congressGunaJyotiraditya ScindiaLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 9, 2019, 2:17 PM IST Bhopal: Behind every successful man is a woman. Priyadarshini Scindia, wife of sitting Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has been renominated by the Congress from the seat for the polls on May 12, is out to prove the proverb right as she goes from door-to-door, canvassing for her better half.Guna, considered the pocket borough of the Scindias — the erstwhile royal family of Gwalior, was one of the only two seats that the Congress managed to bag in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. The other seat won by the party was Chhindwara. Priyadarshini Scindia started campaigning in February, even before the Election Commission of India announced the parliamentary polls, giving Jyotiraditya Scindia a head start over his rivals. The Guna MP was appointed the All India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge for western Uttar Pradesh earlier this year.With her husband pre-occupied with party affairs in the northern state, Priyadarshini Scindia took charge. She has been reaching out to a cross-section of voters, listening to their woes and telling them about the work done by their MP. Her close involvement with the campaign even triggered speculation that she may be formally entering politics this year.Asked about the conjecture, state Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi, known to be close to Jyotiraditya Scindia, told PTI, “This is to be decided by the Scindia family and the Congress. But after seeing her interaction and instant connection with local party workers and common citizens at large, I can certainly say that the Congress has got a leader.”Chaturvedi said Priyadarshini Scindia has been interacting closely with voters. “Priyadarshini ji has been visiting an average of 10-12 villages on most weekdays since February and has reached out to almost every corner of Guna parliamentary seat,” he said. “She collects information about the local problems and informs the people about the work done by Scindia ji. She has been interacting with different communities and social groups,” he added.In Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls last year, the Congress did exceedingly well in Gwalior-Chambal region, considered a bastion of the Scindia family. However, its vote share in Guna was less than the BJP’s. The Congress bagged five of the eight assembly segments in Guna but it polled 16,000 votes less than the BJP.In 2014, Scindia had won this seat with a margin of around 1 lakh votes. Chaturvedi, however, does not attach much importance to this. “The entry of Scindia ji in the electoral contest decisively tilted the scales in his favour. There is no significance of assembly poll results,” he said.The BJP has fielded K P Yadav, a former Congressman who joined the saffron party earlier this year after being denied ticket for Mungaoli assembly bypoll. Guna BJP president Gajendra Sikarwar exuded confidence that Scindia will not be able to retain the seat this time. “Scindia has been representing Guna in Parliament for the past one-and-a-half decade, but did nothing for this region. Now people are asking for an account of his work,” Sikarwar told PTI.”Only (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi can save the country and people have started realising this now. Besides, there is huge impact of the development work carried out by the NDA government. People are going to vote to elect a nationalist government,” he added.Since 1952, members of the Scindia family have won 14 times from Guna seat. Jyotiraditya Scindia first contested the bypoll from this constituency in 2002, following his father’s death in a plane crash. He has held onto the seat ever since.
AIMIMLok Sabha elections 2019Lok Sabha Poll Results 2019lok-sabha-election-results-2019 First Published: May 25, 2019, 5:19 PM IST Hyderabad: TRS would go into the reasons for not getting the expected number seats in the Lok Sabha polls and it feels that Modi factor and others helped the BJP make surprise gains, party sources said on Saturday.The sources dismissed reports that some ministers may face the axe over the party’s poor performance. TRS bagged nine of the total 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state, while its ally AIMIM retained its constituency (Hyderabad). BJP managed to win four, while Congress secured three. Predicting that neither NDA nor UPA would be able to get majority on their own, TRS had expected to win 16 seats to play a key role at the Centre.The losses, including the defeat of sitting TRS MP K and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter Kavitha in Nizamabad are seen as a setback to the party.TRS sources pointed out that the party was successful in 10 of the 17 seats along with ally AIMIM. BJP’s vote percentage rose to about 20 per cent from 10 per cent in assembly elections held in last December as the voters preferred Modi’s leadership as it was a national election, they said.TRS secured about 42 per cent votes though it was a national election, they said.The sources discounted reports that Rao expressed anger at some party leaders and that some ministers would be changed.They said leaders would be told to review in case of results were not satisfactory, while appreciating those who did a good job.TRS would achieve very good results in the local body polls (held this month) the votes of which would be counted soon, the sources said.TRS MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy Friday said the party would go into reasons for losing some constituencies.”We expected some more seats. We got nine only. We have to definitely think what had gone wrong, some of the seats particularly… We could observe that ‘milakhat’ (understanding) of BJP and Congress,” he told PTI.He alleged that the Congress and BJP had reached an understanding to defeat TRS.”For example, in Nizamabad constituency, you take Jagtial (assembly seat). The Congress candidate got only 1,000 votes there. Congress leader Jeevan Reddy represented (Jagtial) for so many years. It was a complete shift of Congress voting to BJP,” he said.”Congress lost deposit in Nizamabad constituency and wherein they got only 1,000 votes in Jagtial assembly constituency, which shows it is a clear understanding between the Congress and BJP. BJP purchased these people,” Reddy said Friday.
