What The New Kindle Means To Amazon

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… On Thursday, Amazon announced another family of branded shopping carts in which consumers can pile a wealth of digital goods. Sure, they may look like a Kindle e-reader, or the new Kindle Fire tablets – but make no mistake about the goals Amazon has for the new devices.Company executives pitched the new Kindles as the perfect devices on which to consume e-books and magazines, and the Fire as a showcase for movies, music, the Web and Android apps. So forget the hardware, their purpose is clear – to provide a dedicated sales channel for Amazon’s digital storefront. (To get up close and personal with Amazon’s new devices,  see A Close-Up Look At Amazon’s New Kindles.)Michael Gartenberg, an analyst for Gartner, summed up in a tweet what he told ReadWriteWeb earlier in the week: “Amazon’s proposition: sell devices that connect to an end-to-end set of services.”In fact, that’s exactly what Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos dubbed the Fire at its launch event in Santa Monica, Calif. People don’t want gadgets any more; they want services, and the Kindle Fire is a service, Bezos said. It even greets you by name.Hardware Features Are In Fact ServicesThe range of Kindle hardware Amazon launched Thursday wasn’t spectacular; a new “Paperwhite,” high-contrast Kindle tablet for $119, plus a $179 3G option. Amazon also upgraded the Kindle Fire tablet and added an interesting new HD model that starts at just $299 with an 8.9-inch screen.But the real innovations were in features and pricing: X-Ray, a tool to connect customers to the movies they want to see, via the IMDB database that Amazon acquired, and a new in-game advertising service that can deliver physical as well as virtual items to the customer, using Amazon’s one-click method. And there’s no contract or annual fee to use the inexpensive but limited wireless broadband services attached to the Kindle. The 250MB per month limit is plenty for downloading books from Amazon, but nowhere near enough for worry-free Web browsing or streaming music or video. Amazon wants you to be able to buy for free, fast and on the go – but that’s about it. Virtually every feature was designed to facilitate shopping at Amazon’s store.“The Kindle and particularly the Kindle Fire have served as hardware devices designed to showcase Amazon’s digital ecosystem and services,” Gartenberg told ReadWriteWeb. “In a world driven by ecosystems more and platforms less, that’s an important set of devices for them to have on the market.”“This wasn’t an announcement from Amazon, it was more like a declaration of war,” Gartenberg added via Twitter.Amazon did not announce a smartphone, as some had expected.What Kindle Means To AmazonAmazon’s goal is to lure new shoppers, and once inside, keep them. It’s a walled-garden approach that has been tried by companies ranging from Apple all the way back to the early days of AOL’s dial-up service.But it’s been unusually effective for the company: In the U.S. alone, 86% of consumers who said that they’ve ever bought something on a Web marketplace also said that they have shopped with Amazon at some point, Forrester Research found. The percentage of Amazon’s e-commerce revenues as a total of the total amount spent online by U.S. shoppers has increased from 9% in 2001 to 19% in 2011.As Bezos explained at the announcement, “We want to make money when our customers use our devices, not when they buy our devices.”Apple has also been successful with the walled-garden approach, with its curated iOS Apps Store and its music and movie sales via iTunes. Avi Greengart, an analyst with Current Analysis, noted that Apple’s strengths are in apps, its user interface and its momentum. Amazon just provides cheaper content.Kindle Moves Beyond The Experimental Stage“My hunch is that it started as an experiment,” said Sucharita Mulpuru, a retail analyst with Forrester, of the Kindle family. “There have been other readers before, and it probably started at some level as a way to reduce their friction online. Since then, it has morphed into something else, because of all the fights with publishers.”When Amazon began selling digital versions of books, it originally underpriced them as a way to gain market share. The publishers themselves were outraged, but they were also handicapped; Amazon was also one of their largest customers, after all.And the role of the e-book has only continued to increase; according to a July report by BookStats (co-produced by the Association of American Publishers) revenue from ebooks more than doubled from 2010 to 2011. More significantly, e-books are now the dominant format in terms of net revenue – surpassing print – for the category of adult fiction, the first time that has ever occurred.“I don’t think Amazon expected that to happen – they had never seen something like that happen before, in the print space,” Mulpuru said of the outrage that met its e-book pricing decision. “I think that the company then went back, because they’re incredibly arrogant, and said, ‘We can win! How can we win by making this a complete vertical play, and getting into publishing ourselves?’”Amazon then hired Laurence J. Kirshbaum, who formerly ran the Time Warner Book Group, to head its own digital imprint.But at its heart, Amazon’s business is e-commerce – not just books, but also electronics, garden tools, food, even medical supplies and construction equipment. “Everything has to support that business in some way,” Mulpuru said.“The Biggest Threat To Retailers Since Wal-Mart”What that means is that Amazon is willing to make the Kindle and the Kindle Fire a loss leader to lure shoppers inside its virtual store.That strategy hasn’t escaped the notice of giant retailers like Target, which has booted the Kindle from its own store shelves. Mulpuru suspects Amazon may launch kiosks or small physical stores in airports and other hubs, precisely to convince flyers to pick up a Kindle and download a book before their flight.“I think [Amazon] is the biggest threat to retail since Wal-mart, and it’s one of the most disruptive forces in every industry that it touches, from consumer electronics to fulfillment and logistics, to commerce and retail,” Mulpuru said.“It’s baffling,” Mulpuru added. “It almost begs the question, if  [Amazon has] all these profitable businesses, at some point why don’t they just get rid of [their] physical retail business and just have all these profitable businesses? But I think this is just where the megalomania, the crazy vision of Jeff Bezos comes in. I think this is his libertarian values, his crazy attitude; he just wants to stick it to everybody. He just wants to shake it up in a completely radical way, and prove that it can be done.” IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… markhachmancenter_img Tags:#Amazon#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

