Medicare Health Law Part Of Obama Romney Pitches For Votes

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. In the campaign’s final days, President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney deliver closing arguments about their health care positions, among other issues.Los Angeles Times: Romney Resumes Criticizing Obama On The StumpWith five days to go until election day, Romney said voters faced a clear choice, and painted a dim picture of the nation’s future if Obama were reelected – seniors unable to find doctors who were taking additional Medicare patients, middle-aged Americans seeing stagnant wages, annual trillion-dollar debts (Mehta, 11/1).The Washington Post: Obama Returns To Campaign Trail To Deliver Closing Argument In Whirlwind, Multi-State TripRepublican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spent the day in the battleground state of Virginia, where he hammered home the central theme of his closing argument to voters: that he is a champion of business whose policies would usher in new jobs and rising incomes for America’s workers and entrepreneurs. … Then [Obama] ticked off more policies he said Romney would pursue that did not represent change: rolling back Wall Street reform, giving a tax cut to the wealthy and overturning the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature health-care reform legislation. “Turning Medicare into a voucher system is change, but we don’t want that kind of change,” Obama said (Nakamura, 11/1).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama Harkens Back To The Past And Pitches Change In Closing Argument To VotersObama blitzed Thursday from Wisconsin to Nevada to Colorado, where he wrapped up his day with a 10,000-person rally in Boulder. The president acknowledged that many Americans may be “frustrated” that change hasn’t come fast enough. To them, Obama offered a new definition of change that included passing the health care overhaul, bailing out the auto industry, ending the Iraq war and putting the U.S. military on a path to leave Afghanistan (11/2).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Former CEO Romney Would Enter White House With Broad Agenda, Focus On Data Over IdeologyShould he prevail Tuesday, Mitt Romney would bring a CEO’s eye to the White House and a policy agenda based on a general set of principles and focused more on data than ideology. … Chief on the “To-Do” list, out of necessity: dealing with the so-called fiscal cliff of tax increases and budget cuts. He also promises to start repealing and replacing the president’s signature health care law and overhauling the nation’s tax system. And he would likely have to work with a divided Congress to accomplish it all (11/2).NPR: Romney’s Baffling Claim About Medicare Pay Cuts For DoctorsHealth care in general — and Medicare, in particular — have been big parts of this year’s presidential campaign. But over the last couple of weeks, Republican Mitt Romney has been making a new claim that doesn’t quite clear the accuracy bar. It has to do with $716 billion in Medicare reductions over 10 years included in the federal health law, the Affordable Care Act. And it’s become a standard part of Romney’s stump speech (Rovner, 11/2).ABC: Obama, Biden Now Sing Different Tune On Medicare ‘Cuts’Democrats have defended the $716 billion in Medicare savings in the health care law by arguing that seniors would not be affected because  the only spending cuts would be in future payments made to Medicare providers — there would be no cuts whatsoever to actual Medicare benefits. But in 2005, then Sens. Joe Biden and Barack Obama had an entirely different view of spending reductions to Medicare providers. First, some context: The $716 billion in Medicare cost savings in the health care law includes $415 billion in reduced future payments to providers (primarily hospitals, Medicare Advantage, home care, and about $20 billion in fraud prevention). These are only “cuts” in the way Washington defines “cuts” — the payments to providers continue to rise, but at a slower rate (Karl, 11/1).Detroit Free Press: As Election Draws Near, President Barack Obama Expands Lead In MichiganPresident Barack Obama heads into the final weekend of the campaign with a 6-percentage-point lead in Michigan over Republican rival Mitt Romney, a new Free Press/WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) poll shows. The survey suggests that the Democratic incumbent has regained some momentum heading into Tuesday’s election. Obama had 48% support to Romney’s 42%. Ten percent of likely voters were undecided or chose a third-party candidate. … Three-quarters of Romney’s supporters considered themselves enthusiastic — about the same as the number for Obama. Obama got higher marks in the poll on issues such as protecting Social Security and Medicare; making health care available to everyone, and handling the war in Afghanistan. Romney, who made a fortune in private equity and venture capital, slightly topped the president — 46%-44% — on handling the economy and creating jobs (Spangler, 11/1).The New York Times’ The Caucus: In Swing States, Obama Leads On Handling MedicarePresident Obama continues to lead Mitt Romney on the question of who would better handle Medicare in the crucial swing states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia, recent polls of likely voters in all three states found. But as Election Day nears Mr. Romney has narrowed the gap in Florida and Virginia. A series of Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News polls released this week found that while Mr. Romney still trails Mr. Obama on Medicare in all three states, he has made up ground in Florida and Virginia (Cooper and Kopicki, 11/1).The Washington Post: Michael Bloomberg Endorses ObamaNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama on Thursday, citing climate change as the primary factor and Hurricane Sandy as the event that impelled him to make a choice. The mayor also cited the education competition Race to the Top, health-care reform, gay marriage and abortion rights as reasons to vote for Obama (Weiner, 11/1).The Wall Street Journal: Union Is Top Spender For DemocratsThe Service Employees International Union has emerged as the top outside spender on Democratic campaigns this year, surpassing even President Barack Obama’s main super PAC. SEIU has had particular success in recent years in organizing workers in the health-care and service industries. About half of its members work in health care, including everything from janitors and nurses to home-care workers and security officers. The union’s membership of 2.1 million is up from 1.6 million 10 years ago, even after it lost some during the economic downturn (Trottman and Mullins, 11/1).Medscape Today: The Last Medscape 2012 Election SurveyWhen looking at how the responses trended, the surveys suggest that, like the general electorate, healthcare providers’ opinions on President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney have shifted over time — sometimes dramatically. The surveys provide insight into what healthcare professionals think about the platforms of the presidential candidates and highlight the role of healthcare in the upcoming election (Peckham, 11/1). Medicare, Health Law Part Of Obama, Romney Pitches For Voteslast_img read more

