States Brace For SCOTUS Calif Exchange Marches On Texas Mulls Next Steps

first_imgStates Brace For SCOTUS: Calif. Exchange Marches On, Texas Mulls Next Steps In California, the state health insurance exchange is starting its work no matter the outcome of the Supreme Court decision while Texas officials consider their post-decision steps.California Healthline: Exchange Looks At Outreach, Focus Groups, By-LawsThe Supreme Court decision on the fate of the national health care reform law, expected this week or next, could have a significant impact on the work and purpose of the California Health Benefit Exchange. But that isn’t slowing the project one bit. Today, the exchange board meets to discuss some big agenda items: outreach, marketing, insurance coverage assisters and agents, the second phase of its establishment grant and yet another look at its bylaws (Gorn, 6/19).Texas Tribune: Texans Brace For Supreme Court’s Health Care VerdictAs the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the Affordable Care Act, Texas officials, insurers and physicians are looking at potential outcomes that could keep health care reform in the spotlight for months to come. … No matter which decision is made, the state will continue to be involved in health care debates, said Attorney General Greg Abbott. If the law is upheld, Abbott said, there will probably be new lawsuits — both at the state and federal levels — concerning its other components. And if the law is completely struck down, both Congress and Texas will look for other legislation to address health care reform (Luthra, 6/18). 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

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What Happens After The Court Decides

first_imgWhat Happens After The Court Decides? This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Heartbreak at the White House? More debate? The contingency plans? News reports include speculation about the policy and political impact of the high court’s decision. Also, examinations have already begun regarding what could have been done differently.The New York Times: Putting On A Brave Face, But Preparing For Heartbreak On Health CareMr. Obama and the White House have put on brave faces, insisting that the law and the mandate at its center will be upheld when the court rules this month. In private conversations, they predict that the bulk of the law will survive even if the mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance does not. But even if the White House is a fortress of message discipline, it cannot disguise the potential heartbreak for Mr. Obama, who managed to achieve a decades-old Democratic dream despite long odds and at steep cost (Kantor, 6/23).Politico: All Sides Line Up For Health RulingIf the Supreme Court tosses the health reform law’s individual mandate this week, Washington is prepared for a fight to define its carcass. As the conventional wisdom cements around the idea that the mandate might not have a future, supporters and opponents of the law are laying the groundwork for the next political battle on health reform: How much did the mandate matter? Was it the linchpin, without which the whole ambitious health initiative shatters into legislative pieces begging for repeal? Or was it a desirable but unessential tool, and with a bit of tweaking the law can go ahead (Haberkorn, 6/24).Pioneer Press/McClatchy: Supreme Court’s Health Care Law Ruling Will Only Begin More DebateKey players certainly are prepared to pounce, whichever way the court moves. If the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survives, Republicans will introduce repeal bills to keep the debate roiling. If the law dies, Democrats will turn an “activist” Supreme Court into a juicy campaign target while lawmakers from both parties resurrect certain favored portions of the measure. If the individual mandate to purchase coverage is cut out but the rest of the law is left intact, lawmakers and insurance companies will be figuring out how to manage what remains (Doyle and Lightman, 6/24).The Washington Post: Obama’s Legal Tactics Seen As Possibly Hurting Chances To Save Health-Care LawSome prominent legal scholars say a series of tactical decisions by President Obama’s legal team may have hurt the chances of saving his landmark health-care legislation from being gutted by Supreme Court conservatives. The warnings are a preview of the finger-pointing certain to ensue if the law is overturned. That could come sometime this week, when the justices are expected to decide on the constitutionality of the health-care law and its centerpiece provision mandating that all Americans purchase insurance or pay a penalty (Wallsten, 6/23).The New York Times: Supporters Slow To Grasp Health Law’s Legal RisksA White House that had assumed any challenge would fail now fears that a centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s presidency may be partly or completely overturned on a theory that it gave little credence. The miscalculation left the administration on the defensive as its legal strategy evolved over the last two years. “It led to some people taking it too lightly,” said a Congressional lawyer who like others involved in drafting the law declined to be identified before the ruling. “It shouldn’t strike anybody as a close call,” the lawyer added, but “given where we are now, do I wish we had focused even more on this? I guess I would say yes” (Baker, 6/23).Politico: HHS Pushes Out Cash Ahead Of RulingConservatives wanted the White House to stop spending on the health care law until the Supreme Court rules on whether it’s constitutional. But the administration has forged ahead, spending at least $2.7 billion since oral arguments in the case ended on March 28. That’s more than double the amount that was handed out in the three-month period leading up to the arguments, according to a POLITICO review of funding announcements from the Department of Health and Human Services (Feder, Smith and Cheney, 6/23).HealthyCal:  Preparation For Reform May Leave Lasting ChangesFederal health care reform might not survive after a Supreme Court decision expected this week, but the preparations for an influx of new patients may have already changed the health care system.  The Affordable Care Act allows for about 32 million newly insured Americans by 2019, and three to four million eligible by 2014, and health care systems have been looking for ways to accommodate the increased number of patients (Flynn, 6/24).last_img read more

