We Should Reflect on Death at Some Point in Life it Helps

first_imgHowever, as much as she is a campaigner of long and healthy living, Lisa says it is important that we all accept the certainty of death—an invaluable life lesson that can only come from someone who has seen death up close. “We all have a natural expiry date. We are all not going to live forever. Death is inevitable. We should therefore, at some point in life, reflect and contemplate on death. I used a lot of Tibetan Buddhist practices to do that and that strengthened me. Talking about doing it all, she said minutes before the book’s launch at a quaint café in Mumbai, “You’ll notice that a lot of these projects have happened post cancer. It is almost like I have found a new lease in life. Cancer has removed that aspect of self-consciousness, fear and a lot of inner obstacles that I had before. When you grapple with your mortality, you start seeing your insecurities in a different light.” “I am not saying that I want to die or that I don’t have a certain amount of fear of it but I know how to negotiate that. It doesn’t throw such a huge shadow over me today. I know and I hope that because I have contemplated it and I have rehearsed to an extent, I will know that when the curtain closes, it would be time to move on,” she said. However, it isn’t easy to juggle work while raising young children. Last year, Lisa announced the birth of her twin daughters—Sufi and Soleil—whom she had via surrogacy. The 47-year-old credits her girlfriends who she says rally around her to help her maintain work-life balance. “I have an incredible support-group of girlfriends. Right now, my babies are staying with one of them. My babies are passed from house to house. My husband and I have recently relocated. We are back in Bombay and the primary reason is the support that I get emotionally, practically and in every other way as a mother in India. I don’t think I would experience it anywhere else,” Lisa said. On working with Rahman in 99 Songs, she said, “It’s a great honour. He reached out to me out of the blue. What’s wonderful is that we have a shared history. AR composed the jingle for the Garden Saree ads (in which she featured in the 90s) and he contributed some of the most beautiful songs to Water (her 2005 Deepa Mehta film). We have had this kind of a professional intersection at very important times. I have always been a super fan of his work. It was the culmination of a lifetime dream to work with him in a closer and more substantial capacity.” 99 songsClose to the BoneClose to the Bone Lisa Raylisa ray First Published: June 2, 2019, 11:51 AM IST “There is an inner strength, stubbornness and resilience within all of us. We have to have faith that we have it. I am not special and neither do I think that the treatment that I got was special. Today, my treatment is in India. We get the same treatment in India that I got in Canada,” she said.Read: Close to the Bone is Much More than a Cancer Memoir, Says Lisa Ray on her Debut BookRead: Shweta Bachchan on Her Debut Novel Paradise Towers and the Inspiration Behind It“There are struggles of course, sometimes financial, but now we do have a growing ecosystem in India of great NGOs and outreach programs that will assist you. I think it’s the fear that we have to overcome. Fear is not real, it’s a passing thunder cloud in the sky and you’re the sky, which is limitless. So just make sure that you don’t identify with the fear because it will block you from asking for help and taking the right action,” she added. Follow @News18Movies for more. Though it’s been 10 years since she was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma—the cancer of white blood cells—the Kasoor actor says she’s still reeling in its aftermath, trying to process all that it has changed in her life, body, relationships, the way she sees the world and herself. She is one of the few celebrities who have battled cancer and emerged victoriously on the other side, but she says there is hardly anything extraordinary about her or the way she fought the disease. Ever since she conquered cancer, Lisa Ray has been unstoppable. She is acting again—she will soon be seen in AR Rahman’s first production 99 Songs. She has her own line of ethical perfume. She is also raising twin daughters and has just launched Close to the Bone, her debut book on her myriad life experiences. Stressing on the need for women to continue working even after having children, she added, “When my daughters were born, one of my friends gave me a wonderful advice. She said, “Your babies don’t need a perfect mother, they need a happy mother.” And Lisa has been glowing lately.last_img read more

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Nirmala Sitharaman Proposes PPP Model for Railways Says Transporter Needs Rs 50

first_imgShe proposed that a public private partnership (PPP) be used to unleash faster development and delivery of passenger freight services for railway projects to boost the connectivity. “Railways will be encouraged to invest in suburban railways through special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and enhance metro rail network through PPPs,” she said.Government envisions using rivers for cargo transportation, which will also decongest roads and railways, Sitharaman said.Railway stations modernisation will be launched this year, she added.In the interim Budget earlier this year, the then Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had given Capital support from the budget for railways at Rs 64,587 crore in 2019-20. The Railways’ overall capital expenditure programme was Rs 1,58,658 crore. Railway infrastructure would need an investment of Rs 50 lakh crores between 2018 and 2030, said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as she presented her maiden Budget in Parliament on Friday. RATE The Budget Excellent Good Average Poorcenter_img budget 2019budget 2019 highlightsbudget 2019 indiabudget 2019 live First Published: July 5, 2019, 12:36 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Top Gun Maverick Everything we know about the movie so far