Editors’ Recommendations MIT’s tiny walking robot could eventually build other, bigger robots The promise and pitfalls of using robots to care for the elderly The holy grail of robotics: Inside the quest to build a mechanical human hand When is the golden hour, and what is it? How facial recognition is changing life as we know it – for better or worse Showing its capabilities as a body surrogate, a PR2 controlled remotely by an individual with profound motor deficits picks up a cup in a research laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Phillip Grice, Georgia TechRobots might be coming for your job, but they can do tremendous good in the world as well. Assistive technologies can benefit people with disabilities by giving them greater independence and control over their lives, like the assistant robot developed by a team at Georgia Tech to help people who have severe motor impairments.“Our goal is to give people with limited use of their own bodies access to robotic bodies so they can interact with the world in new ways,” Professor Charlie Kemp from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech said in a statement.The system they came up with is based on a robot called a PR2 mobile manipulator manufactured by Willow Garage. It is a wheeled robot with two arms and a head, and it can manipulate objects like water bottles, washcloths, hairbrushes, or an electric shaver. Crucially, the robot can be controlled using assistance technologies that users are already familiar with, such as eye tracking or head tracking. The interface shows a “robot’s eye view” from cameras inside the robot’s head, making it easier for the user to control.Robotic body surrogates can help people with profound motor deficits interact with the world. Here, Henry Evans, a California man who helped Georgia Tech researchers with improvements to a web-based interface, uses the robot to shave himself. Henry Clever/Phillip GricePotential users of the robot surrogates include people like Henry Evans, who worked with the team during their testing and who has very limited control of his body following a stroke. Evans used the robot to care for himself for a week and emphasized the value of having a system that he could operate completely independently, using small head movements to give it commands.“The system was very liberating to me, in that it enabled me to independently manipulate my environment for the first time since my stroke,” Evans said. But he also pointed out that although the robot could already bring benefits to users as it exists today, it would need to be reduced in size and in cost before it could be made commercially available.Phillip Grice, a recent Georgia Institute of Technology Ph.D. graduate and first author of the paper, was also pleased with the results: “Our results suggest that people with profound motor deficits can improve their quality of life using robotic body surrogates. We have taken the first step toward making it possible for someone to purchase an appropriate type of robot, have it in their home and derive real benefit from it.”The results are published in the journal PLOS One.
The 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect display runs at 2160 x 1080 resolution, and held up to the CES 2018 show floor lights surprisingly well. Android, happily, no longer looks quite so awkward as it once did on a landscape-orientation screen, and Planet Computers have made a few customizations to better suit the form factor. There’s an accelerometer, but turning the Gemini doesn’t auto-rotate the screen, not that you’e probably want it to.The real magic is in the keyboard, of course. Devotees of Psion’s Series 5 still maintain that it’s the best hardware ‘board to have graced a mobile device, with its fiendishly clever multi-articulated hinge and surprising degree of travel. The Gemini doesn’t go quite so far, though it does have a pop-out stand that helps support it some on a table. Closed, it’s phablet-sized, 15.1mm thick, and tips the scales at around 320 grams. The true Psion faithful may notice a few differences, mind. The Gemini’s keys are a little less concave than those of its forebear, and their angle at the front is slightly different too. The layout, though, is all the same, including the shallower number row. Still, as physical keyboards on anything vaguely pocket-friendly go, the Gemini is astonishingly spacious. In the relatively short amount of time I had to peck at it myself I didn’t build up a particular head of steam – there’s also a slight haptic buzz as you strike each key which takes a little getting used to – but I suspect that, given some familiarization time, you could quickly start using at least two or three fingers on each hand. The downside is that it can be something of a stretch to reach your thumbs across while holding the Gemini and tying to type at the same time. It definitely benefits from having a table to rest it on. Still, the keys have given Planet Computers some keyboard shortcuts to play with, making adjusting volume and brightness easy without having to reach up and swipe down the Android notification bar. A button on the side summons the Google Assistant, meanwhile – even when the clamshell is closed – in another neat touch. There’s no external display which means that, since the 4G LTE version also supports voice calls, incoming calls don’t get any visible caller ID. Instead you get a row of multicolor LEDs embedded in the front, which can be programmed into different patterns and hues to signal who is calling. You’re not going to want to configure one for every entry in your contacts, but it’s enough to flag when it’s your boss or your spouse. If you’re particularly geeky, you might be excited by the fact that the Gemini can dual-boot into Linux as well as Android. Honestly, I suspect that Android is sufficient for what most people will want to do – Planet Computers has even given it a little launcher bar that pops up at the bottom of the screen, a little like macOS – though if you were a dedicated systems administrator who refused to be more than a few feet away from a Linux prompt at any time, this could be your salvation from a regular notebook. It has ports akin to a regular notebook, two. A pair of USB-C – more, indeed, than a MacBook gives you – and there’s WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 by default. The 4G LTE version will be offered unlocked for you to drop your choice of SIM in. The heart is a MediaTek Helio X27 processor with 4GB of RAM, and the battery is a particularly large 4,220 mAh li-ion. Storage is 64GB, with a microSD card slot to expand it, while RAM is 4GB. Is there a market for the Gemini? Nostalgia alone has built the project – currently underway on Indiegogo – a head of steam, though as plenty of other projects have discovered, tapping into rose-tinted memories of tech’s halcyon early days often isn’t sufficient to build a long-lasting business. The $299 WiFi-only price helps, though that’ll rise by a not-inconsiderable $200 after the crowdfunding campaign finishes; figure on an extra $100 for 4G too. Planet Computers already has almost three times its original goal amount; now it just needs to ship to backers and focus on convincing more than early enthusiasts that the Gemini is worth a spot in their pockets.MORE Planet Computers For geeks of a certain generation, there’s something uncontrollably appealing about the Planet Computers Gemini. Fond memories of the classic Psion Series 5 are to blame, of course, and the Android-powered clamshell taps into that nostalgia with pitch-perfect accuracy. Having spent some time pecking at its keys, I have to say I’m swayed.