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California Shuts Down 10 Sites Imitating State Insurance Marketplace

first_imgCalifornia Shuts Down 10 Sites Imitating State Insurance Marketplace The California attorney general said her office shuttered 10 websites that had mimicked the state’s official health insurance exchange “in order to lure consumers away from plans that provide the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.”The New York Times: California Shuts Down Sites Mimicking State Insurance MarketplaceThe California attorney general’s office has shut down 10 websites that mimicked state’s official health insurance marketplace, the attorney general, Kamala Harris, announced Wednesday. “These websites fraudulently imitated Covered California in order to lure consumers away from plans that provide the benefits of the Affordable Care Act,” Ms. Harris said in a prepared statement. “My office will continue to investigate and shut down these kinds of sites” (Lovett, 11/14).The Wall Street Journal: California Shuts Down Sites Imitating State Health ExchangeCalifornia officials have shut down 10 websites they say were designed to imitate the state’s official health-insurance marketplace created under the nation’s new health law. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said Thursday her office ordered the sites to either shut down or redirect consumers to the state’s official site, www.coveredca.com. All 10 sites have complied, she said (Lazlo, 11/14).Los Angeles Times: California Orders Closure Of 10 Sites Imitating Its Health ExchangeCalifornia Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said she has ordered 10 websites to shut down because they violated state law by imitating the official site of the state’s health insurance exchange. Harris said she began investigating these misleading websites in September and multiple operators were sent cease and desist letters telling them they were in violation of state law (Terhune, 11/14).The Sacramento Bee: Kamala Harris Shutters 10 Fake Covered California Websites California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Thursday she has forced the removal of 10 private health insurance websites posing as the state’s official online marketplace where customers obtain plans under the federal Affordable Care Act. Harris said her office two months ago launched investigations into the websites imitating coveredca.com, which began offering insurance coverage for sale on Oct. 1. The website operators were sent cease and desist letters telling them their sites violated state law and demanding their removal or transfer of their domains to the state exchange (Cadelago, 11/14). San Francisco Chronicle: State Shuts Down Bogus Health Care WebsitesOne of the posers secured rights to the domain name CoveredCalifornia.com, similar to the official CoveredCa.com, Harris said. She said all were operated by private brokers or companies and contained unauthorized references to the official exchange’s trademarked name and logo. … Typically, said Nick Pacilio, a spokesman for Harris, the operators, purporting to represent the state, sold policies that fell short of the law’s requirements. He said Harris has not filed criminal charges or civil fraud suits against the operators, who all agreed to shut down when the office threatened legal action (Egelko, 11/14). 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

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How The Health Laws Second Enrollment Season Could Impact Key Senate Races

first_imgPolitico reports that two closely watched Senate contests — those of Georgia and Louisiana — could be decided by runoff elections that would take place in December. Healthcare.gov glitches could color voters’ choices. News outlets also report on how Obamacare could play a role in election outcomes in states such as Colorado and Minnesota. Politico Pro: Dems’ Runoff Nightmare: More Obamacare GlitchesThe second sign-up season for health care exchanges begins November 15 — a post-election launch that was supposed to insulate Democrats from the politics of another website meltdown. But it’s almost certain that the Senate race in Louisiana will require a runoff in December, and a January runoff is also possible in Georgia. That means residents of the two states will be checking into HealthCare.gov at the exact moment they’re considering their vote — and possibly which party will control the Senate (Cheney and Wheaton, 10/19).Politico: Health Cancellations Ripple In ColoradoMore than 22,000 Coloradans were informed in the past month that their health coverage will be canceled at the end of the year, state insurance authorities disclosed this week, a spike in cancellations already roiling the state’s fierce campaigns for the Senate and governor’s seat. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, who’s running to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, pounced on the news as evidence that Obamacare is disrupting coverage for Coloradans … It’s unclear, though, if Obamacare is the reason for the latest wave of canceled plans. The cancellations are nearly all the result of a decision by Humana (Cheney, 10/17).Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Obamacare At Center Of Race For Georgia’s Insurance ChiefSome may recognize Ralph Hudgens as Georgia’s insurance commissioner, charged with the task of regulating the claims industry and protecting consumers from insurance fraud. Nationally, however, the 71-year-old is better known as the Republican who promised his department would do “everything in our power to be an obstructionist” against the Affordable Care Act. Hudgens has softened his tone from a year ago, saying he was throwing the conservative crowd “some red meat.” Nonetheless, the controversial health care law known as Obamacare remains the core issue in his re-election race against Democrat Elizabeth “Liz” Johnson and Libertarian Ted Met (Fouriezos, 10/19).Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Personal Questions And Fresh Topics Enliven Latest Dayton, Johnson DebateGov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson continued hammering at each other on a broad range of topics Sunday, staking out divergent positions on issues including MNsure rate hikes, the role of state government, and a proposed copper-nickel mine in the Iron Range. (Lopez, 10/19). How The Health Law’s Second Enrollment Season Could Impact Key Senate Races 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