Clippers send Suns to 9th straight loss with OT win

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, looks to pass as Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Tobias Harris scored 33 points and Patrick Beverley made two free throws with 33.3 seconds left in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.Avery Bradley sealed the Clippers’ 17th victory of the season with a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds left, after he hustled to control a loose ball off jump ball and was fouled.ADVERTISEMENT 3 IS-linked gunmen slain in Maguindanao offensives Holmes dunked with 7:09 to play to give the Suns a 104-95 lead. But the Clippers rallied, surging ahead by four, 109-105. Then Bridges hit a 3-pointer for the Suns with 1:16 left, and added a technical foul free throw 18 seconds later to tie it at 109.Both teams were without top scorers for the second half.Clippers guard Lou Williams left the court in the second quarter with what was described as a sore left hamstring, and didn’t return. Williams, who was averaging 17.6 points per game going into Monday, had seven points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.The Suns got forward T.J. Warren back from a right ankle injury after he missed the past five games. Warren, however, was ejected for drawing back-to-back technical fouls near the end of the second quarter. He had six points in 12 minutes.The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell scored seven points in less than a minute in the second quarter as Los Angeles came back from a 10-point deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Fans are in a frenzy as Netflix reveals that Henry Cavill is coming to Manila UP NEXTClippers: Host Toronto on Tuesday night, their fifth back-to-back set of games this season.Suns: At San Antonio on Tuesday night, their fourth back-to-back set of games this season. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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But the Suns finished the half on a 9-2 run, capped off by Ayton rattling in a 20-footer at the buzzer, and trailed 58-56.The Clippers made 15 of 23 shots in the second quarter.Phoenix took a brief one-point lead, 84-83, late in the third quarter, but the Clippers went into the fourth quarter ahead 88-86.TIP-INSClippers: G Milos Teodosic saw action for the first time in four games, having missed the previous three due to a coaching decision. … The Clippers have won 10 straight over the Suns, with their last loss coming April 13, 2016.Suns: Phoenix announced the signing of post player Eric Moreland right after tipoff. The 6-foot-10 Moreland, 26, has played for Sacramento and Detroit. … For the fourth time this season, the Suns started three rookies — Melton, Ayton and Bridges. … The Suns were without guard Devin Booker, inactive for the fourth straight game with a hamstring strain, and guard Jamal Crawford, who was out with a sore left knee.DANIELS LEAVES, RETURNSDaniels crumpled to the floor with less than a minute to play trying to defend in the key, and had to be helped to the locker room. He returned for overtime.BLOCKED AND BLOCKAyton tried to go up strong with the ball in the paint midway through the first quarter, only to have his shot blocked by Boban Marjanovic. But Ayton got back on defense to swat away Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s layup attempt at the other end. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Danilo Gallinari scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half and Harris added eight rebounds.Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 20 points and 12 rebounds, the rookie’s 15th double-double of the season. Fellow rookie Mikal Bridges added a career high 19 points, and backup center Richaun Holmes chipped in a season-high 19 points as the Suns lost their ninth straight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Clippers twice led by four in overtime, but the Suns tied it at 119 on Troy Daniels’ reverse layup with 51.3 seconds to play. But those were the last points scored by the Suns.The Suns’ De’Anthony Melton hit a short baseline fadeaway to tie the score at 111 with 5.5 seconds left in regulation. The Clippers had the final possession of regulation, but Gallinari missed a step-back 3-point attempt at the buzzer with two defenders in his face. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

US World Hoops Opens With Finland

first_imgBILBAO, Spain — They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans — not to mention some Angry Birds — whose free-spending boosters are such believers they’ve already started lining up transportation to the second round.And if looking good in the stands meant as much as on the court when Finland received a debated wild card to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, that’s not the players’ problem. Their goal is to make the fans’ trip worthwhile.A strong performance against the U.S. would be a good start.The Finns make their World Cup debut Aug. 30 against the top-ranked Americans, who will feel like they’re playing a road game inside the Bilbao Exhibition Center.“We’re here to fight and obviously it’s a pretty big mountain to climb Saturday, but we just try to face one situation at a time and hope after 40 minutes that we get a good game out of it,” Finland veteran and former NBA player Hanno Mottola said.For the Americans, it’s step one of an expected lengthy march to Madrid for the gold-medal game, a chance for a team not yet in top form to keep getting better.For Finland, it’s something closer to the Super Bowl.Finnish officials expect their fans to fill perhaps half of the 16,261-seat arena, with thousands more possibly coming to this Basque city. Supporters chartered more than 40 planes from Finland and aren’t stopping there, looking into renting a train to take them to Barcelona if Finland advances to the knockout round.Finland finished ninth in last summer’s European championship, failing to qualify automatically for the World Cup. But basketball’s governing body made the 39th-ranked Finnish the lowest-ranked team ever to receive a wild card to its world championship, taking note not only of the team’s improving performance but also the “Wolfpack’s” fan and financial backing.Before the wild cards were awarded in February, Finnish company Rovio, maker of the popular Angry Birds games, had agreed to provide advertising for FIBA if Finland was selected. Finland also has support of Microsoft, whose name is on their practice jerseys, but Mottola disputes that his team is here simply for economic reasons.“If people use that lame excuse of Angry Birds, Rovio, I don’t see Rovio here anywhere,” he said. “Obviously, if we’ve got some big, big companies in Finland like Nokia and Microsoft and Rovio, if they’re willing to help Finnish athletes and teams, who wouldn’t take that help? But I don’t think it’s a corporate decision. And also, I mean, who else brings in 8,000 fans?”The top seven finishers in the European championship qualified automatically, leaving Finland next in line among last year’s finishers from Europe once Italy withdrew from the wild card bidding. The other wild cards went to Greece, Turkey and Brazil, all ranked in the world’s top 10.“I think we fulfilled every category that FIBA wanted. So I mean, if you show me a better team in the last three years, then fine, but obviously FIBA felt that we bring a lot of excitement here,” Mottola added.“If I would choose a way how to get qualifications, I wouldn’t have wild cards, but that’s not our problem. I know there’s been a lot of talk, we were right there from the beginning. I don’t think there’s a question that we definitely belong here because of our basketball success.”Besides Mottola, who helped Utah reach the 1998 NCAA championship game, Finland’s roster is filled with players who have played in the U.S., including Erik Murphy, who spent last season with the Chicago Bulls. They play an American style, looking to push the pace and shoot 3-pointers.“They appear to me to have great camaraderie and an amazing work ethic. They have good guards and any team can cause you problems when they have good guards and they play hard and they’re motivated. And they shoot a lot of 3s,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “If all of a sudden they see three or four go in in a row, you get even more confidence.”Krzyzewski’s team was visited at practice by Bilbao’s Mayor, with fans waiting outside the gym for pictures and autographs.“It’s pretty humbling to see how many NBA fans there are around the world,” U.S. guard Klay Thompson said. This time, most of them will be there to see the other team.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Papachristou Jumps to the Final

