Month: July 2019

Kolaigaran Movie Review You Wont Be Able to Guess the Culprit

first_img Andrew LouisArjun SarjaAshima NarwalKolaigaran First Published: June 7, 2019, 5:04 PM IST KolaigaranCast: Arjun Sarja, Vijay Antony, Ashima Narwal, NasserDirector: Andrew Louis Rarely do I give so many stars to a Tamil film, but Andrew Louis’ thriller, Kolaigaran or Murderer, had me gripped for the two hours of its run time. Yes, writer-director Louis does fall prey to what I would call the entertainment swing by inserting three songs, needless of course in a narrative of this genre where the slightest of distraction from the core plot tends to rob the soul and spirit of the movie. Also, in a work where dialogues are paramount, the irritatingly loud background score drowns the conversation in places.Despite all this, Kolaigaran is a taut, thrilling and mysterious that has been inspired by the widely acclaimed Japanese novel, The Devotion of Suspect X. And the film begins with a tense black-and-white scene of a beautiful girl having her throat slit. It is only the very end that we get to find out who the girl was and who the killer. Louis’ work then cuts to a confession at a police station in Chennai. But before this, we have to grapple with another murder, a man this time. Vijay Antony’s (still wooden of sorts) Prabhakaran confesses to having killed the man, pushing an investigating officer, Karthikeyan (essayed by a positively tired looking Arjun Sarja), towards a startling discovery.In a flashback mode following this cop-and-killer meeting, the movie introduces Dharani (Ashima Narwal) and her mother. They appear to have run away from a stalker, Vamsi, in Hyderabad, but live in constant fear – with their Chennai neighbour, Prabhakaran, a seemingly comforting presence.Kolaigaran is excitingly paced and takes us through Karthikeyan’s dilemma of being almost on the brink of discovering the truth, and yet finding himself unable to put his finger on the culprit. In a vague sort of way, Kolaigaran resembles Papanasam, where the hero has an elaborate plan to fox the police.Here we know who the culprit is, not in Kolaigaran, which gives it an added zing. Louis uses suspense effectively to lead us on in a work that avoids the usual cliches of Tamil cinema. Arjun lets go his trademark heroism to play a sleuth who often finds himself on the wrong road — with Anthony essaying every bit a shrewd manipulator.Rating: 3.5/5(Gautaman Bhaskaran is an author, commentator and movie critic) last_img read more

Arun Jaitley Meets Finance Ministry Secretaries Amid Reports of Failing Health

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday met all the five secretaries of his ministry as well as the chairpersons of the two apex tax bodies CBDT and CBIC.Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Expenditure Secretary G C Murmu, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar and DIPAM Secretary Atanu Chakraborty were present in the meeting. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman P C Mody and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) Chairman P K Das also attended the meeting at Jaitley’s residence.Jaitley, 66, has not attended office for the past three weeks due to failing health. arun jaitleyCBDTCBICFinance Minister First Published: May 24, 2019, 9:13 PM ISTlast_img read more

Termed Temples by Nehru PSUs Under Threat Today Says Sonia Gandhi in

first_img lok sabhamake in indiamodern coach factoryparliament First Published: July 2, 2019, 4:59 PM IST New Delhi: New Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday opposed in the Lok Sabha a railway ministry proposal to corporatise its production units, including the Modern Coach Factory in her Lok Sabha constituency of Rae Bareli, alleging that it was the “first step” towards their privatisation.Soon after the Congress leader raised the issue during the Zero Hour, the Railways rejected her charge and said the factory will remain under government control. Slamming the move to corporatise railways’ production units, Gandhi accused the government of selling the country’s assets to private players at a throwaway price.It was a rare instance when Gandhi raised an issue during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha. “Those who don’t understand the real meaning of corporatisation…. It is actually the first step towards privatisation. They are selling the country’s assets to a handful of private players at a throwaway price. This will leave thousands unemployed,” she said.But the Railways maintained that “corporatisation was not privatisation”.”What railways means by corporatisation is making a government PSU – the Indian Railway Rolling Stock Company- under the Ministry of Railways and shifting the production units including MCF, Rae Bareli to it,” an official said.”This means they will remain under government control but will be better managed as these production will become fully functional PSUs. This will help drive technology partnership and modernisation,” the official said.Gandhi, the leader of Congress Parliamentary Party, was the first one to speak during the Zero Hour. As she rose from her seat, the entire opposition was seen thumping the desks.Taking a dig at the government, she said the unit was started during the UPA regime to promote “make in India”, which has been taken up by the Modi government. She said that the MCF is the most modern factory of the Indian Railways and manufactures best coaches at cheapest rates.”The government has invested heavily in it (MCF). It is difficult to understand why the government wants to resort to corporatization,” she said.She said the future of 2,000 workers remains uncertain due to the government’s move. The primary job of the PSU is welfare of the people and not to benefit capitalists, she said.Gandhi also criticised the government for stopping the practise of having a separate railway budget. “Can we not expect parliamentary scrutiny for such types of decisions,” she said.She also highlighted the condition of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.”Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had termed Public Sector Undertakings as temples of modern India. Today, it is sad to see that these temples are under threat,” she said.An official source pointed out that while the foundation stone of the MCF was laid by the Congress led UPA government in February 2007, construction started only in May 2010.”The factory was slated to produce 1,000 coaches. However, it was far from achieving its full potential. “Between 2011 and 2014, it only did minor work on some coaches brought from Kapurthala. Only 375 coaches were ‘refurbished’ between 2011 and 2014 whereas it should have been fully manufacturing coaches. In July 2014, MCF was declared a Production Unit of Indian Railways and now its production capacity has grown by leaps and bounds,” said the source.Since 2014, the factory has in fact doubled production almost every year: 140 coaches in 2014-15, 285 in 2015-16, 576 in 2016-17, 711 in 2017-18. It is expected to produce 1,425 coaches in 2018-19. The target for this year is 2,158 coaches.Protests have rocked the MCF, which sources say could be the first of the railways’ seven production units that could be corporatised. last_img read more