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Chrome dark mode hits Windows 10 – but you may need this

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 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. 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 Google is dropping a new version of the Chrome web browser, which finally brings Windows 10 users the dark mode already available to Mac users.Chrome 74 arrives today on Windows, Mac and Linux, but the headline feature on Windows users is that retina-friendly mode Mac users got in v.73 last month.The good news is that Chrome will automatically adhere to the system-wide dark mode if its enabled by the PC users. The bad news is that not everyone has access to the feature yet, even if they’ve downloaded the update.A community manager on the Chrome support forums confirmed as such, saying: “I can confirm that we are rolling out this feature to a small number of Chrome M74 users now, and that it will become more widely available in the near future.”Related: Best laptop 2019Thankfully, if you’re desperate to take the new dark mode for a spin there’s a quick trick you can use to enable it within Chrome 74, as The Verge reports.All you need to do is locate the shortcut file that starts Chrome, right click on the icon and and select Properties. Here you can add “–force-dark-mode” at the end of the Target field and hit Apply then OK. Now, when you start Chrome you should see the dark mode enabled.This method is similar to how the dark mode was enabled in the Canary version of the Chrome browser before it made it into the main build (via ZDNet). If you’re not desperate enough to go messing around in the properties then you can probably just wait a few days for Google to just turn it on.Not everyone’s convinced though. Keen user Todd Athorp wrote: “No luck here either with latest Windows 10 and Chrome 74. How flippin’ hard is it to turn off the blinding white? C’mon Google.”Should more developers be embracing the retina-saving dark mode as standard? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.last_img read more

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Controversial Android Q feature that could bork apps put on hold

first_img 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. A new Android Q feature called Scoped Storage will change file access for apps on the new OS — but will it also break your favourite apps?Fortunately, Google has assured Android users that apps will not be broken by Android Q.Read more: Android Q featuresConcern had been raised that the new Scoped Storage system would force apps to agree to a totally new approach to file access or else be rendered unusable, but Google is reportedly rowing back on that position to give developers more time to adapt to the change (via Android Police).We presume that full enforcement will be held back until the introduction of Android R, at an unspecified date in the future.What is Scoped Storage?The potential problem came down to a feature called Scoped Storage, a new system of file access that will be introduced on Android Q.It’s one of the biggest planned changes to the Application Programming Interface on the new OS, and intends to change the system of file access permissions to make things more transparent.Under the new system, apps would have access to the default Android folders of Photos, Videos, Music, and Downloads, which are to be designated as ‘shared collections’ — but folders outside of these four will be closed off, limiting the snooping that can be done by less than scrupulous apps.Scoped Storage also introduces another fundamental change to file access − apps will be given their own storage sandbox, eliminating the need for additional permissions to write files.Read more: Best Android phonesWe expect plenty of new and exciting Android Q features to be announced at Google I/O, which kicks off at 6pm this evening. On top of updates on software, we also anticipate the announcement of the Google Pixel 3a.We’ll be covering it live, so stick around!Are you excited for the launch of Android Q? Let us know on Twitter: @TrustedReviews This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 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 Editorlast_img read more

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Apple under Screen Time API pressure ahead of WWDC

first_imgAt the end of April, Apple took aim at third-party screen time apps on iOS. The apps allow for the tracking and restriction of iPhone and iPad usage, and are an alternative to Apple’s own tools. Apple cut these apps out of the App Store, but now the apps’ developers are fighting back.Whether it was for your own benefit or managing your kids’ phone habits, OurPact and Balance Screen Time proved to be useful tools. Well, until Apple removed them from the App Store. In response, the companies have now banded together to request Apple allow them back in order to provide you with a new solution.Related: Best iPhone appsApple claimed the removals were due to the apps risking users’ privacy and security. However, some saw it as a cynical move because of the timing − Apple recently launched Screen Time, its own screen time management and parental control app.The developers are calling for Apple to release a public Screen Time API, and they’ve launched a website as part of the campaign. A Screen Time API would address Apple’s privacy-related criticisms but it would require Apple to share information with the companies.The Screen Time API would give the developers access to the same information and controls Apple uses for its own Screen Time app – meaning the developers would no longer have to use their previous methods to get the data.“The proposed screen time API would provide developers with the tools they need [to develop effective screen time management tools] while also prioritising user privacy and security,” the campaign’s website reads.It adds: “It allows developers to create apps that go beyond iOS Screen Time functionality, to address parental concerns about social media use, child privacy, effective content filtering across all browsers and apps and more.”The organisations behind the Screen Time API campaign are looking to use another recent story as leverage. The move would show Apple’s commitment to competition, according to the website. Apple recently sought to debunk competition concerns by creating a website dedicated to the topic. 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. 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.last_img read more

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Mozillas new Android Browser is faster and more secure and you can

