Coolpad Splatter flirts with Amazon Alexa on a budget

first_imgYou’d be forgiven if you’ve never head of Coolpad before. Unless you always keep an eye on budget phones and tablets in other markets, the only time you might have heard of the Chinese OEM is in news related to malware and spyware. Undaunted, the company is making yet another daring stab at the US market with the Coolpad Splatter. While unremarkable by itself, this mid-range smartphone might very well be the cheapest Alexa-empowered smartphone in the market. It does have two things going for it. First is integration with Amazon Alexa. While there are already smartphones that do similar, most if not all of them are high-end and, therefore, quite expensive. If you were practically looking for a cheap “Amazon Alexa smartphone”, this would be it.And that last perk? The price. The Coolpad Stutter sells for $139.99 on Amazon. That’s unlocked and, yes, comes with a US warranty. No assurances on third-party firmware updaters though.SOURCE: Coolpad The Coolpad Stutter doesn’t really have much going for it, be it in specs or design. For the former, it sports a rather bland and unnoticeable plastic shell common at this tier. Nothing spectacular by today’s standards and it even sports a few design touches we haven’t seen in quite a while, like capacitive navigation buttons and back-blasting speakers.For the specs, it gets a 5.5-inch HD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a measly 16 GB of internal storage that is thankfully expandable. The cameras are nothing to write home about either, 8 megapixels on the back and 5 megapixels on te front. The Splatter at least thankfully supports LTE networks and runs the semi-latest Android 7.0.last_img read more

BlackBerry Priv wont get Android Oreo DTEKs also unlikely

first_imgThe BlackBerry Priv is by no means an old phone. Announced in October 2015, the odd QWERTY slider is a month shy of its second birthday. But the expectation of two years’ worth of major updates isn’t set in stone, unless you have a Nexus or a Pixel phone. And RIV and DTEK phone owners are learning that the hard way.BlackBerry’s reason for withholding Oreo? It’s just too difficult to get its partners in line to push that big an update. While the Priv did get updated from Lollipop (5.0) to Marshmallow (6.0) last year, BlackBerry’s experience back then proved to them how difficult a task that would be.As for the DTEK phones, the reasons are slightly different. They were meant more to be an experiment of how the collaboration between BlackBerry and TCL would turn out. Based on the BlackBerry KEYone, it turned out great, says BlackBerry. Great enough to abandon the DTEK, which is now practically being painted as a commercial concept device.That said, BlackBerry will continue to support those phones with minor security updates. But Thurber remarks how even that is already difficult in terms of getting partners to work together, so who knows how long that will be the status quo. And it definitely raises the question of whether the KEYone, which is made by TCL and not by BlackBerry, will eventually suffer the same fate.VIA: CrackBerry BlackBerry is one of those regarded to be quite fast at pushing out updates to its devices but there are still limits to what it is able to accomplish. Unfortunately for owners of its more or less recent Android phones, they will be running into those limits hard. In an interview with UTB Blogs, Alex Thurber, BlackBerry Mobile Solutions General Manager delivers some bad news. The BlackBerry Priv won’t be getting Android 8.0 Oreo, and the DTEK59 and DTEK60 might be on a similar boat.last_img read more

Nova Launcher Beta brings a taste of Pixel 2 to other phones

first_imgOne of the most notable, and also most controversial, is the new placement for the Google Search bar. Designed to be easy to reach with one hand, the bottom placement encourages you to use Google Search even more. For those who actually do like that change, Nova Launcher 5.5 Beta does let you place the search bar on the dock and even lets you choose whether to place it above the dock icons or below them.Pop up menus when long pressing icons has been around since Nougat. In Android 8.1, however, they’re changing the visual style a bit. It’s being called “Block” and is now an option alongside the “Pill” style of Android 7.1.One new thing that the popup menu does have is notifications. But to be able to use that in Nova Launcher Beta, you need to buy the Nova Prime key and activate either the Dots or the Dynamic badge styles. And your device needs to be running at least Android 5.0 Lollipop.Nova Launcher does have something for those who do wish some of the old days back. There is now a toggle to bypass the adaptive icons and return to the non-circle appearance. That, however, is hidden behind the Labs settings, which can only be reached by long pressing the volume down button while in the Nova Settings app.SOURCE: +Kevin Barry It is no surprise that Google as started acting a bit like other OEMs when it comes to its darling Pixel phones. It’s still not as bad and not as permanent, but some features end up being available only on the Pixel phone or at least first on a Pixel phone. The Pixel 2 is no different, especially when it comes to the Pixel Launcher. Fortunately, this is Android so the situation is easily resolved. By, for example, using a launcher like Nova Launcher, whose latest brings a smidgen of Pixel 2 features to any other, older device.last_img read more

AMD and Qualcomm team up for alwaysconnected notebooks

first_imgStory TimelineAMD Ryzen 5 launching next month to cater to the massesAMD Ryzen 3 launch completes mainstream desktop pushRyzen 5 2500U benchmark hints at AMD’s laptop play Though the announcement with AMD certainly isn’t the biggest reveal to come out of the Summit, it’s still worth paying attention to. The two companies see their hardware – AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors and Qualcomm’s LTE modems specifically – as the core of future ultra-thin notebooks. Just what those ultra-thin notebooks will be is currently up in the air. Qualcomm and AMD’s announcement wasn’t specific about things like manufacturing partners or when we can expect to see AMD processors and Qualcomm modems working side-by-side together in the same machine. This suggests that the partnership is still in its early stages, so it may be a while before we see products using hardware from both companies at the same time.Still, AMD and Qualcomm envision a future where not only are those notebooks thin and powerful, but also always connected to the internet. We don’t often see LTE modems in notebooks, but clearly Qualcomm has something to say about that. Should this partnership take off, we could have a future where your notebook connects to the same mobile network as your phone in times when you don’t have consistent access to WiFi.Having Qualcomm backing it up can’t hurt AMD in its war against Intel, either. AMD’s Ryzen platform is still relatively fresh out of the gate, but it’s been netting AMD a lot of extra attention in the company’s quest to one-up Intel. Hopefully it won’t be much longer until we see this partnership begin to bear fruit, so stay tuned for more. Today we’re hearing about a team up that may seem out of left field for some. AMD and Qualcomm have announced a new partnership that will see the two attempting to make a splash in the world of ultra-thin notebooks together. This new partnership was announced when all eyes are on Qualcomm, as the company is hosting its annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii.last_img read more

