Essential phone inbound stops by FCC

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first_imgFCC sightings don’t usually reveal as much juicy details as its TENAA counterpart in China, but they do at least hint at one thing: a device is close to being launched. That is definitely the case here with Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 Android smartphone. Since we already know much about the device anyway, all that’s really left for drooling fans is a launch date. And since it just appeared at the FCC, that date might be sooner rather than later. Hi there Ahmed, we’re finalizing the testing to validate our official IP rating.— Essential (@essential) June 26, 2017 Actually, the FCC filing does reveal some hopefully good news for eager buyers. The documents show that the Essential phone will be compatible with all major US carriers, even those that use CDMA networks. That at least gives some hope despite the news that the device will be a Sprint exclusive. Other than that and the US model number “A11”, not much else can be gleaned from it.The Essential phone is easily one of the most talked about Android phones this year, in a large part because of its association with Andy Rubin, the godfather of Android. Of course, it does help that the smartphone has even less bezels than the Galaxy S8 and promises to be just as pure and quickly updated as Nexus devices.That’s not to say the Essential doesn’t have its fair share of controversy. That even includes a trademark lawsuit filed by accessory maker Spigen over its very name. The Pogo pins on the smartphone’s back has also been deemed a disappointment, carrying over only power for a camera accessory and not data as well. There’s no final word yet on waterproofing, but the company’s Twitter account does offer some hope. Story TimelineEssential Home revealed to take on Amazon Echo and Google’s assistant6 Essential Phone details that make Andy Rubin’s device unique5 big things Andy Rubin just told us about the Essential PhoneiPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 vs Essential Phone (leading the way)The Essential Phone just made a huge carrier mistake Perhaps the biggest criticism is Essential’s decision to make its first phone exclusive to only one carrier. While the phone will also be sold unlock, it still presents a barrier that not many consumers will be willing to climb over, despite the affordable $699 price tag.VIA: GSMArenalast_img read more

DJI Zenmuse X7 cinematic camera leaks with 6K RAW and Apple ProRes

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first_imgAccording to the report, DJI’s upcoming camera will also support recording 3.9K videos at a 59.94fps, making it suitable for 4K/60fps purposes. Upon launch, at least, the Zenmuse X7 will be made available on the Inspire drone, but the sources state that the camera may be available on cheaper drones at some point in the future.SOURCE: DroneDJ It is expected that DJI will soon announce the new Zenmuse X7, a 6K cinematic camera expanding its existing Zenmuse drone camera lineup. The camera hasn’t yet been made official, but a new leak purports to detail many of its features, not the least of which is a huge 6K resolution that records at 30fps, plus a still camera able to capture 24-megapixel RAW DNG photos. The leak comes by way of DroneDJ, which published two press shots showing what is said to be the Zenmuse X7, as well as a promotional video. The X7 is said to feature a 3-axis stabilized gimbal with the aforementioned 6K/30fs camera. Given the very high resolution, it’s not surprising that DJI is said to offer recording in a variety of formats, including pro-tier Apple ProRes and Cinema DNG.In addition to those formats, the Zenmuse X7 can also supposedly record video in h.265/h.254 formats, plus snap photos in RAW DNG and JPEG. The camera is tipped to also feature a Super 35mm-equivalent sensor and a DL Lens Mount. The design, at least based on what is shown in the image above, resembles certain existing Zenmuse cameras.As with other cameras, this Zenmuse is designed for use with drones, enabling — in this case — professionals to shoot videos that are suitable for 4K+ displays and professional applications, including cinema footage, promotional videos, and other scenarios where high quality aerial videos are needed.last_img read more

The US Senate just voted to save net neutrality

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first_imgWith a vote of 52-47, the US Senate voted this afternoon to save net neutrality. All 49 Democrats in the Senate voted in favor of stopping the FCC’s order, while three Republicans – Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and John Kennedy from Louisiana – broke with their party to vote in favor as well.While this is certainly encouraging, this is just the beginning of a long road for the effort to save net neutrality. The bill still needs to the pass the House of Representatives, and if we’re expecting a split down party lines with the Democrats voting in the affirmative and the Republicans voting against, it means that 22 Republicans would need to flip before the bill would even be voted on.Passing the Senate, in a way, was the easiest part of this whole process. Even if it passes the House, President Trump could still – and likely will – veto the order when it lands on his desk. Still, those who want to see the FCC’s order reversed are probably happy to take this one step at a time.If you want to see the effort go any further, though, it’s time to start calling your representatives in the House. There’s no word on when the House Democrats might start collecting signatures to force a vote, but it’s never too early to start telling your representative what you expect of them should the resolution make it to the floor. If you don’t know who your representative is, you can find out by entering your ZIP code over on the House of Representatives website. Story TimelineNet Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?Burger King’s net neutrality ad is oddly persuasiveNet neutrality officially dies in June If you were a bit cynical about the US Senate’s vote to save net neutrality today, we can’t really blame you. With senators and representatives all too willing to vote along party lines, the odds are certainly stacked against this effort by Democrats in Congress to block the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom Order.” It appears, however, that your cynicism was misplaced, at least in this instance.last_img read more

Kuo Apple Watch 4 preorders look good iPhone XS not so much

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first_imgApple’s new devices are out and analysts did get many thing right. Now that shipping dates are close, it’s time for them to once again sharpen their knives and forecast which will be hot and which will be not. Famed analyst Ming-chi Kuo has already given his early analysis of what’s going to happen in the next few weeks. Unsurprisingly, the Apple Watch 4 pre-order have exceeded expectations but the iPhone Xs, like its predecessor, might not do so well. That pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 4 are doing well is really not unexpected. Kuo believes that up to 55% of the estimated 18 million shipped Apple Watches this year will be from Series 4. With ECG support and a larger screen, the Apple Watch’s health benefits have obviously become its biggest selling factor, especially if the ECG heart rate monitor Of the three new iPhones, Kuo thinks that the iPhone Xs Max is meeting expectations, especially in China. The dual SIM, gold color, and large screen check all the boxes for that region. Plus, they don’t have to wait as long as they did for the iPhone X last year. Kuo thinks it will take up as much as 30% of the new iPhone shipments this year.That has nothing on the iPhone Xr though. Kuo revised his forecast, predicting that 60% of the shipments will be taken up by the cheaper variant. That model’s lower pricing and dual SIM, while still sporting the same premium looks, is predicted to be a hit. Again, especially in China.That leaves 10 to 15 percent of the shipments to the iPhone Xs, the direct descendant of last year’s premium model. It is perhaps because of that pre-orders for the smartphone are doing poorly. Then again, analysts got their predictions wrong with the iPhone X too.last_img read more