first_imgVoula Papachristou will be in tomorrow’s final of the Women’s Triple Jump! The Greek athlete automatically qualified for the final round with her jump of 14.43 meters.In today’s qualifying round of the Women’s Triple Jump event, the athletes needed to surpass 4.30 meters to automatically qualify for tomorrow’s final or finish in the top 12 after 3 jumps. Papachristou’s first jump registered at 13.80 meters, which was below the qualification point. However, she jumped to 14.43 meters in her second attempt and progressed to Final round of the competition. In the qualifying round she was 2nd overall behind Caterine Ibargüen from Colombia (the favorite for the gold medal) who jumped 14.52 meters.Papachristou will be a heavy contender for a medal in the Final Round. The final is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:55 PM (EST).Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mike Ditka rips NFL protests: ‘There has been no oppression in the last 100 years’

first_img Donald Trump targets Jemele Hill following ESPN anchor’s suspension Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka said on Monday that he doesn’t believe there has been oppression in the United States “in the last 100 years”.The 77-year-old Ditka made the remarks during an interview on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pregame show when asked about the ongoing wave of NFL players opting to sit or kneel during the national anthem as a way to protest social injustice in America. Read more Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith)But to say this gives us a peek into you’re heart. Jim crow laws, brown v. Board of education Great coach…….. Clueless person https://t.co/liHBMqS9sFOctober 10, 2017 Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith)Really? Civil rights act of 1964, voting act of 1965, Rosa parks 1955, #mikeditka go sit ur dumb a$$ down somewhere. I respect my elders https://t.co/liHBMqS9sFOctober 10, 2017 Reuse this content Colin Kaepernick … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian On Wednesday, Ditka attempted to back away from his earlier comments. “The characterization of the statement that I made does not reflect the context of the question that I was answering and certainly does not reflect my views throughout my lifetime,” Ditka said in a statement. “I have absolutely seen oppression in society in the last 100 years and I am completely intolerant of any discrimination. The interview was about the NFL and the related issues. That’s where my head was at. I was quoted in the interview stating, ‘You have to be colorblind.’ I stated that you should look at a person for what they are and not the color of their skin. I’m sorry if anyone was offended.”It’s not the first time Ditka has spoken on player protests. The longtime NFL coach said last year he had “no respect” for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, shortly after he first kneeled during the anthem, sparking a national discussion and inspiring dozens of NFL players to follow suit.“I think it’s a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag,” Ditka said then in a radio interview on KRLD-FM in Dallas. “If they don’t like the country, if they don’t like our flag, get the hell out. That’s what I think.“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick. He probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.“I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity. Now if they don’t want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything, but this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. Now if you don’t work, that’s a different problem.”Ditka, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, is one of two people in NFL history to win a league title as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. He graduated from local hero to Chicago icon during an 11-year coaching stint with the Bears that included the team’s only Super Bowl win during the 1985 season, then retired permanently after a failed comeback with the New Orleans Saints in 1999.The outspoken conservative publicly flirted with running against Democratic candidate Barack Obama, who was then a state senator, for the open seat in the US Senate vacated by Illinois senator Peter Fitzgerald in 2004 – an election that jump-started Obama’s ascent to the presidency in four years’ time.“Biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” he told the Dickinson Press in 2013. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.”Last year, Ditka called Obama “the worst president we’ve ever had”. Chicago Bears Share via Email “All of a sudden, it’s become a big deal now, about oppression,” Ditka said. “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody. … If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort into yourself, I think you can accomplish anything.”He added: “Is that the stage for this? If you want to protest, or whatever you want to protest, you’ve got a right to do that, but I think you’re a professional athlete, you have an obligation to the game. I think you have to respect the game. That’s what I think is the most important thing. I don’t see a lot of respect for the game. I just see respect for their own individual opinions. Opinions are like noses, we all have one. Some are good. Some are bad.”Steve Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who played 16 seasons with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens before retiring in January, was among those who took objection with Ditka’s remarks. 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Report: The Egg Bowl Returning To Thanksgiving For 2017, 2018

first_imgOle Miss and Mississippi players need to separated by an official.Egg Bowl Thanksgiving games are coming back!The Ole Miss-Mississippi State rivalry has not been held on the football-heavy holiday since 2013, but with today’s 2017 SEC Football schedule announcement, it has been revealed that the two will play on Thanksgiving night next season.BREAKING | 2017 Ole Miss Football Schedule Announced>> https://t.co/5Xly4XpXn1 pic.twitter.com/CLCMrevCFB— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) September 14, 2016BREAKING | Full 2017 Schedule Unveiled?: https://t.co/0PpR976kyR#HAILSTATE ?? pic.twitter.com/vbB0nPibf8— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) September 14, 2016That’s not all. According to a report by the Clarion-Ledger, the game will also be on Thanksgiving in 2018.Mississippians will be served egg with their turkey in 2017 and 2018.The Egg Bowl is scheduled to move back to Thanksgiving for the next two years a league source told The Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday. ESPN first reported the news of the move for 2017The game has been played on Thanksgiving Day 21 times total. The 2013 Thanksgiving Day game was also the last win for the Bulldogs in the series. A young Dak Prescott led Mississippi State to a 17-10 overtime win that year, with 144 total yards and a rushing touchdown in the game. Ole Miss is currently riding a two game winning streak, and holds a series record lead of 61-45-6 all time.[Clarion-Ledger]last_img read more

