Instagrams IGTV now supports horizontal videos

first_imgVertical videos, which used to be one of the most hated subsets of Internet content, have slowly entered the mainstream due to the mass availability of smartphones. Young viewers in particular primarily find and view video content using a smartphone, and the prevailing idea is that vertical videos are simply easier to watch from their handsets.During its first year or so of existence, IGTV has been limited to only vertical videos. Due to feedback from its users and creators, however, Instagram has finally decided to enable landscape orientation support, meaning you’ll be able to share and watch videos that are horizontal instead of vertical. Though the platform has added this support, it won’t force users to hold their phone at a rotated angle, which is considered by many to be less comfortable and natural than holding the phone in its typical vertical orientation. Users who want the video to fill the screen can hold the phone sideways, but otherwise the landscape videos will still play with the phone held upright.Instagram describes this new support as akin to when it added support for more than just square images to its photo platform in 2015. The company anticipates the new horizontal video support will cause ‘creativity to flourish and engagement to rise…’ on its video platform over coming years. Story TimelineFacebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memesInstagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?Instagram influencers and celebrities had their private data exposed Instagram’s standalone video platform IGTV finally supports horizontal videos, the company has announced. The video app was, until now, limited to vertical content, which is arguably better suited for mobile devices but overall less popular than landscape orientation. The change is based on feedback from both viewers and creators, according to Instagram, which revealed in a post this week that its users really want horizontal videos.last_img read more

Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition is a darker form of luxury SUV

first_imgThe standard wheels on the Sport Edition are unique Midnight Silver finish 22-inch wheels. Other than the black trim and special wheels, the Sport Edition is the same Escalade that you can get without the Sport Edition package. That means power from a 6.2L V8 is rated at 420hp on all models.Escalade buyers can opt for 2wd or 4wd versions, and both versions can reach 60mph in less than six seconds. Escalade models also get the latest Cadillac user experience system that has connectivity and embedded navigation with smartphone-like functionality.Other features of the Escalade include magnetic ride control with driver-selectable modes. The vehicle is offered with an available 4G LTE hotspot offering a trial with 3GB per month of data. Automatic park assist is standard along with fold-flat second and third-row seats.Front seats are heated and cooled with the second row offering heated seats. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is heated and has wood accents. A 12.3-inch instrument display along with Bose Centerpoint audio system with 16 speakers is included. The Escalade Sport Edition package is an additional $2,700 on top of the $84,790 starting price. Cadillac has announced a new 2019 Escalade Sport Edition that brings a black-accented style to the premium luxury SUV. The Sport Edition package will be offered on the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum models. Adding the Sport Edition package gets gloss black exterior trim for the front grilles, window moldings, body side moldings, and other locations.last_img read more

2020 Subaru Legacy wields 260hp turbo and huge touchscreen dash

first_imgSubaru will offer two engines. The naturally aspirated option is a revamped version of the 2.5-liter BOXER we first saw in the 2019 Forester. That has 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, and will be combined with a CVT transmission. Subaru says the car will do 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds, and is estimating 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. In the 2020 Legacy Sport, it’s paired with an SI-DRIVE switch for adjustable drive modes. The second engine is the first turbo since 2012 under a new Legacy hood. It’s a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER, with 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The CVT has a manual mode and steering wheel paddles, and the car should be good for 0-60 mph in around 6.1 seconds. Economy is estimated at 24 mpg in the city or 32 mpg on the highway. Either way, the 2020 Legacy uses an all-new suspension system for this seventh generation sedan. That has MacPherson struts at the front, and a double-wishbone layout at the rear. Four-wheel ventilated disc brakes are standard. Inside, the dashboard is dominated by a 11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen: it’ll be standard on the Premium, Sport, and Limited trims. The Touring trim throws in navigation as standard. With a split-screen UI, two features can be shown simultaneously – such as navigation and multimedia – and there’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot is optional, as is a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The rest of the cabin gets an upgrade, too. There’s more soft-touch material on the dashboard, with optional double-stitching; that’s echoed on the seat fabric too. Limited and Touring trims get 10-way power front seats and seat heating front and rear. Those seat heaters now have three levels, rather than two, and the heating elements now extend up to the shoulders.Touring trim adds front seat ventilation and a heated steering wheel as standard. Four USB ports – two up front, two in the rear – are included. As for trunk space, there’s 15.1 cubic feet on offer, and Subaru outfits the 2020 Legacy with roof mounting brackets as standard. On the safety side, EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is standard across the 2020 Legacy range. That adds a lane-centering feature, which works with the adaptive cruise control to keep the sedan in the center of the lane. DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation is optional on the Limited and standard on the XT, using a camera and facial recognition software to spot if the driver is looking distracted or tired. Subaru says the 2020 Legacy will begin to arrive in dealerships in the US this fall. Pricing for the new AWD sedan will be confirmed closer to that point. The 2020 Subaru Legacy has had its big reveal in Chicago today, and it promises more refinement, more power, and more tech in this, its seventh generation. Packing Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard, the 2020 Legacy sedan also offers up to 260 horsepower and standard EyeSight driver assistance technology. 2020 Subaru Legacy Gallerycenter_img It’s a quietly handsome car, unmistakably a Legacy but smoothed out and grown-up for the 2020 model year. Based on the Subaru Global Platform – which the automaker says should result in a car 70-percent stiffer in torsional and front-suspension rigidity, and 100-percent stiff in front lateral flexural and rear subframe rigidity – it uses more ultra-high-tensile-strength steel than before, not to mention plenty more structural adhesive. As well as being stiffer, the 2020 Legacy also has a lower center of gravity. Subaru says it should be safer, too, with the ability to absorb more than 40-percent more energy if involved in front or side crashes. Eight standard airbags are included, and Subaru is predicting a IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating after testing later this year. Outwardly, the panels have been bolstered and the trunk surface made thicker, which Subaru says was done with visual solidity in mind. Wider fenders cover 17- or 18-inch wheels, while at the front there’s a frameless hexagonal grille. Revamped side mirrors boost aerodynamics and cut wind noise.last_img read more