It’s definitely a great time to make a comeback. Nokia is back in the news, even resurrecting old but loved dumb phones. UK’s Psion is being reborn through crowdfunding, just like other nostalgia attempts. Maybe that’s what gave TCL, which is keeping the BlackBerry brand on life support, the courage to push through with its promise to raise Palm from the dead.But what would a Palm in late 2018 be like? There will definitely be a lot of changes. It won’t for example, come with the Palm-made webOS. When TCL acquired the Palm brand from HP in 2015, webOS wasn’t part of the package. That was already bought by LG two years prior and LG doesn’t seem to have any plans to bring it back to phones.That new old Palm could be a slider. TCL is an expert with sliders and QWERTYs by now. Not that they have actually been big sellers. It would be deliciously ironic, though, if TCL brought out a Palm with a classic design, at a time when buttons and bezels have been evicted from the front of phones.In other words, we’re probably looking at a more conventional Android-powered smartphone, with the Palm, and Verizon, brand slapped on. How it will distinguish itself from the dozens of Android phones in the market, we’re definitely curious to see.VIA: Android Police When was the last time you held a Palm in your hand? And, yes, we’re talking about the device, not another person’s (or your own) palm. If you were lucky, that would have been back in 2011 with the Palm Pre 2 pictured above. If you weren’t lucky then, you could be lucky now. According to sources, the Palm is coming back this year as promised, like a blast from the past, it will be carried once again by Verizon, maybe even exclusively.
Story TimelineGalaxy A6+ (2018) mixes Galaxy S9 features, Galaxy J designmophie juice pack for Galaxy S9, S9+ extends your AR Emoji useIf Galaxy S9 Active looks like this, it’ll be a YES from me In a nutshellThe Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones originally came with 64GB internal storage. Now Samsung has the same smartphone models coming with either 128GB or 256GB internal storage included. These larger internal storage sizes will cost more than the smaller 64GB size, and all will be available at Samsung dot com.Extra DetailedBoth of these devices’ first releases also come with microSD card slots able to carry up to 400GB microSD cards. If you already have a massive microSD card and you’re using it with a Galaxy S9, there’s really not a truly good reason to purchase another device just for the extra 64+GB storage. Unless you REALLY NEED that extra little eek.ON the other hand, supposing you purchased your phone from a retailer that had a 90-day no-questions-asked return policy, you might be in luck. Explaining to them that you want to give your money directly to Samsung instead of their store though – that might be a problem. Maybe try to suggest you just changed your mind, instead.AdChoices广告The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with 128GB or 256GB internal storage will come with three options for colors. External casing colors include Lilac Purple, Coral Blue and Midnight Black. See our full Galaxy S9 and S9+ Review to see what these phones are all about. Where and WhenPre-orders for these new models will begin on the 1st of May. They’ll go on general sale starting on May 18th, and they’ll be available only online at Samsung dot com. The 128GB Galaxy S9 will be released at a retail price of $770, and the the 128GB Galaxy S9+ will retail for $890. The 256GB Galaxy S9 will cost $820, and the 256GB Galaxy S9+ will ring in at $940.Samsung also suggests that pre-orders made between May 1 and 18 will get free Gear IconX (2018) earbuds. Alternatively they’ll have the option of selecting “the ability to purchase” a Gear S3 Frontier for a hundred bucks. New Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus, if you prefer), models are coming to Samsung online. These new models will sport expanded storage over their predecessors, coming with either 128GB or 256GB internal storage. Both models will be made exclusive to Samsung’s online store.