First Edition February 24 2014

first_imgFirst Edition: February 24, 2014 Today’s headlines include continuing coverage of Medicare Advantage payment rates, as well as a range of stories about the health law’s Medicaid expansion and online insurance marketplaces.  Kaiser Health News: Impact Of Medicare Advantage Cuts On Seniors Sharply DisputedKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewtiz reports: “The health insurance industry points to these examples as some of the more extreme cases of beneficiaries feeling the sting of federal funding cuts to Medicare Advantage plans that cover nearly 16 million senior citizens. They say the Obama administration’s additional proposed 1.9 percent in cuts to the plans for 2015, which was announced Friday, will mean millions more will see reductions in benefits and higher out-of-pocket costs. But health policy experts and advocates for seniors say most Medicare health plans have largely kept costs and benefits stable and believe the industry is scaring seniors unnecessarily” (Galewitz, 2/23). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Obama Administration Proposes 1.9% Cut In Medicare Advantage PaymentsKaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey reports: “Late Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced proposed rates that officials said could mean payment reductions of 1.9 percent for the private plans in the program. But insurers, who have led a fierce lobbying campaign against payment reductions, say the Medicare Advantage plans would sustain a far deeper cut. That’s because the lower payment rates will be combined with new health law fees on health plans, a phase-out of the ‘star rating’ system that helped buffer the reductions for Medicare Advantage plans in prior years and Medicare cuts in the automatic federal spending cuts known as ‘sequestration'” (Carey, 2/24). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Medicare Data Show Wide Differences In ACOs’ Patient CareKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: “The release is the first public numbers from Medicare of how patient care is being affected by specific networks. These accountable care organizations, or ACOs, are among the most prominent of Medicare’s experiments in changing the ways physicians and health care facilities work together and are paid. The ACOs will be able to keep some of the money they save, but they also take on some of the financial risk if their patients end up being costly” (Rau, 2/21). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: 40 Percent Of Enrollees Through eHealth Website Are Young AdultsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Julie Appleby reports: “Private online marketplace eHealth reported that the percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 34 who applied for coverage through the firm’s website in the last quarter of 2013 was well above the 25 percent rate cited by the Obama administration for enrollments through sites run by the states and the federal government” (Appleby, 2/21). Check out what else is on the blog.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy headlines, including reports about proposed Medicare Advantage rates (2/23).Politico: Obamacare Stats Still Hard To Nail DownThe truth is, nobody has a good, real-time fix on how successful the Affordable Care Act has been in reducing the ranks of the uninsured. The Obama administration hasn’t been able to say how many of the 3.3 million people who have signed up for private health insurance coverage, or of the 6.3 million who have been determined eligible for Medicaid, were actually uninsured before — and health care experts aren’t sure yet, either (Nather, 2/23).Politico: The Politics Of Obamacare DelaysBy now, the pattern is pretty clear: Obamacare deadlines don’t stick. …. The unanswered question is, does the extra time create more hassles than benefits for those affected – and is the goalpost-moving worth the political headaches it creates for the Obama administration? Because undeniably, every time the Obama administration bends a deadline for the Affordable Care Act — delaying the employer mandate for the second time, putting off parts of the enrollment launch, or giving customers just a little more time to sign up — it fuels the perception that the administration is just winging it, and gives Republicans new fodder to accuse the White House of rewriting laws too casually. That doesn’t mean the busted deadlines always matter in the real world, though (Nather, 2/21).The Washington Post: Health Care Law’s Small-Business Marketplace Not Attracting Many Small BusinessesSmall-business owners, who were supposed to gain more choices and cheaper rates from the new online-health-insurance portals, have been slow to select plans through marketplaces since the rollout started last fall. In part, some say, that is because luring employers to the marketplaces has taken a back seat to fixing technical problems and recruiting individuals and families. As a result, businesses in many states have been left with an online-shopping portal that is only partially functional — if they have one at all (Harrison, 2/23).The Wall Street Journal: Finding the Right Health Plan, OnlineUnder the Affordable Care Act, just about everyone must apply for health insurance by March 31 or possibly pay a penalty. As the deadline nears, there are new tools consumers can turn to that might make finding the right plan easier and cheaper. One of them is healthplanratings.org. Run by the not-for-profit Consumers’ Checkbook, the free website launched in Illinois this month. Its operators hope it will become a model for innovation in other states. … Of course, the main place for most consumers to shop for insurance will be the federal marketplace at HealthCare.gov and state marketplaces (Johnson, 2/23).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Obama’s Claim That 7 Million Got ‘Access To Health Care For The First Time’ Because Of His Medicaid ExpansionThe Fact Checker has written several times about the fuzziness of the Medicaid numbers issued by the Obama administration. But it is like playing whack-a-mole. Every time we rap someone for getting it wrong, the same problem pops up someplace else (Kessler, 2/24).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Governors: ‘Obamacare’ Here To StayThe explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America’s governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay. While governors from Connecticut to Louisiana sparred Sunday over how best to improve the nation’s economy, governors of both parties shared a far more pragmatic outlook on the controversial program known as “Obamacare” as millions of their constituents begin to be covered (2/23).The Washington Post: Virginia And Other States Wrestle With Whether To Expand Medicaid Under Affordable Care ActIt was a purely symbolic vote, but Gov. Terry McAuliffe desperately wanted it to go his way. The Democratic governor summoned at least four Republican delegates to his office one by one last week, twisting their arms to support expanding Medicaid in a floor vote the GOP was forcing just for show (Vozzella, 2/23). The Associated Press: Poor Floridians Fall Into Medical Expansion GapRoughly 1 million uninsured Floridians who repeatedly heard affordable health insurance was just around the corner for them thanks to President Barack Obama’s new law are finding a harsh reality — they’re too poor to qualify.The Florida House voted last year not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act because of fears that it could eventually cost the state hundreds of millions annually, meaning those earning below the poverty line, $11,490 for an individual or $23,550 for a family of four, aren’t eligible for tax credits through the online marketplace. Without those tax credits, most people living below the poverty line can’t afford coverage (Kennedy, 2/23).The Washington Post: Maryland Haws Achieved Its Health Insurance Enrollment Goal, Thanks To A Research Error For months, it looked like Maryland would barely meet, or even miss, the first enrollment goal for its new health insurance exchange. But it turns out the goal was based on flawed data, and the state’s new goal is one that it has already beat. Instead of signing up 260,000 Marylanders for private plans or Medicaid during the first enrollment period, as was the original goal, the state is only expected to get 160,000, according to a letter the exchange’s interim executive director received from researchers Friday. So far, sign-ups tally nearly 190,000 (Johnson, 2/23). The Associated Press/Washington Post: Md. Resets Goal For Health Insurance Enrollment Instead of signing up 260,000 Maryland residents for private insurance or Medicaid during the first enrollment period, the state is now expected to enroll 160,000 residents. So far, Maryland has signed up nearly 190,000 people. The new goal is detailed in a letter the exchange’s interim director received from researchers Friday (2/23). Politico: Shumlin: ‘Websites Get Fixed’ Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the problems with the Affordable Care Act rollout are getting fixed – and that Republicans were boxing themselves in politically by focusing on failures instead of the successes. “Websites get fixed. We’re fixing ours. They’re fixing theirs. The federal exchange is working better,” the Democratic governor said on “Fox News Sunday.” … Sitting on a panel with Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Shumlin said the refusal of some GOP governors – including Walker – to accept federal money was driven solely by animus towards President Barack Obama (Tau, 2/23).The Wall Street Journal: Court Rules Against Notre Dame In Contraception CaseA federal appeals court Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a legal proceeding claiming the Obama administration’s contraception-coverage requirement is forcing it to violate its religious beliefs (Radnofsky and Kendall, 2/21).The Wall Street Journal: Government Proposes Cuts To Insurers’ Medicare PaymentsFederal regulators proposed cuts to payments for insurers that run private Medicare plans, with some analysts saying the reductions appeared steeper than they had projected. The stakes on such changes are high for many health insurers, which count on Medicare dollars for a substantial chunk of their earnings (Mathews, 2/21).The Associated Press/Washington Post: GOP Intent On Highlighting Health Care WoesHouse Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama’s health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds. Maryland’s online health care exchange has been plagued by computer glitches since its rollout last year, reflected in abysmal enrollment numbers well below projections through January. The state’s lone Republican in Congress, Rep. Andy Harris, has asked the inspector general of the federal Health and Human Services Department to investigate (2/24). The Associated Press: Early House Race Tests Obamacare As Election IssueThe candidates are Alex Sink, Democrat, and David Jolly, Republican, but Obamacare is on the ballot in a big way in a competitive House race in Florida that offers a preview of the nationwide campaign for Congress this fall. Republicans and their allies wouldn’t have it any other way as they test the issue’s potency, even though their candidate may muddle the message, and other issues like Social Security may command a bigger role in deciding the winner. … The candidates took different paths to their March 11 matchup to serve out the term of the late Republican Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, who died last fall (Espo, 2/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Medicare Advantage Plans May Face CutsCuts are on the table next year for Medicare Advantage plans, the Obama administration says. The politically dicey move affecting a private insurance alternative highly popular with seniors immediately touched off an election-year fight. The announcement gave new ammunition to Republican critics of President Barack Obama’s health care law, while disappointing some Democratic senators who had called on the administration to hold rates steady. Insurers are still hoping to whittle back the cuts or dodge them altogether (2/22). The Wall Street Journal: Pediatrics Group Balks At Rise Of Retail Health ClinicsRetail health clinics that are popping up in drugstores and other outlets shouldn’t be used for children’s primary-care needs, the American Academy of Pediatrics said, arguing that such facilities don’t provide the continuity of care that pediatricians do. While retail clinics may be more convenient and less costly, the AAP said they are detrimental to the concept of a “medical home,” where patients have a personal physician who knows them well and coordinates all their care (Beck and Martin, 2/24). The Wall Street Journal: How To Bring The Price Of Health Care Into The OpenWith outrage growing over incomprehensible medical bills and patients facing a higher share of the costs, momentum is building for efforts to do just that. Price transparency, as it is known, is common in most industries but rare in health care, where “charges,” “prices,” “rates” and “payments” all have different meanings and bear little relation to actual costs (Beck, 2/23). The Wall Street Journal: Palliative Care Gains Favor As It Lowers CostsInsurers are establishing programs that give the sickest patients the chance to receive extra care for their pain, suffering and emotional needs, in a move that turns out to cut spending substantially (Rockoff, 2/23). The New York Times: Plan To Limit Some Drugs in Medicare Is CriticizedAn alliance of drug companies and patient advocates, joined by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, is fiercely opposing an Obama administration proposal that would allow insurers to limit Medicare coverage for certain classes of drugs, including those used to treat depression and schizophrenia. Opponents warn that the proposal, if enacted, could harm patients. Federal officials say it would lower costs and reduce overuse of the drugs. The proposed rule, which would lift a requirement that insurers cover “all or substantially all” drugs in certain treatment areas, is just one of a series of changes to the drug program that are being opposed by the unlikely alliance (Thomas and Pear, 2/21).The New York Times: Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions[Gov. Scott] Walker’s landmark law — called Act 10 — severely restricted the power of public-employee unions to bargain collectively … All over the state, public executives are exercising new authority. Instead of raising teachers’ salaries, the Mequon-Thiensville School District, near Milwaukee, froze them for two years, saving $560,000. It saved an additional $400,000 a year by increasing employee contributions for health care, said its superintendent, Demond Means (Greenhouse, 2/22).The Washington Post: Work Limits May Be Easing For Va. Adjunct College Instructors; Federal Health Law At IssueVirginia’s limits on the work schedule of part-time college instructors, imposed last year to minimize health insurance expenses of public community colleges under the Affordable Care Act, appear to be easing for at least some of the adjunct professors (Anderson, 2/21). Los Angeles Times: Actors Draw Med School Students Into Caregiver RoleDavid Solomon lay in bed, a sheet draped over his legs. His darkened bedroom was silent, except for the ticking of a clock on the wall. A box of tissues sat on a bedside table; a Hebrew-and-English siddur, or prayer book, rested on his lap.The cancer that the 70-year-old cosmetics merchant had held at bay for 12 years was no longer responding to chemo. His breathing was labored, and his morphine-addled gaze wandered. It took all his effort to focus on the white-jacketed medical student who stood next to him (Brown, 2/24). Los Angeles Times: Mysterious Polio-Like Illnesses Reported In Some California ChildrenA small number of children in California have come down with polio-like illnesses since 2012 — suffering paralysis in one or more limbs and other symptoms — and physicians and public health officials do not yet know why.A virus may play a role, said Dr. Carol Glaser, leader of a California Department of Public Health team investigating the illnesses, which are occurring sporadically throughout the state (Brown, 2/23). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Calif Website Will Help Consumers With Health Care Comparison Shopping