Photos of damaged MacBook Pro highlight the need to respond to Apples

first_img Steven Gagne Steven Gagne Previous If your MacBook Pro is part of the recall issued by Apple last month, best you get it taken care of sooner rather than later if you haven’t already done so.The seriousness of the situation has been highlighted by an alarming set of images (above) posted by Florida resident Steve Gagne.Apple issued the recall on June 20 over concerns that the battery in some older MacBook Pros could overheat and pose a safety risk. A few days earlier, the Pro owned by Gagne — a machine that he later learned was part of the recall — apparently caught fire without warning.Gagne posted the photos shortly after the recall was announced, though they came to wider attention this week after being surfaced by PetaPixel. They show a badly damaged machine, partially blackened by the fire.Recounting what happened, Gagne wrote in a Facebook post that he was settling down for the night when “the battery in my MacBook Pro blew and a small fire filled my house with smoke.”He went on: “You can imagine how quickly I jumped out of bed. The sound of it was what first threw me for a loop; but then the smell of a strong chemical/burning smell is what got me.”Gagne said that he usually kept the laptop “on my couch or in a basket with notebooks [and] journals,” but that thankfully, on this occasion, he’d left it on his coffee table, reducing the chances of a more catastrophic blaze.He added that when the battery caught fire, his MacBook Pro had been in sleep mode, with the display closed and the machine unplugged.Affected machinesApple said the recall notice affects 15-inch, Retina display MacBook Pros “sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017,” and does not include any other MacBook Pro units or any other Apple laptop.To find out if your MacBook Pro needs to have its battery replaced, hit this Apple website and enter the machine’s serial number.The tech giant is advising anyone with an affected computer to stop using it until the battery has been replaced.There are three ways to receive the free repair — via an Apple authorized provider, by making an appointment at an Apple retail store, or by contacting Apple Support for instructions on how to mail it to the company’s repair center.Oh, and be sure to back up all your data before handing over your MacBook Pro. Next Steven Gagne center_img Editors’ Recommendations 1 of 4 MacBook Pro catching fire? Apple issues safety recall for overheating batteries Dozens of MacBook Pro batteries overheated before Apple issued a recall Beats Powerbeats Pro Review MacBook Pro 2019: Everything we know so far about Apple’s next laptops Tesla fixes potentially fiery problem with an over-the-air software update Steven Gagne last_img read more

Lamborghini ALPHA ONE is a smartphone priced like a car

first_imgVIA: Hi-Tech Mail.ru This isn’t Lamborghini’s first dance with Android phones. Back in 2015, we got a glimpse and a short touch of 88 Tauri and Antares. Those two clearly looked like smartphones in luxury sports car clothing. In contrast, the ALPHA ONE’s appearance is less imposing but its build is no less premium or expensive.For one, it uses the same “stronger than titanium” liquid metal used in super cars, making the implicit promise of longevity. Its ruggedness, however, is hidden behind fine Italian leather on the back, handmade and lined with golden stitching. With the rising prices of high-end smartphones, you might have presumed that the age of even more expensive luxury phones is over. Not so, says Tonino Lamborghini. The brand whose name has become synonymous with luxury cars has just unveiled its latest masterpiece. Called the “ALPHA ONE”, the unassuming name of the smartphone belies its ties to sports cars and luxury vehicles, not to mention its price tag.center_img Gone are the days when luxury phone makers settled for mediocre specs and simply banked on brand and looks to sell. Lamborghini acknowledges that its customers require their phones to not just look great but also work great. To that end, the ALPHA ONE gets a 5.5-inch QHD screen, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable memory, a large 3,250 mAh battery, and dual SIM card support. The only disappointing spec is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which will still perform better than many mid-range processor.All of that you get in one premium package that will set you back 119,000 RUB, roughly $2,110. That is, if you live in Russia. The Lamborghini ALPHA ONE will also be available later on in the UK, South Korea, China, and the UAE.last_img read more

Facebook smart speakers with M assistant may launch overseas first

first_imgFacebook may launch a pair of smart speakers featuring its M assistant internationally first, only later offering them in the US. The contemplation, according to sources, is due to the Facebook’s current privacy debacle in the US and worries that it may harm the speakers’ performance in the market. The sources also tipped some of the features these smart speakers will allegedly offer. Facebook hasn’t decided whether it will launch internationally first, according to CNBC, which says it got word from a couple of sources. The report claims that the current user data privacy controversy in the US is behind the idea, with increased government attention possibly influencing it. It was initially expected that Facebook would unveil the speakers at its F8 event currently underway, but sources surfaced earlier this year claiming Facebook had delayed the unveiling. Indeed, we’re still waiting for the speakers to be officially introduced. Sources claim one of the two models features a touchscreen and camera, enabling users to access Facebook Messenger and video chat with other users. Inclusion of Facebook’s AI assistant M will make both speakers smart, enabling them to take on Google Home, Amazon Echo, and other similar devices.AdChoices广告Though Facebook shuttered its M chatbot in Messenger earlier this year, sources say the company shifted its focus for the product, instead intending it to launch in the smart speakers, among other things. We see hints of that at Facebook’s event today, where the company introduced M Translations, an AI-powered tool that automatically translates languages into the user’s default language.SOURCE: CNBClast_img read more

Apples WWDC 2018 keynote invites are out What to expect

first_imgWhile tickets for WWDC are in hot demand each year, much of the excitement comes from the day one keynote. That’s where Apple execs run through some of the more consumer-friendly features expected to be added to upcoming versions of iOS, macOS, and the company’s other platforms. WWDC 2018 is likely to be no different on that front. For iPhone and iPad, the expectation is that iOS 12 will take center stage. Previous leaks have hinted that Apple might take a more low-key approach with what it actually promises for the new version of its mobile software, having been burnt in recent years by struggling to deliver every feature it announces. Still, we’re expecting Apple to double-down on things like applications of its TrueDepth camera array, which is believed to be spreading to all new 2018 iPhone models – and likely the new iPad Pro, too – this year. As for macOS 10.14, that’ll bring new features to the desktop, too. Privacy and security are likely to be hot topics, given the current furore over user data. What we’re not expecting to hear about is the oft-rumored chatter of a switch away from Intel processors to homegrown Apple ARM chips. That’s unlikely to take place for a couple of years, if at all. AdChoices广告Meanwhile, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5 are also expected to get new features, boosting Apple’s footprint in the living room and on your wrist. The biggest question each year is whether there’ll be a hardware announcement to go along with the software. At WWDC 2017, for example, Apple brought along its new MacBook Pro range, along with the updated iMac. It also previewed the iMac Pro, its most potent all-in-one so far. The Apple HomePod smart speaker also got a small preview, though didn’t actually hit store shelves for months.This year, the chatter has surrounded a possible new MacBook. Tipped to introduce a 13-inch screen, it would effectively replace the existing MacBook Air, which is looking long-in-the-tooth at this point. That would also help in Apple’s push to retire the old USB-A ports and replace them with USB-C. We’ll know for sure in just a few weeks time. SlashGear will be at WWDC 2018 to bring back all the keynote details, so join us on June 4. WWDC 2018 is just around the corner, and Apple has begun inviting press to the opening keynote. Set to be held on June 4, the presentation kicks off at 10am PDT in San Jose, and begins the Cupertino firm’s annual week-long developer event. Story TimelineTim Cook’s Duke speech is a sign of WWDC 2018’s focuslast_img read more