2020 MercedesAMG CLA 45 debuts AMGs most powerful turbofour

first_img Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km On the outside, the CLA 45 gets AMG’s slatted Panamericana grille, with bigger lower air intakes integrated into the front bumpers. The wider-looking grille blends nicely into the the front fenders and new side skirts. At the rear, the CLA gets bigger diffusers with round-quad exhaust pipes, and a rear spoiler for more downforce.Going on sale at the end of the year, pricing for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, 35 and CLA 250 will be announced at a later date. Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Mercedes-AMG saves the real monster for Europe, however. The images you see here are of the Euro-spec CLA 45 S, tuned even further for 416 hp. That, sadly, isn’t coming stateside; still, what’s on offer for those in the market should be more than sufficient, the M139 paired with an equally-fresh eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive with AMG torque control helps get you from zero to 60 in 4-seconds flat with launch control. While the CLA 45 isn’t a sports car by a purist’s definition, adding to the sportier driving experience is torque vectoring on the rear wheels. That allows for variable amounts of torque to be transferred to the front and rear, and then from left to right, according to traction, drive mode, and driving style.A fast car requires equally effective brakes. The CLA 45 pairs its 235/55 R 19 tires with 13.8-inch discs with four-piston calipers at the front, and nearly-matching 13-inch brake discs with single-piston calipers at the rear.AdChoices广告The unique all-wheel drive setup allows for an optionally available drift mode, for those seeking an even more thrilling driving experience. It pushes all of the power to the rear axle, trading grip for fun going sideways. Having experienced the E63’s rear-wheel bias on an ice track, I can first hand-attest to how much more entertaining it can be, just as long as you’ve got the right track to safely do so. center_img Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, though buyers have the option to unleash the engine’s potent power for a higher top speed of 168 mph – and get adaptive dampers at the same time – by ticking the AMG Driver’s Package. Peak torque arrives at 4,750 rpm to 5,000 rpm, and the engine redlines at 7,200 rpm. In AMG’s eyes, the power band’s on par with a naturally aspirated engine. Differentiating from the A-Class, CLA owners enjoy more form-fitting seats – with red accent stitching to match the red seat belts – and an AMG steering wheel. Similar to Audi’s RS line, the instrument clusters display additional info that more engaged drivers might care about. Opting for the Track Pace package adds additional telemetry data: g force, throttle and brake position, on top of engine/oil, selected gear and track time. It’s all served up on the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, which is optional on the CLA 250.Mercedes’ dual display infotainment system is one of the best in the class. Alongside the driver’s instrumentation panel is a 10.25-inch touchscreen, from which you control all aspects of the vehicle. One of my favorite features is the natural-language voice control, which can handle not only vehicle settings but answer general knowledge questions and more. Just how far can you squeeze a turbo-four? If you’re Mercedes-AMG, then the answer is to record-setting levels, with the new M139 hailed as the world’s most powerful series-production turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. That’s found a home under the shapely hood of the new AMG CLA 45, where it’s good for 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. For those keeping track, that’s 7 hp more than the the first-generation CLA 45. Story Timeline2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive: Elegantly tech-savvyThe 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe is 4-door seductionlast_img read more

Whats New On PreExisting Condition Health Plans The Medicaid Expansion

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. CQ HealthBeat offers a progress check on the health law’s pre-existing condition insurance plan while the St. Louis Beacon explores the Medicaid expansion debate. CQ HealthBeat: Enrollment Climbs In Pre-Existing Condition Insurance PlanEnrollment in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan hit 82,000 as of July 31, an all-time high for a program that had a slow start following its creation in the health care law. But it’s still far from the 375,000 Americans who were expected to rush to sign up, based on early estimates by actuaries with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. One problem for the program has been that the plan premiums, while at market rates, are costly for people with moderate incomes (Norman, 10/3).St. Louis Beacon: At Issue: Debate Over Medicaid Expansion ContinuesAngela Pace gave up on getting $1,600 worth of medicine to shrink a tumor after she discovered that her insurer required her to cover 75 percent of the cost…. The two regard the proposed Medicaid expansion as one way to bring relief to working poor like themselves…. Whether Medicaid should be expanded to cover the near poor continues to be widely discussed in every state, with GOP leadership in some states, such as Missouri, reluctant to expand the program, while Democrats in states like Illinois are embracing the Medicaid changes (Joiner, 10/3).Meanwhile, a new study questions an often repeated health reform proposal advanced by many Republicans – The Hill: Study: Little Practical Interest In Selling Insurance Across State LinesEfforts to sell health insurance across state lines haven’t made much of an impact or galvanized much popular support, according to a new paper. Researchers at Georgetown University examined state laws that make it easier for insurance companies to sell plans across state lines — a hallmark of GOP healthcare plans, including the party’s plan to replace President Obama’s healthcare law. Only six states have passed laws to allow the sale of insurance policies from other states, and not a single insurance company has taken advantage of the expanded market, according to the research (Baker, 10/3). What’s New On Pre-Existing Condition Health Plans, The Medicaid Expansionlast_img read more

