Facebook apologizes for inconsistent hate speech enforcement

first_imgFacebook has apologized for its uneven enforcement involving hate speech, allowing some offensive content to remain while removing others. A recent report called attention to the discrepancy, showing some offensive posts that were allowed to remain while others were deleted. When asked to review 49 questionable content decisions, Facebook said that there were 22 instances in which its content reviewers made mistakes. ProPublica conducted its own analysis of Facebook’s hate speech enforcement, saying it analyzed more than 900 Facebook posts as part of a crowdsourced probe. Of the posts its analyzed, the publication asked Facebook to review and explain the decisions it made on 49 of the items. The social network defended 19 of those decisions, which the people who submitted them disagreed with, but said its reviewers made mistakes in 22 instances. The rest boiled down to different issues, such as the user deleting the content, the content being flagged incorrectly, or not enough info having been reported for the reviewer to respond.ProPublica points to some instances in which Facebook has allowed hate speech to remain despite repeated attempts by others to get it removed. One example given was a page called “Jewish Ritual Murder,” which was only taken down when the publication questioned Facebook about it. Critics have accused Facebook of double standards, as well as at times taking down legitimate content while allowing blatantly racist, violent, or otherwise unacceptable content to remain. In a statement to ProPublica about the matter, Facebook VP Justin Osofsky said: “We’re sorry for the mistakes we have made — they do not reflect the community we want to help build. We must do better.”In an effort to fix the problem, Facebook plans to hire about 10,000 people, doubling the size of its safety and security team to 20,000 in 2018.SOURCE: ProPublicalast_img read more

Windows 95 released as an app Download out now

first_imgThe 1990s were a wacky and wild time, thanks in part the rise of the internet and the widespread adoption of personal computers. Anyone who was around in the mid-90s will remember just how big of a release Windows 95 was, with people lining up at stores to buy a copy of the OS and Microsoft launching a multi-million dollar advertising campaign that included recruiting Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry to make a ridiculous instructional video. Windows 95 was a big deal at the time, and it seems silly to think of people having that kind of reaction to a new operating system these days. Even though we probably won’t see an OS launch with the same kind of fervor behind it anytime soon, we can now take a walk down memory lane thanks to a Slack developer by the name of Felix Rieseberg. He’s turned Windows 95 into an Electron app, which means that it’s capable of running not only on modern Windows PCs, but macOS and Linux as well. Rieseberg has posted the source code and installers to a library on GitHub, where he tells us that this is indeed the full version of Windows 95 and that it runs “quite well.” While this probably doesn’t have any practical use here in 2018, exploring Windows 95 is certainly a good way to spend an afternoon. After all, you can do all sorts of novel things with this app, from playing games of Minesweeper and Solitaire to messing around in MS Paint. Sadly, not all aspects of Windows 95 are fully-functioning, as Internet Explorer unsurprisingly doesn’t work. Though that may be a shame, this should still give you a fun little dose of nostalgia to start your weekend, and for everyone born after Windows 95 had already fallen out of favor, it offers a functioning glimpse at an operating system that made some pretty big strides for its time. You can check it out for yourself by visiting Rieseberg’s project on GitHub. Story TimelineTeens react to Windows 95: “It looks so dull and ancient.”Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95Xbox One running Windows 95 and Duke Nukem 3Dlast_img read more

Galaxy F foldable phone price tip nuts release window narrowed

first_imgAccording to the report this morning from Yonhap News Agency in South Korea, the device’s rumored name Galaxy F will indeed be the name with which the company is running. SEE TOO: Galaxy F foldable phone: A list of basics! According to industry sources familiar with the matter, the Samsung Galaxy F has an expected reveal date set some time inside March of 2019. That’d sit it neatly in right after reveal and release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 – all three versions of the phone.The Samsung Galaxy S10 will almost certainly be revealed at an event on February 24th, 2019. That’s the day before the start of Mobile World Congress 2019, and the date Samsung usually picks for the release of their yearly headline smartphone. That’s how it’s been for the past several years, at least. Information provided by Yonhap says the Galaxy F will cost “around” 2 million won. When converted to USD directly by the most recent conversion rate as noted by Google, this comes to right around $1,758.78 USD. That’ll be right on over the top of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (or Max), the biggest version of the Galaxy S10 in 2019.Samsung Electronics President Koh Dong-jin suggested last week that the company’s foldable smartphone would release in the first half of 2019 – which matches with what we’ve heard this week. Koh also suggested that shipment volume for Samsung’s foldable phone would be “at least 1 million.” We’ve got a whole bunch of information on the Galaxy F and the entire foldable smartphone wave, coming in quick. Have a peek at the timeline below as well as the multi-display presentation made by Google at the Android Dev Summit 2019. It’s the UI for this next generation! This morning a report from South Korea tipped several key details for the Samsung Galaxy F, the company’s first foldable display-toting smartphone. The device seems to have been confirmed to be called the Samsung Galaxy F, F most likely representing Foldable. This device was shown with the majority of its body covered by a protective, blocky case at this past week’s Samsung Developer Conference – so we know it exists. Besides that, Samsung itself basically revealed nothing – from a certain point of view.center_img Story TimelineSamsung foldable phone specs: Big Android changesSamsung’s first foldable phone is a missed opportunityThe Samsung foldable phone has more questions than answersGalaxy F foldable phone: A clearer looklast_img read more

Google Photos ends unlimited free storage for unsupported videos

first_imgGoogle had announced the unlimited free Photos storage back around summer 2015, and though it still offers that same great perk, it has made an adjustment. All videos uploaded to Google Photos after December 6, 2018, will take up storage space if they’re in an unsupported format. The change appeared recently on Google’s support website.The site page for downloading or deleting unsupported videos now has a note stating, “Unsupported videos uploaded after December 6, 2018 take up storage space.” Users will need to delete them if they want to free up that space, which involves hitting the trash can icon. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of popular video formats are supported by Google Photos, including MPEG4, AVI, and WMV. An unsupported video format would be, for example, a raw video that’s uncompressed for post-processing later on. In that case, the customer will need enough available storage to backup the video.In the grand scheme of things, this is a very minor limitation and Google’s unlimited free storage remains an excellent option for users with a large number of digital images and videos. Users can avoid the issue by ensuring their camera is set to record videos in a format supported by Google Photos. Story TimelineGoogle Photos Live Albums has a limit Google didn’t mentionGoogle Photos for iOS gets portrait mode depth editingGoogle Photos Express backup is something you might want as well Google switched things up back in 2015, offering unlimited free image and video storage on Google Photos at relatively high resolutions, but now the company is back with a small change. Going forward, Google Photos will still offer unlimited free image and video storage…except for video formats that it doesn’t support.last_img read more

