bihar mahagathbandhanbihar-lok-sabha-elections-2019EVMsfifth phase election First Published: May 7, 2019, 4:45 PM IST Muzaffarpur: A poll official here was served a show cause notice on Tuesday for keeping six electronic voting machines (EVMs) inside a hotel room while voting was on in Bihar in the fifth phase.The district authorities have, however, asserted that none of the machines were used or their seals broken. The matter had come to light on Monday when several local leaders of the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) noticed that poll-related paraphernalia were being taken inside a hotel by sector magistrate Awadhesh Kumar and raised an alarm.A show cause notice has been issued to Kumar for his action which went against the rules. EVMs are not supposed to be kept at any place other than in the strong room or the assigned polling booth. In addition to the sector magistrate, action may be taken against five police personnel who had helped him unload the EVMs at the hotel, Muzaffarpur district magistrate, Alok Ranjan Ghosh, who is also the district election officer, said.He, however, dismissed allegations of suspected misuse saying none of the EVMs were used for voting and all were sealed. These were kept in reserve, meant for replacement in case of a snag being reported from anywhere.A demonstration against it was staged by local leaders of ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (opposition alliance) partner Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), a fledgling outfit, which has fielded its candidate Rajbhushan Chaudhary from the seat and the RJD which is the largest constituent of the opposition formation.The Mahagathbandhan leaders alleged that the incident pointed towards an attempt to rig the polls by the local administration in favour of the NDA, which is in power in Bihar.The NDA has fielded sitting BJP MP Ajay Nishad from the seat.
Rishi Kapoor who is now cancer-free, took to twitter last September to inform his followers that he is going to USA for some medical treatment. However he didn’t specify any disease during that time. He wrote, “Hello all! I am taking a short leave of absence from work to go to America for some medical treatment. I urge my well-wishers not to worry or unnecessarily speculate. It’s been 45 years plus of wear and tear at the movies. With your love and good wishes, I will be back soon!”It was only after Filmmaker Rahul Rawail took to social media to announce that veteran actor is cancer- free, that people got to know what the illness was. Rishi Kapoor also opened about his illness a while ago in an interview with Deccan Chronicles. He talked about his battle with cancer and how Neetu was the support he needed for recovery.”Neetu has stood by me like a rock. Otherwise I am too difficult a person to handle as far as food and drink are concerned,” Rishi said in a statement. He even told that his illness has brought his kids closer to him. “My kids Ranbir and Riddhima have really shouldered my problems,” he said.Various personalities from film industry like Sonali Bendre, Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra visited Rishi Kapoor in New York from time to time. Now, as per latest reports, the actor is all set to return home soon by end of August. He confirmed to Mumbai Mirror by saying “Yes, I am trying to return by August-end, depending on what the doctors say. I have recovered well and I am feeling good. Must be 100 percent fit by the time I am back”The actor’s last release was Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out. Based on a Gujarati play written by Saumya Joshi, the movie also featured Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan.Follow @News18Movies for more Riddhima Kapoor Sahni surprised her Instagram followers by posting a picture with parents Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor and daughter Samara. She captioned the Instagram post as,”Famjam #nycdiaries #happydaysonly #nolookingbacknow.” Alia Battamitabh bachchanCancer-free Rishi Kapoorneetu kapoor First Published: June 20, 2019, 7:30 PM IST
Washington: After US President Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron late on Friday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi over landslide victory in Lok Sabha polls. The French foreign ministry said that both the countries would together consolidate the security of their nations.”We will continue to work together to consolidate the security of our nations, secure stability in the world, and promote sustainable development as well as exchanges between our youth,” spokesperson of the ministry of France’s foreign affairs said. On Friday, Trump and PM Modi agreed to meet at the G-20 Summit in Japan next month as both the leaders pledged to further strengthen the US-India strategic partnership and build on the achievements of the last two years. Trump telephoned Modi to congratulate him on the historic electoral victory in the Lok Sabha polls, the White House said.Prime Minister Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office, winning 302 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.”The leaders look forward to seeing one another at the G-20 Summit in Osaka, where the US, India, and Japan will hold a trilateral meeting to pursue their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the White House said.The G-20 Summit meeting is slated for June 28 and 29.China is flexing its muscles in the South China Sea (SCS) which serves as a passage for annual trade worth USD 3.5 trillion. The US and China are locked in a tussle for the commercial control of the SCS. China claims almost all of the strategic SCS with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam pushing competing claims to parts of the resource-rich maritime region. The US, Japan and India do not have any territorial claims there.The US and India have made enormous strides together which include the expansion of bilateral defence cooperation and combined military exercises, the