Health Exchange Issues There Are Many Say Experts And Consumers

first_imgThe reviews may not be good, but people are visiting the new health care web sites, according to the new AP-GfK poll. In addition, experts offer possible reasons for the problems that continue to plague the federal health insurance web site. Meanwhile, various news outlets examine how certain states are faring with the federal and state exchanges.The Associated Press/Washington Post: Poll: Health Care Exchange Rollout Gets Poor Reviews; 7 Percent Of Americans Have Tried It OutThe government’s new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out. Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll (10/10).The Washington Post: Some Say Health-Care Site’s Problems Highlight Flawed Federal IT PoliciesProblems with the federal government’s new health-care Web site have attracted legions of armchair analysts who speak of its problems with “virtualization” and “load testing.” Yet increasingly, they are saying the root cause is not simply a matter of flawed computer code but rather the government’s habit of buying outdated, costly and buggy technology (Timberg and Sun, 10/9).CBS News: Obamacare Website Looks “Like Nobody Tested It,” Programmer SaysWhite House officials initially blamed the website problem on an unexpectedly high volume as they had more than 8 million hits in the first week, but after it went offline over the weekend for repairs, officials now acknowledge other problems. “We’ve identified the glitches, we’ve added hardware, we’re recoding software, and I can tell you today is better than yesterday, and we are hoping in the very near future to have a seamless process that’s what we are aiming for,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. However, computer experts say the website has major flaws. “It wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it,” said Luke Chung, an online database programmer. Chung supports the new health care law but said it was not the demand that is crashing the site. He thinks the entire website needs a complete overhaul (10/9). Fox News: $93M Obamacare Website May Face Months Of Glitches, Experts WarnThe $93 million website launched to process customers through the new Obamacare marketplace may experience significant technical glitches for months, computer software experts told FoxNews.com. “I wouldn’t rule out that possibility,” said George Edwards, a computer scientist and professor at the University of Southern California. It all depends on when they identify the bugs, where they are, and if they can be resolved easily, he said — all while the site is running and open to millions of customers. “[It’s] like trying to repair a car while someone is driving it,” he told FoxNews.com (Vlahos, 10/9). The Associated Press: Ohio’s Insurance Director Among Those Experiencing Glitches With Health Overhaul WebsiteOhio’s insurance director said Wednesday that while exploring the federal government’s website on the new health care system, she has encountered the same computer glitches and delays that have frustrated many consumers looking for insurance coverage. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a Republican and one of the state’s more vocal critics of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, told a group of small business owners that her insurance department is asking people to be patient and to try the healthcare.gov website during off hours (Sanner, 10/9).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Hawaiians Still Unable To Shop On State ExchangeTen days after the Hawaii Health Connector was supposed to allow consumers and small employers to shop and enroll for coverage, officials are using paper applications and referring people to insurers’ websites to check prices. About 100,000 people are uninsured in Hawaii. It is the only one of the 14 state-run marketplaces, also called exchanges, that has no major functions online. Oregon’s marketplace does not yet allow online enrollment, but consumers can shop for health plans on its website (Galewitz, 10/10).The CT Mirror: Doctor Lists Not Easy To Find For All Obamacare Exchange PlansAccess Health CT, the state’s exchange, is relying on the insurance companies to provide links to directories of health care providers who accept their exchange plans. Shoppers who enter their age, county and income on Access Health’s website can view a list of available plans and prices. Under each option there’s also a link to “Check if your doctor is in-network.” But those links don’t all lead to provider directories. For Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s plans, the links go to Anthem’s main website. There’s no obvious way to find the provider directory for exchange plans. There is a way to do so, but it requires some website navigation and some knowledge of how Anthem labels its exchange plans (Becker, 10/9). Kansas Health Institute: Fixes To Kansas’ Online Health Insurance Marketplace Coming This WeekA key player in efforts to steer uninsured and underinsured Kansans toward the new health insurance marketplace says she’s been told that most of the system’s troubles should be corrected yet this week…Officials at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ regional office in Kansas City, Mo. provided the assurances to Harding during a conversation on Tuesday (Ranney, 10/9).The Baltimore Sun: Consumers, Advocates Seek Health Insurance Work-AroundsIf there is a good health insurance plan out there for Baltimore scientist Luke Goembel, it’s as big a mystery as the space he studies…He and some advocates for the new marketplace — which aims to cover 800,000 uninsured Marylanders, plus the underinsured — are pressing the state to provide more information on the plans as they wait for glitches to be resolved (Cohn, 10/9). CQ HealthBeat: DC Exchange A Window On How Immigrants View Health LawPerhaps more than any other insurance exchange in the country, DC HealthLink brings society’s haves and have-nots to a single marketplace. While much has been made of the fact that the district’s exchange will serve members of Congress and their staffs, there’s another potential large customer base: Washington’s Hispanic immigrant community (Reichard, 10/9).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Young And Not So InvincibleThe hottest targets for health insurance this fall are the so-called “young invincibles.” It’s no coincidence that an upstart selling some of the lowest-priced plans that might appeal to young people in Colorado, the Colorado HealthOP, deployed beautiful young models to try to make the decidedly unalluring topic of health insurance sexy. Buff, shirtless men and nearly naked young women prowled downtown Denver’s 16th Street Mall last week as Colorado’s health exchange opened. They wore little more than signs reading: “Without health insurance, you’re exposed: #GetCoveredCO” (Kerwin McCrimmon, 10/9).California Healthline: What Covered California Did Right In Week One – And What Other States Did BetterIn California, like in most of the nation, most launch day stories didn’t center on the people signing up for coverage through the new exchanges, but on all the people who couldn’t. … But there’s too much being made of the computer glitches in California and elsewhere, according to Stan Rosenstein, principal adviser at Health Management Associates and a former state official who spent decades working with Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, and other public health insurance plans (Diamond, 10/9).Health News Florida: $51B Waiting For FL: SebeliusHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has become the Obama administration’s envoy to Florida on behalf of the Affordable Care Act. She has visited the state half a dozen times since June, trying to get the word out to the state’s millions of uninsured to sign up for a health plan (Gentry, 10/9). Health Exchange Issues? There Are Many, Say Experts And Consumers 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

Research Roundup Less Savings Needed For Retirement Health Expenses

first_imgEach week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.Employee Benefits Research Institute: Amount Of Savings Needed For Health Expenses For People Eligible For Medicare: More Rare Good News Individuals should be concerned about saving for health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses in retirement for a number of reasons. Medicare generally covers only about 60 percent of the cost of health care services for Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older, while out-of-pocket spending accounts for 12 percent. Furthermore, the percentage of private-sector establishments offering retiree health benefits has been falling, and where benefits are offered, they are becoming less generous. … This report provides estimates for the savings needed to cover health insurance to supplement Medicare and out-ofpocket expenses for health care services in retirement. … However, it should be noted that many individuals will need more than the amounts cited in this report because this analysis does not factor in the savings needed to cover long-term care expenses, nor does it take into account the fact that many individuals retire prior to becoming eligible for Medicare (Fronstin, Salisbury and VanDerhei, Oct. 2013). Health Affairs: Biosimilars The Affordable Care Act includes several provisions — collectively referred to as the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) — which are designed to encourage competition in the market for biologic drugs. The term biologic refers to any therapeutic product derived from a biological source, including vaccines, antitoxins, blood products, proteins, and monoclonal antibodies. These drugs account for a substantial and an increasing share of the pharmaceutical market and a growing share of health systems costs. … In February 2012 the FDA released draft guidance on this accelerated approval process, but to, date no biosimilar products have been reviewed or licensed in the United States. Numerous scientific, legal, and regulatory issues remain unresolved, and it is not yet clear how the biosimilar market will develop, nor if it will lead to substantially lower drug prices or better access to biologic drugs (Richardson, 10/10). The Kaiser Family Foundation: Obamacare & You: If You Are A Woman . . . As a woman, it is especially important for you to understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will change healthcare in 2014. Your health care needs differ from men’s and you are often the main healthcare decision maker for your family. Obamacare broadens the range of many services that are important to women that health plans now must cover, some without any co-pay. In addition, it expands access to coverage through Medicaid and the new state health marketplaces. Changes important to women include: no more pre-existing condition limits …, equitable insurance pricing for men and women … , preventive services … , contraceptives (10/16). The Urban Institute: Reaching And Enrolling The Uninsured: Early Efforts To Implement The Affordable Care Act With open enrollment now underway, it appears that states and the federal government have taken many of the steps necessary to successfully promote insurance affordability programs, educate the public about new coverage options coming available under health care reform, and create new infrastructures for providing consumers with enrollment assistance. Following the playbook and lessons learned from previous expansions of coverage under Medicaid, CHIP, and other state coverage initiatives, policy-makers are launching multi-pronged campaigns that combine broad marketing with grass-roots outreach. Critically, they are equipping community-based outreach entities with the tools and training to also provide hands-on application assistance to consumers who need help navigating the enrollment process, typically building on existing networks of application assistors that have operated for years within Medicaid and CHIP programs. The most impressive efforts have involved diverse stakeholders from the beginning of the planning process, to gain their early input and buy-in, and to create long-term outreach partners that can help spread the word as expansions are implemented. What is striking, however, is that while state and federal policy-makers are both taking many of the right steps, they are doing so at very different levels of intensity. And these differences are likely to result in state-to-state variation in terms of the ultimate measure of success: consumer enrollment into coverage (Hill, Courtot and Wilkinson, 10/9). JAMA Surgery: Relationship Between Asking An Older Adult About Falls And Surgical Outcomes The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship of a history of falls to surgical outcomes in older adults undergoing major elective colorectal and cardiac operations. The specific aims were to compare outcomes of patients with and without a fall within the 6 months prior to their operation including 30-day morbidity, the need for discharge to an institutional care facility, and 30-day readmission. … The main result was that having fallen in the 6 months prior to an operation was related to the occurrence of 1 or more postoperative complications, regardless of what procedure was performed. This finding is independent of advancing age in both groups. Having fallen was also associated with increased 30-day readmission and the need for discharge to an institutional care facility. In addition, a positive correlation between an increased number of falls and an increased number of complications existed for both the colorectal and cardiac groups. … Given the high volume of surgical care provided for the elderly population, improving preoperative risk assessment for the older adult is becoming increasingly important. Incorporating geriatric-specific variables that reflect physiologic vulnerability of the older adult into large surgical outcomes data sets used to construct preoperative risk calculators has real potential to improve the accuracy of these tools at forecasting risk in older adults (Jones et al., 10/9). AIDS And Behavior: Outcomes Of HIV-Infected Patients Receiving Care At Multiple Clinics Receiving care at multiple clinics may compromise the therapeutic patient-provider alliance and adversely affect the treatment of people living with HIV. We evaluated 12,759 HIV-infected adults in Philadelphia, PA between 2008 and 2010 to determine the effects of using multiple clinics for primary HIV care. … Overall, 986 patients (8%) received care at multiple clinics. The likelihood of attending multiple clinics was greater for younger patients, women, blacks, persons with public insurance, and for individuals in their first year of care. Adjusting for sociodemographic factors, patients receiving care at multiple clinics were less likely to use [antiretroviral therapy] … and achieve HIV viral suppression … than individuals using one clinic (Yehia, September 2013). Here is a selection of news coverage of other recent research:Medscape: Malpractice Premiums Drop For 6th Straight Year Judging by 3 representative specialties, physicians in 2013 are once again experiencing relief on malpractice insurance premiums. Collective rates for obstetrician-gynecologists, internists, and general surgeons fell on average for the sixth straight year in 2013, according to an annual premium survey released this week by Medical Liability Monitor (MLM) (Loews, 10/10). Medscape: Higher Nurse Staffing Levels May Mean Fewer CMS Penalties More nurses mean lower odds of hospital readmission, and that translates into cost savings for hospitals as well as better patient care, a new study suggests. Since October 1, 2012, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been reducing payments to hospitals that report excessive 30-day readmission rates among Medicare patients for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, or pneumonia, note Matthew D. McHugh, RN, PhD, JD, MPH, from the School of Nursing and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and coauthors (MacReady, 10/10). Reuters: Medicare Choices Tricky Even For Med Students, DoctorsEven doctors in training have trouble sifting through insurance options to pick the cheapest available plan, a new study shows…An economist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Gruber was not involved in the new report (Doyle, 10/15). Research Roundup: Less Savings Needed For Retirement Health Expenses 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

