in the compromise resolution the two chambers are expected to hash out over the coming weeks.The amendment, introduced by Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) and passed with the support of four Republicans, called for replacing $148 billion in spending cuts in fiscal 2016 and 2017 with alternative offsets not yet specified over the 10-year budget window, reported CQ.As talks get under way over a compromise budget, conservative groups are pushing back against the provision because it would reverse the Budget Control Act spending caps. The fight over relaxing the caps is part of the larger budget battle between right wing champions of the spending limits and defense hawks.So far, no formal negotiations are expected on replacing the Budget Control Act spending cuts, but the issue likely will heat up as the new fiscal year approaches. Lawmakers would need to pass a bill altering the caps as language in the budget resolution is not binding.Despite the uphill battle, Kaine will attempt to include his provision in the budget conference report, as well as encourage bipartisan talks on a deal to provide a reprieve for discretionary spending, regardless of what happens in the budget conference, according to the story.A Kaine spokesman said the amendment was “important to ensure everything is on the table to replace the sequester cuts” and make clear that there should be relief to both defense and non-defense programs.“It’s his hope the amendment sets the stage for a multiyear deal on sequester similar to Murray-Ryan,” the spokesman said in reference to the December 2013 deal struck by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that offered the Pentagon $31 billion in spending above the FY 2014 and 2015 caps.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday May 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 28, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. The meeting will be streamed live on WCTV HERE.#2) Shawsheen Tech School Committee MeetingThe Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 6:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office HoursState Rep. Dave Robertson is holding his monthly office hours in Wilmington from 9:30am to 11am at the Wilmington Senior Center and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.#4) Red Cross Blood DriveThe Wilmington Masonic Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street) is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive from 2pm to 7pm. Learn more HERE.#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.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 Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Alitas Christoph Waltz sets aside acting techniques for FX blockbusters

first_imgAlita: Battle Angel is packed with cutting-edge visual effects, which means everybody involved had to be on top of their game — and that goes for the actors too, according to Christoph Waltz.Oscar-winning actor Waltz plays a cybernetics expert who nurtures a young cyborg in Iron City, a dystopian future metropolis ruled over by a distant elite floating high above in the sky. It’s an action-packed sci-fi extravaganza laced with political themes about inequality. Filmmakers Waltz trained as an actor in Vienna and New York in the 1970s, studying method acting with legendary teachers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. According to Waltz, Strasberg admitted teaching acting was a way of making money, and so Waltz doesn’t romanticise thespian techniques — especially when there’s thousands of dollars at stake during a shoot. With hundreds of technicians and crews standing by, Waltz emphasises that actors have to be focused and prepared.Alita was developed by legendary director James Cameron, who Waltz calls the éminence grise of sci-fi action. But Cameron was busy with the planned Avatar sequels, so Robert Rodriguez took over. Waltz describes how the pair complemented each other with their different styles.Alita: Battle Angel is released in the UK on 6 February and the US on 14 February.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  3:46 Alita: Battle Angel’s Christoph Waltz reveals why acting… Post a comment TV and Movies 0 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Google looks to leave passwords behind for a billion Android devices

first_imgThe change will affect devices running Android 7 and up, which accounts for half of all Android users.  James Martin/CNET Your Android passwords could one day go the way of the floppy disk. Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance said Monday that Android is now FIDO2-certified, meaning its devices can use fingerprints and security keys for logging in to accounts instead of passwords. The certification was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.The change will only affect devices running Android 7 and up, which accounts for half of all Android users. Nothing is needed for the billion Android devices to get the added security. It’ll be available out of the box or with an automatic Google Play Services update, the FIDO Alliance said.Using fingerprints or security keys as passwords was already available for a handful of apps on Android, primarily for banking and other financial services. The change opens security features to any Android developer, allowing for password-less logins on the operating system’s mobile browser and apps.Passwords are the keys to your digital lives, allowing access to accounts managing your finances, your social life and more. The problem is, they aren’t very secure gatekeeper because hackers can easily steal your credentials and sell them in data dumps. They’re even more ineffective if you use the same password for multiple accounts, as highlighted by reports that TurboTax account information was accessed using passwords from other accounts. The Best Password Managers of 2019 Comments Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Tags Here’s how to use Google’s Password Checkup tool Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Google Computers have also become so powerful that they can easily guess complicated passwords within a matter of hours by entering every possible combination.That’s why security industry professionals want to move past passwords, using tools like biometrics and security keys instead. Unlike passwords, fingerprints and security keys are much harder to steal online, and with the FIDO2 standard, they’re protected against phishing attacks. “With this news from Google, the number of users with FIDO Authentication capabilities has grown dramatically and decisively,” Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, said in a statement. “Together with the leading web browsers that are already FIDO2 compliant, now is the time for website developers to free their users from the risk and hassle of passwords and integrate FIDO Authentication today.”Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox already support the FIDO2 standard.The security standard checks when you log in to make sure it’s the real page and not a fake site designed to fool you. Hackers frequently spoof pages as Google showcased several fake support pages that looked identical to the real ones. In a 2016 survey from TeleSign, the security company found that 72 percent of companies plan to stop using passwords in the next 10 years, moving to biometrics and two-factor authentication. It’s the same vision for Google, which created its own security key in July, and experts believe fingerprints are the most popular replacement for passwords.  center_img Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Security Related Content Share your voice • See All 52 Mobile World Congress 2019 reading • Google looks to leave passwords behind for a billion Android devices 1:15last_img read more