California vows to use 100 carbonfree energy by 2045

first_imgCalifornia has approved an expedited plan to transition the state to renewable energy, introducing a carbon-free energy goal with a 2045 deadline. Under Senate Bill 100, which was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, the state will adopt wind, solar, and similar renewable energy sources at an increased rate, offering its own regional action against climate change. Under its new plan, all retail electricity use in the state of California will need to be carbon-free by the year 2045. Only Hawaii rivals the state in its aggressive move to tackle climate change, something that will require considerable, sustained effort. Brown touched on that topic, saying during the signing ceremony:It’s not going to be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done. California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.Labor unions, oil companies, and more challenged the legislation, which was introduced in 2017. Critics argued against Senate Bill 100 on the grounds of increased electricity prices for residents and a loss of jobs for people working in the fossil fuel industry. Regardless, proponents have billed the legislation as a necessary step for reducing emissions that are fueling climate change.Some of California’s existing green goals are already ahead of schedule. A mandate for the state’s big utility companies to get around 30% of their electricity from renewable projects has already been reached approximately two years before the 2020 deadline. Additional stepping stone goals are presented by SB 100 that will culminate in a completely carbon-free energy profile by 2045.SOURCE: Sacramento Beelast_img read more

Harman Spark incar diagnostic dongle brings ATT 4G LTE

Harman has launched Spark, a dongle that connects to a vehicle’s OBD II sensor to provide both diagnostic data and in-car 4G LTE access. Spark is being offered exclusively in the US by AT&T, which offers service for the device as part of existing plans and as a standalone option. The dongle is also part of a promo that offers it at a discount for certain phone buyers. The Harman Spark is one of many smart OBD II products on the market, these designed to provide vehicle owners with access to their car’s health data, as well as in-car WiFi using a 4G LTE network. Buyers plug the Spark into the car’s sensor, which is found on most cars made in 1996 or later.A mobile app is available on both Android and iOS that provides the driver with access to Spark and the data it offers. Users can view that data in the app, as well as a custom driving score, a “virtual mechanic” with alerts and guidance on potential issues, geofences and a manager feature for monitoring drivers, the ability to directly reserve parking sports, and 24/7 access to roadside assistance. As well, and perhaps as one of its best features, Harman Spark also supports up to eight connected devices at once, offering them access to the Internet as long as there’s an available AT&T 4G LTE network.AdChoices广告The carrier is offering Spark access on its network starting at $5/month, which doesn’t include hotspot WiFi; there are also hotspot plans for existing Mobile Share/Unlimited customers and also standalone subscription options. AT&T customers who purchase a Galaxy S9/S9+/Note 9 can get Spark for $29.99 USD, otherwise it costs $79.99 USD.SOURCE: AT&T read more

Mac mini RAM upgrade kits undercut Apple

first_imgThe Apple-made and Apple-released RAM boost when buying a more power-packed Mac mini can cost between $200 and $1400 extra bucks, depending on if you add 16, 32, or 64GB RAM right out the gate. Generally when Apple has such different versions of a device available, the different configurations are only modifiable by the company. In this case, that’s not entirely true. Apple isn’t particularly keen on users opening up their own Mac mini to do repair and/or parts replacement work. As such, you might want to get more familiar with how Apple will treat you for repairs in the future if you do, indeed, attempt to upgrade your base configuration of RAM sticks. If you’re OK with how Apple feels about you opening up your computer, by all means, go for it!AdChoices广告There’s a little kit over at iFixit by the name of “the Mac mini Late 2018 Memory Maxxer RAM Upgrade Kit” that’ll give you the tools you need to open up and modify your late 2018 Mac mini machine. In the kit are the following items. iFixit’s late 2018 Mac mini Memory Maxxer RAM upgrade kit contents:• Angled Tweezers• Precision Bit Driver• 4 mm Precision Bits• Spudger• iFixit Opening Tool• PC4-21300 16GB or 32GB RAMThe difference in price VS Apple’s costs are relatively small in one case, and quite significant in the other. If you’re going for 16GB over base configuration, Apple’s cost is $200, while iFixit’s kit is $165. That means you’re paying $35 less than you’d have paid Apple.If you’re deciding between buying a Mac mini from late 2018 with that extra 16GB right now, you might as well just let Apple do the work. If you already have a Mac mini and want to upgrade, iFixit’s kit here is a decent way to do it. Apple’s cost for 32GB over base configuration for the late 2018 Mac mini is approximately $600. If you go with iFixit’s 32GB kit, you’re paying $325, which is $275 less than you’d have paid Apple. In this case, doing it the iFixit way might well be your best course.You can also tack-on PC4-21300 16GB RAM chips to your order for $160 apiece – if for some reason you need a spare. All this stuff is up for sale over at the iFixit shop right this minute. Let us know if you see an alternate solution and/or a better price elsewhere – we want to report it! Story TimelineMac mini 2018 hands on: Big charm in small packageA maxed-out Mac mini is kinda ridiculousMac mini 2018 review roundup: A no-brainer upgradeMac mini 2018 iFixit teardown is one surprise after anotherLuna Display turns new iPad Pro into wireless Mac mini display It would appear that the Mac mini from late 2018 is quite a bit more versatile, hardware-wise, than most other Apple products. Today the folks at iFixit revealed they’d been working on a set of RAM stick replacements for those delivered with the most recent Mac mini release. They suggested that they’d seen such opportunity when their community-made RAM replacement guide saw tens of thousands of hits in a very short amount of time. last_img read more

Easy phone to phone transfer with iSkysoft Toolbox – Switch

first_imgTruth be told, there are actually a growing number of apps that let you move between iOS and Android phone or between different Android phones. Even Apple has its own tool to pull you away from its rivals. Not all of them are easy to use. Many are limited in what they can transfer between devices. Some are even a one-way street only going towards the OEM who made the app.iSkysoft Toolbox – Switch, in contrast, takes a phone and OS agnostic approach. Your data is your data and you shouldn’t have to surrender your rights to them when deciding to move to a new and different phone. You shouldn’t have to be forced to use roundabout cloud-based solutions. And most importantly, you shouldn’t have to be forced which way the data transfer flows. iSkysoft Toolbox supports the latest iPhone models up to the iPhone XS Max and the latest Android phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It also supports transferring data between two iOS devices, between two Android devices, and between Android and iOS in either direction.You might presume that such a powerful tool for phone transfer would be complicated to use. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. While you will need a PC or a Mac to negotiate the transfer between devices, the process is simple and foolproof. Plus, should anything go wrong during the process, iSkysoft Toolbox makes sure your data doesn’t suddenly get lost in limbo. And since everything is happening locally via your computer, you’re assured that your data doesn’t leak out to any third party. Plus it’s plenty fast, too, since it’s all done with cables.The one thing you do have to be aware of is that there is no getting around platform restrictions. While iSkysoft Toolbox – Switch supports the most important data you’d care about, it doesn’t transfer all of them, especially call logs and apps. Unless you’re transferring data between two Android devices. But if all you need are Contacts, Messages, Calendars, Photos, Music, and Video, iSkysoft Toolbox has got you covered.But enough theory. How does it all work in practice? Again, it’s simplicity at its finest. Launch the iSkysoft Toolbox software on your Windows PC or Mac and select the Switch option. Android users will have to enable Developer Mode first and then enable USB Debugging before performing these steps. Connect the phone you want to transfer the data from via a USB cable and wait for it to be recognized. Then connect the phone you want to transfer your data to via another USB cable and wait for the same confirmation.The easy-to-use Switch window will show the source and target phones on the left and right, respectively, while a middle column lets you pick which data you want to send over. As mentioned above, some of those might not be available for transfer. Need to reverse the flow of data? No need to disconnect and reconnect devices. Just click the Flip button and it’s done! Once you’ve finalized your choices, click the Start Transfer button and sit back and relax. Depending on how much data you’re moving, you might want to grab something to drink or eat while you’re at it.iSkysoft Toolbox – Switch costs $29.95 for a one-year license on Windows or Mac. That license will be sent via email and includes free technical support. But for just an additional $10 at $39.95, you can actually get a Lifetime License as well. But wait, there’s more! By using the coupon code LENTBOX at checkout, you can avail of a 20% discount for whichever subscription you choose.Our smartphones have become a critical part of our modern lives not just because of what they can do but because of the data, our data, that they contain. And as data becomes even more important, so to does the need for that data to remain free from the clutches of one single phone maker. And with iSkysoft Toolbox – Switch, you will always be free to take your data wherever you want, on whichever phone you want. Sponsored Feature People these days change smartphones as often as they change lifestyles or even fashion styles. Phone makers love it but they don’t exactly make it easy for such people to move their important data from old to new phones. That’s especially true when you’re moving between Android phone brands and even worse when you’re moving from iOS to Android or vice versa. That’s where iSkysoft Toolbox and its phone to phone transfer feature comes in, letting you move your data back and forth between the phones of your choice no sweat and no longer chained to what your phone’s manufacturer wants you to use. Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. SlashGear’s opinions, reviews, and other editorial content remain objective and are not influenced by the sponsorship.last_img read more

