Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30, which is based on the life of Anand Kumar, the founder of the Super 30 programme, has been made tax-free by the Bihar government. The Patna-based educationist feels the move will help more people to watch the film.Super 30 addresses and acknowledges the importance of teachers in the building and strengthening of society. Anand, who had launched the Super 30 programme for underprivileged IIT-JEE aspirants, shared the news on social media on Monday. “Thanks a lot to CM Nitish Kumarji and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modiji making ‘Super 30’ tax-free. It will help more and more people see the film @iHrithik @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies @Shibasishsarkar #super30,” Anand tweeted.Replying to Anand’s post, Hrithik tweeted, “This is amazing Anand Sir… thank you CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi for this.” This is amazing Anand Sir 😊 thank you CM @NitishKumar ji and Deputy CM @SushilModi ji for this. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/MwKt0EFSUV pic.twitter.com/zyPAeStPnU— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) July 15, 2019 Hrithik’s film opened to decent numbers at the box office on past Friday. The film started its box office run with Rs 11.83 crore on Day 1. It showed a growth spurt on Saturday by earning almost double of Day 1, bringing the total up to Rs 30 crore. On the third day of its release, the film continued its winning streak at the box office by earning Rs 20.7 crore. After Sunday’s collection, Super 30’s box office total is now Rs 50 crore. While Hrithik is being mostly lauded for playing Anand in the film, his co-stars Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Nandish Sandhu and Amit Srivastava are also being praised for their performances.Follow @News18Movies for more anand kumar biopicanand kumar super 30Bihar governmenthrithik roshan First Published: July 16, 2019, 7:37 AM IST
Chief Minister H D KumaraswamycongressDinesh Gundu Raokarnataka First Published: June 15, 2019, 5:47 PM IST Bengaluru: Amid simmering discontent within the Congress in Karnataka over the induction of two Independent MLAs into the coalition government’s ministry, the party’s state unit chief Saturday said a “reshuffle will definitely happen”, and several senior leaders will be “taken into confidence”.This comes a day after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy expanded his cabinet by inducting R Shankar and H Nagesh into the ministry, in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month old wobbly JD(S)-Congress coalition government. The two Independent legislators were inducted into the minister overlooking the claims of several senior leaders, particularly in the Congress, who are sulking ever since they failed to make it to the ministry earlier.Other than Siddaramaiah and top ministers, most of the Congress leaders and senior legislators such as H K Patil, B C Patil and Sudhakar who are ministerial aspirants, had skipped Friday’s swearing-in ceremony, giving credence to reports of growing discontent.Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters here, “Reshuffle will happen definitely… Most probably in about six to eight months, the process of reshuffle will begin and many who have not got the opportunity, including several seniors, they will be taken into confidence.””Evaluation of ministers’ performance and representation will be looked into and decided (during the reshuffle),” he said.Terming the induction of Independent MLAs into the state cabinet as “most unfortunate,” B C Patil, the Congress MLA from Hirekeru, said that he is discussing future move with other legislators and friends.Hitting out at the Congress state leadership, he said, “It looks like saving the government is more important than saving the party. If the party survives there will be government.”Pointing out that the Congress won only one seat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, Patil said rather than legislators who worked for it, Independents who won against the party were being given berths.”I’m unable to understand the logic behind it,” he said, claiming that Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara had given assurance that he would be made minister after the general elections.Noting that Patil might have spoken out of “disappointment”, state Agriculture Minister N H Shivashankar Reddy too said a cabinet reshuffle was on the cards.”It has already been decided that after some time, sitting ministers should make way for new faces, during which he (Patil) may be accommodated,” he said.The cabinet expansion on Friday was seen as a move to ensuring that the two Independent lawmakers don’t jump the ship once again and move to the BJP, affecting the stability of the government.Shankar was inducted from the Congress’ share and Nagesh from the JD(S) quota in the ministry. Under the coalition arrangement, out of the total 34 ministerial positions, Congress and JD(S) have 22 and 12 berths respectively.Prior to the expansion, three posts were vacant– two from JD(S) and one from Congress. There is still one post vacant in the JD(S) share.Faced with a rout in the Lok Sabha polls and growing disgruntlement within, the coalition leaders, after a series of negotiations, had decided fill vacant posts in the cabinet.An increasing number of cabinet berth aspirants in the Congress is worrying the coalition leaders, as this may once again lead to disgruntlement and cause disturbance in the smooth functioning of the government.Meanwhile, dismissing reports about his resignation as state Congress chief, Rao said, he has not written any letter to the party high command as being reported, and his continuation as the party’s state unit chief is left for the Congress leadership to decide. Rao was conspicuous by his absence at the cabinet expansion on Friday.