Tech companies love redefining words. Network carriers, for example, have made “unlimited” mean “limited” and Twitter has apparently turned “private” into “public”. Granted, the social networking giant pins the blame on a bug that affected only their Android-using population, but more than the worrying nature of the bug itself, it’s the fact that the bug has been active for years that should be cause for concern. And the fact that Twitter isn’t even aware of the scope of the bug isn’t reassuring either. Twitter has a setting that lets you “Protect” your tweets, practically turning them and your account private. Users will have to manually and individually approve who can view their tweets. Unfortunately, that may have not been the case for Android users between late 2014 until a few days ago when a bug silently flipped that setting.Twitter doesn’t go into details, unsurprisingly, but it seems that changing some account settings in the app would turn off the Protect Your Tweets settings without telling users. The only change that Twitter would confirm to TechCrunch was changing email addresses. What other changes would trigger that bug, Twitter refused to say.Whether it was aware of that bug during those four years, Twitter won’t say either. It has reached out to potentially impacted users to tell them to double check their privacy settings. But even then, it actually doesn’t know how many were actually impacted because they can’t confirm all of them. In other words, if you’re an Android user and made your tweets private at any point in time, best to double check those settings now.
Some drivers don’t like electric vehicles because of one reason: the sound the make. Some have fallen in love with the acoustics of diesel engines that just can’t be accurately replicated by EVs. That sound can also have a secondary purpose: to give people around the car, specifically pedestrians, an audible warning of an approaching vehicle. That is why at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan introduced “Canto”, not a new concept vehicle but a concept sound that will give its EVs an audible personality on the road. Some experts can distinguish cars simply from the sounds their engine makes. Pedestrians, however, need only hear any engine sound to warn them of possible danger. The near-silent engines of electric cars makes that difficult and a bit eerie as well. Imagine a highway filled with nothing but fast-moving but totally quiet vehicles.“Canto” brings back the audible signal but also transforms it anew. It’s not the roaring sound of an engine that some people will always classify as noise. Instead, the “Canto” sound that Nissan played for the crowd can perhaps be described as a high-pitched buzzing equivalent to the roaring of a diesel engine. Being somewhat digital, Nissan is able to do things that are impossible with regular diesel cars. For example, “Canto” varies the tone and pitch depending on the car’s state, whether it’s in acceleration, deceleration, or reverse. It also only kicks in at certain speeds, depending on the market or regulations. By default, “Canto” activates at 20 to 30 kph.“Canto” was, and is, primarily intended to give EVs an alert sound distinct from regular cars. At the same time, however, Nissan envisions that it could also spruce up roads in a city with at distinct “Nissan” flair. No word yet on when Nissan will actually put the technology on the road.SOURCE: Nissan
Ram has announced the pricing for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 line of trucks. Pricing starts at $31,695 for the Tradesman Quad Cab 4×2 and go all the way up to the top-of-the-line Limited Crew Cab 4×4 V8 version that starts at $57,390. There are several models in between those two extremes as well. Other models include the Bighorn starting at $38,395, Rebel at $43,395, and Laramie at $43,390. You might be surprised to learn that despite the high (compared to other types of vehicles) starting prices, most of those are priced with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine.The Tradesman, Big Horn, and Rebel all come with that V6 engine with the optional 5.7L Hemi V8 and 8-speed automatic adding another $1,195 to the price. The Hemi with eTorque will add $1,995 and will be a late availability option. None of the prices include the whopping $1,546 destination fee.Along with the announcement of pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 line of trucks, FCA has also announced that buyers of any new Ram, Chrysler, Dodge, or Fiat vehicle will get free tunes. FCA will give six months of free Apple Music with the purchase of that new vehicle.The free offer will last from May 1, 2018, through April 30, 2019. The caveat to the offer is that the vehicle purchased must support CarPlay and BeatsAudio. This likely means only higher-end vehicles will get the free Apple Music trial.
Missouri Consumer Group Sues Feds To Get Health Insurance Rates The Consumers Council of Missouri brought suit to force the public disclosure of health insurance rate information ahead of open enrollment, which begins Nov. 15. The group said the Affordable Care Act requires officials to make rate information public so consumers have the opportunity to challenge the price of coverage.The Associated Press: Consumer Group Sues Over Missouri Insurance RatesA Missouri consumer group announced Wednesday that it has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest effort to obtain information used to justify the rates consumers will pay for insurance on the federally run online marketplace (10/1).St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri Consumer Group Sues Feds Over Health Insurance Rate InformationA Missouri consumer advocacy group is suing the federal government in an attempt to force the public disclosure of health insurance rate information ahead of the upcoming enrollment period. The Consumers Council of Missouri said it filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis after its Freedom of Information Act request for the rate filings was denied by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The council said it is looking for information about pricing and insurers’ reasons for raising or lowering rates. The consumer group says the Affordable Care Act requires federal officials to make rate information public so consumers have the chance to challenge the price of health insurance before online shopping begins on Nov. 15 (Shapiro, 10/2). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