historic civil nuclear deal, the nearly six-fold increase in US-India trade, the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative and the designation of India as a Major Defence Partner.Later speaking to reporters at the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on his way to Japan, Trump said, “I just spoke to Prime Minister Modi and I gave him my warmest regards and congratulations.”I just conveyed congratulations on behalf of our country, myself and everybody. He had a great election win. He is a friend of mine. We have a very good relationship with India”.Just spoke to Prime Minister @NarendraModi where I congratulated him on his big political victory. He is a great man and leader for the people of India – they are lucky to have him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2019The White House said that the President and Prime Minister pledged to continue to strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership, building on the achievements of the last two years. Earlier on Thursday, congratulating Prime Minister Modi on his “BIG” election victory on Twitter, Trump said that “great things” are in store for the Indo-US strategic ties under his second innings.”Great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together!” Trump had said.Modi had responded saying, “I too am looking forward to working closely with you for closer bilateral ties, which also augur well for global peace and prosperity.”The PM had also thanked US Vice President Mike Pence, who congratulated him saying he looked forward to working with India.”Thank You @VP. This is a victory of democracy, which India and the US cherish. I will continue to promote our partnership with the US for peace and shared prosperity for our two countries and the world,” Modi tweeted Friday.(With PTI inputs) BJPdonald trumpEmmanuel Macrong-20 summit First Published: May 25, 2019, 7:48 AM IST
Impossible Foods looks to make another splash with fishless fish Impossible Foods struggles to keep up with Impossible Burger demand Tuners may have a big problem with Chevy’s mid-engine Corvette, report says Digital Trends Live: Impossible Burger rollout, Mother’s Day guide, and more Grub’s up? Lab-grown insect meat could be the future of food production Impossible FoodsPlant-based food startup Impossible Foods is launching its first new meat-free product since its upgraded Impossible Burger. Get ready for … The Impossible Sausage.Created as part of a collaboration with pizza chain Little Caesars, the vegan, halal, and kosher-friendly faux sausage debuts today on the chain’s new Impossible Supreme Pizza. It’s available for a select time at 58 select Little Caesars restaurants, located in Yakima, Washington, along with Fort Meyers, Florida, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Other toppings on the pizza include mushroom, green pepper, and caramelized onions.“Little Caesars had the foresight to recognize that the core of their meat-eating consumers would embrace an Impossible Supreme Pizza,” Impossible CFO David Lee told Fortune. “I personally engaged with them over the past year or so. … We’ve been collaborating, thinking about where they should launch, and supporting them with product as they developed their own custom seasoning.”According to Fortune, Impossible Foods developed more than 50 different prototype sausages before it finally picked the one it wanted to roll out for its new pizza topping. The plant-based sausage boasts zero mg of cholesterol in a quarter-pound serving next to 70 mg in a meat sausage. There are also 1.5 grams of saturated fat compared to 12 g in its animal counterpart, 17 g fat compared to 29 g, and 270 calories compared to 340 calories. In other words, whether you’re in it for the ethics or the health benefits (or both, of course), the Impossible Sausage could be right for you.“I’m confident that the Impossible Supreme Pizza will go down as one of the most surprising and satisfying menu sensations of 2019,” Little Caesar president and CEO David Scrivano said in a statement. “This is likely just the beginning of plant-based menu items from Little Caesars.”Hopefully, it won’t be too long before the Impossible Sausage launches as a product in its own right. Given how widespread the Impossible Burger is, it would seem that there is a salivating audience ready and waiting for the next-generation foodstuff to be made available.For now, we guess interested parties will have to get a plane ride and a pizza order to try out the new plant-based creation. Hey, things could be a whole lot worse! Editors’ Recommendations
Reuters reports on the behalf of people ‘familiar with the situation’ that Facebook will be offering video entertainment from the above mentioned companies, as well as others, and that these videos will include both non-scripted and scripted shows. The scripted shows will have episodes that are between 20 and 30 minutes long, and they will be owned by Facebook itself.The other shows will be short, only ranging from 5 to 10 minutes long, and those will belong to the partners who provide it. All rumors currently point toward Facebook funding the videos via advertisements rather than requiring a fee such as YouTube Red. The content will reportedly be found in a dedicated video tab within the main Facebook app, though Facebook hasn’t made any of these rumors official.The shows are reportedly split into two tiers of content: owned and not-owned. For videos it owns, the sources claim Facebook will be paying up to a quarter-million dollars, while it will ‘only’ pay between $10k and $35k for partner content. Creators who post their content on Facebook Video will allegedly be given 55-percent ad revenue. Facebook is rumored to be launching its own video service, one that will compete with things like Snapchat and YouTube, and it has just signed a deal with several big media companies as part of this. Such information comes from recently surfaced sources stating Facebook has penned a deal with Vox Media, Group Nine Media, ATTN, BuzzFeed and more. Content provided by those companies will reportedly be presented with advertisements and will be of both the long and short varieties. Story TimelineFacebook’s eSports ambitions challenge TwitchFacebook is testing a new food ordering optionThe arcane rules Facebook uses to censor its users