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at truant ministers who were absent from Parliament duty despite being on the roster on Tuesday and asked his party to prepare a list of the absentees by the evening.In both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, ministers are kept on Parliament duty for two hours every day. The opposition writes to the Prime Minister in case a minister fails to appear in the Parliament. At the BJP’s weekly parliamentary party meeting, PM Modi asked for a list of ministers who skipped their parliament duty, said sources.PM Modi asked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs to focus on animal welfare and humanitarian issues as he laid down the roadmap for the government till 2025.Speaking at the parliamentary party meeting, Modi asked MPs to pay attention to their constituencies and come up with an innovative idea, stressing that the first impression is the last impression. “MPs need to work as a team with officers. Focus on animal welfare as this is the season when animals are prone to falling ill,” he said.The Prime Minister asked MPs to attend Parliament regularly and take their roster duties seriously. Setting the targets of the government till 2025, Modi said, “Till 2025, the government will target socially relevant issues. Humanitarian issues such as TB, leprosy or disability need to be paid attention to. All MPs need to work on this on a mission mode.”This is not the first time PM Modi has asked MPs to take their duties seriously. At a similar meeting in the beginning of the month, Modi had come down heavily on lawmakers who spoil the party’s image.Expressing his displeasure with legislator Akash Vijayvargiya, son of veteran BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, for assaulting a civic official with a bat during a demolition drive in Indore, the Prime Minister had said BJP leaders had toiled hard for generations to bring the party success and such arrogance brings it a bad name. “Beta kisi ka bhi ho, manmaani nahi chalegi (it might be anyone’s son, bad behaviour will not be tolerated),” he said. Animal WelfareBharatiya Janata PartyBJPKailash Vijayvargiya First Published: July 16, 2019, 1:05 PM IST
The rise and plateau of smartphonesMuch of the PC market’s demise has been attributed to the smartphone. These veritable computers in our pockets have replaced most of what we use PCs for. Those include browsing the web, communicating with other people, entertainment, and, for some hardcore users, even work.Smartphones continue to become more powerful and more capable and there are no signs that it will slow down any time soon. There are signs, however, of the market no longer experiencing exponential growth rates. It’s still growing, mind, just not as fast as before. And it’s not because smartphones are on the decline. It’s just that the market has become that stable and that users have become less obsessed with the latest and greatest models. They just need the smartphone to deliver the experiences they need and to get out of the way otherwise. In other words, smartphones have become the new PCs.Windows 10 streamEverybody loves an underdog story but despite the seemingly hopeful turn of events for the PC market, both Gartner and IDC have less sensational explanations for the sudden and, they say, short-lived growth: Windows 10 and businesses. As businesses upgrade to Windows 10, they often also upgrade their PCs, causing a spike in the graph.AdChoices广告It won’t last forever, of course. As enterprise customers finish their upgrades, so too will the sudden flood of PC sales. The researchers predict that PC sales will again start to drop after that but there is also another factor that could offset that as well.Gaming dollarsDespite the rise of mobile gaming and the continued popularity of consoles, the PC gaming market has never really declined as much as the wider PC market has. It remains a profitable business and is still the platform of choice for many eSports competitions. With AMD’s return to the spotlight, Apple’s entry though external GPUs, and the slow but steady development of VR and AR experience, PCs designed for gaming show no sign of giving way to smartphones.Admittedly, gaming PCs make up for a small part of the PC market but they also hint at a trend that describes the market as a whole. PCs have, in a sense, become special purpose computers rather than the general purpose machines they once were. Sure, you can still do anything on a PC but you probably won’t do the things you can also do on a smartphone anyway. But for tasks like gaming, content creation, and even cryptocurrency mining, you’ll want a dedicated PC for that.New breedsGartner and IDC both agree that the PC market has experienced a small growth, though they differ in how exactly how much that growth was. But what the two don’t seem to agree on is what should be included under the term “PC”. IDC adopts a more “traditional” set of Desktops, Notebooks, and Workstations but excludes tablets. Ironically, it does consider Chromebooks as part of that set. In contrast, Gartner includes tablets like the Surface but shuts out Chromebooks. Amusingly, both include Apple as a PC maker, despite the company’s efforts to distance itself from the name.This “disagreement” is indicative of the same confusion both consumers and analysts have over the market. What exactly is a PC? Moreover, it belies something critical that’s happening in that market. The PC is changing and the lines are blurring. Laptops are becoming tablets and vice versa. Chrome OS is starting to take different forms and Apple continues to market the iPad as a post-PC computer. Even gaming desktops and laptops are changing forms, taking on smaller sizes. Some are using smartphones as PCs while some PCs have simply become expensive thin clients for web apps and services. If you stick to the definition of a PC more than a decade old (a desktop or laptop running Windows), then you shouldn’t be surprised to see its numbers dwindle over time.Wrap-up: the PC is here to stayIf there’s anything that this blip in the radar proved, it is that the PC market is a resilient one. It may be dying, arguably, but it’s taking its sweet time and it isn’t going down without a fight. Smartphones have replaced PCs as the default general purpose computing devices while PCs have become more specialized but also more varied. PC experiences and uses have changed just as users themselves have changed. Maybe it’s time for these market researchers to change their criteria as well. For years now, prophets of doom have been talking about the death of the PC. To some extent, they are right. The PC of old have gone the way of the dodo and today’s PCs have very little in common with them. Last week, both Gartner and IDC published numbers that, for the first time in six years, showed growth for the steadily shrinking market. And while both market researchers advise cautious optimism, it’s hard to deny the trend that their statistics show: the PC isn’t going anywhere.