2017 Buick Envision First Drive Room for one more

first_imgBuick has also invested appreciable effort in ensuring that the Envision’s cabin is appointed to a level that’s competitive with rivals like the Lexus NX and the Acura RDX, adopting the wood-and-leather blend on higher trim levels that has become its trademark. While some aspects of the Envision’s control surfaces feel like they’ve been harvested from the Chevrolet or GMC parts bin – in particular the HVAC controls – all versions of the SUV come standard with useful touchscreen infotainment system, active noise cancellation technology that works with enhanced levels of sound insulation to keep the vehicle quiet inside, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi internet hotspot. Other tech gear available with the Buick includes a strong complement of active safety gear (including adaptive cruise control, frontal collision alert, lane keeping assistance, and automatic braking), as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The 2017 Buick Envision also represents something new from corporate parent General Motors past its status as the newest member of the brand’s SUV family. After a small run of 2016 models hit the streets early this year, the entire reason the full five-passenger line-up is being offered to American audiences is because it has already played well in its native China, where it is currently assembled, making it a somewhat unique example of the cross-cultural pollination that is currently helping steer the Buick ship.Slip on your x-ray glasses and take a glimpse at its bones, and it’s clear that the Buick Envision has been given every opportunity to succeed. Although classified as a compact, the Envision’s dimensions push close to the mid-size template, which means that its wheelbase is generous enough to reward buyers with adult-sized legroom in the reclining-and-sliding second row and a comfortable ride up front where there is plenty of space to stretch out. Cargo-wise, things are a little tighter, with just under 60 cubic feet of total room available for storing gear, but there remains a useful 26.9 cubes in the ‘trunk’ area between the rear seatback and the hatch. ‘Room for one more?’ seems to be the battle cry of automakers eager to cash in on the unrelenting popularity of SUVs, and the 2017 Buck Envision bellows this inquiry at the top of its gilded lungs. Poised to participate in the nebulous ‘premium compact’ segment that at any given time encapsulates offerings from Lexus, Acura, Volvo, and Lincoln, the Envision hits the ground running thanks to strong support from smaller (Encore) and larger (Enclave) sport-utility siblings in the Buick showroom. For an advertised entry-level MSRP of just a tick over $34,000, the 2017 Buick Envision might seem to be a bit of a bargain – but in reality, it’s the penultimate Premium I trim that offers the best mix of features and pricing, with a sticker of $42,320. This is far from an outrageous sum for an SUV that prides itself on delivering a healthy quotient of luxury equipment, and it’s a nice place to be for Buick as it attempts to wedge itself into this versatile slice of the automotive ecosystem. Comfortable, stylish, and in turbo form quite pleasant to drive, it seems like the company might want to continue looking to the East when planning out future products. All-wheel drive is of course available with the 2017 Buick Envision, and turbo models are in fact AWD-only. Specifying the more robust mill also introduces a torque-vectoring feature that can shuttle engine output front-to-back, and side-to-side, in the search for not just better traction on slippery roads but also improved cornering capability. At one point in the afternoon I cut off the main road and tilted the Envision up a steep wagon trail that opened into a wide open ranch field, bouncing from one rut to the next and then over uneven bluffs, all the while noting the vehicle’s poise and unflappable forward progress.This more advanced AWD setup also works together with front HiPer suspension technology, long a feature on high end editions of the Regal and LaCrosse sedans but making its first appearance on a Buick SUV with the Envision. It’s not a sporty ride, but nor is it numb to the point of insulating you completely from what the front wheels are actually up to, which is an acceptable balance in a luxury hauler. You get a choice between two four-cylinder engines when ordering the 2017 Buick Envision. The first two trim levels offer a 2.5-liter, naturally-aspirated unit that’s good for 197 horses and 192 lb-ft of twist, while the remainder of the line-up – and the vehicle that I drove through the ranch land that lies at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada – are matched with a mightier 252 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged motor. A six-speed automatic transmission is included with either option, and while 29-mpg is possible during highway cruising with the base model, turbocharged editions of the Envision drop that figure to 26-mpg.AdChoices广告The 2.0-liter’s 260 lb-ft of torque were welcome when scooting through the Albertan foothills south of Calgary, and while acceleration was generally quite good with the turbo I would lament having to drive the base Envision with less grunt available. It’s a tribute to Buick’s engineering team that that highway cruising is as smooth and quiet as it is, for there were many times I glanced down at the speedometer to find myself moving much faster than I thought I was actually traveling. Story Timeline2017 Buick Encore is the Opel Mokka X, set for debut in NYCBuick’s Avista looks great in red. You still can’t have oneBuick Verano To End Production As Brand Moves Towards SUVslast_img read more