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. Mozilla has unveiled the first preview of a redesigned from the ground up Android browser, which you can test right now, if you so desire. Firefox Preview is Android Firefox but rebuilt from scratch to use Mozilla’s own GeckoView rendering engine, which also powers Firefox Focus, a privacy-centered browser. That browser’s development is currently on ice while all efforts go to bringing Geckoview to the masses.Related: Best VPNCould this see Firefox Focus and a new Firefox browser merged together? It would fit if they’re both using Geckoview, and as privacy is becoming more of a key proposition for even casual users, the added protection from Firefox Focus would likely be appreciated by many who could have been unaware that Firefox Focus exists.The reckoning is that this preview will be twice as fast, include Firefox’s tracking protection, which will be on by default and, as an unstable release, should really only be tried out by developers or those eager to get their feet wet as an early adopter.But, getting involved now isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Mozilla has mentioned that this app will eventually replace the current Firefox for Android offering, probably taking place towards the tail end of 2019.“we realized that users demanded a full-fledged mobile browsing experience,” said Mozilla, talking about the new preview. Then they added that users require a browser “More private and secure than any existing app. So we decided to make Firefox more like Focus, but with all the ease and amenities of a full-featured mobile browser.”I’ve had a little play around and it does feel fast, but before 10am most things feel quick to me. What I did notice more easily was a stripped back interface that I’m actually quite taken with.Try it for yourself if you’re willing to take the risk of pre-release software.  It’s on Google Play. 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 Editorlast_img read more

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Happy guests and happy franchisees Tim Hortons parent shakes up executive ranks

first_img Twitter Jose Cil, right, the incoming CEO of Restaurant Brands International with his predecessor Daniel Schwartz, who will become RBI’s executive chairman.CNW Group / Restaurant Brands International Inc. Share this story‘Happy guests and happy franchisees’: Tim Hortons parent shakes up executive ranks amid solid results Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn More Reddit Recommended For You’We were experiencing headwinds’ — Canopy Growth stock heads south on poor sales ramp-upDefining the future of Canadian competitiveness: How partnerships between industry and educational institutions can help lead the way forwardTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016 Jake Edmiston ‘Happy guests and happy franchisees’: Tim Hortons parent shakes up executive ranks amid solid results RBI reports best Tim Hortons’ sales in two years. Now, new chair and CEO look to the long term Commentcenter_img “We had not specifically expected a management change,” the analysts wrote. “But the promotion of Jose Cil acknowledges an excellent performance at Burger King…. We do not believe these moves reflect any change in strategy.”Cil brings an expertise in franchise relations — a department that Tim Hortons specifically has struggled with in recent years, after a public battle with a group of discontented store owners. But Schwartz said the troubles were over, pointing to a fourth-quarter franchisee conference as one of several Tim Hortons efforts to mend relationships.“Our relations with our franchisees are as good as they’ve been,” Schwartz said.(The Great White North Franchisee Association, which says it represents angered franchisees, declined to comment on Wednesday.)The shakeup at the helm of RBI is only meant to better reflect the day-to-day realities, with Schwartz focused on strategy and Cil focused on expanding RBI’s brands globally, Schwartz said.“I’m going to be a very active — very active — board member,” he said. “Jose’s smiling as I’m saying this.” 0 Comments January 23, 20196:51 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Restaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company to Tim Hortons, made major changes to its leadership team on Wednesday amid a continuing push to expand its stable of fast food brands globally.The changes will see Daniel Schwartz, 38, who has held the role of CEO since the genesis of RBI — a conglomerate that controls Tims, Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen — become executive chairman, while Burger King president Jose Cil takes over as chief executive.“If we get happy guests and happy franchisees, we are able to grow and grow exponentially,” Cil said in an interview Wednesday. “That’s the formula, that’s the focus.” Tim Hortons launches kids’ menu in push to return to its roots Tim Hortons grows Canadian sales amid efforts to fix rocky relationship with franchisees Tim Hortons says it has reached agreement with franchisee after seizing his four restaurants In a call to investors Wednesday, Schwartz insisted he will remain hands-on at RBI, which he has been helping to build since his early 30s.“Titles aside, I’m going to be way more active than a typical chair,” Schwartz said, assuring investors that he and his partners at 3G Capital, all major shareholders in RBI, had no plans “to sell any of our equity.”Schwartz, who helped Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital merge Tims and Burger King into RBI in 2014 after serving as CEO of Burger King, will also become co-chairman of RBI’s board along with assuming other responsibilities as a partner with 3G.“I’m not going to be the CEO of another company.”The announcement of the executive shuffle came along with the release of preliminary fourth-quarter results that signalled significant progress in the company’s efforts to turn around Tims, which has been beset by disputes with franchisees and slowing sales growth.In those preliminary results, RBI reported that Tim Hortons’ same store sales grew 1.9 per cent globally and 2.2 per cent in Canada in the fourth quarter — its best results in two years, according CIBC analysts.As further proof of its “confidence in the long-term outlook,” RBI’s board also announced it would increase its quarterly dividend to 50 cents.In a research note Wednesday, the CIBC analysts said the sales figures exceeded expectations, proving that tweaks to Tim Hortons’ menu, such as all-day breakfast, along with a new back-to-roots marketing strategy and better franchisee relations are “undoubtedly making an impact.”We do not believe these moves reflect any change in strategy.CIBC analysts Email Facebook Join the conversation →last_img read more