9 automotive design trends that need to die and soon

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Audi A6 Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 Car Industry Audi More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img Cars of the 1950s had their chrome. Vehicles from the ’80s were boxy. In the ’90s, everything got a little melty, like a candy bar left out in the sun. Whatever the decade, specific design trends proliferate across the entire auto industry.But they aren’t all good. Sure, today’s cars are really pushing the styling envelope, but that’s also leading to a number of questionable choices. Here are the modern automotive design trends that need to die, and soon.Light-up badgesI spend every day being assaulted by #brands. The last thing I need is a street full of cars, shouting their names at me in the night. Expressive design should work by itself. We don’t need to get hit over the head repeatedly by the badge. Plus, it invites higher repair costs when its driver inevitably gets distracted on Tinder and smashes into the pickup truck ahead of ’em.– Andrew KrokEnlarge ImageAh, the Mercedes illuminated star. It created a monster. Mercedes-Benz Massive grilles that are mostly closed offIt’s subjectively bad enough that automotive designers are locked in a weird arms race for the biggest grille, but then you get close and realize that, often, more than half of that grille is blocked off because there’s really no practical reason for a grocery-getter to have such a massive maw.– Antuan Goodwin2019 Toyota AvalonEnlarge ImageA vast majority of the Toyota Avalon’s huge grille is nonfunctional. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Fake ventsWhile performance affectations are almost kind of understandable on humble everyday cars, they’re particularly infuriating on high-performance automobiles. This trend amounts to bra or trouser stuffing, and it’s wholly unnecessary when a car still has “the goods.”– Chris PaukertLong-Term 2018 Kia Stinger GTEnlarge ImageThe Kia Stinger is a formidable performance car — but we hate its fake vents. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Jewel headlightsWhy are designers inspired by arachnids? When I look at a car I don’t want to be looking at a spider. Multiple light cubes in the housing are just design for design’s sake.– Emme HallAcura MDX PMC EditionEnlarge ImageMy, Acura MDX, what overly fancy headlights you have. Steven Pham/Roadshow Fake exhaust tipsThere are some slick-looking exhaust tips on cars these days, but the problem is that a lot of them aren’t real. In many cases it’s just a fancy outlet molded into the rear bumper with a regular round pipe behind it like on the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. And sometimes there’s not even a cutout at all, such as on the 2019 Audi A6. It’s just disappointing to see and it looks cheap.– Jon Wong2019-audi-a6-69Enlarge ImageThe outlets on this Audi A6? All fake. Jon Wong/Roadshow Asymmetrical wheelsIt’s great to have wild wheel designs, but when the wheels end up facing opposite directions on opposite sides of a car, it irks me no end.– Jake Holmes2018 Volkswagen Golf REnlarge ImageWe love the Volkswagen Golf R, but hate its asymmetrical wheels. Volkswagen Floating roofsThis is a stupid bit of design language because it interrupts the eye moving over a car. It’s unforgivable on any car, whether it’s a Nissan Murano or the otherwise gorgeous Aston Martin DB11.– Kyle Hyatt2019 Nissan MuranoEnlarge ImageNissan is doing the floating roof thing more than any other automaker. Emme Hall/Roadshow Coupe-oversAs far as I’m concerned, the word “coupe” is exclusively reserved for vehicles with two-doors — though I’ll make exceptions for the small suicide doors on the Mazda RX-8 and late ’90s and early 2000s Saturn SC. “Four-door coupe?” No. It’s called a sedan. But “coupe crossover?” Like, no. That’s not a thing.But beyond the inherent ugliness and pointlessness of these vehicles, I hate that automakers actually charge more for them than their equivalent, traditionally shaped brethren. You pay more to get less. And your car looks stupid.– Steven Ewing2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC CoupeEnlarge ImageIf it has four doors, it’s not a coupe. Mercedes-Benz Excessively low-profile tiresListen, I too love the look of a tire that’s barely thicker than a rubber band and has been stretched over the edge of a wheel large enough to qualify as an automotive caricature. I agree that it adds a lot of visual presence. But, spend a few minutes crossing a bumpy road on a wheel-and-tire package like that, and then do it again with something offering a higher rubber-to-metal ratio, and you’ll see that not every SUV on the road needs to be rolling on 22s wrapped with low-profile tires. Leave that to the supercars and go with something a little more practical on your next ride.– Tim StevensVolvo V90 R-DesignEnlarge ImageVolvo V90 R-Design: Great look, harsh ride. Volvo Originally published May 26, 2018. Preview • Tags Aston Martin Audi Kia Mazda Mercedes-Benz Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Volvo Acura Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Land Rovers new Defender was potentially leaked again