Samsung is increasingly rolling out a series of experience ‘stores’ it calls Galaxy Studios, making it easy for consumers to play with Samsung gadgets in a way that isn’t necessarily possible at ordinary retail stores. Visitors can, for example, put on a Gear VR headset to experience the company’s virtual reality technology; they can also record with the maker’s Gear 360 camera, or play with the latest flagship smartphones. A Galaxy Studio is basically a fancy store in which people can experience Samsung’s products before buying. If you’re on the fence about purchasing a Galaxy S8, for example, a Galaxy Studio will allow you to play with one of the phones as much as you need to in order to determine whether it’s the right phone for you. The same goes for the other gadgets, such as the virtual reality technology.Samsung explains that, for example, visitors can play a VR game with its virtual reality offerings, getting a real-world taste of what the Gear VR and a Samsung phone can offer in your own home. If you’ve never recorded with a 360-degree camera before, the Galaxy Studios also let you do this with the Korean company’s Gear 360 cameras.In addition to playing with the gadgets, the Galaxy Studios also have some gimmicks to hook visitors attention, one of the most popular being the ‘Liquid Canvas’ experience. This recreates someone’s selfies underwater using dye, oils or ink, something designed to demonstrate the S8’s water resistance. The studios also feature things like interactive smart tables, cylindrical rooms for 360-degree experiences, fitness stations for playing games, and more.Samsung has been introducing its Galaxy Studios in big places around the globe, such as Stockholm Central Station, Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Excelsior Plaza in Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Locations change over time, though, so be sure you know the dates for the one nearest you before heading out.SOURCE: Samsung
MWC 2018 is almost upon us and so are the next generation of smartphones. Some of them will be quite drool-worthy, but many will probably be beyond reach, both in time and in budget. If you’re in need of a new mobile partner soon and your resources are a bit stretched thin, there are still some Android phones for you. And you won’t even have to compromise that much. Here are some of the best mid-range, wallet-friendly phones that you can actually buy now instead of waiting for a few months. What are we looking for?The smartphone market below the premium line has become a bit complicated. Former lines have been blurred and what were once high-end features have more or less become available on lower tiers. Some premium phones, like the Essential PH-1, have prices that dip into the mid-range sphere. Of course, it’s still more expensive than what some might be able to afford. For this round, we’re looking at this combination of features that offer the best bang for your buck, no matter how small that latter may be. PriceIn the old days, lines were drawn based on price. It’s less well-defined now, but you can still get a feel for what’s too expensive and what’s too cheap. Phones like the Essential PH-1 and the OnePlus 5T make things even more confusing. That’s why for mid-range phones, we’re looking for something that nicely sits between $200 and $400. Anything higher and you might as well get a more affordable flagship.AdChoices广告PerformanceJust because you’re paying less doesn’t mean you need to get less. Hardware parts have become more affordable these days, and you’d find some 18:9 bezel-less screens gracing even cheaper phones. That said, it’s a bit easier to spot a mid-range phone by its processor, usually a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series or equivalent, with 3 or better yet 4 GB of RAM. Almost everything else is fair game.DisplayScreens are one of the things that is in constant flux these days, especially with the advent of 18:9 panels. Mid-range phones now tend to sit on the 1080p Full HD side of the fence. Bonus points if they get FHD+.AvailabilityA great and affordable phone is rendered unreachable if you can’t easily buy it. While it’s always possible to buy a phone online these days, especially from reputable retailers, there’s still a lot to be said for something you can buy locally, especially with financing options.Without further ado, here are our contenders.Motorola Moto X4Once Motorola’s crowning glory, the X series has become its middle child. Motorola stirs things up a bit with the fourth gen Moto X by making it the first Android One phone for the US. It is also the first of its line to sport dual cameras and comes with Alexa inside (non-Android One version).• Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat, upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo• CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630• RAM: 3 or 4 GB• Storage: 32 or 64 GB• Display: 5.2 inches, 1920×1080• Main Camera: 12 MP, f/2.0, dual pixel PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2• Secondary Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0• Battery: 3,000 mAh• Price: $400HTC U11 LifeVery shiny and squeezable, the HTC U11 Life takes everything fans loved about the U11 and took it down a notch in specs and price. What it doesn’t have in terms of dual rear cameras it makes up for with a selfie camera that is as capable as the one on the back.• Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo• CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630• RAM: 3 or 4 GB• Storage: 32 or 64 GB• Display: 5.2 inches, 1920×1080• Main Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, PDAF• Secondary Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0• Battery: 2,600 mAh• Price: $350Huawei Mate 10 LiteIn a similar vein, the Huawe Mate 10 Lite takes a few pages from the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro’s book, particularly its 18:9 screen. Dual cameras front and back, this is a budget-conscious smartphone photographer’s dream. A bit of an unreachable dream at that.• Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat• CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 659• RAM: 4 GB• Storage: 64 GB• Display: 5.9 inches, 2160×1080 18:9• Main Camera: 16 MP + 2 MP depth camera• Secondary Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0 + 2 MP• Battery: 3,340 mAh• Price: $350Nokia 7Nokia’s latest offering, the Nokia 7 is unassuming in its design. The single camera on its back belies its capabilities but Nokia’s “bofie” gimmick also mars its seriousness.• Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat, 8.0 Oreo update soon• CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630• RAM: 4 or 6 GB• Storage: 64 GB• Display: 5.2 inches, 1920×1080• Main Camera: 16 MP, f/1.8, PDAF, Carl Zeiss lens• Secondary Camera: 5 MP, f/2.0• Battery: 3,000 mAh• Price: $400Sony Xperia XA2Unyielding to trends and hype, the Xperia XA2 is as traditional as you can get in terms of design and specs. This time, though, it seems Sony has finally gotten the price right on the first try.• Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo• CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630• RAM: 3 GB• Storage: 32 GB• Display: 5.2 inches, 1920×1080• Main Camera:23 MP, f/2.0, PDAF• Secondary Camera: 8 MP, f/.24• Battery: 3,300 mAh• Price: $350Wrap-up: And the winner is …While all of these five are pretty competitive, in the end, there can only be one. And for our recommendation, we give the award to the Motorola Moto X4. Though on the more expensive side compared to the others, the Moto X4 hits the sweet spot in terms of hardware features, software, and accessibility. Available in near-vanilla Android with Amazon Alexa or as an Android One phone on Project Fi, the Moto X4 is a no-nonsense mid-range handset that won’t let you down for its price.We would have given the crown to the Huawei Mate 10 Lite, with better specs and an 18:9 screen for a lower price tag. Unfortunately, the phone isn’t directly available in the US yet, even via Amazon or Best Buy. And given how things are going for Huawei, it’s probably not going to happen anytime soon.
The Android 8.0 update is rolling out to Galaxy Note 8 devices from all of the major carriers, but T-Mobile customers are facing a delay. The update is listed as “temporarily unavailable” with no date for its relaunch provided. T-Mobile doesn’t list any reasons for why the update was paused, though we do know it impacts baseband version N950USQU3CRC2.A look at T-Mobile’s support forums shows complaints from users who say they didn’t get the update and that talking with customer support hasn’t revealed any details behind the hold. Some users successfully received the Oreo update before it was paused on April 3, however, and there doesn’t appear to be any consistent issues experienced by those users.Given that nearly a month has passed since the update was paused, it would seem T-Mobile is dealing with a relatively large issue. The rollout will hopefully resume in the near future, but so far the carrier has avoided providing any specific time frame or relaunch date.AdChoices广告SOURCE: T-Mobile Support On April 1, T-Mobile started rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to its Galaxy Note 8 customers. However, the carrier silently stopped that rollout, according to a support page on the company’s website. Based on that page, T-Mobile put the update “temporarily on hold” just two days after it launched. Anyone who didn’t get the update by April 3 will continue waiting.
Nokia’s Stephen Elop, formerly a Microsoft exec, called it. The smartphone market has practically become a two-horse race between Android and iOS. Ironically, he and the old Nokia are partly to blame. Gone are the days when alternative mobile platforms like Maemo and Meego were trying to carve out their place in the market. Out of those defunct but not really failed attempts came Jolla and its Sailfish OS. Now at version 3, the mobile platform proves that it still keeps on going. The only problem is that it barely has any phones to run on. The Finnish company’s history is a colorful one. Formed by former Nokia employees, they sought to continue what the old mobile giant has tried to do and was, for a time, successful. But after its successful Jolla Phone crowdfunding, it started to flounder to maintain its ability to create devices. In the end, it was forced to switch to a business that simply licensed its half open, half proprietary operating system, with very few customers in the consumer device market.It’s probably no surprise, then, that Sailfish 3 seems to be more geared towards enterprise use, with the addition of features like Mobile Device Management (MDM) and integrated VPN. There are even some things that should have been there since day one, like (external) storage encryption and USB OTG support. There are also some improvements on the user interface, one of Sailfish’ key strengths and unique qualities.All those, however, may be for naught without any smartphones to run it on. Jolla has so far kept mum on enterprise customers but it probably has some if it’s able to keep its business open this long. On the consumer side of things, it has adopted a rather odd strategy of officially supporting Sony Xperia phones under its “Sailfish X” program but practically selling the software that users will install on th phones themselves.AdChoices广告With Sailfish 3, Jolla expands that support to include not just Sony’s most expensive models. The Xperia XA2, XA2 Plus, and XA2 Ultra now give Sailfish OS fans a relatively cheaper way to experience the platform, even if Jolla itself no longer makes its own devices.