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Honda Teases New EV Prototype Ahead Of Geneva Debut

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 23, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News 36 photos 2020 Honda Urban EV Spied Testing: Still Looks Adorable The upcoming small city car is based on the Honda Urban EV Concept from 2017, but it seems a little bit different.Here are images of the previous concept/test versions: Honda Urban EV gets a more rounded designHonda confirms the rumors about the world premiere of a new EV prototype at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.The Japanese manufacturer revealed a design sketch of the prototype and said that the production version will go on sale later this year.“Honda’s new electric vehicle is developed with a focus on functionality and purpose and the prototype sketch demonstrates this through its clean, simple and unique design. The image highlights a clear link to Honda’s Urban EV Concept initially shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.The debut is a further demonstration of Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’, a commitment that two thirds of European sales will feature electrified technology by 2025. A mass production version of the car will be on sale later in the year.” Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img 10 photos Honda EVs Honda Urban EV Rendered For Production Honda Urban EV Named Best Concept Car – 2018 Car Design Awardlast_img read more

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2020 Kia Soul EV gets 243mile EPA range rating

first_imgThe 2020 Kia Soul EV was given a 243-mile range rating by the EPA, slightly besting Kia’s own Niro EV in range. more…The post 2020 Kia Soul EV gets 243-mile EPA range rating appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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2019 Honda Clarity PHEV Promoted In New Walkaround Video

first_img Honda Clarity PHEV U.S. Sales Edge Out Toyota Prius Prime Honda actually wants to sell its Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, and the push is working.The word on the streets in the EV community for some time has been that legacy automakers don’t really want to sell their plug ins. In many cases this is true. It has also been said time and time again that it’s because they’ll lose money. The truth is, that’s not necessarily reality. Thankfully, we are finally just beginning to see some brands really promote their plug ins. Honda is on that short list with its Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.More Honda Clarity PHEV Coverage: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News EV Comparison: 3 Flavors Of Honda Clarity: PHEV, BEV & Fuel Cell First of all, OEMs need to build cars that are appealing and useful to the masses. Most have failed miserably at doing so. There’s really no point in building a ton of cars and trying to sell them if people just aren’t going to bite. Second, they have to build vehicles that can turn people on to plug ins, but aren’t ridiculously expensive, even if it means vehicles that serve as a stepping stone toward a fully electric vehicle. The Chevrolet Volt was a solid attempt at this.Since then, the Toyota Prius Prime came along and has sold reasonably well. However, it doesn’t offer a long all-electric range. In fact, its 25-mile electric range pales in comparison to the recently discontinued Volt’s 53 miles.Later, Honda brought the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid to market to compete with the Prime and Volt. It offers almost as many miles as the Volt, at 47 (you can compare all these numbers and more using our newly updated Compare EVs page). It also provides more power than the Volt and much more space for passengers and cargo. Not to mention a wealth of standard advanced driver assistance technologies.We can only hope that as time moves forward, automakers work to build plug ins that are appealing, affordable, and practical for the masses. Moreover, they need to strive to get this information in front of car shoppers.Video Description via Honda on YouTube:2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Walk AroundCurious about what a plug-in hybrid is? Or even, how it works? We make it easy to understand. See how the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid combines an electric motor with a gas engine to help you get where you’re going, in style. January 2019 U.S. EV Sales Impress, Primarily Due To Tesla And Honda Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Tesla Autopilot fatal crash with truck is under investigation preliminary report released

first_imgA fatal crash that occurred earlier this year and involved a Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot and a truck is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).They have now released their preliminary report. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://youtu.be/ee5nKd7zjWoThe post Tesla Autopilot fatal crash with truck is under investigation, preliminary report released appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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Tesla drops a bunch more used Model 3 inventory at surprisingly high

first_imgAfter first starting to sell used Model 3 with a warranty last week, Tesla has now made a lot more inventory available and the prices are surprisingly high. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Tesla drops a bunch more used Model 3 inventory at surprisingly high prices appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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Bringing Dementia Training to Wisconsin