2019 Jeep Cherokee finally corrects the headlamp horror

first_imgIt’s fair to say that the pre-refresh model was divisive. Launched in 2014, the crossover’s headlamps were a four-piece assembly rather than the usual two. Main and low beams, along with the indicators, were split into different sections, the top part nudging up into the hood.It was distinctive, but not really flattering. For the 2019 Cherokee, Jeep is playing it safer, and combining the various elements into single-piece housings. They also bear a greater resemblance to what you’d find on the Jeep Compass and Grand Cherokee. Sometimes controversial design grows on you, and sometimes those responsible for it simply retire it quietly, sensibly recognizing that it was never going to catch on. So it goes with the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, which will make its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 in mid-January. Gone are the unusual split front lights, replaced by an altogether more traditional look. There’s a similar tidying up at the rear, too. Previously, the old Cherokee had been criticized for being somewhat slab-like at the back, something Jeep has addressed by moving the license plate up from its old spot in the bumper, to midway up the tailgate. It’s a small tweak, but it makes for a far more appealing design.Inside, the cabin looks fairly unchanged versus the 2018 Cherokee. It’s not as boldly rugged as the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, but probably all the more appealing to the family audience drawn to a crossover in the process. Expect the Fiat Chrysler family’s latest Uconnect infotainment system on a central touchscreen, along with physical controls for HVAC and a manual dial to shift between the various drive modes like snow, sport, rock, and sand/mud. As for what’s under the hood, Jeep is playing those details close to its chest. The current Cherokee is offered with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder as standard, or with an optional 3.2-liter Pentastar V6; either way, you get a nine-speed automatic transmission. Frown-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are both available, and some markets are offered a 2.2-liter turbodiesel. For the 2019 Cherokee, Jeep is only saying that the SUV will have “even more fuel-efficient powertrain options.” Whether that means a tune-up for the four-cylinder, or something more ambitious like a hybrid option, remains to be seen. Whatever changes are made could have a big impact on FCA’s overall fortunes. It’s worth remembering that, despite the controversies over its headlamps, the old Cherokee was nonetheless a significant sales success for Jeep. Indeed, demand for the crossover was so high, the automaker discontinued both the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 so that it could increase capacity of the popular SUV.last_img read more

Twitter just lowered the number of accounts users can follow per day

first_imgFollow, unfollow, follow, unfollow. Who does that? Spammers. So we’re changing the number of accounts you can follow each day from 1,000 to 400. Don’t worry, you’ll be just fine.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 8, 2019 If you’re an ordinary Twitter user, the new limitation will not in any way impact you: the social network still allows users to follow up to 400 accounts per day. That’s a big drop from the previous 1,000/day limit, but still far more than any general, individual user will ever need. The change may have some level of impact on brands that use the service, but the limitation isn’t severe. The company didn’t go into details on why it chose 400 as the number to settle on — perhaps it will still meet the needs of the service’s larger users while addressing the spam problem.It’s not hard to find spammers on Twitter — they’re often busy on tweets from major users, such as celebrities and streamers, where they offer everything from non-existent digital currency to the promise of fame in exchange for something from the user. These accounts often use the names and images of real people to appear authentic.Though users can report these spam accounts, squashing them is hard. Spammers often make hundreds or thousands of accounts, following large numbers of people, unfollowing some, and following others. By lowering its daily follow limit, Twitter is reducing the number of people these spammers can target with a single account in a single day. Story TimelineTwitter Lights Out brings a true dark mode to iOSTwitter app now lets you appeal violations directlyTwitter is testing author labels in conversations Twitter has just reduced the number of accounts its users can follow in a single day, the company has announced, but don’t worry. The change isn’t meant to impact you or any other legit Twitter user. Instead, this new limitation is targeted at the spammers who need to quickly follow large numbers of accounts, constantly following and unfollowing users while hoping to avoid being spotted.last_img read more

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a 700 horsepower supercarkiller