first_img The castThe film brings back original Top Gun star Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the hotshot pilot character that helped make Cruise a superstar. He’ll be joined by Val Kilmer, reprising his role as Maverick’s rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.As for the actor filling one of the film’s primary legacy roles, Whiplash actor Miles Teller will portray the son of Maverick’s former wingman, Goose, who was played by Anthony Edwards in the first film. Teller was seen on set with Cruise in some December 2018 photos that reveal the mustache he’ll be sporting for the film —  Teller’s look clearly inspired by Edwards’ impressively ’80s facial hair.Tom Cruise and Miles Teller Spotted Filming “Top Gun: Maverick” in Lake TahoeSEE ALL THE PHOTOS – https://t.co/k5IJFNrCOf#TomCruise #MilesTeller #TopGunSequel #TopGunMaverick #BehindTheScenes pic.twitter.com/JjjGRt03Jx— Hollywood Pipeline (@HlywdPipeline) December 15, 2018Teller and Hidden Figures actor Glen Powell were the final two contenders for the role. Despite Teller winning the part, Powell’s audition reportedly impressed the Top Gun producers enough to earn him a different, unidentified role in the film.In July 2018, A Beautiful Mind actress Jennifer Connelly (below) was reported to be in talks to play the female lead in the film. The Academy Award winner is expected to play a single mother who runs a local bar near the naval base where the story is set.The danger zone got a little more crowded in August with a flurry of additional cast members added to the project. Mad Men actor Jon Hamm and four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris (Westworld) were among the most high-profile additions to the cast, joining the film in unidentified roles. Terminator: Dark Fate The directorThe film will reunite Cruise with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski, who also directed 2010’s TRON: Legacy. Paramount Pictures confirmed Kosinski as the film’s director in a July 2017 announcement that also revealed the film’s initial July 2019 release date. Perhaps just as notably, the original film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, is also behind the scenes for the sequel. Indiana Jones 5 More Movie News Roundups Also added to the cast that month was Lewis Pullman (the son of actor Bill Pullman),  as well as Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) as the daughter of Connelly’s character; Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces) as an admiral; Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW) as an engineer; and the trio of Jay Ellis (Insecure), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) as pilots. Bill & Ted Face the Music Top Gun: Maverick: Everything we know about the movie so farCloseGet ready to feel the need for speed all over again. After years of rumors, Top Gun: Maverick is officially flying into theaters more than three decades after the 1986 film premiered. Original star Tom Cruise is returning for the sequel, and he won’t be the only familiar face in the film.We finally have our first, official trailer for the movie, and with Maverick currently scheduled to hit theaters in June 2020, here’s everything we know about the Top Gun sequel so far.Title: Top Gun: MaverickRelease date: June 26, 2020Cast: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon HammDirector: Joseph KosinskiThe first footageTom Cruise himself introduced the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick (see above) during San Diego Comic-Con in July. The preview of the film not only showed off Cruise’s return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, but also teased some of the impressive flight sequences that have been generating a lot of buzz.A month earlier, audiences at the CineEurope 2019 trade show were treated to the first footage from Top Gun: Maverick, with two minutes of scenes from the film shown to attendees.The footage was introduced by Mark Viane, Paramount Pictures’ president of International Theatrical Distribution, and Mary Daily, co-president of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, who stepped out on stage in full flight gear after the floor of the theater filled with mist. No description of the footage was released, but it reportedly received a positive response.With Paramount expected to bring Maverick to its panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, that will likely be the next opportunity to see footage from the film. Editors’ Recommendations Release dateOriginally scheduled to hit theaters in July 2019, Top Gun: Maverick had its premiere pushed back almost a year by Paramount Pictures. The studio announced that the film’s new release date will be June 26, 2020.The storyParamount Pictures isn’t revealing too many details about the sequel’s plot, but the story is rumored to explore the relationship between human pilots and unmanned drones in the modern military. Given the film’s working title, Top Gun: Maverick, it’s expected that Cruise’s pilot character will be at the center of the story — likely fighting to affirm the value of human pilots. The musicKenny Loggins is planning to record a new version of his song Danger Zone for the Top Gun sequel. The original film featured a memorable montage of flight clips set to Danger Zone, and Loggins indicated that he’s hoping to team up with a young rock musician or band to give the song new life in Top Gun: Maverick.Updated on July 18, 2019: Added the first trailer for the movie. FilmingIn a May 2019 interview with Collider, actor Jon Hamm had nothing but praise for the high-tech filmmaking techniques intended to give Maverick audiences an in-the-cockpit experience.“They’re using some technology on this that has never before seen,” said Hamm. “We’re shooting the movie in, I think, 6K. So it’s incredibly hi-def. The aerial footage is mind-blowing. And it’s mostly practical. There’s not a lot of CG. Those guys are really up in planes and getting thrown around in multiple Gs.”On May 31, 2018, Cruise posted a photo on Twitter from the first day of production on the Top Gun sequel. The photo features Cruise back in Maverick’s flight suit, with the superimposed tagline “Feel the Need” giving nostalgic fans exactly what they’re looking for. Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con crowds with first Top Gun: Maverick trailer The best N64 games of all time Jump into hyperdrive and launch yourself into the best space games Check out the best Xbox One deals and bundles available now From Maleficent to Gia, a ranking of Angelina Jolie’s best movieslast_img read more

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Galaxy Note 7 returns Heres what Samsung is calling it

first_imgObviously, keeping it at “Galaxy Note 7” would not only be confusing, but it probably wouldn’t do the device any favors considering the circumstances of its recall. Originally we heard that Samsung was going to name this refurbished handset the Galaxy Note 7R, but today Korean site ETnews is reporting a different name.That name is Galaxy Note 7 FE, with the “FE” at the end standing for “Fandom Edition” or “Fan Edition.” It’s kind of a strange name, to be sure, but in my humble opinion, it’s certainly better than calling it the Galaxy Note 7R. ETnews says that confirmation of this name comes from a large number of mobile communication companies, so it looks like this is the name Samsung has decided to go with.Perhaps more importantly, ETnews says that the Galaxy Note 7 FE will be out in Korea by the end of June. We heard something similar last week, when Samsung signaled that it would soon send the Galaxy Note 7 FE through the National Radio Research Agency for certification. There’s no information offered on whether or not that certification has been started, but considering the whole process takes about a month, June seems to be a good release window.When (or if) it will arrive in other regions is currently up in the air. Don’t get your hopes up if you happen to live in the US, though, as Samsung has indicated that it doesn’t have any intention of reintroducing the Note 7 here. For Korea, though, this re-release certainly seems like a sure thing, so stay tuned.SOURCE: ETnews If you buy into the rumors that we’ve heard thus far, then we’re quickly approaching the re-release of the Galaxy Note 7. These refurbished devices will be hitting the market in part to help Samsung sell off the stock it was left with after recalling the original Note 7 last year. Of course, there will be a few changes in place with these re-released handsets, with one of those changes being the name. Story TimelineThe Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will live again as a refurbRefurbished Galaxy Note 7 begins appearing in the wildRefurbished and original Galaxy Note 7 land at Wi-Fi AllianceGalaxy Note 7 refurb will have a drastically reduced pricelast_img read more

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OnePlus 2 will no longer receive updates

first_imgThe OnePlus 2 is notable for a couple of reasons. For one, it was just OnePlus’ second smartphone and a test of whether it could repeat the magic of the OnePlus One. But perhaps more significantly, it was its first model to run its OxygenOS Android homebrew, after its scandalous divorce with Cyanogen, Inc. It proved that it could indeed carry on the task of shaping its own destiny, especially in software, but it didn’t come without a cost apparently.In reply to the question of Nougat coming to the OnePlus 2, a certain customer representative by the name of “Alex” had this to say:“Your time and effort in reaching out to us. Your concern is of utmost importance and I will be helping you out with your ticket. As much as we would like to give the latest update on the OnePlus 2, we’ve discontinued updates for dated devices. But we will continue to support the limited warranty for current users and provide updates and support the best way we can even for OnePlus 2 users.”OnePlus has practically categorized the OnePlus 2 as a “dated” device that is now only on life support as far as warranties go. It is a very risky decision for OnePlus to make considering the smartphone has yet to reach the two-year mark. And while OnePlus never explicitly made a promise similar to the Google Nexus and Pixel phones, it’s not hard to see how OnePlus 2 owners will be more than disappointed at the news.It is pretty much a logistics problem which shows the limits of what a small startup will be able to accomplish, no matter how big the ambition. It doesn’t have the production or stock capacity to keep the OnePlus 3T in production alongside the upcoming OnePlus 5. And it seems it doesn’t have the manpower to keep the OnePlus 2 updated as well. OnePlus may be trying to avoid misfortune by skipping the number 4, but it is definitely tempting fate.VIA: XDA OnePlus seems to be setting itself for a world of hurt when it launches the OnePlus 5 next week. The startup whose battle cry has been to “Never Settle” is making some rather big compromises at the expense of its users. As if it weren’t bad enough that it has almost very subtly “announced” that the OnePlus 3T has reached its end of production life, it has not also somewhat officially revealed that the OnePlus 2, two months shy of its second birthday, will no longer receive software updates, including the much desired Android 7.0 Nougat. Story TimelineOnePlus 2 Review: An imperfect assassinOnePlus 3T dicontinued, most likely because of OnePlus 5OnePlus 5 camera sample teased, June launch date leakedlast_img read more