A Major College Football Head Coaching Hire Hasn’t Signed His Contract Yet – Here’s Why

first_imgA view of the "Home Of The 12th Man" sign in Texas A&M's stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: Fans of the Texas A&M Aggies cheer in the stands before the start of their game against the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Texas A&M’s hiring of Jimbo Fisher was regarded as one of the major coaching coups of the offseason. Several months later, Fisher still hasn’t signed his contract.Don’t worry Texas A&M fans. Fisher was obviously announced as the coach and has been behaving like one since then, actively recruiting and coaching the team in the spring.So why hasn’t he inked his 10-year, $75-million deal? Well, a myriad of factors it seems.According to the Texas Tribune, a combination of contractual red tape, plus Fisher’s time-consuming duties as a head coach have held him up from signing his contract.Changes to the federal tax code and Fisher’s focus on recruiting players have slowed the signing process, A&M officials say. But they also say it’s not unusual for there to be a months-long period in which a college coach, like Fisher, is reeling in new talent and giving press conferences while still hammering out the details of his employment contract.“Twenty years ago, the services of a coach were secured with a handshake,” said Robert Lattinville, an attorney who specializes in employment contracts for college- and professional-level executives and coaches. “Then the money got so much — it got so inflated — and the consequences of not having a coach under contract were heightened.”Top university coaches now have employment agreements that can top 30 pages and include perks like complimentary flight time on private jets, complicated licensing deals, personal cars, membership in exclusive clubs and six-figure performance bonuses. At the same time, Lattinville said, those coaches are frequently hired during or on the eve of recruiting season.Per CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, there’s no concern on the part of the A&M administration.Breaking from Texas Tribune: Months after becoming highest-paid coach (total package) in cfb history, Jimbo Fisher has still not signed his contract. TAMU confirms. School source to CBS Sports, “Zero concern.”— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) May 31, 2018So, Texas A&M, this seems just like part of the cost of doing big business in college football.You wanted Fisher at a high price, this is part of the process.last_img read more

Sisodia Outcome budget helped in improving delivery of services

first_imgNEW DELHI: Calling the Outcome Budget Delhi government’s “biggest achievement”, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said the AAP government was able to bring reforms in the city because of this budget. Speaking at the national conference on Outcome Budgeting organised by Delhi’s Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), Sisodia said Delhi will become a narrator of the Outcome Budget.An Outcome Budget, launched first by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in 2017-18, attempts to address the deficiencies of a usual Budget. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarIn the Outcome Budget, each department and agency, for its major programmes and schemes (revenue and capital components), mapped the tangible Outputs -infrastructure or services provided, and Outcomes – how will the people of Delhi benefit from that spending in the short-term. The government had selected a comprehensive set of quantifiable Output and Outcome indicators. Giving the reforms credit to the Outcome Budget, Sisodia said it has helped the government in improving the delivery of services to the people. “People across the globe praise the Delhi government for various reforms it has brought in the field of education, health, power and other fields. In the past four years, if we were able to bring reforms, it was because of the Outcome Budget. These things do not directly relate to the public. But this is to clean the internal system. If you ask me the biggest achievement of this government, I will say the Outcome Budget. This was an out of the box idea,” Sisodia said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHe said through the Outcome Budget, the government is not only asking the departments about the expenditure, but also its impact on people’s lives. “We are not a leadership which will be satisfied with reports or files, we want change and outcome. Merely laying the water pipeline in an area is not a solution. Solution is how many people were able to get the water through that pipeline. Outcome in true sense is when public is able to get the benefits,” he said. He said the task was not an easy one, “but whenever there will be talk of economy and governance reforms, this will be the baseline”. In the 2019-20 Outcome Budget, launched at the Conference, the Delhi government tracked the performance of 567 schemes through 2,200 Output and 1,549 outcome indicators.last_img read more

Get Your Hands On A Special Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet

first_imgStar Wars: Force For Change, a charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, today announced its latest campaign, teaming with eBay Giving Works to auction off a selection of plaster stormtrooper helmet replicas uniquely decorated by artists around the world.Bid on a selection of plaster stormtrooper helmet replicas uniquely decorated by artists around the worldThe 10-day auction will kick off today and give bidders the chance to compete for these one-of-a-kind stormtrooper helmets at a starting price of $5.04. Lucasfilm has donated the helmets to U.S. Fund for UNICEF. U.S. Fund for UNICEF will receive 100% of the final auction sales price for each helmet and will direct these funds to support UNICEF Kid Power, an innovative new program that uses the world’s first Wearable-For-Good to get kids active and provide lifesaving food packets to children in need around the globe.This auction comes on the heels of a very successful Force For Change interactive event at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. During a globally-broadcast panel discussion about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie to be released on December 18, 2015, director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy discussed their latest collaboration with the humanitarian children’s organization in support of UNICEF Kid Power and why the relationship is so important to Star Wars: Force For Change.“The Star Wars movies have always inspired a desire in people to help others, and we are extremely grateful that our fan community has been so generous with their time and efforts on behalf of the many charitable causes they support,” remarks Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm Ltd. “Our hope is that Force For Change will harness that spirit of giving into a worldwide movement that uses the power and reach of Star Wars to help those around the world in need.”“UNICEF Kid Power allows kids to become global forces for change with every step they take. The generous support from Disney and Lucasfilm along with the excitement generated by Star Wars fans will allow UNICEF to inspire even more kids to get active and save lives,” said Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “May the Force for change be with you!”Star Wars: Force For Change and UNICEF Kid Power also hosted an obstacle course for kids on the Celebration floor with several Star Wars licensees and fan groups participating to raise over $50,000 in support of UNICEF Kid Power. By tapping into young people’s inherent desire to help others, Star Wars: Force for Change and UNICEF Kid Power are inspiring a new generation of global citizens.While participating in the program, kids wear UNICEF Kid Power Bands, which measure their activity while they are moving. Physical activity unlocks Kid Power Points – the more they move, the more points they earn. Kid Power Points are converted to funding by partners, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children.To participate in the eBay stormtrooper Helmet Auction, click here.Look out for more opportunities to participate in Star Wars: Force For Change throughout 2015. Go to www.StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more.last_img read more