First Edition June 26 2013

first_imgFirst Edition: June 26, 2013 Today’s headlines include reports about the latest developments in the health care marketplace. Kaiser Health News: Latino Enrollment Key To Success Of Health Law MarketplacesKaiser Health News staff writer Jenny Gold, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: “Just as Latinos were crucial to President Barack Obama’s re-election success in 2012, they are now key to the success of his health law. And the administration is doing everything it can to make sure that Latinos, like the Velandias, enroll. The administration announced this week that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be making the rounds on Spanish-language media outlets to discuss the health law and the newly revamped CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the Spanish version of HealthCare.gov” (Gold, 6/25). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: With A Little Planning, Women Can Get Emergency Contraceptives For FreeKaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews reports: “Women of all ages will soon be able to pick up emergency contraceptive pills at pharmacies and other stores without a prescription or proof of age. What many may not realize, however, is that they can get the pricey pills free under the Affordable Care Act. Doing so, however, may take time and forethought” (Andrews, 6/25). Read the column.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Hospital Officials Complain About Medicare Efforts On Observation Care; Grassley: Who Approved These Hospital CEO Bonuses?Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on Mediare payment issues explored during a Senate Finance Committee hearing: “Recovery Audit Contractors – or RACs – uncover and collect improper payments  made to hospitals, physicians, clinics and other providers. In 2011 the audits resulted in the return of nearly a half a billion dollars to the Medicare Trust Fund. ‘We need to build on this success, but we can’t overburden legitimate providers who play by the rules,’ Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Tuesday. ‘We need balance'” (Carey, 6/26).Also on the blog, Jay Hancock reports on the response by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to KHN’s coverage of hospital CEO bonuses: “Sen. Charles Grassley, a longtime member of the Senate Finance Committee and frequent critic of nonprofit hospitals, wants to know whose idea it was to pay hospital CEOs annual bonuses surpassing a million dollars in some cases” (Hancock, 6/25). Check out what else is on the blog.Politico: Medicare Part D Offers Lessons For ObamacareThree months before Obamacare goes prime time, health care vets are looking for lessons from another once politically volatile expansion of coverage: the Medicare prescription drug program. Just as Obama administration officials have warned about “glitches” and “hiccups” in the rollout of the health care law, similar bumps emerged around the 2006 launch of the now-popular Part D program, those in charge of its implementation say (Millman, 6/26).The Wall Street Journal: WellPoint Helps Cut Employers’ Health CostAs companies seek ways to curb health-care spending, insurer WellPoint Inc. is rolling out a program that lets employers pay only a set amount for a medical service, asking workers who select costlier care to pay the difference. The idea has been tested for years by a limited number of large employers. But the new option from the second-biggest U.S. insurer, which will be available for coverage that kicks off next January, will be offered broadly to any client with at least 100 employees (Mathews, 6/25).The New York Times: Poll Finds Rural Voters Are Divided On Federal RoleWith the economy rebounding slowly in some areas, 59 percent said the federal government had at least some responsibility to help the “working poor advance economically.” At least 8 in 10 supported job training, Medicaid for health care, and tax refunds for low-income Americans (Yaccino, 6/25).The Wall Street Journal: Glenview Seeks Board Overhaul At Health ManagementGlenview’s growing activist role at Health Management—in which the investor has amassed a 14.6% stake, making it the largest shareholder—has fueled Wall Street expectations that Health Management could be sold. Health Management shares were down slightly to $15.31 in midday trading Tuesday, but they have soared nearly 39% since the company adopted a shareholder-rights plan in response to Glenview’s share accumulation. New York-based Glenview has said it has no intentions to acquire Health Management, and in a long letter to shareholders Tuesday, said that it didn’t know whether it is best to sell the company or “change management and build long-term independent value.” But the investor did call a potential acquisition by a larger chain “compelling,” and said a new board is needed to review such options (Kamp, 6/25).The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Texas Abortion Vote In DoubtTexas’ lieutenant governor said that Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session’s deadline. Senators from both parties emerged from a private meeting with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and said they were about to officially acknowledge that fact (6/26).The New York Times: Texas Abortion Bill Fails After Tense StandoffHours after claiming that they successfully passed some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country, Republican lawmakers reversed course and said a disputed late-night vote on the bill did not follow legislative procedures, rendering the vote moot and giving Democrats a bitterly fought if short-lived victory (Fernandez and Eckholm, 6/26).Los Angeles Times: Texas Abortion Bill Fight Ends In Chaos After Marathon FilibusterWhen Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis arrived at the Capitol in Austin on Tuesday morning wearing pink sneakers, everyone knew that a daylong, marathon filibuster was about to begin. So was a controversy. Davis, 50, a Democrat from Fort Worth, had been specially chosen by her caucus to mount a last-ditch attempt to block sweeping legislation to ban abortions at 20 weeks and force the state’s abortion clinics to upgrade or close. Whether she succeeded was unclear (Hennessy-Fiske, 6/26).NPR: Texas Lawmaker’s 11-Hour Filibuster Ended On A TechnicalityBy midnight Texas time, it was all over but the parliamentary inquiries. After a nearly 11-hour filibuster attempt by state Sen. Wendy Davis to block sweeping restrictions on abortion, the Republican-dominated Texas Senate successfully shut down the filibuster on points of order. (See update at the bottom of this post.) “This is probably the worst night that I’ve experienced since I’ve been in the Senate, maybe since I’ve been in public life,” said state Sen. Kirk Watson, a Democrat from Austin (Hu, 6/26).USA Today: Texas Abortion Bill Misses DeadlineThe bill, known as SB 5, would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. Also, doctors would be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. If signed into law, the measures would close almost every abortion clinic in Texas, a state 773 miles wide and 790 miles long with 26 million people. A woman living along the Mexico border or in West Texas would have to drive hundreds of miles to obtain an abortion. The law’s provision that abortions be performed at surgical centers means only five of Texas’ 42 abortion clinics are currently designated to remain in operation (Hjelmgaard, 6/26).The New York Times: Lawsuit Challenges North Dakota’s Abortion LimitsA women’s rights group filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday to block the country’s most stringent abortion law, a North Dakota ban on abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy (Eckholm 6/25). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. 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 Calif Insurers Lawmakers Fight Over Premium Disclosure

first_imgState Highlights: Calif. Insurers, Lawmakers Fight Over Premium Disclosure California Healthline: Insurers, Legislators Clash Over Premium Disclosure BillDespite opposition from insurers, the Assembly Committee on Health last week approved a bill designed to lower health insurance premiums by requiring plans to disclose more information about their rates. SB 746 by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) would require insurers selling coverage to employers with 50 or more employees to provide more detailed information about how and why they raise health insurance rates. Leno said the bill was prompted by a recent dust-up between San Francisco unions and Kaiser Permanente. Union officials asked Kaiser for data and reasons for rate increases. Leno indicated he has not been satisfied with the insurer’s response (Hart, 7/11).Boston Globe: For-Profit Hospitals Put To Test In Mass.The pending return of health care giant Tenet Healthcare Corp. to Massachusetts has the potential to shake up the state’s hospitals and doctors networks, which are already rapidly consolidating. The for-profit system, which owns 49 hospitals in 11 states, will enter a marketplace much changed from the one it left in 2004, when the chain sold Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester and the MetroWest Medical Center hospitals in Framingham and Natick to Vanguard Health Systems Inc. for $126.7 million (Weisman, 7/12).CT Mirror: Malloy Sides With Unions, Vetoes Bill Key To Waterbury Hospital DealGov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill Thursday that was opposed by health care unions seeking leverage in the proposed acquisition of financially struggling Waterbury Hospital by a major national for-profit company, Vanguard Health Systems of Tennessee. The veto of the bill, which would have given Vanguard the governance structure it says is necessary to operate in a state unfamilar with for-profit hospitals, cast uncertainty over the acquisition strongly supported by Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary as a means to retain a major employer (Pazniokas, 7/11).Los Angeles Times: Probe Of California’s Prison-Based Mental Health Facilities OrderedCiting evidence of doctor shortages, treatment delays and “denial of basic necessities, including clean underwear,” a federal judge on Thursday ordered an in-depth probe of conditions at prison-based mental health facilities run by the California Department of State Hospitals. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton has been overseeing mandated improvements of care for mentally ill prisoners throughout California, treatment that the courts 18 years ago deemed so substandard as to be unconstitutional (Romney and St. John, 7/12).Detroit Free Press: Kevyn Orr Floats Plan To End Health Care For Early Police, Fire RetireesRepresentatives of city unions and pensioners met Thursday with members of emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s restructuring team to begin talks on drastic changes to health care for current and retired workers. One proposal floated was the elimination of health care coverage for some firefighters and police officers who retire early (Helms, 7/11).Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: State Supreme Court Says Surrogate Birth Contract EnforceableFor the first time in Wisconsin, the Supreme Court found Thursday that a woman’s agreement to give birth to a baby for a man and his wife is an enforceable contract, except for a provision that would terminate the birth mother’s parental rights. The ruling could ease the process of surrogate births in Wisconsin, though it doesn’t mean the Menomonee Falls parents of the child in this case will be able to deny some role for the birth mother, formerly a close friend of the couple. But the court recognizes its limits in addressing the sometimes challenging and confounding questions at issue: “We respectfully urge the Legislature to consider enacting legislation regarding surrogacy,” the decision reads (Vielmetti, 7/12).Oregonian: Oregonians Pay On Average 10 Times More For Top-Selling Brand Name DrugsOregonians have paid on average 10 times more for top-selling prescription drugs because of deals between drug manufacturers to delay production of generics. The 20 top prescription drugs that paid off their rivals to keep generics off the market resulted in average delays of five years that left patients paying up to 33 times as much for brand names, according to a report released Thursday from the Oregon State Public Interest Group and Community Catalyst. The drugs listed include some common prescriptions: Lipitor, Tamoxifen and Cipro (Karlamangla, 7/11).The Lund Report: Global Budget Could Mitigate ‘Perverse Incentive’ For Child Abuse InterventionVisits to the Children’s Center in Oregon City usually start with a call to the child abuse hot line — and end with the gift of a quilt and a teddy bear. If the Department of Human Services or a law enforcement officer determines after follow-up that a child should be seen, the child, along with a parent or other caregiver, visits the center, which is one of 21 like it in the state (McCurdy, 7/11). 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