Only hours after Apple revealed that it has reached a deal with Qualcomm that will settle the companies’ various legal disputes comes a big announcement from Intel: it is dropping its 5G cellular modem plans. This ends Intel’s goal of launching its 5G modem next year, though the company says it will still meet its existing 4G modem commitments. The decision comes only months after Intel said it was speeding up its 5G modem plans. READ: Apple vs Qualcomm settled: 2020 iPhone 5G gets some new optionsIntel is currently supplying the modems for Apple’s iPhone XS and XR handsets, and it won’t be backing out that commitment. In light of Apple’s renewed relationship with Qualcomm, however, Intel has bowed entirely out of the 5G modem business, saying that it instead will continue its investment in its 5G network infrastructure business.The company specifically stated that its 2020 5G modem launch is no longer in the pipeline. As part of their new deal, Apple and Qualcomm have struck a six-year license agreement that includes a two-year option for extending it on top of a multiyear chipset supply agreement.Talking about the business decision was Intel CEO Bob Swan, who said:We are very excited about the opportunity in 5G and the ‘cloudification’ of the network, but in the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns. 5G continues to be a strategic priority across Intel, and our team has developed a valuable portfolio of wireless products and intellectual property. We are assessing our options to realize the value we have created, including the opportunities in a wide variety of data-centric platforms and devices in a 5G world.The decision isn’t terribly surprising — Apple was likely the only major customer for Intel’s 5G cellular modem. The new Qualcomm deal is a plot twist on Intel’s plan, which could no longer factor in the Apple business opportunity in any significant way. Story TimelineSurface Book 2 finally has an 8th gen Intel Core i5 optionQualcomm Cloud AI 100 aims to upend digital intelligenceIntel Optane Memory H10 promises super fast SSDs in laptops, mini PCs
Samsung isn’t yet giving up on the foldable phone, of course, and insiders have already shared what changes Samsung has done to address the issues that broke the Galaxy Fold in the first place. They’re not substantial changes but should at least make the expensive device last longer than the early review units. Those include simply making sure that the protective cover isn’t removable and reducing the chances of small particles getting into gaps.But while Samsung already has solutions in place, testing those is apparently taking more time than anticipated. According to insiders, stabilizing the slightly modified hardware is a time-consuming process, hinting that the June launch date isn’t going to happen. Samsung, however, might still announce next month when it will actually launch.Of course, it can’t delay the phone’s launch either. The window of opportunity is quickly closing in and the business considerations are putting pressure on Samsung to release the foldable phone. The Galaxy Note 10 is also expected to launch in three to four months and launching the Galaxy Fold close to that period would impact the sales of both.AdChoices广告But with $2,000 per phone on the line, Samsung really can’t afford to botch it up again. It’s already too late for it to save face or to get back those who have canceled their pre-orders. All it can do now is prove that it can actually make such a device, one that won’t break so easily. There’s no denying that, at least for techies, the idea off a foldable device is dreamy. But like many dreams, turning them into reality requires hard work, patience, and time. Samsung may have ignored the latter two and tried to rush its Galaxy Fold phone to market with disastrous results. Now it seems that even its June launch date is proving to be too optimistic but a longer wait is definitely better than multiple $2,000 disasters. Story TimelineGalaxy Fold might get a new release date soonGalaxy Fold fixes are coming and these are the changes Samsung madeGalaxy Fold pre-orders canceled at Best Buy, but there’s a silver lining [Update]
Cars are getting smarter but most of them require you to actually buy a new car. Not so, says Sony. All you really need is its new XAV-AX7000 CAR AV Receiver, presuming you can install a new head unit into your car, and you can pretty much get thee basic conveniences of having your smartphone displayed on your dash. And better yet, it’s good looking as well and even has a dedicated button for your voice assistant needs. The XAV-AX7000 is also a multimedia hub more than just an extension of your phone. With a 100W x4 built-in Class D amplifier, audio remains clean and crisp even in max volume. Sony’s EXTRA BASS, formerly MEGA BASS, overcomes engine noise to deliver earth-rumbling, punchy sound. And with dual USB ports, you can have one smartphone connect for CarPlay or Android Auto and another phone just for playing music.The Sony XAV-AX7000 Car AV Receiver will launch in North America in summer this year. No word yet on pricing though, but Sony promises that will come at a later date. AdChoices广告 Most car head units, even those with smart connectivity, have screens that sink into the thick bezels. The Sony XAV-AX7000, in contrast, has a 6.95-inch bezel-less capacitive touch screen that’s fully flushed, flat, and elegant. It also has an aluminum key terminal for physical buttons to provide quick access to the most used actions. That includes a Voice button to summon your voice assistant of choice.Of course, that’ll all be moot if the head unit didn’t connect with your smartphone. The XAV-AX7000 plays no favorites and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And thanks to built-in Bluetooth, you can experience hands-free calling or audio streaming from your phone to the receiver.