Cabinet approves Fonsekas release

Last night the President had met Fonseka’s wife Anoma Fonseka and MP Tiran Alles to discuss some details regarding the release of Sarath Fonseka. Alles later told the media that there are some outstanding issues which need to be sorted regarding Fonseka’s release.“Once those minor issues are sorted I’m confident we will be able to secure General Fonseka’s release soon,” Alles said. (Colombo Gazette) Cabinet has approved the release of former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka.Presidential Spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has obtained the approval of the cabinet to free Fonseka. Alles met the President last morning as well and he later met Fonseka at the Nawaloka hospital where he is receiving treatment. read more

UN official urges action on international pledges for small developing States

Anwarul Chowdhury, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, called for priority attention to the issue in an address to the Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee on Monday. Looking ahead to the 10-year review of the Programme of Action adopted in 1994 at a UN conference on small island developing States held in Barbados, he said it must “agree on specific measures to assist developing States in attaining sustainable development.”For his part, Ambassador Chowdhury pledged to “coordinate, advocate and mobilize international support measures and resources in favour of these vulnerable countries.”He reviewed activities toward that end undertaken by his Office so far this year, including providing crucial input to the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg. “My Office is determined to spare no efforts to forge the needed global partnership and to secure commitments to a resurgence of political will matched by adequate technical and financial resources,” he said. read more

Sport Calgary watching CalgaryNEXT from the sidelines for now

Sport Calgary watching CalgaryNEXT from the sidelines, for now Leaked photo of drawing concept of CalgaryNEXT arena, fieldhouse and entertainment complex. Courtesy @IgnitedAndroid on Twitter by Cindy White Posted Jan 16, 2016 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2016 at 8:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The debate over the massive CalgaryNEXT arena, football stadium, fieldhouse project, really heated up this week when the NHL commissioner was in town.So what does Sport Calgary think?Murray Sigler is with the umbrella organization for several amateur sport groups in the city.He was on Sportsnet 960 The Fan with Rob Kerr. Sigler said the mayor and city council are right to be cautious and ask lots of questions.“Our job is to help them answer those on behalf of amateur sport,” he said. “So, we’ll be looking at the CalgaryNEXT proposal in term of the actual ammenities it provides. That’s the direct question, what are the amenities?”He added, they will also look at accessibility and affordability. “Will there be parking? Will there be times that it’s open for use by amateur sport?”Sigler said a new field house is desperately needed in this city. He said they will be getting input from all their member organizations before deciding if they support CalgaryNEXT. read more

Eleanor McCain spares no expense marking Canada 150 with True North project

Eleanor McCain spares no expense marking Canada 150 with ‘True North’ project by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2017 12:47 pm MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Singer Eleanor McCain poses for a photo to promote the release of her album “True North: The Canadian Songbook,” in Toronto, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan TORONTO – Eleanor McCain pulled out all the stops while making plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.She envisioned recording a covers album that would be something spectacular. So instead of choosing a single orchestra to bring a selection of classic Canadian songs to life, she enlisted 10 of the country’s top symphonies.Then she hired 23 photographers to shape a hefty coffee-table book chronicling her coast-to-coast recording odyssey. There’s also a documentary in the works.“True North: The Canadian Songbook” is a breathlessly lavish project that McCain says is her gift to Canada. The daughter of McCain Foods founder Wallace McCain financed the whole thing herself.McCain stands centre stage for 31 covers of Canadian favourites — including takes on Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” kd lang’s “Constant Craving,” and “I’ll Always Be There” by Roch Voisine — and one new original song.She also recorded a new arrangement of Bryan Adams’s “Run to You,” substituting his guitar with a saxophone and heaping cymbals, and embarked on a major reworking of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” It explores octaves never tread by the late poetic songwriter.“It’s always a risk when you’re taking these iconic songs,” McCain says. “(We wanted to) try to create something new but still honour the original.”Her glossy 220-page book captures two perspectives. McCain mingles with her fellow musicians in some photos, while others capture her traipsing across Canada’s countrysides in fancy evening gowns.In one image, McCain dons a red sequined dress to pose in a Saskatchewan wheat field. Another has her on the shores of Algonquin Park — with a canoe paddle in hand — adorned in a gown from Hamilton-based indigenous designer Angela DeMontigny.It’s the kind of pageantry only mustered by an expansive budget — and one most Canadian artists probably couldn’t afford.Those realities aren’t lost on McCain, who acknowledges her good fortunes in belonging to one of New Brunswick’s richest families. But her lineage comes with a downside too, including the unsavoury nickname of “French fry heiress” in the media.She rankles when it comes up in conversation.“It’s an unfortunate label,” she says. “It doesn’t represent who I am…. The values (my father) instilled in me are not the ones that are attributed maybe to a label like an ‘heiress.’”When asked how much she spent making “True North” she fumbles for a direct answer.“A lot. I actually don’t even know,” she says.“I don’t want to know. No, I do. I just don’t really talk about it that much.”McCain prefers to focus on calling it a “pure labour of love.”The project comes as the singer charges ahead with contentious, headline-grabbing annulment proceedings with her estranged husband Jeff Melanson, who was the CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra before stepping down last year. His former symphony is notably absent from McCain’s album.According to court documents filed by McCain, her “fairy tale” marriage abruptly ended after nine months, when Melanson unexpectedly backed out through an email message. He disputes her account in a response filed by his lawyers, saying their marriage ended after a couple’s therapy session.Stacks of legal documents have piled up in an Ontario Superior Court as they continue sparring over money and blame. McCain’s album was dragged into the proceedings two months ago when she asked to delay the costly legal wranglings to embark on a publicity blitz for “True North.” Justice Carolyn Horkins rejected the request.When speaking in person, McCain steps carefully around the subject of her fizzled marriage, though she makes fleeting references to it in her book.She says singing proved “cathartic” and her emotional connection to some of the songs was heightened by what she faced in her own life.“There’s a beautiful marriage between the music and lyrics,” she says.“A beautiful wilting melody.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