Story TimelineGalaxy Note 7 recall update: Do I have an exploding phone?Apple says third-party batteries at fault for exploding Beats headphones Will charging under my pillow start a fire?Yes. Charging your phone under your pillow at night is a risk. It absolutely can start a fire, and not just because your phone won’t have anywhere to dispel excess heat. In general, your phone, laptop, or most other small electronics will shut themselves off before they get hot enough to start a fire. Despite this, you should always keep the various air vents in your devices open and free to dispel heat. The hotter your device gets, the better chance it’ll shut down completely and potentially destroy your onboard data, photos, etcetera. If you’ll take a peek at a grid of images above, you’ll find images shared by the Newton NH Fire Department. They’ve suggested that the fire in these photos was started by the phone (not pictured), which is possible. It’s far more likely that the damage here was caused by the faulty power cord.Ah, wiresA power cord has three layers. There’s a rubbery exterior (sometimes there’s an extra layer of material, if you’ve got a fancy cord), then an (often brightly colored) protective layer surrounding and protecting the final layer. The final layer is copper, the material through which power flows from your wall socket to your phone. AdChoices广告As you’ll see in the images above, the wire is clearly damaged. The most likely situation here was that the power cord was damaged before the fire, and an exposed copper wire (or even a twisted bit of cord therein) caused a power surge. Your smartphone has a power regulator that’s able to dictate the amount of power that flows into the device’s battery. There’s another power regulator at the other end of the cord – back at the point at which you’ve plugged your cord into the wall. Modern power cords and power regulators are pretty smart. When they get damaged, they get pretty dumb, really quick.When your various power plugs and cords get damaged, they stop sending the right amount of power to the right place at the right time. When that happens, there’s a significant chance that abnormal amounts of heat will appear, at which point flammable materials have the potential to light up. Shoddy ComponentsPower cords and wall plugs are a GOOD PLACE to NOT buy 3rd-hand off-brand goods. If you absolutely must purchase a power cord from a brand you’ve never heard of because you’re at an airport, get a better cord as soon as possible. Airport cords aren’t necessarily safe just because you bought them from a person face-to-face. The companies with the most to lose make the most reliable cords and power plugs. That means the smartphone company, like Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, etcetera, is the absolute best place to go to get a replacement cord for the phone that needs a cord.If you buy a cord from a brand you’ve never heard of before from a website on the internet, you’re asking for trouble. There’s very little certification checking going on on the internet, and your chances of getting a cord that’ll start a fire are far higher when you’ve purchased from a brand that cares very little for its end user.Be Safe!This holiday season (and beyond) remember to keep your phone, tablet, etcetera charging out and away from your bed. NEVER let a device charge its battery under a pillow, and don’t leave a device charging on a stack of old newspapers either – fire is as fire does! Today we’re going to have a chat about the various different places where charging your smartphone can cause a fire. Spoiler alert: fires can happen almost anywhere there’s oxygen, and the vast majority of the time there’s a fire involving a smartphone, it’s due to shoddy equipment. Not only can your phone start on fire, your bed, your pillow, and your head can start on fire, too.