First Edition: August 16, 2013 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include reports about the $67 million in grants awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to help groups assist consumers in navigating the health law. Kaiser Health News: Feds Award $67 Million In Grants To Help Consumers Navigate The Health LawKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports: “Hospitals, universities, Indian tribes, patient advocacy groups and local food banks were among organizations awarded $67 million in federal grants Thursday to help people sign up for coverage in new online health insurance marketplaces that open for enrollment Oct. 1” (Galewitz, 8/15). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Moving People Home After Nursing Home Stay Is ComplicatedWBUR’s Martha Bebinger, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Napierski, a case manager at WestMass Elder Care in Holyoke, Mass., drew up a plan for Holmes’s transition. … Napierski says Holmes would not have gone home without this help, buoyed by money the federal government is giving states for a Medicaid program called Money Follows the Person. The program identifies patients, old and young, who’ve been in a nursing home for at least 90 days but don’t really need to be there. Massachusetts is one of 45 states and the District of Columbia in the program, created by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005” (Bebinger, 8/16). Read the story.The New York Times: $67 Million Awarded to Groups Helping With Health LawThe administration had initially planned to spend less — $54 million — on navigators in the 34 states where the federal government will run all or part of new insurance markets created under the law. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the additional $13 million had come from a fund set up under the health law to pay for public health and preventive care initiatives (Goodnough, 8/15).The Washington Post: HHS Awards $67 Million To Help Uninsured Sign Up For Health CoverageConsumer outreach and assistance are considered keys to the success of the Affordable Care Act. Many uninsured Americans don’t know about the marketplaces or have little idea how they would work, polls show. Complicating the enrollment process are the huge gaps in resources and readiness between the 17 states and the District that are running their own marketplaces and the 34 states that resisted and are being run or partly run by the federal government (Sun, 8/15).The Associated Press/Washington Post: White House Awards $67M To Community Groups To Hire, Train Navigators To Enroll UninsuredHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Navigator grant awards to 105 groups in states where the federal government will run online insurance marketplaces. Sebelius said consumers are “hungry for information” (8/15).The Wall Street Journal: Groups Get $67 Million to Promote Health ExchangesRepublican opponents of the Affordable Care Act have raised various objections about the navigator program. On Wednesday, 13 Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to Ms. Sebelius raising privacy concerns. The Obama administration says that ensuring the confidentiality of personal information is a top focus and that navigators will get training in that area. In addition, some insurance brokers have questioned whether the navigators would effectively act as unlicensed brokers (Schatz, 8/15).Politico: HHS Announces Obamacare ‘Navigators’And the navigators program could get caught up in yet more Obamacare politics. At least 19 of these states have enacted their own extra requirements for either more navigator training and licensure requirements beyond those required by Washington, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms. That’s prompted concerns among Obamacare advocates of more legal skirmishes about state versus federal rules or implementation delays as the enrollment clock is ticking (Millman, 8/15).USA Today: Sebelius: Focus On How To Make Health Care Law WorkThe fight over the future of the 2010 health care law has moved from repeal, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday, to how to make it work in time for the opening of health care exchanges Oct. 1. In an interview with USA TODAY, Sebelius said the navigators and HHS will protect the privacy of those who use the exchanges to buy insurance and to protect against fraud (Kennedy, 8/15).Politico: FreedomWorks Makes Big Anti-Obamacare PushConservatives are plotting an aggressive push during the last two weeks of August to boost the controversial effort in Congress to oppose spending bills this fall that contain funding for Obamacare. FreedomWorks is working with local conservative activists to question senators at home-state events about their objections to a letter spearheaded by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) vowing to vote against bills with funding for the health care law (Everett, 8/15).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Lawmakers, Staff May Gain Access To Abortion Coverage Under Health Law, While Other Feds Won’t It’s an issue lawmakers may not want to have to explain at town hall meetings back home: An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a situation in which members of Congress and their staffers could gain access to abortion coverage, something that currently is denied to federal employees who get health insurance through the government’s plan (8/16).The Washington Post: Obama Administration Outlines Five Ways Health Care Law Benefits Small BusinessesThe Obama administration is ramping up its efforts to sell the health care law to small business owners, with the start of enrollment now only six weeks away. In a new entry on the White House blog, Ari Matusiak, the administration’s director of private sector engagement, has outlined five ways the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, will “provides benefits and opportunities to small businesses that will help increase access to affordable coverage options” (Harrison, 8/15).The New York Times: Washington Memo: Puzzle Awaits The Capital: How To Solve 3 Fiscal RiftsThe showdown encompasses three interlocking fiscal