WMFE: Time-Consuming Trip To And From New VA Hospital Fox News: IG Report: 300,000 Vets Died While Waiting For Health Care At VA Veterans Face Transportation Barriers When Seeking VA Health Care Meanwhile, an inspector general report finds “serious” problems with enrollment data among the wider Department of Veterans Affairs issues delaying care. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. More than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care — and nearly twice as many are still waiting — according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report. The IG report says “serious” problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, “data limitations” prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when. (9/3) Floridians depend on cars to get just about anywhere. And getting to the doctor without one can be tough. Orlando resident David Williams knows this reality well, especially since the brand new Orlando VA Medical Center moved from the downtown core to the suburbs. (Aboraya, 9/3)
Los Angeles Times: A Look At Healthcare Changes In 2015 And Beyond Remember death panels? The saga began in 2009, when a provision in President Barack Obama’s new health care bill proposed that doctors be paid for time spent having conversations with patients planning for end-of-life care. Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York, was the first to magically transform these voluntary talks into mandatory sessions that would tell seniors “how to end their life sooner.” But it was Sarah Palin, with her gift for disinformation, who renamed these talks death panels. … The proposal was deleted from the plan and then later from regulations, and anything to do with “end of life” became the third rail of health care policy. … Fast forward to this season’s greeting. In July, Medicare put forward nearly the same proposals for public comment. They sailed through with barely a ripple of protest. (Ellen Goodman, 12/30) Politico: Death Panels: An Obituary Healthcare — a sector that accounts for one-sixth of the U.S. economy, contributes an almost permanent point of tensions between economics and politics, and remains a concern for millions of families — is an enduring topic of discussion in America. That was true in 2015 and will continue to be so in 2016. (Michael Hiltzik, 12/25) USA Today: The Affordable Care Act’s Frightening Future Matt Bevin won the Kentucky governor’s race last year, 400,000 low-income people seemed doomed to lose their health coverage. An ardent Obamacare opponent, Mr. Bevin swore during his campaign to roll back the state’s Medicaid expansion. The expansion had extended coverage to nearly half a million Kentuckians, halving the state’s uninsured rate, under a provision of President Obama’s signature health-care law. This reversal would have added Kentucky to the list of 20 states irrationally refusing federal Medicaid money to cover needy people, and it would have put pressure on Republican leaders in other states to withdraw coverage, too. Thankfully, common sense prevailed. The governor announced Wednesday that he would seek to reform Kentucky’s Medicaid program rather than amputate it. (1/3) The Wall Street Journal: How High Drug Prices Weigh On The Sickest Americans Using the latest health-insurance-exchange enrollment data and a model funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I recently estimated how the Affordable Care Act will affect the health insurance market over the next decade. In brief: Costs will continue to rise and coverage will continue to underwhelm. In fact, it will likely go into reverse, leaving millions more Americans uninsured than today. (Stephen T. Parente, 12/29) The Washington Post: Mr. Bevin’s Good Sense Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star: Ricketts Cool To Medicaid-Funded Plan Gov. Pete Ricketts remains a tough sell on expansion of health care insurance to the currently uninsured working poor by using available federal Medicaid dollars. Sens. John McCollister, Kathy Campbell and Heath Mello have been working on a proposal modeled after an Arkansas plan that would use the additional Medicaid dollars available to Nebraska under the Affordable Care Act to purchase private health care insurance for eligible recipients rather than expand the traditional Medicaid program. … Even though the newest Nebraska plan would utilize the private market and not expand the traditional Medicaid program, Ricketts said he is “very skeptical that this is a proposal I would be able to support.” It’s “a model that hasn’t worked,” the governor suggested during an interview last week. (Don Walton, 1/3) Viewpoints: Health Issues In 2016; Ky. Governor’s ‘Good Sense’ On Medicaid Pause A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. One of the largest ongoing sources of spending involves huge age-specific transfers: Our politicians are paying off older, higher-voter-turnout Americans in the form of generous benefits that those older people have not paid for and never will. Which means the tab will need to be picked up by someone else — i.e., someone younger. Older people themselves do not seem to recognize whose hard-earned cash is funding their hip replacements and motorized scooters, and they often insist that they paid for their benefits fair and square. … “Invincible” youngsters are subsidizing health care for their not-yet-Medicare- eligible elders on the individual insurance market as well. And elsewhere on government balance sheets, spending on the old is crowding out spending on the young. (Catherine Rampell, 12/24) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The more drugs people take and the sicker they are, the more likely they are to experience problems paying for prescription medicines–or to forgo them altogether because of cost. It may not be surprising that people who use more drugs have the greatest problems paying for them. It’s also never a good thing when people with the greatest need struggle the most to pay for health care. (Drew Altman, 12/28) The Washington Post: College Students Should Aim Their Rage At Older Americans, Not Administrators