Olli selfdriving bus uses IBM Watson is live in Washington DC

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first_imgStory TimelineGoogle patents sticky hoods for self-driving carsWill self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?Google digs self-driving roots in heart of old-school automaker territory The bus is miniature in size, at least in relation to ordinary city buses. Olli can seat 12 individuals and is powered by an electric motor; there are more than 30 sensors integrated into the bus, as well. This is the first vehicle, according to Local Motors, to use IBM Watson’s “cloud-based cognitive computing capability.” Among other things, the bus uses technologies like Natural Language Classifier, Speech to Text, Text to Speech, and Entity Extraction for interaction between the riders and the bus itself.Says Local Motors, those hitching a ride in the bus can hold conversations with Olli, asking how something works and whether they’ve arrived at their destination. Also, riders can simply ask the bus to take them somewhere, with Local Motors using the example, “Olli, can you take me downtown?” Even better, the passengers can also ask for Olli’s recommendations on local places to visit, which is in some way “based on analysis of personal preferences,” according to the company.As of today, there’s an Olli bus in operation on public roads in Washington DC. Local Motors says it already has interest from other cities and regions, and that it expects the self-driving bus to be in use in both Las Vegas and Miami-Dade County later on this year.IBM Watson’s Harriet Green said:Cognitive computing provides incredible opportunities to create unparalleled, customized experiences for customers, taking advantage of the massive amounts of streaming data from all devices connected to the Internet of Things, including an automobile’s myriad sensors and systems. IBM is excited to work with Local Motors to infuse IBM Watson IoT cognitive computing capabilities into Olli, exploring the art of what’s possible in a world of self-driving vehicles and providing a unique, personalized experience for every passenger while helping to revolutionize the future of transportation for years to come.SOURCE: Local Motors Local Motors has taken the wraps off a new self-driving bus named Olli. The bus is said to be the first autonomous one of its kind to use IBM’s Watson technology, and it is currently on the road in Washington D.C. Local Motors introduced the bus this morning at the Grand Opening of its new facility in National Harbor, Maryland; soon enough, we’ll see the bus in operation in Las Vegas and Miami-Dade county, as well.last_img read more

Only these 15 cars passed 2018s toughest crash tests

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first_imgOnly a handful of cars currently sold in the US qualify as the industry’s safest, the IIHS has said today, with tougher tests slimming the number of models that get its top award. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been running its own crash tests in parallel to those of the NHTSA testing for decades now, most recently including small-overlap challenges that go beyond what the US government examines to model how vehicles handle real-world incidents. If you’re in the market for a new car, it makes for a list you should be reading. Nonetheless you might need to spend a little more, even if your model of choice is on the list. IIHS points out that few of the cars qualify for its awards unless options like emergency front braking and better headlamps are added. Toyota gets singled out for particular praise there, since it has made automatic braking standard on the majority of its vehicles. Other automakers have committed to eventually doing the same, but for the moment it’s often part of an optional safety upgrade. MORE IIHS Story TimelineThe 2016 IIHS full-size truck safety scores are in… and they’ll shock youThis dramatic Chevrolet Bolt EV crash test video is great newsTesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ gradeAs Tesla protests, what exactly is IIHS’ small overlap front test?center_img It’s a small list, mind: only fifteen vehicles are getting the highest level of IIHS’ ratings. If that number sounds small, there’s a good reason for that. IIHS toughened up its testing requirements this past year, adding two new factors if cars want to qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. Now, they need to have headlights the organization rates as “good” and passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes that’s rated either “good” or “acceptable” too.The latter was a fairly controversial addition by IIHS. While it had been testing driver-side small overlap front crash resilience since 2012, there were concerns that car makers were designing their crash structures specifically with that test in mind. However, at the same time, that could leave passengers without the same protection. As for the headlights, IIHS only began rating them in March 2016. It looks at not only how well the low- and high-beams can illuminate the road for the driver, but how much glare they subject oncoming drivers to. For small cars, the Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Subaru Impreza (in sedan and wagon form), and the Subaru WRX all took the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. The Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, and Toyota Camry did the same in the midsize car segment, while the BMW 5 Series, Genesis G80, Genesis G90, Lincoln Continental, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class did so in the large luxury car segment. As for SUVs, the Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport were the only two that IIHS tested that got the top award. Only the Mercedes-Benz GLC grabbed it in the midsize luxury SUV space. Still, if you’re willing to compromise on the new tests, you have a lot more choice. The TOP SAFETY PICK award has almost the same requirements in crash protection – including the driver-side small overlap front test – but doesn’t include the passenger-side version. It also allows for an acceptable headlight rating. Then, you get 47 more options. last_img read more

Porsche 718 Cayman spotted winter testing tipped for a 40L flatsix

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first_imgThe Porsche 714 Cayman is a very cool little two-seater that shares some DNA with the Boxster drop top. The Cayman has a very cool GT4 version that is hopped up and aimed at those wanting performance on the road and the track. The black car covered in snow you see snapped here is a Cayman GT4. You can tell it’s a GT4 thanks to the big spoiler and other aero tidbits on the car. The images also show cross-drilled rotors, red brake calipers, and lightweight wheels. A dual exhaust sits out back and while the older model had a 3.8L flat-six engine, the new GT4 is tipped for something bigger.Word is that this car will have a detuned version of the 4.0L flat-six that is used in the epic 911 GT3. In GT3 form, that engine makes 500PS or about 493hp. In Cayman GT4 form reports indicate an output of around 400PS or about 394hp. Torque figures for the GT4 are unknown.If the bigger engine is true, it will give the GT4 quite a leg up on the Cayman GTS, the model one step down the performance ladder. The GT4 is expected to be offered with a manual transmission or a PDK. As for when the new Cayman GT4 will debut, Porsche hasn’t said officially.Rumors peg the launch for the Geneva Motor Show kicking off in March. No shots of the interior of the black car were taken. Other spy shots have tipped an interior with door pulls made of fabric loops and lots of Alcantara. SOURCE: Carscoopslast_img read more

Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

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first_imgThe fire happened on Flight 138, according to The Guardian, which reports on behalf of Massachusetts state police that a fire had to be extinguished by emergency crews after the plane landed. The incident took place late on the Fourth of July and is thought to have been caused by a defective or damaged battery charger, though it doesn’t appear that cause has been confirmed at this time.The plane had 217 passengers on it at the time of the incident; everyone was safely evacuated. A police spokesperson told The Guardian that a state police bomb disposal team searched the plane for the smoke source and discovered a ‘battery pack’ that had slipped between the cushions of a seat and caught on fire.An investigation into the matter is described as ongoing, but the preliminary results indicate that a battery pack being used as an ‘external phone charger’ had overheated, likely resulting in the small fire. A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said the airline is investigating to ‘fully understand the circumstances’ of the emergency.AdChoices广告This isn’t the first time a small gadget fire has forced a plane to land. In 2017, a pair of wireless headphones caught on fire after the internal Lithium-ion battery overheated, causing the headphones to ‘explode’ in the face of the person who was using them. Fortunately, the plane’s attendants were able to douse the headphones with water and isolate the device in a bucket, preventing a larger fire. Story TimelineVirgin Galactic donates historic VSS Unity hybrid rocket motor to SmithsonianVirgin Galactic’s spaceplane just took its first passenger to spaceVirgin Galactic begins move from California to Spaceport America A Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York was forced to make an emergency landing on July 4 after a possibly faulty external battery pack caused a small fire. The plane, an A330 Airbus, had left New York’s JFK airport and was on its way to London’s Heathrow airport when the crew was alerted to the presence of smoke, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Boston.last_img read more

HHS Details Consumer Savings From Lower Premiums Rebates

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first_imgHHS Details Consumer Savings From Lower Premiums, Rebates This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A Health and Human Services Department analysis estimated that consumers have saved $2.1 billion from the health law’s consumer protections, resulting in lower premiums and rebates.Modern Healthcare: Studies Find Massive Premium Savings, Lower Rate HikesNew analysis from HHS found that the 2010 healthcare law’s insurance reforms have saved consumers an estimated $2.1 billion through lower premiums and rebates, while a separate report said health insurance premiums for families rose by 4% in 2012. Since September 2011, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s rate-review provision has required insurance companies planning to raise premium rates by 10% or more in the individual and small group markets to justify the need for those rate hikes (Zigmond, 9/11). Politico Pro: HHS Breaks Down $1B In Rate Review Savings Of the $1 billion in savings from premium rate reviews over the past year, about 70 percent came from reviews at the state level and the rest came from HHS reviews, agency officials said in a conference call this afternoon. CCIIO Director Gary Cohen said that 64 percent of requested double-digit premium increases nationwide were either withdrawn or reduced. The $1 billion in savings is for all rate reviews — both the ones over 10 percent that the federal health law made mandatory and lesser hikes as well. While many states have been conducting rate reviews for years before health reform, the Affordable Care Act provided funding to beef up operations in states that could not afford it before, said Cohen and Teresa Miller, acting director of the oversight group at CCIIO (Norman, 9/11).last_img read more

Indicators Suggest Some Insurance Rates In Wash Calif To Increase Less Than

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first_imgThe Los Angeles Times reports that Anthem Blue Cross’s individual coverage premiums are expected to increase on average less than 10 percent next year. Also, the Associated Press notes that, though the rate approval process has just begun, the proposed average increase for Washington state rates is 8.25 percent. Los Angeles Times: Anthem’s Obamacare Rates To Increase Less Than 10% In CaliforniaIn the strongest indication yet where Obamacare rates are headed, industry giant Anthem Blue Cross said its California premiums for individual coverage will increase less than 10% on average next year. Health insurance rates in California during the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act were better than expected, helping boost enrollment to 1.4 million people in the Covered California exchange (Terhune, 6/12).The Associated Press: Washington Health Insurance Rates To Go Up In 2015People who buy their own health insurance in Washington state can expect rates to go up in 2015, but probably not as fast as insurance costs increased in the years before federal health care reform took effect. The process of approving insurance rates in Washington has just begun, but the proposed average increase for the more than 320,000 people who buy their own health insurance is 8.25 percent, according to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (Blankinship, 6/12).  This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Indicators Suggest Some Insurance Rates In Wash., Calif. To Increase Less Than 10%last_img read more

State Highlights Gubernatorial Election Outcomes Will Have Big Impact On Health Laws