first_img Los Angeles Times: Consumers Can Check Medical Prices, Quality Scores On New State Website California Department of Insurance officials have announced a new website that will enable consumers to comparison-shop for health insurance. It’s a collaborative effort between the CDI, UC-San Francisco and Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit magazine that conducts consumer product testing and research. The project is federally funded through the Affordable Care Act, CDI officials said. (Gorn, 9/21) The site, California Healthcare Compare, was created by UC-San Francisco researchers and Consumer Reports for the state insurance agency with a federal grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The site provides information on quality for five common conditions or procedures: childbirth, hip and knee replacement, colon cancer screening, diabetes, and back pain. And it gives cost information — by county for 100 procedures, ranging from treating a broken ankle to cancer chemotherapy. (Feder Ostrov, 9/21) California Healthline: Website Will Compare Health Insurance Lifting some of the secrecy surrounding California healthcare, state officials unveiled a website where consumers can look up average prices for common medical procedures — as well as quality scores for providers. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, consumer advocates and researchers hailed the online tool launched Monday as the first step in prying more detailed prices from insurers, hospitals and doctors so patients facing high deductibles can find the best deal. (Terhune, 9/21) center_img Kaiser Health News: Attention Shoppers: New Calif. Website Details Costs, Quality Of Medical Procedures Calif. Website Will Help Consumers With Health Care Comparison Shopping The site, created by UC-San Francisco researchers and Consumer Reports for the state insurance agency, provides information on average costs for common conditions and procedures, as well as quality scores for providers. 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