Millions of children in Syria deprived of education says UNICEF

With the conflict in Syria now in its fifth year, some children in Syria have never known what it is like to enter a classroom, while others have lost up to four years of their schooling, the agency noted in a news release.“Syria’s basic public services, including education, have been stretched to the maximum,” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “We need to do so much more to help the education institutions from collapsing and increase opportunities for children to access education across the country.”School buildings are also affected by the conflict; 5,000 of them cannot be used as they have been destroyed, converted into shelters for displaced families, or used as bases for armed forces, UNICEF said. Often, the schools and their surroundings are unsafe, dangerous for children to reach, and at risk of deliberate attack. To take their exams last summer, at least 20 per cent of Syria’s children were forced to cross lines of fire. UNICEF has been working with local partners on the ground to reach around three million children, and has implemented an informal education programme to reduce the number of out-of-school children. The agency is also printing school supplies and text books locally and distributing them to students. “Even under the worst circumstances Syrian children keep asking to learn and go back to school because they are yearning for a better future and a chance to be influential” said Ms. Singer. “We must all invest in Syria’s children as they are the future of Syria and they will help rebuild their country when peace returns.”Under the ‘No Lost Generation Initiative,’ UNICEF is starting a self-learning programme to reach 500,000 children who missed out on years of schooling. An accelerated learning programme is also aimed at helping 200,000 children catch up with their learning and eventually reintegrate into formal education. UNICEF is also rehabilitating damaged schools and creating prefabricated classrooms to accommodate 300,000 additional children. UNICEF requires $68 million by end of the year, of which $12 million is needed immediately in order to continue responding to children’s educational needs. read more

Man dies after van collides with wall

first_imgA MAN HAS died and another man has been injured in a single-vehicle collision in Portlaoise.Gardaí in Portlaoise are investigating the road traffic collision, which occurred on the Borris Road on the outskirts of Portlaoise tonight at approximately 7.30pm.They said that a man in his 30s was fatally injured when the van he was driving collided with a wall.He was pronounced dead at the scene and a second male who was a passenger in the van was brought to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.The passenger’s injuries are described as ‘not serious’.This stretch of road is currently closed for garda forensic collision investigators to carry out an examination. Local diversions are in place.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Portlaoise garda station on 057 8674100, the Garda confidential telephone line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.last_img read more

Dinosaurs Were Mostly Vegetarians

first_imgIs this enough to challenge popular notions of dinosaur as blood thirsty meat-eating machines? Naw, probably not, but it’s fascinating, nonetheless. A new study found that more than 90 species of theropods previously suspected to be carnivores most likely had largely plant-based diets.Says scientist Dr. Lindsay Zanno, “Most theropods are clearly adapted to a predatory lifestyle, but somewhere on the line to birds, predatory dinosaurs went soft.” For those species with less clear cut adaptations than, say, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, dietary preferences have been something of a guessing game. Adds Zanno,”These oddball dinosaurs have been the subject of much speculation but until now, we have not had a reliable way to choose between competing theories as to what they ate.”Scientists have managed to piece together clues including feces, teeth marks, and the presence of food evidence and stones used for herbivorous food breakdown in stomachs. Zanno again, “Once we linked certain adaptations with direct evidence of diet, we looked to see which other theropod species had the same traits. Then we could say who was likely a plant eater and who was not.”Their plant-based diet may have been what helped these species thrive.last_img read more

Traders oppose changes to afternoon clearways

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A government proposal for amended hours of operation for clearways in the afternoons has received a mixed reaction from traders and a Greek councillor with the  City of Stonnington.Tim Pallas, Minister for Roads and Ports announced changes in the afternoon hours of operation for clearways within a 10km radius from the CBD on Wednesday and claimed they are designed to achieve consistency for clearway times across the city. All clearways within 100 metres of major intersections will start at 3 pm.Clearways that currently start before 4pm will start at 3pm while all other clearways will start at 4 pm.All afternoon clearways will finish at 7 pm.The new hours of operation represent a major step back from the original Government proposal for a 3 pm start for all clearways.However the Government has not yet announced a start date for the amended hours of operation.Jim Pothitos, Chapel Street traders’ association president, welcomed the government backdown but opposed the 3 pm start to clearways within 100 metres of major intersections.“Our position is that this distance should be shortened to 20 metres, otherwise the impact on certain shopping strips will be very negative,” Mr Pothitos said.Eugene Nottermans, Chairman of the Inner City Business Association, also highlighted the negative impact the 3pm start of cleaways near major intersections would have on small business.“In some shopping centres this would take away all parking, High Street would lose 25 percent of its parking and Toorak Rd probably about 50 percent of its parking.”  The traders met with local parliamentarian and Cabinet Secretary Tony Lapton who defended the government’s plan. However local traders were not satisfied with his response.“We are in no way impressed with the offering because when you look at the details of it, it’s maintaining the 10am [morning clearway ending] as well as introducing a 3pm partial clearway enforcement,” Mr Nottermans stressed. “This is economically irresponsible in the midst of the global financial crisis which is a catastrophe of incredible proportions that still hasn’t been anticipated,” he added. “Where is the cost benefit study? Where is the economic benefit study that tells you this is the way forward?” Opposition leader Ted Baillieu reiterated on Wednesday the Coalition’s objection to the plan.“In terms of clearways, we said all along the government had got this wrong. They scoffed, and indeed today Tim Pallas has indicated that the government’s going to back down. But they are only backing down in part and there will still be many businesses left short. That remains a problem,” said Baillieu.The Opposition has maintained that the Brumby government took action on clearways without consulting with traders or  local councils. City of Stonnington Councilor, Tasos Athanasopoulos cautiously welcomed the plan on the basis that it will be implemented on a trial basis. However, he expressed his concern that trial periods often end up being permanent arrangements. “I personally do not agree with this trial, only because if they did their job properly and went through the consultation process and assessed the situation there is no way they would go ahead with this policy,” said Cr Athanasopoulos. A spokesman for Tim Pallas said to Neos Kosmos English Edition that the new afternoon hours of operation for clearways are permanent and that the government will be working along with councils and traders to fine-tune their implementation.last_img read more