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first_imgState Highlights: Gubernatorial Election Outcomes Will Have Big Impact On Health Law’s Future A selection of health policy stories from Virginia, Wisconsin, Kansas, California, Arkansas and New Jersey. The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Democrat McAuliffe Sees Senate Toss-Up, Governor GainsThe deciding factor in the Senate races will be President Barack Obama’s sagging approval numbers, he said, which are weighing down Democrats like Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana and Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas. … Mr. McAuliffe pushed Virginia legislators to expand the state’s Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act last summer, but Republicans wouldn’t have it (Bauerlein, 10/8).The Associated Press: Democrat Promises To Undo Kansas Medicaid Change Democratic challenger Paul Davis on Wednesday proposed reversing part of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s overhaul of the Kansas Medicaid program, appealing to vocal advocates for the disabled in a political race that remains a toss-up. Davis said during a Statehouse news conference that if he defeats Brownback, he’ll end three private health insurance companies’ oversight of in-home support services for about 8,500 developmentally disabled Kansans. The firms’ oversight is part of the insurers’ management of the state’s $3 billion-a-year Medicaid program, which covers medical and in-home services for the poor and disabled (Hanna, 10/8). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Planned Parenthood Slams Walker Over Abortion AdA group providing abortions and birth control Wednesday sharply criticized Gov. Scott Walker for his actions to regulate their clinics and for an ad in which he called ending a pregnancy an “agonizing” decision. In a conference call organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, Doug Laube, a longtime gynecologist in the state, took issue with an ad in which Walker said that he supported a law “to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options.” In July 2013, Walker approved a law requiring women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds and mandating that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they perform abortions (Stein, 10/8).Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Politifact: Dueling TV Ads Take On Scott Walker’s Position On AbortionA group supporting abortion rights injected abortion into the Wisconsin governor’s race Oct. 6, 2014, less than a month before election day. And Gov. Scott Walker responded the same day with a television ad of his own. By reviewing past fact-checks and articles we’ve done, we will try flesh out two central points made in both ads: Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s position on abortion and a law he signed that requires women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound (Kertscher, 10/8).Los Angeles Times: Health Agency Moving To Skid Row To Aid HomelessA Los Angeles County health agency is moving its headquarters and medical clinic into the heart of skid row in what experts said could become a national model for curbing homelessness. The $18-million Housing for Health program aims to get 10,000 of the county’s sickest, most vulnerable people off the streets and into permanent housing (Holland, 10/8).The Wall Street Journal: Union Protests Trump Entertainment’s Bid To Cut Worker BenefitsThe union for some 1,140 workers at Atlantic City, N.J.’s Trump Taj Mahal casino who are rallying to save their health-care and pension benefits are now fighting in two places: in the courtroom and on the streets. Several hundred protesters plan to block a major traffic intersection near the Atlantic City Expressway on Wednesday evening to draw attention to pressure that workers who are unionized through Unite Here Local 54 face, said union spokesman Ben Begleiter (Stech, 10/8). The Associated Press: AG Warning Residents Of Medicare Enrollment ScamsAttorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning Arkansas consumers who are eligible for Medicare to stay alert for possible scams during open enrollment. Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15. During that time, senior citizens 65 and older have the option to review their current plans and make whatever changes they choose. McDaniel says consumers shouldn’t provide personal information or account numbers in response to unsolicited calls or email and to be wary of callers who claim to be from a hospital, doctor’s office, or state and local health agency (10/9). California Healthline: State Files Autism Benefit Plan To CMSLast week, California health officials submitted a state plan amendment to federal officials, outlining some of the rules dealing with autism therapy as a Medi-Cal benefit. The submission by the Department of Health Care Services allows the state to get federal matching funds retroactive to July 7 — the day federal guidance clearly established the benefit — for beneficiaries, plans and providers who could be reimbursed for autism therapy care retroactive to that date (Gorn, 10/8). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

VA Fires Director Of Troubled Phoenix Medical Center

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first_imgVA Fires Director Of Troubled Phoenix Medical Center Sharon Helman had been on administrative leave after reports that records were falsified to hide long wait lists for treatment. Under pressure from Republicans in Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday fired the director of its Phoenix medical center, Sharon Helman, six months after she was placed on administrative leave amid revelations that hospital employees had manipulated wait lists to cloak long delays many veterans faced to see doctors. The department said it had “formally removed” Ms. Helman because an investigation by its inspector general had found that “allegations of lack of oversight and other misconduct were substantiated.” In a statement, the new department secretary, Robert A. McDonald, said those shortcomings ran “counter to our mission of serving veterans, and V.A. will not tolerate it.” (Oppel, 11/24) Facing a withering barrage of criticism from lawmakers and veterans advocates, Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman was fired Monday, nearly seven months after her suspension for alleged mismanagement, dishonesty and delayed care for veterans in the system. … A report by the VA Office of Inspector General found that Helman knew the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix was publishing phony statistics about patient care. It said she included that data in her performance evaluations as a means of collecting bonus pay. (Wagner, 11/24) Arizona Republic: VA Fires Phoenix Hospital Director The New York Times: Health Care Delays Lead To Ouster Of Veterans Hospital Director In Phoenix The Washington Post: VA Removes Sharon Helman, Manager At Center Of Phoenix Health-Care Scandal center_img The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans’ hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays. Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, was ousted nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid an investigation into allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. (Daly, 11/24) The Associated Press: VA Ousts Hospital Chief In Phoenix Scandal Department of Veterans Affairs officials on Monday said they had “formally removed,” Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where the largest nationwide scandal in the agency’s history first came to light this summer. … The action comes amid complaints from a growing chorus of Republicans who said the agency was not acting quickly enough to discipline officials responsible for the wrongdoing, despite legislation this summer to expedite the process for firing VA senior executives. (Wax-Thibodeaux, 11/24) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