first_imgThat comes courtesy of a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine, which Ford says it’s expecting to deliver more than 700 hp. If you’re keeping count, that comfortably exceeds the Ford GT supercar, which comes in with “only” 647 horsepower. The engine is built by hand out of aluminum alloy, but that’s only the start of things. A 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger has been inverted to fit into the V8 engine valley, not to mention lower the center of gravity. Wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, along with larger forged connecting rods have been borrowed from the Shelby GT350. 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Gallery Custom Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires – and even more aggressive Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires – are on offer. Which you get will depend on which of Ford’s pair of handling packages you opt for. The regular Handling Package keeps the Pilot Sport 4S rubber and adds adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with a Gurney flap. The Carbon Fiber Track Package, meanwhile, gets exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 11.5-inch rear wheel wells. They’re shod with the Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. An adjustable, exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane are also included, while the rear seat is removed to keep weight down. Outside, there’s a new double front grille opening, which not only looks good but delivers 50-percent more cooling than the usual fascia. Ford says it looked to jet fighters for its inspiration, and certainly the wider front fenders and GT500-specific 20×11-inch wheels at the front, and up to 20.11.5-inch wheels at the rear, look the part. A standard new rear spoiler and updated composite in the rear diffuser help with heat, the automaker says. A TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard – capable of shifts in under 100ms – with normal, weather, sport, drag, and track modes. Line-lock and launch control are included, too. Ford is predicting a sub-11-second quarter-mile. Power and a fast gearbox aren’t enough on their own, of course. So, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 gets revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit, and lighter-weight front and rear coil springs. MagneRide suspension is standard, as are 16.5-inch two-piece brake rotor and Brembo six-piston calipers. Swept area is up 20-percent over the Shelby GT350’s brakes, and they deliver more than 30-percent of additional thermal mass in the front corners. center_img Six heat exchangers have somehow been accommodated, and there’s a 31×28-inch louvered hood vent with a removable aluminum rain tray. Ford will offer three new colors for 2020, too: Red Hot, Twister Orange, and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes will be optional. Inside, there’s a new cabin with optional carbon fiber instrument panel trim, and new door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko suede with accent stitching. Recaro racing seats – with harness pass-through slots – are optional, as are power-adjustable seats with Miko suede inserts. The Mustang’s 12-inch digital instrumentation is standard, as is an 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment touchscreen. A 12-speaker B&O Play audio system is optional. All in all, it’s a Mustang like no other. Ford says the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 should arrive this fall, with pricing to be confirmed closer to release. The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, and if that’s not enough to turn your head we’re not sure what is. Packing more than 700 horsepower as it roars its way into the Detroit Auto Show 2019 today, the supercharged coupe is expected to deliver a mid-three-second 0-60 mph time. last_img read more

Bentley Continental GT V8 drops 542hp into sleek coupe and convertible

first_imgIn fact, the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 gas engine is good for 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. They’re figures that only look conservative when you’re contrasting them with the 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of the beastly 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine that the Continental GT launched with. The V8 delivers 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds in the Coupe, Bentley says, and the two cars should keep going on to a top speed of 198 mph. That’s just 0.2 seconds slower than in the W12, while the drop from a 207 mph top speed probably won’t prove too embarrassing either. The Continental GT V8 Convertible, meanwhile, does 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. Bentley Continental GT Convertible Gallery Story TimelineThe new Bentley Continental GT is more lavish and high-tech than ever2019 Bentley Continental GT first drive: Return of the King2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible revealed: 207mph droptop luxury Bentley has revealed two more affordable versions of its flagship grand tourer, with the Continental GT V8 and Continental GT V8 Convertible promising agility along with a more accessible price tag. Joining the existing twelve-cylinder W12 versions of the coupe and cabriolet, the new cars may be down on power but they’re hardly weedy. Bentley has paired the new engine option with a returned engine note through the tailpipes, for a more “characterful, burbling” sound, the automaker says. Fuel efficiency is also improved, with the V8 able to shut off half of its cylinders when they’re not required, then start them up again in 20 milliseconds. Stop-start, kicking in at near-to-stop speeds, is an option. Outside, the handsome styling remains. V8 cars now get 20-inch, 10-spoke painted alloy wheels as standard; up to 22-inch wheels in a variety of designs are available. Seven colors are in the standard range – with more to choose between in the extended range – and there are quad tailpipes and V8 badges on the front wings. In the case of the Continental GT V8 Convertible, the soft top roof opens and closes in 19 seconds, and at vehicle speeds of up to 30 mph. Seven different hood colors are offered, including a striking tweed finish. The droptop also gets a new neckwarmer – both quieter and warmer than before – integrated into the heated, ventilated Comfort Seats. It works alongside heated armrests and a heated steering wheel. Inside, meanwhile, there’s plenty of leather, wood veneer, and real metal. Twenty-way adjustable seats can be had in a monotone color split, with other finishes – plus contrast stitching, piping, and hand cross stitch options – available. Crown Cut Walnut is standard on the V8 cars’ fascia, with other veneers available. The 10-speaker Bentley Audio system is standard too, with 650 watts. As in the W12, pride of place in the dashboard goes to the Bentley Rotating Display. That flips around between a clean veneer, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and three analog dials. Multiple drive modes work with standard air suspension, and there’s all-wheel drive with rear wheel bias. Variable rack ratio electric power steering is used, too, while Bentley’s Dynamic Ride System is optional. Active lane assistance, traffic jam assistance, and parking assistance are available. If our experience in previous Bentley V8 cars is anything to go by, the decision to go for eight cylinders rather than twelve needn’t just be one based on price. As we found in the Bentayga V8, for example, though power may be down over the W12 the driving dynamics are different enough that some will undoubtedly prefer the smaller engine’s character. The V8 feels more urgent and perky than the W12, which feels more suited to long-distance cruising. Deliveries of the new Continental GT V8 in coupe and convertible form will begin in the US in Q3 2019. In other regions, meanwhile, they’ll start from Q1 2020. last_img read more