Gibson gets more time to find alibis for 118 days of alleged

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #ShaneGibsonappearsincourt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – In court on Friday morning to give his alibis for the 118 days he is alleged to have made extortion demands on contractor Jonathan Ash was former Labour and National Insurance Board Minister, Shane Gibson… but he did not give those alibis, his attorney says it is near impossible to do so.    Gibson appeared in the Supreme Court before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson.The former PLP government leader is charged with 31 counts of crime linked to a quarter of a million dollars which is alleged to have extorted and bribed from the suspect contractor between January and April this year.    Gibson had been given 21 days to produce his alibis, his attorney Wayne Munroe QC said it was nearly impossible to identify alibis for the time the crimes were alleged to have happened, according to Police.  The matter was suspended until more specific dates could be given for there to be compliance with the alibi notice.Gibson was in court with his wife and supporters and will reappear in the Supreme Court on November 3, which is next week Friday and presiding then will be Justice John Isaacs.#MagneticMediaNews#ShaneGibsonappearsincourt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

A Perfect Circle On Influences Collaboration Building Eat The Elephant

first_img Twitter A Perfect Circle Talk Building ‘Eat The Elephant’ perfect-circle-influences-collaboration-building-eat-elephant News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 25, 2018 – 7:27 am A Perfect Circle Talk ‘Eat The Elephant’ A Perfect Circle On Influences, Collaboration & Building ‘Eat The Elephant’ The influential rock group stopped by the GRAMMY Museum to discuss the impetus for their new music, their early influences and the creative process behind their big 2018 returnNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 25, 2018 – 7:30 am A Perfect Circleis the kind of band fans wait with bated breath to hear new music from, no matter how long they are away. In the case of Eat The Elephant, the band’s fourth album, the wait was a full 14 years. Still, the new material was met with much anticipation, a testament to the art. Email Back in October, we premiered a video for the title track from the album-length film the band made for Eat The Elephant. In the song, lead singer and songwriter Maynard James Keenan’s stark, haunting vocals creek and soar over lead composer and guitarist Billy Howerdel’s dynamic backdrop. During a recent visit to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles,as Keenan and Howerdel shared how they came to revisit the project after all these years away.”I think it was just time,” said Keenan. “I was really busy with Puscifer for quite a while. Then I was gonna get back into doing some Tool music, and they weren’t ready, so I was like [to Howerdel], “Hey, what’s up?”The time passed since their previous album, 2004’s Emotive, manifests itself on Eat The Elephant in the space within and around its songs, creating a new sonic environment from the band’s previous work. This had everything to do with how the songs’ foundations were built.”A lot of times on this record we had the song kind of almost complete, and then he put the vocals on top. It was pretty amazing,” explained Howerdel. “Maynard had a lot more input into the music this time, just to, you know, try to some things, because he knew where he was gonna go vocally. He wasn’t in the room when I was working on the music, so we’d kind of lightly steer in that direction. And I think it worked out because he just had something in mind and then was able to throw the solid final performance on top of it.”When it comes to architecting a vocal, Keenan does it like no one else. The genesis of his genius instincts begin with responding to the music, as he revealed during the conversation. “First and foremost, it’s a reaction to the melodies and structures and time signatures that the group of musicians are presenting me, whether it’s Mat Mitchell, or Billy, or Tool,” he said. “It’s all a reaction melodically to those rhythms, constructing it in a way that feels like an actual conversation. And I of course react better when they’re not in 4/4. I don’t speak in 4/4.””Then [I] figure out where that emotion is going, and then just look at your life experiences, what you’re experiencing at the moment, and attach a set of words or a circumstance to that set of rhythms and melodies to see if it opens up a whole story, because you know, human interaction, human experience from birth to death, there’s an infinite number of flavors and colors and bandwidths and emotions that come with those experiences.”Keenan also named an intriguing roster of early influences, providing a glimpse into his stylistic DNA. His early exposure to everything from Roberta Flack to Black Sabbath to Joni Mitchell led to an appreciation of Minor Threat, Killing Joke, Swans and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which in turn led him to Gillian Welch and PJ Harvey.”To me, there’s a sadness that’s captivating in that writing that’s essential,” Keenan says of Welch, Harvey and his tastes as they’ve evolved over the course of his life.A Perfect Circle has evolved, too. At its core, it’s a dynamic collaboration, which means Keenan and Howerdel cannot say what will come next.”It’s a marriage of sorts,” says Howerdel. “You have to make this more than just the sum of its parts, more than the sum of the two of us. That comes from the unknown of collaboration… Having collaboration is the magic of never knowing what’s coming next.”A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel On New Music, Touring Again & MoreRead more Facebook last_img read more