New Jersey city closes roads to navigation app traffic as problems grow

first_imgNavigation apps like Google Maps help cut down commute times and congestion by offering alternative routes when traffic is high. These alternative routes often take drivers down smaller roads that otherwise don’t get much traffic, and while it can help alleviate congestion on highways and major roads, it may cause problems for the neighborhoods getting that additional traffic. One city in New Jersey has decided to take drastic steps to fix this problem. That city is Leonia, New Jersey, which has faced growing traffic problems as navigation apps send commuters down its slim streets. To deal with this issue, the city has decided to close 60 streets to non-residential and non-work-related traffic during both morning and evening rush hours. If you don’t work or live in the city, you won’t be welcomed on its streets between 6AM and 10 AM, and between 4PM and 9PM. That covers all seven days of the week.The move aims to prevent navigation apps from sending large amounts of traffic through the city as they attempt to give drivers alternatives to increasingly crowded main routes. The problem has become so bad, according to The New York Times, that some residents have at times been unable to get out of their own driveways.Some residents have attempted to take the matter into their own hand by submitting false accident reports for their residential streets on Waze. This, they’ve hoped, will deter commuters from using their streets as alternative routes to the larger main roadways. That’s far from an ideal solution, though.How will the city determine whether any given car is allowed to be on its streets during these hours? It will give residents a yellow tag to hang within their vehicle; anyone who doesn’t have one could get a $200 fine for being on the city’s streets during the aforementioned times. These fines will start on January 22, 2018 — the big navigation apps have already been warned.SOURCE: New York Timeslast_img read more

Facebook You said we could have that Android data

first_imgSeveral other Android users have confirmed the findings. Not only were the phone numbers contacted through the Android phone client included, but the names of the contacts, the length of the calls, and whether they were outgoing, incoming, or missed. The log also included text history, despite that not being made through a Facebook app. Unsurprisingly, given the heightened attention currently around Facebook’s approach to privacy, the discovery did not reverberate well among Android users. Facebook was already under attack over earlier policies around its third-party apps API, which had been used to extract the personal data not only of individuals using those apps but, as a surprise to many, all of those individuals’ friends on the site too. A cache of such data – amounting to around 50m people – was passed to Cambridge Analytica, the British research firm that has become controversial for its voter targeting work with both the Trump campaign in the 2016 US election and the earlier Brexit vote in the UK. Now, Facebook insists, it didn’t actually do anything wrong with the call and text history logging – indeed, Android owners would’ve known all about it, had they only read the fine print. “Call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android,” the company said in a “fact check” today. “Contact importers are fairly common among social apps and services as a way to more easily find the people you want to connect with. This was first introduced in Messenger in 2015, and later offered as an option in Facebook Lite, a lightweight version of Facebook for Android.”AdChoices广告The feature in question is used to quickly populate Facebook Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android devices, based on a user’s contacts. When an Android user signs up for Messenger or Facebook Lite, or logs into Messenger on their device, they’re presented with the option to upload contacts, call, and text history. “This lets friends find each other on Facebook,” the company suggests. Certainly, the option is given to skip that step. In Messenger, as well as enabling it, there are options to “learn more” about the tool, or “not now”; choosing the latter skips to the next step in the configuration process. On Facebook Lite, it can be turned on or skipped. “If, at any point, you no longer wish to continuously upload this information, you can easily turn this feature off in your settings,” Facebook points out today. “You can also to turn off continuous call and text history logging while keeping contact uploading enabled.”Facebook does not, however, give explicit reasons as to why it collects the text and call history data. While it is true that, as the company points out, many messaging apps and social networks use uploaded contacts to speed the process of populating a new friends list, using call and messaging logs is arguably far less common. It also does not make clear during the setup process that contacts upload can be used but without also enabling call and text logging as well, and doing so requires sifting through the settings after the fact.Certainly, from an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) standpoint – the contract which Android phone owners agree to when they use the app – Facebook seems to be in the clear. After all, the nature of the contacts uploading system have been detailed there, should anybody care to read through it. From a user-friendliness point of view, however, it’s hard to imagine that even a fraction of Facebook users ever went to the effort of reading through the EULA, and it’s questionable whether the information the company offered during its setup process was comprehensive enough to make clear to users what, exactly, they were agreeing to. Facebook insists that the information it stores does not include the contents of calls or messaging, and it promises that the data wasn’t sold to third party firms. It’s also possible to see what contact data you’ve uploaded, and delete them through Facebook’s site. If, however, you haven’t also turned off the continuous uploading setting in the Messenger app or Facebook Lite on your phone, of course, then it will repopulate those contacts. Update: Facebook has told us that deleting those contacts also deletes the call and messaging logs, even though they’re not explicitly referred to on the page. Arguably, though Facebook may well be in the clear legally, the Cambridge Analytica saga has toppled over beyond just the laws around data collection. For all that the EULA details what users can expect in terms of their personal data being uploaded, stored, and shared, lawmakers and privacy advocates have now begun to question whether even that is sufficient given the potential for misuse that data, in aggregate, presents. In Europe, such concerns prompted the passing of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will be enforced in May 2018 and that enacts legal requirements for privacy, breach notifications, and more. Facebook has pushed back at reports that it scraped call and SMS text message history on Android phones, arguing that users gave them permission to save the contentious logs. The controversy began when Facebook users requested exports of the data the social network had on them; when they opened the download, they discovered years of metadata including call history and more. Story TimelineYou need to do this personal Facebook auditHow to delete Facebook (and why you maybe can’t)Facebook: We’ll inform everyone whose data is misusedlast_img read more