0 Comments Twitter Reuters Nandita Bose WASHINGTON — Walmart Inc will allow consumer companies like Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Mondelez International Inc to advertise to shoppers in its stores and online in a renewed push to grow its advertising business and drive profits.The company will make the announcement at its annual meeting with suppliers on Tuesday.The move from the world’s largest retailer comes at a time when rival Amazon.com Inc is using ad sales to become more profitable. In its most recently reported fourth quarter results, Amazon’s ad sales and other revenue jumped 95 per cent to US$3.4 billion. Freshii to sell its meals in 100 grocery stores through Walmart Canada partnership Walton family fortune balloons to $175.2 billion after Walmart reports hot holiday earnings ‘Flesh and blood robots for Amazon’: These people raid clearance aisles and resell it all online for a profit Amazon now ranks alongside Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc as titans in marketing, letting merchants pay for high placement in Amazon’s search results.Over the years, Walmart has done little to boost this business. During its investor conference in October, Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon said the company’s advertising business is “tiny” and “it could be bigger.”About 300 million shoppers visit Walmart’s stores every month, and millions make online purchases on its website, according to Forrester Research. The retailer draws in more shoppers than Amazon, Facebook and Google, the research firm estimates.“We have a unique opportunity to leverage our first-party shopping data from online and offline purchases to reach our customers and influence their purchase decisions,” Walmart’s chief merchandising officer, Steve Bratspies, said in an interview.The retailer is consolidating different teams to build a single one that can support sales and operations under its advertising business. That team will offer services across its businesses to vendors, Bratspies said.“It can be as simple banner ads on the website … to in-store capabilities on our TV network,” he said.The challenge for companies and marketers often is gauging whether their investments are yielding a return. Walmart will address that by connecting data from stores and online and offering a pitch that is “much more effective than many others can,” Bratspies said.The retailer will also ask suppliers to deliver a full truckload on time at least 87 per cent of the time and expect those delivering less than a truckload to be on time at least 70 per cent of the time.Walmart will also ask suppliers to deliver full orders a minimum of 97.5 per cent of the time.© Thomson Reuters 2019 Amazon knows what you buy, and it’s built a $125-billion dollar ad business off it that’s a marketer’s dream Share this storyWalmart is going to let big brands advertise in its stores and online to help boost its ad business Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Comment Join the conversation → Walmart is going to let big brands advertise in its stores and online to help boost its ad business Walmart is taking a page from Amazon’s playbook in bid to drive profits Reddit February 26, 20191:54 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Email Walmart draws in more shoppers than Amazon, Facebook and Google, Forrester Research estimates.Julio Cortez/AP Photo file Related Stories Facebook More
Comment May 22, 20195:55 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Geoff Zochodne advertisement Email CIBC says drop in big-city mortgage markets has been larger and longer than expected First of Canada’s big banks to report misses expectations Join the conversation → Financial risks to Canada are rising — and fragile corporate debt is one of the culprits A drop-off in metropolitan housing markets that has been “more pronounced and more prolonged” than anticipated is weighing on mortgage growth at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.CIBC, Canada’s fifth-biggest bank, on Wednesday reported a profit of nearly $1.35 billion for its fiscal second quarter, up two per cent from a year ago. However, the bank’s Canadian real estate secured lending portfolio declined 0.9 per cent year-over-year to stand at $223 billion as of April 30.The bank’s head of personal and small business banking for Canada, Christina Kramer, said a big part of the lender’s strategy over the past few years has been aimed at large urban centres, where booming housing and mortgage markets helped deliver considerable growth for the bank. CIBC kicks off bank earnings with miss as slow loan growth weighs Growth fund backed by big banks looking to pick up the pace of investment CMHC says Canadians debt levels hit record highs at end of last year But those markets have since cooled, Kramer said, dragging down mortgage growth.“And that’s due to the market turning out different than we had anticipated, impacting us more than our peers due to our strategic focus,” she said during a conference call. “In the large urban markets, pullback in activity has been more pronounced and more prolonged than we assumed.”Eight Capital analyst Steve Theriault wrote in a note that CIBC management had been seeing “outsized growth” from urban areas, but that, when it comes to the bank’s real estate secured lending in Canada, “it sounds to us as though any expansion will remain below market levels in 2019.”Shares of CIBC closed down more than four per cent in Toronto on Wednesday, after the bank also reported adjusted earnings per share for its second quarter of $2.97, just shy of analysts’ estimates.CIBC president and chief executive Victor Dodig said during the earnings conference call that, given market conditions to date and the bank’s plans to keep investing in its business, the lender expects its year-over-year earnings per share (EPS) growth to be “relatively flat” for its fiscal 2019.“Longer term, the execution of our strategy will allow us to deliver on all of our financial targets over time, including our medium-term EPS growth target of five to 10 per cent,” Dodig said.A real-estate slowdown had been anticipated among Canada’s big banks following interest-rate increases and new measures from governments and regulators, including stress tests for loans and foreign-buyer taxes. The Bank of Canada’s recent financial system review also found that housing resales and price growth had “slowed significantly” in Toronto and Vancouver over the past two years.A report from Edward Jones analyst James Shanahan said CIBC’s residential mortgage loan portfolio had declined for three consecutive quarters, “a surprising reversal following several years of market-leading loan growth.”“While a slowdown in Canadian consumer banking activities represents a challenge for all of the banks, CM (CIBC) has above average exposure to this headwind,” National Bank Financial analyst Gabriel Dechaine wrote in a note.Kramer said there has been some pick-up in mortgage activity across Canada, but that it hasn’t been significant. She also said there had been more activity through “third-party” channels in which CIBC no longer actively participates, as well as increased competition among lenders.