AK High levels of mercury spell hazards for subsistence in Southeast village

first_imgDownload AudioEarlier this month, Angoon’s mayor asked for help after discovering high levels of mercury in subsistence seal. With only one grocery store in town, the small Southeast village is dependent on what’s in the water. And according to a tissue sample test, that might include contaminants from a nearby mine.Alan Zuboff comes to these Angoon flats almost every day to dig for cockles. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins – KTOO)Alan Zuboff, a Tlingit elder, drags a rake across a pebbly surface on Angoon’s tidal flats. He’s been coming to this spot his whole life.“Where we’re digging is an old site,” Zuboff said. “It used to be a fish weir back 300 or 500 years ago.”Today, he’s digging for cockles – a saltwater clam with a grooved, brown shell. Zuboff visits here almost every day at low tide.“Because if you want to pay $10 for a gallon of milk at the store, it gets pretty pricey to buy stuff from the store,” Zuboff said. “It’s best to live off the land and besides everything is going organic. And we’ve been doing it for 10,000 years. Why not keep it up?”The reason not to keep it up: the possibility of toxic metals. Angoon’s tribal council has warned people about collecting traditional foods, like seaweed, clams, mussels, crab, cockles and seal.Back in May, Edward Kookesh, an Angoon hunter, harvested a seal near the shores of Hawk Inlet, and K.J. Metcalf, a Juneau resident who was boating nearby, asked if he could take a sample. Metcalf was the first ranger of Admiralty Island National Monument and now oversees the environmental advocacy nonprofit, The Friends of Admiralty Island.After digging a few minutes, Alan Zuboff has a sizable pile of the saltwater clam. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins – KTOO)When the independent lab tests were analyzed months later, he was alarmed at what he saw: elevated levels of mercury.“As high as they’ve ever been in an Alaskan seal and globally up near the top so just significant,” said Metcalf. “I called Edward Kookesh and said do you still have that seal and he said no it’s been divided up in the community and its eaten.”“We’re all still alive, you know,” Kookesh said. “But we’re just wondering how bad it’s going to get, if it’s going to get any worse. If we’re going to be able to fix it?”Kookesh split the seal among 10 people — mostly family and friends from Angoon.“We make seal grease out of the seal fat and use it with our eggs and our fish,” Kookesh said. “It’s a big part of what we do in subsistence life.”Thankfully, he says, no one felt sick, but he worries about long term health issues. Exposure to mercury can impact the nervous system. It can impair vision, speech, hearing and cause trembling of the hands.Given the risks, Kookesh says he won’t be going back to Hawk Inlet to harvest seal.“I don’t think I’ll be going up there to harvest anything,” Kookesh said. “I don’t even want to make a chance and feed my family or anyone else’s family anything that’s contaminated.”The location in question is the home of the Greens Creek Mine, which has been operating since the 1980s. It’s one of the largest producers of silver in the country, and the only mine to operate on a national monument.Hecla’s Greens Creek Mine located in Hawk Inlet. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins – KTOO)So it’s subject to regular water quality and sediment testing that gets rolled into a monthly and annual report. It’s submitted to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Then there’s biomonitoring — the testing of sea life, like mussels and sea worms. But not seal.Allan Nakanishi oversees waste water discharge permitting for mining facilities for the state’s water division.“It’s difficult for us to see direct evidence or a link between Greens Creeks discharges to what was found in that particular seal species.” Nakanishi said.Nakanishi says seals are considered a high order life-form, meaning they’re migratory. The bio-monitoring program selects the lowest order on the food chain because they stay put. In other words, a shellfish is easier to pinpoint and use as a basis of analysis to see if anything’s changed.And Nakanishi said when it comes to mercury levels their tests show nothing has.“I guess it’s in the ocean but we can’t pinpoint it to Green’s Creek’s operations or their discharges based on what we’re seeing in their effluent monitoring results.” Nakanishi said.Back in 1989, Greens Creek spilled an unknown amount of ore into the water of Hawk Inlet and went through the steps to clean it up. Since then, Nakanishi says the water quality has returned to pre-mining levels. The seal could have traveled from somewhere else.“You know, the DEC is correct,” KJ Metcalf of The Friends of Admiralty Island said. “There is that possibility, I would say. But when it’s that high and that dangerous that you’ve got to take some action to determine if it is the mine that’s causing it. If it comes from someplace else and you can prove that we outta know where it came from because that place is bad. ”Angoon’s mayor and tribal president, Albert Howard, showed me around a neighborhood on Angoon’s seven and a half miles of road.The small village of Angoon is the home to about 400 people. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins – KTOO)“She’s got a smokehouse right there. He’s got a smokehouse right there,” Howard said as he started the car.A little over 400 people live here, and Howard thinks a good 80 percent of Angoon’s residents are out of work.He says a lot of families rely on subsistence to make ends meet.“The hardest part is when community members ask if it’s safe to go out and get what they’ve always gotten to feed their families and you don’t have an answer,” Howard said. “And nothing is happening quick enough to give them that answer. And it weighs heavy on you that as a leader, it’s part of your responsibility to make sure everything is safe.Howard wrote a letter to the state Department of Health and Social Services outlining his concerns. The department says it will issue a formal response, with the Department of Environmental Conservation, in the upcoming week.On the beach in Angoon, Alan Zuboff has already collected a sizable pile of cockles to fill his blue bucket. He says when goes home at night to eat his dinner, the sweet, briny taste of shellfish is on his mind. But so are the toxic metals.I am worried about it,” Zuboff said. “But it’s the little person in the back of my mind or that’s sitting on my shoulder, little devil saying, ‘yeah worry.’”He wonders about the whole big ocean beyond his community that is both a grocery store and a way of life.last_img read more