Anker Model Zero speakers with Google Assistant arrive next month

During CES 2018, Anker introduced two new wireless speakers: the Model Zero and Model Zero+. The two classy speakers were detailed and presented, but a release date wasn’t provided at the time. Now, nearly a year later, we finally know when the new wireless products will be available, with Anker saying they’ll drop in November. The Anker Model Zero speakers have a relatively unique bag-like design that includes a handle at the top. The company detailed the speakers at its event today, saying that it’ll release the two models next month for $199.99 USD (Model Zero) and $249.99 USD (Model Zero+).Both speakers will feature Google Assistant, effectively making them smart speakers. Both models likewise have WiFi and Bluetooth for connectivity, as well as batteries with up to 10 hours of runtime per charge.During its CES announcement, Anker had said the speakers’ unique design provided the optimal angles for delivering audio in a room. The Zero+ model also includes “Designed by Scan-Speak,” which is said to be enhanced audio definition ultimately producing better sound quality.Anker claims the Zero+ is the first portable wireless speaker with Dolby Audio. Neither speaker is listed on Anker’s website yet and some information is still absent at this time, such as details about the speakers’ integrated microphones. read more

The needtoknow on McLaren Apples potential auto savior

first_imgTheir cars are legendary, on the road and the trackMcLaren is actually a handful of different companies and divisions. At the top is McLaren Automotive, the latest incarnation of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing company set up in 1963; the McLaren Racing team is now owned by the British-based automaker. McLaren Automotive is currently responsible for three series of high-end sports cars, starting out with the most affordable Sports Series (the 570S Coupe, 540C, and 570GT), rising through the Super Series (650S Spider and Coupe, and 675LT), and finally the Ultimate Series (most recently the P1 and P1 GTR). However, it’s probably best known for the McLaren F1. That was spawned from McLaren’s Formula One activities in 1988, with the ambition of creating an F1 car for the road. AdChoices广告Development took three years, the result being the first carbon fiber car intended for the road in the world. The driver sits in the center, flanked by two passengers set further back in the cabin, and behind a 6.1-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine within an engine compartment lined with real gold foil. Each car used just under an ounce of gold, picked for its high efficiency as a heat reflector. For seven years it held the record for the world’s fastest production car, with a top speed of 240.1 mph in 1998, and was only beaten by Bugatti’s 253.81 mph Veyron. While only 106 cars were made between 1992 and 1999, that speed and scrupulous attention to detail meant the the F1’s legacy was guaranteed. They’re not an old-school supercar companyIt’s getting harder and harder to break supercar records with traditional engines alone, and so McLaren – like others playing to win in the segment – are turning to electrification to give gas a helping hand. In the case of the McLaren P1, that meant a plug-in hybrid that paired a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with a homegrown electric motor for a total of 904 horsepower. Admittedly, the P1 was never going to give a Chevy Volt range-envy – on a full charge, the British coupe could only run around 19 miles (EPA) before the gas engine would need to kick in – but it didn’t hurt when it came to raw speed. With both gas and electric working in tandem, the rear-wheel drive P1 could do 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. A standing mile was complete in 9.75 seconds, the supercar hitting 153 mph during that time. Top speed, without the electronic limiter, was a heady 249 mph – not bad at all when you consider it was eligible for California carpool lanes. Production of the P1 ended in 2015, but whispers suggest McLaren will again turn to electrification for its successor. Details on the new Ultimate Series model haven’t been officially released, but the company is apparently open to the possibility of an all-electric supercar, just as long as it drives and sounds like a McLaren should. McLaren Applied Technologies is the secret jewel in the crownCurvaceous supercars may prompt covetous stares, but it’s McLaren’s engineering chops that may have Apple circling. McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) was founded back in 1991, initially as McLaren Composites, looking to capitalize on its expertise in carbon fiber and other lightweight materials developed as part of its racing program.That purpose expanded, however, and the name changed in 2004 to reflect it. While composite materials still remains one string to the division’s bow, it now has clients across sports, defense, automotive, and health & wellness segments. MAT is responsible for the electronic control unit (ECU) all F1 cars use, the engine control units in NASCAR racers, and most recently the whole electric motor, transmission, and electronics systems in the Spark-Renault Formula E car.Other teams work with real-time data from oil-field drills, help track the progress and implications of research for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and optimize data centers with IO. Indeed, thanks to MAT, GSK saw a more than 50-percent cut in production switchover time on one of its toothpaste lines in the UK. The upshot is 6.7m more tubes being produced per year. So why might that appeal to Apple?If the rumors are true, Apple’s Project Titan is about more than just building a car with the Cupertino’s fruit logo on the steering wheel. The company is believed to be pursing three main avenues, spanning hardware including EV gear, through self-driving technology, and finally software for future vehicles. The result may not be an Apple car, but instead a broad footprint for the company in a wide range of future cars, as it sells or licenses those technologies to other players in the industry.That said, it’s not hard to see what McLaren’s talents – and particularly the efficiency and big data crunching skills found at MAT – could contribute there. The company’s legacy of race-tested engineering, its experience in systems monitoring and modeling, and its electric car know-how would all dovetail neatly into what Project Titan is believed to be working on. However, it would also give Apple something that right now it lacks: a reputation among automakers. So far, Apple has made only moderate headway into the auto industry. Support for CarPlay, its infotainment system that relies on a tethered iPhone, is increasingly found in dashboards from brands across the price scale, but many car manufacturers are still wary of handing over too much control to the tech industry behemoth. With McLaren’s talents onboard, though, the expertise couldn’t be questioned, and Apple as a supplier of software and hardware might become a far more realistic proposition. So is a deal happening?That’s the rumor, though not much is being said officially. Apple has, as always, declined to comment. McLaren, meanwhile, issued a carefully worded statement. “We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” the company told SlashGear. That doesn’t explicitly count out a wholesale acquisition, and it would certainly be in both parties’ best interest to keep such a proposition under wraps until the ink is dry all round. For the moment, it’s a case of wait and see. Story Timeline2016 McLaren 650S Spider ReviewMcLaren 675LT Spider First Drive Apple is reportedly sniffing around McLaren, and smelling more than just the heady haze of partially-burned hydrocarbons. The British automaker might at first seem like an unlikely target for the iPhone maker, but dip beneath the six-figure supercars and there are plenty of very good reasons why Apple might be interested.last_img read more