State Highlights Alarming Rise In Minnesota Suicide Rates Sparks Call For Action

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first_imgState Highlights: Alarming Rise In Minnesota Suicide Rates Sparks Call For Action; Health Care Giant Kaiser Permanente Dinged By Federal Labor Regulators Media outlets report on news from Minnesota, California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Nebraska and Kansas. While economists and politicians differ over how to address the problem, those on all sides of the inequality debate generally agree there is an economic tipping point: when disparities become too extreme and too many are struggling. When adequate investment in human capital — higher education, adequate health care and decent housing — are impossible because of debt or under-employment, inequality becomes a significant drag on economic growth. (Phaneuf and Silber, 12/18) Prosecutors say the North Carolina woman posted on adoption websites and social media looking for people who are trying to adopt a baby, according to WECT. She had victims around the country send her money to cover food, housing and doctor appointments, the station reports. But she wasn’t actually pregnant. (Duncan, 12/17) Chicago Tribune: ‘I Was Given A Gift:’ United Airlines CEO Recalls Heart Transplant  Advocates for public- and private-sector social services workers offered competing recommendations on how to finance and deliver state-sponsored human services amidst lean budget conditions. During a presentation at the state Veterans’ Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill, the leader of one of the largest, private, nonprofit agencies in Connecticut called for redeploying resources to the private sector in the coming years as state workers retire. (Phaneuf, 12/17) Los Angeles Times: State Utility Regulators Delayed Implementing Law Aimed At Preventing Wildfires Sacramento Bee: Kaiser Permanente Accused Of Not Negotiating Contracts One photo from the wreckage of the Camp fire’s devastating march through Paradise, Calif., shows the remains of a charred cat with a glass bottle sticking out of its mouth. In another, two workers pretend to go on a drive to “unknown destinations” in someone’s burned-out recreational vehicle. Some of the captions, including one that accompanied a photo of a man mimicking jumping on what’s left of a scorched trampoline in someone’s yard, included jokes: “Trampolines are stupid. BTW, it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it.” (Fry, 12/17) Los Angeles Times: Police Investigate ‘Reprehensible’ Behavior Of Camp Fire Cleanup Workers Who Posted Offensive Photos  San Francisco Chronicle: Report: Berkeley Hospital Closure Would Mean Longer ER Waits, Ambulance Rides The CT Mirror: Connecticut Faces Long Crawl Out Of Wealth Extremes, Crushing Debt The planned closure of Berkeley’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center would severely restrict health care access for poor, elderly and minority East Bay residents, increase wait times for emergency care, and result in a loss of jobs, according to a new report by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Urban and Regional Development. Sutter Health, which owns Alta Bates, said in 2015 it would close the 347-bed hospital on Ashby Avenue by 2030, the year that California hospitals must comply with new seismic retrofitting standards or be decommissioned. (Ho, 12/17) The New York Times: Nebraska Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure In 2020 In hopes of winning regulatory approval for a deal first announced last year, the parent company of DaVita Medical Group has agreed to lower by more than $500 million the sale price of its clinic business to UnitedHealth Group, according to a Monday regulatory filing. The filing from Colorado-based DaVita Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission also cites “underlying business performance” in explaining why the purchase price has been lowered from $4.9 billion to $4.34 billion. (Snowbeck, 12/17) The Star Tribune: UnitedHealth Group Will Pay $500M Less For Colorado-Based Physicians Group The CT Mirror: Public Vs. Private Social Services Debate Reaches The Lamont Transition center_img Her inhaler was always nearby in case she had an asthma attack, resting by her pillow every night.Asthma was holding the fifth-grader back in school, putting her aspirations to be a writer and an artist further out of reach. Multiple visits to the emergency room took her away from schoolwork. She embodied a statistic compiled by Sinai Health System’s Urban Health Institute: Nearly 1 in 4 kids in Chicago’s West Side community of North Lawndale suffers from the chronic respiratory disease. (Kacik, 12/15) Dallas Morning News: 27 Dallas-Fort Worth Hospitals Earn A Grades In New Patient Safety Ranking The Star Tribune: Continued Rise In Minn. Suicides Prompts Plea For Better Prevention  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he would push to legalize recreational marijuana next year, a move that could generate more than $1.7 billion in sales annually and put New York in line with several neighboring states. The highly anticipated proposal came in a speech in Manhattan on Monday, in which the governor outlined his agenda for the first 100 days of his third term. Mr. Cuomo framed the speech as a reflection on what Franklin Delano Roosevelt — the former president who was once a New York governor himself — would do today, mixing sweeping rhetoric about American ideals with grim warnings about the Trump administration. (Wang, 12/17) Modern Healthcare: When Tax Forms Don’t Tell The Whole Story Of Community Benefits Health care giant Kaiser Permanente has been dinged by federal labor regulators, the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions announced Monday. But Kaiser disputes the conclusion reached by the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, representing 85,000 employees, including some 1,300 in Fresno, who are seeking a new contract. The coalition also represents more than 2,000 workers based at Kaiser South Sacramento. (Amaro, 12/17) Long before the Camp fire raced through Northern California, claiming at least 86 lives and all but erasing the Gold Rush town of Paradise, state law required the three big power monopolies to file detailed strategies to prevent wildfires. Under Senate Bill 1028, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric were supposed to prepare annual wildfire mitigation plans for reducing fire threats and identify who specifically would be responsible for implementing them. (McDonald, 12/17) As more and more surrounding states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, advocates in Nebraska say it’s time for their state to accept the reality and embrace the medicinal use of cannabis. And they want it written into the State Constitution. Two lawmakers started a petition drive last week hoping to build on legalization efforts elsewhere, including other deep red bastions like Utah and North Dakota, and put a Constitutional Amendment on medical marijuana on the state ballot in 2020. (Stack, 12/17) United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz had just finished working out at home when his knees buckled. He remembers thinking, “That was weird.” But he recalled the words of a doctor friend who had warned him not to ignore seemingly odd symptoms that could indicate heart problems. …Munoz runs one of the world’s largest airlines. But on Monday, the 59-year-old wasn’t at United’s Chicago headquarters or on a plane. He was sitting alongside others who had also undergone heart transplants at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. They gathered as Northwestern doctors announced that this year they’ve broken the record for performing the most heart transplants ever at an Illinois hospital in one year. (Schencker, 12/17) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The New York Times: Cuomo Moves To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In New York Within Months The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that works to improve health care quality, says Texas took a big jump up in its fall hospital safety grades ranking. Texas moved from 14th nationally to fifth on the strength of a 20 percent increase in hospitals earning A grades. The grading system uses 28 measures of publicly available data and assigns A-F letter grades based on hospitals’ ability to protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Here is how hospitals in the 19-county North Texas region fared. (O’Donnell and Joseph, 12/17) Suicides rose in Minnesota in 2017 with an alarming increase in men taking their own lives, but fewer suicides among women. Those findings were released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Health, along with a plea from the state health commissioner to halt a decadeslong trend of rising suicide numbers by increasing public awareness, mental health treatment and prevention programs. (Olson, 12/17) Kansas City Star: NC Woman Pleads Guilty In Nationwide Adoption Scam last_img read more

Googles unnerving Duplex AI just got even creepier

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first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. We’ve already seen Duplex book restaurant reservations and even haircuts, but now it can take you a big step further on your next journey − and it’s even more unsettling.Google is bringing its ambitious Duplex AI System to the web, and now it can even book you a rental car. All, of course, based on your personal data.Duplex is an AI System intend to solve real world tasks. The most popular example of its practical use is as a restaurant reservation tool, where it can take note of the number of customers and your preferred choice of food to speed up the process and book over the phone for you.But at Google I/O on May 7, a whole new application of the project was revealed, moving the tool on to web page bookings rather than just automated phone reservations.The example given on-stage at Google I/O was booking a rental car for your holiday. In this case, Google Assistant sent a notification reminding the user of a trip to Chicago, jogging their memory to book a rental car.Whereas right now that would kickstart a lengthy process of scrolling through webpages and filling in your details page-by-page and box-by-box, Duplex offers a quick solution. In the brief demonstration, Duplex was able to fill in all of these details instantaneously (with your approval) — and this doesn’t just include the dates of your trip, but even the car you would prefer to drive, apparently all based on your Gmail history.While this new tool should make time-consuming everyday tasks so much easier, we can’t help but feel a bit disquieted by one provider knowing so much about your private details and personal preferences.As of yet we don’t know when this feature will reach the UK, as Duplex is currently only available in certain US locations. But it’s a fair bet it can’t be far away from reaching us.Is Duplex going to become an integral part of your digital life, or is it just too creepy? Let us know on Twitter: @TrustedReviews This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