“We remain competitive, but also disciplined on pricing, which means we’re not pursuing mortgages at any cost,” Kramer added. “So going forward, if markets continue to perform as they have, it will take us longer to converge to industry growth levels for the product.”A rougher outlook for the Canadian economy affected CIBC’s second-quarter earnings as well.While other segments saw growth, CIBC’s key Canadian personal and small business unit reported a two per cent drop in its earnings, to $570 million.Provision for credit losses (PCLs) for the unit rose $26 million from the same quarter last year, to $229 million, “primarily due to an increase in allowance on performing loans, reflective of the impact of certain unfavourable changes to our economic outlook, as well as a model parameter update in the current quarter,” CIBC said.• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Featured Stories Related Stories ← Previous Next → Twitter Facebook Sponsored By: An aerial view of houses in Oshawa, Ont. The Bank of Canada says housing resales and price growth had “slowed significantly” in Toronto and Vancouver over the past two years.Canadian Press/Lars Hagberg The Bank of Canada is pushing a private mortgage-backed securities market — but is anybody buying? Share this storyCIBC says drop in big-city mortgage markets has been larger and longer than expected Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Poloz sees higher interest rates on the horizon once economy exits current soft patch More 2 Comments Reddit
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Duncan, BC – The Wenatchee Wild traveled out to Duncan, BC for the second time in six days to face the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Game 6 of the playoff series, and overcame a 2-0 deficit to post a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday night to eliminate the Capitals and move on to the Interior Conference Finals.The team to score first in the game had won each of the first five games of the series, and facing elimination the Capitals collected the first tally at 7:18 as Preston Brodziak fired a low shot past the ankles of Austin Park and Cowichan Valley led 1-0 after 1. They doubled their lead to 2-0 on a blocker-side David Melaragni goal on an odd-man rush at 6:10 of the second period. The Wild responded quickly as Marko Reifenberger drilled a shot past Pierce Diamond and the Wild were within a goal, trailing 2-1 after 2. Hooked down on a breakaway, Brian Adams had a penalty shot opportunity in the final minute of the middle frame but was turned aside. Wenatchee tied the game on a Jacob Modry snapshot from the left point at 1:30 of the third, and Lucas Sowder gave the Wild a 3-2 lead at 11:41, tapping home a feed from behind the net from Matt Dorsey. The Capitals rallied to tie as Jordan Robert put back the angled rebound of a shot from the right circle, and for the second game in a row, the game would be decided in overtime.Both teams had a couple of good chances in the extra session, but the Wild began to cycle and pressure in the Capitals end and when forward Niko Selivanov lost his stick, that allowed the Wild to draw in even tighter and Chad Sasaki wired a shot off the crossbar and into the net for the game winner at 5:42, clinching the game and the series. Austin Park turned aside 16 of 19 Capitals shots, perhaps none bigger than a save on a Paul Selleck breakaway in the third period.Next, the Wild will face the winner of Monday’s Game 7 between Vernon and Trail, played in Vernon. The Interior Conference Final series will open in Wenatchee on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31.Wenatchee playoff games are available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, with the Pregame Shows starting 15 minutes prior to faceoff.Game recap provided by Arch Ecker and the Wenatchee Wild.
by, Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.orgTweet12Share16Share9Email37 SharesSeniorCare.com recently asked 44 long term care experts about why only 37 percent of Americans think they will need long term care when in fact 69 percent actually will.One of those experts, Dr. Bill Thomas, commented on this misconception and its ramifications: Why is there a drastic difference in people’s perception vs reality? There is a river in Egypt, I think you know the name, that explains this.Put more scientifically, human beings have a very limited ability to accurately predict or even really imagine the needs of their future self. This is especially true when that future contains scary possibilities and lies decades in the future.What are the consequences for not being prepared? People who are prepared get to choose the kinds of care they will receive and who will deliver that care.People who are not prepared get care that is chosen by someone else.How would you close the discrepancy gap? We need to change the narrative surrounding aging in general. Your topic is actually just one (very tangible) example of the toll we pay for living in a deeply ageist society. Fixing this problem requires us addressing ageism head on.What advice do you have for consumers about their future care needs? People need to understand that these choices will be made. Preparing now, means that YOU get to make them! Not preparing means that other people (sometimes even people you don’t know or don’t like) will be making them for you.Not preparing is choosing to let other people decide your fate.Click here to read more insights and solutions provided by some of America’s leading care experts.Related PostsAre We Prepared For the Growing Need for Elder Care?Listen now! NPR podcast featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Karl Pillemer and Martha Stettinius discussing how communities, families and individuals can do a better job planning for the aging process and the needs of our growing elder population.Can Death Be Different?The Atlantic Monthly’s March issue features a stirring book excerpt from one of the pioneers of the Hospice movement Dr. Ira Byock calling for a transformation of how our society and culture think about and care for people who are dying. In his upcoming book “The Best Care Possible,” Byock…Eden at Home: Culture Change For Home CareWhen you think of culture change in long term care you usually think of efforts to deinstitutionalize big nursing homes, not private homes. After all, if The Eden Alternative® and The Green House® Project models are designed to make long-term-care facilities more “home-like”, why would you need culture change in…Tweet12Share16Share9Email37 SharesTags: caregiving