BMW Vision M NEXT is an antiautonomous 600hp hybrid concept

first_imgStory TimelineBMW Vision Next 100 concept promises driving and autonomy balanceBMW Vision E3 Way concept imagines emissions-free roads for e-bikes In a world of autonomous vehicles, what happens to the driver who enjoys, well, driving? The answer, BMW says, may be something like this: the new BMW Vision M NEXT concept. The latest in the automaker’s NEXT series of near-future concept cars, it’s a blend of electrification, thoughtful assistance tech, and distinctive style. BMW DNA in a new designConcept cars have to be eye-catching, and sure enough the Vision M NEXT doesn’t stint on style. At the front, BMW’s kidney grille gets bold triangular air intakes, finished in Thrilling Orange, and a blade-shaped lower intake. There’s a focus on the use of color, with gradients in the inner grille adding to a sense of depth. The grille itself is actually blanked off, with a laser-etched and illuminated transparent layer. Positioned above are the Laser Wire headlamps, using glass fibers coated with phosphorus for illumination. They allow for even more slim and crisp lighting. From the side, there’s a clear wedge shape, with a combination of black recycled carbon fiber skirts and diagonal orange contrast splashes. A gill-like opening narrows back from the windows to the tail, visually lengthening the car, while the so-called Air Flow opens just ahead of the rear wheels and helps with aerodynamics. Indeed, aero has been a key point of attention for BMW’s designers. Gaps carefully added to the multi-spoke wheels, for example – 21-inches up front, and 22-inches at the rear – help cut drag and assist with cooling of the brake disks. At the rear, more orange and carbon fiber is combined with glass three-piece louvres. BMW’s Laser Wire technology makes another appearance for the taillamps, with glass lenses that extend out into the hips of the car. Inside each, there’s a wafer-thin glass fiber that BMW’s designers have used to create “an abstract ECG trace of a heartbeat.” The classic BMW Turbo and BMW M1 roundels have been rebooted as floating 2D circles in the light clusters themselves. Inside, technology meets the focused driverWalk up to the BMW Vision M NEXT, and facial recognition unlocks the car. A touch-sensor on the gullwing doors causes them to flourish open, and exposes a fairly minimalist cabin. Extraneous detail – like air vents – have been hidden away, while the seat shells are padded with memory foam and have distinctive “floating” headrests. Rather than leather, which features only minimally, BMW has used predominantly Midnight Blue microfiber, with Thrilling Orange contrasts, anodized titanium, and painted surfaces. Accent lines emphasize the controls and the overall shape of the cabin. Door pockets and the center console storage have been disguised, while there’s a gyroscopic cupholder that BMW says is better at dealing with the forces that come with in aggressive driving.Controls are condensed into something BMW is calling the BOOST Pod. The steering wheel has two small displays, and sits ahead of a curved glass display which stretches around the wheel like a digital visor. Finally, there’s an augmented reality windshield. Five clusters on the curved glass display are assigned to things like speed, battery levels, BOOST+ mode availability, and even the driver’s heart rate. While it’s not unusual for cars to have different dashboard layouts depending on drive mode, the Vision M NEXT distinguishes itself by adjusting what’s visible according to road speed. As the car goes faster, the information presented is pared back, minimizing the potential for distractions. Driving-related data shifts further into the line of sight – a benefit of the AR windshield – to make it easier and quicker to see.Beyond the confines of the car, though, there’s the Intelligent Personal Assistant. That can be used to book services like valet parking and charging, so that they’re waiting at the car’s destination. A concept, and a previewBMW isn’t making any commitments about the Vision M NEXT. It’s unlikely to show up in dealerships any time soon, though the clear connections with models like the BMW i8 could be hints of future design directions. The PHEV hybrid drivetrain, meanwhile, seems eminently practical, and we could easily see it powering a more potent version of the automaker’s current hybrid sports car. What’s really important, though, is the ethos of the BMW Vision M NEXT, not the car itself. In an autonomous-dominated future, and one where electrification holds sway, it’s easy to assume that driving enthusiasts will be left out in the cold. That’s a possibility the Vision M NEXT looks keen to counter, and while a production version seems far fetched, keen motorists should probably take heart that BMW isn’t quite ready to give up on them yet. BMW’s self-imposed challenge is a straightforward one. The future, we’re told, will see mobility transition from individual drivers in charge of their own vehicles, to autonomous transportation that liberates people to do other activities as they’re being moved around. Problem is, where do keen drivers fit into that scenario? The automaker explored the potential future of self-driving vehicles with the BMW Vision iNEXT late last year, and now it’s the turn of its polar opposite. The Vision M NEXT is a gas-electric hybrid, riffing off the BMW i8 both in style and drivetrain architecture. According to the automaker, it’s the “BOOST” counterpart to the Vision iNEXT’s “EASE” attitude. Part electric, part gasSomewhat unusually for a modern concept car, the Vision M NEXT doesn’t eschew internal combustion altogether. Instead, it’s a hybrid, with a choice of different drive modes. You can have electric all-wheel drive, for example, or rear-wheel drive only. A four-cylinder gas engine can optionally kick in to drive the rear wheels. AdChoices广告BMW says the total system power is 600 horsepower, good for 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. A BOOST+ mode throws in extra horsepower for a brief period. Total electric range would be 62 miles, the automaker estimates. According to BMW, the driver wouldn’t be left to their own devices figuring out the best mode for the conditions. The system would be able to suggest when it would be most beneficial to trigger BOOST+ mode, for example. BMW Vision M NEXT Gallerylast_img read more

First Edition July 23 2013

first_imgCheck out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. Today’s headlines include reports that the White House is enlisting celebrities to aid efforts to enroll young people in the health insurance plans that will kick in this fall as a result of the health law. Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Patient Advocates Seek A Gentle Transition From High Risk Pools To New Exchange PlansKaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: “State high-risk insurance pools around the country provide coverage to approximately 220,000 people are often turned down for traditional policies because they have medical problems. State high-risk insurance pools around the country provide coverage to 220,000 people who have medical problems and are often turned down for traditional policies” (Andrews, 7/23). Read the story.Politico: ACA’s Confusing Birth Control RulesListen to the political rhetoric around the contraception mandate, and you might think that employers must provide women with free birth control of every kind. It’s not quite that simple. Employer plans don’t have to cover every type of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration — they have to cover some. They can often charge a co-pay for some brands or products as long as they offer others for free. And a woman may not know precisely which category her specific prescription falls into until the pharmacy rings it up (Cunningham, 7/23).Los Angeles Times: White House Enlisting Entertainers To Help Implement Healthcare LawStepping up efforts to enroll young Americans in health insurance this fall, the Obama administration is enlisting the help of actors and entertainment industry officials to educate twenty something consumers about the need to get covered. Senior administration officials met Monday morning with a group of entertainers to talk about media campaigns to reach young Americans about the Affordable Care Act, according to a White House official (Levey, 7/22).The Washington Post: Health-Care Enrollment Effort Gets Some Star PowerComedian Amy Poehler, actor Kal Penn and singer Jennifer Hudson attended a closed-door White House meeting Monday, hosted by senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and other top White House officials, according to a White House official (Kliff, 7/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama, Democratic Leaders To Urge Supporters To Speak Up As Lawmakers Prep For August RecessLawmakers in barely a week will fan out across the country, returning to their home districts for the annual summer break. At town hall meetings and picnics and public events, they’ll hear firsthand from constituents — most of whom, polls show, have had it with Washington and incessant partisan fighting. With a tough path ahead for Obama’s major goals — including an immigration overhaul, the economy and the rollout of his health care law — his supporters want to ensure that lawmakers of both parties return to Washington with a mandate to work with Obama. So, OFA, with a presidential assist, is seeking to get activists energized and ready to speak up (7/22).USA Today: Obama Urges Volunteers To Help Him Pass AgendaSpeaking Monday night to Organizing For Action, a group of volunteers created from the remnants of his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Obama said he needs them to stay active and pressure Congress into helping him deliver on his agenda. Among the items he cited: Getting an immigration bill through the Republican-run House, putting the new health care plan in place later this year, and pursuing climate change legislation. Obama told OFA members they have already been working as hard now as they did during his successful presidential campaigns (Jackson, 7/22).Politico: OFA Embraces Tea Party Blueprint For August PushOFA’s preparing a range of under-the-national-radar tactics in conjunction with heading for town halls. Rallies, flyering and district office demonstrations will be aimed at drawing the same sort of local attention that tea party groups managed four years ago, hoping to spook members of Congress worried about the 2014 midterms. … They’ll begin August 4, marking the president’s birthday with a day of events organized to promote the benefits of Obamacare. That kickoff will be followed by weeks of events across the country, each centered around designated “national days of action” pushing for federal and state moves on climate change, gay marriage, gun control, immigration reform — and, in targeted states like Texas, reproductive and women’s rights (Dovere, 7/23).The Washington Post’s Post Politics: OFA’s Effectiveness Contingent On ‘Action August’As Organizing For Action (OFA) meets in Washington, D.C. Monday night, the non-profit tied to President Obama is gearing up for a major advocacy push in August aimed at marshaling support for both the president’s health-care law and immigration reform initiative (Tam and Eilperin, 7/22).The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics: Who Gets Health Benefits? Bigger businesses are better bets for offering employee benefits than smaller ones. The latest report from the Labor Department on benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans and paid vacations or sick leave found that 88% of employees at private-sector establishments with a workforce of 500 or more were likely to have access to health-care benefits. That percentage declined along with the size of the workforce. At enterprises with between 50 and 99 employees, 69% of workers had access to such benefits. The same trend largely held true for state and local government employers. The Labor Department’s annual report on employee benefits, issued last week, gives a snapshot of how many workers are offered—and participate in—employer-sponsored programs for insurance and retirement (Cronin, 7/22).Los Angeles Times: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks North Dakota Abortion LawUnder the law, which had been scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1, a woman could be prevented from seeking an abortion as early as six weeks into her pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detected. North Dakota passed the law at the end of March, part of a package of curbs in four laws that passed the Republican-controlled Legislature and were signed by GOP Gov. Jack Dalrymple (Muskal, 7/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Justice Dept. Sues Florida, Says State Keeps Disabled Children In Nursing Homes UnnecessarilyThe U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Florida on Monday, accusing the state of unnecessarily institutionalizing about 200 disabled children in nursing homes and cutting services that would allow them to receive care at home (7/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Va. Guardianship Case Tests Rights Of Adults With Disabilities To Choose Where, How They LiveA guardianship case for a Virginia woman with Down syndrome is testing the rights of adults with disabilities to choose how they live. The Washington Post reports that 29-year-old Margaret Jean “Jenny” Hatch has been fighting for nearly a year for the right to move in with friends who employed her at their thrift shop. Her parents want her to remain in a group home (7/22).Los Angeles Times: Deputy Director Of State Mental Hospitals Takes Unexplained LeaveSeven days after being confirmed by the state Senate, the official responsible for day-to-day operations at California’s mental hospitals and prison-based psychiatric programs has abruptly taken an extended — and unexplained — administrative leave with pay. Kathy Gaither, confirmed as deputy director of the fledgling Department of State Hospitals on July 8, will be out of the office for an “extended period of time” because of “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a brief email sent to staffers July 15 by the department’s acting director, Cliff Allenby (Romney, 7/22). First Edition: July 23, 2013center_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.last_img read more