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Panasonic Lumix G9 leaked with Leica 200 mm lens

first_imgSmartphone cameras may be getting all sophisticated and powerful, but never underestimate what a fine-tuned digital camera can do. Panasonic is set to remind the photography world of exactly that in just less than two days when it final finally unveils a new Lumix G9 camera for more avid shooters. And it won’t be coming alone, of course, as it will be pulling along a new Leica DG Elmarit 200 mm f/2.8 lens that will enable to the camera to do its magic. The Lumix G9 hasn’t exactly had enough time to make rounds over the Internet. Its existence was first hinted at no sooner than the end of October. It briefly popped up at the Wi-Fi Alliance database, confirming at least one of its wireless features. But now we’re getting an even clearer picture of what the camera has to offer.According to the very short list of leaked features, the Lumix G9 will share some traits with the Lumix GH5 DSLM launched earlier this year. That includes the basic design, save for one crucial difference. The G9 has a second display at the top for the camera’s current settings. That’s in addition to the usual tiltable LCD display on the back of the camera.The Lumix G9 will supposedly also have the same photo features as the GH5, including a 20 megapixel MOS sensor. Of course, there are also new things, like an 80 MB shooting mode and the ability to stitch together 6 images into a single 1 GB image. There’s also a 6K photo mode, in case 4K isn’t enough. The G9 will supposedly have different video capabilities, though it isn’t yet sure whether that’s a good thing or not.The Lumix G9 will debut side by side a new Leica DG ELMARIT lens with a 200 mm focal length, f/2.8 lens, and optical image stabilization. While both are expected to be announced 8th November, the camera isn’t expected to make it in time for the holidays and will, instead, launch sometime after Christmas. VIA: Photo Rumorslast_img read more

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YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

first_imgYouTube has increasingly faced criticism for a large library of bizarre videos collectively dubbed the ‘ElsaGate’ collection. These videos feature keyword-stuffed titles that seem to be aimed at luring in as many clicks as possible, and many of these involve the fictional character Elsa, as well as Spiderman and other superhero characters. Many of the videos have been criticized for containing disturbing, sometimes violent or inappropriate content that is targeted at the platform’s youngest viewers. While YouTube is home to many satirical animations that are crude or otherwise violent, they’re not targeted at kids. These bizarre “ElsaGate” videos, as they’ve been dubbed, are different. They appear to be targeted at kids who search for basic popular keywords (such as “Elsa”) and then mindlessly watch the videos, letting them autoplay into other similar videos.Many of these videos show millions of views each, though how many are authentic views versus bots is unclear. They appear to be part of the lucrative online world of ad revenue farming, but many parents have criticized YouTube for failing to keep these videos off of the YouTube Kids app…the app that is specifically intended to protect kids from potentially troublesome videos.It seems the increased public awareness of these odd videos may be contributing to some action against them. YouTube is making a tweak that will age-restrict content when it is flagged in the main YouTube app. Once it is age-restricted, it will no longer appear in the YouTube Kids app. Speaking to The Verge, YouTube said the change was in the pipeline before this controversy arose, and that it isn’t a direct result of it.SOURCE: The Vergelast_img read more

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Gemini PDA could get a Wear OS powered second screen

first_imgPlanet Computers’ Gemini has already been wooing Psion fans with its clamshell design and finger-friendly keyboard, but now it’s looking to fix the absence of an external display. Currently, when closed, the quad-booting PDA uses an array of multicolor LEDs that can flash in different, customizable sequences to flag when certain people are calling, new messages are received, or other notifications come in. That’s all well and good, but if you have more than a few set up you could quickly find yourself forced to memorize some 21st Century combination of semaphore, Morse code, and signal lamps. What would be a lot more straightforward would be a second screen mounted on the outside, of course. That, apparently, hasn’t been missed by Gemini owners either. Speaking to CCS Insight, Planet Computers confirmed that an external display was one of three main feature requests for the device. To address that, it’s looking at how it could implement a secondary screen, and potentially one using Google Wear OS – née Android Wear – as its platform. Although it’s primarily known as a smartwatch OS, Google’s attitude to Wear OS has always been a little more flexible than that. However, this would possibly be the first time we’ve seen the platform used to power a secondary screen on a smartphone, though the Gemini – when booted into Android, as opposed to its recent Sailfish OS option – could already connect to a Wear OS smartwatch. Baking a Wear OS device into the Gemini itself wouldn’t be a bad idea, though. Google has gradually developed the platform so that it supports more standalone features, which would mean that the external display needn’t just show notifications but could be used to actually interact with the PDA in a more comprehensive fashion. It’s not the only hardware feedback the company is reacting to. In addition to a secondary screen, owners have also been bemoaning the quality of the external camera and the absence of backlighting on the Gemini’s keyboard. Both are apparently being worked on. Given the current 5-megapixel camera for the PDA is a removable add-on – Planet Computers sells it separately for around $54 – it’s unclear whether the higher-quality version the company has in mind would also be compatible with first-generation Gemini. Right now, there are two versions of the Gemini PDA. Cheapest is a WiFi-only model, but Planet Computers also offers a 4G+WiFi version. That has both a SIM slot and e-SIM support, with the two modems offering simultaneous connections to two networks. Story TimelineGemini PDA brings back Psion days with Android/Linux pocket PCPlanet Computers Gemini hands-on: Nostalgia’s Android rebootlast_img read more