Newark Liberty International Airport was forced to stop flights on Tuesday evening after officials spotted a drone in the airspace of a nearby airport. Initial reports claimed two drones were seen flying in protected airspace, though they were later clarified as a single drone seen near Teterboro Airport. The FAA stepped in to ground flights, which have since resumed. Under current FAA regulations, drones are not allowed to operate within a certain distance of airports. This rule aims to protect large aircraft from damage that could result if they were to collide with a small drone. Despite the restrictions, some drone owners have been found operating their drones within the protected airspace — sometimes without realizing they’d gone too far, and other times intentionally.Late Tuesday evening, the FAA reported that it had to stop flights at Newark Liberty International, one of the nation’s largest airports, after at least one drone was seen operating near Teterboro Airport, which is located about 15 miles away. Reports of the drone sighting came from the crews of multiple flights.An FAA spokesperson reported that the drone was seen operating 3,500ft above Teterboro around 5PM local time. The flight restriction has since been lifted, allowing flights to resume at both Teterboro and Newark. Federal law enforcement and both the New York and New Jersey Port Authorities are investigating the matter.According to a report from ABC, air traffic controller audio heard via LiveATC.net included one pilot who claimed the drone had been come within about 30ft of the approaching aircraft’s wing. If true, this wouldn’t be the first time a drone operator has positioned a small UAV close to a passenger plane. In 2018, a video surfaced online captured by a camera drone that showed it positioned immediately above a plane approaching McCarran International Airport near Vegas. As well, the UK experienced a massive flight disruption over the 2018 holiday travel period due to rogue drone presence. Story TimelineDJI drones get tiny parachute safety system to protect crowdsFAA may relax drone rules about flying over crowds and at nightAI and drones give farmers an edge as SeeTree takes off
Verizon has lifted the lid on its 5G deployment, confirming it plans to light up the high-speed next-generation network in more than 30 US cities this year. The service will begin with what the carrier is calling Verizon 5G Mobility, intended for smartphones like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Story TimelineVerizon’s first 5G cities and this giant phoneVerizon 5G Home Internet service arrives in select cities on October 1Verizon 5G smartphone details: Samsung onboard That will go live in the first half of the year, Verizon says. Samsung had previously confirmed that the Galaxy S10 5G – which is the largest of the four Galaxy S10 family of devices announced in San Francisco yesterday, with a 6.7-inch touchscreen – would go on sale in the summer of 2019. Although it will initially be a Verizon exclusive, other US carriers will begin offering it before the end of June.After Verizon’s mobility product, then will come expansion of Verizon 5G Home. That’ll happen in the second half of 2019, the carrier says. It’ll be focused on customers wanting to replace home broadband connections like cable and DSL with a 5G connection instead. “Revenues from 5G Mobility and 5G Home will begin to scale next year and are expected to contribute more meaningfully to growth in 2021,” Verizon said today at an investor conference in New York. “The company’s Mobile Edge Computing platform, which will enable real-time enterprise applications, is expected to launch in fourth-quarter 2019.”Of course, 5G coverage is – even in more than 30 cities – still relatively limited in comparison to existing networks. One of the primary elements required, therefore, is 4G LTE service for 5G devices to roll back onto when they no longer have a 5G signal. There, Verizon says it has 1,500 markets with LTE Advanced currently live. Verizon is keeping its device roadmap relatively close to its chest, despite the 5G expansion news. Indeed there are only three devices currently confirmed to be launching on the Verizon 5G network. That’s the Galaxy S10 5G, as well as the Motorola Moto 5G Mod for the Z3 smartphone, which is also an exclusive to the carrier. An Inseego 5G Jetpack mobile hotspot will also be offered. In the second half of the year, though, there’ll be a lot more choice. For a start there’ll be additional smartphones, Verizon teases, mentioning no specific names. For Verizon 5G Home use, meanwhile, there’ll be equipment both intended for professional installation and for self-installation. What we don’t know yet is quite how much all this will cost us. Verizon does cite a reduced cost per gigabyte for 5G data as being a key advantage for the next-generation networks, but it’s important to remember that in this situation the carrier is talking about its own benefits, not those to consumers. Quite how 5G will compare to use to 4G LTE remains, therefore, to be seen.
The current Nissan Z car, the 370Z has been on the market since 2009 with little in the way of change. That lack of updating has meant that the car finds few buyers. A stale design, heavyweight, and lower power than the competition means low sales. Sales are so low that fans feared the car might simply be discontinued. A new report says that a new version of the Z car is in the works. Nissan’s global design chief, Alfonso Albaisa, confirmed recently that development of a new prototype is underway. Albaisa went so far as to say that Nissan wants to have something to show off in time for the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which happens in October 2019.That would mark the 50th anniversary for the car. The design head also remarked that the pressure is huge on the new car. Before the current 370Z bowed in, the previous car, the 350Z, was introduced in 2002. It’s hard to believe that the car has remained essentially unchanged in all those years. While Albasisa didn’t say anything specific about the design and shape of the new car, the assumption is that the retro ride will stick with the design and style of the original cars. Fans certainly hope that the car gets lighter, better performance, and perhaps even cheaper than current models that have grown expensive, bloated, and relatively slow compared to the competition. Something along the lines of the old school 240Z in style with size and weight like the Subaru BRZ would thrill fans. Throw in handling on par with the BRZ/MX5 and more power for enthusiasts and Z car fans to get really excited.SOURCE: Autoblog