Source:https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/54516 Jul 16 2018Entomologists at the University of California, Riverside have received a five-year grant of $2.44 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, to investigate the role hormones play in the female mosquito’s ability to use human blood for egg production.Vector mosquitoes need vertebrate blood to develop each batch of their eggs. As a result, reproduction in female mosquitoes is closely linked to blood feeding. The NIAID funding — a competitive National Institutes of Health grant renewal — will allow the entomologists to introduce novel research tools for genetic manipulation, such as CRISPR, in their exploration of the genetic basis for the hormonal control of mosquito reproduction.”A clear understanding of the molecular mechanisms regulating egg development in mosquitoes can play a critical role in our coming up with innovative and novel vector control methods,” said Alexander Raikhel, a distinguished professor of entomology who will lead the project along with Sourav Roy, an assistant professional researcher who received his doctorate at UCR and joined the Raikhel lab in 2011.The research project, titled “Molecular Basis of Ecdysteroid Action in the Mosquito,” is expected to help Raikhel, Roy, and others in Raikhel’s lab identify targets that can block the reproduction of female mosquitoes, thereby resulting in significant declines in mosquito populations and the dangerous diseases they transmit.Mosquitoes pose an enormous threat to humans on a global scale, killing about a million people each year. The two notable vectors of the most devastating mosquito-borne diseases to humans are Aedes aegypti — the principal vector for dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya virus, and, recently, Zika virus — and Anopheles gambiae, the vector for malaria.The menace of mosquito-borne diseases has increased over the years due to fast-growing insecticide resistance, social complexities, climate change, and the lack of effective vaccines. Mosquitoes are largely present in countries with extreme poverty and, hence, cause severe morbidity and economic loss that impede further development.”Alleviating these diseases is not only critical for protecting human life, but also for improving social progress in vulnerable communities,” said Raikhel, the UC Presidential Chair and the Mir Mulla Endowed Chair in the Department of Entomology. “Recent expansion of Aedes mosquitoes northward from Central America has become a looming threat generating a major public health concern.”In 2016, a $1.1 billion spending effort to reduce the effects and spread of Zika was put forth after outbreaks in both Florida and Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted migration of both disease vectors — the yellow-fever mosquito Aedes aegypti and the tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus — into many parts of the United States by 2017, and gave high priority to the development of vector control methods.Roy, a broadly trained computational biologist and an expert on mosquito genomics who has worked on research related to gene regulation for more than 10 years, noted that a complete collapse of the mosquito population would be an ideal but largely unachievable outcome of the research.Related StoriesWar against mosquitoes saves lives and money in Sri LankaNew coalition to boost fight against blood-feeding insectsClimate change adversely affects human health, says new report”Rapidly proliferated organisms such as mosquitoes are fast-evolving and develop resistance to many control approaches,” he said. “A good example is resistance to pesticides, the development of which has devastated mosquito control and resulted in a mosquito population explosion. It is an unrealistic goal to see the complete end of vector mosquitoes. A significant decline in their population, however, is realistic . Combined with novel insecticides for mosquitoes and vaccines and anti-pathogen drugs, such approaches could significantly reduce mosquito populations and incidence of diseases they transmit.”Raikhel explained that mosquitoes serve as vectors for harmful human diseases because disease pathogens use female mosquitoes for the obligatory stages of their life cycles. Each egg development cycle produces 100-150 eggs and transpires 3-4 times during a female’s lifespan.”Therefore, specifically targeting mosquito reproduction can have a significant impact on reducing the current and future populations,” he said. “Since Aedes aegypti can transmit multiple viral diseases that circulate in the same geographical region, removing the vector entirely from the field can serve as an effective method to limit the spread of all viral diseases.”In Aedes aegypti females, two major insect hormones — the juvenile hormone and the steroid hormone ecdysone — control reproduction and egg development. Female mosquitoes are unique in that they undergo a three-day maturation period after they emerge from pupae. Juvenile hormone, which occurs only in insects, regulates this stage. In particular, it does so by regulating genes that are essential for subsequent reproduction steps.”As a result, female mosquitoes become ready for seeking hosts, blood feeding, and subsequent egg development,” Roy said. “They also develop into a disease transmitting vector. Thus, this feature of mosquito reproduction presents an exceptional opportunity for manipulating mosquito egg development with the goal of interrupting reproduction.”After female mosquitoes take a blood meal, it is ecdysone that controls egg development. During this post-blood feeding stage, genes responsible for mosquito egg development undergo their sequential activation and shut down.”We have identified several factors and hormones involved in these functions, such as insulin and ecdysone,” Raikhel said. “We discovered that ecdysone not only activates some genes but also shuts down others in the course of the reproductive cycle. In our previous studies, we worked out the mechanism by which ecdysone activates mosquito genes. But how ecdysone represses genes has not been observed in any insect, including mosquitoes.”In the present grant cycle, the Raikhel lab intends to clarify this repressive action of ecdysone.”It is possible that in understanding how important genes can be shut down naturally, we would get a clue to how this process can be manipulated to block egg development,” said Raikhel, a member of the National Academy of Sciences.