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Samsung Oreo update for midrange phones delayed

first_imgWith the official launch of Android 9 Pie, the Android community has naturally started a guessing game of which phones will get the update and when. But for a rather sizable section of Samsung’s customers, getting the Pie is furthest from their mind. Those holding on to a mid-range or entry-level Galaxy phone still haven’t even received their promised Oreo cookie and, if this latest leak is any indication, they might not even get it until the first quarter of 2019. Samsung’s notorious update speed strikes again. Oreo is going to be a year old in a few weeks, just like some of these mid-range Samsung phones. Some are even older, having launched in 2016. While Samsung has indeed updated some of those, like the 2016 Galaxy J7, to Nougat, others have yet to see their first major Android upgrade.An earlier roadmap posted on Samsung’s own Members app previous showed that these phones will get Android Oreo by December. An updated schedule spotted by Androidpure now reveals that that will be true only for the Galaxy J7 Neo. The rest will have to wait for 2019, sometime between January to March, for their turn.• Samsung Galaxy J7 Neo (December 2018)• Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy On5 (2016) (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) (January 2019)• Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (February 2019)• Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) (March 2019)AdChoices广告The hardest pill to swallow, however, is the fact that Samsung will always reserve the right to change its mind or its schedule if the device proves to be incapable of running Android Oreo to satisfaction. So while It does give the hope that these smartphones could at least have Oreo by early 2019, it can very well take away that hope at a moment’s notice.last_img read more

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Huawei Honor cheated benchmarks and this is their reason

first_imgThought the whole benchmark cheating scandal was behind us? Apparently not. Some OEMs have just gotten better at hiding it. Or at least that’s the picture that Huawei is painting after it was caught red-handed using a benchmark detection feature. But unlike other manufacturers in the past, it didn’t deny the allegation but instead tried to justify why it was doing so. Bottom line: its competitors are doing it anyway and trying to cheat it out of the market. The whole benchmark cheating drama half a decade ago, also reported by AnandTech, caused the industry to question the relevance, usefulness, and credibility of mobile benchmarking tools. Arguments were raised, companies were called out and blacklisted, and benchmark tool makers revised their software and policies to indicate what exactly they are testing.Those improvements, however, may have only been applicable in Western markets. Or at least until the media was focused on the issue. Unfortunately for Huawei, its boasts about its new GPU Turbo feature made it too big of a target for third-parties to verify or refute its claims. AnandTech makes it clear that Huawei’s new tech is sound but, during the course of its testing, it uncovered something sinister as well.Huawei’s P20, Honor’s new Play, and probably every smartphone running on a Kirin 970 SoC may be using a Benchmark Detection tool that makes the chip perform better by raising the power limit for the processor. While you might not think much of it, AnandTech reminds readers that such tricks raise power consumption, reduces battery life, and actually decreases the efficiency of the processor. In other words, by pushing the SoC beyond its limits, Huawei and Honor are practically degrading it in the long run.When confronted with the findings, Huawei didn’t exactly deny it. Instead, it explained that it was calling for a benchmarking standard that everyone has to adhere to. But in the same breath, it said that other OEMs, particularly its biggest rivals in China, were also cheating and bragging those numbers, much to the detriment of Huawei. In other words, since it can’t beat them by being true, it might as well join them while waiting for that elusive benchmarking standard to be made.last_img read more

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Nissan Navara truck hides an 800hp GTR heart

first_imgSpecifically the modified 800hp GT-R heart is tucked neatly inside a Nissan Navara truck body. The builders hope that the truck can reach a whopping 230mph top speed. I’m not sure that the truck has the aero to reach that sort of speed, but good luck on them.This is not a project ready for sale right now, but the company will build you one to your liking if you have boatloads of cash. SVM says if you want more power you can choose up to 1500hp for your GT-R engine or just get the straight 550hp stock GT-R plant inside.Anyone with enough scratch could order up the truck with the entire drivetrain out of a GT-R, meaning the AWD just like the Juke-R has. If you want the truck body on the chassis of a GTR, you’ll need to cough up £175,000 before VAT. Taxes are high in the UK and after you’ll be dropping over £200,000 on this thing. Perhaps you can figure out a commercial use for the truck bed to side step the VAT. The company offers no performance numbers other than the hope that the truck will go 230mph.SOURCE: Top Gear We love it when carmakers get wacky and build cars or trucks that have insane amount of power for no good reason other than they can. Such was the case last summer when Nissan rolled out the Juke-R 2.0 that packed away an engine right out of a GT-R. You could buy the Juke-R if you had the money and inclination to do so. A company called Severn Valley Motorsports in Shropshire has taken Nissan’s lead and crammed the GT-R engine inside a truck.last_img read more

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Dark Mode iOS 13 Releasing the battery saver

first_imgThis morning Apple finally revealed the look of their upcoming iPhone iOS 13 Dark Mode. This version of iOS will bring a new color pallet to the iPhone and iPad, starting with a black canvas instead of a white. This is supposed to help users save on battery – but will it? When you’re using a high quality OLED display on your smartphone and you’ve got proper developers working on apps, there’s a chance you’ll save some battery life if said developers know how to implement the color black. With an OLED, the color black can actually be truly black – or black insomuch as it’s the absence of any other light.When we talk about displays, less light means less power draw. If Apple’s Dark Mode here – as it’s revealed here for iOS 13 – really does take away THIS much of the white, significant battery life length may be in store. But we’ll have to wait and see, really. AdChoices广告 WWDC 2019 played host to this version of iOS 13, complete with an inverted look at light. This isn’t a 100% flipped version of iOS – that’s something else completely. This, instead, is a complete reworking of the color used in every interface, starting with dark instead of light.For those of you wishing you had access to this UI right now, it shall be yours, imminently! This version of iOS will be released soon. It’s likely Apple will make a Beta of iOS 13 available for users this week, if not later today – but again, we’ll know when it happens. Story TimelinemacOS Mojave released: Dark Mode, Stacks, moreiPhone update leak: New Dark Mode, Screenshots, Reminderslast_img read more

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2020 Toyota Tacoma gets tech upgrade plus Army Green TRD Pro