BMW talks wireless charging for its EVs

first_imgBMW wants to end that need to handle cords and charging manually. The company has a new video that explains wireless charging for its cars. This is hugely important for the autonomous EV future where there may not be a person around to plug the car in. BMW has announced that the new 5 Series plug-in hybrid will have an optional wireless charging system starting in 2018.The BMW system is similar to wireless charging system used for phones and other devices on the market now. BMW will use a base pad with an integrated primary coil meant to be installed in a garage or outdoors. A secondary coil will be built into the bottom of the vehicle. The electricity will flow between the two wirelessly and can charge at 3.2 kW. That is certainly much slower than the fastest plug-in chargers, but for a hybrid that doesn’t have a massive battery pack the charge time should prove usable. Word is that the battery in the 5 Series plug-in hybrid can recharge in about 3.5 hours at that rate. That car will have a 9.2 kWh battery pack and an electric driving range of 29 miles on battery alone.The combustion engine in the car is a 2.0L turbo gas engine to keep you going after the electricity runs out. Presumably this wireless charging tech will make it into future BMW EVs and hybrids. With some tweaks for faster charging this could be a game changer for EV buyers. We can all agree that one of the most annoying things about keeping modern gadgets topped off is having to mess with wires. This is one reason why smartphone makers like Apple are integrating wireless charging into their devices. The recently released iPhone 8 smartphone has wireless charging capability for instance. Perhaps even more annoying than plugging in gadgets is the need to plug in cars for EV drivers.last_img read more

Apple gives furious Android Texture users a deadline

first_imgApple is shuttering Texture on May 28, 2019, but the transition to Apple News+ isn’t going to go down well with some of the app’s users. Announced earlier this week at Apple’s big services launch event, Apple News+ is a subscription-based magazine and news add-on that, for $9.99 per month, includes content from more than 300 different publications. It’s the subscription side to Apple News, which the company claims is now the number one news app in the US and UK. Apple isn’t short on big names to launch its new product, either. Esquire, O Magazine, Vogue, and Bon Appetit are all among the line-up of magazines that can be read through the updated app. However it’s not, actually, Apple’s first subscription-based magazine product. The company acquired Texture, which had been dubbed “the Netflix of magazine subscriptions,” twelve months ago. It then slashed its pricing from $14.99 to $9.99 per month. Any goodwill Apple may have established then, though, may well expire now. Texture has confirmed it is shutting down on May 28, with all existing customers being pointed in the direction of an Apple News+ subscription. That’s priced the same, true, but it’s not available on all the same devices. AdChoices广告Texture was offered not only for iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, but for Android devices and Amazon’s Fire tablets as well. When Texture dies, they’ll be left without an app. “To continue reading, you’ll need a compatible Apple device,” Texture warns. Meanwhile, anybody who signed up for Texture at a promotional rate will be disappointed to discover that Apple won’t be carrying it forward for Apple News+. “Given that Texture is becoming Apple News+, your promotional pricing cannot be carried forward,” Texture warns. It’s not the only upset in the transition. While Apple may own Texture, and you’d think that might make shifting from the Texture app to the Apple News+ service, it won’t be a seamless switch. Texture preferences, like favorite magazines, won’t be carried over to Apple News+ subscriptions; readers will have to set up their favorites all over again. More frustrating still, no Texture saved stories will be imported into Apple News+ either. The workaround there is particularly basic. “If you have Saved Stories in Texture that you would like to keep,” the company’s FAQ advises, “you can take screenshots in the Texture app and save them to your device.”The writing was on the wall for Texture as soon as the rumors of a subscription-based package for Apple News first began. Similarly, with Apple at the helm, how long the Android and Amazon Fire versions of the apps would survive was also an uncertainty. Nonetheless, the confirmation that Texture users not also within Apple’s ecosystem will be left to either buy an Apple device or give up on their subscription is likely to leave some people very frustrated. Story TimelineApple News Plus service release, pricing, and who’s involvediOS 12.2 arrives with Apple News+, AirPods 2 support, new Animojilast_img read more

Study Compares Mortality Rates At Magnet And NonMagnet Hospitals

first_imgStudy Compares Mortality Rates At Magnet And Non-Magnet Hospitals Medscape: Magnet Hospitals Show Lower Mortality For Surgery PatientsMagnet hospitals had 14% lower odds of mortality in surgery patients compared with non-Magnet hospitals in a 4-state area during a 2-year period, according to a study published online October 7 in Medical Care. However, the better patient outcomes are attributable to more than just better nursing care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program was established in the 1990s. Today, almost 400 hospitals are recognized as “Magnet” hospitals — meaning they have been identified as good places for nurses to work — representing about 8% of hospitals nationwide. Many of the Magnet hospitals in this study are large, nonprofit, teaching, and high-tech hospitals (Hand, 10/30). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

WellPoint Dips Toe Into Advising Providers On Managed Care

first_imgWellPoint Dips Toe Into Advising Providers On Managed Care This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Other Medicare issues are examined: Observation care and cost to Medicare beneficiaries, hospice care and an experiment to give curative and palliative care at the same time.The Wall Street Journal: WellPoint Advises Health Care ProvidersWellPoint Inc. is pushing into the business of advising health care providers, with a deal between the insurer’s CareMore unit and Emory Healthcare to jointly manage Medicare patients. CareMore will collaborate with Emory to revamp the care of the Atlanta nonprofit’s private-plan Medicare patients, including people who will be covered by WellPoint’s Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia and also rival health plans. CareMore executives will help run the new joint operation, and Emory doctors and other health-care providers will implement a version of CareMore’s clinical model (Mathews, 3/18).The New York Times: When A Hospital Is Not A StayIf you go to the emergency room and end up staying in the hospital, you may assume that you have been officially admitted. But it turns out that even though you are receiving treatment in a hospital bed, you may simply be under observation, and technically are still an outpatient. That can cost you money if you are covered under Medicare, the federal health plan for older Americans (Carrns, 3/18). Politico Pro: Medicare To Test New Approach To Hospice CareMedicare will test a program to allow terminally ill people to get hospice and more aggressive care at the same time, a model long championed by advocates for better end-of-life care. Currently, people on Medicare can get hospice care if they have a life expectancy of six months or less, but many end up in hospice for only a few days, if that. The “either/or” approach — hospice or aggressive care — is widely seen as a barrier to hospice use. The new program will test the idea that “concurrent care” can expand patients’ choices, giving them the option of both palliative care and intense treatment without costing more (Kenen, 3/18).Modern Healthcare: CMS Will Try Offering Hospice Patients Both Palliative, Curative TreatmentsThe CMS is moving forward with an experiment called for under the 2010 health reform law that will allow Medicare’s hospice beneficiaries to get treatments aimed at helping them get better at the same time they get palliative care to help them die as comfortably as possible (Zigmond, 3/18).last_img read more