disputes that will challenge Mr. Obama and his Republican interlocutors to bridge seemingly irreconcilable goals. Perhaps easiest to resolve is the effort by some conservative Republicans to eliminate financing for the new health care law in return for keeping the government open beyond Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. … A second challenge is determining the fate of the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester if Congress avoids a shutdown by extending government financing. … The third challenge may be the most worrisome. While the sequester pinches particular constituencies, and a government shutdown would inconvenience millions, economists warn that a default resulting from a failure to raise the government’s debt limit could tip the economy back into recession (Harwood, 8/15).The Wall Street Journal: Penn State Employees Protest Wellness EffortPennsylvania State University employees are protesting a new wellness program that requires them to provide detailed health information or pay penalties that can total $1,200 a year, in an unusually public backlash against an increasingly common employer practice (Mathews and Martin, 8/15).Los Angeles Times: Medi-Cal Cut Starts Next Month, State SaysA controversial cut to the California’s healthcare program for the poor will begin next month, according to a bulletin distributed by state officials. Doctors and other healthcare providers who serve Medi-Cal patients will be reimbursed 10% less once the changes are fully phased in by next January. The first people to feel the pain will be dentists and medical transporters on Sept. 5. Next come providers of medical equipment and supplies on Oct. 24. The last to be affected are physicians, pharmacists and nursing facilities on Jan. 9 (Megerian, 8/15).Los Angeles Times: Audit Finds Lack Of Oversight Of Mental Health Services Act SpendingNearly a decade after California voters approved a multibillion-dollar tax increase to improve mental health services, the state has failed to provide proper oversight of county programs funded by the measure, a state audit concluded Thursday. State Auditor Elaine Howle looked at the last six years, during which almost $7.4 billion from the Mental Health Services Act was directed to counties for mental health programs (McGreevy, 8/15).The Texas Tribune/New York Times: As Mental Health Concerns Grow, Veterans Help VeteransMr. Escobedo is now a full-time peer counselor and public relations manager at the Lone Star Veterans Association in Houston, as well as a volunteer coordinator with the Military Veteran Peer Network in Texas. He is one of the network’s 20 volunteer coordinators. The state-financed program works with about 1,000 veterans, including many from the Vietnam War, who donate their time reconnecting soldiers with people in their local communities as well as available government and nonprofit resources (Rocha, 8/15).Los Angeles Times: 10 California Hospitals Fined A Total Of $675,000 Ten California hospitals, including Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, were slapped with fines Thursday totaling $675,000 because they failed to follow certain licensing requirements that “caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.” The fines ranged from $50,000 to $100,000, according to a news release from the California Department of Public Health (Bloomekatz, 8/15).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.
The Wall Street Journal: Valeant Finalizing Contract With Perrigo’s Joseph Papa As Next CEO STAT: Why An Obscure Supreme Court Case Is A Big Deal For Prescription Drugs Kaiser Health News: More Exchange Plans Offer Patients Easier Access To Some Expensive Drugs: Report Some people with cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis have better access to high-cost specialty drugs in marketplace plans this year, yet a significant proportion of these plans still place many expensive drugs in cost-sharing categories that require the highest patient out-of-pocket costs, according to a new analysis. The report by Avalere Health examined how silver-level plans handled 20 classes of medications that are used to treat complex and expensive diseases such as HIV, cancer, hepatitis C and bipolar disorder. (Andrews, 4/22) How the nation’s highest court rules in a case that, on its face, has nothing to do with prescription drugs could, nonetheless, leave a big mark on medicine. Oral arguments in the case, to be heard Monday, come as a huge majority of Americans say medicines are not affordable and drug costs have become a major issue in the 2016 presidential race. (Scott, 4/22) And in industry news from Valeant and Sarepta — The Wall Street Journal: Sarepta’s Shares Drop After FDA Casts More Doubts On Proposed Drug When CVS Health in February began taking over pharmacy operations at more than 1,600 Target stores, CVS Pharmacy President Helena Foulkes called the changeover “an important milestone.” “Our heart is in every prescription we fill, and providing accessible, supportive and personalized healthcare is part of our DNA,” she said. Accessible, supportive, personalized — those are all good things. But noticeably missing from Foulkes’ list of consumer-friendly DNA components was this: affordable pricing. (Lazarus, 4/22) Sarepta Therapeutics Inc.’s share price was nearly cut in half Thursday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration further questioned the efficacy of the company’s drug candidate to treat a fatal form of muscular dystrophy. Sarepta is seeking approval to sell eteplirsen as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition that destroys muscles and frequently kills patients by their 30s. The disease, which has no effective treatments, affects roughly one in every 3,500 boys world-wide. (Steele, 4/21) Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is finalizing a contract to name Perrigo Co. Chief Executive Joseph Papa as its next CEO, hoping a fresh face and an experienced pharmaceutical-industry boss will calm nervous investors. Valeant has reached a contract deal with Mr. Papa and had aimed to announce as soon as next week that he would succeed longtime chief Michael Pearson, according to people familiar with the matter. (Rockoff, Benoit and Hoffman, 4/21) Supreme Court Set To Hear Patent Case That Could Leave Mark On Drug Price Landscape The case being heard next week has nothing directly to do with medicine but insurers and drug makers think the justices’ ruling will have repercussions for the generics market. And the Los Angeles Times reports on how pharmacy consolidation impacts drug affordability and KHN writes on patient challenges in accessing some more expensive drugs. Los Angeles Times: In Search Of Fair Drug Prices This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