Sony TVs 2019 All the Sony Master and Bravia TVs for 2019

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first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Related: Best TV dealsA selection of Sony’s Android TVs will incorporate Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, expanding their list of talents allowing for streaming from your Apple device or Mac to a Sony TV.With HomeKit you can securely control smart home devices through the Home app or by asking Siri through your device. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are expected to launch on the ZG9, AG9, XG95, XG85 models some time in 2019, but an exact date has still not yet been confirmed. Chromecast and YouView have been built in to all TVs save for the XG70 and WG66 models.We will keep updating this page with prices and more details on Sony’s 2019 TV lineup. Prices for the most of the lineup have been confirmed and are listed below, but check back regularly for the full picture on Sony’s TV range.With that out of the way, let’s have a gander at Sony’s 2019 TVs so far.Related: What is HDR10+Sony TVs 2019 – 8K/4K Master SeriesZG9 8K HDR LED Master Series – 98-winch, 85-inchKD-98ZG9 − £84,999KD-85ZG9 − £13,999Sony’s first 8K TV in the ZG9 features the X1 Ultimate picture processor and 8K X-Reality Pro technology. The former promises richer, more immersive images and the latter is capable of upscaling images close to true 8K quality. The Backlight Master Drive is back, with its full-array backlight technology allowing for brighter images and more vibrant colours in 8K.The ZG9 also carries Sony’s Netflix Calibrated Mode and the IMAX Enhanced format. It doesn’t feature the brand’s impressive Surface Audio. Instead it uses Acoustic Multi-Audio with Sony’s Sound-from-Picture Reality experience. In short, sound will appear from precise areas that match the action on-screen, rather than emanating from beneath the TV. An HDMI 2.1 update is set to arrive later in the year.Our review of the KD-85ZG9 8K TV has gone live and we noted that it was capable of “delivering the most spectacular and gorgeous pictures” the TV world has yet seen. While the price and lack of 8K content will prove to be an obstacle for many, the Sony delivers bright and detailed images, with an upscaling performance that’s also very impressive.Related: Sony KD-85ZG9 8K TV reviewAG9 4K HDR OLED Master Series – 77-inch, 65-inch, 55-inchKD-77AG9KD-65AG9 − £3999KD-55AG9 − £2999The AG9 Master Series OLED has Sony’s X1 Ultimate Picture processor, along with the Pixel Contrast Booster that aims to bring a richer image that offers consistent picture quality even at wider viewing angles.Netflix Calibrated Mode, IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Vision and Atmos are included. So is the Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology that worked so well on the AF9 and A1 OLEDs, delicately vibrating the screen to produce sound.Related: What is 8K TV?AG8 4K HDR OLED – 65-inch, 55-inchKD-65AG8 − £2299KD-55AG8 − £3199Below the AG9 is the AG8 OLED. We expect this to be the model of choice if you’re looking for a more affordable OLED performer. The 4K HDR processor here is the X1 Extreme and Surface Acoustic Audio is featured too.IMAX Enhanced is onboard as is Dolby Vision. Build-wise, the stand can be rotated 180 degrees, which leaves plenty of space for a soundbar to be placed beneath.Related: What is HDMI 2.1?Sony TVs 2019 −XG Series 4K HDR LEDXG95/XG90 4K HDR LED – 85-inch, 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inchKD-85XG9505 − £4999KD-75XG9505 – £3999KD-65XG9505 – £2199KD-55XG9505 – £1799KD-49XG9005The XG95/90 LED range replaces Sony’s 2018 XF9005 range (you can read our reviews of the XF90 here and here). The XG95 comes with the X1 Ultimate processor, full-array local dimming and Sony’s X-Wide Angle technology for better viewing angles. Dolby Vision, IMAX Enhanced are onboard too.The 49in XG90 replaces the 49XF9005 and carries over the same X1 Extreme processor, and also packs in full-array local dimming. There’s IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Vision and X-Motion Clarity processing for clearer, smoother images.Related: What is Dolby Vision HDR?XG85 4K HDR LED – 85-inch, 75-inch, 65-inch and 55-inchKD-85XG8596 −KD-75XG8796 − £2699KD-75XG8505 − £2699KD-65XG8796 − £1899KD-65XG8505 − £1899KD-55XG8796 − £1399KD-55XG8596 −KD-55XG8505 − £1399The XG85 range is the mid-tier 4K range for 2019. The XG85 features the X1 picture processor, which isn’t to be confused with the Ultimate or Extreme versions, and Acoustic Multi-Audio for more accurate sound positioning.Dolby Vision and Atmos are available but there’s no full-array local dimming here, just Sony’s Triluminos display for enhanced colour accuracy.XG83 4K HDR LED – 49-inch, 43-inchKD-49XG8396 − £1199KD-43XG8396 − £999KD-43XG8396 − £999The XG83 swoops in beneath the XG85 and is for those who aren’t chasing top specs. It comes in a range of sizes to fit different living-room setups. In terms of the picture processor, the XG83 includes the X1 processor, with the 4K X-Reality Pro technology capable of upscaling to near 4K quality.Like the XG85, the display is boosted by Triluminos technology and Netflix is easily accessible via the standard remote control. The minimalist bezel is made out of premium aluminium.Related: Netflix reviewXG81 4K HDR LED – 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch, 43-inchKD-65XG8196 − £1599KD-55XG8196 − £1099KD-49XG8196 − £949KD-43XG8196 − £799The XG81 is practically an exact replica of the XG83 in terms of features, but it’s available in bigger sizes. Build seems to be the most noticeable difference here, as the attached feet are styled differently and the bezel has a brushed-aluminium look.XG80 4K HDR LED – 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch, 43-inchKD-75XG8096 − £2299KD-65XG8096 − £1399KD-55XG8096 − £999KD-49XG8096 − £849KD-43XG8096 − £699Again, the XG80 range shares many of the features you can find in the XG81 and XG83. Like its siblings Google Assistant is built in, as is easy access to Netflix and smart features via Android OS.Related: Google Assistant Guide – Features, entertainment, smart home and moreXG70 4K HDR LED – 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch, 43-inchKD-65XG7093 − £1199KD-65XG7073 − £1199KD-65XG7003 − £1199KD-65XG7002 −KD-55XG7093 − £849KD-55XG7073 − £649KD-55XG7003 − £849KD-55XG7002 −KD-49XG7093 − £699KD-49XG7073 − £699KD-49XG7003 − £699KD-49XG7002 −KD-43XG7093 – £649KD-43XG7073 – £699KD-43XG7003 – £649KD-43XG7002The XG70 is filled with numerous sizes and model names. However, in terms of features, it’s at the bottom of Sony’s TV range for 2019. Smart features aren’t plentiful either: there’s no Google Assistant voice control. Build quality is similar to the XG83, XG81 and XG80 with slightly different feet design. This is a TV that very much caters for a wider audience who aren’t looking to break the bank.There’s support for Freeview Play, instant one-click access to Netflix and YouTube, and a built-in internet browser. It’s available in silver and black finishes.Related: What is Freeview Play?Sony TVs 2019 – Bravia Full HDWG66 Full HD HDR LED – 50-inch and 43-inchKDL-50WG663 −KDL-43WG663 −Last is the WG66 series.The WG66 boasts Full HD LED screens that support HDR10, which is useful for those who haven’t, or aren’t quite willing, to make the move to 4K and see what the fuss is about. The picture processor is the X-Reality Pro, which can refine images and reduce noise for better picture quality.YouTube is built in with a button included on the remote for quick and easy access. For sound Sony includes ClearAudio+, which the company claims offers a surround sound-like experience. As mentioned previously, Google Assistant isn’t supported by the WG66 range.And that’s you lot for Sony’s 2019 TV range. We’ll be updating this page regularly with new info and prices so remember to check back every now to find out the latest information on Sony TVs 2019. Related: Amazon Prime Day 2019Sony Bravia TV 2019 highlightsMuch like 2018, Sony’s thinking on HDR is to have it across its range of 8K, 4K and Full HD efforts. HDR10 is supported out of the box in the ZG9 and AG9 Master Series, and the AG8, XG95, XG90 and XG85 ranges compatible with Dolby Vision HDR. Unlike Panasonic and Philips, Sony does not appear to considering any support for HDR10+.Alas, for 3D fans Sony has not seen to include it in its 2019 models, as most – if not all – manufacturers draw a line under the format.Dolby Atmos object-surround sound features in the AG9 and XG95 models, and will be included in the specs for the ZG9 in a future software update.Google Assistant voice control is available on all sets apart from the WG66 Full HD set, although note that they may depend on your region. Voice control from Google Home and Sony’s own smart speakers is viable, as well as Amazon Alexa voice control via an Amazon Echo. Google Chromecast Audio DealGoogle Chromecast AudioPick up a Google Chromecast Audio (or two, or three…) for a discounted price before they’re gone forever.MyMemory|Save £8|Now £21.75View DealNow £21.75|Save £8|MyMemory We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sony TVs 2019: Sony has detailed what we can expect from the Japanese brand in 2019, encompassing everything from its premium OLED TVs, to its standard 4K sets and its HD HDR sets. Here’s what we know about Sony’s TV ranges in 2019.Below are the TVs that Sony has announced, with 8K and 4K OLED TVs the main focus. Fear not if they’re out of your price range; Sony has announced plenty of affordable TVs in a number of sizes to help cater to the TV buying audience. However, don’t expect these cheaper sets to boast the advanced features in the pricier TVs.last_img read more