First Edition July 11 2014

first_imgFirst Edition: July 11, 2014 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 coverage of surveys that offer insight into how the health law is doing in terms of reducing the nation’s rate of uninsurance. Kaiser Health News: A Reader Asks: Does Selling Your House Affect Eligibility For Assisted Living?Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers this reader’s question (7/11). Read her response.Politico: The Verdict Is In: Obamacare Lowers UninsuredA survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that 9.5 million fewer adults are uninsured now than at the beginning of the Obamacare enrollment season. The Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey found a similar drop, with 8 million adults gaining coverage. And Gallup-Healthways survey reported that the uninsured rate has fallen to 13.4 percent of adults, the lowest level since it began tracking health coverage in 2008. That was all on Thursday. In recent months, other surveys in the Gallup series have consistently found the same downward trend, and a RAND survey in April estimated that the law extended health coverage to 9.3 million Americans (Nather, 7/11). Los Angeles Times: Health Law Covers At Least 8 MillionPresident Obama’s healthcare law has reduced the number of uninsured adults by 8 million to 11 million in its first year, according to three new studies, and the vast majority report satisfaction with their new health plans. The studies — done separately by the Commonwealth Fund, the Urban Institute and the Gallup organization — use different methods to estimate the effect that the Affordable Care Act has had (Terhune and Lauter, 7/10).Los Angeles Times: Rate Of Uninsured Californians Is Halved Under Obamacare, Survey FindsThe percentage of Californians without health insurance was cut in half in the last nine months during the federal health law’s expansion of coverage, a new survey shows. Nationwide, an estimated 9.5 million adults under the age of 65 gained health insurance between late summer 2013 and last month, according to a survey the Commonwealth Fund released Thursday (Terhune, 7/10).Politico: More Signs That Health Coverage Is Growing Under ObamacareMillions of Americans have gained health insurance since Obamacare went into effect, according to several new surveys that show the law is bringing down the nation’s uninsurance rate after its “train wreck” of a start. Three new surveys released in rapid succession Thursday found substantial numbers of newly insured adults. None of those findings will put to rest the political debate about the cost, structure and wisdom of the Affordable Care Act but they do give advocates firm evidence that the law is meeting coverage goals (Wheaton, 7/10).The New York Times: Suit Against Obama To Focus On Health Law, Boehner SaysSpeaker John A. Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama will focus on changes to the health care law that Mr. Boehner says should have been left to Congress, according to a statement issued Thursday by the speaker’s office (Weisman, 7/10).Los Angeles Times: House Lawsuit Over Obamacare To Focus On Employer Mandate DelayHouse leaders announced Thursday that their planned lawsuit against President Obama would focus on his failure to enforce provisions of the Affordable Care Act, renewing a fight over his landmark health law. Speaker John A. Boehner had previously announced plans to sue the president over what he said was Obama’s failure to fulfill his constitutional duties, but Boehner did not specify what the challenge would be based on (Memoli, 7/10).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: House Republicans Lay Out Legislation For Lawsuit Against ObamaHouse Speaker John Boehner’s (R., Ohio) planned lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s executive actions will focus on the White House’s decision to waive the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate without the consent of Congress, Republican leaders said Thursday. Republicans unveiled a draft House resolution that would authorize the House of Representatives to file a lawsuit against Mr. Obama, which the chamber is expected to vote on this month. Mr. Boehner said that the lawsuit would be about the division of powers between the executive and legislative branches, saying the White House decision to alter the health law violated that separation of authority (Crittenden, 7/10).Politico: GOP’s Obama Lawsuit To Focus On Employer MandateHouse Republicans will base their lawsuit against President Barack Obama on the administration’s “unilateral” decision to delay the employer mandate provision in Obamacare, Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) released a draft resolution that would authorize the House to move forward with a case against Obama for what House Republicans are characterizing as a broad abuse of executive power. The resolution will be considered by the committee next week and a vote on the House floor is expected by the end of July (French, 7/11).The New York Times: Obscure Rule Restricts Health Law’s Expansion Of Care For AddictsThe law allowed states to expand Medicaid to many more low-income people, meaning that drug addicts and alcoholics who were previously ineligible could now receive coverage for substance abuse treatment, which the law has deemed an “essential health benefit.” But there is a hitch: Under an obscure federal rule enacted almost 50 years ago, Medicaid covers residential addiction treatment in community-based programs only if they have 16 or fewer beds (Goodnough, 7/10).The Washington Post: Michigan Reached Its Health Insurance Enrollment Goals 8 Months EarlyMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced Thursday that the state had reached its first-year goal of signing up 322,000 residents for the Healthy Michigan Plan eight months early. About 477,000 Michigan residents are eligible for the Health Michigan Plan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program for low-income residents. To be eligible, individuals cannot qualify for or be enrolled in Medicare or other Medicaid programs and must have income at or below 133 percent of the poverty level (Schwartz, 7/10).The Wall Street Journal: Doctor Quits Uterine-Device Safety Panel Over ConflictA member of a panel advising the government on the safety of a medical device that can spread cancer in women stepped down after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewed consulting fees he accepted from a device manufacturer, the agency said Thursday (Levitz, 7/10).The Washington Post: FDA Has Free-Speech, Safety Issues To Weigh In Review Of ‘Off-Label’ Drug MarketingPrompted in part by recent federal court decisions, the FDA is reviewing its rules on what kind of data drug companies should be allowed to distribute to doctors regarding off-label uses, as well as how they should respond to unsolicited questions from physicians about those uses. Its goal is to issue new guidelines by the end of the year (Dennis, 7/9).Los Angeles Times: UnitedHealth Group Sues California Over FineSetting up a major legal fight, UnitedHealth Group Inc. has sued California’s insurance commissioner to block his attempt to fine the insurer $173.6 million for violations during a botched 2005 acquisition. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Orange County Superior Court, is the latest twist in a long-running political drama. Four years ago, California sought a jaw-dropping fine of nearly $10 billion against UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest health insurer. The penalty related to problems handling medical claims and policyholder applications after the insurer bought Cypress-based PacifiCare (Terhune, 7/10).The Associated Press: Va. Changes Regs On Long-Term Care InsuranceVirginia regulators are encouraging long-term care insurance policyholders to take advantage of changes that strengthen protections against unintentional coverage lapses due to nonpayment. The Bureau of Insurance of the State Corporation Commission says insurers have long been required to provide policyholders with the option to designate a third party to receive notice of an impending policy lapse (7/10). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.last_img read more