first_imgby, Chris Perna, The Eden Alternative BlogTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesThe Eden Alternative and LindenGrove, Inc. are partners on a grant proposal to fund Dementia Beyond Drugs training based on the award-winning book by G. Allen Power of the same name, Dementia Beyond Drugs. The 2-day training  from The Eden Alternative applies person-directed care techniques to promote growth, meaningful engagement, and improved well-being for people living with dementia.Thirty-three people from across four Wisconsin-based LindenGrove, Inc. long-term care communities will participate in an interactive training experience recently approved by the Helen Bader Foundation and the Women & Girls Fund of the Waukesha County Community Foundation. These foundations see real value in this training, which supports a nationwide call to action to reduce the use of antipsychotics in long-term care.A large number of individuals living with some form of dementia receiving antipsychotic drugs suffer from a quality of life that cries for an urgent answer. Too often, medication is used in attempts to modify challenging behaviors, in lieu of utilizing specific techniques that help identify the unmet need(s).LindenGrove campuses at Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, New Berlin, and Waukesha are all members of the Eden Registry, which recognizes organizations across the continuum of care for their commitment to improving quality of life for the people who live and work there.  The Dementia Beyond Drugs training, which is scheduled for June 10-11, will prepare these four Registry Member communities to deepen their commitment to person-directed care, while playing a key role in the nationwide movement to reduce antipsychotics for people living with dementia.This grant partnership is an excellent example of how The Eden Alternative can partner with members of the Eden Registry and other organizations interested in bringing our educational offerings to their staff. We have been successful in securing grant funds for a variety of projects including creation of the Dementia Beyond Drugs curriculum, Dementia Beyond Drugs training, Certified Eden Associate training, and Embracing Elderhood training.With budgets getting tighter, we encourage you to look for opportunities to tap into funding from local foundations to support your training and education efforts. We would welcome the opportunity to partner with you to seek out grant funding. Please call us if you have any ideas!Related PostsEden Alternative Trainings Offer New Way to See DementiaThe Eden Alternative is launching new trainings focused on helping long-term care communities see dementia through new eyes. The new two-day training Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, based on Dr. Al Power’s award-winning book of the same name, debuted Feb. 8 in Providence, R.I., and attracted dementia…Safe to Reduce Antipsychotics Says New StudyA recent article in McKnight’s Long Term Care magazine highlights a study that concludes it is safe in most cases to eliminate antipsychotic drugs.Explore ‘Dementia Beyond Drugs’ With LeadingAge Ohio and Eden AlternativeLeadingAge Ohio and the Eden Alternative are proud to co-sponor a ground-breaking day-long workshop July 22 focused on the new “experiential” model of dementia care that provides a drug-free, person-centered approach to treating people living with dementia. Lead by Eden Mentor and geriatrician Dr. Allen Power, the workshop Dementia Beyond…TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: al power Care Partner ChangingAging Dementia Beyond Drugs education quality of life The Eden Alternativelast_img read more

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Engineer patents costeffective method to remove endotoxins from fluids

first_img Source:http://news.mst.edu/2018/07/missouri-st-biochemical-engineer-patents-low-cost-method-of-removing-bacterial-toxins-from-fluids/ Jul 13 2018By some estimates, 18 million people die each year from sepsis triggered by endotoxins – fragments of the outer membranes of bacteria. A biochemical engineer at Missouri University of Science and Technology has patented a method of removing these harmful elements from water and also from pharmaceutical formulations.Her goal: improve drug safety and increase access to clean drinking water in the developing world.”Initially, we were using these polymers to coat anti-cancer drugs,” says Dr. Sutapa Barua, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at Missouri S&T. “That was my focus. So I knew these polymers work, that they were bio-compatible.”The technique, as outlined in a July 2016 article in the journal Nanotechnology, involves a one-step phase separation method, using a syringe pump, to synthesize the nanoparticles.Those polymer nanoparticles have a high endotoxin removal efficiency of nearly 1 million endotoxin units per milliliter of water, using only a few micrograms of the material.After synthesis, the particles were characterized using a transmission electron microscope and dynamic light scattering. A custom-made fluorescence assay was used to determine the degree of binding between the endotoxins, which are also known lipopolysaccharides, and the nanoparticles. The fluorescent compound BODIPY was used to tag the endotoxin for identification purposes.The ramifications of this method -; referred to in the 2016 journal article as “endotoxin hitchhiking” -; could be substantial.As the journal noted in an online “Lab Talk” feature, more than 200,000 people die each year in the United States from sepsis, part of that estimated 18 million worldwide.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellAn injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedThe study “has large implications for the healthcare system, especially for those patients suffering from sepsis,” the journal editors wrote. “This novel removal technique has the potential to be explored for the removal of other deadly toxins that can be found in the bloodstream from a number of different diseases.”The study further results in an “efficacious system that is applicable to minimize the endotoxin level for a variety of applications, including drinking water purification, drug formulation or pharmaceutical preparation.”For Barua, there’s a more personal stake in the research.A native of Bangladesh who came to the U.S. for graduate school, she cites the 2012 death of Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed-; reportedly from sepsis -; as a contributory factor in her efforts to focus on endotoxin removal. Barua says he knew several members of the writer’s family personally.Barua, who joined the university in 2014, also recently received a $25,000 start-up grant from the university’s office of technology transfer and economic development and $10,000 from Missouri S&T’s Innovation Fund.The Technology Acceleration Grant will be used to develop a low-cost, portable bio filtration kit to synthesize nanoparticles capable of adsorbing water-borne toxins; the other grant will be used to hire undergraduate and graduate student researchers.last_img read more