first_img Checking the tech in the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover… 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road Post a comment 2:21 34 Photos 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport packs on the updates Now, we don’t know much in the way of details about the new Defender, but it looks to be a wildly different animal than the beloved off-roader that it’s replacing. For some people, namely the ones who couldn’t abide by the fix-on-a-fix crudeness of the original, that’s probably a good thing. For others, that rough charm was what made them fall in love with arguably Land Rover’s most iconic shape.When asked for confirmation as to whether this was indeed the new Defender, Land Rover’s representatives said only, “Land Rover is aware of an unofficial image in circulation. Through the development of any new vehicle many design options are considered. We will not comment any further at this time.”Land Rover is planning on giving the world its first real look at the new Defender at the Frankfurt motor show this September. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: SUVs Car Industry Enlarge ImageThis photo was taken by a spy photographer and posted to Twitter by the LandRoverPhotoAlbum account. LandRoverPhotoAlbum via Twitter The way that new Land Rover Defender looks seems to be one of the worst-kept secrets around these days. First Land Rover drives it all over Africa in camo with game wardens, then Lego drops a Technic set and now, according to a report published Thursday by Automotive News, it’s got a dang picture of the thing in the instrument cluster of one of its test cars.The photo in question was snapped by a spy photographer and posted to the LandRoverPhotoAlbum Twitter account. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend 0 Land Rover More From Roadshow Tags The All-New Defender! Someone managed to sneakily photograph the display cluster of the New Defender.#AllNewDefender #landroverdefender #landroverphotoalbum #landroverevolved #Defender2020 pic.twitter.com/H2TOTCr7u3— landroverphotoalbum (@landroverpa) June 24, 2019 Land Rover 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substancelast_img read more