IKEAs making robot furniture – and it looks awesome

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. IKEA’s just rolled out a new portfollio of “robot furniture”, and it looks every bit as awesome as it sounds.IKEA unveiled the new “ROGNAN” robot furniture line at the Democratic Design Day expo on Tuesday. The furniture has been built in partnership with American startup Ori and is apparently designed to help people living in small flats and houses make the most of their space.The demo line showed a smart bed that doubles as a sofa and storage area. It uses motors to intelligently move forward revealing the sleeping area as needed, which would be pretty useful if you’re living in a studio flat.Further details about the range, including how much it’ll cost weren’t divulged. The only snippet we got was that it’d launch at some point in 2020.Despite the lack of info we here can see the appeal of space saving robo furniture. With it becoming increasingly hard to find decent-sized accommodation, this work that IKEA are doing with Ori seems absolutely revolutionary.Related: Best robot vacuumAccording to the press release on the matter, IKEA claims that “People will be able to turn small spaces into smart spaces that have all the comfort and convenience of a home”.IKEA are also bringing music closer to the home than ever through the SYMFONISK speaker range that has been developed in conjunction with big-player Sonos.The brand new speakers will be added to IKEA’s Home Smart range from August this year. In addition, the remote that comes bundled with the speakers will allow users to control them without using their phone.The first generation IKEA Eneby speakers were a surprise hit when the launched last year, scoring an impressive 4.5 in our in-depth review for their stellar build quality and great value for money price.In conjunction with this, the TRÅDFRI app let group their IKEA products together and design their own lighting system with their Smart Bulbs.This move to robotic furniture can be seen as an extension from the robotic vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers that have been around for some time now. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

Heres how to watch Square Enixs E3 2019 live stream

first_imgE3 2019 We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. We’re on the home straight. Square Enix’s conference is the last one of the big third-party conferences, and the only one left on our calendar is Nintendo’s tomorrow daytime.So, what are we hoping to see? We know we’re finding out more about the Final Fantasy 7 remake, and we’ll definitely see some more on Square Enix’s take on The Avengers. There are rumours that Square Enix has one big thing hidden up their sleeve that they are not talking about just yet. This could be a rumoured remaster of Final Fantasy 8, or it could be something else new and exciting. It’s hard to say, but I guess you can watch along and find out.Whatever is revealed, the Trusted Reviews team is at hand to report on every big news story and announcement.Related: Xbox 2 vs Google StadiaSquare Enix E3 2o19 date and time – when does it start?The Ubisoft live stream kicks off at 2:00AM BST today. It’s brutal, but we’re playing by Los Angeles time here, so Square Enix is one of the latest nights of the bunch for those of you watching from the UK. Still, for the chance of screaming Avengers Assemble at 2AM, it’s worth it.Related: Xbox 2How can I watch the Square Enix E3 2019 press conference?You can watch the Square Enix E3 2019 press conference right here, so you don’t need to go searching through YouTube channels and Twitch streams.The live stream will start playing at 2AM BST today, which isn’t long away at all, Just be careful not to yell in excitement and wake your housemates / neighbours / village elders, because there’s going to be footage of Final Fantasy 7, Square Enix’s Avengers game and also maybe a rumoured appearance of a Final Fantasy remaster a lot of people have been waiting for. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.center_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