Tesla has revealed its fourth quarter 2018 results, saying that its production grew to 86,555 vehicles during the most recent quarter. The majority of production went toward the Model 3 at 61,394 vehicles, a 15-percent increase over Q3. In addition to its production increases, Tesla said that it will slash the price of its vehicles by $2,000 in the US. During its Q4 2018, Tesla produced 25,161 Model S and Model X vehicles in addition to the 61,394 Model 3 cars. During this quarter, the company delivered 90,700 vehicles, an 8-percent increase over the all-time high it had announced in Q3. Overall, Tesla delivered 245,240 vehicles in 2018. According to Tesla, its Model 3 deliveries in Q4 only applied to the mid- and high-priced variants, cash and loan transactions, and North American customers. The auto maker plans to start international deliveries in China and Europe starting next month.The numbers aside, Tesla has also decided to slash the cost of its Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles in the United States by $2,000. The move aims to “partially absorb” some of the money US customers lose with the EV tax credit reduction, which has decreased from $7,500 to $3,750 USD.AdChoices广告The EV tax reduction took place on January 1, decreasing the financial incentive to purchase an electric vehicle over a traditional gasoline car. Tax credits have aimed to reduce carbon emissions by getting more consumers to adopt emissions-free vehicles, though some critics have argued against credits as being an effective way to achieve environmental goals. Story TimelineTesla Model 3 hack puts YouTube and Ubuntu on the dashTesla Autopilot could drive from home to work soonTesla Model 3 headlights get some good safety news
News outlets examine how Medicare and Medicaid fare in the budget blueprint advanced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick. Los Angeles Times: A Closer Look At Paul Ryan’s Federal Budget PlanUnder Ryan’s plan, which has passed the Republican-controlled House twice in slightly different versions, the Internal Revenue Service would tax the wealthiest Americans less, but many of the poorest ones more; Medicare would be transformed; Medicaid would be cut by about a third; and all functions of government other than those health programs, Social Security and the military would shrink to levels not seen since the 1930s (Lauter and Mascaro, 8/14).The Associated Press: Ryan’s Medicare Plan Would Be Tricky To Pull OffThe idea behind Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan is to slow growing costs and keep the program more affordable for the long haul. But it’s all in the details. The Republican-backed shift to private insurance plans could saddle future retirees with thousands of dollars a year in additional bills (Alonso-Zaldivar, 8/13).The Fiscal Times: No Matter Who Wins, Health Care Rationing Is ComingMedicare has moved to the center of this year’s presidential campaign for a single overriding reason: shrinking the nation’s long-term government deficit demands dealing with health care costs. No one — left, center or right — disagrees with that analysis…But the debate is now focused on the government side of the ledger because Republican candidate Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who has championed Medicare privatization, as his running mate. They are offering voters a stark choice on Medicare from President Obama and the Democrats. It can be distilled down to a single, simple question: Who will be on the hook if the health care delivery system fails to limit health care cost growth – individual seniors or the government (Goozner, 8/14)?CQ HealthBeat: Ryan Prescription For Entitlement Costs Would Dramatically Remold MedicaidMitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul D. Ryan as his running mate will mean sharper national scrutiny of his plan to remold Medicaid in addition to Medicare. Left-leaning analysts say millions more Americans would become uninsured under the changes he proposed to the health care program for the poor. Ryan says in his “Path to Prosperity” budget proposal that his plan would give states “greater flexibility to help recipients build self-sufficient futures for themselves and their families.” It’s the same plan that proposes to transform Medicare into a premium support program (Reichard, 8/13).The Hill: Liberal Think Tank Says Ryan’s Medicare Arguments Is DishonestRep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget proposal would keep the Medicare cuts in President Obama’s health care law, the liberal Center for American Progress noted Monday. The political battle over Medicare has intensified yet again since Mitt Romney announced Ryan as his pick for vice president on Saturday. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is the author and champion of two budget plans that would dramatically overhaul Medicare (Baker, 8/13).CQ HealthBeat: Premium Support Moves To Prime Spot In Policy DebateMitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul D. Ryan as his running mate accelerates a national debate over a premium support-based overhaul of the Medicare program — possibly teeing it up for prime consideration in Congress next year if the Republican ticket proves to be a winner with the voters. The premium support blueprint is controversial, to be sure. But it can’t be laughed off as purely partisan, as doggedly as Democrats will try. It has proved to be attractive to such influential Democratic thinkers as former Congressional Budget Office (CBO) directors Alice Rivlin and Robert Reischauer. And it’s an idea that has led pragmatic Democrats like Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to think Medicare’s core promise — a guarantee of decent affordable health care during old age — can be kept in a way that finds common ground with Republicans who insist that Medicare spending must be reined in sharply to defuse the debt crisis (Reichard, 8/13).Des Moines Register: Iowans Look Anew At Medicare IdeasVice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s plan to overhaul Medicare in an attempt to slow ballooning costs and keep the program affordable promises to cast a long shadow in Iowa, experts said. Past proposals to change the federal health insurance program for seniors have collapsed under deep public skepticism, but there are signs people in Iowa and across the nation are taking a more nuanced view this election cycle(Krogstad, 8/14).Medpage Today: Romney VP Pick Could Mean Big Medicare ChangesRyan’s proposal for overhauling Medicaid involves the use of block grants. The federal government would cap the Medicaid spending in each state and let the states figure