WSJ Private Medicare Plan Funding Data Finds Its Way To Wall Street

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. WSJ: Private Medicare Plan Funding Data Finds Its Way To Wall Street After Gov’t Phone Call The Wall Street Journal: Sensitive Market Data Leaked After Government Phone CallMarket-sensitive information vitally important to health-insurance companies has once again reached Wall Street before the public, and this time it appears to have come from the government itself. On Dec. 3, an official with the agency in charge of Medicare spending held a conference call for industry officials. During the call, he provided data suggesting that federal funding for private Medicare plans would likely fall more than expected. Word soon reached Wall Street, prompting a selloff in insurance shares (Mathews and Mullins, 4/10).last_img read more

Special Enrollment Periods Could Help Medicare Advantage Members With Dropped Doctors

first_imgSpecial Enrollment Periods Could Help Medicare Advantage Members With Dropped Doctors This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. In the meantime, for-profit hospices are scrutinized for how they bill Medicare.St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Experts Provide Options, Hope For UnitedHealthcare Medicare Patients For more than 40 years, Mary Anne Catalano and her family have gone to Dermatological Care Inc., a practice in St. Louis County. … Now, at 68 and in the middle of her contract term, UnitedHealthcare is kicking the entire Dermatological Care staff out of her Medicare Advantage network. … At the beginning of June, UnitedHealthcare notified almost 10 percent of Missouri physicians in its Advantage network that they will be terminated — almost 1,000 doctors. The insurer gave no clear reason for the cuts, and patients may feel forced to switch doctors in the middle of their policy term or pay high out-of-pocket costs. But some experts say there are other options, and maybe even some hope. At the patient level, Medicare provides 17 special enrollment periods that allow consumers to switch coverage and find a plan that carries their doctors (Kulash, 6/28).WBUR: Weekend Listening: For-Profit Hospice Care As Big BusinessThe for-profit hospice care is a growth industry in this country. But taxpayer beware. (And it is the taxpayer who is footing the bill, big-time.) … Too many of these for-profit hospices are gaming U.S. law and cherry-picking patients, finding ways to reap big profits from the Medicare system, taking people who will take longer to die — and sending them home if they take too long to die, so they can maximize profits. And some of them — including big, national corporations — have been sued repeatedly by the federal government for their practices. Patient for patient, the for-profits cost the U.S. Treasury a lot more money (Kotsonis, 6/27).last_img read more

Plan Renewals Narrow Networks Draw Scrutiny

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. Some industry officials say the automatic renewal of some health law insurance plans could have a negative impact on the financial aid that consumers receive. Meanwhile, narrow networks continue to be the subject of backlash.   The Associated Press: Plan To Simplify 2015 Health Renewals May BackfireIf you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts (Alonso-Zaldivar, 7/27).Kaiser Health News: Limitations Of New Health Plans Rankle Some EnrolleesNancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live 2,000 miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won’t take their insurance now, even though they haven’t changed insurers. … In Plymouth, Ind., Pippenger got similar news from her longtime orthopedic surgeon, so she shelled out $300 from her own pocket to see him. Both women unwittingly bought policies with limited networks of doctors and hospitals that provide little or no payment for care outside those networks. Such plans existed before the health law, but they’ve triggered a backlash as millions start to use the coverage they signed up for this year through the new federal and state marketplaces. The policies’ limitations have come as a surprise to some enrollees used to broader job-based coverage or to plans they held before the law took effect (Appleby, 7/28). Des Moines Register: Few Take Chance To Gripe About Health InsurancePublic hearings over proposed premium increases by three health insurers drew a grand total of two Iowans who wanted to take the microphone to gripe Saturday morning. “I figured there’d be more people. Evidently, people don’t care about this,” said Ed Tiernan of Des Moines, one of the two consumers who bothered to speak. In past years, dozens of Iowans took the chance to complain publicly about large rate increases proposed by the state’s dominant health insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield. But that was not the case Saturday morning, when state Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart presided over hearings centering on proposed premium increases from Coventry Health Care, CoOportunity Health and Assurant Health. About 24,000 Iowans would be affected by the three companies’ rate increases. Most of them are covered by Coventry or CoOportunity, which are the main Iowa carriers selling policies on the new electronic marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act (Leys, 7/26). Denver Post: Coloradans Could Lose Medical Choices, But Save MoneyConsumers might not like the trend among insurance carriers to control costs and reduce premiums by narrowing their choices of doctors and hospitals, but it’s one of the few tools that payers have left. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers can’t cut costs by discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. They can’t offer spare coverage because health care reform mandates minimum essential elements. Instead, insurers or payers are turning to narrow or “high value” networks to reduce escalating health care costs. The narrow network gives insurers greater leverage in negotiating prices with providers. … United Healthcare, the largest Medicare provider in the country, said it is reducing its Medicare physician network in the Denver market — letters went out last week telling customers they might need to select a new physician (Draper, 7/27).  Plan Renewals, Narrow Networks Draw Scrutinylast_img read more