Bad policy US aluminum bosses slam tariffs say quotas are risky

first_img Naomi Powell Featured Stories Related Stories What will it take to get the new NAFTA passed by the U.S. Congress? Twitter advertisement What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Top executives from the U.S. aluminum industry say substituting quotas for import tariffs will squeeze supply of the metal, making it “harder, even impossible” for American companies to grow and invest.The United States has been pushing Canada and Mexico to accept quotas in exchange for lifting the tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump last year.That strategy — which Mexico City and Ottawa have resisted — risks creating shortages that disrupt supply chains and tie up funds that would otherwise be used for business investment, said Jean-Marc Germain, chief executive of Amsterdam-based Constellium N.V. which operates a number of facilities in the U.S. Why ‘Tariff Man’ Trump will not lift duties on Canadian aluminum and steel ‘I’m not optimistic’: Political will for passage of new NAFTA rapidly evaporating in America Mexico won’t ratify new NAFTA if U.S. keeps tariffs on steel and aluminum “We know aluminum regularly crosses the border multiple times before reaching an end user as a finished product,” Germain told reporters following a spring meeting of the U.S. Aluminum Association, representing aluminum firms including Alcoa, JW Aluminum, and Scepter Inc. “Under a hard quota system, that metal could end up stuck at one side of the border after the quota has been filled.”Speaking on behalf of the association, Germain called on Trump to scrap the tariffs, arguing they represent “bad policy” and have done little to stop the “trade distorting behaviour” of China while increasing costs for downstream producers who represent 97 per cent of the jobs in the sector.A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found China provided its aluminum industry with subsidies in excess of US$70 billion between 2013 and 2017 — 85 per cent of which went to five firms. The overcapacity has been blamed for depressing prices and pulling production away from U.S. producers.“The real issue on the world stage with aluminum and fair competition is China,” Germain said. “The rest of the world is by and large playing by the rules. … That’s why we’re saying a targeted action against those players in China who don’t play by the global rules is the solution to our problems. “While antidumping and countervailing duties — which target unfair trade in specific products from individual countries — have proven successful in thwarting dumped goods, the same cannot be said of the tariffs, the association maintains. China’s primary aluminum capacity rose by nearly 6 per cent in 2018 despite the levies and its production rose in the second quarter of 2018, around the time they were applied. Meantime, the levies boosted the cost of aluminum from Canada, the largest supplier to the U.S. market.“What you have in the antidumping and countervailing duty tariffs is an ability to take that targeted approach versus the section 232 which is a much more blanket or broad approach and I think that’s where we would draw the distinction,” said Michelle O’Neill, senior vice president, global government affairs and sustainability for Alcoa.The stated goal of the U.S. tariffs — issued on national security grounds under Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act — is to increase America’s self sufficiency in steel and aluminum production by lifting capacity utilization above 80 per cent in both industries. Though the steel industry has now surpassed that marker, U.S. aluminum smelters are unlikely to move above 60 per cent this year, said John Mothersole, director of pricing and purchasing at IHS Markit in Washington.By contrast, Canadian aluminum producers who supply 47 per cent of the metal consumed in the United States are currently operating at above 90 per cent capacity, despite the tariffs.Analysts say investment south of the border remains hindered by the high cost of operating in U.S. currency and the challenges of competing with Quebec producers, who benefit from access to cheap hydroelectricity.“The U.S. primary producers have lifted production somewhat but not as much as the administration would have liked,” Mothersole said, adding that U.S. aluminum prices are now the highest in the world. “If you make metal in the U.S., the tariffs can be good I guess but if you make things out of metal, not so much.”The White House is facing mounting pressure from business groups and senior Republicans and Democrats to drop the tariffs before Congress considers ratification of the new NAFTA. Canada and Mexico have also said they will not ratify the deal with the tariffs in place.“We remain very much opposed to quotas and tariffs because all that would do is hinder our growth by capping how much we can export to the U.S. which is our natural market,” said Jean Simard, president of the Aluminum Association of Canada. “Quotas micromanage trade and we won’t support that.”• Email: | Twitter: ‘Bad policy’: U.S. aluminum bosses slam tariffs, say quotas are risky The real issue on the world stage with aluminum and fair competition is China, say aluminum companies Facebook Half of Canadian executives say old NAFTA better for our economy than USMCA Email Join the conversation → Sponsored By: ← Previous Next → ‘It’s going to be a mess’: Confluence of challenges threaten new NAFTA vote More Share this story’Bad policy’: U.S. aluminum bosses slam tariffs, say quotas are risky Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit April 3, 20193:18 PM EDT Filed under News Economy 7 Comments Comment The United States has been pushing Canada and Mexico to accept quotas in exchange for lifting the tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump last year.Scott Eells/Bloomberg last_img read more

Jaguar IPACE Electrifies Miami Puts Butts In Seats

first_imgBonus video:.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }From press release:The Jaguar Electrifies Experience, a multi-city national tour, will be coming to Miami November 8-11. To mark the arrival of the Experience in Miami, Jaguar is teaming up with Professional Football Player Danny Amendola, who will be at the event on November 9 from 2:30-5:00pm and will participate in the I-PACE SmartCone challenge and also meet and sign autographs for guests.The Jaguar Electrifies Experience is designed to engage, entertain, and educate consumers on the full Jaguar vehicle lineup as well as the benefits of owning an electric vehicle (EV). The event series kicked off in San Francisco in October, and after Miami, will continue to travel to key U.S. EV markets, including Los Angeles and the New York City metro area through spring 2019.To highlight the Experience in Miami, Jaguar has launched a local marketing and advertising campaign including a series of billboards and wallscapes, as well as guerilla chalk stenciling strategically placed throughout the city.The brand is also working with local Miami vendors to offer attendees at the Experience flavors of the city with a selection of food and beverage options from local favorites including acclaimed Michelle Bernstein Catering, The Salty Donut, 222 Taco, and Crumb on Parchment, among others. The Experience in Miami will also feature a Late Night Lounge on Saturday, November 10 to give consumers an opportunity to enjoy the Experience after hours, without the driving portion of the event.“Following a successful kick-off in San Francisco, we’re excited to bring the Jaguar Electrifies Experience to Miami,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “South Florida is a top market for Jaguar so we are looking forward to giving consumers the chance to experience the new all-electric I-PACE and the rest of the full model line-up.”At the center of the Jaguar Electrifies Experience is the Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV, the brand’s first fully electric vehicle equipped with a 90kWh battery with an EPA estimated electric range of 234 miles2. The I-PACE is priced from $69,5001 in the US and will be available to consumers this fall.The Jaguar Electrifies Experience guides participants on a journey through the full lineup of 2019 model year Jaguar vehicles, then takes a deep dive into “The World of I-PACE” to learn about the brand’s first all-electric performance SUV through a series of interactive touchpoints. Along the way, participants will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several of the latest Jaguar vehicles, including the I-PACE, F-PACE, E-PACE and F-TYPE in a series of street drives. Guests will also be able to drive the Jaguar I-PACE on a timed and scored, closed-circuit SmartCone drive. To participate in the drive experiences, attendees must be 21 or older with a valid driver’s license. Passengers in the vehicle must be 8 or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian.The Experience will conclude in “The Electric Lounge,” featuring some of the industry’s most cutting-edge products and technologies curated by media partner WIRED, including the Ubtech Cruzr robot that will engage with visitors when they walk within range, the Sony Aibo robotic dog, Meural digital picture frames, Weatherman Umbrellas, among other products. The lounge will also feature the Jaguar brand’s electric racing vehicles, including the Jaguar I-TYPE from the Formula E series and the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY from the world’s first all-electric spec racing series, a support race to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5, beginning with the Formula E debut in the Middle East on December 15.In addition, guests will be able to participate in various augmented and virtual reality activities, including the interactive Jaguar I-PACE Theater, which can be shared on social media. The Theater features the Jaguar I-PACE, and guests will be able to experience the latest in high-speed, 360 degree photo technology in a mirrored infinity room. Participants will receive their photos electronically before leaving and are encouraged to share these photos on social platforms using #JaguarElectrifies.The Jaguar Electrifies Experience will be open to the public in Miami at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center from November 8-11. For additional information, and to register to attend, please visit All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $995 destination / handling charge, tax, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for details. 2 EPA estimated all-electric range is 234 miles with a fully charged battery and 80 city, 72 highway, and 76 combined MPGe. MPGe is the EPA-equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation. All figures are EPA estimates.  Actual range and mileage will vary with driving conditions and style, and other factors. OFFICIAL: Jaguar I-Pace Range Just 234 Miles, MPGe Figures Disappoint Source: Electric Vehicle News Here we’ve gathered photos of the I-PACE in Miami. It’s time to check out the I-PACEAfter San Francisco in October, Jaguar bring its Jaguar Electrifies Experience even to Miami (November 8-11) making its all-new I-PACE available for test drives.It’s a smart tactic to put consumers behind the wheel as the I-PACE is a driver’s cars and the driving experience is phenomenal. The event will come to Los Angeles and New York City too.More about I-PACE 16 photos Jaguar Delivers First I-PACE In U.S. – Owner Not A Fan Of Tesla’s Style Alex On Autos Reviews Jaguar I-Pace: Says It Needs More Time In Oven Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 10, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Top 3 Tips To Fix Tesla Model 3 Winter Flaws Video