first_imgCabs, Beds and EnginesTwo cab options are available: Access Cab, with a 127.4-inch wheelbase and a 73.7-inch bed, and Double Cab, with the same wheelbase but a 60.5-inch bed, or 140.6-inch wheelbase with the 73.7-inch bed. Similarly, two engines are offered. A 2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder gets 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.5-liter V6 is an option with its 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. Both come with a 6-speed automatic as standard, but the V6 can optionally be paired with a 6-speed manual. The V6 also comes with Toyota’s Tow Package. That consists of a Class IV receiver hitch, automatic transmission fluid cooler, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4 & 7-pin connector with converter, and Trailer-Sway Control. Maximum towing rating is 6,800 pounds. 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD ProMost hardcore of the line-up, though, is the 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro. For this new model year Toyota throws in new 16-inch wheels and black-insert tailamps, together with new sequential LED/DRL headlamps and Rigid Industries LED fog lamps. Along with the Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Magnetic Gray Metallic color options will be an exclusive Army Green finish. Inside, there’s a 10-way power drivers seta and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Passenger smart key entry is standard, as is the Panoramic View Monitor. The TRD Pro also adds Multi Terrain Monitor, however, which offers front, side, and rear views around the car. Under vehicle terrain view can give a glimpse of what’s going on underneath the Tacoma. Toyota says the TRD Pro’s wheels are almost 4.2 pounds lighter than before, while the Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks and front and rear springs have been retuned. Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires with Kevlar reinforcement are standard, as is 4WDemand part-time 4-wheel drive. That packs an electronically controlled transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential.Both automatic and manual versions will be offered. The automatic gets Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Multi-terrain Select, and Crawl Control. Inside, the automatic Tacoma TRD Pro gets JBL Premium Audio, too. All versions have a power moonroof.Pricing and availability of all the new 2020 Tacoma models will be announced closer to release, later in 2019. Almost all of them – from the workhorse SR through to the top-tier Limited – have new front grilles, along with new or updated wheels, Toyota says. Inside, there’s now Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with Amazon Alexa, as Toyota finally gets up to speed with the smartphone projection systems. The 2020 Tacoma line-upAt the entry-level, the 2020 Tacoma SR gets a new grille and redesigned taillights with dark housings. There’s an optional LED bed lamp, while inside the touchscreen grows to 7-inches. SiriusXM support has been added. The 2020 Tacoma SR5, meanwhile, also gets a new grille, along with new dark satin finish for the 16-inch wheels. It, too, has darker taillight housings, and an LED bed lamp option; DRLs are also available. Inside, there’s new fabric for the seats. AdChoices广告Stepping up to the 2020 Tacoma TRD Sport, it packs 17-inch wheels now, and a new grille. There’s passenger smart key entry and chrome taillamp inserts, together with new LED fog lamps. New LED DRLs and LED headlamps are available, as is the LED bed lamp. Toyota will offer a Panoramic View Monitor, which gives a 360-degree perspective around the pickup. The 2020 Tacoma TRD Off-Road packs the new grille and LED fog lamps, along with chrome insert tailamps and passenger smart key entry; it can also be had with the Panoramic View Monitor option, and the LED light updates. As standard it gets TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, Hill Assist Control, Multi-Terrain Select, and Crawl Control. Finally, there’s the 2020 Tacoma Limited. That has 18-inch alloy wheels and a new grille as well, along with LED DRL and LED headlamps as standard. Chrome taillamp inserts are standard, plus passenger smart key access, and the bird’s eye camera is standard on this grade. America’s best-selling midsize pickup just got a revamp, with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma getting new tech, new comfort features, and bolder styling. Revealed at the Chicago Auto Show 2019 today, the refreshed 2020 Tacoma certainly isn’t short on options and trims: in fact, there are more than 30 different configurations in total. last_img read more

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The macOS Catalina public beta is here

first_imgIt’s the latest fruit of Apple’s Beta Software Program, which the company has been using over the past few years to test out new releases and get valuable feedback from a broader audience. Developers have had access to early software since WWDC, but this is the first official taste regular users will get. There’s a number of reasons you might want to try, too. One of the most tempting is the ability to use an iPad as a secondary display with your Mac, dubbed Sidecar, something owners of both devices have been asking of Apple for some time. Another notable improvement is iTunes being broken up from its much-reviled current form, into three new apps: Music, TV, and Podcasts. Other core apps, like Mail and Safari, are getting revamped in Catalina too, and there are various new tools for dealing with multi-user families. Find My Friends is getting its own app, for example, into which Apple has also baked the ability to find a lost iPhone or other iOS device. That will eventually work even if those lost devices are disconnected, triggering a Bluetooth ping that should, the company promises, make it more likely that you’ll be able to spot a stolen gadget. As with any public beta – from Apple or anybody else – there are some sensible precautions to bear in mind before you go installing it willy-nilly. For a start, the general advice is to avoid putting beta software on a mission-critical machine. That means, if you have just the one Mac which you rely upon for everything, it’s probably not wise to install macOS Catalina on it quite yet. If you have a suitable second machine (or are still feeling brave) then making a full backup in advance is also a good move. Time Machine can help you there, or there are several third-party backup tools that can fully capture an image of your drive and restore it in one fell swoop should something go wrong later on. Apple includes a bug reporting tool in the public beta of macOS Catalina, and the likelihood is that you’ll run into at least a few glitches if you use it every day. The idea is that you file those with the Cupertino firm, so that they can be ironed out by the time the full release drops later in 2019. That’s likely to take place this fall – and it could even happen alongside a new 16-inch MacBook Pro and some other notebook updates, if the rumor-mill is to be believed. If you want to take the risk today, registering in the Apple Beta Software Program is free. You’ll need a Mac that was launched in mid-2012 or later. Apple has released the first public beta of macOS Catalina, the latest version of its Mac software announced at WWDC 2019 earlier this month. While Catalina – aka macOS 10.15 – isn’t expected to be fully released until later in the year, this public beta allows those feeling brave or ambitious (or some combination of the two) to try it out in advance. center_img Story TimelinemacOS Catalina splits up iTunes, adds iPads as secondary displaysiOS 13, iPadOS, tvOS 13, macOS Catalina release date and Beta todayApple’s Project Catalyst will bring iOS apps to macOS Catalina this fallmacOS Catalina might put an end to the Dashboard and widgetslast_img read more

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CBO Emphasizes Need To Trim Medicare Spending

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Congressional Budget Office also found that GOP proposals to change a provision of the health law that requires insurers to spend 80 percent of premiums on medical care would increase the federal debt. Proposals to repeal coverage provisions would save billions, but also leave 29 million people uninsured, it found.The Hill: CBO: Federal Health Care Costs SkyrocketingAfter an election in which both parties demonized cuts in Medicare spending, the Congressional Budget Office issued a reminder Thursday of the need to cut Medicare spending. Healthcare programs are quickly outgrowing their historical share of the federal budget, CBO said, and the cost of those programs will only grow faster as more Baby Boomers reach retirement and underlying healthcare costs continue to soar. CBO’s latest figures confirm what Republicans and Democrats acknowledge only selectively — that healthcare is a huge part of what’s driving federal spending and debt. Healthcare programs are eating up an ever-increasing share of the economy, while tax revenues and other domestic spending are holding relatively steady, CBO said (Baker, 11/8).Modern Healthcare: CBO Outlines Impact Of Keeping Current Doc-Pay RatesMaintaining the Medicare program’s current payment rates to physicians and eliminating the expected automatic cuts to nondefense spending early next year would increase federal spending by about $40 billion in 2013 and by $61 billion the following year, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected Thursday. As lawmakers prepare for intense deficit-reduction negotiations in Washington, the CBO released an analysis that details the consequences of not addressing the fiscal cliff, which describes a series of looming tax increases and spending cuts designed to reduce the nation’s federal budget deficit (Zigmond, 11/8). The Hill: CBO: GOP Bill Revising Health Law Ratio Will Add To DeficitA Republican bill altering the healthcare law’s medical loss ratio (MLR) will add about $1 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Thursday. The Obama administration frequently touts the MLR as a policy that helps consumers. It mandates that insurers spend no less than about 80 percent of their premium dollars on medical care rather than administrative costs or profits. The difference insurance companies must send back to policyholders, producing more than $1 billion in consumer rebates this year. Rep. Mike Rogers’s bill (H.R. 1206) would exclude insurance brokers’ fee from counting as administrative costs under the ratio. Agents say the MLR in its current state threatens their business by incentivizing insurers not to work with them (Viebeck, 11/8).CQ HealthBeat: Change In Insurer Provision In Health Care Law Would Add To Deficit, CBO SaysLegislation that would change a consumer protection provision in the health care overhaul would increase the deficit by more than $1 billion over 10 years and reduce rebates for health plan enrollees, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate. The bill, which was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Sept. 20, would amend the law’s medical loss ratio calculations to exempt agent and broker fees (Attias, 11/8).Politico Pro: CBO: ACA Repeal Would Save BillionsRepealing the health care reform law’s insurance coverage expansion would generate the most deficit savings of any health initiative analyzed this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s deficit reduction report released Thursday. Repeal of the coverage expansion — while keeping the rest of the law in place including various taxes and provider payment changes — would generate $150 billion annually in 2020. It would also increase the number of people without health insurance by about 29 million in the same year. Repealing other pieces of the law would generate between $5 billion and $50 billion each in 2020 (Haberkorn, 11/8). CBO Emphasizes Need To Trim Medicare Spendinglast_img read more