17 delicious keto Instant Pot recipes

first_imgJosh Miller/CNET If you find yourself in a conversation about health, weight loss or nutrition, you’re likely to hear at least one person say “keto.” Keto is the colloquial nickname for the ketogenic diet, which involves cutting out virtually all carbohydrates — and replacing those calories with fat — in an attempt to push your body into ketosis. When your body reaches ketosis, it burns fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates. Many people use keto as a way to lose weight, lower blood sugar and promote overall health. While the diet is pretty restrictive, there’s no shortage of evidence-based claims that support it. Cutting carbs isn’t the best approach for everyone, but if you’ve found success on keto or are looking to try it, you can ramp up your keto meal plan with these 17 keto Instant Pot recipes.  Read more 0 Keto Instant Pot breakfast recipesOn keto, gone are the days of slurping sugary milk after eating a bowl of Frosted Flakes. But not gone are the days of enjoying a hearty, soul-nourishing breakfast. Instant Pot keto blueberry muffinsDid someone say muffins… on keto?! Beauty and The Foodie did. With just two net carbs per muffin (net carbs means total carbs minus fiber), you can enjoy these muffins as a side to scrambled eggs or eat a couple as a meal on their own. You’ll use coconut flour, unsweetened almond milk and an alternative sweetener to keep these muffins keto. Instant Pot Starbucks sous vide egg bites The tiny egg muffins in Starbucks’ glass cases will cost you a pretty penny, but they do taste good. Learn to recreate them at home with your favorite kind of cheese, pork or turkey bacon and heavy cream for a decadent morning treat. Instant Pot keto eggs BenedictThis recipe is really two-in-one: one for the keto muffins you’ll toast and use for the base of this eggs Benedict, and one for the eggs Benedict itself. The process for these keto eggs Benedict is a little much for weekday mornings, but would make for a great weekend breakfast. Keto Instant Pot lunch and dinner recipesContrary to popular belief, keto doesn’t have to equal restrictive. Many people picture keto dieters as eating chicken and broccoli meal after meal, but with a little creativity, your low-carb menu can be deliciously diverse. Instant Pot low-carb sweet and spicy barbecue wingsSticky, sweet and tangy, these barbecue chicken wings defy everything about the stereotypical image of keto (e.g., chicken and broccoli). You’ll make your own barbecue sauce with golden monk fruit sweetener, toss the chicken wings, and pop it all in your Instant Pot for 30 minutes. Keto Instant Pot chicken tikka masala A great keto meal prep recipe, this chicken tikka masala makes six servings in just 30 minutes. Eat on its own or serve with cauliflower rice or mash (recipes below). Instant Pot no-noodle lasagnaYou can still enjoy the robust flavors of Italy on a keto diet. This recipe comes together as a tasty mash of cheese, ground meat, tomato sauce and spices. Throw in some veggie noodles for more substance. Read more: How to use your spiralizer, plus 7 life-changing no-noodle recipesKeto Instant Pot buffalo chicken meatballsGo carb-free on game day with keto meatballs just as appetizing as something you might order from Buffalo Wild Wings. Doused in hot sauce and topped with chopped chives, these keto buffalo chicken meatballs will be a fan favorite at any potluck. Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soupTransport yourself back to Grandma’s kitchen with a hearty, keto broccoli cheese soup recipe. This version uses sharp cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses along with heavy whipping cream, and the result is a soup with just five net carbs and an impressive 12 grams of protein per serving. Keto Instant Pot smothered pork chops If you’re anything like me, your baked pork chops always come out overcooked or dry (just trying to avoid food-borne diseases!). It’s hard to go wrong in an Instant Pot, though: With the moisture trapped, these pork chops should come out juicy and flavorful.Keto Instant Pot side dish recipesInstant Pot bacon Brussels sproutsVegetables, particularly fibrous ones like Brussels sprouts, take forever and a day to roast or cook stovetop. As usual, Instant Pot comes to the rescue and cooks these bacon Brussels sprouts to perfection in just three minutes. Parmesan Instant Pot cauliflower mashWho needs potatoes? Not you, if you have some cauliflower and an Instant Pot. This cauliflower mash comes out with a consistency so close to mashed potatoes that you’ll forget you’re eating one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables on the planet. Instant Pot cilantro lime cauliflower riceBack again with the cauliflower, except this time it’s in rice form. Nutritious and versatile — what’s not to like? Keto Instant Pot dessert recipesPart of being on a keto diet means recreating carb-heavy favorites with low-carb ingredients, and that includes dessert, because no one should live life without dessert. Here are five keto Instant Pot dessert recipes that will have you going back for seconds, sans carb coma. Hungry for more info about carbs and nutrition? Learn how to calculate and track your macros.Keto Instant Pot pumpkin pieNo need to save pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. With your Instant Pot, you can enjoy low-carb, crustless pumpkin pie at any point in the year. An easy dump-and-go recipe, you’ll simmer all the ingredients in your Instant Pot and top with whipped cream once the pie is cool. Keto Instant Pot molten brownie cupsThese adorable, single-serve desserts are sweetened with erythritol, a type of sugar alcohol, and stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. The gooey chocolate batter bakes in 6-inch ramekins for a few minutes. Serve warm for ultimate deliciousness. Keto Instant Pot spice cakeThere are just two net carbs in this keto spice cake, yet it comes out so sweet from warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg that you don’t even need a frosting or glaze. Instant Pot orange creamsicle custardSugar-free and zero-carb, this custard may be the ultimate keto dessert. Made with orange zest, full-fat coconut milk, stevia and collagen, these single-serve jars are perfect to have on hand for when your sweet tooth strikes. Instant Pot keto pecan pie cheesecakeThis definitely isn’t the simplest recipe out there, but it’s beyond worth the effort when you need a decadent treat and can’t opt for a carb-laden premade cheesecake. This recipe uses almond flour to replicate a traditional cheesecake crust and an erythritol for sugar-free sweetness. Want even more recipes? Try these 15 healthy Instant Pot recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the best paleo Instant Pot recipes. The 21 best paleo Instant Pot recipes Don’t cook these 5 foods in your Instant Pot Does the Instant Pot kill nutrients in your food? Healthy eating Small Appliances Post a comment Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Fitbit Versa 2 could be coming next month