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News As you’ll witness in the video, the Model 3 has at least 3 known winter flaws. Those trick Tesla door handles always seem to be the sticking point (pun intended) though.The other issues are the frameless windows that freeze in position. This prevents them from retracting down when needed for closing.Lastly, the self-folding mirrors. The simplest of fixes out of the three.For an idea of just how simple it is to fix, or at least partially fix these flaws, the solution is silicone, a microfiber towel, and the swipe of a button on the screen. Seems easy enough, right?Watch the video to find out more on how to deal with 3 winter flaws associated with the Tesla Model 3.Video description:This gives pointers on how to prevent the auto folding mirror from getting stuck closed. Frozen stuck windows, and door handle preventative measures. Canuck Doesn’t Like Tesla Model 3 Winter Optimization Update Every car has some issues in the winter.Electric cars, in particular, are prone to some cold-weather problems. The Tesla Model 3 is no exception to that rule. But did you know several of the issues can be fixed by following some simple tips?More Model 3 Videos Opening Tesla Model 3 Trunk In Rain Is Not Advised: Video Tesla Model 3 Winter Test: Cold Weather Demands A Long-Range Battery Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 19, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

In 20 Days Of March Tesla Delivered Over 2500 Model 3 In

first_img Tesla Is #1 Selling Brand In Europe’s Electric Car Race In February Musk Says Right-Hand-Drive Tesla Model 3 Could Arrive In UK By June Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 20, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 sets new sales record for electric carsTesla further increased it already fast pace of Model 3 deliveries in Norway, reaching a level of over 2,500 new registrations within the first 20 days of March! Together with the Model S/Model X, Tesla registrations exceed 2,800.The previous best for new EVs was 2,172 set by the Nissan LEAF in March 2018, when Nissan launched deliveries of the second-generation version in Europe.Now, the new record holder is the Model 3, and with 11 more days to go, there is a huge chance to achieve more than 3,000 registrations, maybe even more than 3,500.Tesla Model 3 Tesla Model 3 Deliveries Flood Norway: Video With such strong results, Tesla is expected to take #1 among models and one of the first spots among brands, which we will check on during the first days of April.Overall, it seems also that despite no big rush for other EVs (Nissan LEAF registrations are at around 450 in 20 days), March could be a new record month in Norway.Source: Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Cipriani wins young player award

first_imgPremiership 2007-08 Premiership Danny Cipriani Since you’re here… First published on Wed 21 May 2008 19.11 EDT Shares00 Premiership Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on Facebook England rugby union team Share via Email Cipriani wins young player award Read more Rugby union Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Reuse this contentcenter_img “To be voted the young player of the year by my fellow players is a huge honour and means a lot to me,” said Cipriani, who was also among the nominees for player of the year. “I am determined to come back from my injury a better player, physically and mentally, and I would like to thank everyone at Wasps, Bath and England for the help and support I have received since Sunday.”Cipriani is expected to return to full training in October, while the Wasps and England wing Tom Voyce will be out of action for three months after dislocating his left shoulder only minutes after his team-mate had left the field during the play-off semi-final victory over Bath. Bath face Worcester in the European Challenge Cup final against Worcester at Kingsholm on Sunday. Worcester’s assistant coach, Clive Griffiths, yesterday signed a one-year contract extension which will keep him at Sixways until 2010, but the club’s fly-half Shane Drahm will be leaving for Japan after the match despite having second thoughts about moving on. “Shane has signed a legally binding contract and he cannot get out of it,” said Worcester’s director of rugby, Mike Ruddock. Share on Twitter Danny Cipriani was last night voted the young player of the year by his peers, less than 24 hours after the 20-year-old Wasps and England fly-half was released from hospital following an operation on his right ankle, which he fractured and dislocated last Sunday.Cipriani’s club-mate Riki Flutey, who is likely to take over the No10 shirt against Leicester in next week’s Premiership final at Twickenham, walked off with the player of the year trophy at the Professional Rugby Players’ Association awards dinner in London, pipping Olly Barkley and James Simpson-Daniel. Wasps Topics Paul Rees … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Danny Cipriani recoils in pain after severely injuring his ankle against Bath. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Wed 21 May 2008 19.11 EDT Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more