out funding rates themselves. Also on his website, Ryan says constant forestalling of changes to Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate formula for physician reimbursement is unacceptable. “Physicians should not have to wait on Congress to act every year in order to prevent pay cuts that are arbitrarily determined by an outdated formula,” he writes (Pittman, 8/13).Medpage Today: Campaign: Ryan’s Medicare Policies Draw FireSeveral health care groups are opposing the policy ideas of new Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, claiming his proposals for Medicare and Medicaid reform would do more harm than good. … The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) opposes premium support. As health care costs increase, the fixed government contribution for premiums would prevent great increases in support, forcing beneficiaries to pay more, AAFP President Glen Stream, MD, noted in an interview with MedPage Today Monday. …The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank, says over time seniors would be able to purchase fewer benefits. The group’s March analysis of Ryan’s plan also states a premium-support proposal would increase health care costs because private insurance plans seniors would purchase provide higher payments to providers (Pittman, 8/13).The Texas Tribune: Ryan’s Plan For Medicaid, Medicare Mirrors Texas BillsIf Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan’s controversial plan for reforming Medicaid and Medicare sounds familiar in Texas, it should. The Wisconsin congressman’s proposal bears strong similarities to bills that Texas Republicans advocated for — and eventually passed — during the last legislative session (Ramshaw, 8/14).Meanwhile, Politico takes a look at Ryan’s broader congressional voting record — Politico Pro: Ryan’s Record: Big-Spending ConservatismPaul Ryan rose to the top of the political ranks on his reputation as a conservative budget hawk. But his voting record shows him to be far from a pure fiscal conservative. Ryan voted for the $700 billion bank bailout, the biggest Medicare expansion in U.S. history, a massive highway bill that included the “Bridge to Nowhere” and other big-ticket priorities when George W. Bush was president — going to bat for a high-spending GOP agenda that the tea party base now looks on with regret (Restuccia and Kim, 8/13). Under The Microscope: Ryan’s Plans For Medicare, Medicaid And The Budget This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Los Angeles Times: Congress Approves Stopgap Bill To Keep Highway Projects Going The bill also props up the Department of Veterans Affairs with an additional $3 billion to avoid closing health clinics amid its own budget shortfall. (Mascaro, 7/30) The Senate cleared legislation freeing up money for the Veterans Affairs Department’s medical services, likely averting a shutdown of VA hospitals the department had warned would start next month without flexibility to cover a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. Senators approved the transfer of VA funds as part of a three-month extension of highway programs (HR 3236) by a 91-4 vote, one day after the House overwhelmingly passed the hybrid transportation and veterans measure. The legislation now heads to the White House, where it is likely to be signed by the president. (O’Brien, 7/30) CQ Healthbeat: Veterans Budget Patch Cleared In Highway Bill VA Clinics Get $3 Billion In Highway Bill The Department of Veteran Affairs warned that some VA hospitals would have to close next month if they don’t get the additional funding. President Barack Obama is likely to sign the bill. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Hospitals Serving The Sickest And Poorest Patients Worry About New Federal Ratings A new analysis of preliminary data by Modern Healthcare raises concerns. Hospitals with a high percentage of dual-eligible stays do worse than other hospitals in the readmissions category of the CMS star ratings, hurting their overall star rating, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of CMS data.In the latest preview of the CMS star ratings that will be released on Hospital Compare in February, the agency didn’t risk-adjust hospitals by peer groups based on their dual-eligible population as it currently does in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. (Castellucci, 12/5) In other hospital and industry news — This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Add “hospital consolidation” to the list of health-care problems on which Democrats want to pressure the Trump administration once they take control of the House in January. High drug prices have recently captured much attention in Washington, and will probably be the subject of multiple oversight hearings in Congress next year. But the rapid pace of mergers and acquisitions in the health-care industry is also looming large as health systems consolidate, pushing prices upward and potentially reducing quality of care. (Cunningham, 12/5) Modern Healthcare: New CMS Star Ratings Ignore Socio-Economic Factors The Washington Post: House Democrats Want More Aggressive Scrutiny Of Health-Care Mergers The Washington Post: Critics Say New Transplant Rules Will Benefit Big City Medical Centers The organization that controls the distribution of livers for transplant revised its controversial allocation policy for the second time in a year, further limiting transplant centers’ access to organs collected in their areas. The new plan eliminates geographical boundaries drawn years ago that had largely given transplant centers first shot at livers collected from brain-dead donors in hospitals nearby. It moves the liver transplant system farther toward a “sickest-first” model that would send organs to recipients more than 500 miles away if they demonstrate the greatest need. (Bernstein, 12/5) In forging partnerships with a New Jersey hospital and a data analytics startup, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has created a web of interlocking financial interests and conflicts that, ethics experts told STAT, raise doubts about whether the prominent New York City hospital can always put its patients’ interests first while using information in their medical records to make money. In late 2016, Memorial Sloan Kettering signed a deal with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest hospital systems, giving the cancer center access to a larger pool of patients and a bulwark against encroaching competition from other national players in cancer care. (Ross and Swetlitz, 12/6) Stat: Memorial Sloan Kettering Business Deals Created A Web Of Conflicts