Policy Developments SCOTUS Wont Hear Appeal Of Ruling Striking Down Okla Abortion

first_imgPolicy Developments: SCOTUS Won’t Hear Appeal Of Ruling Striking Down Okla. Abortion Law 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 Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal of a ruling striking down an Oklahoma abortion law that would have required pregnant women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. In the meantime, The Washington Post fact-checks an insurance premium claim by HHS Secretary Sebelius. Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court Decision Disappoints Abortion FoesFor the second week in a row, the Supreme Court let stand a ruling that strikes down a major abortion regulation from Oklahoma, disappointing abortion foes who had hoped conservative justices would impose new limits on a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. The justices Tuesday turned down Oklahoma’s appeal seeking to revive a law that would have required pregnant women to undergo an ultrasound and hear about the fetus’ size and possible heartbeat (Savage, 11/12).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Sebelius’s Claim That Insurance Premiums Are 16 Percent Lower Than CBO ProjectedEstimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are considered the gold standard in Washington. The budget impact of every bill voted on by Congress is calculated by CBO analysts — and their findings often make a difference in whether legislation passes or not. That’s why politicians often tout CBO’s estimates. So we were curious last week when Secretary Sebelius cited a CBO projection of insurance rates — and how actual premiums turned out to be lower than expected. What’s the source of this factoid? (Kessler, 11/13).last_img read more

First Edition September 11 2014

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include reports about a new study regarding employer health coverage and costs.  Kaiser Health News: Health On The Hill: HHS Official: Healthcare.gov Updates Will Be ‘Improvement But Not Perfection’Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey and Politico Pro’s Jennifer Haberkorn discuss testimony before a House subcommittee during which a key Obama administration official lays out the updates that HHS is making to the online marketplaces before enrollment begins in November (9/10). Read the transcript or listen to the audio.Kaiser Health News: You’re Being Observed In The Hospital? Patients With Private Insurance Better Off Than SeniorsReporting for Kaiser Health News, Susan Jaffe writes: “An increasing number of seniors who spend time in the hospital are surprised to learn that they were not ‘admitted’ patients — even though they may have stayed overnight in a hospital bed and received treatment, diagnostic tests and drugs. Because they were not considered sick enough to require admission but also were not healthy enough to go home, they were kept for observation care, a type of outpatient service. The distinction between inpatient status and outpatient status matters: Seniors must have three consecutive days as admitted patients to qualify for Medicare coverage for follow-up nursing home care, and no amount of observation time counts for that three-day tally” (Jaffe, 9/11). Read the story, which also ran in The Washington Post.The Wall Street Journal: Cost Of Employer Health Coverage Shows Muted GrowthThe increase was slightly less than the 4% seen last year, according to the annual poll of employers performed by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation along with the Health Research & Educational Trust, a nonprofit affiliated with the American Hospital Association. The share of the family-plan premium borne by employees was $4,823, or 29% of the total, the same percentage as last year. The total annual cost of employer coverage for an individual was $6,025 in the 2014 survey, up 2%, a difference that wasn’t statistically significant (Mathews, 9/10). Los Angeles Times: Employer Health Rates Rise 3%, Worker Deductibles Top $1,200Those results reflect a recent trend of slower growth in healthcare costs. But many employers and health-policy experts predict bigger increases for 2015 and beyond as the economy recovers (Terhune, 9/10). Politico: Workplace Insurance Coverage Levels Steady In Year One Of ObamacareIt’s only year one of the Obamacare exchanges, and the findings won’t quell the debate about how businesses will respond in the coming years to new requirements and more regulatory and economic changes to the health industry. But the steady availability of employer-sponsored coverage and the “extraordinarily modest” premium rise indicate that predictions that “the sky would fall” under Obamacare have not come to pass, said Drew Altman, president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducted the study with the Health Research and Education Trust (Norman, 9/10).USA Today: Employer Health Plan Deductibles See Big 5-Year JumpA report out today puts numbers behind what hit many workers when they signed up for health insurance during open enrollment last year: deductible shock. Premiums for employer-paid insurance are up 3% this year, but deductibles are up nearly 50% since 2009, the report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows (O’Donnell, 9/10). The Wall Street Journal: Washington Trading Probe Broadens To Hedge FundsFederal investigators have uncovered a flurry of communications between a Washington research firm and several hedge funds, opening a new front in an insider-trading probe focused on the firm’s 2013 investor alert about a change in government health-care policy. The Wall Street Journal has previously reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether anyone in the government illegally leaked word of the announcement to Height Securities. Now, the agency is looking at whether hedge funds violated securities rules by trading on the resulting alert to Height Securities’ clients (Mullins, Pulliam and Chung, 9/10). The Associated Press: House, Senate Debate Measures Going NowhereOn both ends of the Capitol, the parties controlling Congress are happily showcasing futility. Less than two months before pivotal congressional elections, Republicans were set Thursday to muscle legislation through the House that would let insurers continue selling health coverage that falls short of standards required by President Barack Obama’s health care law. The measure was sure to pass but then die in the Democratic-run Senate, and the White House promised an Obama veto in any event. Even so, the vote would let Republicans highlight their repeated efforts to debilitate the health care law. It will also dare Democrats to oppose an idea that appeals to some voters: letting them keep insurance they already have, an Obama promise that proved untrue for some consumers (9/10). The Wall Street Journal: New Discord Brews On Over-the-Counter ContraceptivesSome major medical groups support the idea of making contraceptive drugs available without a prescription—a proposal raised in some political races—despite objections from women’s health advocates that it could make women pay more for birth control and carry health risks. The idea has been pushed by Republican Senate candidates in North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia and Minnesota, a move widely seen as an attempt to deflect Democratic criticism about GOP stances on women’s health and birth control. Some women’s health groups say the push isn’t really about expanding access to birth control but instead an attempt to undermine a piece of the Affordable Care Act (Burton and Andrews, 9/10). The Wall Street Journal: The Short Answer: Why Some Republicans Back Over-The-Counter ContraceptivesThe number of Republicans calling for oral contraceptives to be available over-the-counter is on the rise, with North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis and Colorado Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner bringing it up recently (9/10). The New York Times: New Drug To Treat Obesity Gains Approval By F.D.A.Yet two drugs approved in 2012 — the first new prescription obesity drugs in 13 years — have had disappointing sales. Those drugs are Qsymia, which is sold by Vivus, and Belviq, which is from Arena Pharmaceuticals and Eisai. Analysts, doctors and company executives say one reason the drugs have struggled is that many doctors and many obese people do not think of obesity as a disease to be treated by medicine. Medicare, most state Medicaid programs and some commercial insurers do not pay for the drugs. Doctors and patients are cautious about safety because of problems with previous weight loss drugs. And for many people, the weight loss is modest (Pollack, 9/10). Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader/USA Today: Mo. Overrides Veto Of 3-Day Abortion Waiting PeriodMissouri lawmakers forced an extension of the state’s abortion waiting period into law late Wednesday night after Republicans used a rare parliamentary tactic to kill a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. The House took the first step to forcing a 72-hour abortion waiting period into law early in the evening. The Senate began debating the measure soon after and passed it at about 11:30 p.m. Central Time (Shorman, 9/11). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.  First Edition: September 11, 2014last_img read more