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Longer Looks Learning To Laugh In The Docs Office

first_imgLonger Looks: Learning To Laugh In The Doc’s Office Every week Shefali S. Kulkarni selects interesting reading from around the Web.The Los Angeles Times: For Dentist With Student Debt, Repaying Is Like Pulling TeethHis jaw clenched beneath a blue surgeon’s mask, Opanin Gyaami jerks his right arm and pulls out a prize: the decayed tooth of patient Larry Butler, also known as state prison inmate J22312. By the time he is done, Gyaami’s smock and mask are spotted with the inmate’s blood. He gently pats Butler on the shoulder and wishes him well. The 71-year-old dentist reports to the state prison in Vacaville day after day, long past retirement age. He wishes he could have hung up his drill and forceps years ago, but he’s still paying off a student loan. After borrowing $50,000 in the 1980s and ignoring payment notices, Gyaami owes more than $500,000 with penalties and interest. The Justice Department took him to court and is seizing $3,000 from his paycheck each month. …By the time Gyaami graduated from Loma Linda University in 1983 with a degree in dentistry, he had taken out five loans to pay for his education, including $50,000 from the federally guaranteed Health Education Assistance Loan program. The special loan program, offered from 1978 to 1998, lent $4 billion to 157,000 aspiring doctors, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health professionals. The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw the loan program, reports that 935 of the borrowers are in default, owing $115 million collectively (Stuart Pfeifer, 11/12).The Miami Herald: Baby Boomers: The Hooked Generation?(A) 66-year-old Fort Lauderdale man, who asked that his real name not be used, is the new face of addiction: a baby boomer long past the typical youthful phase of experimentation. He’s clean now, but as a member of Narcotics Anonymous, he says he meets plenty of older recovering addicts just like him. Local and national figures show that more people in their 50s and 60s are abusing illegal and prescription drugs. While the use of illicit drugs remains relatively uncommon among people 65 and older, the number of illicit drug users 50 to 59 years old tripled between 2002 and 2011, from 900,000 to 2.7 million, according to the National Institutes of Health. The increase even prompted the NIH to post its first consumer alert on its website, NIHSeniorHealth. More older adults are also seeking treatment for substance abuse. Drug-related hospitalizations and visits to emergency rooms were up 116 percent in the 55-to-64 age group from 2004 to 2010 (Ana Veciana-Suarez, 11/13).The Daily Beast: A Proactive New Response To The Service-Member Suicide Crisis”There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines,” said U.S. Army Gen. William Thornson: “Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.” Working with the Corps to try and help stem its suicide crisis, I have come to learn that there is some truth to that claim—but if we can’t bridge that gap, things aren’t going to change. … A few years ago, I was approached to do some short-term anonymous counseling at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Being a psychotherapist, I was fascinated by the military and wanted the opportunity to work with its members. I put my private practice on hold for a couple of months and headed to the base with hopes of giving back. But by the end of my second week, not a single Marine had approached me. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the likelihood of them voluntarily coming in for help was very slim. These are men and women that carry enormous pride, and asking for help can be seen as a sign of weakness. Plus, accessing mental-health services has the potential of hurting one’s chance for promotion (Marjorie Morrison, 11/14).American Medical News: How To Create A Positive Practice EnvironmentBefore seeing a patient, family physician James W. Ferguson, MD, reviews the individual’s medical chart and quickly runs through a few jokes. He’s not trying to perform a stand-up routine for patients. He just wants to make them laugh a little. “We need some humor in medicine,” said Dr. Ferguson, who has run a solo practice in East Islip, N.Y., for 30 years. “We need to lighten up and show that we’re more than doctors. We’re humans.” Using humor with patients strengthens the physician-patient relationship, health professionals say. It makes physicians more approachable. And it can relieve patients’ anxiety about the medical visit. Just as important, incorporating humor can rejuvenate physicians who experience burnout due to the challenges of their job, said Mark Greenawald, MD, associate dean for student affairs at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke (Christine S. Moyer, 11/12).The New York Times: The Problem Is Clear: The Water Is FilthySeville, with a population of about 300, is one of dozens of predominantly Latino unincorporated communities in the Central Valley (of California) plagued for decades by contaminated drinking water. It is the grim result of more than half a century in which chemical fertilizers, animal wastes, pesticides and other substances have infiltrated aquifers, seeping into the groundwater and eventually into the tap. An estimated 20 percent of small public water systems in Tulare County are unable to meet safe nitrate levels, according to a United Nations representative. In farmworker communities like Seville, a place of rusty rural mailboxes and backyard roosters where the average yearly income is $14,000, residents like Rebecca Quintana pay double for water: for the tap water they use to shower and wash clothes, and for the five-gallon bottles they must buy weekly for drinking, cooking and brushing their teeth. It is a life teeming with worry: about children accidentally sipping contaminated water while cooling off with a garden hose, about not having enough clean water for an elderly parent’s medications (Patricia Leigh Brown, 11/13). 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

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Trouble Spot In Fiscal Talks The Down Payment