Options Are Dwindling For Many Rural Families The Imbalance In Hospitals Closures

first_img‘Options Are Dwindling For Many Rural Families’: The Imbalance In Hospitals Closures Nearly 70 rural hospitals have shuttered since 2013, in a trend that studies associate with states that did not expand Medicaid. In other state hospital news: a three-day strike at five University of California teaching hospitals and a Missouri center reviews its postpartum mental health services. Until recently, mental health screenings were not standard for pregnant women and new mothers even though at least 20 percent will experience depression or anxiety that can be exacerbated by hormonal surges, lack of sleep and the demands of an infant. The screenings can be lifesaving — as many as one in five deaths of women in the postpartum period is caused by suicide. …At Barnes-Jewish Hospital, postpartum nurses will alert the mental health team if they notice that a new mother doesn’t want to hold her baby or makes comments about feeling inadequate or overwhelmed. (Bernhard, 10/28) Hospitals are often thought of as the hubs of our health care system. But hospital closings are rising, particularly in some communities. “Options are dwindling for many rural families, and remote communities are hardest hit,” said Katy Kozhimannil, an associate professor and health researcher at the University of Minnesota. Beyond the potential health consequences for the people living nearby, hospital closings can exact an economic toll, and are associated with some states’ decisions not to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. (Frakt, 10/29) Sacramento Bee: Health Care Workers Claim Win In 3-Day Strike; UC Leaders Say No Deal The New York Times: A Sense Of Alarm As Rural Hospitals Keep Closing center_img St. Louis Post Dispatch: Following Tragedy, St. Louis Hospitals Renew Commitment To Postpartum Mental Health Roughly 39,000 unionized employees wrapped up a three-day strike Thursday at five University of California teaching hospitals, including UC Davis Medical Center, a job action that UC leaders said moved them no closer to a contract agreement. …Union leaders, however, said that they received reports from colleagues working on the UCD hospital floor, saying that the hospital had to postpone services for patients in the gastrointestinal clinic, physical therapy and elective surgery. (Anderson, 10/26) 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

Vodafone launches GigaCube 5G router and its as expensive as youd expect

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. 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. 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.center_img ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook UK network provider Vodafone have launched a new wireless mobile router that can provide 5G data speeds, which are up to ten times faster than 4G.The GigaCube was launched on July 15, and offers you a chance to use Vodafone’s 5G network as a portable WiFi router, even in areas without fixed-line connectivity. The superfast speeds afforded by the router could reach as high as 1 Gbps. Each cube has a range of 90m, and up to 64 devices can be connected. Fortunately it’s a plug-and-play device, so you won’t need to call an engineer to install it.Intended for consumers and businesses alike, the router is hardly a cheap way to get the 5G experience: it will cost £50 per month for unlimited data, along with a £325 upfront cost.Related: What is 5G?Vodafone’s 5G network launched on July 3 in the UK, becoming the second network to offer the service after EE. The next generation of mobile internet promises much higher speeds for streaming and downloading content; supposedly an entire HD movie can be downloaded in just six seconds. We’ve already been hands-on with EE’s 5G network, on which we managed to reach speeds of up to 410Mbps in London.Related: Best 5G PhonesEach network has revealed a range of phones that feature the 5G capability. Both networks offer the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G on contract, and we reckon this smartphone is likely to be one of the best picks for this new generation of mobile internet. Vodafone also offers the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G as an alternative, but EE has a much larger range, including: the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, the Oppo Reno 5G, and the LG V50 ThinQ. These devices are intended to reap the benefits of 5G, but be warned that they are significantly more expensive than 4G alternatives!last_img read more

GlaxoSmithKline Pfizer deal brings Advil Tums together in consumer health giant

first_img Recommended For You’We were experiencing headwinds’ — Canopy Growth stock heads south on poor sales ramp-upShaw Communications is selling its stake in Corus Entertainment for $548 millionB.C. vows to appeal after top court says province can’t restrict oil shipments across its bordersProtests, legal challenges planned to block Trans Mountain expansionFINCAD Now Accepting Applications for its 2019 Women in Finance Scholarship Ben Hirschler Reuters Email GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer deal brings Advil, Tums together in consumer health giant Joint venture will have 7.3% of market share, well ahead of rivals Johnson & Johnson, Bayer and Sanofi LONDON — GlaxoSmithKline plans to split into two businesses — one for prescription drugs and vaccines, the other for over-the-counter products— after forming a new joint venture with Pfizer’s consumer health division.The revamp is the boldest move yet by GSK Chief Executive Emma Walmsley, who took over last year.It will lead to the creation of a consumer health giant with a market share of 7.3 per cent, well ahead of its nearest rivals Johnson & Johnson, Bayer and Sanofi , all on around 4 per cent.Walmsley has previously played down the idea of breaking up the group, something that a number of investors have called for over the years.On Wednesday, however, she announced that GSK and Pfizer would combine their consumer health businesses in a joint venture with sales of 9.8 billion pounds (US$12.7 billion), 68 per cent-owned by the British company, in an all-equity transaction.GSK said the deal laid the foundation for the creation of two new UK-based global companies focused on pharma/vaccines and consumer healthcare within three years of the transaction closing.For Pfizer, the deal resolves the issue of what to do with its consumer health division, which includes Advil painkillers and Centrum vitamins, after an abortive attempt to sell it outright earlier this year.GSK, whose consumer products include Sensodyne toothpaste, Tums and Panadol painkillers, had withdrawn from that earlier Pfizer auction process but Walmsley said the opportunity to strike an all-equity deal cleared the way for the new agreement.“It’s something we’ve been able to do quickly and quietly,” she told reporters in a conference call.“What this deal is all about is the opportunity to strengthen two businesses — a world-leading consumer healthcare business and a new GSK that is focused on pharma and vaccines.”Crystallizing ValueShareholders welcomed the news and the shares jumped 7 per cent, with Jefferies analysts saying the future separation could crystallize value.The new joint venture with Pfizer is expected to generate total annual cost savings of 500 million pounds by 2022 for expected total cash costs of 900 million and non-cash charges of 300 million. GSK plans divestments of some 1 billion pounds.Walmsley said there would be an inevitable impact on jobs but there was also an opportunity for cost savings in procurement and across the supply chain.The Pfizer deal is expected to boost adjusted earnings and free cashflow in the first full year after closing, which GSK anticipates will occur in the second half of 2019.Pfizer, which already has a long-standing HIV medicines joint venture with GSK, said the transaction would be slightly accretive in each of the first three years after it closed.The consumer tie-up follows a deal by GSK earlier this year to buy Novartis’s stake in their consumer joint venture for US$13 billion and comes as Walmsley tries to reshape Britain’s biggest drugmaker, which has seen its shares move sideways for years.Earlier this month, she agreed to buy cancer drug specialist Tesaro for US$5.1 billion to try to revitalize its pharmaceuticals business, a high-priced acquisition that was poorly received by the market.GSK has lagged rivals in recent years in producing multibillion-dollar blockbusters and it largely sat out a spate of dealmaking by rivals under previous CEO Andrew Witty.Seeking to reassure investors of its financial strength, GSK extended its guarantee on the dividend by stating it expected to pay unchanged dividends of 80 pence per share for 2019.GSK was advised by Citi, J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Greenhill, while Centerview, Guggenheim and Morgan Stanley acted for Pfizer.© Thomson Reuters 2018 Facebook Comment Twittercenter_img Join the conversation → Share this storyGlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer deal brings Advil, Tums together in consumer health giant Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer will combine their consumer health businesses in a joint venture with sales of US$12.7 billion.Getty Images 0 Comments More Reddit December 19, 20188:53 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing last_img read more