Liberal Vets Group Sues To Stop Influence Of Three Shadow Advisers

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. ProPublica: Veterans Group Sues To Block VA Shadow Rulers Family caregivers seeking help from the Department of Veterans Affairs encountered extended wait times and spotty aid from the agency, according to a new report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General. The OIG investigation found that 65 percent of the more than 1,800 applicants between January and September 2017 were forced to wait longer than the required 45-day timeframe to be approved for the program.  Fifty-five percent of the applicants waited between three and six months for approval, while 14 percent waited even longer, according to thereport released Thursday. (Clason, 8/17) Liberal Vets Group Sues To Stop Influence Of Three ‘Shadow’ Advisers Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general finds problems in the agency’s caregiver program. center_img A liberal veterans group is suing to block the influence of three outside advisers who have been secretly influencing the Department of Veterans Affairs from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida. ProPublica reported last week that the advisers — Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter, West Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz and Washington lawyer Marc Sherman — have been shaping VA personnel and policy decisions despite having no official role or relevant expertise. (Arnsdorf, 8/16) CQ: Watchdog Finds Significant Problems In VA Caregiver Program last_img read more

State Highlights Scary Day For Homeless Vets As VA Closes California Shelter

first_img For six years, dozens of homeless veterans have recovered from trauma in nine cottages along a winding residential road in Echo Park. The Billets — military jargon for civilian quarters — has been a model. The 72-bed program places as much as 70% of its chronically homeless veterans — male and female — in permanent housing, according to Volunteers of America, which operates the program. It’s based in a tranquil, leafy and gentrifying neighborhood of families and young professionals a short walk from a doughnut shop, a grocery store and multiple bus lines. (Holland, 3/31) NH Times Union: Elliot Health System Bond Rating Improves After Joining Forces  Kidney-care giant Fresenius has agreed to pay $231 million to resolve federal criminal allegations that it paid bribes to officials to win business in Angola and Saudi Arabia and willfully failed to maintain records on transactions in those countries and others. “Fresenius doled out millions of dollars in bribes across the globe to gain a competitive advantage in the medical services industry, profiting to the tune of over $140 million,” assistant Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said, citing alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations by the company between 2007 and 2016. (Meyer, 3/29) More than 120 people at a town hall meeting Thursday night heard criticism of Bay Area emergency policies to address the housing crisis — known as the CASA Compact — that speakers maintained could lead to higher-density housing structures, alter the city’s population and semi-rural character, and take local control out of the hands of city officials. Dennis Richards, a San Francisco Planning Commission member and one of the speakers, gave a detailed criticism of SB 50 by state Sen. Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco, saying the bill “will have the biggest impact on your lives since Prop. 13,” and could potentially lead to housing that would double or triple Orinda’s population and affect all its neighborhoods. (Kawamoto, 3/29) Nashville Tennessean: Tennova Lebanon: Vanderbilt To Buy Middle Tennessee Hospital From Community Health Network With guns drawn, the police officers broke down the door of the suburban Phoenix home in the early hours of a February morning. “Come out with your hands up!” an officer yelled, with the dark front porch and foyer inside suddenly flooded with light from the officers’ flashlights. The target of the raid: an unvaccinated 2-year-old boy with a high fever. (Hassan, 3/29) The Hill: LGBT Group Sues Arizona Over Law Barring HIV, AIDS Instruction In Schools  KQED: Trial Begins: Livermore Couple Alleges Monsanto’s Roundup Caused Cancer Oregon is experiencing an unusually late flu season that’s primarily affecting people older than 50, according to reports from the Oregon Health Authority. Of the 144 cases of influenza reported in the Portland metro area this week, about 100 of them occurred in people over the age of 50. Almost 60 of those were 65 or older. (Campuzano, 3/30) Just one day after a federal jury decided that Monsanto must pay $80 million in damages to a Santa Rosa man, and less than a year after a state jury awarded $300 million in damages to a Vallejo groundskeeper in a similar case, opening statements were delivered Thursday in a new trial involving Monsanto in Alameda County Superior Court. This time, it’s the case of Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a Livermore couple in their 70s who used Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup on their three Northern California properties for more than 30 years. (Wolffe, 3/29) The end of California’s drought, announced earlier this month amid one of the rainiest winters in memory, could offer a surprising benefit: reduced transmission of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. Longer term, however, more severe droughts associated with climate change could contribute to an increase in the number of infections in the state and nationally. Drought is the most important weather-related factor that affects the rate of West Nile infection, researchers say. Even though mosquito eggs need water to hatch, dry conditions tend to spur greater transmission of the virus. (Rowan, 3/29) Modern Healthcare: Fresenius Pays $231 Million To Resolve Federal Bribery Charges The acronym STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, probably rings a bell. But do you know what SEAD means? After attending ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, a free event that runs Friday through Sunday, you just might. The acronym stands for science, engineering, arts and design — a vibrant collision of disciplines with the potential to change technology and stimulate creativity and innovation. (Blakemore, 3/30) Boston Globe: With Health Care Bill, Baker Is Diving Into A Policy Fight He Knows Well Los Angeles Times: In Gentrifying Echo Park, The VA Is Forcing These Homeless Veterans To Leave Boston Globe: Urgent Care Chain To Pay $2M Settlement In Billing Probe Vanderbilt University Medical Center will purchase Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon, a 245-bed hospital in Wilson County, VUMC announced Friday. The purchase is set to include the two-campus facility, including related businesses like physician clinic operations and outpatient services, to VUMC.  