first_img See It Mentioned Above Fitbit Versa (rose gold/peach) See It Comment The first Versa’s battery lasts between three and four days, but only seven hours while playing music. The Versa comes in black and peach versions, while the Lite comes in white, lilac, marina blue, mulberry and charcoal. The Versa sequel will be available Sept. 15, the report said. Fitbit said in an emailed statement it doesn’t have news to share just yet. “We appreciate the interest and excitement around new Fitbit products,” the spokesperson said. “We are constantly working on new devices to help people live healthier lives.” Originally published Aug. 15, 2:04 p.m. PT. Update, 3:25 p.m.: Adds statement from Fitbit. 52 Photos 3:45 More on fitness trackers $199 5 reasons why fitness trackers don’t guarantee you’ll… Now playing: Watch this: See it $169 Fitbit’s new lineup: Versa Lite, Inspire, Inspire HR and Ace 2 How To • Apple Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: Which smartwatch should you buy? $159 11 tips and tricks for your new Fitbit Versa Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa: Which is the best fitness tracker?center_img Share your voice Mobile Wearable Tech Walmart Abt Electronics Fitbit Versa News • Fitbit Versa Lite and Inspire HR cost $160 or less CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 1 The Fitbit Versa Lite launched earlier in 2019. Sarah Tew/CNET Update, Aug. 28: The Fitbit Versa 2 did indeed launch. Original story follows.The Fitbit Versa 2 is reportedly launching next month and could include features like Alexa voice commands, more than four days of battery life, music storage and Fitbit Pay capabilities. Citing leaked marketing for the rumored next-gen fitness tracker, Android Central reported Wednesday that the gadget will also come with a microphone and 24/7 heart-rate monitoring. The first Fitbit Versa was priced at $199 and came out in April 2018, while the budget-edition Fitbit Versa Lite launched earlier this year for $160. The two fitness trackers are now priced at just $170 and $130, respectively. Review • Fitbit Versa review: Giving Apple Watch a run for its money $169 Dell Tags Fitbit Alexalast_img read more

Research Team Sets Out For Islands of Four Mountains

first_imgThe Islands of the Four Mountains as seen from the International Space Station in 2013. Cleveland Volcano is at center. (Courtesy: NASA)A group of researchers set out from Unalaska this week to a remote part of the central Aleutians: the Islands of the Four Mountains. The 16 scientists are beginning a three-year mission in territory that’s unpredictable – and largely unexplored.Download AudioWeather was clear and sunny in Dutch Harbor on Saturday while the research team loaded up their charter vessel with food and supplies. As most of them know from experience in this part of Alaska, conditions can change in an instant.Still, lead archaeologist Dixie West was hoping for the best.“I’m expecting fair skies and wonderful winds, and that we’re going to find some exciting information about how volcanic impacts and tsunamis impacted prehistoric humans,” she said, standing on the spit dock Saturday afternoon.West works with the University of Kansas. She headed out to the uninhabited Islands of the Four Mountains on Sunday — with her, a group of experts who study volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, climate and biology and prehistoric settlements.This will be the first year of a three-year expedition, funded in part by the National Science Foundation. Next year is more field work, and in year three, they’ll write up their findings.West and the others will stage their research on Chuginadak Island, near one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian chain — Mt. Cleveland. They’ll be working in the volcano’s shadow, studying how prehistoric Unangan peoples might have lived there.“So hopefully we’ll be able to add something to modern information about how people should expect volcanoes to behave, and how possibly better to react to them,” she said.Most of the researchers took a boat to the island group. A few followed by helicopter — the same one that’ll transport them between the ship and the island’s shore, since there isn’t a dock in the Islands of the Four Mountains.One who went on the chopper is Max Kaufman, a research technician with the Alaska Volcano Observatory. He’s going to help install seismometers on Cleveland Volcano for the first time.“Getting these stations in will really help us understand its sort of background behavior,” he said on Saturday.And through their work, he said, they also “hope to provide some degree of safety for the crew working out there, doing the archaeological studies” — because, he says, you never know when the volcano might wake up. It’s been a little restless in recent days, but Kaufman’s hoping it’ll stick to its usual low-level behavior.Still, he admitted that the Islands of the Four Mountains are a bit of a daunting destination.“It seems quite remote, despite its proximity to Dutch Harbor,” he laughed.So Kaufman and the other researchers will have to be ready for anything the islands throw at them — and so will the crew of their charter vessel, the Maritime Maid. It’s been used for scientific charters before. Skipper George Rains says he’s used to navigating the Aleutians’ tricky coastlines.“It’s a challenge — it’s always probably been a challenge, from the days the natives were out there,” Rains said as he stood in the wheelhouse of the Maritime Maid. “But basically, you just have to be careful of the weather, move around and stay out of it.”Twelve members of the team can stay aboard the ship, while the rest will be camping on shore. Most of them will stay out on-site for next three weeks — hoping to start uncovering some of the mysteries that the Islands of the Four Mountains have in store.You can follow the researchers’ progress on Facebook, or on Twitter @Islandsof4Mtns.last_img read more