Shoppers Drug Martbranded Botox clinics launch amid cookiecutter cosmetics concerns

first_imgShoppers Drug Mart-branded Botox clinics launch amid ‘cookie-cutter’ cosmetics concerns The stand-alone clinic in Oakville, Ont., will offer Botox injections, fillers, laser treatments and medical-grade peels Medical esthetician Amra Nizar, who works for the Beauty Clinic by Shoppers Drug Mart, gives a demonstration using the picosure laser skin treatment which addresses a variety of skin concerns and is suitable for all skin types at the clinic in Oakville, Ont.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press Join the conversation → The Canadian Press Cassandra Szklarski Facebook You’ll be paying more at the grocery store soon, supermarket CEOs warn Email More TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart takes its most aggressive step into the beauty business this weekend with its first stand-alone clinic to offer Botox injections, fillers, laser treatments and medical-grade peels.But while the Beauty Clinic by Shoppers Drug Mart is being touted as “a natural extension” of the drugstore chain’s moves into the cosmetics space, some wary observers fear it further commodifies medical procedures increasingly regarded as casual touch-ups that don’t require the expertise of a physician or surgeon.The inaugural shop opens Saturday in Oakville, Ont., just west of Toronto, after a soft opening Dec. 22 that saw a steady stream of customers come through the sparsely furnished, three-bay clinic, says Sarah Draper, senior director of healthcare partnerships & innovation. Loblaw rolls out Amazon Prime-style loyalty program for $99 a year Shoppers Drug Mart gets medical pot licence from Health Canada Manulife launches Canada’s first medical marijuana program with Shoppers Drug Mart “This is really what our customers have been asking for,” says Draper.“We’re kind of a trusted expert in the space and are positioned pretty well, I think, to offer enhanced beauty services in a setting that’s comfortable and convenient for people.”Tucked into the corner of a suburban strip mall, the nearly all-white colour scheme, minimalist decor and serene atmosphere evoke a spa-like retreat.A “concierge” greets arrivals and confirms appointments in the entryway, where a bank of medical-grade beauty products covers one wall. Visitors are ushered into a tucked-away waiting area, where cushioned seats, tablets and sleek wood privacy screens offer a quiet space to fill out paperwork.Draper says one of three nurse practitioners then conducts one-on-one consultations with each client and takes “an in-depth medical history” to determine a treatment regimen.“Our nurse practitioners all have medical esthetics certification and over a decade experience in nursing,” she says, noting their higher medical classification gives them authority to prescribe and administer injectables.A medical esthetician handles lasers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.Inside the Beauty Clinic by Shoppers Drug Mart. Twitter Comment Loblaw rolls out Amazon Prime-style loyalty program for $99 a year Reddit Grocery stores transforming into ‘grocerants’ as supermarkets lure shoppers to linger — and spend more Share this storyShoppers Drug Mart-branded Botox clinics launch amid ‘cookie-cutter’ cosmetics concerns Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn January 10, 20194:59 PM ESTLast UpdatedJanuary 11, 20193:05 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing 0 Comments Related Stories The Loblaw-owned chain says procedures and training were developed in consultation with doctors who provide ongoing advice, but physicians are not onsite.That’s what bothers Dr. Michael Brandt, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Toronto who wonders about quality and whether staff are able to adequately respond to medical emergencies.“You wouldn’t sign up for surgery at a grocery store,” says Brandt, noting that while there are many excellent providers in the field, the lucrative industry has also attracted less qualified practitioners.“All medical procedures have indications, contra-indications, alternatives and limits as to what each of those procedures can provide and with each of these procedures you need to go through a very careful assessment of the patient and then make an accurate diagnosis. None of this is cookie-cutter.”And while nurse practitioners have the authority to conduct these beauty treatments, Brandt questioned whether all of them should.“Just because a professional has the authority to perform a procedure does not automatically mean it is appropriate to do so,” he says, noting there are nonetheless very qualified nurse practitioners in esthetics. “Is it appropriate for a nurse practitioner to be performing surgery? They might have the capacity to do it, they might be allowed as a delegated act to do it, but most people would choose to have a surgeon perform their surgery.”Brandt warned that if improperly applied, lasers carry the risk of severe burns, scarring and discolourations. If a filler is injected into a blood vessel, it can cause an occlusion of that vessel, killing anything it supplies.Still, there’s no denying that growing public interest has ignited a specialized industry previously the domain of dermatologists and plastic surgeons.Milica Duran, a co-ordinator for the esthetician program at Centennial College in Toronto, calls it “the fastest growing industry in the world.”“Our numbers and the interest has been skyrocketing,” she says of the school’s programs, which includes a special one for nurses entering the field.Job openings, too, are growing: “Now we have more placement sites than students.”She credits that to advertisements, youth-obsessed images on social media, and the aging population.“We have our baby boomers, we have more money here happening, more social media, more awareness, more education,” says Duran. “This is why so many nurses want to go into the field — there are so many doctors’ offices that cannot find qualified staff.”Oakville esthetician Cynthia Webb notes that while some dermatologists and surgeons do their own injections, most delegate to a nurse, such as herself.She works for a Toronto plastic surgeon and conducts treatments in that clinic, as well as in her own clinic. She can’t help but wonder whether the retail giant will erode business for independent operations like hers.She notes that many patient decisions are driven by cost, and that’s what can get them into trouble.“When they call, the first thing they’ll ask is: ‘How much is a unit of Botox?’ Well, you’re not paying for the Botox or the neuromodulator or the filler. You’re paying for the experience of the practitioner,” says Webb, a registered nurse who sends all her patients to a doctor for consults and follow-ups.Shoppers Drug Mart customers can earn PC Optimum points on a variety of services, and Botox injections start at $10 per unit.Draper says prices are “in line with the market” and that the goal is not to be more competitive than the little guy.“For us, this is really about providing the service that our customers want in a trusted and convenient space and improving on the beauty offering that we have at the table.”Duran isn’t surprised Shoppers has entered the fray and guesses they will expand rapidly beyond the Oakville pilot and a Toronto location set to open later this year.“We’ve come so far with lasers, chemical peels and this is all very lucrative,” she says. “All plastic surgeons, all dermatologists have either nurses or medical estheticians working for them, even GPs as well. Everyone’s in on it.” Nathan Denette/The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bank of Canada holds interest rate Read the official statement