Formerly known as University Medical Hospital, Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon became part of the Tennova hospital network in 2016. Tennova is owned by Community Health Systems, Inc., which announced several planned divestitures in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a release from the company. (Timms, 3/29) The House is considering a proposal that would cap THC levels in medical marijuana at 10 percent, Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, said in an interview with The News Service of Florida. No bill has been filed, and Rodrigues, who’s shepherded medical-marijuana legislation in the House since low-THC cannabis was first authorized in 2014, said legislation is still “up in the air.” (Kam, 3/29) The Washington Post: Creativity Festival Held At Smithsonian center_img Cleveland Plain Dealer: State-Wide Hepatitis A Outbreak Is Expected To Last Another Year The Oregonian: Flu Season Came Late This Year, Primarily Affecting Older Oregonians  San Jose Mercury News: East Bay Critics Blast Area Emergency Housing Plan The Kansas City-based non-profit is devoted to the idea that fixing misaligned teeth and cross bites is not just an aesthetic frill for the self-involved, but a necessity for proper digestion and speaking, says co-founder Tom Brown. And, just as important, the newfound confidence of kids who had been teased about their teeth helps them succeed in a competitive world. Unlike other non-profits that target the lowest income groups, Smiles Change Lives sets its sights on people who fit under the umbrella of “working families” – the police officers, teachers, single parents and foster caregivers for whom braces, especially for more than one child, are often out of reach. (Hammill, 3/31) California Healthline: Heavy Rains, End Of Drought Could Help Keep West Nile Virus Subdued — For Now This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Ohio should brace for a second year of a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed seven Ohioans and hospitalized more than 1,000 since 2018, health officials said recently. The state declared a hepatitis A outbreak in June 2018 when it saw the number of cases rise to 79, which is nearly double the yearly average, said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist with the Ohio Department of Health. (Washington, 3/29) State Highlights: ‘Scary Day’ For Homeless Vets As VA Closes California Shelter; Massachusetts Governor Readying New Health Policy Media outlets report on news from California, Massachusetts, Arizona, D.C., Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Oregon, New Hampshire and Florida. KCUR: Fixing Crooked Teeth Is Not Just About Looks: Kansas City Nonprofit Seeks To Change Lives  The New York Times: With Guns Drawn, Officers Raided Home To Get Feverish Child Bloomberg: Houston Fire Chemical Plant: Disaster Zone Remains No-Go  Two weeks after a chemical storage complex near Houston erupted in flames and menaced tens of thousands of people with dangerous fumes, the site remains too hazardous for investigators to approach. Intercontinental Terminal Co. is still trying to drain millions of gallons of volatile oil byproducts from tanks damaged in the four-day blaze that began on March 17. The ground around the tanks is also saturated in dangerous fluids, severely restricting access to the facility 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of downtown Houston. On Friday, the company said they may be able to allow some access early this week. (Carroll and Crowley, 3/31) CareWell Urgent Care, a fast-growing chain of walk-in clinics, will pay $2 million to settle allegations that it gave patients overly thorough exams and then billed government insurers for the unnecessary care. The investigation by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island attorneys general and the US attorney in Boston was prompted by a whistle-blower complaint filed by a former CareWell nurse practitioner. (Kowalczyk, 3/29) SolutioNHealth, a regional health care system encompassing the Elliot and Southern New Hampshire Health systems, received a “stable outlook” and an “A-” rating from S&P Global Ratings. Both Elliot Health System and Southern New Hampshire Health also received “A-” ratings with a “stable” outlook, according to S&P. (Cousineau, 3/29) Health News Florida: Lawmakers Look At Limiting Marijuana Highs After closed-door talks crumbled last summer, Beacon Hill is hitting reset on its pursuit of sweeping health care legislation, with one major difference: This time, Governor Charlie Baker, a former health insurance executive, will push his own plan. His proposal, expected to be unveiled this spring, would come almost a year after the House and Senate couldn’t reconcile controversial and drastically different versions of legislation designed to buttress community hospitals and rein in medical spending statewide. (Stout and Dayal McCluskey, 3/31) An LGBT rights group filed a lawsuit against Arizona this week over the state’s prevention on HIV and AIDS education that “promotes a homosexual life-style.” Equality Arizona and an unnamed student argue in court that the state’s 1991 law discriminates against LGBT students and puts their health at risk. (Frazin, 3/30) last_img read more

Sales of PlantBased Foods Grew 11 Percent in the Past Year

first_img Stephen J. Bronner 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article News Director Add to Queue Food Entrepreneur Staff Apply Now »center_img Image credit: knape | Getty Images More than one in 10 milk purchases go to plant-based alternatives, while plant-based meats are still surging. 40shares The market for plant-based foods has grown in the past year, although slower than it did from 2017-18. Retail sales for plant-based milks, dairy and meats accounted for $4.5 billion in the 52 weeks ending in April, a growth rate of 11 percent, according to data released today from The Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association. The rate of growth from the 52-week period ending in April 2018 was 20 percent.Related: 5 Predictions About the Future of Food From an Early Beyond Meat InvestorWithin plant-based foods, meat alternatives are the rising star. The category’s sales grew by 10 percent in the past year, with sales totaling more than $800 million. The organizations said that plant-based alternatives now account for 2 percent of packaged meat sales.Plant-based milk sales make up 13 percent of the entire milk category after growing 6 percent over the past year. Plant-based dairy products also saw a surge: yogurt has grown 39 percent, cheese has grown 19 percent and ice cream has grown 27 percent.The two organizations pointed out that the total U.S. retail food market has grown just 2 percent in dollar sales during this same period, but to be sure, conventional products still account for most food sales.Related: Plant-Based Meat Maker ‘Before the Butcher’ Acquired by Owners of Ground Beef CompanyIt’s been a big year for plant-based food makers, particularly in the meat category: Beyond Meat went public with a successful IPO, introduced a plant-based ground beef product and will debut a new version of its burger soon; Impossible Foods partnered with Burger King, among other eateries, and is working on a fish alternative; and competition will grow with a new plant-based burger from Nestle under its Sweet Earth Foods brand. July 16, 2019 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Sales of Plant-Based Foods Grew 11 Percent in the Past Yearlast_img read more