‘The System Is Broken’: Not Only Are Doctors Failing To Report Conflicts Of Interest, Journals Aren’t Vetting Them Either A New York Times and ProPublica investigation reveals widespread flaws in how conflicts of interest are reported in medical journals, which are the main conduit for communicating the latest scientific discoveries to the public The New York Times/ProPublica: Doctors And Disclosures The New York Times/ProPublica: Prominent Doctors Aren’t Disclosing Their Industry Ties In Medical Journal Studies. And Journals Are Doing Little To Enforce Their Rules Academic journals are the way the world learns about medical breakthroughs, and companies benefit greatly when research about their products is published in them. Prestigious journals require authors to list any potential conflicts of interest. But dozens of doctors have failed to disclose significant relationships with health care and drug companies that pay them for consulting work, sitting on corporate boards and other roles. (Thomas and Ornstein, 12/8) One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors. These leading medical figures are among dozens of doctors who have failed in recent years to report their financial relationships with pharmaceutical and health care companies when their studies are published in medical journals, according to a review by The New York Times and ProPublica and data from other recent research. (Ornstein and Thomas, 12/8) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
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While we got a glimpse Porche’s first 350-kW CCS charging station, we’ve yet to see the technology in action until now.As we continue to report, people want faster EV charging, and when it arrives and works as advertised, we should see a notable increase in EV adoption. Tesla Superchargers are capable of about 120 kW at peak rates and the new Electrify America stations offer some 350-kW ultra-fast chargers (related to Porsche since VW Group is employing the EA stations as part of its Dieselgate agreement). Ionity, ABB, and some others are also publicizing such technology.Related Stories: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Gets Production Green Light Source: Electric Vehicle News Jaguar I-PACE Tested At 350 kW Ultra-Fast Charger Electrify America’s First 350 kW Ultra-Fast Charger Opens Today Porsche has advertised that its 800-volt charger can bring its batteries to an 80-percent charge in just 15 minutes, however, we haven’t yet seen that proven, and we have no clue about the batteries themselves in terms of size.Now, German automotive publication Auto Motor und Sport’s Alexander Bloch got some exclusive time with the upcoming Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo and was able to check out the charging situation firsthand, among other things.As expected, the car doesn’t charge at the full 350 kW, but instead at 248 kW. This doesn’t mean that the tech isn’t capable, however. Instead, it’s just not charging at the full rate possible for various reasons. Still, 248 kW is pretty encouraging.Tesla CEO Elon Musk has pointed out in the past that 350 kW just isn’t practical or necessary right now. Battery packs aren’t large enough to have a high enough C-rate and 350 kW would be cost prohibitive. Tesla has plans for 200 to 250 kW V3 Superchargers at some point in the not too far future.Check out the Mission E Cross Turismo video above. Scroll forward to the 19-minute mark to see the section pertaining to charging.Video Description via Auto Motor und Sport on YouTube:*Translated from GermanPorsche stands for PS strong boxer engines with great sound. In the future, however, the world of the Swabians could sound very different. We take a look into the future with the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo and show why it will be the fastest electric car on the road. Alexander Bloch receives an exclusive insight into the E-Ladepark at the Porsche test center in WeissachSource: YouTube via Electrek
The test will take place the day after the Ad Diriyah race, with extra slots handed to teams that run a female driver in addition to their regular racers.“I’m really looking forward to my first test in a Formula E car,” said Schreiner.“Many thanks to HWA RACELAB for giving me this unique opportunity to test a Formula E car in Diriyah, for which I’m very grateful.“I’ve driven quite a few racing cars before but am sure I’ll find that sitting behind the wheel of a fully electric formula racing car for the first time will be an absolutely unique experience.“Over the next few weeks, I will be fully focused on preparing as much as possible for the test. December 16 can’t come around fast enough.”Schreiner is set to share HWA’s two cars with the squad’s race drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett.She will drive Vandoorne’s car in the test’s morning session and Paffett’s machine during the afternoon running.“We are pleased to have found in Carrie a good substitute for Sophia and are very pleased to give this young talent the chance to gain her first experience in such an exciting and future-oriented race series as Formula E,” said HWA CEO and team principal Ulrich Fritz.“Carrie has excelled at the wheel of a variety of racing cars over the past few years and I’m sure she’ll quickly find her feet on her debut in an electric formula racing car as well.“The weekend is a first both for Carrie and for us as a team. We can hardly wait to finally get started.“Still, we are also, of course, thinking of Sophia, for whom we would also like to have made this testing possible.“However, the important thing now is that she concentrates on making a speedy recovery. We wish her all the best and get well soon.”The Dragon squad is now the only remaining FE team that is still to announce which female driver it will run in a second car for the test.Audi and Jaguar are the only teams running a single entry during the test. Watch Formula E Gen 1 Vs Gen 2 Battle: Plus CNET Drives Audi FE Car Source: Electric Vehicle News Schreiner – the 2018 Lamborghini Trofeo Middle East Pro-Am co-champion, who raced in ADAC and British Formula 4 in the past – will take Floersch’s place at the test as the latter continues to recover from the injuries she sustained in a crash at the recent Macau Grand Prix.More Formula E News F1 Race Engineer To Switch To Formula E Mercedes Role Formula E: Let’s Look Inside The Gen 2 In CGI Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 2, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Sophia Floersch will be replaced by Carrie Schreiner in the HWA ABB FIA Formula E team’s line-up for the test that will follow next month’s Ad Diriyah E-Prix.