first_img Share this storyBank of Canada holds interest rate: Read the official statement Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Join the conversation → Financial Post Staff Twitter What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation More advertisement 0 Comments Reddit The Bank of Canada in Ottawa.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press Sponsored By: ← Previous Next → Bank of Canada holds interest rate: Read the official statement Bank of Canada maintains its key interest rate at 1.75 per cent Comment Featured Stories Here’s the Bank of Canada’s official statement for its interest rate decision on Wednesday, April 24, 2019:The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent.Global economic growth has slowed by more than the Bank forecast in its January Monetary Policy Report (MPR). Ongoing uncertainty related to trade conflicts has undermined business sentiment and activity, contributing to a synchronous slowdown across many countries. In response, many central banks have signalled a slower pace of monetary policy normalization. Financial conditions and market sentiment have improved as a result, pushing up prices for oil and other commodities. Bank of Canada holds key interest rate at 1.75% Global economic activity is expected to pick up during 2019 and average 3 ¼ per cent over the projection period, supported by accommodative financial conditions and as a number of temporary factors weighing on growth fade. This is roughly in line with the global economy’s potential and a modest downgrade to the Bank’s January projection.In Canada, growth during the first half of 2019 is now expected to be slower than was anticipated in January. Last year’s oil price decline and ongoing transportation constraints have curbed investment and exports in the energy sector. Investment and exports outside the energy sector, meanwhile, have been negatively affected by trade policy uncertainty and the global slowdown. Weaker-than-anticipated housing and consumption also contributed to slower growth.The Bank expects growth to pick up, starting in the second quarter of this year. Housing activity is expected to stabilize given continued population gains, the fading effects of past housing policy changes, and improved global financial conditions. Consumption will be underpinned by strong growth in employment income. Outside of the oil and gas sector, investment will be supported by high rates of capacity utilization and exports will expand with strengthening global demand.  Meanwhile, the contribution to growth from government spending has been revised down in light of Ontario’s new budget.Overall, the Bank projects real GDP growth of 1.2 per cent in 2019 and around 2 per cent in 2020 and 2021. This forecast implies a modest widening of the output gap, which will be absorbed over the projection period.CPI and measures of core inflation are all close to 2 per cent. CPI inflation will likely dip in the third quarter, largely because of the dynamics of gasoline prices, before returning to about 2 per cent by year end. Taking into account the effects of the new carbon pollution charge, as well as modest excess capacity, the Bank expects inflation to remain around 2 per cent through 2020 and 2021.Given all of these developments, Governing Council judges that an accommodative policy interest rate continues to be warranted. We will continue to evaluate the appropriate degree of monetary policy accommodation as new data arrive. In particular, we are monitoring developments in household spending, oil markets, and global trade policy to gauge the extent to which the factors weighing on growth and the inflation outlook are dissipating. Facebook Email April 24, 201910:04 AM EDT Filed under News Economy last_img read more

WatchXi fires shots at US before Trump meeting without mentioning him

first_img As Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares for one of the most important meetings of his seven-year rule, he appears to have Donald Trump on the brain — even if he won’t say so directly.In conversations with other leaders ahead of his sit down tomorrow with the U.S. president on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Japan, Xi spared no opportunity to paint the U.S. as the bad guy in China’s spiralling trade conflict, while avoiding the provocative step of naming Trump personally.In remarks to African leaders this morning, Xi took a not-so-subtle swipe at Trump’s policy slogan, “America first.” Warning against “bullying practices,” Xi said that “any attempt to put one’s own interests first and undermine others’ will not win any popularity.” Happy talk of a Trump-Xi truce masks the long, twisting path to a trade deal ‘Economic hit’: Chinese meat suspension will reverberate through supply chain Someone is using fake Canadian certificates to smuggle meat into China, Jim Carr says Xi then used remarks on the digital economy to call for a “fair and equitable market environment” and the “completeness and vitality of global supply chains.” It comes as Trump singles out Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co., arguing its connections to the government mean it could allow Beijing to spy through its equipment, and urging countries to avoid the company while developing 5G networks.Last night, Xi told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he opposed protectionism as well as any “external” influence on the two countries’ relationship.Xi’s verbal shadow-boxing with Trump underscores the delicate balance he needs to strike: He must avoid coming across at home as weak in dealing with the U.S. president but he also can’t risk worsening the trade war by provoking Trump’s personal ire. While Trump has hammered China with multiple rounds of tariffs, he maintains he enjoys a personal friendship with Xi and has spoken of the Chinese leader with admiration.“There’s a clear desire on the part of Xi and the Chinese side more generally to express their dissatisfaction with the way the U.S. side has handled negotiations,” said Trey McArver, co-founder of Beijing-based research firm Trivium China. But “he’s still about to meet with the guy,” McArver added. “It speaks to the difficult position Xi is in: Wanting to get a deal done but also wanting to set some ground rules for negotiations.”Xi’s comments at the G20 fit that broader pattern. Chinese state media has published defiant editorials blaming the U.S. for the trade impasse and proclaiming Chinese strength, but avoided citing Trump or other trade officials by name. Beijing has issued veiled threats about cutting off the supply of rare earths to the U.S., but officials have stopped short of specifics.It’s still unclear how much of a breakthrough may come tomorrow, or whether a fresh truce is even possible. China’s top trade negotiator Vice Premier Liu He met U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today for talks at a hotel in Osaka, an official said.Either way, past experience lends credence to Xi’s approach. On the campaign trail and in the White House, Trump has variously criticized opponents for being short, ugly and boring. After taking office, he described Kim Jong Un as “rocket man,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “dishonest and weak,” and London Mayor Sadiq Khan as a “national disgrace.”Xi has more often been the object of Trump’s verbal affections. Trump has called him a “great guy” and a “good man.” He described Xi as the “king of China” after Xi’s decision to abolish presidential term limits last year, has boasted of serving him “the most beautiful chocolate cake” and had his grandchildren perform songs for the Chinese leader and his wife.At times, Beijing has reciprocated with flattery of its own. At the G-20 meeting two years ago in Hamburg, a senior official said Chinese negotiators had “read with respect Mr. Trump’s books on the art of the deal.” Diplomats made early overtures to the First Family, inviting Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner on trips to China at galas at the Chinese Embassy in DC.Still, Chinese officials have begun to harden their rhetoric as the trade war drags on. The foreign ministry recently accused Secretary of State Michael Pompeo of propagating “lies and fallacies,” while the Communist Party’s flagship People’s Daily newspaper described Republican Senator Marco Rubio — who has proposed legislation to prevent Huawei from seeking damages in U.S. patent courts — as an “anti-China clown.”But for all that, Trump himself and his lead trade negotiators have been spared personal insult by Beijing. That’s even after the U.S. president officially defined China as a “strategic competitor” last year, hiked tariffs multiple times and stepped up efforts to kneecap flagship Chinese companies from Huawei to ZTE. China’s economy is already growing at its slowest pace since the 1990s.As Xi prepares for his third high-stakes G20 meeting with Trump, he may be asking himself once again: how much is a friendship worth?Bloomberg.com June 28, 20197:27 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Trump says he has a plan B if there’s no progress on China trade this weekend — and it involves billions more in tariffs Comment 2 Comments Happy talk of a Trump-Xi truce masks the long, twisting path to a trade deal Related Stories Share this storyXi fires shots at U.S. before Trump meeting, without mentioning him Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Facebook Morecenter_img Someone is using fake Canadian certificates to smuggle meat into China, Jim Carr says Bloomberg News Xi fires shots at U.S. before Trump meeting, without mentioning him Xi spared no opportunity to paint the U.S. as the bad guy in China’s spiralling trade conflict, while avoiding the provocative step of naming Trump personally Reddit Email Peter Martin Twitter Join the conversation →last_img read more

Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Take Down Ford Mustang 50

In this most recent video, we just get a short glimpse of the Model 3 Performance racing a Ford Mustang 5.0. That’s really all we need to see how much quicker the Tesla is off the line, along with the fact that it stays ahead of the Ford to the race’s completion. Both cars hit a top speed of about 114 mph in this quarter-mile sprint, but the Model 3 wins it by more than a second.When the Tesla Model 3 first came to market, many people didn’t consider that it may become a drag strip contender or a sought-after track car. Much to everyone’s surprise, it’s proving naysayers wrong.Video Description via Vivianna Van Deerlin on YouTube:Atco Dragway 9/14/2018 Model 3 Performance vs Mustang 5.0 Model 3P: 11.863 sec @ 114.02 mph with reaction time 0.100 Mustang 5.0: 12.452 sec @ 114.32 mph with reaction time 0.671 Model 3 won by 1.1605 secTESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE The Tesla Model 3 Performance continues to impress on and off the track.We really can’t wait until we have a long list of incoming Tesla Model 3 Performance track videos to share, because it appears that’s where this car truly shines. It’s really only a matter of time, as many more people are taking delivery as we write. In the meantime, we’re seeing more and more videos of the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive performance Model 3 at the drag strip. In fact, the new, popular Tesla sedan’s racing coverage is currently overshadowing its quicker sibling, the Tesla Model S.More Tesla Model 3 Performance racing: Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Race Challenger, Model X, Model S Tesla Model 3 Performance Hits 60 MPH In Record-Setting 3.13 Seconds Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Crush Corvette At The Strip 10 photos Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

AMG Project One Probably Faster Than Porsche 919 At The Ring

Can a road-legal model like the Project One even think of competing with a track-only beast? Mercedes-AMG through the voice of its boss, Tobias Moers, seems to think so. Speaking with Australian magazine Motoring, the man calling the shots in Affalterbach said their upcoming hypercar could “probably” beat Porsche’s Nürburgring time:“It would be close, but I think we could. I just don’t know what we’d do it for.”Moers pointed out the major differences between the Project One and the 919 Hybrid Evo, mentioning Porsche’s track beast does not race anywhere and as such does not have to comply with any rules. On the other hand, AMG’s new performance car has to be fully road legal and that obviously has an impact on the technical specifications. Moers went on to say that although they could tweak the aero and remove some weight to make the hypercar faster around the ‘Ring, they won’t be going down that road.Revealed about a year ago as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG Project One has recently advanced to prototype testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground in the U.K. All 275 cars planned for production have already been sold, with customer deliveries to begin sometime next year.The way things are right now, it seems unlikely AMG will attempt a record-breaking attempt with its hypercar. If by any chance they’ll have a change of heart, expect the car to be the standard production model rather than a custom version modified to shave off seconds from the Nürburgring lap time.Source: Motor1 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 30, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Mercedes-AMG Project One Advances To Prototype Testing Mercedes-AMG Won’t Allow Project One Owners To Flip Their Cars But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will go after the lap record.Here we were thinking the Project One could go after the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ’s Nürburgring record and now Mercedes-AMG suggests the F1-engined hypercar might have what it takes to claim the outright record. There’s a major difference between the lap times of the Jota and the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo purpose-built race car as the former needed 6 minutes and 44.97 seconds to complete the task while the latter did it in a mere 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds.More Project One Source: Electric Vehicle News Mercedes-AMG Allegedly Decided Not To Build Project One Roadster read more

50 GWh Tesla Battery ESS Launched At Solar Farm In Australia

first_imgTesla supplied a 50 GWh energy storage system in AustraliaAustralia continues its leadership in the battery energy storage market, introducing another big ESS.This time 50 GWh/25 MW of batteries were installed in Victoria at an existing 60 MW Gannawarra Solar Farm.The energy storage was installed by Tesla, ahead of schedule, and now will enable to better utilize solar generation as well perform grid balancing functions.Tesla ESS .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Source: pv-magazine-australia.com 3/3 The two grid-scale batteries managed by EnergyAustralia, Ballarat and Gannawarra, is an important step toward modernising Australia’s energy system and keeping customers’ lights on. pic.twitter.com/TXEcK2dfI8— EnergyAustralia (@EnergyAustralia) November 16, 2018 Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 16, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News The ESS is operated by EnergyAustralia, which teamed up Edify Energy, Tesla and WIRSOL Energy.According to reports, the 50 GWh system is the biggest battery ESS at a solar installation in Australia.50 MWh of Powerpack storage linked with the Gannawarra Solar Farm now supporting the grid in Victoria, Australia pic.twitter.com/hKirS3ue7U— Tesla (@Tesla) November 15, 2018 Tesla Scores Big Powerpack Project In Australia In Q3 2018 Tesla Deployed 239 MWh Of ESS And 93 MW Of Solar Tesla Powerpack System To Save United Power Customers $1 Million A Yearlast_img read more

Tesla driver unsuccessfully tries to get out of tickets using Autopilot defense

first_imgSource: Charge Forward A Tesla Model X driver in the Netherlands tried to use Autopilot as a defense in court to get out of tickets for driving while using a mobile device.A judge has ruled against him confirming that the driver is responsible even when driving with Tesla’s Autopilot on. more…The post Tesla driver unsuccessfully tries to get out of tickets using Autopilot defense appeared first on Electrek.last_img