Twitter solves its Trump problem slaps warnings on abusive tweets

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first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Twitter may have finally found a way to combat Donald Trump’s constant flouting of the site’s rules, without resorting to deleting his tweets.The company is adding a new label to offending tweets from political and world leaders, which will call out the content as ‘abusive behaviour’. The solution, which will hide the tweet from view initially, will be applied when Twitter decides that deleting the tweet is not in the public interest.In these instances, the tweet will only become visible if users decide they want to click through and read what The Donald and his ilk have to say.Already being dubbed ‘The Trump Rule’, the new label will read: “The Twitter Rules about abusive behaviour apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available.”Related: Trump says only 6G can MAGATwitter has often faced criticism over the perceived hypocrisy of allowing the US president to insult rivals and allegedly incite hatred without censure, while mere mortals face account suspensions for similar offences.The new label could suit all parties (except Trump, obviously) and enable Twitter to say it is doing something about the offending tweets, while maintaining free speech and avoiding accusations of censorship from Trump advocates.The rule applies to verified individuals with more than 10,000 followers, who must “be or represent a government official, be running for public office, or be considered for a government position (i.e., next in line, awaiting confirmation, named successor to an appointed position).”So yeah. Trump.In a blog post, Twitter said that rule flouting that doesn’t serve the public interest will be treated more severely. “There are cases, such as direct threats of violence or calls to commit violence against an individual, that are unlikely to be considered in the public interest,” the company said.Consider that a warning, Don. Even if you do have “the best words”, Twitter’s gonna hide them if you don’t learn to behave yourself.last_img read more

Gluskin Sheff shares soar in wake of 445 million deal with Onex

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first_img The Canadian Press Gerry Schwartz, chairman and chief executive of Onex.Galit Rodan/Bloomberg Twitter March 25, 201911:55 AM EDTLast UpdatedMarch 25, 201912:59 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Featured Stories advertisement TORONTO — Shares in Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. soared nearly 30 per cent after the company signed a deal to be acquired by private equity firm Onex Corp. worth $445 million.Gluskin Sheff shares were up $3.18 at $14.35 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange late Monday morning.Onex announced its friendly offer for Gluskin Sheff of $14.25 per share after the close of markets on Friday.Onex chairman and chief executive Gerry Schwartz called Gluskin Sheff one of the largest and most respected independent wealth management firms in Canada.Under the agreement, Gluskin Sheff will continue to be led by its existing leadership team and operate under its brand.The deal, which requires regulatory, shareholder and court approvals and well as the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the first half of 2019.Related Stories:Onex’s WestJet buyout gets nod from Transport Minister  More Comment Gluskin Sheff shares soar in wake of $445 million deal with Onex Wealth manager signs deal to be acquired by private equity firm Onex Facebookcenter_img Email Reddit 0 Comments ← Previous Next → Recommended For YouShaw Communications is selling its stake in Corus Entertainment for $548 millionB.C. vows to appeal after top court says province can’t restrict oil shipments across its bordersElectroneum Major Upgrade Makes ETN the World’s Most Secure Decentralised and Eco-friendly Crypto, and Reduces Block Rewards by 75%Civic Network Expands with the Civic Pay App and 12 Automated Retail PartnersBusiness Highlights What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Sponsored By: Share this storyGluskin Sheff shares soar in wake of $445 million deal with Onex Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Join the conversation →last_img read more