MedTech Firms Strong Cash Flows Lead To Deals New Venture Capital SpinOff

first_img Bloomberg: Index Ventures Spins Off Biotech Investment Arm Into New Firm Bloomberg: Health Care Costs Continue Driving Deals For Med-Tech Companies Gilead Sciences Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Martin, under whom the company developed one of the fastest-selling drugs of all time, will step down and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer John Milligan. Martin, 64, will remain as executive chairman. He has served as CEO since 1996, a year when the company’s total market valuation, about $1 billion, was less than the company’s two blockbuster hepatitis C treatments now bring in in a single month. (Armstrong, 1/30) Index Ventures, best known for funding startups like Skype and the creator of the Candy Crush Saga online game, is spinning off its biotechnology investments into a new venture-capital firm. The separation highlights the success of Index’s approach to the biotechnology industry: investing in early-stage companies focused on one product. That has cut in half the time needed to reach a return on the investment, as it quickly becomes apparent whether the product will succeed or fail. (Hallam, 2/2) Index Ventures, an early investor in technology hits like Skype and Dropbox, is spinning off its biotech portfolio into a new $1 billion (695 million pounds) business, with backing from drug giants GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson. The new Medicxi Ventures business will be led by the existing life sciences team from Index Ventures and includes all the current biotech portfolio companies. Medicxi said on Tuesday it had raised 210 million euros ($229 million) for a new fund focused on early-stage life sciences investments in Europe, with GSK and J&J each contributing 25 percent. (2/2) Medical-device companies, under pressure from hospitals and health insurers to keep expenses down, are capitalizing on strong cash flows and the stumbling stock market to beef up cost-controlling technologies that may be critical to maintaining growth. Three of the biggest makers of medical technology, Medtronic Plc, Abbott Laboratories and Stryker Corp., announced acquisitions Monday that target improved health-care efficiency and quality. Each of the deals bolsters the acquirers’ offerings in ways that address the needs of doctors and hospitals to control spending while reducing errors and waste. (Cortez and Lauerman, 2/1) Reuters: GSK And J&J Back $1 Billion Biotech Spin-Off From Index Ventures center_img Med-Tech Firm’s Strong Cash Flows Lead To Deals; New Venture Capital Spin-Off To Take Over Biotech Investments Also in the news, Gilead Sciences Inc. CEO John Martin will step down and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer John Milligan. Bloomberg: TE Connectivity To Buy Permira’s Creganna For $895 Million Bloomberg: Gilead CEO Martin To Step Down, Will Be Replaced By COO TE Connectivity Ltd., a maker of equipment used in harsh environments, agreed to buy health-care device company Creganna Medical from buyout firm Permira Advisers for $895 million in cash. Creganna, based in Ireland, designs and makes gear for medical-device manufacturers. The company had sales of about $250 million last year, TE Connectivity said. (Serafino, 2/1) 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

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 – Everything you

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think. 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. Nintendo revealed during its E3 2019 Direct presentation that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is already in the works for the Nintendo Switch just two years after the original’s release.We don’t know much about the upcoming sequel just yet, but a trailer did offer a sneak peek at what the story and adventure could entail.Look below for everything we know about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, including our own wishlist for the game.Related: Best Switch Games 2019The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date – when is it coming out?While Nintendo did confirm The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is in production right now, there wasn’t even a whiff of a release date.Expect the Breath of the Wild sequel to be a long way off launch. It’s going to be a number of years until you’ll be able to start exploring the huge world of Hyrule again.Related: Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch DealsThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer – How does it look?While we didn’t receive an official title to the upcoming sequel, we saw a beautiful, gloomy trailer that saw Link and Zelda investigating a strange supernatural occurrence potentially below Hyrule Castle.Sporting the same engine that powered the first game, it looks positively gorgeous. In the clip we see our two heroes come across a haunted tree of sorts housing a decayed corpse with an amulet around its neck looking ominously towards them. It’s evident something very, very bad is going down in Hyrule. The dessicated body very much looks like Ganon – but this game takes place after Ganon has already been banished from the land by the Hero of Time. Perhaps some other dark force returning from an older title – like Twilight Princess’s Zant, or Skyward Sword’s Demise – or a new adversary is behind this threat. Who or whatever’s pulling the strings, Link and Zelda clearly can’t catch a break.Both Link and Zelda play a prominent part in the trailer, enraptured by whatever spooky occurrence has befallen them. It seems that whatever they encounter has a major impact on the land of Hyrule, perhaps flooding it with monsters and demons we must content with.Related: Animal Crossing: New HorizonsThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 wishlist – What we want to seeNew-look HyruleJudging from the trailer, Breath of the Wild 2 looks to be set in the same Hyrule not long after the events of the first game. As great as exploring this vast and ruined land was in Breath of the Wild, revisiting the same massive map in the sequel could well be very boring, unless the environment is substantially changed.We’re betting we’ll see the same map, but altered, either by repair efforts or changed by the evil energy we saw in the trailer. Perhaps that could bring with it more enemies, new items and new-ish locations?Darker storyThe trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 hints at a  darker shift than what we saw with the original. The sequel looks like its adopting a dramatic tone shift similarly to how the creepy Marora’s Mask succeeded Ocarina of Time.While The Legend of Zelda games don’t usually have much of a focus on story beyond Link going on an adventure and defeating evil, it will still be interesting to see whether Nintendo will introduce more mature or darker themes than we’re used to with the franchise.Playable ZeldaLink wasn’t alone when he discovered the evil force lurking below Hyrule castle, as Zelda was right by his side. While we’re used to seeing Zelda as a damsel in distress, she could finally become a fully playable heroine this time round, or even as an optional playable character.There may be more weight to this hope than pure speculation, as Zelda’s attire certainly suggests she’ll be going on an adventure instead of sitting safely on her throne in Hyrule castle. Some have speculated you won’t get the opportunity to play as Link at all, as you’ll instead play as Zelda to rescue the boy wonder. Oh how the tables would turn.More and/or bigger dungeonsWhile the original Breath of the Wild had over a hundred of puzzle-filled Shrines scattered across Hyrule, there weren’t many large dungeon environments to explore. The four Divine Beasts at least offered a taste of what Zelda dungeons can offer, but they were rather short and focused more on one large puzzle and a boss battles than the labyrinthine temples and dungeons of previous titles.With a familiar albeit potentially darker Hyrule appearing to be the setting for the sequel, dungeons would fit in very well indeed. Taking us to new subterranean locations would remove the potential boredom of literally going over old ground, as well as scratching an itch that was absent from the last title.We’ve got every single one of our fingers crossed in hope that The Legend of Zelda series will return to its original template for the next instalment.Are you excited for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