First Edition September 24 2014

first_imgToday’s headlines include reports of the Obama administration announcement that the number of insurers offering health plans in the health law’s online marketplaces is going up. Kaiser Health News: Number Of Marketplace Insurers To Rise 25 Percent, HHS SaysKaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey reports: “The number of health insurance companies offering plans in the marketplaces this fall will increase by 25 percent, giving consumers more choices for coverage, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Tuesday” (Carey, 9/23).Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky’s Obamacare SuccessKaiser Health News staff writer Jenny Gold, working in partnership with NPR, reports: “David Combs has been a health insurance broker in this small city in central Kentucky for more than 15 years. When the Affordable Care Act became law, he read it cover to cover. Then he ‘panicked’ and sold his agency. The mainstay of his business had been selling coverage to small companies. And here was the government, stepping in and offering to sell it online instead. Initially, Combs and his fellow brokers thought they would go the way of travel agents, no longer needed in a do-it-yourself online marketplace. But he started to think about the law in a new way after he learned that brokers could still earn a commission for selling coverage through the exchange. Kentucky built its own health insurance exchange – called Kynect — and to expand Medicaid (Gold, 9/23). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Win-Win? CVS Joining Forces With Hospitals, DoctorsKaiser Health News staff writer Shefali Luthra reports: “Neglected to pick up your prescription? Now, there’s a good chance your doctor will know and do something about it, thanks to a slew of new partnerships between CVS Health and various health systems. One of the most recent, which is slated to begin by early next year, will integrate the electronic medical records from MedStar Health’s 10 hospitals and 4,000 doctors – located in Washington, D.C. and Maryland — with CVS pharmacies as well as the chain’s 900 Minute Clinics located across the country” (Luthra, 9/24). Read the story.The New York Times: Under Affordable Care Act, 25 Percent Increase In Health Insurers Is PredictedConsumers in much of the country will have a broader selection of health insurance plans next year, the Obama administration said Tuesday, as it predicted an increase of about 25 percent in the number of insurers that are expected to compete in federal and state marketplaces (Pear, 9/23).The Associated Press: More Insurers To Offer Health Law Plans Next YearThe Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president’s health care law. The Health and Human Services department on Tuesday reported a net increase of 63 insurers joining the market in 43 states plus Washington, DC. The preliminary figures show 77 insurers entering for the first time, while 14 are dropping out (9/23).The Wall Street Journal: U.S. States To Get More Insurers Under Affordable Care ActMost states will have at least one more insurer selling health plans under the Affordable Care Act in the second year of the program’s full implementation, the Obama administration said. Some 33 states out of 43 where insurers have filed their intentions for the coming enrollment season are set to have a net increase in plans on offer through the law’s online exchanges, including two states that only had one insurer for 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services said (Radnofsky, 9/23).Politico: Insurers’ Bigger Role Suggests Confidence In ObamacareThe insurance industry believes Obamacare is here to stay no matter who wins control of the Senate this fall. A lot more insurers plan on taking part in Obamacare next year — a 25 percent increase, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced Tuesday. She called it a sign that the administration is “making historic progress” in covering the uninsured (Haberkorn and Norman, 9/23).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: A Sleazy Attack Puts Words In The Other Candidate’s MouthOur colleagues at FactCheck.org have already done yeoman work in untangling issues involving black lung benefits in the West Virginia race between Rep. Nick Rahall and challenger Evan Jenkins (R). But we don’t want to pass this one up. How often does a candidate literally put words in another candidate’s mouth? (Kessler, 9/24).The New York Times: To Gather Drug Data, A Health Start-Up Turns To ConsumersFor years, Thomas Goetz had been a spirited armchair advocate of the use of digital technology and data to improve health care. At Wired magazine, where he was executive editor, Mr. Goetz assigned and wrote articles on the subject. He organized conferences, lectured and wrote a book in 2010, “The Decision Tree,” which hailed a technology-led path toward personalized health care and better treatment decisions (Lohr, 9/23).The Wall Street Journal: Health Diagnostic Laboratory CEO ResignsThe chief executive officer of a fast-growing medical laboratory that has collected hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare resigned amid a federal investigation into its payments of blood-sample fees to doctors. Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. CEO Tonya Mallory ceded the reins of the Richmond, Va., company to Joe McConnell, a former Mayo Clinic scientist who co-founded HDL with her five years ago. Ms. Mallory will remain on HDL’s board and serve as an adviser to Dr. McConnell, she said in a note to employees (Carreyrou, 9/23).The Associated Press: Anti-Addiction Groups Call For New FDA ChiefAnti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration’s top official to step down, saying the agency’s policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. In a letter released Wednesday, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama administration’s top health official to replace FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who has led the agency since 2009. The FDA has been under fire from public health advocates, politicians and law enforcement officials since last October, when it approved a powerful new painkiller called Zohydro against the recommendation of its own medical advisers (9/24).The Associated Press: Jindal’s Ex-Health Secretary Indicted On PerjuryThe indictment comes more than a year and a half after the Jindal administration scrapped the 10-year Medicaid claims processing contract with Maryland-based Client Network Services Inc., or CNSI (9/23).NPR: In This Year Of Ebola, A Montana YMCA Is Its Brother’s KeeperIt started with the obvious question: “How can we help?” That’s what Chris Siegler wanted to know when Ebola struck Sierra Leone. And the answer to that question shows that it’s not only big international groups that can assist Ebola-ravaged countries. Siegler has had a long relationship with the West African nation. He was a Peace Corps volunteer there in the late 1960s with his wife, Jeannie. After the 11-year civil war ended in 2002, the Sieglers went to visit. Chris, who’s on the board of the YMCA in Missoula, Montana, came across a YMCA in Freetown, the country’s capital (Whitney, 9/24).The Associated Press: Volunteer Ambulance, EMS Companies Receive BoostNew legislation being signed by Gov. Jack Markell will boost the coffers of Delaware’s volunteer ambulance and emergency medical services companies. One bill to be signed Wednesday establishes a new $10 fee on all motor vehicle violations, with the money going from driver’s wallets to volunteer ambulance companies statewide (9/24). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.  This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: September 24, 2014last_img read more