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 Trump administration’s efforts to allow health insurers to market short-term medical plans as a cheap alternative to the Affordable Care Act are already running into headwinds, with state insurance regulators resisting the sales and state governments moving to restrict them. State insurance regulators, gathered over the past three days for a meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, expressed deep concern that short-term plans were being aggressively marketed in ways likely to mislead consumers. Many said the plans, which need not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandates, were a poor substitute for comprehensive insurance. (Pear, 8/6) State Insurance Regulators Doubtful That ‘Junk Insurance Is Better Than Nothing’ When It Comes To Short-Term Plans The regulators were particularly concerned about aggressive and possibly misleading marketing strategies to sell the plans that are being touted by the Trump administration following a rule extending the duration that the coverage can be sold. The New York Times: Trump’s Short-Term Health Insurance Policies Quickly Run Into Headwinds
McDonald’s big push to revamp thousands of U.S. locations has encountered hiccups as franchisees complain about the expensive changes.Mike Stewart/AP Photo files Bloomberg News Share this storyMcDonald’s riles franchisees with demand to pay for kitchen wall in remodelling plan Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Leslie Patton Reddit 0 Comments Facebook McDonald’s riles franchisees with demand to pay for kitchen wall in remodelling plan McDonald’s restaurant owners argue adding a barrier between cashiers and kitchens is a waste of money and won’t help customer service or operations Join the conversation → Email More McDonald’s Corp. has its own wall problems. They’re both literal and metaphorical.The world’s biggest restaurant company is creating strife with its U.S. franchisees by including a new wall in a remodelling plan. McDonald’s restaurant owners are arguing that adding a barrier between cashiers and kitchens — intended to hide unsightly kitchen equipment — is a waste of money and doesn’t help customer service or operations, according to letters and an email viewed by Bloomberg News.“We can NOT afford the waste that a ‘one size fits all’ reinvestment program creates,” McDonald’s franchisees said in a letter this month to fellow store operators. “We must allow our owner operators to take back control of the reinvestment that is happening, stop the useless and problematic investing (Sam Walls), and focus our reinvestment in what will actually produce a return on investment (drive thrus and kitchens).” Catching the trends: How A&W’s Susan Senecal cooks up fast-food success in Canada The potato-pocalypse: Bad growing season could mean we’re in for a year of stumpy, brown french fries Amid labour crunch, fast food restaurants recruit senior citizens to replace teenage workers The division shows how McDonald’s big push to revamp thousands of U.S. locations has encountered hiccups lately. In an effort to stay ahead of fast-food competitors and keep same-store sales growing, Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook is championing remodels that include self-order kiosks, new systems for delivery orders and extra drive-thru lanes at some restaurants. But the company recently said it’s delaying those renovations by several years to appease franchisees who have complained about the expensive changes.Franchisees own more than 90 per cent of McDonald’s 37,000 locations globally. The so-called SAM walls — short for service area modernization — would potentially hide equipment, or a cluttered kitchen. It syncs with the company’s move to appear more upscale and its recent addition of table service.While McDonald’s doesn’t comment on internal discussions, the company is “committed to continuing to work closely with our franchisees so they have the support they need to run great restaurants and provide great quality experiences and convenience for our guests,” according to an emailed statement from spokeswoman Andrea Abate.New AssociationA new group of McDonald’s franchisees formed last year to foster “true collaboration” with the parent company. The group, dubbed the National Owners Association, has held meetings to discuss concerns such as cash flow and profitability. Last month, more than 1,200 McDonald’s franchisees and suppliers gathered in Dallas. Key among the concerns is the remodel additions that include the contested wall.Renovations such as a large wall can be costly for franchisees, who say a proposed barrier could also create security concerns, according to a survey of about 245 McDonald’s store owners that was viewed by Bloomberg News. Kitchen staff wouldn’t be able to see the dining room or customers entering and leaving the restaurant. The survey was done by the National Owners Association.In a letter dated Jan. 15, the group’s president Blake Casper said that franchisees should stop their remodel projects if they think the walls are a wasted investment. Casper, also a McDonald’s store owner, and the group declined to comment.Bloomberg.com Comment Related Stories McDonald’s lifts ploy to sell muffin tops straight from Seinfeld episode to win back breakfast customers Twitter 50 years on, McDonald’s isn’t messing with its Big Mac January 23, 201912:58 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing McDonald’s workers quitting in droves over ‘complicated’ technology, new menu items
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