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Trouble Spot In Fiscal Talks: The Down Payment Although there appears to be general agreement about tax code and entitlement changes that would begin next year and tally more than $1 trillion over 10 years, the initial installment of deficit reduction has become a sticking point between the White House and GOP leaders. Meanwhile, the Washington Post checks the facts on entitlement “spending cuts.”The New York Times: Initial Deficit Cuts Are Sticking Point In NegotiationsFor all the growing angst over the state of negotiations to head off a fiscal crisis in January, the parties are farthest apart on a relatively small part of the overall deficit reduction program — the down payment. President Obama and the House speaker, John A. Boehner, are in general agreement that the relevant Congressional committees must sit down next year and work out changes to the tax code and entitlement programs to save well more than $1 trillion over the next decade. But before that work begins, both men want Congress to approve a first installment on deficit reduction in the coming weeks (Weisman, 12/3).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Geithner’s Fuzzy Math On Entitlement ‘Spending Cuts’Eager to rebut Republican claims that the administration was not serious about reining in entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, Geithner insisted the administration did have “a detailed plan of spending cuts,” totaling $600 billion, in what he described as “mandatory programs” or “entitlement programs.” But his language is a bit slippery. Let’s explore what’s going on (Kessler, 12/4).Another report explores how changes to Medicare might affect AARP’s revenues  – The Washington Post: AARP Lobbies Against Medicare Changes That Could Hurt Its Bottom LineAs Washington debates whether to cut federal retirement programs as part of a deal to tackle the nation’s debt, one of the most powerful advocates for preserving them could have millions of dollars riding on the outcome. AARP, the highly influential lobby for older Americans, is fiercely opposing any Medicare or Social Security cuts and emphasizes that it is fighting for the good of its members. But the proposals for changing Medicare also could affect AARP’s bottom line (Markon, 12/3).News outlets also offer state and local takes on the impact of going over the “cliff” – The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: AARP: Benefit Changes Could Harm New YorkersWith the “fiscal cliff” looming, AARP is warning that changes being considered for Social Security and Medicare could harm older New Yorkers. The clock is ticking closer to the end-of-year deadline to avert the fiscal cliff, which is a combination of the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and automatic, across-the-board spending cuts. Some economists say the combination could send the economy back into recession (12/4).WBUR: Citing Hospital Stay, Menino Weighs In On Fiscal CliffBoston Mayor Thomas Menino is weighing in on federal budget negotiations. The mayor has sent a letter (PDF) to President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner urging that federal health research funding be spared any cuts. Menino says his recent hospitalization demonstrates the “importance of funding for health research, training and care”: I know a little bit about the importance of funding for health research, training, and care. Boston is home to the #1 medical school in the country and the #1 hospital in the country. Researchers in Boston earn more NIH support than in any other city. Health care companies and institutions employ more people than any other sector. Oh, and there’s this: I just spent a month in one of our world-class health care institutions and am writing you from another (WBUR, 12/3). MPR: The Future Of Social Security And MedicareTwo economists discuss the future of Social Security and Medicare at a forum held November 28, 2012 at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School (MPR, 12/3).And what about health insurance’s role in the tax code? – NPR: The (Huge And Rarely Discussed) Health Insurance Tax BreakWhat’s the largest tax break in the federal tax code? If you said the mortgage interest deduction, you’d be wrong. The break for charitable giving? Nope. How about capital gains, or state and local taxes? No, and no. Believe it or not, dollar for dollar, the most tax revenue the federal government forgoes every year is from not taxing the value of health insurance that employers provide their workers (Rovner, 12/4).last_img read more

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State Highlights Milwaukee County Board Considers Dropping Employee Coverage

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from California, New York, Texas, Minnesota, Florida and Wisconsin.MPR News: Mayo Clinic Seeks State Help For Rochester Expansion (Audio)The Mayo Clinic is proposing more than $5 billion in investments in and around Rochester as part of an ambitious expansion plan to create what the clinic calls a “Destination Medical Center.” Included in that plan is a request for more than $500 million in state taxpayer money to help fund infrastructure as the Mayo grows. Mayo claims the plan would create between 35,000 and 45,000 new jobs. Mayo is already Minnesota’s largest private employer with 32,000 employees in the state (1/31).The Texas Tribune: Bill Would Clarify End-Of-Life TreatmentSen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, filed legislation Thursday that provides clarification to Texas’ Advanced Directives Act, which sets out the end-of-life care for patients. Deuell’s bill adds language that specifically addresses patients “for whom life-sustaining treatment would be medically inappropriate and ineffective,” Dr. Arlo Weltge said. It also sets out a longer timeline for notifications and an appeals process for families or surrogates of terminally ill patients who disagree with the patient or the doctor’s wishes for treatment (Schneider, 1/31).Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee County Board Panel Sidetracks Proposal To Consider Dropping Health InsuranceMilwaukee County supervisors Thursday sidetracked a request for a staff report on the potential for savings if the county dropped its employee health insurance and instead encouraged workers to obtain their own coverage under provisions of the new federal health care law. In calling for the study, Supervisor Deanna Alexander noted the county faces a long-term funding gap and a looming crisis in transportation funding. She said the county could save up to $103.5 million in health insurance costs if it stopped providing health insurance and paid the $2,000 per employee penalty that would be assessed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Schultze, 1/31). California Healthline: How Might Immgration Reform Influence Health Care Reform?Immigrants — both those who are documented and those who are not — are less likely to have health insurance than their U.S.-born counterparts. Almost half the documented immigrants in the U.S. do not have health coverage, according to 2011 Employee Benefit Research Institute statistics. In California, which has one of the country’s largest immigrant populations, immigration policies influence health care policies. Some contend that health care policies influence immigration. We asked policymakers, immigration experts and consumer advocates how immigration reform might influence health care reform in California (1/31).Kaiser Health News: NYU Langone Has Reopened, But Can It Regain Market Share? As of mid-January, most of NYU is up and running again, including the labor and delivery unit. But the question still looms whether NYU will lose some of the patients and even doctors who sought refuge at NYU’s biggest competitors after the storm. If that happens, the storm could end up having a long term impact on NYU’s valuable share of the fiercely competitive health care market in New York City (Gold, 2/1). Los Angeles Times: Glendale Memorial Hospital Employees Protest Planned LayoffsNurses, technicians and other employees gathered outside Glendale Memorial Hospital on Thursday morning to protest planned layoffs. The hospital last week announced plans to lay off an undetermined number of employees, citing an increase in the number of uninsured patients caused by the lengthy economic recession and cuts in government insurance programs (Wells, 1/31).San Francisco Chronicle: Dental Clinic Proves Importance Of CareJabari Kelly showed up at San Francisco General Hospital’s dental clinic last Friday looking like he was hiding a golf ball in his left cheek. He had been in pain for three weeks. The 36-year-old San Francisco man had an infected wisdom tooth, and swelling had spread into his jaw and cheek. A few more days, he was told, and the infection could have advanced below his chin, possibly restricting his breathing. “You’ve got 32 teeth — each one can kill you,” said Dr. Newton Gordon, a dentist and UCSF School of Dentistry professor. Kelly lacks dental insurance and said he had not been to a dentist in two years. His dental problems were more extreme than most, but they illustrate the importance of preventive dental care and the larger ties between dental health and overall health (Joseph, 1/31). MPR News: Webcam Connect Pharmacists To Immobile Minn. SeniorsVirtual visits with pharmacists may become more common under the federal health care overhaul. For some seniors, getting out to see a pharmacist can be difficult in good weather and treacherous during Minnesota winters. But it’s an essential trip for many; prescription drugs can keep serious illnesses in check, if they’re taken as prescribed and managed effectively. … Ensuring that patients take their medicine correctly can keep chronic health problems from spiraling out of control and into emergency rooms, intensive care units or worse. Reducing preventable hospital re-admissions is a key strategy to containing costs in the federal health care law (Stawicki, 1/31). MPR News: Report: Minn. Medical Errors Hold Steady, But Some Improvements SeenMinnesota hospitals and surgical centers had about as many serious medical errors in 2012 as they did the year before, but there’s still some hard-won improvements among the mistakes. That’s according to the 9th-annual “Adverse Health Events in Minnesota,” a study published by the state’s Department of Health, summarizing the mandatory reports of serious injuries and deaths suffered by patients in medical facilities. The state summary was released Thursday morning. Care providers reported 314 adverse events in 2012, down slightly from 316 the year before, and about the same as the 310 reported in 2010. The errors led to 89 serious injuries and 14 deaths last year, up from five deaths in 2011 (Nelson, 1/31). Miami Herald: Report Shows Health Concerns In Broward’s Black CommunitiesA swath of low-income communities wedged between Interstate 95 and the turnpike, and stretching from Fort Lauderdale to Lauderdale Lakes and Lauderhill, is home to the highest diabetes rates in Broward County. That’s one of the most troubling findings from a “state of black Broward health report”’ released Thursday by the Urban League of Broward County (Burch, 1/31).MinnPost: Dayton’s Human Services Budget Drawing General Enthusiasm From Health Care LegislatorsLawmakers across a broad political spectrum have praised Gov. Mark Dayton’s human services budget —  nearly a third of state expenditures — even if they haven’t had an opportunity to fully digest the dense spreadsheets yet. Health and Human Services committees in both chambers are plodding through the complicated budget proposal with the help of Dayton administration officials this week (Nord, 1/31). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: Milwaukee County Board Considers Dropping Employee Coveragelast_img read more