Different Takes Where Is The Agenda To Attack The Opioid Crisis Save

first_img President Trump directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare a historic public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis last Oct. 26. But every day since I arrived to run the federal government’s behavioral health agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and every day since the president took office, America’s opioid crisis has been treated as an emergency situation.As the former chief medical officer of a state struggling with the crisis and former chief medical officer of SAMHSA, I can say with confidence that this administration has brought a new, desperately needed level of urgency to the crisis our families and communities are suffering from every day. (Elinore F. McCance-Katz, 1/17) Different Takes: Where Is The Agenda To Attack The Opioid Crisis? Save Lives, Don’t Treat Addiction The Wrong Way Opinion writers weigh in on the nation’s opioid epidemic. Amid much fanfare last October, President Trump declared that the nation’s opioid crisis was a “public health emergency” and spoke movingly of losing his older brother to alcohol addiction. That 90-day declaration is set to expire Tuesday. And while some promising plans are taking shape, the federal follow-through is falling far short of what is needed. (1/17) Before Joe Thompson switched treatments for his opioid addiction, he was a devoted stay-at-home father, caring for his infant son after his wife returned to work. His recovery was aided by the anticraving medication buprenorphine. But after over two years free of heroin, Mr. Thompson, a former United Parcel Service worker from Iowa, relapsed and decided to try another kind of treatment program. Unfortunately, his new counselors insisted that continuing his buprenorphine, though it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, was just as bad as using heroin, according to his wife, Deborah. He wasn’t even allowed to start therapy until he’d been abstinent for several weeks. Stressed by withdrawal, he went to a third center. It, too, banned medication. Within a week of entering the program, he was dead from a heroin overdose. He was 35. (Maia Szalvitz, 1/17) USA Today: Where Is Trump’s Emergency On Opioids? The New York Times: The Wrong Way To Treat Opioid Addiction  center_img USA Today: Trump HHS: Bringing New Urgency To Opioid Crisis This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Los Angeles Times: Republicans Figure Out Opioid Crisis — It’s The Fault Of Medicaid Expansion! (Spoiler: They’re Wrong) Washington tourists with time on their hands Wednesday could have popped into the Capitol to witness an ancient phenomenon: Senators doing their darndest to prove a partisan fantasy. In this case, the fantasy was that Medicaid expansion is to blame for the opioid crisis in the United States. The ringmaster was Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Johnson has been flogging this notion for the better part of a year, or longer, despite the utter lack of evidence that it’s true — and plenty of evidence that the opposite is true. (Michael Hiltzik, 1/17) last_img read more

Samsung is launching the Bixby app store nobody asked for

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 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. 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Samsung’s Bixby Assistant is the red-headed stepchild of the personal assistant world and is largely considered an inconvenience by a number of Samsung Galaxy smartphone users.Now the company is hoping to bring Bixby out of the bad books, by launching an app portal in the United States and South Korea. There’s no news on when it’ll launch in the UK, but we’ve asked Samsung for comment.The new Bixby Marketplace features high profile portals for Google Maps, Spotify, iHeartRadio, NPR and Yelp, among others, Samsung says.“The Bixby Marketplace takes these customized experiences to the next level by offering easy access to a wide range of capsules that make Bixby more powerful, making it easier for users to tailor Bixby to suit their needs,” Samsung wrote in a Newsroom blog post on Monday.Integration with third-party apps is key to the development of Bixby on a smartphone, as well as the forthcoming Galaxy Home speaker, which has been delayed beyond its planned release in the first half of 2019.Users will be able to search the portal for so-called ‘capsules’, which are organised by categories such as productivity, finance, sports and shopping. Once users have found the capsule of their choosing, they’ll be able to install them with a single tap.The company is also allowing users to set ‘preferred capsules’ for those occasions where more than one app will get the job done.The company adds: “For example, if a user says “Get me a ride to San Francisco airport”, Bixby will prompt the user to pick one of the supported Rideshare capsules. Users will have the option to set their favorite provider as their preferred Rideshare capsule. Once that is set, any Rideshare request would automatically go to the user’s preferred provider, even if the user does not mention the capsule name.”The launch comes as Samsung looks to catch up with the might of the Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, while Siri has become a tool that plays much more nicely with third-parties in recent years.last_img read more

Save 61 on Logitechs best smart remote control

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. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. The Logitech Harmony Elite remote control and hub has been reduced by £184 in this Prime Day deal.  You can now pick up the Harmony Elite for just £115.99.BUY NOW: Logitech Harmony Elite for just £115.99 (save £184) at AmazonThis Prime Day deal has seen the Logitech Harmony Elite slashed to its lowest price yet in 2019. The £184 off amounts to well over 50% off the usual £299.99 RRP. The smart remote is reduced for non-Prime members too but only down to £179.95. So for the very best price, you should really sign up to Amazon Prime first – or jump on it right away if you are already signed up. Logitech Harmony Elite DealLogitech Harmony Elite Advanced TV and Home Entertainment Remote Control, Hub and App, Works with Alexa, BlackThe Harmony Elite is Logitech’s premium smart remote solution. The remote comes with all the bells and whistles – letting you control all of your TV-related devices as well as your smart home.Amazon|Save £184|Now £115.99View DealNow £115.99|Save £184|Amazon The Logitech Harmony Elite has sat as the king of smart remotes for some time now. Logitech is the go-to company for smart remotes and the Harmony Elite is its flagship product. The Harmony Elite just feels like a premium device. The experience is truly a futuristic one – with the remote featuring a screen on the front to help you control your devices.The Harmony Elite allows you to create activities – combining commands of set-top boxes, TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and smart home devices. An activity like “Watch Movie” could bring together turning on your TV, your Blu-ray player, selecting the correct input and dimming your room’s lights – all with one press.Here at Trusted Reviews, we absolutely loved the Logitech Harmony Elite. Our review said: “I can’t imagine living without the Harmony Elite anymore, which is recommendation enough. That doesn’t mean everyone should rush out and buy one. However, it’s the best (and only) way to make your home AV system and smart home work together.Related: Best Smart Day Deals this Amazon Prime Day In fact, it’s great even without the “smart” features – although it’s harder to justify the price without them. If the price is the sticking point, cheaper Harmony Hub alternatives do the same for less.There’s no finer way to consign your old remotes to a dusty, forgotten drawer”.With less than eight hours to go of Prime Day, now really is the time to bag this Logitech Harmony Elite remote control and hub deal. You will be getting a massive saving of 61% – that’s £184 off the regular RRP. Logitech Harmony Elite DealLogitech Harmony Elite Advanced TV and Home Entertainment Remote Control, Hub and App, Works with Alexa, BlackThe Harmony Elite is Logitech’s premium smart remote solution. The remote comes with all the bells and whistles – letting you control all of your TV-related devices as well as your smart home.Amazon|Save £184|Now £115.99View DealNow £115.99|Save £184|Amazon ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook BUY NOW: Logitech Harmony Elite for just £115.99 (save £184) at Amazon 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. Amazon Prime Day Dealslast_img read more