Panasonic’s Only Profitable Electric Car Battery Deal Is With Tesla In order for Tesla to move forward, employees cuts are imminent.There has been much talk about whether Tesla was able to make a profit in Q4. In addition, with overseas Model 3 sales moving forward and the cheapest (base $35,000) Model 3 looming, adjustments are coming. This isn’t unexpected, however, we didn’t think that the automaker would be cutting full-time employees to make ends meet. Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent a message to all employees today. It stated: … we unfortunately have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7% (we grew by 30% last year, which is more than we can support) and retain only the most critical temps and contractors. Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months. Munro Talks Tesla Model 3 Motor Magic And Profit Potential Source: Electric Vehicle News Related Stories: Tesla Q3 2018 Earnings Report: Record Revenue, Turns Profit Musk says that while Tesla was able to generate a GAAP profit in Q4 2018, based on “preliminary, unaudited results,” it’s not as high as that of 2018 Q3. We already know that all automakers are facing what may be a very tough year ahead. General Motors already implemented some necessary steps in November to assure that 2019 may move forward successfully. Additionally, Ford has announced that it’s uncertain just how 2019 will play out.We’ve included Musk’s letter to employees in its entirety below:Company UpdateThis morning, the following email was sent to all Tesla employees:As we all experienced first-hand, last year was the most challenging in Tesla’s history. However, thanks to your efforts, 2018 was also the most successful year in Tesla’s history: we delivered almost as many cars as we did in all of 2017 in the last quarter alone and nearly as many cars last year as we did in all the prior years of Tesla’s existence combined! Model 3 also became the best-selling premium vehicle of 2018 in the US. This is truly remarkable and something that few thought possible just a short time ago.Looking ahead at our mission of accelerating the advent of sustainable transport and energy, which is important for all life on Earth, we face an extremely difficult challenge: making our cars, batteries and solar products cost-competitive with fossil fuels. While we have made great progress, our products are still too expensive for most people. Tesla has only been producing cars for about a decade and we’re up against massive, entrenched competitors. The net effect is that Tesla must work much harder than other manufacturers to survive while building affordable, sustainable products.In Q3 last year, we were able to make a 4% profit. While small by most standards, I would still consider this our first meaningful profit in the 15 years since we created Tesla. However, that was in part the result of preferentially selling higher priced Model 3 variants in North America. In Q4, preliminary, unaudited results indicate that we again made a GAAP profit, but less than Q3. This quarter, as with Q3, shipment of higher priced Model 3 variants (this time to Europe and Asia) will hopefully allow us, with great difficulty, effort and some luck, to target a tiny profit.However, starting around May, we will need to deliver at least the mid-range Model 3 variant in all markets, as we need to reach more customers who can afford our vehicles. Moreover, we need to continue making progress towards lower priced variants of Model 3. Right now, our most affordable offering is the mid-range (264 mile) Model 3 with premium sound and interior at $44k. The need for a lower priced variants of Model 3 becomes even greater on July 1, when the US tax credit again drops in half, making our car $1,875 more expensive, and again at the end of the year when it goes away entirely.Sorry for all these numbers, but I want to make sure that you know all the facts and figures and understand that the road ahead is very difficult. This is not new for us – we have always faced significant challenges – but it is the reality we face. There are many companies that can offer a better work-life balance, because they are larger and more mature or in industries that are not so voraciously competitive. Attempting to build affordable clean energy products at scale necessarily requires extreme effort and relentless creativity, but succeeding in our mission is essential to ensure that the future is good, so we must do everything we can to advance the cause.As a result of the above, we unfortunately have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7% (we grew by 30% last year, which is more than we can support) and retain only the most critical temps and contractors. Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months. Higher volume and manufacturing design improvements are crucial for Tesla to achieve the economies of scale required to manufacture the standard range (220 mile), standard interior Model 3 at $35k and still be a viable company. There isn’t any other way.To those departing, thank you for everything you have done to advance our mission. I am deeply grateful for your contributions to Tesla. We would not be where we are today without you.For those remaining, although there are many challenges ahead, I believe we have the most exciting product roadmap of any consumer product company in the world. Full self-driving, Model Y, Semi, Truck and Roadster on the vehicle side and Powerwall/pack and Solar Roof on the energy side are only the start.I am honored to work alongside you.Thanks for everything,ElonSource: Tesla Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 18, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News