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QUIZ Who said it Einstein or not

first_img Einstein ullstein bild via Getty Images Not Einstein Einstein Question © Everett Collection Historical/Alamy “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the word.” An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. Not Einstein “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Results: You answered out of correctly – Click to revisit Although this quotation is commonly attributed to Einstein, there’s no evidence that he said it. It has also been misattributed to Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. A likely source is the American author Rita Mae Brown, in her 1983 novel Sudden Death, but it may have been around even before that. Not Einstein 0 This year marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity! Find out more in Science. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” You Given the nature of his work, it seems like Einstein should have said this. But the quote belongs to Paul Dirac, a British theorist who reconciled quantum mechanics with Einstein’s special theory of relativity. Smithsonian Institution/Flickr This morsel of self-acceptance sounds like it must come from Dr. Phil or some self-help book. In fact, Einstein wrote these words to his friend and fellow physicist Max Born on 9 September 1920 in regret over a newspaper article in which he insulted Philipp Lenard, a German physicist and Nazi, who called for the rejection of “Jewish physics.” It’s true—Einstein hated socks. His secretary, Helen Dukas, said, “The professor never wears socks. Even when he was invited by Mr. Roosevelt to the White House, he didn’t wear socks.” Einstein AFP/Getty Images Einstein Time’s Up! Hulton Archive/Getty Images Not Einstein Who said it: Einstein or not? Einstein “One could perhaps describe the situation by saying that God is a mathematician of a very high order, and He used very advanced mathematics in constructing the universe.” Score © Everett Collection Inc/Alamy This was indeed Einstein, revealing his spiritual bent in a statement presented to a 1940 symposium in New York, on the subject of how science, philosophy, and religion can inform and advance democracy. Although Einstein didn’t adhere to any particular religion, he felt divine reverence for the order of nature, as his many spiritual aphorisms demonstrate. “God does not play dice.” Average “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.” “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” AFP/Getty Images Einstein famously doubted that quantum mechanics could be the ultimate framework for theoretical physics. But this line belongs to Richard Feynman, an American theorist who helped unify quantum theory and electrodynamics. Like most physicists, he just accepted the probabilistic nature of quantum theory and got on with it.center_img Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images © World History Archive/Alamy “Two things inspire me to awe—the starry heavens above and the moral universe within.” Not Einstein Not Einstein “I don’t know [what weapons will be used in the Third World War]. But I can tell you what they’ll use in the fourth—rocks!” Einstein Einstein did utter this well-known quip in an interview, but he may not have been the first to come up with it. Earlier references attribute a similar quote to an unidentified army officer. Start Quiz Not Einstein 0 / 12 © Everett Collection Inc/Alamy © Sergey Konenkov/Sygma/Corbis Einstein Einstein Einstein said it, and the quote is often taken as a gentle admonishment to his colleagues that whatever their struggles might be, his were even worse. In fact, Einstein wrote these lines in a letter to a schoolgirl named Barbara Lee Wilson, in response to her letter to him. Einstein © Sergey Konenkov/Sygma/Corbis Einstein said this in a long interview in The Saturday Evening Post in 1926 with George Sylvester Viereck. However, Viereck may have exercised a strong hand in portraying Einstein. He also wrote: “I scribbled down a sentence here and there, but afterwards my notes were as difficult to interpret as the fantastic network of a dream.” LOADING From coffee cups to T-shirts to Internet memes, quotations from Einstein pop up everywhere. But did the great physicist really say all the things we think he did? See if you can tell Einstein’s own words from those of others! Not Einstein Top Ranker Einstein Yep, that’s how Einstein expressed his contempt for the fact that quantum mechanics deals only probabilities, not exact predictions. In fact, at a 1927 conference in Brussels, Einstein repeated this line so often that other physicists tired of it, German theorist Werner Heisenberg later recalled. Not Einstein Not Einstein “Everyone has to sacrifice at the altar of stupidity from time to time.” Einstein Einstein Although one can see why the appealing sentiment is so often followed by Einstein’s name, it’s a gloss of a passage from German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s 1788 Critique of Practical Reason: “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more seriously reflection concentrates upon them: the starry heaven above me and the moral law within me.” “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” Not Einstein This wasn’t Einstein, but rather the science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke writing in his 1962 book, Profiles of the Future. It’s the first of what are known as Clarke’s three laws. The second is: “[T]he only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” The third is: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Not Einstein “When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.” Share your scorelast_img read more