Bombardier Introduces Talent 3 BatteryOperated Train

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Bombardier develops battery-electric trains.Progress in lithium-ion batteries enables some firms to think about making trains battery-electric instead of the typical series-hybrids.Bombardier recently presented the Talent 3, which according to the press release, is the first of its kind to enter passenger operation in Europe in over 60 years.The first prototype has a range of 40 km (25 miles), but the second one scheduled for 2019 will go 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge.See Also First Electric Automated Container Transporter Enters Service Tesla Semi Makes New Appearance Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 13, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Fully Charged Checks Out A Battery Powered Train – Video Source: Electric Vehicle News The range is not as high as in case of electric cars, although trains can recharge the batteries from an overhead line while driving on many lines. In Germany, for example, around 40% of the rail network is not electrified, which means that a battery-electric train could operate partially off-grid and perhaps part on.Another advantage is the regenerative braking capability, normally difficult to do when there is no on-board battery and electricity would need to be sent back to the grid.The Technical University of Dresden says that a battery-operated train clearly has an edge with respect to the total costs across the service life of 30 years..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Press blast:“Emission-free, energy-efficient and low-noise – the new battery-operated train from Bombardier Transportation, introduced to the public for the first time today, scores with these features. A group maiden voyage with the BOMBARDIER TALENT 3 electro-hybrid train was the highlight of the press event at Bombardier’s Hennigsdorf site. The guests included Enak Ferlemann, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and Federal Commissioner for Rail Transport as well as the Brandenburg Transport Minister Kathrin Schneider.“We want to continue to electrify rail transport. A train that can charge its batteries from the overhead line while driving is a huge step toward this and the epitome of innovation,” the State Secretary stated. “On non-electrified or only partially electrified routes, the motto is: move away from diesel on the tracks and toward cleaner and more environmentally-friendly mobility.”The new battery-operated train is the first of its kind to enter passenger operation in Europe in over 60 years. It does not generate any exhaust and sets the standards for smart mobility with peak values of 90 percent in the areas of efficiency and recyclability. It does not generate any exhaust and sets the standards for smart mobility with peak values of 90 percent in the areas of efficiency and recyclability. It is also around 50 percent quieter than modern diesel trains. According to a comparative study by the Technical University of Dresden, the battery-operated train clearly has an edge with respect to the total costs across the service life of 30 years.“With our new battery-operated train, we are putting real innovation on the tracks,” says Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation in Germany. “This train is Bombardier’s technological response to challenges such as air pollution, climate change and scarcity of resources. Around 40 percent of the German rail network is not electrified. The Bombardier battery-operated train is an attractive option to counter that, both economically and ecologically speaking.”In general, the prospects for the battery-operated train are positive. The range increases proportionally with the continuous capacity increases due to new battery developments. The current prototype is equipped with four BOMBARDIER MITRAC traction batteries and can travel routes of around 40 kilometres – in 2019, the next generation of battery-operated trains will be able to cover distances of up to 100 kilometres on non-electrified railways. In 2019, Deutsche Bahn (DB) will start a twelve-month trial run with passengers with the current prototype in the Alb-Lake Constance region.The development of the battery-operated train is subsidised by the German federal government in the framework of an innovation program for electromobility with four million euros. The project partners include the DB Regio subsidiary DB ZugBus Regionalverkehr Alb-Bodensee (regional transport for the Lake Constance region), Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Wuerttemberg Regional Transport Company) and the Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology) and the Technical University of Berlin.” read more

Republican Senator Proposes Removing 200k EV Tax Credit Trigger

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Back in June, a polar opposite proposal was made in the House of Representatives. Democrat Peter Welch of Vermont introduced a bill to remove the 200k credit trigger, extend tax credits for all automakers for 10 years, and create a time of purchase rebate (H.R.6274). While there is some bi-partisan support for a credit extension, such a bill becoming law was unlikely.Now a new challenger approaches. Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada is reportedly seeking the removal of the 200k credit trigger per manufacturer. Instead, unlimited credits would be available for all automakers until 2022.While we do not have the full language, this is not the first we have heard that Heller was working on a bill. If Reuters is correct, this would be a huge boon to Tesla and General Motors. Both are plug-in pioneers facing the end of their credit eligibility. Thanks to best selling models such as the Model 3, and the Chevy Volt and Chevy Bolt EV.This seems like a common sense, middle ground approach. Consumers support the credit. Most automakers and consumers support expanding the EV tax credit. A General Motors representative told Reuters that it is important “to provide a federal tax credit for consumers to help make electric vehicles more affordable for all customers.”However, other automakers told Reuters that they are unsure about Heller’s bill. Reuters reports that some say that the credit should be limited to “vehicles below a certain price.”  Other manufacturers feel Heller’s bill would “penalize” automakers that have not started selling EVs in large quantities. Well, perhaps they should get to work on doing that.Source: Reuters The proposed bill would not phase out electric vehicle tax credits until 2022Earlier this month, Senate Republican John Barasso proposed not only a death to the electric vehicle tax credit, but a brand new tax on EVs (S.3559). So far it has received little backing from either party.More About The EV Tax Credit Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News SEPTEMBER UPDATE – 5 Automakers Closest To Losing The Federal Tax Credit UPDATE: Tesla: Allocation For Full U.S. Federal Tax Credit Sold Out Source: Electric Vehicle News UPDATE: Chevy Bolt Sales Up 19.6% YTD: GM Confirms 200k In Q4 read more