State Correspondence Details a Deteriorated Natl Guard

first_imgGov. Sean Parnell holds a closed-door session with Alaska National Guard members Oct. 19 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. Colonels, generals and reporters were not allowed into the meeting. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Leighow/Office of the Governor)The State of Alaska has released letters, emails, and other documents related to the Alaska National Guard scandal (175 MB). A “privilege log” listing why some details in the documents were redacted was also released.Download AudioCopies of all notes, correspondence, memos and emails related to sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard were requested in May by Alaska Public Media. It took until Sept. 26 for Gov. Sean Parnell’s policy director, Randy Ruaro, to deny the request. Records requests are supposed to be fulfilled within 10 days. The state can take an additional 10 days to respond to large or complicated requests.Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News sued the state Oct. 8. Two weeks after filing the lawsuit it appeared that the state was willing to release the documents without litigation. A week later the state had only released few of requested documents.The media organizations advanced their lawsuit Wednesday to force the release of the documents before the Nov. 4 election. Alaska Superior Court judge Gregory Miller ruled on Thursday that the state was to comply with the records requests by Friday at noon. Reporters received a 596-page document around 1 p.m. today.An initial review of the packet shows a mix of emails, letters, and memoranda. Some are released in full, some are partially redacted, and others are blacked out entirely.The documents cover a period from August 2009, when then-Brigadier General Thomas Katkus expressed interest in leading the Guard, to September 2014, the month a team of federal investigators from the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex of Investigation released its damning report. The report documented favoritism, fraud, sexual assault, and violations of victim confidentiality.A handful of National Guard leaders, including Katkus, and a deputy commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have since been asked to resign their positions.While key details are missing, the documents do provide some sense of how the Parnell administration handled complaints about National Guard leadership.“The Command Climate Has Deteriorated”A number of problems within the National Guard predate the Parnell administration, with an inquiry from 1995 even finding distrust of the chain of command. Concerns escalated shortly after Katkus’ appointment to the adjutant general position in 2009.Beginning in 2010, a group of four National Guard chaplains – Matthew Friese, Ted McGovern, Rick Koch, and Rick Cavens – approached the Parnell administration with complaints about leadership.On January 6, 2011, Cavens submitted a letter to the governor describing an “intense pall of despair” within the Alaska Air National Guard as a result of “upper levels of leadership … cut[ting] hope and spirit by manipulation and passive aggressive behavior.” The letter describes the Clear Air Force Station as a location to “store officers of sexual infidelity,” and that the colonel responsible, Donald Wenke, would look the other way when one guardsmen in uniform would “get drunk and make advances on enlisted women.”A letter dated January 25, from Bob Doehl, a lieutenant colonel who now serves as an aide to Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, expresses concern that senior leadership is retaliating in response to queries from the governor’s office about the command structure. A September 24 email from Brig. Gen. Chuck Foster, who commanded 176th wing of the Alaska Air National Guard, alleges he is being pushed out of his job by Katkus and asks the governor to help him keep his membership in the Guard.“I believe that the command climate has deteriorated even further, and unless the course is altered it will not improve,” Foster wrote. After losing his position to Wenke, Foster was transferred to headquarters, where he lasted only three months.“It was very clear that Gen. Katkus really didn’t want me at the headquarters, that he really didn’t have a place for me,” Foster said in an interview on Friday. “Nizich seemed attentive to what I had to say. He engaged with me, he listened to me, but basically nothing came of it.”A December 29 letter from chaplain Friese likens participation in the Guard to “an abusive relationship.”Throughout 2011, Friese operated as the primary conduit for complaints about Guard leadership to Parnell Chief of Staff Mike Nizich. The packet contains 18 separate emails from Friese to Nizich, and a dozen more are identified in a log provided by the Department of Law. Nizich’s responses to the emails were typically brief but timely, particularly toward the beginning of their communication.When concerns about confidentiality are first raised on February 14, Nizich stressed that no details had been turned over to Katkus nor would they be. On December 22, chaplain Cavens charged that Nizich provided information to Katkus. Nizich denied the accusation then, and today maintains that trust was never breached. In a follow-up email between Nizich and Friese, the two attempt to repair the line of communication, and one chaplain offers “most sincere apologies.”After a phone call between Nizich and two of the chaplains on December 29, no further records of communication between the chaplains and Parnell’s office appear in the email log.