Morgan Stanley sees recession within year if trade war gets any worse

first_imgMorgan Stanley sees recession within year if trade war gets any worse Last time the world economy looked like it does now was at the start of 2016 — which was followed by a global slowdown Sponsored By: Bloomberg News Wall Street’s biggest banks are lining up to warn investors of growing recession risks from the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.Reuters/Jason Lee/File Join the conversation → Comment Facebook Twitter Featured Stories ← Previous Next → More advertisement Wall Street’s biggest banks lined up to warn investors of growing recession risks from the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.A global recession could start within nine months if President Donald Trump imposes 25 per cent tariffs on an additional US$300 billion of Chinese exports and Beijing retaliates, according to Morgan Stanley. Separately, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said the probability of a U.S. recession in the second half of this year had risen to 40 per cent from 25 per cent a month ago.“Recent conversations with investors have reinforced the sense that markets are underestimating the impact of trade tensions,” Chetan Ahya, chief economist at Morgan Stanley, wrote in a report. “Investors are generally of the view that the trade dispute could drag on for longer, but they appear to be overlooking its potential impact on the global macro outlook.”Such warnings may set the tone for financial markets and will inform this week’s gathering in Japan of the Group of 20 finance chiefs. The potential for a marked slowdown in the world economy was underscored Monday by weakening manufacturing gauges across Asia.“Global growth now looks likely to slip below trend for the rest of this year,” JPMorgan Chief Economist Bruce Kasman and colleagues wrote in a report.Also sounding the alert, economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said they now expect the U.S. to impose 10 per cent tariffs on the remaining US$300 billion-worth of imports from China and on all Mexican goods, too. The bank lowered its U.S. second-half growth forecast by about half a percentage point to 2 per cent and said its sees a greater likelihood of interest-rate cuts from the Federal Reserve.Related Stories:Asian shares creep higher as wary investors await U.S. data, earningsGLOBAL ECONOMY-Asia’s factories falter in June, trade truce fails to brighten outlookAsian shares, dollar brace for China GDP“While it is a close call, the outlook has not yet changed enough for cuts to become our baseline forecast,” Goldman analysts led by Chief Economist Jan Hatzius said in a note.The rift between the Trump administration and China has escalated as each side blames the other for the breakdown in talks. The trade war is also taking on a global dimension amid simmering tensions between the U.S. and the European Union, while Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on Mexican goods in response to illegal immigration.Morgan Stanley’s Ahya advised clients that if the conflict continues, growth will suffer as costs increase, customer demand slows, and companies reduce capital spending.Analysts at Citigroup Inc. recommended investors buy U.S. Treasuries, noting the last time the world economy looked as it does now was at the start of 2016 — which was followed by a meaningful slowdown worldwide.“That episode may provide a useful blueprint for the coming months,” said Mark Schofield, Citigroup’s director of macro strategy. “The U.S. economy has been resilient up to now, however, persistent themes of softening tailwinds in the form of declining fiscal stimulus and strengthening headwinds in the form of trade tensions and China slowdown, are a threat.”Bloomberg.com June 3, 20198:31 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Email Recommended For YouAll 23 crew of seized British-operated tanker are safe -Iranian TVOptiv Security Brings Cybersecurity Innovation to Dallas-Fort WorthThe storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them throughTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know it Share this storyMorgan Stanley sees recession within year if trade war gets any worse Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation 2 Comments William Mathis and Enda Curran last_img read more

Brookfield shuns eatwhatyoukill in quest to transform private equity unit into giant

first_img Email Sponsored By: 2 Comments Share this storyBrookfield shuns ‘eat-what-you-kill’ in quest to transform private equity unit into giant Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn March 27, 20192:36 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Comment Recommended For YouAfter Taiwan buys arms, China holds military drills on southeast coastHong Kong protesters, police clash as demonstrations target Chinese tradersCuba hopes for slight growth as Trump pummels Caribbean islandBarneys New York explores options that include bankruptcy-sourcesSaudi Arabia raises local gasoline prices Featured Stories Reddit What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation More Facebook Scott Deveau Brookfield shuns ‘eat-what-you-kill’ in quest to transform private equity unit into giant Brookfield aims to build a private-equity juggernaut with a distinctly non-Wall Street feel Brookfield Asset Management Inc. aims to build a private-equity juggernaut with a distinctly non-Wall Street feel.An ethos of collaboration is deeply rooted in the 120-year-old Canadian firm and permeates its open-floor offices worldwide, top executives say.“It’s the opposite of an eat-what-you-kill mentality,” Ron Bloom, a managing partner in Brookfield’s private equity group, said in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. “Collaboration is the norm. People who aren’t willing to work collaboratively just don’t like it.” Brookfield buys most of Oaktree in $4.8 billion deal to build juggernaut to rival Blackstone Brookfield weighs potential bid for Dutch Royal KPN phone company Brookfield in talks to invest in Dubai property developer Meraas That culture is getting tested as the Toronto-based company sets out to transform its $42 billion private-equity business, now its smallest, into a giant. Brookfield, which also has real estate, infrastructure and renewable energy divisions, added to its quiver by agreeing earlier this month to buy Oaktree Capital Group, mostly a credit shop.In the Canadian firm’s build-out of its traditional buyout business, it’s squaring off against several rivals with more than US$60 billion each dedicated to private equity as of the fourth quarter.“The big risk is that it’s a pretty competitive space these days,” said Devin Dodge, an analyst with Bank of Montreal in Toronto. Brookfield has “a great track record but in order to really beef up the scale, obviously you need to find larger deals.”Name RecognitionCyrus Madon, who heads Brookfield’s private equity, says he expects his division to eventually rival any other at the company. Real estate is the largest, with US$188 billion in assets.For the build-out, Madon can commit capital from Brookfield’s balance sheet, raise outside money and tap more than 180 professionals in North and South America, Europe, Australia, India, China and Japan to help make acquisitions.Brookfield victories in a number of competitive deals have helped raise its profile as well, Madon said during the interview. It won the bidding for the car-battery division of Johnson Controls International Plc in November for US$13.2 billion and hospital operator Healthscope Ltd. in January for about US$3.1 billion.“Compared to 20 years ago, we have far more name recognition,” said Madon, who has been with the firm since 1998. “The fact that our other businesses are global leaders positions us well in private equity to become a global leader as well.”Raising a FundThe firm has a ways to go to reach that goal. It’s now raising its next private equity fund, which is expected to be about US$9 billion, Bloomberg has reported. The first close occurred at US$7 billion, Brookfield said in February. The private equity division has posted gross returns of 29 per cent, the firm also announced.With the industry sitting on more than US$1 trillion of undeployed capital as of September in a market with high assets prices, spending that money has become trickier.“There is a lot of dry powder, and the market is always competitive,” Mark Weinberg, another managing partner in the group, said during the interview. “But you have to focus on your competitive advantage.”For Brookfield, that means engaging in the unglamorous work of improving the operations of the assets it buys. Weinberg pointed to Brookfield’s acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Co. out of bankruptcy last year for US$4.6 billion as an example.War RoomBefore buying the former nuclear powerhouse, Brookfield drew on the expertise of its bankruptcy restructuring, infrastructure and energy businesses to assemble a group from around the globe in the “war room.”They looked at every nuclear reactor that Westinghouse, a fuel and technology supplier, did business with to determine the health of its customer base. They also developed a strategy for the company to refocus its efforts on reducing bottlenecks, chasing profitability over market share and sales, and getting out of reactor construction that led to its bankruptcy.“The model of deal guy buying the company and giving the keys to the operating guy once the deal is done, is the opposite of what we do,” Weinberg said. “We lead from operations.”As Brookfield expands its buyout business, Madon says, it’s particularly interested in places like Brazil or India, where troubled financial institutions are putting stress on the system and forcing companies to sell assets to pay down debt.What’s not changing at Brookfield is its culture, Bloom says.“Our young folk are as ambitious as anywhere,” the managing partner said. “But they are prepared to exercise their initiative in a collaborative way. Other people aren’t and that’s fine. But they’re not the men and women we’re going to hire.”Bloomberg.com ← Previous Next → Join the conversation → Bloomberg News Twitter Bruce Flatt, chief executive officer of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg advertisementlast_img read more