Canada Pension Plans investment board racks up 89 return more than enough

first_img May 15, 201912:40 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Twitter advertisement TORONTO — Canada Pension Plan Investment Board recovered from a weak quarter in late 2018 to produce a solid 8.9 per cent net return for its most recent financial year.The Toronto-based investment manager for the Canada Pension Plan said its CPP Fund had $392.0 billion of net assets as of March 31, up $35.9 billion from the end of the 2018 financial year after all costs.The fiscal fourth quarter also showed a recovery from a weak return of 1.1 per cent in the third quarter that was affected by a general downturn in stock markets in December.CPPIB’s five-year real rate of return, which adjusts for inflation, was 8.9 per cent as of March 31 while the 10-year real rate of return was 9.2 per cent.Those returns are well ahead of what the Chief Actuary of Canada has determined to be necessary to sustain the Canada Pension Plan to at least 2090.Related Stories:Cintas Corporation Announces Record Fiscal 2019 Results Sponsored By: Comment CPPIB’s fiscal fourth quarter showed a recovery from a weak return of 1.1 per cent in the third quarter that was affected by a general downturn in stock markets in December.Getty Images Recommended For YouUPDATE 2-Canada posts C$762 mln trade surplus in MayVodafone launches 5G in Britain with unlimited data plansUPDATE 2-Twitter to deemphasize, label politician tweets that break its rulesLoonie nears eight-month high on surprise swing to trade surplusTrump rips tech firms at ‘free speech’ summit The Canadian Press Share this storyCanada Pension Plan’s investment board racks up 8.9% return, more than enough to sustain fund until 2090 Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Morecenter_img Reddit ← Previous Next → Featured Stories Join the conversation → Email Canada Pension Plan’s investment board racks up 8.9% return, more than enough to sustain fund until 2090 CPPIB adds $35.9 billion to assets Facebook 18 Comments What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generationlast_img read more

China to suspend pork imports from Canadian company Frigo Royal

first_img Email Recommended For YouAYR Strategies: U.S. Vertically Integrated Multi-State Operator Cannabis Venture Makes Public Market DebutPRECIOUS-Gold drops as bets fade for big Fed rate cut fade; eyes on trade talksIntema Appoints New President and Chief Executive OfficerThere’s a full-fledged housing chill in Vancouver, but it hasn’t reached Toronto, data showsSingapore-based company is buying the biggest shipping container terminal in eastern Canada Reuters More Share this storyChina to suspend pork imports from Canadian company Frigo Royal Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn 6 Comments Facebook June 18, 20197:09 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Reddit Comment China to suspend pork imports from Canadian company Frigo Royal China says the Canadian firm’s pork was found to contain the banned feed additive ractopamine center_img What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Twitter advertisement Sponsored By: Featured Stories Canadian pork shoulders are prepped on a butcher’s counter in Toronto, Ontario.Reuters/Hyungwon Kang/File Photo ← Previous Next → BEIJING — China will block pork imports from Canada’s Frigo Royal Inc after a batch of the Canadian firm’s pork was found to contain the banned feed additive ractopamine, the customs agency said in a statement on its Wechat account on Tuesday.Ractopamine is used by pork producers in some countries to make leaner pigs but China does not allow its use and does not tolerate residues of the compound in imported meat.China will also strengthen inspections for the residue in all pork imports from Canada, the notice from the General Administration of Customs said.Canadian government officials said this month they had been warned by China that it would step up inspections of meat imports after “recent cases of non-compliance” in pork shipments.The customs notice said authorities in the port of Nanjing had detected ractopamine residue in a batch of Frigo Royal pork on June 3.China had previously warned Canada that it would open all containers of Canadian meat and meat products and, in some cases, 100 per cent of the contents would be inspected.Related Stories:China to stop all imports of ‘meat products’ from Canada starting WednesdayChina’s shutout of Canadian meat scrambles global pork flowUPDATE 1-China to stop all imports of ‘meat products’ from Canada on Wednesday -media reportMany Canadian farmers started raising pigs without ractopamine in 2013 to boost their exports to China. In the first three months of this year, China was Canada’s third-biggest pork export market, taking in $215 million of Canada’s pork and pork products.But China in April halted pork imports from two other Canadian producers, Olymel LP and Drummond Export, because of labeling problems.It has also blocked imports of Canadian canola seed.The trade issues have followed Chinese demands that Canada return Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co, who is facing extradition to the United States after being arrested in Vancouver. © Thomson Reuters 2019 Join the conversation →last_img read more

SNCLavalin executives ponder company breakup at private shareholder luncheon

first_img “They’ve got great assets within that are being punished and their good assets aren’t being valued properly. So they sort of hypothetically talked about crystallizing that value, and the only way you can really do that is to sell,” Taylor said.The sitdown last Friday, first reported by the Globe and Mail, came a day after the company announced plans to wind down its operations in 15 countries and reported a $17-million loss in its latest quarter, precipitating a stock drop to new 10-year lows over the past few days. What were the reasons SNC-Lavalin wasn’t offered a deal? Let’s hear them SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce in the spotlight as ‘reputational hits’ keep coming for embattled company Investing icon Stephen Jarislowsky calls for vote on SNC’s ‘cruel and Machiavellian’ Highway 407 sale The discussion floated an alternative to a possible plan that SNC-Lavalin laid out for federal prosecutors last fall where the company would split in two, move its offices to the United States within a year and eventually eliminate its Canadian workforce if it didn’t get a deal to avoid criminal prosecution.Confidential documents, part of a PowerPoint presentation obtained by The Canadian Press in March, described something called “Plan B” — what Montreal-based SNC might have to do if it can’t convince the government to grant a so-called remediation agreement to avoid criminal proceedings in a fraud and corruption case related to projects in Libya.SNC-Lavalin said in an email that it “continues to evaluate all possible scenarios to create maximum value for company shareholders.”“We have publicly made it clear for several months that the company has a fiduciary obligation to its shareholders and employees to have a Plan B in place, retaining the services of external legal and financial advisers to help develop different scenarios for consideration,” the company stated.“That said, no decision has yet been made, so it is premature to comment further on the subject.”SNC-Lavalin bought British engineering giant WS Atkins in 2017, which now has more than 10,000 employees in Britain.SNC hopes to sell the bulk of its 16.77 per cent stake in Highway 407 to the OMERS pension plan, with a deal expected to close before the end of June. Share this storySNC-Lavalin executives ponder company break-up at private shareholder luncheon Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit SNC-Lavalin executives ponder company break-up at private shareholder luncheon Beleaguered company discusses spinning off assets ahead of a potential criminal conviction May 7, 20195:58 PM EDTLast UpdatedMay 8, 20199:16 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street More What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation advertisement Facebook Whether SNC-Lavalin gets the Rolls-Royce treatment is now David Lametti’s call SNC-Lavalin said in an email that it “continues to evaluate all possible scenarios to create maximum value for company shareholders.”Christinne Muschi/Reuters Related Stories The Canadian Press center_img 6 Comments Comment ‘No possibility’ of a bidding war for SNC-Lavalin’s slice of the 407 Join the conversation → Email Sponsored By: MONTREAL — Executives at SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. continue to ponder a Plan B that could see the company break up ahead of a potential criminal conviction.David Taylor of Toronto-based Taylor Asset Management, a shareholder of SNC-Lavalin, said the embattled engineering and construction firm’s CEO and chief financial officer discussed spinning off assets — which could include U.K.-based WS Atkins — at a private luncheon hosted by TD Securities in Toronto.“They mentioned spinning off,” Taylor said in an interview, referring to chief executive Neil Bruce and chief financial officer Sylvain Girard. Twitter Featured Stories SNC-Lavalin CEO didn’t get his $1.45 million bonus last year because of business turmoil ← Previous Next →last_img read more