“A Problem That Could Bite Us Both”In 2012, the Parnell administration received several inquiries from Sen. Mark Begich’s office about their response to National Guard problems. On January 25, just one month after discussions with the chaplains broke down, Begich chief of staff David Ramseur sent Nizich an email asking to discuss the matter.“I need to tell you what we’re picking up as it sounds like a problem that could bite us both,” Ramseur wrote.In March, Ramseur requested another conversation, and this time attached an anonymous letter from a group labeling itself “Friends of the National Guard” and datelined Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.The letter described Katkus as a “corrupt leader” and also criticizes the governor.“While it is unfortunate what MG Katkus has done, it is even more regrettable that another senior leader in the State of Alaska has overlooked the misconduct. Governor Sean Parnell and his staff were notified of these issues on multiple occasions by more than a dozen mid- to high ranking officers in the Alaska National Guard. While the governor has listened to the concerns of the leaders in the organization, he has failed to investigate the facts surrounding MG Katkus and the corruption within the Alaska National Guard. For example, the following issues were presented to Governor Parnell or his staff: [redacted]”In April, Ramseur gave Nizich a heads up that the Departments of the Army and Air Force had been made aware of complaints about the Guard, and that the inspector general was looking into them (at Begich’s request). “Looks like they will be investigating,” Nizich wrote to Katkus shortly after being notified. “Call me.”Little came of it. The team mentioned that there were anonymous reports of “sexual assault victims not coming forward,” but they did not identify any grievous problems with the Guard.When investigations into the Guard made headlines in 2013, Katkus responded with a dig about Begich, and suggested the junior senator was grandstanding on the significance of it:“Begich’s statement … is a bit disingenuous. … Their only area of concern in their findings centered on how we did data entry in their new tracking system, which we quickly corrected.”An inspector general investigation requested by Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in 2013 was also fruitless. When the results came back in the spring of 2014, members of Parnell’s staff welcomed them. Stories about the findings were passed on to the governor and posted on the official website. “Here’s an article from the Anchorage Daily News I thought you might like,” the governor’s spokeswoman Sharon Leighow wrote in an email. “Army investigation: No sexual assault cover-ups in Alaska National Guard.”It wasn’t until investigators from the Office of Complex Investigations came in at Parnell’s request in February that wrongdoing was uncovered.In an emailed statement, Nizich notes that the OCI investigation was not the first requested by the Parnell administration.“In October 2010, I contacted the FBI requesting an investigation into a series of allegations that included: assault, sexual abuse, misuse of resources, drug trafficking and transporting illegal weapons. The FBI special agent who conducted the six-week investigation was Special Agent Kevin Fryslie. After approximately six weeks, I placed several calls to his office and he finally reported to me that there was nothing to the allegations.Despite the lack of findings in that investigation and 3 other federal investigations, Governor Parnell called for a fifth investigation in February 2014 that finally uncovered the serious problems in the Alaska National Guard.”Our Lane’s Been InvestigatedWith investigations coming up dry, emails from administration staff in response to National Guard allegations took on a more skeptical tone.The office regularly received complaints from Chris Bydalek, a former contractor with the Guard. On February 24, 2014, Bydalek sent an angry email with the subject “Sexual Assault in the Alaska National Guard” that aggressively calls out Katkus and accuses the governor of doing nothing. Nizich forwarded the email to deputy commissioner McHugh Pierre.“I am about ready to fire off a response to this guy that he won’t like,” Nizich wrote. “Call me before I do. Thanks.”That same week, Bydalek sent another message accusing Katkus and Parnell of covering up wrongdoing. In a separate exchange about it, Katkus writes that all “the issues in our lane have been investigated” and Nizich responds by asking if they have a photo of Bydalek on file.In May, Bydalek sent an email to a half dozen members of the administration that describes a female member of the Guard being threatened and mentions Katkus’ name in the context of retaliation. When Nizich forwarded the email on to a federal investigator, he noted it was the “same type of information we heard before without any specific facts to back up the claim.”Both Katkus and Pierre were asked by the governor to resign after the OCI report substantiated allegations of fraud, mishandling of sexual assault, and misuse of government property.By the time this story was published, the Department of Law had released an additional 116 pages of records. It is expected to provide more documents Saturday.Alaska National Guard emails – 175 MB pdfPrivilege Log – 58 KB pdflast_img read more