Tesla made it easier to reset Autopilot nag with latest software update

Tesla has been tuning its Autopilot alerts, more commonly known as ‘nag’ in the Tesla community, in recent software updates.Now the company made it easier for drivers to make the nag go away when not holding the steering the wheel. more… Source: Charge Forward

Hispano Suiza Teases Revival With Electric Supercar For Geneva

first_img Ferrari Says It Will Be First To Make True Electric Supercar Source: Electric Vehicle News Pagani Plans Electric Supercar This Volvo Electric Supercar Should Be Reality The Spanish automaker is keeping quiet for now, other than releasing a shadowy teaser.Hispano Suiza was a Spanish firm that specialized in creating lavish luxury cars and aircraft engines in the early 20th century. Now, the historic name is preparing for a return next year by debuting a new electric supercar at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.More Supercars Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 31, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Judging by its shape, the revived Hispano Suiza puts a much bigger emphasis on being a sporty machine, rather than the original model’s focus on luxury. Three arches make up the design that include arcs in the silhouette for the hood, passenger compartment, and rear deck.Miguel Suqué Mateu, great-grandson of Hispano Suiza’s original founder, is the firm’s current president. “Back in 1900, when Hispano Suiza started, it built the first electric car in the world, but the prototype was never industrially manufactured,” he said in the new model’s teaser. “Now, 119 years later, in March 2019, Hispano Suiza has its first 100% electric car, offering great performance and manufactured in Barcelona, the realization of my great grandfather’s dream.”One of Hispano Suiza’s biggest original innovations was developing a cast aluminum engine block with steel cylinder liners that created a lighter part than manufacturing the powerplant entirely out of steel or iron. The firm applied this philosophy to a variety of mills, including V8s, inline-sixes, and eventually a massive 9.5-liter V12.More recently, Hispano Suiza had a brief revival in 2010 when the company unveiled a supercar (gallery above) that used an Audi R8 as a starting point but fitted a completely different body using carbon fiber panels. The tweaks made the Hispano Suiza 66 pounds (30 kilograms) lighter than a road-going R8 V10. The standard 5.2-liter V10 received a pair of electrically driven superchargers that allowed the powerplant to make 740 horsepower (552 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. It allowed the coupe to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph (340 kph). Hispano Suiza sold these machines for 700,000 euros ($794,815 at current exchange rates). The total number of customer orders is a mystery, though.last_img read more

Volkswagen To Sell Subcompact Electric Crossover For 21000

first_img New Details Emerge On Volkswagen I.D. Hatch: 48-kWh Battery Or Bigger Volkswagen Reveals I.D. BUZZ CARGO Electric Van With 111-kWh Battery Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ And BUZZ Will Both Be Built In U.S. Also has a mid-size sedan and station wagon in the works.The future for Volkswagen is electric and involves a host of different models, not just the more recently publicized bunch that includes a hatchback (thought to be called the I.D. Neo), the I.D. Crozz, the I.D. Buzz, and the I.D. Vizzion. Word is, a super-affordable subcompact crossover is also in the works, as well as a mid-size sedan and station wagon. How super-affordable? How does $21,000 (18,000 euros) sound? That could go some way toward helping the company live up to its recently adopted “Electric For All!” campaign slogan.I.D., please. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Before we start popping bottles, a word of caution: this is neither an official announcement or a done deal, though we expect those hurdles will be cleared. Also, it’s quite likely we’re not talking about a sub-compact with the 258-mile range of the 64-kWh Hyundai Kona Electric (another sub-compact crossover), so adjust your expectations accordingly.If all works out, production of this all-electric would happen at the company’s Emden plant. That’s one of the two we were telling you about a couple days ago. Located in the north of the country, on the border with the Netherlands, the facility now pumps out the Passat. To successfully make the transition to an electric vehicle plant, the automaker has to get the union on board. To do that, it will have to offer enough jobs to make up for those lost.Though VW has targeted about 200,000 units per year of this more affordable crossover to be built, there will still be some additional capacity. So, to help keep too many hands from being idle, another vehicle is being mulled for the location — a mid-size all-electric called the I.D. Aero, which might be made in both sedan and station wagon configurations. You may remember we brought you news of this model a couple summers ago, though back then we understood it to be a coupe.We expect a little more clarity into the situation after a meeting of the automaker’s supervisory board, scheduled for the 16th of this month. That body is comprised of 40 members and includes union representatives who, we understand, can “block decisions.”Source: Bloomberglast_img read more