Updates On The First Boring Tunnel Opens December 10

first_img Boring Company Gets Approval To Build Tunnel In Residential Garage We were about due for another Boring story and Tesla CEO Elon Musk helped us out.From time to time, Musk updates us progress of his Boring Company, however, this may be the first time he’s provided an actual date. Musk is notorious for teasing and even announcing updates and upcoming products on Twitter. He often provides loose timelines as well, which we’ve learned can either be spot-on, miles off, or somewhere in between. Nonetheless, it’s not that common for him to provide an actual date.Check Out These Boring Stories: We’ve only seen images of the “rough” tunnel, along with computer generated models of various concepts. The first reply to Musk’s tweet shows a concept of what a really cool tunnel could look like. Interestingly, he says that this is actually pretty close:Pretty close, actually— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018 In this case, Musk’s initial tweet was rather vague, but within a minute he replied to it with the December 10th clarification:Opens Dec 10— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018 Aside from the above, we don’t have any more concrete information to share as of yet. We assume this is in reference to the tunnel near the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA (in southwestern Los Angeles County). Now that there’s a date out there, we look forward to more reporting on this next step in the near future.While the concept seems to keep changing, and we have no idea what will really come of The Boring Company’s plans — added to the fact that naysayers have been quick to discount the company’s plans and efforts entirely — progress has been continual and impressive. We are certainly excited to learn what the future may bring. Boring Bricks: 10 Cents A Piece Or Free To Affordable Housing Projects Watch Boring Company Machine Move Via Xbox Controller Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 22, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Lamborghini Admits PlugIn Hybrid Electric Vehicles Are The Future

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Related Content: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 21, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Insider Says Lamborghini Urus Plug-In Hybrid Is Necessary Lamborghini Claims Current EV Tech Not Ready For Electric Supercarcenter_img Electric Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Houses Battery In Body, Sports 4 In-Wheel Motors Lamborghini CEO not only admits PHEVs are the future, but confirms that the automaker is officially on board.According to The Drive, we should see a new Lamborghini plug-in hybrid in the form of the Aventador by 2021. After that, other Lambo’s will follow suit, beginning with the automaker’s Huracan. The best part about this announcement is that it’s not speculation, nor is it something that was merely hinted it. In fact, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali discussed the reality of PHEVs in a recent interview with Automotive News. He shared:Probably around 2021, with the Aventador replacement that will add a motor to its V-12 engine. The same will happen later also on the V-10 family when we replace the Huracan. A plug-in model is the only way to maintain performance and keep Lamborghini’s engine sound while also reducing emissions. In the past, we learned that Lamborghini was planning to up the ante with regard to hybridization, but the potential move to a plug-in hybrid wasn’t made clear. In addition, we reported that Porsche is developing a dedicated platform for electric supercars, which could be shared with Audi and Lamborghini.To be fair, looking at our recent coverage of Lamborghini shows that an electric car could still be some seven years away. However, in the same article, we shared Domenicali’s confirmation that the next-gen Aventador and Huracan would by hybrids. Around the same time, reports pointed to a Lamborghini Urus PHEV coming soon. During the recent Automotive News interview, Domenicali was questioned about the Urus. He admitted that the automaker’s priorities have changed:We are still working on this, but we have realigned our priorities. First and foremost, we have to boost production of the Urus, and adding a powertrain variant that is extremely complex to build doesn’t help. We have seen that a V-6-powered plug-in did not offer the performance level a Lamborghini should deliver. We began working on a V-8 plug-in, but we are not there yet.At this point, the automaker is sticking to its V12 and V10 powertrains when working on the plug-in hybrid configurations. Referring back to the upcoming Aventador and Huracan plug-in hybrids, The Drive notes that a previous report puts them at 1,172 and 985 horsepower, respectively.Source: The Drivelast_img read more

BMW Developing PlugIn Hybrid M Supercar

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News An indirect replacement of the i8, the hybrid machine would be the crown jewel of the M Performance lineup.BMW may have a slew of high-performance machines carrying the fabled “M” badge, but what its portfolio lacks is a proper supercar. Give the Bavarians some time and they’ll likely address this issue by introducing a new flagship M Performance model to sit above the upcoming M8 Coupe. Autocar has it on good authority a “new super-sports car” is being developed to serve as an indirect replacement for today’s i8.More from BMW BMW Exec Talks All Things Electric | Outlines New Strategies Source: Electric Vehicle News New BMW i3s 120 Ah Winter Video Shows Socket In Hatch The plug-in hybrid sports car with its puny three-cylinder engine will reportedly not be renewed as BMW has bigger plans for an electrified machine. The 1.5-liter gasoline engine will be ditched to make room for a much larger combustion engine, quite possibly with six cylinders. While the i8 is unlikely to get a second generation, its carbon fiber architecture is expected to live on in this yet-unnamed supercarThe report goes on to mention the conventional engine along with the electric motors will provide a combined output of more than 700 horsepower in a car estimated to cost in excess of the $147,500 BMW is asking for a base i8 Coupe. It is believed the crown jewel of the M Performance lineup will be built in limited numbers and will go after the Acura NSX, which starts at $157,500 in the U.S.Don’t expect to see the new BMW supercar in the nearby future as the model is allegedly slated to hit the market by 2023. Meanwhile, the M lineup is about to grow to include the first-ever X3 M and X4 M, along with the M8 Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe. Further down the line, there also might be an M2 CS to serve as a last hurrah for the current-generation 2 Series.Source: Autocar BMW: 5th Generation Electric Drive To Be Extremely Compactlast_img read more

Tesla Owners Are Ordering A Lot Of Porsche Taycans

first_imgMore than half of those placing orders already own an electric car.The Porsche Taycan is one of the most anticipated models of the next year, but by the press and enthusiasts curious to see how the first modern-day 100% electric Porsche in fares.More Taycan News Top-Line Porsche Taycan To Be Called “Taycan Turbo” Porsche Tells Us How To Correctly Pronounce Taycan President and CEO of Porsche North America, Klaus Zellmer, recently stated:“Over half of Taycan’s customers did not have a Porsche and most own a Tesla.”Basically, Porsche is now thinking that once you try electric, you never go back.This, of course, does not necessarily mean that there is a flight of customers from Tesla. It could be that those who have already chosen an electric – and if they can afford it – decide to add a second one in the garage.This can not be known, while what can be deduced is that once zero-emission mobility has been tested, then we do not go back.Premium and electric, an expanding nicheA success that seems to have been announced, that of Taycan, according to the words of Zellmer:“If all the people who ordered Taycan end up buying it, then we sold all the production for the first year.”Returning to the Tesla speech, the Taycan has a reduced competition, substantially limited to the Model S , and also the arrival of the Audi e-tron GT, which does not scare Zellmer, who said:“If you try a Macan, you know that has a platform shared with Audi, but it’s a whole different car. It will be the same between Taycan and e-tron GT .”Source: CNET Porsche Taycan Electric Range: Distance You Can Drive In 24 Hours Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 11, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more