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska OKs

first_imgSoutheast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has authorized its courts to perform same-sex marriages.The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced its new policy Monday.It defines legal marriage to be with another person, regardless of gender.President Richard Peterson, in a press release, said the council is, quote, “exercising our self-determination and sovereign authority and making sure that we provide for equal treatment of our tribal citizens.”Old rules allowed tribal courts to conduct marriages, though it wasn’t a regular practice. The council’s new policy is expected to encourage its courts to perform same-and opposite-sex marriages.Its directive also includes divorces.The council said its action adds to a growing list of tribes amending or adopting rules to recognize gender equality.Freedom to Marry, based in New York City, lists nine tribal governments in the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest and Oklahoma that OK’d same-sex marriages during the past half-dozen years.President Evan Wolfson said he’s sure there are more.“Members of the tribes know what it’s like to experience discrimination,” Wolfson said. “They know what it’s like to be shoved outside, to be looked down on.”“And I think what tribal authorities are saying is that, out of that history, we know it’s important that we not commit the same kinds of discrimination, that we not isolate people, is that we not harm them.”The central council claims a membership of nearly 30,000 Tlingit and Haida Indians in and outside Alaska.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly April 15 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 AudioU.S. Senate Favors Secure Rural Schools – Secure Docs, Too Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe U.S. Senate Tuesday night passed a bill to continue Secure Rural Schools. That’s a federal revenue-sharing program that delivers some $14 million to local governments in Alaska, primarily in Southeast, to compensate for low federal timber receipts. The bill also helps Medicare providers nationwide.Federal Agency Reviewing Yellow Cedar For Protection Leila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanA coalition of conservation groups that seeks to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed an emergency motion for an injunction with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pending resolution of two appeals filed this spring with that court.House Bill Would Claw Back State Workers’ RaisesAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe Alaska House has narrowly passed a bill that would claw back raises for many state workers.Opt Out Bill Could Cost Alaska $97 Million in Federal School Funding Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe Legislature has advanced a contentious education bill that would allow parents to opt out of standardized tests and certain school curricula.Search Continues In Prince William Sound For Missing Pilot Marcia Lynn, KCHU – ValdezCrews from the Coast Guard and Air Force are searching for a missing pilot that went down in Prince William Sound yesterday afternoon.Breakup Forecast: Sparse Snow, Slowly Warming Weather Lessens Flood Concern Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksForecasters are anticipating a mellow break up over much of Alaska this spring.  Below normal snow and ice in some areas, and gradually warming spring temperatures are lessening flood concerns.Murkowski Campaign Shows Financial MightLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCSen. Lisa Murkowski is up for re-election next year, and her fundraising is going strong. Her campaign Wednesday reported she raised $700,000 in the first three months of the year.Anchorage Announces Fiscal SurplusZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAs law-makers battle over budgets in the closing days of the Legislature, the city of Anchorage is announcing a fiscal surplus.House Passes Bill To Change Hunting And Fishing License FeesThe Associated PressThe state House has passed a bill that would increase the cost of hunting, fishing and trapping in Alaska.Fuel Sale in Nome Targets Spring Subsistence Hunters Jenn Ruckel, KNOM – NomeAnywhere else in the United States, $5.47 per gallon for gasoline might be pretty frightening, but in Nome, it’s a sale for spring subsistence.Kenaitze Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerApril is national sexual assault awareness month. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe last week held a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about the issue on the Kenai Peninsula.Athletes Prepare For Native Youth Olympics Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageAbout 500 athletes from elementary through high school will be at the Native Youth Olympics, which kicks off Thursday in Anchorage.last_img read more

In Fairbanks Equinox Marathon runners slog along for Usher syndrome

first_imgFairbanks annual Equinox Marathon is Saturday. A hilly, mostly off road course and wet, cool weather make the race a challenge, but a few participants in this year’s event are battling a much tougher foe.Photo: Dan BrossDownload AudioFairbanks runner Caroline Brown’s son has a rare genetic disorder that’s robbing his hearing and sight. Brown is part of a group of runners taking on this year’s Equinox Marathon in support of developing treatments and even a cure for Usher Syndrome.Brown and several other members of the Usher Syndrome Coalition are participating in the Equinox Marathon as part of the first ever Usher Syndrome Awareness Day, and what they’re calling “Own the Equinox”.Marco Steffan is running tomorrow’s marathon, guiding a friend from Boston who has Usher syndrome.Steffan and Brown are taking sponsorships and donations in hope of raising fifty thousand dollars for Usher syndrome research.last_img read more

Researchers want to expand markets for roe

first_imgDownload AudioResearchers in Kodiak want to open up new markets and expand existing ones for a popular fish product.This delicacy is what you might imagine people at cocktail parties eating over stock market discussions. It’s also good with tortilla chips.We’re talking about roe, fish eggs which in Alaska come from species like salmon, herring, and Pollock.Roe produced in the United States is especially popular in East Asian markets according to statistics from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.The Kodiak researchers say the majority of Pollock roe goes to Japan and South Korea. Now, they hope to market alternative forms of roe to China also.last_img read more