This Tesla Owner Builds All Sorts Of Interesting Electric Conversions

first_img*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Posted by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Check Out The World’s Best Classic Car Electric Conversions From top to bottom: Jonny’s 53 mile-per-hour electric water ski boat, Zero SR electric motorcycle, and electric snowplow/mower conversion (Source: Net Positive LLC)We set up a 6,000 square-foot demonstration home to prove that it’s possible to live on 100% solar electricity, including all transportation, recreation and air-conditioning. The success of our experiments and companies like Tesla, coupled with the environmental and political benefits are now changing the world..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%; }Above: A look at Jonny’s favorite project — the world’s fastest solar powered electric water ski boat (YouTube: New Positive LLC)Abundant, cheap, clean energy, better, safer, faster cars. The unlimited solar lifestyle is such a profound change to the old-world model of scarce fossil fuels, that this new way of life is fundamentally changing our way of thinking. We are demonstrating a better life, in a real world “net positive” condition, free from energy company and fossil fuel dependence.The future is bright. The future is NOW!===Source: Net Positive LLC*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Learn About The Dr. Frankenstein Of Tesla Vehicles TESLA OWNER TINKERS WITH ELECTRIC CONVERSION PROJECTSGuest Post: An owner of six Tesla vehicles over the past few years, Jonny Lee Tempest is an inventor, investor, retired Cirque Du Soleil Audio Engineer, certified Entertainment Electrician (ETCP-CEE) and member of MENSA. He’s EPA Green Certified and set up a YouTube channel to demonstrate his experiments.Check Out These Stories: Above: In Jonny’s driveway, all four production vehicles released by Tesla (Youtube: Net Positive LLC)Net+Positive (netpositive.co) is a non-profit for the advancement of clean energy.  We have designed and built the world’s fastest electric water ski boat, electric bikes and snowplow conversions. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 13, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News This Guy Can Fix Just About Any Tesla, Even If It’s Totaledlast_img read more

Electrek Podcast Tesla delivery and production numbers what to expect in 2019

first_imgThis week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s delivery and production numbers, what to expect in the EV world in 2019, the Polestar 2, and more. more…The post Electrek Podcast: Tesla delivery and production numbers, what to expect in 2019, Polestar 2, and more appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Porsche Taycan Owners Get 3 Years Of Free Electrify America Charging

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 28, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Electrify America Shuts Down All 150-350 kW Fast Chargers Over Safety Issue Source: Electric Vehicle News Electrify America’s plan is to install 484 ultra-fast charging stations with more than 2,000 individual chargers by July 1, 2019 under the first phase of the grand plan ordered after VW’s dieselgate scandal.more than 300 highway stations in 42 states (a minimum of two 350 kW chargers per site, with additional chargers delivering up to 150 kW)more than 180 sites in 17 metro areas (up to 150 kW)Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA said:“Every Porsche is a sports car with soul, and the Taycan is soul electrified. Together, Electrify America and our Porsche dealer network will provide a national infrastructure for DC fast charging that frees future Taycan owners from range anxiety. And Porsche home charging technology will turn the customer’s garage into the equivalent of a personal gas station.”The third part of the Porsche’s plan is home charging – the offer to be announced later this year.“Most cars spend 95 percent of their time parked at home or at work, so new charging options for the Taycan will include a Porsche-designed home system. Details of the system and installation options will follow soon.” Porsche will launch Taycan with a free charging package in the U.S.Porsche Cars North America announced an agreement with Electrify America (both part of Volkswagen Group) so that the Porsche Taycan model will come with three years of free charging (“unlimited 30-minute charging” sessions“) at Electrify America network in the U.S.Just 4 minute of charging will be enough to replenish up to 60 miles (96 km) of range at 350 kW station.The benefit will be included in the price of the car, of course. The price currently is $1.00 per session plus from $0.30 to $0.35 per minute. Idle fee is $0.40 per minute (if applicable).Owners of the Taycan will also get access to fast chargers at all 191 Porsche dealers in the U.S. More than 120 dealers will install Porsche Turbo Charging stations (up to 320 kW), while the rest will get base 50 kW chargers. The investment in charging infrastructure will be about $70 million, which is on average more than $350,000 per dealer. The first Porsche Turbo Chargers are already installed at the Porsche Experience Center (PEC) in Atlanta.See Also Porsche Taycan Production Reportedly Set For 40,000 Annually Porsche Taycan To Get 90-kWh Battery, Optional Heat Pumplast_img read more

2019 Audi etron First Impressions Everything You Need To Know

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News EV Range Test: Tesla Model X Vs. Audi e-tron & Jaguar I-Pace: Video Audi E-Tron Reservations Soar To 20,000: Deliveries Delayed Again We offer our exclusive Compare EVs page to help you compare electric vehicle details in one place. It’s a fantastic resource that isn’t available anywhere else on the internet. Pair it with a video like this and its well-organized accompanying text, and you’ve got just about everything you need to start the EV buying decision process.Once again, kudos to Sean for the continued hard work. We greatly appreciate it. Check out the video above and the details below.Video Description via Sean Mitchell (AllThingsEV.info) on YouTube:First impressions: Audi e-tronSize:It seems to be positioned size wise between the Q5 and Q7. The e-tron is shorter in length than the Q5, but not as wide or tall as the Q7 and Q8.e-tron: 193″ L x 76″ W x 66″ H (cm : 490 L x 193 W x 168 H)Q5: 184″ L x 75″ W x 65″ H (cm: 467 L x 191 W x 165 H)Q7: 200″ L x 78″ W x 69″ H (cm: 508 L x 198 W x 175 H)Q8: 197″ L x 79″ W x 67″ H (cm: 500 L x 200 W x 170 H)For comparisone-tron: 193″ L x 76″ W x 66″ H (cm : 490 L x 193 W x 168 H)Model X: 198″ L x 79″ W x 66″ H (cm: 503 L x 201 W x 168 H)Jaguar I-Pace: 184″ L x 75″ W x 61″ H (cm: 467 L x 191 W x 155 H)Design:It looks like an Audi. For someone coming from a petrol powered Audi, this car will look very familiar. They’ve kept a similar front grill, door handles, 10” (25 cm) infotainment display, MMI haptic feedback, MyAudi mobile app, Quattro AWD, and heads up display.Performance:150 kW DC charge rate95 kWh battery1,000 kWh of free charging through Electrify America’s fast-growing charging network0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in 5.5 sec5 level air suspension4,000 lbs towing capacity (1,814 kg)Total motor power output is 300 kW or ~400 horsiesAudi has not announced official EPA range but European WLTP range is said to be north of 249 miles (400 km). When Jaguar quoted their WLTP range at 292 miles (470 km), EPA range ended up being ~20% less. Using that same estimate, the e-tron would shake out to north of 200 miles (322 km) but likely not as high as 250 miles (402 km).Creature Comforts:Their top end e-tron package, Prestige, offers a host of creature comforts likeVentilated sears with massage functionTop grade leatherBang and Olufsen sound systemHeads up displayRetractable shade for the panoramic sun roofCustomizable accent lightingPricing:Pricing for the entry level package begins at just under $75,000 without factory add-ons or any federal or state tax incentives.Curb weight is about 5,600 lbs (2,540 kg), which means the gross vehicle weight should be above 6,000 lbs and unlock the $25,000 business ‘Hummer Tax Credit’ in the US.First impressions:It’s a really excellent car when factoring in the total offering.Range and efficiency is not as great at Tesla’s Model X but it far exceeds Tesla in fit, finish, and creature comforts.I’m not terribly crazy about the dual screen system as it seems there is some redundancy. That being said, I understand Audi has to think about streamlining manufacturing across their entire vehicle line up and attracting their current customer base with something they are familiar with.Charging infrastructure and network from the infotainment was either buried in the menu or non-existent. This, however, is a simple software update on Audi’s end. Most people’s charging needs in the e-tron will be met with home charging and the current, and quickly growing, CCS charging network across the US.Thank you:A big thanks to Audi USA for their invite to their Denver dealership events, and a special thanks to Prestige Imports Audi (https://www.prestigeimports.net) for giving me early access to the e-tron for filming. If you wanted all Audi e-tron details in one place, you’re in luck!Wow! Our buddy Sean Mitchell of AllThingsEV.info is really upping his game. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all YouTube automotive reviewers took the time to provide a detailed write up about each car? Mitchell enjoyed his first opportunity to check out the 2019 Audi e-tron in-depth, but much more importantly, he did plenty of homework. This is precisely what we need from people working to promote EV adoption.More Audi e-tron Coverage: Audi e-tron Electric SUV Versus An Icy, 85% Grade: Video Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Updated Texas Lawbook Exclusive Financial Data shows Seismic Shift Continues in Texas