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Longer Looks Women Caregivers Giving Up Careers Buyers Club Laws

first_imgLonger Looks: Women Caregivers Giving Up Careers; ‘Buyers Club’ Laws Every week KHN reporter Marissa Evans finds interesting reads from around the Web.The New York Times: For Women In Midlife, Career Gains Slip AwayTracy Murphy was managing a nonprofit agency five years ago when her mother became seriously ill with heart problems. She promptly left her job to care for her, a task that has consumed Ms. Murphy ever since. “For me, it was a no-brainer,” said Ms. Murphy, who lives in Syracuse. “When I was growing up she sacrificed for me.” Ms. Murphy, 54, set aside her career aspirations, drained her savings account and eventually sold her gold jewelry to help make ends meet while shuttling her mother, who is 85, to doctors’ appointments and running errands (Dionne Searcey, 6/23).The Morning Consult: States, Feds On Collision Course Over ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Laws The argument that the government shouldn’t regulate the behavior of a dying patient has sprouted up once again in 2014, and may be setting the stage for a showdown between the states on one side, and the federal government and Congress on the other. In May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed into law a controversial measure that allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental medications before they’ve been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Those who favor the law have a ready-made big government bogeyman in the Food and Drug Administration, as well as some Hollywood glitz in the form of Oscar-winning picture “Dallas Buyers Club,” in which Matthew McConaughey is an AIDS crusader smuggling non-sanctioned medications to patients in the early days of the virus. They also have a simple and emotionally compelling argument (Jonathan Easley, 6/22). Modern Healthcare: Credit Agencies Warn Of Troubled Financial Outlook For HospitalsSome hospital balance sheets are rebounding to pre-recession levels but declining revenue and shrinking margins are causing credit rating agencies to look askance at the sector, according to industry experts. “We’re seeing margins coming down as the ability to cut costs is eclipsed by revenue pressures,” said Martin Arrick, managing director of Standard & Poor’s ratings services, during a Tuesday session at the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s 2014 Annual National Institute in Las Vegas. After assigning the healthcare sector a stable outlook for what Arrick called “quite a long time,” Standard & Poor’s announced in December 2013 that accelerating negative pressures at not-for-profit hospitals and health systems had led the ratings service to a negative outlook for the industry (Rachel Landen, 6/24).KQED: Coordinated Care For Those Nearing Life’s End – But Does It Save Money?(Bob) Martinez is 81, a long-retired life insurance salesman. In the last few years, he’s had more than a dozen surgeries on his right leg, including a foot amputation, a casualty of severe diabetes. His heart disease has warranted almost half a dozen heart procedures. After one of his recent operations, he said he’d had enough. “I’m so sick and tired of being in hospitals,” he says shaking his head. “I don’t want to go back no more. I said, God, no more. No more” (April Dembosky, 6/25).Health Affairs: Correcting The Blind Spot In Accountability: The Role Of Pharmacy CareWhile reforms to the payment systems are fundamentally transforming incentives for providers, the cost and value of prescription drugs, in control of medical problems and expenses, were omitted. No new payment models, to date, target Part D directly. ACOs and other new payment models do not include the cost of pharmacy services in their measurement of total cost of care. Considering that Part D plans are private firms and manage their own claims, the path to coordination of Part D with ACOs was not immediately clear when the ACO program was initiated. As a result, providers in these models have no meaningful incentive to promote cost-effective medication use (William Shrank, Andrew Sussman, Patrick Gilligan and Troyen Brennan, 6/25).The New York Times: Who Can Speak For The Patient?Our patient was never going to wake up. He had an unrecoverable brain injury. The prognosis had become clear over time. As the patient’s attending physician in the intensive care unit, I arranged a meeting with his sister, the only visitor we’d seen for days, and explained. She was resolute. “He’ll wake up,” she said. “He’s a fighter. Do everything you can to keep him alive.” The next day I told the social worker what the patient’s sister had said. “What about the wife?” the social worker asked. That was the first I’d heard of a wife (Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, 6/19).The Visalia Times-Delta: The High Cost Of Childhood TraumaYou might not think that jail is a typical topic of conversation for a 4-year-old. But for many children in Tulare County, the topic is a central part of their young lives. As a therapist in Cutler with Family Services, a nonprofit organization contracted with the county health department to provide mental health services, Zenaida Cruz is faced daily with the challenge of helping young children process adult-level problems. Most of Cruz’s patients are referred by Child Welfare Services (Kyle Harvey, 6/23). 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

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