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Save a panda save the forest

first_imgGiant pandas bask in the glow of international stardom, their every live birth or tumble down a hill tweeted by millions. But critics say pandas and other “charismatic megafauna” soak up conservation money and attention, leaving other threatened species in the lurch. Panda proponents have countered that saving the bears can help other animals who share the same habitats—but the evidence has been squishy. Until now. According to a new study, 96% of the panda’s range overlaps with areas identified as the most important “hot spots” for mammals, birds, and amphibians known only to exist in China’s forests, the researchers report online before print in Conservation Biology. In their analysis, the scientists compiled maps on where 132 mammals, 117 birds, and 249 amphibians live in the country, fine-tuning them using elevation data and remote sensing mapping that revealed where forests haven’t been logged. Next, the researchers isolated areas where the number of species in each group was highest—the hot spots—and compared how well those areas overlapped with where pandas occur. In an additional step, they also overlaid maps of China’s system of giant panda national natural reserves to see how well the areas cover these other species, which include the golden snub-nosed monkey, the Tibetan macaque, and the takin (an animal sometimes referred to as a goat-antelope), among others. Surprisingly, they found that the reserves include all of the studied species except for one type of bird. From 2007 to 2014, the number of nature reserves for giant pandas in China doubled from 34 to 67, covering some 33,600 square kilometers. These findings, the scientists say, show that such land conservation matters more than just to the black-and-white bears themselves and the zoo visitors who love them. Still, there are areas where some of these forest animals aren’t protected, the scientists say. To help inform Chinese officials, the researchers identified four areas where future conservation efforts should lie, including in Sichuan province in southwestern China.last_img read more

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Soil booster shots could turn barren lands green

first_img After 8 years, a rich heather crop thrives (right) where soil was added compared with land recovering on its own. Email Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Want to make your barren yard lush again? Just add a bit of soil from your local meadow. A new study reveals that the addition of foreign soil—and more importantly, the organisms it contains—can shape which plants will grow in the future. Such “inoculations” could even help bring back fallow farmlands and turn deserts green.”This is a really cool and remarkable study,” says Harsh Bais, a root biologist at the University of Delaware, Newark, who was not involved in the work. “Dirt matters.”Soil isn’t as simple as it seems. It contains microscopic bacteria and fungi, as well as tiny worms called nematodes and other invertebrates. Ecologists have long known that these underground communities build critical partnerships with the plants growing nearby. But many of these partnerships remain a mystery. Small-scale studies in greenhouses have shown that adding the right soil can promote the growth of a particular plant community, and some researchers have even tried soil transplantation—replacing one soil with another—to get certain endangered plants to grow. Such need is great across the globe, where many once-fertile lands are turning into desert, and a significant amount of agricultural land is lost every year. What’s more, when governments and nonprofit organizations try to bring back grasslands, forests, and other ecosystems destroyed by agriculture and other human uses, they are often disappointed: Restoration can take decades. It sometimes fails altogether.E. R. Jasper Wubs, an ecologist at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen, hoped to find a better way. But instead of doing wholesale transplantation of soil—which can be expensive—he wanted to see what would happen with a booster shot.He and colleagues set up a series of 2- to 5-hectare plots on abandoned, degraded farmland in the Netherlands. They removed about 60 centimeters of top soil from part of each plot and spread a 1-centimeter-thick layer of soil in others. The soil was taken from either a heathland—rolling hills dominated by heather and small shrubs—or a grassland. They then added seeds from 30 plant species from a variety of habitats and waited—for 6 years.When their waiting was up, they compared the seeded areas with and without the added soil layers, looking at which species were thriving and which were not. The source of the added soil greatly influenced what grew where, they report today in Nature Plants. Plots with heathland soil were covered with heather and gorse, whereas plots with grasslands soil were overflowing with a variety of grasses. The added soil made the existing land richer—as the researchers found more nematode worms, more bacteria, and more fungi in those sections of the plots. Those with heathland soil also had a greater diversity of springtails and mites. 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Country E. R. Jasper Wubs Experts are impressed. “This is the first large-scale experiment of its kind,” says Xue-Xian Zhang, a microbial ecologist at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. “It’s pretty impressive that they did it on the scale that they did,” adds Noah Fierer, a microbial ecologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “It’s a real-world demonstration that by altering soil, you can alter vegetation.”The impact of the added soil was greatest where top soil had been removed, but it still had a beneficial effect even in places where it was simply layered over the existing soil. That may sidestep the need for costly removal of top soil, says Nicolás Rascovan, a microbial ecologist at Aix-Marseille University in France, who was not involved with the work.Still, there’s much more to understand about how the process actually works and whether it works in wet as well as dry places like grasslands and heathlands. Fierer wonders whether it’s not the microbes but just some extra organic carbon—a nutrient—or other characteristic of the soil that matters. Zhang predicts that it’s not just the soils’ microbes but also the seeds in the added soil that are important. Rascovan would like to learn more details about what’s happening underground. “It’s not really clear which mechanisms and processes take place after soil inoculation [that] end up triggering the establishment of a particular plant community,” he says.Already, land managers in the Netherlands are trying soil inoculation to promote restoration at 15 different sites. Given that the European Union seeks to restore 15% of Europe’s degraded land by 2020, Wubs expects more trials. And because inoculation requires much less soil than transplantation, it can be used to restore much larger areas. This approach could yield new ecosystems in a matter of years, not decades, Wubs says. “Natural succession takes much, much longer.”But what about the home gardener? “The right soil community is key to the success of your plants,” Wubs says. But being successful is in reach, Rascovan adds: “Since no complex techniques are required, anyone could potentially use this approach.”last_img read more

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