first_imgNot a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Username Remember me Lost your password?center_img Nearly half of the 35 largest revenue-generating law firms operating in Texas are based outside the state. National law firms earned more than $1 billion in revenues from their Texas operations in 2015 – a double digit increase from 2014. Revenues for Texas-based firms increased by less than one-tenth of one percent last year. Texas Lawbook data shows that elite, wealthy corporate law firms – those based in Texas and beyond – are achieving enormous financial success by stealing the best lawyers and the highest paying business clients away from indigenous Texas firms. The bottom line: the Texas . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Passwordlast_img read more

New mobile phone application enables early detection of cerebral ictus

first_img Source:http://ruvid.org/ri-world/using-smartphones-to-detect-strokes/ Aug 13 2018Researchers of Valencia’s Polytechnic University (UPV) have designed a mobile phone application that enables the early detection of cerebral ictus. By using the sensors available in smartphones, the program – which is in its testing stage – analyses the user’s ability to smile, speech coherence and arm movements; if two of the three are impaired, it automatically sends out a warning message to the emergency services. Their work has been published in the International Journal of Information Management.”Despite the awareness campaigns carried out by different entities, many people are unable to identify the signs of this condition. Smartphones seem to be a good platform on which to develop applications aimed at people’s health, such as in this case, to carry out an early detection of a pathology which affects 120,000 people in Spain alone,” explains Jaime Lloret, researcher at the IGIC Institute of the Gandia Campus of the UPV.Related StoriesScientists turn brain waves into speech using AIHighlights and key takeaways from the 2019 Boston Bacterial Meeting (BBM)Healthcare solutions of the future: Boehringer Ingelheim relies on digitalizationAlongside Lloret, the team of researchers is comprised of Laura García, Lorena Parra and Jesús Tomás.First signsThe application created by the UPV researchers makes it possible to detect symptoms of cerebral ictus among users. To do so, the user must carry out three tasks: for the first, they use the phone’s camera to detect their smile, as if a cerebral ictus occurs, one of the sides of the face is typically paralyzed, which prevents the person from smiling properly.After evaluating whether the user can smile or not, the application moves on to the second task, which makes use of the smartphone’s speaker and microphone. “The user is asked to repeat an easy sentence. If the sentence is not spoken coherently, the application detects the presence of this symptom,” explains Lloret.Lastly, the user’s ability to lift their arms is tested. When there is a cerebral ictus, it is common to be unable to lift one arm as high as the other. The phone’s accelerometer is used to verify this.After these three tests, the application shows which have been passed and which were failed. If two or more have been failed, it opens a direct line of contact with the emergency services and send a predefined contact a message by the user. The prototype has been developed for phones with the Android operating system.Registering the informationThe application created in the UPV’s Gandia campus can register information in a database that makes it possible to gather all the information and obtain statistics. “They could then be used by public institutions, therefore contributing to increase the knowledge of said institutions on the cases of cerebral ictus among the population,” adds Lloret.According to figures by the Spanish Neurology Society (SEN), the ictus is the second most common cause of death in Spain, and the first among women. Its incidence is expected to increase by 27% in the next 25 years.last_img read more

Podcast Gambling on science the genes you cant do without and more

first_imgCan grandmothers pass immunity to their grandchildren? Does betting on science reveal which studies are worth their salt? And what are the 3000-odd genes you just can’t do without? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, Lauren Sallan discusses the consequences of a mass extinction event 359 million years ago on vertebrate body size.last_img

Vote for your scientific breakthrough of the year

first_img 19% Great migration 13% Read more Voting has not started. Voting begins Monday, 28 November Read more Planet X Read more The season of holidays, shopping lists, and end-of-the-year retrospectives is upon us.  Here at Science, in keeping with tradition, our news writers and editors are getting ready to unveil the 21st “Breakthrough of the Year”: their choice of the most momentous scientific discovery, development, or trend of 2016, to be announced when the last issue of the year goes online on 22 December. They’ll also choose 9 runners-up and will highlight “Areas to Watch”: important developments likely to pay off next year.But there’s no need to wait—you can get in on the action now! Pick your favorite breakthrough from the list below by Sunday, December 4. Then check back next Monday–we’ll be doing a second voting round with your 5 finalists to pick the official winner. 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first_img By Science News StaffDec. 4, 2017 , 12:00 PM *Update, 11 December, 12 a.m.: Voting has closed. Check back on 21 December to see your winner, along with Science’s choice for the 2017 Breakthrough of the Year.On 21 December, the editors and news writers of Science will announce their selection of the most significant scientific breakthrough of 2017. We invited you to choose from among the candidates and, with some 11,000 votes cast, the four below rose to the top. Now is your chance to decide which of them will be the People’s Choice for Breakthrough of the Year. Vote by 10 December, and check back after 2 p.m. EST on 21 December to see how your choice stacks up against ours. The finalists are in—vote for the People’s Choice for Breakthrough of the Year!last_img read more